Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stylish "Up-cycled" Vintage Honeymoon Luggage Set



Here at The Bride's Diary we are always on the lookout for those little extras that will make your wedding and honeymoon aboslutely unique and special. We were thrilled when we discovered this adorable vintage luggage set with a hand painted lady and sparrow on BrightWall's Etsy store.




The luggage set is a beautiful metallic pink/lavender color and is in great shape with a few minor scratches and stains. The two pieces consist of a large suitcase, and a little train case for all your goodies. The suitcase has a retractible handle and four wheels to make carrying it around that much easier. It even has a compartment for your wet towels or bathing suits. Imagine how stylish and very Jackie O you will look on your honeymoon!



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Romantic Red Centre Escapes




Looking for a unique, exciting and awe-inspiring honeymoon? Here at
The Bride's Diary, we have found the perfect destination - Australia's very own red centre! With more than 65 tours and attractions within Ayers Rock Resort and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the destination has something to offer every type of traveller. Those looking to wow a partner with a romantic and truly unique getaway in the heart of Australia can choose from a host of activities to make their visit memorable.

Dine under a canopy of stars, discover the spectacular desert landscapes from a helicopter, rise early to watch the desert come to life at dawn or enjoy some serious pampering, outback-style, at the
Red Ochre Spa.

Begin your experience with a romantic evening under the stars at the award-winning
Sounds of Silence dinner. Watch the sunset over Uluru from a remote sand dune, followed by a magnificent barbecue buffet of quintessentially Australian fare. Then, enjoy some of the best stargazing in the world with the resident Star Talker, and hear tales around the campfire of history, humanity and the ancient Aboriginal culture.

The next morning, get your bearings with a thrilling helicopter or fixed wing flight over the dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Taking off from a launch pad near Uluru, you will be treated to stunning panoramic views of the red desert and the striking rock formations.

After an action-packed morning, spend the afternoon relaxing together by the pool or enjoying indulgent Elemis spa treatments in the
Red Ochre Spa. Then, make your way to one of the national park’s viewing platforms to witness the remarkable changing colours of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as the sun sets over the desert, followed by a sumptuous dinner at Kuniya fine dining restaurant at Sails in the Desert Hotel.

On your final morning, rise early for the Desert Awakenings Tour – a fascinating ending to your Red Centre experience. Watch the sun rise over the desert from a secluded sand dune, gather around a camp fire to learn about aboriginal men and women’s tools and then explore Uluru up close with a walk around the base.

Two night getaways at Ayers Rock Resort start from just $239* per person, based on two nights’ twin share accommodation at the contemporary Lost Camel Hotel. Alternatively, those seeking premium comfort can stay at Sails in the Desert Hotel from $329* per person, twin share, for two nights. The package includes return airport transfers from Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Resort and free use of the Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service.

Voyages Hotels & Resorts is an Australian-owned company that operates Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Voyages Longitude 131° and Ayers Rock Airport.

For further information or to book, visit
www.ayersrockresort.com.au
*Subject to availability, terms and conditions, Package is available for bookings to 1 October 2010 and travel until 31 January 2011. Activities listed are at extra cost

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wolgan Valley Excels At Prestigious Industry Awards


Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa Main Homestead and Main Swimming Pool


With a one year anniversary just around the corner,
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has even more reason to celebrate, after receiving the most hotel awards at the 2010 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence.

As Australia’s first conservation-based luxury resort, 
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa was honoured with six awards including Winner in Unique Accommodation, Best New Hotel, Regional Property, Hotel Chef, and Environmental Program with a Highly Commended in the Resort category.



Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa Heritage Suite living room.

Now in its eighth year, the annual HM Awards recognise the leaders in hospitality and honour the achievements of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry.

With a record 1,300 entries received this year, the highly competitive awards span across Australia, New Zealand and selected South Pacific nations.


Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa team at the 2010 HM Awards. L-R: Dwane Goodman, Rosanna Barthelot, Andrew Adams-Smith, Maryann Romeo, Joost Heymeijer. 

Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa said: “This is an outstanding achievement for a resort that has been in operation less than one year. These awards recognise the efforts of the entire Emirates Wolgan Valley team who strive for unparalleled service and superior standards every day.”

“To date Wolgan Valley has been a great success and has introduced a new era of luxury to Australian and international travellers. Now as we reach our first anniversary we look forward to continuing setting the benchmark for excellence within the industry,” said Mr Heymeijer.

A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, 
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Occupying just two per cent of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve, Wolgan Valley combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, ecological and environmental sustainability.

Since its opening in October 2009, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has also been awarded the following accolades: 

• Conde Nast US and Conde Nast UK "Hot List" (Spa and Resort categories). 
• National Trust Heritage Awards - for its work in restoring the original 1832 farmhouse. 
• Luxury Travel Magazine - Gold List Awards. (Voted by readers “Most desired new resort to visit in the world”) 
• Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Accommodation Awards for Excellence for Best Environment Initiative, Regional Deluxe Accommodation of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism. 
• Conservation Award Winner, with Emirates Hotels & Resorts, in the World Travel & Tourism Council's 2010 "Tourism for Tomorrow" Awards 
• Travel + Leisure’s “It List 2010” 
• 2010 Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Awards for New Tourism Development 

The resort was the first hotel in the world to achieve carbon neutral certification from CarboNZero, an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification scheme. 


Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is also a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, the world’s largest luxury hospitality organisation, representing more than 450 of the finest hotels, resorts and spas around the world; and is a founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, an association launched in May to promote the uniquely Australian breed of luxury experiential lodges, domestically and internationally.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Honeymoon Registry with Heavenly Honeymoons




The Heavenly Honeymoons™ Bridal Registry is a fantastic idea enabling your wedding guests to financially contribute towards your honeymoon – a gift you definitely want and will appreciate.

Most couples getting married today already have most household items they require. Travel Extra developed Australia’s original Honeymoon Bridal Registry, to take the hassle out of choosing the perfect wedding gift. The registry is a free service provided by Travel Extra and it is very popular with couples and their guests.

How It Works!
• Book your honeymoon with Travel Extra and they will manage the registry for free (minimum honeymoon spend $2500)
• Once you have paid a deposit toward your honeymoon, Travel Extra will provide you with elegant ‘registry cards’ to insert into your wedding invitations.
• Guests simply contribute over the phone with a credit card, by post with a cheque or they can call into the Sefton Park office.
• All contributing guests will be given an ‘acknowledgement card’ which they place into your wedding card identifying their contribution to your honeymoon.
• Travel Extra will provide you with a complete list of names and contributions of participating guests to assist you with sending ‘Thank You cards’.
• Along the way, some payments may be required to secure and book various components of your honeymoon. You can use the funds from the registry or use your own money to meet these deadlines. Naturally the honeymoon must be fully paid prior to travel.
• Any surplus funds in the registry will be returned to you by cheque.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Luxurious Romance at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa



On the edge of the vast Kimberley region lies the award winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, the
only resort in Broome overlooking spectacular Cable Beach and the ultimate destination to enjoy
your wedding or honeymoon.


The Resort’s stunning gardens offer the perfect surrounds for a romantic service, while reception
options range from casual poolside cocktails to an elegant fine dining extravaganza in our award-
winning Club Restaurant.



Cable Beach Club Resort's Sam Male Room is perfect for weddings up to 300 guests. Enjoy total
privacy with wide open verandahs, polished flooring and high ceilings, providing the perfect setting
for a truly elegant wedding. Or for something more lavish, the Cable Beach Amphitheatre
overlooking Cable Beach offers an unforgettable experience, where a fiery Broome sunset and
pristine waters are the backdrop before the night leads into a canopy of stars.


For couples choosing to stay at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa for a romantic honeymoon, a variety
of accommodation options are dotted throughout the twenty-six acres of magnificent and lush
gardens.



The intimate Studios are perfect for couples. Located in the two-story wings, they feature a private
verandah, corrugated iron walls, and polished timber floors combined with contemporary
furnishings. Couples can choose rooms with Garden, Pool or Ocean Views. Cable Beach Club Resort &
Spa’s Pool Terrace Studios include a semi-private terrace with sun lounges and umbrellas and direct
access to the adults only Ocean Pool.


For couples wanting ultimate seclusion, the spacious Villas are the ideal room choice. Luxuriously
furnished in true Cable Beach Club style it’s easy to forget the rest of the world exists. These lavish
rooms feature an enclosed courtyard and private plunge pool with full butler service included to
meet guests every request.

For some well deserved pampering as well as all the essential on-the-day beauty preparations visit
Chahoya Spa & Hair Salon. Broome’s little piece of heaven, Chahoya Spa has seven luxurious
treatment rooms, a double vichy shower room, hair salon, yoga deck and much more.

Succumb to the romance of cocktails at sunset, dine under a canopy of stars, enjoy moonlit strolls on
the beach, laze by the pool or explore the natural splendors of this outback region. For incurable
romantics Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is simply... unforgettable.

Visit www.cablebeachclub.com for more information on packages and pricing.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Belle Époque's Final First Tuesday Champagne Club



The straight Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier. The strength of this prestige cuvée is in its finesse and elegance, much like its namesake Belle Epoque Restaurant, which makes it the perfect drop to say goodbye.

After two and a half years, French Bistro Belle Époque restaurant will soon close her intricate doors. To celebrate an amazing few years, Belle Epoque is inviting champagne lovers to an indulgent affair at their final ever First Tuesday Champagne Clubthis coming Tuesday September 7.


Hosted as always by the renowned Bernadette O’Shea, attendees will be treated to a special evening savoring the flavours of Perrier-Jouet featuring their prestige label aptly named Belle Epoque translating into a beautiful era.

Each month for the last year, the First Tuesday Champagne Club has seen hundreds of Belle Epoque’s guests focus on a different vintage. And for the ultimate indulgence, and quintessential culinary pairing, guests sipped and slipped their way through freshly shucked seasonal Oysters to accompany the champagne house.

Champagne’s showcased on Tuesday September 7 will include:

  • Perrier-Jouët  '02 Belle Epoque
  • Perrier-Jouët '02 Belle Epoque Rosé
  • Perrier-Jouët '98
  • Perrier-Jouët NV Blason Rosé
  • Perrier-Jouët '98 Magnum
O’Shea is holder of the prestigious Vin de Champagne Award. For her services to the industry she has been inducted into the L'ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and is a recipient of the very rare un Ruban vert (green ribbon) award.  She has also been invested with the Chevalier de l'ordre du Merite Agricole, a knighthood from the French Government for her work in the Champagne industry, an honour hardly ever bestowed on any woman outside France.

What:               First Tuesday Champagne Club - Perrier-Jouet
Date:                 Tuesday September 7, 2010
Time:                                5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price:                Champagne - Based on consumption. Sold by half or full glasses.
Bookings:         07 3852 1500 or www.belleepoque.com.au

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Lavish Escape at Laucala Island




If you’ve ever dreamed of a lavish island escape that’s truly unique, Laucala Island has it all. As the largest private island in the southern hemisphere, Laucala has, until recently, remained a secret with travellers. This luxurious property delivers a decadent holiday experience with a showcase of exclusive amenities, including five restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, 240 acres of farmland and an airstrip complete with three hangars.




Visiting Laucala Island is a breeze, as the island owns the water rights, airspace and marine reserves surrounding the property, guaranteeing the absolute privacy of its guests. Visitors can fly directly onto the island or transfer via Nadi, Fiji on the resort’s own King Air B 200 aircraft. Travellers who enjoy holidaying with their pets can do so on Laucala, as the island is biosecure.



Laucala Island offers 25 well-appointed residences in various locations around the island, whether it’s along Seagrass Bay or high up on Nawi Hill overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. With one, two and three bedroom villas available, each residence is unique and features individually selected décor.



Dining at Laucala is a gourmet experience on par with the world’s leading restaurants. Laucala offers five restaurants and bars ranging from fine dining at the elegant Plantation House Restaurant to authentic Asian creations in the alfresco Seagrass Restaurant. There are no opening hours or bookings, which means that guests can visit any time of the day at their leisure.



During their stay, guests are free to do as much or as little as they wish. They can indulge in a wide variety of leisure activities – including rainforest tours, pampering spa treatments, cooking classes and horseback riding. Laucala Island also offers a rare luxury for passionate golfers who can enjoy an undisturbed round of golf over the private course featuring panoramic views and spectacular tight winding fairways.

The crystal clear water around Laucala Island is a mecca for anglers and coastal fishing as well as for deep-sea diving. Dedicated divers are invited to explore the pristine underwater world with private dive sessions and guided snorkeling trips. Guests wishing to try surfing, sailing or jet-skiing can do so onboard the resort’s fleet of sporting boats, which includes a Riviera Open Flybridge.

Guests can also take a guided tour of Laucala’s farms and plantations. Laucala prides itself in self sustainability and 80 percent of all products are either grown locally or sourced directly from the island. There are 240 acres of farmland spread across the island offering a variety of organic crops and livestock. Various vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits are also grown in the island’s hydroponic greenhouse.

For further information or bookings, please contact Travel the World on 1300 950 622 or visit www.traveltheworld.com.au