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The Best Of Polka Dot Honeymoons 2015

by | Blog News, Honeymoons

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Ms Chinoiserie
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From the luxurious to remote, from the rugged to the sublime, we travelled with you, via the blog of course, on your romantic adventures this year. With overnight bag in hand, here are some of the highlights from Polka Dot Honeymoons for 2015!

1.Paula and Brendan’s Lord Howe Island Destination Wedding

With the island’s mountains behind them as they said their “I do’s”, the towering pines were just one of the many natural elements that contributed to the magic of Paula and Brendan’s day.

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2.Koh Phangan Island Luxury

Reading this post, we all felt like were in a Bond film! We weren’t wearing heels or evening gowns, nor are we trained in hand-to-hand combat – but we were on a virtual speedboat heading towards a secluded Thai island!

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3.Shannon & Joss’ Bohemian Destination Wedding In Greece

True to their spirits, Shannon and Joss chose a bohemian destination wedding in Greece for their nuptials.

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4.Old World Glamour At The Majestic Kuala Lumpur

Following Ms Polka Dot’s travel tales, we loved her post on one of the most glamorous and luxurious hotels in KL!

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5.Justina and Wesley’s Caribbean Honeymoon

As soon as Justina and Wes were engaged – and before they even started thinking about their wedding – they were already planning their one in a lifetime honeymoon to nine Caribbean islands!

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6. Wilderness Honeymoon Experience – Cradle Mountain Tasmania

For those of us who love everything wintery, this luxe lodge in a stunning world heritage listed National Park situated 1,545 metres above sea level took our breath away!

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7.Kate and Mark’s Relaxing Uluwatu Destination Wedding

Kate and Mark wanted nothing more for their dreamy destination wedding than for it to be about relaxation!

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8.International Honeymoon Destinations to Inspire

Selecting the dreamiest places from around the globe, the third part to our honeymoon series showcased international honeymoon destinations to inspire!

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9.Dreamy Daylesford Honeymoon

With head to toe pampering, five-star accommodation and fine dining, a Daylesford honeymoon really can’t get much better!

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10.Honeymoon Destinations – At Home in Australia

Leave your passport at home! We showcased the most romantic ‘post marriage chill out’ spots on offer!

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A Tropical Oahu Oasis

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location USA, Reviews

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Anika Reynolds
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A sundrenched tropical haven rich in cuisine, culture and history, Oahu is a heavenly honeymoon choice. This Hawaiian island is the third largest in the archipelago and offers a welcome mix of excitement and relaxation, making it an idyllic place to spend your first few days (or weeks!) as newlyweds.

Here is my selection of quintessential Oahu experiences to add to your island itinerary. Aloha honeymoon!

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Wander Waikiki

Your honeymoon in Oahu wouldn’t be complete without a visit to famous Waikiki! This lively beachside neighbourhood is home to many luxurious hotels, trendy eateries, stylish shops and of course, the much-loved stretch of sand – Waikiki Beach. This is the perfect place to while away a few hours when you arrive; take a surfing lesson, enjoy a swim or just stroll along the shoreline and soak in those famous views towards Diamond Head.

Waikiki

Go bay hopping

After you’ve experienced Waikiki, it’s time to discover the rest of Oahu’s stunning coastline. Rent some wheels with a GPS (or grab a map if you’re old school) and set off to experience the island’s sublime bays, beaches and coves. Packed your mask and snorkel? Head to Sharks’ Cove, a popular snorkeling spot which is accessible via the rocky shoreline. For a great place to swim and relax, head to Sunset Beach – and try to return later in the day to also catch the sunset.

Sunset Beach

Embrace nature

An island of beguiling natural beauty, Oahu is definitely a dream destination for nature lovers and keen photographers. For epic views, make a detour during your adventures to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout which boasts breathtaking (and breezy!) vistas of the Koolau cliffs and Windward Coast. On the North Shore, take a wander through the Waimea Valley; a protected area comprising botanic gardens, historical sites and an abundance of wildlife, some of which are extremely rare. While you’re here, cool down at the Waihī Waterfall pool – definitely a refreshing experience!

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Botanical Garden

Stop for snacks

Oahu is renowned for its plentiful food trucks and fruit stalls – and for good reason! During your island adventures, you will undoubtedly come across roadside fruit markets bursting with fresh delights like super sweet pineapples and mangoes. Pull over and pick up some juicy sustenance and a just-hulled coconut – you can taste the aloha! For savoury treats, head to the North Shore, where you will find fish tacos, spicy shrimp, burgers and more.

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Experience a luau

You and your love simply cannot leave Oahu without attending a luau! This authentic celebration comprises a Hawaiian banquet and a traditional performance. There are an array of gorgeous luaus to choose from on Oahu, however for a distinctly different option, reserve two spots at the Big Kahuna Luau.

Held on the sprawling Honolulu Ridge Estate, high above Honolulu, the evening unfolds with welcome cocktails, appetisers and pre-show cultural activities, like lei making and coconut weaving in the spectacular tropical gardens – definitely a memorable experience. Guests can wander the lawns and try the activities or simply take in the breathtaking views and watch the sunset.

As evening falls, guests feast on Hawaiian delights like kalua pork, taro and locally caught seafood and embark on incredible journey of Polynesian culture, complete with live music, a fire show and graceful hula dancing! Memorable Oahu honeymoon memories just for the two of you!

Big Kahuna Luau

All images by Anika Reynolds

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a romantic tropical paradise – beautiful scenery, warm temperatures and a world famous beach!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

A Romantic Santorini Getaway

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Bec Lawrence
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Oia Santorini 5.7.15Image by Bec Lawrence

Santorini is the perfect island for those looking to feel a little luxurious. Packed with things to do, the scenery is bound to make you feel like the rich and famous. The little white buildings will be sure to call you in where you can spend all day getting lost in small shops and taking in the view of the deep blue ocean below.

Hop aboard, we’re about to get fancy!

If you’re looking for a place to stay, The Astro Palace Hotel and Suites will make you feel like royalty. The suites are located in the heart of Santorini, Fira and are just 300 metres away from the central square. Be escorted to your room and receive complimentary wine and a fruit platter. Bask in the grandeur that is your hotel. The Senior Suite has my full recommendation!. It Includes a private spa for you and your loved one to enjoy, a king size bed and room service. What more could you need? A massage? Well don’t worry they have a fourteen page menu on treatments and massages that are sure to keep you relaxed and perfectly comfortable.

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Images via The Astro Palace Hotel and Suites

If you want to be a bit closer to the action in Oia, Imervigli is a great half way point between Fira and Oia which caters for lovers of fine dining and exquisite shopping. The Sophia Suites are situated in some of the islands restored natural caves. They have been refurbished this year after being built over 150 years ago ans  still hold magical uninterrupted views of the volcanic sea.

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Images via The Sophia Suites

If you don’t feel like dining in, catch a cab or hop on the local bus for a fifteen minute trip down the road to Oia. The views are beyond impressive and if you stand in the right spot you can see the ocean on both sides of the island. For a cosy romantic meal just outside of the busy streets of Oia visit Karma. The breathtaking courtyard goes hand in hand with the Greek delicatessen style menu. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for this one!

Karma restaurant Oia Santorini

Image via Karma Restaurant

There’s plenty of things to do and see on the island too. If the weather is warm and the ocean feels like it’s pulling you in, you can head to Red Beach. It’s a bit of a walk to get to the actual beach, but once you’re there you can sit under an umbrella, or take a dip in the ocean.

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Image by Bec Lawrence

For a more cultural experience why not ride a donkey! The donkeys can take you up from the port to Oia and back again. Get your picture snapped for a memento to take home. With so many wonderful memories from beautiful Santorini, you’ll definitely be back!

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Image by Bec Lawrence

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a romantic place to celebrate your married life together; the views from the Sophia Suites are just breathtaking!

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