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A Honeymooners Paradise – Centara’s Maldives Grand Island Resort

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Taylor Bartels
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If you are looking for a honeymoon of the tropical paradise variety then you simply can’t go past the Maldives as a potential destination. Nothing screams romance like a lush island retreat with an endless flow of champagne and Centara’s Maldives Grand Island Resort & Spa has it all. From its crystal-white sands to its clear emerald waters, Centara’s Maldives retreat makes for nothing short of an idyllic honeymoon location.

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Centara’s Maldives Resort boasts the kind of barefoot luxury one dreams about while sat in their office chairs. It is a 5-star island getaway featuring 112 beach front suites and overwater villas, all of which are conveniently located around a private infinity pool and the gorgeous resort lagoon. Each over water villa features steps straight into said lagoon, and is surrounded by the resort’s reef, complete with a dedicated sunken ship wreck. Furthermore, each room is fitted with a spacious terrace, strategically placed to enjoy the stunning Indian Ocean sunsets each evening of your stay.

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The beautiful villas are of course not all that this resort has going for it. It also features tennis and volleyball courts, with a fitness centre for the avid fitness couple that are keen to work off any excess wedding cake… as if excess wedding cake actually exists!

However, whether it is exercising you seek or otherwise, you cannot go past the water attractions, as you are indeed on a tropical island! For the more timid swimmer there is a beachfront swimming pool, but for those seeking adventure the Dive and Water sports centre should be your first port of call! They offer sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking, or for an even more amazing experience why not feed stingrays or go swimming with whale sharks? There are also fishing excursions and leisure boats available for hire to get the absolute most of the island.

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No resort would be complete without a series of restaurants and with 4 different restaurants for top quality seafood and traditional Asian cuisine, as well as a stunning over water cocktail bar with nightly entertainment, Centara’s Maldives retreat does not disappoint.

Centara’s Grand Island Resort is now offering an all-inclusive program which includes everything from champagne breakfasts through to sunset cocktails, to streamline the booking of your stay. All meals and wine, cooking classes, water sports and attractions and a nightly cocktail sundowner on the beach are included in the package, with the addition of a trip to the regions premiere luxury spa brand, Spa Cenvaree.

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Honeymooners also receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, and a personal gift from the resort! No matter where you are at in your wedding planning, Centara’s Maldives Grand Island Resort is worth considering.

For more information visit here

Photos by Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Whitsundays Weddings: Peppers Airlie Beach

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Ms Chevron
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On a recent familiarisation trip to the Whitsundays, we had the pleasure of visiting the hub of all activity, Airlie Beach. This gateway to the Great Barrier Reef is not only a hotspot for tourists but also has a tight-knit community of locals, lucky to call Airlie home. It completed a large-scale upgrade to its Main Street late in 2013, and between the swaying palm trees, iconic lagoon, and multiple marinas, Airlie Beach truly is a playground for all.

As we were taken to Abell Point Marina, and invited onboard Papillon Luxury Yachts, I thought to myself that this would be the perfect pre-wedding bridal party activity. Imagine popping champagne, setting sail, and kicking back with your besties as you watch the gorgeous sunset and feel the wind in your hair – bliss! Papillon offers luxury day, honeymoon, sunset, and overnight experiences. And, if you’re thinking of eloping or having an intimate wedding, then Papillon would be more than happy to discuss their wedding packages with you.

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After our relaxing sail with Papillon, we were transported to the nearby Peppers Airlie Beach for a poolside dinner in their Tides Pavilion. Again, my mind started racing with the opportunities that this venue alone could offer. Think a bridal shower high-tea with the ladies, or a laid-back rehearsal dinner before your wedding. Not only does Tides Pavilion have a sweet setting right next to the wet edge pool, but it has stunning panoramic views making the need for decorations minimal. Easy peasy.

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Of course there are multiple ceremony spots to choose from at Peppers Airlie Beach – Tides Pavilion can host sixty, as can both Tides Deck and Ocean’s Edge Villa. Forty people can be accommodated in the Conservatory and Terrace.

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Tides Pavilion

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Ocean’s Edge Villa

As for the reception, there are a few different options depending on your preference – a cocktail party for 120 can be set up within Ocean’s Edge Villa, you can have a sit-down reception for 70 in the Lohrey Room (hosts 120 cocktail style), or if you’re after an informal affair then Tides Deck can be set up for 40 people with non-exclusive hire.

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Lohrey Room

Post-wedding, you can sneak away to your own one, two, or three bedroom spa apartment. Having everything onsite at the one venue makes it super convenient for out of town guests as well as the bridal couple themselves.

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Endota Spa is also onsite and they have treatments such as Girls Day Out (perfect for some bridesmaid bonding), Scrub & Glow (who wouldn’t want this before their big day?), and Bloke Got Back (yes, this one’s all for him), just to name a few.

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And, if I haven’t already convinced you that Peppers Airlie Beach really does have it all, then here is your exclusive invitation to enjoy a pre-wedding appointment and site inspection for just $190/night including:

  • Accommodation in a top floor Spa Apartment
  • Personalised site inspection of the wedding venues
  • Hot breakfast for two
  • Endota spa gift
  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and gourmet cheese plate on arrival

 Simply contact Peppers Airlie Beach on 07 4962 5100 or email airliebeach@peppers.com.au

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Images provided by Peppers Airlie Beach

Whitsundays Weddings: Hamilton Island Weddings

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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Having spent the night underneath the star-filled inky sky of the Whitsundays, we were flown by chopper over the iconic heart reef to none other than Hamilton Island. With more than 10 stunning ceremony locations and 15 amazing reception venues, Hamilton Island really has so much to offer prospective bride and grooms.

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Ceremony Options

Looking forward to sinking your toes into the sand with a barefoot ceremony? Perhaps you want some of the best tropical views as far as the eye can see? Maybe you just want to keep it traditional with a cute chapel? Whatever your inclination, there’s plenty of aisle choices and here are a few of my favourites:

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All Saints Chapel

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Hamilton Island Golf Club

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Catseye Beach

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Qualia’s Pebble Beach

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One Tree Hill

Reception Options

If you think you’re spoilt for choice for ceremony locations, then just wait till you see what reception venues Hamilton Island boasts! They seem to have it all from lush green settings of the golf club, to beautiful beaches, and a magical marina. As the sun goes down, your guests truly will feel as though they have been transported to a tropical wonderland:

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Denison Star Motor Yacht

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Hamilton Island Golf Club

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Main Pool

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Catseye Beach

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Hamilton Island Yacht Club

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Honeymoon Options

Hamilton Island is home to the exclusive Qualia. Voted the best resort in the world (eeeks!), the likes of Oprah and Daniel Craig have stayed there, and Leonardo DiCaprio has partied there. If you were ever going to treat yourselves, then honeymooning at Qualia is the time to do it. Simply divine!

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However, if Qualia is a little out of your reach, then never fear as Hamilton Island has a host of other accommodation options including the beautiful villas of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club:

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For more information on any of these venues, contact the friendly team at Hamilton Island Weddings. They would love to help you as much or as little as you like in planning your dream island wedding.

Images provided by Hamilton Island Weddings

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