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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EAH Benefits: Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

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Royal Davui Island Resort located in Fiji is an adult-only boutique luxury island resort. It is all-inclusive and features 16 private suites, all equipped with private pools and an ocean view. The most popular activity and the Royal Davui is the Sand Cay picnic, pictured below. Doesn’t it look like a dreamy way to spend a few hours with your loved one?!

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THE SCOOP
Private island resort with 15 private bures, each with a private pool and ocean views. Resort is inclusive of all meals and many activities.

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THE PERKS
Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability) and a complimentary 50 minute massage.

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MORE INFO
View this real honeymoon for some packing tips from one of my clients! If you want more information about this incredible resort, please email me!

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Travel Diaries: Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay, Hawaii

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I just shared a hotel Spotlight on Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay, and now I want to share my personal experience! I definitely recommend this resort to any couple who is looking for a laid back, tropical vibe on their honeymoon. The island of Lanai is fairly big, but only has the Four Seasons on the beach, a Four Seasons Lodge on the hillside (which has a more mountain lodge feeling), and a very small town. The rest of the island is empty! It’s so beautiful! The arrival experience was great. You fly into Hololulu, where someone meets you at the gate, drives you to the other airport and it has a nice lounge with drinks and snacks. You check in to the hotel in the lounge so you can go right to your room when you arrive in Lanai.  Then just a quick flight from Honolulu to Lanai, drive to the hotel, and you are in paradise!

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There is a frequent shuttle between the two Four Seasons resorts so you can easily visit both, and each resort has such a unique vibe! We stayed on the beach and had dinner at the lodge one night which was really nice. Then one day we rented a hummer and drove around the island. Everywhere was so beautiful and completely empty!

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Then also be sure to hike out to Sweetheart Rock.  It is a very easy hike from the Four Seasons at Manele Bay and the views are incredible!

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The resort is currently undergoing a lot of updates, so it will be even more amazing once those are complete.  Lanai is such a gorgeous island and perfect if you want something a little off the beaten path and more unique. And clients of Ever After Honeymoons receive complimentary breakfast daily, a $100 hotel credit, and an upgrade whenever available.

Email me if you’d like to find out more about the resort and if you’d like help planning your honeymoon!

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The Louise Australia

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If you’re thinking about taking a trip “down under” you definitely will not be disappointed no matter where you end up!  Australia is not only stunning with both sandy beaches and red rock terrain, but you can go on adventures that are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!
When clients come to me with Australia on the mind, The Louise in Australia in Barossa Valley is the first place I think of.  It’s a really unique boutique style hotel with an incredible restaurant and it’s a great base for exploring the vineyard rich region.  They even have some really cool experiences like Breakfast with the Kangaroos, wine tasting, and cooking school!
Italy or Napa Valley might be the first place that comes to mind when planning a wine tasting adventure, but the Barossa Valley in Australia is full of gorgeous vineyards and delicious wines!  The Louise sits right in the heart of the valley and offers tons of opportunities to experience it all in some amazing ways.
If you’re interested in booking a trip to The Louise or anywhere else in Australia, shoot me an email, I’d love to help!
Happy travels!

Bon Voyage!