Sally Vardy, founder of Honeymoon Hideaways, www.honeymoonhideaways.com.au , specialises in planning perfect honeymoons for her clients.
Here she shares her insights on the latest Honeymoon trends and tips for Australian couples.
“One of the strongest trends that we are currently seeing is couples taking longer honeymoons - a typical 7 day honeymoon is now more likely to be a 12 day with more couples even stretching out to 3 or more weeks combining beach and adventure, beach and city, or even beach and snow.”
Sally knows that privacy and intimacy are keys for creating the ultimate honeymoon experience. “One of the biggest trends at the moment is any beach element must have a private plunge pool and why not have the privacy of your own pool for your once in a lifetime experience!”
“Another trend we are seeing a lot of is combining the wedding and honeymoon – ‘Destination Weddings’ are becoming very popular now, with friends and family celebrating your wedding in your destination of choice which allows more time to spend with your loved ones over a week or weekend…. the couple then head off to another hideaway location in the same destination for their honeymoon.
What are Sally’s Honeymoon Hideaway tips? “My biggest tip is to talk to an expert, everyone wants their honeymoon to be perfect so this means you need expert advice and recommendations from someone who has been there to ensure your expectations and personal desires are met and there are no disappointments on arrival! Using an expert agent like Honeymoon Hideaways means you have someone with the knowledge, experience and connections to get you the best deals and inclusions specifically for your budget.”
And how to choose the perfect destination? “Choose a location that the two of you have never been before, this ensures a new experience for both which will then always remain a special place and have a special meaning to you forever.”
When is the best time to go? “You may have that destination you have dreamt about all your life but choosing the right time to go is essential. This is why you need the experts assisting you every step of the way. It’s important to know about seasonal, cultural and local factors that may affect your trip.”
Why not think about using a Gift Registry for your Honeymoon? “This is a great way for you to possibly stretch that budget a little to get that pool villa or overwater villa you have been dreaming of and a very convenient way for your guests to contribute towards something they all know means a lot to you.”
You only have one honeymoon so make it count! “Pamper Yourself” - go to that destination you have always dreamt about and pamper yourself once your there with massages, private dining experiences and activities…on future trips you don’t need to spend so much but this is your honeymoon!”
Remember, the perfect honeymoon is about planning, not necessarily how much you spend. “Whatever your budget Honeymoon Hideaways will ensure you have the ultimate experience to suit no matter what. Our job is to tailor the perfect honeymoon based on all your personal input – it’s a bespoke service that delivers the perfect honeymoon taking all the elements into consideration for the ultimate romantic experience.”