Guest Post | Top 10 Luxury Honeymoon Hotels from Polkadot Bride

Polkadot Bride was one of the first wedding blogs I ever read when planning my wedding, so I’m absolutely thrilled to have Ms Polka Dot herself here to guest post today! And if these luxury hotel picks from Ms Polka Dot herself doesn’t make you want to plan your honeymoon right away and fly away to some far far away place, then I don’t know what will!

No matter whether I’m planning a holiday, have just arrived home from a trip, or are enjoying my time at home – I’m still dreaming of the next potential adventure! It’s a double-edged sword working on our Honeymoons blog, as I get to see so many fantastic ideas for locations, but I’m also invariably sitting at my desk staring dreamily at the photos without a ticket. Cest la vie! What we love however, is being able to share these destinations with our readers, and hearing in turn about their special moments and memories from their time away.

We’ve picked 10 of our favourite Luxury Honeymoon Hotels (in no particular order) for you to revel over, which in itself was a hard task! We hope you enjoy the visual trip as much as we did!

1. Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

When your peers across the internet deem a Hotel to be “Australia’s Best”, then it’s worth a look. Recently claiming this title on travel site Tripadvisor®, the luxury Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is setting a new standard in holistic health and relaxation.

In a bid to ensure that they remain a leader in the industry, internationally renowned Spa Whisperer, Nigel Franklyn has been tasked to train and counsel the resort’s Timeless Spa therapists; ensuring guests continue to experience the absolute best in world-class treatment.

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2.  Arajilla Retreat at Lord Howe Island

If you’re after a honeymoon destination that’s luxurious but not too far from home, check out the stunning Arajilla Retreat at Lord Howe Island.

Only a few steps away from the gorgeous white sands of Old Settlement Beach, Arajilla Retreat is a sanctuary of relaxation and tranquility. Each room rate includes a full breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner.  Complete with Day Spa and other island activities, it’s your complete getaway.

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3. Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas

An eco resort situated on a 2-kilometre stretch of pristine, untouched coastline, Thala Beach Lodge is just the secluded, tranquil place for you to unwind. The resort is made up of timber bungalows tucked away in Port Douglas’s natural forests, close to beautiful secluded beaches.

After a day of exploring, indulge in a treatment at Thala’s Beauty and Wellness Studio, and then dine at the gorgeous Ospreys, offering modern Australian cuisine combined with uninterrupted views to give you a completely unique dining experience.

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4. The Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast, Long Beach Island

Heading overseas for your honeymoon? The Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast, Long Beach Island, is one of New Jersey’s most popular locations for couples looking for a romantic escape after their wedding day. This contemporary bayfront inn is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and is more a mini-resort than your typical B&B. The luxurious rooms and suites all come with gorgeous bay views, each individually decorated with a romantic seaside vibe.

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5. Cape Panwa Hotel, Thailand

Considered one of the most exclusive resorts on earth, Cape Panwa Hotel has hosted high profile celebrities to earn its reputation as the ultimate in luxury and privacy accommodation. Warning: be prepared for some VIP treatment.

The resort itself is located on the southeastern side of Phuket in Thailand, and has recently launched its new Absolute Suite. It features two bedroom en-suites, separate living and dining rooms with kitchen, a private spa facility and a full-sized infinity pool

Explore Phuket and taste the local Thai cuisine at nearby restaurants with the complimentary use of a Mercedes Benz car or enjoy the seaside with exclusive access to the hotel’s yacht. If that’s not enough, let yourself be pampered by your personal butler that is on 24-hour call or be served breakfast every morning by your personal chef.

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6. SALT Retreats, Thailand

SALT Retreats is a new all-inclusive tropical sanctuary that combines the tropical climate and stunning landscape of Bali with luxury accommodation, daily surfing, yoga and spa treatments and an organic menu designed by celebrity chef, Pete Evans. It’s an all-inclusive getaway, so you and your other-half don’t need to worry about a thing – every little detail has been thought of to ensure your week away is complete perfection.

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7.  Bedarra Island Luxury Resort, Cairns

Located in tropical North Queensland, right off the coast of Cairns, Bedarra Island is short boat ride away from Dunk Island (or seaplane if you prefer!)

As part of your package at Bedarra Island, all meals are included – gourmet three course breakfasts, lunch and dinners will be sure to have you taking plenty of afternoon naps. The menu is changed daily with plenty of fresh seafood. Dine indoors or catch the cool breeze as you dine beside the resort’s pool.

The luxurious treats aren’t just in the restaurant – the resort’s lounge area includes a 24 hour self service bar including a range of spirits, wines and sweet treats for guests to enjoy (as well,there are many cocktail bibles so the staff can whip up your favourite!)

Bedarra Island offers special honeymoon packages including champagne and chocolates, spa treatments, a private dinner for two and even gourmet picnic adventures. (If you’re planning to be a destination bride, they even do beautiful weddings!)

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8. Silky Oaks Lodge, Queensland

Taking luxury to the next level in Far North Queensland is Silky Oaks Lodge, an eco-property that just welcomed the new Mossman Gorge Centre to its hidden slice of paradise.

Built on the Mossman Gorge World Heritage Site, this iconic centre was created by the Indigenous Land Corporation to facilitate a greater understanding of the region’s distinct cultural narrative. You have the chance to soak up the local history with eco-shuttles running every 10 minutes from the Centre to the Gorge itself, where you can take part in one of two Dreamtime Gorge Walks. The walks offer exclusive access to Kuku Yalanji land, and are led by experienced Indigenous guides who interpret the rainforest environment and its unique relationship with its people.

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9.  Villa Ria Saya, Bali

Villa Ria Sayan is in Ubud, which is about an hour drive from the airport in Denpasar. It’s privately owned, and with its two-storeys you can enjoy remarkable views of the Sayan Gorge, Sayan Valley and the volcanoes beyond. Imagine looking out onto that view with your new husband or wife – you’ll be pinching yourselves because it truly is beautiful.

If you’re not the ‘relax all day’ type, don’t fret. There are heaps of fun activities in Ubud to try out and lots of things to see (like temples and ancient sites). This town is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali, so you’ll find lots of arts and crafts, workshops and galleries all around. Dance-and-music shows are popular here, and there are even numerous courses on offer so you can learn the moves and immerse yourself in Balinese culture. Our sources tell us that Ubud has some of the best food on the island too, so don’t be afraid to try it out!

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10.  Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort, Brazil

This amazing resort is a place where people can enjoy tranquillity. The luxury here is very casual, with the idea of sustainability and ecology high on the agenda since its conception. The whole idea of sustainability is something new in Brazil, and the owners of Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort felt they had the chance to create something luxurious and to show it’s possible to do it in this kind of place.

The hotel is shaped like a triangle, with 10 suites on one side with balconies, all sporting a view of the ocean and the natural reserve.

The villas are right on the beach, have private pools and gardens, and the three Jaobi Villas even have direct access to the beach.

10. Hoi An Historic Hotel, Vietnam

A personal favourite of Ms Herringbone’s (her honeymoon location), this place is practically a palace! Hoi An is the clothing capital of Vietnam, where hundreds of tailors compete for your business, producing hand-made pieces at great prices. It also has a bustling night-life, and a famous little bar, Mango Rooms, which makes a killer cocktail, and claims to have served Mick Jagger (it’s on a plaque!).

Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs every fifteen minutes. Sporting a luxurious pool, bars, amazing breakfast options, spa salon and gym, guests can also take part in daily cooking classes to create authentic Vietnamese culinary masterpieces.

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