For a truly memorable proposal, spirit your sweetie away to an exotic location to have the memory etched in your mind forever. Amongst the many resorts Abu Dhabi has to offer to host your stay, the Anantara Al Sahel Villas features an idyllic selection of Abu Dhabi villas guaranteed to make the moment your sweetheart says “Yes” truly special. For an unforgettable “I do” moment, the Saffron Tower in Ras Al Khaimah offers a romantic camel ride for two and a unique backdrop of an ancient tower, flourished with a fine Thai feast served by your own private butler. Or, you could opt for simply and sweet, with a proposal in the desert as the majestic Arabian sun casts a vibrant backdrop in light of such an auspicious affair. If post and fancy are your style, head over to the Jetty Lounge, where you can pop the question amidst the alluring lap of the waves. A popular choice is the Pierchic, famed for its beautiful views of Burj Al Arab, accentuated by balmy breezes and sumptuous seafood – all excellent ingredients to make for a memorable forever moment. Perhaps you would like to indulge in an elabourate proposal weekend, and an excellent choice is the Qasr Al Sarab, with a romantic array of villas for a dreamy and idyllic proposal. Or head over to Saadiyat Island for the most romantic moment to unfold, within satin smooth sands with the arching cosmos sparkling above, illuminated your beautiful moment to be treasured forever.

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A romantic getaway with the love of your life to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean would give you a much-desired head start on your new life together and of course, a much relaxing vacation after all the preparation that went into your dream wedding. Search no more for your place in the sun; the Caribbean has it all. Slews of duty free shops, pristine private beaches, mouthwatering star-class cuisine, hip-swaying reggae music, a skinny-dip in the ocean and much more awaits you at this sophisticated and chic romantic destination.

Antigua, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados, and the Cayman Islands are just a couple of the most preferred places of honeymooners. If you are after an unpretentious holiday experience, then Grenada is the place to be. This spice island is for the outdoor loving couples who would want to make their honeymoon truly a memorable one. If you are after a colonial Caribbean experience, then Barbados is the place to be. Having retained its British elegance, sumptuous afternoon tea, vibrant garden parties, sporting rounds of cricket, and an intimately romantic walk down Bathsheba Beach are a few things in store for you and your sweetie.

If exploring the exotic local culture appeals to you then the Cayman Islands is for you. Surrounded by breathtakingly pristine beaches and crystal-clear turquoise blue waters, it is a diving hot spot and with the hospitable nature of the locals you will soon feel at home. What would the Caribbean be without Jamaica? Welcome to the birth place of reggae and if you and your partner are fans of Bob Marley, make your honeymoon an exceptional experience by opting to travel in January. The jazz and blues festival at Montego Bay is a festival not to be missed.

These breath-taking isles famously dubbed ‘Beautiful by Nature ‘draws thousands of tourists each year. Make your honeymoon an exceptional romantic experience by choosing to spoil and pamper yourselves at Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos. The elegantly furnished rooms and villas add a spark of glitz to your indulgence at one of the best ranked Turks and Caicos luxury resorts. Heart-warming hospitality coupled with soothing interiors and an authentic Caribbean ambience are few of the luxuries you could look forward to when you opt to honeymoon at this elegant Turks and Caicos beach resort.

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Say “I do” in the tranquil settings of a tropical paradise, within the idyllic surrounds of Sri Lanka, and couples can opt for making it even more memorable by exchanging vows in the midst of a rustic natural setting – sure to make for an interesting topic of conversation for years to come. Make it a part of your Sri Lanka travel itinerary and choose pioneers in the industry Jetwing Travels for a one-of-a-kind Sri Lanka tour package. If you would like a wedding outside of the traditional church or beach options, how about getting married in the midst of a lush tropical jungle? Imagine exchanging your most meaningful promises standing on a platform made entirely of natural materials and decorated with sparkling white spirals of the local “manel” flowers. This unique platform will enjoy a scenic panorama overlooking the Belihul Oya River framed by the backdrop of the stunning Bakers Falls. Or perhaps you might opt for a ceremony as twilight falls (next to Thalakotewewa reservoir) with the impressive Lion Fortress in the background – a mighty photo opportunity. Imagine the twinkling lights of candles and oil lamps decorating the jungle-scape whilst you enjoy a mouthwatering buffet under the stars with loved ones. Experience a truly one-of-a-kind wedding, accompanied by dancers and musicians garbed in traditional Sri Lankan attire, and partake of ancient customs such as the auspicious cutting of the local dish of milk rice to signify a prosperous life undertaken together. Afterward, look forward to truly unique honeymoon experiences in lush natural settings for a wedding and honeymoon that will be utterly unforgettable.

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.

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Everyone has heard of Phuket, probably Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, but few have heard of Krabi. Located on the country’s western coast and fronting the warm waters of the Andaman Sea, the Krabi Province is renowned for its beaches and a myriad of attractions. Less crowded than Phuket, while still offering a great experience, Krabi is the ideal vacation spot for couples. The province has many interesting attractions that couples will enjoy visiting, as well as many fun activities to do together.

When it comes to sightseeing, ‘must visit’ attractions include the province’s hugely popular hot springs. The hot springs are situated in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, and taking a quick dip in them is bound to be an experience to remember. One can also visit a few of the night markets found around the province. These places sell a variety of goods and souvenirs, all at inexpensive rates, provided one bargains a little. Other popular attractions to visit include the Phi Phi Islands, Ko Lanta, Ao Nang and Railey Beach.

Krabi also offers a long list of things to do for both the adventurous and not-very-adventurous couples. Those looking for a pleasant time can try snorkelling or scuba diving to explore the rich marine life present in the waters off Krabi. They can also go canoeing or kayaking, hike along gorgeous forest trails or go on an elephant safari. Those who want to do something a bit more exciting can try rock climbing or cliff diving. Couples can also go for spa treatments together, which can help them feel well rested and relaxed. Such treatments can help foster feelings of peace and tranquillity that can bring couples closer. Couples can also get married by the sea in a traditional Thai ceremony, while those already married can choose to renew their wows.

A few Krabi resorts, such as the Anantara Si Kao Thailand offer many of the above facilities. In fact, at this particular Trang Resort couples can even wed underwater. The ceremony is performed in the lively, indescribably beautiful waters of the Andaman. For couples looking for a great hotel to spend their vacation, this presents an ideal choice.

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The idyllic region of Kalutara on the southern Sri Lankan coast is the perfect place for a weekend of week-long getaway. Home to some interesting cultural locations and of course, ultra-pristine beaches, this unique stretch of tropical sand will provide an unforgettable vacation experience for everyone who visits. Of all beach hotels Sri Lanka has to offer its visitors, the selection of Kalutara hotels are infused with a charm all their own. You might consider checking into The Sands as it offers prime accommodation on the beach, with fun activities galore to entertain the entire family for hours on end, such as Crab Racing, and the chance to witness Coin Makers and Gem Cutters honing their craft. Close to Kalutara Beach is one of the most famous archeological sites in Asia: the Pahiyan-gala (Fa-Hiengala) Caves, which are considered to be the world’s oldest example of pre-historic life in Asia, as it has recorded artefacts and humanoid skulls dating back almost 37,000 years. A massive cave structure that can accommodate up to 3,000 people at one time, it claims the title of the largest natural rock in Asia, with an intricate network of tunnels running deep into the interior of the mountain. Pahiyan-gala is the name given to the humanoid species that inhabited the caves 37,000 years prior, and the location is also a significant Buddhist landmark, as a Chinese monk named Fa Hien was also an inhabitant of the cave in the fifth century. Modern visitors who visit the caves will now discover that it has been converted into a unique Buddhist temple, infused with a special aura of tranquility given its location in the cave. Affording an ideal spot for some meditation as you breathe in almost 40,000 years of history, the Pahiyangala (Fa-Hiengala) Caves are a must-visit item on your cultural itinerary in Sri Lanka.

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Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and it is home to a unique brand of culture branded by European and local influences. The city offers an excellent range of Manila apartments that will provide the ideal base from which you can explore the wonders dotting the cityscape.  The Somerset Olympia Makati is one ideal choice for serviced accommodation Manila offers to all its visitors, so take a peek at its luxury interiors for a true taste of what awaits! Manila is a bastion of the Catholic faith, due to the prominent presence of the Portuguese during a significant portion of the country’s history. It boasts some beautiful Catholic churches that afford oases of calm and tranquillity amidst the hustle of the world outside the church walls. Of particular worth in the iconic Makati area is the Greenbelt Chapel, boasting a beautiful dome incorporating the classical cathedral architectural styles of Roman churches. This magnificent testament to the Catholic faith sits atop the beautiful emerald manicured lawns of the Greenbelt area located in the lush surroundings of the Makati district in Manila. It is also just a stone’s throw away from the Greenbelt Mall, which dedicates one of its floors entirely to supporting local Filipino artisans and businesses. The ambiance of the area is permeated with the Holy Spirit and mass is observed three times daily at the chapel. If you are looking for a welcome mix of tranquillity and quality artisan offerings, the Greenbelt area is worth exploring to enhance your time in the Makati area.

 

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The city of Pondicherry in India offers a perfect blend of all religions, cultures as well as heritages and is the best place to taste a blend of the east and the west when in India. There are several festivals celebrated in the city and the Villianur car festival is one of the main celebrations that many people take part in. The Villianur temple car festival, also known as the Brahmotsavam, is the annual festival of the Thirukameswar Kokilambal temple in Villianur, Pondicherry. This vibrant Hindu festival in India is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of May each year.


The Villianur Car festival is an ancient tradition practiced by the villagers to pay respect to the famous deity Thirukameswar Kokilambal. The festival is given its name because a “temple car” or rather a chariot that is decorated with colourful flowers and décor is used to take the statue of the god Thirukameswar Kokilambal on a procession throughout the neighborhood. The procession visits the local areas of the village and ends its journey at the temple. The chariot is generally pulled by the devotees taking part in the procession and it is considered to be a very holy tradition to do so.
A certain group of devotees at the festival sponsor the supply of curd, rice, sandal and buttermilk to the thousands of adherents who attend the festival and it is believed that by doing this their wishes will be fulfilled. The festival goes on for a period of ten days and the highlight of it is the procession that parades the deity, and this usually falls on the ninth day of the colourful event.
If you are travelling to India, Pondicherry is a city you need to note down on your itinerary. Finding suitable Pondicherry Accommodation is not that difficult, but to ensure that you locate a Pondicherry Hotel that will make your holiday a memorable one is going to be tough. Perfectly located close to the prominent tourist attractions in the area, the Hotel Atithi is a great choice for the discerning traveller. You will find that the hotel offers great service and comfortable accommodation to all who visit the place.

Honeymooning in the Maldives has been a sure-fire favourite excursion of couples worldwide. But whether you’re both embarking on a life anew, or simply celebrating an anniversary of a life well-spent together, a sunset cruise provides a magical backdrop where you can cuddle with your sweety, and is an experience provided by many of the Maldives luxury resorts on the islands. So let yourself and your partner indulge in a fine Maldives villa such as those offered at the Baros Maldives for the perfect getaway experience for two, and soak in the sights of the islands from a picturesque sunset cruise. Almost all cruise packages include a sumptuous candlelit dinner, affording you both the best opportunity to whisper sweet nothings to each other while you’re serenaded by the sounds of the tranquil tropical sea. Enjoy the delicious dinner offerings which vary from resort to resort, but are no less delectable on the tongue across the board. Toast your new path with a bold bottle of bubbly or a sparkling wine, complimented by a decadent array of crispy canapés suffused with lush fillings, both savoury and sweet. And when the time is right, share a kiss while you watch the vibrant orange sun descend on the horizon, taking with it all your hopes and dreams that will shine afresh the next day, and the next, infusing the days of your lives together with ultimate bliss.

 

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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