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I've always thought that Italy would make a good honeymoon destination. It's romantic (ride a gondola down Venice), loads to explore and Italian cuisine's my favourite!
Then, my friend returned from her honeymoon in Italy FAT. Pasta and pizza's the culprit, with not much adrenaline activities other than brisk walking to avoid pick pockets.
That made me think twice about Italy for a honeymoon, i can't so soon become a 黄脸婆 (let loose after marriage).
Little did i know that romantic spots are closer to home.
If you care for a little role play ala Austin Powers,
|Hotel service staff fitted to theme.|
He and She cocktail mixers, put them together, you get Sex on the Beach.
Wait a minute, we may be jumping the gun. If you haven't proposed, consider doing it on Mt Tamborine. About 40 minutes drive from Gold Coast, The Escarpment Retreat offers a proposal package!
Enter the enchanted forest that leads up to
Here you have exclusive access to the Lovers' View. Standing on the edge of the cliff with an award winning view through the valleys to the coast. The bride-to-be upon accepting proposal may ask irrelevant questions like "if me and your mum falls off the cliff, who will you save?"
For only AUD 205, you get a 90 minute pre proposal massage to ensure she is relaxed and in the mood. It also includes proposal props like candles, music player, sparkling wine, chocolates and oh, A KNEELING CUSHION.
We were told by Gary, the owner, that some weeks ago, a suave young man landed beside the canopy with his gorgeous girlfriend IN A HELICOPTER and proposed! Very James Bond like, hard to match that.
What strikes me while at The Escarpment Retreat was that this romantic abode actually holds much lovers' stories!
Originally owned by a powerful lady named Divinia (which means divine), she also called herself an Earth Goddess because she had a green thumb. Feeling intimidated, her husband changed his name from Sorrel to Jesus. Thus, the slogan "Heaven meets Earth" for this abode that won Travelers' Choice 2012 in Trip Advisor.
After changing hands a couple of times, it finally lands in Gary and Trudy's laps. Privately owned, it's no easy feat for this couple to run all 4 acres of lush botanical gardens on Mt Tamborine!
In fact, Trudy is a Singaporean! She met her husband 15 years ago, before Facebook or even JPEGS existed! Their love story was an inspiring one. Trudy was feeling down in Singapore and her friend who knew Gary from abroad persuaded Trudy to start a pen pal-ship with Gary. Because of her bravery to start the first email, friendship struck easily over email and after 1 month of intense emailing, they met. The first time they met, they were blindfolded. Because they had not exchanged pictures prior to meeting, Gary decided he wanted to ease them into seeing each other for the first time.
I wished i could sit down and hear their love story in detail all afternoon.
website to see videos of the place.
The Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, however, is where i wish i can hold my wedding. A multiple award winning restaurant, villa and escapade, you'll be guaranteed a fairy-tale wedding.
|Stairway to Heaven at the entrance of Songbirds|
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