Image via Go To Bermuda

As Europe gears up for high summer and the rest of the world packs up for a well-deserved vacation, August is known as peak travelling season. However, the long daylight hours also mean more time exploring your honeymoon destination. While your friends are posting glamorous beach selfies, you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireside in the snowy mountains of Chile in August. The choice is yours!

1. Bermuda
Bermuda has been a legendary honeymoon destination for generations and it is probably the most relaxing spot you could pick for your first vacation as Mr. and Mrs. The country’s legendary pink sands, flowery landscape, clear blue waters all make for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Where to Stay
Cambridge Beaches is the place to be if you are looking for a tranquil hideaway. The oldest resort on Bermuda is a secluded and historic hideaway on 30 manicured acres that offers four private beaches. Each cottage is elegant and refined with hints of old-world charm reflecting the ceaseless beauty of Bermuda.

What to Do
Is there anything better to do than to soak up the sun on Bermuda’s famed blushing sand beaches and turquoise water? However, if you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of the stunning coastal view, The Royal Naval Dockyard is a picturesque way to break from the pink sand beaches. The site was once the principal base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic Ocean, but now it’s a tourist-slanted marina and cruise ship dock that’s stocked with waterfront restaurants, art galleries, quaint (though overpriced) shops and a few pubs.

Image of Cambridge Beaches via Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa

2. Barcelona, Spain
August is peak tourist season in Barcelona and it’s not hard to see why: With nine hours of sunlight daily, plenty of music and classic barrio parties and the whole season in mid-summer party mood, Barcelona in August is worth the hype.

Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a luxurious cove close to Barcelona’s landmarks, you will be delighted with Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona. The design-conscious hotel is located just a hop, skip and jump from Plaça Catalunya, and within easy reach of the city’s Gothic and El Born quarters.

What to Do
You haven’t been to Spain if you did not take a picture at the sprawling Plaça Catalunya. This lively square is the heart of Barcelona with its large shopping centres and department stores. It is Barcelona’s most central area and a favourite meeting place for locals and visitors. Visit legendary architect Antonio Gaudi’s most famous work, La Sagrada Familia. The giant basilica is a magnificent sight has been under construction since 1882 and it’s not expected to be completed for some time yet.

Barcelona Shopping Line via Visit Barcelona

3. Phapos, Cyprus
Despite the heat and the holiday season throughout Europe, Cyprus is always popular among tourists from all over the world in August. However, it does present the opportunity to stay out until the moon rises as the warm temperature continues through the night, making a romantic night swim not just a possibility, but a reprieve from the heat.

Where to Stay
Set on Paphos’ sea-facing promenade, Almyra Hotel in Cyprus provides the ultimate coastal-break package: sun, fun and spa, without compromise on style. The open-plan Kyma Suites feature private terraces that lead onto a shared lawn overlooking the sea and private rooftop terraces – perfect for an al fresco meal or romantic candlelit soiree.

What to Do
The beautiful coastal city of Paphos (Pafos) is regarded as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the city has many shrines, churches, monasteries and places of religious interests. Paphos Archaeological Park (Kato Pafos Archaeological Park) located near Paphos harbour is famous for sites and monuments that date back from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.

Kato Pafos Archaeological Park – Image via Cyprus in Your Heart

4. Valle Nevado, Chile
Snow bunnies will feel right at home on the slopes of Chile around August, the height of South America’s ski season. Yes, you read that right: Summer skiing is a thing in the twenty ski resorts surrounding the Chile-Argentina border. The best amongst them is the Valle Nevado. It has very well developed skiing infrastructure (by South American standards) and is the grandest of the resorts.

Where to Stay
For the ultimate luxury, Hotel Valle Nevado at the Valle Nevado ski resort is the most exclusive luxury hotel accommodation for those who like that bit of extra comfort and style. All accommodations have spectacular views of the Andes mountains and resort slopes and the hotel is very conveniently located slopeside at the Valle Nevado ski area in Tres Valles of Chile.

What to Do
There is not much to do in Valle Nevado unless you are a fan of snow sports. However, for those who are experienced skiers and boarders who would like to explore the terrains where few have been, Valle Nevado offers heli-skiing and heli-boarding where the operators have access to vast areas of backcountry terrain so the likelihood of riding virgin snow is very high, if not guaranteed.

Image Michael Newmann via Chile Travel

5. Rome, Italy
Rome in August is great, despite the heat. While the Italians head out to go on vacation, it’s the time where the rest of the world comes to visit. But there are many air-conditioned tours and many landmarks are open for night tours for a different experience…and what can be better than cooling down with a scoop or ten of gelato?

Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina – Image via Roma Sito Turistico Ufficiale

Where to Stay
Live like a lady and lord of leisure from the Renaissance days at the Palazzo Dama, an 18th-century party pad turned luxury boutique hotel. Elaborate gold frames and sparkling chandeliers add a touch of historic glamour, whereas rooms and suites are more understated in style. In the garden, a marble-lined swimming pool awaits you to soak in and sunbathe by.

What to Do
The various landmarks dotted in Rome are well-known and could even be passe, but a romantic twilight stroll with your new Mr or Mrs bring a fresh view to iconic Rome attractions such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Foundation and the Pantheon. If you are in town on 5 August, check out the Festa della Madonna della Neve in Santa Maria Maggiore – a special mass followed by a blizzard of rose petals falling from the roof on to the congregation to commemorate an unseasonal snowfall on the Esquiline Hill.

Ms Polka Dot Says: From sun to snow there is something for everyone, no matter what interests you.

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Jaclyn & Arjun

There is something magically ethereal about this romantic underwater shoot in Maui by Love + Water Photography. In her billowing gown, the bride floats under the water in the most vivid of blues, the love story taking on an almost surreal vibe as the water takes away all sense of grounding gravity.

Jaclyn + Arjun, who married just months earlier in the mountains of Maui, took to the coastline of Maui for a shoot that captured the “other” side of what they love about the island. Pastel coloured skies and the indigo blue of the sea contrasted beautifully to create a different kind of love shoot.

Jaclyn notes “Adam and Shawn were both great to work with. I normally think of professional photo shoots as being long and stressful, and it never felt that way with them. The shoot evolves organically as they work with what nature gives them in that moment. Their confidence puts you at ease during the photo shoot, and they are truly friendly and genuine people. We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for engagement, wedding or trash the dress photographers.”

On what they love about one another, the couple note “We both love that we can tell each other anything without judgement. We also can spend most of our time together and enjoy every minute of it. We are best friends.”

Jaclyn tells of the proposal “We live on Maui and he proposed 10,000 feet above sea level, at the top of Haleakala Crater. He had said he wanted to try to take some pictures of the sunset and stars to practice using his new camera, but it looked pretty cloudy on our way up. I didn’t want to burst his bubble, though, because he said he really wanted to try.

When we got to the top of Haleakala there was this beautiful rainbow but, otherwise, you couldn’t see the sunset or even a glimpse of the sky at all. Suddenly there was the briefest glimpse of blue as a cloud moved and he began taking out his camera. I was confused that he decided to set up his gear on the tripod since we were basically standing in a white cloud and the conditions didn’t seem like they were going to get better for photos. I was especially bewildered when he set up his camera behind me. It made sense after he proposed, and I found out he was recording the proposal. I was definitely surprised!”

Image via Nicola Goring

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination in NSW that ticks all the boxes, Newcastle just might tickle your fancy! Stunning beaches, a delicious cafe culture and only an hour from the Hunter Valley wineries, there is much to see and do in this beautiful seaside city!

Image via Anson Smart – Gourmet Traveller

Do you enjoy your Sunday brunches and cheese platters? Are you on the lookout for a relaxing destination that serves up tempting treats? Look no further, because we have found the place for you! Gourmet Traveller Magazine raves about Choux Patisserie’s eclairs as possibly being the best in NSW, while street food from the likes of Bao Bros is drawing folks out to regular market days. If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, stop by Three Monkeys Cafe on Darby Street for a vegetarian feast – even if you’re not a vegetarian! For a Mexican feast, stop by Antojitos and fill up on scrumptious quesadillas. And head along the harbour on Honeysuckle Drive to find some tempting delights for an evening meal. There is no shortage of tasty food in Newcastle, from the burgers at Nobby’s Beach to fine dining at Subo.

Image via Nicola Goring

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy during the day, including the breathtaking beaches. Newcastle is known as a surfing destination, but there are also pools and Ocean Baths to swim in (drop by Mereweather if you get a chance!) and patrolled beaches to wander along. The Anzac Memorial Walk provides spectacular views over the harbour and down across Bar Beach, and if you’re visiting between approximately May – October, you may even spot some whales. Check out which markets are on whilst you’re in town, as both Hunt & Gather and The Olive Tree Market draw huge crowds with their collections of stalls, flowers and food. And take a wander along Darby Street, home to some gorgeous boutiques and very close to the Newcastle Art Gallery.

Image via Nicola Goring

Finding a hotel overlooking the harbour will have you close by to several beaches, shops and cafes, as well as Honeysuckle Drive. There are beautiful private properties available too, such as The Beach House and Cohen’s On The Park. Larger hotels may have spa amenities, but why not head out to The Golden Door Retreat in the Hunter Valley to indulge? You’ll be able to stock up on gorgeous wines and cheeses whilst there, and perhaps see some beautiful native wildlife. And if you’re looking for some less energetic entertainment in town, The Regal Cinema offers small screenings of current and classic films, with your choice of port and cheese, a cocktail or some sweet treats!

There’s no doubt about it, Newcastle is a beautiful city with culture, fabulous food and stunning scenery! Perfect for a relaxing, memory filled honeymoon!

Ms Polka Dot says: Newcastle has shed its image of a coal city and offers all the cosmopolitan delights of a much larger centre – and it’s right on our doorstep – a perfect place for a honeymoon.

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).