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Luxe to less honeymoon destinations

Elisabeth Sander O'Hearn

Unwind after the big day at one these beautiful honeymoon destinations, whatever your budget.

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Mollymook

Located less than three hours away from Canberra, Mollymook is the perfect destination for those who want to relax by the seaside post wedding without having to book a flight. When you’re not unwinding on the soft white sand, you can go for a snorkel, learn to surf or have a hit of golf at the scenic Mollymook Golf Club.

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Image: Bannisters Pavillion Website

Unwind every night in a cliff top hotel overlooking the waves by staying at Bannisters by The Sea or the newly-opened Bannisters Pavilion. Live off the fresh seafood by eating at Bannisters’ award winning restaurant, Rick Stein, or let yourself be pampered at the in-house Day Spa offering an array of indulgent treatments. Guest rooms at the Pavilion start from $250 per couple per night.

Kangaroo Valley

Not much of a beach person? Retreat to the Kangaroo Valley and experience true tranquillity in what is known as Australia’s most beautiful valley. The river valley is nestled between rolling green hills and rainforest, resulting in stunning scenery that’s perfect to appreciate with your loved one.

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The Cottage in the Kangaroo Valley.

Located on the side of the Barrengarry Mountain, Heaven’s Mountain Escape offers three idyllic cottages that are set on over 160 acres, giving couples ultimate privacy on their getaway. Each room has comfortable king size beds, gas log fireplaces as well as a double spa bath – perfect to unwind in after a day of bushwalking or wine tasting. Honeymooners can purchase a Romantic Escape Package which includes three nights of accommodation, breakfast hampers and includes two delicious dinners. Prices start from around $875 for three nights.

Found in the Upper River area of the Kangaroo Valley is the Rivendale Retreat, accommodation designed for romantic getaways. Upon arriving, guests are treated to a special welcome pack but also can enjoy other indulgences such as handmade soaps, Egyptian towels and sheets found in the large master bedroom.  Each night watch the sun set over the valley before retreating inside to light the wood fireplace. Rates are seasonal and start from $695.

Mid-range

Byron Bay

A short flight can take you to the renowned Byron Bay, which hosts a myriad of activities no matter where your interests lie. This coastal town is ideal for any couple craving a honeymoon that allows for nature walks or snorkelling with turtles, but of course with the option to relax on the beach all day.

Sunset in Byron Bay

Sunset in Byron Bay

Byron at Byron offers a 5-star honeymoon package that’s well beyond tempting. Their packages, starting from around $1800, include three nights of accommodation with a full buffet breakfast every morning. Their packages also include free bicycle hire and yoga lessons, with a complimentary spa gift card to use when you’re ready to relax.

After something a bit more luxe? Be greeted with a bottle of Moet on arrival at The Villas of Byron after opting to purchase their Honeymoon Bliss package. You’ll stay in their One Bedroom Grand Villa, be treated to a one hour couples massage and one evening, a personal chef will also prepare you a three course candle lit dinner.

Bali

Let the crystal clear waters of a Bali beach entice you and book a flight to your honeymoon paradise. If you’re wanting to go international for your honeymoon, Bali is a great tropical getaway without having to stray too far, and many airlines offer specials quite often, with flights starting from $199.

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Image: Bali-Indonesia.com

Located in Seminyak, Berry Amour Romantic Villas offer three styles of themed private rooms depending on your tastes, given that no love is the same. Surrounds include popular restaurants and cafes, with just a few minutes walk to the Petitenget beach. A 24-hour butler service ensures your every need and want is catered for. Prices start from around $300 a night.

Luxe

Zermatt, Switzerland

For couples looking to go a bit further, you can’t get much more romantic than Zermatt in Switzerland; a picturesque mountain resort lying at the base of the Matterhorn. The region is car free which adds to the beauty of the area, with horse drawn carriages waiting to whisk you around this quaint, historic town. The high altitude of the region means all year round skiing, but it is also a major destination for mountaineers.

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Image: Zermatt.ch

After retiring from a long day of skiing, honeymooners can stay at the majestic Hotel Monte Rosa. This boutique hotel was originally opened in 1853 and has kept its traditional vibe, giving it a certain charm that’s bound to leave a lasting impression. Enjoy romantic dinners from surrounding restaurants, sampling a different cuisine each night. Or, visit their sister hotel Mont Cervin Palace and take advantage of their spa and wellness centre. No matter what your agenda is, travelling to to Zermatt is sure to add the fairytale touch to your honeymoon.

Greek Islands

Couples from all over the world choose the Greek Islands as their honeymoon destination and it’s no surprise as to why, with turquoise blue waters and white washed houses creating the perfect romantic backdrop.

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Known as the island of love, Santorini boasts beautiful beaches, wineries, bustling nightlife and of course, shopping. Found on the Caldera cliff, family owned Honeymoon Petra Villas offers the perfect accommodation for newlyweds. Guests can swim in the rooftop pool which is partly made out of volcanic rock, or adventure out exploring the island on their own private shuttle bus.

Elisabeth Sander O'Hearn

Despite struggling to throw together a few catchy sentences about herself, Elisabeth hopes she can portray Canberra in a much more positive light. Although she’s read Her Canberra articles meticulously, Elisabeth has still fallen prey to making poor dining choices- a fate she wouldn’t wish on anyone. She may be leaving the country’s capital in a few weeks for some overseas travel – but she’ll only speak fondly of the city that’s been her home for the past nine years.

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