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The Polkadot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice from Jessica from Check-in.com.au

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Ms Herringbone
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We’re back in the Polkadot Travel Lounge for 2014, and can’t wait to hear the tips and secrets from our Travel Experts we have lined up ‘specially for you! Today I am joined by the lovely Jessica Byrnes of Check-in.com.au! Since launching back in 2002, Check-in.com.au has successfully established itself as one of Australia’s leading online accommodation booking destinations, offering access to the hottest hotel deals from over 150,000 properties in Australia and worldwide.

Jessica has been generous enough to share with us her honeymoon travel advice, including the best  hotels and destinations – and some particularly unique tips for a romantic proposal!

What is your favourite region?

The Kimberley in Western Australia. It is one of the most natural and unspoilt regions in the world. Also home to Broome and its stunning Cable Beach sunsets.

Stay: at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Experience: A sunset camel safari

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Top Resort Recommendation?

For absolute luxury? Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. The overwater villas on this intimate island are perfect for honeymooners, private & luxurious and dining options are beyond romantic. Think private dinners on a secluded island, seafood over the lagoon or the underground cellar where you can taste incredible wines, handmade chocolates and artisanal cheeses.

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Suggestions for great honeymoon activities.

Do something adventurous together. Skydive in Fiji; go diving with sharks in the Cook Islands; climb a volcano in Peru; learn to surf in Maui. That way you take something home that you’ll remember forever.

The ideal location for a proposal?

Somewhere intimate – get away from the city – the more remote the location, the better. Think like Prince Will who proposed in a remote Kenyan hut. What about a beautiful treetop hotel in South Africa?  Or for something a little more local – try glamping at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay, NSW.

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Best kept secret honeymoon location?

Everybody goes to Bora Bora & The Maldives but if you want to do something different, try Samoa.

Stay: At the Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa

Experience: a swim at the stunning Togitogiga Waterfalls.

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Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing her time and expert knowledge with us today, it certainly has me pining for a remote island somewhere! For more amazing getaway ideas, head over to Check-in.com.au and spend some time!

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Storybook Switzerland For Honeymooners

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Ms Chevron
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Switzerland is picture postcard perfection. I had heard it was beautiful but couldn’t have fathomed exactly how true that would prove to be. We had a 9 hour rail journey from Venice (Italy) to Engelberg (Central Switzerland) and I was mesmerised by the storybook scenery along the way.

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We met our lovely host Susanne at Hotel Edelweiss and were taken to a corner suite with a big comfy doona (each!). We awoke the next morning and caught our breath as we took in our beautiful surrounds. The room had floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the sleepy little village nestled among pine trees. There was a thin blanket of cloud at eye level separating the homes below from the snow-capped mountains above. It was serene and a moment I will never forget.

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After rugging up, we decided to go for a walk and explore the village. I loved the gingerbread-style buildings and quirkiness of the stores. We walked to the outskirts of the village (it’s only very small) and saw some fluffy-eared cows. Even they looked happy to be in Switzerland!

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We decided to swing by Schaukäserei Kloster Engelberg after seeing a good review, and watch how they made the Engelberger Klosterglocke (bell-shaped cheese). Entrance to the cheese factory is free and it was really interesting to see them turn large vats of milk into cheese. We ordered fondue for two (the cheese variety) along with some sausage and bread for dipping. It was really rich and smacked you in the mouth, but enjoyable in small portions.

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The next day at breakfast, Susanne greeted us all smiles saying it was a good day to venture up the mountain. We took three cable cars to reach the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m) from Engelberg and we were blessed with a beautiful view. It was -5°C but with the sun shining on our layers of thermals, it was somewhat ‘warm’. We took the Titlis Cliff Walk (the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe) and walked through the illuminated glacier cave.

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Three cheek kisses later from Susanne, we were on a train again headed for our next stop in Switzerland. Lucerne (or Luzern as its spelt there) is about an hour north of Engelberg and is built on the shore of Lake Lucerne. We stayed at the Art Deco Hotel Montana in a suite that overlooked this very lake with the Swiss Alps in the distance.

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Art Deco Hotel Montana is a four star superior hotel with membership in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This hotel has serious credibility receiving the 2013 HolidayCheck Award. Apart from its gorgeous location, I can vouch for the impeccable service of the staff too: that night we ate dinner at Scala Restaurant where our waitress scraped stray crumbs off the table between courses with a little silver instrument! Everything at this hotel screams service and luxury.

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There’s something for the boys too with the recent opening of the Hemingway Lounge with an exquisite variety of rum, as well as cigars. The Louis Bar on the other hand, is the only bar in Switzerland to boast a range of over 130 single malt whiskies including the largest selection of rare bottles. There was a live pianist filling the room with smooth jazz tunes when we were there, and the guests were loving it.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding, then Art Deco Hotel Montana would be a serious contender. The stylish Art Deco Hall has a seating capacity for over 110 people and can be divided into different rooms, which makes it the ideal venue for larger to more intimate wedding receptions. Ceremonies can be held on Scala Terrace with a panoramic backdrop of Lake Lucerne, and it’s not far to travel for a honeymoon should you wish to indulge in one of their luxury Penthouse Spa Suites upstairs.

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To this day, when I’m asked what my favourite country from our trip was, my answer is Switzerland. Sure I have a very close second, third, and fourth answer, but there is simply something about Switzerland that makes you feel like you have been transported to another world. The mountains. The snow. The lakes. As for Switzerland for honeymooners, you’ll love it because everything is storybook.

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Engelberg Images taken by Mr + Ms Chevron.

Lucerne Images provided by Art Deco Hotel Montana.

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The Polkadot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au

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Honeymoon plans can often fall by the wayside when preparing for your big day, with  last minute bookings and frantic searches for the perfect location to unwind and relax.  We’ve been asking the experts to join us in the Polka Dot Travel Lounge and share their hot tips and preferred destinations to ensure your honeymoon is a trip to remember, and today we’re pleased to welcome Sally from HomeAway.com.au!

HomeAway.com.au is one of Australia’s leading holiday home rental sites with the the largest and most diverse selection of holiday homes around the world (more than 570,000 properties across 139 countries!). A holiday home rental can be a great alternative to hotel stays (increased privacy, space, more economical, experiential etc). Sally shares her top picks for honeymooners heading around the world – so jealous!

What is your favourite region?

For honeymooners, it’s hard to beat the laid back vibe of South East Asia. While you’re there, immerse yourself in a different culture, sample some amazing cuisines, discover age-old temples or just relax on some of the best beaches in the world.

Where to stay:

Villa Nol, Seminyak

Sleeping 2, this intimate villa has a spacious bedroom with its own bathroom and study area, a private swimming pool and kitchen. The use of different quality and natural materials, such as ‘Ulin’ wood, lava stone, solid teck floors, plants and flower walls, gives a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. Wifi, LCD TV, movies, series and cartoons, bikes to be borrowed.

 The Polkadot Travel Lounge Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au

Surin Beach Holiday Villa, Phuket

Located in the Ultra desirable Surin Beach enclave on the West Coast of Phuket, this modern Villa boasts stunning views over Surin Beach, Bang Tao, and the West coast of Phuket. The house stands high above the bay, facing North West with stunning sun sets out over the Indian Ocean.

The villa has its own pool as well as its own modern Western kitchen facilities. Large plasma screen TV and DVD player, WIFI, laundry on site complete the package. An ideal destination for Honeymooners, this Villa has everything for a romantic tropical getaway.

 The Polkadot Travel Lounge Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au

Top Resort Recommendation?

While HomeAway doesn’t offer traditional style resort accommodation, many properties on the site offer personal chefs and food services. This South African property comes with its own private butler and chef, personal ranger and tracker, game vehicle, private game drives & bush walks!

Morukuru Farm House, Cape Town

 The Polkadot Travel Lounge Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au

This Morukuru villa, is a completely redesigned vintage farm house. Morukuru Farm House offers green eco furnishings, modern design and spacious rooms. The garden leads you either to the heated swimming pool, or to one of the patios to enjoy a specially made cocktail by your personal butler.

What to do while you’re there?

South Africa is the adventure capital of the world! There’s plenty to see and do; climb Table Mountain, surf some of the world’s best waves, tour Robben Island or experience breathtaking scenery along the Garden route.

One of our top recommendations is to visit the Madikwe game reserve, where the Morukuru Farm House is situated. At 75,000 hectares it’s one of the largest game reserves in South Africa.

Madikwe has 66 mammal species including the Big Five (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. Marvel at the vast plains of the open woodlands and grasslands, and the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort, and Dwarsberg Mountains in the background.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities.

For those that want an active and relaxing honeymoon rolled into one, we recommend the Queenstown region of New Zealand. There is something for everyone; whether it’s skiing, bungee jumping, white water rafting, hiking or just taking in the breathtaking scenery that takes your fancy, you can cap it all off by toasting your marriage with one of the many fantastic local wines.

Where to stay:

Tenby Apartments, Wanaka

Tenby Apartments have been finished to a very high standard with wonderful art and tasteful decor. The large windows and glass walls capture the gorgeous mountain vistas of Wanaka. Each apartment has private balconies and decking, along with landscaped gardens to enjoy the long summer days. There is undercover garaging, full laundry facilities and dedicated ski drying rooms for your convenience.

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The ideal location for a proposal?

For a proposal like no other, why not surprise your loved one with a trip to Tuscany? Walk hand in hand along the mountain paths; stop to enjoy simple yet delicious cuisine and the famous local Chianti.

Wonder at the dusty green hills, brick-red earth, blue skies and golden sunlight while hearing the beautifully romantic Italian language being spoken around you.

Where to stay?

Podere La Caggia, Tuscany

 The Polkadot Travel Lounge Honeymoon Travel Advice with Sally from HomeAway.com.au

‘Podere Le Caggia’ is an enchanting country villa set in the tranquility and peacefulness of the Tuscan countryside. The villa has a total of 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a large fully-equipped kitchen, a dining room with a fireplace and two big living rooms. The impressive garden complete with a private swimming pool and a hot tub allows you to enjoy a relaxing holiday and is perfect for taking time out and lounging about while sipping on a glass of local wine.

Best kept secret honeymoon location?

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination that’s a little bit off the beaten path, we think Belize is the ideal location. As well as submerging yourself in the country’s rich and ancient culture, there’s plenty to see and do like discovering exotic plants and animals in the lush local jungles, swimming, snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean sea with its attractive reefs, and no trip to Belize is complete without a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins.

After spending a day filled with adventure and exploration, retreat back to the seclusion and privacy of Casa Olita.

Casa Olita will charm you with its sophistication and seclusion.

After you gaze at exquisite Caribbean vistas from your private dock, take a dip in your personal splash pool or cool off in the alfresco showers. It’s your choice. Toast to your honeymoon or simply embrace your loved one in the enchanting walled garden.

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A big thanks to Sally for her fantastic tips, and if you’ve spotted a destination that you’d love to learn more about, head to the HomeAway.com.au website for more info!

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