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The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice with Kirsty from lastminute.com.au

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Ms Herringbone
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What a luxurious trip we take today in the Polka Dot Travel Lounge, with the very lovely Kirsty from the leading Australian travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au! She has provided some fabulous honeymoon travel advice, with some truly spectacular destination picks for you to dream about – and perhaps book for your dream getaway!

So  sit back and enjoy the journey to exotic destinations with your host Kristy!

What is your favourite region?

I’d have to say the Pacific Islands. It’s hard to beat being surrounded by turquoise waters, laid back locals, and sunshine. It’s just the perfect place to escape reality and do absolutely nothing but laze by the water with a book in one hand, and a cocktail in the other. And without the hassle of a long haul flight!

Top Resort Recommendation?

Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is divine. From the absolute beachfront bungalows to the island’s pampering service, this place is a paradise lover’s sanctuary and it’s no surprise it nabbed the title of the World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort (World Travel Awards).

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With a full service on site restaurant with the freshest cuisine, crystal clear turquoise waters to snorkel, dive or swim in, lush tropical gardens to explore, and some of the whitest sand around to dig your toes into, it ticks all the right boxes.

 And of course, the resort is the perfect place for romance. If the scenery wasn’t enough to melt your heart, guests can even have their own love nest sunset dinner on the beach.

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Suggestions for great honeymoon activities:

Well apart from the obvious, there are so many ways to enjoy your first holiday as husband and wife. My number one tip though is to make sure you discuss what sort of honeymoon you both want. If he’s up for action packed days of snorkelling, hiking and kayaking and you’re all about sleep-ins, lazy breakfasts and cocktails by the pool, you could be on your way to your first marital argument!

Activity inspiration:

  • Splash out on something indulgent that you wouldn’t usually be able to justify.  Whether it’s chartering a yacht in the Whitsundays to take you to a secluded island for a private picnic with bubbly, a restaurant reservation at a three-star Michelin restaurant or a helicopter ride, those memories will live on beyond the credit card bill.
  • Book in for a cooking class. Not only will you have fun, every time you recreate the meals at home you’ll be enjoying a little piece of your honeymoon… awww!
  • Pamper, pamper, pamper. Melt away any wedding stress with all the massages and facials you can. There’s nothing more entertaining than hubby getting his first pedicure or facial.

The ideal location for a proposal?

Choosing a destination that means something to you both makes the occasion extra special. I was proposed to in Thailand over cocktails watching the sun go down in our overwater bungalow in Koh Chang. That was such a magical moment, and pretty ideal if I do say so myself.

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Best kept secret honeymoon location?

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Pricey, yes, but if your ideal honeymoon consists of a luxurious escape with a postcard-perfect moment everywhere you turn, then Six Senses is worth every penny.

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The resort is impeccably designed to maximise feeling like a king and queen on a secluded island. Boasting 58 beachfront pool villas, a wine cave and an array of outdoor activities including yoga on the rocks, it’s truly impossible to fault.

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Thanks so much to Kirsty for so many fantastic tips and destinations for us to moon over. I’m certainly hanging to pack my bathers right now for a warmer climate and a sandy beach! For more honeymoon inspiration, head over to lastminute.com.au and make a dream your reality.

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Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice With Kristen from HotelsCombined

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Ms Herringbone
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We’re very happy to be joined in the Polka Dot Travel Lounge today by the lovely Kristen McKenzie, head of Community and Public Relations at HotelsCombinedHotelsCombined is a fab site that allows you to instantly search and compare room availability and prices from all major travel websites, including ExpediaHotels.comVenere,LateroomsEasyToBook (and many more) all in one set of search result. No honeymoon destination left uncovered!

We asked Kristen for her personal tips and secrets for the best of the best of honeymoons!

What is your favourite region?

Australia has so much natural beauty that it’s hard to pick just one! As a wine aficionado, I have to say though that I especially love Oz’s wine regions. Having travelled to places like the Napa Valley and Mendoza in Argentina, Australia is at the forefront when it comes to winery estates. And whether it be the Hunter Valley, the Barossa Valley or the Margaret River, they’re all really beautiful areas that are plenty romantic. If I hadn’t done a beach wedding, I definitely would have undergone a vineyard ceremony…

Top Resort Recommendation?

I actually got married with Peppers Airlie Beach and was really impressed with their level of detail and service. Though they must see dozens of weddings every year, they really did go above and beyond to make us feel special. Plus, their rooms come complete with the hugest spa baths I have ever seen as well as absolutely stunning views of the Coral Sea.

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities.

Couples spa treatments are always a great honeymoon treat, and I especially love the romantic therapy treatments on offer at the Langham Melbourne and at the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania. Unique wine and culinary experiences can also be a fun and intimate experience for any foodie duo – for instance, at the Treetops Lodge and Estate in New Zealand, guests can partake in a 4WD safari to observe the estate’s varied wildlife before being led to forage in the bush for fresh herbs and spices. Dinner is then served al fresco in front of a cascading waterfall…a memorable day out, to say the least!

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Four Seasons Sydney

 The ideal location for a proposal?

My husband proposed to me in front of a beautiful waterfall in Kakadu National Park, and I was pretty impressed with that! But anywhere with a gorgeous view will suit – and there’s certainly lots of stunning vistas to pick from in this country. I know a couple who recently got engaged at the Four Seasons Sydney with the Sydney Harbour in the background and that was pretty incredible. And then there’s also the natural beauty of places like Hamilton Island and the Blue Mountains which are always good choices.

Best kept secret honeymoon location?

I think Tasmania is often overlooked as a romantic getaway which is surprising because it has absolutely breathtaking scenery, a great culinary scene and lots of activities to choose from. It also boasts plenty of amazing resorts like the spectacular Saffire Freycinet and the picturesque Avalon Coastal Retreat.

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Saffire Freycinet

Thanks a bunch to Kristen for sharing her fantastic picks from around our fair country. If you’d like to see what sort of great deals you can get for one of the destinations she’s suggested, head over to HotelsCombined!

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Unique Wedding And Honeymoon Gifts – Jewellery Made With Beach Sand

by | Honeymoon Style, Honeymoons

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When you’re blissed-out at your island destination wedding or basking in the sun at your fabulous honeymoon spot, you probably think, “I wish I could bring a piece of this home with me.” But since customs rules are so strict for international travel, with many countries working to prevent the spread of pests and germs across the globe, you might not be able to bring home any sand, shells, coral or other tangible reminders of your dream getaway!

But now you can have a little of your favorite beach’s sand…and wear it as a reminder of your glorious, romantic getaway.

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I discovered Dune Jewelry Design, a company that uses a patented process to create pendants, rings, earrings, cufflinks, bracelets and beads using sand from actual beaches around the world. They have a SandBank of beach sands from over 1,400 locations so you get to search for your wedding or honeymoon location beach, and if it’s on the list, you can order a custom-made piece of jewelry containing your beach’s sand! (If you don’t see your beach’s sand in their SandBank, you can send them some if it’s okay to transport sand from your location home, and when you send them a cup for their SandBank, you get 10% off your order.)

And it’s not just beaches on their list. They also make jewelry for women and for men using sand from notable golf courses and sports parks, so if you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your groom, think about some sand from his favorite golf course, or from a golf course that he dreams of playing someday.

Another thing that brides and grooms are doing with these sand-inclusive creations is using them to imbue their wedding day with a personal touch. Let’s say you got engaged on your favorite beach, but that beach isn’t where your wedding will be. Well, you can get a Dune Jewelry bead bracelet with authentic sand from a big part of your love story to wear as a special memento.

Bridesmaids can wear beach sand bracelets custom-made with sand from the beach where you’ve gone on girls’ getaways, and parents can wear sandbead or sand-feature jewelry from the beach where you always went as a family, the site of so many happy family memories.

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What a great idea for wedding and honeymoon gifts with meaning… these lovely pieces couldn’t be more personalized and sentimental!

See more at Dune Jewelry.

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Ms Gingham says: How beautiful would it be if you could have a pair of wedding rings made out of the sand from your beach wedding!

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies” and “Bridesmaid on a Budget.” Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.

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