Australia & New Zealand Real Honeymoon

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Reynolds and Lukas Hartwich celebrated their honeymoon with the most incredible 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand!  They had so many incredible experiences and got to enjoy many gorgeous destinations.  It was the perfect honeymoon for this couple looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure!

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Port Douglas, Australia

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Darling Harbour, Australia

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Queenstown, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Kaikoura

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand

From Lukas & Reynolds Hartwich

“When my husband and I were discussing options for our honeymoon we knew we were looking for adventure, excitement and an unforgettable experience. Australia and New Zealand would be the perfect destinations for us! Our next move would be our wisest when we chose to book our vacation through Katie at Ever After Honeymoons. Between wedding planning, buying a home, work and everyday life… coordinating a three week escape can be very overwhelming. Katie took the pressure right off of us by booking our flights, hotels and excursions. Ever After Honeymoons was our one stop shop for everything honeymoon related and it was truly the trip of a lifetime!

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While in Kaikoura we stayed at our absolute favorite hotel; The Hapuku Lodge. Words can’t describe the splendor of this location. We were upgraded to a luxurious suite at the lodge which overlooked the Kaikoura Mountain Range. It included our own living room, fire place, balcony and spa tub. Not to mention the staff at the location was beyond accommodating. They made us feel right at home, even making me gluten free cookies for my special dietary needs. Every day they had a cooked breakfast and a three-course dinner prepared for us by their remarkable chef. The food was fresh, local and exceptionally delicious. We could have stayed for weeks! While in Kaikoura we also visited the breathtaking beach nearby the lodge and had the chance to interact with the New Zealand Fur Seals which are local to the area. Kaikoura was extraordinary!

Looking back we are so delighted that we chose Australia and New Zealand and very pleased that we were able to see so much of both countries in just three weeks! It was a trip we will talk about for the rest of our lives. My advice to fellow honeymooners is pick a destination that reflects both of your interests, give yourself a few days to recuperate from the wedding before you leave and book your getaway through Ever After Honeymoons to avoid added stress and truly maximize your precious time while on vacation. It was a wise decision that made all the difference for us!”

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Bon Voyage!

Amalfi Coast

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Emily and Dane recently celebrated their honeymoon on the beautiful Almafi Coast and instead of me telling you about how it was, Emily wrote about the trip herself! Read about her favorite moments of gelato, getting lost, and an unforgettable romantic dinner.
 
Emily: 
“As die-hard Michiganders, our vacations rarely include a trip out of state, let alone a luxurious once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy. And so, we soaked up every moment of bliss, from the posh hotels and breathtaking views to the unending cups of cappuccino and fresh seafood. When I think of our most perfect honeymoon, the moments that come to mind include departing the JK Place Hotel of Capri on a GEM car, waving back as the entire staff gives us a heartfelt send-off and our arrival to Positano, greeted by a luggage courier who didn’t know quite enough English (nor did we know enough Italian) to instruct us to the hotel. With that, we started with a few scoops of gelato, and set out to find Le Sirenuse; which we did, but not without a few misguided turns and a lot of laughs.”

“We loved our chic and sophisticated accommodations at Palazzo Avino, which was only a few steps away from the quaint village center. Each afternoon we would visit the grocer for a small package of fresh salami and cheese to take with us back to our room for an afternoon snack before dinner. Finding ourselves without any euros one day, that kind grocer even sent us off with our goods and simply asked that we come back the next day with payment! I didn’t know that kind of doing business even existed anymore! But it does in Ravello, like something out of a favorite novel or movie. Speaking of something out of a movie, our last evening included a romantic dinner at Villa Maria’s and our own private concert back at Palazzo Avino. As the pianist sang “Have I Told You Lately” and we danced, I couldn’t help but shed a tear thinking of just how blessed Dane and I have been to have found each other, and to have started our marriage in the most perfect fashion, on the Amalfi Coast. Ok, I was a little sad to be going home the next day too ;)” 

If you’re interested in booking your special honeymoon to the Almafi Coast like Emily did, contact me here! 

Bon Voyage!

The Viceroy Anguilla

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While I love planning honeymoons for couples in newlywed bliss, I have a special soft spot for this anniversary trip I planned for Garret and Katie.  They were never able to take a true honeymoon after their big day so needless to say, seven years later, they were ready!  With such high expectations for this trip, I knew I wanted to make it ten days that they would never forget!

Who better to tell you how much they enjoyed their trip to The Viceroy Anguilla and share some photos than Katie herself…

First off, I think you can see our excitement.  Thanks, Katie, for making this “honeymoon” a reality.  We’re so incredibly thankful.

Offering five restaurants, two beaches, and three pools, the Viceroy made it difficult to leave the resort.  What more could we ask for?  We were, however, walking distance to several restaurants along Meads Bay which included Blanchard’s Beach Shack (they have a delicious Mahi Mahi BLT), The Straw Hat, and Jacala.  Coba was, by far, our best meal.  Exceptional service (they even offered complimentary champagne in celebration of our “honeymoon”), mouth-watering red snapper and ahi, and a decadent chocolate dessert.  Yummy!

Calming and luxurious, our hotel room (aka mini mansion) with its enormous bed and deep-soaking tub was an oasis. After a day lounging at Meads Bay or the infinity pool, one of my favorite aspects of our hotel was when we walked into our room we were greeted by the smell of fresh, citrusy peppermint.  It was so refreshing.  I wish I could encapsulate that smell and live with it permanently.  It’s the small things!

We ventured out to see one of the first resorts on the island, Cap Juluca, because we knew it had primo choice when selecting its location over 25 years ago.  Although the resort can’t compare to the Viceroy, it does offer one of the most breathtaking views of crystal clear blue water and white sand.  We felt like we were on another planet; there were only three other people there!  It was fun to take a jaunt over for part of day!

Breakfast at Aleta’s was the way to start the morning and how could anyone go wrong with this view!

I’m so happy they had a great time at one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean.  If you are interested in booking your own trip here, click here to let me know!

Bon Voyage!

Bali

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Nadia and her new hubby Nolan came to me wanting to honeymoon somewhere that was the perfect combination of relaxing yet adventurous all while experiencing a new culture and way of life.  I knew that Bali would be the perfect place for them!  I decided on the districts of Uluwatu, Seminyak, and Ubud in Bali to allow them to experience everything that they wanted to on this trip.  They were able to relax on sandy beaches but also visit exciting places like the Monkey Forest and Elephant Safari Lodge!

When I asked Nadia and Nolan what they loved about Bali they answered: “We both absolutely loved the food and the service. Everyone in Bali was very hospitable. In Uluwatu we really enjoyed the Bulgari hotel and the view from the hotel. In Seminyak we enjoyed the liveliness of the town and all the beach bars and in Ubud we enjoyed visiting the Monkey Forest and Elephant Safari Lodge.

I was able to get them a 3 bedroom Villa upgrade at the Bulgari Resort as well as desserts at night and a $100 credit for dinner.  At the Oberoi Resort it was all set so that they received a welcome dessert and free dinner and then at the Uma Ubud they provided a bottle of wine and desserts as well as a complimentary cycling tour for the newlyweds.  Organizing for special honeymoon upgrades is one of my favorite parts of my job and I love how well these hotels treated my clients!

Bon Voyage!

St. Lucia

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Jennifer & Nick deserved to unwind after their fabulous wedding, so I decided to plan their luxurious honeymoon at The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia! I stayed there last summer and loved it, so I knew that they would too! I am so excited to share their experience. They wrote me the sweetest thank you, and I just have to share it!

From Jennifer: “Our honeymoon was AHHH-MAZING!!!! Once we arrived at the airport our cab was waiting & our driver whisked us away to the resort, but not before stopping at a local bar for two “Pitons” and a bakery for delicious homemade and fresh out of the oven cheesy bread…Yum! After arriving at The BodyHoliday, we were led to our beautiful suite where they had a fresh fruit platter, champagne and flowers everywhere.

The staff was wonderful and very helpful. We took part in all of the water sports and I LOVED paddle boarding.

The sunset cruise was tons of fun and we met a few people whom we will probably keep in touch with. We also were sooo relaxed after our morning spa treatments, which were amazing!!

TAO was delicious and very refreshing. The sushi was the best we’ve had.

We took tons of beautiful pictures. Also, we were so glad you offered the helicopter ride. That was a great way to see the island and a quick trip back after a loooong week of fun!

Thank you so much for working with us and helping us choose a place that was a perfect fit for us!

Our honeymoon could not have been better. Relaxing at times, full of fun and activities, delicious food and wine, ahhh-the list could go on and on!”

SO happy to have planned a fabulous getaway for a fabulous couple! Email me to book your honeymoon!

 

Bon Voyage!