Real Honeymoon: Justin and Chelsea

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Today, we’re sharing Justin and Chelsea’s amazing 2.5 week honeymoon in Greece, Croatia and Paris!

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“Justin and I were very excited for our wedding but very VERY excited for our honeymoon. There aren’t many times in your life when you can get away with taking a two and a half week vacation with the man you love and boy it could not come at a better time having spent the last 8 months planning and coordinating a wedding! If we could give one piece of honeymoon advice it would be to take it two days after your wedding and not wait. We liked having a day after the wedding to come home and gather our bearings and make sure we had everything packed and weren’t leaving anything and then take off! You’re on such a high from the wedding that even traveling to Greece from CA (15 hours) flew by because we were so busy going over and over the wedding weekends details and revelling in all the love we just felt.”

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“Going to Athens for twos days was amazing because we used the first day to sleep a little after the long travel day and experience the night life on a rooftop bar in the main suqare. The second day we were able to explore Athens and see all the really cool historic monuments.”

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“Santorini was hands down the most spectacular and beautiful place I’ve EVER been. We stayed in Oia which is a side of the island that has the best sunsets and the most gorgeous hotels. We loved Santorini as the first place of our honeymoon because we could relax, unwind enjoy the sun and get into pure vacation mode. Going through EA Honeymoons was amazing too because every place we went had amazing “special honeymoon gifts” from a couple’s massage to a day on a Sail Boat.”

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

“After 6 days of waking up, eating a massive delicious breakfast, laying out, going to drinks and dinner and repeating day after day, we went to Dubrovnik, Croatia. We did venture into town one day and wandered around the old city which felt like a hybrid of Costa Rica and Italy with the laid back beachy feel being right on the water and the cobble stone streets and old city. 3 days was perfect to see everything.”

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“Last we ventured to magnifique Paris! When people say that it’s the most romantic place in the world they’re not lying! It is the PERFECT place for a honeymoon and I’m so glad we experienced it together.”

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“What also made the honeymoon so incredible was having Katie who had planned it perfectly! She found hotels that matched the criteria we were looking for and we didn’t have to worry about figuring out all the details and coordinating while we were doing that for the wedding. The other amazing benefit was that everywhere we stayed knew and loved her so they treated us like royalty! Each place had champgane, or chocolates, or sweet notes welcoming us which always was a great way to start a trip. It was also so nice that if there was an issue that came up like Air France going on strike two days before coming home (yes this happened) Katie was always available and quick to respond and kept us at ease and helped us get through anything.”

What an incredible honeymoon, right?! Sound like the vacation for you? Email me to get started on your next trip!

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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.

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“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.
 
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“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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