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Festivals are known for their colour and their exuberance – we are always looking forward to the next celebration of our culture and traditions and we make sure that we honour those moments in the way we know how. Always, that is with a celebration of love and being around those you treasure most. So for a honeymoon in March embrace this celebration with your significant other – but do it in a new place, with a festival you’re not familiar with, and celebrate your marriage with the spirit and the excitement that comes with being in an incredible atmosphere.

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Festival of Colours

Celebrate the vibrancy of love under an explosion of colours in India or Nepal with your new partner. Each year, in March millions of people around the world gather together to throw fistfuls of coloured powder at each other and the world around them to honour good overcoming evil, as well as youth, fertility, playfulness and vigour. The Festival of Colours is an incredible sight to see, and an amazing way to celebrate a new romance. For two days around the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month – usually around late March – seek out powder, head to India or Nepal, and celebrate love.

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For somewhere to stay, it’s best to stick close to the cities and the celebrations. In India, consider checking into five-star hotels The Leela Palace or Taj Palace Hotel – both of which are incredibly gorgeous, luxurious and very popular among visitors. The hotels also offer dining services and are close to the festival. If you prefer to stay in Nepal, have a look at Dwarika’s Hotel or the Hotel Yak and Yeti, both located in Kathmandu – the best place in Nepal for the festivities. Like India, both hotels offer world class living and dining facilities that will make your honeymoon that much more special.

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To kick off the festivities, the Holika Bonfire is lit and watched by many. Mantras are chanted, almost always along with dancing, to ward off evil spirits. This is always a wonderful part of the festival, and something worth looking out for. But then there’s the colours. Either bring your own or make them yourself, and then smear each other. You can also opt for a water gun for a little more excitement! Make sure you also try some of the delicacies, like Thandai, a traditional flavoured drink. There are many more ways to celebrate the Festival of Colours, so don’t be afraid to explore!

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St Patrick’s Festival

It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world, not only in its traditional home of Dublin, Ireland, but across the entire world. New York does an incredible version of their own celebration, but it’s not quite like the magic of being in Ireland during their biggest festival. To create hype and energy that is unlike any other in the world, Dublin in March gives its visitors the luck of the Irish. People around the world visit and watch as the city completely transforms with new ideas and unforgettable experiences – so try to be among them! Celebrate your new marriage with the world in beautiful Ireland!

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There are so many charming and historical hotels to stay in around Dublin – and the festival – but a stay at either The Westbury, The Westin Hotel and Resort, or Merrion is made that much more special. Each of the three hotels offer a historic look into the beauty of Ireland, as well as high-class luxury and incredible dining experiences. The hotels are all very close to the centre of Dublin so you won’t miss a thing.

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The festival usually takes place mid-March with its biggest event, the Festival Parade, an exciting flourish of colour and of life that weaves through the city among thousands and thousands of people. Join the crowds and watch the performances, and then try out some of their citywide events, like walking tours and historical monuments full of legends and myths out of another time. There is so much waiting to be discovered, so make the most of your honeymoon with this not-to-be-missed March festival.

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Las Fallas

For a new, exciting, and maybe a little unusual turn on the March festivals, consider booking a flight and heading straight for Spain for the Fallas fiesta in Valencia. From the 15th to the 19th of the month, many visitors gather around the city in beautiful Spain to honour the patron saint of Carpenters with an unusual take on puppets. The entire city is taken on by these incredible figures which are then are destroyed in enormous explosions of fireworks – often led up to by smaller explosions around the city. It’s an absolutely fun and out of this world experience you should see on your honeymoon.

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For a hotel that’s just as vivid and incredible as the festival, consider the stunning Caro Hotel. Each of the rooms, whilst completely different, are all just luxurious and beautiful. The lobby, the bar, the restaurant, and every last public space in the hotel is new and unusual but genuinely inspiring and original. Almost like nothing you’ve ever seen. But if that’s not your style, have a look at the equally dazzling The Westin Valencia. Its restaurant and its living rooms are historic and relaxing.

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Each night during the festival there is a vivid fireworks display, followed by the puppet, or better known as ‘ninot’, explosions. Each year, one of the ninots is spared the spectacular fate – as voted by the public – but that’s only half the fun. All day, every day the streets are a huge street party, complete with parades, pageants, and bullfights. It’s thrilling, it’s daring, and it’s perfect for a honeymoon with literal explosions.

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March’s festivals are all incredible – either because they’re world-famous for their joy and tradition, or because they are a literal explosion of colour or fire. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a honeymoon that’s new and original. Join in with the crowds of people enjoying their moments and celebrate love in an atmosphere that creates it.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: March festivals are full of colour and fun; a perfect time to honeymoon, Valencia is my choice for celebrations!

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Stylish Honeymoon Accessories: The Neutral Edit

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From tropical beach escapes to big city sightseeing, arrive and enjoy your honeymoon in organised style with these neutral ‘wear with anything’ bags and accessories you’re bound to love.

The Travel Wallet
Board your flights with style and composure with a chic travel wallet that can neatly hold all your airport essentials.

This super sweet pastel wallet from Kikki K is made from leather with metallic hardware embellishments and embossing. It safely stows your passport, tickets, cards, currency and boarding passes in perfectly sized compartments, and includes a zip closure for extra security.

For added honeymoon style, create a bespoke keepsake with Kikki K’s monogramming option, and include your ‘just married’ initials in a gorgeous metallic font!


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The Carry-On
A sturdy, yet lightweight carry-on is a honeymoon essential, and this Country Road tote is a great choice. With luxe hardware and a chevron quilted pattern, this tote will fit all your in-flight must-haves, and fit any honeymoon purchases on your flight home.

Made from 100 per cent wool, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and external side pocket for those ‘need to grab now’ items.


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The Backpack
Perfect for when you need your hands free for map-reading, photo taking and romantic hand holding – a backpack is a great travel companion.

Chic backpacks have made a reappearance of late, and this one is perfect for city exploring or laid back activities like an easy bike ride or scenic walk.

Crafted from soft buffalo leather, this Mimco number is a hardworking multi-tasker – converting easily into a cross-body bag or handbag when required.

With stud hardware details, zipped compartments, phone pocket and a neutral dual-toned aesthetic, it’s an ideal piece to pack!


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The Beach Tote
Made from wetsuit material, this cool grey Prene Bags tote is naturally perfect for pool days, boat trips and beach expeditions, but equally ideal for everyday use.

Super roomy and crafted from perforated neoprene with durable straps, this tote includes a matching purse – perfect for storing room keys, phones and cash. Plus it’s machine washable, so you can rinse out the salt and sand once you’re home!


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The Day-Tripper
For shopping, sightseeing and evening outings you need a compact, yet stylish carry-all that can fit your essentials including camera and passport. This cross-body bag from The Daily Edited is a gorgeous and practical choice that you can wear securely and use from day to night.

Made from leather in a soft grey hue, it can also be personalised with your monogram, name or emojis of your choice!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Loving the day tripper bag for a seamless day to night carry all; definitely need to include your ‘just married’ monogram!

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!

Honeymoons In Paradise - Where To Go In March

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Although the winter cold and chills are still around during March, the beginning of the Northern hemispheric spring can be the ideal time to visit countries in Southern Europe. In America, the famous cherry blossom blooms in Washington D.C. are in full picture and can make for quite a romantic sight.

1. Washington D.C., USA
March in the American capital still has the winter chills lingering, but later in the month can be quite pleasant with lots of sunshine.

Where to Stay
The Jefferson doesn’t have the usual array of amenities that we’ve come to expect from a luxury hotel, however the property’s attention to detail more than makes up for it. Flat-screen TVs are embedded in bathroom mirrors and the property also features an intimate library with vintage hardcover copies of the classics. The overall vibe at the Jefferson is homely and sophisticated.

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For honeymooners looking for a central location, it cannot get any better than The Hay-Adams. The hotel is right across the street from the White House and it’s the closest anyone can stay to this iconic building.  The stately 144-room boutique hotel features bright and stylish rooms. The service is warm and friendly and the property’s restaurant, Lafayette Room, has nightly performances by renowned pianists.

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What to Do
There is no better way to explore the historic American city than on foot. Take a walking tour to see the various historic monuments that Washington has to offer. Don’t miss the National Cherry Blossom Festival  where the pink blossoms are in full bloom with fireworks displays lighting the sky every night at 8:30pm.

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2. Douro Valley, Portugal
While the rest of Europe is still trying to fend off the wintry chill, Douro Valley in Portugal offers warm rays of sunshine and delicious port wine for visitors.

Where to Stay
Six Senses Douro Valley is a lofty hilltop perch in Portugal’s celebrated wine region. This stunning terracotta-hued 19th century manor is all about wellbeing: relax in the river view rooms and feast on organic produce from the kitchen’s own gardens.

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Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be delighted with a stay at Vidago Palace: the hotel has an English country manor and grande-dame style. The Junior Suite has exceptional views of the lake as does the hotel’s entrance. The soothing mint-green walls make soaking in the bath much more relaxing.

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What to Do
The UNESCO heritage site has endless rows of terraced grape vines, creating undulating curves out of the hillside which make for dramatic and beautiful landscapes that change with the season.

Although the grape vines are dormant in the early days of spring, the clouds of pink and white almond blossoms in the Upper Douro region make for a magical experience. Walk or cycle around the region to take in the beautiful sights, or take a boat cruise along Douro River.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
March is possibly one of the best months to visit Buenos Aires. Summer is drawing to a close and it is not peak season for travelling.

Where to Stay
Be Jardin Escondido by Coppola hotel in Buenos Aires’ hip Palermo Soho district is a leafy, green and gorgeous hideaway. It was once home to ‘The Godfather’ director, Francis Ford Coppola and converted to a hotel. The hotel’s seven bedrooms are richly decorated with Argentine furnishings, but the biggest bedroom, ‘Francis’, sets itself apart with a private balcony and breakfast table.

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For honeymooners seeking comfort, Home Hotel delivers just that. The property is a simple, ivy-covered structure in residential Buenos Aires. Each room is decorated with vintage floral wallpapers and retro Scandinavian furniture. An outdoor passageway leads to the restaurant overlooking the gorgeous grounds.

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What to Do
March is a wonderful time to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace. The tourist crowd has disappeared along with the fierce summer heat. Visit the chic, upscale neighbourhood of Palermo for its high-end boutiques, bustling bars and cafes, and stroll along the cobblestone streets.

To get your culture fix, head straight to the Feria de Mataderos (Fair of the Matadors). Here, gauchos (cowboys) saunter on majestic horses and market vendors offer an array of food and craft. Ornately costumed tango dancers dial up the energy with traditional country dancing and gauchos rival each other for prizes.

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4. Jaipur, India
March ranks amongst one of the best times to visit the romantic city, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century. Weather in this rose-hued city in March is pleasant and there are many festivities during the month, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the colourful and vibrant celebrations.

Where to Stay
Live like a maharaja at Samode Palace Hotel, a 300-year-old mansion owned by a Maharaja converted into a boutique hotel. Mirror-tiled halls, mural-lined walls, marble swimming pools and regal, antique-filled suites make this property a dreamy, mystical getaway.

The Tree of Life Resort and Spa is a vibrant pop of colour in the Rajesthan desert. Its rose-hued walls, aquamarine pools and glinting gold domes are hard to miss from afar. Dazzling colour palettes of fuchsia, yellow, aqua and lime can be spotted throughout the villas – and a backyard complete with marble tub, jacuzzi and waterfall shower is simply honeymoon heaven.

What to Do
Ogle the bejewelled walls of the Amer Fort Palace in the Hall of Mirrors. Tiny convex mirrors and colourful glass compositions form a breathtaking kaleidoscope that is sure to dazzle.

Take part in the colourful Holi celebration and Elephant Festival. The vibrant and unique festival sees a procession of elephants decorated with painted patterns. Enjoy folk dancing and conclude the night by watching a spectacular fireworks display.

5. Vientiane, Laos
Located on the banks of the Mekong River bordering Thailand, Vientiane is the capital of Laos. For decades the country was rife with civil unrest and international visitors were shut out, but it is now starting to attract tourists to discover its unspoiled beauty. March in Vientiane is slightly cooler and drier. There is hardly any rain during this time of the year, making it a pleasant time to explore the region.

Where to Stay
In the heart of Vientiane stands the Settha Palace Hotel, a colonial-mansion surrounded by leafy greenery. Restored to its former glory by the same family that owned the mansion before the change of regime in 1975, the Settha Palace Hotel is the epitome of elegance and French colonial charm.

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Green Park Boutique Hotel is a peaceful heaven in the bustling capital of Laos. The urban oasis exudes calm and tranquility from the moment you enter its dark wood lobby and step into its gardens abuzz with flowers and a sparkling pool. The rooms are stylish and feature hard wood floors and spacious bathrooms.

What to Do
A trip to Laos will not be complete without a visit to one of the country’s many Buddhist temples, and That Luang stupa is a must-visit on every Laos traveller’s list. The stupa is one of the country’s most sacred and important religious and cultural monuments. The stupa is believed to contain a hair and bone from Lord Buddha. The whole golden structure can be brilliantly blinding against a clear blue sky and visitors should admire it both from a distance and up close; pay 5,000 kip to enter the inner cloister.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: March is a wonderful time to honeymoon anywhere in the world – magical Jaipur could be at the top of my list!