We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your honeymoon is perhaps the most important romantic getaway of your life, so you want to make sure you do it right. And to do so you need to choose the right location and accommodation to suit your personalities and travel style. When the word honeymoon is mentioned, many couples conjure up images of a tropical beach or island hideaway. But you do not need to look overseas – there are some incredible destinations right here in Australia, and some of the islands and beaches in beautiful North Queensland give the shores of any overseas island a run for their money.
In fact, Romantic Retreats have carved a niche in the couples’ travel market with their stunning getaways, located in some of Queensland’s most beautiful destinations. From a palm-fringed tropical island to mountain streams and tropical rainforests, these private, award-winning, advanced-eco retreats have been specifically created for two. Your biggest decision will be which Romantic Retreats hideaway is perfect for your honeymoon or romantic getaway! Read on to discover which escape is made for just you.
For the couple who want… to indulge on gourmet delights in a rainforest setting, with the option of a Champagne helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef if the mood strikes.
You and your partner, a secluded and private rainforest villa with a pool, cheese factories and tea and coffee plantations to explore nearby, the opportunity to bring in a private chef, a golf buggy to explore the rainforest or perhaps a picnic or BBQ by a stream… sounds like a recipe for romance to us.
Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat may very well be North Queensland’s best kept secret. Only 40 minutes from Cairns, this rainforest oasis offers the best of both worlds for your honeymoon as it’s right in the middle of North Queensland’s major attractions. Take a leisurely drive through the Atherton Tablelands and discover delights along the way such as waterfalls, hikes and gourmet treats like cheese, chocolates, exquisite fresh seafood and fresh tropical fruits bursting with flavour. If you grow tired of private massages in the pristine rainforest to the soothing sounds of whip birds, try a romantic hot air balloon tour, explore the Frankland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef departing only 10 minutes away and snorkel or dive and discover why our reef is World-Heritage listed.
For the couple who want… the ultimate tropical island experience.
Bedarra Island is truly the jewel of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a lesser-known, luxury private and non-commercialised island, perfect for couples who want to escape and feel that you are the only ones in the world. What sets Bedarra Island apart from other tropical oases? You won’t have people setting up their picnics at the beach next to you here – it will be just the two of you.
Bedarra Island offers ultimate privacy with uncompromised luxury. You don’t have to leave the beach to discover incredible reefs and you can see turtles and dolphins from the expansive deck of your accommodation while you have breakfast or sundowners – bliss! Choose between luxe accommodation at East Bedarra Island Retreat, Bedarra Beach Villa, The Bedarra Hideaway and Bedarra 360 Degrees. And with all of these luxury accommodation options comes complimentary kayaks and snorkelling gear so you can make the most of the pristine paradise at your door.
To get to Bedarra Island, fly into Cairns and hire a limousine or self-drive to Mission Beach where you can take a charter or water taxi to the island.
For the couple who want… a sleepy and private seaside getaway with boutique shopping and cafés within easy reach.
A secluded alternative from Port Douglas’s Four Mile Beach, Oak Beach is ideal for honeymooners who like life in the slow lane and are happy to spend their time lounging beachside and retiring to a chic and relaxed beach house like Thirty One Degrees of an evening. Being only 10 minutes from Port Douglas, couples can pop in to one of Australia’s most exciting tourism destinations full of chic boutiques, rustic cafés and, of course, plenty of opportunity to dine on the freshest seafood of the region. Forget the hustle and bustle, staying at Oak Beach will ensure you have the perfect balance of entertainment and seclusion.
Even more exciting news from Romantic Retreats – their newest property, Tenterfield, (former beach house of Peter Allen) and has undergone huge renovations. It's now a luxurious and classy romantic getaway option. For more information and bookings on any of the properties, get in touch with Sharon from Romantic Retreats. Everyone has their own personal needs on their honeymoon and Sharon likes to tailor each couples' getaway from start to finish so that everything is perfect.