Friday, August 1, 2014

Promo Fridays: Grand Opening Special in Costa Rica, Design Hotel in Mexico, and Grand Hotel in Hawaii

1) Costa Rica Grand Opening Special: Save up to 50% on brand new all inclusive Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica when booking now through September 1st, 2014!  Available for bookings from November 1st, 2014. More reasons to book:
· The first Dreams Resort & Spa in the gorgeous tropical destination of Costa Rica
· Luxurious bath amenities with a Jacuzzi tub in every guest room
· Close proximity to the coastal town of Tamarindo beach
· Sunset romantic weddings offered with a wedding gazebo on property
· Dreams Spa by Pevonia® with a hydrotherapy with 10 therapy cabins for individual and double therapies

Ask about a complementary wedding package at Dreams Las Mareas

2) Cancun, Mexico Special: Book the new 4.5* Secrets The Vine all inclusive Unlimited-Luxury®, adults-only resort until August 31 for travel from August 23 to October 31 to receive every 3rd night free and an exclusive $500 resort coupon. 3 nights from $885* including air and hotel transfers.

Note to my interior design friends: architecture and design by Rockwell Group :)

3) Kauai, Hawaii Special: Book the 5* Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa until August 10 for travel from August 24 to October 29 to receive a midsize rental car, lei greeting, bonus 5th night free and buffet breakfast for 2 daily. 5 nights from $1295* Airfare Additional.

Monday, July 28, 2014

What type of honeymoon are you up to?

What type of honeymoon are you up to? Here are a few suggestions I found at :) :

Foodiemoon: If your Instagram is chock-full of carefully curated food pics, a foodiemoon is for you. Check out Paradisus Resorts to add more to your palette..

Minimoon: With hectic schedules leading to belated honeymoons, a minimoon is becoming an increasingly popular option for couples. Bermuda, anyone?

Ecomoon: For eco-conscious couples who want to keep their carbon footprint in mind during their honeymoon Costa Rica, is the perfect place.

Glampingmoon: Because there’s nothing sexy about bug spray in your nether regions, glamping marries sleeping under the stars with splashy five-star accommodations. 

Boozymoon: You’ve earned a drink after tying the knot, so why not dedicate your entire honeymoon to proper imbibing? All Inclusive!!! Wineries!!!

Adventuremoon: There can be more to a honeymoon than sipping umbrella drinks by the pool.

Volunteermoon: There are few things more rewarding than giving back — especially on vacation. More couples are choosing to volunteer for their honeymoon, and it’s just as good of a way to start marital bliss as planting yourself at a five-star hotel. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Destination Tuesdays: St. Maarten/ St. Martin

St. Maarten/ St. Martin is a split-culture island which has Dutch nightlife and fabulous, duty-free French shopping - and of course, a few gorgeous beaches.

Divided into the Dutch-controlled St. Maarten and the French-ruled St. Martin, this 37-square-mile-island still manages to blend Dutch, French and Caribbean influences effortlessly. These distinct heritages each bring their own flair, whether you are looking to party like the French until dawn, take in a lively native dance show or sample Dutch-inspired cuisine. Made famous for its local airport with a landing area that barely clears the bright water, St. Martin has an endless variety of water sports, duty-free shopping, and plenty of festivals, markets, and traditions to savor on your trip.

St. Maarten is home to a number of beautiful beaches, with watersports by far the most popular way to enjoy them. Whether you want to windsurf, snorkel, sail or kayak, beaches like Mullet Bay, Orient Bay and Maho Beach are easy to enjoy.

The island is known for its water sports, so be sure to schedule a surfing lesson, kayaking excursion, or yacht trip. The beaches are also great for people-watching, so feel free to camp out with a cold tropical drink and unwind (warning- the French side beaches are swimsuit optional). With some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean, it’s also difficult to resist the great buys, whether you want to bargain at an open-air market or browse the expensive boutiques in Marigot.

At night, with a party-till-dawn European attitude, you will find plenty of casinos, discos and nightclubs.

Recommended resorts:

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino is located in the heart of Maho Village. On the property are a variety of fine restaurants and a quaint village marketplace with 40 boutiques and unrivaled nightlife, including our Casino Royale, St Maarten's largest. All Inclusive option available.

  • Casino
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • 4 Tennis Courts
  • Children's Program and Kids' club
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • 4 Restaurants

Brand-New, opened this May - Riu Palace St. Martin - All Inclusive, family friendly resort.

Located in the beautiful cove of Anse Marcel brings the opportunity to enjoy a natural reserve with its unique flora and fauna and also sandy white beaches with dream-like turquoise waters, ideal for relaxing and practicing water sports. Rooms, restaurants, bars,pools and spa are at your complete disposal as part of the exclusive hotel facilities. The hotel restaurants will delight you with a wide variety of flavors from the rich and colorful Caribbean cuisine to the international dishes prepared daily by chefs. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Destination Weddings Tips: 5 tips for blending families with kids at second weddings.

5 tips for blending families with kids at second weddings.

It's not uncommon for the bride and groom to have children from previous marriages. No shocker considering the divorce rates around the world. There's no rule about how to involve your children from previous marriages in the wedding -- the only guideline should be that you don't force them to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or disloyal to their other birth parent. Here are some ideas of how you can involve them in the process so that they feel like they're part of the new family the marriage is creating.

1) Ask them to help with planning if they are old enough.

2) Let them invite their friends.
Not only does this take pressure off the parents to keep everybody entertained, but it gives the kids a support system if he or she needs somebody to lean on. 

3) Involve them in the actual ceremony.
Ask them to act as bridesmaids or groomsmen, which is a hugehonor. A son can walk his mom down the aisle or act as the Best Man if he's old enough. Artistic children can help with decor. Readings -- especially about family -- can be poignant coming from one or more of the bride and groom's children. But just be careful to give each and every child a special role so that nobody feels left out.

4) Create an event within the actual ceremony that demonstrates the new bond being created.
The most popular way to do it is with a sand blending ceremony, but there are other methods of sharing the actual vows with your children. For example when new step-parents make vows to their new step-children promising to love them and be there for them forever, no matter what might happen. Or when the children make vows to each other to become brothers and sisters of the heart, regardless of blood.

5) Give children an opportunity to have a real role at the reception.
With smaller children, having a special dance where the new parents dance with their new children can be precious. A giant "trash the dress" experience where the whole group jumps in the ocean or swimming pool together can be a hilarious way to bond as well, and makes for fabulous pictures.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Promo Friday: Great Deals in Hawaii, Dominican Republic, and Mexican Riviera

1) Maui, Hawaii - Kaanapali Beach Hotel! A friendly aloha awaits you at Hawaii's most Hawaiian hotel!

Book now to Aug 15, 2014 for travel from now to Dec 201 2014 to save up to 20%!
Recreation and Activities 
• Ohana Welcome Breakfast & Hawaiian Entertainment
• Free Sunset Hula Show & Hawaiian Entertainment
• Daily Hawaiian Artisans Craft Fair in hotel lobby
• Aloha Passport – Kids program for up tp 12 years old
• Fun Whale Shaped Pool
• Lauhala Weaving
• Ukulele Lessons
• Pineapple Cutting
• Lei Making
• Hula Lessons
• Hularobics
• Hawaiian Language Lessons
• Cultural Garden Walk
• and more!

2) Samana, Dominican Republic - Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa 4* All Inclusive Including airfare:
3 nights from 609*
4 nights from 659*
7 nights from 869*
Based on double occupancy, includes gov't taxes & fees. Price is per person from New York's JFK on JetBlue Airways. 3nts travel (Wed) Sep 3-Oct 22, 2014; 4nts travel (Sat) Aug 30-Nov 15, 2014; 7nts travel Aug 27, 30; (Wed) Sep 3-Nov 12; (Sat) Sep 6-Nov 15, 2014. Price will vary for other departure cities.

  • Enjoy sports, romance, and a fabulous swimming pool at this all-inclusive resort.
  • Choose from three a la carte restaurants (coupon system applies, see our website) and four bars, or dance the night away at the disco.
3) Riviera Maya, Mexico - Barcelo Maya Palace 5* All Inclusive

5 nights from $855 includes accommodation, hotel transfers, and $2000 resort credit. Airfare additional 
Book now for travel Aug 17 - Oct 31, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Travel Fashion: Flamenco Wedding Dresses

As I'm looking to take flamenco classes in NYC, I thought why not share some of these beautiful "flamenco-inspired" wedding dresses with you...Enjoy!

by Ristarose

by Rosalynn Win