6 Exotic Overwater Bungalows for Honeymoon to Bookmark Right Away

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Preparing for your wedding also includes picking out a perfect romantic getaway once all the marriage anxiety ends. Booking in advance is preferred because no one likes end-moment delays. If you want your honeymoon in a secluded, romantic hotel, an overwater bungalow will be ideal. Offering luxe services like private beaches, outdoor showers, sunset cruises, couple massages, wine tastings, and private pools, these exotic floating properties are very popular among honeymooners!

Mostly in the tropics, these not only offer great weather all year round, but their surreal natural settings in tune with exemplary hospitality make them more than just a romantic holiday destination.

If you are looking for a surreal honeymoon with indulgent hot tubs under the sky, private dive pools, snorkelling sessions, or your own chef, here is a list of 6 overwater bungalows for your honeymoon, from around the world for you to consider.

El Dorado Maroma, Cancun, Mexico

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A premium all-exclusive resort, this over-water bungalow overlooks the Caribbean Sea. From refined suites and balconies facing the waters, private plunge pools, direct access to the sea, outdoor shows, whirlpool tubs, and butlers at your service, there is hardly anything this resort misses out on! At a distance of 9 km from the famous El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, Italian and Peruvian cuisine and a beach club, the overwater bungalows here have quite the Mexican touch!

Soneva Jani, Medhufaru Island, Maldives

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Built on a private lagoon, this luxury resort is accessible by a seaplane. The vibe is rustic chic, and the bungalow pans across luxurious 1 to 4 bedroom villas with private pools, butlers overwater rooms and decks. Some villas also lead to waterslides into the lagoon. The resort includes guided snorkelling trips, cocktail parties, open-air cinema, spa, and other such amenities to make your honeymoon all the more special.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Malolo Island, Fiji

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A popular adult-only resort, this exotic resort has a deluxe beachfront bure for direct access to the lagoon. It offers a freestanding bath, a private plunge pool, a lounger-strewn deck, and a heavenly view. The Likuliku Lagoon Resort is known to be Fiji’s first overwater bure. The stunning thatched-roof overwater bungalows with a coral reef underneath, easy ocean access, and private balconies make this a great honeymoon destination.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia

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A 3km ride from the extinct Mount Otemanu volcano, and at a distance of 2km from the Bora Bora WWII historic site, this luxe tropical beachfront resort is set on a lagoon. From open-air showers, decks with plunge pools, on-request chef, a self-kitchen, to furnished terraces and glass panels with views of the lagoon, there is pretty much everything.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, West Indies

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Spread on a pristine white sand beach, lined across the Caribbean Sea, this luxe resort offers all-inclusive facilities. From balconies or terraces to spacious rooms, upgraded rooms with sea views, and private pool access. The suites here also come with living areas and encompass stunning overwater bungalows.

Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius

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This luxurious resort is set on 60 hectares of garden space overlooking the ocean. The polished interiors in unison with thatched roofs and airy indoors make this villa a popular choice to many honeymooners. With overwater bungalows that have whirlpool tubs, private pools, and stilts over a fishing reserve, 24/7 room service, and complimentary water sports, and golf courses, this is a great choice if you want to honeymoon in Mauritius.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

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Want a view of the mountains? The four seasons, Bora Bora resort has private plunge pools overlooking Mount Otemanu in the distance. Glass panel flooring enables a view at the colourful sea life beneath. The turquoise waters and majestic mountain views make overwater bungalows here an ideal honeymooner’s paradise. Also awarded for their luxe services, you are bound to get the best in hospitality with several stunning views.

Overwater bungalows are known for their luxury facilities and modern amenities. From crystal clear waters to tropical sunshine views on an isolated island, there is pretty much nothing they don’t offer for a great honeymoon that comes with a lot of privacy. The private views with beaches where you can walk hand-in-hand are just the cherry on top!

For their cost, these overwater bungalows offer an array of facilities, all clubbed in one place for you to enjoy your honeymoon in peace. However, before you book these resorts, we suggest you decide on a location according to the distance you will be flying to reach your destination. Have a look at what kind of resort you would want–a boutique resort or a larger one? Most of these resorts offer honeymoon packages that are best availed while booking online instead of an agent, make sure to dive on the internet before booking one for yourself.

Which overwater bungalows would you choose for your honeymoon? Share with us in the comments!

The ‘Solely’ Honeymoon Lookbook Each Fashionable-day Couple Wants

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Hola newlyweds! Now that you’re done hopping from one wedding shopping market to another to shop for your big day, spare a moment to pat your backs because you finally made it as Man & Wife; looking your stylish best. We’re so proud of the two of you! But, if you think that was it, we hate to burst your bubble.

Honeymoon wardrobe is the next big thing after the wedding wardrobe for every modern-day couple. And why shouldn’t it be?! Your honeymoon look should be as picture-perfect as your honeymoon destination. We did burst your bubble but we do not intend to leave you alone to face the honeymoon wardrobe blues. We’ve put together our most-favourite honeymoon looks inspired by real couples. Scroll through and take that dose of inspiration.

Tropical Honeymoon

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One of the most favoured kinds of honeymoons are the tropical ones – taking long walks along-side the beach with sand in your toes, hair and clothes. Dressing for a beach-side honeymoon can be really tricky but not when you have style gurus like us. Ditch the basic bikinis and think bodysuits with sarongs, cape-style dresses and printed shirts.

Must Haves for Tropical Honeymoons: Short dresses, chinos, short denim, shorts, full-length airy dresses, florals, flip flops, light accessories & sunnies.

Snowcapped Honeymoon

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When it’s biting cold and even 7 layers of clothing fail to keep you cosy, you know you’re doing it wrong. Packing for a winter honeymoon is easier said than done. You are bound to overpack your luggage with plenty of pullovers and jackets while the trick remains to keep a few staples handy. Over-sized fur-lined jackets, fuzzy thigh-high boots, knit caps, gloves and high-neck pullovers are your best bet.

Must Haves for Snow-capped Honeymoons: Puffed jackets, fur-lined overcoats, velvet or leather leggings, thigh-high boots, thermals and warm beanies.

Country-side Honeymoon

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We personally love country-side honeymoons since they’re super rustic and romantic. Breezy outfits with little definition would go a long way. Move over cowboy hats or boots and slip into shift dresses and chino shorts with casual sneakers or espadrilles.

Must Haves for Tropical Honeymoons: Shift dresses, sneakers, chino shorts or pants, light accessories, crop-top with flared high-waisted skirts and linen shirts.

Cityscape Honeymoon

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If you’re planning to take yourself on a city spree for your honeymoon, get your fancy wardrobe out. If some days would be about splurging on the local streets of the city, some days are bound to posh star-lit restaurants, elite brunches. Long over-coats, classy gown dresses and suave accessories are exactly what you’ll need to get your honeymoon style on point.

Must Haves for Cityscape Honeymoons: Long coats, mufflers, simple gown dresses, semi-formal shirts, tapered skirts and some edgy accessories.

Adventurous Honeymoon

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If your honeymoon itinerary involves hiking, trekking, adventure sports or even road-tripping, ditch the boring sweatshirt and tracksuits. Think blazers over hoodies and comfy chinos over sweatpants to make the most of your fairy-lit camps in the midst of a forest with a flaming bonfire.

Must Haves for Adventurous Honeymoons: Comfy tracks, sweatshirts, over-sized blazers, backpacks, joggers, running shoes and caps.

We know ‘what to wear’ is a constant and universal dilemma for everyone out there when it comes to dressing up for special occasions, and honeymoons are no different. They demand you to look as happening as ever and dress for it. So whatever your honeymoon destination may be, we got you covered.

Kick start your honeymoon planning by getting in touch with our honeymoon vendors to sail through all ordeals that may come your way.

– Written by Bhavika Vallecha

Articles Originally Publish On Wedding Wire

Romantic and Lavish Non-public Island Locations for Your Honeymoon

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Picture a honeymoon experience that has you and your beau spoilt with luxurious choices in an island surrounded by sprawling inky seas and emerald bays. We shortlisted Private Island destinations for Honeymoon that are perfect for honeymooners who want to walk hand in hand with their paramour on the shores as the ambience is chimed with bird songs.

Choose from our hand picked list of lavishly maintained private island resorts and let the ocean bear testimony to the pages of your epic love story.

North Island, Seychelles

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Built in the heart of Seychelles Island, surrounded by three granite peaks, pristine beaches and rich forests, North Island is the one of the dream island destinations for honeymoon for couples looking for an escapade to an ocean paradise. Ten ultra luxuriously designed Presidential Villas are nestled along the East Beach with a serene view of the everlasting Indian ocean. Elegantly designed furniture, shaped by artisans in organic fittings drench the rooms in a perfect combination of luxury and comfort. At the very far end of East Beach, Villa 11, a haven of luxury, roosts on granite boulders. A leadwood bridge leads to the entrance gates of this stunning villa that sprawls across multi-tiered levels. Villa 11, is designed as the secluded dream house, bordered with a coconut grove and a private beach entry that opens the doors to the vast ocean.

Must-Have Experiences:

  • Do not miss out on the experience of dining at the Island Piazza designed in minimalist style, centred on an ancient almond tree.
  • Indulge in Snorkelling, Fishing, Kayaking, Standup Paddling and more.
  • Go shopping for antiques at the North Indian Boutique.

Laucala Island, Fiji

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Say “Noa’ia” (hello) to one of the famous triplets in the list of small islands in Fiji – Laucala Island. Wrapped in a blanket of tropical green, Laucala is nestled at the east of Thurston Point, on the island of Taveuni. The island stretches over 1,400 hectares with 25 Fijian-style villas contoured with deserted beaches, coconut plantations and atop mountains basking in the warmth of endless greenery and mangroves. The island overlooking coral reefs also witnesses unperturbed beauty of coconut plantations and is home to the rarest species of wildlife.

Must-Have Experiences

  • Beyond the silky smooth beaches, lies the experience of indulging in the lifestyle of Laucala’s Cultural village. The island offers an impeccable insight into Fiji’s history and culture.
  • Take a walk through the village hall, the chief’s hut and The Bure Kalou, traditionally recognised as the ‘Spirit House’ that was home to the ancestral Gods.
  • Attend the Lovo night and be a part of the Kava ceremony along with the hospitable staff at Laucala.
  • Swim through the lagoon pool that meshes with the lap pool islands.
  • Go horseback riding and boating to enjoy the splendid sights around the island. Laucala’s fleet of 14 boats is available for diving trips and inner and outer reef trips.
  • The jewel of the fleet, Riviera Open Flybridge, is an amazing idea for game fishing.
  • You can also spend leisurely time at the Golf Course designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd.

Amilla Fushi, Maldives

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Best described as “your island home” in Maldives local language, Amilla Fushi is a pristine landscape situated 30 minutes away from Male. Blessed with a verdant landscape, the island is covered in a blanket of virgin foliage, exotic flowers and lush tropical trees. The villas at this private island resort are interwoven with the local influence of Maldives along with conscious and sustainable luxury. Choose from a wide array of villas to soak up the beauty of infinite blues – Reef Villas that are perfect for snorkelers, Sunset Water Pool villa for a far sighted ocean view with a private bar, Lagoon Water pool villa for plunge pool lovers, enclosed with oceans vista to one side, and the lagoon to the other, Tree Top Pool villa nestled 12 metres above the ground, Beach Pool villa to enjoy the experience of private beach haven on white sand.

Must-Have Experiences

  • Choose from a multitude of snorkeling options like House reef snorkeling, Hanifaru Bay, Snorkeling Safari, Blue Hole Snorkeling and the exciting UV – Night Snorkeling.
  • Let Amilia’s marine biologist host your journey into the underwater world.
  • Try motorised water sports like water-boarding, fun-tubing, sea bob, or non motorised activities like kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.
  • Want to experience the underwater world without drenching in the ocean? Ride in Amilla Fushi’s glass bottom boat.

 Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique

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Situated in a small private island in Quirimbas Archipelago, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is an escape for the romantic souls to a beach lapped by the Indian Ocean. With only 12 thatched roof Beach Pool Villas lined along the picture perfect beaches, experience a tranquil escape faraway from the worldly cares. Luxe interiors and stunning outdoor decks facing private plunge pools makes this adults-only island resort, a little world sketched out for love birds.

Must-Have Experiences

  • Plan a picnic in the culinary heaven, Quissanga Island. Savour the tastes of varied salad creations, barbeque delights and beverages.
  • Gaze over the bay from the rooftop lounge, take a romantic dip in a secluded pool, and capture the sight of migrating whales swimming over the waves.
  • Allow the hands of experts to pamper your tired body with the ‘Crystal’ or ‘Marble Gem Massages’, offered by them.

Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi

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A 15 minute boat ride from the shores of the city crowded with limitless sky scrapers, Abu Dhabi,  stands a two mile long private island resort – Zaya Nurai Island. This sanctuary of luxury and complete seclusion offers a multitude of accommodation options to choose from. Beach Villas are permeated in the shades of silk white and sky blue and blend beautifully into the environment around. Walk in rainfall showers and two infinity pools make the Beach House a splendid choice. The Sea View house is designed for a family with splendid sea views, a private mini bar and dining area. You can also choose the turquoise ocean as your private backyard with the Water Villa, designed for larger families. Gourmet designs wrapped in neutral shades, rainfall showers, and an infinity edge pool, all designed in an accommodation that levitates over water, make it an irresistible choice. To book a 5-6 bedroom villa, choose the Estate Villa – sprawling across 1700 sq m, with private sauna, beach, patio, sundeck and an infinity edge pool.

Enticing Experiences

  • For adventure seekers, Nurai Island offers a variety of activities to indulge in. Try scuba diving, snorkeling adventures, jet skiing or water skiing.
  • Nurai Islands also offer kayaking, fly-fishing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, banana ride activities.
  • Experience the thrill of fishing or take a boat cruising trip.

Discover unsullied islands that bloom in the vast garden of oceans, faraway from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

Tell us your island trip stories in the comments section below. Who knows, you might have a story we will want to write about. 

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Roger Smith: The Story of a Luxury Watch Maker

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Situated in the Irish sea, the Isle of Man is a small and unassuming Crown Dependency, nestled between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, it’s this tiny bastion of Norse-Gaelic culture that is home to one of the finest horologists in the world – Roger Smith. He works away amid the tranquility of the countryside, in a cottage which has been converted into a miniature mechanical wonderland, designing some of the worlds most exquisite, and most expensive, watches. It’s an unusual setting for an unusual job, and I got the chance to chat with Roger about his work.

Roger made his first steps into the world of watchmaking when he took up a course at the British School of Horology in Manchester, he explains “It was a course which taught people how to repair clocks and watches. I heard about it through my father, who was interested in taking this course as a part-time hobby. It was as simple as that really, I heard about the course, found it interesting, and as someone who’s always been very practical, I took to it like a duck to water.”

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In 1989, soon after completing his course in Manchester, Roger worked under the tutelage of the legendary George Daniels, a horologist who was regarded as one the world’s greatest watchmakers, up until his death in 2011. One of few men to build watches completely by hand, Daniels’ most famous invention was the coaxial escapement, which allowed watches to be built without lubricant. It was Roger’s time spent with this pioneer that sealed his destiny for a career in horology.

Now confident enough to set up shop on his own, Roger launched his company R. W. Smith Watches officially in 2001. With the Isle of Man now his home, he converted his cottage into a fully functioning workshop, and gathered together a small team. To this day Roger and his team produce just 10 watches per year, due primarily to the intricate methodology he employs in creating each design. “It starts with me designing the watch and that’s something which is very different with my company” he says “because I act as both designer and maker, which today in the industry is rarely heard of, and this was an approach which was started by George Daniels in the late 1960’s. He made his first watch by hand, and it’s a way of doing things that I found very exciting. So, I will start off with designing the dial and the hands, and then the case, which are the most important features of a watch. Once I’m happy with the balance and the aesthetics of that, then I will start to design the mechanism which provides the information for the dial. This can be a very long and drawn out process. To give an example, the new watch has to date taken four years to refine and improve, it’s a massive undertaking.”

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An R. W. Smith watch is defined by its aesthetics, mechanical gems of absolute beauty, and Roger sources his inspirations from two very specific places “my inspirations come from watches I see everyday” he explains “but also, I take a look back at the great history we have in Britain. Without doubt we’ve got one the most enviable horological histories in the world, and there’s tons of inspiration to be found there. If you plan to build on anything you have to look back to see what has gone before you, so that’s a particularly special area of inspiration for me. Basically, horology is a very complex field and it involves everything from mechanics to aesthetics.”

After 15 years, R. W. Smith is coming out with a special range of watches, which will be launched in November, as Roger told me “that’s quite a big thing for such a tiny manufacturer.” Sadly he could not divulge anymore than that, so we will have to wait and see what creations he has come up with.

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The distinct charms of a traditional mechanical watch show no signs of dwindling, and Roger Smith is a man leading the charge for quality and true craftsmanship in the field.

By Ben Mirza

BENMIRZATITLEBen is the Editor of the Think Shaadi blog. Aside from that he is a freelance blogger, photographer, web designer and copy-writer. He has written for numerous print and digital magazines across the world, and worked with a variety of clients in the arts and lifestyle sector. You can find out more about Ben by visiting his website benmirza.com.

 

 

 

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ThinkShaadi Highlights: Vogue Wedding Show 2015

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 took place at the Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge.

We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer.

Here are our highlights captured beautifully by ThinkShaadi Partner Stories by Joseph Radhik

Doli Diaries with Nargis Fakhri

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A Think Shaadi event, Este Couture recently hosted a tête à tête with Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri. Wearing a gorgeous Priyal Prakash lehenga from Este Couture, stunning jewellery from Deeya Jewellery, and beautiful hair and make-up by Ambreen Make-up Artist, the discussions ranged from Nargis’ fashion inspiration, skin care tips, staying fit, and what her future wedding and hen do would be like!

Working with Think Shaadi’s partners, the event featured fabulous floral arrangements by Neil Strain, beautifully scented candles by Tara Sofia, and candles by Essential Couture. Think Shaadi also worked alongside media partners RR Public Relations to cover this amazing event.

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Desi Rascals stars Jo and Natalie Shah also stopped by the event and took in one of the major highlights, the Openbooth -a fantastic photography experience for a great souvenir!

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You’ll be able to catch more of the event, including the interviews, on Think Shaadi’s YouTube channel.

Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

Jenny Packham’s 2016 Bridal Collection

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Inspired by the work of England’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare, Jenny Packham’s latest collection draws inspiration from one of the bards most familiar works ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Ethereal and feminine are the two words which sum up this collection, with its flurry of delicate florals, complimented by flowing fabrics of luxurious silks and satin’s.

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Evoking that fairytale world of Shakespeare’s magical play, there is a genuine elegance to this collection, fusing elements of the English countryside, the literary and indeed Elizabethan world, Jenny Packham has stuck gold once more.

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Silhouettes and beautiful contours remain a strong feature in this collection, with many of the designs floating in a princess like manner, however there are close cut mermaid shapes and tiny shifts, which adds the element of sartorial variety to the collection.

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Igniting thoughts of dreamy woodlands, where the sun pierces through the lush green branches of the trees, Jenny Packham truly let her imagination run wild. Embellishments ranged from ebullient rosy bundles of feathers at the waist, with another that includes an understated sheath, and cape featuring pastel floral embellishments at the neckline.

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Keeping with embellishments, others include oversized camellia flowers which accent the simpler silhouettes, adding an amazingly whimsical feel. The palette befits the theme perfectly, with a gorgeous mix of white, creams, gold and more pastel colours.

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This marvelous collection, with its simply gorgeous style is one of the finest of the new seasons.