Honeymoons

Viceroy Bali 11.03.2013

When it comes to destination wedding venues we have three things that are high on our priority list: gorgeous venue, excellent service and convenience. Viceroy Bali has them all – it’s essentially the destination wedding venue that holds the triple threat.

Viceroy Bali is a five star family owned and operated resort in Ubud consisting of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas. The gorgeous pool villas are majestically situated in Bali’s “Valley of the Kings”. “Valley of the Kings” is a title given to the area by locals due to the many generations of Balinese royalty who resided in nearby villages.

From the moment you arrive at Viceroy Bali, it’s easy to see why Balinese royalty were attracted to the peaceful area. The lush surroundings make Viceroy Bali feel like a tropical hideaway. It also feels tremendously sophisticated, comfortable, and private.

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When it comes to weddings, Viceroy Bali is quintessential and has an events team that can handle anything and everything. They are well prepared and super experienced in planning all types of weddings, from large traditional white weddings to intimate Balinese legal weddings. The team handle all customised activates for the event {photographer, wedding cake, band), whilst also creating a delicious culinary experience and providing superior attentive service.

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The convenience factor is also extremely endearing, as Viceroy Bali has every facility under the sun. It has the Viceroy Bar, which has an exceptional view over the Petanu river gorge and is a perfect place to just sit and relax. It has CasCades Restaurant, which is an award-winning fine dining restaurant with a contemporary French menu influenced by exotic Asian flavours.

It has the Lembah Spa, which offers therapeutic body treatments developed by a certified Swiss therapist. It has a gymnasium where you can book yourself in for a private yoga class. It has a boutique full of casual resort wear, jewellery and artefacts. It even has a helicopter pad, perfect for guests that want to avoid the 45-minute drive from the Ngurah Rai international airport or for guests that want to tour neighbouring islands in style.

It also has a large infinity edge pool, library and so much more.

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The accommodation includes the Garden Villas, the Terrace Villas, the Deluxe Terrace Villas, the Vice Regal Villas, and the Viceroy Villa. All the villas are spacious, beyond luxurious, and include a pool. Complimentary perks include daily á la carte breakfast, wireless internet connection, daily restocking of the mini bar with non-alcoholic drinks, an espresso maker, 24 hr room service and magnificent views of the Petanu River Gorge.

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Viceroy Bali makes you feel special, valued, and appreciated. It was thoughtfully conceived and manages to reach deep into your soul and offer a treasured and memorable experience. In a nutshell, it’s a special place for a special day or a special honeymoon.

For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

All images via Viceroy Bali

Five Honeymoon Destinations for Beach Lovers 29.09.2011

Ah, the honeymoon!

After the rush of wedding preparations, this is the time for you and hubby to spend some serious one-on-one time together. And for a lot of people, the beach is their number one choice for a honeymoon location. And we can’t argue with that! Here are five of the most fabulous beaches around the world to help you with your honeymoon planning:

The Maldives

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What it offers: More than 1,000 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Each is so tiny you can have your very own private island resort. Gives a castaway feel to your honeymoon, where it’s just you and him away from the rest of the world.

What to do: Snorkeling and diving to see the marine life and coral gardens. Or go windsurfing, night fishing, or just lay on the palm-fringed white beaches, soak in the sun, and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Where to stay: The Conrad Maldives, a resort set on two private islands where they also have an out-of-this world underwater restaurant. Marvel at the 180° views of the deep sea while sipping on a glass of wine. Then take some real time-out and indulge in a luxurious one-day spa relaxation program.

Bora-Bora

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What it offers: This island in the French Polynesia is teeming with lush tropical slopes and valleys of wild flora. Surrounded by closely spaced coral islets called motu, from the air it has the appearance of an emerald set in a sea of turquoise, encircled by a necklace of pearls.

What to do: Watch local divers feed sharks and rays in chest-deep waters, saddle up for a horseback ride along the beach, rent a 4×4 for an island tour, go parasailing and jetskiing, and then together feast on lobster, crab, roast pig, fresh fruit, and champagne in your own private motu picnic.

Where to stay: The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort offers views of Mount Otemanu piercing the sky above the crystal blue lagoon. Choose from an over-water bungalow, a beach bungalow, or a garden pool suite. Relax in their huge freshwater pool with a jacuzzi in the center, and then see the old classics and the most recent releases in their 40-person capacity movie theater.

Great Barrier Reef

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What it offers: One of Australia’s greatest natural resources, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, comprising of more than 3,000 individual reef systems. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, even larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from outer space.

What to do: Go diving and see some seriously gorgeous marine life or go white-water rafting, or horseback riding through native Australian forests, or bungy jumping at the Cairns Bungy Tower. But if you want to grasp the sheer magnitude of the Reef, view it from above! Let your feet leave the sand beaches and take to air with a hot air balloon, a private plane, or a helicopter.

Where to stay: Peppers Coral Coast Resort overlooks the majestic Whitsunday Passage, and a short walk will bring you to Arlie Beach, a charming seaside village. Go on the Yellow Sub tour where you can explore the inner islands on the Great Barrier Reef and sub and snorkel till your heart’s content. Or do the Eco Jet Safari, a guided Jet Ski adventure tour, where your playground is the beautiful and unspoiled Northern Whitsunday area.

Vanuatu

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What it offers: Located in the South Pacific Ocean, this island nation has many fascinating surprises. The friendly people are a delight to be with, as there are no hawkers who go after tourists, and no pressure to buy.

What to do: Witness cultural ceremonies and traditional dances on the island of Malekula and visit the world’s most accessible active volcano on Tanna island. Go diving and see the shipwrecked Star of Russia, a grand old ship from the same people who built the Titanic. The cave, river, canyon, and waterfall tour is also worth a try but is not for the faint of heart—but it’s all right since you’ll have your sweetheart right beside you.

Where to stay: Iririki Island Resort, one of Vanuatu’s oldest and most famous resorts. It has been completely renovated and there is now a modern water sports centre—for catamaran sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling. They also have a seaplane available if you want to go sightseeing around the capital city, Port Vila.

Seychelles

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What if offers: An archipelago lying in the Western Indian Ocean, 114 granite islands surround the main island Mahé. Your delicious dilemma will be asking which island to visit. But there’s no need to choose because the most popular activity here is island-hopping.

What to do: Be amazed at the rows and rows of coco de mer—the legendary tree of “the forbidden fruit”—swaying along the powdery shores. Hop on board a luxury catamaran or a custom-built yacht to stop by at the islands for some lounging around, snorkeling, and fishing. If sailing is a bit too laid-back for you, island-hopping by plane is also an option.

Where to stay: The Desroches Island Resort is 230km southwest of Mahé and is a coral island surrounded by white sand beaches and dense vegetation. Take advantage of the complimentary bicycle service to circle the island and pass by the many secluded beaches. Interact with an ancient tortoise colony in their Tortoise Sanctuary, and finally dine on some authentic Creole cuisine at the Restaurant or make private dining arrangements in your villa or anywhere on the island.

{First image via Conrad Maldives; second image via Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort; third image from Great Barrier Reef Now; fourth image via Iririki Island Resort; fifth image via Desroches Island Resort}

Top 5 Australian Honeymoon Hotspots 15.09.2011

Your honeymoon is your first holiday as husband and wife, and should definitely be one of the most enjoyable times in your lives. And here we picked out the best five Australian honeymoon destinations especially for you. Enjoy planning, and have fun!

1. Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, Western Australia

Overlooking the red cliffs and clear blue waters of Cable Beach and just minutes away from Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa is a tropical oasis with perfect sunny temperatures and lavish facilities. Go hiking at the Windjana and Geike Gorges, see the amazing horizontal waterfall at Talbot Bay, examine fossils of dinosaur footprints at the beach, or ride a camel along the shore with your sweetheart. For a truly private and romantic getaway, the Villas are the ideal choice with their enclosed courtyard and plunge pool with full butler service. Have a round of cocktails at the Sunset Bar and Grill and dine on freshly caught Western Australian seafood. And just before bedtime, get into total relaxation mode with a couple’s foot spa or body massage at the Chahoya Spa.

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2. Balinese Retreat, Victoria

Just 45 minutes from Melbourne and hidden in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges is Balinese Retreat, a boutique resort that caters exclusively to one couple per stay. It has all the elements of a five-star Asian resort, including a private dining pavilion, lagoon, waterfall, a luxurious opium bed, and authentic Balinese and Thai furniture and artwork. Take your sweet time with your hubby and get a five-hour exotic day spa package complete with a hot lunch of Japanese fare. Drop by the Yarra Valley wineries just a short distance away and get back to a sumptuous Thai banquet dinner prepared by your own personal chef. With all the attention paid to the smallest details, a night at the Balinese Retreat makes for a memorable fantasy escape to Asia.

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3. Orpheus Island Beach Resort, Queensland

Flee from the cares of the mainland to your own private island at Orpheus Island Beach Resort, a national park in itself that can only be accessed by a seaplane from Townsville. Allowing only a limited number of guests at any one time (40, to be exact), this resort is dedicated to seclusion and tranquility. Meander through the rainforests or explore the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day excursion and experience the most diverse marine life in some of the finest dive sites in the world. Or go on a fishing expedition where you can have your freshly caught fish grilled over an open fire while you take in the unspoiled surroundings with an ice-cold beer or chilled wine. Hold hands, wind down, and catch the last languid sea breezes of the day as you marvel at that rare tropical island magic that is Orpheus Island.

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4. Wilderness Challenge Safari, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia

If you and your honey are more the adventurous types and your idea of the perfect honeymoon is playing in the great outdoors, the Wilderness Challenge Safari was made just for you. With five World Heritage areas within its borders, Northern Australia is an awe-inspiring land full of mystery and wild beauty. Choose from adrenaline-pumping packages such as the five-day Cape York fly and drive safari or the 14-day Kakadu and Gulf camping safari. Or choose the Private Collection, a safari suited especially to your specific wishes. So get into those shorts, strap on your hiking boots, and get ready for some safari bliss, Outback style.

5. Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa, Queensland

Enjoy the view from the treetops or be lulled by the soothing sounds of the river at Silky Oaks Lodge, where they offer 50 Treehouses and Riverhouses with wide verandahs, elegant interiors, and all the comforts of a modern-day lodge. Located in the Daintree National Park and overlooking the Mossman River, it feels like being cocooned in a completely isolated haven, and yet Port Douglas is a convenient 20 minutes away. Take a nature walk through the park grounds and adjoining rainforests, go canoeing on the river, buckle up for a scenic helicopter ride, or go on a bird watching cruise. Back at the lodge, play a game of tennis with your man, and then indulge in the Romance Ritual at the Healing Waters Spa, where you get a body polish, bath soak, facial, and massage.

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{First image via Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa; second image via Balinese Retreat; third image via Orpheus Island Beach Resort; fifth image via Silky Oaks Lodge}

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