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A Blissful Bora Bora Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Reviews

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Anika Reynolds
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Bora Bora

A dreamy hideaway nestled in the French Polynesian archipelago, Bora Bora is the epitome of tropical island living. Blessed with serene turquoise waters, coral reefs, abundant marine life, breathtaking vistas and around 9,000 truly lovely locals, it’s a simply idyllic isle to explore.

As you approach this South Pacific gem, you are immediately taken with its central peak – Mount Otemanu – a view postcards (and Instagrams) are made of.

This jagged central peak – an ancient volcano – rises up majestically on the main island. The surrounding motus or little islets are palm fringed and perfect, many of which are dotted with luxurious resorts, protected by the surrounding reef.

With a multitude of incredible accommodation options and activities to suit all kinds of couples, Bora Bora is a dream destination. So, if you and your love are seeking a sundrenched escape to welcome in married life, put Bora Bora at the top of your list and get ready to say ‘Ia Orana’ to paradise!

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Polynesian Experiences

If you’re after some post wedding downtime, Bora Bora certainly delivers. Your daily itinerary could consist of something like this: relaxed buffet breakfast, morning swim, a spot of stand up paddle boarding, afternoon massage, cocktails and dinner before retreating back to your opulent villa. Sigh – what an introduction to married life! Equally, if you and your love are keen to explore, there are lots of things to see and do:

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This action-packed boat trip with Moana Adventure Tours is a must-do for adventurous newlyweds. After departing your resort, the tour guide will take you to a colourful coral garden to snorkel with curious tropical fish and perhaps a moray eel or two.

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Next up, it’s ray feeding time! After anchoring in the lagoon, you will disembark and wade among hoards of hungry rays cruising in for a feed. Although a little intimidating at first, the rays are friendly, inquisitive creatures with velvety soft skin.

The final part of the adventure is swimming with blacktip reef sharks – definitely a honeymoon experience to remember! These reef dwellers are considered fairly harmless and once you get over any initial trepidation, you will no doubt find it an incredible wilderness encounter.

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Four wheel drive tour

For a personalised way to navigate the island, book a private four-wheel drive tour with Vavau 4×4 Adventures. Your guide will take you along the main ring road to see the beaches, resorts and villages, while regaling you with the fascinating history and tales of the South Pacific!

Your excursion will take you off the beaten track to fantastic vantage points, which offer sweeping views of the lagoon below. For extra romance, book into a sunset tour and catch the last rays of the day from a picturesque viewpoint, champagne in hand!

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Island Dining

Depending on where you choose to stay, you will no doubt be spoilt for choice with fantastic dining options at your resort, however they can be a little pricey. For a cost-effective culinary experience, head to the food trucks at Vaitape Village.

Serving up authentic French Polynesian fare including fresh seafood, chips, steaks and ribs, these little Les Roulettes (‘rolling food trucks’) offer a delicious way to experience local life. Try the mahi mahi (a pacific fish) with Roquefort sauce, or poisson cru – a summery Tahitian dish of raw fish marinated in coconut milk and citrus juices – divine!

Another must-visit dining destination is Bloody Mary’s. A breezy bungalow complete with tropical greenery and sand underfoot, this island-style eatery is arguably the go-to of every celebrity visiting Bora Bora – just check the names on the ‘wall of fame’ out the front!

Each evening, the daily catch and fresh meat cuts are displayed on ice, so upon arrival the wait staff will help you make a selection then send it straight to the chef! With tasty appetisers, a classic cocktail list and a lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect venue for an island date night.

Island Havens

Nestled on a lush motu, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa boasts a variety of accommodation options – from classic overwater bungalows, to garden guest rooms and hillside villas which offer panoramic views.

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For a quintessential Bora Bora experience, check into an overwater bungalow and enjoy waking up with the lagoon on your doorstep. You can opt to have breakfast delivered to your room by outrigger canoe, relax on your private sundeck and take a swim whenever you desire!

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Active couples will love the water sports on offer, including scuba diving, jet skiing and sailing – the perfect activities to while away those summer days.

For a rejuvenating afternoon with your partner, book a couple’s massage at the resort’s Hina spa, perched on the hillside. Marital bliss!

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All images by Anika Reynolds

Sprawled over 44 acres, the spectacular St Regis Bora Bora Resort is another heavenly honeymoon choice. With exquisitely appointed villas and bungalows, a tropical lagoonarium, bicycle hire, water sports, fine dining options and newly rebranded Clarins spa – it offers true Polynesian paradise.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh, I’m in honeymoon heaven just looking at the pictures; what a divine spot to relax and enjoy the start of married life!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

Escape To The Bahamas

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location USA, Reviews

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Bec Lawrence
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Welcome to the island country of the Bahamas, a tropical paradise that you are sure to fall in love with! White sands, blue ocean and the warm sun are enough to make you never want to leave. Let’s see what the Bahamas has in store for us.

Destination Number One: The Atlantis Resort. This luxurious resort officially opened in 1998 and has since added upgrades and new suites. The resort surrounds a 141 acre water park named ‘Aquaventure’. For somewhere more private to stay, ‘The Cove’ at the Atlantis Resort will have you covered. This area is a little more secluded and won’t be as busy as other parts of the resort.

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Included in your stay for a small daily fee, guests are given access to some of the resort’s best features. Included in the charge are: 18 waterslides, 11 different pools for you to visit at your leisure, 14 lagoons which the hotel prides itself on as they showcase 20,000 tropical fish and other marine animals, 3 stunning white sand beaches, 2 river rides, Wi-Fi, access to the fitness centre, 2 bottled waters per day, unlimited access of the resort’s movie theatre, daily casino lessons, a shuttle bus between towers, unlimited local calls, tea and coffee and self-guided tours.

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The resort also offers special honeymoon packages. There are a range of packages offering activities like massages, romantic dinners and dolphin interactions for you and your loved one to experience together.

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There are plenty of other things to do too while on your stay. Snorkel among 20,000 fish and explore the ruins inspired by the legend of Atlantis. Relax at the spa or abroad a yacht and sail your surrounds.

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Grab a meal at Casa D’Angelo where Italian and Caribbean flavours combine. This fine dining experience is perfect to splurge on for a romantic night out. Make sure you reserve a table – with such a delicious menu tables fill up fast!

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If you’re after a more casual meal, head over to The Point restaurant. You can watch the sunset as you eat and gaze out to the deep blue ocean.

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Images via Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Set against a backdrop of mesmerizing blue water, The Bahamas are a wonderful honeymoon destination for romantic, action packed adventures!

Dreaming Of A New Zealand Winter Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location New Zealand

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Bec Lawrence
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Image via Queenstownnz Instagram

There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up next to a fire and watching the snow fall with your one and only. If you’re dreaming of a winter honeymoon we know the perfect place. We’ll give you a clue – it’s known for its beautiful landscapes, amazing snow season for those ski and snowboard fanatics and the best part, it’s not too far from home. Pack your bags and don’t forget your scarves, we’re going to Queenstown New Zealand!

A place to stay:

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The Hilton in Queenstown is a luxurious resort packed with features that will make you never want to leave. Relax in the Lake Wakatipu Suite where you have perfect views of the grandeur that is the lake.

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The resort offers in room dining 24 hours a day meaning you can sit by the gas heated fire place and enjoy a delicious meal.

For something a little more luxurious, stay in the resort’s Relaxation Room. You’ll still get to enjoy the comfort of a fire place, in room dining and those uninterrupted picturesque views but there’s an extra bonus to this room… located on a private deck you can enjoy a hot tub at your leisure.

If you’d rather eat out of your room try one of the resort’s restaurants. At the Wakatipu Grill you can expect to be tasting some of Queenstown’s local produce. Each month the menu celebrates seasonal foods whilst still offering a range of dishes that are bound to tickle your fancy.

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There’s loads to do around the resort with plenty of dining options, an executive cinema that you can book for just you and your loved one and a 25 metre indoor heated pool.

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Images via Hilton Queenstown

What to see and do:

A helicopter tour of Milford Sound is an absolute must! Your tour lasts one and half hours where you’ll have a few stop offs and your guide will direct you to the magnificent sights. Enjoy the rugged mountains from above and take in all that is the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO listed site.

If you prefer keeping close to the ground, there are plenty of other ways to see Milford Sound. Real Journeys offer kayaking, bus journeys, nature cruises and an overnight cruise of the Sound. You could always mix things up a bit by flying in and stoping off for a cruise.

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Image via Real Journeys

Why not have a snow day? Less than a 90 minute drive from Queenstown are five ski fields for you to choose from. From June to October you can ski and snowboard at these parks. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not experience some of the finest heliski routes in the world.

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If you’re looking for a day of relaxation why not check out the Queenstown Spa and Wine Experience.  Indulge in a spa massage of your choice and once you’re feeling rejuvenated, head off on an afternoon wine tour. On the wine tour you’ll be treated to a cheese and wine tasting as well as a delicious lunch. Here you’ll get to tour an underground wine cave – now that sounds exciting!

Wedding venue:

If you’re looking to host your ceremony in Queenstown, we also know the perfect place! Skyline Queenstown has so many options to make your wedding beautiful and unforgettable. Make an entrance and fly in via helicopter, or perhaps catch the gondola to your ceremony! If you are a fan of beautiful landscapes, Queenstown is just the perfect backdrop. Skyline Queenstown boasts uninterrupted views and outstanding food. Keep this one in mind if you’re hunting for the perfect venue.

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 Images via Skyline Queenstown

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful honeymoon destination with breathtaking views at every turn – and even better, it’s not far from home!

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