I’m so excited to share Amanda and Tim’s amazing French Polynesia honeymoon today! Amanda is one of the creative geniuses behind 100 Layer Cake and had one of the most gorgeous weddings (that was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings). I knew I wanted to create a honeymoon that was their laid-back style but also had some really fun and adventurous aspects to it.
They started out by flying to Tahiti and immediately hopped on a boat to a little island called Taha’a. I decided they would love the gorgeous Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa where they could relax in a comfy beach villa with bamboo walls, palapa roofts, and chic furnishings.
It’s the perfect place to feel pampered but still experience the island vibe. There they were able to doze in the sun, snorkel and swim in the amazing crystal clear waters, and sip away on delicious tropical cocktails.
Next stop was Bora Bora! This is one of the most famous island in French Polynesia and there are a ton of different resort options along the beaches. Amanda and Tim decided to stay at the dreamy Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Bora Bora is full of turquoise water, white sand, and ridiculous views everywhere you turn. The property is stocked with outdoor beds for napping, infiniti pools, and ocean side palapas (straw cabanas) to enjoy the ocean breeze.
You can’t forget to hit up the spa for a couple’s massage like Amanda and Tim did while overlooking the lagoon in a tropical hibiscus valley.
Congrats Amanda and Tim! I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon as much as I enjoyed planning it!!
Erica and Andrew fell in love with Belize and plan to go back! What is better than exploring a new country and dying to go back? Take a trip down their honeymoon memory lane.
Matachica Resort and Spa “A luxurious yet laid-back resort with wonderful staff and accommodations. Our casita’s breathtaking view was directly facing the Carribean Sea. We went snorkeling at the 2nd largest barrier reef and actually swam with nurse sharks and sting rays!”
Favorite memories at Matachica “The spa was wonderful and our massages felt great after a full-day adventure at the Lamanai Mayan ruins. The resort included complimentary kayaks or bicycles, but most of the time we preferred to relax with a drink on our hammock and enjoy the clear blue water on the beaches. The food at Mambo was unbelievable; a mix of Creole and Carribean flavors with fresh seafood, beef, fruit and vegetables of unique combinations.”
“Ka’ana Resort is located inland in the heart of the mountains and jungle, and what a change it was from San Pedro! The resort was 5-star quality with excellent service and attention to detail, and our room got upgraded too!”
Adventure + Indulgence “Our favorite tour by far was the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, where we swam and climbed our way through dark tunnels to find Mayan ruins and history. It was definitely the highlight of our trip and worth a trip to San Ignacio while in Belize. The food and drinks were excellent and we even got to enjoy a poolside romantic dinner on our last night created by one of the staff.”
You better Belizeit! The people of Belize were so friendly and made us feel welcome everywhere we went. There was a great mix of secluded luxury and historic adventure.
With the arrival of cooler temperatures and horizon of colored leaves I’m thinking one thing… fall, fall fall! One of the best places to travel to during this season is Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Jayson and Jamie knew what they wanted. They desired a small and relaxed hotel with a boutique feel, but dreaded the idea of planning, researching or budgeting. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita was the perfect option. It offers the best of both worlds with its boutique style quality and all-inclusive rates.
From the newlyweds: “We LOVED Zoetry! The resort was so incredibly beautiful and so peaceful. Our room was a spacious suite with a private patio and plunge pool, so we felt like we were able to make ourselves at home for the week we were there. But most of all, the people that worked at the resort were the most kind, hospitable people we have ever met! They provided second mile service our whole trip and made it so special and memorable.”
Yummy! All-inclusive means that everything from sushi to guacamole is one request away to arriving at your room or to the pool.
Upgrade me! “Our particular booking, we got the honeymoon package, which included an 80-minute couples massage on the dock, a private dinner on the beach, a special turn-down service one night, and several other romantic activities! We were also upgraded on our flight down to Zoetry!”
Honeymoon tips: “Figure out what’s most important for you and prioritize that. We knew we wanted to relax, so we avoided sight-seeing trips or destinations that were really far away from where we live in Atlanta. Traveling to Zoetry was so easy, and we didn’t have to think about a single thing while we were there – which is exactly what we wanted!”
If you’re looking for a “peaceful, romantic, and easy” honeymoon contact me! I’m happy to make your honeymoon all this and more.
More and more couples these days are creating bucket lists of destinations they want to travel to, either before their first baby or before other big life decisions. A honeymoon is the perfect way to begin crossing places off that list. For Latoya and Justin, they always dreamed of traveling to London and Paris.
Special honeymoon tradition “Adding our lock to the bridge in Paris was definitely a unique experience. It was nice to do something special to us that was also a local tradition.”
A memorable moment for the newlyweds was the Vespa tour they took in Paris. On a Vespa you’re able to see so many historical sites and get the best information from the tour guide along the way. They also thought it was so much fun to be riding the streets of Paris with the locals.
While in Paris “You should go to a wine and cheese tasting lunch at O’Chateau. We learned so much about French wine while enjoying several kinds of meats and cheeses as well.”
While in London “You should go for fish and chips to a place called Rock Sole that Katie recommended to us. We found it small, casual and the best place for England’s most famous meal.”
Tips from honeymooners “Make sure you are prepared for all types of weather. We packed for all warm weather and London and Paris are both having cold summers this year. We ended up buying more jackets while we were over there.”
Upgrade me “Our hotel in London and Paris both had champagne waiting for us to congratulate us on getting married!”
I’d so delighted to share this honeymoon in Costa Rica with you!
Bonnie and Brett wanted a place with sunny beaches, but also the opportunity for adventure. I knew just where to send them, Costa Rica! It was exciting for them visit a country they had never been to and where Bonnie could practice her Spanish!
Straight from the source: We just competely loved the people, as well as the amazing scenery: Arenas del Mar, which overlooked the beautiful western coast of Costa Rica, and El Silencio, which sat in a valley surrounded by the rainforest covered mountains of the country’s central region. We were spoiled at every turn, and were constantly surprised by the level of service provided.
Honeymoon tips: We would tell other couples to go in with open minds and really try to soak in the culture of the place you visit. Get to know the people, the food, the language and the culture so you’ll feel like you really appreciated every moment of your trip. Our decision to rent a car helped us take in everything at our own pace and definitely added the element of adventure.
Adventure & wildlife galore: We loved our hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, where we were able to search for animals (e.g. white faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, etc.), plants and flora so unlike anything either of us had seen. We took every “off the beaten path” hiking path we could find and really felt like we were discovering the park on our own!
They’ll never forget: Our favorite memory would definitely be our morning walks on the beach at Arenas del Mar. We were able to take in the scenery, while still enjoying each other’s company and basically have the beach to ourselves.
Upgrade me! They received a honeymoon welcome at Arenas del Mar when they came back from dinner to chocolate strawberries, candles everywhere and rose petals on the bed. At El Silencio, they received a free massage and a special honeymoon welcome note.
From one pair of newlyweds to the next, if you’re looking for “Unique, beautiful and tranquil” Costa Rica was made for you! Let’s talk and I’ll tailor a honeymoon just for you!