If you’re thinking of planning a honeymoon in Bali then this little slice of heaven is just for you! With a purpose-built couple’s residence, Villa Sungai takes honeymoon villa accommodation to the next level.
Sungai’s Gold couple villas feature vast ceilings and Balinese thatched roofs, with beds swathed in white netting and Egyptian cotton sheets, for a tropical yet lavish atmosphere. If that wasn’t enough on its own, they also boast European double baths and an outdoor bathroom overlooking the river below!
With the village just minutes away there is an array of local cuisine available. If you didn’t feel like being chauffeured into town by the villa staff, there is a decadent restaurant bar with internationally renowned chefs available full time!
Of course with any tropical holiday, come the perils of potential sunburn and severe cases of rainforest frizz in your hair. Villa Sungai’s spa is on hand to help with complimentary aloe vera gels and even GHD hair straighteners upon request!
All of these fantastic (and totally necessary) facilities aside, the most enticing feature of Villa Sungai for me is that it is a complete escape. After the family and friend overload that comes with weddings, Villa Sungai allows you and your partner to truly feel like you are the only two people in the world.
I am a lover of luxury and pampering and all newlyweds should have the opportunity to indulge regardless of pocket size or time restrictions. We have found two honeymoon retreats in Australia that specialise in seclusion and luxury.
The Balinese Spa Retreat in Victoria is exclusive to just one couple a night creating the ultimate retreat. It is home to hot springs and luxury Balinese styled villas which will make you think you are miles away from home. The retreat is an exotic oasis of traditional Balinese architecture, opulent spa treatments and many other secrets that will surprise you on your arrival including dinner on a private lagoon!
The Japanese Mountain Retreat embodies the best of everything Japan has to offer nestled between the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley in Victoria. I love Japan. I adore onsens (natural hot springs) and tatami mats, which leave you feeling rejuvenated and fresh. The Japanese Mountain Resort has both of these traditional elements which will make you feel like you are even further away from home. The Japanese Mountain Retreat will renew you with serene gardens and blissful water features.
You don’t have to travel for miles or spend thousands of dollars for your honeymoon to be perfect. The epitome of any honeymoon is relaxing with your loved one and these retreats allow you to do so in pure luxury. The Balinese Retreat and the Japanese Mountain Retreat are a haven of serenity and bliss.
“Quick, sweetie wake up… it’s snowing!!” I screamed with delight, as I woke Dan filled with enchantment of a white Christmas in New York.
It was six months after returning from our blissful honeymoon in Bali that we found ourselves on part II of our honeymoon, this time a winter honeymoon in New York, colder than we had ever been before in our lives, prepped with a ‘to- do’ list but ready to lose ourselves in the magic of this city. We had done a lot of pre-reading and planning of things we absolutely wanted to do while we were there, but the great thing was that we had three weeks over Christmas and new year to submerse ourselves in the New York lifestyle.
What we were most taken with almost right away was the festive spirit, the smell of fresh pine, the streets lined with fairy lights and doors adorned with wreaths which created an anticipation and sense of wonder as to what the festive season would bring.
Our home away from home was the Midtown Holiday Inn which is located in the Hell’s Kitchen district, and a short walk to Central Park and Times Square, so the perfect base for our New York adventures.
Before we left I had already organised to meet a local photographer for a lifestyle session. I really wanted to be able to look back on our trip and have some beautiful photographs of Dan and I, to our remember our trip together and I wanted someone who would be able to capture ‘us’ just being ‘us’ in New York and not just a whole bunch of selfies or photos with one but not the other.
When I contacted Cassidy Parker-Smith, we instantly hit it off, and her infectious enthusiasm had me so very excited. I chose Cassidy after falling in love with her style. I loved the way she crops moments and the honesty she captures from the people in her images. Cassidy also went above and beyond, offering us advise on things to see and do in New York to ensure we had the best stay possible.
Before the shoot Dan and I decided we would leave an item out of our to do list and save it for the day of the shoot. This ended up being the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Friends of ours mentioned that we should take a love lock to put on the bridge, which we did and Cassidy so eloquently captured the moment. These are some of my favourite photos.
I recently spent the good part of a weekend designing an album to both include our photographs from New York as well as Cassidy’s images. It has ended up being a two volume, 400 odd page catalogue of stories. I wish I could explain the wonderment of reviewing all the images in a tangible product oozing with love, excitement and the enchantment of all that is New York.
Ms Gingham says: I want to go! It looks so amazing! What a great idea, booking a local photographer to capture your trip! Otherwise you’re only left with selfies and images alone.
Kate says: “I’m Kate, a photographer living in Brisbane, seeking and photographing people; documenting stories through images. Each picture I take is a piece of my heart; just how I see yours, as I see your story unfolding, piece by piece, frame by frame.”