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Honeymoon Venue: Matakauri Lodge

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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 the breath-taking Matakauri Lodge in Glenorchy, a short drive from Queenstown. The lodge’s view overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains will make you never want to leave this beautiful alpine retreat.

The Matakauri Lodge is nestled in the hillside looking out over 6 Queenstown’s best assets, the lake and mountains. The lodge is less than a 10 minute drive from Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations. The beauty of this lodge is that it hides away from the hustle and bustle but is close enough to it to enjoy at your own pace.

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The lodge experience is like no other with its world-class dining experience and luxurious accommodation. The main lodge boasts a large stylish lounge, dining and living to relax in. Privacy on a honeymoon is what a couple seeks in a romantic getaway. The lodge offers a private balcony to watch the day turn to dusk in your own room.

The suite comes with a generous bed and sitting area, couple with a fireplace for the wintery cool nights. If you’d prefer to stay in, you can indulge in the over-sized bath in the spacious bathroom. Staying at the lodge, you have everything at your fingertips. Why not book in for a luxurious spa on sunset after warming up in the onsite sauna. On those hot summer days, taking a dip in the infinity swimming can make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.

Head chef Jonathan Rogers serves seasonal meals with fresh and local produce which can be served in any of the dining areas. Have your choice from homemade pastries or cereals for breakfast, order a packed picnic lunch for your day’s exploring, and make sure to put an order in for a dinner served with local wine.

Matakauri Lodge is only 20 minutes from Queenstown’s international airport. But its proximity to the airport is only one positive of its location. Central Queenstown is a bustling hive of bars, restaurants and shops. Glenorchy is a small town in a remote area at the head of the lake. The area offers fantastic day walks across the plains and valleys.
Other closeby towns include Wanaka, Arrowtown and Bannockburn where more of Central Otago can be explored.

The alpine nestled Matakauri Lodge is the most spectacular and romantic honeymoon destination making it the ideal getaway for couples who want to relax and enjoy the views from the honeymoons suite, to those who want to come home to a luxurious room after a day of exploring.

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: Phi Phi Island Village Resort

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 Thailand’s Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and is blessed with breathtaking beauty. While it sees thousands of visitors each season, newlyweds can enjoy a honeymoon meeting new people or relax alone on the white sandy beaches.

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s most magnificent sight, it is laid back and away from the chaos. Just a short trip from Phuket, and the International Airport, via ferry or private boat you will be taken to the most picturesque island. As part of the boat fare, you will taken to the resort, so no need to panic about directions once you're there.

The resort has 12 private hillside villas which are perfect for the secluded honeymoon getaway. These stunning villas offer a daily high tea and the option of drinks and treats in the afternoons. You can even enjoy a fresh fruit breakfast poolside looking out to the clear blue lagoon waters.

When honeymooning at the beach resort, the diving village is a must to soak in the marine life. Take the plunge with a suba-diving group and explore the stunning coral formation, mysterious caverns and brilliantly coloured tropical fish. There are many excellent dive sites only a 15 minute boat ride from the resort.

The resort is proud to support the protection of the coral reefs. On the 18th of every month, they run an excursion for guests to experience the marine life while doing their bit for the environment.

If you wish to stay in and relax with an authentic thai massage day, the resort has just that. The aromatic fragrance of Thai herbs will entice you into relaxation. The Paradise Honeymoon package offers 3 hours of privacy and tranquility in your own villa. A steam, slat scrub, facial and massage is the most amazing way to relax together.

Whether you are after adventure or relaxation, at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort there is something for everyone to enjoy. With incredible service and extraordinary villas overlooking the Andaman Sea, it is the perfect option for a romantic honeymoon getaway.

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.