I don’t think we will ever get sick of infinity pools with panoramic views, there’s just something so inviting about the endless blue water and we have found the next one on our hit list. So stay tuned, this post is taking us to Singapore!
Just a 20-minute drive from Changi airport is the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. It is comprised of three hotel towers, a casino, theatre, expo and convention centre and a shopping centre. It’s an easy place to get around with public transport facilities located within walking distance, as well as being popular enough that most taxi drivers will know the area well.
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Fancy yourself a dip in the world’s longest and highest infinity pool? On the 57th level spreading across 150 metres you’ll be able to take in views of the Singapore skyline from the hotel’s famous infinity pool. The pool is exclusive to hotel guests, so you won’t need to worry about crowds. You can enjoy snacks and beverages on the comfort of a sun lounge by the pool.
About the accommodation
You’ll be spoilt for choice with 15 different room types available, all of which boast floor to ceiling windows making the most of this beautiful location.
All rooms come with the added bonus of entry to the fitness club, fully stocked mini bar, WIFI, 24 hour in-room dining service, an interactive flat screen TV and access to the SkyPark where you can enjoy endless days by the pool.
A short 10-minute walk from the Bayfront Station is the ArtScience Museum which is not only architecturally impressive but will keep you busy with intriguing exhibitions inciting your curiosity. Make sure you add this to your itinerary while you’re here.
Oh Canada, you have my heart. If you’re looking for unique yet beautiful honeymoon destination, you can’t go past the Great White North. This country features the place which has put me the closest I’ve ever come to describing something out loud as ‘magical’. You know, beyond a Disney movie. You may not have heard of the Canadian province of Alberta.
And if you aren’t into the ski scene, you may not have even heard of Banff, which is located in Alberta. But regardless of your recreational proclivities, you need to know about Lake Louise – which lies in Banff National Park. Nestled amongst soaring snow-capped mountain peaks, Lake Louise is one of those emerald coloured lakes you see on your Insta feed which forces you to cock your head to one side and ask: is that even real? It’s real, my friends, and here are a few things you need to consider when planning your honeymoon there.
Where to stay
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever stayed. Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was originally built as a base for hikers and skiers more than 100 years ago. From the Chateau, you can go on guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking – not to mention canoeing on the lake. You’re going to want to splash out for the lake view rooms but fair warning, this might be one of the most amazing places I’ve ever stayed, but it’s also one of the most expensive!
Nevertheless, waking up to the view of the emerald-coloured lake was truly unforgettable. Pro-tip: room service poutine for dinner is also not a bad way to take in the view.
We stayed during the Canadian autumn (Mr and Mrs Houndstooth are not skiers), so we were able to enjoy the lake and the hiking with relative comfort (jackets were still required). However, if you visit in the winter, the lake will be frozen and the mountains will be a rich white – it’s arguably more beautiful.
The crazy thing about Banff National Park is that Lake Louise cannot lay claim to being the most beautiful lake in the area, at least not without a strong debate. Meet Moraine Lake. Yes, the turquoise waters are back and the mountains surrounding are also snow-capped (Valley of the Ten Peaks).
There’s a few hikes and trails, but we loved climbing to the top of the rugged rocks of the natural dam to take in the full view of the lake – this view is known as the “Twenty Dollar View”, as it’s the scene featured on the back of the old Canadian twenty dollar note.
Bring a backpack with some snacks and a cheeky whisky or two and you’re set for the afternoon. As a bonus, the two of you can do a spot of people watching as everyone clamours for the ultimate selfie. If you’re staying at the Chateau mentioned above, it’s a short ride on the courtesy bus. Apparently, the amazing colours peak in late June but I get the feeling it’s amazing all year round.
Lake Moraine. Image by Mr Houndstooth.
What to eat
Travelling to relatively remote or rural destinations can be a bit of a double-edged sword. You might discover unmatched natural beauty but you also might be limited in your dining options. Fortunately, this is not the case at the Chateau. There are a few other hotels and restaurants in the vicinity but we couldn’t go past the Walliser Stube, located inside the Chateau.
With options for classic Swiss, German and Alpine dishes, including an authentic Swiss Fondue, you can’t go wrong. The décor is vintage and comforting, and the vibe is relaxed luxury. The restaurant is open to the public but priority is given to guests. My tip: Go for the Classic Vienna Pork Schnitzel pork shoulder with duck fat coined potatoes. For $49 Canadian, you won’t be disappointed.
Usually, I fill the ‘where to drink’ section with an array of cocktail or whisky selections (stick with what you know, right?) but at Lake Louise, there’s a different type of beverage you need to get your hands on: tea. The Solake Agnes teahouse was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. Located high up in the mountains, the family-run tea house has no electricity or running water, receiving helicopter shipments a few times a year, and relying on other supplies to be hiked up the mountain.
We hiked for a few hours (including plenty of breaks) and spent the afternoon kicking back on the top of the mountain overlooking Lake Louise with a cup of tea in hand – a memory I’ll never forget. Wear comfy shoes though, it’s literally a bit of a hike.
Lake Louise in the winter. Image by Whitney Arnott.
Ms Zebra: As a bit of a skier myself, this sounds incredibly magical – Summer or Winter! The colour looks like nothing else you’d see. A definite destination to put on the list!
About the author Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.
Aside from the concierge, it’s the divine scent of lemongrass-brewed tea and Thai Jasmine fashioned into Phuang malai (floral garlands) for your wrists that greets you upon entrance to Trisara. With such an enticing fragrance – as well as acres upon acres of magically-manicured jungle landscape – it is little wonder the resort’s name translates to ‘The Garden of the Third Heaven’.
Based in the north-west of Phuket in Thailand and overlooking the Andaman Sea, Trisara feels like a hidden sanctuary away from the rest of the world. As a fully-fledged honeymoon destination, you never even have to venture outside the gates if you so wish. And we certainly do so wish!
The rooms can’t help but be romantic. With unobscured ocean views, even Trisara’s standard villas and suites boast at least one pool, outdoor rainfall showers and complete greenery-shrouded privacy; which is fiercely guarded by the angel statue at your gate denoting occupants are in utter ‘do not disturb’ mode.
It’s tempting to languish in your own pool and watch the squirrels commute up and down the trees, listen out for the conversing tree frogs and play spot-the-gecko all day. Yet there are two types of honeymooners that Trisara is particularly adept at satisfying: the foodies and the fitness fans! Here’s how we’d find the balance on honeymoon at Trisara (marriage is all about compromise after all…)!
Take the Plunge
Food: Your introduction to Thai cuisine starts at the Seafood restaurant. Don’t be fooled by the simple name, the local ‘mama’ style of cooking served here sees heirloom recipes like addictive elevated to new heights by the chefs. Curry pastes are all made in-house. Luxurious produce such as just-hauled-in-from-the-sea lobster, black crab, Phuket oysters and plump prawns are anointed with exotic tamarind, Dhala flower and galangal.
Fitness: Never mind the old wives tales of waiting at least an hour after eating. Work it all off with a post-feast dip. Trisara is not one to rest on its laurels. Even the most basic rooms have their own private pool, while some of the grander residences have multiple(!) full sized versions. There’s the option of lazing by the resort’s pristine communal saltwater pool for a change of scenery. And of course there’s also much paddling in the azure Andaman Sea to be done. The beachfront here is virtually inaccessible to the public unless they are in possession of a yacht or a jet ski.
A Little Luxury
Food: Rivalling any degustation restaurant in Sydney or Melbourne, PRU (which stands for ‘plant, raise, understand’) brings world class farm-to-table dining to Phuket. The resort is blessed with its very own sustainable, organic farm dubbed ‘Pru Jampa’, from which it derives herbs, flowers and earthy veggies. The rest of chef Jimmy Ophorst’s delicate menu comes from foraging for goodies like seaweed, sea grapes and mushrooms, and from partnerships with local farmers and fisher people. It’s the only Michelin starred eatery in Phuket!
Fitness: For a different kind of luxury, Trisara’s yogi Khun Miw offers private, custom yoga sessions for one or two people. Naturally your work out “studio” here is nothing so common as a gym. Instead you’ll bend and stretch within the shade of lush vegetation in an open air pavilion overlooking the waves. The only hard part is deciding whether to book an Ashtanga session before dinner to work up an appetite or a Vinyasa the next day to kick-start the metabolism.
Food: Trisara doesn’t offer basic food tours. Oh no. They prefer multi-day “culinary foraging experiences” involving private yachts, intimate cooking classes out at sea, tasting menus and wine matching. Honeymooners will get the chance to visit their farm and meet and greet with local ‘mamas’ – the keepers of authentic Thai food heritage – at home.
Fitness: Leaving from the Trisara’s exclusive jetty (the only one on the West Coast), private seafaring charters and snorkelling tours are available upon request. The most accessible under-the-sea destination near the resort surrounds Koh Waeo – a tiny island you can spy from your villa. It’s a national park under the sea.
The Couple who Learns Together…
Food: Sure Trisara’s chefs are world class, but there’s nothing quite as nurturing as feeding the one you love yourself. Private cooking classes are on offer at the resort under the watchful eye of the kitchen team. Select which local dishes you’d like to try, whip them up from a bounty of fresh, locally-sourced and exotic produce and then dine on one of your first truly memorable meals as a married couple.
Fitness: Part of any marriage with longevity is understanding how to fight in a healthy way. But I don’t think this is what the experts mean. You’ve got the ring so get in the ring and try a little Muay Thai lesson with you own professional trainer. That’s Thai Kick Boxing, a discipline that’s been around since the 18th century and is a work out and a half for honeymooners.
Hungry or game for even more?
For the foodies there are private in-villa barbeques cooked by your own chef, breakfasts dripping with fresh honeycomb straight from the hive, lazy weekend jazz brunches plus addictive Tom Yam Goong and zesty Pomelo Salad to feast on al fresco underneath swaying palm trees. Who needs room service?
For the fitness fans the benefit of the location is a myriad of water sports at your doorstep. Trisara offers sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boards and there are sports cruisers available for fishing expeditions too. Can you hear the Andaman sea (and exercise-driven endorphins) calling to you yet?
Ms Zebra Says: Ohhhh wow! What a resort? Such an incredible line up of food, activites and pure relaxtion. I’ll be on the next flight!
About Ms Fleur De Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.