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I am an adventure girl for sure. Well, kind of. I love hiking – if I don’t have to carry a tent and then sleep in it. I don’t mind doing hard physical work and sweating and getting dirty – as long as I have a warm shower to come back to. I appreciate nature 100% — but I appreciate it’s beauty even more when I’m appreciating it from luxurious surroundings. Going to Patagonia in Chile sounds a little intimidating if you’re not one of those hard-core granola peeps, I get it. But, I promise you, both stunning natural wonders and man made comforts abound in Puerto Natales.

One of the most romantic weekends of my life was spent there at a hotel called the Indigo Patagonia. We went in February – the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. And it was still freezing! But I have to say, the cold simply added to the experience.

As soon as you step inside the Indigo, you are enveloped in warmth and the delicious smell of wood burning stoves. You could (and we did often, coming down from the spa) even walk around barefoot — that’s how cozy it is inside the hotel.

The entire hotel, set against a backdrop of the snow and the icy water of the fjords, is built to be a part of the Puerto Natales landscape, not to stand out. They use the same oxidized looking aluminium (? I know nothing about building materials) to fit in with the other structures of the town, all weathered from years and years of strong winds and sleet and snow.

The rooms are so peaceful and relaxing. They’re small, but comfy. I’ve never slept better than I did in our bed underneath thick down comforters while the wind howled outside.

You can soak in a tub in the privacy of your own lodgings if you want.

Or better yet, head to the roof where there are gorgeous hot tubs overlooking stunning views of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope, cheerful name, eh?) Fjord.

If you’re not sold on being outside in that kind of weather, there’s always the spa area so you can rest on lovely beds, sectioned off by mosquito nets (which look far more romantic than that sounds), where you can opt for a massage or settle in to read your Kindle, like us. Technology comes to The End of the World.

But really, the entire hotel is set up to give you mental peace and quiet.

I honestly could not think of a better place to go for a honeymoon. And if this looks like too much laying around, too much relaxation for your liking (Gasp! Is there really such a thing?!), the Indigo Patagonia also offers kayaking tours, trips to the nearby Torres del Paine, horseback riding trips, and more. We did some of those things as well, but I’ll save that for another post. 🙂

Photography by Kyle Hepp

Ms Gingham says: OMG!!! What a location but further to that … what amazing photography!!! Thanks so much to Kyle for sharing this with us!

About Kyle Hepp: My name is Kyle Hepp. My husband and I are world travelers/wedding photographers based out of Santiago, Chile. I blog about life as an expat, our trips, and of course our weddings here.

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We recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy and photograph the country. A popular overseas honeymoon destination, Italy is a well renowned romantic location. With an appealing blend of art, food and fashion, the small European nation also offers history, amazing architecture and tradition, as well as some of the most stunning and varied countryside in Europe. Culture, art and history can be found in almost every corner of the country, and blending landscape with antiquity, Italy offers diversity with its various cities that present artistic and historic surprises galore. One of our favourite places in Italy was Venice.

Venice was founded more than 1,500 years ago and the popular city of Italy is linked by a series of over 150 canals, numerous bridges and historically built pavements. Venice, like most of Italy is a city full of history and features museums, monuments, churches, theatres and markets.

Although a large city, Venice still feels like a tranquil country style town. Romantic, historic and truly extraordinary, the city itself is an architectural monument.

Being in the wedding industry and experiencing some of the most fabulous locations in Australia, it was a truly wonderful experience photographing Italy and being able to capture the country’s most spectacular scenery and countryside.

Photography by Calli B Photography

Words by Terrianne Burns

Ms Gingham says: How I love Venice. This spectacular photography just captures the essence of this amazing city. From quaint potted plants and stray cats to breathtaking architecture this city is like walking in a dream. Thanks so much to Calli for sharing these beautiful images with us.

About Calli: Calli moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and operated a home based photography business for a few years before moving into the boutique Maroochydore studio in 2008. Calli’s style of photography could be described as natural, candid and romantic. Calli has a beautiful daughter who she loves to spend her spare time with. Calli is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

I recently stumbled across the most fabulous website full of luxurious beach houses and hotels across Australia and South East Asia called Contemporary Hotels and my, does it have some gorgeous offerings just perfect for honeymoons!

Want to stay on Sydney’s gorgeous Palm Beach? How about staying at the Palm Beach Pacific Road House?

Although the house has three bedrooms, I think it’d make a dreamy honeymoon spot. Can you imagine unwinding on that deck? A wheel of fresh creamy Brie cheese in front of you and a glass of chilled wine? Pacific Highway House offers luxuries like Aveda toiletries, large white kitchen, media room, TV & DVD player and a king sized bed.

If you’re a Sydney couple wanting to head a little further North (or just wanting to escape to a beautiful part of the world) you can choose the Byron Bay Villa.

Again the property has a mass of bedrooms (destination wedding perhaps?) but is pure luxury with a lap swimming pool, amazing views, BBQ, wet and lounging areas, TV, CD and DVD player, air conditioning, Aveda toiletries and three gorgeous bathrooms.

Next on my dream honeymoon list is Kangaroo Island Villa, Kangaroo Island

Amazing, rugged coastline views? Check! King tower room? Check! Conversation pit with open fire? Check! Open fire place? Check! Oh and is full service accommodation (including transfers, gourmet chef, food deliveries, all beverages (including alcohol) activities (including dining with the kangaroos and evening croquet), private beach gazebo, on call transport and housekeeping) available? Triple check! Dreamy honeymoon destination? I think we’re on a winner!

A little too far away? A little too isolated for your style? Perhaps my next favourite is one for you – Snapper Lodge, Newport

Now if the private dock and red and white lighthouse doesn’t win you over with it’s waterside charm, then I’m not sure what will! Snapper Lodge is situated right on Pittwater – as in the only walking you will need to do  on your honeymoon is a hop skip and a jump to your outdoor sun lounge (and perhaps inside again for a gin & tonic). This gorgeous little cottage has all the mod cons – TV, DVD Player, CD player, Aveda toiletries, private jetty, king bed and BBQ without any attitude. It’s the perfect seaside cottage, lovingly restored and cared for by an artist with an eye for detail and only 45 minutes from the city.

That’s not the end of the rental list though, Contemporary Hotels offers up properties in Bedarra Island, Port Stephens, Wombarra, Port Elliot and even for the far flung travelers – the Amalfi Coast.

But that’s not extent of this little wondrous discovery – the website also offers up four gorgeous properties for events. They’re perfect for an intimate wedding or pre – wedding celebration.

Images via Contemporary Hotels