About to set off

Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection

Lance and I had never been overseas before, so when considering where to honeymoon you would be right to say that we were amateurs. We knew our budget ($7000), we knew that we wanted a tropical paradise and privacy, but we didn’t know just how hard that would be to find. After searching through the countless travel magazines which covered the floor to no avail, suddenly, tucked away on the corner of a page we saw it, the perfect place for us to begin our marriage together. We booked 10 nights with full board (all meals included) in a premium bure at the stunning Toberua Island Resort.

Getting to our honeymoon was a little complicated. Due to rising flood waters in South East Queensland, we were forced to leave our wedding night accommodation at the stunning Glass on Glasshouse and spent our second night together as husband and wife in Lance’s uncle’s home after he kindly and bravely rescued us in the middle of the night. We just made it to the airport and enjoyed free champagne and movies on the flight to tropical Fiji (it really pays to tell flight attendants that you’re on your honeymoon).

As amateur travellers, we never reviewed our itinerary and ended up flying to Nadi then enduring a four hour drive in a taxi to another airport in Nausori. There, we were met by another taxi who drove us another 20 minutes to the island’s boat which finally took us safely to Toberua. To avoid the four hour drive, book a 20 minute flight from Nadi Airport to Nausori Airport. Driving through Fijian villages, however, taught me a lot about the Fijian way of life.

When we arrived at the Island it was late, we were tired and hungry but what we were about to experience would deliver us straight into honeymoon paradise. Pulling up at the dock, my eyes filled with tears, as I could see the beautiful glow of the lit pathways and the sounds of acoustic guitars and serenading voices which were carried through the warm air to greet us. We were guided to our room and enjoyed a gorgeous berry and coconut cream mocktail (I purchased dozens of these during our stay). We then enjoyed a private dinner where beautiful, live music continued playing.


Premium Bure

Premium Bure Bathroom


Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection

During our ten night stay, Lance and I loved lazing by the pool, soaking up the sun on our own private beach and receiving complimentary champagne, fruit and a massage each. Once we mustered up enough energy we enjoyed kayaking, playing games on the island such as pool, volleyball and mini golf (fishing is also an option, the chef may even prepare your prized catch for lunch). On Sunday we experienced Fijian church and traveled to a local village where we were genuinely immersed in the Fijian culture.

View from premium bure


Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection


We went snorkelling three times which was offered complimentary every day (weather permitting) on the island. Another couple with us on the island who were quite well travelled commented that the snorkelling was of the best that they had ever experienced. The wildlife and variety of living coral was breathtaking.



Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection

The food was fresh and prepared at a very high standard; we couldn’t get enough of the three course lunches and four course dinners!


Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection


Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection


Photo from Jessica and Lance’s collection

Did I mention that at one point during our stay we were the only couple on the entire Island?


I completely underestimated the importance of taking a honeymoon after the wedding. Lance and I found it to be so valuable to have time together away from the world to reflect on and absorb the events passed.


Our experience at Toberua Island was incredible and I hope to return again in the future, I would like to encourage couples to consider booking their honeymoon at Toberua Island Resort, Fiji.

Photography by Toberua Island Resort, Fiji.

Ms Gingham says: Looks like that four hour taxi ride was worth it! This Fiji honeymoon looks so beautiful. Only danger is that they’d have to roll me out with all that food available!

Jessica says: “Our wedding day was the most incredible day, I will carry those memories with me for the rest of our lives! It really was perfect and I feel so much joy in being able to share this with you on Polka Dot Bride.”

Read about Jessica and Lance’s gorgeous wedding here.

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What happens when a world class artist turns his hand to textiles? Colin Heaney has been one of Australia’s best glass artists. His creative skills have led him to own Australia’s largest glass blowing studio and his works are known for his attention to detail and use of colour.

In 2006, Colin turned to silk and now exclusively designs textiles – including his range of beautiful kaftans, sarongs, swimwear, home wares and accessories – all of which would make a stunning statement on your honeymoon.  Wandering the sands of Bali in an aqua blue kaftan? Or perhaps more to your liking  is more lazing by the pool in shades of jade and orange. Throw on a belt, beaded sandals and glitzy earrings and you have the perfect outfit for dinner (I do love the versatility when I’m in a balmy location!)

To buy the garments online or find your nearest stockist, visit the Colin Heaney website.

Photos from Colin Heaney

The Whitsundays are one of my favourite parts of Australia – the scenery, the crystal blue waters, the tropical nature – sigh! Today’s decadent destination is Paradise Bay.

Honeymooners are welcomed to the island with chocolate dipped strawberries, Belgian chocolates and bubbles – you know you’re on the right track when after a long day of travel you get to indulge in some of life’s greatest treats.

Paradise Bay is an eco friendly resort which allows no more than 20 guests at a time, which means there is plenty of seclusion and privacy – the perfect combination for a honeymoon.

The bungalows are crafted from solid Australian hardwoods with cathedral height ceilings for maximum comfort. Each bungalow is fitted out with a king size bed complete with duck down toppers for that extra comfy feel, a pillow menu, ocean views, and the bathrooms? Not only are  they newly refurbished with rainwater shower heads (3.5 star Eco friendly rating) but they’re also stocked full of Australian Jurlique products.

Each bungalow is decorated with fine pieces of Aboriginal art hand picked from the owner’s personal collection complimenting the feel of the bungalows – that is if you can tear your eyes away from the uninterrupted ocean view.

Paradise Bay is all about the experience –  a relaxing sleep in, a stroll to your finely catered breakfast,  the Whitsundays at their finest on the resort’s private catamaran (visiting perhaps just one of the island’s many private destinations). Choose to sun-bake, snorkel, kayak or sleep before your hosts greet you back on the island with cool drinks and freshly baked treats.

There is no worry about damaging the environment either as the owners of Paradise Bay have made it their priority to build a sustainable, environmentally friendly resort. It generates all it’s own power, treats all it’s own waste and is self sufficient for water.  Guests can even enjoy a behind the scenes tour to understand the many facets ( construction and design, solid waste, power systems, waste water treatment, water collection and usage, purchasing, carbon off-set) of the resort’s undertaking.

With the care taken in your surroundings and the care for the environment, it makes sense that the menu you’ll be feasting on in Paradise Bay is no exception. Designed to include the best of local produce, the menu will have you dining on three delicious meals a day – from old favourites like Eggs Benedict, to private picnic style lunches and multiple courses at dinner complete with matching wines (after you kick off your evening with cocktails and canapes by sunset of course).

Private dinners by candlelight on your balcony or even in the rainforest set aglow by tea tree candles are also available to enjoy.

Images via Paradise Bay