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Celebrate a new marriage surrounded by the revelry of life and love in an atmosphere that rivals anything you have ever experienced before. Romance, commitment and family become the only things that matter as people across the globe come together to celebrate culture and years of tradition. Revellers are immersed in one big, special moment made by the spirit of the community – a feeling not to be missed! So pick any one of these destinations around the world in April to celebrate your new married life – and enjoy the fun!

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The Seville Fair

Spring in Seville, Spain comes with an intoxicating atmosphere made that much more special by the excitement of the cities most treasured events – the Sementa Santa and the Feria. The fair takes place in Los Remedios, a huge area in the south-west of the city, and consists of a week of entertainment – from dancing, drinking and late nights. During this week, hundreds of ‘casetas’ – or tents – are installed in the fairground and become a second-home to the revellers as they move from experience to experience.

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For somewhere close to stay, consider the quirky El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Seville. The friendly staff, incredible restaurant and close location makes this hotel a fan favourite with visitors – especially those coming to enjoy the festivities. It’s close enough to be part of the festival, but private enough to enjoy a breather or two. For something a little more luxurious, have a look at the Hotel Alfonso XIII. This gorgeous hotel was commissioned by the King of Spain to host his guests so it’s no wonder the hotel is such a big hit in Seville, especially since its renovation.

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When you eventually emerge from the luxury and comfort of your hotel it should be to marvel at the thousands of lanterns that make up the fairground entrance. Once you get past them there are the casetas where families, friends, and couples are indulging in great wine and conversation while dancing and singing fills the air around you. For something a little more touristy, have a look at the horse and carriage parade. With bullfighting, incredible architecture and the spectacular fireworks display at the end, you’re sure to feel right at home in the midst of this unique kind of excitement.

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Kings Day

Amsterdam comes alive with music, parties and a citywide street market to celebrate the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. Previously the Queens Day to honour Queen Wilhelmina and her daughter Juliana, and then finally Princess Beatrix, the festival has so many elements that come straight from royalty. With a sea of orange and the incredible bursts of colours from the decorated boats on the canals, the festival is an explosion of colours, parties, tourism and so, so much shopping.

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Amsterdam is enriched by so many wonderful hotels, like the incredible Ambassade Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal District. With a convenient location – just by the street fair – and the classical allure, guests can expect a five star stay. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and luxury comfort in the rooms – not to mention the view! If that’s not your cup of tea, have a look at the equally gorgeous Waldorf Astoria. It’s timeless elegance and nostalgic beauty provides a private escape from the bustling city, but is still close enough to enjoy all the festivities.

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Have your dancing – or walking – shoes ready for this festival! Either spend your nights partying at one of Amsterdam after-dark locations, or seek out the infamous technofest across the city. If that’s not your thing, take your new partner to watch the party boats on the canals and admire the explosion of colour – although get used to the orange! If shopping is on your list, Amsterdam’s street fairs have it in abundance or just head out and admire everything you walk past – from museums, the canals, architecture, and, of course, each other! Enjoy your festival honeymoon!

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

New Orleans is always a party. With some of the best festivals happening on their home turf, there is no wonder the city is so good at it. There is no exception for The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The music is incredible, the people are quirky and full of joy and life and the momentous scene is spontaneous and contagious. For something with culture and bubbly fun, journey to New Orleans in April!

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When in New Orleans, stay in the French quarter! The incredible Hotel le Marais is a chic boutique hotel that offers a mixture of classical and modern themes that all make up an exciting array of upscale amenities and luxury stays. Stay in a comfortable room, enjoy a full service bar and bask in the friendly service. As another option, consider the classically gorgeous Windsor Court Hotel. Not only are their rooms incredible, but so is the cafe, restaurants, and lounges. It’s really worth the stay!

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The annual festival is a big celebration of music and culture in New Orleans, so if you’re not out in the streets or seeking out the artists over the entire session, then you’re doing it wrong. With your new partner in tow, seek out the music and the tradition that makes New Orleans one of the festival locations in the world. Music encompasses the entire festival, so if you or your partner is a music fan – or even just up for some unique New Orleans experience – then the jazz festival is for you!

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April’s festivals are beautiful arrays of colour, joy, and excitement – and so much love. Either enjoy a festival in lovely Spain, join the crowds of Orange in the always gorgeous Amsterdam, or head straight for the party in New Orleans. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to have a honeymoon that rivals any other.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: So much fun to be had in April – New Orleans is my party place!

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After all the planning and the big day itself, it’s time to honeymoon! Beginning your married life together in the stunning Whitsundays, you’ll discover there are so many romantic experiences you enjoy together!

Adventure Road Trip

What better way to explore the region together than jumping in a hire car and cruising along the scenic coastal roads, taking in the spectacular views. Take the trip to Bowen – mango capital of Australia and experience some of the country’s most beautiful untouched beaches – Horseshoe Bay and Queens Beach – just to name a couple. Shaded by palm trees there are plenty of areas for secluded sunbathing, rocks for exploring and even snorkelling within the stunning coral surrounds.

Take a photo together in front of the Big Mango before stopping into Le Sorelle Coffee House for a bite to eat whether it be an item off the all day breakfast menu, home-made decadent dessert or some of their famous gourmet fudge accompanied with the best coffee in the region! Be sure to grab a special takeaway jar of fudge for the car trip home!

Romantic Picnic at Cedar Creek Falls

Located approximately 20 minutes from Airlie Beach, Cedar Creek Falls is a hidden gem within the Whitsundays. Explore the walking tracks surrounding the falls and be sure to bring a rug, picnic lunch and your bathers to enjoy a day by the water’s edge including a swim under the streaming natural waterfall. If you are lucky, the area is also known to have wild turtles swim in its waters which would be a treat for anyone to encounter!

Candlelit Dinner at Coral Sea Resort

Positioned on absolute oceanfront, Coral Sea Resort offers several romantic dining options including their stunning Gazebo. This intimate dining experience, available for up to six guests, lets you enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars as you gaze across Pioneer Bay. A private butler is on hand to ensure your every request is met on a night you’ll never forget.

Whitsunday Segway Tours

Have a laugh together and explore the region zooming around on two wheels! Choose to explore with your loved one the spectacular Conway National Park Rainforest where you will ride deep into the tropical rainforest, observe the native flora and fauna and relax with morning tea included, by the crystal clear waters of Impulse Creek.

If the oceanfront is more to your liking, a Segway Tour is also available along the Bicentennial Boardwalk which overlooks stunning Pioneer Bay, Airlie Beach. Glide along the boardwalk past Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach and the Whitsunday Botanic Gardens, through to Cannonvale Beach. On the return trip, stop in at the Barcelona Tapas Bar & Café where you can enjoy sumptuous tapas dishes with a cocktail in hand whilst watching the sun set on a magical day.

Ms Liberty travelled to the Whitsundays courtesy of Tourism Whitsundays

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: From intimate candlelit dinners to swimming under secluded waterfalls, the Whitsundays is my place for a romantic get away! 

Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Becky From We Are Travel Girls

Becky is the founder of a popular female travel community called We Are Travel Girls. Together with her co-founder Vanessa Rivers, We Are Travel Girls carefully curates and publishes travel stories from their growing community of over 175,000 Instagram followers. They provide daily travel inspiration as well as promoting and connecting female travellers all around the world.

In 2017 We are Travel Girls will be launching retreats where they will have inspirational speakers and daily workshops to help women trying to break into the travel industry, as well as meet one another and travel together! With such an exciting year ahead we were lucky to chat to Becky about what destinations you must visit for your honeymoon or next escape.

What is your favourite region?

I travelled through South East Asia when I was 23 for six months and fell in love with the region. So much so that over ten years later I am now living in Bali so that I can explore Indonesia and go back to all of the countries that I visited in Asia once again.

A highlight for me during that trip was our time in Laos – my friend and I were young and adventurous and made sure that we got off the beaten path into the country. Getting around Laos at the time was certainly not easy and we have some great stories to tell from the trip!

I am still yet to see images on social media of some of the places that we visited, such as Ponsavan – a town built almost entirely on the shells of bombs left behind during the Vietnam War – or the Four Thousand Islands, an area of thousands of tiny islands where you can cruise around in search of the allusive Irrawaddy dolphin! There is so much history and culture in Asia that it has to be my favourite region.

Top resort recommendation?

I recently stayed at The Andaman Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. The resort is absolutely beautiful and suits all types of travellers –  from young families, to couples (perfect for honeymooners!), or even a girls’ getaway.

Set in a beautiful bay, the resort offers a perfect white sand beach and turquoise waters to rival any other popular island resort. I especially loved the conservation efforts here at the resort, where they have a coral sanctuary and are transplanting corals back into the ocean to recover damage to the reef in 2004 by the tsunami.

Plus there is so much wildlife at the resort, the hotel offers morning and evening rainforest walks; we loved the story of a team from National Geographic spending three months in Borneo to observe flying lemurs. They only saw three in that time at Borneo but between their room and walking to breakfast at The Andaman they saw five! So the perfect place for a nature lover. But if lying by the beach with a cocktail in hand is more your speed, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Get outside! On your honeymoon you should definitely take the opportunity to do a once in a lifetime trip and that probably means something outside. Antarctica to see the penguins, Alaska to hike on a glacier, South Africa for a safari, China to walk The Great Wall or the Galapagos to dive with hammerheads!

The ideal location for a proposal

The ideal location for a proposal would be somewhere personal to the relationship – the first city you visited together, the first beach where you watched the sunset, a favourite hidden spot only you know about. Personally I would always want it to be private and a special moment between me and the person I love, so a simple proposal at a beautiful beach would be perfect!

Best kept secret honeymoon location

Finnish Lapland! What could be more romantic than a honeymoon in the snow, sleeping in an igloo with Northern Lights twinkling above you and then curling up in an ice hotel for the night?! During the day there are so many activities – think husky and reindeer sledding, horse riding, snowmobiling – and in the evening you can gaze at the stars or enjoy Champagne in a snow hot tub!

All images via Becky from We are Travel Girls.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: How beautiful would a sleigh ride through the snow be?! Followed by a night in an ice hotel with the Northern Lights dancing overhead – perfect!