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If a honeymoon in the City of Dreams tickles your fancy you’ve come to the right place. Although it’s a popular destination and your bucket list probably has some of the same items on it as most tourists, there are a few hidden gems in the Big Apple that we are willing to share. There’s so much to discover in New York that will make you fall in love all over again!

What To See And Do:

1. The High Line

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Image via Friends of the High Line

Located on Manhattan’s West Side, you’ll find a rejuvenated historic freight rail line. The High Line has now been transformed into a public park elevated above the streets. It’s approximately 2.3 km long, giving you enough space to wander the landmarks as you go. Stroll hand in hand as you take in the views of the Hudson River and the city. Along the way you may come across some performances and art installations. These are all part of a plan for the park to showcase cultural attractions. There’s still more work to go on the High Line Spur which is set for completion December 2017.

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Images via National Geographic

2. The Berlin Wall

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Image via Untapped Cities

While you’re visiting New York why don’t you get a glimpse of Europe too. In 1989 the Berlin Wall was torn down and a few hundred pieces were sent all over the world. New York is now home to five of those pieces, all of which are on public display. You’ll find the pieces scattered throughout the city in the locations below:

1. The 520 Madison Avenue Berlin Wall – Midtown, Manhattan
2. The Kowsky Plaza Berlin Wall – Battery Park, Manhattan
3. The United Nations Berlin Wall – Murray Hill, Manhattan
4. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Berlin Wall – Times Square, Manhattan
5. The Intrepid Museum Berlin Wall – Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Why not experience a bit of history on your romantic escape. See if you can tick all five off your list.

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3. The Met Cloisters

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To add to your European experience while in New York visit the Met Cloisters. The Met Cloisters is where you’ll find art, architecture and gardens celebrating medieval Europe. Be encapsulated by the magnificent arch ways and fall in love with more than 2000 artworks and architectural elements. The best part is when you purchase a ticket to enter, it is also valid for other branches of the museum including The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer.

Where To Eat:

1. One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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Image via One if by Land, Two if by Sea

One of the most romantic spots you’ll find in the city is One if by Land, Two if by Sea. There are three spaces to choose from, the Constitution Room, the Main Dining Room and the Mezzanine, all of which use lighting to create the perfect scene. The restaurant is available for private functions and is known to host weddings throughout the year.

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Image via One if by Land, Two if by Sea

The pictures are enough to persuade you to make a reservation and the menu will only have you wanting to go even more. There are two options for the menu a Three Course Prix Fixe and the Seven Course Chef Tasting. My mouth is watering for the rack of Colorado lamb with granny smith and potato gratin, braised leeks and sunchoke veloute, yum!

2. The River Café

What could be more romantic than getting a bite to eat while gazing over the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty. This one may not be a secret to all, but for those of you visiting New York for the first time, this one needs to be on your list. Since 1977 The River Café has impressed locals and tourists from all around the world with their impressive menu.

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Image via The River Café

The River Café holds a high reputation and is known for producing the most world class chefs of any American Restaurant. They are known for the creation of the term ‘free range chicken.’ Having been featured in films, television programs and being recognised as bringing the most New Yorkers and tourists into Brooklyn (other than Coney Island), this is an experience not to be missed.

Where To Stay:

1. The London

For a honeymoon of luxury you will appreciate all that The London has to offer. Priding themselves on being the experts in modern travel, The London will have you feeling relaxed and on top of the world.

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If you want to splurge a little during your honeymoon, and by all means you should, the specially designed London Sky Suites by David Collins have a lot to offer. Located 50 stories above Manhattan and occupying two floors, is your private getaway. You’ll have views of Central Park or the Manhattan skyline that you’ll be able to take in from a bay window. The bath has been tiled with hand-cut designs and boasts complete luxury. If you don’t feel like soaking, try the double rain shower head – either way this retreat will have you not wanting to leave.

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The London is located in the perfect place to tick off some of those more common bucket list items. Located in the heart of Manhattan, you’ll find plenty of activities to fill your itinerary with. Visit Central Park, Times Square and treat yourself with something from the Tiffany & Co flagship store.

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2. The Library Hotel

Are you imagining something a little different for your stay in New York? For something quirky try The Library Hotel. The rooms are adorned with books each exploring a topic within the category it belongs to.

The Love Room features the only private terrace with views of Madison Avenue, the New York Public Library and the city skyline.

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Images via The Library Hotel

All rooms include continental buffet breakfast, wine and cheese in the Reading Room, WIFI and entry to the New York Sports Club. And with a selection of over 6,000 books, these are just a few things to help make your stay more comfortable.

Located in the midst of all the action, you’ll find the empire State Building, Central Park and plenty of other activities around to fill your time.

While ticking off the big ticket items in New York don’t forget to seek out the hidden gems and your own adventures. Wherever you go and whatever you see, this amazing city will have you falling in love and never wanting to leave.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: You’ll never tire of looking for hidden treasures in this vibrantly creative city; so many more reasons to fall in love with New York!

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If you and your beloved are looking for a romantic getaway, secluded from the hustle and bustle of capital cities then the Cook Islands is the place to book for your honeymoon! Renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear blue water and snorkelling, the Cook Islands is the ideal place for that special one on one time. What more could you want? Here are six things to love…

1. Luxury Beachfront Accommodation. On the beautiful island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Heliconia Hideaway, offers unique and private beach front accommodation offering luxury and peace of mind. Located on the front of one of the prettiest beaches on the island and surrounded by breathtaking tropical foliage, Heliconia Hideaway definitely lives up to its name with private access to the beach, privacy, size and features, offering you and your partner a perfect opportunity to take in all that the South Pacific Islands have to offer. Image via Heliconia Hideaway. 

2. Te Vara Nui Village. A perfect way for you and your new husband to immerse yourselves in the culture and experience a great night would to book a Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga. This 5-hour activity combines a fun and interactive cultural village tour, followed by a spectacular over water night show with an Island/Western fusion buffet dinner.  You two will be automatically transported to an inner sanctum of tropical gardens hidden from the rest of the world, where tantalizing food and exquisite competition winning dancers light up the hearts and minds of guests with their fire, and the sounds of the passionate troupe of 10 drummers, ukulele and conch shell players. How romantic! Image via Trip Advisor

3. Snorkelling Adventures. With such pristine waters it would be wrong for you and your hubby not to indulge yourselves by going snorkelling! Aroa Marine Reserve is renowned for its warm clear waters, mesmerising views of coral and fish. So why not get hold of a pair of flippers and snorkel and enjoy an afternoon together exploring the waters of the Cook Islands. Or why not go out a bit further in the sea and explore the Wreck of the Matai? This historic land piece has been located in the waters of Cook Islands since 1916. What better way to see and understand more about the island. Image via Trip Advisor. 

4. Koteka Winery. Discover the unique flavours of banana wine at Muri’s Koteka Winery or visit the winery’s stall at Avarua’s weekly market. The wine is mixed with whatever fruit is in season – anything from passionfruit to mango or orange. There’s also vodka and fresh vanilla pods for sale. Grab a bottle of this fresh local brew and watch the sunset on the beach while sipping away on this tropical blend. Honeymoon bliss! Image via Lonely Planet

5. Island exploring. An island worth exploring is the Aitutaki  Island. A nice lush island with gorgeous bird species and enchanting turquoise waters, Morurakua is a perfect place for you two love birds to explore and have a beach picnic. Pick up some local produce at the Aitutaki Market and laze around for the afternoon on this beautiful secluded island. Image via Cook Islands Tourism

6. Trek time. If you and your new spouse are looking to get a bit of exercise in whilst on your indulgent honeymoon, then Cross-Island Track would be ideal. The three to four hour guided hike from the north to south coasts via the Te Rua Manga (Needle) is Rarotonga’s most popular walk. This vigorous walk will allow you two to see beautiful views of natural scenery, waterfalls and learn about the history of Cook Islands. And why not snap a photo when you reach the top! Image via Lonely Planet. 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Beautifully relaxing; swimming in the aqua blue waters and walking the scenic trails sound heavenly!

Stunning destination weddings and dreamy wanderlust locations were on our Polka Dot Honeymoons travel itinerary this year; so grab your travel bag as you say ‘Bon voyage’ and come on an romantic adventure with us as we re-visit our top posts for 2016!

1. Kiri & Damien’s Santorini Destination Wedding

The bright white and sky blue of Santorini’s buildings are always a dream to pour over and when they come with a wedding, this couple found it’s the perfect escape!

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Image by Vangelis Photography

2. Honeymoons A – Z: Amalfi Coast

With its unique history and picture postcard views at every turn, we swooned over the Amalfi Coast as a honeymooners’ paradise!

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3. Romantic Staycations At The Mansion Hotel and Spa At Werribee Park

“We’re greeted at the door by the very dashing Cedric who whisks us through the beautifully decorated hotel lobby, past Joseph’s Restaurant and bar and through the long corridors to our suite – all the while telling us the history behind the beautiful estate. The finishing jewel in the crown of course was the bottle of chilled French champagne with handwritten note welcoming us to the hotel.”

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4. Anna & Paul’s Lisbon Destination Wedding

“We met at London at a house party. We chose Lisbon as the destination for our wedding as it such a beautiful old city with steep hills and vintage trams and it was also the city in which we got engaged!”

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Image by Piteira Photography

5. A Romantic WA Glamping Getaway

If waking up to birdsong in luxury sounds like a honeymoon dream, then a WA glamping getaway could be your ideal way to welcome in married life.

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6. One and Only Hayman Island

Paradise. The only word to possibly describe the magic of the crystal clear waters and luxury accommodation that we found at One and Only!

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7. Zoe & Andrew’s Royal Pita Maha Ubud Wedding

“It was the most perfect day; the hotel was amazing and the beautiful views of the lush greenery and rural landscape were breathtaking.”

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Image by Elk and Willow

8. Get Busy In The Maldives

After a day of sun and honeymoon pampering at one of the most luxurious places in the world, we discovered there are plenty of things to do to get busy in the Maldives!

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9. Sarah & Paul’s Koh Samui Destination Wedding

With a love of relaxation, island holidays and their favourite people, Sarah and Paul chose Koh Samui to tie the knot.

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Image by Wild at Heart Photography

10. A Magical Night At Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Such a romantic escape – either for a wedding or dreamy honeymoon; you’ll never want to leave!

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