NEWS FEED: Special Offers in Luxury Weddings and Honeymoons
AUGUST 21, 2014
Hotel Wailea, one of Maui’s best-kept secrets, is unveiling a $15 million renovation next month. The romantic property, featuring 180-degree ocean views and gorgeous mountain scenery, is complete with all of the services and amenities that couples desire when visiting the Hawaiian islands. With only 72 all-suite accommodations, the property is intimate enough for a tranquil, romantic honeymoon retreat and also makes for a convenient home base for wedding guests who will be exploring the island once the cake is cut.
Suite renovations include contemporary updates to the architecture, floors, and interiors. Guests will enjoy redesigned rooms, top-of-the-line kitchens, private lānais
(Hawaiian patios), and deep soaking tubs for the ultimate relaxation experience. After a morning at the beach, a sparkling pool awaits couples looking to unwind with pressed juices and specialty cocktails made from local island ingredients at the pool’s luxe cabanas. A brand-new spa will provide rejuvenating treatments authentic to Hawaii to newlyweds and guests, and couples can also partake in poolside yoga classes.
To learn more about weddings at Hotel Wailea or to book your honeymoon stay, please call 866.970.4167 or visit hotelwailea.com
. Photograph by David Marlow.
AUGUST 19, 2014
THE WESTIN VERASA NAPA
Napa Valley is one of the leading wedding destinations for brides across the country. Near to the region’s best wine tasting and cuisines, The Westin Verasa Napa provides couples with the perfect location to entertain wedding guests. In addition to comfortable accommodations, a world-class restaurant, and easy access to all things Napa, the hotel offers appealing wedding packages for all types of couples. For those who choose to throw a more casual, laid-back affair, the “Bubbles & Bocce” package puts a playful spin on the traditional cocktail hour or reception.
Guests are invited to indulge in a spirited game of bocce ball with the use of two courts for up to three hours. Set alongside the Napa River, the area around the courts makes a perfect viewing area for spectating guests while they dine on hors d’oeuvres and main courses prepared by acclaimed Chef Ken Frank of the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant La Toque. In addition, guests will be treated to a selection of sweets for dessert hour and a full top-shelf bar. The package also includes a DJ to entertain wedding attendees, as well as cake cutting services.
The “Bubbles & Bocce” package price is $135 per person, with a 50 person minimum guarantee. For more information, please visit westinnapa.com
. Photograph courtesy of The Westin Verasa Napa.
AUGUST 14, 2014
JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT FIJI
For honeymooners traveling to Fiji following their nuptials, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji offers a classic experience for jewelry lovers! The “Romancing the Pearl” package features a behind-the-scenes look at the pearl industry, along with luxurious accommodations and romantic activities. Couples will enjoy six nights in one of three thatched-roof bungalows: Point Reef Bure, Honeymoon Point Reef Bure, or The Villa – the resort’s most premium accommodation featuring a master suite, indoor/outdoor patio, private infinity-edge pool, an outdoor shower, spa tub, waterfall, and more.
To start off the honeymoon with a bit of glamour, newlyweds will enjoy an unforgettable farm-to-necklace pearl experience courtesy of J. Hunter Pearls. Couples are treated to a cruise along Savusavu Bay to tour pearl farms and then return to the J. Hunter Pearls showroom where they will select their own single-pearl necklace, bracelet, or ring from the designer’s Casual Elegance collection. Additional package offerings include a traditional Fijian 60-minute Bobo massage, a romantic private island picnic, and another private dining experience in a picturesque setting on property.
The “Romancing the Pearl” package is available October 6, 2014 to December 20, 2014 and January 6, 2015 to March 31, 2015 starting at $6,675.75. For more information, call 800.246.3454 or visit fijiresort.com
AUGUST 12, 2014
Bachelor & Bachelorette Getaway Package
KIMPTON’S SURFCOMBER MIAMI, SOUTH BEACH
What better way to celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette party than amidst the sun, sand, and social activities of Miami’s popular South Beach neighborhood? Attractive to brides, grooms, and their best girls and mates, Surfcomber Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel features comfortable Art Deco-style accommodations, a sparkling oceanfront pool, eco-friendly spa services, and so much more to explore during a pre-wedding getaway.
Dubbed “One Last Fling,” the boutique hotel’s Girls or Guys Getaway package features a complimentary room upgrade upon arrival (based upon availability), along with a range of activities to experience the best of South Beach during your stay. Relax at one of the hotel’s coveted poolside cabanas with a bucket of beers or a bottle of chilled Champagne, and receive a $50 credit for cocktails and canapés at The Social Club. After sunset, take advantage of a four-hour limousine service to explore South Beach’s bar, restaurant, and club scene to make your bachelor or bachelorette party unforgettable.
The Girls or Guys Getaway package starts at $900/night and is available for travel through December 31, 2014. Restriction and blackout dates apply. For more information, please call 800.994.6103 or visit surfcomber.com
and use booking code GGG.
JULY 1, 2014
ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND
For a private island experience in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, couples should consider One&Only Hayman Island. Following a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the property welcomes guests on July 1, 2014. Perfect for a destination wedding, vow-renewal ceremony, or honeymoon, the Australian destination provides a breathtaking setting with luxurious accommodations and amenities, a number of restaurants and bars, unique spa treatments, and activities for all ages.
In addition to the romantic rooms, suites, and villas, couples can enjoy the pristine white-sand beach, an array of hikes with incredible views, and tours of the Great Barrier Reef by seaplane, helicopter, diving, or snorkeling. After a full day of exploring and partaking in watersports, newlyweds and honeymooners are invited to unwind with blissful spa experiences while floating on the ocean or relaxing in a cabana beneath the rainforest canopy. Extensive dining menus designed by world-class chefs at the resort’s restaurants offer a variety of cuisines for every palate, while private dining options are available to savor unforgettable meals under the stars or in gorgeous locations around the island.
To learn more about weddings at One&Only Hayman Island, please contact the wedding sales manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For reservations and more information, please call 866.552.0001 or visit hayman.oneandonlyresorts.com
MAY 30, 2014
New Honeymoon Destination
ANGELS & STARS SUITES AND SPA
Overlooking the vast Aegean Sea, a brand new honeymoon destination on the Greek island of Santorini is sure to impress newlyweds. With a notable list of guest activities – from private sailing and wine tasting tours, to romantic candlelight dinners and cooking lessons, and even snorkeling and horseback riding excursions – Angels & Stars Suites and Spa offers plenty of exciting experiences to provide the most memorable and romantic vacation possible to couples.
The all-suite boutique hotel features beautiful minimalist décor, and honeymooners receive a bottle of wine upon arrival plus candles and rose petals in their room. Guest rooms showcase impressive caldera sea views, and many even include private patios, Jacuzzis, and plunge pools. Three restaurants provide a range of culinary experiences, including Cassiopeia’s Cellar, which features wines from around the world as well as local vineyards. For additional activities, the fitness center and spa allow guests to relax and rejuvenate while experiencing the best of Greece.
For more information on this brand-new, 5-star property, visit their website at aquavistahotels.com/angels_and_stars
MAY 28, 2014
Bridal Shower Packages
EVENTI, A KIMPTON HOTEL
Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel invites guests to discover quality service and contemporary accommodations in New York City’s popular Chelsea neighborhood. With an array of unique bridal shower packages available, locals and visitors alike can experience the luxury property for pre-wedding celebrations. Whether the bride prefers afternoon tea or a delectable brunch, bridal party members and/or loved ones will find a package offering that is sure to delight the women on wedding-shower guest lists.
Taking a cue from English royalty, the “High Tea at Eventi” package is available for $110/person and features five passed hors d’oeuvres, assorted finger sandwiches, and a three-hour open bar – plus assorted teas, of course. For brides that prefer to brunch, the “Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Something Old, Something New” package is sure to impress. For just $155/person, ladies will enjoy a classic American breakfast, blueberry-pancake and omelet stations, three passed desserts featuring treats decorated in Tiffany Blue, and a four-hour open bar including mimosas and Bellinis.
For more information on the packages listed above and to view the hotel’s accommodations and meeting spaces, please visit eventihotel.com
MAY 22, 2014
Wedding Shower Activities
CARMEL VALLEY RANCH
In between the quaint coastal village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley Ranch awaits wedding parties for a true escape before the wedding. The getaway spot is well known for its comfortable accommodations, luxurious spa, and newly renovated golf course; but what keeps guests coming back for more is the wide array of activities the property offers for both large and small groups.
Wonderful for a bridal-party excursion or supplemental bridal shower activity, the “Lavender Essential Oil Distillation Workshop” allows guests to participate in the distillation and blending process used to create the in-suite bath amenities and Spa Aiyana products for just $50/person. Participants will also be sent home with their own pure lavender essential oil harvested from the hillsides of the property. The “Message on a Bottle” winemaking activity gets the entire wedding party together to create their own wine using a blend of three grape varieties. Starting at $100/person plus a $500 set-up fee, bridesmaids and groomsmen can split into teams for a friendly competition to see who can create and market the best wine.
Activities can even be incorporated into a destination-wedding weekend at Carmel Valley Ranch, as the property hosts gorgeous weddings in a variety of unique settings. To explore additional group activities and learn more about the property, please visit carmelvalleyranch.com
MAY 20, 2014
SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT
Couples desiring a romantic honeymoon surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility will find their dream destination in St. Lucia. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers luxury accommodations, three restaurants, four bars and lounges, a relaxing spa surrounded by the rainforest, and an array of activities for adventurous couples as well as those that prefer to relax by the pool or on the beach.
Newlyweds can indulge in the “Sweet Romance” package, which includes round-trip airport transportation before checking in for four nights in a luxury villa complete with a private pool and patio, plus personalized butler service. Couples will also find a bottle of Champagne and a single stem rose in their gorgeous plantation-style accommodations. Romantic activities include an introductory dive, a beautiful sunset cruise, a hike to the island’s famous Gros Piton mountain, and a couple’s spa treatment. Specialty meals include a candlelit dinner and breakfast in bed.
The “Sweet Romance” package prices start at $885/night. Valid for stays through December 2014. Offer is subject to availability and subject to change. For more information, visit viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach
. Photograph courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort.
MAY 15, 2014
Wedding Shower Packages
THE CARLTON HOTEL
The Carlton Hotel, an urban retreat in New York City’s trendy NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) neighborhood has introduced an array of packages for bridal showers. For an intimate, ladies-only soiree, the Broadway Diva Suite is a perfect setting with a custom velvet sofa, accent mirrors, and even playbills. Starting at $1,599 plus tax, the bride and nine of her girls will be treated to a nail party and formal tea with miniature sandwiches, scones, pastries, and sparkling wine, plus a Tiffany & Co. gift for the bride.
If the couple prefers to host a coed, Jack and Jill wedding shower, two top-floor penthouse suites will provide fun for both parties, starting at $5,999 plus tax. Men will enjoy one hour with an in-room mixologist in Carlton’s Corner Pocket suite, which features a restored 1950s billiards table. The women will be pampered with two hours of makeup services and nail treatments in Carlton’s New Yorker Suite, which features a dazzling chandelier and custom sofa. When the two parties combine, men and women will enjoy an open bar and a hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception for up to 30 people.
For more information about these wedding event packages, please visit The Carlton’s website at carltonhotelny.com
MAY 13, 2014
New Wedding Venue
ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT
Couples desiring a picturesque wedding venue in Santa Barbara’s wine country should consider Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. The beautiful property is surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains and provides a private, quiet escape for guests. With the recent announcement of Alisal River Terrace, the property’s gorgeous venue for weddings and private events, everyone can experience the secluded hideaway whether or not they’re staying at the full-service guest ranch.
Alisal River Terrace is appealing to brides and grooms who desire a serene celebration in a unique and private setting. Since the 73 cottages and suites available for guest accommodations come without telephones or televisions, the focus of the wedding weekend will be solely on the couple’s love for one another. The venue’s indoor dining room comfortably seats up to 60 guests and features a high-beamed ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, and a lovely stone fireplace. For guest lists of up to 330, the outdoor patio terrace provides the perfect setting for a cocktail reception or a seated reception for 200 guests.
To book the Alisal River Terrace for an event, contact Christina Oliver at 805.686.7619 or email@example.com
. For additional information or travel accommodations, contact the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort by calling 888.4.ALISAL, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visiting alisal.com
. Photograph by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography.
MAY 8, 2014
Wedding & Anniversary Package
Brides and grooms considering a destination wedding in the Caribbean should look no further than Viceroy Anguilla. The beautiful white-sand beaches, sparkling turquoise bays, and luxurious accommodations of the resort set the scene for picturesque wedding ceremonies and receptions. With a new promotion for 2014 weddings, now is a better time than ever to host an event at the gorgeous Caribbean property.
The five-star resort is offering a “Suite Returns” package that provides couples with a complimentary five-night stay for their first anniversary when they host a wedding at Viceroy Anguilla with more than 100 rooms. To celebrate one year of marriage, couples will stay in an Ocean View Suite – complete with a private plunge pool – and enjoy a romantic dinner for two plus a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
The “Suite Returns” package is available for weddings that occur through 2014. For reservations and more information on the terms of the package, please contact Jeylan Dutertre at email@example.com
or visit viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/anguilla/weddings
MAY 6, 2014
In honor of Conrad Miami’s 10th anniversary, the sophisticated hotel is celebrating by offering a romantic package to couples. Ideal for a pre-wedding retreat, the “Diamond Romance” package provides brides and grooms with the glitz and glamour they deserve at a luxury property with sweeping views of the city and the Bay of Biscayne.
The “Diamond Romance” package treats couples to a personalized consultation with Conrad Miami’s private diamond consultant from Snow’s Jewelers where they’ll choose a piece of diamond jewelry starting at $800. Accommodations include two nights in a romantic deluxe room overlooking the Miami city lights below, complimentary breakfast in bed daily, a private dinner for two at Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room, gourmet chocolates, and more.
Package price starts at $2,500. Offer is subject to availability and Conrad Miami’s booking terms and conditions. Valid for stays through December 30, 2014. To book, please call the “Diamond Romance” specialists at 305.503.6557 and request the “Diamond Package.”
MAY 1, 2014
ANDAZ PENINSULA PAPAGAYO RESORT, COSTA RICA
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica invites couples to experience Costa Rica’s Pura Vida
(pure life) expression by starting their lives together in a breathtaking setting. With a number of wedding locations available at the resort, couples can create their dream destination weddings with an array of packages that match specific needs.
Perfect for an elopement in paradise, the “You & Me” package includes a non-denominational officiant, bouquet and boutonniere for the bride and groom, and a complimentary room upgrade complete with a sexy in-room amenity. For a small wedding of up to 10 guests, the “Intimate Gathering” package features the above details plus an on-site wedding coordinator, manicure and pedicure for the bride, flower petal aisleway, a private seafood dinner, and a stay in the Andaz Honeymoon Suite on the wedding night. The “Small Gatherings” package is available for up to 40 guests and features the above amenities plus the couple’s choice of three décor styles.
The “You & Me” package starts at approximately $1,500; the “Intimate Gathering” package at $2,500; and the “Small Gatherings” package at $4,500. Double rooms start at $500. For more information and to make reservations, call 011+ 506.2690.1234 or visit papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com
APRIL 29, 2014
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, LAS VEGAS
A luxury resort on the Las Vegas Strip is rolling out the red carpet for couples in love. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas invites newlyweds to experience the Ultimate Romance package all year round. From arrival to departure, couples will be immersed with luxurious amenities and excursions that will perfectly complement a mini-moon, anniversary, or last-minute getaway.
The Ultimate Romance package includes: airport transfer and a welcome glass of Champagne; five-star accommodations in the Dynasty Suite; gifts from the Kiki De Montparnasse Romance Concierge; and a number of romantic activities. Adventurous couples will love the Sky Combat Ace “50 Shades of Vegas” experience, which sends them on a night flight over the city lights in an open-cockpit bi-plane remodeled from a 1930s original. More serene activities include a couple’s spa treatment (featuring a welcoming foot ritual, body exfoliation, hydrotherapy tub soaking, and personalized aromatherapy massage) and a four-course dinner for two at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
Rates from $3,465 subject to 12% tax and $25 daily resort fee. For more information, call 702.590.8888 or visit mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas
APRIL 24, 2014
THE CARNEROS INN
Vineyards in Napa Valley have long been popular wedding destinations for their sheer beauty, privacy, and alfresco appeal. The Carneros Inn, one of the most beloved properties in the region for romantic getaways, has recently launched an elopement package for up to 18 people including the bride and groom. With 86 private cottages and 6 luxury homes available for guest accommodations, the charming property also boasts an infinity-edge pool overlooking the vineyards, a Jacuzzi and lap pool with cabanas, a 2,800-square-foot fitness center, an award-winning spa, and three dining venues.
The Elopement Package includes: a one-hour ceremony at the property’s Apple Orchard; the choice of a male or female officiant; a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, with additional floral arrangements available for an additional fee; and a solo guitarist to provide musical entertainment. Following the ceremony, sparkling wine is served for toasts, and trays of hors d’oeuvres or sweet treats allow guests to indulge in small bites. To capture the event, a photographer will provide 1-½ hours of shoot time and supply couples with a disk of high-resolution wedding photographs.
Package pricing for Monday through Thursday starts at $5,000, and Friday or Sunday at $6,000. The Carneros Inn is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts World Wide. For more information about weddings and event bookings, please visit thecarnerosinn.com
APRIL 22, 2014
PETER ISLAND RESORT & SPA
For an island wedding in paradise, discover Peter Island Resort & Spa. The private island resort in the British Virgin Islands is home to five pristine beaches, gorgeous guest rooms and villas, a 10,000-square-foot spa, and endless island activities. With something for everyone, the beautiful resort is an ideal venue for a destination wedding.
For weddings with up to 40 guests, the resort’s most exclusive wedding package includes a coordinator to assist in every aspect of planning a couple’s dream event. Brides are treated to hair and makeup packages as well as manicures and pedicures prior to their ceremonies, and couples receive custom 75-minute massages at times of their choosing. Ceremony offerings feature: a wedding arch; bridal bouquet and boutonniere; steel band duet or saxophonist for entertainment; and a ceremony table featuring materials for a Champagne toast (brides and grooms receive engraved champagne flutes). A three-tiered wedding cake, as well as photography and videography services, is also provided.
The Orchid package is priced at $9,500. For more information, call 800.346.4451 or visit peterisland.com
APRIL 3, 2014
EL CONVENTO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
To enjoy a “spring” wedding all year round, head to El Convento Boutique Hotel in Antigua Guatemala. The consistent spring-like climate, as well as the charming cobblestone streets, diverse landscapes of the region, and close proximity to the historic Capuchinas Convent make this elegant and comfortable property a unique wedding destination.
With two intimate wedding venues, as well as an outdoor terrace, the hotel offers romantic and intimate settings for south-of-the-border nuptials. The wedding package includes sparkling wine for toasts, cheeses, a dinner service or buffet-style spread, and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Floral centerpieces are also provided for each table, as well as an hour of marimba or trio music entertainment. Guests can then retreat to the hotel’s all-suite accommodations starting at just $143/night.
Wedding package prices from $80 per person plus a 12% service charge, restrictions apply. For more information, call +502.7720.7272, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit elconventoantigua.com
APRIL 1, 2014
SIX SENSES LAAMU
Wedding bliss awaits couples at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. The serene beach setting makes for an intimate destination wedding in one of the most secluded areas of the world. A collection of land and over-water villas provides luxury island accommodations for destination-wedding guests, while the property’s spa, restaurants, and water sports provide an array of activities for them to experience during their stay.
The Six Senses Laamu wedding package includes a ceremony at the couple’s location of choice, a fresh-flower bouquet and boutonniere, as well as live music performed by a traditional Maldivian Boduberu band. A wedding cake is also provided, along with a bottle of sparkling wine for toasts. Following the nuptials, newlyweds are treated to a romantic three-course candlelit dinner, a one-hour sunset cruise complete with canapés, and a couple’s spa treatment to use during their stay. Newlyweds will take home a photo CD with 50 prints and a framed wedding certificate for lasting memories of the day.
Prices start at $2,800. Package is available through December 22, 2014. For further information, contact the Reservations Manager at 960.795.9523, email email@example.com
, or visit sixsenses.com/laamu
MARCH 27, 2014
New Luxury Wedding Venue
WALDORF ASTORIA PARK CITY
Waldorf Astoria Park City, the first ski resort from Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, has been a must-visit destination for lovers of snow sports and alpine scenery since its opening in August 2009. With the introduction of their brand-new event venue, The Ranch at White Pine Canyon, the hotel is now a hot spot for destination weddings.
Perfect for winter weddings or even rustic-inspired warm weather soirées, The Ranch at White Pine Canyon is appealing to brides and grooms from all over the country. The natural ranch setting provides breathtaking views of the Wasatch mountain range and is perfect for barn-inspired affairs since the cozy event space is complete with wood flooring, wood paneling, and a fireplace. Out-of-town attendees will enjoy the property’s comfortable accommodations and world-class amenities, as well as an impressive 16,000-square-foot wellness facility that features a spa, fitness center, and salon.
An indoor cocktail reception can accommodate up to 250 guests and an outdoor ceremony can seat up to 450 guests. For more information, call 435.647.5500 or visit parkcitywaldorfastoria.com
MARCH 25, 2014
CASAS DEL XVI
Newlyweds desiring a honeymoon in a cultural destination of the world are invited to discover a brand new hotel in the heart of the Dominican Republic. Casas del XVI in the Colonial City neighborhood of Santo Domingo provides luxury accommodations in a unique setting. Impressive homes built in the 16th century provide the private guest rooms and shared living spaces that include a library and cigar bar, as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas. The authentic décor of the property highlights tiled Roman roofs, original vaulted brick archways, and heirloom art and furnishings.
In addition to presenting unique accommodations, ensuring high levels of service is also one of the picturesque property’s top priorities. Guests are personally greeted at the airport and taken to the one-of-a-kind boutique hotel to meet the butler of their casa, who serves to make their stays both comfortable and memorable. To ensure guests feel at home, iPhones are available should they desire outside communication; or couples can avoid modern technology altogether to revel in the magic and culture of Colonial City for a private honeymoon experience.
Casas del XVI is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Introductory rates start at $225 per night. For more information, call 855.849.6396 or visit casasdelxvi.com
. Opening photograph courtesy of Casas del XVI.
MARCH 20, 2014
New Honeymoon Registry
Honeymoon registries are one of the hottest trends for modern weddings, and they are now available at a variety of Hilton properties in popular honeymoon destinations such as Italy, Hawaii, and the Maldives. Ideal for the couple that has everything, wedding guests can give newlyweds the gift of experience and travel, rather than typical cookware and bedding sets.
Registry items include everything from dining experiences, scuba diving excursions, and spa treatments, depending on location. Newlyweds will love that their honeymoon activities were gifts from friends and family, and wedding guests will delight in giving truly unique and irreplaceable gifts to the celebrated couple. The Hilton Honeymoon Registry is available at more than 100 properties from participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, and Hilton Grand Vacations properties.
To create a customized Hilton honeymoon registry, visit hhonors.com/registry
or call 877.699.5884 to speak with a customer service representative.
MARCH 19, 2014
New Wedding Venue
PRONGHORN, AN AUBERGE RESORT
A brand-new venue for weddings and events is set to open in Central Oregon at Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort this summer. With astonishing views of the Cascade Range, the event space is ideal for brides and grooms who wish to host their fairy-tale nuptials in the mountains.
The Event Island is situated on a lake between the 1st and 18th holes of the resort’s Tom Fazio golf course. With over 6,000 square feet of space, the venue can comfortably entertain up to 300 guests for a seated event. The aisle – a stone, land bridge – provides a dramatic entrance for brides, and natural privacy is offered throughout celebrations due to a perimeter of native vegetation and Juniper trees. An additional $20 million renovation of the property will be completed in early 2015 and boasts a new guest lodge, spa, and enhancements to existing facilities to better serve hotel guests and wedding attendees.
For more information on The Event Island at Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort or to make reservations, call 866.372.1003 or visit aubergeresorts.com
MARCH 13, 2014
Couples desiring lavish, metropolitan nuptials are invited to discover Capitale in New York City. The iconic venue recently completed a $1 million renovation of its event spaces to vastly restore the venue’s neoclassical architecture, update the upholstery and décor, as well as install state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
Originally designed as the Bowery Savings Bank in 1895, the historical site has since become a distinguished setting for glamorous weddings and events. Private function rooms and beautiful ballrooms cater to intimate and grand events, ensuring guests are comfortable and each party is picture perfect. Exceptional design details, including Corinthian columns, Venetian glass, and mosaic marble floors, create the perfect setting for a refined wedding celebration, while impeccable 65-foot vaulted ceilings and a classic stained-glass skylight add allure and intrigue. Appealing to hosts with large guest lists, the award-winning 15,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom can easily accommodate 700 guests for seated receptions.
For additional information about hosting your upcoming nuptials or event at Capitale, call 212.334.5500 or visit capitaleny.com
MARCH 11, 2014
PARADISE POINT RESORT & SPA
Paradise Point, a private island paradise in San Diego, California, features bungalow-style rooms, tropical gardens and lagoons, a sandy beach, and a multitude of restaurants and recreational activities for couples to enjoy. Its close proximity to area attractions positions this destination as an ideal pre-wedding getaway. The “Island Origins at the Spa” package offers couples a unique, hands-on approach to wellness and gives guests the opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating and healing experience they’ll never forget.
Prior to enjoying a quartet of spa treatments, couples are taken on a private botanical tour led by their spa therapists to discover the resort’s lush gardens and sandy beaches while gathering island ingredients for integration into each treatment. A 50-minute ginger-oil massage, softening hibiscus foot scrub, eucalyptus aromatherapy, and invigorating tea-tree scalp treatment complete the herbal healings. Following the spa experience, guests are invited to use the resort’s pool, fitness studio, eucalyptus steam room, and sauna.
The two-hour “Island Origins at the Spa” experience is $260/person or $468/couple. Cost does not include gratuity. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 858.490.6350 or visit paradisepoint.com
MARCH 6, 2014
New Honeymoon Destination
The Iconic Santorini will open its doors in April 2014 and thereby offer an ultimate retreat in paradise to honeymooners. The boutique cave hotel is situated on a hillside setting in the Greek island village of Imerovigli, and has been carved from a volcanic caldera wall. The property’s five levels feature stylish guest rooms and suites, as well as breathtaking views of the azure-blue waters below.
Accommodations honor classic cave architecture and offer modern-day amenities including satellite channels on flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and lounge seating on personal terraces, with many suites featuring indoor pools (or grottos). An outdoor infinity pool provides a front-and-center view of paradise, and the property’s spa, gym, and eatery ensure guests always feel refreshed. Available complimentary, a full breakfast is served each morning at guests’ personal accommodations and a variety of beverages and Greek snacks are provided daily.
Rates at Iconic Santorini start at 475€ (approximately $649) per night for two people, which includes breakfast and poolside snacks, all hotel taxes, and complimentary high-speed Internet access. For booking, call 30.22860.28950, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit iconicsantorini.com
MARCH 4, 2014
Wedding & Groomsmen Packages
THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA
Boasting five-star accommodations, luxurious amenities, and impeccable event spaces, The St. Regis Atlanta is now also offering world-class packages to couples that will make their pre-wedding and day-of festivities something to remember. New packages are treating grooms to a day of pampering and preparation, and a specialized wedding service is offering world-class cakes to couples, as well as individualized help from a St. Regis event specialist to orchestrate the perfect event.
The “Suiting Up with Sid Groomsmen Experience” ensures grooms and their groomsmen dress for success on the big day. Beginning with a relaxing steam-room experience at Remède Spa, grooms will enjoy a style consultation with famed Atlanta clothier Sid Mashburn at his chic boutique. Post styling, the group will return to the resort’s billiards room for a specialty bourbon tasting. Brides can indulge in a treat of their own by ordering a one-of-a-kind confectionery masterpiece from wedding cake design extraordinaire Sylvia Weinstock. Couples will even have the opportunity to fly to New York for a tasting and design consultation with Sylvia.
To book the “Suiting Up with Sid Groomsmen Experience” (pricing starts at $1,500), call 404.563.7926 or email email@example.com
. To reserve the Sylvia Weinstock Experience (pricing varies), contact firstname.lastname@example.org
; or visit stregisatlanta.com
for more information on both packages.
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Vow Renewal Package
L’AUBERGE DEL MAR
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, L’Auberge Del Mar invites couples to experience luxurious accommodations and picturesque views in Southern California. Award-winning restaurants, a full-service spa, and easy access to Del Mar Beach position this hotel as an oceanfront gem ideal for getaways, weddings, or vow renewals!
The five-star hotel’s Vow Renewal Package features a beautiful ceremony, as well as romantic additions to the couple’s guest room. Following one month of planning assistance from the property’s romance team, couples will renew their vows on the ocean-view Sunset Terrace beneath a four-post ceremony arch with chiffon draping. Guests will find their seats on white chiavari chairs and the bride will walk down an aisle fashioned with a swirling rose-petal design. A bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, officiant, and musicians round out the ceremony offerings. Butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast follow the vow renewal, as does a celebration cake for the couple. Professional photography services are also provided for one hour.
Package is priced at $8,500 plus cost of guest rooms. Maximum guest list is 50 people. Date restrictions apply. No substitutions on package items. For more information, visit laubergedelmar.com
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
SOFITEL NEW YORK
Newlyweds desiring a wedding in “The Big Apple” are invited to discover Sofitel New York, a delightful French-inspired venue in stylish midtown Manhattan. The sophisticated and charming establishment serves as an ideal venue for couples in love with city life and Parisian charm. The Un Beau Mariage
Wedding Package gives newlyweds the opportunity to say, “I do” in the hotel’s lavish Le Grand Paris Ballroom, which offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline through its towering windows.
A bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, and officiant are provided for the ceremony followed by a one-hour cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. The package also provides a Champagne toast at the reception, a full open bar for four hours during dinner and dancing, and a traditional French croquembouche
wedding cake. Discounted guest accommodations, a one-bedroom suite for the newlyweds, and a post-nuptial breakfast for up to 50 guests completes the package’s extensive inclusions.
The Un Beau Mariage
Wedding Package starts at $25,000 for 50 guests, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Offers are based on availability. Certain terms and conditions apply. For reservations or more information, call 212.354.8844 or visit sofitel.com
. Photograph courtesy of Sofitel New York.
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Pre-Wedding Getaway Package
CORDEVALLE, A ROSEWOOD RESORT
Couples with a love for golf will find pure bliss at CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort in San Martin, California. The resort is situated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. that has hosted an array of PGA tours and is scheduled to host the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open. Luxurious guest rooms, suites, and villas with unparalleled amenities make this resort the perfect place to relax before the wedding day.
The Ultimate Getaway: 3-Night Package for Two features accommodations for three nights, two rounds of golf, and a daily continental breakfast. For further rejuvenation, a $400 Sense spa credit allows couples to indulge in therapeutic treatments including the Bungalow Love, which offers in-room citrus-scrub exfoliations, citrus-lotion massages, and uplifting soaks complete with treats and Champagne for couples. Wine tasting at the resort’s Clos LaChance Winery completes the romantic offerings.
Valid through February 28, 2014. Offers are subject to change/availability and exclusive of applicable tax, service/resort fees or surcharges unless otherwise noted. Rates may vary by arrival date and be limited to specific room types. Blackout dates may apply. Offers are not applicable to groups. Unused portions of packages are not refundable. For more information, visit rosewoodhotels.com/cordevalle
JANUARY 22, 2014
Valentine’s Day Wedding Package
WYNN LAS VEGAS
Couples interested in saying, “I do,” on Valentine’s Day or in Sin City can fulfill both wedding wishes at Wynn Las Vegas. The luxury hotel and casino is the perfect setting for romantic nuptials and is now offering a wedding ceremony package exclusively for couples tying the knot on Valentine’s Day. The property, conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip, features stunning rooms and suites, as well as retail shops and restaurants, a spectacular show entitled La Reve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, an 18-hole golf course, nightclub, salon, spa, and more.
The Eternally Yours Ceremony package includes a wedding consultant to plan the details of your special day, wedding music, a bridal bouquet featuring two dozen roses with a matching groom’s boutonniere, a photography session including a complimentary wedding album, a Champagne toast for two, special room rates, and a $150 dining credit to enjoy the 14 world-class restaurants on property. Ceremonies are available for up to 20 guests at the Wedding Salon’s chapel for $1,390. For guest lists of up to 100, the private Primrose Courtyard is available for an additional $1,500 per hour.
For more information or to book the Eternally Yours Ceremony package or any of the other packages for your special day, please call the Wedding Salons at Wynn Las Vegas at 702.770.7400 or visit wynnlasvegas.com
JANUARY 20, 2014
Proposal of the Century Package
THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON, PASADENA
In celebration of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena’s 100th birthday, the resort is offering a $100,000 Proposal of the Century package. The Proposal of the Century allows guests to “pop the question” directly on the field of the Rose Bowl Stadium in front of up to 40 loved ones, and has everything detail covered from a 2.5-carat diamond ring to an amorous evening following the magical event.
The package also includes a private serenade for the couple by the 40-piece Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, use of the Rose Bowl video board to illuminate a message or photo collage, and a photographer and videographer to document the entire experience. The couple will then take a chauffeured Bentley Flying Spur sedan to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for a two-night stay in the Tournament of Roses Presidential Suite, which will include an array of romantic amenities such as Champagne, 100 long-stemmed roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, and monogrammed bathrobes. A fanciful four-course dinner with wine pairings rounds out the evening and is available in-room or in the exclusive Red Wine Room of The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, followed by daily breakfast for two.
Offered through December 29, 2014. Priced at $100,000 and based on availability, Proposal of the Century may be requested confidentially at 626.568.3600. The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, with further property details available at pasadena.langhamhotels.com
JANUARY 13, 2014
Luxe Elopement Package
OPUS HOTEL, VANCOUVER
For couples desiring private nuptials in Vancouver, consider the Steal My Heart Elopement package from Opus Hotel. Savvy couples will be offered a flawless wedding experience at one of the trendiest properties in the downtown district of Yaletown and enjoy a two-night stay in the Signature Suite. The romantic setting features designer décor with bold patterns and vibrant colors, floor-to-ceiling windows, an in-room iPad for use on or off the property, jetted spa bath with heated tile flooring, wet bar, Nespresso coffee machine, and more luxurious amenities.
Upon arrival, couples will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and house-made macarons to savor on their wrap-around balcony. For those desiring an evening in the city, complimentary Jaguar service is available; and for those who wish to stay in the suite, a relaxing night awaits with a complimentary 3D movie available on the in-room 55” plasma television. The following day, couples will receive an in-suite massage before their wedding ceremony, which includes a bouquet of flowers, Champagne, a marriage commissioner, and witnesses. A four-course dinner for two at La Pentola della Quercia invites newlyweds to celebrate their nuptials, and breakfast in bed is offered the following morning until 1PM.
Package price is $2,500 from October-May and $3,000 from June-September. Tax of 16.5% will be added to the cost of the package. Gratuity not included. Couples must contact the marriage commissioner regarding availability/date/time (fee included in package, $75 CA). Witnesses will be provided by OPUS; must be confirmed seven days prior with time/date. Contact the Elopement Coordinator, Morgan Del Vento, by calling 604.694.2132 or visiting vancouver.opushotel.com
. Opening photograph by Laura Manariti Photography.
JANUARY 8, 2014
New Hotel Opening
Newly opened last fall in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast is Thompson Chicago, a luxurious property offering a home-away-from-home atmosphere to guests who desire travel destinations with a sophisticated environment. The 247 guestrooms and 12,225 square feet of event spaces at Thompson Chicago position the property as an ideal location for weddings with guest lists of up to 200 loved ones. Private dining rooms allow for refined rehearsal dinners, and six dual-level penthouses present alternative settings for celebrations such as bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties.
Designed by award-winning British designer Tara Bernerd, the interior spaces of Thompson Chicago are intelligently planned and focus on texture and bold colors to create a warm, contemporary atmosphere. Backed by a critically acclaimed restaurant group, the hotel’s dining concept Nico Osteria opens in December and positions the savvy locale as an epicurean destination. Primary dishes feature seasonal seafood fare as well as fresh pastas made daily, all of which exemplify culinary creativity and inspired Italian traditions.
To take advantage of Thompson Chicago’s impeccable views of the city and Lake Michigan, as well as the brand new hotel’s neighboring sites including Michigan Avenue, Oak Street boutiques, and the fine dining and nightlife destinations of downtown Chicago, call 312.266.2100 or visit thompsonhotels.com
.Opening photograph courtesy of Thompson Chicago.
JANUARY 6, 2014
New Honeymoon Destination
FOGO ISLAND INN
For a secluded honeymoon experience, newlyweds can travel north to Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada. Perched on the furthest edge of the island, the property provides wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows in each guest room to view whales, seabirds, and icebergs off of the rocky coastline. With an island population of only 3,000, the escape allows newlyweds to immerse themselves in a remote adventure unlike anything else.
The property, which was designed by a Newfoundland-born and Norway-based architect, features 29 suites with custom furniture and details handmade by local carpenters and artisans. Honeymooners can indulge in eats and libations at the inn’s fine-dining restaurant, lounge, and bar, or enjoy recreational activities at the gym and cinema. Hot tubs and wood-fired saunas on the rooftop provide the perfect setting for a romantic night of stargazing. Additional island activities include hiking coastal trails, traditional cod fishing, or partaking in art workshops. During chilly nights, couples can cozy up in front of wood-burning fires in many of the suites, as well as in all public areas.
Rates include accommodations, breakfast, afternoon tea, supper, dinner, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and gratuities. Prices range between $550-2,950 varying with the seasons, based on double occupancy. For more information on Fogo Island Inn, visit fogoislandinn.ca
. To make reservations, call 709.658.3444 or email email@example.com
. Opening photograph by Alex Fradkin
JANUARY 3, 2014
Same-Sex Wedding Package
W RETREAT & SPA – VIEQUES ISLAND
The first exclusive hotel partnership with an event planner specializing in LGBT weddings has arrived. W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island has partnered with Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories to offer same-sex couples a wedding celebration in Puerto Rico. Couples will receive a legal marriage ceremony in either Boston or New York City, as well as 45 off-site planning hours with 14 Stories. Once at the island resort, newlyweds can make sure the details of their celebration are absolutely perfect during a pre-wedding tasting and planning session with Bernadette Coveney Smith.
As with all W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island weddings, couples will receive complimentary room upgrades to the Fabulous Ocean Front Escape as well as luxury airport transfer. Additional package amenities include 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points to redeem towards a free night stay at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, as well as a donation to a marriage-equality charity on the couple’s first anniversary. For a large or small affair, the coastal destination offers a relaxing sanctuary to the couple and their wedding guests during their stay with two private beaches, a spa, and five delicious dining options.
W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island’s “14 Stories Wedding Day” starts at $12,500 and can be booked by contacting the “I Do” Destination Team at 877.796.8515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more information, visit wvieques.com
DECEMBER 30, 2013
CASA ONIRI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
One of the latest honeymoon trends is the concept of “mini-moons.” Instead of 5-7 night stays, couples are opting for shorter trips to combat busy schedules. A beautiful Spanish Colonial boutique hotel nestled on a quiet cobblestone street is presenting just this to honeymooners: a unique, romantic, and shortened getaway package in Colombia. The tranquil property of Casa Oniri Boutique Hotel has only eight guest rooms, including a romance suite with an in-room Jacuzzi, allowing couples to enjoy an intimate stay and cultural experience in the 400-year-old town of Barichara.
The Luna de Miel package is priced at $634 and includes three-night accommodations with fresh fruit and flowers in the room, as well as a welcome cocktail. Romantic package details include a head, neck, or shoulder massage, rooftop dinner for two, bottle of wine, and breakfast for two. Newlyweds can also request to book experiences in the Santander region such as waterfall, horseback riding, and hiking tours.
Regular room rates start at $170 per night including breakfast. Nightly accommodations can be extended for an additional fee. For more information on Casa Oniri Boutique Hotel, please contact email@example.com
or visit casaoniri.com
DECEMBER 18, 2013
While temperatures across the country are dropping this winter, a tropical escape awaits couples in love at Sandals Resorts all year round. Sandals Resorts is world renowned for providing the perfect locations for destination weddings, honeymoons, and vow renewals at each of their 15 Luxury Included beachfront properties in the Caribbean; and now in the spirit of engagement season, Sandals Resorts is introducing a specialty service for couples taking the first step towards “I do.”
The Soon to Moon engagement concierge service allows guests to customize a proposal experience that’s unforgettable. Since no request is too big or small for the staff, couples can ask and answer the most important question of their lives at a multitude of different island settings during a wide range of activities. Proposals can take place on the beach, in the ocean, or even in the jungle during a secluded picnic, snorkeling excursion, or zip-line adventure – the options are endless. And while the helpful Soon to Moon concierge handles all of the details, couples can focus on experiencing their romantic getaway with all of the luxuries that Sandals Resorts has to offer.
For more information, visit www.sandals.com
. And to enter to win the grand prize – a six-day, five-night Luxury Included WeddingMoon – along with daily prizes, follow @SandalsResorts and @WeddingMoons on Twitter during their 12 Days to Engaged sweepstakes now through December 24.
DECEMBER 16, 2013
PARK HYATT AVIARA RESORT
Grooms, gather your groomsmen and head to Southern California to indulge in a getaway with the guys! What better way to spend a bachelor-party weekend than with plenty of craft beer? The Aviara Ale Academy package at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort celebrates San Diego’s beer scene, boasting over 70 craft breweries, with an insider’s look at America’s acclaimed Stone Brewing Co. Upon arrival at the luxurious seaside hotel, gents will discover a welcome gift that includes the book The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.
and a six pack of Stone beer to start off their trip.
The following day, travelers will enjoy transportation to Stone Brewing Co. for a private guided tour and tasting. Four 4-ounce samples of beer, a commemorative tasting glass, and a one-liter growler of beer for each guest completes the first experience. Next, guests can enjoy a pint of beer in a commemorative take-home pint glass at Stone Farms while experiencing a private guided tour and tasting, as well as lunch. To celebrate the final night at the resort, guests can share their stories of the day during a special beer-pairing dinner at the hotel’s Argyle Steakhouse.
Package includes two-night accommodations for two people. Offer valid for reservations made at least 10 days in advance for travel through March 31, 2014. Must request offer code AVBREW at time of reservation to qualify. Blackout dates include December 25 and December 31, 2013. For more information, call 760.448.1234 or visit parkaviara.hyatt.com
DECEMBER 11, 2013
New Hotel Opening
As the first property in Texas to gain membership into the exclusive group, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hotel Ella is wowing guests after its opening this fall. After a multi-million dollar renovation, the 19th-century property welcomes guests to the historical Goodall Wooten mansion. The original owners, who received the estate as a wedding gift in 1898, are celebrated throughout the redesign, with Ella Wooten as the namesake of the hotel and her husband Goodall remembered by the hotel’s sophisticated restaurant, Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar.
Commemorating the Wooten’s 116th wedding anniversary, the unveiling of Hotel Ella revealed a complete redesign of 48 expansive guest rooms, including ten suites, offering an air of modern elegance and refined taste to couples. Authentic architectural details such as columns, mantle work, and crown moldings remain, while a cabana-lined pool and an expansive veranda offer modern public spaces with Old World appeal. The hotel’s spacious Grand Ballroom makes for a stately wedding venue, and the short 20-minute drive from the airport presents effortless accommodations for out-of-town guests.
Visit the new Austin establishment for a pre-wedding getaway, stateside honeymoon, or to tour the property as a potential wedding venue! For more information and to make reservations, call 512.495.1800 or visit hotelella.com
. Opening photograph courtesy of Hotel Ella
DECEMBER 9, 2013
Philadelphia’s luxurious hotel The Rittenhouse is boasting revitalized event spaces, guest rooms, and public areas after a recent multi-million dollar renovation. An impeccable culinary team adds to the splendor, making this hotel ideal for classically modern brides and grooms who will be hosting their nuptials in the Mid-Atlantic. With over 11,000 square feet of event spaces, the hotel can serve as the venue for every pre- and post-wedding celebration, including the main event.
The highly anticipated Park Suites, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud who also set the style for properties including Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and Claridge’s in London, comfortably hold up to 25 guests, which make them ideal spaces for bridal showers. Alternatively, the Parkview Suite highlights city views with floor-to-ceiling windows, and is perfect for daytime affairs with up to 90 guests. The Boathouse makes a wonderful rehearsal-dinner venue and features 10-foot ceilings, contemporary design elements, and comfortable seating for up to 130 guests. And the hotel’s most spacious event space is the Ballroom, which holds a stunning 500 guests and features ten chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and impeccable windows that will shine natural light on the bride and groom. The Mary Cassatt Tea Room is also newly enhanced and serves as a delightful, semi-private space for a post-wedding brunch.
To learn more about hosting a distinguished wedding The Rittenhouse, call 800.635.1042 or visit rittenhousehotel.com
DECEMBER 6, 2013
New Resort Opening
ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA
Designed for the sophisticated island traveler, Andaz Maui at Wailea opened its doors in September 2013. Ever since, the 15-acre oceanfront resort has been treating guests to world-class services and amenities. Whether couples travel to the Hawaiian destination to say “I do” or venture to the locale for a romantic honeymoon, newlyweds are treated with impeccable island hospitality. Intimate beachside ceremonies as well as grand receptions can be hosted effortlessly, as the attentive on-site team plans every detail from customized catering menus to floral arrangements.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a Hawaiian beverage and taken to their luxurious accommodations, all featuring private balconies with ocean or garden views. With 290 guest rooms and seven residential villas, as well as golden sand beaches, four infinity pools, multiple eateries, a full-service salon and spa, and an array of traditional island activities, honeymooners can essentially spend an entire week at the property without ever having to leave the luxurious grounds. More adventurous couples can take advantage of neighboring attractions such as whale watching, the famous Road to Hana, and helicopter tours of the island.
To access more information regarding stays or weddings at Andaz Maui at Wailea, or to make reservations, call 808.573.1234 or visit maui.andaz.hyatt.com
DECEMBER 4, 2013
GRAND VELAS RESORTS
Grand Velas Resorts is offering three incredible wedding packages to brides- and grooms-to-be so they can say, “I do” at one of two Grand Velas resorts in Mexico! The all-inclusive, all-suite resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are the perfect venues to host friends and family for unforgettable celebrations of love. Each package features a bridal suite on the wedding day, personalized services from a wedding coordinator, an event photographer, $50 spa credit, private airport transportation, and a complimentary fourth night when newlyweds book a three-night stay at Casa Velas Hotel Boutique in Puerto Vallarta for their first wedding anniversary.
On top of these highlights, the three packages allow couples to create the weddings of their dreams, from the simplest of ceremonies to grand wedding celebrations. The Yours Truly package, starting at $2,150, includes a gazebo ceremony on the beach or terrace with music, a bouquet and boutonniere, and a classic wedding cake. The Eternally Yours package, starting at $2,224, includes the features from the Yours Truly package as well as a cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d’hoeuvres. The Infinite Yours package, starting at $2,324, includes the features from the Eternally Yours package but continues the open bar throughout a three-course plated meal.
All packages are subject to availability. Packages are available through December 19, 2014. For reservations and to determine final ceremony rates, contact a Velas Resorts personal wedding coordinator at 866.868.0922 or visit velasweddings.com
DECEMBER 2, 2013
New Honeymoon Destination
A new boutique hotel is giving newlyweds a luxurious holiday gift all the way from Costa Rica – the perfect honeymoon destination! Debuting this Christmas, Nayara Springs will offer romance, adventure, and relaxation to guests amidst tropical vegetation and wildlife. Honeymooners can enjoy private accommodations in one of 16 villas on property, escape from the ordinary with impeccable views of the Arenal Volcano, and bring back memories they’ll cherish forever.
Each lavish villa features a romantic boudoir with a canopied four-poster bed, an exclusive pool, butler service, and a private garden with an outdoor shower. The brand new hotel’s sister property is just a bridge away and offers access to multiple restaurants featuring Costa Rican and international cuisines, as well as some of the best Latin American wines. Those choosing to remain nearer to their private villas can enjoy epicurean delights and nightlife at Nayara Springs’ new sushi restaurant and piano bar.
Visit this tropical getaway to take advantage of its sleek facilities and deluxe amenities. For more information on Nayara Springs and to make reservations, call 888.332.2961, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit nayarasprings.com
NOVEMBER 26, 2013
Same-Sex Wedding Specials
THE LONDON HOTELS
Known for cosmopolitan décor and exquisite eateries by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, The London Hotels are providing glamorous all-suite accommodations and enchanting event spaces to guests from coast to coast. To celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring DOMA and Proposition 8 unconstitutional, The London Hotels are now offering a wedding package exclusively for LGBT couples! The One Love at The London Hotels package includes a wedding celebration at The London West Hollywood and a city-style honeymoon at The London NYC.
Beginning the celebration on the West Coast, a romantic ceremony will take place at The London West Hollywood’s English-garden space, Hampton Court, and a sophisticated reception will follow on the property’s remarkable rooftop, which features views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles. Other details include catering provided by Gordon Ramsay’s culinary team, musical entertainment, floral arrangements, and a night in the luxurious Royal Crown Suite for the newlyweds, as well as complimentary breakfast in bed the next morning. Couples can then jet off to the East Coast for a honeymoon celebration! Complimentary cocktails greet newlyweds upon arrival at The London NYC to kick off their five-night honeymoon vacation.
Package prices begin at $25,000 for guest lists of up to 125 people. Couples booking this package will be rewarded with a complimentary honeymoon at The London NYC when booked in the same year as the package, based on availability. To learn more, contact The London West Hollywood at 310.358.7776 or visit thelondonwesthollywood.com
OCTOBER 28, 2013
Located on the East African island of Likoma, a luxurious five-star honeymoon experience awaits. Kaya Mawa is an eco-luxe lodge surrounded by sparkling waters and tropical fish. Newlyweds can relax and indulge beachside or take part in island activities including kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and much more!
“The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars” honeymoon package includes a five-night, all-inclusive stay at the remote island lodge. In addition to the traditional amenities of the property, honeymooners are welcome to an over-the-water couple’s massage at the property’s gazebo or a complimentary scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi. Try the fresh fish or well-sourced meats at Kaya Mawa’s award-nominated restaurant, which serves fresh, healthy, and innovative dishes using local organic produce and handpicked herbs from the garden.
All-inclusive rates start at $2,825/person. Start booking your stay now for travel between March 16, 2014 and August 16, 2014. For booking and enquiries, please contact email@example.com
or call Theresa at +44.7453.326398. Visit kayamawa.com
for more information.
OCTOBER 21, 2013
BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
Greeting guests arriving by both land and sea, the Boston Harbor Hotel features luxurious accommodations with picturesque views of Boston’s cityscape and waterfront. The five-star New England hotel is also a premier wedding destination for fantasy weddings as the breathtaking event spaces offer sweeping views of the city, rich décor, and astounding architecture.
Brides who book their weddings at the hotel by December 31, 2013 will be treated to an incredible wedding offer thanks to a partnership with luxury-shoe brand Jimmy Choo. Brides-to-be will be invited to visit Jimmy Choo’s Boston boutique with their bridal party for an after-hours shoe consultation in which they can select a pair of bridal shoes for their big day. Most brides dream of saying "I do" in Jimmy Choo, and now it’s easier than ever for Boston Harbor Hotel brides.
Valid for all weddings hosted at the Boston Harbor Hotel from January 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014, and all weddings hosted on Fridays and Sundays from April 1, 2014 - December 28, 2014. Applicable to weddings with a food and beverage minimum of $25,000 or greater (exclusive of tax, service, and gratuity charges). Not applicable to previously booked events and based on availability. Valid for a single transaction (one pair of shoes with a value of up to $1,000) at the Jimmy Choo Boston boutique. Visit bhh.com
to take advantage of this special wedding offer.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
HOTEL HASSLER ROMA
Nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in the “Eternal City” atop the world-famous Spanish Steps, Hotel Hassler Roma boasts spectacular scenic views overlooking the entire city of Rome, Italy. Since the prestigious hotel first opened in 1893, the five-star romantic destination has become a favorite for world-renowned celebrities, as well as guests who appreciate timeless elegance, style, and quality.
The Romantic City Insider package features a two-night stay in a Double Deluxe room with daily breakfast, welcome champagne and strawberries upon arrival, a Segway tour of Villa Borghese’s Renaissance gardens, an exclusive guided tour of Rome, and an in-room couples massage. The package also includes dinner for two at the hotel’s Michelin-starred rooftop Imàgo restaurant, featuring panoramic views of the city and a special tasting menu by Executive Chef Francesco Apreda.
The package will be available from September 6, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Prices start at €2,255 (approximately $3,000), based on double occupancy. For more information, call 800.223.6800 or visit hotelhasslerroma.com
AUGUST 29, 2013
Indian Wedding Packages
ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND
Atlantis LOVE has been creating dream weddings for brides and grooms with a variety of different backgrounds for years. Their tropical location and luxurious grounds create the perfect setting for a destination wedding. A new division of their wedding program, Pyaar Atlantis, is making it easier for Hindu couples to marry beachside while still having a majestic and traditional wedding.
Two primary packages exist, and each includes VIP check-in for the couple, round-trip private airport transportation, four hours of wedding photography, a set of thrones, a firepit, a statue of Lord Ganesh, and strawberries and champagne for the wedding night. The Saagar (Ocean) package features the basic details of the Pyaar Atlantis program, which allows couples to incorporate the traditional events of a Hindu wedding in paradise. The Aakash (Sky) package features these same details along with three-night accommodations for the couple, videography, a gold mandap and mandap stage, among other luxurious details. For menu selections, a traditional vegetarian Indian feast is available from Executive Chef Rajesh Kattaria, as well as non-vegetarian options and additional international cuisines.
The Saagar package is priced at $8,900 and the Aakash package is priced at $13,750. For more information on planning traditional Hindu ceremonies at Atlantis, Paradise Island, please contact a LOVE Atlantis wedding specialist at 888.528.9758 or visit atlantis.com
AUGUST 14, 2013
BIG CEDAR LODGE
Big Cedar Lodge, located in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, is a premier destination for the adventurous bride and groom. Cruise Table Rock Lake on a newly built dinner yacht or test your balance with stand-up paddleboard yoga. With a variety of new experiences and accommodations available, the wilderness resort is an outdoor lover’s paradise for any stage of the wedding-planning process.
Say “I do” in the Garden Chapel, which opened this summer, for a charming ceremony your closest friends and family won’t soon forget. Reminiscent of America’s historic places of worship, the hillside chapel is designed with a traditional Gothic aesthetic, white-washed side panels, and hand-crafted shutters. The resort has also introduced their recently renovated accommodations including 81 private cabins, as well as the signature Governor’s Suite. This luxury room, perfect for a bridal-party getaway or tranquil honeymoon, features a 2,500-square-foot retreat including four bedrooms, a full kitchen, cozy fireplace, jetted tubs, and gorgeous hillside and lake views.
To learn more about lodging, packages, and activities at Big Cedar Lodge, please visit big-cedar.com
or contact the Conference Services Department at 417.335.2777 ext. 5159 for more information on hosting your wedding at the rustically elegant resort.
AUGUST 6, 2013
New Spa Opening
ALAYA SPA AT BONAVENTURE RESORT & SPA
Located in the affluent neighborhood of Weston, FL, Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the opening of its signature aLaya Spa at Bonaventure Resort & Spa, making the resort home to one of the largest destination spa and fitness facilities in South Florida. Named from the Swahili word for “exalted” and the Hebrew word meaning “to ascend” or “to go up,” aLaya Spa rejuvenates and encourages guests to rise to a higher level of consciousness through a multitude of wellness and spa offerings.
The 48,000-square-foot facility features 30 luxurious treatment rooms, a full-service salon, a private outdoor heated pool, private men’s and women’s sauna and steam rooms, and a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center including a movement and Pilates studio, as well as a hot yoga room. On Saturday, September 22, join some of South Florida’s best instructors on Bonaventure Country Club’s 18th Hole for “Yoga on the Green,” a special class on the picturesque course featuring live music, healthy food, and refreshments.
For spa reservations, memberships, or additional information, contact 954.349.5500 or visit bonaventureresortandspa.com
JULY 1, 2013
andBEYOND MNEMBA ISLAND LODGE
Dreaming of a serene honeymoon in an exotic locale? Only accessible by boat, andBeyond’s Mnemba Island Lodge transports guests to a tranquil paradise in the midst of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar. The private island houses ten thatched-roof “bandas” and is surrounded by magnificent coral reefs and dive sites that provide an incredible way to experience Africa. Couples who truly want to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life will be pleased to discover that the property houses no televisions, and the only inhabitants they will find are hotel guests and staff.
The all-inclusive property currently has a fabulous honeymoon deal in which newlyweds receive 25% off of the total rate. Pricing includes accommodations, three meals daily, house wines and beer, local spirits, laundry amenities, and access to water sports including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fly-fishing, windsurfing, and a sundowner cruise on a traditional sailing vessel. Couples can also swim with dolphins or indulge in island cuisine at a beachside dinner at sunset!
With the honeymoon discount, rates start at $1,185 per couple per night. Valid at all andBeyond lodges in Africa, as well as select partner properties in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe (excluding family suites, family rooms, and exclusive-use properties). To learn more or make reservations, please contact 888.882.3742 or visit andbeyondafrica.com
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JUNE 27, 2013
CANYON RANCH SPACLUB AT THE HOMESTEAD
Canyon Ranch, one of the most-renowned names in the spa industry, will unveil its partnership with The Homestead, Virginia’s 18th century historical resort, in late June. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at The Homestead is part of a $25MM dollar resort renovation that boasts a state-of-the-art facility and a full-service restaurant, allowing guests to experience a touch of Canyon Ranch at its first location in the mid-Atlantic region. Perfect for a pre-wedding bridal party vacation or a calming getaway with your future groom, this resort is best enjoyed before the big day for its emphasis on relaxation and healthy living.
Four new packages have been designed for guests who wish to relax and unwind amidst the new renovations. Each package listed below includes daily meals, as well as access to Aquavana® fitness classes and the Spa Garden. The SpaClub Spa Sampler package includes two nights accommodations and a $200 spa credit; the SpaClub Relax and Unwind package includes three nights accommodations, a $400 spa credit, and a hike through Cascades Gorge; and the All About You package includes five nights accommodations, a $600 spa credit, a 50-minute consultation with a nutritionist, and the famous Cascades Gorge hike. For a seven-night experience, the Healthy Indulgence package includes accommodations, an $800 spa credit, a 50-minute consultation with each nutritionist and exercise physiologist, and unlimited outdoor activities.
The above packages start between $1,268-7,005 depending on length of stay and activities offered. Book packages now to take advantage of spa credits, classes, treatments, and more at Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at The Homestead
, opening this month. For more information or to make reservations, please contact 877.479.8517 or visit thehomestead.com
MAY 29, 2013
Wedding Planning Packages
THE INN AND SPA AT LORETTO
Set amongst the incredible sunsets and beautiful mountain vistas of New Mexico, Santa Fe has become a favorite wedding destination for brides worldwide. Picture-perfect scenic backdrops bestow newlyweds with beautiful wedding photographs and memories that will last a lifetime. What better way to begin a walk down the aisle in Santa Fe than with a wedding planning package from one of the most exquisite hotels in the city? The Inn and Spa at Loretto has partnered with Art of Celebration, a local event planning company, to create the Santa Fe Elopement Package for future brides and grooms.
Beautifully styled in traditional Southwest elegance and boasting incredible accommodations, lavender- and sage-scented patios, and remarkable views of the natural landscape, the Santa Fe hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway as well as a breathtaking wedding venue. The pre-wedding package includes accommodations, decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling Gruet with turndown service, a couple’s massage and tub soak at The Spa at Loretto, and a wedding consultation contract with Art of Celebration. This unique special offer is designed to keep newlyweds free of stress before planning begins, leading up to the big event, and on the day of their nuptials.
The Santa Fe Elopement Package starts at $1,100, excluding taxes and service fees. Booking must be completed at least 72 hours in advance and is valid now through February 2014 for new reservations only. One-night stay required. For reservations, call 866.582.1646 or book online by using promo code PELOPE at innatloretto.com
MAY 21, 2013
EL SECRETO ON AMBERGRIS CAYE NEAR SAN PEDRO TOWN, BELIZE
El Secreto invites newlyweds to spend their honeymoon in stress-free paradise. Located on Ambergris Caye, the largest island of Belize, the resort offers 13 freestanding villas with authentic, thatched roofs to indulge guests in tropical pleasure. A great mix of contemporary and traditional elements, the natural island accommodations include your choice of an ocean-view spa setting, a seaside bungalow just steps from the water, a serene sanctuary on a salt-water lake, or a tropical abode amongst the lush vegetation of the island.
Ideal for newlyweds looking for romance and adventure, the five- and seven-night honeymoon packages from El Secreto provide the perfect mix of both. Arriving in Belize, honeymooners will be picked up at the airport and greeted at the resort with a welcome cocktail, as well as flowers and chilled Champagne in their romantic villa. During the remainder of the trip, newlyweds are treated to daily breakfast, a three-course dinner with wine, a beachside candle-lit dinner, a couples massage at IKAL Spa, as well as numerous outdoor adventure activities including snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, diving in Shark Ray Alley, and exploring Mayan ruins and caves.
For more information or to book the Honeymoon Package from El Secreto, call 800.479.5037 or visit elsecretobelize.com
. Restrictions and blackout dates apply. Offer based on availability; upgrades available upon request and for additional fees. Honeymoon Package prices start at $5,098 for double occupancy and include taxes and surcharges. Stays must be completed by January 2, 2014.
MAY 14, 2013
MONASTERO SANTA ROSA HOTEL & SPA
Located in Conca dei Marini, Italy along the Amalfi Coast is the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa. With breathtaking ocean views and enchanting scenic splendor, this romantic resort is a dream destination for newlyweds. This summer, the hotel is offering couples the Santa Rosa Spa Romance vacation package, which includes a three-night stay complete with special spa treatments for the ultimate experience in intimate luxury.
The Santa Rosa Spa Romance package offers guests three nights in a Sea View Deluxe room or suite, full daily breakfast, a five-course dinner served in the seaside gardens, and a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, fruit, and homemade chocolates upon arrival. The spa package includes for each person: an 80-minute Candle Massage and complimentary daily use of the Thermal Suite, which includes heated mosaic benches with whirlpool footbaths in a pomegranate fragrance, an herbal steam room, stone and wooden saunas, a hydrotherapy pool, and a series of exquisite Experience Showers.
For travel now until May 20, 2013 or October 7, 2013 to November 4, 2013, the three-night Santa Rosa Spa Romance vacation is $2,917 for a Seaview Deluxe Room. From May 21, 2013 to October 6, 2013, the package is $3,842 for a Seaview Deluxe Room. For more information and reservations, visit monasterosantarosa.com
MAY 7, 2013
Accommodation & Spa Renovation
KOHLER WATERS SPA & THE CARRIAGE HOUSE AT THE AMERICAN CLUB
Located in Kohler, Wisconsin, The Carriage House at The American Club offers guests the ultimate in peaceful luxury. In addition to deluxe accommodations, guests receive immediate access to Kohler Waters Spa, as well as a daily complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening drinks and refreshments. This month, The Carriage House unveils a 55-room renovation boasting impeccable décor, which incorporates dark-wood accents, elegant furnishings, and rich-colored draperies.
Directly beneath The Carriage House, the Kohler Waters Spa delights guests with a variety of tranquil services including its innovative hydrotherapy treatments. Kohler Waters Spa has also announced a nine-room renovation housing its Facial and Two-gether rooms. The new décor features clean colors and calming blue hues, waterfall murals, and a fireplace in the Two-gether room. A variety of treatments are available for a couple to experience together including the Kohler Massage, RiverBath, or H2O Inspiration spa service.
A great relaxation destination, The Carriage House at The American Club is the perfect pre-wedding getaway or soothing honeymoon spot. For reservations, call 800.344.2838 or visit the website of the Kohler Waters Spa
or The Carriage House
at The American Club
for more information.
APRIL 30, 2013
Wedding & Honeymoon Packages
HYATT REGENCY MCCORMICK PLACE
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place offers an incredible wedding locale for contemporary modern brides in the heart of downtown Chicago. Early June will mark the completion of the venue’s $110 million, 460-guestroom expansion, which includes a full redesign of the popular 4,000-square-foot Prairie Room reception site.
The Cherish the Memories wedding package offers a venue choice of the expansive Regency Ballroom or the redesigned Prairie Room, a four-hour open bar and delectable four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Anthony De La Rosa, a complimentary stay for the bride and groom in the honeymoon suite complete with champagne and cardamom-spiced truffles, and discounted room rates for overnight guests. As a special bonus, this package also includes a complimentary stay at a Hyatt hotel during the honeymoon and Hyatt Gold Passport points that could earn you up to five complimentary nights at a participating Hyatt Resort in the United States, Mexico, or Aruba.
The Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points offer is only available for a short time. Book and hold your wedding by December 31, 2014 in order to qualify. For more information, visit mccormickplace.hyatt.com
or contact the Hyatt Wedding Coordinator by calling 312.528.4168.