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Honeymoon Venue: Westhaven Retreat, Nelson

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When considering an honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing local destination to inspire your wanderlust. This week’s venue is the the stunning Westhaven Retreat in Nelson.

The family owned lodge was purpose built for guests to enjoy luxury combined with the comfort of home on one of New Zealand’s most stunning coastlines, Golden Bay. Westhaven lodge is approximately three and a half hours from Nelson, and just under an hour from Takaka.

Westhaven Lodge is nestled on a privately owned 1000 acre peninsula, located on the tip of the South Island, in Golden Bay. The peninsula has an extraordinary location with borders to the Kahurangi National Park and the Whanganui Inlet. The scenery and views are so astoundingly beautiful, that many guests are swept away by its beauty. The Luxury Lodge Suite is beautiful and spacious where you can enjoy a soak in the jacuzzi looking out of the inlet and Kahurangi National Park.

While relaxing at the lodge and taking in the view seems like a relaxing way to honeymoon, the location offers amazing nature adventures. Hiking around the peninsula can lead to secluded private beaches, astounding rock formation and the largest Nikau Palm forest. This truly is a paradise where newlyweds can indulge in the privacy. Kayaking, fishing, and mountain bike tours can also be arranged. The secluded area can be made the most of by exploring via helicopter. Due to the lodges remoteness, heli-fishing and heli-hunting are two common activities.

Making time to relax, restore and rejuvenate is easy at the lodge. The setting is magical, oozing with peace and tranquility. Massages and healing therapies are offered to guests. Yoga, meditation and emotional consultations can be explored by couples onsite. The resort’s facilites include a spa and sauna, indoor pool, library and dining area with a view.

The lodge can be the great off the beaten track stop while exploring the towns of Golden Bay, Nelson and Motueka close by, including famous wineries and scenery that the northern South Island has to offer.

With its laid back countryside and warm coastal beaches, Westhaven Retreat can be a great break away during your honeymoon that offers everything a newlywed couple would need.

Honeymoon venue: The River House, Sri Lanka

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When considering an overseas honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust.

This week’s venue is a boutique hotel, The River House, which is tucked away along the banks of the Madhu Ganga, Sri Lanka. The River House’s magnificent beauty is a place that will make you treasure the scenery and indulge in the seclusion. This honeymoon location lies in between the coastline and the Randombe Lake.

The luxurious suites, each named after surrounding rivers, Menik, Gin, Kirinda, Kala and Walawe, each boast their own unique style offering a sanctuary to yourself. The beauty of this boutique stay is that each element of the accommodation, whether it be the suites, dining or the location in its entirety, nature is heightened.

Imagine having a champagne breakfast laid out by the peaceful river or a romantic dinner for two served underneath a native Kumbak tree. The River House aims to keep your stay in with the culture of Sri Lanka. The menus offer rare native vegetables and fresh seafood from the nearby coast.

An inviting element to the accommodation is its dipping pool, engulfed by cashew nut trees, the pool will whisk you away. A mid-afternoon dip coupled with cocktails can be perfect wind down from a day of adventures, and you may even be treated to the entertainment of purple-faced langur monkeys.

Dubbed one of the most romantic honeymoon locations in Sri Lanka, it’s hard to find a fault at this luxurious accommodation. The complex lies along the Madhu Ganga riverside. Its swift waterways and immaculate forest, recognised by Ramsar - wetlands of International importance, are home to many native species. Guests can take the offer of a morning boat ride to visit the nearby temple, or take the adventurous option and spend the day kayaking.

The River House is only a 15 minute drive to the ‘workaday’ town of Ambalangoda. The town is uniquely known as a place to discover the magical meaning of the ‘devil’ masks, and dances which drive out spirits causing illness. The town is also known for being overshadowed by nearby Hikkaduwa as the tourist destination. It’s the perfect location for a day trip away from the secluded oasis at the River House. Top activities include the the Sri Lanka Camo Tours. Rated the second top activities for honeymoon couples to do, the tours give tourists the inner secrets to finding the best local food, beaches and immerse in the scenery. After the tour, why not stop by the Sea Turtle Hatchery and get up close to baby turtles.

The secluded River House accommodation oozes with elegance and romantic surroundings making it an ideal getaway in a country that boasts beautiful scenery. It’s handy location offers the chance to explore more of the coastal area too.

Honeymoon Venue: Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa

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When considering an overseas honeymoon or even a destination wedding, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust.

This venue is Costa Rica’s Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa. It’s one of the island’s largest resorts based in the northern province of Guanacaste, and offers everything a newlywed couple needs - not to mention its high standard of luxury.

The resort is about 45 minutes from the Liberia International Airport, and 10 kilometres from the closest town, Tamarindo. It spans across 2,400 acres of land and features a lagoon-style pool, gardens, tennis courts and a championship golf club.

The Westin offers over 300 luxurious guest rooms, including fifty royal service suites and two presidential suites for the ultimate in luxury, all lavishly designed and decorated. A favourite for honeymooners is the Royal Beach Club suite which looks out over the beach and the resort’s gardens. After a day of exploring, let the day's adventures melt away in your private outdoor tub or with a drink on the private balcony.

Guanacaste is an easy lure for honeymooners who are wanting to relax on the beach. The tropical paradise and pristine shoreline of white sand which leads to the crystal clear waters of the Pacific making for perfect snorkelling, surfing and swimming.

The northern province is mainly known for the best beaches, but of course has an abundance of natural landscapes including tropical forests, volcanoes and national parks close by. Hire a bike from the resort and explore the natural wonders as a couple or stay at the resort for the day and be treated to a couple’s spa experience.

The Westin resort has coupled up with Swiss Travel to offer couples a variety of activities to make the most of their Central American honeymoon adventure. Choose from the 'Pure Adrenaline' day which gives the chance to swing through the forest like Tarzan and to be amongst some of the Costa Rican rainforest or explore an organic cacao bean farm and discover the sweet bean behind the delectable taste of chocolate. You’ll enjoy a rare glimpse into one of Costa Rica’s tastiest traditions in the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

For exploring Costa Rica, everything is close by. The province’s capital, Liberia is only an hours’ drive from the resort. Once known as a ‘cowboy’ town, the city is now known for maintaining it’s native atmosphere while offering tourists an experience. Liberia is known as the "White City" because of the whitewashed walls and colonial architecture seen throughout the city.

For those adventurous couples, the Westin Playa Conchal Resort and Spa is certainly a must see, whether to say your vows or to celebrate as newlyweds.

Honeymoon Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon venue is the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, situated in Marrakech, Morocco. The five star luxury resort lies upon 20 hectares of gorgeous gardens and olive groves. Just minutes away from the city centre of Marrakech, Mandarin Oriental offers the ultimate Moroccan escape for an incredibly unique honeymoon.

Mandarin Oriental’s villas and suites showcase Moroccan heritage and Middle Eastern charm. The stunning villas are private retreats which provide its guests with luxury, space, style and comfort. With an array of villas and suites to chose from, there is something to suit every couples wants and desires. Should you opt for the Panoramic suite, enjoy they likes of picturesque views of the surround gardens, olive groves and the Atlas Mountains. With Moroccan designs, the interior provides a sense of luxury and authenticity combined with the best in modern technology. With a seamless indoor outdoor flow, enjoy an expansive terrace with you own private pool as well as sun loungers and a dining table for el fresco dining during the beautiful Moroccan evenings.

Dining at Mandarin Oriental is at an experience to remember. With four different dining options, there is something to suit every couple. We recommend firstly opting for Mes’Lalla, where you will find classic Moroccan cuisine with exciting modern twists. For a small bit to eat to accompany your evening cocktail, head to the resorts beautiful Chinese restaurant – Ling Ling. For breakfast or afternoon tea, Le Salon Berebere can offer you with an elegant buffet, tea lounge and champagne bar. Lastly is the Pool Garden restaurant. Here is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an el fresco Mediterranean lunch. Overlooking the expansive pool and gardens, the atmosphere is calming and tranquil.

When in Marrakech there are endless activities to do and sights to see. First and foremost, we recommend you explore Djemaa el-Fna – the main square in Marrakech. Here you will find restaurants, musicians, exhibitions and even snake charmers. Jardin Majorelle is another gorgeous attraction that was gifted to Marrakech by the iconic Yves Saint Laurent. Here you will find a gorgeous blue Moroccan villa and surrounding gardens which began cultivating in 1924. Now open to the public, the villa is now a museum which displays over 600 artefacts.

After busy days exploring the stunning streets of Morocco, return to Mandarin Oriental for a visit to their spa and wellness centre. Here you can enjoy the hamman (a traditional Moroccan ritual based body treatment), which involves different treatments until the skin glows.

Marrakech is an incredibly unique honeymoon destination for any adventurous couple. Mandarin Oriental will provide you with the ultimate in luxury service, accommodation and culture for an unforgettable experience.

Honeymoon Venue: The Plaza, New York

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we bring you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This week's honeymoon venue is the infamous, The Plaza. Situated on Fifth Avenue, The Plaza is the ultimate luxury hotel in the most fashionable area of New York City. The Plaza is known for its features in many classic films including, Home Alone 2 and Sleepless In Seattle, and is a favourite to many icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon. After undergoing a $450 million USD refurbishment in 2008, The Plaza is said to be the world’s most famous hotel and can offer you the ultimate in luxury and romance for your New York honeymoon.

When staying at The Plaza you can choose from a variety of rooms ranging from guest rooms to one-of-a-kind suites. Enjoy the likes of gold plated fixtures, expansive living space, a butler service as per your request, hand crafted solid white marble vanities and an iPad for modern controls of the room. Whichever room you opt for you can be sure you will be provided with the quintessential Plaza experience that the hotel is ever so famous for.

Like every aspect of the hotel, dining at The Plaza is faultless. What ever time of day it may be you and your partner can choose from a wide range of dining option. Of them all, The Palm Court is the most iconic. For over 100 years it has been New York City’s top place to go to for afternoon tea. With its design inspired by the nearby Central Park, you can expect luscious greenery, many potted plants, tall palm trees and the incredible signature stained glass ceiling. Other dining options at The Plaza include, The Champagne Bar, The Rose Club and The Todd English Food Hall.

When in New York City there endless famous attractions for you and your partner to enjoy, from strolling through Central Park to the liveliness that is Times Square. For incomparable views of New York City, head to the Empire State Building with an 102nd floor observatory. If you and your partner are art enthusiasts, then the Museum of Modern Art is a must. It is here that you can view incredible masterpieces such as, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Van Gogh's Starry Night. New York is also home to the world’s biggest and busiest train stations – Grand Central Station. It is best to avoid visiting during peak hours so that you can enjoy the chandeliers and incredibly expansive, 12 stories high, main concourse, in some sense of peace.

With no doubt, The Plaza is the perfect location for any couple after a quintessentially New York honeymoon.