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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.

whitehouseImages via Sandals Whitehouse European Villages & Spa

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.

sandals-whitehouse-european-village-and-spaImage via Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

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.

sandals-negril-beach-resort-and-spaImage via Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa

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.

beaches-negril-resort-spaImage via Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

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.

the-cavesImage via The Caves

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.

rockhouse-hotelImage via Rockhouse Hotel

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.

whitehouse-beachImage via Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

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.

dunn-river-fallsImage via Dunn’s River Falls

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!

green-grotto-cavesImage via Green Grotto Caves

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!

red-lane-spaImage via Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

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.

kayak-adventuresImage via Sandals

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.

swimming-with-dolphinsImage via Dolphin Cove Jamaica

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!

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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!

Ireland: Feel Like Royalty On Your Honeymoon

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Naomi Neilson
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Ireland honeymoon

Ireland is an incredibly beautiful, incredibly romantic blend of history, tradition, and culture. It’s so easy to feel like you can step right into the pages of a fairytale when you’re standing among the ancient castles and villages – but on your honeymoon, you’ve already started the happily ever after part! Instead of the searching, settle into the rest of forever with your significant other and feel like royalty in Ireland!

castlesImages via Ireland Tourism

Where to Stay

First things first: find the room that starts the royal journey. It’s best if this place looks like it was lifted straight from the pages of a forest fairyland tale, such as it is with the Killarney Royal Hotel: a luxuriously gorgeous boutique that could easily pass as its own kingdom. For something else with that little bit extra, imagine yourself in the castle-like exterior of the Royal Marine Hotel or, for something just as incredible, have a look at the Royal Hotel and Merrill Leisure Club. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to have a ball!

royal-hotelImage via Killarney Royal Hotel

royal-marine-hotel4Image via Royal Marine Hotel

Where to Go

So where should you go for the most romantic royal honeymoon in Ireland? How about making a start in Dublin, Ireland’s incredible capital. Not only is the modern and historic mix of the city an exciting adventure in itself, Dublin is also full of lovely architecture and renowned destinations that are constantly unfolding with new memories to add to your Royal holiday. After Dublin, head over to Belfast, Ireland’s beautifully exhilarating blend of rolling hills and amazing architecture that comes straight from the Bronze Age. And to finish off the adventure, take a trip to Waterford, which is not only one of Ireland’s oldest cities, but is also known as the crystal capital of the world!

belfast-cityImage via Ireland Tourism

What to See

Once you’ve seen most of Ireland’s most royal cities, concentrate on the places that are renowned for their royal treatment. Feel like a King and Queen of a vast, beautiful world as you walk through the National Botanic Gardens, surveying the incredible array of colours around you. To top the royal adventure off, take a day to explore the cathedrals of Ireland, such as St. Patricks Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the King or St. Mary’s Cathedral. Once you’ve explored every nook and cranny of Ireland’s royal architecture, travel out to look over Ireland’s natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, and then make absolutely sure you check out a castle or two. Have a look at the Royal Ireland Tours for the most royal way to see the best of Ireland.

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When to Go

Ireland is incredibly beautiful all year round – and it’s so hard to narrow down the perfect time to go. In spring, expect to find Ireland in a bloom of yellows, oranges, and pinks. To make the most of it, attend the Galway Food Festival or the Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and then explore the country side at the Dingle Film Festival. When summer hits in Ireland, you may not feel a dramatic change in sunshine, but you can expect to find a whole new world of music and food in a wide range of festivals. When autumn falls, Ireland is blessed with warm colours across all its gardens and harvest festivals. Finally, during winter expect to find a toasty pub or two offering great value accommodation!

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Ireland is amazing – everything from the history and the culture to the art and tradition is steeped in centuries of love. It’s so easy to slip into the royal treatment when you’re exploring the hidden gems of a castle, or overlooking the incredible natural beauty of wide expanses of land. And there is no better way to feel like royalty than with your beloved beside you on the most royal of honeymoons.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully romantic honeymoon destination to enjoy with your Prince Charming!

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