Meet Sophie and Lee, the very new Mr & Mrs Holland.
They had a lavish wedding ceremony in Massa Lubrense, Naples, Italy. The theme was suitably Sorrento Lemon and Royal Blue, inspired by Lee’s late grandmother.
It was mid-July and they found themselves surrounded by their loved ones for the biggest day of their lives together, a years worth of planning came to a beautiful end.
It was a truly stunning day for both the bride & groom and all their guests.
A stunning wedding and break in Italy was soon swiftly followed by a honeymoon of a lifetime.
Mr & Mrs Holland flew direct from London to Kuala Lumpur and embarked on a journey through Malaysia, staying in Borneo and Langkawi.
First stop was the Shangri La Kuala Lumpur, time for a bit of rest before hitting the stores and seeing what this vibrant city has to offer.
A short flight of 2 hours 30 minutes took them over to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. A haven for wildlife, Borneo’s most coveted attraction is its unspoilt rainforests. The island’s Orang-utans are its most famous inhabitant, but its rich cultural tapestry and fascinating history are also key incentives for travellers.
Sophie & Lee were booked into the Shangri La Rasa Ria, staying in a Superior Rainforest Room.
Where the jungle meets the coast, discover pristine beaches and coral reefs, a paradise retreat in a natural, exotic location. This ‘off the beaten track’ island just awaits discovery.
The local cuisine was colourful and flavoursome, a must-try.
With so much space on the wide beach there is plenty of privacy but you are very rarely alone, monkeys frequent here.
Fruits here are a plenty, the hotel even has it owns market.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is located on the Pantai Dalit Beach within a nature reserve which provides guests with wonderful views of the beautiful Malaysian coast as well as Mount Kinabalu which rises up majestically in the distance. The location combined with the impeccable service, hospitality and cuisine make this hotel a paradise destination for newly-wed couples.
We pre-arranged for our newly-weds to visit the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close with the mesmirising ‘wild man of Borneo’.
An early morning flight took them to Sandakan, home to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, one of the best places in the world to see the ‘wild man of Borneo’ in their natural habitat.
Sepilok is the oldest and largest centre of its kind and here a team of dedicated professionals work tirelessly to teach abandoned, abused and orphaned orangutans the necessary skills to return them to their natural home – the verdant jungles of Borneo.
The Sepilok centre has expanded in recent years and now also aims to help other species such as sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinoceros and the occasional injured elephant which can also be seen at the centre.
Borneo is one of just two places Orangutans still live in the wild.
The highly intelligent orangutan is Borneo’s most eminent species and, either on trek into the jungle or a visit to Borneo’s various sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres, you are sure to come eye to doleful eye with one of these endearing yet endangered creatures.
In the past 50 years the number of orang-utans in the wild has declined alarmingly due to the loss of habitat caused by illegal logging and the conversion of land to agricultural use, hunting, and human conflict.
Next stop for the ‘In Love’ couple was Langkawi, another quick and easy journey just over 3 hours via Kuala Lumpur and they had touched down in another magical destination.
Langkawi is a glittering cluster of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands remain relatively un-spoilt boasting spectacular natural landscapes, white sandy beaches, clear emerald waters, limestone outcrops, mist covered hills and lush forests rich in exotic flora and fauna and magical waterfalls.
Sophie & Lee were booked into the one and only, truly breathtaking, The Datai.
We booked them into a Canopy Deluxe Room, we worked our magic and watch the video below to see just what happened when they arrived…
Nestled inside an ancient tropical rainforest with a secluded white sandy beach facing the calm Andaman Sea, The Datai is quite possibly the nearest you can get to paradise.
Whatever you do to relax there is a ‘must try’ waiting to be discovered at this resort, such as bathing beneath a cascading waterfall in one of the seven natural pools.
The island is renowned for its beautiful beaches, particularly on the northern coast with the sweeping Datai Bay being one of our favourites
Much of Langkawi is covered in ancient tropical rainforest, home to an array of wildlife species including the great hornbill and flying lemurs
Here our newly-weds had sometime to relax, soak up the sun and sip on cocktails.
Before heading off another adventure, another unique experience… Island hopping with a spot of fishing!
We have seen them on many adventures, now it was here the romance cranked up, at the Datai, Langkawi.
A private beach dinner for two including a Malaysian menu…
As would be expected at a hotel of this calibre, dining here is a true pleasure, starting each day with a Champagne breakfast at The Dining Room. A wide variety of cuisine and unique locations mean you are spoilt for choice here.
This is an incredibly stylish hotel that blends nature and tradition and provides guests with a serene atmosphere which is unlike anywhere else in Langkawi.
We knew from the day we started planning this honeymoon that it would be the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, completely unforgettable and romantic. The proof is in the pictures and in the words of the couple themselves…
“We started on our adventure together as newlyweds in the canopies of the Malaysian jungle. The wildlife played the soundtrack for our dinners under the romantic starry night sky. We loved exploring the mangroves and using the double kayak to seek out nearby islands in the bay.
Without a doubt the Magic of Malaysia has made our honeymoon unforgettable, from dusk until dawn there was richness and wonder to capture our picture perfect honeymoon moments but most importantly to celebrate our Love for each other” Sophie & Lee