NYC Carlton Hotel Hip New Themed Suites

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We love it when old becomes new again, and the historic Carlton Hotel in New York, NY has just the ticket! They have just unveiled three themed specialty suites paying tribute to the exciting past of both the hotel and the city that has been its home for over 100 years.

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 Designed by W+CO Design Studio, the three suites are a fun homage (we are suckers for a good theme!).  The Broadway Diva Suite brings us back to New York’s Golden Age of Broadway, with a diva-approved massive  dressing room, mirrors, playbills, and sumptuous bedding, all to meet the high demands of a theatrical leading lady.  Because having an old Hollywood wedding isn’t enough, your bridal suite should match!

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The Speakeasy Suite is all about secrets and intrigue.  Designed like a Prohibition Era hideaway, it even has a hidden back room! The dark wood paneling, period photos of flappers and gangsters all give it an authentic 1920’s air.  Vintage wedding anyone?

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And the Terrace Suite is like a breath of fresh air from the metal and concrete of the city.  With organic materials like a grass cloth wall and ginkgo flower images, this suite offers a relaxing escape, complete with a private terrace and a stunning view of the Empire State Building (let’s not forget the romantic overhead string lighting too).

Now you can coordinate your destination wedding theme with your wedding night suite!  You can never go too far…the only difficult decision now will be which suite to stay in first!  For more information, check out The Carlton Hotel.


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


Villa Le Scale – Capri, Italy

Villa Le Scale CapriReady to daydream in the destination of Capri?  Uh, yes please.  Start your weekend early with a little honeymoon inspiration before you book your next trip.  We’re taking you to Villa Le Scale! Villa Le Scale is a charming luxury inn (with just seven rooms!) located on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Capri, Italy. Set high up in the hills of Anacapri, this 19th century restored retreat boasts not only incredible views of the isle and sea, but of an art collection that rivals most fine museums. Reopening on May 1st of this year, you could be of the first new newlyweds to visit the unique hideaway.

Villa rental in CapriA perfect hideout for honeymooners, the villa is surrounded by lush gardens, a fountain-clad pool, spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples and all the privacy this type of holiday demands. And to make it easy for newlyweds, your villa hosts have launched a honeymoon menu just for two.  A four night package in Spring and Summer, your stay will come complete with breakfast on your terrace, welcome drinks, champagne to celebrate, fresh flowers in your room handpicked from their garden, a three-course lunch for two, private chauffeur-driven arrival or departure transfers, and even a half-day excursion by private speed boat to get out an experience the island from its bright blue waters. Cruise down the Amalfi Coast to Positano and back for the day – just like in the movies.

luxury capri villasUpon arrival, your hotel room will be as unique as the two of you.  Each space is individually decorated with the common thread of the art (each guest quarters boasts a statement piece to enjoy). But have no fear, this 19th century inspiration comes equipped with all the modern day luxuries we just can’t seem to live without. iPod docks, flat screen TVs (though we hope they never get turned on), wireless internet, a gym and room service are all awaiting you.  No need to sacrifice the finer things here!

villa lescalecapri villa hotel roomscapri italy villasWhen you venture to Capri, there is much to do beyond the walls of your new home. Begin your day with breakfast in bed or on your private patio, then walk to town for some alfresco dining and designer shopping and then perhaps a trip down the hillside for some swimming and a must-do visit to the island’s famous La Grotta Azzurra (the blue grotto). See the sites on foot or rent a moped, either way you’ll feel like you own the island only to return home to your personal concierge and villa heaven at night.

capri villaAnd if you’ve just fallen madly, deeply in love with this place and want to share it with friends and family, the boutique property makes a perfect place for an intimate destination wedding celebration. A buyout of the seven rooms means you and fourteen family members can live like Italian kings together before and after the big day.

Travel Tip: Most take a boat from the Port of Naples to get to Capri, but before you shove off, consider spending an extra day at nearby Pompeii. It will be terribly hot in the summertime, but nonetheless a sight worth seeing when in that part of the world.

 When to Go: To save even more on a honeymooners package, get an additional 10% reduction to the special rate for the following dates: from 1 May 2012 to 14 June 2012 and from 1 September 2012 to 30 September 2012.


Color Blocking Ideas for Your Honeymoon

Headed to a tropical paradise post-nuptials? Embarking on a luxurious European excursion? Big plans for that exotic honeymoon? Time to get packing! Luckily spring trends are seriously embracing color this year and color blocking is abound! Mixing big and bold solid colors is the perfect honeymoon style. Even if you don’t wear dramatic color in your every day life, vacationing is the place to do so! Not ready for full on colored dresses and bright orange pants? We’ll start with the accessories…

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Now are you ready to take color blocking to another level!? We say go bold for that special night out, catch a few eyes on that daytime shopping excursion, and embrace the pop of color as you pop on over to the pool. You are celebrating after all, so why not do so in a seriously festive style!

color-block-honeymoon-attire{Photos: Hot Pink Shirt + Orange Pants via Refinery 29, White + Pink Dress by Bottega Veneta via, Color Block Stripe Dress via Shopbop, Hot Pink + Orange Floor Length Skirt via Sterling Style, Colorful Dresses via The Coveteur}


Pre-Honeymoon Getaway

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Wedding planning can get even the most mellow of couples a tad unhinged at times.  Sometimes reinforcements must be called.  Massage?  Check.  Dinner for two?  Check.  A night or two (or three) out of town and away from it all?  Mission accomplished.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and set time aside to honeymoon before the big day!honeymoon photo shoots

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Honeymoons are meant to give you quality time together, lots of R&R, and some private celebration of this milestone in your lives.  So why not give yourselves the gift of this before and after the big day?  I’m not saying splurge like you will come post-nuptials, but plan a getaway, no matter how big or small, before you walk down the aisle.  Skip the wedding talk and take in the sights of a not-so far-off city like Chicago or cruise across the California waters to Catalina for a long weekend of good old fashioned fun.  Spend some time in Toronto enjoying the sights or head south to the Bahamas if your plans permit.  Whether you’re wine tasting, glamping, or sitting poolside at the hotel spa – put the two of you first.camping honeymoonsPhoto by Ifong Chen Photography

Reconnect and remind each other why you’re about to say “I do.”  Just be sure to plan ahead and put it in your wedding budget so when the time comes, you’re sure to take that trip!honeymoon photos asia

Destination Photos: Left Image – Nakai Photography; Right Image – New Concept Photography