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#31 Hamilton

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE (L&H @ Mar 17 2006, 07:49 AM)

Where did you stay in the Maldives? How was it? Have you got any photos?

I finally got my butt moving and posted some piccies and the story of it in the 'Newlyweds section'

But heres a link to the piccies anyway...

Maldives Honeymoon

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:17 AM

We loved our resort in the Maldives for our honey moon.
It only had 50 individual cottages, each one had it's own private beach frontage, and private outdoor bathroom.You could have a chef come and cook you dinner on 'your' beach.
The food and service was really devine, and the privacy and intimacy of being in such a small resort was perfect for a honey moon.

The resort is Angsana and here our photos.

PS. Edited to add, just checked out Gwen's photos and it's the same resort. Snap! So there's two votes of confidence!

Edited by gidget, 26 March 2006 - 01:32 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:30 AM

I agree that 5 stars are great, but it's staying in the 0/1 star places that make them memorable! laugh.gif I remember when we were in Langkawi, Malaysia last year staying in this terrible room on one night with no hot water and just a bucket to wash in - no shower. Then the next night we were 500 metres down the road in this fantastic 5 star resort with everything.

Really, I am happy with 3 stars. We'll be spending about $8/9K in Oct on our honeymoon for 3 weeks in Hong Kong, Thailand and Veitnam. I like to spend my money on food and shopping! I mean, the hotel is good, but I'm not going to just sit in there all day - I want to go out and see stuff. Unless I have heaps of money to burn we won't be going for 5 stars. I know it's the honeymoon but... 3 stars is still fine.
We'll be booking everything through Wotif or the like at the last minute (which is why we had to stay in that 0 star place - everything was booked out for that one night sad.gif ) so we might even get a 5 star place on the cheap. I like the surprise and adventure and it always make for a good story later. cool.gif

BTW, Go to Bora Bora (Tahiti) for the over water bungalows, about $1000 - $1500 a night and the air fare is cheaper.
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 06:04 PM

QUOTE (gidget @ Mar 26 2006, 01:17 AM)
We loved our resort in the Maldives for our honey moon.
It only had 50 individual cottages, each one had it's own private beach frontage, and private outdoor bathroom.You could have a chef come and cook you dinner on 'your' beach.
The food and service was really devine, and the privacy and intimacy of being in such a small resort was perfect for a honey moon.

The resort is Angsana and here our photos.

PS. Edited to add, just checked out Gwen's photos and it's the same resort. Snap! So there's two votes of confidence!

There's going to be three i-do brides that have been to Angsana for their honeymoon....'AnnaThema' is going as well in April!!!

I had a look at your piccies and its amazing how much has changed in less then 2 years!! The photos of the eating has changed, there is not as much sand between the deck and the sea, the sand/beach is slowly erroding (even if this shot was taken in low tide). Each day they have 3 boatloads of guys bringing extra sand onto the island..hmmm damn global warming sad.gif

Such a lovely place, I often find myself daydreaming about it sad.gif

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE (gwen @ Mar 26 2006, 04:04 PM)
I had a look at your piccies and its amazing how much has changed in less then 2 years!! The photos of the eating has changed, there is not as much sand between the deck and the sea, the sand/beach is slowly erroding (even if this shot was taken in low tide). Each day they have 3 boatloads of guys bringing extra sand onto the island..hmmm damn global warming sad.gif


According to some scientists the whole of the Maldives will be completely underwater due to global warming within 20 years!!! ohmy.gif

We went just before the tsunami, and I think that was responsible for a lot of the erosion you refer to, too.



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Posted 30 March 2006 - 05:28 PM

We had our honeymoon before our Wedding last Nov. We went to to the US for 9 days and spent we spent $19k for the whole trip. Then in Dec I decided i wanted to have a wedding. There went all our savings and now we are building our house. I had a great honeymoon but I wish I didn't spend all that money now.
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Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:10 AM

Ours would have been under $2000. We went for a mini-honeymoon (we're planning on a bigger holiday later) down south in Margaret River. We stayed at a retreat in the middle of the bush. It was amazing!!

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:26 AM

We are getting married in NZ. We arrive on a Saturday, get married on a Wednesday and start our official honeymoon after that! We have three weeks away all up.

For airfares, car hire, 5* accommodation, ski lift tickets we are paying $12K for both of us.
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Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:26 AM

I was really lucky as we had our honeymoon given to us as a wedding pressie smile.gif We stayed at Perigian beach on the Sunny Coast in Queensland. Was very nice and very quiet and relaxing.
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Posted 31 March 2006 - 02:34 PM

We had 12 nights in Thailand and it cost us $6000 without spending money. I think $9000 for the Maldives is really cheap for two people smile.gif
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 01:37 PM

We did 10 nights in the Gold Coast for just under $2000, including spending money. We had gotten tickets for the theme parks (We are roller-coaster buffs) for free (a lovely flybuys present from mum), and we had dinner in some nights, cause we were so tired we didn't want to get out (and there can be a lot of fun staying in).

It was a 4 star serviced spartments, so the bed wasn't made every day, but we didn't have to worry about random cleaners interrupting anything. We also got a free upgrade to the top floor when they foundout we were honeymooners.

I couldn't reccomend the place more, it was absolutely perfect for what we wanted, and the apartment was just over $100 a night for both of us. It was also one block from the beach, and had a pool, sauna, spa, gym and in-room spa.

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 01:47 PM

Ours was on a bit of a different scale, we spent 6 weeks in Europe (in a mix of nice hotels, hired cottages & a few nights with friends, self-drive). We spent around $20K, I think, but my parents gave us flights ($3800) as a wedding present. smile.gif

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 03:40 PM

We went to Hawaii for 5 nights, LA for 4 nights, New York for 4 nights & Vegas for 2 nights. This cost us a total of $8500, which included $5000 for the flights and $3500 for the accommodation, tours etc. We also had $2000 spending money. Our best man works for a Travel Agent so we got it all at cost.
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Posted 12 April 2006 - 01:47 PM

we also did america

LA 2 nights, vegas 3 nights, NY 5 nights and hawaii 4 nights

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Our best man works for a Travel Agent so we got it all at cost.


you are sooooo lucky.. our flights and accom cost 8,200 alone.. but breakie was included in hawaii..

we didnt stay in 5 star hotels.. the max was a 4 star i think...

we probably spent around 2-3K in shopping...but we were bargain hunting and boy did we bring back heaps of stuff!!! (mind you my sunglasses cost just under 400 alone ph34r.gif )

it was alot more money than we first anticipated.. but well worth it in the end..
we will definatley be returning to the USA..
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Posted 12 April 2006 - 02:43 PM

Hi guys,

I have champagne taste, but unfortunately I'm generally too much of a tightarse to part with my cash!

We would have loved to go to Maldives / Mauritius, we wanted to go away for approximately 2 weeks to a 5 star place, and that long in the Maldives would have seen us refinancing our mortgage...similarly, most places in Aus for the standard we wanted were really expensive (like $20K for both of us for the 2 weeks). We could have afforded to go for a week to any of these places, but we wanted 5 star luxury for 2 weeks!

Soooo....we looked at S E Asia. When I was booking, most places in Thailand were rebuilding etc from Tsunami, so that became out of the question....and then someone suggested the island of Langkawi in Malaysia. It is a tiny little island, but absolutely perfect for a honeymoon. We were treated like kings.

All up, for two weeks, we spent $5000. This included airfares, domestic and international (with Singapore Airlines); 10 nights at the Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort (5 star) and 3 days in Singapore as a stopover. All hotel stays were 5 star and included breakfasts. Singapore airlines did have a special at the time, Im not sure if they are still making the same offer?

We were treated like kings on Singapore airlines too. They even bought us a honeymoon cake, can you believe it!

Anyway, our room at the Sheraton was magnificent. We got a beachfront bungalow with a huge jacuzzi, it was very private. Basically you could sit in the jacuzzi and look out to the beach, it was fantastic. The bed was a gigantic Sheration sweet sleeper bed. The chalet / bungalow was nice and private, huge TV with plenty of channels, huge bathroom, and a nice wide balcony.

The resort is set in a tropical rainforest, so was quite hilly, but wait for it...they have buggies which regularly drive around and collect you to take you where you want to go! They have like 5 restaurants there, all delicious, we had plenty of lobster and seafood and all at good prices. One restaurant is set on a deck which goes out into the water. For 10 nights we spent about $800 at the resort, and we ate there a few times, hired a car for 4 days, went on some of their organised tours, got lots of room service, and of course, lots of drinks at the swim up bar!

The resort had an infinity pool with a swim up bar, I cannot begin to tell you how good it was. Cocktails were around $3-5 each.

The resort had a lovely spa facility, and you could get in room treatments as well.

One of the other great things about Langkawi is that it is a duty free island....so we went on a little trip into town and got some nice champagne to celebrate. We got Moet, Bollinger and Veuve Cliquot for approx $30 a bottle, and some nice wines as well. 1 litre of Jamesons whisky set paddy back $15 AUD!!! BEfore you ask whether we spent our honeymoon sloshed, we didnt, but it was nice to be able to celebrate with some fine drops!

The island itself is lovely...you can drive around it in a few hours. There are lovely secluded beaches all over the island, and busy Cenang beach has opportunities for loads of watersports, including parasailing, which we loved. The town itself has some duty free outlets, where you can get alcohol, and all the usual duty free staples quite cheaply (and all genuine, unlike other places in SE Asia). I came away with a new pair of Versace sunnies (after I lost my Morrissey ones mad.gif ); a new bottle of Romance; plenty of Clinique and Lancome goodies (a new juicy tube I LOVE!); and a Tiffany screwball keyring (though we did get this in Singapore en route) - all at prices well below standard duty free.

I know Im ranting, but we just had such a fantastic time. We had 5 star luxury without paying the pricetag of other beachy locations (ie Maldives). This meant we could spend double the time there, and had plenty of money for shopping whilst we were there. We spent about $2,500 over there. Being a duty free island everything there was quite inexpensive. The island is promoted as a luxury tourist destination, ideal for honeymooners, so the bulk of the holiday makers there were couples. Not that there were many people there....its pretty well unheard of and undiscovered, probably why its still so cheap! Its definitely in a class above other places I've been in SE Asia, ie Bali, and Thailand. It was absolute 5 star luxury.

Even better....we had a honeymoon registry and got about $3500 back...so it was a very affordable honeymoon after all that!

Thinking about it now just makes me want to go back!!!

Anyway, if you haven't already done so, think about SE Asia and Langkawi in particular. Its tops!

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