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Dreaming Of An Island Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location - North America, Location Asia, Location Australia, Location Indian Ocean & Maldives, Where To Stay

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Naomi Neilson
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Island Honeymoons

Image via The Beach Resort

It’s easy to find yourself lost in the beauty of an island. Endless beaches surrounded by iridescent clear blue sea and the lush green of the foliage is always breathtaking. Islands provide for the best romantic honeymoon getaways where you can expect to relax the days away in the sun.

St. Barth’s
The absolutely gorgeous Caribbean island is home to 14 white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters. At this island you can enjoy a day out in the sun relaxing, or settle into some of the more colourful and exhilarating adventures the island offers, including snorkelling, sailing and diving. Consider the Eden Rock Hotel for your stay where you can revel in the best of the island’s cultural and musical events.

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Eden Rock Hotel

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St. Lucia
For romance and rejuvenation, St. Lucia is a stunning option for your island honeymoon. Not only does the island offer incredible rainforests and the natural beauty of white beaches, if you’re up for some exploring you’ll discover waterfalls, breathtaking views and a burst of culture. For the best place to stay, check out Jade Mountain, the island’s most romantic and luxurious hotel. Enjoy a dazzling kaleidoscope of colours at this destination.

Jade Mountain

Image via Jade Mountain

Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman Island, the largest of the Cayman Islands, is renowned for gourmet dining, gorgeous reefs and underwater adventures. It’s also known for Seven Mile Beach, the natural wonder that’s popular for being one of the most beautiful of the beaches in the Caribbean. An amazing trip of luxury and treasures are waiting to be explored in the Cayman Islands – for the most romantic place to stay, consider The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa.

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Image via Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

Phi Phi Island
Thailand’s incredibly beautiful Phi Phi Island is an alluring place of relaxation and romance. Spend your days in exciting journeys of adventure across the island and discover all of its gorgeous beaches, remarkable restaurants and the natural beauty of the surroundings. Take a dive under the irresistibly clear-blue waters to explore the explosion of colours that awaits you. The Beach Resort is one of the most amazing places to stay while in Phi Phi for a truly relaxing getaway.

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Islands of Tahiti
Find your perfect honeymoon island adventure in Tahiti where you can not only lounge on white beaches, but explore the jungle for waterfalls, lava tubes, archaeological sites and a bloom of colourful flowers. It’s not hard to see why Tahiti is such a popular honeymoon destination; it’s irresistible beauty and incredible views are simply alluring. Make sure to discover the depths of Tahiti by diving down into the burst of show stopping colours. The InterContinental Tahiti is one of the island’s most gorgeous villas and resorts.

InterContinental Tahiti

Image via InterContinental Tahiti

Hainan
The beautiful Hainan Island is in the province of China and it’s known for its tropical climate, beach resorts and breathtaking views. With a warm climate all year round, you can expect to always bathe in the sunlight on the white sandy beaches. The island is rich in mouth-watering local fruits, renowned festivals, tropical scenery and the best hidden gems of China. Immerse yourself in the wonder that is the Hainan Islands at the Mandarin Oriental.

Hainan Island

Image via Mandarin Oriental

Lizard Island
It’s easy to find the beauty of an island escape close to home. Located off the north – east coast from Cooktown, Lizard Island is the place to be to truly experience the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. The turquoise-to-blue clear waters are mesmerizing – as is the white sand of the beaches, the flora and the colour of the wildlife. The best way to take in the island is from the luxe Great Barrier Reef Resort, a Lizard Island favourite that offers countless activities both within the resort itself as well as on their day tour adventures.

Lizard Island

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Bedarra Island
Another exotic destination close to home, located just off the edge of Queensland, is lovely Bedarra Island. A unique tropical haven overlooking the vast Great Barrier Reef, the private island offers visitors the chance to explore – from snorkelling with the fishes to hitching a ride in a helicopter to flying with the birds. Bedarra Island Resort comprises just nine private villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, offers solitude, privacy and sublime views over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. With a maximum of 18 guests at the resort at any time, you are guaranteed a sanctuary of seclusion.

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Bedarra Island

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Pure bliss! Sparkling stretches of sand and turquoise blue waters are what romantic island honeymoon dreams are made of!

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Moments Mountain Retreat – A Private Escape In Wentworth Falls

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews

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Nicola Goring
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Ahh the Blue Mountains! Winter visits conjure up images of toasty fires, fluffy jackets and viewing the magnificent vistas while your ears ache from the cold, whilst Autumn brings back memories of trees covered in flame coloured leaves, bush walks to keep warm and lots of running through the apple tree orchards. If you’ve never been to the mountains, now is the time to dig out your walking shoes, pack your weekend bag and head for the hills!

On our most recent trip we stayed at the beautiful Moments Mountain Retreat and were so very pleased with our overnight stay. If you’re looking for a comfortable and cosy room with stunning views of the mountains, I have the very place for you. And that’s before I explain just how good the breakfast is!

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Location

Moments Mountain Retreat is located in Wentworth Falls, approximately five minutes from Leura and ten from Katoomba. It’s only 50 metres from the Conservation Hut cafe, where you will find the beginning of many bush walks. We arrived late in the afternoon, and still had plenty of time to wander along the trails to find ourselves surrounded by view-point after view-point of the stunning valley.

Wentworth Falls itself is a pretty little town, however we did spend the bulk of our time wandering the high street in Leura, sightseeing at Katoomba and searching out the most spectacular views we could find.The surrounding area is quiet and peaceful, and although the B&B is not far from the beaten track, it feels like miles from anywhere.

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Accommodation

The Moments Mountain Retreat house itself is beautiful, and has buckets of charm. From when you arrive and pull into the crunchy stone driveway, to wandering down the winding path bordered by rhododendrons and stunning blooms (keep an eye out for the colourful birds and friendly possum!), to the beautifully appointed rooms, you will feel at home in no time. We stayed in the Spa Room, which although situated farther back in the house, still has stunning views. The enclosed porch was the perfect spot to sit in peace (with the windows open if you’re keen for mountain air!), and the bed was comfy and very cosy. Our fire was lit in wait for us, and the spa bath was a luxury!

The room was well-appointed with items to make tea and coffee, plenty of options for heating, information of the surrounding area and lovely fluffy robes and slippers. There are four rooms in total, and although all were full during our stay, it was very quiet.

But of course, the most important information I can share is in regards to the breakfast. And OH what a breakfast! Beautifully laid out and delivered promptly to our porch, I was thrilled by what was placed out for us. The toast was kept warm with a toast warmer (I’m almost definitely sure that’s the technical term), and with our muesli, yogurt and fresh fruit, fruit sourdough, baked eggs and bacon and tea, we were well set up for the day! Having a fresh hydrangea on the cart (I’m a sucker for the details!) and such a beautiful view, didn’t hurt the situation either!

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What to do

Quite frankly, I would recommend the breakfast and the spa. That sounds like a heavenly holiday to me just in itself! However, if you’re one for exploring or getting out and about, there are loads of gorgeous trails to follow that will inspire your adventurous spirit!

If you wander down to the Conservation Hut cafe you’ll find many walking paths, including one that will take you back along to the main parking area and viewpoint for Wentworth Falls. From here it’s a relatively easy walk to the top of the falls, and from there on I can only imagine the beauty is astounding! However, a large rock (although entirely safe) was hanging at a suspicious angle, so I will never know.

Further afield, I would encourage you to head to Evans Lookout, where you will find Australia’s own Grand Canyon. Magnificent views will hold you there for a while, so take a flask and rest your feet a while. Grab a map and don’t miss Govetts Leap or Cahills Lookout either.

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There are many other delights to be found at Moments Mountain Retreat (did I mention fluffy robes?), and so many more things to do and places to see in the Blue Mountains. You can pick organic vegetables in Bilpin, treat yourself to High Tea at The Hydro Majestic, wander through the antique stores in Blackheath and discover many more adventures! But if you’re looking for a romantic, quiet and cosy place to stay while you explore, this just might be the ticket.

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Unless credited otherwise, all images by Nicola Goring

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such an idyllic  – and beautifully private – place to stay ; the gardens sound so pretty! And who could resist that delicious breakfast!

About Nicola Goring – I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

Honeymoons A-Z: Jamaica

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location - North America

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Samantha Chua
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Known as the birthplace of reggae, Jamaica boasts a treasure trove of nature sights and a colourful Caribbean vibe. From turquoise sea and coral reefs to historic plantations and its vibrant culture, Jamaica is a great honeymoon destination.

5 Places to Stay:

1. The Caves

The Caves is as honeymoon-perfect as it gets: just 11 spacious, private cottages and no guests under 17 years of age, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable stay. With a gorgeous cliffside setting and ultra-attentive staff, the intimate and romantic setting makes for a hassle-free honeymoon.

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Image via The Caves

2. Geejam
The five modern villas located on a remote mountaintop are free from prying eyes thanks to their thick stone walls and dense flora. Designed for the utmost privacy, there’s no communal pool, lobby or front desk. Service is by request and each room comes with a cell phone so guests can call anyone from room service to the hotel’s owner. Frenchman Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is only ten minutes away.

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3. Half Moon
Located in Montego Bay, this massive resort hosts 400 rooms and everything from a shopping mall to a dolphin lagoon. Spread over 400 gorgeous acres of lush green landscape, the options for luxurious accommodation ranges from standard hotel rooms to private beachfront bungalows. Five gourmet restaurants on-site means honeymooners are unlikely to tire of the menu.

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4. Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
For honeymooners looking to “switch-off,” Jake’s is one of the only hotels in Jamaica’s less-developed (but up-and-coming) Treasure Beach area. It’s a fantastic budget option that is still chic, nonetheless. The 26 large, TV-less rooms plus friendly and ultra casual staff makes it ideal for couples who are seeking to unwind.

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Image via Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa

5. Sandals Royal Plantation
For couples looking for privacy in lush surroundings, Sandals Royal Plantation combines attentive service and spacious suites. Although the resort lacks private cottages, its spacious suites all have ocean views, large balconies, luxurious Italian linens and modern amenities. Some suites have separate spa areas and ocean view jacuzzis.

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Image via Sandals Royal Plantation

5 Places to Visit:

1. Negril Beach
Also known as Seven Mile Beach, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful stretches of white sand and turquoise sea. Water sport lovers will be delighted by the various offerings of jet ski and parasailing available, while snorkelers will find schools of fish swimming in the clear waters.

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Image via Sandals Royal Plantation

2. Rose Hall Great House
Built in 1770, Rose Hall is a restored plantation house with beautiful ocean views. The Legendary Annie Palmer (the White Witch) ruled here with cruelty and met a violet death. Today, her home is adorned with period furniture. Honeymooners can choose between a day tour or spooky candlelit evening tour topped off with tales of ghost sightings!

3. The Bob Marley Museum
A visit to the reggae superstar’s former home is a tourist prerequisite. The most-visited attraction of Jamaica is also the site of the Tuff Gong recording studio. Highlights at the Bob Marley Museum are Marley’s bedroom with his star-shaped guitar by the bed. Look for the bullet holes in the rear wall, evidence of an assassination attempt.

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Image via Bob Marley Museum

4. Falmouth
Surrounded by sugar estates and cattle land, Falmouth is one of Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. Once a leading port, the town offers excellent examples of 19-century Georgian architecture including a restoration of the courthouse. Take a stroll along Half Moon Beach, a peaceful crescent of sand with coral reefs just offshore. Venture East of Falmouth to the Luminous Lagoon, named for its eerie marine phosphorescence.

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5. Dunn’s River Falls
One of Jamaica’s most photographed attractions, the Dunn’s River Falls encompass 180 metres of terraced waterfalls. With the help of a guide, visitors can climb the limestone tiers to the top of the falls, slide down the smooth sections of rock, and swim in the cool lagoons at the base.

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Image via Dunn’s River Falls 

5 Things to Do:

1. Rafting the Martha Brae River
One of Jamaica’s most popular tourist attractions, guests can glide down a picturesque stretch of the Martha Brae River on bamboo rafts poled by local guides. Soak up some of the tropical scenery and relax amongst the lush green landscape.

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Image via Visit Jamaica

2. Take a Safari Boat Tour
Crocodiles and more than 100 species of birds, including herons and snowy egrets, are among the critters that make their home along the mangrove-fringed Black River – the longest in Jamaica. Visitors can tour the river on guided boats and enjoy a running commentary on the area’s ecology and history.

3. “Bobsled” at Mystic Mountain
The bobsled at Mystic Mountain is a popular rainforest adventure. Visitors can zoom down the mountain on Bobsled Jamaica, a single person roller coaster ride through the forest. Other attractions here include guided nature walks, butterfly and hummingbird gardens. Take a respite from the Caribbean sun in the infinity pool and waterslide.

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Image via Jamaica Tours

4. Relax in Mayfield Falls and Mineral Springs
Nestled in the picturesque Dolphin Head Mountains, visitors will find two beautiful waterfalls, 21 natural pools and an abundance of ferns, tropical flowers and rainforest flora. Butterflies and birds flit through the lush foliage, while thatched riverside gazebos beckon for short breaks.

5. Art Shopping in Harmony Hall
Highlighted with gingerbread fretwork, 19th-century Harmony Hall houses one of the island’s most recognised arts and craft centres. Jamaica’s finest artists display painting, sculptures and ceramics here, and art lovers can purchase their favourite pieces at relatively reasonable prices.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: From its truly beautiful beaches to idyllic waterfalls and rich history, Jamaica is a vibrant destination for an exciting honeymoon adventure. 

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