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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: Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, Tuscany

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're going to be bringing 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 Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco. Located just 45 kilometres from Sienna, it is one of the oldest and most unspoiled estates in Tuscany. It is a true celebration of the Italian culture and magnificent natural beauty.

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Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco is a country estate situated on 5,000 acres of pristine rolling hills in Tuscany’s wine making region, Brunello di Montalcino. The estate is made up of 23 exquisite suites and ten luxury villas. The suites are housed in the main building and radiate ultimate serenity. Unique pieces crafted by Florentine artisans and antique furnishings give the space a warm and true Tuscan atmosphere. The villas have been restored from 17th and 18th century farmhouses and are scattered over the picturesque Tuscan estate with elegant interiors and bespoke furnishings. While staying at the villa, enjoy your own private heated infinity pool and terrace, fireplace, open plan kitchen and breath taking views of Montalcino.

While staying at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, enjoy access to their luxurious full service spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and infinity pool. The spa is a true serene retreat for its guests, offering a sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and a wide range of exclusive treatments that have been developed by the renowned skincare specialists of La Prairie. The Spa takes a holistic approach to well-being, encouraging beauty, balance and relaxation through cleansing and energising senses. The fitness centre offers panoramic views of the estate and features next generation equipment to help improve strength, flexibility and balance. As well as the fitness centre, the land of Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco is the perfect place for a walk or hike with marked footpaths over the 5,000 acres. The estates main infinity pool is paved in Tibetan stone, which gives the water its beautiful colour. Relax in the pool as you look upon the summertime lavender fields and the woods of Castiglion Del Bosco.

Dining at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco is based upon the freshest organic fruits and vegetables and natural flavours. With in-suite dining, a Pool Bar and two restaurants, there is a dining option for every occasion. If that is not enough for you, try the La Canonica Cooking School. The two hour class provides guests with the opportunity to learn and prepare authentic Italian and traditional Tuscan dishes.

Should you wish to venture from your Tuscan haven, year round there are many cultural festivals, historic celebrations, wine and sporting events to enjoy in Tuscany. Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco is conveniently located to allow its guests to enjoy the rich culture. Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, rich in Tuscan history, is the perfect option for any couple wanting an incomparable European honeymoon.

Honeymoon Venue: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort And Spa, French Polynesia

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're going to be bringing you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

This weeks honeymoon venue is the truly idyllic Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, situated in the beautiful French Polynesia. With a stunning mountain backdrop, sandy white beach and crystal clear lagoon, Hilton Moorea is the perfect setting for your post wedding unwinding and relaxing.

When staying at Hilton Moorea, choose from an array of contemporary suites and infamous overwater bungalows. The expansive suites are designed in a traditional Polynesian style, while still exceptionally modern and luxurious.

You will be provided with your own private terrace and pool with spectacular views overlooking the gardens and picturesque beach. For the true Moorea experience, opt for an overwater bungalow with endless lagoon views. Perched over the lagoon, these overwater bungalows connect with a winding, wooden stilt walkway. Enjoy the sun from your private deck with longue chairs and direct access to the lagoon and relish as exotic marine life passes by your glass floor viewing panel.

When it comes to dining, Hilton Moorea has a wide range of options available ready to cater especially to you. For dinner with entertainment, opt for Arii Vahine Restaurant and enjoy the islands cuisine while watching a traditional Polynesian fire dance show. Eimeo Bar is perfect if you are after cocktails and exotic snacks made from fresh and local ingredients while watching Moorea’s stunning sunset. Built overwater, unwind at Toatea Crêperie and Bar and enjoy picturesque views and the intimate atmosphere. If you are looking for a truly romantic dining option, experience beach dining under the stars, illuminated by candles and with views of the breath-taking lagoon.

While in Moorea there are always many activities to take part in. While at the hotel, take advantage of the fitness centre and tennis courts or try renting a bicycle to explore the island further. For something more adventurous, try jet skiing or windsurfing in the pristine waters. Or, snorkel around your own overwater bungalow and explore the tropical marine life. With all these amenities and more available from Hilton Moorea, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

To pamper yourself after a long day in the Polynesian sun, head to Moorea Lagoon Spa. Here you will find a range of treatments available inspired by the lushness of Polynesia, to relax, heal and energize your mind, body and soul.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is a truly tranquil and infamous destination for your honeymoon. The exquisite setting and beautiful resort allows you to unwind from your wedding in ultimate style and luxury.