Cyber Monday Honeymoon Travel Deals

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 It’s Cyber Monday, the last day of this ‘week’ of holiday sales and many of the deals and steals online today are travel driven.  If you are getting ready to book your exotic honeymoon or waiting for a great deal on your destination wedding travel, then act fast if these deals are what you’ve been waiting for.  Here are five of our favorite Cyber Monday travel sales going on NOW:

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1. Viceroy Riviera Maya: Save 35% off nightly room rates and spa services, reservations include daily breakfast for two, a room upgrade and a $200 resort credit to spend on property.  Hello honeymoon in Mexico!  Stay through Christmas Eve 2013 and book today to get the goods!

2. St. Lucia Travel: The tourism board of St. Lucia has grouped together its finest resort and travel offerings all for you – and all at a discounted rate.  Book by midnight and save 20% off all participating resorts on island and enjoy an oh-so romantic Caribbean honeymoon.

3. Princess Cruises: If a cruise is a bit more your speed, then book Princess today and save big (up to a $1000 per person big).  You could get a $100 credit plus other deep discounts on travel, sales vary by cruise.

4. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas:  Planning a bachelorette weekend or a domestic destination wedding?  This swanky spot is offering a new deal every two hours to be revealed throughout the day so check back often to see where the wheel stopped and you could be in for a great discounted stay in Sin City!

5. Starwood Hotels:  Book today and travel through March 2013 and you could get up to 25% off your stay at their participating resorts across the globe (think St. Regis and Westin too).  Run a search on your destination and see what steals await you!

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For restrictions and rules, please see individual company websites.  Safe travels!

Photo Credits: Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Honeymoons on the Amazon River

luxury amazon cruisesOne destination wedding photographer we just adore, recently returned from a two week trip to Peru and she’s here today to share part of her amazing journey for those couples considering a bit more exotic, adventuresome, or extra special honeymoon destination.  Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography captured every amazing moment she had through a bit of a National Geographic photo essay for couples.  Beginning with their tour down the Amazon River.  In her own words, “We embarked on the Delphin II in Nauta and traveled down the Amazon and through its inlets and eventually back to Nauta on a three day tour with Celestielle Travel.  In the past, there was no easy or comfortable way to view the Amazon River and its amazing wildlife. But now The Delphin II is essentially a floating luxury hotel, with amazing culinary artists (the restaurant on board was voted the number 3 restaurant in all of Peru), musicians, bartender, experienced guides, and of course air conditioning!!  There were as many staff members on board as there were guests to attend to our every needs.  For those brides and grooms that want to mix luxury and adventure, this boat is the PERFECT experience for you.”luxury cruise on the amazonWhat would you tell honeymooners considering this experience?

“Imagine waking up early to fresh coffee and breakfast, hiking through the rainforest and fishing for piranhas, then being able to return to your luxurious cabin, shower and have a three course gourmet lunch and a nap, before having an evening swim with the Pink Dolphins and ending the evening with yet another gourmet meal, live music and star gazing on hammocks on the upper deck….yep, this was a normal day aboard the Delphin II. The three days we spent on the Amazon we saw every animal possible, went hiking into nearby villages, went to a Manatee Rescue Center, and learned everything there was to know about their environment and local culture.  The people were gracious and welcoming and the photo ops are to die for.  It’s definitely a MUST.”luxury cruise in peruAnd what about going with an organized tour company or working with a travel guide?

“We went with a Los Angeles-based company, Celestielle Travel.  The two owners, Doug Easton and John Ziegler, run the company from the road, traveling more than nine months per year when they inspect destinations and properties, making them uniquely qualified to plan the perfect honeymoon.  EVERY single detail was thought about, taken care of and very carefully planned out, but not in a way where the trip felt rigid or controlled”.  I literally did not spend a dime on the trip except for massages and presents, everything was included in our previous fee paid and everywhere we went we had fine dining, luxury accommodations, organized travel with very experienced guides that spoke great English, and Doug and John were able to offer their experience and guide us, but were there more like peers than guides.  If anything went wrong, it was taken care of immediately ad smoothly.”

cruises down the amazonAll Photos by Beautiful Day Photography.

Thank you Laura for sharing your experience!  Check back for part two from Machu Picchu tomorrow!

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Elopement Packages

If you’re newly engaged and already feeling the stress of wedding planning, you may be thinking an elopement is more your style. Eloping is the perfect option for the laid-back couple who just wants to celebrate with one another, and perhaps who’d rather throw a small get together with family and friends after the fact.

Now, if you’re thinking that a local courthouse is your only option, that’s where you’re wrong! Destinations around the country and the globe are encouraging couples to escape and say “I Do” at a place that can double as the perfect honeymoon paradise!

Since you won’t be paying for a large guest count, why not splurge a little on a luxury resort experience, like the Runaway Bride and Groom package the Ritz Carlton, South Beach offers. Complete with a beach-front ceremony, bridal bouquet, officiant, photography, wedding cake and a one night stay, it’s the perfect option for those of you that like one-stop shopping and quick getaway with all the bridal bells and whistles.ritz carlton weddingsMaybe you’d rather set sail on an exotic cruise where you can experience multiple destinations in one romantic trip. Carnival Cruise lines offers a package that includes a bouquet, boutonniere, officiant, photography and wedding cake at the on shore or off-shore location of your choosing. And the best part is – they do all the planning and heavy lifting.cruise elopements

Prefer a glass of wine over a pina colada? Ponte Family Winery in Southern California boasts 310 acres of vineyards and gardens for you to elope to. Check out their package that includes a vineyard garden ceremony, bride and groom cottages for getting ready, and an officiant. Then end the celebration with a “Valentine’s Dinner for Two” at their restaurant, complete with a butler, four course meal and live entertainment. Bump up your experience a level by considering the “Estate” which includes an overnight stay at a local bed and breakfast, too.

winery elopementsStress-free and full of romance, unexpected elopement destinations may just be the answer to your wedding dreams.

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