Hotel Spotlight: Amansara

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Earlier this fall, I traveled to South East Asia and explored a handful of places including the beautiful country of Cambodia! While it’s slightly off the beaten path, and somewhat less visited than it’s neighboring country Thailand, it is a destination not to be missed!

History enthusiasts will no doubt fall in love with Cambodia because it is home to the Angkor complex, an archaeological site filled with temples dating back to the 9th century. You can spend hours and even days exploring the different sites and really tapping into your inner Tomb Raider!

Within the complex you will find more than 1,000 temples all of which are in various conditions. Some have been immaculately preserved and restored.

While others are crumbling or completely overgrown by trees.

Angkor Wat is the main temple within the complex and is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. It is truly stunning in both its grand scale and incredible detail. Wat, Bayon and Banteay Srei are two of the other very popular temples within the complex. Make sure to carve out enough time to visit all three!

When visiting Cambodia I would highly recommend making Amansara your home. Amansara is located in a tranquil suburb of the bustling city of Siem Reap.

It is set amongst beautiful gardens and was previously the guesthouse of King Sihanouk but in recent years it was completely restored and updated. Amansara’s location is ideal for visiting the Angkor complex as it located near the archaeological park.

Amansara offers unrivaled luxury, with twenty-four suites that have an open-plan living with finishes in terrazzo and timber.

All of the rooms have a very calming decor with light colors, private courtyards and state-of-the-art amenities.

Twelve of the suites also come with their own private pool.

When staying at Amansara you have private guides to take you to the temples. They know the best times to visit each place and how to best experience every location to have the least amount of crowds. We were the very first ones to the top of Angkor Wat which was such a highlight!

The resort has two swimming pools; an eighty-two foot lap pool and a twenty-five foot curved swimming pool with a sundeck. There is also a delightful roof garden and terrace, which is the ideal spot to unwind after a long day of exploring the temples. 

Amansara has one of the most luxurious spas in all of Cambodia so make sure to carve out a day for relaxation and pampering.

Running parallel to a reflection pool, the spa is a tranquil sanctuary, where therapies make use of traditional Cambodian techniques and natural products. The spa offers many holistic therapies ranging from Reiki to energy rebalancing. Treatments also include a yoga session at sunrise, which makes for a complete and perfect day or relaxation.

There is an on-site restaurant serving Cambodian-centered cuisine and their menu changes daily with a focus on simple flavors, using organic produce directly from the local markets. For a unique experience, private dining is available at the resort’s rustic Khmer house at Angkor, where meals are prepared over charcoal to the sounds and sights of village life. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are also available at locations throughout the countryside as well as on the water. And finally, private dinners can be arranged inside one of the temples, accompanied by live musicians and dance performances.

Cambodia is a destination not to be missed and one that I am looking forward to returning to! If you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation to Amansara please email me. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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Hotel Spotlight: Palazzo Avino

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When you are searching for a destination that offers stunning views, an element of romance, and great food & wine – Italy is usually one of the first places that will come to mind. And while there are many amazing coastal destinations to explore throughout the coast, no place attracts more visitors than the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a postcard perfect destination, offering one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. Combine the delicious food, the unique coastline, the historic villas and the warm hospitality and you have the makings of a great Italian love story!

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The Amalfi Coast has some of the most beautiful properties that you’ll find anywhere in the world and they continually attract the most sophisticated and refined of travelers. With so many amazing options, it can be overwhelming selecting a hotel but one of my personal favorites is Palazzo Avino. I have been lucky to personally stay there on two occasions and absolutely loved each visit!

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I have also sent many clients to Palazzo Avino for their honeymoon and I always receive the most incredibly positive feedback!

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Palazzo Avino is a family-owned, five-star boutique hotel in the charming town of Ravello. Originally built in the 12th century, the property was once a private villa for an Italian noble family. Some of the original rooms still remain. It only opened as a hotel in 1997 and since that time it has been continually rated one of the world’s best properties.

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The hotel is perched high on the cliffs, 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea and it gives you the feeling that you are floating in the sky.

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The location is ideal because everything within the town of Ravello is a short and easy walk away including the beautiful Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Definitely carve out some time explore these historic villas and enjoy their stunning views.

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There are 30 rooms and 11 suites at Palazzo Avino, all of which are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The rooms also come with all of the modern amenities that you would need.

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Be sure to book one of their suites with a balcony and sea views. Trust me, it’s worth it!

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The property has a 65-foot, heated outdoor pool that is beautifully situated within the gardens, boasting amazing views of the sea and the mountains.

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There is also a full-service spa located next to the pool offering a wide array of treatments.

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There is an outdoor gym that is also located in the gardens with great views.

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And, if you’re looking to end your day with a beautiful sunset and a glass of Prosecco, be sure to visit the solarium on the rooftop. There are two whirlpools and it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

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For dining options, you can enjoy a candle light dinner served in their award-winning restaurant, Rossellinis or a more casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere. Both restaurants have amazing traditional Italian food. I recommend going to the lobster & martini bar before dinner to enjoy the incredible views of the sunset.

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Finally, Palazzo Avino has a beautiful Clubhouse by the Sea that is exclusive for hotel guests. It is located right on the water, a short fifteen-minute drive from the hotel and there is a complimentary shuttle to take you. The Clubhouse is the perfect spot for a relaxing day of swimming. Be sure to try the delicious pizza from their pizza oven!

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The Amalfi Coast is a destination not to be missed! If you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation to Palazzo Avino please email me. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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Hotel Spotlight: Bill & Coo Coast

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The Greek Islands are one of those quintessential island destinations that continue to allure the most seasoned of travelers. My most recent visit took me to the the chic island of Mykonos. Located in the Aegean Sea the island is known for having a cosmopolitan atmosphere with its exciting nightlife, picturesque Cycladic architecture and magnificent beaches.

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Mykonos can be a quiet and romantic destination for a couple looking to relax under the Aegean sun. There is no shortage of amazing beaches; some of my favorites included: Ornos, Paraga and Psarou.

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Mykonos is also home to some of the best beach clubs that you’ll find anywhere in the world. Partygoers seeking world renowned DJ’s will delight in the amazing music scene. The beach parties usually start in the afternoon and can go all day long – some even lasting until sundown. There are quite a few beach clubs to choose from but my favorite three are: Nammos , Scorpios, and Sol y Mar.

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Mykonos has amazing hotel options but I recommend making the Bill & Coo Coast your home when visiting the island. Bill & Coo Coast is a boutique, 5-star hotel on ten beautiful, beachfront acres.

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The hotel is in a quiet and secluded beachfront location that feels removed but is only a short ten minute drive from the town. They also have a sister property located in town, Bill & Coo Suites & Lounge and a complimentary shuttle runs throughout the day that can take you back and forth.

The property has very modern and chic décor but it still feels Greek. Each suite is decorated in an elegant style, with neutral tones and complemented by thoughtful amenities like enormous beds, crisp white fabrics and ultra-modern furnishings.

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There are fifteen expansive and well-appointed suites overlooking the sea, five of which have their own private pool.

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The hotel has a beautiful pool as well as a private beach area with a lounge bar that serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine and signature cocktails. The property also has some very unique service amenities such as providing each guest with a cell phone so that they are able to contact the hotel staff at anytime if there is something that they need or want.

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For dining, you have the option of enjoying a candlelight dinner under the moon or in the privacy of your suite from the set menu at Taverna. Finally, if you are seeking a fine-dining experience, you can enjoy the delicious food served at the signature gourmet restaurant at their sister property Bill & Coo Suites & Lounge. Both restaurants are run by award-winning chef Athinagoras Kostakos.

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Mykonos is a destination not to be missed! If you’d like to start planning your vacation at Bill & Coo Coast please email me. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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Hotel Spotlight: Amanera

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Amanera, meaning peaceful water, is nestled within the pristine Caribbean jungle, overlooking the mile-long golden sands of Playa Grande. This property is Aman’s first resort in the Dominican Republic as well as their first time pairing the unique and one-of-a-kind Aman experience with golf! Infused with the Aman spirit, it’s an exotic yet easily accessible destination, located a short 90 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.

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You will feel welcomed from the moment you land in the Dominican Republic. A representative from Amanera will greet you at the airport and escort you through a separate customs line as well as assist you with your baggage. You will then be transported to Amanera in a luxury car, where beautiful beaches and soft-golden sand await you.

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Amanera is peacefully secluded with a gorgeous private beach. There are just 25 beautiful villas, with sleek and modern décor as well as the latest high-tech features. If you want more privacy, book one of their villas with a private pool.

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The resort has both indoor & outdoor restaurants with delicious food and excellent service. For the duration of our stay, their staff was extremely attentive and kind. If you want a truly unique experience, have them arrange a private beach dinner or setup drinks and appetizers for you on Hole 17, which is the best location to catch an unforgettable sunset.

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While visiting Amanera you can stay as busy or relaxed as you please. The property has an incredible infinity pool that overlooks the golden sands of Playa Grande and an excellent golf course right on the water as well as a luxury spa and fitness & yoga facilities. If you want to explore the island, nearby boat trips are offered as well as surfing and water activities. There are also great hiking trails easily accessible from the property.

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The combination of style and comfort makes this beautiful resort the perfect destination for your honeymoon. Please email me if you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation at Amanera. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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Hotel Spotlight: Song Saa, Cambodia

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Located in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. They are known locally as Song Saa – Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’. Perfect for couples who are looking for a private island getaway, Song Saa offers incredible scenery, food, culture and luxury. You can spend your days at the spa, doing yoga on the beach, scuba diving, dining at their world class restaurant or relaxing in your infinity edge swimming pool. “Song Saa Private Island is as seductive as the name implies. Think intimate. Think luxurious. But above all think harmony – with all the elements of nature that make this place so special.” Take a look through these photos and I’m sure you’ll agree that Song Saa would make for an incredibly intimate and memorable honeymoon experience!  

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Gorgeous, right?! If Song Saa speaks to you, send me an email to get started planning your dream honeymoon at this incredible resort.

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