After an intimate proposal at home (the ring box was hidden under her pillow for her to find!) destination <a href="http://www.robertafacchini.com" target="_blank" title="roberta" rel="nofollow">wedding photographer Roberta</a> married her husband in Italy. "We are both Italians living in London, although my husband is half greek. So, we planned a destination wedding incorporating both cultures," she says. "We got married in a small abbey in the Marche region, which is similar to Tuscany. We had guests from Italy, Greece, the UK, Norway, the US. It was a lot of fun, and we danced until 4am in the morning. It was a beautiful and romantic day, which unfortunately went by too quickly."
Although the couple got married in July, they decided to wait until November to jet off on honeymoon, so they could escape the cold London winter. "Choosing where to go was a tough decision as we love to travel." says Roberta. "We thought about going to the US or to Canada, but in the end Thailand won, because we would be able to go during their lantern festival, which has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Thailand was also the perfect mix of scenery, culture, food and beaches."
<p>The newlywed couple spent three weeks in Thailand visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai for the lantern festival, Phuket, Ko Yao Noi, Krabi and finally Koh Lipe, a tiny island in the south of the country. <br /><br /><br /><br /></p> <p></p>
"We stayed in several hotels around the country, which included two fabulous stays: <a href="http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/yao-noi/destination" target="_blank" title="six senses" rel="nofollow">Six Senses Ko Yao Noi</a> and the <a href="http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6835-so-sofitel-bangkok/index.shtml" target="_blank" title="sofitel" rel="nofollow">Sofitel in Bangkok</a>."
<p>"We loved our stay in the Ocean Panorama Villa at the Six Senses Ko Yao Noi. I've never seen an hotel that beautiful," says Roberta. "I still remember waking up to that view in the morning, unforgettable! Ko Yao Noi island was also perfect, romantic and secluded, exactly what we were hoping for. We also loved the lantern festivals and the monk ceremony. Being a photographer it was an incredible opportunity. We got there very early in order to find a spot in the first row. Their ceremony was really a magical experience. We also loved snorkelling in the bluest water ever in Phi Phi island."</p>
Top tips for honeymooners?
<p>"Thailand has a lot to offer, and unless you want two weeks of total relaxation by the beach, I do recommend you to travel as much as possible," says Roberta. "It's definitely more tiring, but I always believe you need to make the most of your time abroad. I love the fact that we experienced both quieter, remote and secluded beaches, as well as the more popular ones, such as Phi Phi. Bangkok is a very hectic city, but it's fun to experience too. Visiting a tribe village in the North of Thailand where the ladies with the long necks live is also a must."</p>
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