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Top 10 Reasons To Choose The Whitsundays For Your Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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Ms Liberty
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When you dream of a honeymoon destination, nothing ticks the boxes more than the beautiful picture-perfect Whitsundays. Made up of 74 islands right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, most of the islands that make up the Whitsundays are uninhabited with only four boasting luxury resorts. A tropical paradise with clear blue waters, pristine beaches, spectacular scenery and sunsets, all you have to do is kick off your shoes and get into holiday mode with nothing more than ‘honeymoon relaxation’ on the agenda.

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef – a perfect place to base yourself right in the central hub. With the Coral Sea on its doorstep, there is no shortage of high quality produce with seafood a favourite across the myriad of amazing restaurants. Airlie Beach offers tropical rainforests, white sandy palm fringed beaches and a relaxed coastal atmosphere. Laze on one of the many stunning beaches or get active with sailing, helicopter rides, hiking or snorkelling in the crystal blue waters right on your doorstep.

Capers on the Esplanade – Airlie Beach Hotel

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Located right on the main strip with gentle sea breezes and panoramic water views, this is the perfect relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Enjoy a range of delicious breakfast items such as  corn fritters (my absolute favourite) to decadent Baileys waffles (so good for brekky!) For the remainder of the day be spoilt for choice between steak, seafood, pizza and pasta.

With 18 beers and ciders on tap there is something for everyone who fancies a taste of craft beers or a thirst quenching cider.

Sunday afternoon proves to be highly popular when their gorgeous alfresco area features a pig on a spit, live music and a special cocktail bar set up – the perfect way to sit back and watch the sun go down!

Thinking of a wedding at this idyllic setting? A ceremony on the beach followed by a reception on the pool deck taking in the balmy breezes sounds just perfect! And with guest accommodation aplenty – you’ll never want to leave!

 Fish D’Vine Fish Café & Rum Bar

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This is the perfect spot to experience the best of the region whether it be seafood or ‘the spirit of the sugar cane fields’ – rum. This award-winning seafood restaurant is highly regarded for its unique point of difference featuring a renowned local seafood display with an extensive Rum Bar!  With a menu ranging from local chilli mud crabs to barbequed tiger prawns, team with this with a Rum Bar Mojito (which has been rated best in the world!) With a choice to eat in or take away, what a delight it would be to take your seafood to the beach and watch the ships sail by as the sun sets. Or take a Rum Journey tour with ‘Dr Rum’ – rum tastings which explore some of the 500 different rums they have on offer.

Fish D’Vine have also extended into D’Vine Catering and Events – and have been busy catering for many wedding and corporate events along Airlie Beach as well as boat catering and off shore events! Perfect for a group get together with your wedding guests if you have enjoyed a destination wedding in the region! And be sure to try those rums from the Rum Bar – an education in itself!

As well as a range of dining options, the Whitsundays are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. Whether you are looking for a modern penthouse to a secluded and intimate island bungalow, nothing is off limits!

Mirage Whitsundays

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Known “for the best time of your life” this majestic property is part of the iconic Mirage group. Comprising north facing apartments, luxury villas and the jewel in the crown – the stunning Penthouse apartments – Mirage Whitsundays boasts world class architecture and superbly luxurious facilities. These penthouses are truly the most spacious available featuring four bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, full modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, entertaining deck complete with a private ten metre lap pool and views across the sea that go on forever. The property also features two swimming pools in addition to building a five-star restaurant, beauty spa and gymnasium which are due for completion December 2016. Everything you need for an opulent getaway!

Only a leisurely 20 minute walk along the waterfront takes you to Airlie Beach township for a sunset cocktail, or simply stay in and enjoy everything Mirage Whitsundays has to offer.

Pinnacles Resort and Spa

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One element I love for honeymoon accommodation is self-contained apartments complete with private jacuzzi! Overlooking the Coral Sea, the horizon is nothing but blue skies and island bliss whilst you relax and unwind on your private terrace. Every apartment features a jacuzzi or spa as well as full size kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Penthouse suite apartments are inclusive of breakfast hamper, sparkling wine and chocolates on your arrival.

Venturing outside your accommodation you will find the resort’s 20 metre heated wet edge ozone pool, infrared sauna and gymnasium as well as easy access to the cosmopolitan shops, restaurants and cafes in Airlie Beach.

Palm Bay Resort

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If you are looking to escape to a secluded private cove with your beloved, Palm Bay Resort is for you. Exclusively located on Long Island in a declared National Park, and with the only self-catering accommodation in the Whitsundays, Palm Bay Resort offers a truly intimate and wonderfully unforgettable eco-tourism resort experience! Comprising 23 waterfront villas and suites, it is only accessible via seaplane, helicopter, water taxi or boat charter.

With the secluded location comes access to snorkelling in the stunning private cove right on your doorstep which allows you to experience the reef and its inhabitants first hand. Kayaking, fishing, tennis, bush walking and on site day spa packages are also available to enjoy. Sounds like a day in paradise!

As Palm Bay Resort is a self-catering resort, you will need to supply your own food. For convenience, a wide range of provisions such as meat, seafood, bread and snack items can be purchased at the resort store or arranged with the friendly staff prior to your arrival.

Le Sorelle Coffee House and Florist

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Blessed with a tropical climate and an average of eight hours of sunshine a day, the township of Bowen is a leisurely 45-minute trip from Airlie Beach. Featuring pristine beaches, walking tracks, sumptuous food and secluded accommodation this is a must visit destination!

Le Sorelle Coffee House and Florist is a wonderful gem to find in this charming town! One would think that you have been transported to a laneway café in Melbourne with this gorgeous façade featuring hanging planters, timber panelling and black signage. Inside you discover garden like décor complete with the most amazing array of homemade fudge and cakes along with an extensive menu for breakfast or lunch teamed with the best coffee in the Whitsundays!

Boasting old fashioned customer service, ‘Le Sorelle’ means ‘the sisters’ in Italian and was created by sisters Alexandra, Bianca and Virginnia who had big dreams to build a gorgeous coffee house and florist business in a small town. Their floristry extends to all events in the Whitsundays  – which keeps these girls very busy creating dream destination wedding days for many!

Rose Bay Resort

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Overlooking a secluded white sandy beach five kilometres from Bowen town centre, lies the beautiful Rose Bay Resort. Take a couple of steps out of your self-contained apartment or studio room and you find yourself right on the white sandy beach with endless ocean views and access to snorkelling, fishing or simply sunbaking! If you are travelling with your furry friend on your honeymoon, they are also dog friendly so no need to leave your fur baby at home.

If it is action-packed adventure via land or sea you are after, then you will love exploring, snorkelling and scuba diving amongst the coral reefs. Try a boating or fishing trip to really enjoy the ocean.

Transfer services such as Whitsundays 2 Everywhere  allow you to easily travel from the airport to your accommodation. Offering great customer service and clean buses, you won’t even need to book your own car.

Just Tuk’n Around

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No trip to Airlie Beach is complete without taking a ride on a  cute Tuk Tuk! Brett and Tania founded Just Tuk’n Around as a way to environmentally showcase to visitors all there is to offer around town. On their ‘Secrets of Airlie Beach’ tour you get an insight into some of the best spots known to the locals; from secluded beaches to the bustling Marina, lavish mansions and trendy cafes – nothing is off limits. Their local knowledge is second to none and they are the friendly faces happily waving to all whilst peddling you around in paradise!

Lady Enid

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Barefoot luxury at its finest! Experience sophisticated sailing onboard this rare classic Australian yacht where the friendly team take you out to explore the magical Whitsundays by sea! Whether it be a day cruise through the islands to Whitehaven Beach or a sunset sail off the coast, you have the opportunity steer at the helm, get a photo on the bow for your own ‘Titanic’ moment or just relax with your loved one and watch the world go (or sail) by.

With a history as a racing yacht in many races including the Sydney to Hobart, this beautifully restored yacht will have you dreaming of days gone by when sailing was all about elegance and luxury.

Helipad

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These amazing little red helicopters cannot be missed buzzing about the blue skies of the Whitsundays! Offering private charter tours and available for a myriad of excursions from flying over the Great Barrier Reef to viewing the Love Heart Reef or landing on Whitehaven Beach for a romantic picnic to transfers around secluded island locations, they are a must for an adrenaline lover!

Ms Liberty travelled to the Whitsundays courtesy of Tourism Whitsundays.

Images via Tourism Whitsundays.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The idea of flying to a secret island beach sounds so romantic; on our doorstep, the Whitsundays are picture perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon!

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Honeymoons A-Z: Whitehouse

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location - North America

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Naomi Neilson
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Whitehouse honeymoon

On the untouched South Coast of beautiful Jamaica is the incredible settlement known as Whitehouse, which not only includes one of the most stunning resorts in the world, but is home to the exclusive and private Whitehouse Beach. Traditionally this area is known for its thriving fishing industry (which makes for some pretty extraordinary meals) but has recently created a romantic resort location for couples. This is especially wonderful for newlyweds, who can only expect the best from Whitehouse.

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5 Places to Stay

Whitehouse is known first and foremost for its 500-acre reserve owned by the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa. If you’d prefer, stay in the nearby town of Negril and travel the short distance into Whitehouse for the romantic experience only this settlement can truly offer.

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

The incredible Village & Spa of Sandals Whitehouse offers the perfect combination of European style and beachfront tropical accommodation. The resort is home to seven incredible restaurants, three pools, and a variety of activities spread out through three beautiful villages: French, Italian, and Dutch.

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Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa

On the pure white sands and set against the clear blue waters of Negril is the decadently beautiful Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa, which sits less than an hour away from Whitehouse. The resort is on the longest stretch of Jamaica’s famed Seven Mile Beach where you can easily spend your days lounging in the sun before dining at one of the seven world-class restaurants and enjoying their spa services.

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Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

Much like Sandals Negril Resort and Spa, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa sits on the famed Seven Mile Beach and offers their guests paradise at every turn. You can either enjoy the waterpark out on the edge of the beach, or enjoy a meal and something to drink with your significant other at one of their many restaurants and bars.

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The Caves

Every room at The Caves is full of charm and character as well as offering incredible views of Jamaica’s coastal views. Either spend your days exploring the island and indulging in the luxury of escape, or seek out the spa service and restaurants. Either way, it’s close enough to Whitehouse to enjoy the romantic atmosphere.

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Rockhouse Hotel

Perched on the scenic cliffs in Negril, the incredible Rockhouse Hotel is a chic boutique hotel that overlooks the incredible Caribbean Sea. Close enough to Whitehouse to enjoy all the benefits of Jamaica’s luxurious settlement, this hotel ensures couples can indulge in the romance. The property features world-class dining, spa services, and an abundance of activities across eight acres of lush, tropical gardens.

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5 Places to Visit

Jamaica’s Whitehouse indulges its visitors with top of the line amenities and accommodation, so it’s no surprise the settlement’s most incredible locations are also just as accommodating. Whether you decide to spend your days lounging by the beach or the pool, or would prefer an adventure, Whitehouse offers something for everyone.

Whitehouse Beach

Whitehouse’s prime beach is one of the most relaxing places on the island. Enjoy the many beach lounges and umbrellas, and then take a dip into the beautiful Caribbean Sea. If you’d prefer something with a bit more adrenaline, consider taking a scuba diving lesson with Dive Advisor or rent out water sport equipment from your hotel.

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Black River

Black River is the perfect place for a Jamaican tropical paradise. Discover the swamplands and rivers that wind through the area and then stop off at the YA Falls or indulge in the charming Georgian city’s architecture. Book a Black River Safari with Jamaica One Stop Negril to explore the incredible environment in a memorable way.

Dunn’s River Falls

Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls is one of the island’s most treasured destinations. The Dunn’s River Falls Park is just as exciting, and offers a delightful discovery at every turn. This waterfall is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – and it was enough to inspire Ian Fleming, James Bond author, to pursue the area as the perfect scene.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar

What once started out as a dream is now literally floating out in the Caribbean Sea, greeting visitors with the ultimate escape – complete with drinks and spectacular views. The wooden bar was built on a sand bank a quarter of a mile out to sea, half way between Black River and Treasure Beach. It’s definitely an area worth exploring, so consider taking a tour with Jamaica Travel and Culture to get out there!

Green Grotto Caves

The Green Grotto Caves are made up of limestone and are covered in incredible giant rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. It was once used as a hiding place for pirates in the early days who were running from the Spanish governor. Take a tour and watch out for the swashbucklers!

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5 Things to Do

Although Whitehouse is only a small part of Jamaica, it’s not short on things to do. Either spend your day by the pool in your chosen resort, or indulge in the activities they offer. There is the option of activities within the resort, or you can take the opportunity to explore the rest of the island.

Red Lane Spa

Red Lane Spa is a service in both the Sandals and Beaches resorts across Jamaica, so you’re sure to find one right there with you in Whitehouse. The award winning pampering experience provides exclusive comfort with top of the line products. It’s one of those things you need to complete the honeymoon!

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Village Tour

Take a tour with Sandals for any number of incredible experiences in Whitehouse or further out of the island. Choose from a variety of adventures, like the Dunn’s River Cruise or Jamaican Sky Explorer. Whatever you choose, Sandals promises that you’re sure to enjoy the beautiful, incredible spirit of Jamaica with your significant other.

Kayak Adventures

Kayaking is one of the many activities available to couples from the resort groups – but the best is with the Sandals group. Whitehouse is home to some of the most extraordinary waters across the world, which is why the resort area is so popular, so indulging in their water sports, like scuba diving and windsurfing, is a must.

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Horse Riding Tour

Ever dreamed of living out that movie fantasy of riding a horse on a beach at sunset? Well, with Reggae Horseback Riding that can become a very real reality. This must-do honeymoon experience is something you won’t ever forget – and, as a bonus, you can also experience a horse drawn carriage ride for that extra bit of romance.

Swimming with Dolphins

Is swimming with dolphins on your bucket list? If it isn’t, go ahead and write it down on your list of things to do on your honeymoon, because this is truly one of the best experiences in the world. Dolphin Cove Jamaica is worth the extra travel time for the opportunity to interact with one of the dolphins out in the turquoise waters.

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Whitehouse in Jamaica is truly one of the most exciting and extraordinary places in the world. The resort itself is rewarded for its charm and excellence, and it’s almost as amazing as the rest of the settlement, including the famous beaches. Either spend your days by the beach or the pool, or go out exploring the rest of Jamaica. Whatever you decide to do, you and your beloved are bound to have the romantic holiday of a lifetime.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With beautiful beaches and sparkling blue water, Whitehouse is a wonderfully romantic spot for complete relaxation!

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Bec From The World As Bec Sees It

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Bec Lawrence
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The World As Bec Sees It

Proving that you don’t completely have to let go of the nine to five to enjoy travel is Bec from The World As Bec Sees It. Bec is a 25 year old primary school teacher and travel blogger from Sydney, who has a severe case of wanderlust! She is a firm believer of finding a job you’re passionate about and still finding the time to travel. Bec’s blog has expanded over several social media channels where she has a loyal following of over 2,000 people. Having recently celebrated her own honeymoon, Bec has shared some adventures to add to your travel itineraries.

What is your favourite region?

I think one of my favourite regions I have ever come across on my travels so far is Africa! I spent five weeks exploring East Africa in 2012 after I completed my teaching degree, and still to date it is one of the best trips I have ever been on! From beach hopping in Zanzibar, to sharing a campsite with wild elephants in Botswana, incredible safari game drives to catch a glimpse of the Big 5 in Kruger National Park in South Africa, flying in a helicopter over the Victoria Falls, walking with lions in Zambia and bungy jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it was definitely the trip of a lifetime and I intend to return again soon to explore some more!

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Top resort recommendation?

My top resort recommendation (and I haven’t really stayed at many resorts yet!) would have to be Bounty Island Resort in Fiji! I stayed in one of the waterfront island bures just metres from the beach!

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The resort has amazing food, fun activities such a kayaking around the island and snorkelling (which I enjoyed doing quite a lot during my stay) or if you are looking to sit back and relax you can curl up with a good book in your own hammock in front of your bure!

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

One of the best things you can do on your honeymoon in the way of activities is to beach it. My husband and I found the best way to unwind and relax on our honeymoon (with some coastal drives in between) was to relax on many of the amazing beaches in Greece.

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The beaches on Zakynthos and Kefalonia island were surrounded by towering cliffs and enticed us with crystal blue waters. Try out some other water activities such as paddle boarding or jet skiing – or if you are looking for something more relaxing, a long walk on the beach doesn’t go astray.

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My husband and I found eating our way through Greece was a very popular honeymoon activity (ha ha!). NB: You do have permission on your honeymoon to do absolutely whatever you want, when you want. My husband and I on a couple of occasions spent half a day watching movies at our accommodation and later ventured out for dinner and a walk around town.

The ideal location for a proposal

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The ideal location for a proposal for me would have to be somewhere with a great view! My husband proposed to me at Bradley’s Head in Mosman, NSW where there was a beautiful view of Sydney Harbour! It was the perfect location with a stunning view and private enough that we could share that special moment together.

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Best kept secret honeymoon location

For my husband and I, our favourite honeymoon location was Greece! We stayed in Oia on the island of Santorini where we were able to book an amazing (and private!) cave house to stay for a week. The views from our little villa were absolutely incredible and breathtaking!

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Images by The World As Bec Sees It

If you are looking for something alternative, we visited some of the lesser-known Greek Islands including Zakynthos and Kefalonia (the Ionians) and we spent a week at both islands exploring with our rental car! We went on many picturesque road trips along the coast where we beach hopped (to multiple beaches I might add!) and witnessed some pretty incredible cliff views! I would say these islands in particular are definitely secret honeymoon locations worth considering!

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m so glad you are able to work in a job that you love and travel the world as well! Your images from Santorini are so romantic; the perfect spot for a honeymoon!

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