Tour Talk

The Honeymoon Artists of Artisans of Leisure

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2012

Honeymooning in Morocco.

Artisans of Leisure is a tour company that’s known for taking honeymoon packaging to the next level, an unforgettable and unmatchable blend of romance and cultural adventure with a focus on luxury and “just for us” travel.

Artisans of Leisure initially started in 2003 with the idea of promoting luxury travel with a cultural focus, but Ashley Issacs Ganz, founder of Artisans of Leisure, says, “I’d say we’ve always had a lot of honeymooners come to us. It’s not our primary focus, but we’ve always catered to honeymooners; we’ve always had a special section on our website that’s just about honeymoons and romantic travel.” And on that special honeymoon and romance travel page, you’ll fi nd a full global menu of some of the most unique ideas for destination honeymoons you’ll fi nd anywhere, such as 11 days in South Africa and Mauritius with a luxury honeymoon hideaway in Cape Town plus day trips to the Winelands, luxury yacht cruises, and luxury safaris in Kruger National Park, with the added bonus of do-what-you-want beach time on the paradise island of Mauritius at a luxury resort. Or, clients can choose among Thailand, India, Morocco, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Arabia, Turkey and, of course, Europe.

There’s even more goodies because all of Artisans of Leisure’s itineraries are sample itineraries and every honeymoon is fully customizable. Destination preferences, too, are always changing, Ganz points out. “We fi nd that people who come to us for honeymoons want a lot more exotic destinations. This year, Burma has been a very popular honeymoon destination, but we’ve had honeymooners who want to go to Bhutan, Japan, Turkey—all pretty exotic destinations in addition to the more traditional destinations like Italy.”

For clients who want a unique multi-destination honeymoon, Artisans of Leisure can put it together for them, as well. “I’ve found a lot of people want a stay in Europe, combined with more exotic destinations so we get some really creative combinations. We’ll do, for example, Paris or London with a week-long safari in Africa or Italy with Turkey.”

What makes these tours so special are all the added special touches that enhance the honeymoon experience. There’s extra-special amenities such as carefully selected rooms—often with private balconies, jacuzzis and/or plunge pools; private touring; romantic excursions such as private cruises to secluded beaches; meals in dramatic settings; restaurant reservations; spa appointments; shopping recommendations; tickets to cultural events and exclusive access to local activities.

Ganz also points out that there’s a unique opportunity for agents to participate in honeymoon packaging because the honeymooners don’t have the time or will to do the planning and Artisans of Leisure is happy to work with agents. Indeed, the average cost of the company’s honeymoon destination packages run between $9,000 and $12,000, which means a good commission for agents and the opportunity to do a lot of future business with the happy couple.

“I think that honeymooners tend to come to us because they feel like they’ve spent so much time planning the wedding, they want to just turn the honeymoon over to somebody else.” As a result, she adds, “Their agents contact us because a lot of times honeymooners aren’t sure where they want to go, but they do know they don’t want to get involved with all the details of planning.