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Hin & Clay’s Savusavu Fiji Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location South Pacific,

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Hin & Clay

I love a beautiful destination wedding and the wedding of Hin and Clay, captured by Hin’s sister Kara of Sunny & Sweet Photography was truly an intimate, family affair with all of the beautiful, traditional Fijian trimmings.

Hin kicks off their story. “We met at work and I know it sounds cliche but I knew immediately that he was the one and after a couple of dates we were both hooked”.

Photos are by Sunny & Sweet Photography- there must be something overwhelmingly moving about capturing your own sister’s wedding and I love that every shot by Kara is heavy with meaning and symbolism of the day.

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“We stayed one night in Nadi and then caught an hour or so flight to Savusavu. The resort was 5km from the town on a secluded bend with bure’s that overlooked the ocean. On our wedding day it poured, not just a little rain, a complete downpour with strong winds. Then a half hour before our wedding the rain subsided, there were clouds but the sky was white and all misty, it was beautiful.”

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Hin wore a gown by Camilla Franks.

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“We had a small and intimate wedding with only a handful of friends and family. Our daughter was our flower girl and the resort organised a nanny to keep her entertained after the ceremony. My sister was our photographer and she has an amazing eye, she is also a great story teller, I really couldn’t be any happier with the photos. I just love them.”

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The wedding was held at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort , where the on site wedding coordinator did most of the planning. Hin recalls, “Jean-Michel Cousteau resort is a five star resort on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji and it overlooks Savusavu bay. It has the most relaxing environment and in 2012 they won Australasia’s Leading Green Hotel. The resort’s wedding planner handled most of the little details.”

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Hin remarks, “Our wedding was a mix of several cultures uniting under one umbrella. We walked down the aisle to the beating of drums and a traditional Fijian horn.”

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For their first dance, Hin recalls, “We danced to “Carried away” by George Strait. While we were dancing I had this feeling that I was exactly were I was meant to be.”

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Congratulations Hin & Clay! Thanks for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Sunny & Sweet Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Sunny & Sweet Photography / Bride’s Dress: Camilla Franks / Bride's Jewellery: The Bangle Business / Venue: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

An Adventure To Remember For Your Honeymoon

by | Honeymoons, Location Asia

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Nicole Parodi
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A few days ago one of my friend was talking to me about her holiday to Thailand recently, which got me thinking: When was the last time I went to Thailand? With summer weather all year round and amazing places to go and food to eat, there is never a dull moment when visiting Thailand, making this an ideal destination for your Honeymoon. Oh, and don’t forget about the shopping! You mustn’t forget the shopping- there’s bargains to be had over there!

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But if shopping and relaxing leave you feeling a little lukewarm and you want to mix it up on your honeymoon, then allow me to introduce you to AdventureHoney, the experts in bringing as much adventure to you as possible!

“AdventureHoney is where you find the best adventure tours and activities on Earth and safely book direct with verified, user reviewed operators. AdventureHoney’s co-founder Chief Experience Officer Chris Ball says.

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So what makes AdventureHoney different from other travel operators?

25% of AdventureHoney proceeds are invested to their Changemaker Program, which empowers local entrepeneurs in the developing world who have great social business ideas, with the capacity to lift their communities out of extreme poverty – a wonderful cause which I think is great to get on board with.

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While AdventureHoney is currently still exclusively in Thailand, be prepare to see more destinations being added to the list later in the year.

“Outside of Thailand, we have some incredible experiences coming online in Vietnam, India, Philippines and Malaysia later in 2013. The Philippines is really exciting. About 20% cheaper than most other Asian destinations and packed with some amazing spots for a honeymoon,” says Chris, “I really like Malaysia too. It’s flying under the radar a little. Some of the oldest rainforests on Earth, something like 50% of its landmass is covered in jungle!”

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Speaking of rainforests, snap up an opportunity to explore one while in Thailand; it’s a great honeymoon alternative to the beachside resorts with many activities to try!

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Chris suggests: “If you want something totally different, you could head up north to Chiang Mai and go for jungle over beach. There are plenty of romantic jungle hideaways. You can then add some cool experiences such as ethical elephant trekking, a jungle trek, whitewater rafting or even an ATV jungle safari.”

So if you’re like me and haven’t visited Thailand in a while or if you’re craving a bit of adventure on your honeymoon, then I suggest you check out AdventureHoney’s website for more information on how to book your honeymoon adventure!

Images courtesy AdventureHoney 

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The Polkadot Travel Lounge – With Kirsty from Mobile Travel Agents

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Ms Herringbone
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We’re all busy right? There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and throw wedding planning into the mix – zero time! So how great is the idea of having a travel agent come to you, or work around your hours? By working with MTA – Mobile Travel Agents, you can meet and book your holiday anytime or anywhere – your home, your office, or even the local coffee shop! We are joined by the lovely Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun from MTA, and she has a huge wealth of knowledge to share with us today, having organised countless honeymoons, overseas weddings and helped set the scene for a few proposals!

What is your favourite region?

Without a doubt Asia is my favourite region – in particular Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. Married to a Cambodian, I have made countless trips to this region and it is an area I have an unrelenting passion for.

Asia is a great choice for honeymooners from Australia – close to home and offering so many different experiences. Fantastic food and shopping, scenic destinations and culture – but the biggest highlight of Asia is often its people. In Cambodia and Vietnam for example, the people are so warm and friendly, the staff at hotels & resorts go the extra mile to make sure your honeymoon is perfect.

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Top Resort Recommendation?

Asia has a great array of accommodation options – stunning resorts, small boutique hotels, beautiful colonial hotels, ecolodges, spa retreats and some great river cruises. Whatever your fancy is, it can be catered too.

There are so many great resorts and boutique hotels in Asia – but two of my favourites are in Cambodia, both are located in Siem Reap just minutes from the amazing Angkor temples.

Shinta Mani – A stunning boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, it is a contemporary property with Khmer inspired design and wonderful staff. It is also a property that truly gives back to its local community through its Shinta Mani Foundation – which works with underprivileged young Cambodians.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor – Built in 1932, Raffles is the grand old dame of Siem Reap – a beautifully restored colonial landmark hotel with an exquisite pool area – one of the largest in the country. Outdoor Apsara performances with dinner are a highlight.

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Images courtesy Shinta Mani

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Many people think honeymoons should be about just relaxing in a five star resort. Whilst this suits many couples, I have found through organising many honeymoons, often the couple (or one spouse) gets itchy feet sitting around by the pool or beach for the entire honeymoon.

I personally tailor-make honeymoons to have a balance of both relaxation and time spent immersing yourselves in the culture of the destination.

For the more adventurous, we can include activities like a river cruise or trek to visit hill tribes.

I am very lucky to work with some great local operators in SE Asia (and other parts of the world) who can organise some amazing, one of a kind experiences – basically if you can imagine it, we can generally arrange it.

Activities can include:

  • Partake in a moving Buddhist blessing with monks in Myanmar, Thailand or Cambodia. This special blessing imparts good luck and happiness on your honeymoon. Traditional Baci ceremonies are also possible in Laos.
  • Romantic and relaxing “His & hers” Spa treatments
  • Private cooking classes in Hoi An, Vietnam

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The ideal location for a proposal?

Hoi An in Vietnam is beautiful at full moon festival time when thousands of lotus shaped lanterns are released on the river – said to bring happiness luck and love. Cruising downstream in a tiny sampan or on a bridge or restaurant overlooking this river would be a magical spot for a proposal.

I am all for natural settings – where possible just you and your partner, be it somewhere close to home or whilst on a holiday.

If wanting to propose whilst away on holidays – I can assist guys (or girls) to organise that special dinner, picnic lunch on a deserted beach, sunset river cruise, dinner near temples – all great locations for proposals

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Best kept secret honeymoon location?

I have just returned from Myanmar (Burma) – it is an amazing destination – very scenic, full of beautiful people & whilst it has captured the attention of travellers in the last year or two – it remains a more untouched destination. There are some great colonial hotels including The Strand, amazing temples and sunsets in Bagan, boat trips on Inle Lake, hilltribes and plenty of ways to have a break that is off the beaten track. The next couple years will see more boutique hotels and resorts open in Myanmar.

For couples that want some time on the beach too – Myanmar has its own very laidback coastline with slow paced beach areas of Ngapali or Ngwe Saung.

Or combine some time in Myanmar with a week or two at any of the beautiful beach resorts in Thailand.

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Memories of my own honeymoon in Vietnam are flooding back, and I wish we were heading there tomorrow. It truly is a remarkably beautiful region to visit, and I hope more people can experience the people and culture for themselves. Thanks so much to Kristy for sharing her fantastic honeymoon ideas with us today, your passion is contagious! If you’d like to tap into her wealth of knowledge, head to her MTA webpage to find out more and get in touch!

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