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London’s Uber Chic Ham Yard Hotel

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Where To Stay


Chloe van der Werf

Planning a UK honeymoon getaway and fancy a quirky, yet uber chic hotel stay? Be sure to pop London on to your itinerary. Where to stay? Ham Yard Hotel. Whilst the name is rather odd, the hotel is far from it. Featuring a drawing room, library, spa, gym, theatre, Sunday cinema and a wait for it … a 1950’s style bowling alley! Yes a 50’s inspired bowling alley, you can’t get much cooler than that! As well as a gorgeous rooftop garden that has sweeping views of the Soho skyline, what more you could you ask for?

The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden, with a bronze sculpture centrepiece. Ham Yard boasts 91 individually designed bedrooms and suites, as well as 24 apartments for those lovebirds after a little more space. My favourite being the ever so gorgeous and quirky Terrace Suite. All suites are light and airy with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the tree-lined garden, oak flooring throughout and a marble bathroom, this suite is fit for a queen. You can make it that little more special with a suite package. This includes arrival and departure transfers, an unpacking service, fresh flowers daily, champagne on arrival, kitchen hamper and a daily English style breakfast  – and this is just to name a few of the delights this package has to offer!

Once you are both all settled in why not book a spa treatment? I am not sure about you ladies, but a honeymoon isn’t a honeymoon without a bit of pampering is it? The hotel’s Soholistic Spa offers guests a range of delightful indulgences, and it will be deserved after such a long flight! Think facial therapies, body scrubs, massage treatments and everything in between. You and your love will come out feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

Now after all the pampering you have surely worked up an appetite, so why not wander on down to the hotel’s ever so eclectic drawing room and have a sweet or savoury (I’ll have both thanks!) afternoon tea. Not in the mood for tea? The menu offers a range of Champagne to complement your afternoon delight, it is a celebration after all! Please note, bookings are to be made in advance.

After an afternoon and evening of pampering and scrumptious food, you’ll wake in the morning ready to explore all that London has to offer and Ham Yard is in the perfect location to get out and sightsee on foot. Located in the heart of theatreland, where live shows, musicals, plays and concerts are plentiful and surrounded by Soho’s trendy cafes, bars and shops, there is plenty to sip, see and eat. If you would like to do a spot of high-end shopping, Mayfair is just a block away and features some of the worlds best luxury stores. While London’s world-class attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and the Natural History Museum are not far away, you certainly won’t run out of things to see or do during your stay.

Have you fallen in love and want to know more? Check out Ham Yard’s website for special packages and all that this bespoke hotel has to offer.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m in love! So chic and fun – the bowling alley looks amazing!

Review: The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia, Real Honeymoons, Reviews


Polka Dot Bride

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A city break is one of the best things about living in the city – so often we get trapped in our daily lives in the suburbs we forget about all the great things a city has to offer. Well Mr Polka and I decided a night away from home was just the ticket for a weekend away and we booked a room at The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne for a little city escape.

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My favourite rooms at the Grand Hyatt are their Grand Suites. Located with corner aspects, they have amazing views over the city. The rooms come complete with a separate living room, working desk and kitchenette (and second half bathroom) making them a great choice for entertaining, getting ready on your wedding day or just having a cosy space for your weekend.

Knowing this, we’d booked one of these suites for our city escape, but upon our arrival the hotel had other plans in store for us and we were handed keys to the Ambassador Suite. One of the Grand Hyatt’s crowning jewels, we knew this hotel room might ruin us for any other room for life!

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The Ambassador Suite sits on the top floor of the hotel and is the size of a small apartment. An expansive living room opens to a dining room and extensive kitchenette with microwave, kettle and Nespresso machine. A separate door opens to the main bedroom (complete with king size bed, TV and surround sound) as well as a walk in robe and bathroom with spa bath, rainfall shower, double sinks and mood lighting.

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The view from this level is second to none – looking over each and every rooftop of the city below. While the bedroom is intimate in size, it’s a nice nook away from the expansive living areas. Complete with black out blinds, we choose to sleep with the blinds open – the sparkling lights of the city a welcome sight against the inky night sky.

The service at the Grand Hyatt is always wonderful – from the moment we are greeted at our car by the smiling valet, to the surprise delivery of sparkling wine and chocolates with a handwritten note to our room.

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Located in the heart of the city, my favourite part is how close it is to everything. Mr Polka forgets a shirt (because Murphy’s Law is that he always forgets something!) and is able to get to David Jones and back at 5.40pm before our dinner reservation. Dinner is an easy walk, and returning for nightcap cocktails in on-site Ru-Co Bar, knowing we just need to hop in the lift before we kick off our shoes, is a welcome relief.

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As an Ambassador Suite guest, we have access to the Club Lounge where guests can check in and out as well as enjoying a range of facilities. This private area is located on the 31st floor of the hotel and serves up all day snacks and beverages with cocktails and canapés between 6-8pm and hot buffet breakfast from 6am. The hotel’s function areas are complete with two ballrooms and the beautifully designed Residence space, which offers weddings and events with the concept of a private mansion but with the facility of a big hotel.

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The Hyatt comes complete with the facilities you know and love at hotels – free Wi-Fi, a state of the art gym, tennis court, basketball court, pool and spa as well as the onsite Restaurant Collins Kitchen and Lobby Lounge for a casual tea or coffee. Unfortunately, we only had time this stay to visit Ru Co Bar and their strawberry daiquiris, white Russians and French martinis, but they are quite the perfect way to end a night in the city.

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Images taken by Ms Polka Dot

The Ambassador Suite is so big, one can admit to feeling a little lost amongst it walls. We spent much time planning how we could move in, feeling like it could quite happily fit our books and clothes. It’s the perfect size for getting ready with multiple bridesmaids, photographers, videographers and a hair and makeup team and it’s also a romantic enough space to feel pampered when you arrive from a long day of wedding celebrations, or escape to Melbourne for a closer to home honeymoon.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh I love the romance of a weekend away in the city – and I also love the idea of a couple of white Russians too – perfect! 

Stunning “Untamed” Australian Landscapes

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia


Ms Chinoiserie

It’s no secret that at Polka Dot Bride, we often find ourselves swooning over designer’s new releases – and this was certainly the case recently with the beautiful Grace Loves Lace “Untamed Romance” Collection.

But the luxurious silhouettes were not the only images we all fell in love with….the rugged beauty of the Australian bush captured by Kane Skennar on the shoot was also truly special.

In a land adorned with the ghost of Australian legends, a honeymoon escape to magnificent alpine Australia is indeed spellbinding; discover a place where romance hangs inexorably in the air and where the beauty of the wild dominates. Truly unforgettable….


Photographer: Kane Skennar
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