Image via Mayfair Hotel

Let’s face it, your honeymoon planning might be looking a little bit different these days. It’s not quite as simple as hopping on a plane to Paris or booking a summer jaunt in New York City anymore. But that doesn’t mean you and your special someone can’t have a honeymoon to remember. We’re swapping out international hotspots for domestic must-dos.

Paris for Sydney
Planned on getting loved up in the City of Love? Drinking champagne under the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower, eating pain au chocolat at a cute café, perusing the shops for a few special pieces? Well, how about putting a Sydney spin on things? Spicers Potts Point sits on a leafy street back from the hustle of Kings Cross and is the perfect Parisian style pied-à-terre close to home. The Victorian terrace houses were transformed a few years back and are a study in soft whites, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Head just across the road to The Butler for cocktails on the terrace – Sydney Tower in the background (it’s no Eiffel, but hey it’s a tower!) and in the morning wander down the road for breakfast at Yellow. Très bien!

Images via Spicers Potts Point

New York City for Melbourne
The shopping, the street art, the food – New York, we love you all year round. Just not right now. Soak up a little bit of Big Apple magic with a trip to Melbourne. Stick with us. Shopping. A big tick there. Street art. Graffiti laneways aplenty. Tick. Food. Tick, tick tick. And, you’re probably going to get better coffee. Zagame’s House burst onto the scene last year, converting a motel into one of the coolest boutique hotels around town. The location certainly helps; sitting on Lygon Street in Carlton, you’re surrounded by cafes and eateries, although with the 1851 Coffee and Kitchen and Lord Lygon Wine Shop both onsite, you don’t have to go far. Then there’s the bright pops of neon, the fun art pieces (say hi to the gold bullion-style bulldog on your way through the lobby), the super-size honesty mini bars in your room, and the industrial chic interior design – you might as well call this the Lower West Side.

Images via Zagame’s House

Los Angeles for Brisbane
Yes, you did read that right. If you still thought Brisbane was a sleepy riverside city, think again. Sure, it’s a bold claim to say it can compare to the City of Angels, and the answer lies in Fortitude Valley. Yes, LA has a valley, but that’s not why. The reason is The Calile Hotel. While we weren’t looking, this 175 room hotel has emerged as a vision of green and white poolside umbrellas, polished concrete and a dreamy gold and pastel pink colour scheme. Did we mention the swaying palm trees? And the spa? Oh and there’s the award winning Hellenika restaurant on site – one of the hottest tables around town. No need for Hollywood Boulevard either – The Calile brings it to you, with the superstars of Aussie design lining the shops around the lobby. Think Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Venroy and Carla Zampatti. Treat yourselves to the Suite Dreams stay – Ruinart Brut Rose champagne in your room, $100 Lobby bar, late checkout, valet parking and turn down – the works!

Images: Sean Fennessy

Stratford Upon Avon for Launceston
Shakespeare fans out there will have this quaint English town on the top of their to do lists, and if you wanted your own Shakespeare in Love moment, consider heading to Launceston. Green rolling hills, winding river, cute Tudor style houses, crisp morning air – there’s a lot more parallels than you’d think. Base yourself in the Leisure Inn Penny Royal for a few days of fresh country air and cosy evenings. Located alongside the Tamar River, the hotel dates back to the 1840s, when it was a corn mill, before being relocated and rebuilt back in the 1950s. It’s still full of character, with the onsite Penny Royal Adventure Park hosting ghost tours and a live canon firing complete with costumed re-enactment to keep you entertained.

Images via Leisure Inn Penny Royal

Florence for Adelaide
Dreaming of walking down the cobblestoned streets of Florence with your amore? Drinking Aperol spritz as the sun goes down? Well, The City of Churches might offer you more than just a slice of Italy. Base yourself at the Mayfair Hotel on King William Street, in a grand old dame building that has been transformed into a beautiful hotel. Make a beeline for the rooftop Hennessy bar, where there’s faux skin rugs on the floor, chandeliers on the rafters and great views out across Adelaide’s skyline. Then, in the morning, get in the car and head up to the Adelaide Hills. There might not be fields of sunflowers under a Tuscan sun, but there’s strawberry fields ripe for the picking, and plenty of wineries for you to stop in for a tasting.

Images via Mayfair Hotel

Whether you want to sip cocktails under the sun, curl up in a bay window or soak up a pool scene, you can have that honeymoon close to home and not be disappointed.

Ms Floral Says: This is such a clever way to get a change of scenery when you can’t travel too far! Australia really has so much to offer honeymooners and travellers. Thanks Lisa!

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

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An iconic outback honeymoon in the heart of Australia is exactly what we need right now. Escape the thought of the cold Winter that’s upon us and come with us as we explore a luxury hotel with a difference.

About the location 

470km South West of Alice Springs, in Australia’s red centre, you’ll find Longitude 131. Tucked away surrounded by the iconic Australian landscape, this little piece of paradise has been crafted to have minimal impact on the delicate environment that surrounds.

You can get to Longitude 131 by air within three hours from the east coast of Australia or take a 4.5 hour road trip from Alice Springs.

About the accommodation

When you stay at Longitude 131, one of the sixteen tented pavilions will be your private, luxury oasis. With unparalleled views of one of Australia’s most iconic sites, you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape through floor to ceiling windows or on one of the pavilions outdoor decks.

With two types of accommodation on offer you can select from a luxury tent or a dune pavilion.

The luxury tent features a rain shower, private balcony with a day bed and a fireplace.

The dune pavilion offers deep bath tubs and rain showers, two bedrooms and ensuites, separate living and sleeping areas as well as a private plunge pool.

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Yes, you did read that right, we did just casually mention a private plunge pool with incredible views of the outback.

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Included in the tariff are a range of activities that you can take part in with your fellow guests. Examples of the experiences you can enjoy include the Mutitjulu Meander where you’ll take a morning walk to a sacred Aboriginal site enjoying a waterhole, the Uluru sunset experience, feast at Table 131 and more.

All images via Longitude 131

Ms Floral Says: Uluru is such a magical, breathtaking place we should all try to visit at least once in our lives. Longitude 131 looks like a divine place to stay while there!

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.

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling? The one that you get when you’re on a date with your partner? That feeling that started in those early stages of dating? There are cities across the globe known for inspiring couples to fall in love that are the classic setting for a true love story. Being the hopeless romantics we are, we couldn’t pass up the chance to explore (virtually, of course) some of these beautiful cities and the activities you could do on your honeymoon. And fingers crossed it’s not too long before we can physically walk these cobblestone and magical streets once again.

Rome, Italy
We couldn’t do a romantic city post without including Rome. The Italian word for Rome is ‘Roma’ and Roma in reverse is amor, the Italian word for love. You’ll find so much to do in this city, whether it be eating pizza until your hearts content, tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain or strolling the Villa Borghese gardens.

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is love mixed with a little luxury. Celebrated as one of the world’s most romantic cities and frequented by the rich and famous, Monaco is perfect for a little bit of fancy on your honeymoon. Enjoy Monaco from above in a scenic helicopter ride, admire the sunset whilst fine dining at Elsa Restaurant or explore the city on an e-bike.

Cordoba, Spain
Often overlooked by the larger cities in Spain, Cordoba offers an authentic Spanish experience without the crowds. During May of each year, the ‘Fiesta de los Patios’ is celebrated where local home owners open their patios as part of a contest and tourists get a glimpse into the beautiful gardens. Other activities you could take part in include a visit to the famous Mezquita and the Moorish Alcazar de los Reyes Gardens.

Florence, Italy
What’s more romantic than eating your favourite gelato, visiting little stores and taking a sunset walk along the famous Ponte Vecchio? Florence is a beautifully romantic city with astounding architecture, art and character waiting to be explored. Take part in a traditional cooking class or stretch your legs and climb the 463 steps of the Duomo.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the world. The aqua blue ocean, warm afternoons and coloured white buildings are enough to give you travel envy. Take a dip at the beautiful Red Beach, pick up some souvenirs in Fira or mud bath by the volcano.

All images via Bec Lawrence Greenhalgh

Ms Floral Says: Dreaming of warm summer days, eating gelato and drinking wine in Italy… some day in the future! Thanks Bec for this honeymoon and holiday inspiration.

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.