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Honeymoon In The Maldives At The One&Only Reethi Rah Resort

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Camille Davies

Say the word ‘Maldives’, and paradise springs to mind. Endives also spring to mind, but that’s just me.

If you’re having a bit of trouble choosing a specific part of paradise/the Maldives for your honeymoon, then I would very casually (not even slightly bordering on the hysterical) suggest that you check out the One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives Resort.

One&Only operate a collection of resorts that redefine luxury. With resorts in several countries, including Mauritius and Dubai, the jewel in the crown is arguably Reethi Rah in the Maldives. With over 130 villas – there are beach and water villas available – the real showstoppers are the recently added six even-more-luxury-than-before Grand water villas. I hate this phrase, but if you’re going for the “wow” factor (ughhh) then this is undoubtedly the place.

Unveiled in November this year, these villas are a masterclass in indulgence. Sitting on stilts in the Indian Ocean, featuring a swimming pool and an infinity pool (!!), as well as the paradise must haves – hammocks, sun loungers, private steps into the sea from your door, you know, the usual – you are waited on hand and foot by a dedicated 24 hour villa host (and possibly your new loving spouse), who is there to make your stay as wonderful as possible. If you want it, they can organise it. Spa session followed by a blissful couples massage? Booked. Fancy an intimate starlit dinner on your private decking? Done. A synchronised dolphin dance display, where you are presented with a garland of flowers and bottle of champagne as a finale? Okay, too far with the dolphins, but the champagne and flowers are definitely all in a day’s work.

Needless to say, there are a host of activities available at Reethi Rah. If you’re a water baby, there’s snorkelling, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking – pretty much every water based activity you can think of! Alternatively, if you like the water (just not enough to spend all day breathing through a tube), there are deep sea fishing trips or cocktail cruises around the neighboring islands available.

If you’re partial to being on land, there’s something to suit everyone, from rock climbing to spa sessions! If you want it, Reethi Rah can provide it. Unless you wanted to snowboard. That’s probably off the cards. There are tennis courts and rock climbing walls, as well as bikes to hire, and plenty of private beach spots where you can sunbathe, sip drinks, and formulate a plan to stay undetected on the island forever.

It’s a little slice of paradise – and what could be a better start to your newly wedded life? Time to break into song now guys. Altogether now: I AAAAM THE ONE AND OOONLYYYY!

Images via One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Wilderness Honeymoon Experience – Cradle Mountain Tasmania

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Chloe van der Werf

As I am currently in the lovely state of Tasmania, I thought why not look into dreamy wilderness honeymoon destinations. Now for those of you who love everything wintery as I do, let me introduce to you Cradle Mountain. A stunning world heritage listed national park situated 1,545 meters above sea level and there lays a luxury lodge.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is said to be one of Australia’s most iconic wilderness experiences. You can take a lazy stroll or a more intense hike through the national park’s breathtaking wilderness from the lodge’s doorstep. Or if hiking isn’t your thing you can take in the views from the Waldheim Alpine Spa. They offer everything from unique massages and power-boosting facials to The Sanctuary which includes a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge.

Or maybe fine food and wine is something that would tickle your fancy? The lodge offers wine and cheese tasting, or dinner at the Highland Restaurant. Which ever you choose you’ll be served with fresh local produce and wine and what better way to get the full Tasmania experience than by enjoying a meal and glass of red, all grown and produced on the island.

The lodge offers their guests private timber cabins and suites that are surrounded by wild bushland which you can admire from the large picture windows in the bedroom. Or get a little closer to nature from your deck, where you can take in the fresh wintery air and watch the wombats waddle through the snow.

From experience I would recommend visiting this captivating location either in Winter or Autumn when it’s at its most breathtaking.

As Gustav Weindorfer said of this stunning national park, “This must be a national park for the people for all time. It is magnificent and people must know about it and enjoy it.

All images by Peppers Lodge Cradle Mountain

Caroline & Matt’s Tropical Bali Elopement

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Elopements, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia


Polka Dot Bride

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Caroline & Matt

I love a beautiful elopement – the romance? It is definitely there and it’s always incredibly overwhelming. Caroline and Matt’s tropical Bali elopement had them wed against the ocean and enjoy an intimate dinner for two by candlelight. They wanted to get back to what matters and they did it the way that worked for them. PhotoFactory Bali was there to capture their so very romantic wedding day.

Matt tells their story. “I am an Engineer and Caroline is a Dental Nurse, Caroline is a keen traveler and has been to many places in east Asia, Europe and Australia. She is interested in alternative therapies, and is trained masseuse and has also trained and practiced in reflexology. I am a keen sportsman, interested in football, running and surfing.

I have traveled to many places around the world surfing including lots of places in Europe and Asia. We met in 2011 however we didn’t get together until 2012 when Caroline had returned from traveling around Asia and climbing Mount Kinabalu. For our 1st date I took Caroline surfing and we hit it off from there. We have a similar outlook of life and are best friends and we are very much in love.

I proposed to her whilst in London on a short Holiday at Christmas in 2013. I proposed in St James Park by Buckingham Palace. I had made a short video of lots of pictures from the first time we had met to that moment…..then I got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes. We spent the weekend in a posh hotel in London.”

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The bride chose a gown by Sophia Tolli.

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Caroline and Matt chose Micks Place for their elopement – the venue looking after everything from styling, to flowers, hair and makeup and even dinner! Matt notes, “The honeymoon suite at Mick’s Place was more beautiful than we ever imagined, the view was breathtaking. Caroline cried when we arrived and cried when she left she loved it so much. Sascha from Micks’s Place arranged everything brilliantly and we couldn’t of asked for more! It was so laid back I even managed to go surfing the morning of the wedding.”

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Congratulations Caroline & Matt! That you for sharing your special wedding day with us! Thank you also to PhotoFactory Bali for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Sascha Hansen / Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli / Venue (Including hairstylist, makeup artist, stationery, flowers & styling: Micks Place / Wedding Rings: Drakes Jewellers (02) 9875 4600
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