Imagine sipping a glass of champagne and watching the famous Aegean sunset over the Cyclades Islands with your beloved. What a sight and experience that would be!  That’s one of the reasons we think Grace Santorini, a boutique hotel perched on the Imerovigli hillside in northwest Santorini, would be an amazing honeymoon stay.

Yes, the panoramas from Grace Santorini’s terraces are breathtaking, but the accommodation is just as impressive, and there are lots of options depending on your budget. From Deluxe Rooms to the Grace Suite, all the rooms offer that light and airy Greek Island feel. The rooms also come with the option of a plunge pool, or the hotel has two larger, spectacular pools to take a dip in. And of course, in true honeymoon style, there are lots of cocktails and an array of refreshments for you to indulge in as you kick back on the comfy double loungers around the pools.

The food is said to be exquisite, and if you’re into Mediterranean cuisine it will be right up your alley. Apparently the chef takes requests too, so if there’s something you really want to try before you head home, just ask and they’ll see what they can whip up for you. Another factor that scores big with us is that they offer champagne breakfasts every day between 8:00am and 11:00am, as well as fine dining by starlight… Romantic with a capital R! If, after gorging on all the scrumptious food, you’re feeling a bit sluggish (or guilty!), there’s a gym to work it off in and a treatment room where you can relax and unwind with a facial or body treatment.

When you’re ready to venture out of the hotel, there’s plenty to do around the island. Popular for its beaches, checking out Kamari (with its famous black sand that stretches out for miles) and Red Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean Sea) should be high up on your to-do list. There are also plenty of restaurants and nightlife spots to investigate, excursions to go on and activities to try out (think sunset BBQ cruises, hot springs, museums and exhibitions, water sports, sightseeing walks and opportunities to view traditional life on Santorini).

For those looking for a destination wedding venue, you might want to consider this one. The backdrop is phenomenal, and Grace Santorini has a team of professionals on hand to work closely with you every step of the way. If you’ve got lots of family and friends making the trip over, you can also get exclusive use of the entire hotel, subject to availability.

If you were already thinking Greece or somewhere in the Mediterranean, then Grace Santorini might just be the place for you. Let us know if in your travels you end up here – we’d love to hear all about it and take a peek at your honeymoon happy snaps… how could they not be gorgeous in a place like this?

Photos from Grace Santorini

Ms Gingham says: A couple of extra tips from me are… try to avoid travelling to Santorini in the month of August. This is the time when the infamous Meltemi (strong wind) is at its peak and believe me, it can get very windy up there! Also, August is the month of a very important religious festival with locals taking their summer holidays so the island tends to be extremely busy. July and September are beautiful months with early September being probably the best time to visit. These photos are pretty much exactly what you’ll see when you get there. No photoshopping, trick photography or colour enhancements here. You’ll feel like you’re living in a postcard. Stunning!

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Image via Wedding Take 3- Jess and Janek by Mary Canning

Honeymoons are normally not a family affair but having a little girl that I could not bear to be parted with ours would have to be. This meant destinations like islands and far off places were just too difficult. Kangaroo Island seemed the perfect place, with it’s natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. The fact it was a short drive away also helped with our decision.

Kangaroo Island turned out to be perfect for us. It is stunningly beautiful and if we had wanted we could have just laid around on the beach the whole time. Having a 2 1/2 year old dictated otherwise, but then again KI has so many fun things to do it was wonderful to have her spurring us along.

We stayed at Cape View Cottage, which is a cosy house on the beach. It had everything we needed, immaculately kept and in a prime position. Being close to the ferry terminal was a blessing when we first arrived with an overtired toddler. Not to mention Penneshaw has incredible places to eat… it might be small but it sure packs a punch with it’s food experiences. Isola pizza was probably the most popular with our little family.

If you love wildlife and fresh produce this is the place for you. We tried honey, goats cheeses and yoghurts and freshly caught fish. We went to wildlife parks, were inches from kangaroos and koalas, walked bare foot on beaches, did a penguin tour and saw the pelican man feed pelicans! We always had something exciting to do and never felt bored because even just driving around is incredible.

The highlight would have to be Seal Bay. It is a breath taking place but more amazing than the scenery is how close you get to seeing the sea-lions in their natural habitat. I could have sat there and watched them all day. The tour guide had such a passion for these sea-lions you couldn’t help but listen to every word.

I couldn’t recommend Kangaroo Island enough, family or no family it is affordable, beautiful and full of unforgettable adventures. It truly is an untouched paradise.

 Photography from Jess and Janek’s iphones!

Ms Gingham says: It sure is so great to hear about other people’s holiday experiences as it inspires you to choose destinations that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of! It’s lovely to see our beautiful couples having such a relaxing time too!

Jess says: “My wedding was 50s inspired, all hand made. From my dress to my earrings. Everyone involved I knew personally except the car drivers. It made for a very relaxed and beautiful day. The photos by Mary Canning (a dear friend) are stunning and I think it proves that handmade doesn’t have to mean cheap.”

Read about Jess and Janek’s Wedding here

Michael and Sally in front of the Eiffel Tower

Of all the cities in the world, I had always dreamed of travelling to Paris. Intrigued and inspired by the art, fashion, history and culture of this city, I was so excited to finally travel overseas (for the first time in my life); and to visit the city of love on our honeymoon seemed like perfect timing. My husband, Michael, has previously only travelled to the US, so he too was keen to explore what Europe had to offer. On the advice of a well travelled friend we stayed in a quaint little french hotel named ‘Quai Voltaire’, situated on the edge of the ‘Seine’ river and opposite the magnificent ‘Louvre’ museum.

View of market stalls from our balcony window

Walking the streets of Paris

Our first day in France was spent exploring the city on foot! We thought we would use or map books and Lonely Planet to find our way around and hopefully make our way to the Eiffel Tower. That turned out to be too big of a mission for day one, but we did find our way there eventually! And I am glad to report that despite the language barrier and never ending streets and buildings, we only got lost once! On our travels we managed to stumble across the beautiful ‘L’Hotel national des Invalides’ which is an amazing building constructed in 1670 which now contains museums and monuments relating to the military history of France. It also contains various tombs, including that of Napoleon Bonaparte.

View of the magnificent art work of the dome above Napoleon Bonapart’s tomb

On our second day of ‘wandering’ we made it to the Eiffel Tower and took a few snapshots. We didn’t stay for too long because the crowds were quite big and there were lots of street sellers around, but we stayed long enough to appreciate the uniqueness of this world famous monument.

One of our favourite parts of Paris was the art culture. We spent 2 days wandering around the Louvre Museum and we could have gone back for more! It is so huge that I think it would take a good week to explore it all. It was well worth it though.

Exploring the grounds of the Louvre

This is as close as we got to ‘The Mona Lisa’…  as you can see it is quite popular!

Another one of our favourite Parisian landmarks was the ‘Notre Dame Cathedral’. This beautiful Gothic style building was first constructed between 1163 into the 1240s. We climbed the narrow spiral stair cases to the top where the famous ‘gargoyles’ sit, and the view of the city was absolutely AMAZING!

Michael outside the Notre Dame

Together at the top

We had one of the BEST days at Disneyland Paris!! It was a freezing cold day and it rained a little, but once we bought some Micky Mouse winter gear we were good to go! I’m not normally brave enough to go on roller-coasters, but considering we had travelled half way around the world and this was probably going to be a once in a life time opportunity Michael convinced me to brave the ‘Space Mountain’ and ‘Crush’s Coaster’.

Michael all rugged up and ready to ride!

Meeting Mickey Mouse!

I have always been a huge fan of the Moulin Rouge movie, and a lovely friend of ours bought us tickets to see the show as a wedding gift! It was such a unique experience! We both had a great time and that is definitely one to tick off the bucket list! It was quite interesting to venture into the ‘Red Light’ district (where the Moulin Rouge is located), which has a rich and vibrant night life compared to other parts of Paris.

Our last night in Paris was spent on a magnificent dinner cruise on the ‘Seine’ river.  The food was delicious and it was a really romantic way to spend the evening – the perfect way to end our stay in the city of love.

Our Entree

Overall we spent a week exploring Paris and I think we will definitely need to go back again, because I don’t think we got to see half of the sights or visit half of the places that I planned to see! If we go back again we will surely need to work on our French language skills, as I think this was the hardest part about getting around and ordering food! Although we did get very good at using gestures to get our message across! Our next stop on the honeymoon adventure was ‘Florence’ in Italy… but you will have to stay tuned for that post!

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