We’ve long been proponents of travel as the ultimate bonding experience, and it turns out we’re not the only ones! According to a new study by researchers at Emory University, appearing in The Atlantic, couples who had a honeymoon were 41% more likely to have long-standing marriages than those who skipped them. Other pointers for success: a big (but not too extravagant) wedding, and a long dating period pre-engagement. We can’t help you with the latter, but if you’re looking for an amazing experience to kick off your married life together, we have oodles of ideas! Let’s chat.
Thailand is atop many honeymooner’s wish lists, with good reason. When it comes to beaches, Phuket gets all the fuss, but one of my favorite spots is just across the bay: Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a Ritz-Carlton club floor; I’ve enjoyed them from NYC to Seoul. But this was my first time experiencing a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, their premier line of hotels. I flew into Phuket at night and did the two-hour drive to Krabi—well worth it to get this view of the arrival pavilion all decked out with candlelight, setting
We love hearing about honeymoons, and one of our fave spots to do it as at Destination 42, run by our friend (and fellow former magazine editor) Sarah Carrillo Riswick. She features real honeymoons on her site, and recently went though and pulled some of her favorite tips from their experience, along with some hotel picks:
Travel journalists and bloggers always have a good tip or two up their sleeve, like how to squeeze a month’s worth of clothes in one carry-on. But for a romantic honeymoon, these tips aren’t always useful. So to switch things up I asked
We were tickled pink when U.S. News & World Report Travel asked us to participate in a honeymoon-themed Twitter chat, alongside pals from Destination I Do and The Knot, and travel pros from Budget Travel, TravelZoo and more. Some great tips and fave spots were highlighted, so here’s a link to the official recap if you missed it!
Some of our favorite tips:
From Destination I Do: “Don’t schedule every second of the honeymoon. Have “must see” activities on your list, but try to keep it flexible.” We couldn’t agree more!! Part of the joy of travel is having downtime to
One of our favorite things to do is talk travel with our globe-trotting pals. Like the wonderful Brian Worley, whose low-key demeanor and huge heart belies the fact that he plans mega-events in Hollywood with his company YourBASH! (Think American Idol, Coachella, polo matches attended by British royals…and yes, weddings!)
One of his fave escapes is Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele on Lanai, Hawaii. It’s the sister property to Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay; Manele is by the beach and Koele is set in the highlands at 1,600 feet. Here’s why he loves it, in
You saw my post with all the pretty details from Engage!14 Bachelor Gulch, but Engage! is so much more than that. I’ve been to 12(!) conferences and every time I get a new perspective on life and business.
This one was no different. The whole thing kicked off with a shot of Colorado whiskey (in pink Engage! shot glasses, of course). And in true Engage! fashion, there were a few surprise appearances: Wolfgang Puck and the original Bachelorette Trista Sutter. My favorite speakers hit on a recurring theme: Come from a place of happiness and truth, work really hard, and
I’ve been lucky enough to attend Engage! The Luxury Wedding Business Summit 12 times now, and I cannot say enough how much the experience has enriched me both personally and professionally. If you don’t know, this is THE top wedding conference, where pros at the top of their game drop everything to share inspiration and insights. Even if you don’t know the attendees, you know their events; these are the ones you see in magazines from Brides to People —and the ones you DON’T see, because their clients are that exclusive.
Engage was founded by the incomparable Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce
Falling in love with a hotel is like falling in love with a person—it can take a while, or it can happen at once. The Viceroy Riviera Maya had me at the check-in, which takes place in an open-air thatched-roof lobby that reminded me of the South Pacific as much as it felt like Mexico.
Immediately after greeting, they take you by the spa for a special blessing, done with aromatic resin from the Copal tree, prized by the Mayan culture. It’s a wonderful way to shake off the outside world for your stay, and maybe book a treatment
Here’s an issue we’ve encountered a lot recently. So many hotels — especially ones catering to “the romance market” — make a big deal of being adults-only. Which sounds fabulous if that’s what you’re looking for: some quiet down-time by the pool that doesn’t involve repeated splashing or calls of “Marco!” “Polo!”
But in the past two weeks we’ve come across three well-known spots that promote their “adults-only” status, and in fact, aren’t adults-only — or at least aren’t in the way most honeymooners think of it. Some adults-only resorts consider adults to be anyone 12 or over. Or age
Los Angeles-based photographer Laura Grier travels the world, shooting destination weddings with her company Beautiful Day Photography as well as doing custom travel photography and interacting with traditional artisans in partnership with NOVICA and National Geographic via her second company, Wanderlust. Here’s what she found on a recent trip.
Imagine having the opportunity to spend a few days and nights living among sixteenth century ruins. I had the chance to do this and so much more when I went to Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO Heritage site. As a photographer, this city was my absolute dream — it’s a watercolor palate