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Hawaii – The Ultimate Honeymoon Destination!

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location USA


Ms Filigree


Hilton Hawaii

When one mentions the name Hilton, luxury and elegance immediately comes to mind. Combine that with the thoughts of sunshine, excitement and relaxation that “Hawaii” brings and you’ve got one amazing day dream happening. But why stop at a daydream? If you’re lucky enough to be planning your honeymoon, Hawaii is fantastic destination and the Hilton group can make your stay a dream come true.



Hilton Hawaii

To experience a taste of Hawaii and especially Hawaii Hilton, I was lucky enough to join celebration of that great nation hosted by the Hilton Sydney. In the Marble Bar at the Sydney Hilton, guests were treated to a display of Hawaiian culture, lifestyle and of course cuisine. Prepared by the Waikiki Hilton head chef, there was an exquisite banquet of twelve courses including goat cheese bruschetta, crispy panko crusted lobster cake, pan seared Pacific King Fish and triple cooked pork belly. With fresh, bold, exciting and modern flavour combinations all artfully prepared by the talented Hilton Hawaii chefs, this is Hawaii “grown up” and it’s delicious! Perfect for romantic dinners with your spouse!

When it comes to choosing exactly where to stay in Hawaii, there are ten Hilton hotels across four islands – there really is something for everyone! The Waikiki Hilton is the biggest hotel on Waikiki beach by number of guests rooms (also the biggest Hilton in the world!) but if it’s something more intimate you’re after, there are plenty of choices for you. With multiple hotels across multiple islands, your time in Hawaii can be completely tailored to suit your every need and budget.



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If Hawaii has caught your eye, be sure to take a look at Hawaiian Airlines who will give you the complete “Aloha” experience long before you reach your island paradise. With all the convenience of daily flights from Sydney, the comfort of 180 degree lie flat seats and a whopping 64kg of baggage allowance per guest (plenty of space for all your shopping), Hawaiian Airlines should be your number one choice!



Grand Wailea

Have a wonderful time in Hawaii with your loved one and enjoy all that this brilliant place has to offer!


Grand Wailea

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: A Hawaiian honeymoon with the Hilton group is a dream come true – full of sunshine, excitement and relaxation! The food sounds amazing!!!

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Honeymoons A – Z: Orkney

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Europe


Naomi Neilson


There is nothing quite like the beauty and charm of Scotland, and there is no better way to experience it then in a lovely cottage on one of the 70 islands that make up Orkney. The island’s incredible wealth of history has been shaped by over 6,000 years of culture and tradition, so if you’re looking for that magic that can only come with years of beauty, look no further!

Orkney is a series of breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and friendly villages – and it is quite literally one of the world’s most beautiful honeymoon destinations. It is definitely the most romantic destination across the UK, so be sure to consider if for your honeymoon!

Beauty of Scotland

Images via Visit Orkney

5 Places to Stay

In each of the lovely little places across the islands you’re sure to find somewhere you absolutely adore. Cosy up by the fire in a warm room, enjoy pleasant conversation with some of the friendliest people in all of the UK, and take in a piece of history bit by bit!

Avalon House

Avalon House in Kirkwall is a charming boutique guest house that offers its own private car park, home cooking, and luxurious comforts. It’s a cosy alternative to a hotel, and conveniently close to some of the best of Orkney. It’s simple and it’s lovely!

Bedrock Bed and Breakfast

Situated in the West Mainland (and so conveniently close to the heart of the Neolithic history of Orkney), this bed and breakfast is another charming alternative to a traditional hotel – and we love it for it! Guests can expect to relax in a room so beautiful it’s almost a part of the Orkney history itself.

Bedrock Bed and Breakfast

Image via Bedrock Bed and Breakfast

Straigona Bed and Breakfast

The lovely bed and breakfast is a little more contemporary than the rest of Orkney, but it’s just as beautiful and enriched in history and tradition. Enjoy a large, gorgeous garden, indulge in the comfort of the surroundings, and have a chat with the friendly staff!

Standing Stones Hotel

Easily one of the most beautiful places to stay in Orkney, the Standing Stones Hotel is situated in the heart of the West Mainland. The hotel’s beautiful gardens overlook the Loch of Stenness and its private location promises rest and relaxation.

The Orkney Hotel

The Orkney Hotel is a beautiful 17th century hotel, home to award-winning cuisine, peaceful and cosy furnishings and a superb location. Relax by the fire or enjoy a meal in the Garden View Restaurant overlooking the private gardens.


Image via The Orkney Hotel

5 Places to Visit

Orkney is renowned for the incredibly rich history. Although most of the islands are uninhabited and are treasured for their open spaces, you can still discover some of the islands’ most visited and most loved destinations.

West Mainland

The West Mainland is the most romantic, most magical place in all of Orkney. As the heart of the Neolithic history of Scotland, the mainland is well deserving of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – if you need convincing, watch the sunset from anywhere across the ten-mile coastal Black Craig path. For a dash of history in your day, check out the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, and Skara Brae.

West Mainland

The Bishops Palace and Earls Palace

You can quite literally expect to step right through the threshold of history at this spectacularly stunning castle. The remarkable ancient structure was built in the 1100’s to house the wealthy – now it’s a popular tourist destination. And it’s no wonder – I’m still trying to grasp how stunning and complete it looks after all this time! And what’s more romantic than visiting a castle on your honeymoon?


Images via Tripadvisor

St Magnus Cathedral

The ‘Light in the North’ is a gorgeous example of Romanesque architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral, climb up to the top of the tower for the best views, and examine the stain glass windows up close! The magnificently imposing structure is a must-see attraction in Orkney, and it’s easy to see why!

St Magnus Cathedral

Banks Chambered Tombs

Although a little spooky, the tombs were only discovered in 2010 so they are virtually untouched, which makes this hidden gem worth exploring! The tombs provide a unique opportunity to experience the reality of Neolithic life – yet another exciting, interactive way to step back into Scottish Viking history.

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

As one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, this astonishing site is sure to amaze! The destination is as beautiful above the surface as it is below, and to top it all off, the ancient graffiti and carvings are like secret notes just for you!


Images via Visit Orkney

5 Things to Do

There is no shortage of things to do in Orkney. From the culture and history of the ancient sites, to shopping for charming homemade crafts to take home with you, you’re sure to feel the magic of Orkney every step of the way!

Museums and Galleries

Across the island there are a number of incredible museums and galleries that are frequented by visitors looking to take in the art and culture of Scotland. Artefacts from stunning prehistoric sites and contemporary artwork of Orkney wind up at the state-of-the-art destinations. We highly recommend visiting the Piers Art Centre!

Museums and Galleries

Eating Out and Distilleries

Orkney’s food and drink is celebrated for its excellent reputation. Whether you choose to pack a picnic for the beach or seek out fine dining options, Orkney has the means to ensure you enjoy one romantic occasion after another. And of course there are the distilleries, where free tastings are a must! Check out the Highland Park Distillery!

Crafts and Shopping

Painters, potters, jewellers, sculptors, and textile designers come in abundance in Orkney. The community of art is always open to visitors – and with all the magic in homemade items, why pass it up? Whatever you take home with you will have the signature charm and beauty of lovely Orkney.

Crafts & Shopping

Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a hike along towering cliffs, spend the day on a white sandy beach, or rent out some equipment and take advantage of Orkney’s outdoor activities. Charter a boat with Dawn Star Boat Trips to take in each of the 70 islands, dive underwater to experience the beauty below with Scapa Scuba and seek out every little bit of history.


Orkney is nothing if not historical, and the best way to take that all in is with a tour. Consider Great Orkney Tours, who will show you and your significant other the most romantic destinations across the islands – including the breathtaking scenery across many of the natural wonders, and exclusive tours of Orkney’s best food and drink.


Images via Visit Orkney

Orkney is simply beautiful. For a honeymoon steeped in history and full of arts, tradition, and culture, you can’t go past this hidden gem of Scotland. Enjoy the most romantic place in all of the UK – and take a lot of photos!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully unique and magical honeymoon destination; its spectacular coastal scenery is mesmerising!

Top Tips To Help You Plan Your Honeymoon

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons


Nicola Goring

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Image via Powerscourt Hotel

There is no doubt that organising your honeymoon will be one of the more exciting elements of wedding planning! Pulling together your first holiday as a married couple conjours up visions of tropical islands or snowy hilltops, relaxation in a spa or on a hike and most importantly, time away for you to unwind from the busyness of your wedding and start life together as husband and wife.

When planning your honeymoon, there is a lot to consider to ensure this particular holiday goes smoothly. Read on for some tips on how to plan a honeymoon you’ll remember for all the right reasons!

Don’t leave it until the last minute

It’s safe to say that in the lead up to your wedding, your days will get busier and busier with last minute details. Having your location chosen and transport and hotel booked several months in advance of your wedding day will take the pressure off. If you’re stuck for ideas, perhaps pop into a travel agent and ask for some advice. Make sure you do your research well in advance, as this will give you time to enjoy the planning and deal with hiccups along the way.


Image via Fourcorners


Will you need to fly to your new destination? Or are you staying closer to home? There are so many beautiful places around the world to see, the options are almost overwhelming! If you’re staying in a hotel or your reception venue on your first night after the wedding day, there are a few practicalities to consider.

You may need to leave your wedding outfits with the hotel concierge to be collected by family or friends the following day if leaving straight for your honeymoon in the morning. Ensure this can be organised by your hotel, and that they are confident of storing your items securely until collected.

If flying to your destination, consider booking an airport transfer. Your hotel may offer this service, so check to see if this is included in your stay. And if you’re planning to drive off in the morning to an equally stunning but much closer destination, ensure the venue you’re staying with offers parking.


Image via Lauren Wells 

Relaxation or adventure – or both!

You will know exactly what will suit for your honeymoon, whether that is a spa hotel on a tropical island, extreme sports in the rugged countryside, or a mixture of both! If you are heading straight away on your honeymoon the day after the wedding, be aware that you will likely be exhausted after the planning and partying. If it’s at all possible, try to plan a day or two where you can unwind and recover.

Discuss with each other what you’re hoping for on your honeymoon, whether that is luxury or travelling on a shoe-string budget, lying on a beach with cocktails or skiing the slopes, European or your own backyard. Don’t forget, if there’s a great idea you love but it won’t fit for your honeymoon, perhaps plan for a five year anniversary trip (or one year anniversary trip if you’re better at saving than me!)


Image via Country Living

One week or longer?

There are many factors that will influence this decision, and you will need to discuss this early on. Consider how much time you will be able to take off work, not forgetting days you will likely need away from the office in the lead up to the wedding. If you have children or if you are a carer this will affect the length of time you are able to take, and you may need to also consider financially how long you can afford to be away for.

Once you return from your honeymoon you may also want to enjoy a day or two before heading straight back to work to unpack, sort through gifts (if they’ve arrived – best day ever!) and settle into your home.

Start planning sooner rather than later, remember the practical details, discuss all of your options and talk with your boss early in the process. This will allow you to focus on the fun in the lead up to your wedding, and rest easy knowing that you’ve planned an incredible honeymoon for your first trip as a newly married couple!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such wonderful advice to ensure that your romantic honeymoon goes perfectly to plan!

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).

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