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Our Honeymoon In Bali

by | Honeymoons, Location Asia

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate of Quince and Mulberry Studios
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Our honeymoon was a key focus for us, both of us haven’t had more than ten days away together since we met, so we wanted to make sure we did something really special for our honeymoon.  So, we decided to have two honeymoons! This is honeymoon part one;

Straight after the Wedding we knew we want some down time and somewhere we could just relax, enjoy the scenery and each other’s company.  So we decided to have our honeymoon in Bali.  We have both been to Bali before and fallen in love with the place, it also satisfied my love for the forest/greenery and Dan’s love for the beach and surfing.  So we split our time between Ubud, Nusa Lembongan and Seminyak.

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Of course there is so many lovely villas and resorts to stay in Bali, which cater for every style and budget of accommodation, but my highlight from the trip is:

Bambu Indah, which is approximately 15mins from the main centre of Ubud.  There are eleven private homes in total, and we were lucky enough to stay in Kolam house.  The house is very private, having its own entrance and bale (outdoor dining). We spent hours just relaxing on the veranda, watching the fish in the pond and the doves come and go from the garden.  It truly is magical.

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I am also a bit of a foodie, so I love how Bambu Indah have their own vegetable gardens and the menu changes to accommodate the seasons.  The food is nothing short of spectacular! Even Dan, who isn’t much of a vegetable man was enjoying their vegetables.

The staff are also lovely, very warm and welcoming and always with a big smile.  I mentioned when booking that this would be our honeymoon and the staff had gone to so much extra effort and decorated the room with love hearts and messages, we were so touched by this.

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If your time allows I thoroughly recommend spending a few days over in Nusa Lembongan.  Which is accessible by a 30/40 minute boat ride, we stayed at  Waka Nusa and used scoot cruise  to get to the island. Scoot cruise  even pick you up and return you to your accommodation in Bali! As it is a small island I recommend hiring a scooter (or a push bike) to best see the scenery.  Also most of the bars/restaurants offer a free taxi service which picks you up and returns you to your accommodation.  Prepare yourself for lots of swimming, snorkeling, happy hour and reading by the pool.  If you go, you must check out dream beach, you will not be disappointed! x

Image Credit: Kate Parker  Quince and Mulberry Studios

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Ms Gingham says: I know Bali is a really popular destination for honeymoons but I love that everyone seems to see Bali in their own way. These tips are excellent Kate! It makes me want to pack my bags right now!

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.”

Polkadot Travel Lounge – Lisa from Shire Travel

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Ms Herringbone
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A luxury resort that offers “All-you-care-to-enjoy” included in your rates? Simply one of the fabulous locations unveiled in today’s Polkadot Travel Lounge, with our guest Lisa from Shire Travel. She has shared some very special spots from across the globe, and it has certainly made me long to get back to Asia!

What is your favourite region? 

I love Asia – so many incredible resorts that are so indulgent, such fantastic food, beautiful culture and great shopping!

Top Resort Recommendation? 

The Song Saa Private Island Resort in Cambodia. This resort is Cambodia’s only luxury beach property. It opened at the end of 2011 and is situated in a remote location in the pristine Koh Rong Archipelago on Cambodia’s south eastern coast. It is accessible from Siem Reap, you can also drive there or take a private plane from Phnom Penh and then take a 30 minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville.

If you are looking for a luxurious, elegant resort, in a unique location which is all about sustainable tourism, then this is it. The property is owned by an Australian couple in their early 40’s who have spent many years living in Cambodia. There are 27 jungle, oceanfront and overwater villas each with a private pool. The resort blends in with the local Cambodian fishing villages with much use of rough timbers and driftwood, thatched roofs and local stone etc.

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The property has a casual elegance and guests are encouraged to walk around barefoot on the resort even in the restaurants. It’s funny, the no shoes suggestion actually forces you to relax and chill out….I loved it!

The heart of the property is the overwater restaurant and lounge area which is surrounded by the ocean and is just off the main beach. The large lounge area has an outdoor and indoor space (in case weather turns bad) with giant daybeds on swings.

The food at the resort doesn’t disappoint, and days can be spent enjoying the spa and water sports centre, doing yoga sessions, swimming in the infinity pool and visiting the neighbouring beaches and fishing villages.

Stay includes all meals (including snacks, beach picnics, afternoon canapés etc.), unlimited access to house wines and spirits, beer and non-alcoholic drinks, including villa mini bars which are restocked daily.

For an added element of adventure, I would personally recommend combining a break at Song Saa with a trip to Siem Reap to see the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, both are amazing locations and will guarantee an unforgettable honeymoon experience.

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Suggestions for great honeymoon activities. 

A private picnic for two travelling by speedboat from Song Saa to one of the gorgeous white sand beaches in the same Archipelago. A perfect afternoon excursion.

The ideal location for a proposal? 

  • Top of Ayers Rock
  • Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome
  • In front of an open fire place at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island
  • Dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House
  • Surprise proposal over a bottle of wine in the Hunter Valley at Spicers Vineyard Estate 
  • Barefoot on one of Australia’s best beaches – Whitehaven Beach, the Whitsundays

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Spicers Vineyards Estate

Best kept secret honeymoon location? 

I would also suggest:

Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica

This resort has everything – located on a secluded beach cove, guests can enjoy horseback riding and a variety of eco-adventures including zip lining, river kayaking, golf, surfing, bird watching, sea turtle expeditions or guests can simply take it easy and lounge on the beach

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

This part of the world is blessed with gorgeous white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. It is a premier destination for water enthusiasts and the exquisite Amanyara is stunning with low lying rooflines, timber pavilions and the grassy blue sea stretching out behind it. A beautiful destination

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Hotel Punta Islita

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Amanyara

 What breathtaking scenery! It was a joy to (virtually) travel along with Lisa today, and if you’d like to find out more how Shire Travel can assist with planning your dream honeymoon, head to their website!

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Julie and Neil’s French Alps Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings,

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Polka Dot Bride
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Julie and Neil

Julie and Neil, ironically met at a wedding- Neil? He was the best man and Julie? She was a guest. Years later they escaped to the French Alps for something different to celebrate their marriage.

Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography captured the magic of the winter wonderland in today’s wedding.

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Julie chose a gown by Phillipa Lepley and shoes by Jimmy Choo. The flower girl wore a matching dress.

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The bridesmaids wore floor length gowns from Monsoon.

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Caleches (horsedrawn carriages) took everyone from the meeting place in town square up to the venue. Of the wedding location, Julie tells, “It was set in Megeve, where our family have a chalet. The Ferme De Joseph hosted us. It is an artisan working farm just above the beautiful village of Megeve. We set up a clear marquee out the front with an incredible view over the village.”

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Julie walked down the aisle to Canon in D.

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The couple had a website built by Jesse Boyce to give their guests all of the wedding information. Julie explains, “Jesse did amazing integrated design and art direction. Developed our visual style and website. We did everything through our website to make the weekend as big an event as possible, accommodation guides, skiing guides, restaurant guides, RSVP.”

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Of their photographer, Julie says, “Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography. A friendly relaxed guy with a great way to get a relaxed characterful scene out of your guests. Fashion photography meets weddings. You won’t find a posed shot here.”

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” A friend had seen a display in the wonder room Selfridge’s which had pink blossom all over trees. We recreated this by finding the supplier – pompomfactory and getting a local nursery to chop down some trees.”

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“We glued 4 shot glasses to a ski, which really got the party started.”

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Of their first dance, Julia recalls, ” We tried to avoid this, but our boisterous friends insisted, so we had a flail around pretending to dance. I can’t even remember what the song was! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Julie and Neil! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Victoire et Nous / Bride’s Dress: Phillipa Lepley / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Smithandgreen Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: Favourbrook / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon / Venue: Ferme de Joseph / Ceremony Officiant: Adele Kelham from Lausanne - Switzerland / Catering: Serac Restaurant / Visual Design: Jesse Boyce
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