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We are so excited today to share one of our latest projects with Aisle Society. Our newest adventure Aisle Society Weddings! We’re kicking it all off with a gorgeous partnership with the beautiful Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas and it’s all about bringing amazing destination weddings to life!

So before I get into the exciting project, let me tell you all about Abaco – a place where palm trees are par for the course, blue skies are in abundance and clear ocean waters? A given.

Abaco Beach Resort is located 290 kilometres from Florida and is set on the largest marina in the Abacos. This historic resort, built in the fifties, has 72 large guest rooms and four gorgeous suites, all overlooking the Abaco beaches. Not only does the resort have it’s very own private beach, but the resort also has an on-site restaurant, two pools (one with a swim-up pool bar) and an amazing array of watersport equipment to make the most of it all.

Aisle Society Weddings is all about the Aisle Society blog editors creating custom experiences with stunning venues making sure you get a beautiful, curated for you experience that ticks all the boxes and takes a destination wedding to an experience where every detail is designed and considered for you – right down to the stationery.

When it comes to Abaco Beach Resort, that means we’ve designed a Bahamas inspired wedding package that kicks off with your officiant and wedding planner taken care of,  gorgeous ceremony (in your choice of location, from the lawns to Abaco’s private beach),  wedding arbor and bench seating to the little details like a welcome sign and gorgeous conch shell ring holder. We’ve carefully chosen every element to ensure it’s beautiful and appropriate for the stunning island location.

Every Aisle Society Wedding has been designed to include plenty of fun add-ons – a cooling station of fresh, fruity drinks for your guests to stay hydrated, to stationery custom designed for you and even amazing play you down the aisle local musicians.

Our reception packages are also designed by our Aisle Society bloggers. Choose from the sandy beach or lawns as you dine under our festoon lighting with stunning farmhouse tables, bamboo chairs,  glass lanterns, linens and our fun triangle menus.

 

 

Add on fun treats like bonfires (complete with marshmallows for roasting!) a lounge area, dance floor and your reception band to complete your evening soiree.

And of course, being a resort in the Bahamas, we worked with Abaco to come up with plenty of fun adventures you can book to truly create an all in one experience for you and your guests. Of course, a couple’s massage can be easily added to your agenda, and sunset strolls? They’re a must!

And we’ve also taken care of those one in a lifetime moments – fancy swimming with the famous Abaco island pigs? We’ll book you a private boat and take you there!

A private picnic on the beach at sunset with your own private chef? Check!

Cocktails in the pool bar? (A perfect start to our island bar crawl also on offer!).

We’ll even arrange fishing trips and fun day adventures for pre-wedding celebrations with your favourite people. For us, a destination wedding is as much about the adventures surrounding it, as much as it is the day itself.

We are so excited to take this very special adventure and welcome plenty of couples to the beautiful Abaco Islands! Check out the Aisle Society Weddings homepage for more information on booking your beautiful Abaco wedding!

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Many people flock to the likes of Switzerland and Italy for their honeymoons but for something a little less crowded and unique, why not consider Slovenia?

Slovenia itself can be considered a hidden gem and is often overlooked. It is surrounded by some of the more popular honeymoon choices like Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Austria. Its landscape can be compared to that of Switzerland as the Alps tower beautifully over the city.

You’ve probably seen the wanderlust inducing images of Lake Bled fill your Instagram feed and may have read about the keen travellers falling in love with the picturesque landscape. This charming country will make you want to fall in love all over again and needs to be added to your bucket list.

Come with us and explore what this beautiful Slovenia has to offer.

What to see

Lake Bled

For the sake of ticking it off your bucket list you have to visit Lake Bled. Capture a cheesy snap of you and your newlywed staring off into the distance at the Julian Alps. While you’re there, explore the Bled Castle, envision your life as a fairy tale and take a look at the lake from above.

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Predjama Castle

In the spirit of all things magical make sure you see the Predjama Castle. The castle sits within a natural arch way of a cliff face making it all the more alluring. It was first mentioned in records dating back to 1274. Since then it has been reconstructed several times due to destruction. The current castle was built in 1570 on a 123m high cliff and has remained almost unchanged to this day.

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If you want to visit the castle you’ll be happy to know it is open to the public and now serves as a museum. A charter bus runs between the castle and nearby caves so you can make a day out of your trip. You’ll be able to see what the castle was once like and visit the sights and its surrounds such as the Postojna Caves.

Savica Waterfall

Are you the type of traveller who likes to go to a place and visit all the natural landmarks? If so, visit the Savica Waterfall. You’ll find the waterfall in the proximity of Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s deepest lake.

Take a short 20 minute walk through the rocky path where you’ll cross rapids, streams and around 500 steps. Enjoy views of Lake Bohinj and on your arrival be taken away by the beauty of the waterfall.

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The best bit is a guided walk which will only set you back 3 euros!

Where to stay

Garden Village

Whatever your style of travel the Garden Village is worth looking into. Offering four different types of accommodation, luxury apartments, glamping tents, pier tents and tree houses, you’ll be hooked on the simple beauty on offer.

If you and your partner share the childhood dream of having your own treehouse (without all the creepy crawlies) then look no further. Sleep among the treetops and enjoy all your regular comforts like a kitchenette, heating and WIFI.

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Needing a little more luxury? The Luxury Apartment at the Garden Village will have you feeling more than relaxed with its massage bathtub, balcony and all your required amenities.

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In addition to the accommodation, you won’t have to worry about a thing during your stay. You will be kept occupied with options like relaxing massages, a sauna, kneipp therapy, group fire pits and a restaurant with an all too enticing menu.

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The resort prides itself on being an eco-friendly destination by hosting a greenhouse, having planted fruit trees throughout and by placing gardens in every ‘Glamping Tent.’ You’ll find all the water used within the resort comes from a river that flows from Lake Bled.

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Kempinski Palace Portoroz

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Accommodation fit for royalty is what you will find at the Kempinski Palace Portoroz. This five star gem boats views of the Adriatic Sea, luxury spa treatments, a fitness centre and pool as well as a number of restaurants to please your appetite.

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The luxury extends beyond the amenities and right into your room whether it be a suite or a standard room. The Deluxe Double Room with a Sea View will have you feeling more than comfortable with a king size bed and bathtub. Sit back on your private balcony and watch the boats as they float in the deep blue water.

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If you want to splurge try one of the suites. There are six to choose from, all as equally enticing as the next.

Where to eat

Cacao Portoroz

Cacao Portoroz is a dessert lover’s dream. Fresh ice-cream, home-made cakes and delicious drinks that you can sip as you relax by the sea.

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Don’t worry if you’re feeling peckish and need more than ice-cream to satisfy your hunger, Cacao Portoroz also serves sandwiches, tramezzini, fruits and vegetable spreads.

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Bled Castle Restaurant

Offering traditional dishes with a modern twist is the Bled Castle Restaurant. The restaurant is highly regarded by tourists as a must whilst on your trip of a lifetime. Fall in love with the magical views around you and send your taste buds wild with the seasonal menus.

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While you’re there, take in the views of Slovenia from the lake and capture a snap for the memory books. Slovenia is an incredibly beautiful country; so stunning that we were willing to let the secret out. Enjoy!

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Almost like a fairytale, Slovenia could indeed be my ‘heaven on earth’; so beautiful!

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The Polka Dot Travel Lounge welcomes Annapurna to our list of well regarded travel experts. Annapurna is a talented writer and photographer. She is the co-founder of ROAM Magazine and a regular contributor to Travelettes. Her focus is on people, culture and capturing a sense of place. Her passion for travel has taken her to over 50 countries but as she says “my heart belongs in Asia.” Check our Annapurna’s amazing talent behind the lens on her Instagram page and read on to get the scoop on some of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world.

What is your favourite region?

South Asia – India, Nepal, Myanmar and particularly the Himalayas  – is my favourite part of the world. I feel a strong connection to the mountains, the way of life and the people in this part of the world. I keep going back and I know I will continue to do so throughout my life. You can travel in India for six months and barely scratch the surface.

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Top resort recommendation

I’ve only stayed in a few resorts around the world, but one which really stood out to me was the Kempinski Dead Sea Resort in Jordan.

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It’s located right on the Dead Sea, with a private beach overlooking the mountains of Israel across the bay. It’s got a series of incredible infinity pools and the food on offer is delicious! Jordan would really be a great country to honeymoon in – not only does it have incredible resorts, but you can visit Petra, drive through the Wadi Rum desert and experience Bedouin culture.

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Suggestions for great honeymoon activities

I think road tripping is an ideal way to travel for a honeymoon. Not only will you get to spend lots of time together, but you can see much more of a destination, at your own pace. Pick a country- somewhere like Iceland, the USA or Spain are perfect, and just drive. I guarantee you’ll bump into some weird and wonderful situations and create memories together you’ll always remember.

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The ideal location for a proposal

When I was trekking in the Nepali Himalayas, we met a young couple on the way up to ‘Annapurna Base Camp’ and when we finally reached base camp he proposed to her under the Himalayan mountains. If you are adventurous, what could be more perfect! I heard they were planning to get married in Sri Lanka a few months later – sounds ideal to me!

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Best kept secret honeymoon location

When I think of honeymoons, I think of having secret paradise beaches all to yourself. While places like the Maldives might be full of honeymooners, there are plenty of places which are equally as “white sand-turquoise sea” perfect which are a little more off the beaten track. In South India, places like Marari Beach is absolute heaven without the crowds. There’s also tons of stuff to do around here, you can day trip to Kochi, the Allappey backwaters or head up to the tea plantations of Munnar.

Over in Thailand, the Trang Islands are only a couple of hours boat ride from popular spots like Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe, yet they see far fewer tourists. I visited Koh Muk, a lush white sand beach, lots of authentic Thai food and some of the best snorkelling in the country!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Your best kept secrets are so inspiring – and captivating; South Asia always amazes me!