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A Return to Cap Juluca, and Classic Caribbean Luxury

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Once upon a time, when I was brand new to travel writing, I got an invitation to go to Cap Juluca resort in Anguilla. I had no idea where Anguilla was exactly, but had heard of Cap Juluca because of the celeb fan base (Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Bill Gates…the list goes on…). At the time, I had traveled, but in a college budget-type way. That trip was an eye-opener to what a luxury hotel experience could be, and in some ways set the course for where my life would go. I’ll never forget sipping a welcome glass of champs on that amazing beach; my first experience with a in-room  …

Honeymoon Travel Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Take It Slow

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I love talking to couples about travel. Some of them are more excited about the honeymoon than they are about their weddings! Which may seem odd to their in-laws and wedding planner, but as an avid traveler myself, I totally get it.
But here’s a travel tip: Your honeymoon is an extremely important trip, no doubt — that’s why we make it our business! But it’s not the only trip you’ll ever take as a couple; it’s just the first of many in a lifetime of travel together. I speak to a lot of couples who want to cram as much as possible into their  …

See our Top Travel Must-Haves on Twirl New York

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Whether you travel once a year or once a week, it’s important to be comfortable on the road. After all, if the journey is the destination, you want the journey to be a good one! I’ve picked up quite a few tricks in my 15+ years of globe-trotting, and was so exited when one of my fave magazines, Twirl New York, asked me to share my favorite travel products.
Some of my fave discoveries, I run into while traveling. Take this one. I was in the Caribbean visiting The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas when I noticed someone using a Eminence Sun Defense Minerals powder sunscreen, and I was intrigued  …

Meet Jicaro, A Romantic Eco Resort in Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a romantic private-island resort in NicaraguaJicaro Island Ecolodge, a romantic private-island resort in Nicaragua

The buzz is growing about Nicaragua. The Central America country is undergoing a tourism renaissance, and our recent visit found a lot of romantic eco resort options — including Jicaro Island Ecolodge, an unexpected treasure.
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See Our Latest Travel Picks in the Spring 2016 Issue of Destination I Do!

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Pardon my braggy moment, but I was so excited to go to my bookstore today and see the latest issue of Destination I Do! I travel a lot, scouting for clients and writing about top honeymoon and wedding spots for various magazines. Destination I Do is one of my favorites; they share my undying passion for travel, and are some of the smartest, kindest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.
For this issue, I headed to Los Cabos, Mexico, which is a fave spot personally as well as for weddings and honeymoons, thanks to the abundance of great hotels, gorgeous natural beauty and the fact that  …

Key Advice for Picking the Right Honeymoon Spot

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As a honeymoon planner, questions come with the job. Most often, they take some form of the following: Where should I honeymoon? What’s the best honeymoon spot? What’s your all-time favorite honeymoon spot?
I love sharing my knowledge, gained by years of firsthand travel around the world as a travel writer and wedding-mag editor. But the truth is, there’s no easy answer to those questions. I love Africa, but I also love Tahiti. And New Orleans. And Thailand. And Tuscany. And so much more. The list goes on and on, and new places are constantly being added as I continue to  …

2016 Life Lessons from Engage!15: Four Seasons Orlando

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I have been lucky enough to be involved with Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits from its inception, and can truly say that attending these conferences has changed my business, and my life. I’ve made dear friends, built incredible relationships with top event pros around the world, and garnered insight into life and business. And beyond all that, I’ve had a ridiculous amount of fun! The most recent Engage! took place in November 2015, at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Here are my key takeaways:
The Welcome Party: Take New Inspiration from an Old Classic.
The Engage! kick-off party took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is  …

Globetrotter: Photographer Laura Grier on Romantic Bali

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Photographer Laura Grier is always on the move — be it shooting destination weddings and engagement shoots around the world with her company Beautiful Day Photography, or capturing the work of indigenous craftspeople in developing countries with NOVICA/National Geographic. As much as she likes to go someplace new, she also keeps returning to one special place: Bali, Indonesia. Here is her take from her most recent trip there, and the honeymoon-perfect hotel she fell in love with.
Bali always feels like home, every time I land here. There is something nostalgic and romantic about being here. It’s like how a certain smell or song can bring  …

Architectural Digest-Worthy Villas for a Destination Wedding or Special Occasions

Casona Don Carlos in Nicaragua, photo courtesy of Mukul ResortCasona Don Carlos in Nicaragua, photo courtesy of Mukul Resort

I loooove hotels; few things make me happier than scoping out a new resort, or revisiting an old favorite to see how its changed. But hotels aren’t the only way to go for luxury travel — there are some spectacular villas out there, offering a different take on the luxury experience. For instance, Villa Manzu in Costa Rica comes with household staff and a garage filled with surfboards and kayaks, so guests can easily get out and play in the Pacific.
To me, the best villas offer a sense of place, with great views, beautiful views and outdoor space to enjoy the location, and unique furnishings  …

Private Island Honeymoon Bliss at Parrot Cay

Photo by COMO Hotels and ResortsSunset at Parrot Cay. Photo by COMO Hotels and Resorts

The first time I went to Parrot Cay, I missed Brad Pitt by a day. That was back when he was with Jennifer Aniston. Resorts can change a lot over time, but on a recent return I was glad to see nothing at Parrot Cay had changed, in the best possible way.
Parrot Cay sits on its own private island, accessible by a 30-minute speedboat ride from Providenciales. Paparazzi is a non-issue, which makes it great for high-profile guests; Paul McCartney, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Richards have all visited, and Donna Karan and Bruce Willis own property on the island. And privacy  …