• 2/3/2014 3:31:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Bahamas, Beaches, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, Dolphin Encounter, Europe, Honeymoons, horseback riding, Lazy River, luxury, Nightclubs, Paradise, Paris, Parties, Rain Forest, Sandals Resorts, spa, Swimming Pools, wedding planner

    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

  • 1/27/2014 1:02:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Beaches, Caribbean, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Fun, Honeymoons, luxury, Paradise, Parties, snorkeling

    Baros Maldives is a small exclusive coral island in the Indian Ocean ringed by a sun-kissed beach and a vibrant house-reef, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Maldives International Airport. It is a multi award-winning elegant boutique Maldives resort with a long history of outstanding service excellence.

    As a small leading Maldives luxury resort, Baros offers a choice of exquisite Beach and Water Villas. With Beach Villas of classic natural elegance, many with private pools, set in lush vegetation, and secluded Water Villas of tranquillity, Baros Maldives is one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Inspired by Maldivian traditions of heartfelt hospitality, Baros Maldives excels with the finest contemporary cuisine, tailor-made excursions, amazing underwater experiences and a delightful Spa making it one of the best resorts in the Maldives.

  • Breathless Resort Punta Cana

    12/24/2013 1:28:14 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Beaches, Butler sevice, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, luxury, Nightclubs, Paradise, Parties, spa, Swimming Pools

    There’s a new adults only all inclusive resort in Punta Cana-Breathless Resort

    Escape to a beachfront paradise where nearly every amenity is included.


    At Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, these amenities include:

    Luxury accommodations with stunning views

    International & fusion cuisine at eleven gourmet dining options

    24-hour room service

    Unlimited premium beverages at eight chic bars and lounges

    Free WiFi and international calling with Unlimited Connectivity

    Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks

    Enriching day and nighttime activities and entertainment

    Pool and beach concierge

    Vanishing edge pool

    Two-tiered Freestyle pool

    2,100 feet of powder white beach

    4 Outdoor Jacuzzis

    Fitness center

    Non-motorized water sports

     

    This is a picture of one of the swim out suites at Breathless


     

  • Barbados

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

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Beaches, Booze cruise, Butler sevice, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, diving, Family Vacations, golf, Hiking trails, Honeymoons, horseback riding, Music, Nature Reserves, Nightclubs, Paradise, Parties, Scenic routes, shopping, snakes, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools, tours, water falls, wedding planner, Zip lines

    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!

     

  • 12/20/2013 1:38:50 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Family Vacations, Hiking trails, lush, Nature Reserves, Paradise, Scenic routes, tours

    Experience it for yourself with Adventures by Disney

     

    Norway- Fjords, Bergen & Oslo

    Experience all the beauty and majesty Norway has to offer as you explore the quaint villages and majestic landscapes that make up this scenic country that served as an inspiration for the animated comedic-adventure, Frozen. You and your family will follow in the filmmakers' footsteps as you hike, raft and traverse the awe-inspiring terrain.

    Call Islands for more information 805-933-9534

  • Riviera Maya Mexico

    12/6/2013 12:21:42 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Family Vacations, Fun, Honeymoons, Music, Nightclubs, Parties, Romance, shopping, wedding planner

    Wow! Sharon has once again been selected to attend a unique educational and networking event in Mexico, giving her the opportunity to learn even more about the exciting destination in Mexico- the Riviera Maya. She will be staying at the Moon Palace Resort. The activities will include an exceptional educational program coupled with meetings with representatives of various Mexican destinations and resorts. What an awesome opportunity for Sharon to see all that is new and exciting in this destination so she can share it all with her clients!

  • The Cook Islands

    8/20/2013 1:00:05 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Beaches, dancing, Destination Weddings, diving, Family Vacations, Fun, green resorts, Hiking trails, Honeymoons, luxury, Paradise, Parties, Private island, Rain Forest, Royal Service, snorkeling, wedding planner


    The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific, scattered across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean. Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace. The Cook Islands is an Island Paradise shrouded in traditions and legends handed down from generation to generation since the arrival of the Polynesians - believed to be around 800AD.  The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

    Indulge in the pleasure of Pacific food – listen to the strums of the ukulele, the beat of the drums or swing with the sway of dancing hips. Discover the great outdoors and fish, snorkel, dive, paddle and swim in a brilliant blue sea.
    Climb the magnificent peaks lush with native vegetations and alive with song birds. Or simply stroll through the pearly sands and stop awhile to look at the twinkling sunbeams on a white crested reef.

     

     The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

  
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