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Honeymoons A-Z: Santorini

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Europe


Naomi Neilson

Santorini honeymoon

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Greece’s Santorini is truly one of the most incredibly romantic honeymoon getaway destinations in the world – and why wouldn’t it be with all that it has to offer? Honeymooning here is like a dream come true. When you have a chance (and how could you miss it?) be sure to see as much of the ocean as possible from the white sands of their many beaches and marvel at the shimmering shades of blues.

Go out to explore the hidden and private beaches that offer their own piece of heaven, and be sure to experience as many sunrises and sunsets as possible from any place with a view. Relax in the sun by the pool or the beach, indulge in the exquisite meals and fine wines, and exchange a kiss or two underneath Santorini’s sunset!


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5 Places to Stay

Famous for its perfect honeymoon vibes and incredible views, Santorini is definitely not short on hotels and suites to spend your time in during adventures. They all offer the best, and all are conveniently close to the hidden gems of Santorini.

Kapari Natural Resort
Located in the heart of the incredible village of Imerovigli is this spectacular sanctuary that offers such a relaxing experience. Enjoy incredible views from the windows of your gorgeous room, bask in the sun by the pool, and take advantage of all the state-of-the-art personal services on offer!


Image via Kapari Natural Resort

Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites
This luxury hotel offers an abundance of charm on one of the highest points of Santorini. The dazzling elegance of the ambiance and luxury is unlike any other – and did we mention the private plunge pools on every balcony? The impeccable service and their romantic gourmet restaurant are all part of the experience.


Image via Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites

Astra Suites
Located in a peaceful location on the island, the Astra suites feature everything that makes Santorini all that much more special. Enjoy balconies overlooking the volcano and the Aegean Sea, a heated swimming pool and poolside bar, and completely marvellous panoramic views. It’s all simply spectacular!


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The Tsitouras Collection
Situated against one of the incredibly unique backdrops of Santorini is the beautiful Tsitouras Collection Hotel. Indulge in the dramatic landscapes while enjoying incredible luxury, a pool with a view, state of the art dining experiences and a full spa service. Everything about this hotel is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!


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Sun Rocks
As a hotel that specifically caters to couples, you really can’t go wrong here. This magical place is literally “head to toe honeymoon” and is undoubtedly one of the most elegant and charming hotels in all of Santorini. Step into dreamlike luxury in a hotel that creates the ambiance of romance at every single turn.


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5 Places to Visit
Where to start? Santorini is full of some of the most amazing places in Greece, so be sure to experience as much of it as possible. Explore the ancient villages and iconic cities and then indulge in food and wine in some of the best restaurants on the island!

If you’ve imagined Santorini as a collection of white houses on the edge of a cliff overlooking the deep blue of the ocean, then Oia is the place to live out that fantasy! Perched on the edge of the caldera, Oia presents itself as a maze of narrow streets and breathtaking views – this unique experience is unlike anything else!


Image via Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites

Amoudi Port
Food, food, and more food! For a romantic dinner with a spectacular view of the sunset, treat your significant other to an exquisite meal in Dimitris Taverna and finish it off by indulging in the local wine. Although the sunset is perfect company, dining by the water at any other time of the day is magical too!

Ancient Akrotiri
Away from the sun and the beaches there is a whole other side to Santorini! If you and your partner are interested in history, then a trip to the Akrotiri ruins is a must! The archaeological site presents a new and intriguing way to experience Santorini’s past. For some expert advice, consider a tour with Akrotiri Santorini Guided Tours.


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This charming village is located at the heart of Santorini, and is conveniently close to the Perivolos and Perissa beaches. Take the day to explore the village and admire the ancient architecture (like the churches and the castles!) and take as many photographs as possible to capture these romantic moments!

Rim of the Caldera
Amoudi Port is perfect for a romantic dinner, but so is the rim of the caldera. It’s also the most breathtaking place for some spectacular views of the picture perfect sunsets. Pure magic!


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5 Things to Do
Santorini, known as the ‘crown jewel of Greece,’ is one of the most unique and wonderful places to visit – and an incredibly romantic place for a honeymoon! It’s not hard to see why with all the amazing experiences on offer. So go ahead and have fun!

Make a Bucket List!
Before you really get started, fill up your bucket list with all the wonderful things you expect to do in Santorini. Include new and unique experiences, like sailing with Santorini Sailing to a private beach! If that’s not your thing, put down a wine tour with the Santorini Winery Tour and a private tour with Omega Travel Santorini.


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Hike, Climb and Soar!
Santorini is rich in adventurous experiences – from jumping off the cliffs at Amoudi Bay to hiking the Fira Trail, and exploring the hot springs. Although the views from up high are just as stunning twenty-four hours a day, they’re just that more special at sunset! And to make the experience that much more exciting, consider riding a donkey up the mountain of Old Fira! Check out Santorini Car Hire for all your donkey-riding fun!

Hit the Beaches!
What is a Santorini experience without the beach? You will absolutely get a little sunburnt – but how else could you get that perfect Santorini tan? Rent a lounge and an umbrella from your hotel to avoid the worst of the heat, and then just kick back with your partner for a relaxing day admiring the shimmering blue of the ocean.


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Watch the Sunset
Watching the sunset up high is one of the most amazing things in all of Santorini—especially if you get to see it bounce off the famous white houses in Oia. Watching the sunset is truly one of the most spectacular things to do in Santorini – next to their food! So why not combine them at a restaurant like Nichteri Restaurant.

Create a Unique Experience
Make Santorini your own! Test your limits on the edges of a cliff and experience new and exciting cuisine! Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and certainly an amazing place to visit to truly enjoy the Greek experience. You and your significant other can expect to return home with a tonne of memories (hopefully captured on film!) and a relaxed beachside glow!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The perfect honeymoon escape – the breathtaking sunsets are not to be missed!

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Romantic Honeymoon Underwater Suites

by | 6 Things To Love, Honeymoons, Location - North America, Location Africa, Location Asia, Location Indian Ocean & Maldives


Naomi Neilson


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Indulge in complete and total relaxation below the surface with your significant other in some of the most extraordinary and romantic honeymoon destinations in the world! Below-water hotels and suites are incredible and just as picture-perfect as you would expect.


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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Wake up to the ultimate underwater experience in some of Dubai’s most beautiful and luxurious suites. The shimmering deep blue of the ocean is only a pane of glass away, enhanced only by the marine life that live there. The underwater suites offer floor to ceiling views of life beneath the surface of the waves, including an incredible view of ancient ruins of the lost city of Atlantis – a favourite for the resort. Immerse yourself in the magic – and then come up top for more water fun at the resort! The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a must!


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The Manta Resort Underwater Room, Pemba
This extraordinary suite is the most surprising of them all! Enjoy beautiful aquatic views out in the middle of the Pemba Ocean, where you’re always surrounded by the turquoise blue of the water. You’re guided out to your private – very private – floating suite that features two above-water rooms and, most wonderfully, an underwater spotlight that floats along with the rest of the structure. The unbelievable, breathtaking underwater room features three hundred and sixty degrees of stunning beauty.


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Jules Undersea Lodge, Florida
Enjoy floor-length windows looking out onto Florida’s marine life in this converted undersea lodge. Once a research lab, the new and improved refurbished lodge is luxuriously accommodating for its guests – although there is a catch! To get there, visitors must dive through the tropical mangrove of the Emerald Lagoon and come in through the bottom! It may sound a little inconvenient at first, but it is so worth it! And if you haven’t got a scuba diving licence, then it’s the perfect excuse to get started on that with the lodge’s lessons!


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Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suite, Sentosa Island
The incredibly breathtaking and luxurious ocean suite is more like a deluxe two-storey townhouse. The top half of the resort features above-water ocean views, while the bottom has exclusive access to the world below the surface. The lovely hotel offers a discreet and private accommodation in the world’s largest aquarium, in addition to five-star comfort and personalised butler service. The best part, though, is the automatic dimming of the windows for the ultimate viewing experience! And while you’re here, be sure to stop by the nearby S.E.A Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark!


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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad, Maldives Rangali Island
Stay in an extremely luxurious hotel above-water in the Maldives, but be sure to head underneath the surface to truly experience the marine life with a meal in the Conrad’s world-renowned Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Sitting just five metres below the surface, the European cuisine restaurant offers private meals for special occasions. Enjoy the 360-degree clear-blue water views!


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Subsix and Lime Spa at PER AQUUM, Niyama Maldives
From excellent cuisine and dancing at the Subsix in the Niyama resort to the total relaxation and comfort in the Lime Spa, newly weds can expect romance and beauty in the underwater pods of the PER AQUUM resorts. Enjoy the magic below the surface, and then emerge for more above!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So beautiful; what wonderful memories of the magic under the sea!

A Dreamy Day In The City Of Edinburgh

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe


Nicola Goring

a day in edinburgh

There is an endless list of things to do in Edinburgh, a city that is stunning and charming in equal measure. I could go on for days about the world-famous book fair in August (that accompanies the Edinburgh Festival), the tour guides that will show you around Edinburgh Castle, the bustling train station or the pubs that will serve you a good pie and chips. The Summer markets in the grounds of St John’s with the cafe below are busy and inspiring, staying at the grand Balmoral Hotel is a luxurious treat, and the many beautiful parks and galleries are there for the taking, with so much more besides!

But this very short list is written in the hope that you will be inspired during your time in Edinburgh, discovering its beauty and all it has to offer. And if your legs fancy a wander further afield, there is much more to be found!

1. Embrace the weather!

I ran into a gentleman a few days ago who informed me he was off on a holiday to Scotland. We began excitedly swapping stories and ideas of places to go, when he told me his concern of the weather. It appeared he hated the cold and the wet. After I had assured him he would need his waterproof jacket and good hiking boots, I told him to embrace the weather, in all it’s grey and rainy splendour. That way, when you do get a cracking sunshiny day, you will love it all the more! And in the meantime, there’s plenty of cosy places to stay warm and dry.

If you’re lucky to be in Edinburgh on one of these sunshine filled days, you will notice the parks flood with folk, picnicking and soaking up their Vitamin D. If you’re looking for something to eat, I’d suggest running into Marks and Spencer on Princes Street to buy yourself a delicious picnic which you can enjoy on a patch of grass in Princes Street park.

If you’re looking for a seat and a menu, wander down to Grassmarket Square where you’ll find plenty of pubs and restaurants. If you’d like to keep the view but be indoors, pop upstairs in Jenners (off Princes Street) to the Cafe where you’ll find seating that overlooks the high street, the park and the castle.


2. The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens

If you love a good castle and woollen mill (who doesn’t!?) but are looking for something a wee bit different, a little way off the beaten track you’ll find the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens and their stunning glasshouses. You can find your way here easily on the bus or if you have a car (or bike) there is plenty of parking about. For a few pounds each you can wander inside these stunning buildings and enjoy some breathtaking plants and foliage. As an added bonus, it’s warm in the greenhouses and will grant you a touch of the tropics!

The gardens are beautiful in every season and well worth the visit, and you may also make friends with the local squirrels! Handy hint – don’t keep peanuts in your pockets, the squirrels will run up your legs!



3. Arthur’s Seat

If you fancy a bit of fresh air, there are plenty of stunning walks and beautiful monuments to discover in Edinburgh. Calton Hill and Nelson’s Monument offer incredible views, and you can wander from there over to the National Monument of Scotland for more beautiful scenery. Arthur’s Seat is likely the most well-known and frequented, but for good reason. An extinct volcano towering over the city below, you are guaranteed stunning views from every angle. And if you walk it during the summer months, the flowering yellow gorse will fill the air with the scent of coconut! There are many paths to the top and you’ll be joining those exercising and those out for a stroll, so take your time and explore the area.



4. Christmas and Hogmanay

If you find yourself in the city of Edinburgh over Christmas and Hogmanay, you are in for a treat! There are traditional Christmas German markets next to the Scottish National Gallery on Princes Street, traditional Scottish markets in St Andrew’s Square, plus skating rinks and mulled wine to warm your hands. You’ll find George Street dripping with fairy lights, and can do some luxury shopping here as well as popping into The Dome for a Champagne Afternoon Tea. Purchase a ticket for the street party for Hogmanay, and you’ll find yourself viewing a spectacular firework display from Edinburgh Castle. If you know more than the first five words you can even join in singing Auld Lang Syne after the bells.


If you’re looking for a spot of pampering, Edinburgh is full of lovely day spas to warm you up and ease sore feet. You’ll also find Edinburgh Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk which is a wonderful venue with excellent productions year round. Edinburgh is a city full of treasures, and is well worth the visit!

All images by Nicola Goring

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: From fireworks and champagne to picnics and theatre, there are so many fabulous things to experience in Edinburgh!

About Nicola Goring – I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

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