It’s summer time here on my side of the world (Australia, that is)! Having lived in tropical countries all of my life, beach holidays have always been my first choice when I need a short but really fun getaway. My favourite thing about beach holidays is that I know that I would be in full relaxation mode. I don’t have to plan an itinerary or explore too many places, because all I would want to do is to lay down by the beach, sipping cocktails. Or maybe mocktails and sodas for my current preggo state.
Since the holiday season is almost coming, it’s time to start planning your vacation, if you haven’t. Today I’m sharing 5 summer holiday destinations that I dream about when the days are getting warmer
- The Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island
I fell in love with this place the first time I saw their branding. Yes, I know how weird that sounds, but we designers tend to judge a lot of things by their branding. The Oyster Inn is located just 35 minutes ferry ride away from Auckland, consisting of a seafood restaurant, bar, private room, beach shop, take-away and small but luxury boutique accommodation, all in one place! They have only three rooms available, all decorated with simple whitewashed tropical theme with touches of yellow. Their very own vintage yellow Kombi van will collect guests going or arriving to/from Auckland by the ferry. Such a perfect place for a relaxing getaway with partners or small families.
- Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach
I have never seen any bad photos of the Halcyon house. It seems like everything about this place is so instagrammable (yes, that’s how we describe places that are too beautiful to be true). I would have thought that Halcyon House is a luxury accommodation in the Mediterranean region, except that it’s only somewhere between Byron Bay and Gold Coast. They have 6 types of rooms, all decorated in classic 1960s themed Australian beach motel style, but no two rooms are exactly the same. Would be a great idea for girls getaway or a fancy bridal shower!
- Wanaka, South Island NZ *
I love Wanaka. I’ve been there for my honeymoon in September 2012, and I would love to go there again one day. It’s true that it’s not exactly a beach town. But unlike its nearby popular holiday destination, Queenstown, Wanaka doesn’t give you the ski town feeling that reminds you of winter. Wanaka is so serene and relaxing, with little cafes, boutiques and fish & chips shop all around. There are so many things to do in Wanaka, if you’re into water sports and outdoor activities. Otherwise, spread your picnic mat by the lake and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings, or take a day trip or two to Arrowtown and Queenstown.
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay
This coastal chic boutique hotel is located not far from Sydney CBD. Taking a ferry is recommended and you’ll get to watch stunning views on the way. The perfect getaway location if you’re living in the NSW or ACT, and simply want a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I’m mostly attracted to their stylish Beach club, it seems like the perfect place to watch the sun goes down.
- Jeeva Klui Resort, Lombok *
If you don’t feel like going to Bali for some reason (but that reason better not be “because Bali is a dangerous and rowdy place”. It is not, it all depends on where you go and what you do. Just like in any other cities in this world), its next door neighbour, Lombok, is a beauty of its own. I visited Lombok when I was really young and hated it because there was nothing there, and I went there again for the second time during my early 20s, and I had a blast. The beaches are clean, the food are delicious, and the resorts are amazing and reasonably priced. I had a nice stay at the beach-side Qunci Villas at that time, but another resort that caught my attention during my hotel and resort visits (yes, I do that!) was Jeeva Klui. From what I hear, Jeeva Klui is getting bigger and better now. One of my favourite things to do in Lombok is visiting nearby islands, the Gilis, with a private local tour guide. There are so many local private tour guides to get you around comfortably in Lombok, all you have to do is ask around for recommendations on the reliable ones.
*These are the places that I’ve visited and had experiences on my own.