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Review: The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia, Real Honeymoons, Reviews


Polka Dot Bride

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A city break is one of the best things about living in the city – so often we get trapped in our daily lives in the suburbs we forget about all the great things a city has to offer. Well Mr Polka and I decided a night away from home was just the ticket for a weekend away and we booked a room at The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne for a little city escape.

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My favourite rooms at the Grand Hyatt are their Grand Suites. Located with corner aspects, they have amazing views over the city. The rooms come complete with a separate living room, working desk and kitchenette (and second half bathroom) making them a great choice for entertaining, getting ready on your wedding day or just having a cosy space for your weekend.

Knowing this, we’d booked one of these suites for our city escape, but upon our arrival the hotel had other plans in store for us and we were handed keys to the Ambassador Suite. One of the Grand Hyatt’s crowning jewels, we knew this hotel room might ruin us for any other room for life!

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The Ambassador Suite sits on the top floor of the hotel and is the size of a small apartment. An expansive living room opens to a dining room and extensive kitchenette with microwave, kettle and Nespresso machine. A separate door opens to the main bedroom (complete with king size bed, TV and surround sound) as well as a walk in robe and bathroom with spa bath, rainfall shower, double sinks and mood lighting.

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The view from this level is second to none – looking over each and every rooftop of the city below. While the bedroom is intimate in size, it’s a nice nook away from the expansive living areas. Complete with black out blinds, we choose to sleep with the blinds open – the sparkling lights of the city a welcome sight against the inky night sky.

The service at the Grand Hyatt is always wonderful – from the moment we are greeted at our car by the smiling valet, to the surprise delivery of sparkling wine and chocolates with a handwritten note to our room.

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Located in the heart of the city, my favourite part is how close it is to everything. Mr Polka forgets a shirt (because Murphy’s Law is that he always forgets something!) and is able to get to David Jones and back at 5.40pm before our dinner reservation. Dinner is an easy walk, and returning for nightcap cocktails in on-site Ru-Co Bar, knowing we just need to hop in the lift before we kick off our shoes, is a welcome relief.

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As an Ambassador Suite guest, we have access to the Club Lounge where guests can check in and out as well as enjoying a range of facilities. This private area is located on the 31st floor of the hotel and serves up all day snacks and beverages with cocktails and canapés between 6-8pm and hot buffet breakfast from 6am. The hotel’s function areas are complete with two ballrooms and the beautifully designed Residence space, which offers weddings and events with the concept of a private mansion but with the facility of a big hotel.

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The Hyatt comes complete with the facilities you know and love at hotels – free Wi-Fi, a state of the art gym, tennis court, basketball court, pool and spa as well as the onsite Restaurant Collins Kitchen and Lobby Lounge for a casual tea or coffee. Unfortunately, we only had time this stay to visit Ru Co Bar and their strawberry daiquiris, white Russians and French martinis, but they are quite the perfect way to end a night in the city.

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The Ambassador Suite is so big, one can admit to feeling a little lost amongst it walls. We spent much time planning how we could move in, feeling like it could quite happily fit our books and clothes. It’s the perfect size for getting ready with multiple bridesmaids, photographers, videographers and a hair and makeup team and it’s also a romantic enough space to feel pampered when you arrive from a long day of wedding celebrations, or escape to Melbourne for a closer to home honeymoon.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh I love the romance of a weekend away in the city – and I also love the idea of a couple of white Russians too – perfect! 

Stunning “Untamed” Australian Landscapes

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia


Ms Chinoiserie

It’s no secret that at Polka Dot Bride, we often find ourselves swooning over designer’s new releases – and this was certainly the case recently with the beautiful Grace Loves Lace “Untamed Romance” Collection.

But the luxurious silhouettes were not the only images we all fell in love with….the rugged beauty of the Australian bush captured by Kane Skennar on the shoot was also truly special.

In a land adorned with the ghost of Australian legends, a honeymoon escape to magnificent alpine Australia is indeed spellbinding; discover a place where romance hangs inexorably in the air and where the beauty of the wild dominates. Truly unforgettable….


Photographer: Kane Skennar

International Honeymoon Destinations to Inspire

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Ms Filigree

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The final instalment to our Honeymoon series is here! We’ve taken you through the essentials for planning and preparing the perfect honeymoon, we’ve gone through our favourite Australian destinations and now, here are our top international destinations for those couples looking to jet-set around the globe!

Over the Water Villas

Whenever honeymoons are mentioned, over the water villas are the first image that pop into the minds of many girls all over the world. With these gems scattered across the world from the Maldives, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Malaysia, Fiji and Bali to name a few, there is something to suit your every style and budget.

Here are our top choices from around the world:

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Awarded ‘The Best Island in the World’ by U.S News, you know you’re in for something magical when you head to Bora Bora. Four Seasons Bora Bora is one of the most luxurious locations in the world and with a specialized ‘Honeymoon Itinerary’ for those couples who want a plan to their days, your honeymoon at Bora Bora will be the ultimate romantic luxe experience.

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Highlight: Have a private romantic dinner on a secluded island dotted with palm trees and your own private waiter – a night you’ll never forget.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Looking to head to our beautiful island neighbor for your honeymoon? You can’t go past Fiji’s first and only over the water bures at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort. With views of the lagoon from your bathtub and uninterrupted sea views from your private balcony, Fiji is an ocean lovers dream. Indulge in world class diving and snorkeling in surrounding reefs and even take a trip out to Castaway Island where the Tom Hanks movie was filmed. After a day exploring the ocean or the island cultural treasures, treat yourself to a mini degustation menu at the Fijiana Restaurant – you’ll never want to leave!

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Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

Combine your love of nature and the ocean with these beautiful villas nestled into the tropical Malaysian coast. Whether its relaxing in the crystal clear waters, exploring cultural delights such as temples and villages, or exploring the natural reserves in the local area, the Avani Sepang Gold Coast Resort is a perfect combination for the couples wanting adventure and relaxation.

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Highlight: Watch the sunset from your private balcony with your newly wed and enjoy the in room dining service on offer! Nothing but pure relaxation and indulgence.

A Global Destination

Looking for a touch of adventure or cultural enrichment on your honeymoon? Looking to go somewhere different that is completely different to home? We’ve selected some of our favourite destinations to fulfill just that!

Hotel Rui Palace

The best that Mexico has to offer, Hotel Rui Palace in Cabo is a luxurious destination with breathtaking ocean views. Spend your days relaxing in the two ocean side swimming pools, indulging in delicious Mexican cuisine and enjoying the various watersports on offer. As the sun sets against the crystal clear skies, spend your evenings enjoying the entertainment and dancing to the DJ mixes at the Pacha club. If you’re spending your days exploring the surrounding areas, a trip to Lover’s Beach or Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park are a must see!

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Honeymoon Petra Villas

With honeymoon in the name, you know this resort will be an ideal destination to start your marriage! Overlooking the breathtaking views of Santorini and only moments away from the square of Imerovigli where culinary delights await, the Honeymoon Petra Villas are idyllic, complete with a pool side bar. One of our favourite highlights to the Petra Villas are the picturesque views from the private balconies. Waking up to a postcard Greek Isles view? Don’t mind if we do!

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 Royal Princess Hotel

Only steps away from the Adriatic Sea and rich in Mediterranean charm, the Royal Princess Hotel is found in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Dubrovnik. Enjoy the fusion of traditional and modern detail in the ocean side accommodation as you watch the world float by on your private balcony. Your stay in Dubrovnik will be a historic and culturally rich adventure with all the old world romance you could want!

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 Ms Chinoiserie Says: Ohh, what a wonderful way to conclude our three-part series; I’ll make a reservation at them all, starting with Santorini!!!

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