HONEYMOON: Las Vegas #DecadentFun #VegasHoneymoon #MoreisMore #Overthetop

Fun-loving honeymooners looking for a decadent, and excitement-filled vacay should consider Las Vegas. This is the perfect honeymooning locale if your vibe is the sizzling-hot, stay-up-all-night, live-life-to-the-fullest variety! VEGAS, the city that never sleeps, has, well, everything. Where else can you visit Paris, Egypt AND Venice within a couple city blocks? Throw in an erupting volcano, pirate ships, show girls and pink flamingos and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember forever! And, in addition, this is a city that introduced the world to the pink cupcake ATM. Clearly, this is the most important site in town. You WILL be needing a Sprinkles cupcake at 4 am, and you can have one. In Vegas, “yes” is the answer to all your wants.

During your stay, be sure to stop by the 24-acre Paris Las Vegas to snap your pic atop the Eiffel Tower. This resort includes amazing replicas of not only the Eiffel Tower, but also the Arc de Triomphe, plus the facades of the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. So many selfie sites!! Grab some croissants at one of the 8 French eateries and then take a ride on the glass elevator up to the observation deck for a gorgeous, panoramic view of Las Vegas. C’est Bon!

The Luxor, a Vegas landmark resort, transports visitors to Egypt, where you can experience wonders such as a sphinx and a pyramid that shoots an intense beam of light into the night sky. A light that can be seen in space. Definitely another great photo op situation!

Every couple needs to take a romantic gondola ride. Preferably in Venice. But, hey, Vegas works too. Especially in the extraordinarily luxurious Venetian hotel. The hotel uses VeniceItaly, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of so many Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo DucalePiazza San MarcoPiazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. Your honeymoon photo album is becoming quite impressive at this point, right?

If you do manage to catch some shut-eye, we suggest you do so in the fanciest, oozing-luxury-est, snazziest resort in town. The Bellagio. Sigh. The rarefied air of money is piped into this wonderland of awesomeness. And it feels so good to breathe it in. Plus they have a sky-high chocolate fountain, a spectacular fountain and an amazing art glass installation by Chihuly.

Oh, and an indoor conservatory of beauty. The nicest things in Vegas are free.

If you do wake up in Vegas, at any time of day or night, you can be sure to have amazing food. Todd English P.U.B. offers the world’s most overflowing Bloody Mary. Waffles are piled high with things like Thai Chicken. And EggSlut offers pillowy bricoche egg sandwiches so tasty folks stand in line for them.

Be sure to stop by the crazy-cool, retro Fremont East District where you’ll find old school casinos, showgirls randomly wandering the streets, an overhead light show, and block after block of neon lights. Oh, and a giant, fireball shooting, metal preying mantis.

Another fantastic thing about Vegas is the lovely desert landscape. If you need an escape into nature after all the glitz of town, just take a short drive to Red Rock Canyon.

Or, wander about an hour away to experience the Valley Of Fire. World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Cool, huh?

Thirty-five miles to the south of town, you can visit the historic and awe-inspiring Hoover Dam

But the lure of excitement will surely draw you back to town. Where you can enjoy more of everything Vegas has to offer: An over-the-top exuberance! Lights! Action! Amazing Food! Sights To See! Gambling! Shows! 24/7 FUN! Fancy Hotels! Luxury! Decadence! Art! Entertainment!

All told, we think your favorite part of honeymooning in Las Vegas, won’t be the amazing sights and sounds you’ve soaked up. Nor will it be your winnings at the casino. (Although that WOULD be nice!) We are pretty sure your takeaway will be the amazing people you will meet along the way. Everyone is so friendly, from the cab drivers, valets, hotel staff, casino workers, waiters to the locals who are happy to strike up a conversation with you. They want to make sure you have the time of your lives while you are in their city. And they do. #VegasStrong

 

 

HONEYMOON: ALASKA

Looking for an extra special honeymoon locale, a place different from the standard tropical vacay? If you are looking for wide open spaces, vibrant natural settings and abundant wildlife why not try visiting Alaska? After all, this northern paradise is the most exotic place you can visit without a passport. The grandeur and beauty of Alaska, the largest and most sparsely populated US state, provides the perfect setting for honeymooners searching out something exceptional. From the lively coastal towns and scenic outdoors of Alaska’s Inside Passage, to the grand glaciers, gushing waterways and old-fashioned Gold Rush Towns; to the myriad islands, mountains, and forests, Alaska affords its visitors a wealth of sights and experiences. If you and your hubby-to-be are outdoorsy, Alaska is a perfect destination for  activities like kayaking, hunting, skiing, fishing, mountain biking and hiking.

No vacation to Alaska would be complete without taking the time to view the spectacular whales that thrive in abundance off the coast. If you are interested in seeing gray whales, orcas, humpback whales or the mysterious white beluga whales visit Alaska Whale Watching for more information.

It’s not every day you can take a spellbinding hike along a miles long advancing valley glacier, but in Alaska you can. Be sure to check out some options at novaalaska.com, where you can book a 3.5 hour day hike for about $85 per person.With NOVA’s popular hikes, their experienced guides provide you with all the gear you need AND guide you through various glacier features such as crevasses. Take a look at the impressive “Ice Falls” area of the Matanuska Glacier – an expanse of glacier ice that naturally “falls” over the rock under it, creating dramatic spire formations. It’s a must see! Amaze your friends and family with your honeymoon pics like these:
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Alaska is loaded with national parks and preserves. Glacier Bay National Park, which encompasses millions of acres of rugged mountains, wild coastlines, glaciers, rainforest and fjords offers an incredible icy wilderness and is part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration. For your digs, book a stay at the only hotel in the park, the old-school Glacier Bay Lodge which offers majestic views of the Fairweather Mountain range.
Or if you’d like an even more remote, yet luxurious resort we suggest the Ultima Thule Alaska Lodge, which is located 100 miles from the nearest road! The ancient Greeks used the name “Ultima Thule” to describe the unknowable realm beyond the northern bounds of their maps, but you CAN get to know this isolated paradise — if you come by airplane with an experienced bush pilot! This family run resort by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park offers a middle-of-nowhere experience with all the creature comforts you’d expect from a big city hotel.
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For a complete Alaska experience, you may consider adding a visit to Anchorage in South-Central

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and massive Denali National Park (home to North America’s highest peak) to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

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If you’d like to take a guided tour, or cruise, book your Alaskan honeymoon with The Alaska Collection. Besides set vacation package options, they also offer fully-independent vacation packages, with their team of travel experts designing a customized trip down to the very last detail personalized just for you. Contact one of The Alaska Connection travel experts for more information!

 

HONEYMOON: COSTA RICA, the happiest place on earth #JunglesandBeaches #Donotfeedthemonkeys

 

This country speaks to our hearts, first of all because Costa Rica is known as the happiest place in the world, but also because it is a realm of extreme peace. Costa Ricans are so amicable, in fact, that they completely did away with their army in 1949. This is a place where a common saying among locals is “Pura Vida” which means “pure life.” This national mantra embodies the most beautiful philosophy. Pura Vida is about finding joy in each experience, and appreciating the beauty in the world no matter what else may be happening around you. Pura Vida is the soul of Costa Rica and if you embrace it, Costa Rica will surely embrace you. Even though you might experience a rainy day, or a long wait for supper, smile, relax, and remember: Pura Vida. Peaceful, pure and happy is where we want to be! And we think you might just like it too!

Image result for pura vidaCosta Rica, roughly the size of West Virigina, is a ruggedly, rain-forested Central American country with coastlines on both the Caribbean AND the Pacific. Though its enchanting capital city, San Jose, is home to various cultural and urban enjoyments, Costa Rica is better known for its beaches, surf culture, volcanoes, and biodiversity.

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We can’t imagine a better way to start out your life together as a couple than visiting Costa Rica, honeymooning in a place filled with exotic jungles, gorgeous beaches and friendly people! Where you can find your zen together in paradise!

A place of cloud forests, hot springs, beaches, rain forest and jungles, where you can snorkel, surf, hike, raft, explore and relax to your heart’s content. The natural beauty of this magical country is unsurpassed. Picture yourselves visiting the fairy tale beauty of Rio Celeste Falls, where a powerful river tumbles down from the trees above into a dazzling pool of vivid, turquoise blue water. So spectacular it doesn’t look real:

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One of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica, part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle, are the numerous volcanoes –including several active ones like the Arenal Volcano.  If you spring for a stay at the fabulous hotel located base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, you can savor a sumptuous soak in the volcanic hot springs too:

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Wildlife is everywhere, since roughly a quarter of its area is protected jungles. Quetzal birds, sloths and the ever-popular monkeys are among native animals frequently seen in Costa Rica. The four species of monkeys in the country, Squirrel, Spider, Howler and Capuchin, are so adorable and playful. Seeing the monkeys is a thrilling experience, but people absolutely need to resist the urge to feed them. Humans feeding monkeys has many harmful effects. To find out more about why you should avoid this behavior, please read “Ten Reasons Not to Feed The Monkeys” on Trip Advisor. The ocean is full of photo-worthy fish, whether you view them by boat, or up-close with your snorkel gear.

There are various unique choices for places to stay, from tree houses to rain forest retreats.

Tree House Lodge, a hidden jewel on the south Caribbean coast on Punta Uva Beach, offers utter privacy in a natural tranquil atmosphere. With your own beach access and 300 meter beach front, you won’t have to meet anybody else during your stay at this romantic hideway. Besides, haven’t you always wanted to see how it feels to live in a tree house???

And, there is also a luxurious Secrets All-Inclusive Resort for those of you wanting a romantic retreat with all the details seen to.

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

What details, you ask?

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuitiesImage result for yes

For more places to stay, check out this list of 12 places to stay in Costa Rica that you won’t believe.

Of course, you’ll want to try the local cuisine on your vacay. Here is a great article on the best food to try in Costa Rica, including their most famous dish: gallo pinto, (Spanish for “spotted rooster.”) The name is said to originate from speckled appearance that results from cooking black beans and white rice together.

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Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s a natural playground for honeymooners, hikers, surfers, animal lovers, snorkelers, and anybody who feels happiest in nature. Costa Rica reminds us how it feels to be truly alive, and encourages us to accept life as it comes and appreciate every moment. A great state of mind to start a marriage in!

 

HONEYMOON: Seaside, Florida #BestBeachVacaySpotEver

Are you planning your honeymoon? Your first vacation together as a married couple, where you can unwind from all the wedding hustle and bustle and just enjoy each other? If so, consider one of the best spots to visit in the US…Seaside, Florida!

This scenic beachfront town is one of the most charming places we’ve been. Situated on the sugar white sands of the panhandle of Florida, Seaside offers turquoise waters, amazing architecture, Airstream food trucks, America’s smallest post office, colorful art galleries, awesome restaurants, green lawns, ocean air, picket fences, bicycles and superb shopping. The perfect spot to connect as a married couple. And we love that you can park your car and not use it again for the entire trip. Everything you need is within walking or biking distance. And it is so pretty, you’ll want to experience the town up close.

The entire town of Seaside was master-planned to utter beachfront perfection. The town is so camera-ready the famous 90s movie “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey was filmed here. It’s fun to watch while you’re staying here:

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For lodging, rent yourself a cottage or condo in Seaside. They are all STUNNING and most come with bicycles (the best means of transportation in town). There are cheaper options located close by in surrounding towns, but we strongly encourage you to stay in Seaside proper for the optimum honeymoon experience.

We sourced this adorable one-bedroom cottage, located 60 ft from the beach on airbnb, for $175 per night, here.

For a bit more space, check out this 3 bed – 3 bath charmer on VRBO for $438 per night:

Here is a shot of the interior:

ROOMY LIVING AREA

We adore the porch culture of the town. If you bike down the charming tree lined streets, people will say hello from their porches and engage in a neighborly chat just like folks did in the old days. Everyone is happy, and basking in the collective glow of the community.

Seaside has several elements that set the stage for its picturesque vibe architecture-wise; towers, picket fences, porches, roof pitches, and coastal colors. Another signature landmark of the town are the eight pavilions set at the bottom of the streets that allow pedestrian foot traffic to pass through the protective dunes and get to the beaches. I mean, come on, this is the way to enter a beach in style!

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No trip to Seaside is complete without a leisurely chunk of time spent browsing in SunDog Books and Central Square Records. This establishment, with an eclectic and well stocked bookstore downstairs and  super-cool record store upstairs, keeps their front door open so you can shop for beach reads and groovy tunes with ocean breezes wafting through.

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Open air restaurants and shops abound. Even the grocery store, Modica Market, is adorable. If you don’t feel like eating out, just browse Modica’s yummy gourmet-to-go meals and don’t forget dessert! There are tons of outdoor cafe options for grabbing a quick bite too.

Seaside offers an awesome array of food trucks, most of which are housed in vintage air stream campers. Perfect for picking up a quick bite in a festive atmosphere, day or night.

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For a delicious sit-down meal we recommend Bud & Alley’s for lunch or dinner. Their rooftop deck features ocean views, a great atmosphere and you will literally feel your cares slipping away (especially if you sample their frozen drinks).

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The open air shops are filled with enticing products from sun hats and bathing suits to jewelry and souvenirs:

 

Suggested Day Trips.

  1. Take a ride down scenic highway 30A and check out the neighboring beach towns of Santa Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach, Grayton and Dune Allen.Image result for 30a
  2. Venture into Panama City to visit Pier Park: a shopping/eating/entertainment complex with an awesome pier into the ocean.
  3. Check out Shell Island in St Andrews State Park: an uninhabited, unspoiled island where you can collect shells, swim with the dolphins and experience nature at its finest. You have to ride a boat shuttle to access the island. Watch for dolphins on the quick trip to Shell Island:
  4. Hit famed hotspot The Red Bar in Grayton Beach for some nighttime entertainment and sample their outrageous Bloody Marys. (Celebrities hang out here when they are in town.)

 

Happy Honeymoon! Let us know what wonderful places you discover during your stay in America’s paradise!

 

Honeymoon in Paradise at Secrets Maroma Beach All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico!

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Secrets Maroma Beach Resort in beautiful Cancun, Mexico is a perfect spot to spend your honeymoon. Tucked away on one of the most pristine and famous beaches in all of Mexico, this AAA Five Diamond Resort is the perfect setting for adult adventure, relaxation, romance and the vacation of a lifetime. Best of all, this is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Resort! So for the price of your room you are getting all your meals, beverages and most of your entertainment too!

 

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The resort offers so many fun things to enjoy during your trip. And an even better spot to totally RELAX and unwind after all your wedding festivities.

First of all, how does UNLIMITED LUXURY sound? Nice, right?

“Unlimited-Luxury® is more than just a phrase. It’s a commitment to redefining the all-inclusive experience by fulfilling your every wish and exceeding your expectations at every turn. It includes every amenity you’d expect from a world-class destination and so much more.”
At Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, these amenities include:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi and free international calling to the US, Canada and Mexico with Unlimited Connectivity. The mobile app also allows you to view the schedules of all events, activities and restaurants at the resort, plus to learn about local destinations, excursions, and much more

And why not stay in the honeymoon suite for under $600 a night:

Preferred Club Honeymoon Suite

If you don’t feel like swinging $600 per night, there are options starting as low as $290 and all rooms include:

  • Private, furnished terrace or balcony
  • Four-poster king-size bed or two double beds
  • His-and-her armoire
  • Sofa
  • Jacuzzi for two in every room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electronic safety deposit box (laptop size)
  • Steamer and clothes rack
  • Vanity mirror
  • Hair dryer
  • Secrets Box for private room service delivery
  • 24-hour room service
  • Night table with lamp
  • 42” satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Concierge in every building
  • Complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water and beer
  • Nespresso machine/tea maker
  • Alarm clock with iPod® docking station
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Electric voltage – 120V
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi with Unlimited Connectivity

As the Secrets’ website proclaims, “From the moment you wake in your sun-soaked suite, your days and nights are filled with nearly endless opportunities. Tennis anyone? Perhaps deep-sea fishing? Or stargazing and a bonfire show beneath the warm glow of a Caribbean moon. The choices are all yours.”

 

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Well, alrighty then, those activities will absolutely work! We’ll just need to add our favorite activities to their list: lounging poolside, beach front walks and stuffing our faces with amazing meals. We’re pretty sure Secrets has those covered as well judging from their options below:

  • Enjoy at nearby Grand Coral Golf Course
  • Soak in the sun poolside or on our sugar sand beach
  • Work out in our state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Take to the sea kayaking, snorkeling, sailing or windsurfing
  • Explore the spectacular Caribbean on a scuba diving tour*
  • Sit back and enjoy a live show in our open-air theatre
  • 13 swimming pools with a total area of 86,000 square feet
  • Expansive infinity pool with breathtaking view of the ocean
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Open-air theatre for shows and events
  • Lighted tennis courts/tennis clinics
  • Ping pong
  • 9 hole mini-golf
  • Multi purpose court (basketball, volleyball, etc.)
  • Beach and pool volleyball
  • Euro-bungee
  • Archery
  • Yoga
  • Cocktail classes
  • Dance lessons
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Water aerobics
  • Football
  • Kayaks
  • Hobie cats
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf* (nearby)
  • Deep sea fishing*
  • Scuba diving*
  • Mayan zip lines*

Oh, and we are going to be needing every treatment offered at their amazing spa:

If you are ready to schedule your amazing honeymoon at Secrets you can Book here!

Or visit cheapcaribbean.com where they are offering a special of 5 nights for around $1000! Woo-hoo!!

Reviews online are excellent for this resort, too. One satisfied visitor reported: “This was my second visit here, and again it was everything I needed, and wanted from a vacation. Property is gorgeous, and well maintained. Pool area is clean, and because of layout, allows many people to enjoy without being crowded. In fact..the entire resort is well laid out. This year, resort was at about 75-80% capacity. I rarely waited for a table for meals, never waited at beach or pool. Beach is beautiful, and well kept also. BEAUTIFUL BEACH VIEWS!! Entertainment group works hard to involve those who want to be. Many activities every day….Beach volleyball, yoga, pool games, and some great high energy shows at night. Drinks are good and available all over. Food is great, and also many options available. Good wine selection, many in my price range. It took me two visits to actually try every eatery. You will not be disappointed with the food here. Spa was excellent, visited twice. Staff is friendly, and knowledgeable. Always willing to help. I rate it 5 of 5 overall. You will feel special after staying here. I will be back for a third visit.”

Convinced? Thought so.

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