I love everything about London. The history, the shopping, the style — and of course, the hotels! One of my absolute favorites is Rosewood London, which opened to much fanfare in late 2013. From the outside, it looks very much a traditional English hotel, set in a circa-1914 building with stately iron gates marking the courtyard entrance.
Inside, things get more interesting. I love the striped floor in the lobby, and the great collection of artwork and coffee table books make it feel more like a salon than a lobby.
Design touches are everywhere, from the birdcages by the elevator to this hallway off the
I travel a lot — averaging once a month for the past 15 years, as I check out hotels and destinations for honeymoons and destination weddings. Which means I’ve come up with a lot of little travel survival strategies along the way, which I’ll pass on to you as honeymoon travel tips.
For most of us, flights are the worst part about travel. That’s why one of my tried-and-true strategies is booking one of the earliest flights of the day, whenever possible. Why? Airline delays start to stack up as the day progresses. So if you’re booked on an afternoon or evening flight, chances are it’s on
When it comes to honeymoons, one place towers above the rest: Bora Bora. It’s one of our favorite places, for sure; every time we fly into Bora Bora Airport and get that first glimpse of the stunning blue-green waters, our hearts melt. Add in the fact that the airport sits on an island and is only accessible by boat…well, you have a magical experience from the very start.
When our friends at the uber-fab Style Me Pretty asked us share our favorite things about Bora Bora, we were honored to share! Check out the story here. If you’re thinking of an overwater honeymoon, we’d love to help you create the ultimate
We love anything that makes wedding planning easier, so of course we’re big fans of Wedding Paper Divas! This great stationery company makes saves-the-dates and invitations super-easy with a slew of great templates that you can customize online by adding details, photos — whatever you want! Just upload the design and they’ll do the rest, sending you the gorgeous finished product in no time!
We also love their video series Small Talk. Big Day, where they interview people in the wedding industry and get their best tips in under 2 minutes — the perfect dose of inspiration for busy couples who
Most visitors to Guatemala head straight to the historic capital Antigua and leave it at that, but you’re missing out if you don’t head into the highlands. Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America; think Lake Tahoe only surrounded by rural villages and the Sierra Madres instead of the Rockies. It’s a three-hour drive from Guatemala City by car, or 30 minutes by helicopter (which is how the wealthy Guatemalans do it; many of them have second homes here).
One of these homes has been turned into the sweetest boutique hotel, ideal for honeymoons or buyout weddings. Casa Palopo is a former villa-turned-9-room hotel,
We don’t like to make blanket statements, and there are a lot of amazing resorts in the Indian Ocean. But for honeymoons, it’s hard to beat this one. First of all, there’s the setting. MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa sits on its own peninsula in a marine preserve, so the views are second to none.
The digs are pretty sweet, too. The resort has 30 standalone villas, each with its own plunge pool. They’re centered around a main pool area with pool bar and pristine white-sand beach.
There are only two room categories: Signature Villa and Ocean Panoramic Villa. The main diference is where
You’ve seen the ad. Cute guy comes on the screen and says, This is Bob. He owns a hotel. He needs to sell an empty hotel room so he’s putting on these three sites for different amounts. You just pick the cheapest.
Sounds good, right? But it’s not exactly true. Yes, Bob has a hotel and yes, Bob has empty rooms. But all of these rooms are not alike. One Ocean View room is on the top floor with a balcony and a great view of the ocean. Another room (also called Ocean View) is actually blocked by a big column, so you have to crane your neck
Los Cabos, Mexico is one of our favorite places for destination weddings, due in no small part to the amazing five-star hotels there. But let’s face it; not everyone can afford five-star, and even if they can, not everyone wants to ask guests to pony up that much. Enter Hacienda Encantada, a 150-room, all-inclusive resort that’s a sweet blend of plush and convenience. It’s still a luxury property, but the fact that it’s not as well known as some of the bigger names means it offers unexpected value.
The resort is 20 miles east of downtown San Jose del Cabo, so you’re far enough away to enjoy Cabo’s rugged natural beauty, but it’s an easy taxi
Why does something so fun have to be so ugly? I’m talking luggage. I go through a suitcase every year or two, and each time I start shopping for a new one, it’s an ordeal. Most cases are either really plain, really expensive or designed for teenagers (if they’re in colors beyond basic black and blue). I figure I’m not the only one who has this issue, so I thought I’d show you my thought process behind this important shopping decision as I look for my summer suitcase.
Steamline Correspondent Stowaway
I’m a travel writer by trade, so the name Correspondent tugs at my heart
People ask me all the time “What is your favorite hotel?” It’s so hard to narrow down; I love so many for different reasons! But one that is always top of mind is Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa. Singita has twelve intimate lodges across southern and east Africa, but to my mind, Lebombo is the sexiest. It’s set on a private tract of land adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Private land means that you’re not encountering tons of other safari-goers, so you don’t have the classic “safari traffic jam” — 10 Land Rovers converging on one wildlife sighting, like a shade-seeking cheetah. Lack of traffic means the
A seasoned travel writer and wedding-magazine editor, Susan has spent 15 years immersed in all things romance travel, visiting the world’s top hotels, meeting travel and wedding pros, and talking to couples about what they love and what they don’t about their honeymoons and destination weddings. The result: a boutique travel company that caters to this special time, and trip.
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