honeymoon in France

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You’ve done it! You selected the flowers, the dress, the venue, and danced the night away, gorging on cake and laughter with your loved ones – congratulations! Now dust off the confetti and grab the hand of your partner in crime, it’s time to honeymoon.

Firefly’s Top 10 Places to Honeymoon

CULTURE ON THE BEACH

Mexico – Casa Malca

Tulum Mexico

Tulum is unlike any other area of Mexico. With natural Caribbean beauty, the historical significance of the Mayan Temples, the mysterious and alluring underground Cenotes, and a bohemian-luxe atmosphere, it’s the perfect escape from the spring breaker strewn beaches of Cancun.

Casa Malca is an eco-friendly paradise located on a pristine private beach. It houses an amazing collection of contemporary artwork and an incredible 360-degree view from the rooftop deck — touted as one of the best views in Tulum.

LUXURY ADVENTURE

Iceland – Ion Hotel

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Not far from the lively and arts-filled city of Reykjavík, the incredible Ion Hotel sits in front of both towering mountains and lava fields, protruding from the base of a nearby volcano.

If you’re after adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Tours are split up into Earth, Fire, Ice, and Water and include horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, hot springs and ice caves to name but a few.

After a fun and exciting day, it’s time to relax. The northern lights are ready for you to gaze upon as you soak in the warm outdoor pool or you can view the spectacular Aurora Borealis while sipping on a cocktail in the award winning Northern Lights Bar (which features floor-to-ceiling windows). Enjoy the view before retiring to one of the beautiful suites that evoke the contemporary Icelandic style.

EXCLUSIVE R&R

Turks & Caicos – Amanyara

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On the island of Providenciales is the stunning Amanyara resort, made up of private villas, each with an indoor-outdoor feel that connects its guests to untamed nature.Tile can be a little they come to a very 19 €70 a job transfer down the stones with ovals such thousand and you for self-service spaces

The resorts focus is on rest and relaxation, offering its guests an idyllic and zen break from the stress of the real world.

The beach itself is one of the best in the world with crystal-clear water and pristine, sugar-soft sand. It is also home to a diverse underwater wonderland of coral reefs that run along Amanyara’s private beach, perfect for a diving or snorkeling trip.

HILLSIDE HAVEN

South Africa – MannaBay

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Located in Cape Town, the modern MannaBay  consists of only eight rooms. It is located high on the slopes of Table Mountain, boasting views of the city and the mountains behind.

Each room is sumptuously and uniquely decorated with it’s own theme: a favorite among travellers is the Pom Pom Room (favored not just for its design, but for the private pool!).

The hotel also offers day tours with activities such as diving with sharks and wine tasting. We suggest carving out time to sample the High Tea that happens daily from 3:30-5:30pm, which is nothing short of exquisite.

SUSTAINABLE SENSATION

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Designed by our friend Elora Hardy, Green Village Bali is set along the Ayung River and is made up of 18 sustainable, hand-constructed homes made completely of bamboo. The homes are individually owned, though available for rental.

Each house is as unique as the next; the latest build, Sharma Springs, recently graced the front page of New York Magazine for its unique design.

Model making and house building workshops are available as well as full and half-day tours of the incredible village.

LITERARY ELEGANCE

France – Hotel du cap-eden-roc

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On the French Riviera, Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc  is a grand and beautiful resort that graces 22 acres of lush garden, with the blue-watered coastline of the Mediterranean only steps away. This idyllic spot lends itself to plenty of fun water sports and activities.

For all you literary buffs Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc has always been a home to artists, and has been immortalized in the pages of Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night.

The rooms are the epitome of elegance and exude historic glamor, most with views of the parklands or sparkling sea.

BAROQUE ROMANCE

Italy – Villa D’este

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Opulence is the only word for the exquisite beauty of Villa D’Est. The hotel looks over the popular Lake Como, a perfect setting for whispering sweet nothings.

The rooms are filled with polished antiques, and pay homage to the baroque style with painstaking details that add to the grand atmosphere.

The renaissance-inspired gardens are a green thumb’s dream and well worth exploring.

ROYAL RETREAT

Ireland – Ashford Castle

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This incredible place dates back to 1228 and has kept its fairytale charm whilst also catering to every contemporary whim. Ashford Castle  boasts a wide array of activities including boating, archery, and falconry.

If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further. The spa, a recent addition, boasts a serene and stunning escape meant for royalty.

An absolute must is dinner in the underground wine cellars: a converted dining area that was once a secret passageway.

COASTAL CHIC

Australia – Halcyon House

Gold Coast Australia

Halcyon meaning: denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful, perfectly captures this bright, colorful and texture rich take on an updated 1960’s motel.

Guests arriving at Halcyon House are greeted with an ice cream cart offering flavors made daily, a nod to nostalgia and the area; a quiet beach town.

The area sits between the glitz of the Gold Coast and laid back Byron Bay, a perfect spot to take one of the complimentary bikes and ride through the town of Kingscliff or to travel to Byron Bay and visit the lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point.

However a trip to Halcyon House is not complete without a meal at their in-house restaurant, Paper Daisy, a destination unto itself.

POSITANO PERFECTION WITH A VIEW

Italy – Hotel Marincanto

Italy Como

Perfectly placed on a hillside on the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Marincanto  offers breathtaking views across the town of Positano and the Mediterranean sea. Grab your honey and sit out on one of the many terraces taking in the natural and manmade beauty of Italy.

In need of cooling off? The infinity pool, set amongst the cliffs above the sea is the perfect place.

Hotel Marincanto is in the heart of Positano and close to some wonderful attractions including Piazza dei Mulini and Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Honeyfund!

xx The Firefly Team

Bio: Firefly Events is a luxury wedding and event planning and design company. We take care of all the logistics and work with you to design an event that’s beautiful, innovative, and highly personal. Our offices are located in New York and California and we are available for travel worldwide!

As designers, we draw inspiration from the past, present and future, from art, fashion, travel, and the dynamic cities we call home! We love unstructured organic design as much as clean lines and modern décor, but what we really love is creating a unique combination of these sensibilities in order to produce weddings & events that bring our client’s individual style to the forefront.

As planners, our goal is to alleviate the stress and frustration that often accompany wedding & event planning. We deal with all of the scheduling, logistics, paperwork, emails, phone calls and everything in between so you don’t have to. We offer our clients a space to laugh, smile, feel inspired, and enjoy every moment of the planning process as well as their big day.

At Firefly we are truly passionate about the art of wedding & event planning and finding the place where elegance meets creativity.

Can’t wait to meet you!!

XX Firefly

Cover photo: Copyright: Surangaw / 123RF Stock Photo  

 

 

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Looking for a gorgeous wedding venue where you will want to honeymoon after the ceremony? Having a destination wedding and  a June honeymoon in Provence, France will help you start out your life together with unforgettable memories.

What’s to remember?

Gorgeous blue skies, silvery olive groves, yellow sunflowers as far as the eye can see, outdoor cafés, world-renowned vineyards, hilltop villages bustling with activity, cobblestone streets dotted with art galleries, local markets overflowing with seasonal produce such as cherries, peaches, melons, strawberries, tomatoes, salads, olives….and lavender!

When you are setting up your registry for your destination wedding and romantic getaway, Provence is the stuff memories are made of.

Great Sites to See on your June Honeymoon in Provence

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Don’t Miss the Lavender

The lavender season is very short so needs to be timed right. The last two weeks in June can pretty much be guaranteed to have velvet-blue rolling carpets adding an awe-inspiring element to an already gorgeous time of year.  The Luberon and Mont Ventoux areas are perfect to explore either by bike, or by car.

For those who opt the cycling option your senses will be awakened! The gentle buzzing of bees on the lavender blooms, the fragrant scents, the heat on your skin, and a cool glass of rosé is a refreshing reward after an exhilarating day spinning through the colorful countryside.

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Vineyards, Markets, and More in Provence

Provence is a timeless world where the lifestyle, people and landscape are in a peaceful tranquility cherishing the simple things in life: excellent cuisine, fine wine, breathtaking scenery,  good company and a game of petanque as the sun starts to set….

The following are not to be missed: Wednesday morning market in St Remy de Provence, lavender fields around the Mont Ventoux, meandering through villages such as Les Baux de Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Aix-en Provence, and visiting historical sites such as Abbaye de Senanque, Vaison la Romaine, Pont du Gard, ….

The main things to do in the area include wine-tastings, cycling, cooking-classes, museums, historical visits, and eating great food.

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Great Places to Stay

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Bastide de Marie

A boutique hotel in Menerbes, France, Bastide de Marie is an 18th-century stone mansion on a wine estate that includes 57 acres of vineyards. Many couples decide to have their wedding ceremony on this picturesque property as well as their honeymoon. You will enjoy the ambiance of a typical country farm surrounded by cypress trees, lavender bushes, and olive trees. During the day, you can take secateurs into the vineyards and enjoy wine tasting in the cellars, explore nearby villages, or enjoy amenities such as the spa. While you will be captivated by the food in the award-wining restaurant on site, you will want to take advantage of a cooking lesson using food from a local market.

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Crillon le Brave

Located in a hilltop village of the same name, this lovely hotel is a group of eight buildings constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries and converted to a hotel starting in 1989. Day trips to villages in Provence, the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, ancient Roman antiquities, and upscale villages such as Luberon and Gordes are popular ways to pass the time for honeymooners who want to leave the hotel and explore. Those who want to relax and be pampered will find the restaurant, spa, a heated pool, and massages perfect for passing the day.

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Château de Massillan

Built as hunting lodge by Henri II and Diane de Poitiers in 1555, the Château de Massillan is popular wedding venue and 4-star hotel that provides a relaxing setting for couples in search of a countryside retreat. With some rooms more traditional and other more contemporary and scattered around the estate, the hotel is famed for its restaurant stocked with food from an organic kitchen garden and natural lake. Many enjoy a group cooking class and visit to the on-site wine cellar, but other activities in the area include exploring nearby cities such as Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape.

Farmhouse in Luberon

Cabro d’Or

Located in Bouche-du-Rhone in the south of France, the Cabro d’Or recently merged with L’Oustau de Baumaniere to form a complex building, which include a manor and two gourmet restaurants. Food in the restaurant comes from the on-site vegetable garden or from neighboring sustainable farms, while funny, all oral are also produced way on-site. The restaurant is committed to other local food and sustainability, so even staff lives nearby so as to minimize greenhouse gases. The hotel also offers horseback riding, golf, swimming, tennis, biking, and hiking work off the cuisine. Honeymooners can enjoy a massage, steam bath, and sensory pool in a secluded location that opens onto historic trees.

Make Provence your wedding and honeymoon destination today.

Bio: Haute Wedding, recently selected by American Vogue  as the top 5 international wedding planners in their 2016 Ultimate Wedding Planner Master List, personally tailors wedding planning for couples looking for and loving all things French. Haute Weddings specializea in destination weddings that reflect your desire for travel, culture and beauty, ensuring your dreams are brought flawlessly to reality. 

From discussing the initial idea, to finalizing the details and ensuring your wedding day is absolutely perfect, our attention to detail is second to none. We are English-speaking wedding planners, based in the French Alps and on the French Riviera, who understand the expectations of our couples, while liasing through cultural differences, to produce a stunning and memorable event that will last a lifetime! See our work at http://www.hautewedding.co.uk/en/.

Cover photo: Fulvio Spada

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