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If you and your beloved are looking for a romantic getaway, secluded from the hustle and bustle of capital cities then the Cook Islands is the place to book for your honeymoon! Renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear blue water and snorkelling, the Cook Islands is the ideal place for that special one on one time. What more could you want? Here are six things to love…

1. Luxury Beachfront Accommodation. On the beautiful island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Heliconia Hideaway, offers unique and private beach front accommodation offering luxury and peace of mind. Located on the front of one of the prettiest beaches on the island and surrounded by breathtaking tropical foliage, Heliconia Hideaway definitely lives up to its name with private access to the beach, privacy, size and features, offering you and your partner a perfect opportunity to take in all that the South Pacific Islands have to offer. Image via Heliconia Hideaway. 

2. Te Vara Nui Village. A perfect way for you and your new husband to immerse yourselves in the culture and experience a great night would to book a Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga. This 5-hour activity combines a fun and interactive cultural village tour, followed by a spectacular over water night show with an Island/Western fusion buffet dinner.  You two will be automatically transported to an inner sanctum of tropical gardens hidden from the rest of the world, where tantalizing food and exquisite competition winning dancers light up the hearts and minds of guests with their fire, and the sounds of the passionate troupe of 10 drummers, ukulele and conch shell players. How romantic! Image via Trip Advisor

3. Snorkelling Adventures. With such pristine waters it would be wrong for you and your hubby not to indulge yourselves by going snorkelling! Aroa Marine Reserve is renowned for its warm clear waters, mesmerising views of coral and fish. So why not get hold of a pair of flippers and snorkel and enjoy an afternoon together exploring the waters of the Cook Islands. Or why not go out a bit further in the sea and explore the Wreck of the Matai? This historic land piece has been located in the waters of Cook Islands since 1916. What better way to see and understand more about the island. Image via Trip Advisor. 

4. Koteka Winery. Discover the unique flavours of banana wine at Muri’s Koteka Winery or visit the winery’s stall at Avarua’s weekly market. The wine is mixed with whatever fruit is in season – anything from passionfruit to mango or orange. There’s also vodka and fresh vanilla pods for sale. Grab a bottle of this fresh local brew and watch the sunset on the beach while sipping away on this tropical blend. Honeymoon bliss! Image via Lonely Planet

5. Island exploring. An island worth exploring is the Aitutaki  Island. A nice lush island with gorgeous bird species and enchanting turquoise waters, Morurakua is a perfect place for you two love birds to explore and have a beach picnic. Pick up some local produce at the Aitutaki Market and laze around for the afternoon on this beautiful secluded island. Image via Cook Islands Tourism

6. Trek time. If you and your new spouse are looking to get a bit of exercise in whilst on your indulgent honeymoon, then Cross-Island Track would be ideal. The three to four hour guided hike from the north to south coasts via the Te Rua Manga (Needle) is Rarotonga’s most popular walk. This vigorous walk will allow you two to see beautiful views of natural scenery, waterfalls and learn about the history of Cook Islands. And why not snap a photo when you reach the top! Image via Lonely Planet. 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Beautifully relaxing; swimming in the aqua blue waters and walking the scenic trails sound heavenly!

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Stunning destination weddings and dreamy wanderlust locations were on our Polka Dot Honeymoons travel itinerary this year; so grab your travel bag as you say ‘Bon voyage’ and come on an romantic adventure with us as we re-visit our top posts for 2016!

1. Kiri & Damien’s Santorini Destination Wedding

The bright white and sky blue of Santorini’s buildings are always a dream to pour over and when they come with a wedding, this couple found it’s the perfect escape!

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Image by Vangelis Photography

2. Honeymoons A – Z: Amalfi Coast

With its unique history and picture postcard views at every turn, we swooned over the Amalfi Coast as a honeymooners’ paradise!

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3. Romantic Staycations At The Mansion Hotel and Spa At Werribee Park

“We’re greeted at the door by the very dashing Cedric who whisks us through the beautifully decorated hotel lobby, past Joseph’s Restaurant and bar and through the long corridors to our suite – all the while telling us the history behind the beautiful estate. The finishing jewel in the crown of course was the bottle of chilled French champagne with handwritten note welcoming us to the hotel.”

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4. Anna & Paul’s Lisbon Destination Wedding

“We met at London at a house party. We chose Lisbon as the destination for our wedding as it such a beautiful old city with steep hills and vintage trams and it was also the city in which we got engaged!”

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Image by Piteira Photography

5. A Romantic WA Glamping Getaway

If waking up to birdsong in luxury sounds like a honeymoon dream, then a WA glamping getaway could be your ideal way to welcome in married life.

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6. One and Only Hayman Island

Paradise. The only word to possibly describe the magic of the crystal clear waters and luxury accommodation that we found at One and Only!

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7. Zoe & Andrew’s Royal Pita Maha Ubud Wedding

“It was the most perfect day; the hotel was amazing and the beautiful views of the lush greenery and rural landscape were breathtaking.”

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Image by Elk and Willow

8. Get Busy In The Maldives

After a day of sun and honeymoon pampering at one of the most luxurious places in the world, we discovered there are plenty of things to do to get busy in the Maldives!

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9. Sarah & Paul’s Koh Samui Destination Wedding

With a love of relaxation, island holidays and their favourite people, Sarah and Paul chose Koh Samui to tie the knot.

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Image by Wild at Heart Photography

10. A Magical Night At Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Such a romantic escape – either for a wedding or dreamy honeymoon; you’ll never want to leave!

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Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and a rainforest, Palm Cove basically screams ultimate honeymoon destination! With endless white sand beaches and glorious coconut palms, the warm ocean water makes Palm Cove one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. Situated only 30 minutes from Cairns airport, Palm Cove has recently risen to become the number one spot in Australia to have your wedding or honeymoon…here are six things to love…

1. Romantic Getaway. When booking your honeymoon in Palm Cove you want to look for accommodation that you and your new hubby can nestle away in private. Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Penthouse is the ideal location to enjoy that special one on one time. Located on the fourth floor, take the spiral staircase from your fully furnished balcony and find your way to a private rooftop terrace with spa, BBQ and outdoor setting. The resort also has a lagoon style pool, spa, restaurant and its own private walkway to the pristine beach. Absolute honeymoon bliss. Image via Pullman Hotels and Resorts. 

2. Divine Dining. An absolute stunning restaurant for you two newly weds to indulge in would be Nu Nu Restaurant. As Palm Cove’s only absolute beachfront restaurant, Nu Nu offers spectacular views of the Coral Sea, framed by lush palm trees. With previous recognition from Gourmet Traveller as Regional Restaurant of the Year, Nu Nu is the ultimate tropical beach restaurant destination in Australia. Using fresh local produce and having a premium wine, beer and cocktail list, Nu Nu is the go to place for any love birds. If you are looking for somewhere to have a late lunch with a few cheeky cocktails, Chill Cafe Palm Cove is a go to place. With relaxing vibes, enjoy a picture postcard backdrop framed by palms, golden sand, the Coral Sea and distant green hills as soulful, eclectic music delights your senses and you enjoy some oysters and a cocktail. Image via NuNu Restaurant.

3. Unwind and Dine. If you two love birds are looking to relax and unwind as well as get a bit to eat then Peppers Beach Club Spa & Lunch Package is the ideal thing. Unwind in the serene surrounds of Peppers Beach Club and take advantage of this relaxing offer, which includes lunch on the deck overlooking the ocean and an exquisite 45 minute massage or facial at the award winning Peppers Beach Club Spa. Perfect for any honeymooners! Image via Peppers Beach Club.

4. Morning Bliss. Hire a car one day and drive into Cairns and book a dawn hot air ballon ride. For a truly memorable experience, try a balloon flight at dawn over the Atherton Tablelands. Their giant balloons glide gently over the bush land and farms of the Mareeba Valley. Perfect way for you and your new husband to start the day off. How romantic! Image via Local Tourism Network

5. Exquisite Evenings. Looking for something interesting to do one night, then book a Flames of the Forest – Rainforest Dining Experience. Book a table for two and enjoy a six course tasting menu of local flavours accompanied by premium Australian wines, beers and soft drinks whilst enjoying the mellow sounds of a solo acoustic guitarist. In a candle lit forest setting under a silk lined marquee with hand made crystal chandeliers, this is honeymoon bliss and a way to indulge in Palm Cove’s best local produce. Image via Flames of the Forest.

6. Photography Time. What better way for you to capture images of your honeymoon then doing Capture Cairns Photography Tours. Receive personalised photography lessons whilst on your day tour – from the white sands of Fitzroy Island or the magnificent views from the Skyrail to the elegant setting of the Botanical gardens or underwater on the Great Barrier Reef. What a beautiful way to remember your honeymoon. Image via Calypso Reef Imagery Centre.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So close to home, a Palm Cove honeymoon is romantic bliss; a hot air balloon ride at dawn is a ‘must do’ on my list!