Posts Tagged ‘honeymoon travel agents’

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

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!

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!

Honeymoon Attire-What Not To Wear!

| June 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

One of the questions we get asked rather frequently here at Bliss Honeymoons, is “what should I wear on my honeymoon?” Many of the resorts have dress codes that aren’t always easy to understand. Here’s a couple of packing tips that may make your trip more enjoyable.

If you’re heading for a beach destination, be prepared for some humidity. Clothing that is tight or heavy will become uncomfortable very quickly. Loose fitting, lighter weight fabrics will make your stay in the tropics more enjoyable.

Even in a beach destination, the evenings can be downright cool. So bring things that you can layer easily. You’ll find that many of the restaurants are down-right frigid at dinner time from the air conditioning going full blast all day long. So bringing a sweater or wrap along will help keep you more comfortable.

Pack some dress clothes! While it may seem odd to pack dress clothes to hang out on the beach all week, many of the resort’s better restaurants require men to wear pants, ties, jackets, etc at dinner. We recently had a groom who went to a 5 star resort for the week without a single pair of pants! He and his new bride missed out on being able to enjoy the resort’s better restaurants because the hotel wouldn’t make an exception to the dress code. They had to dine alfresco by the beach all week long.

While checked luggage fees continue to increase, having a few extra options in your suitcase, from casual to dressy, will allow you to explore everything that your honeymoon destination has to offer.

Get more great tips in our Honeymoon Planning Guide! Just click 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!

Top European Foodiemoon Destinations

| April 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

  Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? If you’re a foodie about to embark on life’s greatest journey by saying your “I do’s,” Europe is the perfect destination for your honeymoon. With its incredibly romantic destinations and equally delightful and sinfully rich local cuisines, hopping across the pond to tour some Old World sites will deliver the perfect ingredients for a honeymoon that’s unforgettable. With so many possible European locations to choose from, however, it can be tough to narrow it down to a single country to visit. To help out, here are some of the top European destinations recommended by foodies across the globe:

Florence, Italy With a distinct regional flair that includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs, the cuisine here is to die for. Add to the fact that this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and Florence fast becomes a honeymooner’s dream come true. Should Florence make the menu for your trip, consider also making stops in Rome and Venice to gain a greater appreciation for regional dishes, wines and scenery.

Barcelona, Spain Imagine noshing on seafood paella, bacon-wrapped dates and empanadas while washing it down with a glass of perfect sangria. Put Barcelona on your itinerary and there won’t be a need to imagine. This beautiful Spanish city ranks high in the romance department while offering some of the best flavor combinations in the world.

Paris, France It’s hard to top this European destination in either the romance or food departments. With its incredibly rich dishes, laden with breathtaking sauces, amazing regional wine and penchant for the decadent, Paris paints the perfect picture for honeymooners with a passion for food.

London, England Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Thames, and fish and chips: It’s hard to go wrong when London is the destination for lovers with a taste for the finer things in life. This bustling city delivers in the sights department while also offering visitors a chance to sample not only local cuisine, but also flavors from around the world, including some of the best Indian dishes found anywhere outside of, well, India.

Berlin, Germany With its stout beer and spicy style, this German city is a delight for those with a passion for food and romance. The city offers a variety of flavors, but visitors can rest assured they will find traditional noodles, wurst and kraut on the menus at many destinations. Ready to eat your way through Europe while celebrating your wedding in style? Be sure to consult your honeymoon travel advisor. Europe’s top foodie destinations all have outstanding resorts to make your stay even more special. Our romance travel experts can help you plan out an adventure of a lifetime.

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.

Savor Honeymoon Bliss at Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel

| January 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Savor Honeymoon Bliss at Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel

Foodies with a passion for the finer things in life will discover there’s a new resort on the menu that’s just perfect for honeymooners who want to experience the very best during their first days of wedded bliss. Tampa’s Epicurean hotel opened its doors in January 2014, welcoming travelers from all over the world to eat, drink and learn.

The brainchild of some of the biggest movers and shakers on Tampa’s culinary scene, the resort delivers the very best international cuisine while enabling honeymooners to enjoy privacy, romance and luxury during their stay.

Guests at the Epicurean can anticipate:

  • First-class accommodations – The hotel was built with luxury in mind. Located in South Tampa’s trendy SoHo district, it features stunning rooms designed to delight the senses.  Guests will discover the hotel’s rooms are well appointed and provide honeymooners with the perfect backdrop for romance.
  • World-class dining – The resort features its own upscale restaurant and dessert shop. Inspired by Tampa’s famous Bern’s steakhouse, the eatery, Elevage boasts an extensive menu that changes throughout the day. Dining is available in a full-service setting for in-room for those who value their privacy. For those who want to explore the flavors of Tampa, Ybor City with its Cuban flair is a short drive away.
  • On-site classes – The Epicurean offers foodies more than elegant meals served up in style. Those who choose to pay the resort a visit can also learn hands on about gourmet cooking thanks to the resort’s master chefs. Classes are offered almost daily and vary in topic.
  • Pampering – The Epicurean was designed to be a true “experience” for those passionate about food and luxury. To make it so, the resort offers more than incredible food and drinks. It also offers its guests impeccable service, complete with a concierge service, on-site spa, outdoor pool and bar service and much more.
  • Location – While it might be hard to leave the flavors of the Epicurean, the hotel happens to be located perfectly for exploration of the Tampa Bay area. It’s found in Tampa’s heart, which means art galleries, beaches, shopping and more are just a stone’s throw away.

Hoping for a honeymoon that’s relaxing, romantic and full of amazing flavors? Tampa Epicurean hotel delivers all the ingredients necessary for an amazing time. To find out more about this resort and vacationing in the Tampa area, be sure to check with our honeymoon travel advisors.

3 Great Holiday Honeymoon Destinations

| December 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Getting married during the holidays is a great way to add an extra special touch to the big day. It’s also a fantastic way to make certain the honeymoon trip is filled with wonder and incredibly romantic scenery. With most destinations decked out in the spirit of the season, just about any place in the world can afford couples in love magical experiences. Some destinations, however, stand above the others when it comes to holiday time honeymoons.

Here are just a few of our favorite places for holiday honeymoons:

  • The City of Lights: It’s hard to rival Paris in the romantic destination department during any average time of the year. During the holidays, however, the City of Lights becomes truly spectacular. Make a honeymoon stop here during the holidays and you’ll get to see the Champs-Elysées decked out for the season. You can also go ice skating at the Patinoire Sonja Henie or go visit a Christmas market for presents to bring home, along with the hundreds of other things to see and do. Keep in mind, this is a cold season in Paris, so you might even get to see some of the famous sites blanketed in fresh snow.
  • Mexico: Escape the cold for a trip to a slightly warmer climate. Mexico offers a world of possibilities for honeymooners looking for adventure, pampering and romance. Whether you plan to stay near the Gulf or on the Pacific side, you’ll find Mexico is especially stunning during the holidays. Its famous resorts, such as El Dorado Royale, the One & Only Cabo and Viceroy Zihuatenajo go above and beyond to make sure honeymooners have the time of their lives no matter the season. Depending on what part of Mexico you choose for your honeymoon, you’ll be able to take in some incredible sights and activities, too. Here you can relax on a beach, climb a mountain, tour ancient sites, go hiking, fishing, biking, shopping and much more.
  • The Bahamas: Get away from it all by visiting a tropical paradise with a twist for a holiday honeymoon. The One & Only’s Ocean Club is the perfect place to center a honeymoon adventure. Here you’ll be treated to first-class service at a resort that didn’t leave a single stone unturned when it comes to beauty and luxury.

The holidays are an amazing time for a honeymoon adventure. To check out these three options and even a few more special destinations, just check with our honeymoon travel experts.