Not a day goes by that I don’t see a photo of aqua blue waters with hammocks and wings go past on Instagram and today? We’re exploring the resort that is at the centre of it all, the beautiful Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. Let’s go inside the photo!
About that photo:
The resort is all about their crystal blue waters so of course, they want to make the most of it. Guests can make use of the lagoon hammock (if you think it’s beautiful during the day, imagine it with a sunset!) and if a hammock isn’t your thing, you’ll have also seen the resort’s overwater swings, well, just about everywhere. Personally, I love the idea of a morning swim and an afternoon siesta.
About the accommodation:
The Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has 110 guest rooms- from villas with sand pathways to the beach, overwater bungalows and private pools. Water is a given at this resort- most rooms either having direct water access or direct water access and they’re own private plunge pool.
The report also features four different dining options and plenty, and I mean plenty of water activities Not only do you have the hammock and swings, you can dive, surf, snorkel, scuba, sail, kayak, fish and parasail.
For the land-loving relaxation vibes, try the overwater yoga pavilion or overwater spa pavilion on for size (because who doesn’t want 200 minutes of coconut inspired treatments?)
The resort is just a pontoon ride away from its sister Anantara Veli- the two resorts share amenities, so if you ever feel like a different kind of restaurant, an island hop or a new adventure- you don’t have to go far (and in fact, why not hire the resort’s luxury yacht, complete with sleeping quarters. for even more water time?)
Revered for its style and loved for its bike friendly culture, brightly hued houses, delectable pastries, grand palaces and of course, the lovely little mermaid statue, Copenhagen is sure to be a sophisticated addition to your honeymoon itinerary. Sitting pretty on the islands of Zealand and Amager, this coastal capital has a rich history and exudes pure Scandi cool.
Ideal for intrepid honeymooners not opposed to a long haul flight or two, Copenhagen is an absolute must-see destination if you’re contemplating a trip to the Nordics. So, pack your capsule collection (plain white tees and skinny jeans are basically obligatory) and get ready to discover more about this incredible city.
From selecting the perfect pastry to deciding where to stay the night, here are our top tips for ensuring your Copenhagen trip is absolutely unforgettable.
Experience Danish design
From stylish lampshades to large-scale architectural achievements, and quirky graphics to the many iconic incarnations of the chair, Denmark is synonymous with design. So, for a true taste of Danish living, check into the mid-century modern themed Hotel Alexandra and spend your honeymoon Scandi style. A chic retro homage, this boutique hotel situated on the edge of the old town is brimming with original furniture pieces, and each room pays tribute to a different design influencer or era in Danish design.
From the old-school room keys to the Mad Men inspired staff uniforms, and the foyer honesty bar to the cute rental bikes out the front, no detail has been overlooked at this delightful Danish establishment.
For an in-depth overview, head to the Design Museum and delve back in time to discover the events and influences which helped define the Danish aesthetic. From fashion to homewares and technology to textiles it offers an incredible and inspiring insight into Danish culture.
Set off and explore
Super scenic and easily walkable, Copenhagen is a truly dreamy destination that’s just perfect for getting lost in. For an enjoyable introduction, start by strolling the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, before heading towards the quirky and colourful houses of Nyhavn, and then onwards to see the beloved little mermaid statue sitting sweetly in the harbour.
Royalists will love wandering along the forecourt at Amalienborg Palace where you may catch a glimpse of the Danish royal family, while thrill seekers will enjoy an adventurous day at Tivoli Gardens and nature enthusiasts will enjoy a romantic stroll in the botanic garden or Fredericksberg Gardens.
Just a short train ride away, Frederiksborg Castle is bound to captivate art lovers, history buffs and architecture aficionados alike. Encircled by a moat and surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens, this royal renaissance palace is home to the Museum of National History and showcases a vast selection of paintings, artefacts, furniture pieces and more. After browsing the lavishly decorated rooms, take a walk through the manicured grounds and enjoy marvelling at Scandinavia’s largest renaissance castle.
Embrace the spirit of hygge
Hygge has certainly been a buzz word of late, but the Danes have been living hygge long before the rest of the world picked up on it. Conjuring up associations of cosiness, contentment and general wellbeing, the practice of hygge is particularly pertinent during Denmark’s long, cold and dark winter months. So, for an authentic Danish experience, a little element of hygge is definitely an essential honeymoon ingredient.
Enter Copenhot: a super hyggelig and inviting combo of outdoor hot tubs and a spacious sauna, perfectly positioned on the edge of the harbour. Book a ‘hot days’ session and enjoy two blissful hours soaking in the wood fired tubs and lounging in the sauna, which boasts incredible harbour views from its panoramic window.
During the warmer months, you can also take a jaunt around the harbour in one of Copenhot’s skippered ‘spa sailing boats’ – a hot-tub-boat combo which definitely beats any regular tourist vessel.
Sample authentic Danish cuisine
Gourmand globetrotting couples are bound to fall in love with Copenhagen’s food scene, which comprises a delicious compilation of international influences backed up by great coffee and stellar beers.
Start your day at Mad & Kaffe, a cute café that attracts its fair share of hungry Instagrammers keen to sample their ‘morning plate’: fresh and flavoursome brunch options which you can mix and match to create your own bespoke breakfast tray. Delicious!
If you find yourselves strolling hand-in-hand in Nyhavn come lunchtime, take a seat at Havfruen, a delightful seafood restaurant serving up local fare including garlic mussels, grilled fish, crab claws and oysters. And, if you’re yet to try the famous Danish smørrebrød – an open-faced sandwich often featuring herring – then this is definitely a picturesque place to try it!
For a fun foodie afternoon, take a stroll through Torvehallerne, a trendy food market which offers everything from fresh produce and flowers to sandwiches, cheese, sweet treats and wine. Don’t miss Laura’s Bakery for an enticing selection of Danish pastries, and Omegn for locally brewed beers, incredible cured meats and tasty toasties.
All images by Anika Reynolds.
Ms Zigzag says: Reading this post by Anika was like taking a trip down memory lane for me. My husband and I spent a week exploring Copenhagen a few years ago. Anika always knows the best places to go!
About the author Anika Reynolds: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!
The Maldives is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world making it a honeymooners’ paradise.
With approximately 1,200 small coral islands, the uniqueness of this country means travel arrangements differ a little compared to larger land mass countries, so following a recent visit, our friends over at Brisbane City Celebrants have given us their top 10 tips for honeymooning in the Maldives.
Pack a UK power plug adapter or 2 if you both want to charge your mobiles at the same time.
Being a Muslim Country, you are not permitted to bring duty free alcohol into the country, however alcoholic beverages are readily available to purchase at most resorts.
At the time of publishing there is no arrival or departure tax payable at the Maldives, and if travelling from Australia your visa simply gets stamped with a tourist visa on arrival.
To reach most islands in the Maldives, you will be transported by seaplane (which btw is amazing!), this usually arranged by your resort. Seaplanes have a strict luggage weight limit of 20kg for checked luggage and 5kg for hand luggage, so you need to travel light, or pay excess baggage charges.
Seaplane transfers only operate during the day time, although some resorts offer speed boat transfers during the evening/ night. With this in mind it is worth choosing a flight that arrives in the morning/early afternoon so you can transfer to your resort by seaplane and enjoy the amazing scenery.
Typically, all pathways around islands are made of sand and wooden walkways to over water villas. Heeled shoes are not well suited to either, so there really is no need to pack heels. Overwater villas typically offer ‘direct sea access’ which is a ladder attached to your deck, leading in to the sea.
The depth of the sea from your villa can vary greatly from resort to resort and also depending how far down the wooden walkway your villa is. One resort we stayed at we were located over 1km out to sea. The pristine clear water can be deceivingly deep and can experience strong currents so make your own safety assessment.
We recommend leaving the pool inflatables at home – many resorts ban these (along with drones which tend to be banned for fellow guests privacy purposes). Not only do pool inflatables take up valuable weight in your luggage, but they can easily drift over the top of the pool and be washed out to sea, the plastic is extremely hazardous for local sea life, including turtles who we were told can mistake them for jellyfish and consume the plastic which can be fatal for them.
Interestingly plastic drinking straws are banned on most islands for the same reason. If you would like to do your little bit to protect turtles and other sea life, avoid leaving plastic bottles or waste items in outdoor areas of your villa where they can easily be blown out to sea, or you could be a real superstar and collect pieces of plastic that you find washed up to sea to be properly disposed of.
Resorts charge in $US and charges are quoted exclusive of taxes. All services incur 10% service charge and 12% T-GST (Tourism Goods and Service Tax). The 10% service charge is applied to the total value and 12% T-GST applied to the total value + service charge.An environmental ‘Green’ tax of US$6 per person per night is applied to all stays in accommodation registered as a hotel, resort or liveaboard. This is paid directly to your resort and is not subject to T-GST/GST.
Time Zones – We arrived Male was GMT +5 hours, we then transferred via 40-minute seaplane to our first resort which was GMT +6 hours, we then transferred to our second resort via 40-minute speed boat transfer to find we were GMT +7 hours. So, a small distance can result in a different time zone which is worth being aware of.
We hope you feel a little more equipped for your Maldives honeymoon, it truly is such a beautiful country. Happy Honeymooning!
Ms Zigzag says: If two people deserve a relaxing holiday like this, it is definitely the lovely Cara and Jamie of Brisbane City Celebrants! Thanks for the hot tips!
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