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Deciding on where to go on our first holiday as husband and wife was an important decision for us. We had both travelled the world but wanted to go somewhere neither of us had been. We sat down (with wine in hand) and talked about what we both wanted in a honeymoon, a theme quickly became evident… We both wanted a romantic and relaxed destination where we could explore the local culture. We contacted Karan Gray at Harvey World Travel, Figtree, NSW (02 4225 9966) told her about what we were after and she sent us a variety of different options. We decided on a luxurious 5 star honeymoon in Seminyak, Bali.

We stayed at Sun Island Boutique Villas in Seminyak, the rooms were stunning, people were beautiful and we always made to feel “at home”.

Our first day in Bali, and we set out with our backpacks and plenty of water to explore.

I found PLENTY of shops!! Some of my favourite shops included This is Genevieve & Miss Milne, Lulu Yasmine, Uma & Leopold and The Corner Store. All offer beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories and can be found on Jalan Raya, Seminyak.

And cocktails….

After a few days of relaxing by the pool and shopping we went on a 4wd tour to Mount Batukaru.

A lot of our trip was spent enjoying local food and wine. Some places we highly recommend to anyone looking for a great night out with beautiful food and cocktails are Ku De Ta, Cocoon, Sea Circus and Jimbaran Bay. All of these restaurants have something different to enjoy. If you are thinking about Ku De Ta we definitely recommend booking in advance.

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Overall we had a fabulous trip filled with so many happy memories. We loved the culture, the people, the fresh food and the general feel of Bali. If you are looking for a honeymoon where you can enjoy a mix of resting your feet by the pool with a cocktail in hand, soaking in some sun and a bit of an adventure then Bali is the place for you.

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Ms Polka Dot says: Doesn’t this just make you want to pack your bags and fly away? Thank you Elle and Luke for sharing your gorgeous honeymoon and allowing us a ‘virtual’ taste of Bali!

My name is Elesha and I was recently married to my best friend and love of my life Luke! We have our own little (canine) family but can’t wait for the world to stop turning so we can settle down and start our (human) family. We love getting outdoors with Jazz & Oscar, spending time doing up of little home and catching up with our friends and family.

Photographs taken by Elesha and Luke

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Uluru is definitely a place everyone should visit at least once in his or her life. I traveled there late last year and was blown away by its beauty, colours, quietness, mystery and the fact that it would make an amazing honeymoon location! There’s just something romantic about being in the middle of nowhere with your loved one. There are tons of ways you can ‘do’ Uluru too, so you’ll be able to find something to suit the type of experience you want and be able to keep to your budget.


Accommodation

There’s are two places you can stay near Uluru. The first choice is Ayers Rock Resort, which is in the little town of Yulara. It’s about 18km away from Uluru. Ayers Rock Resort is made up of different accommodation types:

Sails In The Desert – 5 star hotel

Desert Gardens Hotel – 4 ½ star hotel

Emu Walk Apartments – 4 star self-contained apartments

The Lost Camel Hotel – 3 ½ star hotel

Outback Pioneer – choice of 3 ½ star hotel or 2 star lodge

Campground – cabins, village tents, camping (powered or non-powered)

Pool at Sails In The Desert Hotel

The second choice is the gorgeous, but expensive, Longitude 131°, described as “the luxury Australian outback experience”. The price averages around $2000 per night with a minimum two-night stay. It’s very lavish and understandably you get treated like royalty. It has many perks – all meals and drinks included, touring programs, entry into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru.

Photo from Longititude 131)


Things To Do

* Walk around the base of Uluru. It’s about a 9km walk but it’s worth it. Getting up close to the rock will take your breath away and you’ll see things you’d never expect to see there – like a waterfall!


At the base of Uluru where you start the walk

* Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) – it’s often overlooked because of Uluru but is incredibly beautiful in its own right and there’s a lot to explore there as well.

The sun setting over The Olgas.

* Do a day trip to Kings Canyon. It’s three hours up the road, and a great place to stop over if you’re heading to Alice Springs from Uluru. Once you’re there you can walk through the valley and its creeks, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can climb up and walk around the rim.

Kings Canyon

* Sounds of Silence Dinner – watch the sunset over Uluru, enjoy dinner and drinks with new friends and stare up at the night sky while you’re taken on a tour of the stars.

(Photo from Ayers Rock Resort) A yummy dinner in the middle of the desert.

* Go on a camel ride. They do sunrise and sunset rides. It’s lots of fun and something you’ll remember for a long time to come. Plus, your photos will be unreal.

Meet The Camels!

Top Tips

* Hire a car to do your day trips. It works out to be a lot cheaper, plus they book out really quickly so you could miss out on one if you wait.

* Head to the Tour & Centre Information in the Town Centre to book your tours. They’re more helpful than the tour desks in each hotel. It’s important to book these early because you might miss a spot on some of the more popular experiences. It’s also best to research what you want to do before you get there.

* Take your walking shoes. Even if you think you’re going to sip cocktails by the pool every day, chances are you’ll get swept up in the wonder of the place and will want to go exploring!

* Stock up on water (especially if you’re doing walks in the middle of the day) and of course, slip, slop, slap and wear a hat. It’s hot out there.

* Food can be a little pricey at Ayers Rock Resort so be prepared by taking more cash than you think you’ll need.

* Don’t climb the rock. The traditional landowners of Uluru, the Anangu people, prefer that no one climb it due to its cultural significance. There is a chain that goes up the rock to assist climbing, however there’s a sign just in front that goes into detail as to why you shouldn’t climb. If you’re interested in finding out more while you’re there, you can head to the cultural centre in the national park.

Big sign telling tourists why they shouldn’t climb Uluru.’

All photos by Ms Floral unless otherwise stated.

If you and your fiancé are not the ‘lay by the pool honeymoon’ type and are after a honeymoon with a twist of adventure, I have the place for you… New Zealand!

New Zealand is home to the beautiful Bay of Islands, cosmopolitan Auckland, Christchurch and my personal favourite the scenic South Island.  New Zealand has rare a mix of charm, solitude and beauty.

There are a few different places you could go for a honeymoon in New Zealand.

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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

For newlyweds who would prefer to take advantage of the great outdoors on their honeymoon, there is Queenstown, located on the South Island. Queenstown offers both beautiful lakes and picturesque mountains that are perfect for the couple that likes to be surrounded by breath taking scenery. Honeymoon activities here could include taking the plunge of another kind and taking part in bungy jumping, hitting one of the best ski fields in the world at Coronet Peak or The Remarkable’s or sipping on the local speciality – Pinot Noir on a wine tasting tour.

Coronet Peak Ski Fields

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Coronet Peak is one of the best ski resorts I have been to, and caters extremely well for all levels.

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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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The Shotover Jet in Shotover River, Queenstown

Some local features include:

The Millenium Hotel is a lovely 5 star hotel to stay at. The hotel features beautiful views, great customer service and also includes a heated pool and spa!

Sombrero’s on Beach Street, have the best Mexican food, the nachos and cocktails are delicious.

The view from the top of the Skyline Gondola is absolutely breath taking –  take your camera! While you’re up there, enjoy a romantic dinner for two!

Fergburger on Shotover Street is a well known take away burger shop, that has the best burgers in the world. The queue is normally half way down the street, but well worth the wait.

The Shotover River Jet is a lot of fun and it’s a beautiful way to see the mountains.

Honeymooners who enjoy boating and fishing and ‘on land’ adventure, The Bay of Islands (North Island) is an aquatic playground for you. You and your partner could take a day or evening tour through  a sub tropical rainforest, or take part in a half day island tour. A trip to the Bay of Islands isn’t complete without an excursion to play with the local dolphins as part of a day cruise. Enjoy a vineyard picnic, delights at local restaurants or quick but amazing bite at one of the many farmers markets.

Whitney’s tips on essential items to pack:

– Camera without question! Take advantage of some of the most amazing scenery in the world.

– Warm clothes are a must, boots, coats and hats or beanies for the winter season.

– Joggers (runners) as there are a lot of activities that will involve comfortable and safe footwear!

– Swimming costume – yes, even though it can get very cold, you want to be able to take advantage of the heated pools, spas and saunas.

Enjoy x

Ms Polka Dot says: New Zealand – one of the most beautiful places on earth, so be sure to pack your camera for a thousand and one photo opportunities! And the best bit – it’s a short hop from Australia!

La Belle Weddings is a Sydney based boutique wedding planning agency. Whitney says: We are here to assist brides in turning their dream wedding into a reality whilst saving you time and money.

All photos taken by Whitney of La Belle Weddings