under an italian sky…

July 30, 2011

images courtesy of martha stewart weddings, elizabeth anne designs and the wedding vine

I thought it was appropriate to do a little post on Italy seen as though the wedding is taking place there next year. There are so many inspiring choices of weddings in Italy from rolling countryside, beach or lakeside affairs or ultra chic city ceremonies. A particular favourite style of mine is a rustic, romantic and rural wedding that chooses a colour scheme similar to that of the countryside, generally in a palette of green and white. I particularly love the little Italian touches in these weddings such as the mini bottles of Limoncello, a traditional Italian lemon liqueur with a personalised message from the bride and groom or the bottles of olive oil especially if chosen from a local olive oil factory. The bride is yet to settle on a style but either way with a setting as breathtaking and romantic as Italy you could simply light up the venue with fairy lights and set the tables with clean white linens and a few simple flowers and it would still be breathtaking.

The recently married Prince and Princess of Monaco spent a few nights of their honeymoon at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, a short drive from central Durban on the eastern coast of South Africa. For years this historic hotel, built in 1869, with its iconic lighthouse was relegated as tired, old seaside hotel which despite its history was more than a little bit tacky. However after an extensive re-build it re-opened in 2009 and is now considered to be one of the places to stay in Durban.

Retaining its colonial charm,  this elegant mediterranean style hotel with stunning views of the Indian ocean is perfect for a romantic wedding or relaxing honeymoon. Weddings can be held in the beautiful gardens or the Pearl Room with views of the ocean while honeymooners can stay in one of the charming 86 rooms or luxurious suites. It’s the perfect place to relax, with a choice of infinity pool or why not sun yourself on the beach or enjoy a pampering session at the new world class spa.  

an african getaway…

July 21, 2011

According to trip advisor South Africa, in particular cape town, is named as the number one place to visit in 2011 in the Traveller’s Choice Best Destinations. As a fellow South African I can attest to how beautiful this country is with its diverse landscape and beautiful (mostly year round) sunshine which is why it also makes an excellent choice of honeymoon destination. Stay in a beachfront boutique hotel in the shadows of the magnificent table mountain with the beach just a stone’s throw away, take a trip to one of the many vineyards or take a meandering drive along the garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth taking in the beautiful scenery and beaches. 

For a bit more adventure, why not add in a safari in the Kruger region at one of the luxurious private game lodges like ulusaba private game reserve owned by Richard Branson. This is definitley a place I’m adding to my never-ending list of dream places I’d like to visit. It’s certainly not cheap but if your budget can stretch then you can enjoy two game drives and a walking safari each day as well as food, champagne and pampering in the most spectacular surroundings. There are so many options for safari in South Africa and many companies offer honeymoon package combinations with some even adding on a trip to Mauritius and an added bonus is that if you choose to have an autumn or winter wedding in the uk then you can head off down south to the South African summer.