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Dreaming Of A Fairytale Honeymoon…

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe, Location New Zealand

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Naomi Neilson
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Once upon a time, centuries before the stories of princesses and their princes were brought to life on our screens, fairytales were very real. They left behind a treasure-trove of scenes that looked as if they were taken straight from the pages of a book: hill-top castles perched over quaint little villages, and cities of spire-towers kept visitors in the magic of historical tales, whilst gardens with blooms of colour spoke of lifetimes of care and attention. In this post I’ve uncovered some of the most breathtaking places to visit and the most wonderful things to do to live out your own magical fairytale honeymoon.

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Where to go?

There are so many beautiful places across the world that are renowned for their fairytale vibe. From big cities populated by tourists to small towns hidden under the shadows of castles, you’re sure to come across something magical.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an absolutely gorgeous explosion of cobblestoned streets wrapped around towers topped with spires. If you time it just right, you can come across street performers with the ability to bring the city to life around them. If not, venture further into the city to the unconventional puppet shops or the medieval astronomical clock. It’s a bit of a darker fairytale then we’re used to, but that just adds to the storybook feel of the entire city.

PragueImage via Prague Czech Travel

Hallstatt, Austria

Hidden in Austria’s mountains is the charmingly miniature town of Hallstatt. It’s so easy to be blown away by just how incredible this little town is. Everything from the picturesque villages to the breathtaking views look like they were taken straight from the pages of a fairytale. On your honeymoon, venture out into the rippling waters or take a nature walk and just admire it all.

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Sintra, Portugal

The rolling hills of Sintra in Portugal is dotted with a colourful array of breathtaking palaces and extravagant gardens. It’s hard not to expect to see princesses from our childhood walking through the lanes or to hear news of the magical creatures that live in the forest behind the village.

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Colmar, France

Colmar is a colourful bubble of adorable houses and winding lanes of rose bushes. This spectacularly picturesque town is renowned worldwide for its fairytale vibe, and it easily makes the list of places you must see while in France. It’s here that all magical creatures of our story books come to life.

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What to do?

For the most romantic fairytale honeymoon, step outside and explore the lovely gems of history. You can seek out the best things to do in the gardens of centuries-old villas, in the halls of palaces, or hiding in sparkling caves.

Tulip Fields, Netherlands

The Garden of Europe in the Netherlands is the biggest flower park in the world, and it certainly lives up to its reputation. An overwhelming spectacle of seven million Dutch flowers bloom from May to March in a gorgeous array of colours and scents. Make sure to stroll through the gardens—just beware of pixies!

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Mont Saint Michel, France

This mesmerizing island is home to only 44 residents, but it greets visitors by the thousands. Magnificent architecture from another age has been updated to include museums, hotels, and restaurants for tourists, but the heart of the island is still there, waiting to be explored. This is a place where imagination gives way to reality and where fairytales aren’t just the stuff of dreams.

Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

New Zealand is full of wonder. My favourite one is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which is impressively illuminated by glowing worms that give the appearance of a star-lit night sky only a fingertips’ touch away. Take a private boat ride through the caves for your own romantic world of make-believe.

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Romantic Road, Bavaria

The Romantic Road in Bavaria gives you the very best chance to step right into the perfect fairytale honeymoon. On the way from Frankfurt to Munich, stop by the breathtaking castles, walled villages, and cobbled streets that wind right around scenery so magnificent it’s almost hard to believe.

Live out the perfect honeymoon in the world of make-believe in these very real and very beautiful places. Stroll down cobblestone lanes, admire the historic architecture, explore ancient palaces, and enjoy your very own fairytale honeymoon.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What an enchanting honeymoon adventure – fairytales really can come true! 

An Australian Getaway At El Questro

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews

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Bec Lawrence
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The Kimberley El Questro

If a relaxed getaway is on your honeymoon list be sure to check out El Questro. El Questro is located within the Kimberly Region in Western Australia and extends to one million acres most of which has been left unexplored. What used to be an old cattle station has now been turned into a variety of accommodation styles to suit your travel desires.

Finding a place to stay while you explore what the region has to offer won’t be a problem. There are four accommodation styles to fit your needs: The Homestead, Emma Gorge Resort, The Station and Camping at El Questro.

The Homestead El Questro

The Homestead offers a comfortable retreat with views of the Chamberlain Gorge. Although the resort is situated in the outback the rooms offer complete luxury. With a range of options the room comes not only with a magnificent view but with a personalised itinerary to keep you entertained whilst on your stay.

The Homestead offers privacy amongst the vast wilderness which can be enjoyed from your private balcony. You can even rent out the resort for your wedding ceremony and share your experience with 17 of your loved ones. As a guest of The Homestead you will receive exclusive use of the Zebedee thermal springs keeping you relaxed throughout your stay.

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To be a little closer to the action you can stay at The Station. The Station is located right by The Steakhouse restaurant which is known for their barramundi and Australian beef. Also situated by The Station is a bar to keep you entertained. The rooms are located on the Pentecost River and only a short walk away is a swimming hole to keep you cool in the warmer months.

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You won’t be short of things to do at El Questro – you can book in for activities most of which depart from The Station.

Some ‘must do’s’ at El Questro include trekking via horseback, barramundi fishing, bush walking,and if you’re up for it, a helicopter ride to take in the beauty of the region from above. See if you can spot a crocodile on a cruise through the Chamberlain Gorge or take a bird watching tour and see how many species you can find. The helpful staff at El Questro can help you to organise a full itinerary with plenty of things to see and do, if the sights alone aren’t enough to catch your attention.

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Images via El Questro

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: In stark contrast to the rugged Kimberly landscape, the luxury of El Questro is the perfect destination for relaxed honeymoon bliss!

Honeymoons A – Z: Byron Bay

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Australia

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Samantha Chua
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Heart-of-the-Bay

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For couples looking for a fuss-free honeymoon within the comforts of home, Byron Bay ticks all the boxes. Located along the East Coast, Byron Bay’s cloudless skies and sandy beaches are spectacular. But what makes Byron Bay special is the town’s relaxed vibe, making it a unique getaway for newlyweds to start their next chapter together.

5 Places to Stay:

1. Amala Luxury Villa 

Enjoy a slice of tropical heaven in the Indonesian-inspired Amala Luxury Villa. Nestled in the gorgeous hinterland of Byron Bay, the amazing self-contained villa is a gem in the midst of the beach-front, self-service apartment along the coastline. Walk through the Balinese carved doorway to start your intimate, romantic getaway.

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2. SummerHills Retreat

Minutes away from the Byron Bay beaches, SummerHills retreat is a beautiful hillside sanctuary. Set on 113 lush acres with panoramic mountain views, the retreat offers five different spa accommodation choices. Feel all your stresses melt away with a variety of spa treatments available on site or cool off in the retreat’s 12 metre saltwater pool. The Tuscany-inspired villas all come with their own private courtyards or sundecks.

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3. Koreelah

If you’re looking for a secluded romantic getaway, Koreelah’s privately-owned rainforest that spans over ten acres is the ideal honeymoon getaway. A short drive away from Byron Bay’s town centre, the stylish, luxury lodgings offer complete privacy. Large open plan living and a kitchen complete with its own pizza oven will surely appeal to couples seeking seclusion.

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4. Elements of Byron

Situated amidst 22 hectares of beachfront paradise, Elements of Byron features 103 private beach villas inspired by the native flora and fauna of Byron Bay. The luxury retreat offers on-site spa treatments, a range of restaurants, unique hanging lounges over the pool and even a fire pit for balmy nights. It’s all you’ll ever need for a great honeymoon experience!

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Images via Elements of Byron

5. The Oasis 

Set amidst tranquil bushlands are The Oasis’ Byron Treetop Holiday Houses. The split-level accommodation features a private balcony with ocean or bushviews. Relish in your own private getaway and take a short walk through the bushland to Tallows Beach.

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5 Places to Visit:

1. Cape Byron Lighthouse

No trip to Byron Bay is complete without a visit to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Explore the maritime and nature displays within and enjoy a latte in the café. Venture to the top of the lighthouse by taking a tour run by volunteers (gold coin donation required).

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Image via SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay

2. Captain Cook Lookout

Pack your trekking gear and discover Captain Cook’s Lookout on Lighthouse Road; you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the coastline. Visit between the months of May and July and you may catch the magnificent humpback whales swimming past the headlands. Playful dolphins can be spotted in the area too.

3. Main Beach

The life-saver patrolled Main Beach is busy from dawn to dusk with yoga classes, buskers and even fire dancers. Located directly in front of the town, Main Beach may not seem like the ideal honeymoon spot at first, but its white sandy beaches and stunning mountain views more than make up for it as a relaxing spot to put your feet up after a stroll through the town.

4. Byron Bay Town

The main streets of Byron Bay are dotted with cafes, restaurants, bars and galleries that perfectly showcase the small town vibe. From hand-blown glassware to contemporary art galleries, the thriving town offers visitors endless sights.

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5. Minyon Falls

Explore the world-heritage listed Nightcap National Park and take a guided rainforest walk to the spectacular Minyon Falls. Reward yourself with a swim underneath the falls and weave through the unspoiled hinterland towns in the region.

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5 Things To Do:

1. Mountain Biking Through the Rainforest

Join a guided tour on a two-wheel adventure through the subtropical rainforests on a mountain bike Byron Bay tour. Ideal for nature-lovers, experience Byron Bay from another perspective.

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2. Whale Watching

Indulge in the magical moment of sighting whales breaching off the coast of New South Wales A cruise with Byron Bay Whale Watching will take you on a journey to watch the incredible humpback whale’s annual migration. It’s a memorable experience that will definitely leave you in awe of nature.

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3. Watch the Sunrise on a Hot Air Balloon

Take in the spectacular sight of Byron Bay while catching the sunrise with your beloved on a hot air balloon. With Byron Bay Ballooning, it’s the ultimate romantic experience!

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4. Beer Tasting

For lovers of handcrafted beer, try out the local brew, Stone and Wood, with a tour and tasting at their Byron Brewery. Take a carton home to mark your trip and gift the beers to friends and family!

5. Horse Riding On The Beach

Enjoy the fabulous sun, sea and surf that Byron Bay is famous for…on a horseback! Ride off to a new beginning along the 7 Mile Beach in Bangalow and catch a wave or two on the fully-supervised Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre tour.

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Image via Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Only a short distance from home, Byron Bay is undoubtedly one of my favourite “chill out” spots – perfect for honeymoon relaxation!

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