Posts Tagged ‘exotic honeymoons’

3 To Die For Locations For Your Destination Wedding

| October 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination wedding planning is an adventure that can take couples on a virtual tour around the world as they seek out the best, most beautiful places to say their vows. When it comes to topnotch resorts with romantic settings and accommodations that will make any included guests swoon, the options, however, can overwhelm. The truth is there are some amazing spots to create memories that last in just about every corner of the world.

If world-class pampering, exceptional service, ceremonies that delight and settings that are simply breathtaking all matter, some destinations are simply better than others. Here are just a few of our favorite picks for those just starting their destination wedding planning:

  • Secrets Maroma – This adults-only beach resort is located right on the beautiful blue waters in Cancun, Mexico. Surrounded by waters and lush, tropical vegetation, it’s a paradise travelers the world over come to explore. The resort features world-class dining, views that are simply stunning and more amenities than any couple could possibly explore in a single stay. Wedding packages here include a seaside ceremony and reception on the private beach and a reception of choice. Couples can choose a ballroom reception, beachside or terrace location. Not overlooking a single detail, staff ensures everything is picture perfect for its happy couples. From flowers for the ceremonial gazebo to beautiful white chairs lined up on the beach for guests, the décor is sure to please.
  • El Dorado Royale – Facing the stunning waters of the Mexican Caribbean, this adults-only spa resort has received international accolades for its setting, services, food and on-site weddings. Located in the Riviera Maya, the resort boasts 478 suites that are all luxury appointed and just right for romance. Couples who choose this destination for their big days will be treated to assistance from signature wedding designers who help make sure every detail is perfect right down to the gourmet food included in the offered wedding packages.
  • Azul Beach – This boutique family resort features a private beach, pools, restaurants, bars and an all-lobster menu, along with 24-hour room service. Also located in the Cancun area, this is the perfect destination for couples who want to bring their families along to witness the big day. Weddings here are major productions that get the full attention of staff. With all-inclusive pricing, gourmet food, stunning beach-side settings, this resort ensures a day couples will cherish forever.

Ready to start your destination wedding planning by picking a location? Be sure to consult with our destination wedding experts to get all the details on the world’s best resorts.

Fabulous Honeymoon Ideas For Foodies & Picky Eaters

| September 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

Your honeymoon is an adventure that’s meant to create memories to last a lifetime. If you happen to be a foodie and your sweetheart is just plain picky, however, choosing the ideal location can prove quite problematic. While you might enjoy hitting the five-star restaurants of Paris or Rome, your honey would probably be happier eating meat and potatoes at a local diner.

Is there a way to compromise so you both have the time of your life while ensuring you also get to dine in the style you love the most? Absolutely!

Here are just a few ideas that can help ensure you can have your cake and eat it, too, so to say:

  • Go on a cruise – Whether it’s the rivers of Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska or an escape to the Greek isles, cruises are a perfect solution in this type of scenario. Onboard some of the best cruises you’ll find plenty of gourmet eats served up 24/7. Your picky honey will also discover that the constant buffets deliver lots of choices that include plain old meat and potatoes if that’s what is preferred. What is even better is that cruises are inherently romantic and the port of calls in high demand. That means your picky eater will be happy and you can both have the romantic adventure you’ve always dreamed of while still dining in style.
  • Think all-inclusive – Some of the best honeymoon resorts in the world happen to be all-inclusive. That means food and oftentimes drinks go along with the price of the stay. While not always, that also means that dining is available at guests’ whims. When that is the case, your picky eater can dine on dishes that suit while gourmet cuisine worthy of five-star status will be available when it’s desired. All-inclusive resorts are found in just about every major travel destination in the world, too. That means you can plan your dream honeymoon without having to compromise on the destination.

Should you discover that an all-inclusive resort or cruise just doesn’t quite suit your style, there are still options available. Consult your honeymoon travel advisor for ideas on where dine in the location you prefer. Perhaps try picking a great destination for foodie honeymoons and getting a few suggestions for places to dine that offer the best of both worlds.

Ready to book your dream honeymoon? Be sure to reach out to your travel consultant for ideas on where to go, where to stay and almost as importantly where to eat!

 

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How To Hide Your Adult Toys From Airport Security

| August 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re getting ready to head out for your honeymoon or romantic get-away, maybe you’re thinking about bringing something along to spice things up a bit. But, the last thing you want is to have that mortifying moment at airport security when your favorite toy pops up in the x-ray, or even worse, when some overzealous security person whips it out of you bag! So we’ve scoured the internet to find some fantastic travel friendly toys!

Go Incognito: A lot of adult toys were made to look like something else. The ever popular lipstick vibrator looks like a tube of lipstick, and will easily get through security without raising any eyebrows. You can find this along with other discrete toys over at Condommania.com .  If you’re looking for something really different and willing to spend a few extra dollars, the “Make Me Over” offered by Bedroom Kandi looks like a press powder compact and even comes with its’ own charger.

Lingerie:  Girls of all shapes and sizes deserve to look sexy! Lingerie company Adore Me really nails it with affordable lingerie for everyone. Their Beautiful Bride Collection offers something to take you from the engagement party all the way through the big day.  And of course lingerie will easily pass through airport security without anyone thinking anything of it.

Bottle swap: You don’t have to look further than your local drug store to find an interesting assortment of enhancement lubes. You could easily put the contents into a multi-use travel bottle and pass it off as shampoo. Just remember the rule for liquids and gels-3oz or less! Just because security is tight doesn’t mean you can’t bring along something scandalous. Just channel your inner sexy secret agent! If you get creative about how you pack by using some of these suggestions and maybe coming up with some of your own solutions, too, there’s no reason anyone has to have any clue. And, BONUS! You’ll have something new to giggle about in the bedroom!

 

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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

Our Favorite Infinity Pool Suites

| May 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Our Favorite Infinity Pool Suites

There’s just something so magical and romantic about taking a dip in an infinity pool that blends perfectly into a stunning natural background. The beauty, splendor and ingenuity of these designs can take an ordinary honeymoon trip and make it truly extraordinary. Fortunately, there are some amazing resorts the world over that incorporate the romance of infinity pools into their grounds.

Here are just a few of our infinity pool resorts in some of the world’s most favorite honeymoon destinations:

El Dorado Royal

Located in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this first-class resort takes luxury to a whole new level. While it offers guests stunning beach access and perfectly appointed rooms, its infinity pools really make the resort stand out. Suites here range from junior accommodations right up to a presidential suite that’s fit for royalty. Honeymoons here are marked by first-class service, beautiful landscapes, gourmet food and lots to see and do. There’s even an on-site spa and lots of side activities to make a honeymoon all that much more special.

Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort and Spa

Guests at this amazing Puerto Vallarta resort can enjoy meals served right beside an infinity pool that melts into the ocean. With luxurious multi-room suites, private decks, gourmet dining and landscapes that are breathtaking, no one ever wants their honeymoon here to end. The resort prides itself on delivering the very best in service without a stone left unturned when it comes to luxury. Choose this resort and you’ll also enjoy easy access to all the famed sights of Puerto Vallarta.

Intercontinental Tahiti Resort

If the wonders of the South Pacific are what you have in mind for a honeymoon adventure, this resort will not disappoint. Its infinity pool is a centerpiece attraction, blending in beautifully on this oceanfront property. With bar service pool side and Tahiti’s famed mountain landscape in the background, the views are especially stunning. While the pool is draw enough, guests here can also enjoy the romance and luxury of over-water bungalows that are appointed with every amenity in mind.

Mykonos Blu Mykonos, Greece

With its private infinity pools that overlook the beautiful waters Greece is so famous for, it’s hard to top this European resort as a highly romantic honeymoon destination. The beauty of each of this hotel’s suites is only rivaled by the natural wonders that await outside. Guests here enjoy high end service, fine dining and some of the most romantic settings found anywhere in the world.

While infinity pools don’t make or break a honeymoon resort, they add to the beauty and enhance the romance. Be sure to check with our honeymoon travel experts for more information about booking your getaway.

 

The Best Caribbean Island Tours

| April 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Just because you’re on your honeymoon doesn’t mean you want to lock yourself in your hotel room for the duration. While romantic nights, no doubt, will matter to you and your sweetie, chances are you also want to see and do a few things that will help you create memories to last a lifetime.
If you’re heading to the Caribbean to celebrate your first few days of wedded bliss, you’re in luck. There are some amazing tours offered in these destinations that can help you pack a whole lot of fun into your honeymoon.
Here are just a few of our favorite Caribbean tours by destination:
• Jamaica – If you’re heading to Montego Bay, be sure to consider the bobsled, skyride and zipline adventure tour. You can also look into deep sea sport fishing tours or even spend a day swimming with the dolphins.
• Antiqua – Want to pack in all 365 beaches Antigua is famous for during your honeymoon? Consider going on the Xtreme Circumnavigation tour out of St. Johns. During this trip, you’ll get to see the entire coastline. If you prefer on-land adventures, the Rainforest Canopy Adventure could be perfect for you!
• Barbados – Hoping to take in some of the amazing sites before you leave this Caribbean destination? Consider going on a snorkeling cruise or spend a few hours aboard the Jolly Roger. On that particular lunch cruise, you can live the pirate life while being treated to a barbecue feast.
• Bahamas – Heading to Nassau to celebrate your union? Be sure work in a few tours before you go. Some of the most popular include the dolphin encounters, culinary classes and the Sea Garden and Historic Harbour tour.
• Aruba – A trip here offers all kind of a tour potential. You can spend a day taking a jeep safari, go on an island tour that includes some of the most notable sites, including the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum, the Casibari Rock Formations and the California Light House.
Depending on where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll also find there are some amazing tours that combine getting hands-on with local cultures with very rewarding volunteer work. There are a number of tour providers throughout the Caribbean that can hook you and your honey up with enriching volunteer opportunities. You can, for example, help record historic buildings in the Dominican Republic, work on masonry repairs in St. Kitts, help out at local animal shelters and more.
Ready to enrich your Caribbean honeymoon with a little adventure? Be sure to talk with our romance travel experts about all the tour possibilities.

Our Favorite Costa Rican Escapes!

| March 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

With its beautiful volcanic mountain ranges, stunning beaches, lush tropical rain forests and friendly people, Costa Rica has long been a favorite destination for honeymoon travelers wanting to vacation in paradise. Its positioning on the isthmus of Central America ensures nearly perfect balmy weather year round that’s ideal for honeymooners who want to enjoy the great outdoors.
If the distinct flair of Costa Rica is catching your attention as you plan your honeymoon adventure, you’ll find this tiny country packs a big punch when it comes to luxury resorts just right for romance. Here are just a few of our favorite Costa Rican destinations for honeymooners:
• Flamingo Beach Resort – Located in Guancaste, this resort is surrounded by pristine beachfront property and offers incredible views of Costa Rica’s volcanic mountain ranges. Guests here enjoy an onsite spa, dining and access to daily scheduled activities. There’s also a pool, tennis courts, scuba diving classes and a casino for those high rollers. Rooms are all luxury appointed and there’s even a honeymoon suite for special occasions.
• Royal Corin – Located in La Fortuna, this resort is surrounded by the breathtaking volcanic mountains Costa Rica is famed for. While it is located inland from the beaches, guests here enjoy access to onsite pools and hot springs that have been tapped for visitor enjoyment. The resort offers onsite dining and has several bars to entertain guests. In addition, visitors here can take part in tours of nearby points of interest while enjoying well-appointed rooms that offer spectacular views of the mountains.
• The Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort – This eco-resort offers the very best of Costa Rica with its stunning beachfront property surrounded by lush rain forests. Guests here stay in cabanas that offer amazing views of the forest and feature luxury appointments throughout. Each cabana is unique in design, but all offer honeymooners the privacy they crave. Visitors can take part in horseback riding, nighttime rain forest tours, bird watching, scuba diving and much more. Dolphin watching is a favorite activity for guests at the Copa De Arbol. Plus, there are onsite dining facilities and full bars.
If you’re hoping for a honeymoon that delivers romantic landscapes while making sure you and your sweetheart are pampered in luxury, Costa Rica is well worth exploring. This Central American county has it all – stunning weather, beautiful beaches and pristine mountain ranges. Just talk with our honeymoon travel experts to learn more about this incredible destination.