June 2016

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

In this Issue:

  • Romance Travel Forum: Where Education Prospers
  • North America: Out-of-the-Box Weddings
  • Onsite Review: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
  • Caribbean: 4 Very Different Honeymoons
  • Mexico: Wedded Bliss in Paradise
The W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island in Puerto Rico offers an array of options for destination wedding celebrations.

New Ways to Get Married

What next, zipline weddings? Why, yes, because today many wedding couples want a ceremony that’s unique. Sure, many still tie the knot on a resort beach, but here’s what to suggest for clients who, much like my wife and me when we got hitched, want something different.
Accommodations are made for romance at Sandals Negril in Jamaica.

4 Very Different Honeymoons

Is it better to celebrate a honeymoon by decompressing on the beach or by enjoying an island’s best restaurants (or golf, or...)? That’s right: There is no right answer.
A stylish Zen Oasis retreat at Club Med Punta Cana.

Onsite Review: CHIC Punta Cana & Club Med Zen Oasis

How can two adults-only, all-inclusive honeymoon havens in the same corner of the same Caribbean island be so successful and yet so different? Guests I met at Royalton Resorts’ CHIC Punta Cana in late April would have felt out of place at Club Med Punta Cana’s Zen Oasis, and vice versa
A wedding by the sea at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen.

Wedded Bliss in Paradise

Tell your clients to start their married life together with a splash of paradise amidst Mexico’s gorgeous landscapes—from Cancun to Puerto Vallarta. Travel advisors, romance specialists, and tour operators fill us in on why saying “I do” in Mexico is such a grand idea.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Delivers on Destination Weddings

Last month I got a peek at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s destination wedding venues, including the two gazebos, each on either side of the resort and ideal for weddings under 100 guests; the 200-guest Terrace; the 400-guest ballroom, and the setting most couples choose, beachside.
The very hip Playa Escondida property in Sayulita.

A Honeymoon for Every Taste

Honeymoons aren’t one size fits all. Millennials, especially, want to change it up a bit and try more niche experiences, whether it’s horseback riding along ancient roads or going on a spiritual journey as newlyweds.
G Adventures offers a Hike, Bike and Kayak Thailand trip that’s ideal for active honeymooners.

Adventure-Filled Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners want to hang with the locals; eat authentic dishes; go hiking; drink fine wine; and post photos of stunning locations that will get them a dizzying number of likes on Instagram. In the first few days of marriage they want to grow as a couple by discovering a bucket list destination together.
The Elite Travel Collection offers a 15-day South Africa trip that’s ideal for honeymooners.

Wildest Dreams

A honeymoon in Africa is beyond many honeymooners’ wildest dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. Imagine romancing it up in Morocco, exploring the savannahs in South Africa or living the island life in the Seychelles. The trio of tours we’ve married together for this story allow your newlywed clients to dive right into their wildest dreams.
Discover Your Italy offers a honeymoon tour that explores Sicily, Taormina and the Aeolian Islands.

Iconic Islands = Idyllic Honeymoons

A trio of destination specialists help set our sails for islands that promise—and deliver—many of the most idyllic and romantic client-pleasing honeymoons.
Jungle Spa at Belcampo Belize.

Eco-Friendly Honeymoons

Luring travelers with rich ecosystems, sparkling beaches, ancient civilizations, and stunning eco-lodges, Central American countries are well positioned to reap the gains from a growing crop of newlyweds choosing eco-friendly honeymoons.
Couples can relax at The Sanctuary on board Princess Cruises ships.

“I Do”—Today and Tomorrow

Whether your clients are honeymooning, celebrating a 20-year marriage, or renewing their vows, it doesn’t get more romantic, decadent and unique than these onboard and onshore cruise offerings.
Weddings at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona.

Out-of-the-Box Weddings

Weddings have taken on a personality of their own, as couples are opting for distinct destination weddings versus the standard walk down the white-sand aisle. “There has been a rise in out-of-the-box wedding options as couples begin to capitalize on making their special days as unique as their relationship,” says Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s executive chef Daven Wardynski.
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Weddings Away from Home

Chances are, your clients planning destination weddings are Millennials. These “kids” are digital natives. They’ve grown up with technology. They’re also a generation of travelers. How you fit into their universe is key. They want their weddings to be in places that speak volumes about who they are.
The Reach in Key West.

Honeymoon Adventures

Honeymoons are a memorable time in a couple’s love story. What better way is there for a couple to form a deeper bond, and learn about their spouse than when participating in activities they wouldn’t normally do back home.
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Romance Travel Forum: Where Education Prospers

As a romance travel seller, you know all the facts on destination weddings: It’s one of the fastest growing niche markets in the vacation experience; Mexico and the Caribbean are the most popular international destinations for destination weddings; a 4-day destination wedding experience can be more budget-friendly than a 4-hour ceremony back home; many destination weddings take place at all-inclusives; and a destination wedding affords ample time for couples to spend true quality time with their loved ones.
The Sand Dune wedding venue.

Onsite Review: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Florida’s Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in the north end of the Palm Beaches delivers...whether your clients are looking for an idyllic destination wedding spot or seeking out some romantic time together.

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