Weddings and honeymoons have traditionally cost couples tons and tons of money even before they embark on their new life together. Which is why one of the new trends of combining both these and having a destination wedding is becoming extremely popular.

A destination wedding means that you can stay back and enjoy a romantic honeymoon while your relatives fly back home and since it is in another country, guest numbers can be reduced and in turn people won’t hold it against you. Opt for this and an intimate and cost effective wedding in your dream destination is what you get.

Bali continues to fulfil varying roles as a diverse tourist hotspot. Its functions range from being the land of exotic indulgence, backpackers’ paradise and now the best place to say ‘I do’. You can opt for a beach wedding, a ceremony on a misty mountain range, within mysterious rainforests or religious places of worship, anything is available.

A beach wedding in the tropical lands, blue waters, lush palms, loads of sun and sun, surprisingly sounds good to many. Seminyak is one of the favourite wedding destinations. It offers a wide choice of star class hotels who will gladly make arrangements for you big day to be great.

15 minutes away from here the landscape changes to that of paddy fields and soothing rivers. Mountains watch majestically from afar as you tie the knot with your special someone. Jimbaran Bay is another top pick by couples. What you get here is diversity in terms of the theme of your wedding. A Balinese glass chapel, canopy of frangipani trees, Javanese joglo or a ceremony just for the 2 of you, anything can be arranged.
COMO Shambhala, the flagship hotel of this group is known as a retreat. Opened in 2005, it offers a healthy vacation. Winner of best destination spa, it offers a different kind of wedding experience, one that rejuvenates mind, body and soul. This wellness retreat has signature massage treatments and therapies. There are also plenty of activities such as hiking and climbing also available making such a getaway the most popular among health and wellness retreats.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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A visit to the Kerala district would not be complete without a day trip out to the charming locale of Vellayani Lake, ideal for some time spent communing with nature as well as presenting a majestic backdrop for scenic photo opportunities. Kerala’s landscape is stunning to explore, and you’ll enjoy a stint at a Kerala resort that forms a seamless part of the landscape, such as the Poovar Island Resort. A stunning nature resort with gracious hospitality, this is an idyllic 3 star hotel in Kerala to host your stay. Make sure you take the time to explore the Vellayani Lake, as it is the largest expanse of freshwater in the region. A unique feature of the lake is that it features a road that runs through the lake, supported by a bund. Located a mere 7 kilometres from Kovalam, it is a popular tourist draw due to its idyllic surrounds, and it is referred to as “Kochu Kovalam”, which translates to “tiny Kovalam”. The area does not have adequate tourist facilities, so an hour or two at the most is how long your trip should be. However, you’ll also encounter two unique temples that merit exploration, the Vishnu Temple and the Vellyani Devi Temple, and the boat races organized during the festival of Onam (august-september) is an exciting spectacle to behold.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.

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Amazing seafood and thriving nightlife, all within an iconic beach setting: what could be more perfect? Chaweng Beach found on the eastern coast of Koh Samui of Thailand is the virtual embodiment of this and more.

For those wishing to make their way to Chaweng, it is conveniently located a few minutes away from the airport and can be accessed via van, taxi, motorcycle and jeep. Once you arrive at Chaweng, one will never be at a loss of things to do. For one thing, the area is quite famous for attracting large throngs of people searching for diving equipment so as to explore the wonderful mysteries that lie beneath the calm blue surface of the ocean. As a result, a number of dive centres have been opened to cater to this demand. 100 degrees east is one such centre which is a 5 star PADI Dive Resort that prides themselves on being environmentally friendly in all their endeavours. The Searobin Dive Centre on the other hand offers a series of training courses and one on one attention for beginners making it an ideal option for amateur divers to gain experience and learn the lay of the land. For the more experienced divers and snorkelers, the Salamander Dive Centre offers numerous services including facilitating the rental of diving equipment. Furthermore, with Calypso Diving snorkelers can experience the wonderful underwater world that lies beneath the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao as well as the Angthong National Marine Park.

In terms of food, Chaweng Beach is jam-packed with amazing restaurants and bars. For familiar western meals, the Cloud Restaurant and Bar is the best way to go while the Khao San Road Restaurant offers tourists with an amazing breakfast. For cheap yet delicious meals, Ninja is a small scale restaurant that rarely fails to deliver.

Staying at a hotel in Samui means that tourists and travellers alike are given the opportunity to taste and enjoy the most delicious seafood dishes and the Sea Food Centre, located on Chaweng Beach is your best bet for the best seafood around. When choosing a Koh Samui resort to reside in during your stay, several things should feature in your decision making process. Ensure that you opt to stay at a resort such as Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Koh Samui simply because of its impeccable luxury, amazing seafood and of course, comfort beyond imagination.

 

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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