Posts Tagged ‘honeymoon destinations’

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!

 

photo: ©iStock.com/kiuikson

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.

 

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!

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 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.

Destination Weddings-Who To Invite, Who Pays For What…

| February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Planning a destination wedding is a great way to wrap a vacation, your big day and a honeymoon all in one. What’s better is that your closest friends and dearest family members get to come along for the momentous occasion. The trick, however, is understanding a few rules of the road that can keep you out of hot water with said friends and family members.

Here are a few common etiquette issues that come up in relation to destination weddings and tips on how to handle them:

Who to Invite?

When it comes to the guest list, a destination wedding is much like any other wedding. You get to call all the shots on whom to invite. If you want to keep your ceremony small and intimate, do so. If you’d prefer a more elaborate affair with hundreds of guests in an exotic location, by all means, go for it.

Just remember as you’re planning to make to make sure others know your intentions. This can help spare feelings later if someone who isn’t invited knows up front you’re only asking immediate family, the best man and maid of honor, for example, to attend.

Who Gets to Pay?

Just because you’re throwing a destination wedding doesn’t mean you need to pay for your guests to make it to the location. Just like any other ceremony, guests are expected to pay for their transportation and lodging for the duration of the stay. While you’ll be expected to pay for the reception and perhaps a rehearsal dinner or greeting party, your guests can be expected to pay the other costs for their own trips.

Who Keeps Them Busy?

Destination weddings are often multiday affairs that involve guests trickling into the location over the course of several days. With this in mind, brides and grooms often fret over their duties of playing party hosts.

The biggest question that pops up here is how responsible are brides and grooms for their guests’ pre- and post-wedding entertainment? The answer to that one is simple, as well: It’s entirely up to you!

If you want to plan out activities for a full week of pre-wedding fun, go for it. If you don’t, there’s no need. Just ask guest to arrive in time for the big day. If they choose to come early, they can explore your chosen destination at their leisure and take in what they want to.

Destination wedding etiquette isn’t as tricky as some couples fear. Just plan ahead, let guests know the score in advance and have fun. Remember, it’s your day!

 

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Our Favorite Things To Do In Hawaii

| November 24th, 2013 | No Comments »

Our Favorite Things to Do in Hawaii

When the words “tropical” and “honeymoon” are combined in a sentence Hawaii is one of the first places most people think of and rightfully so. After all, this collection of islands is famed for its friendly people, beautiful resorts and awe-inspiring, highly romantic landscapes.

But, just what can honeymooners do during a stay in Hawaii is a question that often gets asked. While specific attractions vary based on the island or islands you choose to visit during your honeymoon, here are some of our favorite things to do in Hawaii to help you plan out your adventure:

  • Go beach hopping: Whether you’re staying right on Waikiki or your plans take you closer to Oahu’s North Shore, a Hawaiian honeymoon isn’t complete without a day or two at the beach. Each of the islands boasts its own top beaches with their own distinct traits. What you’ll find, however, is that all of them offer beautiful sights, warm waters and plenty of activities that go beyond swimming. Depending on where and when you visit, you can also enjoy sailing, snorkeling, whale watching, hang gliding and a whole lot more during a trip to a “typical” Hawaiian beach. Should you desire a truly romantic excursion, consider a moonlit walk along the Hawaiian shores or get hooked up for beachfront horseback riding.
  • Go hiking: If you want to get a true taste of the beauty that is Hawaii you have to get out of a car or off the tour bus to really experience the splendor. One of the best ways to do this is to spend a leisurely day hiking some of Hawaii’s most notable terrain. Some of the best places to go include Hanakapi’ai Falls in Kauai, Koko Head Crater trail, Kings Highway and the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail.
  • Take an aerial tour: Not ready to hit the trails on foot, but still want to see Hawaii’s splendor in a more intimate and romantic way? If so, a small plane or helicopter tour of some of the famous sights might be in order. The advantage here is you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful volcanic mountains and lush valleys without having to break a sweat in the process. Plus, these tours can be arranged for two, which means your alone time can largely remain so.
  • Get dangerous: If you and your honey want some serious adventure and you don’t mind getting wet in the process consider cage diving with sharks. Yep, you can do this in Hawaii! Oahu’s North Shore is famous for its guided shark encounters.

Are you ready to plan a post-wedding trip that’s sure to create memories that will last a lifetime? If so, just talk to our honeymoon travel experts about the unusual, romantic and fascinating things to do in Hawaii.

3 Things You Never Knew You Could Do In Maui

| November 18th, 2013 | No Comments »

3 Things You Never Knew You Could Do In Maui

While it’s a no-brainer a honeymoon in Maui is going to rank high in the romance department, this Hawaiian island offers more than meets the eye. Vacationers here will find there’s a lot more to enjoy than stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches and friendly locals who know how to make certain honeymooners have the time of their lives.

If you prefer doing things that are a little different while you’re on vacation, you’ll find there are lots of unusual choices in Maui. Here are just three of the many things you probably didn’t know you could do in Maui:

  • Stargaze in style – This island’s beautiful landscapes combine perfectly with the South Pacific night sky to make stargazing a wonder. The best way to enjoy the night time show is to head away from big city lights and just throw down a blanket on the beach. Stare up at the night sky to enjoy a show that’s incredibly romantic. If you want to add an extra special touch, pack a picnic basket and bring along some wine for a late-night toast to your new lives together.
  • Visit Little Beach on a Sunday night – If you’re just a little bit daring, there’s a weekly gathering at Little Beach that takes place each Sunday around sunset. A bonfire, dancing and the sounds of a drum circle pull in visitors from all over the globe. Be warned though: Little Beach is a nude beach and you’re likely to see some folks in the buff during the Sunday night gatherings. On the upside, Little Beach is one of the most pristine on Maui and has some of the best sands around.
  • Go horseback riding – Ever dream of riding horses along a beach as waves gently lap at the sand? Visit Maui and you don’t have to dream any longer. There are lots of stables that provide rentals that you and your honey can choose from. Just get in the saddle to see this island from a whole different perspective. You can also take rides through the forests to explore waterfalls and other incredible sights.

Honeymooners looking for adventure, romance and unusual things to do won’t be disappointed if Maui is the destination of choice. This Hawaiian island offers all the splendor visits expect and a whole lot more that most don’t know about. If a honeymoon in Maui sounds like a plan, just consult with our honeymoon travel experts for advice on making it happen.