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Luxurious Pretty Beach House

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia


Chloe van der Werf

The luxurious Pretty Beach House offers guests an all-inclusive sumptuous escape. Combining the perfect balance of effortless hospitality with an intimate feel and tucked high above the inlets and coves of Bouddi Peninsular rests the elegant Pretty Beach house.

Not only does the Pretty Beach House allow you to delve into complete and utter honeymoon bliss but you can also get back to nature and learn ancient dreamtime stories told by traditional landowners and indigenous elders. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a traditional Smoking Ceremony which incorporates dance and didgeridoo around a glowing campfire with cocktails and canapés.

Only ever hosting a total of eight guests at a time privacy will not be an issue. You have the choice of four pavilions. Each with an individual timeless decor, private deck, dive pool and daybed, situated so you can take advantage of the bushland setting. King bedroom suites draped in fine Italian Busatti linen, stocked bar, vinyl record collection and ipod and video libraries are a standard across each pavilion.

Each pavilion is so opulent you may never want to leave. But if you do find yourself wanting to experience all that the resort has to offer the surrounding national park has plenty on show. You can take a lovely bush walk or if you prefer something a little more fast-paced a mountain bike (supplied with no extra charge) ride and explore some of the hidden gems this beautiful landscape has on offer. Pretty Beach House also offers guests charter of their luxurious boat. Whether you want to do a day fishing or exploring the hidden beaches and coves all will be in the lap of luxury. Or maybe you just want to have a couple’s treatment in the Bouddi Spa? Why not do it all?

For me personally a honeymoon isn’t a honeymoon unless it involves delicious food (not to mention beverages). Here at Pretty Beach House Restaurant and Bar the daily menu features seasonal Italian style cuisine! Better yet, you can order at any time of the day, yes any time! Don’t feel like dining in the main area? You have the option of dining privately, al fresco on the stunning property or even on a private boat. Beverages come in abundance also, with an extensive range of premium wines and spirits that complement your dining experience. If you are after something that little more special, the wine cellar is stocked with rare old and new world wines to delight your palate.

Awarded the Harpers Bazaar ‘Luxury Reborn Award for Experience in Travel’ for ‘Creating the quintessential Australian getaway’ in the Contemporary Hotels, Beach House and Villas category, this beach house has earned its badge!

Situated just 90 minutes by car or 20 minutes via seaplane north of Sydney, getting to this secluded location is easy. This luxurious and quintessentially Australian experience is all-inclusive and is an effortless destination for that perfect honeymoon. Like what you see? Enquire here.

All images supplied by Pretty Beach House

Accommodation: Pretty Beach house
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Jess and Rick’s Modern Bali Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia,


Polka Dot Bride

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Jess & Rick

Jess and Rick chose Bali for their wedding- their all white colour palette and modern touches created a dance that was not only theirs but also spectacular and at home with the amazing Bali landscape. They chose Veli Photography to capture every moment of their day.

Jess tells the story of how they met. “When I was living on the Gold Coast we came in contact with each other through mutual friends.”

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Jess remembers, “My something old was a very special surprise from my groom on my wedding morning. When my very special grandma passed away she left me her opal collection. My husband to be made contact with my mum to get these opals. From the collection he chose a white opal and took it to a jeweller, designed a setting for it and got it made into a beautiful ring with a diamond halo framing the white opal. It was such a special and meaningful gift.” Jess chose a strapless gown from Karen Willis Holmes, her bridesmaids in ivory Zimmermann frocks.

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Jess and Rick chose Tirtha Uluwatu for their wedding ceremony.

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Jess walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz ‘I won’t give up’.

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Jess remembers, “Probably the most significant story of the day was when the groom forgot the rings, he only realised just before the groomsmen entered the chapel. Because the traffic was so bad in Bali they had to get the videographer to get on a motorbike and scoot back to the villa and get them…this was all unbeknown to the bride who was wondering what was taking the boys so long.”

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Of their photographer, Jess tells, “Our photographer was called Veli, he was a creative and emotive photographer who lives in Bali.”

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Jess and Rick chose Pandawa Cliff Estate for their reception which also doubled as accommodation for the bride and groom and their families who all stayed on site. Global Weddings decorating the pool with candles.

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Jess notes, “Our wedding day was indescribable….. Words do it no justice, it was a day that felt magical, filling us with an overwhelming sense of happiness, perfect in any way we could have imagined and never ending lifelong memories. It really was ‘the best day of our lives’.”

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Of their first dance, Jess tells, “We decided we wanted something different from the slow romantic first dance songs, so we chose ‘And we danced’ by The Hooters. The beginning introduction was slow which then lead into the chorus where all our guests were invited in, this set the tone for the dance floor. It was so much fun and very unexpected by all our guests.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Rick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Veli Photography  and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Veli Photography / CInematographer: Point One Designs / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewellery: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: Made in Thailand / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Renee Pettit / Makeup Artist: Renee Pettit / Catering: Bali Catering / Ceremony Venue: Tirtha Uluwatu / Reception Venue: Pandawa Cliff Estate / Pool decor, fire dancers & dessert buffet: Global Weddings

Sundance Mountain Resort

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Where To Stay


Chloe van der Werf

Sundance Mountain Resort, where you can have your cake and eat it too. Ok, so maybe you can have your wedding and a holiday too. If you haven’t noticed yet I love to travel and destinations that involve stunning snowcapped mountains, majestic towering pine trees, cascading waterfalls, quaint ponds and the opportunity for me to strap on my snowboard amongst all off this and I am sold!

Sundance Mountain Resort is my kind of heaven. But there is a catch to this amazing location, as you may have noticed Australia doesn’t have such beautiful alpine areas. Sundance is located in Utah, America. Now a destination wedding can be a little elaborate but if you see this as not only a destination wedding but a holiday or honeymoon and just a general awesome experience it doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea.

This resort can cater to couples who are after either a quaint ceremony to an extravagant weekend long wedding. Whichever you choose you and your guests will not grow bored. This unique mountain destination has an array of ceremony and reception areas, with the choice of spaces ranging from a 4200 square foot opulent hall to a delightful 800 square foot log cabin. All buildings were designed to reflect the cloistered beauty of its natural setting. If an indoor wedding isn’t for you they also offer beautiful outdoor ceremonies, picture perfect snow covered mountains framed by awe-inspiring pines.

If like me, you believe food is an extremely important part of any celebration then you will be thrilled to know Sundance offers custom catering by an award-winning chef to keep everyone satisfied on your day. You can checkout sample menus here.

Want something to do before or after your big day? The resort offers guests an array of activities whether it be Winter or Summer. From snowboarding/skiing, fly fishing and snowshoeing in the Winter to scenic lift rides, horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking in the Summer there is bound to be something for everyone. Not to mention an art studio where you can learn the fine skill of jewellery making, wheel-thrown pottery, watercolour, acrylic or oil painting, printmaking, photography or drawing.

Now I know this is your wedding so I completely understand if you would prefer to be wined, dined and pampered and the Sundance nature inspired eco-spa can cater to your every need. Whether you need a quick wax, a pre or post-wedding mani or pedi, a facial treatment, or just want to be pampered for 240 min straight this spa will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

The resort offers a number of different accommodation options ranging from rooms and suites to large mountain homes. Whichever you fancy you can be sure that you will have the utmost privacy as all cabins and homes have been discreetly tucked into the mountainside just above the Sundance Village. Staying true to the resort’s rustic and natural setting the cabins and homes integrate with the mountainous environment. Warm tones, Native American accents and stunning wood-work all combine to create a luxurious rustic warmth.

Recognised among the top resort destinations in the world and in such a stunning setting I can’t think of a better place to spend my big day.

Credits: All images supplied by Sundance Mountain Resort

Reception Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort
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