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Hotel Academie – Saint Germain

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe, Where To Stay


Nicola Goring


Image via Hotel Academie

Ah Paris! The city of love! When thinking about dream places for a honeymoon, it’s likely this beautiful city will be in your Top 10. And if you’re planning a grand European adventure, France can provide the romance (and the cheese!) for the perfect holiday.

To make this process much easier for you, I have the perfect place for you to stay!

With its address placing it firmly in the quintessential Parisian neighbourhood of Saint Germain-des-Pres, Hotel Academie allows easy access to everything you’ll want to see, as well as being on the door stop to winding paths and cobblestone alleys in which to get lost and discover the magic of Paris.



Images via Hotel Academie

The hotel lobby is beautifully finished with natural stone walls and beams, and the plum highlights and heavy drapery add an elegant feel. The rooms are styled  in the same way with stunning French provincial chairs, heavy framed portraits and luxurious bedding.Even though the elements are ornate and traditional in style, there is a gorgeous lightness to the interior which feels instantly cosy and calming.

The bathrooms are spacious and luxurious in white marble, and are stocked well with lovely little toiletries. There is no other way to say it then to suggest the rooms are perfectly French, and absolutely beautiful because of it!


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 Rue des Saints-Peres

The hotel itself supplies a lovely buffet breakfast and other items during the day, but being so close to many bakeries, cafes and restaurants makes it very difficult to stay in. One needs only to step out of the hotel to see chocolate shops and florists, and then wander a little further to uncover treasure troves of delicious delights. Les Deux Magots is a very famous restaurant in the area, being frequented by Ernest Hemmingway, Oscar Wilde and others, as well as Cafe De Flore which had Picasso and Sartre as regular patrons. However it won’t take long to wander off the beaten path and make discoveries of your own; discoveries that may delight you more than a well-known tourist spot.

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Saint Germain is known for its book stores, antique shops and small art galleries, and it won’t take long once you leave this hotel to discover a world so Parisian you’ll want to tie a scarf jauntily around your neck and read an old novel on the banks of the Seine.

All of the major galleries and museums are within one kilometre of the hotel, and for the attractions of Paris that are further afield there is an easily accessible Metro station just two streets away. There are numerous outdoor attractions that could hold your attention for days if not weeks, including some of the most beautifully designed gardens you will ever stroll through, hopefully with a baguette in hand!


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All image by Nicola Goring unless otherwise credited

There is nothing better than having a home away from home when travelling, and the Hotel Academie provides a beautiful base camp whilst you discover the tree-lined avenues of this stunning French city. Be sure to listen to some jazz, buy some macarons (if you make it to Champs-Elysees you could even pop into Laduree!) and walk until your legs feel they’re about to fall off. Don’t worry though – you’ve got a beautiful room waiting for you!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A beautiful hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of Paris; a fabulous base from which to explore the romance of the City of Love!

About Nicola Goring – 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).

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Hidden Balinese Escapes

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Asia


Bec Lawrence

Candle lit dinner

Image via The Samaya

Fancy a secret overseas honeymoon getaway that isn’t far from home? Australian favourite, Bali, is perfect for your escape! For many years Australians have boasted their love for the tropical Indonesian island but there still are some hidden gems. Check out our list below for something different to do on your Balinese trip.

What to do:

Venture off to the Campuhan Ridge Walk where you can follow the nine kilometre track through the lush hillsides. The walk will take you passed intricately carved temples and rice fields. There’s options for the more experienced trekker and a lighter walk for those of you who would rather take it easy. The views on the trek are enough of a highlight, let alone the fact that it’s free and there’s a village nearby where you can stop for a bite to eat.



Images via Campuhan Ridge Walk

Not many people can say they have been in a submarine, but you can! Take off for a 45 minute trip with Odyssey Submarine and explore Bali underwater. The submarine was built to hold around 36 people and can go as deep as 150 feet. The air conditioned vessel will embark on the underwater journey from Amuk Bay and treat you to views of Bali from below.


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Bali is the perfect place to appreciate the natural beauties of the world. There are many hot spots to check out the island’s waterfalls, some more popular than others. One of our favourites is Banyumala Twin Waterfalls –  it’s tricky to find but well worth the challenge. Make sure you take a few minutes to cool off and soak up the scenery.

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Image via Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Where to eat:

After a romantic dinner for two? Why not make it a more private affair. Samabe offer an amazing ‘in cave’ dining experience located on a private beach. Escape the crowds and savour this candlelit four course meal with your other half. You’ll find the cave on a cliff top in Nusa Dua providing spectacular views of the ocean.

In cave dining

Image via Samabe Bali Suites and Villas

How about a romantic candle lit reservation for two? Picture this: one hundred candles twinkling by the Ayung river, scattered rose petals and the sole company of your significant other. At The Samaya Ubud, the only table will be the one occupied by you! On this amazingly special evening you can expect a six course tasting menu which can be altered before the night depending on your tastes.


Image via The Samaya

Where to stay:

If you’re looking for privacy during your stay, Viceroy Bali has a breath-taking room that may appeal to your tastes. The room, Vice Regal Villa II, proudly promotes a private pool, spectacular views of the Petanu River valley as well as indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Regardless of which room you select Viceroy Bali also offer complimentary breakfast, WIFI, 24 hour room service, natural soap products amongst a few other extras.

Vice Regal Villa II

Vice Regal Villa II bed

Vice Regal Villa II bath

Images via Viceroy Bali

For something a little different visit Villa Laksmana Hideaway. Somewhat of a hidden gem providing the ultimate private escape, it is located in a prime location within walking distance of restaurants and markets . The intimate setting and size of the villa will make you feel secluded from the hustle of Seminyak’s busy streets. How divine is your private swimming pool!

Villa Laksmana Hideaway bed


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Images via Villa Laksmana Hideaway

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: How beautifully romantic; better escape to Bali soon before our hidden secrets aren’t so secret!

Honeymoons A – Z: Koh Tao

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Asia


Naomi Neilson

Koh Tao

Image via Samui Boat Charter

The incredibly beautiful Thai island has been a much-loved source of relaxation and comfort for more than a few long, luxurious decades. The island offers some of the most incredible sites of Thailand, both above the island amongst the tropical rainforests, and from below the surface where the abundance of colours brings out a whole new part of the paradise. Spend your days with your significant other being pampered in your very own, very private villa. Or emerge from the well of relaxation to explore the beauty of Thailand’s Koh Tao. Whatever you decide to do, we promise it will be full of romance.

5 Places to Stay
The beautiful Thai island offers a range of beautiful, luxurious places to relax away the days during your honeymoon. All offer complete and utter privacy in your very own slice of paradise – they’re almost too relaxing!

The Haad Tien Beach Resort
This little slice of paradise in Koh Tao offers a private, romantic escape. In this beautiful resort, you and your significant other can step into your very own world, complete with a villa and pool, private snorkelling trips, and an exquisite breakfast every day at the resorts Sea Restaurant. The tranquil background provides a stunning backdrop to your Thailand honeymoon escape.


Image via The Haad Tien Beach Resort

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Located conveniently close to restaurants, bars, shops and beaches, this charming hotel is a collection of nine luxury villas that offer complete privacy, your very own infinity pool and absolute relaxation. These luxe villas ensure you and your newlywed can enjoy your own piece of paradise, far enough away from the bustle of Koh Tao, but close enough to the highlights.


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Aminjirah Resort
This intimate resort is a favourite for tourists, and it’s easy to see why! The gorgeous hotel creates vibrant and tropical settings in each of their unique rooms. Perched on a hillside, the resort has extraordinary views of the island – and it’s that much more breathtaking in their sky pool. Enjoy the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the island all day round.

Aminjirah Resort

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Jamahkiri Resort & Spa
At this spectacular resort there is almost no reason to leave! If it weren’t for just how unbelievable the rest of the island is, we would recommend spending most of your time here! With tropical gardens, pools, spa, recreational facilities and fine dining, the resort has it all. The natural comfort of the resort allows guests to feel the complete serenity of the beauty of Thailand.

Jamahkiri Resort & Spa

Image via Jamahkiri Resort & Spa

Monkey Flower Villa
Nestled in the tropical gardens of Koh Tao and overlooking Sairee Beach, this villa offers some of the most stunning views of Thailand. The privacy of the villa allows guests to bask in the comfort of peace and relaxation and, when you’re ready to emerge, it’s close enough to the best of Koh Tao. To top it all off, the villa comes with your very own driver too! It’s simply spectacular!

Monkey Flower Villa

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5 Places to Visit

Laem Thian Bay
This is a beautiful rocky outcrop that’s perfect for exploration! If you’re lucky you might happen across a sea turtle or two. If not, there’s plenty more to see. It’s an incredibly gorgeous place to spend your day – if you’re looking for relaxation in the sun, you can’t go past Laem Thian.

Laem Thian Bay

Image via Koh Tao A Complete Guide

Koh Nang Yuan
Easily accessible from Koh Tao, this island is definitely worth the day trip. The beauty of the island is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – turquoise waters, white beaches, and the greenery of the island. It’s incredibly breathtaking. Here you can either spend the day on the beach or go for a dive with Crystal Dive. Enjoy the relaxation!

Chumphon Pinnacle
This is Koh Tao’s ultimate dive site. If you choose to go diving anywhere on the island, make sure it’s here! If you’re lucky, you’re sure to come across whalesharks, but if not there are still plenty of other marine life to spend your time with. Consider a diving service like Master Divers and get started!

Chumphon Pinnacle

Image via Master Divers

Ao Leuk Bay
This is a lovely spot to spend your day either snorkelling, swimming, or sunning yourselves on the white sand of the beach. Take some time to explore the reefs and the colours that live there and then grab something to eat from any number of cafes and restaurants that dot the edges of the beach.

Thian Og Bay
Known best as ‘Shark Bay,’ this private beach is home to reef sharks that frequent the waters – don’t worry though, they aren’t dangerous! But if you’d prefer to steer clear, stay at the beach and relax in the shallows. This little part of the island had its last resort close in 2007, so it’s completely open to visitors looking for a private escape from the bustle of the island.

Shark Bay

Image via Koh Tao A Complete Guide

5 Things to Do
Watch the sunset on the Sairee Beach, take a dive and explore the world underneath the surface, hike and climb up to witness the true beauty of the island, and hop on a tour boat service to see the incredible sights that await you. Koh Tao is a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be explored. Pull yourself away from the pampering in your villa and start your own sun-filled adventure.

Boat Trip Around the Island
What could sound more romantic? Lounge on the deck of a boat and relax in the warmth of the sun on your skin. You can do this with tour groups, like Ferry Samui, or make it a private occasion. Pack a picnic and head out to the waters, all the while admiring the incredibly beauty that is Koh Tao from afar.

Koh Tao Charter

Image via Samui Boat Charter

Sairee and Sunsets
The Sairee Beach is Koh Tao’s longest and most popular beach. Although there are plenty more beaches in Koh Tao to explore (all equally gorgeous), there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset from Sairee. Rent a boat or hop on a tour service, like Samui Boat Charter and watch the sunset from the water. Or bring your bathers and go for a swim, all the while admiring how much more beautiful the island becomes at sunset. If you prefer, there are restaurants and cafes nearby to grab a bite at too!

If you’re in Koh Tao, don’t let the opportunity to get up and close with its marine life get away! Underneath the surface is a whole new world – complete with sea turtles! Whether you choose to stay close to the island, or head out further with a group, you’re sure to find that the romance of your honeymoon is made that much more special under the water. Crystal Dive is one of many fantastic tour services that offer diving lessons and sessions.


Image via Crystal Dive

From any part of the island you’re sure to be absolutely blown away by the beauty of Koh Tao, but it’s nothing like it is from up high. Go for a hike to visit places like Mao Bay and Mae Head which all have amazing panoramic views. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine (and make sure you’re prepared for the climb!) and watch the sunset with an elevated view.

Restaurants of Koh Tao
There is no shortage of spectacular restaurants in Koh Tao! Whatever you’re feeling like, Koh Tao has it! Make sure you check out places like the Barracuda and 995 Roasted Duck. They are only some of the amazing places to dine in – make sure you go exploring and try everything!


Image via Barracuda

Thailand’s Koh Tao is an incredibly gorgeous island honeymoon destination. Bask in the sunshine of the island on one of the many white beaches or take a dive beneath the surface to see more of its beauty. Koh Tao, Thailand’s lovely island, is so full of sunshine and romance you’ll be sure to fall in love with it.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A beautiful tropical dream – the beaches and diving look amazing! 

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