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Wilderness Honeymoon Experience – Cradle Mountain Tasmania

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Chloe van der Werf

As I am currently in the lovely state of Tasmania, I thought why not look into dreamy wilderness honeymoon destinations. Now for those of you who love everything wintery as I do, let me introduce to you Cradle Mountain. A stunning world heritage listed national park situated 1,545 meters above sea level and there lays a luxury lodge.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is said to be one of Australia’s most iconic wilderness experiences. You can take a lazy stroll or a more intense hike through the national park’s breathtaking wilderness from the lodge’s doorstep. Or if hiking isn’t your thing you can take in the views from the Waldheim Alpine Spa. They offer everything from unique massages and power-boosting facials to The Sanctuary which includes a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge.

Or maybe fine food and wine is something that would tickle your fancy? The lodge offers wine and cheese tasting, or dinner at the Highland Restaurant. Which ever you choose you’ll be served with fresh local produce and wine and what better way to get the full Tasmania experience than by enjoying a meal and glass of red, all grown and produced on the island.

The lodge offers their guests private timber cabins and suites that are surrounded by wild bushland which you can admire from the large picture windows in the bedroom. Or get a little closer to nature from your deck, where you can take in the fresh wintery air and watch the wombats waddle through the snow.

From experience I would recommend visiting this captivating location either in Winter or Autumn when it’s at its most breathtaking.

As Gustav Weindorfer said of this stunning national park, “This must be a national park for the people for all time. It is magnificent and people must know about it and enjoy it.

All images by Peppers Lodge Cradle Mountain

Caroline & Matt’s Tropical Bali Elopement

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Elopements, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia


Polka Dot Bride

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Caroline & Matt

I love a beautiful elopement – the romance? It is definitely there and it’s always incredibly overwhelming. Caroline and Matt’s tropical Bali elopement had them wed against the ocean and enjoy an intimate dinner for two by candlelight. They wanted to get back to what matters and they did it the way that worked for them. PhotoFactory Bali was there to capture their so very romantic wedding day.

Matt tells their story. “I am an Engineer and Caroline is a Dental Nurse, Caroline is a keen traveler and has been to many places in east Asia, Europe and Australia. She is interested in alternative therapies, and is trained masseuse and has also trained and practiced in reflexology. I am a keen sportsman, interested in football, running and surfing.

I have traveled to many places around the world surfing including lots of places in Europe and Asia. We met in 2011 however we didn’t get together until 2012 when Caroline had returned from traveling around Asia and climbing Mount Kinabalu. For our 1st date I took Caroline surfing and we hit it off from there. We have a similar outlook of life and are best friends and we are very much in love.

I proposed to her whilst in London on a short Holiday at Christmas in 2013. I proposed in St James Park by Buckingham Palace. I had made a short video of lots of pictures from the first time we had met to that moment…..then I got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes. We spent the weekend in a posh hotel in London.”

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The bride chose a gown by Sophia Tolli.

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Caroline and Matt chose Micks Place for their elopement – the venue looking after everything from styling, to flowers, hair and makeup and even dinner! Matt notes, “The honeymoon suite at Mick’s Place was more beautiful than we ever imagined, the view was breathtaking. Caroline cried when we arrived and cried when she left she loved it so much. Sascha from Micks’s Place arranged everything brilliantly and we couldn’t of asked for more! It was so laid back I even managed to go surfing the morning of the wedding.”

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Congratulations Caroline & Matt! That you for sharing your special wedding day with us! Thank you also to PhotoFactory Bali for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Sascha Hansen / Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli / Venue (Including hairstylist, makeup artist, stationery, flowers & styling: Micks Place / Wedding Rings: Drakes Jewellers (02) 9875 4600

The Best Of Polka Dot Honeymoons 2014

by | Blog News, Honeymoons


Ms Gingham

Dream locations and romantic sojourns are at the heart of Polka Dot Honeymoons. Whether it be sharing stunning destination weddings or discovering new locations for your honeymoon, we delight in our subject matter on a daily basis! Who wouldn’t? Here’s a look back on our most popular posts of 2014.

1. Amity and Alex’s Relaxed Bali Wedding

A stunning wedding at the base of the cliffs. Amity and Alex return to the place where they met to join their lives.

Image by Windee Winata – PhotoFactory, Bali

2. Kirsty and Ferg’s Italy Destination Wedding

On the other side of the world, the setting is different but the intent is the same. Another stunning destination to inspire us!

Image by Oli Sansom Photography 

3. Karla and Corey’s Vanuatu Destination Wedding

The stunning backdrop of Vanuatu is our next destination.

Image by Kellee Walsh

4. Siri & Neel’s Ubud Destination Wedding

Back to Bali but this time we’re off the coast and in the mountains. Siri and Neel celebrated their wedding in style in Ubud.

Image by Nikola Janev

5. Luxury Honeymoons At The Mulia Resort Bali

This year I was lucky enough to join a famil at The Mulia Resort in Bali. Of course I ate too much, lounged too much and had way to much of a good time to truthfully say that I was working. This amazing resort is the ultimate in luxury and indulgence and perfect for the honeymooning couple or as a destination wedding location.

6. The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice with Judy from Trivago

Judy from the huge booking website Trivago joined us with her advice and tips on traveling for your honeymoon.

7. Honeymoon In Italy – Italian Villa Vacations

Dreaming of a honeymoon in your very own villa in Italy but have no idea where to start? This post is for you!

8. Australian Honeymoon Ideas

Why go all the way overseas when our own backyard offers such stunning settings? Here’s some ideas to inspire you!

Merribrook Retreat

9. Kara and Bart’s Eco Beach Wedding

Kara and Bart kept their destination wedding in the country with their gorgeous wedding on Eco Beach.

Image by Lakshal Perera

10. Luxury Honeymoon Destination – Point Yamu by COMO

We finish our top ten with this stunning vista from Phuket. I don’t think we need to say anything else.

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