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Must Do? 

Well… Nothing. Not if you don’t want to! That’s the point right? After your incredible wedding is over, many of us crave an opportunity to relax and recharge and simply just to be together in a lazy paradise where there is nothing on your to-do list, except perhaps lay beneath a canopy of palm trees and coconuts on beautiful un-spoilt beaches listening to the ocean.
However, if sitting still is not your thing, there is plenty to do and experience together as newlyweds in this stunning part of our country and indeed, the world. The beauty of Palm Cove and surrounding areas including Ellis Beach, Trinity Beach and Kewarra Beach is that they offer you ultimate relaxation, retail therapy and undoubtedly some of the best food and nature experiences possible.

Here are Ms. Tweed’s other “musts” for your mini moon in Palm Cove, Far North QLD.

Must Visit:
An absolute must do/must eat (it’s always about food with me) is visit the charming Ellis Beach Bar and Grill at Ellis Beach just 5kms North of Palm Cove. Don’t be deceived by its simple boho tree-house vibes. The beach snack inspired food was surprisingly sophisticated and utterly delicious. You can’t go past the soft shell crab steamed buns and the vegetarian nachos (for two) topped with slow roasted pumpkin and spicy tomato beans.
On Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm, you can enjoy $1 oysters or a $16 bucket of the freshest prawns I’ve ever had while listening to live music and just kicking back looking over the beach.
And It would be rude not to accompany those oysters with a spicy Bloody Mary. Just saying.

Must Eat:
All honeymooners need to treat themselves to at least that one truly special meal. Nunu at Palm Cove cannot be beaten for its incredible dining experience, service and impressive menu, featuring fresh locally sourced produce. It’s an award-winning restaurant but without any pretentiousness. Their tag-line is after all “Absolute Beachfront Dining – Barefoot Luxury.”
Ask in advance for a table outside on the beach and don’t be afraid to be led by the expert waiters when it comes to choosing from the mouthwatering menu. The share plates are always a great way to try as many things as you can. If you are a seafood lover, we highly recommend the:
Pineapple & turmeric curry of wild ginger pork belly, caramel, coconut, Thai basil & crackle and Wok-fried north Queensland mud crab, tamarind, sweet pork, market greens, jasmine rice & ginger broth (for two).
Your tummies will also thank you for a visit to Vivo Palm Cove. Or, if you feel like cooking together, there is a sensational wholesale seafood shop in nearby Smithfield named Preston Fresh Seafood. This was a gem of a local find!

Must Drink:
As they say, when in Rome (or at Nunu Palm Cove) you must try an incredible cocktail. I couldn’t go past the Bush Margarita myself. A mostly classic lemon margarita with a hint of eucalyptus. Amazing!
A visit to the relaxed Trinity Beach Tavern for a cold drink overlooking the water is also well worth it after a day at the beach or out on the reef together.

Must Indulge:
You don’t need to go to Italy to jump aboard the “A gelato a day is OK” philosophy on life. It is perfectly acceptable on all holidays in all locations.
After yet another gorgeous sunny day wandering through the main town of Palm Cove, exploring the boutiques and eating fish and chips on the beach from Lucky Fish, you cannot go past a two-scoop waffle cone from the Gelateria Numi. The flavours on offer are that great mix of exciting (Lemon Meringue Pie, yes please) and all the classics. And the ice cream is made from local ingredients.

Must Pamper: 
A visit to the Kewarra Beach Resort Hotel and Spa for a couple’s massage was worth every single penny.
The journey to the spa within the resort itself is like a scenic walk through the rainforest. Ask for the deep tissue massage, but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Sorry, no pics – this was private!!

Must Experience:

There is something so romantic about letting go and just getting back to nature together. There are endless options and vendors to look into if you want to organise a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.
However, If you want to appreciate mother nature at her best on foot and from the sky, I can also recommend a full day trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
From your private cable car, you will experience the most unbelievable views high above the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and stunning waterfalls including Baron Falls.
Once at the top, take a walk around the charming town of Kuranda where there is incredible local aboriginal art on offer, markets, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. Or, you could just drop into the Kuranda Hotel for the BEST barramundi burger and chips ever.

Take me back! Happy Honeymooning lovers.
Ms. Tweed x

Ms Zebra Says: WOW – my mouth is watering reading about all that deliciousness. Not to mention, the jealously thinking of the sun and sand, cocktail in hand! Thanks Ms Tweed for all these great recommendations!

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Image byPixel and Halide via Olivia & Mark’s Chiusdino, Tuscany Destination Wedding

Hi Dotties.
Is it just me or was I the only person not sipping cocktails by the Mediterranean this Australian winter? While I sat here in my uggies, sunning myself vicariously through my Instagram feed, it felt like the rest of the world was jetting around the globe on holiday or honeymoon and attending phenomenal destination weddings on Bali beaches, in French Chateaux or romantic Italian Villas. (Sigh)
But hey, who needs Positano when you have positivity, right..?
As we hit the half way mark of our INVITATIONS issue (and the near end of winter!) here are five amazing and different destination weddings featured on Polka Dot Bride I sure wish I’d been invited to this winter.

Ms Tweed x

Image by Jess Nicholls via Sarah & Lach’s Tropical Luxe Bali Destination Wedding

“If a wedding with bright coloured walls, blow up flamingos, the brightest of blooms and a ceremony by a pool sounds like it’s your kind of jam then Sarah and Lach’s wedding is going to be right up your alley. The pair, decided that with most of their favourite memories on Bali’s shores, what better place to tie the knot? And in luxe tropical style, they did! Oh and can we talk about the groom’s dapper green suit?”

Image by Tennille Fink via Astrid & Nick’s Dreamy Destination Wedding In Capri

“It’s an unusual one as we decided to get married before we were engaged” shares today’s bride Astrid. “We’d be planning a 5 week holiday in Europe, joined by friends and family along the way. One night while we were planning our trip, we got to talking about how many of our loved ones would be over there with us, and how great it would be to get married. I called my mum straight away and told her the news.”

Image by Theodoros Chliapas via Polyxeni & Gerard’s Kastellorizo Island Greece Destination Wedding

“In the depths of winter, the one thing that can lift us out of the cold is dreaming of sunshine-filled European holidays. Today’s destination wedding ticks all the boxes for a loved-up, sunny celebration on the sweetest, tiniest island of Kastellorizo in Greece.”

Image by Tony Evans Photography via Chelsey and Rob’s Las Vegas Destination Wedding

“The desert plains of Las Vegas set the scene for Chelsey and Rob’s Las Vegas destination wedding. The couple, who met through a mutual friend, Tony Evans was there to capture the hot, sunshine filled day. Chelsey and Rob wanted their wedding to not just be one day, hiring a Las Vegas homestead and inviting their friends and family from across the world to join their celebrations.”

Image by Piteira Photography via Anna & Paul’s Lisbon Destination Wedding

“We do adore a destination wedding here at Polka Dot Bride and Anna and Paul’s choice of a Lisbon destination wedding may have just enchanted our Portugal loving hearts! Anna and Paul worked with Piteira Photography to capture their beautiful day.”

Ms Zebra Says: At the end of winter in Melbourne, it really does seem as if EVERYONE else has sojourned in Europe – so a great way to get rid of the winter blues is stare longingly at these gorgeous destination weddings! 

Looking for something a little different for your honeymoon? Hoping to make incredible memories in a place like no other? This month’s ‘inside the photo’ is sure to inspire your wild side and give you special moments you’ll reflect on for the years to come.

Come with us as we set off to Africa!

The location

Kenya is located on the east of Africa and is home to some of the world’s most majestic animals including rhinos, lions and elephants.

Close to the Samburu National Reserves in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District is where you will find SASAAB.  SASAAB came to be in 2007, out of a need to protect and promote the remote wilderness of its surrounds.  And it is here that your perfect honeymoon awaits!

About the accommodation

Wake up to enjoy an enormous open-air bathroom and the comforts of your own private plunge pool. Each of the nine rooms located at the intimately designed SASAAB are over 100m2, and boast an incredible view toward Mount Kenya where you can gaze at elephants as they bathe in the river.

You won’t have to lift a finger during your honeymoon at SASAAB or worry about where you are going to eat. Your stay includes all meals and most drinks, excluding some alcoholic beverages. Additionally, if you have little ones, babysitters are available, if you just want some alone time together.

In the photo

Experience luxury at the SpaSaab, where the team will use natural Kenyan ingredients as well as Healing Earth skin care products to get you relaxed and feeling rejuvenated.

And of course you’ll still have the incredible views to enjoy whilst you receive world-class treatments.

Also loving…

Perfect for a honeymoon all year round, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. Take advantage of your surrounds and participate in bird watching, or stargaze during the night enjoying the tranquility. Take a game drive and see how many of ‘the big 5’ you can spot or stretch your legs on a guided walk.

All images via SASAAB – The Safari Collection 

Ms Zebra Says: If there was an experience I could recommend, it would definitely be Safari! LOVE this honeymoon idea!!

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.