Real Honeymoon: St.Barths and Anguilla

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Today we’re sharing a real honeymoon from Kevin & Courtney. They were initially thinking of going to Europe for their honeymoon, but once I suggested St.Barths and Anguilla for them they were sold! Courtney was kind enough to answer a few questions below about their favorite parts of their honeymoon at Hotel Le Toiny in St.Barths and the Viceroy Anguilla.

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Where did you go?
St. Barths (Hotel Le Toiny) & Anguilla (Viceroy Anguilla Resort)

Why did you decide on these destinations?
We wanted to go somewhere totally new. We considered Europe but after filling out the questionnaire and hearing about St. Barts and Anguilla we were sold!

What did you like about the destinations you traveled to?
St. Barths was our favorite place we have ever been to. It’s such a remote island and simply beautiful. We loved everything about it the culture, the FOOD, the remote beaches, the people and all the sights to see. Anguilla was completely different, such a beautiful island with the carribean vibe. The beaches were the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen with white sand and the bluest water. They also had so many great food places outside of the resort it was so awesome going to places like Blanchards Beach Shack, eating with your toes in the sand and admiring the beautiful water.

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Did you receive any special honeymoon amenities or upgrades?
In St. Barths we were upgraded to a full villa. It was so beautiful we could live there forever! We also were greeted with champagne and delicious desserts. In Anguilla we were greeted with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries which was great after a day of traveling! We also had a spa credit and used it towards a couple massage which was simply amazing.

If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite honeymoon memory?
St. Barths was definitely getting to our villa and seeing our pool and view and feeling like rockstars. Also when we found Gouvernor Beach we absolutely loved it there and felt like we were in a dream. In Anguilla was definitely the day we chartered a private catamaran through Le Chocolat.It was the best day cruising around the crystal clear water and stopping at Sandy Island for lunch.

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Is there anything you would tell other couples planning their honeymoon?
Definitely be opened minded to somewhere totally new. It’s your honeymoon so dream big and go for it! If you pick St. Barths definitely stay at Le Toiny and rent a car but be careful driving! It takes a while to get used to the rugged terrain. In Anguilla go to as many restaurants as you can so much good food. In Viceroy defintely go to Coba and get the Mahi Mahi it was the best ever!

What 3 words would you use to describe your honeymoon?
Breathtaking, Secluded and Amazing Food!

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Do you want to book a honeymoon to St.Barths or Anguilla? Email me and let’s get started!

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Real Honeymoon: Mike and Cate in Bali

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Mike and Cate wanted a honeymoon filled with adventure, relaxation, and no rain, and Bali was the perfect fit! Read about their amazing honeymoon below.

From Cate and Mike

“Katie was incredible in helping us plan our once in a lifetime honeymoon. We started the trip in Uluwatu at the Bvlgari. We were picked up in style, swept through customs, and taken to our paradise for the next few days. The hotel was i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.le. Katie was able to get us an upgrade to an Ocean Cliff Villa. We mostly relaxed and indulged (they have the BEST Nasi Goreng for breakfast!) but really enjoyed getting away to the Uluwatu temple for the Balinese Kecak fire dance at sunset.

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Our next stop was the Oberoi in Seminyak. It is a true Balinese style resort and the oldest in the area. In Seminyak we indulged in amazing restaurants and body surfed in the Indian Ocean. We took one daytrip to the Nirwana Golf Club for a breathtaking golf experience (there are 13 temples on the property with three holes running along the Indian Ocean, not to mention the rice patties… simply breathtaking). The concierge and General Manager at the Oberoi made fantastic recommendations; it didn’t hurt we got upgraded to a Luxury Villa with an ocean view and complimentary breakfast!

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Our last stop was the Uma Ubud. We got another private transfer (one of the only things in addition to booking our flights and hotel we actually planned!) and spent the day stopping at batik and wood carving shops. The Uma Ubud was beautiful, very different from the first two ocean front resorts but the best place for more adventure. We got another upgrade, this time to a Pool Villa overlooking the Balinese jungle. The sleek and modern hotel was the perfect setting to relax from our days of touring the Monkey Forest and exploring Ubud. We experienced a purification ceremony at the Tirta Empul, an authentic Balinese cooking class, and ended our time in Bali with an amazing dinner at Mozaic.

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Australia & New Zealand Real Honeymoon

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Reynolds and Lukas Hartwich celebrated their honeymoon with the most incredible 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand!  They had so many incredible experiences and got to enjoy many gorgeous destinations.  It was the perfect honeymoon for this couple looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure!

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From Lukas & Reynolds Hartwich

“When my husband and I were discussing options for our honeymoon we knew we were looking for adventure, excitement and an unforgettable experience. Australia and New Zealand would be the perfect destinations for us! Our next move would be our wisest when we chose to book our vacation through Katie at Ever After Honeymoons. Between wedding planning, buying a home, work and everyday life… coordinating a three week escape can be very overwhelming. Katie took the pressure right off of us by booking our flights, hotels and excursions. Ever After Honeymoons was our one stop shop for everything honeymoon related and it was truly the trip of a lifetime!

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While in Kaikoura we stayed at our absolute favorite hotel; The Hapuku Lodge. Words can’t describe the splendor of this location. We were upgraded to a luxurious suite at the lodge which overlooked the Kaikoura Mountain Range. It included our own living room, fire place, balcony and spa tub. Not to mention the staff at the location was beyond accommodating. They made us feel right at home, even making me gluten free cookies for my special dietary needs. Every day they had a cooked breakfast and a three-course dinner prepared for us by their remarkable chef. The food was fresh, local and exceptionally delicious. We could have stayed for weeks! While in Kaikoura we also visited the breathtaking beach nearby the lodge and had the chance to interact with the New Zealand Fur Seals which are local to the area. Kaikoura was extraordinary!

Looking back we are so delighted that we chose Australia and New Zealand and very pleased that we were able to see so much of both countries in just three weeks! It was a trip we will talk about for the rest of our lives. My advice to fellow honeymooners is pick a destination that reflects both of your interests, give yourself a few days to recuperate from the wedding before you leave and book your getaway through Ever After Honeymoons to avoid added stress and truly maximize your precious time while on vacation. It was a wise decision that made all the difference for us!”

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Amalfi Coast

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Emily and Dane recently celebrated their honeymoon on the beautiful Almafi Coast and instead of me telling you about how it was, Emily wrote about the trip herself! Read about her favorite moments of gelato, getting lost, and an unforgettable romantic dinner.
 
Emily: 
“As die-hard Michiganders, our vacations rarely include a trip out of state, let alone a luxurious once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy. And so, we soaked up every moment of bliss, from the posh hotels and breathtaking views to the unending cups of cappuccino and fresh seafood. When I think of our most perfect honeymoon, the moments that come to mind include departing the JK Place Hotel of Capri on a GEM car, waving back as the entire staff gives us a heartfelt send-off and our arrival to Positano, greeted by a luggage courier who didn’t know quite enough English (nor did we know enough Italian) to instruct us to the hotel. With that, we started with a few scoops of gelato, and set out to find Le Sirenuse; which we did, but not without a few misguided turns and a lot of laughs.”

“We loved our chic and sophisticated accommodations at Palazzo Avino, which was only a few steps away from the quaint village center. Each afternoon we would visit the grocer for a small package of fresh salami and cheese to take with us back to our room for an afternoon snack before dinner. Finding ourselves without any euros one day, that kind grocer even sent us off with our goods and simply asked that we come back the next day with payment! I didn’t know that kind of doing business even existed anymore! But it does in Ravello, like something out of a favorite novel or movie. Speaking of something out of a movie, our last evening included a romantic dinner at Villa Maria’s and our own private concert back at Palazzo Avino. As the pianist sang “Have I Told You Lately” and we danced, I couldn’t help but shed a tear thinking of just how blessed Dane and I have been to have found each other, and to have started our marriage in the most perfect fashion, on the Amalfi Coast. Ok, I was a little sad to be going home the next day too ;)” 

If you’re interested in booking your special honeymoon to the Almafi Coast like Emily did, contact me here! 

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The Viceroy Anguilla

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While I love planning honeymoons for couples in newlywed bliss, I have a special soft spot for this anniversary trip I planned for Garret and Katie.  They were never able to take a true honeymoon after their big day so needless to say, seven years later, they were ready!  With such high expectations for this trip, I knew I wanted to make it ten days that they would never forget!

Who better to tell you how much they enjoyed their trip to The Viceroy Anguilla and share some photos than Katie herself…

First off, I think you can see our excitement.  Thanks, Katie, for making this “honeymoon” a reality.  We’re so incredibly thankful.

Offering five restaurants, two beaches, and three pools, the Viceroy made it difficult to leave the resort.  What more could we ask for?  We were, however, walking distance to several restaurants along Meads Bay which included Blanchard’s Beach Shack (they have a delicious Mahi Mahi BLT), The Straw Hat, and Jacala.  Coba was, by far, our best meal.  Exceptional service (they even offered complimentary champagne in celebration of our “honeymoon”), mouth-watering red snapper and ahi, and a decadent chocolate dessert.  Yummy!

Calming and luxurious, our hotel room (aka mini mansion) with its enormous bed and deep-soaking tub was an oasis. After a day lounging at Meads Bay or the infinity pool, one of my favorite aspects of our hotel was when we walked into our room we were greeted by the smell of fresh, citrusy peppermint.  It was so refreshing.  I wish I could encapsulate that smell and live with it permanently.  It’s the small things!

We ventured out to see one of the first resorts on the island, Cap Juluca, because we knew it had primo choice when selecting its location over 25 years ago.  Although the resort can’t compare to the Viceroy, it does offer one of the most breathtaking views of crystal clear blue water and white sand.  We felt like we were on another planet; there were only three other people there!  It was fun to take a jaunt over for part of day!

Breakfast at Aleta’s was the way to start the morning and how could anyone go wrong with this view!

I’m so happy they had a great time at one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean.  If you are interested in booking your own trip here, click here to let me know!

Bon Voyage!