Myolie Wu’s 12-city honeymoon adventure

Couple’s two-and-a-half-month-long vacation is the epitome of #honeymoongoals

The newly-weds at Maldives, Santorini and Hokkaido
The newly-weds at Maldives, Santorini and Hokkaido
22 Mar 2016

The newly-weds at Maldives, Santorini and Hokkaido

Photos: Myolie Wu, Philip Lee via Instagram

Myolie Wu embarked on the honeymoon of her dreams with her husband Philip Lee in January this year, after tying the knot on Dec 28 2015. The couple took off for the snowy mountains of Niseko in Hokkaido before crossing the ocean for an idyllic retreat at Bora Bora Islands and New Zealand. They continued hopping across the globe from there on – checking off cities like Los Angeles, New York City, London, Ireland, Barcelona, Santorini, Athens and Dubai before checking in to their final stop of the trip at Maldives.

We’re getting serious wanderlust just by looking at all their Instagram updates which we have put together in this gallery recapping their honeymoon highlights.

Ready, get set, go!

1st stop: Hokkaido, Japan
1st stop: Hokkaido, Japan
22 Mar 2016

1st stop: Hokkaido, Japan

The couple piled on the layers to hit the slopes at Niseko in Hokkaido. It may have been Myolie’s first time skiing, but that’s nothing a few skiing lessons can’t change. We hear (from her husband, Philip Lee) that his “wifey” is now a pro at the sport. Sweet.

2nd stop: Bora Bora Island
2nd stop: Bora Bora Island
22 Mar 2016

2nd stop: Bora Bora Island

Myolie and Phil traded their woolly sweaters and down jackets for beachwear when they escaped to Bora Bora Island and stayed in a water bungalow with a to-die-for view. 

2nd stop: Bora Bora Island
2nd stop: Bora Bora Island
22 Mar 2016

2nd stop: Bora Bora Island

When not at the beach or spa, they took a boat out to fish for their next meal and go up close and personal with marine life in the shallow waters.

3rd stop: New Zealand
3rd stop: New Zealand
22 Mar 2016

3rd stop: New Zealand

The newly-weds stopped over in New Zealand for a few days, visited farm animals, did a spot of fishing and had a mini cultural exchange session with the Maori people. 

4th stop: California, USA
4th stop: California, USA
22 Mar 2016

4th stop: California, USA

Why if it isn’t the must-have burger and fries from In-N-Out in California! It looks like the savvy couple ordered something off the fast food restaurant’s secret menu too – not bad!

4th stop: California, USA
4th stop: California, USA
22 Mar 2016

4th stop: California, USA

The picture on the left probably resonates with most men -- Myolie found time to do a spot of shopping while her husband sat around in a special corner reserved for waiting-spouses at Bloomingdale’s. 

5th stop: New York City, USA
5th stop: New York City, USA
22 Mar 2016

5th stop: New York City, USA

Myolie and Phil hit the usual tourist spots, like most people who visit the Big Apple: Grand Central Station, Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge (left picture), and they even caught a theatre show at Times Square (right picture). 

6th stop: London, United Kingdom
6th stop: London, United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016

6th stop: London, United Kingdom

The couple spent a large fraction of their time, including the Chinese New Year holidays, during their honeymoon in the UK - and for good reason. Phil was raised in England and Myolie attended school in Ireland so they had relatives and friends to visit in the area – and plenty of lai see (red packets) to hand out during the festive season.

6th stop: London, United Kingdom
6th stop: London, United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016

6th stop: London, United Kingdom

They also celebrated their first Valentine’s Day in the city and had a three-tier wedding cake specially made for them by one of Phil’s ex-colleagues (from his part-timing days at Topshop/Topman) from 25 years ago. 

6th stop: London, United Kingdom
6th stop: London, United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016

6th stop: London, United Kingdom

The usual sightseeing places: River Thames, Chinatown and Nando’s. PS: in case you’re wondering why Nando’s that’s because it is Myolie’s first time ever having it which makes it even more deserving of a photo spotlight. 

7th stop: Ireland, United Kingdom
7th stop: Ireland, United Kingdom
22 Mar 2016

7th stop: Ireland, United Kingdom

Myolie and Phil invited their parents to join them on this leg of their trip – to visit Myolie’s former boarding school and alma mater, Methodist College Belfast. According to a post on Phil’s Instagram, this part of their honeymoon was pre-planned: “A beautiful, fun, and sentimental visit with her parents and my parents to this friendly city. And a salute to our parents who gave everything they could to us.” Aww.

8th stop: Barcelona, Spain
8th stop: Barcelona, Spain
22 Mar 2016

8th stop: Barcelona, Spain

We learned that their most important purchase of the trip – a selfie stick – was made sometime between their travels from UK to Spain. Thanks to it, they were able to take a cute and proper picture while riding a double-decker tourist bus in Barcelona. We approve!

They wined, dined, visited the markets and Barcelona FC’s base and checked out plenty of Antoni Gaudi’s famous works in the city, including the must-visit La Sagrada Familia.

9th stop: Santorini, Greece
9th stop: Santorini, Greece
22 Mar 2016

9th stop: Santorini, Greece

Here’s one of the couple soaking up the picturesque view of Santorini…

9th stop: Santorini, Greece
9th stop: Santorini, Greece
22 Mar 2016

9th stop: Santorini, Greece

Another picture featuring the famous view of Santorini. PS: squint hard enough and you’ll be able to spot Myolie in the picture above.

9th stop: Santorini, Greece
9th stop: Santorini, Greece
22 Mar 2016

9th stop: Santorini, Greece

We don’t know about you but things like cheesy couple t-shirts – especially ones with the words ‘Mr and Mrs’ emblazoned on it – are to be worn on honeymoons like this. Bonus points if taken against a stunning backdrop or sunset for all da feels.

PPS: People planning a visit to Santorini should check out the pro-tips as well as restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations shared on Phil’s Instagram account (@hakkaphil). 

10th stop: Athens, Greece
10th stop: Athens, Greece
22 Mar 2016

10th stop: Athens, Greece

It was a pity the couple only had a day to spare in this historical city but that just means another visit is in order!

11th stop: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11th stop: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
22 Mar 2016

11th stop: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Running Man recently filmed at this exotic locale and we’re guessing Myolie and Phil had insufficient time to check out the sandy dunes or skydive in the city like the cast did. What they did do, however, was wine and dine at some fancy restaurants and visit the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world’s tallest building.

Gotta love Myolie’s windswept messy-hair-don’t-care pose.


12th stop: Maldives
12th stop: Maldives
22 Mar 2016

12th stop: Maldives

There’s a reason why the Maldives is nicknamed as “honeymoon paradise” and the tropical island was the couple’s “favourite and final” destination of their 12-city honeymoon trip. 

12th stop: Maldives
12th stop: Maldives
22 Mar 2016

12th stop: Maldives

They swam, cycled around the resort idly, pet stingrays, and took in the gorgeous blue skies and turquoise waters while watching the world go by. 

12th stop: Maldives
12th stop: Maldives
22 Mar 2016

12th stop: Maldives

In a post to summarise the past two and a half months they spent on the road, Phil wrote: “To be honest my wife and I have never done anything like this before in our lives. We did initially think that it was too much, too decadent, but we also felt that we had worked hard enough for many years that we should maybe finally reward ourselves. And in the end we are so glad we went for it.”

We’re glad you guys went for it too. Thanks for all the updates and allowing us to armchair travel with you! Till the next #mphoneymoon

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