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6 Things To Love About Hobart

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Hobart, an old style city, is one for the ages. Breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and bush lands and the fresh crisp air create a cosy backdrop for a honeymoon. Here are six things to love about this city fringed by wilderness.

1. Oysters. Tasmania is home to some of the world’s freshest, tastiest oysters, and it’s no accident. Their cold, clean waters, temperate climate and largely unspoiled natural environment result in some of the best seafood on the market. Enjoy these seafood delights freshly shucked from the water or pair them with a tangy dressing on top. Check out the Barilla Bay Oyster Farm for a taste of our favourite treats – don’t forget  glass of bubbles too!

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2. Cruise Hobart. What better way to explore all of Hobart than to sail around it; perfectly romantic for you love birds to get a bit of one on one time abroad Hobart’s natural serenity. The Full Day Sailing experience cruises along Hobart’s Derwent River, where you will be able to take in the views of historic landmark buildings and stunning coastal scenery from the water. Dare to get behind the wheel and steer the yacht, laze on the large sunny deck, swim off the side and indulge in a fresh local produce lunch. Keep your eye out for dolphins and whales all in a day’s sail.

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3. Boutique Hideaway. When you and your new husband are booking your honeymoon, there are usually three main things on your checklist when organising it. Good food and drinks, gorgeous views and luxury accommodation! So why not stay at Tasmania’s most awarded boutique hotel, Islington. The serene and relaxing luxury boutique apartments gaze directly up to the mountains through rhododendron and cherry gardens.

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4. Artistic Afternoon. The truly enlightening museum, MONA, is a ferry ride from Hobart’s harbour front. The Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) is an innovative and truly world-class institution. Created by David Walsh, he describes it as a Disneyland for adults. So why not go and explore the three levels of spectacular underground galleries, which showcase more than 400 pieces of work.

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5. Brunching. A great place to satisfy those breakfast cravings in Hobart, that is super cute and trendy is Pilgrim Coffee. With exposed brick walls, timber beams and the smell of coffee brewing this place is Hobart’s hippest cafe. From Pilgrim Breakfast to Cocoa Waffles, Pilgrim Coffee is sure to have something you love with a bit of a twist…and of course coffee.

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6. Market Envy. If you two newlyweds want to cook up a storm one night then be sure to get to the Farm Gate Market before you do. Overflowing with fresh fruit, veg, honey, wine, baked goods, beer and smoked meats you are more than 100 per-cent likely to find some fresh local Tassie produce to indulge in. Situated on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Melville Street, Hobart, this market has been a huge success for years and is held every Sunday. So grab a few bags between you and taste and smell your way through the market frenzy.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With its captivating history, culture – and gourmet adventures – it’s no wonder Hobart is on our list of top places to visit!

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Polka Dot Travel Lounge welcomes Annette, a serial adventurer who is the author of the book Bucket List Adventures. She’s a social media influencer, and creator of the award winning travel blog, Bucket List Journey, a site that encourages readers to step out of their box in order to live their dreams. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Annette about some of the top spots for your romantic honeymoon. Prepare yourself for your next trip, these recommendations sound amazing!

What is your favourite region?

I have been fortunate to travel to some pretty incredible places around the world. Some of my favourites are the Galapagos Islands for the unique wildlife, Switzerland for the green rolling hills and the serenity of Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert.

But, there is one place that I can never get enough of because of the endless exploration opportunities. Tokyo can not ever get boring. While there I ate beef that was creatively shaped like a brain, served to me inside of my private jail cell by women dressed in pink nurses’ outfits. I drank my coffee next to a dozen felines at a quirky cat café, confirming my preference for dogs. And I found out exactly what all the buttons on the Japanese toilet do (enjoying some outcomes much more than others).

There are not many places that would provide such peculiar and unexpected forms of entertainment, but Tokyo is a city of many colourful facets; a mix of avant-garde and traditional. It is a town where the illuminated skyscrapers cohabitate with historic temples, unusual anime shops and cherry blossom lined streets. It is a destination where you can attend a lively tuna auction hours before daybreak, eat skewers of yakitori in the seedy Piss Alley or scramble across one of the biggest intersections in the world with hundreds of others. In other words, Tokyo is just fabulous.

Top resort recommendation?

Not considered your conventional romantic destination, the Santa Teresita Resort & Spa in Guatemala is an underrated destination for couples. You can spend an afternoon sipping on fresh fruit smoothies and soaking in their four outdoor thermals pools that are meant to improve circulation and relieve stress.

Evenings are meant to be enjoying dinner at the modern Las Mengalas restaurant, while looking out of the floor to ceiling windows. Dine on traditional dishes that are reinvented using local products. As if that’s not enough, then you will go to your room. Their trendy Kawilal Hotel is a leader in the sustainability movement practicing efficiency in energy use, water use and material selections. Even the rooms’ roofs are built with gardens, keeping the inside temperature comfortable without the use of an air conditioner. When you open the sliding glass doors, the lines between indoors and outdoors will be blurred.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

My perfect honeymoon activities would be the perfect mix of romance and adventure, all the while creating unforgettable memories as a newlywed couple. A very special bonding experience to share would be conquering a fear together. Try zip lining through the Costa Rican rain forest or taking a helicopter ride over a Hawaiian volcano. For a little romance, set up a wine-pairing dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant or take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. A simple activity, and one of my favourites with my husband was hiking through the California redwoods, then setting up a hammock between two giants trees and lounging there listening to the sound of nature.

The ideal location for a proposal.

I think the ideal location for a proposal would have to be a place meaningful to you both, like a location where you had a memorable experience early on in your relationship, a destination that you’ve always wanted to travel to or while doing an adventure on your bucket list.

If my husband of almost 20 years were to propose to me again (how sweet would that be?) I would want it to either be at an Irish castle fit for a princess (like Dromoland in Clare!) or after hiking to the top of a Glacier Point in Yosemite where there was a champagne picnic waiting. These are two places that would have a personal meaning to us.

Best kept secret honeymoon location.

On a budget, staying near (or in) a national park is the best-kept secret. A place like Yosemite Valley, which is the centrepiece of Yosemite National Park in California, has grand waterfalls, flowing creeks, picturesque hiking and monumental granite cliffs. During the winter months it is a pure white wonderland for travellers who want to snowshoe, cross-country ski, make snowmen or simply sit in a lodge by a cosy fireplace. In the summer, take some waterfall hikes or a scenic drive and stay in a charming nearby B&B (we loved Tin Lizzie Inn). National parks are a chance to connect with nature and disconnect from technology.

For a more luxurious experience, take a road trip through the South of France. Plan overnight stays at all the quaint cities — don’t miss St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Perouges and Les Baux! There’s nothing that says romance more than strolling through cobbled streets line with cute shops and stopping at a tiny bistro along the way for a glass of Bordeaux.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: What amazing adventures – and stunning images. I think I may need to visit more national parks – Yosemite looks so dreamy!

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Planning an unforgettable African honeymoon? Enjoy chance encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife, dine and dance underneath the brilliant shine of thousands of stars, relax into the incredibly epic landscapes that stretch into miles of beauty, and, above all, fall right back in love over and over again in a country where history, tradition, and culture transcend time. Africa is rich in romance for newlyweds looking for the ultimate getaway so believe us when we say that if you’re looking for that once-in-a-lifetime memory, there is no better place than Africa.

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Praslin Island, Seychelles

This stunningly gorgeous island is the most perfect place on the planet to just relax. The sleepy, incredibly peaceful slice of paradise is home to some of the most unforgettably beautiful white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests. The picturesque views and dreamlike atmosphere almost looks too good to be real. Here, you won’t be too far from a beach—a beach that you’ll never tire looking at. Pick one, or spend a day hopping from one beach to another. Wherever you go, you’re bound to find someplace that feels like your own piece of heaven. When you’ve finished watching the sun set over the horizon, return to the luxury resorts of Raffles or Lemuria.

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Waterfalls are often the perfect backdrop for romance. Maybe it’s the way the orange and pink light of the setting sun bounces off the rushing water, or maybe it’s because they are almost always surrounded by the picturesque view of a rainforest where colours are heightened so much that it’s like another world. Whatever it is, waterfalls, and especially Victoria Falls, are the perfect honeymoon dream spot. Victoria Falls shows off the beauty that dubbed it the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. If you’re lucky, you may get to experience the Flight of Angels, courtesy of Sobek and Safari Par Excellence. For somewhere close to stay, consider checking into the Toka Leya Camp for a safari tent overlooking the incredibly beautiful Zambezi and its islands.

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

Cape Winelands in South Africa is the best known wine-producing area in Africa, and with a stunning mountain range and an explosion of colours, it’s also one of the most incredible. It is possible to explore the entire region in a day, but we recommend taking your time and checking out some of the events—like whale watching, swimming with seals and skydiving! Book direct with Winelands Explore and then return to any number of the extraordinary places to stay, like the Grande Roche Hotel. While you’re there, don’t forget to test and taste the amazing array of wine choices!

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Great Rift Valley, Kenya

The Great Rift Valley is world renowned for its spectacular views and scenery that stretches 6,000 miles over towering, snow-capped mountains to tundra landscapes, and it is home to an abundance of breathtaking lakes that lie along its length. The Great Rift Valley is also home to over 500 species of bird, which makes this part of Africa one of the most colourful. You may also see black rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more! For a bit of adventure on your honeymoon, consider a safari or tour with African Budget Safaris before winding down back at the Hotel Great Rift Valley Lodge.

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Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the most wonderful—but underrated—honeymoon destinations in Africa. The incredible island offers honeymooners the option to relax and enjoy the turquoise-blue waters on the white sands of their beaches, or enjoy an adventure in the numerous forests that stretch out to accommodate wildlife lovers. For a honeymoon with equal parts of both, consider the private island of Tsarabanjina where you and your significant other can enjoy diving and snorkelling, luxury accommodation, and spontaneous searches for lemurs! Take a tour with Imagine Africa for the best experience, or start your own at the Constance.

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For an unforgettable honeymoon that’s full of iconic wildlife, exotically exciting landscapes, ancient wonders, and a beautiful culture, you absolutely have to travel to Africa! There are so many incredible locations across the country that are rich in romance for newlyweds—so what are you waiting for?

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Superbly beautiful, Africa is at the top of my list for romantic honeymoon adventures! Imagine seeing Victoria Falls from high above in a helicopter  – unforgettable!