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A Honeymoon Chair for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka

Our 1st Honeymoon

Our 1st Honeymoon

As GlenMyu Estate is a new property, completed in 2021, we have had a lot of new experiences when welcoming guests. We have celebrated our 1st Christmas, our 1st Birthday and now our first Honeymoon in Sri Lanka.

The Honeymoon Bed
Red Swans on the Honeymoon Bed
A Honeymoon Chair for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
Enjoy your honeymoon at GlenMyu Estate

Our first honeymooners were a delightful couple from Ireland and Ru and I were keen to do something to make their holiday in Sri Lanka special.

We welcomed the newlyweds in December so we had already decorated the house in readiness for Christmas 2023. Most of the decorations were made by the staff and Ru’s mother did lots of crocheting and needlework to make Santas, festive tablecloths and decorations.

Baubles on the Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree
A homemade Santa
Homemade decorations
An elephant at Christmas
The Christmas display below the Elephant Art
A elf welcome at Christmas
Santas Helpers at Christmas

So the House at GlenMyu Estate was already looking good for when our honeymooners arrived.

Preparing the Honeymoon Room.

The honeymooners had chosen the Mahogany Bedroom which has a spectacular view of the hills and valleys below the house.

We wanted to do something extra in the room to make it special for the couple when they arrived.

Ru’s mother had made some love heart cushions and Sampath decorated the bed with red coupled swans made from red towels.

The concrete bath had a scattering of candles in case the couple wanted to have a romantic bath together. Yes, our baths are made for two!

Here are some pictures of what the guests saw when they arrived.

Light on the Honeymoon Bed for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
The Honeymoon Bed in the Mahogany Bedroom. Also for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
Honeymoon Swans
Honeymoon Swans on the kingsize bed
A Honeymoon Chair for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
Enjoy your honeymoon at GlenMyu Estate
Honeymoon Hearts for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
Hearts and Swans on the Bed for Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
Entering the Honeymoon Room
Enter the Honeymoon Room. Valentine's Day in Sri Lanka
The Honeymoon Bed lit up
A welcoming honeymoon bed

The reaction was just what we were hoping for so it was a job well done.

Happily we have our second honeymoon at the end of December so we will be ready to welcome them with a similar display.

What is a Honeymoon?

A Honeymoon is a holiday spent together by a newly married couple.

The word comes from the Scandinavian custom of drinking mead or fermented honey as it was thought to increase the likelihood of fertility.

Normally the honeymoon is taken immediately or shorty after the wedding. 

We have found however that some couples take a “mini moon” and then a longer honeymoon later on.

A mini moon is typically a long weekend (up to 5 days)  that gives the couple a much needed rest after all the stress of planning their wedding.

We didn’t know about the phrase when we got married but this is in effect what we did.

Ru and I got married in Sri Lanka and did a short trip to a different part of the island a few days later. We didn’t realise how exhausted we would be and it was really needed.

Our honeymoon was several months later in a cottage in the Welsh Countryside. It was a lovely to spend some time together and reminisce about pour special day.

 

Why are Honeymoons so important?

A Honeymoon is the first significant time that the couple will spend and share together after a marriage.

One of the main benefits is to have some undistracted time together.

It is a time to bond, relax, celebrate together, reflect on matters, plan and look forward to the time ahead.

The honeymoon is something to look forward to after the marriage.

What should we do on our honeymoon in Sri Lanka?

Well, I suppose that it depends on what you like to do.

Most couples spend their time indulging in a romantic time together. Having a special dinner together, exploring new places, having an adventure or partying at a club.

There are so many things that you can do.

Tips for planning a perfect honeymoon

It is worth planning your honeymoon and we would suggest that you start with the following:

1. Both the Bride & Groom should start by writing down their three favourite things, such as art, food, beach or nature, history and spa. Clearly these items are not exhaustive.

2. Discuss and finely hone down your shared interests which will help define where you want to go

3. Budget and put money away toward the honeymoon and experiences.

By having unified plan for your honeymoon it will add substance to the start of your lives together.

Why Honeymoon in Sri Lanka?

If you are looking for a a honeymoon bursting with culture and adventure then we would suggest that you consider Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka you can:

Visit beautiful temples

Taste a variety of delicious teas at one of the tea plantations.

See a range of animals on a safari.

Relax on one of the many beaches around the island.

Experience a wide range of accommodation for different budgets.

Enjoy breathtaking views from the Lion Rock Temple at Sigiriya, Lipton Seat or the many Waterfalls.

There are so many things that you can do I’m sure that it would fit into one of your items on your honeymoon list.

Why consider GlenMyu Estate as part of your honeymoon trip to Sri Lanka?

A holiday to Sri Lanka is wonderful however it can be quite exhausting.

The colours, new experiences and tropical heat on this Paradise Island are so different than it can drain your energy.

As GlenMyu Estate is in the Sri Lankan Hill Country the temperatures are a little more comfortable than the heat of the coasts and cities.

We find that guests arrive and there is a sense of relief coming to a slightly cooler climate with space and surrounded by nature.

We only have 3 guest bedrooms at the 5 acre estate so there are plenty of opportunities for you to have “couple time” around the estate. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy nature together.

You can find out more at our website.

The views around the Estate
Looking out to the hills below the house at GlenMyu Estate.
The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate
The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate
Relax in Sri Lanka at GlenMyu Estate and enjoy some delicious food.
Enjoy delicious food at our table for two with a beautiful view.
A romantic sunset silhouette.
A beautiful moment where our guests enjoy a fantastic sunset on holiday at the balcony of the lounge at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel and Bed & Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

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Wedding Photo Shoot

A first for us - A Wedding Photo Shoot at Glenmyu Estate, Haputale.

We hadn’t considered Glenmyu Estate as a background where the Bride and Groom would have their wedding photos taken.

We do consider Glenmyu Estate to be a beautiful place and we a really proud of what we have developed here. We also are excited about the years to come where the planting around the grounds becomes more established and the continual landscaping we carry out make more beautiful spots to discover around the property.

No weddings here …… well perhaps if it is a small one.

We had not considered having weddings at Glenmyu Estate as we only have three bedrooms and insufficient facilities to cater for a large number of guests. Typically local weddings in Sri Lanka would have upwards of 100 guests and we just can’t accommodate such a larger number.

However, if in the future we were approached to hold a small wedding for up to say thirty guests, we might just be able to manage.

Our first wedding shoot

We were approached by a friend for the Bride and Groom (Dakshi and Hasitha) to take their homecoming photos at the Estate. We didn’t have any guests staying on the day and therefore agreed to the request.

It wasn’t the best day weather wise however, the photographers at Sparkle Lifetime Wedding Studio, Rathnapura were experienced and were able to get some great photos on the lawn in front of the house and also by the swimming pool.

The Wedding and the Homecoming - what’s this all about?

In Sri Lanka the wedding normally is hosted by the Bride’s family and takes places local to where the Bride’s family resides. 

A few days (or longer) after the wedding ceremony there is Homecoming which is like another wedding reception. The Homecoming is given by the groom’s family and marks that the groom is “bringing home” a new bride. 

Traditionally Brides left their homes and joined the groom, a practice which is still widely held in rural areas in Sri Lanka. Nowadays, most married couples choose to build their own home, however, at times there is a period where they would live at the groom’s home until there is sufficient resources saved until they move into their new home.

The Bride would also typically wear red for her Homecoming.

A gatecrasher!

As we have seven dogs on the Estate and sometimes they get excited about new visitors coming we kept them in their kennels when the wedding party arrived.

One of our dogs just loves people and is not housed in the kennel and managed to make his escape and introduce himself to the bride, groom, photographers and a few friends.

He is a lovely looking friendly dog and no-one had a problem with him gatecrashing the event.

The Thank You Card

The Bride and Groom normally present their guests with a thank you card as they leave the homecoming and the photographers downloaded the chosen picture to be printed so that they could be handed out that evening.

Photobombing - by a dog!

Well, this is the photo that …… they chose for their thank you card.

Who is that dog?

We heard a few days later that our dog was the talk of the homecoming with everyone asking “who is that dog”.

I guess that in years to come Dakshi and Hasitha will look back at this photo and it will bring back good memories.

A happy life

We at Glenmyu Estate wish Dakshi and Hasitha a long and happy marriage and we are delighted that they were the first couple to have their homecoming shoot at our place.

More photo opportunities at Glenmyu Estate

There are lots of opportunities to take great photos of your own at Glenmyu Estate. 

Whether it is being photobombed by one of our dogs, taking shots of the other flora or fauna on the estate or the spectacular views from the lounge and bedroom balconies you are bound to get a keeper. 

Photos of friends and family relaxing in the lounge or enjoying a meal sourced from our organic garden at one of the dining places inside or outside the property opportunities to make lasting memories.

If you want to see the post on Sparkle Lifestyle Wedding Studios Facebook Page please click on this link https://www.facebook.com/SparkleLifestyleWeddingPhotography/photos/5028648563832665

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
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