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2 years ago 0

Inspire, Live, and Travel Well with Belmond

The world of Belmond is transforming how we travel and experience some of the most inspiring destinations worldwide. Moving beyond a single hotel experience, Belmond creates journey’s which not only capture the heart and soul of a single destination, it provides “journeys” which carry you along to the next experience.  Belmond’s collection of hotels capture the heart and soul of a destination while their Orient Express train mindfully transports you to indulge away with the stunning scenery of Europe and Asia. Experience their romantic and intimate river cruise through France’s most charming towns, with thoughtfully planned day trips to “iconic wine chateaux.” Picnic on the Rhine and dine with Burgundy’s most sought after chefs. No stone is left unturned, and no traveler with Belmond will walk away wondering “what if.” An innovative concept such as Belmond has been long awaited.

Let us celebrate travel by inspiring, living, and traveling well.

“Whatever the occasion, Belmond ensures that you mark it in great style.”

2 years, 3 months ago 0

Capturing Romantic Memories Abroad

Take a peek and SHARE THE LOVE! Highly acclaimed and one of our favorite photographers in the world, Aidan Dockery, works with clients at many of our preferred properties and favorite destinations in Southeast Asia. His stunning photography captures the all the love and beauty wherever he travels. We keep our eyes out for the best travel photographers abroad. Traveling to a location with a special someone? We can recommend a destination photographer for a memorable romantic photo session. We want you to capture and remember your memories abroad and SHARE THE LOVE!  XO

3 years, 1 month ago 0

Ayurveda and why we Love

Ayurveda may hold a special place with us, so when we discover that one of our preferred properties has embraced what we hold so near and dear, we can’t help to share with our travelers.

As romance journeys go “hand in hand” with wellness getaways, we ask our travelers, what does it mean to really escape and find ourselves in an envoirmanet lending to peace, restoration, and enrichment? Destination Spas such as Jade Mountain are emerging as the newest trend in resort holidays and many are stepping outside the “normal” spa offerings and beginning to incorporate much more to their menu than the traditional list of sport massages. Don’t get us wrong, a simple Swedish Massage can do wonders for reversing that “crick” in your shoulders from the physical and mental stresses conjured while journeying to Paradise. But what about something that would last far beyond your visit to Paradise? What if that new calming yet energized renewal we gain after a spa day could carry us back to “reality” and extend far beyond? Spas, especially the Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia, have given a lot of forward thought to their guests needs and have set a new trend in Destination Spa Resorts or as I like to refer to it as, “Wellness found.”

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing practice that dates back more than 5,000 years. It is a science of life practice (ayur-life, veda-science or knowledge) that is based in the belief that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our body, environment, mind and spirit. There are three fundamental energies that govern our environments, both inner and outer: Vata (wind), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth). Ayurvedic specialists work with you to determine your dominating energy or energies and help you with a guide to balancing yourself. The team at Jade Mountain Resort in the Caribbean have been intensely trained on this revived and cutting edge therapy and we hope many more will join in this endeavor to enlighten all on the benefits of Ayurvedic teachings and lifestyle. We recommend their Rainbow Body Ritual which is described as a journey through the Realms of the 7 Chakras. The specialists, using oils, guide you with scents, sounds, and touch to give you a renewed sense of harmony and aliveness. Afterwards, consult further with the Jade Mountain spa team to find how to maintain balance long after your stay.

We think it is about time spas worldwide embrace this ancient Indian science. In the days of over stimulated minds, fast paced expectations, and all the “fluff” we constantly surround ourselves with, Ayurveda brings our minds and bodies to a balanced state. Even short lived before returning, experiencing a treatment will linger.

It’s simple really and Jade Mountain St. Lucia understands that. Bring yourself back to the basics and remember that everything we surround ourselves with (people, food, atmosphere, noise, habitat) contributes to a well-balanced or poorly balanced soul. ThakraDhara

3 years, 4 months ago 0

Our Favorite Winter Getaway: Whistler, BC

The holidays may be over, but the winter season at Whistler Blackcomb is just gearing up. Whistler Blackcomb, located in whistler-2British Columbia, is the largest ski resort in North America with over 8,000 acres of skiable area. It is home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the annual Whistler Film Festival, award-winning spas, and luxurious lodging and restaurants. The rustic charm of this alpine destination and its endless opportunities for adventure make this a perfect place for couples looking for a one of a kind romantic getaway this winter.

Spend a few days taking ski or snowboard lessons on the mountain or test your skills on the advanced terrain above the tree-line. Before you end your long day on the slopes, take a break and grab some delicious food from Steeps Grill and Wine Bar, located on Whistler Mountain itself, 6,000ft up! Don’t forget to check out their Winemaker Après Series, which includes a five course meal paired with British Columbia’s best wine.

Not a skier? Thvillageere is still plenty to do and a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy! Try the Scandinavian baths or rejuvenating massages at the award-winning Scandinave Spa. Take a leisurely walk throughout the shops of Whistler Village or enjoy dinner and drinks in one of the numerous restaurants. Bearfoot Bistro is a culinary experience not to miss. They put their own spin on seafood and wild game dishes, but they have even more to offer. Try your hand at champagne sabering – during the Napoleonic era, cleanly sabering the cork off a bottle of champagne meant good luck before battle. Or stop by the coldest vodka tasting room(-25°F) in the world – the Bearfoot Bistro’s Belvedere Ice Room – don’t worry, they provide the parkas! If you are looking for something a little tamer, they have beautiful dining in the wine cellar or champagne lounge.

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola takes visitors on a ride between the two mountains of the resort, with gorgeous panoramic views – without even strapping into a pair of skis! For adventurers, check out Ziptrek Ecotours, a zipline providing beautiful views of the ancient rainforest that is Whistler. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are also both readily accessible and fantastic ways to explore the area.

At the end of your busy day, you will want to return to a cozy, rustic condo or resort to relax and warm up. Four Seasons Resort Whistler is just minutes from shopping and dining, and a short drive from the chair lifts. Their Ski Concierge handles ski rentals and transportation, allowing you to enjoy your stay, worry-free. This resort offers everything from guest rooms and luxurious private residences, decorated with a warm and rustic, European style. If you want to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, try Nita Lake Lodge. The fresh, alpine feel of the resort offers vistas of the lake or the mountain. You can’t go wrong with any resort, as they all complement the natural beauty and adventures to be had at this gorgeous alpine destination. 

 

3 years, 8 months ago 0

Hottest New Hotels and Why We LOVE Them!

These aesthetically pleasing hotels have caught our eye because of their rich décor, stunning architecture, and luxurious feel; just perfect for a romantic getaway! Read on to find out which ones you love!

Buddha Bar Hotel – Paris Located just steps from Faubourg Saint-Honoré Street, one of Paris’ premier shopping districts, this hotel stands out for its rich, colorful décor and artwork. The feel here is a mix between contemporary Asian design and beautiful French influences. Not to mention the back-drop for this hotel – one of the most romantic cities in the world. 

  Post Ranch Inn – Big Sur, California If your dream vacation is a perfect mixture of modern luxury and the serenity of the outdoors, then your dream hotel would be the Post Ranch Inn, nestled between gorgeous mountains and the pristine Pacific Ocean. It’s simple but modern architecture and décor exudes a warm ambiance, but allows for the endless natural vistas to make this getaway unforgettable.  

 Sugar Beach – St. Lucia Nestled in between two Pitons and overlooking the ocean, this resort has the feel of a beach bungalow with the essence of luxury. Open the French doors to your villa and let the warm ocean breeze take all your cares away. And how could one forget the personal butler service and plunge pool located in every suite.