Aug 25, 2015 Travel & Honeymoon
Escape the world for a while and indulge in the relaxing “us” time with soothing spa massages at your luxury lodge in New Zealand. Spoil each other in the lap of tranquil luxury on your New Zealand honeymoon. Have a look at some exclusive lodges with incredible spa, massage and romantic bath facilities.
1. Double your bliss with a couples massage at Kauri Cliffs.
At Kauri Cliffs Spa, their priority is to personalise your experience and meet your specific needs and leave you with awareness that your body, mind and spirit have been lifted and refreshed. Make their couple’s spa room your den while indulging in their recommended Misty Cliffs massage. A form of traditional Swedish massage, plus a back exfoliation and a hot mud mask, relieve and re-mineralise tired muscles. From there you will lie back on a bed of carefully placed hot stones to relax the areas around your spine and lower back, while your therapist works magic on your neck, arms and feet to dissolve tension areas. Ultimate relaxation at its best, isn’t it?
2. Enjoy stargazing with a romantic bath at Bushland Park Lodge
Experience the artistic intimacy of Bushland Park Lodge at Whangamata. Set in manicured park-gardens surrounded by native fern trees and, close to the white sandy beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat caters for a maximum of three couples at any one time. Relax with exemplary personal hosting, and savour high-class cuisine served on hand-crafted dinnerware from the retreat’s on-site Glass-Art-Studio. Post dinner; indulge in a sauna or massage and romantic stargazing from a double slipper outdoor bath tub close to the lily pond. The infrared heating will create a toasty feeling year-round.
3. Must try: Vinotherapie ritual at the Bay of Many Coves
Settled amongst one of the many coves in the pristine, tranquil environment of the Marlborough Sounds, the Miritu Spa at Bay Of Many Coves draws inspiration from both the Indigenous & European cultures and Mother Nature. Their treatments honour this truly unique destination of New Zealand. Try their Vinotherapie Ritual – Relaxing Massage with the use of Vine Extracts. Allow your body to experience a relaxing massage using all aspects of vine, including Grape Seed Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Grape Skin Extract and Red Grape Extract to detoxify, nourish, revitalize and cleanse your skin. Choose from Vinotherapie Chardonnay or Pinot Noir Massage Oil. Alternatively, you could also opt for their Hot Stone massage. Smooth & heated volcanic river stones warm you up right to the core while rhythmic massage techniques & infused oils put your mind & body at ease.
4. Soak-in togetherness in the Spa Bath at Hapuku Lodge
Nested 30 feet in the air in a native Kanuka grove, the luxury tree house at Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura is a perfect place for seclusion on your honeymoon. This remote setting features deep two persons spa bath which overlooks a deer farm, rain forest shower and individual wood burning fire looking out to both the spectacular snow-covered Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Coast. This is private luxury at its natural best!
5. Gift your hubby one of Wharekauhau’s specialised Spa treatments for Men.
If 5,500 acres of Wharekauhau’s tranquil farmland, and native bush aren’t enough to sooth your soul, rejuvenate yourself with one of their range of day spa treatments for both men and women. The range of day spa treatments include various forms of the following: Hot Stone and Therapeutic
Massage, Face and Body Treatments, Indulgent Combination, and “Men-u”: Specialised Treatment for Men. Treat your husband with one of these while you could rejuvenate with their Honey Indulgence Spa, a deliciously enjoyable experience. Cap off your stay by treating yourselves to one of their quality day spa options.
6. Soak-in togetherness and the remarkable views from your bath tub at Matakauri Lodge.
Matakauri Spa is located on the edge of a pine forest, with uninterrupted views to Lake Wakatipu and towering Cecil Peak, the spa offers a private experience in an unrivalled natural environment. Be spoilt as their therapist offers a Romantic Couple’s Massage in the privacy of your suite. You may choose to conclude the treatment with a glass of Champagne whilst ‘soaking’ in the view from your own bath.
7. Relax, Rejuvenate, And Revive at Cape Kidnappers
Unwinding doesn’t take long at Cape Kidnappers. To truly enhance your stay, plan an indulgent day at the Cape Kidnappers Spa located on the majestic hillside, above the lodge. During your spa treatment, experience magnificent views across the valley, towards the sea or over the pine forest to snow covered Mount Ruapehu. We recommend you opt for one of their signature spa therapies at couple’s spa suite, perfect for honeymooners. A detoxifying and nourishing body treatment which combines a rejuvenating body scrub with the healing and re-mineralising properties of a thermal mud wrap. All spa treatments can be customized to suit your individual needs. What better way to relax?
Book your New Zealand Honeymoon with A Travel Duet and participate in the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand Contest. Stand a chance to win 2 nights stay worth INR 2 lacs at one of the luxury lodges.
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Aug 18, 2015 Travel & Honeymoon
Located on the island of Borneo in the eastern part of Malaysia, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa has a magnificent sea front setting boasting splendid views of the neighbouring islands and nearby mountains whilst being home to Borneo’s famous sunsets. Luxury extravagance and a twist of local Borneo influence are the themes of the 495 rooms, providing guests with exceptional levels of comfort and relaxation.
For honeymooners, we highly recommend the Kinabalu Wing Deluxe Seaview Suites that offer memorable views of both the ocean and Mount Kinabalu. This luxury one-bedroom suite features a separate sitting room, dining area, private wraparound balcony with sundeck, a spacious dressing room with two wardrobes, and a marble bathroom with bathtub and private Jacuzzi. Ideal for watching romantic sunsets together.
Aug 17, 2015 The Wedding Makers, Wedding Planning
Tilt All Day can go from warm gold, quiet sophistication to neon tinged on-trend venue depending on the day. A beautifully designed, versatile, elegant space, it serves exotic cocktails and has an exhaustive wine list. The perfect place to unwind during day or by night, Tilt All Day transforms into the perfect party destination over the weekend. Read on for the insider’s scoop.
The space: Tilt All Day sprawls over 4000 sq feet. It’s perfect to takeover for a private party and they also offer exclusive sections. There’s a VIP lounge too!
Food: The menu at Tilt All Day features a specially crafted party menu featuring European treats and fun finger-food. Take your pick from a smorgasbord of soups, salads, more-ish appetizers, pastas, flatbreads with Cajun Chicken or Spanish Pepperoni, sandwiches… Try the house-special Tilted Burger! End your meal on a sweet note. The desserts are delicious.
Cocktails: There’s a range of cocktails including The Pink Panther, Blueberry Mojito, Tiramisu Cocktail, etc. Tilt All Day also has an innovative cocktail sharing concept: a treasure chest out of which you and your pals are served a cocktail made out of two litres of vodka/tequila.
Versatile Hosts: Adaptability is key at Tilt All Day. They’ve hosted live events, cocktail parties, birthdays, engagement parties… They’re open to customization of interiors, food and drink preferences. Check out their party packages too. Your events can be hosted from 3pm and 7pm onward right through the week.
Visit www.tiltallday.com to know more or get in touch with them at +919867844445 / 02224927200 / 02224927400
Aug 14, 2015 Bridal Fashion and Beauty, The Wedding Makers
WeddingSutra hosted its first bridal Masterclass at Tilt All Day in Lower Parel. 20 brides-to-be were in a private and relaxed environment where they got to hear insights from the wedding experts, enjoy one-on-one consultations and exchanging notes with one another. Ace bridal wear designer Shyamal Shodhan, makeup maestro Cory Walia, top candid photographers Ankita and Akash of WeddingNama and top travel executive Nagsri Prasad of Mercury Travels offered guidance and inspirations– from the finer details to those day-changing major decisions. Together with the WeddingSutra team, Canvera the Photography company, ISHARYA Jewelry, The House of Things and Gifts Tell All completed the circle of experts.
This was a one-of-a-kind engagement where brides-to-be could speak and interact on all things bridal, literally under one roof. Encouraged and buoyed by the enthusiastic response we are looking forward to organising more WeddingSutra Masterclasses in the months ahead. Special thanks to photographer Dhanika Choksi for capturing the fun and engaging moments. Here are some of the photos of the day-long event.
Nagsri Prasad (Mercury Travels Ltd), Parthip Thyagarajan (WeddingSutra.com) and Shyamal Shodhan (Shyamal & Bhumika)
Ankita and Akash (WeddingNama)
Aug 7, 2015 Travel & Honeymoon
The honeymoon should never really be over but the wait for India’s first Honeymoon video is finally over! Varsha and Arjun Naidu booked their 24 days’ dream honeymoon with A Travel Duet and travelled to New Zealand. They are the first Indian honeymoon couple to have opted for a candid video shoot that captures exclusive highlights and memorable moments from their trip. Now isn’t this a beautiful keepsake from the most awaited trip of your life?
If a picture’s worth a 1000 words, then a video’s worth a million!
Here’s how the couple described this phenomenal experience-
One of the best parts of any special moments in life is when you can relive them through photos. But, Pritish from A Travel Duet, gave us something even more precious and unforgettable. They gave us the perfect honeymoon video. From capturing the beautiful tiny moments to every special surprise that Pritish gave us, he got us dream videographers and friends any honeymooner could wish for. Privacy was never an issue with these guys as they gave us enough ‘us’ time and got us to reveal a lot more about each other through the video. Can’t thank you all enough for giving us the most dreamlike honeymoon in reality!!
– Varsha and Arjun Naidu (Bangalore)
Planning your honeymoon? Excited to get your honeymoon video shot as you travel across an exotic destination, partake in thrilling adventures and cosy up over romantic escapades? Want to know more Honeymoon Video Safari? Get in touch with your nearest honeymoon crafter at A Travel Duet now!
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Aug 3, 2015 Bridal & Wedding Shows, Bridal Fashion and Beauty
Manish Malhotra unveiled his couture line, ‘THE EMPRESS’ STORY’ at the Amazon India Couture Week yesterday. The collection very elegantly spotlights Indian detailing on classic Western silhouettes – think textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as lehengas, trails of exquisite silk – lending the woman an air of majesty. The colour palette ranges from metallic silver and antique gold to rich burgundy, old rose pink, pearl grey and coffee brown.
The finale show also shared a glimpse into the Manish Malhotra Men’s Collection – replete with structured jackets, trench coats and waistcoats, in hues of blue and black with a touch of intricate embroidery. The evening also featured handcrafted shoes for the gentlemen – marking the brand’s first-ever foray into accessories. The Men’s Collection will be available at the brand’s much-awaited standalone men’s boutique in Delhi this winter.
Jul 20, 2015 Love Actually, Precious Platinum
Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates beautiful people in love as they start their lives together: because real love can only begin, never end. Over coffee, a makeover and a photo shoot we get couples to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.
Sohail and Rinky are from Mumbai. Sohail works in his family business of textile manufacturing and import-export. Rinky is a Chartered Accountant and Lawyer who teaches Taxation, Law and Economics.
They met 9 years ago through a common friend. Rinky smiles, “Like a Bollywood flick, our relationship began with Sohail trying to figure something out because one of his friends was interested in me. A couple of months of friendship later, Sohail confessed he wanted to be with me.” The feeling wasn’t mutual for Rinky but at 19, she was more scared of losing her new best friend. “Like any naïve 19 year old, I thought it made sense to give in. It didn’t take long for me to feel a lot more than he felt for me. He’s an awe-inspiring human being. There are no shades of grey with Sohail. He’s absolutely black or white.”
“We got into a relationship with certain set rules and I believe that got us where we are so smoothly. We made sure we never used the word ‘break’ or ‘break up’ and if we did, we would gracefully end the relationship. It’s not always going to be a bed of roses. When the going gets tough, we always figure a way out, together. As naïve as we were, I think we made some wise decisions. And the cornerstone is Sohail’s attitude of not letting go.”
The couple has had few differences in opinion and no daunting obstacles to overcome. Rinky says, “If there were minor differences, we embraced those and agreed to disagree, we didn’t fight them.” All of 22, they knew that they were forever-people. Seeing their clarity, their families followed suit. “We decided to get married in July 2015 and got engaged in December, 2014. We had a small function where Sohail went down on one knee and proposed. It was really cute and caught me by surprise.”
Rinky and Sohail will tie the knot at a destination wedding on the 23rd of July, at Resort Rio, Goa. “It’s a small two-day affair with about 350 people. If I had to describe it, I’d say it’s a true Punjabi wedding. We’ve just concentrated on people coming in and having fun. There will be just a few, important rituals and lots of dancing and drinking. There’s a pool-party on day one, followed by the Sangeet and then dancing with our friends and family. The wedding ceremony is on Day two before which are the pujas, Sohail’s Thread Ceremony and my Chudda.”
Planning the wedding wasn’t difficult for them. They figured looks, themes, styles and designers by spending adequate time online. Rinky’s trousseau was shopped for mostly from Delhi though her Sangeet outfit is from Mumbai. “By the time we had to finalize, we were sure of how it had to be. WeddingSutra on Instagram helped me tons because every time I liked something I would screenshot it and eventually that’s how I made almost every decision.”
For their honeymoon, the timing and weather made Europe a no-brainer. But they also didn’t want to repeat any earlier visited destinations. “We’re going to Greece, the south of France and Monte Carlo. Santorini attracts all the honeymoon couples and we love partying so Mykonos does the trick. We’ve been dreaming about the South of France for eight years now and we’re really looking forward to going wine-tasting in St. Tropez!”
The couple loved the photo-shoot with WeddingSutra. Rinky says, “It was our first time and I came back ecstatic! When we began I was very shy at the idea of someone clicking and four people watching us: too much attention to deal with. But team WeddingSutra and Photographer Parag Gopale made us laugh with all their jokes and we suddenly started enjoying it. I also imagined Sohail would not be comfortable with a pre-nuptial shoot but it turned out that he was the one suggesting poses! So I’d say the people around definitely played their role in helping us chill out. What a fun afternoon with platinum love bands! Selecting and wearing the most elegant yet stunning platinum necklace and earrings from Manubhai Jewellers made me feel most special too.”
If you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘how you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
Platinum Jewellery (Love Bands, Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings) by Manubhai Jewellers
Makeup & Hair- Heema Dattani
Location- Sofitel Mumbai BKC
Photographs by Parag Gopale
Jul 20, 2015 Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces
Mumbai is talking about the scintillating engagement ceremony held at the Crystal Room of The Taj Mahal Palace on 18th July. Parth Jindal, the youngest son of business magnate Sajjan Jindal and philanthropist Sangita Jindal got engaged to Anushree Jasani and the venues were transformed into a ‘Tropical Forest’. One guest quipped: “This was indeed one of the finest banquet celebrations I have ever attended in Mumbai”. On further probing we learnt Sangita Jindal met with the most sought-after wedding designers in Mumbai and Delhi and the task was finally assigned to Tanaz from Mumbai’s ‘Daver Decorators’ who worked along with top florist Havovi Readymoney to execute the project which was mammoth by Mumbai standards.
When we walked by the lobby of the Taj on Saturday evening, the place was buzzing with shaadi activity, as is always the case on auspicious dates. We spotted Makeup Artist Vipul Bhagat, Saree Drapist Dolly Jain, and the Talent Managers of Singers Pritam and Kanika Kapoor, both of who performed at the celebration on Saturday night.
And now for the all-important question. Where will the wedding be held? The grooms parents hosted one of the most talked about Destination Weddings in 2010 when their younger daughter Tanvi wed Krishna Shete at the Villa Le Rose in Florence. A year later Tanvi’s elder sister Tarini’s was a home town wedding when she married Vikram Handa from Delhi. The pre-wedding party was at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, after which the mega wedding was held at the Jindal farmhouses in Delhi. So will Parth who is currently pursuing his MBA at the Harvard Business School get married in Mumbai or will it be a destination wedding in Europe or at the finest Taj properties in India like Umaid Bhawan or Rambagh Palace? According to close friends, the wedding will take place next year and in all likelihood the destination is Vienna, Austria. Wow! We’ll be watching and will keep you updated!
Singers Kanika Kapoor and Pritam performed at the Engagement at Crystal Room
Jul 17, 2015 WeddingSutra on Location
As part of our initiative, WeddingSutra on Location, we invited four brides-to-be to a unique experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore’s newest luxury hotel. Each bride was introduced to and interacted with some of the best names in Bridal and Wedding services, which included being treated to a personal Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and finally a Photo-Shoot!
Here, in the finale of the four part series Dr. Divya James from Madurai blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore.
“When my wedding planners Divya and Vithika suggested I take a shot at being part of the WeddingSutra on Location shoot to be held in Bangalore, I was excited! A chance to look and feel like a bride even when it’s not your ‘D’ day? Well! That was something. When WeddingSutra replied with the good news on my selection I was initially a little confused with my wedding being just a few days away. But I decided to take a break from the chaos and flew down from Madurai to Bangalore. And it was absolutely worth it!
As soon as I arrived at the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, I met the professional, warm Team WeddingSutra who introduced me to the experts. The Lehenga wardrobe, by Monica and Karishma of JADE, Mumbai was incredible. Monica and team suggested a breathtaking lehenga with a unique halter neck blouse which they thought would suit me. It was fantastic! The gold jewellery was from Nikhaar and complemented the look perfectly.
Ralph Daniels, Bangalore’s ace make-up artist did my make-up to complement the lehenga and work with what would enhance my features. He decided on a smokey look (more details below). Carlos, the outstanding hair artist from Rossano Ferretti salon (at the Ritz-Carlton) decided on an up-do for my hair. It looked lovely and I was very happy!
Finally, the photography session with Dev Purbiya was fun and stylish with a lot of candid poses. Overall, the team was so welcoming, the entire experience was professional, beautifully planned and with a very modern efficiency. It was absolutely worth it and just what a bride-to-be would need!
Thank you WeddingSutra!”
Divya had no qualms or reservations about experimenting with her look. It was quite easy to make her already beautiful, dusky skin look gorgeous. Ralph started with a hydrating moisturizer which he let sit on the skin for a while before patting away excess oils with a thin tissue. He then dotted her face with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Beige Honey and blended it in using a buffing brush in a circular motion to make it look seamless. He then added a touch of the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Honey shade. He then set the T-zone with the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Compact in Beige Honey, leaving the rest of the face untouched and luminous. Ralph decided to give Divya subtle smokey eyes. He blended the Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow in Smokey Pearl on her eye lids. He lined her upper and lower eyes with the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and then blended the lines into the Smokey Pearl eye shadow. The brows were groomed into shape and the brow bone was highlighted with the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer. Her lashes were curled and finished with two coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volume Mascara. The cheeks were highlighted with the Lakmé Absolute Sun-Kissed Bronzer. Lips were moisturized and finished with a dash of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Coral Sunset to make them look fresh and healthy.
Getting married in 2015 or 2016? Would you like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*?
Write to us at email@example.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners will receive a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit that perfectly complements your body type & personality. You can also explore the looks you prefer with a trial makeup session and professional photo-shoot.
*Location and Date– to be decided, Cities– Mumbai/ Delhi/ Bangalore
Divya@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit- JADE by Monica & Karishma
Jewellery- Azva (available at Nikhaar Jewels, Bangalore)
Makeup- Ralph Daniels for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Rossano Ferretti Salon@The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
Location- The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
Event Partners- Divya Vithika Wedding Planners (Bangalore)
Shoot Management- Tejal Karlekar
Photobook Partners- Canvera
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya
Jul 17, 2015 Destination Weddings, Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces
Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a popular wedding destination for the ability to combine old world charm with a luxury beach escape. And the Taj has some exclusive properties for the perfect wedding. Taj Samudra is a luxury property built on an expansive land facing the ocean while being situated in the heart of the city resonating elegance, class and a touch of royalty. The luxurious Vivanta by Taj – Bentota resort enjoys an enviable address on one of the finest beaches on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. With its recent renovation and with the Indian Ocean as consort, one of the most charming beach and spa resorts has upped its mojo quotient.
Not convinced yet? Here are our top five reasons to get married at Taj Hotels in Sri Lanka – Taj Samudra and Vivanta by Taj – Bentota
1. Offering 11 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel faces the historic Galle Face Green giving a peerless view of the Indian Ocean and an enchanting setting for a destination wedding.
2. The hotel offers you a choice of 300 rooms with spacious and stylish suites with a variety of experiences and the view of the sea as far as the eye can see or a panoramic view of Colombo City.
3. Taj Samudra offers an eclectic array of venues, which include newly refurbished Samudra Ballroom, Crystal Ballroom, Gregory Room, Longdon Room, Regency Room, the North and South Lawns and On Golden Pond. Samudra Ballroom is an exclusive rooftop venue with over 5000 sqft of banqueting with peerless views of the Indian ocean, ideal for unforgettable weddings of up to 400 persons.
4. The North, South and On Golden Pond Lawns and the Pool Terrace offer scenic surroundings and unique outdoor banqueting opportunities ideal for theme nights with capacities up to 2000 persons.
5. Taj Samudra Colombo offers culinary delights for every kind of palate, that hosts elaborate buffets of traditional Sri Lankan, Hindu, International and Muslim cuisines. No matter what you choose, the Grand Master Chef’s will give your wedding feast a culinary twist.
Vivanta by Taj – Bentota
1. Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka, is delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast which is just a 62km drive from Colombo making it the perfect venue for a wedding by the beach.
2. The hotel nestles in lush gardens with an infinity pool overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the picture perfect Indian Ocean, which is a beautiful setting for your wedding celebrations.
3. The hotel has 160 modern rooms with private sit-outs overlook lush gardens and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It has various categories of rooms to choose from each with different views of the sea or the garden.
4. Vivianta by Taj – Bentota has venue / banquets perfect for any type of occasion. They have indoor venues which have capacities of up to 350 guests, alternately they have outdoor venues for a smaller more initiate celebration.
5. They have multiple themes of culinary delights for you to choose from, be it local Sri Lankan theme, Arabian theme or a Fisherman theme with the world’s best seafood.