Bora Bora Boracay

Bora Bora Boracay!

Are you a beach lover? Your idea of a perfect romantic getaway is to be sipping champagne while surrounded by crystal clear waters and white glistening sands? For all the tropical honeymooners out there, be informed that nothing could be more perfect than waking up on a bright, sunny morning in the charming Philippines. Boracay is one of the last undiscovered Asian beach escapes. A small island at 4.5 miles long, Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or bike!

The Beaches

Even with it’s small expanse, Boracay has several world famous beaches to boast. White Beach, among these, is Boracay Island’s longest, most iconic and commercial strip. This place is a very important one on the Boracay bucket list. Voted one of the best beaches in the world, White Beach truly is a self-sufficient paradise, with 4 kilometres of white, pristine sand speckled with resorts, shops, and restaurants.

Yapak Beach, also known as Puka Beach, is famous for its numerous puka shells. The beach is known for its seafood, swarmed with restaurants serving the catch of the day. One great feature about Yapak Beach is that it’s not as commercial as White Beach, so it’s less crowded and leaves more opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. There are several other less commercial beaches around the place, ideal for the offbeat souls who like to steer away from the crowd.

Things to do

Boracay is an adventure-lover’s dream come true. Reef walking, scuba diving, parasailing, skimboarding, stand-up paddling and many more beach sports can be explored in abundance. Apart from that, you can do cliff diving, zorbing and ziplining, ATV rides, mermaid swimming, and loads more to satiate your appetite for adventure.

However, if you’re the kind who wants a vacation in the literal sense of the word and just wants to take it easy, then pick a less strenuous activity like swimming, golfing, or sailing or just recline by the beach and indulge in a glorious massage. There’s something for every type on this wondrous piece of land.

D’ Talipapa

The seafood paradise of Boracay, D’ Talipapa is a wet market that is surrounded by restaurants that offer cooking services for the fresh catches that you’ll find here. For those of you who don’t know the fast growing trend of “paluto” (meaning, “cooking service”) in the Philippines, you’re in for an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Just seeing the range of seafood and fresh produce this market boasts will make your eyes pop out and mouth drool. And the best part? You get to have it tailored to your exact taste. So, get your tricycle ready and make your way to this food fantasy land.

Boracay will steal your heart in more ways than one. The breathtaking sunsets, the carefree sailing, the crazy nightlife, the sweetest locals, the happy-go-lucky tourists, the delectable food, the romantic setting, the natural beauty… the list goes on and on. However, the most striking quality about this wonderland is that you can create your own adventure and enjoy your stay in your own customized way no matter what your preferences are.

Are you convinced yet? Then come on over lovebirds, to the Philippines’ best kept secret.

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Enchanting Kerala

Enchanting Kerala

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” – John Keats

And nothing is truer than the beauty of Kerala. The tranquil backwaters, the spirited waterfalls, the emerald surroundings, the noisy rivers, the cheery fishermen, and the overseeing palm trees are witness to this. A wedding in this romantic destination is bound to be a surreal and divine experience. Are you a beach lover? Do you have a love of mountains and waterfalls? Plan on having a cosy wedding with just the family? Well, Kerala has a little something for every wishful thinker. The first thing you need to do is pick a backdrop from the horde of natural themes this gorgeous place has to offer.

By the Sea

The spectacular coastline of Kerala echoes the culture and lifestyle of the state. Beaches are also a big tourist attraction, and the beach resorts in Kerala surely do live up to their hype; they could make the wedding experience for any family an affair to remember.

Our pick:
Alleppey is the crowned jewel of Kerala. Referred to fondly as the Venice of the East, the beautiful Alleppey beach is one of the many endowments of this scenic locale. Have a magical ceremony by the ocean, and take your wedding vows on the 140-year-old pier that extends into infinity. Clear blue waters, white sand pathways, and gorgeously green vegetation; you couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting.

Things to do:
At Alleppey beach, indulge in water sports such as para sailing, surfing and swimming under the blanket of blue. Throw a volley ball, kick a football around, or get a tan by reclining with a drink on the white sand; there are several ways to gratify yourself at this beautiful beach.

Up in the Clouds

The hill stations of Kerala are host to the Western Ghats and an absolutely breathtaking sight. Boasting a lush green landscape, these heavenly peaks rise up to the clouds wrapped in acres of thick forest and tea, coffee and spice plantations. Apart from this, the entwined streams and merry waterfalls will form the ideal entourage for your wedding bliss.

Our pick:
Nicknamed Kerala’s “Scottish Highlands”, there are parts of Munnar that are untouched by man. A wedding in this vicinage with a backdrop of the Western Ghats is the stuff of fairy tales. It is home to absolutely charming resorts, colonial bungalows and luxuriant tea estates that will fulfil your every desire for an ideal wedding. You’ll surely to be on cloud nine!

Things to do:

Munnar is a nature-lover’s paradise and has a whole host of activities, such as bird watching, paragliding, cycling, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, boating, and shopping, that the wedding families can indulge in during their stay there. Helicopter tours, elephant rides and tours of the tea and coffee plantations are also available, which will make your experience all the more enjoyable. Even for a honeymooning couple, Munnar offers a bustling nightlife and a superlative culinary experience, so pen this place down as a must-visit.

Amidst the Backwaters

The Kerala backwaters are an intricate network of intertwined lakes, lagoons and canals that eventually meet the vast Arabian Sea. The feeling of calm and peace that is synonymous with these water bodies is indescribable. They truly are the biggest tourist attraction in Kerala. So if you’re looking to have an intimate ceremony with close family and friends, these obscure backwaters are the wedding destination for you.

Our pick:

The Kumarakom backwaters are home to a variety of flora and fauna. They are a bird-watcher’s heaven and home to several exotic aquatic species as well. If you’ve dreamed of a floating wedding, the Kumarakom Castle houseboats will fulfil this outrageous request. However, we recommend these beautiful floating resorts more for a dreamy honeymoon than a wedding ceremony.

Things to do:

Enjoy a backwater cruise in your own houseboat as you enjoy a lavish meal with your better half, go kayaking through narrow canals and visiting fishing villages, take a bird tour of the exotic, or enjoy an Ayurvedic massage as you float through the serene backwaters. Kumarakom is simply happiness gift-wrapped in a houseboat.

Kerala, like most of India, is also a culinary marvel and known for it’s abundance of seafood, so be sure to try out some of the local delicacies at your reception for a truly wholesome event.

It is said that marriages are made in heaven. Well then, there’s no better place to tie the knot than in God’s Own Country.