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    COUNTDOWNto your Destination Wedding

    12 -10 months

     

    • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine

      how much you can afford to spend.

    • Notify family and friends of your decision to marry away and

      set a date.

    Contact Islands so you can:    

    • Learn about the resorts and select which one is ideal for you and

       your loved ones. Each property has its own personality!

    • Decide on a resort. Consider your wedding style and choose a

       first and second location within that resort.

        Have Islands book your stay including date, time and location of your    ceremony

    • Reserve a block of rooms at your selected resort in different

       price ranges.

    • Decide on your wedding attendants.

    • Discuss your vision with your wedding coordinator. Review the

      color theme, flowers, video, lighting, photography and more.

    9 months

    • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator

      and local vendors. (optional)

    • Discuss your honeymoon resort with Islands if you will not be

       Honey mooning at your wedding resort.

    • Book your honeymoon/travel plans.

    • Start gown shopping and begin registering for gifts.

    • Put together your guest list.

    • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.

    • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and

       location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

    • Review and finalize contracts.

    • Send out save-the-dates to give your guests plenty of time to

       make travel arrangements and arrange a payment plan

    6 months

    • Send out invitations

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Buy travel and wedding insurance.

    • Direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.

    • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.• Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.

    • Select music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

    4 months.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

       Consult with your personal Palace Resorts Wedding Coordinator  

       Design your cake Select your centerpiece Choose your bouquet

       Select your photo package Leave stress behind, enjoy!

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    4 months

    • Send out invitations.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

    • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

      Day before departure

    • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.

    • Contact other members of the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you. 

    3 months

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Research group activities and excursions. Prepare welcome letter

      to guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag.

    • Order brochures of local attractions and area maps to include in

      the gift bag.

    • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.

    • Finalize details with wedding coordinator and local vendors.

    • Confirm your honeymoon reservation and any special requests.

    2 months

    • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.

    • Test a spray tan if you plan on getting one for the wedding.

    3-6 weeks

    • Review an order of events schedule with your coordinator.

    • Revisit ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.

    • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.

    • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs, etc.) to site.

    • Finalize guest head count and confirm group activities.

    2 weeks

    • Finalize the seating plan; give caterer your final guest list count.

    • Update your website with final itinerary.

    • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for

       mailing on your wedding day.

    1 week

    • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up

       tuxedos.

    • Put together an emergency kit (spot remover, band-aids,

      Aspirin, etc.).

    • Determine photo schedule and shot list for photographer.

    3-4 days

    • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant

    and vendors to review final details.

     

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ISLANDS AT:

    1 (888)554-7526

  • Barbados

    12/23/2013 3:09:04 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    My Trip to Barbados 2013

    I truly loved my time in Barbados and reall7 enjoyed the tradewind that were present for most of my stay. Some basci facts about Barbados are:

    Barbados has over 65 miles of gorgeous beaches.  There are coral reefs with sunken ships for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. There are beautiful golf courses and hiking trails. The National sport is Polo. They also have the Mount Gay Rum distillery with tours and The Caribbean Cigar Company.

     

    One of my favorite things about Barbados was how clean and beautiful the entire island is.  The Barbadians are very friendly and helpful.  Barbados has a very high literacy rate and standard of living. And last but not least, my resort-The Crane.  Not only was it beautiful, but I had my own washer and dryer in my suite!

     

    One of our days in Barbados was spent visiting some of their Historical sights, and they have many.  We went to the Garrison Historic District (A Unesco World Heritage Site) and saw the changing of the guards and visited the house George Washington stayed in for 6 weeks during 1751as a young man visiting his sick brother.  It was Washington’s only trip outside the continental US.  Then we went and saw the garrison itself, St Annes Garrison built by the British in 1789.  In November of 1966, when Barbados achieved its full Independence from Britain the Garrison raised the Barbados Flag. They have a very large collection of historical cannons preserved at the fort.

     

    On another day we went to the Barbados Concorde Experience, which frankly I wasn’t too excited about.  But I was wrong.  In addition to having the original jet, (that flew from London to Barbados) all set up to tour, they also had a mockup of the waiting lounge and the cockpit.  I was both educational and fun.  That same day, a small group of us went to Harrisons Cave.  Another awe inspiring excursion.  You ride down into these massive caverns, covered with stalagmites and stalactites that are breathtaking, little rivers and pools dotting the areas.  While on the tour they explain how the island was formed, and where their water supply comes from.

     

    That night we went to Oistins fish Fry.  Every kind of food under the sun, live bands, with dance floors set up and all types of local crafts, jewelry and toys for sale in little booths.  For more upscale restaurants and clubs, you can’t go wrong with St Lawrence Gap.  There are also some awesome shopping opportunities on Barbados.

     

    There truly is something for everyone in the family on this Island.  There are some all inclusive resorts here and some adults only resorts too, As a matter of fact, Barbados is the location of the newest Sandals resort!

     

  • 6/5/2013 12:58:38 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    The Los Cabos Open of Surf festival
    Los Cabos first surf and music fest June 17 to 23 taking place at Costa Azul’s Zippers Beach Break, known for producing 8- to 10-foot waves in summer.
    The competition is a qualifying event for some of the world’s best professional surfers competing for a chance to win a $155,000 cash prize.
    The beach site also will feature beach bars, a food court, art walks, fashion shows and concerts.

  • 10/31/2012 3:18:54 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Smugglers Cove Beach-Tortola

    The Virgin Islands, often called the British Virgin Islands, is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. Wikipedia

    The British Virgin Islandsconsist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays.

     

    Population: 23,552 (2007)

    Capital: Road Town

    Dialing code: 284

    Currency: US$

    Government: Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy, Representative democracy

    Official language: English Language

     

    Top Reasons to Go to the BVI

    The Perfect Place to Sail: With more than 60 islands in the chain, sailors can drop anchor at a different, perfect beach every day.Low-Key Resorts: Laid-back luxury resorts offer a full-scale retreat from your everyday life.Diving and Snorkeling: Both are great, and vibrant reefs are often just feet from the shore. Jost Van Dyke: Your trip isn't complete until you've chilled at the casual beach bars here. Few Crowds: There's no mass tourism; the farther you get from Tortola, the quieter things become.

    Fodor

    Tropical Drink Recipe: Painkiller

    The story goes that this drink was invented at a bar called the Soggy Dollar, so named because you have to swim to get to it!
    The official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands and one the most popular mixed drinks in the Caribbean
    SERVES 1-2
    2-4 oz. of Pusser's Rum
    4 oz. pineapple juice
    1 oz. cream of coconut
    1 oz. orange juice
    Grated fresh nutmeg
    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with grated nutmeg.

  • 8/13/2012 3:02:59 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    COSTA RICA Your way

    LUXURY HOLIDAY WITH ADVENTURES

    Costa Rica offers the perfect combination of rainforest and beach, making it a top destination for family vacations. Families with older children will enjoy the many thermal pools and waterfalls which vary in temperature and are spread around the hot springs resort gardens. More than 500 species of plants and flowers are found throughout.

    There are exciting and fascinating nature tours and soft adventures to enjoy. Choose from hikes along Arenal's Hanging Bridges, hikes in the rainforest, a visit to the ArenalVolcano National Park, a boat ride and nature safari in the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, and tours on horseback. Or, go for a full adrenaline rush with a canyoning tour, Sky Trek / Tram canopy zip lines, or a Class III + white water rafting experience on the Sarapiqui River. Looking for something more active: jump on a mountain bike, chart a challenging hike in Cerro Chato, or go kayaking or canoeing in the rivers or on Lake Arenal.

    The Arenal Volcano Region is rich in nature and adventure. Over the years, its popularity has established the area as the starting or ending point to any Costa Rica Luxury Vacation. The intriguing mix of activities, hot springs, rainforest and volcano make this a must-visit part of the country.

    Call Islands 888-554-7526 for more information or email us islandstravel@earthlink.net

    Please tell us your needs and interests. We work hard to exceed your expectations, to ensure a perfect family vacation in Costa Rica

     

  • 7/26/2012 3:01:52 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Ka'anapali Beach Hotel ***

    3 nights from $365*

    Islands  888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

     Welcome to our home, nestled on eleven acres along Maui’s renowned Kaanapali Beach. While you’re with us, it will be our privilege to show you our island, our Hawaiian Culture and what “Aloha” really feels like. In the way that only locals can.

    Kaanapali Beach Hotel is more than just another hotel set amongst tropical gardens. Here, you’ll experience the little touches that you’d only find in any Hawaiian home, like bedspreads of Hawaiian quilt design and tropical furnishings. And always, the warmth of a smile. Because once you’re here, you’re family. 

    INCLUDES3 nights, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, midsize rental car & lei greeting.

     BONUSkids 5 & under stay & eat free. Airfare additional.

     

     

  • 7/6/2012 2:58:41 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    YOU ASKED FOR IT!!!!

    COME PARTY IN CABO-group trip (bring your friends and enemies too!!)

    RIU Santa Fe ALL-Inclusive Resort in Cabo
    3 nights October 5-8, 2012
    CallIslands(805)933-9534 for information...don't wait, rooms are going fast!!

    Starting price for land only $246.00 per person based on 2 in a room. A deposit of $100.00 per person is all that is needed to hold your room.

    The Hotel Riu Santa Fe (All Inclusive 24h) is located in the south of the peninsula Baja California and just a few minutes away from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This complex is perfect for the ones who are in search of practicing a lot of aquatic sports since this area has fantastic meteorological conditions and is close to the beach.

    There is no better way to recover than to enjoy the installations that this hotel offers. It provides of two swimming pools with fresh water, a Jacuzzi, a solarium-terrace, a gym, sauna, a steam bath and the wellness center “Renova Spa” with different kinds of treatments and massages.

    And thanks to the All Inclusive system you can enjoy the Mexican gastronomy. It has a big variety of recipes and is recognized by its distinctive and sophisticated flavors and a lot of spices. It mixes up gastronomic traditions, Mesoamerican as well as European ones, and much more. That’s why you can taste in the restaurant’s buffet and in the different thematic restaurants of the hotel the best menus and recently prepared plates.

    You will also find numerous activities and sports that you can practice during your stay. You can practice diving, volleyball, gymnastics, windsurfing, catamaran, kayak, body board, Golf and a lot of aquatic sports at the beach. At night you should not miss the different shows and live music that our entertainers have prepared for you. If you want to go out dancing we suggest you to go to the “Pacha” discotheque where the DJs put the best rhythms. Your children will have a great time together with other children in the RiuLand program, making handicrafts, doing activities and sports are just some of the free-time activities that are accompanied by our entertainers.

     

  • 6/29/2012 1:00:48 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa 

     

    This Newly-renovated 4 star deluxe resort is located on a white sand beach. Its Just 15 minutes outside Montego Bay; this newly-renovated deluxe high-rise overlooks one of Jamaica’s most enviable white-sand beaches, and is set on a sprawling 400-acre property, formally an 18th-century sugar plantation. Popular with families, there’s a water park, organized activities for kids and teens, an array of water sports, a spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a casino. (All-Inclusive packages are available, but optional.)

    INCLUDES: 5 nights at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS5th night free & kids 12 & under stay, play & eat free.

    Airfare additional

    Land Only from $595.00*

    CallIslands888-554-7526 or email islandstravel@earthlink.net

  • 6/26/2012 2:18:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, dancing, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, horseback riding, lush, Music, Parties, Swimming Pools, Water park, Water slides

    Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club  Star Rating Information - Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club, The Luxury Included® Vacation for Everyone & resort transfers.

    Set where the mountains meet the sea, this resort is the ultimate family vacation spot. Kids love the NEW water park, themed Sesame Street® character activities, the Xbox 360® Game Garage and the endless water sports while adults enjoy complimentary golf, 4 restaurants and 6 bars serving Beringer house wines plus a full-service Red Lane® Spa.

    Itinerary & Pricing Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel

    Call Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net
    All meals, snacks, beverages
    Activities & non-motorized water sports
    Hotel tax & service charges

    Airfare additional

    Travel Dates:  23 Jun 12 - 21 Dec 12

    Land Only              from $1115.00*

  • 6/15/2012 2:12:36 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, Gambling, green resorts, Honeymoons, horseback riding, lush, Music, Nightclubs, Paradise, Parties, Private island, Royal Service, Sandals Resorts, Scenic routes, shopping, tours, water falls, Water slides, wildlife

    Did you know? The Caribbean:

    Pristine,sugar-white beaches extend as far as the eye can see. Sparkling azure waters glisten, fragrant tropical gardens explode in dazzling color and picture perfect sunsets ignite the sky. Meander along the shores that once provided shelter to swashbuckling pirates. Listen to the soft sounds of the tree frog s as they mingle with the high notes of a distant steel drum band. These are the islands of the Caribbean, where dreams of paradise become a blissful reality. Indulge at a luxury spa on breathtaking Antigua. Enjoy the feeling of coming home that awaits in Jamaica. Enjoy international cuisine in spectacular Aruba, or immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. Looking for seclusion and natural beauty of the Exotic Caribbean? Explore the emerald rain forests of St Kitts, or traverse the unspoiled beauty of Belize. No matter which island strikes your fancy, you have the freedom to do it all or nothing at all.

     

     

     

     

  
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