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Love at New Heights – The World’s Top 5 Love Monuments

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Natasha of Holidays For Couples

Image: Laura Durán for Paris Tourisme

With nearly 20 years’ experience, Holidays for Couples magazine has all the qualifications to help you make the most of your honeymoon or romantic getaway for two. And with so many stunning destinations around the world that have been struck by a serious case of the love bug, we thought it was time for us to round up our absolute faves.

Here are five of our top monuments to love around the world – why not pack your bags and head out on a couples’ getaway with your sweetheart to add your love story to these legacies?

Image: Maristela Serra Ramos for Paris Tourisme

Love Lock Bridge, Paris

Make your way to Paris’ Pont des Arts and you’ll see hundreds of padlocks bolted to the bridge, inscribed with initials and names of couples from around the world.

The tradition is to buy a padlock, write your name and your lover’s name or initials on it, bolt it to the bridge and throw the key into the waters of the River Seine. This will ensure your everlasting love.

There are also ‘lovelocks’ on Pont de l’Archeveche, and the phenomenon has caught on with other bridges around Europe.

Image: Visit Philadelphia


In Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza you’ll find the LOVE Park, famous for its pop art LOVE statue, designed by Robert Indiana.

Be sure to take a picture in front of this bright red monument with your loved one.

Image: Coral Castle Facebook

Coral Castle

The mysterious Coral Castle is located in Florida USA, and was single-handedly created with 1,100 tons of coral rock by a man named Edward Leedskalnin. Why? It turns out he did it all for love. Long before Ryan Gosling’s character built his lost love a beautiful home in the film the Notebook, Ed Leedskalnin made this monument to his own lost love, Agnes.

How he managed to build this giant structure alone is still a mystery – but they say love is the greatest miracle of all!

Image: Tourism Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

India’s Taj Mahal is in fact one of the world’s most beautiful love monuments. It was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan to remember his late wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, a woman he loved and mourned deeply.

Image: Chandor Gardens Facebook

Chandor Gardens

Located in Texas USA, the Chandor Gardens were created and nurtured by the Chandors, a husband and wife duo. When her husband died in 1953, Ina Chandor renamed and dedicated the gardens to her late husband.

A true labour of love, these expansive and breathtakingly beautiful gardens celebrate what two people in love can create.

So there you have it – destinations aplenty for you to explore on your honeymoon or romantic getaway! Why not visit one of these dreamy destinations with your loved one on a romantic escape? And make sure you take some pretty pictures!

Ms Gingham says: What beautiful places to visit when in love! Perfect for honeymooners!

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!

Bula! – Ten Reasons to Honeymoon in Fiji

by | Honeymoons


Natasha of Holidays For Couples


Composed of 333 islands in the South Pacific, Fiji boasts gorgeous beaches, coral reefs, and rainforest. If you’re overwhelmed by all that Fiji has to offer, don’t despair! Holidays for Couples has a wealth of experience in helping couples plan romantic getaways and honeymoons, and they’ve gathered 10 reasons to love a honeymoon in Fiji. So, it’s time to discover Fiji’s ‘Bula Spirit’ – the warmth, compassion and genuine friendliness of the Fijian people will make your honeymoon unforgettable. With so many islands and activities, you and your better half can easily choose how you to best celebrate your love.

1. Beaches

No honeymoon’s complete without some time spent horizontal, good book in hand, soaking up some sun on a white sand beach. There’s no shortage of idyllic spots to throw down your towel in Fiji, but the top spots are in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups.

2. Snorkelling and diving

For those who love an underwater adventure, Fiji offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Kadavu and Taveuni Islands have exceptional diving and you’re likely to spot manta rays, turtles, sea snakes and a wide range of coral fish. If you prefer to experience the reef from above, there are plenty of options. Many resorts rent snorkel gear and in some locations, you can skip the boat and swim right out from the beach.

3. Kayaking

A great way to soak up the sun while getting a bit of exercise and enjoying the incredible scenery, kayaking helps you escape the hustle bustle of island life. If you want to strike out on your own, launch your kayaks from Yasawa or Taveuni Islands to enjoy the peace and quiet of paddling amongst tropical islands and coral reefs. Never kayaked before? Take a guided tour and you will be hooked on paddling.

4. Fishing

Want to catch your own dinner? Spend a day out on the Pacific trying to hook a blue or black marlin, mahimahi, or albacore. Head back to the resort and let the chef prepare your hard-won feast.

5. Local cuisine

You definitely won’t go hungry in Fiji, where the local fare mainly consists of coconut, sweet potatoes, fish and heaps of fresh fruit. Make sure you try kokoda, the Fijian equivalent of ceviche, comprised of  fresh fish like mahimahi, coconut cream, onions, lemon and lime juice, salt and chillies. Fresh and tangy, this dish delights as an early afternoon snack.

6. Coconuts

Coconuts are nature’s energy powerhouses. Just finished an incredible snorkel or dive session and feeling a little crispy and encrusted with sea salt? Sip on one of these and your thirst will be quenched, and energy instantly restored – totally ready for the next adventure.

7. Sunsets

Few things are as extraordinary as a Fijian sunset. There’s something truly magical about the sun dipping below the skyline, reflecting a gorgeous spectrum of colours over white sand beaches, palm trees and fishing boats.

8. Rainforests

Get off the beaten path and venture into the lush rainforests of Fiji. The interiors of these islands are teeming with life: exotic birds and flowers abound. A hike into one of Fiji’s parks or forests will undoubtedly provide a remarkable cultural experience, too. Consider taking a guide for more about the country’s history, flora and fauna.

9. Volcanoes

Not only are they a stunning backdrop for all your honeymoon photos, Fiji’s volcanoes are an adventure waiting to happen. Hike a volcano and enjoy the 360 degree view from the top.

10. Waterfalls

Who doesn’t love a waterfall? Fiji’s home to several magnificent waterfalls, all waiting for you to experience their splendour. The gorgeous Tavoro Falls in Taveuni is well worth the hike, and the natural water slide at Lower Bouma Falls will make you and your partner giggle like the newlyweds you are.

Images courtesy of Tourism Fiji

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!

5 Things to Do on Your Hong Kong Honeymoon or Stopover

by | Honeymoons, Location Asia


Natasha of Holidays For Couples

Hong Kong is a great stopover on your way to Europe. However, don’t dismiss Hong Kong as a honeymoon destination! This exciting city is Asia’s answer to New York – pulsating with excitement, it is the perfect melting pot of east meets west. You could easily enjoy a week in Hong Kong by checking out the city’s luxury hotels, spas, dining and cultural sites. Pop over to Macau for a day, or sneak off to one of the outer islands for a dose of nature. Whether you are stopping off in Hong Kong on your way to somewhere else, or checking into one of the city’s luxurious 5 star hotels for your Hong Kong honeymoon, Holidays for Couples has rounded up their top five picks to help you make the most of this city. Rest assured, there’s something to please any couple heading on a romantic holiday to Hong Kong.


Victoria Peak

Known by locals as ‘The Peak’, this mountain allows you to get views of the city from 396 metres above sea level. Head up its steep slopes via tram and make your way to the Peak Tower, which is home to shops, restaurants and a 360-degree viewing platform, the Sky Terrace 428.

Take a few snaps together in front of Hong Kong’s cityscape and green countryside for some cherished memories.

There is also a range of nature walks on offer that provide stunning vistas of the city too, so wear comfy shoes and get strolling.


The Avenue of Stars

Take a leisurely stroll down the Avenue of Stars on your honeymoon in Hong Kong. This is basically the city’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, paying tribute to the stars of the Hong Kong film industry.

It has features including celebrity handprints, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action star Bruce Lee, plus plenty of other plaques, statues and attractions, all along the gorgeous harbourside setting.


Symphony of Lights

There’s nothing like standing hand-in-hand with your loved one and watching the spectacular light show the city puts on each night at 8 p.m.

Head to one of the best vantage points, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or Golden Bauhinia Square, or take a harbour cruise and watch from the sea.

Then, watch as over 40 buildings light up on both sides of the harbour, with colours, lasers, searchlights, music and narration that captivates the senses.


Ocean Park

Want a fun-filled day out with your other half? Then head to Ocean Park. This is a theme park complete with animal exhibitions, rides, shows and more, so it’s sure to provide you with a day of thrills.

Ride on the Polar Adventure, a thrilling bobsled ride, which will get you up close and personal with seals, foxes, walruses and more. Or head to Thrill Mountain to ride roller coasters, hang upside down on the Flash or race each other in bumper cars.

See cuddly pandas, adorable monkeys, giant alligators and other amazing animals at the park, too.


The Wong Tai Sin Temple

Head to the The Wong Tai Sin Temple and make a wish. It’s claimed this sacred site can make your dreams come true, so why not wish for wedded bliss?

This Taoist, Buddhist and Confuciust site is incredibly beautiful with eye-catching colours, stunning art and architecture.

Visit with your loved one, soak in the surreal atmosphere and join the masses wishing for good fortune and divine guidance.

Ms Gingham says: I love the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and this list of things to do is a great starting point!

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!

Images courtesy Discover Hong Kong

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