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A Summer Sojourn In French Polynesia

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location South Pacific, Reviews


Anika Reynolds

Moorea Harbour

Palm fringed and pristine, Moorea is the definition of island paradise. A short ferry ride from Papeete, Tahiti, this lush heart-shaped isle is part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago and is perfect for sun-loving honeymooners.

You could easily spend your whole honeymoon enjoying magical Moorea, or do a spot of island hopping and continue your tropical vacation at its equally idyllic sister island, Bora Bora.

No matter what you decide, you’re bound to fall in love with French Polynesia and its dreamy landscapes, delightful locals, stunning beaches and delicious cuisine; an exotic fusion of French influences and island flavours.


Quad Squad: Blessed with breathtaking vistas, waterfalls, luxuriant terrain and rugged mountains, Moorea is a sensory place to explore for intrepid travellers.

Upon arrival, join a quad bike tour with ATV Moorea Tours and set off to discover Moorea! You and your love will zip along the island ring road and pass cute fruit stalls, pastel homes and gardens bursting with frangipani and hibiscus blossoms. There are plenty of stops along the way too; you’ll check out a pineapple plantation, see fruit orchards, say hello to resident wildlife and embrace those epic views from top vantage points.

ATV tour


Down Below: Enveloped by a blue lagoon and reef, Moorea’s calm waters are ideal for scuba diving. TopDive Moorea operates out of the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea and takes trips to a variety of dive sites depending on your experience. During your dive expect to see coral, inquisitive tropical fish and perhaps even a reef shark or ray!

Scuba Diving


With fresh produce like pineapples and coconuts growing all over the island, Moorea is all about summer flavours and island-inspired cuisine infused with French sophistication.

Moorea Beach Cafe is a lovely lunch option and a great place to dine come sunset. Set metres from the water, this breezy bistro was created by French chef Bruno Jamais and offers classic French fare, along with woodfired pizzas, dreamy desserts and a great wine list.

MBC1Image via Go Tahiti

Rudy’s Restaurant is another must-visit during your magical Moorea getaway. Known for its steak and seafood, this Moorea mainstay is a charming and authentic choice for hungry honeymooners. Top picks include the entrée of baked mussels, the melt-in-the-mouth parrot fish and the Chocolate Moelleux. Bon appetite!


You’ll feel like a sun-kissed castaway staying at one of Moorea’s many magnificent accommodation options, which are perfect for honeymooners.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is a standout, with sparkling swimming pool, beautifully appointed garden bungalows with private plunge pools, divine dining options and luxurious overwater bungalows. If you’re after pure relaxation, this is a heavenly choice. Book a couples massage, relax by the pool, stroll through the tropical gardens, or take a nap in the hammocks.

Hilton pool

Sun lounge

Active couples will also love this resort; you can paddle board or kayak on the calm waters, play a round of tennis, or snorkel on shallow coral reefs teeming with curious fish. Food lovers will enjoy the special Polynesian feast (a buffet of traditional dishes plus dancing and fire twirling) and the incredible overwater crêperie!

Hilton overwater bungalows

All images (except Moorea Beach Cafe) by Anika Reynolds

InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea is another spectacular choice for your Polynesian island experience. Comprising 27 acres of gorgeous gardens, the resort has a variety of exquisitely appointed rooms and bungalows, two pools and several upscale eateries.

Sip cocktails at the swim-up bar, relax in a pool cabana or just cuddle up with your love in fluffy bathrobes and order room service – sigh – honeymoon bliss.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Beautiful French Polynesia is on my list; perfect for honeymoon bliss!

About Anika: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!

An Historical Dubrovnik Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe, Reviews


Bec Lawrence

dubrovnik_photo_tour_IMG_0013-2Image via Travel with Bender

Imagine being in a city full of history. A city beside the deep blue ocean. You may have seen it on Game of Thrones. What city do I mean? Dubrovnik in Croatia. The sea-side city Dubrovnik is a member of the ten best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. The wall stretches to approximately two kilometres around the city and in the past was used as a form of protection. Dubrovnik is not only a beautiful tourist attraction but a city full of history. In 1979 the city joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Let’s take a look at what this beautiful city has to offer.

Where to stay:

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is known as a place of luxury and royalty, so much so that Queen Elizabeth II has made it on the hotel’s guest list. Since 1913 the hotel has been a popular landmark of Dubrovnik, with magnificent views of Old City and the Adriatic Sea.

hotel in dubrovnikImage via Adriatic Luxury Hotels

Bursting with facilities to keep you comfortable and relaxed, the hotel prides itself on having an indoor pool, a spa and fitness centre, a private beach, gardens and three restaurants.

hotel dubrovnikImage via Adriatic Luxury Hotels

Equally as enticing is the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel. Every room has a terrace or balcony with a sea view, the hotel is situated on the beach front allowing it to have a private beach for you to enjoy at your leisure. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, a wellness centre and an award-winning restaurant.

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Images via Valamar Hotels and Resorts

What to do:

A must do in Dubrovnik is visit Old City via the entrance at the City Gates. Here you can imagine the life of civilians protected in their city by the walls that surround it. Old City is full of cultural references, history and early Renaissance architecture.

old townImage via Dubrovnik Croatia

Take your love to new heights and see Dubrovnik from above. From there you can see Old City and at the upper station stop for a look through the binoculars for the most amazing view!

cable carImage via In Your Pocket

Day trip adventures:

The best thing about it Europe is everything is so close, giving you the opportunity to see more. If you’re wanting to venture out why not take a day trip. Many tours depart via Dubrovnik and take you into nearby cities such as the picturesque Mostar city in Bosnia. Mostar is famous for its arched bridge named ‘Stari Most.’ The bridge is a reconstruction of the original which stood for 427 years before being destroyed in 1993. It’s by far such a beautiful sight to be ticked off the bucket list.

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Another option for a day trip is to visit the small town of Kotor. Here you can take full advantage of the Mediterranean Sea and bask in the picturesque landscape and rolling hills that surround the town.

kotorImage via Funky Stock

Or perhaps a visit to the forested island of Mljet is on your daily agenda? Take a dip into the crystal clear water or go for a dive through underwater caves.

mjletImage via Trek Earth

Places to Eat:

After all the walking and exploring you’ll be looking forward to some time just to sit down, recharge and refuel.

Fish Restaurant Proto has been around since 1886 and specialises in preparing old recipes from the fishermen of Dubrovnik. The restaurant is a place fit for royalty; the former king of England Edward VIII once dined with his wife at the restaurant.

proto_04Image via Fish Restaurant Pronto

On your final night, be sure to visit Banje Beach restaurant  – this is THE place to feast with a view. The restaurant is situated on the beach front whilst also having a view of Old City. So romantic!


Banje Beach

Images via Banje Beach

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Dubrovnik is becoming so much more popular as a honeymoon destination; and with its history and picturesque post card views, it’s easy to see why! Just gorgeous!

Honeymooning On The Italian Riviera

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Reviews, Where To Stay


Bec Lawrence


Image Via Five Star Alliance

Italy is known for fabulous foods and an amazing culture but the country does have one secret – The Italian Riviera. Along the Rivera are fishermen towns, colourful buildings and a life of luxury that is now about to be uncovered. Let’s take a look at what a honeymoon on the Italian Riviera could look like.

First let’s visit a place known to the rich and famous, a fishing village named Portofino. Portofino is located inside the province of Genoa, a place known for its beauty and picturesque harbours.

A place to stay:
Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare is located within walking distance of Portofino’s centre. If you’re looking to splurge and live the life of luxury for a little while this is definitely the place to do so.

The hotel itself is fully equipped to keep you entertained with a pool (that has the most picturesque view), a fitness centre with personal trainers, a private motor boat and a shuttle service to drive you between the two hotel premises. If you’re a foodie you’ll be pleased to know the hotel has three restaurants, a piano bar and a pool bar.




Images via Five Star Alliance

Staying close to Portofino can be costly but there are some beautiful locations not far from the centre that are just as wonderful. A fifteen minute scenic car ride from the town centre will take you to Hotel Best Western Regina Elena. Not only does the hotel have a private beach but a rooftop pool and hot tub where you can take in the views of the beautiful coastline.

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Images via Best Western Hotel Regina Elena

What to do and see:

Being a coastal town there are plenty of activities in and around the water to keep you cool and entertained on your trip. Outdoor Portofino runs a range of activities from kayaking to snorkelling. The company also offers land activities if you’d rather stay dry. These include Nordic walking and orienteering which will teach you about the territory.

If the idea of snorkelling tickles your fancy you should check out the Christ Statue of Abyss. Portofino holds the original bronze statue which was built and placed in the Mediterranean Sea in 1954. The statue represents Christ raising both his hands and head toward the sky offering a blessing of peace.

Christ of the Abyss Portofino

Christ of the Abyss

Images via Outdoor Portofino

Castello Brown is a historic site which holds a perfect view of the Portofino Piazzetta. The castle was created in the 15th century and was used as a site to defend the harbour. In 1961 the castle was sold to the city of Portofino and has since become a house museum.



Images via Castello Brown

With spectacular scenery and the sparkling sea, the Italian Riveria is a glamorous destination for newlyweds looking for romance!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Picture postcard perfect; I can see myself dining by the turquoise sea taking in the view! Just beautiful!

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