Hotel Spotlight: La Reserve Paris

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Paris is the City of Love. It is the City of the Lights. It is the epicenter of all things chic, beautiful, romantic and timeless. Whether you’re visiting with the love of your life, a group of friends, or exploring on your own, this city will take your breath away! Paris is filled with some of the most beautiful and iconic buildings and no visit would be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tour, Arc De Triomphe, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Art lovers will find no shortage of amazing museums to explore with classic pieces housed at the Louvre or the amazing collection of impressionist pieces at the Musee d’Orsay.

The dining options in Paris are also endless, as it is home to one of the largest selections of Michelin restaurants. If you’ve come to shop, Champs-Élysées offers some of the chicest couture you will find anywhere in the world! And finally, if you’re an architecture buff, you will delight in the diverse mix of styles, everything ranging from Gothic to Art Deco to Baroque to Art Nouveau to Renaissance to Classic French.

Paris is filled with so many amazing and unique hotel options but on my most recent visit, I made La Reserve Paris my home and everything about my stay was incredible! You can’t beat the location of this property.


It is comfortably nestled off the Champs-Elysées, and overlooks the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and the Concorde.

The hotel has the elegance of a 19th century urban mansion but provides a private club atmosphere, where only guests may access the library, smoking lounge, pool and fitness center.

La Reserve Paris is a boutique property with only 26 rooms and 14 suites, each having its own charm and personality.

All of the accommodations are spacious and comfortable, featuring custom silk walls, velvet drapes, contemporary paintings, antique bronze sculptures and brocade taffeta. You will be well taken care of during your stay, as every room and suite has a personal butler.


There is an intimate spa on property, with only three treatment rooms. They offer some of the world’s finest anti-aging treatments using Nescens products from Switzerland and they can tailor any service to your exact personal needs. You’ll also find one of the city’s only indoor pools as well as a fitness center. Guests can also request private yoga, pilates or personal training sessions.

Finally, the property has two amazing restaurants with gastronomic offerings from acclaimed chef Jerome Banctel. Le Gabriel is the double-Michelin-starred restaurant. I suggest ordering the tasting menu so that you can have a thorough introduction to the seasonal French cuisine. La Pagode is the second option, offering incredible dishes with a spicy flair.

If you want to take your trip to the next level, charter a private helicopter to give you an aerial tour of the City of Lights.

After you’ve admired the architecture and city streets from above, let your captain whisk you away to the Château de Ferrières for a relaxing lunch at Le Baron.

The restaurant is perfectly situated inside a beautiful 19th century French chateau and you can explore the amazing buildings and grounds after you dine.



Paris is the perfect destination for a romantic vacation or honeymoon! If you’d like to start planning your trip to La Reserve Paris please email me. Not only will you be VIP guests but you will receive daily breakfast, 100 euros spa credit, complimentary airport transfers (for 3-night stays) and top priority for room upgrades.

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Bon Voyage!

Italy & Greece

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I had the pleasure of planning a much deserved trip for the talented wedding photographer Ala Cortez and her husband to Greece and Italy. They hopped between Greece and Italy, and enjoyed all of the charm of Santorini, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome. You can see all their photos and read the full post on her blog, but I’ve included a beautifully written excerpt from Ala that highlights how the smallest experiences make the biggest and most lasting impacts.

It was things like driving a manual transmission car, in the rain, on foreign windy roads as we made our way to San Gimignano, Italy. Sitting on the steps of the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo, huddled around a cup of the best pistachio gelato in the world, watching the amateur orchestra perform. Tear-filled life talks over beers in Florence. Biking along the walls surrounding Lucca, overlooking the charming city. Walking into a tiny Sorrento storefront and letting a man who spoke no english whatsoever make sandals for me with his own two hands. Or my favorite day, renting a boat in Capri driving around the entire island stopping for a swim in the Grotta Verde, parking our boat to share lunch and a bottle of prosecco and finally, driving through the Faraglioni. What a glorious day! – Ala Cortez

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Thanks so much Ala for sharing your adventures!  It’s always good to take a trip to explore the world and enjoy one another. I love creating getaways for couples and I look forward to making a custom itinerary that suits your exact style. Let’s start planning!

Photo Credit: Ala Cortez

Bon Voyage!

My Travels to St Lucia – Part Two

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Now that you know about the delicious food, drinks and fun you can enjoy at The BodyHoliday Resort in St Lucia from my earlier post, I have something to admit. It’s true, most of my vacations are typically a lot of eating, drinking, and beach lounging (as you may have noticed). If you’re like me, my idea of exercise on a trip consists of walking from my hotel room to the beach. This certainly wasn’t the case at The BodyHoliday Resort though!

I had checked out the activity list before I arrived, and was little intimidated to say the least. I ended up trying so many fun activities, and I still managed to sneak in some relaxing beach time, a few spa treatments, and helicopter ride too!

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These views are from their unbelievable spa, which worth mentioning again is that a spa treatment every day is included with your stay. So soak in the view without thinking about your wallet!

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All of their activities are also included, and they offer something for everyone. This includes archery, scuba diving, water skiing, ocean swim tours, spinning classes, and so much more – take a look at the board, and that was just on Monday!

I heard someone at the resort say that The BodyHoliday Resort strives to have your vacation experience last longer than your tan lines, hoping that you bring some things you learned home with you.  I tried pilates for the first time at the resort and really enjoyed it, so I’ve started going to classes back home. I guess you can say they know what they are doing!

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Since the resort is on the opposite side of the island as the airport, I took a helicopter ride on the way back which was so cool!  The views from the sky were so incredible.  The island is so lush and green, and the views of the coastline were gorgeous.  It was the the absolute perfect way to end an amazing time in St Lucia!

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The BodyHoliday Resort in St Lucia is the best of both worlds. They have so much going on all the time, on your honeymoon you’ll have limitless options either to relax, to try activites, or jump over to the spa.

If you think you’d like to spend your first newlywed nights here just contact me!

Bon Voyage!

My First Trip to St Lucia – Part One

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Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the fabulous BodyHoliday Resort in St Lucia. This was my first time in St Lucia and I was  excited to check it out after hearing such great things. BodyHoliday is an all inclusive resort that not only covers your meals, drinks and a ton of activities, but also a spa treatment every day! You heard me. Every day. Heaven!

I enjoyed some of the best food and drinks (just take a look at the restaurants – including TAO). I really enjoyed how BodyHoliday  prides itself on using lots of fresh local ingredients and also offering many healthy options. The drinks, well, let’s just say I have no complaints there either!

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The island is so green, lush and beautiful and the people are incredibly warm and friendly. Beautiful beaches can be enjoyed from a bed, hammock or lounge chair. That’s not to mention the beachside cocktail service available to you.

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For fun at night, you can have your pick of a piano bar or a beach bar with live music. One of the best experiences I had was their sunset cocktail cruise followed by a BBQ dinner on the beach which they host for guests on Friday evenings.

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Many of my clients are worried about getting bored at a beach destination.  No chance of that happening here!  Next post will be about all of the fun activities that this amazing resort has to offer.  If that sounds like your honeymoon wish list contact me!

On Thursday I’ll cover the rest of my trip to St Lucia and tell you what I tried for the very first time!

Bon Voyage!

Wedding Bloggers Holiday in St Barths

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All aboard! Jillian from 100 Layer Cake, Leila from Inspired by This, Jen from Green Wedding Shoes, Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, and our lovely photographer Jen Huang (along with all of our men) jumped onboard a boat for quick ride from Anguilla to enjoy the second part of the trip on the incredible island of St Barths.

I little insight into my love of these two islands starts with how they both offer such different experiences despite being so close to one another.  Anguilla is super laid back and slow moving, with funky beach bars serving rum punch cocktails, and steel drum music.  Arrive at St Barths for an incredibly European feel with beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, a cute town, and exciting nightlife.

Our home during our time in St Barths was Hotel Le Toiny, my absolute favorite hotel in St Barths!  This hotel features 15 private villas, each with a private pool and ocean views!  It’s located in a really private and secluded area of the island, but still just a short drive to the incredible beaches, shops, and restaurants on the island.  And one of my favorite things about this hotel is the amazing breakfast each morning, which you can choose to enjoy in your villa or to have in their restaurant.

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We had so much fun during our time in St Barths!  The first night we headed over to Hotel Carl Gustaf at Victoria’s Restaurant for an unbelievable three-course wine pairing dinner.  The restaurant hosts gorgeous views of the main town in St Barths called Gustavia. Oh my goodness their salted carmel dessert was just heavenly!

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The following evening we had drinks and appetizers at On The Rocks at Hotel Eden Rock which we loved!  It was a perfect evening with great company, and the most amazing food!  I would highly recommend having dinner there one evening while in St Barths!

The next day we headed over to Gouveneur Beach.  Hotel Le Toiny provided towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, and a picnic lunch.  This was not your average beach picnic – we were blown away by the most incredible lunch spread! Yum!

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Needless to say this trip was a complete success and we all had an unforgettable time. If you haven’t had chance to check out our time in Anguilla you definitely need to. I would also recommend perusing all the ladies blogs as well, they did a beautiful job capturing the trip!

A special offer for you honeymooners! Contact me to book your honeymoon at Hotel Le Toiny and you will receive a complimentary picnic lunch to bring to the beach one afternoon!


Planning: Ever After Honeymoons
Hotel: Hotel Le Toiny
Photographer: Jen Huang

Bon Voyage!