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Stunning “Untamed” Australian Landscapes

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia


Ms Chinoiserie

It’s no secret that at Polka Dot Bride, we often find ourselves swooning over designer’s new releases – and this was certainly the case recently with the beautiful Grace Loves Lace “Untamed Romance” Collection.

But the luxurious silhouettes were not the only images we all fell in love with….the rugged beauty of the Australian bush captured by Kane Skennar on the shoot was also truly special.

In a land adorned with the ghost of Australian legends, a honeymoon escape to magnificent alpine Australia is indeed spellbinding; discover a place where romance hangs inexorably in the air and where the beauty of the wild dominates. Truly unforgettable….


Photographer: Kane Skennar

International Honeymoon Destinations to Inspire

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Ms Filigree

Four Seasons | Bora Bora1Image via Four Seasons Bora Bora

The final instalment to our Honeymoon series is here! We’ve taken you through the essentials for planning and preparing the perfect honeymoon, we’ve gone through our favourite Australian destinations and now, here are our top international destinations for those couples looking to jet-set around the globe!

Over the Water Villas

Whenever honeymoons are mentioned, over the water villas are the first image that pop into the minds of many girls all over the world. With these gems scattered across the world from the Maldives, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Malaysia, Fiji and Bali to name a few, there is something to suit your every style and budget.

Here are our top choices from around the world:

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Awarded ‘The Best Island in the World’ by U.S News, you know you’re in for something magical when you head to Bora Bora. Four Seasons Bora Bora is one of the most luxurious locations in the world and with a specialized ‘Honeymoon Itinerary’ for those couples who want a plan to their days, your honeymoon at Bora Bora will be the ultimate romantic luxe experience.

Four Seasons | Bora BoraImage via Four Seasons Bora Bora

Highlight: Have a private romantic dinner on a secluded island dotted with palm trees and your own private waiter – a night you’ll never forget.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Looking to head to our beautiful island neighbor for your honeymoon? You can’t go past Fiji’s first and only over the water bures at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort. With views of the lagoon from your bathtub and uninterrupted sea views from your private balcony, Fiji is an ocean lovers dream. Indulge in world class diving and snorkeling in surrounding reefs and even take a trip out to Castaway Island where the Tom Hanks movie was filmed. After a day exploring the ocean or the island cultural treasures, treat yourself to a mini degustation menu at the Fijiana Restaurant – you’ll never want to leave!

Likuliku LagoonImage via Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Combine your love of nature and the ocean with these beautiful villas nestled into the tropical Malaysian coast. Whether its relaxing in the crystal clear waters, exploring cultural delights such as temples and villages, or exploring the natural reserves in the local area, the Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort is a perfect combination for the couples wanting adventure and relaxation.

Avani Hotels | Sepang1

Avani Hotels | SepangImages via Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort

Highlight: Watch the sunset from your private balcony with your newly wed and enjoy the in room dining service on offer! Nothing but pure relaxation and indulgence.

A Global Destination

Looking for a touch of adventure or cultural enrichment on your honeymoon? Looking to go somewhere different that is completely different to home? We’ve selected some of our favourite destinations to fulfill just that!

Hotel Rui Palace

The best that Mexico has to offer, Hotel Rui Palace in Cabo is a luxurious destination with breathtaking ocean views. Spend your days relaxing in the two ocean side swimming pools, indulging in delicious Mexican cuisine and enjoying the various watersports on offer. As the sun sets against the crystal clear skies, spend your evenings enjoying the entertainment and dancing to the DJ mixes at the Pacha club. If you’re spending your days exploring the surrounding areas, a trip to Lover’s Beach or Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park are a must see!

Rui Palace CaboImage via Hotel Rui Palace

Honeymoon Petra Villas

With honeymoon in the name, you know this resort will be an ideal destination to start your marriage! Overlooking the breathtaking views of Santorini and only moments away from the square of Imerovigli where culinary delights await, the Honeymoon Petra Villas are idyllic, complete with a pool side bar. One of our favourite highlights to the Petra Villas are the picturesque views from the private balconies. Waking up to a postcard Greek Isles view? Don’t mind if we do!

Santorini Honey Moon PetraImage via Honeymoon Petra Villas

 Royal Princess Hotel

Only steps away from the Adriatic Sea and rich in Mediterranean charm, the Royal Princess Hotel is found in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Dubrovnik. Enjoy the fusion of traditional and modern detail in the ocean side accommodation as you watch the world float by on your private balcony. Your stay in Dubrovnik will be a historic and culturally rich adventure with all the old world romance you could want!

Royal Princess DubrovnikImage via Royal Princess Hotel 

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 Ms Chinoiserie Says: Ohh, what a wonderful way to conclude our three-part series; I’ll make a reservation at them all, starting with Santorini!!!

Beautiful Bora Bora!

by | Honeymoons, Real Honeymoons


Roxana Oliver


Roxana and John

They say that the honeymoon is the best part of any wedding follow-up, and it most certainly proved as such for me and my husband! The nerves, hard work and anxiety in the lead up to our wedding last July certainly took its toll. But all of it was forgotten during our beautiful Bora Bora honeymoon!

The destination itself was my husband John’s idea, as he knew only too well that I always dreamed of spending a perfect summer vacation in Tahiti. So, to surprise me, he booked one of the Bora Bora honeymoon packages with a local tourist agency and kept quiet about it until the wedding day! (And there I was, thinking we had spent our wedding budget on the venue, restaurant and church ceremony arrangements, not daring to ask how much money we had left for the honeymoon trip!) In a word, our stay on Bora Bora was amazing, we had the time of our lives!



As soon as we boarded the plane for Tahiti, I knew we were in for a great time.  The Air Tahiti Nui staff were most obliging and the flight itself went by perfectly, without any turbulence at all. My husband had booked a five-day stay at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Spa, so as we arrived at the main Papeete airport, we were greeted with flower lei and taken to the hotel by our wonderful hosts for our Tahitian stay over. There, we spent a night in the Tahiti Manava Suite Resort and after breakfast, we were taken back to the airport where we boarded the plane to Bora Bora.

Once we got to the island airport, we were welcomed by the staff of the hotel and transported to Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Spa. We spent our five-day nuptials in the Overwater Bungalow with amazing room service, a range of tourist-friendly facilities (Wi-Fi coverage was superb!), amiable staff and stunning views of the surrounding landscape, the lagoon and the Motu. We even received  a special honeymoon gift from the hotel, a beautiful Tahitian Black Pearl in a sweet jewel-case. Our trip package included buffet breakfasts, and I was thrilled by the food and drink range which we were presented with each morning – it may well be the best seafood I’ve tasted in my life! I only regret I forgot to ask the chef for recipes and secret ingredients, but I’ll make sure I do that on our next trip to Bora Bora.



During our five-day stay on Bora Bora, we took a 360° panoramic Motu Picnic Day Tour which was included in our honeymoon package, and we had a blast! We saw the lagoon, met the friendly locals and learned all there is to know about the Bora Bora tradition, culture and community. Our guide was very friendly, funny and open, and we laughed our heads off during the trip as he kept telling us some amusing details about the local customs, tourist anecdotes and his own interesting experiences on the island.

Since I’m not a lover of outdoor sports, I spent most of the honeymoon soaking up the sun at the beach, swimming and collecting seashells, but my beloved adrenaline junkie of a spouse tried snorkeling, kayaking and diving. Eventually, he did manage to convince me to try exploring the island on foot – just the two of us – and we saw hundreds of lovely lagoon spots, luxuriant foliage and miles and miles of soft, silky sand beaches.

The water is warm and crystal clear – you can even see the sandy bottom in the shallow parts! Even though I’m not a good swimmer, I enjoyed the few swimming sessions I dared to take during our stay on the island.


John wanted to try paddle-boarding and jet skiing too, but we simply couldn’t fit everything in during our brief stay on Bora Bora, so he decided to leave it for our next trip to Tahiti.

During our honeymoon, we did a bit of restaurant touring and food tasting during lunch and dinner times. Needless to say, the food is extraordinary – lots of fish, veggies and spices – and I can guarantee you’ll never forget all the mouth-watering Tahiti flavours once you’ve given them a go!

Cocktails are also excellent, perfect glasses of refreshment for a hot summer day, so I suggest you try out a few!  And yes, we also went to a beach club on our last night there even though I protested as I don’t like clubbing all that much. To my surprise, the music was great (though perhaps a bit too pop and electro for my refined jazzy taste!), the guests were dancing, drinking and having a great time, and I did in fact enjoy it despite my dislike for parties, loud music and crowds. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay until closing hour as our flight home was the next day and we had to pack our gear and get some decent shuteye before leaving the island.

Our Bora Bora honeymoon was probably the best trip I ever had in my life, and it made all that wedding planning, hassle and stress worth the while! So, if you truly want to let your hair down after you’ve tied the knot, take my piece of advice – with Bora Bora, you can’t go wrong. So pack your bags, book your honeymoon and hit the airport as soon as the ceremony is over! I promise you won’t regret it.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thank you Roxana – what a beautiful place to spend your first days together with your new husband! Perhaps another trip to Bora Bora for your first anniversary??!!


About Roxana: I am an adventurer, a frequent traveler, and an animal loving girl from Sydney. I’m passionate about the environment and my life goal is to travel the whole world and meet a lot of different people on the way.

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