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Imagine a serenity like no other at one of Australia’s most loved destinations, the Great Barrier Reef. We can’t think of a better place than the tropical Lizard Island for sunshine and dipping our toes in the vibrant blue sea. Now, I don’t know about you, but we are more than ready to jet off and explore what this beautiful destination has to offer.

About the location

Access to Lizard Island is easy, it’s a quick one hour flight from Cairns where you can take in the breathtaking sights from above whilst you make your way there.

Located on a 1,013 hectare national park, that’s home to only one resort, this is the perfect place to unwind and relish in one of Australia’s gems. This unrivalled location means you can explore and enjoy the reef right from your door step.

About the accommodation

With only 40 rooms and villas at Lizard Island, you’ll enjoy complete privacy and luxury during your stay.

Select from a range of rooms including the Pavilion with 270 degree views, the Beachfront suites (each with a path to the beach) or the Oceanview rooms with a private plunge pool.

Each room comes with additional extras including:

  • Gourmet meals daily
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • A fine selection of wine, beer, basic spirits and sparkling wine
  • Your own in-room mini bar, restocked daily
  • Deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings
  • Access to a motorised dinghy to explore the many beaches
  • Unlimited use of stand up paddle boards
  • Unlimited use of clear-view sea kayaks
  • Snorkelling gear for the duration of your stay

About the photo

These crystal clear waters are an absolute dream! Not to mention we love the idea of spending the day at a private beach with only our loved one to share it with.

Also loving

If you want to spend your trip making extra memories with some special activities during your stay, there are endless options to choose from at Lizard Island.

Enjoy a freshwater swimming pool, tennis court, gym, delicious food or a day spa. Or if you’d rather venture out why not try diving, fishing, snorkelling, nature walks, paddle boarding and so much more!

All images via Lizard Island

Ms Floral Says: What a picture perfect honeymoon spot. How lucky we are to have these fabulous locations right on our doorstep!

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.

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We might be staying put at present, but it’s still the City Issue here on Polka Dot Bride and we always like to feel inspired for a brighter day. That includes international travel! Here are five of our favourite big city hustle honeymoons to get you mentally packing the old passport.

1. Mia & Zak’s Maldives, Paris and Dubai Honeymoon

Lucky Mia and Zak, who married in a classic and elegant Melbourne wedding, went on to honeymoon in three amazing locations. They were in awe of the culture, history and food in Paris, and loved the bright lights and endless activity options in Dubai. Read more about their adventures in their full post.

 

2. Carol & Jonathan’s Dreamy Tokyo Honeymoon

After tying the knot in a fun ‘colour pop’ Brisbane wedding, these two jet-setted off to Japan! While in Tokyo, these visited locations such as the Pokemon Centre in Ikebukuro, a small part of Harajuku, and the Meiji Shrine. Hear more about their travels in Tokyo and Japan here.

3. Kelly & Andrew’s Hong Kong Honeymoon

“Being married in November helped to narrow down the choices, due to it being winter in many of the places we considered,” says Kelly. “We decided to head somewhere warmer, but it wasn’t a lazy honeymoon by the pool we had in mind!” So with that, Kelly and Dave headed off to exciting Hong Kong. Read about their travels, including their trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, here.

4. Sally & Michael’s Rome Honeymoon

These lucky newlyweds had a three part honeymoon, featuring beautiful Paris, stunning Florence, and the incredible Rome! In Rome, they checked out all the famous landmarks and filled their bellies with delicious Italian food. Get all the Rome honeymoon inspo in their original post.

5. Melissa & Jeff’s Koh Samui and Singapore Honeymoon

After six nights kicking back in Koh Samui, Perth couple Melissa and Jeff traded the beach for the hustle and bustle of Singapore. They stayed in the iconic and luxurious Marina Bay Sands hotel, which they said was like a city in itself! Looking for Singapore travel or honeymoon tips? Melissa has you covered.

Emma & Grant

“Emma and Grant are so perfect for each other, it pours out of their aura,” says their wedding photographer, Esther of The Love Archives. “They’re private but bubbly and confident. They’re loved by many and love to keep their affections close to their hearts. They had a stunning first look prior to the ceremony where they read each other their vows (this was a tearful moment for all four of us) and they went and got married on a pier over the crystal clear blue water of Vanuatu.” Below, Grant details how his and Emma’s elopement at Ratua Island Resort unfolded.

Emma and I met on Tinder. When it came time to propose, we were scuba diving. I had planned to propose to Emma underwater… but we got separated. When Emma surfaced, I was there waiting for her and surprised her with a wedding proposal (still in the water) – in front of her father who had remained on our boat.

We were married on the private island/resort of Ratua in Vanuatu on March 1, 2020. We had planned to have a wedding celebration party shortly after we returned from Vanuatu, however we have moved the party to our first wedding anniversary in 2021, due to COVID-19 and lockdown etc.

Emma looked absolutely incredible wearing a beautiful white dress by Wilkins Bridal.

Just before we did our vows – Esther (our photographer) made me wait with my eyes closed. Then I heard Whitney Houston playing. Emma had Whitney playing on her phone (which was in a pocket of her wedding dress) to help keep her relaxed and smiling. Esther then told me to open my eyes once Emma was in front of me and I have never seen such beauty and happiness at the same time – all while Whitney Houston was playing!

I wore a suit that consisted of a white shirt, a green jacket and matching shorts. It was far too hot to wear trousers and shoes!

One of the things that made our elopement so special was that we could pause proceedings at any stage of the day to reset and compose ourselves – I was very emotional!

The venue, Ratua, is a small private Island that is located near the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. We wanted our wedding to be special yet relaxed and informal. We didn’t want everyone to be staring at us (like conventional weddings) and we wanted it to be just about us… and it was. Ratua nailed it!

We did not choose any music, however the resort put on the Ratua string band. Emma walked down the aisle by herself (with the Ratua string band following her).

We had no say in the flowers – they were a surprise and were perfect, lush and very vibrant and tropical.

We wanted our day to be exactly was WE wanted it. We didn’t need to think about other people, there was no stress about where other guests might sit (there weren’t any), we didn’t have to worry about the food or any allergies (it was just the two of us). It was just the two of us and that made it all the more magical.

Our photographer Esther Boyd from The Love Archives was amazing and had such a relaxing manner.

It was hot and humid, very hot and humid. We were able to pause throughout the day to keep cool and calm because it was just us, and we were doing exactly what we wanted to do. We loved that we had the ability to do that. Then of course the swim at the end! We didn’t have a first dance on our wedding day, but perhaps our first dance was without music when we danced together in the ocean still wearing our wedding attire?

Incorporating our honeymoon and our favourite recreational activity (scuba diving) in to our wedding trip was also a highlight. We didn’t just get married, we experienced some of the best diving on the planet and also had an amazing honeymoon!

Emma & Grant’s Vanuatu Elopement (Feb 2020) The Love Archives from Esther Boyd on Vimeo.

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations on such a beautiful elopement in paradise, that was true to the both of you. Wishing you both the very best and a fun celebration with your loved ones next year!

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