Weddings and honeymoons, Travel digest, September 2012


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Weddings and honeymoons, Travel digest, September 2012

  1. 1. E xperience five-star luxury at Delamore Lodge located on Waiheke Island. This elegant and exclusive boutique hotel is ideal for a romantic and memorable wedding or honeymoon. You’ll enjoy superior facilities, first-class service and sumptuous cuisine, in a completely private setting with breathtaking views. Built on a cliff, this lodge could arguably have one of the best views overlooking Owhanake Bay. With four opulent guest suites and a stunning two bedroomed apartment, the lodge offers guests a truly memorable stay at one of the best hotels on the island. All suites are facing north and are totally private. The location will not only “wow” your wedding guests, but extensive experience means you can feel safe in the knowledge that every detail will be taken care of, leaving you to enjoy your unforgettable dream day. Famous for it’s long, lazy beaches, swaying palm trees and romantic sunsets, Fiji is the perfect backdrop for a South Pacific wedding and honeymoon by the sea. Add to this Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s very own, exclusive, beachside wedding chapel to hold your ceremony and you have a picture-perfect scene to celebrate your marriage in a truly memorable way. A variety of reception venues are also available at the resort, from outdoor garden or beachside settings to glamorous ballrooms and fine dining restaurant options. And when it comes to cuisine and menus, the only limit is your imagination, with options including sit down dinners, cocktail receptions, or perhaps a picnic feast. Personalised wedding packages include a professional photographer to capture Romantic escapes Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, so it’s important to not only pick the perfect venue to enjoy this moment, but also a romantic destination for your honeymoon. Bride-to-be SARAH WEEKS checks out some wedding venues and honeymoon ideas for those looking to tie the knot in a special place. Royal Davui Island, Fiji FOR TWO
  2. 2. Just off the southern coast of Espiritu Santo in northern Vanuatu, you’ll find one of the world’s best-kept secrets. RATUA PRIVATE ISLAND VANUATU Ratua provides that private and exclusive atmosphere within reach of every traveller. It’s a barefoot philosophy, low- key, natural and unassuming. Think of it as your very own Robinson Crusoe getaway, with a touch of class. Swim or snorkel in Ratua’s truly extraordinary reefs teeming with life; enjoy a horse ride or boat trip; treat yourself at Ratua’s overwater Sunny Spa; explore Santo on a local tour; or do nothing at all. Ratua complements all says with series of weekly hosted events such as evening roast and Island buffets, string band performances, traditional karva tasting and much more. Enjoy delicious organic dining including succulent local delicacies, fish and seafood as well as wines from the owner’s vineyard in France. Meals are served in the Yacht Club or on the beach with the sand between your toes and ocean lapping at your ankles. For a stunning destination that sits in perfect harmony with the local environment, Ratua Private Island will transport you to a far simpler world where you will enjoy absolute relaxation and unparalleled ‘rustic chic’ ambience. +678 30020 your special day, wedding cake, a gorgeous room and gift pack, and even a traditional Fijian Choir to serenade you as you exchange vows. After your big day, you can enjoy wedded bliss at the resort’s Mandara Spa, offering a divine range of massage, facial and body treatments - the perfect way to start your honeymoon. Royal Davui Island rises serenely out of crystalline Beqa lagoon just 40 minutes by the resort’s private aircraft from Fiji’s gateway, Denarau. Redefining laid-back luxury, Royal Davui offers 16 exquisitely appointed and air-conditioned vales, created with couples in mind, each with secluded terraces, stone plunge pools and views over white, soft-sanded beaches to sapphire lagoon waters. They offer an unprecedented opportunity for couples to marry and honeymoon in tropical paradise. Their packages include all the local legal coordination and fees, celebrant / minister, a romantic pavilion, champagne dinner lit by flickering torches and scented floral decorations – and with pre-ceremony exotic Pure Fiji massages to calm the nerves. Everything is taken care of so you can sit back and enjoy this most memorable time of your life – bliss! Pacific Resort Aitutaki is one of the most romantic places in the Pacific Islands and is the ideal place for you to celebrate your new marriage. The resort has a luxurious range of boutique accommodation from beachfront bungalows to the ultimate beachfront villas. Their staff ensures you have the best possible honeymoon – and they’ve put together a great package, which includes a free room upgrade, a complimentary bottle of wine, and flowers and a gift in your room. Newlyweds can also experience pure relaxation and indulgence at Tiare Spa or arrange for massage and treatments to be carried out in your room or on your own beachfront location – so relaxing! Situated in the hip and fashionable High Street, Hotel DeBrett is one of Auckland’s Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS PHOTO:AlistairGuthrie
  3. 3. 09 428 4874 or 0800 044 997 Call Karen for our full 2013 programme Kenya Safari & Zanzibar The safari of your dreams! Amazing wildlife & walks with Maasai tribesmen & luxury tented camps in private concession areas. Max. 10 participants, escorted from Auckland. Greek Island Magic Wander through picturesque villages on Crete, Samos, Mykonos, Naxos & Santorini or cruise lesser- known islands and the Turkish coast on a traditional gulet. May, June & September 2013 Call Karen for our full 2013 pro te p a p fr 16 June – 2 July 2013 26 September - 12 October 2013 Morocco - Imperial Cities & the Sahara From the fabulous architecture of Meknes & Fes, the spectacular Sahara desert and the vibrant souks of Marrakech this journey is a feast for all the senses! oldest hotels. Run by Michelle Deery and John Courtney, this eclectic art deco building has maintained its heritage characteristics. From the moment you step into this building, you’re instantly removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and transported back to an era time forgot. This hotel’s design perfectly compliments the classical with the modern. The hotel has been carefully restored to its former glory and the atrium’s homely features include an open gas-burning fire, oak floorboards and exposed brick walls. Honeymooning at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Welcome to Delamore Lodge, a unique haven, offering luxury accommodation on Waiheke Island in the majestic Hauraki Gulf. From the moment you arrive at Delamore your senses and soul will awaken to the ultimate in relaxation and romance. Leave the rest of the world behind ... Delamore LodgeWAIHEKE ISLAND 83 Delamore Drive, Waiheke Island t 09 372 7372 f 09 372 7382 e w
  4. 4. ‡ 3ULYDWH EHDFK RU YLOOD FHOHEUDWLRQV ‡ 1LQH XQLTXH YHQXHV ‡ 6HYHQ EHGURRP YLOODV ‡ 3DQRUDPLF RFHDQ YLHZV ‡ $FFRPPRGDWLRQ IRU XS WR The Kitchen restaurant, headed by award-winning chef Mark Sycamore, serves seasonal dishes with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, which can be enjoyed in the glass-roofed atrium or in private dining suites. The atrium is the perfect setting for a small wedding reception or cocktails after your ceremony. The candlelight and artwork on display create an intimate ambience for friends and family to celebrate your special day with you. There’s an emphasis on sustainability throughout all areas of the hotel – from chandeliers sculpted from salvaged shades by renown artist Judy Darragh to the water feature by Jeff Thompson, made from the copper bases of the original hotel showers. A night in one of the hotel’s beautifully appointed rooms, especially a spacious Loft Suite, is a great way to kick start your honeymoon. Every room has a unique design with funky colourful carpet, eclectic unique furniture and New Zealand art and photography to add that local touch. The bed is divine and will give you a blissful sleep – just what you need after a busy day entertaining guests. If you’ve got family and friends visiting from outside of Auckland, they also have the option to stay at the hotel. The Kitchen restaurant serves both continental and cooked breakfast and is a great space to relax and enjoy a good cup of coffee. Accommodation includes complimentary continental breakfast, free Internet access, free local calls and a hosted complimentary pre-dinner drink every night. The Hilton Auckland commands an exclusive position right on the waterfront at the end of Princes Wharf. This contemporary boutique hotel offers stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour and is a welcoming haven, just a short walk from Auckland’s central business district. Upon entering the hotel, the lobby and public areas reflect the link between the seascape and landscape and set the mood of the hotel. Guests can enjoy a cocktail over a harbour sunset at the Hilton Auckland’s Bellini Bar or indulge in a celebration of New Zealand’s finest fish and seafood in FISH, restaurant located at the first floor. Make your wedding and honeymoon unforgettable with exceptional service and expertise of the Hilton staff. Their multi-purpose rooms are bathed in natural light, open to decks overlooking the water and have the capacity for up to 450 guests. With state-of-the-art, soundproof operable walls, the function rooms can cater to the largest or most intimate of gatherings. These rooms are complimented by an additional Exhibition Floor, with 690 square meters of space with superb natural light and easy vehicle access. At the end of your perfect day, relax and unwind in one of their Deluxe Harbour View Rooms. They’re stylish and contemporary with chic Italian furnishings and stunning uninterrupted views of the harbour and city. The hotel will even throw in a special honeymoon package, which includes a selection of delightful handmade chocolates and a bottle of bubbly chilled on ice. WEDDINGS HONEYMOONS Wedding setting at Hilton Auckland’s Aquamarine Room