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Bula! – Ten Reasons to Honeymoon in Fiji

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Composed of 333 islands in the South Pacific, Fiji boasts gorgeous beaches, coral reefs, and rainforest. If you’re overwhelmed by all that Fiji has to offer, don’t despair! Holidays for Couples has a wealth of experience in helping couples plan romantic getaways and honeymoons, and they’ve gathered 10 reasons to love a honeymoon in Fiji. So, it’s time to discover Fiji’s ‘Bula Spirit’ – the warmth, compassion and genuine friendliness of the Fijian people will make your honeymoon unforgettable. With so many islands and activities, you and your better half can easily choose how you to best celebrate your love.

1. Beaches

No honeymoon’s complete without some time spent horizontal, good book in hand, soaking up some sun on a white sand beach. There’s no shortage of idyllic spots to throw down your towel in Fiji, but the top spots are in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups.

2. Snorkelling and diving

For those who love an underwater adventure, Fiji offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Kadavu and Taveuni Islands have exceptional diving and you’re likely to spot manta rays, turtles, sea snakes and a wide range of coral fish. If you prefer to experience the reef from above, there are plenty of options. Many resorts rent snorkel gear and in some locations, you can skip the boat and swim right out from the beach.

3. Kayaking

A great way to soak up the sun while getting a bit of exercise and enjoying the incredible scenery, kayaking helps you escape the hustle bustle of island life. If you want to strike out on your own, launch your kayaks from Yasawa or Taveuni Islands to enjoy the peace and quiet of paddling amongst tropical islands and coral reefs. Never kayaked before? Take a guided tour and you will be hooked on paddling.

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4. Fishing

Want to catch your own dinner? Spend a day out on the Pacific trying to hook a blue or black marlin, mahimahi, or albacore. Head back to the resort and let the chef prepare your hard-won feast.

5. Local cuisine

You definitely won’t go hungry in Fiji, where the local fare mainly consists of coconut, sweet potatoes, fish and heaps of fresh fruit. Make sure you try kokoda, the Fijian equivalent of ceviche, comprised of  fresh fish like mahimahi, coconut cream, onions, lemon and lime juice, salt and chillies. Fresh and tangy, this dish delights as an early afternoon snack.

6. Coconuts

Coconuts are nature’s energy powerhouses. Just finished an incredible snorkel or dive session and feeling a little crispy and encrusted with sea salt? Sip on one of these and your thirst will be quenched, and energy instantly restored – totally ready for the next adventure.

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7. Sunsets

Few things are as extraordinary as a Fijian sunset. There’s something truly magical about the sun dipping below the skyline, reflecting a gorgeous spectrum of colours over white sand beaches, palm trees and fishing boats.

8. Rainforests

Get off the beaten path and venture into the lush rainforests of Fiji. The interiors of these islands are teeming with life: exotic birds and flowers abound. A hike into one of Fiji’s parks or forests will undoubtedly provide a remarkable cultural experience, too. Consider taking a guide for more about the country’s history, flora and fauna.

9. Volcanoes

Not only are they a stunning backdrop for all your honeymoon photos, Fiji’s volcanoes are an adventure waiting to happen. Hike a volcano and enjoy the 360 degree view from the top.

10. Waterfalls

Who doesn’t love a waterfall? Fiji’s home to several magnificent waterfalls, all waiting for you to experience their splendour. The gorgeous Tavoro Falls in Taveuni is well worth the hike, and the natural water slide at Lower Bouma Falls will make you and your partner giggle like the newlyweds you are.

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Images courtesy of Tourism Fiji

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

5 Things to Do on Your Hong Kong Honeymoon or Stopover

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Hong Kong is a great stopover on your way to Europe. However, don’t dismiss Hong Kong as a honeymoon destination! This exciting city is Asia’s answer to New York – pulsating with excitement, it is the perfect melting pot of east meets west. You could easily enjoy a week in Hong Kong by checking out the city’s luxury hotels, spas, dining and cultural sites. Pop over to Macau for a day, or sneak off to one of the outer islands for a dose of nature. Whether you are stopping off in Hong Kong on your way to somewhere else, or checking into one of the city’s luxurious 5 star hotels for your Hong Kong honeymoon, Holidays for Couples has rounded up their top five picks to help you make the most of this city. Rest assured, there’s something to please any couple heading on a romantic holiday to Hong Kong.

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Victoria Peak

Known by locals as ‘The Peak’, this mountain allows you to get views of the city from 396 metres above sea level. Head up its steep slopes via tram and make your way to the Peak Tower, which is home to shops, restaurants and a 360-degree viewing platform, the Sky Terrace 428.

Take a few snaps together in front of Hong Kong’s cityscape and green countryside for some cherished memories.

There is also a range of nature walks on offer that provide stunning vistas of the city too, so wear comfy shoes and get strolling.

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The Avenue of Stars

Take a leisurely stroll down the Avenue of Stars on your honeymoon in Hong Kong. This is basically the city’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, paying tribute to the stars of the Hong Kong film industry.

It has features including celebrity handprints, movie memorabilia, a life-size statue of kung fu action star Bruce Lee, plus plenty of other plaques, statues and attractions, all along the gorgeous harbourside setting.

Symphony of Lights Discover HK 5 Things to Do on Your Hong Kong Honeymoon or Stopover

Symphony of Lights

There’s nothing like standing hand-in-hand with your loved one and watching the spectacular light show the city puts on each night at 8 p.m.

Head to one of the best vantage points, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or Golden Bauhinia Square, or take a harbour cruise and watch from the sea.

Then, watch as over 40 buildings light up on both sides of the harbour, with colours, lasers, searchlights, music and narration that captivates the senses.

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Ocean Park

Want a fun-filled day out with your other half? Then head to Ocean Park. This is a theme park complete with animal exhibitions, rides, shows and more, so it’s sure to provide you with a day of thrills.

Ride on the Polar Adventure, a thrilling bobsled ride, which will get you up close and personal with seals, foxes, walruses and more. Or head to Thrill Mountain to ride roller coasters, hang upside down on the Flash or race each other in bumper cars.

See cuddly pandas, adorable monkeys, giant alligators and other amazing animals at the park, too.

Wong Tai Sin 5 Things to Do on Your Hong Kong Honeymoon or Stopover

The Wong Tai Sin Temple

Head to the The Wong Tai Sin Temple and make a wish. It’s claimed this sacred site can make your dreams come true, so why not wish for wedded bliss?

This Taoist, Buddhist and Confuciust site is incredibly beautiful with eye-catching colours, stunning art and architecture.

Visit with your loved one, soak in the surreal atmosphere and join the masses wishing for good fortune and divine guidance.

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Ms Gingham says: I love the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and this list of things to do is a great starting point!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

Images courtesy Discover Hong Kong

Sarah and Chris’ Spanish Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Europe,

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Sarah and Chris

Winter seems like the most perfect time to escape to a warm European country for a destination wedding and that’s exactly what these two Australians did to celebrate! They found their wedding location seven years prior on a holiday to Spain, and even before he proposed, Chris has made sure it was available for their magical wedding day captured by Sarkodie Photography.

On how they met, Sarah tells, “Chris and I met 8 years ago in Cologne, Germany. I was with his best friend at the beginning. After we broke up Chris and I stayed in contact for a year and fell in love. We moved in together quite soon and a year after we moved to Australia together.”

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Sarah tells their story. “Chris proposed on my 30th Birthday after we came back from a wonderful three day sailing trip at Hamilton Island. We stayed the the amazing Qualia resort. When we got back after a sunset walk on the beach he told me he just wanted to grab a jacket and I should wait outside. When he opened the door he played a very special song and he had candles lit and rose petals across the room and in the pool was a Dolphin which had “will you marry me?” written on it. Of course an inflatable one. :0) I was so surprised and happy and had to cry and then he got down to one knee and asked me and I said “YES” before he finished. The next day he told me that he had already spoken to the priest of the church in Frigiliana, our favourite little place in Spain. 7 years ago, on our first trip to Spain I said that one day when we get married this would be the place I would love to say “YES”. ”

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Sarah remembers, “My stylist got sick on the day so I had to drive to Nerja with my mum and aunty and find an available stylist, which is quite a challenge when you don’t speak Spanish and they don’t speak any English. Plus there’s a siesta in Spain from 1pm till 4pm because of the heat. So absolutely everything is closed. But we found an awesome lady in the end who did hair and make up for us and it worked out quite well.”

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Sarah chose a gown and veil from La Sposa. She notes, “I wore a diamond and pearl ring my grandad gave my grandmother shortly before he passed away as my something old and borrowed. My granny gave it to me before she passed away a few years ago. It was really very special to me. As my Dad’s parents have both passed away it was nice to remember them on the day. They were both very special for me and I’m glad I was able to incorporate something about them into the day.”

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Sarah and Chris chose the Church of San Antonio, Frigiliana for their ceremony, explaining, “We chose San Antonio as the Church because it is right in the middle of Frigiliana next to a fantastic market place.”

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Sarah remembers, “I saw Christof in tears for the first time in seven years as my Dad walked me down the aisle with ‘Amazing Grace’.”

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Of their photographer, Sarah tells, “First my good friend Joseph, came all the way from Sydney to Spain to celebrate with us and of course he was also our photographer and he was simply amazing. He knew my style and what we wanted and also shared my vision of how the day should be photographed. He captured every moment perfectly and even some we don’t remember happening. icon smile Sarah and Chris Spanish Destination Wedding We were allowed to be who we were and weren’t asked to do awkward poses or anything too rehearsed.

We can’t find words … We can’t say thank you enough! Thanks to your incredible talent we can relive and enjoy our wedding again and again. You are the most talented photographer and we are so happy that we had the honour to have you with us in Spain to capture our celebrations! And now we are going to look at the pictures again… And again … And again! I have so many favourites! I am the happiest bride in the world!”

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Hotel La Posada Morisca hosted the reception, Sarah noting, “The reception started at Hotel La Posada Morisca, where they did an amazing job with excellent food, decoration and service. As all our guests came from all over the world and had to travel a long way we decided to have a 4 day wedding celebration, which is also quite common in Spain. 2 days before the wedding we invited our guests to a local Tapas Bar on the little Market place in Torrox Pueblo in the mountains.”

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Of the dance floor, Sarah notes, “There is one very special song for us, which Chris played as he proposed and he surprised me as he asked our guitarist to learn and sing the song for us when we walked down from the hill to go to the dancefloor.”

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Congratulations Sarah and Chris! Thank you for sharing your destination wedding with us on Polka Dot Honeymoons! Thank you also to Sarkodie Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Sarkodie Photography / Bride’s Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Shoes: La Sposa / Bride’s Jewelry: Cerrone / Groom’s Attire: Cove & Co / Invitations & Stationery: Hand Drawn Maps / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Reception Venue: Hotel La Posada Morisca / Ceremony Musicians: Trumpeter - friend of the couple / Wedding Rings: Cartier / Ceremony Venue: Church of San Antonio, Frigiliana
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