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One and Only Hayman Island

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews

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Paradise. The only way to possibly describe the magic that is One and Only at Hayman Island. Having been lucky enough to enjoy the crystal clear waters and luxuriousness of One and Only for a week over summer, I was completely enchanted by everything that the resort has to offer.

Flying into Hamilton Island, you can opt for either the one hour luxury launch transfer, complete with sparkling and canapes, or a private helicopter flight to complete your journey to One and Only Hayman Island. From the moment you begin your stay with the One and Only team, it is clear that they want you to love this island they call home as much as they do.

After being shown to our ocean view room which overlooked the new Aquazure pool and restaurant, the island was our playground to explore and we wasted no time in doing just that. Here are some of our activity and dining highlights from our stay.

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Activities:

The activities on offer at Hayman Island will keep you entertained for any length of stay! With two stunning pools, motorised and non motorised sports, bush walks, an award-winning spa, Great Barrier Reef adventures and dazzling air adventures, there is something for everyone. Having experienced much of what this stunning island has to offer throughout our stay, two of our favourite adventures are detailed below:

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Whitehaven Beach Helicopter Adventure

The activities team at One and Only are absolutely exceptional and we were so thrilled that we took their advice with an air experience. There are both sea plane and helicopter trips on offer, but wanting something just for the two of us, we opted for a helicopter. Our day included flying over and then landing on the beautiful Whitehaven Beach where we enjoyed a beautiful picnic and walk along the beach. An unforgettable experience for you and your loved one.

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Non Motorised Sports – Catamaran Sailing

The beach at Hayman Island is perfect for non motorised water sports and catamaran sailing was one of our favourites! Never having sailed before, the watersports team guided us through the techniques and then we were free to sail throughout the beach area as we pleased. It was such a perfect way to spend the morning with sunshine and crystal blue waters.

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This really is just the tip of the iceberg with activities. We both absolutely loved the spa treatments, the Langford Island picnic (and turtle sighting) was wonderful, the bush walk down to snorkelling at Blue Pearl Bay was well worth the hike and honestly, every activity that we experienced was excellent and professionally executed.

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Dining:

With six bars and restaurants on the island, every dining experience you have will not only be unique, but also of the finest quality. On our first night, we enjoyed a romantic dinner on the beach from the fine dining Fire restaurant. With the sun setting on the horizon and our personal waiters bringing out a delicious three course meal, it was the perfect way to start our week.

Another very special dining experience includes taking a table at the Fire restaurant which is an exquisite choice for a very romantic night. With decadent red drapes suspended from the room and live music playing throughout the evening, Fire restaurant was definitely a highlight from the week.

We ended the week with dinner at Aquazure restaurant (where we had also enjoyed many long lunches with sunset cocktails) and the selection of beautiful seafood and contemporary dishes was a great way to end a perfect week.

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If One and Only has sparked your interest not only got your honeymoon but for your ceremony and reception too, there are some stunning areas that will create the ultimate luxurious wedding. Whether it is a beach, garden or chapel ceremony that you’re interested in, the One and Only team will work with you to bring your dreams to life. Starting your lives together at One and Only…what more could you want?

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: One and Only is definitely on my list: absolute heaven at our doorstep!

Zoe & Andrew’s Royal Pita Maha Ubud Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia,

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Zoe and Andrew

Ubud in Bali is always a favourite for Australian destination weddings and Royal Pita Maha Ubud wedding captures all the magic of Bali and the added bliss of a very special love story. Zoe and Andrew chose Elk and Willow to capture their day.

On how they met, Zoe fills us in. “We met over 11 years ago at a friend’s birthday. Two of our good friends set us up and the rest is history!”

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The couple chose the Royal Pita Maha, Ubud for their wedding, which was planned and styled by Botanica Weddings. Zoe explains, “The hotel was amazing and the views were breathtaking. Botanica Weddings was the company I used to plan and organise my wedding. They did an amazing job and made it very easy for us just to enjoy the day.”

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Zoe chose a gown by Rue De Seine. She tells, “It was simple and elegant. I wanted something nice and light for the Bali weather.”

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Zoe’s brother in law played “Stand By Me” as she walked down the aisle.

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“The ceremony was very personal and relaxed. We wrote our own vows and had family share memories of us instead of readings.”

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“It was the most perfect day. We had many dramas leading up to the wedding though. We were delayed two days arriving, my dress got covered in black marks during transit, family members delayed, MC couldn’t get to the wedding. It was kinda cursed but it all worked out amazingly on the day.”

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Of their photographer, Zoe remarks, “My very good friend Jessica Andrews from Elk and Willow photography took my photos. I knew I was going to get amazing shots.”

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“Our wedding was quite small and intimate with 40 guests. We wanted everyone to enjoy it as much as us. There was lots of dancing and plenty of alcohol.”

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Of the first dance, Zoe remembers, “We danced to an acoustic  version of “I Wanna Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer.”

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Congratulations Zoe and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Elk and Willow for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Elk and Willow / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Botanica Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine / Bride’s Shoes: Edward Meller / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Venue: Royal Pita Maha, Ubud / Ceremony Officiant: Kim / Wedding Rings: Gold Blend

An Exciting 48-Hour Las Vegas Stopover

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Reviews

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Anika Reynolds
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With its glittering skyline, hedonistic pursuits and 24/7 action, Las Vegas may seem an unusual choice for a honeymoon destination. But, it’s not all bright lights and big nights; this desert resort city is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, plus offers exciting outdoor activities and fantastic food.

If you and your love are planning to honeymoon in the United States, a quick stop in Vegas could be the perfect contrast to the other cities on your itinerary.

So set aside 48 hours and set your watch to Vegas time – you’re going to the desert! Here are our top tips on how to spend your precious time in Nevada.

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Wander the strip

As soon as you arrive it’s time to hit the strip! Part of the fun of Las Vegas is strolling along the sidewalk and seeing the wild and wacky street performers, marvelling at the elaborate (and often outrageous!) hotel décor, discovering the incredible shopping options and enjoying great meals.

Peruse the malls at Caesar’s Palace, devour a burger at Gordon Ramsay BurGR within Planet Hollywood, and make the obligatory stop at the Bellagio to watch the choreographed fountains erupt into life.

Come nightfall, see the city skyline light up like a neon aurora and drop in to The Chandelier – a celestial three-tiered lounge nestled within The Cosmopolitan Hotel – for a cheeky cocktail or two.

See a world wonder

A Vegas stopover is not complete without an expedition to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, just beyond the border in Arizona. This natural wonder is best seen from the air and Sundance Helicopters has a number of touring options departing from Las Vegas to suit your time and style. For the best in viewing, time your flight for sunset.

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You and your love will enjoy a fully narrated flight from the strip, across the Mojave Desert, past the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and along the Colorado River before touching down inside the canyon, just when the canyon colours are at their richest. Upon landing you’ll enjoy a light picnic dinner and have plenty of photo taking time, before hopping back in the helicopter for the ride home as the sun sets – an unforgettable experience.

Hit the track

Rev up the romance, so to speak, with a lap or two in a seriously sexy supercar at Exotics Racing, located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is quintessential Vegas fun and even if you and your partner aren’t car enthusiasts, it’s difficult not to be seduced by Exotics Racing’s epic lineup of racing machines: think Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Corvette.

You can opt to drive yourself (under expert supervision) or be taken for a spin with a professional driver and enjoy a thrilling drifting experience – a real adrenaline buzz!

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Take in a show

You simply cannot stay in Vegas without seeing a show! With multiple concerts, circus acts, stand up comedies, magic shows and musicals showing at most hotels on the strip, there is no shortage of options. Depending on what you want to see, it could be advisable to book in advance before you leave home, particularly if you are short on time. However, spontaneity is also part of the fun and you can often snare last minute tickets for fantastic prices a few hours before curtain call at one of the street ticket vendors.

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A good tip is to allow plenty of time to arrive at the show venue, even if it’s at a hotel a few doors down from yours. You will quickly learn that walking in Vegas (and even crossing the road!) takes an inordinate amount of time (as does navigating through the hotel foyers) so set off extra early.

Fall in love with landscapes

Beyond the concrete metropolis is an arid wilderness well worth discovering. Pink Jeep Tours takes intrepid holidaymakers on once-in-a-lifetime off-road adventures. Book into the Valley of the Fire Tour and enjoy six hours exploring the oldest and largest state park in Nevada. During the journey, you’ll encounter ancient rock formations, petrified trees, unusual flora, petroglyphs and dreamy sandscapes and learn more about this intriguing part of the world along the way. A must-do for nature lovers, this tour includes stops to admire natural highlights like the Elephant Rock, White Dome and Rainbow Vista – so there are lots of incredible photo opportunities too!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A honeymoon stopover in the Entertainment Capital of the World is not to be missed – open 24/7, there’s so much to see and do!

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!

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