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Honeymoons in Paradise - Where To Go In April - Polka Dot Bride

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April is one of the best months for honeymoons. The days are getting longer in the northern hemisphere, with birdsong and greenery make a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.

1. Paris, France
Who doesn’t love Paris in springtime? As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Where to Stay
Enjoy spectacular view of Parisian rooftops at Hotel Daniel and watch the sun set over the tip of the Eiffel Tower from the ‘Daniel Suite’. Indulge in all things French too at the Saint James Paris Hotel. The two-level suite overlooks the grand entrance and the grounds. The suite is outfitted with whimsical details such as ‘parquet’ carpet and a tweed armchair with elbow patches as armrests.

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What to do
Stroll along the Seine hand-in-hand with the love of your life or take a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa at the Louvre – the choices are endless. Invent your own scent as an olfactory memento of the romantic trip at Number 68 on the Champs-Elysees, the glittering home of Maison Guerlain. When night falls, settle into a booth at legendary Le Crazy Horse theatre and be thrilled by a modern-day Moulin Rouge.

2. Cyprus
Cyprus is an excellent destination for a beach holiday or for a walking adventure. This ruggedly beautiful and interesting island in the southernmost of the Mediterranean is wonderful in springtime.

Where to Stay
Cradled by hills and fronted by the ocean, Anassa Hotel is a regular nominee for the world’s best spa. The impeccably groomed hotel is the definition of Greek chic with fantastic views and private balconies. Set on Paphos’ sea-facing promenade, Almyra Hotel in Cyprus is decorated in simple, cool hues with minimal extras. The ‘Kyma Suites’ have private terraces that lead to a shared lawn overlooking the sea.

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What to Do
April is the perfect beach weather at the coast – warm enough to swim in the sea, and not yet too hot. For nature lovers, April is the greenest month of the year, and the hillsides are bursting with wonderful light and colour. The mountains of Troodos are dotted with wineries and painted churches, many of them rated as UNESCO Heritage Sites. Admire the spectacular and vivid paints of saints in Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, one of the most spectacular of the painted churches.

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3. Tokyo, Japan
April is cherry-blossom time in Tokyo and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times to visit the city. Parks across the city are filled with thousands of cherry trees. However, it is also peak tourist season, which means more crowds and peak season prices.

Where to Stay
Luxury hotel Aman Tokyo takes a nod to the traditional with its decor – the lobby mirrors the layout of a traditional home, complete with a meditation garden. Enjoy the spectacular Tokyo cityscape from Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Sky Lobby on the 38th floor, then ease away a day of walking and sight-seeing at The Spa.

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What to Do
Rent a boat and surround yourself in shades of soft pink and falling cherry blossom petals at the Kitanomaru Park. Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of the former Edo Castle, creating one of the most outstanding cherry blossom sights. Tokyo is a foodie heaven with many hole-in-the-wall eateries, so take a stroll along the backstreets at night and indulge in the sweet and savoury treats that Japan has to offer.

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4. Barossa Valley, South Australia
For wine-loving Australian couples looking for a short-haul getaway, Barossa Valley combines Mediterranean-style climate in April and some of the best wines in the world. The Autumn months are a reprieve from the scorching summer weather making sight-seeing a more comfortable affair.

Where to Stay
The Louise Hotel is an exquisite, contemporary dwelling featuring 15 architecturally inspired suites on a vine-lined hillside. Immerse yourself in a piece of history at the Kingsford Homestead Hotel. The country retreat was the centrepiece of long-running TV drama ‘McLeod’s Daughters’.

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What to Do
For those looking to combine taking in the Barossa’s scenery with a dose of added exercise, take the opportunity to pop on a helmet and hop on a bike for a cycling adventure. The close proximity of a number of the region’s best wineries to one another, coupled with the scenic landscape, makes Barossa one of Australia’s most enjoyable leisurely rides. Whisper sweet-nothings to each other from over 100 metres apart at the Whispering Wall Road. The abandoned dam’s curved shape leads to voices being carried from one side of its arch to the other.

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5. Riobamba, Ecuador
Tucked away in the Andes, Ecuador’s colonial town of Riobamba charms visitors with its cobblestone streets, Spanish-style architecture and large arcaded plazas.

Where to Stay
A new boutique hotel in Riobamba, Mansion Santa Isabella offers 11 stylishly-appointed rooms surrounding a gorgeously appointed central courtyard with its own singing fountain. Set in a country-style house with elegant Colonial decor, Abraspungo also features chic rooms with garden views and private balconies.

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What to Do
Rimbomba is a favourite base for trekkers and climbers due to its proximity to many of the country’s best hikes and tallest mountains. Known as the ‘valley of the volcano’ the region features jagged landscapes that are sure to blow you away. Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day with the locals at lively concerts and colourful parades or strolling through the weekly market on Saturdays, Rimbomba is a fantastic honeymoon destination for April.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: The Barossa in April is just stunning with its Autumn colours; for an adventure overseas, Cyprus looks so beautifully romantic too.

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6 Things To Love: Daylesford

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Located amongst the Great Dividing Range, the small spa town of Daylesford is what you would call ultimate bush luxury and ideal for any romantic getaway, especially honeymoons. Situated only just an hour and a half from Melbourne, the leafy green heritage town is sure to make you wanting more when you leave. So grab your better half and discover what there is to love about this enchanting little piece of Australia. Here are six things to love…

1. Secluded villas. Boasting extraordinary views and gleaming with luxury, Interlude is a sophisticated one bedroom villa perfect for any romantic getaway. Nestled amongst the bushland, the urban villa includes a large open sun deck, a luxurious outdoor jacuzzi, a large open plan kitchen and living space with huge glass windows complementing their surroundings. This secluded honeymoon retreat is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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2. Relaxation. Located just out of Daylesford is the historical Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Welcoming visitors since 1895 to bathe in the region’s mineral water, the Bathhouse and Spa also offers a magnificent day spa with a variety of relaxing and reviving treatments. Enjoy being renewed and recharged with your other half by indulging in the Day Retreat Package which includes the choice of a 60 minute Hepburn signature massage or a pure replenishing facial. Also part of this luxurious escape is a regional tasting plate and a glass of wine, how relaxing! What better way to unwind and recharge your wedding batteries than pampering yourselves.

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3. Regional dining. Lake House, awarded with two Chef’s Hats and inclusion on Australia’s Wine List of the Year Hall of Fame, is the ideal place for two love birds to enjoy an exquisite dining experience. Supporting small local growers and producers, Lake House produce is all hand picked and delivered daily, ranging from lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat’s milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens. The seasonal, high quality food and wine will be sure to get your taste buds dancing. Book a table for two and gaze at the magnificent views and let the passionate team at the Lake House amaze your senses. Stay at their elegant hotel too and an enjoy all the sophisticated pleasures of this rural retreat.

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4. Wombat Hill House. If you and your beloved are up for a bit of an adventure then why not take a walk up to Wombat Hill House which is situated in an ancient extinct volcano and explore its enchanting gardens. Prized for their beauty, the gardens are perfect for that afternoon stroll, with panoramic views and the Wombat Hill House Cafe when you reach the top. Enjoy a cocktail or two, whilst sitting outside watching the sunset, how romantic!

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5. Wine time. Enjoy a long lunch and a glass or bottle of local wine at Passing Clouds Winery in Daylesford. The award winning winery is best known for its great atmosphere, good food and accompanying wine. Book a table for the two of you, choose the ‘feed me’ option and let the staff at Passing Clouds indulge your tastebuds. The menu is delectable with a range of  paper thin ribbons of cured meats, toasted local bread, homemade pickles, organic local farm grown vegetables, cheeses and of course wine. Relax, eat and drink your way through the afternoon together.

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6. The perfect ending. A great way to finish your honeymoon, why not book a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Daylesford and the surrounding areas. Enjoy breath taking views of rolling hills, vibrant scenery, rich red volcanic soils, beautiful blue waterways and green forests, all whilst in each others company and enjoying a cheeky morning champagne. After your flight, indulge in a five-star champagne breakfast. What a perfect way to end a perfect honeymoon.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I am totally in love with Daylesford; Autumn, with the magical colours of the russet and golden leaves, is my favourite time to visit!

Polka Dot Travel Lounge With Dave And Deb From The Planet D

We’re so excited that full time adventure travel couple and founders of The Planet D, Dave and Deb made some time recently to share with us some of their top honeymoon recommendations.

Dave and Deb live by their motto “adventure is for everyone,” and are living proof that ordinary people can have extraordinary lives. For the past eight years, Dave and Deb have been travelling the world sharing their experiences with over 166,000 Instagram followers and the 2.8 million people who follow The Planet D.

Dave and Deb have visited 105 countries on all seven continents taking on adventures like cycling from Cairo to Cape Town, trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp and kayaking in both the North and South Polar regions. Their expertise is sure to help you decide where to spend your next romantic trip. Follow on below to get the scoop.

What is your favourite region?
Dave will always say Antarctica. He loves photographing that continent and loves the wildlife encounters there. It is the final frontier. Animals aren’t afraid of humans so when you visit Antarctica, you have intimate encounters with penguins, whales and seals. We’ve had a whale breach right beside us while kayaking and several whales surface to take a closer look at our team on zodiacs. When walking on the continent, curious penguins come right up to you to say hello, peck at your bootleg and if you are very still while sitting down, they’ll walk on you and sit on your lap! It’s incredible.

Deb loves Africa. I always say there is a reason so many people say they left their heart in Africa. We have travelled the continent extensively, but my two favourite locations are Tanzania and Kenya. The energy is so positive and friendly in these two nations. The wildlife encounters are second to none. It is here that you’ll see the ‘Big 5’ enjoying life in their natural habitat.

Seeing the Masai Mara and Serengeti is awe-inspiring. But I also love how diverse they are. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was an experience we’ll never forget. Going to relax on the incredibly beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is breathtaking and meeting the locals and tribes of the region is humbling and a great learning experience. Some of my best memories was staying in a Masai Village in Kenya and meeting our guide’s family at a local village there as well. We visited our guide Makau’s own charity; he is building a school and bringing water to his childhood village which makes their lives easier and gives both boys and girls hope for the future.

Top resort recommendation?

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We have so many places that we love, but what’s fresh in my mind right now is the Ritz Carlton on Grand Cayman Island. There is so much to do on Grand Cayman and the Ritz is located directly on Seven Mile Beach. It’s luxurious yet relaxed. We love luxury, but we don’t like visiting places that make us feel uncomfortable. The Ritz Grand Cayman has that island vibe with an upscale setting.

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In Australia we love the Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree Rainforest. This luxurious lodge is filled with decadent tree houses weaving through the jungle path. It’s located in the heart of nature and you can spend the day sitting by the pool doing absolutely nothing, or you can take part in the many activities around the area. Our jungle suite even had an outdoor king size bed should we choose to enjoy a night sleeping under the rainforest canopy. The bed is surrounded by mosquito netting and enclosed balcony so you don’t have to worry about critters joining you in the night. Take a couple’s massage and enjoy a picnic lunch at the billabong.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?
The Maldives was one of our favourite romantic destinations; the watersports were fun and the setting was so extraordinary that snorkelling with sea turtles was so romantic. We love going on adventures by day and turning up the heat at night. I find that when you’ve spent the day enjoying activities, it makes for an exciting evening because you have so much to talk about and you have so much to share.

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On your honeymoon during the day, take a scuba diving course together if you’ve never done it before. Or go on an island hopping sailing trip. Stand up paddle boarding is easy to get the hang of and is a fun couple’s activity. Maybe you want to up the adrenaline factor a bit? Not too much as this is your honeymoon, but beach destinations always have paragliding or parasailing. Nothing gets your heart pounding more than soaring through the air. Or spend the afternoon at the spa enjoying a couple’s massage before taking a long nap before dinner. At night, book a private beach side dinner where you have a table all to yourselves with a private chef and waiter taking care of your every need.

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The ideal location for a proposal
Santorini is the ideal spot for a proposal. The setting is picture perfect with white stone washed buildings weaving down the steep cliffs of the caldera. This Greek Island is at the top of our list for romantic destinations and if you propose here, there’s no way anyone could say no! Stay in a cave hotel in a room with its own private balcony and hot tub. Most hotels serve fresh breakfast on your balcony each morning so you can take in the view of the Aegean Sea. Take a dip in the infinity pool and simply lose yourself in romance and luxury.

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Best kept secret honeymoon location
We are going to choose Udaipur, India. Located in Rajastan, it’s India’s romance capital. Situated on Lake Pichola Udaipur, it is such a picturesque setting. The city surrounds the lake that houses the Lake Palace made famous by James Bond’s ‘Octopussy’. You can stay in the Lake Palace or choose a luxury hotel along the river’s edge. Get up early in the morning and see the narrow streets come alive with people getting ready for the day and women washing their colourful clothes on the Ghats.

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Images by The Planet D

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Wow! What a wonderful adventure across 105 countries! I love the idea of travelling to Udaipur; so beautifully romantic!