I love a good hotel like nobody’s business. But a recent trip has me rethinking the joys of renting a villa for an event or group trip with friends. Take this amazing one in Provence that has me drooling…
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
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love hotels — the service, the style, the ease never gets old, no many how many I visit. But since a recent trip with a group of dear pals, I’ve been dreaming about a different kind of stay: bringing my people to sprawling villa where we can laze by the pool and explore the area, then recap our adventures over long, relaxed dinners at the dining table.
Which is why I’m drooling over La Bergerie, a six-bedroom estate in Provence near the Cote D’Azur. Check out this amazing foyer, and that’s just
I recently returned to one of my favorite all-time cities, New Orleans. I went for a dear pal’s post-wedding crawfish boil. The bride and groom eloped to Barbados and even a year later, their wedding was still a great excuse to have 40 friends and family gather for crawfish and beer in the bride’s hometown.
I’ve been to the city a lot over the years, and never get over how magical it is. But this time I made a new hotel discovery: Audubon Cottages, part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. This collection of 19th-century cottages-turned-hotel got their name from
For someone who travels as much as I do, you’d think I’d be a pro at it. But I’m not, and for that I primarily blame one thing: Shoes. I spend a lot of time in warm-weather locales and need shoes that are both comfortable and breathable (to stand up to humidity — and did I mention that I live in Florida?) as well as versatile, so I don’t have to pack a different pair for every occasion.
Which is why I love Brazilian shoe company Melissa. Remember those jelly shoes you loved and wore to death back in 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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