Posts Tagged ‘columbus ohio honeymoon travel agent’

Sunburn? Stuck in the loo? Here’s some tips for tackling those less glamorous honeymoon issues.

| September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Your honeymoon is your first adventure together as a married couple. You want everything from start to finish perfect; seeped with enough romance to last a lifetime. Chances are it will be right up until it’s not.

Face it: Perfection is for scripted romance movies. You and your honey are humans and that means it’s pretty likely a few snafus will arise no matter how hard you try to avoid them. It’s how you handle those little mishaps that determines whether you’ll look back on your honeymoon with stars in your eyes or a preference to forgot the whole thing.

Here are some honeymoon travel tips “they” probably haven’t told you about that can help you avoid (or handle) some of the most common mishaps:

Feeling Soggy

If your honeymoon is taking place in a sunny destination, chances are swimming is on the agenda. That also means you and your sweetie are going to be soggy messes, or at least your bathing suits will be. To avoid the awkwardness that goes with trying to get into suits that just haven’t dried out, be sure to bring at least two. That way one can always be hung out to dry thoroughly while you enjoy the sun and surf in the other.

Sunburns and Dehydration

Noting can sideline romance quite as quickly as a burn or a case of dehydration. Be sure to wear lots of sunscreen (and reapply it frequently). Also, limit time in direct sunlight and consider covering up a bit when you can. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid the blah feeling and fatigue that go along with dehydration. When it comes to sunburns and dehydration, an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. Plus, you’ll look a whole lot sexier for those romantic nights if you’re not burned from head to toe!

‘Loo’ming Problems

It’s uncomfortable and no one likes to talk about it, but the truth is vacations and digestive issues do seem to go hand-in-hand. Your honeymoon isn’t likely to be an exception to that rule. After all, you’ll probably indulge on some rather rich foods and drinks. Add to that you’re going to be far from the comfort of your own loo and the privacy you’re accustomed to.

So, how can you avoid those uncomfortable, frequent trips to the loo? Exercise a little common sense and do your body and your honey a favor by trying to eat healthy, balanced meals most of the time. Drink lots of water and be sure not to overindulge on new cuisine or overly rich dishes until you’re sure your body will react kindly. All that isn’t to say you shouldn’t have fun or try new things, just take it slow. It’s also a good idea to bring along some digestive aids … just in case.

Follow some commonsense honeymoon travel tips and your time away will be as perfect as it can possibly be. To find out more about booking your dream getaway, just reach out to one of our honeymoon travel advisors for a free consultation.

 

Photo: ©iStock.com/jcarillet

El Dorado Royale Casitas Review

| September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

 

Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
El Dorado Casitas Royale
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
The service and amenities of the resort were amazing. We were very pleased with the room and the anniversary package was beyond our expectations! Definitely one of our favorite resorts and best trips yet!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
No major issues at all and anything that arose was handled quickly. The did not push you to try to “sell” you on any upgrades and were extremely easy to work with.
Which of our consultants did you work with?
Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
10
Would you recommend our services to others?
Absolutely!
Your Name
Gina & Jason

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

Saying your “I do’s” in an exotic location in front of friends and family who have decided to make the trip with you is an incredibly special time. You want everything to be just perfect: from the dress right down to the wedding guest gift bags.

And, therein lies the problem.

While it’s fairly easy to make sure that dress gets to your destination in pristine condition courtesy of special packaging and airline crew assistance, those gift bags aren’t always so simple to plan for. With TSA rules being what they are, it’s hard to determine just what you can bring along to make sure your guests get a little something to bring home to remember the occasion by.

Since there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to want to pack smart, pack light and ensure none of your wedding guest gift bag items get snatched up by TSA officials just doing their jobs, here are some tips for items you can bring on a plane with you or have waiting at your hotel for your arrival. Keep in mind, you might have to check some gift bag items so do be sure to consult your airline’s regulations, as well.

Here are just a few ideas to consider for your wedding guest gift bags that can make it through TSA screening if you pack right:

  • Must-Have Travel Items – It’s the little things that guests at destination weddings often find the most considerate. If you’re going someplace sunny, consider including travel-size sunscreen, hand lotion, lip balm and other personal care items that can make your guests more comfortable during their stay. Consider shopping local artisan outlets for great buys on organic items that add an extra special touch, too.
  • Handmade Artisan Items – Consider visiting Etsy to find handcrafted small items to include in gift bags. From candy “love pills” to personalized tea candles, the cottage industry is alive with great ideas for gift bags. If you want to get really personal with your gift bag items, consider shopping online in advance to buy handcrafted items from your destination to include in the gift bags. Make the arrangements just right and your items could be delivered to your hotel in time for your arrival to avoid having to bring them on the plane.
  • Tourist Information – Since your wedding is taking place in a destination, a thoughtful touch is to include information on local tourist hotspots your guests can visit. You can collect these when you arrive or work with your hotel to have them shipped to you before you leave so you can assemble gift bags before you depart for the wedding.
  • Children’s items – If children are included in your event, consider including special items just for them in gift bags. Sunscreen, toys, crayons and coloring books can be big hits with moms, dads and the little ones.

When planning for a destination wedding, it’s important not to forget the little things that show guests how happy you are they’re along for the fun. For more information on destination weddings and planning out those gift bags, be sure to consult with our destination wedding pros.

Photo note: You can find the awesome gift bags featured in the photo on Etsy at Jankun Creative Studio.

 

Hotel Corallo Review

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Hotel Corallo
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  The mini cruise from Sorrento to Capri was amazing!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  None, everything was great
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Lindsay
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  The security of knowing that I didn’t have to worry was amazing. The trips planned were spectacular.
Your Name
  Lynzie Nebel
May we post your review on our website?
  Yes

El Dorado Casitas Review

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  El Dorado Casitas Royale
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  10
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  We absolutely loved the El Dorado Casitas Royale- our room, beach, pool, restaurants, and nightly entertainment options were all excellent. We thought the food and drinks were a higher quality and more memorable than the restaurants we have experienced at other all-inclusive resorts. We were also thrilled with our three excursions- exploring the Mayan Ruins (Chichen Itza), scuba diving, and swimming with whale sharks. Swimming with whale sharks was an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of our trip! We would definitely visit Mexico again!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  No
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  This is the second trip that Laura has helped us plan (she also organized our honeymoon) and both trips were fantastic! She recommended our hotel and we were so happy with her suggestion. Laura was always available to answer any questions which was very helpful. It was also nice to have all of our transportation and excursions arranged before we even left for our anniversary trip. Thanks Laura!!
Your Name
  Michelle and Andrew Leininger

Review-Westin Playa Conchal-Costa Rica

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Westin Playa Conchal
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Costa Rica is a beautiful country with so many things to do. We enjoyed every single part of it! The service at the Westin is amazing, everyone is so welcoming and nice.
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  rainy season in Costa Rica while we were at Arenal but the beach was perfect!
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Kyle
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  9
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  Absolutely – we have already recommended 3 couples to use Bliss honeymoons and Kyle
Your Name
  Kelly Lynch
May we post your review on our website?
  Yes

What’s Included At An All-Inclusive Resort?

| July 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Our Top All-Inclusive Resort Questions: Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what is and what isn’t included in an all-inclusive resort. So we’ve put together a great list of our most frequently asked questions and answers!

  1. What’s included in the all-inclusive plan?

All inclusive typically means all your meals, drinks, taxes and tips. Cocktails, beer, and glasses of house wines are included. Bottles of premium wines are usually extra. Most of your better all-inclusive resorts have a lobster night, but may charge for lobster on other nights. Non-motorized water sports are usually also included. So, a kayak would be included, while using a jet ski would carry and additional fee.

  1. How much cash should I bring with me?

You won’t need much cash while staying at an all-inclusive resort. The resort will ask for a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as spa treatments. But otherwise you won’t need much cash. We usually recommend about $100.00 for most Caribbean and Mexico resorts. Most destinations do accept US Currency. But if you want local currency you can either order foreign currency from your bank before you go, or find a currency exchange desk at the airport upon arrival.

  1. What is the dress code?

It varies by resort, but most do have a dress code! You can find a great article about it here!

  1. When can I make my spa & restaurant reservations?

Most resorts will not allow you to make restaurant reservations prior to arrival. While we prefer resorts that don’t require restaurant reservations, some resorts will allow you to make all of your restaurant reservations for the week upon arrival. Some resorts will allow you to make spa reservations before you arrive. Check with your travel agent for more info.

  1. Do I need to bring my own beach towels?

We get this question a lot! We have yet to find a resort that doesn’t provide beach towels.

  1. Do I need to bring an electrical converter?

This varies by destination. For most resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you don’t need one. But we did discover some older resorts in St Lucia that do require a converter. You will definitely need one for Tahiti! We found this great universal converter on Amazon.

  1. How will I get to and from the airport?

You wouldn’t get in a car with a stranger at home, so why would you do it in another country? We almost never recommend cabbing it. Your travel agent should be able to include transfers to and from the hotel in your package. Some transfers will stop at several other hotels on the way to your hotel, which can be a huge drag after being on a plane for the better part of the day. For a little extra, you can enjoy a non-stop transfer to and from your hotel.

  1. Do I need to tip?

This is probably the question we get asked the most! While tips are included at most all-inclusive resorts, we usually recommend that you bring along some cash for tips. The people at the resorts work a lot of long, hot hours. And with the exchange rates, a little US currency goes a long way in some other destinations. So we always recommend that you bring a little bit to tip the housekeeping staff, room service, bellhop, etc.

  1. Do I have to reserve the beach beds?

This varies greatly by resort. Some resorts do allow you to reserve a beach bed, while others do not. Some resorts charge for beach beds, but most are free.  We’ve even stayed in resorts where the beach beds were on a lottery system. So if a beach bed is important to you ask your travel agent to check with the concierge at the resort.

  1. Are there any upgrades or specials for honeymoon couples?

Yes! However most resorts are going to require some kind of proof that it really is your honeymoon, such as a marriage certificate. Most hotels will extend the honeymoon upgrades or amenities as long as you check in within 90 days of your wedding date. But again, this varies by resort. Some resorts do require that you’re registered as a honeymoon couple either at the time the reservation is made or 30 days before arrival. So check with your travel agent for more info.   Do you have other questions about all-inclusive resorts that we didn’t cover? Ask them here!

I’m Getting Married! What name should I put on my airline ticket?

| July 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Here’s our honeymoon question of the week:

“This may be a stupid question…

But I’ve never traveled out of the country and so for our Honeymoon, will I put my new married name or my maiden name on the travel documents? I’m thinking married name since we plan on leaving the day after. Maybe I’m just totally over thinking this!”

 

Whether you’re getting married, divorced, or angry at your record company and want to change your name to a random symbol a la Prince. changing your name is a legal process.

All the friendly folks at the TSA care about is that the name on your passport and your name on your airline ticket match. Your passport most likely has your first name, your middle name, ( spelled out rather than just an initial) and your maiden name. So, your airline ticket should be booked in your maiden name as well.

It also doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 5 months, or 5 years. If you’re like Bernie, one of our agents, who never got around to changing her passport after she was married, you can continue to travel under your maiden name until your passport expires. Even if your driver’s license has your new name, again, all that matters is that your passport and your airline ticket match.

So remember- your last name doesn’t magically change the minute you get married! So make sure you list your name on your airline ticket the same way it’s listed on your passport.

 

Do you have honeymoon planning questions? Email one of our honeymoon experts today!

St Lucia Obsession-Viceroy Sugar Beach

| June 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Honeymoons are meant for romance, relaxation and the kind of adventure that memories that last a lifetime are made from. Step onto the grounds of St. Lucia’s Viceroy Sugar Beach resort and it will become instantly clear this is the ideal setting for all of the above and then some.

Offering an outstanding view of both the Caribbean Sea and St. Lucia’s famed Piton mountains, this all-inclusive resort doesn’t skip a beat in the luxury department. If warm, tropical breezes and white sandy beaches are what you have in mind for your honeymoon you won’t be disappointed. The Viceroy Sugar Beach is the perfect setting for romantic getaways for these reasons and more:

  • The accommodations – Guests here aren’t limited to standard hotel or resort rooms. The Viceroy also features luxury villas, beachfront bungalows and full-size vacation home rentals. All rooms are well-appointed down to the little luxuries, including WiFi and large, flat-screen televisions. The luxury villa residences even boast their own infinity pools for private dips under the stars or sun. They also feature plenty of room for those who don’t like the confined space of standard hotels.
  • The food – The Viceroy is famous for its amazing cuisine. Guests here can enjoy on-site restaurants, bars and lounges. There’s even private butler service included in some packages. With meals overseen by a chef with more than 30 years’ experience in restaurants throughout Mexico and France, the meals are worth savoring.
  • The things to do – Honeymooners who select the Viceroy will not run out of things to do. This resort sits on more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest and also boasts its own white sand beach. Guests here can soak up the sun, go on tours, enjoy watersports, spend a day at the resort’s spa and more. Beyond the resort’s boundaries, honeymooners can enjoy all the sights and sounds of St. Lucia, including the famed Pitons, St. Lucia Beach, Marigot Bay and more.
  • The service – Guests at the Viceroy Sugar Beach can count on topnotch service throughout their stay. From the five-star dining to luxurious spa treatments and personalized butler service, no needs will go unmet.

Making a honeymoon memorable isn’t difficult when St. Lucia’s Viceroy Sugar Beach is on the itinerary. Set in the heart of this Caribbean paradise, the Viceroy makes sure honeymooners get the service and privacy they crave. Just check with our honeymoon experts to plan your adventure today!

Jason & Myriel- Ladera St Lucia

| May 11th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Ladera
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  10
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Ladera is authentic St Lucia. Soufriere is where it is at if you want to really understand the culture, food, and people of the island. And what an island it is. There are many secrets natives of the island know, from the way they live, to the food they eat and herbs they use to heal. Ladera is at the heart of it all, literally, you are between one of the great wonders of the world. Words cannot do Ladera or the Pitons justice. I loved everything. The staff and service was like nothing I ever received in my life. Little touches you don’t think of happened all the time. The staff was like one big, happy family and that rubs off on you as a guest. The food is the best I have ever had. Imagine the freshest fish right from the sea,exotic herbs, fruits and vegetables that taste incredible. Go in to town, explore. Learn about this island, it is a true treasure.
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  None
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  Laura was incredibly kind to me. I ask a lot of questions on any big purchase, and this honeymoon was a big one! I look at every possible angle, I’m sure Laura will agree! But Laura always was kind and professional through every planning up and down I had. I’d recommend Laura to anyone planning a big trip. This was the best service I have ever gotten on any big purchase. I’m grateful I found her! The trip was beyond my expectations. And it was complicated. We started in Puerto Rico, got married in Dominican and then Honeymooned is St Lucia (I still can’t believe it happened). Laura did all of our flights, and all of the honeymoon booking. There were no problems. None. And all of Laura’s recommendations were as she said they would be or better. Laura is the real deal. If you want the trip of your lifetime, then book through her!
Your Name
  Jason Gerschefski