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Lights, Camera, Action! – Top 5 Getaways to Famous Movie Locations

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Natasha of Holidays For Couples
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The glitz and glamour of Hollywood has attracted many a traveller, and the Holidays for Couples team can hardly blame them! There’s something about showbiz that’s oh-so-enticing – admit it, you’ve dreamed of being Holly Golightly or James Bond at least once in your life.

For a bit of a different take on the movie madness honeymoon or romantic getaway, why not visit the locations which brought your favourite films to life? Travel in the footsteps of your fave actors and actresses, making your own story with your sweetheart in these romantic and utterly luxe locations.

Here are our top 5 getaways to famous movie locations – get those cameras rolling!

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Images: Disney Dreaming, Tourism New Zealand

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – New Zealand

It’s no secret that New Zealand has some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery – snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills, set against a clear blue sky, make it a must-stop on any traveller’s list. And Peter Jackson, director of all the Tolkien-based films, knew that his home country would be the perfect place to represent idyllic Middle Earth.

Although Middle Earth is dotted throughout the country, one standout feature is Hobbiton itself – the home of Bilbo and Frodo. Visit Matamata to catch a glimpse of this film location. Take a guided tour, feel as tall as Gandalf as you pose outside a Hobbit-hole, and finish the day off with a pint at the Green Dragon Inn. By the way, if you want to eat like a Hobbit on your visit (elevenses, anyone?), New Zealand is home to tantalising cuisine no matter where you travel.

Images: Internet Movie Poster Awards, Visit Greece

Mamma Mia – Greece

Based on the much-loved musical, this iconic film starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth was gifted with one of the most stunning backdrops in any film we’ve seen recently. The Greek Islands are famed for their turquoise waters, sandy beaches, jagged cliffs and traditional white houses dotted across the skyline, and this location had us completely enthralled while we grooved along to those ABBA hits!

Skiathos and Skopelos are two islands that feature prominently in the film if you want a completely authentic Mamma Mia experience, but with over 2000 islands to choose from on your Greek adventures, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice. Get ready to lose yourself in island time, and enjoy the ancient romance that the Greek Islands have to offer.

Images: IMDb, Visit Monaco

James Bond – Monaco

He’s our favourite spy and as smooth as they come – James Bond, originally surfacing on the pages of Ian Fleming’s famous novels (adored by President JFK!), quickly made his way to the big screen. If his adventures weren’t addictive enough in print, the filmmakers had an added advantage in the locations they got to shoot in. Monaco makes our list because it’s just as glamorous as 007 himself.

This tiny principality doesn’t skimp on luxury – from accommodation to the famous Casino Monte Carlo, you’ll be in for the honeymoon or romantic getaway of your dreams if you choose to follow in Mr Bond’s footsteps. Monaco has featured prominently in quite a few of the James Bond films, so if you want to check out a couple before packing your bags we absolutely recommend Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye.

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Images: ManonReadsBooks, VisitLondon

Harry Potter – England

As if we couldn’t love The Boy Who Lived enough (though we also entertain very strong emotions for our beloved Hermione Granger), he calls the ever-fantastic England home. Anglophiles, if you don’t make a Harry Potter experience part of your trip to England, that’ll be ten points from Gryffindor.

You’ll find the Warner Brothers Studios just northwest of London, where the majority of the Harry Potter franchise was filmed. Take a tour and pretend you’re in the wizarding world – sit at the Great Hall’s long dining tables, try on the Sorting Hat, and wander around the castle (watch out for Peeves!).

If you find yourself at King’s Cross Station, do yourself a favour and check out Platform 9¾. Want to see the real-life Hogwarts? Stop off at Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle – the castle’s imposing exterior was used in the first two films, and the stunning gardens featured in Harry’s first Quidditch lesson.

Images: MoviePosters.net, NYC: The Official Guide

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the USA

Oh, Holly, don’t we just love you. Make like Audrey Hepburn and George Hepburn with a trip to bustling New York – even if you and your loved one only spend a day or two in this romantic urban hotspot, a taste of the good life is almost certainly a must-do. Another must-do? Visiting the famous Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue – Holly chose to eat her breakfast outside these store windows, and gazing upon these shimmering jewels set in classic designs is sure to make your heart sing.

As much as we hate to leave our jewels behind, take a look at some of the other New York destinations seen throughout the film. Central Park and the Empire State Building both make cameos, and are both regularly visited by tourists and locals alike. Many other movies also called the streets of New York home, so any movie-buff couple would be crazy to give this destination a miss.

It’s time to indulge in that movie-star feel – whatever location you choose, we think checking out where your favourite characters (and their film-star counterparts) roamed is a perfect way to while the hours away on your honeymoon or romantic getaway!

Ms Gingham says: 5 more to add to the bucket list!!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

Whitsundays Weddings: Daydream Island

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For the last of our stops on our Whitsundays Weddings trip, we headed to the beautiful Daydream Island. Whilst I had visited the island before on a day trip, my experience had been limited to sunbaking near the bronzed mermaid statues, patting a stingray in the large outdoor aquarium, and enjoying happy hour at the swim up bar. Daydream however had so much more to offer so I was excited to explore!

We were taken to view the Daydream Island Rejuvenation Spa which offers naturopathy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and beauty therapies. With 16 treatment rooms, there are Vichy showers and thermal tables, hydrotherapy tubs and steam effusion showers, all of which look gloriously luxurious and relaxing.

The spa would be perfect to host a pre-wedding pamper party with your bridesmaids. From getting your skin glowing to making sure your tootsies are prettified, the Rejuvenation Spa has an endless list of pampering services.

After our tour through the Rejuvenation Spa, we were taken by stretch buggy (complete with wedding ribbon) to view a couple of outdoor ceremony locations as well as my favourite, the Endeavour Wedding Chapel. Floor to ceiling glass is all that lies between your nuptials and the backdrop of the Whitsunday Passage. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s cleverly designed with inbuilt webcam technology for those who may not be able to witness your vows firsthand.

Post-ceremony you’ll be spoilt for choice with multiple backdrops for photographs located around the island. Having your ceremony and reception in the same location certainly does work well on Daydream Island – I don’t think any guests will mind you taking off for a couple of hours in a setting like this!

Our group continued our tour bypassing some friendly wallabies (okay, perhaps we were a little distracted by their cuteness) before heading to view some of the wedding reception venues on offer. Again, there are multiple outdoor locations (including the South End Cinema), a couple of open-air covered venues (such as the Sunlovers Terrace), and two indoor reception rooms (aptly named after their surrounds). That night we dined on the Spa Balcony – another of the open-air venues – as we watched the sunset. Bliss.

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Sunlovers Terrace

Daydream Island Room

And after the festivities have died down, and it’s honeymoon time, why not revisit the Rejuvenation Spa for a couple’s treatment in their dual spa baths or treatment rooms? I know I would!

Images provided by Daydream Island Resort and Spa

Why Honeymoon in Vietnam?

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Image: Mark Soskolne, Dreamstime

Here at Holidays for Couples mag, we pride ourselves on knowing what makes honeymoon spots a must-visit (and trust us, we visit our favourite places just to know them inside out for you!). Vietnam is a personal favourite of ours for a romantic getaway of any sort, but we especially love it as a honeymoon locale – after all, with its vast stretches of calm water, expansive canopies of vibrant green, and locals with the sunniest dispositions in the world, there’s absolutely nothing to put a dampener on your romantic days. With all the awe-inspiring scenery you can dream of, it’s the perfect place for a tranquil break after the big day. Natural and man-made highlights combine to create a honeymoon spot that will have you swooning at every turn and cherishing every moment with your sweetheart.

So read on to discover some of the things to do in Vietnam…

Ho Chi Minh City | Image: Dreamstime

Visit Ho Chi Minh City

A visit to one of Vietnam’s most famous and bustling cities is just teeming with romantic opportunities! In Ho Chi Minh City, there’s a intoxicating blend of ancient and modern that’ll make your honeymoon utterly memorable. Skyscrapers graze the clouds in a show of Vietnam’s finest technological achievements, while lower to the ground, rickshaws and street stalls jostle for space.

The city’s more historic districts are always a great place to start for some old-world romance – with grand colonial architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens, they’re the perfect spot for a romantic afternoon picnic or stroll with your sweetheart.

After a cultural adventure? Head to the museums. Reunification Palace will be an utterly eye-opening experience for couples, as you’ll learn about the Vietnam War’s sombre history. Ho Chi Minh Museum, dedicated to the the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, is also worth a visit.

To create some extra fun memories together (and possibly some photo-ops!), visit the street food stalls and try some of the most exotic food you can get your hands on. And this isn’t just for the foodies!

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Hanoi Opera House | Image: Dreamstime

Visit Hanoi

As Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is a haven for honeymooners. Its beautiful and calm atmosphere makes it the ideal stop on your romantic getaway, while the sheer abundance of luxury resorts and accommodation offer you some utterly gorgeous places to call home during your stay!

First up, it’s time to unwind. As many of the 5-star hotels around Hanoi offer indulgent spa packages for couples to enjoy, your accommodation no doubt has some tricks to help ease the stress of your wedding planning experience.

Now you’re all relaxed, you need to head to Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Beautiful old colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, pagodas… spending the day strolling around this district will be a day that’s truly full of beauty thanks to the gorgeous little spots peppered throughout. And shopping is in abundance – check out the beautiful jewellery and silk on offer. If shopping isn’t quite your thing, don’t despair – art galleries, cafés and restaurants are in ample supply, so you’ll certainly find something to fill in your day!

After wandering the day away, it’s time for a romantic night at the opera. The Hanoi Opera House was originally built by the French in the early 1900s and is a neo-classical marvel. Even if opera isn’t your thing, we recommend making the trip just to check out how grand the place is. Though, naturally, the opera is world-class. You can catch classical performances of myriad origins and enjoy the opulent surrounds.

Halong Bay | Image: National Geographic, David Buffington

Visit Halong Bay

Craving a romantic cruise? Well, you best take a trip to Halong Bay. Breathtaking limestone islands and rock formations emerge from emerald waters, making for a truly ethereal experience. The natural environment here is simply superb, and has to be experienced at least once on your honeymoon or Vietnamese getaway!

Stow away on a sailboat tour and lose yourself in the landscape’s beauty as you wind between stunning rocks, explore caves and spend some much-needed time on beaches.

Make sure you visit Sung Sot Cave – it’s one of the most impressive underground wonders you’ll set eyes on in this area! Marvel at the limestone stalactites and stalagmites and dip your toes into cool rock pools. You’ll then have to stretch out on the shores of Titop Beach and let the heady combination of sun, sand and surf take you away from all of life’s problems.

Whether you choose a day trip or a multi-day cruise, you can definitely spend many days in this region (and we seriously recommend tweaking your itinerary to do so!). Search around for your perfect trip and get a great deal from a bunch of different tour and cruise providers in this region.

No matter if you visit Vietnam as the sole destination on your romantic getaway, or if you stop off while visiting its neighbouring countries, it’s certainly obvious why travellers across the globe adore this country so much! With all the potential Vietnam has for romance and making memories to cherish forever, why wouldn’t you honeymoon there?

Ms Gingham says: Another one to check off the list! Great tips for things to do in Vietnam!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

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