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Our Favorite Foodie Anniversary Hot Spots!

| March 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Love exploring flavorful regional cuisine that’s as tempting to the eyes as it is the stomach? Prefer dishes with a bit of a tropical flair? If you’re looking for an anniversary adventure that would make even the most discriminating foodie jealous, set your sights on the Caribbean.

Why the Caribbean?

If you and your honey are serious foodies, we have a few words that answer that question rather nicely: eclectic flavors, romantic beaches, world-class resorts and 5-star restaurants.

The major Caribbean destinations each have their own signature flavors with dashes of international flavors added in for good measure. While fish, chicken, pork, beans, rice and tropical fruits are mainstays, many of the islands have rather distinct ways of serving up fare courtesy of their European influences throughout history. And, if the food wasn’t enough of a reason to set sail for the Caribbean to celebrate your anniversary, the stunning landscapes, balmy weather and upscale resorts can surely sweeten the deal.

Not sure where to go in the Caribbean to mark a milestone anniversary while enjoying a tasty foodie adventure? Here are a few of our favorite places to help you get started planning:

  • Jamaica – This island nation is famous for more than its steel drum sounds. Put Jamaica on your anniversary itinerary and you’ll get to enjoy some of the most unique flavors found in the world. Be sure to try jerk anyway you can get it and don’t pass up the rum either – it’s some of the best in the world.
  • Puerto Rico – Dishes here deliver a true blending of Caribbean, American and Spanish flavors. If the tropical splendor of Puerto Rico fits your anniversary plans, consider a stop in San Juan. Here you’ll find some of the best restaurants found anywhere in the world.
  • St. Lucia – This island nation is famed for its stunning landscapes and world-class resorts, but it’s no slouch in the food department either. With its signature Creole flavors, St. Lucia keeps it spicy for sure. Be sure to sample the green bananas and salt fish while here. You can also tempt your taste buds with barbecued fish.
  • St. Martin – With its heavy Dutch and French influences, this island’s cuisine is truly tempting. St. Martin, in fact, is said to have hundreds of restaurants packed into its rather tiny 37 square miles. Don’t let the size food you though; St. Martin packs in the romance, wonder and flavors to make certain vacationers here have the time of their lives.

Ready to explore the flavors of the Caribbean? Be sure to check with our anniversary travel experts for more tips on where to go – and more importantly – where to dine!

3 Great Places To Renew Your Vows in 2014!

| January 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

3 Great Places to Renew Your Vows this Year

Love your sweetheart more today than the day you said “I do?” Then why not celebrate the new year by reaffirming those vows and letting all your friends and family know just how deep your commitment runs? A vow renewal ceremony is a tremendously romantic way to celebrate an anniversary or simply to declare the depth of your love that has only grown over time.

Planning to say “I do” all over again and actually coming up with the perfect place to do so can be easier said than done. Here are some great destinations to consider using as the backdrop for the big day:

  • California’s wine country – Whether you intend to host a private ceremony or you want all your friends and family present, Napa Valley is an awesome place for a vow renewal. Not only is it a stunning part of the country, but this region has plenty of resorts and venues that are well equipped to help make sure the big event goes off without a hitch. And, while Napa has a strong appeal for adult foodies and wine aficionados alike, there’s also plenty for younger guests to see and do.
  • Tampa’s Epicurean hotel – For a quiet getaway just for two (or a few close friends, as well), this destination is well worth checking out. The new resort is built as a mecca for foodies, featuring upscale accommodations, world-class dining and on-site culinary lessons. To make it even more enjoyable, the Epicurean resort is found within Tampa’s trendy SoHo district where there are tons of options for things to see and do. Plus, SoHo is a short drive from the Bay area’s pristine beaches, which always serve as an amazing backdrop for wedding and vow renewal ceremonies.
  • Mexico – If out-of-country travel is what you have in mind, Mexico is highly worthy of exploration. From its Pacific coast beaches to the interior archeological sites all the way to the Gulf, this country is famed for its resorts and breathtaking landscapes. Visitors to Mexico’s top resorts will find putting together a vow renewal ceremony is a snap thanks to highly trained staff that are more than willing to tend to all the little details.

Keep in mind these are just three possibilities. The world is chockfull of amazing places to mark special moments. Our pros can help you pick just the right spot for your renewal ceremony while ensuring you and your sweetheart have the time of your lives.

Planning Your 2014 Anniversary Trip

| December 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Hoping to celebrate a big anniversary in 2014 with a big trip somewhere fabulous, romantic and memorable? If so, there are some details you’ll want to start attending to as soon as possible to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.

Here are just a few tips to help make planning your 2014 anniversary trip easier:

  • Establish your target budget early: While you don’t have to have a complete budget in place during the beginning stages of planning a great anniversary trip, a target range can help guide all the details yet to come. Knowing how much you can spend can help you decide where to go, what type of resort to stay in and what side activities might be within reach during your romantic adventure.
  • Pick the location: The earlier you decide where it is you want to go on an anniversary trip the better. This little detail is a must to enable you to start booking travel, lodging and sightseeing adventures and side trips. Depending on your desired destination and the time of year you plan to travel, booking early can be very important to ensure availability, as well. Not sure where to go? Consider locations that fit you and your sweetie’s interests. Are there places you’ve always wanted to visit? Do you share a particular hobby that a certain destination would be perfect for? These factors can help you determine the ideal place to go.
  • Consult our anniversary travel advisors: A travel expert can help take all the little details involved in planning and booking a trip off your shoulders. The earlier you speak with an expert, the better off you’ll be. A great anniversary travel advisor can help you narrow down your selection of locations, assist you in booking flights, help you find and secure rooms in a great hotel or resort and even give you great ideas on things you can do for fun while you’re on your trip. The very best can even help you save a little money along the way.
  • Book early: Even if your anniversary trip isn’t set until the end of 2014, it’s always a good idea to book accommodations as early as possible – especially if you’re going during a peak travel time, such as summer or the holidays. Check with your anniversary travel advisor for help with the details.

Celebrating a big anniversary with a romantic getaway is a fantastic way to mark the milestone while making new memories to last. Be sure to attend to those little details early so your trip goes off without a hitch.

Tips For Planning A Surprise Vow Renewal

| December 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Whether you’re hoping to surprise the love of your life with a vow renewal ceremony to mark a big anniversary or you’re treating a special couple with the romantic gesture, there are some things you’ll need to consider to pull off such a big undertaking on the down low.  When having the element of surprise is half the fun, you’ll need to pay attention to the little details while making certain no one tips off the honoree or honorees.

Here are some details you’ll want to attend to as early in the planning as possible:

  • The date and location: These two particular items go hand-in-hand whether you’re planning a ceremony in the couple’s backyard or one on an exotic island in the South Pacific. Without the date, you can’t book the venue. If possible, consider hosting the ceremony on or close to the couple’s actual anniversary. This proximity can help you with your “cover story,” but we’ll get more into that later.
  • The ceremony details: Be sure to answer questions like what type of ceremony should be held, who will officiate and how the sequence of events will play out as early as possible. Also be sure to start considering the post-ceremony reception as early as you can. Keep in mind, the ceremony and reception don’t have to be as elaborate as an actual wedding.
  • The guest list: This is an incredibly important detail you won’t want to leave on the backburner for long. Even if you plan on hosting the ceremony close to the couple’s home, people will need advance notice to be able to attend. This can be especially so if the location requires travel. Be sure to let guests know about the surprise factor involved. And, don’t feel overwhelmed by planning a huge guest list. Some of the most memorable renewal ceremonies only involve close family and a few dear friends.
  • The cover story: Once you have the where, when, who, how and after party planned, you’re going to need to be able to get your couple to the location, dressed appropriately. This is where a cover story comes in. For renewals that take place close to anniversary dates, the cover can be simple. “We’re taking you out to a fancy dinner to celebrate,” will suffice for a ceremony close to home. “We all chipped in for a romantic trip to (insert your dream location here) for your anniversary,” can work wonders for a ceremony that involves travel. Just be sure your story is believable.

Planning a vow renewal ceremony for your love or a couple that’s dear can take a lot of forethought. To make it easier when it comes to ironing out those little details, consider bringing in our anniversary travel experts early in the planning. Our pros can help with everything from travel arrangements to booking a venue for the party.

Renewing Your Vows In Kauai

| November 24th, 2013 | No Comments »

Renewing Your Vows In Kauai

Reaffirming your love and commitment is an excellent way to mark a milestone anniversary and create a celebration that family and friends can enjoy. Picking the perfect location to say I do all over again, however, can be a bit of a trick.

If you’re looking for a romantic backdrop that’s exotic, but doesn’t necessarily require guests to stand in line at the passport office, Kauai couldn’t be more perfect if it tried. Known as Hawaii’s “Garden Isle,” Kauai is famed for its stunning landscapes, outstanding resorts and incredible things to see and do. Whether it’s your intent to bring the whole family along for a vow renewal ceremony or you want an intimate affair just for two, this island is hard to top.

Here are just a few reasons why Kauai is an ideal spot for a vow renewal that will make memories to last a lifetime:

  • It’s unusual: While Kauai is one of Hawaii’s main islands, it isn’t the most trafficked or traveled. If you want to go somewhere “different” for your special day, this island fits the “exotic” department to a T, but doesn’t skimp a bit on the splendor Hawaii is famed for. Here you will find the beauty of volcanic mountains, lush tropical gardens and resorts that are ready to serve your every need. What you aren’t likely to find are throngs of people at every turn as is often the case in the more tourist-trafficked destinations, such as Honolulu.
  • Its attractions are breathtaking: Kauai is home to an incredible array of sights and has plenty of attractions that offer visitors much to see and do. This island is home to Waimea Canyon State Park, the Makaleha Mountains, McBryde Garden, Moloaa Bay and the “Sleeping Giant,” which is also known as Nounou Mountain. Visitors here can take part in everything that makes Hawaii such a loved destination, too. Golfing, swimming, sailing, hiking and more all await on the island of Kauai.
  • Its resorts deliver luxury and service: Just because Kauai is a bit off the beaten path doesn’t mean it doesn’t deliver in the luxury department. The island is home to some of the world’s best resorts. From small, romantic boutiques to well-known international chains, the resorts here are ready to serve and many even offer assistance with planning and putting on vow renewal ceremonies that are picture perfect.

Hawaii is a quintessential vow renewal destination. If you want to put an exotic spin into the adventure, speak with our vow renewal experts about booking your big day on the Garden Isle of Kauai.

Rob & Sarah’s Anniversary in Cozumel

| November 10th, 2013 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Secrets Aura Cozumel
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Snorkeling on the reefs was awesome. I witnessed underwater life I had not seen anywhere else. Take the excursion on the glass bottom boat. It was $30 US and included a dive master and photographer. The next day I was able to purchase a DVD of pictures he took while we made dives into the reef. We went to three different locations and these pros knew where to go and what to look for; plus they documented it for you in vivid photography. It was incredible.
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  When we arrived at our room our door lock did not operate properly. The staff was very helpful and had us in a better room within an hour. All of the staff was helpful, kind and very concerned about our satisfaction. The restaurants had excellent waiters and chefs, being able to Share restaurants with the Secrets Sunscape resort next door opened even more opportunities for dining. Drink service on the beach was fast and courteous. On our last night there was a show on the beach including performers who twirled fire. This was a spectacular resort destination in Cozumel.
Which of our consultants did you work with?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
Would you recommend our services to others?
Reason for your response
  Everything was arranged so that we did not have to worry. Pick up from airport and return no problems and no paying taxis. Services for our anniversary like breakfast in bed and turn down of sheets with candles on our anniversary night made the event very special. All of this was prearranged by Laura….Thanks :)
Your Name
  Robert B

5 Tips For Writing Your Vow Renewal Vows

| October 14th, 2013 | No Comments »

Whether you used traditional vows for your first ceremony or you wrote your own, coming up with something fresh, wonderful and definitive of the time you and your sweetheart have spent together isn’t always easy. You want vows that say what’s in your heart and chances are you want them to stand apart from those used in your first ceremony.

To help you get started penning what’s in your heart, here are a few tips that might make the words flow more freely:

Tell a story: You and your special someone are renewing your vows. That means you’ve spent years and perhaps even decades together. Is there a defining moment in your time together that embodies why your honey is so special to you? Tell that story and use it as a springboard to renew your commitment to each other.

Keep a journal: In the weeks and days leading up to your vow renewal ceremony, carry around a journal for jotting down vow ideas. Use it to list out the reasons for your love, why your personal connection is so deep and why you’re willing to stand up and say “I do” all over again. Use those notes to help you craft the actual vows you’ll recite during your ceremony.

Borrow from a master: Can’t come up with just the right words to express why your spouse is so special to you? It’s OK to borrow words from the greats when they fit what’s in your heart. If you have a song together, a favorite poem or even lines from a movie that fit what you mean to each other, use them. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Just be sure to put your own special spin on the sentiments expressed.

Write what’s in your heart: You don’t have to be Shakespeare to craft renewal vows that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. Just say what’s in your heart. Tell the person you love why you do and what it is about them that makes you want to spend your entire life walking hand-in-hand.

Keep it simple: Remember when you stood and recited your vows at your original wedding? Remember how the words didn’t matter as much as the look in your eye and how it reflected what was in your heart? If you’re saying “I do” once again, that same rule applies. With that in mind, just keep your vows simple and heartfelt and you can’t go wrong.

Writing your own unique vows for a renewal ceremony is a wonderful way to reflect back on the years and how your special someone has become even more so through time. Keep in mind, if you say what’s truly in your heart, your words are guaranteed to be perfect.

Say “I Do” Again at El Dorado Royale

| September 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

Say I Do Again at El Dorado Royale

Looking for an adults-only getaway destination that’s just perfect for a romantic vow renewal ceremony? Set your sights on Mexico’s Riviera Maya and give the El Dorado Royale a very close look. This all-inclusive resort has what it takes to make a vow renewal memorable– perhaps even more so than the first time you said “I do.”

Located in the Mexican Caribbean, El Dorado Royale is an all-inclusive spa resort that’s adored by travelers who want to enjoy incredible views and lots of privacy. The resort’s staff is well trained in helping honeymooners and those celebrating anniversaries and vow renewals enjoy the time of their lives, too.

Romantic packages here include such perks as:

  • Beach beds – Imagine enjoying quiet moments alone while a warm ocean breeze blows and waves lap at the beach. Located for the utmost privacy, these accommodations even come with their own beach butler so you can enjoy the best in service.
  • Candlelight dinners on the beach – Celebrate your love for each other while enjoying quiet dinners with a view.
  • Couples massages – Enjoy the very best in relaxation courtesy of the resort’s own spa.

So, what else can you expect from a stay at the El Dorado? Here are just a few other features that make this the ultimate couple’s getaway:

  • The rooms – Whether you select a standard room or upgrade to a suite, you’ll discover each is well appointed with romance and privacy in mind.
  • The activities – If you don’t want to spend your entire vacation on the beach or in your room, you’ll find this resort packs in the activities. Guests here can enjoy such things as archery, beach volleyball, bike tours, dances, darts, kayaking, cooking lessons, soccer and much more. There are also fresh water pools, a sauna and the world-famous spa to visit.
  • The food – El Dorado boasts a number of onsite restaurants that are included in the price of the stay. Meals are served throughout the day and well into the night for those who don’t like to eat too early. Guests will discover several culinary themes at work here, which means it’s impossible not to find something amazing on the menu. El Dorado also boasts a number of bars, including quite a collection of swim-up locations.

If you’re ready to say “I do” all over again, why not explore a resort that’s distinctly grown up in its appeal. Mexico’s El Dorado delights with surprises.

Have you been thinking about renewing your vows? Talk to our experts today!

Take A “Body Holiday” for your anniversary!

| August 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

Couples dreaming of a romantic anniversary getaway to a tropical destination that also includes a bit of adventure and a whole lot of pampering will discover one clear choice outshines most others: The Body Holiday. The all-inclusive resort with a unique name is St. Lucia’s answer to a highly indulgent, very romantic and incredibly awe-inspiring spa holiday. 

The Body Holiday is an all-inclusive resort nestled in the splendor that is St. Lucia. This independent island nation in the eastern Caribbean is famed for its stunning beaches, towering, almost-primeval looking mountains and its activities that can add up to a romantically restful anniversary getaway or a highly adventurous one – depending on a couple’s taste.

So, why choose The Body Holiday for your anniversary trip? Here are just a few reasons why:

The resort: The Body Holiday is a private resort that boasts its own private and rather secluded beach. Just imagine being able to wake up in the morning to a view of the Caribbean that’s not cluttered with tons of people. With highly appointed luxury rooms, five onsite dining and drink establishments and a list of other features a mile long, The Body Holiday is the perfect all-inclusive resort for couples’ getaways.

The wellness centre: This is one of the prime features of The Body Holiday, but it’s not your typical spa. While it does offer standard spa fare, such as beauty treatments and massages, its menu of offerings also includes treatment courses for those in need of a little TLC.

The activities: The spa boasts enough onsite activities to keep anyone busy. While the wellness centre is the centerpiece of the resort, guests here can also take fitness classes, enjoy working out with personal trainers, indulge in watersports, explore the Caribbean while scuba diving, play tennis, golf and more. There’s even an onsite archery range and “soft adventure” add on packages such as gorge rappelling, hiking, mountain biking and more.

St. Lucia: Guests at The Body Holiday might find themselves hard-pressed to leave the resort to explore considering all the pampering, but taking a few trips out to see the sights is well worth it. St. Lucia is known for its incredible beauty, delicious food, topnotch service and thriving nightlife. Visiting here and not taking in the view from the Pitons – the island’s famed twin peaks – is almost criminal.

Ready to get away from it all in St. Lucia? Just check with our anniversary travel experts to book a trip of a lifetime.

Renewing Your Vows At Couples Resorts

| July 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

Want to say “I do” all over again while the waves gently lap at the sand and the sun slowly slips into the sea? If you’re going for romance and wonder, you might want to consider renewing your vows in Jamaica at Couples Resorts.

As its name suggests, Couples Resorts specializes in catering to making a couples getaway an adventure that will be cherished forever. The all-inclusive Couples Resorts in Jamaica offer guests who plan to travel for their vow renewal access to such services and amenities as:

Special vow renewal packages – Couples Resorts in Jamaica have everything you need to pull off a vow renewal ceremony of your dreams. On-site staff here are very skilled at planning and playing host to vow renewal ceremonies, so you can count on them to make your day go smoothly. To make it even easier for you, they offer special packages that take the guesswork and planning worries out of the equation. That means you and your honey can just enjoy your day and leave the work to the Couples Resorts staff.

All-inclusive pricing – With the exception of a few upgrade packages, such as adding a vow renewal ceremony or taking advantage of on-site spa services, you’ll find Couples Resorts in Jamaica offer all-inclusive pricing to keep your stay well within budget. Included in the price are such perks as gourmet meals, drinks, access to private beaches, pools, on-site entertainment and more. Guests can also go scuba diving, play golf, take part in off-site excursions, play tennis and more all in the single price.

Incredibly romantic private rooms – Couples Resorts in Jamaica don’t skip a beat on making sure guest accommodations are perfect. Imagine relaxing after your vow renewal on a private balcony that overlooks some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Book a stay at one of the Couples Resorts and you won’t have to imagine! Your room will also feature such perks as a personalized in-room mini bar, luxury Caribbean appointments and more.

Ready to check out Couples Resorts in Jamaica for your vow renewal ceremony? Just check with your travel advisor for details. Keep in mind, Couples Resorts does have a few locations in Jamaica. While they all offer the same great services and attention to detail to make sure couples have the time of their lives, our vow renewal experts can help you pick the perfect destination for you and your special someone.