Shhh… It’s A Secret Honeymoon Destination!

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location South Pacific

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We spoke with newlywed Benjamin Harris on the biggest surprise of all – his honeymoon. This charming groom decided to surprise his lovely bride-to-be Naomi with a secret honeymoon destination… Bora Bora!

How did it come about that you would plan the surprise honeymoon destination?

I wanted to really treat Naomi, and I had a few possible locations in mind. I think it just worked out that in all of the wedding preparations I’d “take care” of the honeymoon. It started that way but then turned into a surprise (because I wasn’t completely sold on a destination) but I really wanted to spoil my bride!

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Apart from the obvious beauty of the location, what made you decide on Bora Bora?

I wanted to really spoil Naomi with somewhere that we would absolutely love. We both prefer tropical destinations and I was thinking of a few possibilities. I’ve always wanted to go to Bora Bora and after looking through the glossy catalogues that the travel agent gave me, I was sold! We stayed at the Le Méridien Bora Bora – that decision was easy – they have a turtle sanctuary where you could swim with the turtles and Naomi LOVES turtles!

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So you now have an incredible honeymoon planned, how hard was it to keep this secret?

It was incredibly hard!!! I was so excited about the destination and I knew Naomi would love it, and I love to share everything with her so it became increasingly hard to keep it a secret. Plus, I’d told pretty much all of my friends and family, so there were heaps of people who knew as well. It actually slipped out of a friend’s mouth once, however he covered it up and I think Naomi was listening to another conversation, so luckily she didn’t pick up on it!

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Packing can be hard enough without having no idea as to where you’re headed! What clues did you give so that Naomi could pack without giving away the destination?

I told her “think tropical” – I gave her that much info, and figured that wouldn’t be enough to give it away. Plus we both had our hearts set on a tropical honeymoon.

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I would have loved to be a fly on the wall the moment you told her – what was her reaction?

I told her on our wedding night – that was always the plan. Her reaction was shock to begin with. The travel agent who booked it was great and she had tied a big bow around our travel documents so I gave them to Naomi when we got to our hotel on our wedding night. She opened it and then I told her we were going to Bora Bora. I showed her pictures of the resort from the internet (on my phone) and that’s when she got really excited!

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You successfully pulled off a massive secret and planned a dream honeymoon, so what top tips do you have for other grooms wanting to surprise their brides?

  • Go for it! Obviously know what your girl likes to do in her down time, what her ideal holiday is, and get creative.
  • Use a travel agent like I did which made life incredibly easy – she organised everything.
  • Keep it a secret – don’t do what I did and tell everyone. I think I was incredibly fortunate that she didn’t find out earlier!

I think Ben certainly deserved to put his feet up after his great efforts!

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Images taken by Benjamin and Naomi Harris

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