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Nathalia & Thilo’s Whimsical Lombok Beach Wedding

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

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Nathalia & Thio

Nathalia & Thilo wanted a beach side wedding for their special day, so they headed to Lombok and chose the stunning beachside location for their wedding. They worked closely with White Sand Weddings Lombok & Gili Islands  to bring their dream wedding to life – marrying right on the beach and eating and dancing with their loved ones under the stars.

Angga Permana Photo was there to capture the photographs.

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The bride and her bridesmaids wore custom made gowns, the bride creating the bouquets and hairpieces herself.

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Nathalia and Thilo chose Villa Sapi, Lombok for their wedding, explaining, “When Thilo and I began to plan our wedding, we knew that we wanted a day that was personal, intimate and most of all fun. We share a love for the ocean, so we knew from day one that we would be married on the beach. We took a short trip to Bali and Lombok, did some surveys and checked some venues. Our last venue to check was a lovely villa in Lombok, Indonesia called Villa Sapi and from the minute we walked in, we knew immediately that it was ‘the spot’. We had a beach-front ceremony on a white sand beach, overlooking the crystal clear water and perfectly blue sky.”

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Nathalia remembers, “One of the most special things for us was having all our favourite people together in a place that we are so fond of. I loved taking the sunset pictures right after the ceremony. It was gorgeous and a really special time for Thilo and I before we had to head to the magical dinner reception.”

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Nathalia remarks, “We were lucky to have glorious weather on the day. Much of our wedding was DIY and it would not have been the same without the help and support of our lovely friends and family. It really was a team effort in so many respects and we were really humbled by the effort that everyone went to for us to make our wedding so personal.”

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“We will never forget the wonderful, warm, welcoming staff at Villa Sapi for making our celebration so special and a fantastic dream come true.”

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Nathalia & Thilo, congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Angga Permana Photo for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Angga Permana Photo / Bride’s Dress: Custom tailor made / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Siriano / Groom’s Attire: Custom tailor made / Groomsmen Attire: Custom tailor made / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom tailor maid / Bride & Bridesmaids flower crowns: DIY by the Bride / Groomsmen Bowties: theupperleft / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Sand Weddings Lombok & Gili Islands / Venue: Villa Sapi, Lombok / Catering: The Square Lombok / Guest Table: Decor Indonesia Bali. / Flower, Canopy and Reception table decoration: Handmade by the couple

Luxurious African Safari

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Chloe van der Werf
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To luxury, &Beyond.

Ever wanted to experience an African safari, but was a little concerned about how rough it may be? Push those worries aside and drop those khaki’s, because we have found just the thing.

&Beyond is a world leader in luxury experiential travel. Specialising in tours and safaris to Africa and South Asia, they offer 33 stunning lodges and camps for you to choose from, so you are sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Whether lounging around the pool with your favourite novel, taking a dip or sipping a sundowner, these lodges and camps are an ideal place to wind down and get back to nature as you overlook some of the most breathtaking views in Africa.

With the choice of African destinations such as Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa and East Africa, there’s bound to be a few locations that will inspire your inner adventurer.

After an exhilarating day of sightseeing you can dive into your private pool and have front row seats of some of Africa’s most amazing wildlife. Many of the animals love to pop by to say a friendly hello.

Some of &Beyond’s most adored locations are:

&Beyond Phinda Vlei Lodge: With just six villas at this lodge and each with their own private pool, privacy will not be an issue.

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp: This camp is renowned for its yearly visit from the two million animals that make up the great migration.

&Beyond Exeter River Lodge: Grand private plunge pools overlook the Sand River, South Africa’s most renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

&Beyond Great Fish River Lodge:  This lodge is in the perfect location for the keen birdwatcher. With each of the nine suites offering a breathtaking outlook over the Great Fish River and each with their own private plunge pool.

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: This lodge is cradled against ancient stone mountains on the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia, offering guests a natural spring fed swimming pool and stunning views of the desert with ever changing colours over the distant sand dunes.

&Beyond Kleins Camp: Breathtaking views over a game filled valley with rolling hills in the distance. Kleins Camp watches over one of the greatest wildlife migrations on earth. This remote and incredibly private camp offers you the very best experience of wild Africa.

&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp: You will be able to enjoy the solitude of a 25 000 hectare wildlife concession in the famous Okavango Delta. You will have sweeping views of the clear blue channels of the Delta as they offer you a cool break from an early morning safari.

What do I think the best thing about &Beyond is? (obviously other than the ability to see some of the worlds most breathtaking and wild parts of the world in luxury) it’s that in just partaking in this experience you will be helping to sustain many hundreds of rural communities and millions of hectares of treasured and at times endangered wildlife land. I mean what is better than a luxurious holiday while also helping to protect some of the world’s most stunning creatures and land.

&Beyond also offers packages in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.

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Honeymoon in Bath, England

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Camille Davies
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If you’re looking for a quintessentially English getaway, then Bath is the perfect honeymoon spot. Nestled in the south of England, just two hours drive from London, Bath is a wonderfully charming mix of ancient history, beautiful rolling countryside, and a bustling city.

The city is most famous for its spa heritage, which dates back to Roman times – and possibly even further than that! The original Roman baths are still open today – not for their original use sadly, but there are fascinating tours of the site if you’re a history buff.

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The natural thermal springs of the city have been used for centuries, and are renowned for their alleged healing properties – with that in mind, pay a visit to the Thermae Bath Spa to relax and unwind. There are two spa buildings to choose between, with different spas and experiences in each – I recommend visiting the rooftop spa in the New Royal Bath, with spectacular views across the city and surrounding countryside. Visit at sunset for a gorgeous view, and a calming combination of perfectly warm water, and cool, clear evening air. Spa treatments are also available, as well as nibbles and drinks. This is definitely a must do activity!

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Bath is also known for its beauty and culture. With its honey coloured Georgian buildings, largely constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, there is a feeling of timeless elegance as you walk down the cobbled streets. There are several renowned theaters and museums in the city, and of course the lovely and ancient Bath Abbey. Several films have been shot in Bath – you may recognise the weirs from Les Miserables! Why not take a trip to the Theater Royal, one of the oldest theaters in England? Or take in a cabaret at Komedia, then stumble across one of the many subterranean bars and nightclubs that are hidden around Bath.

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Food and drink is also a big part of Bath culture – the Sally Lunn bun, the Bath bun, and local Bath Ale are all a matter of local pride, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding these for a proper Bath experience!

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With such a popular spot – Bath was designated a World Heritage site in 1987 – comes variety and luxury in accommodation. Stay in a city hotel, or venture a few miles out into the countryside. There are luxurious townhouses, quaint village pubs, self catering cottages, farm stays, or stunning hotels available for you to choose from. Bath Priory is a luxury country house hotel, with a Michelin starred restaurant; the Gainsborough is the only hotel in the UK to have a natural thermal spa on site; Jane Austen’s Home is – you guessed it! – the apartments where Jane and her family resided for several years. The choices are as endless and varied as the city itself.

If I still haven’t convinced you, then let me leave you with this final thought. Johnny Depp has a house in Bath.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already looking for flights!

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