Have you ever seen something so stunning that it took your breath away? Made your jaw drop? Brought tears to your eyes? I’m not talking metaphorically, either. I mean have you ever witnessed something so truly surreal that your body responded in any of these ways? This most recently happened to me while stand-up paddle boarding at the St. Regis Bora Bora in Bora Bora.
While the highlights of helping bring couples' honeymoon and destination wedding dreams to life tend to center on big-ticket items, such as finding the perfect boutique hotel or romantic excursion for newlyweds, there are countless other subtle ways Smitten Honeymoons makes planning and traveling as effortless and memorable as possible. Here are some of my favorite examples.
If you don’t travel often enough to want to apply and pay for the perks of Global Entry, you’re not necessarily doomed to spend hours in line with everyone else. You can still breeze through customs and immigration at most major US airports with this simple travel hack: Download the Mobile Passport app.
I had the chance to experience all the glory of being a bona-fide member of the TSA Precheck club recently en route to Tahiti, and I’m happy to say that it was worth every minute it took to enroll. This said, if you’re like me and have been putting it off—STOP. Especially if you travel multiple times per year. Here’s how to snag TSA Precheck yourself.
When it came to their dream honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. D wanted a mix of relaxation and exploration, with ample opportunities for being outside and enjoying delicious meals. The answer? A two-part honeymoon in Hawaii, starting on O’ahu’s vibrant Waikiki Beach and ending on the island’s tranquil North Shore. From the glamorous The Royal Hawaiian to a luxe cottage at Turtle Bay, their honeymoon was an ideal blend of colorful beachfront bars and private, serene sunsets.
The French Polynesia and Maldives are natural considerations for couples who want to honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. Tahiti is where the iconic accommodation was conceived and, thousands of miles away, the Maldives houses 60 percent of the world’s overwater bungalows. Given the travel time required to reach either destination though, is all hope lost for couples who have their heart set on celebrating the start of their happily-ever-after in an overwater bungalow but want to avoid a full day of travel? Never. Enter: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma in Mexico!
During our initial communication, Mr. and Mrs. W mentioned Bali, Greece and Europe as potential honeymoon destinations. As I dug more into what they envisioned for such a significant vacay, I noticed a theme start to emerge: A desire for romance, relaxation, sightseeing and slow mornings in quaint cafés. In the end, there was only one city that would make all their honeymoon dreams come true: Paris.
This is the fourth part in a series highlighting some of my favorite recommendations for couples dreaming of a romantic honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. Previously, The St. Regis Bora Bora; Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa; and the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in the French Polynesia were highlighted on the Smitten blog. Stay tuned for even more overwater bungalow goodness coming soon!
This is the third part is a series highlighting some of my favorite recommendations for couples dreaming of a romantic honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa was highlighted on the Smitten blog last week, with even more overwater bungalow goodness coming soon!
This is the second part is a series highlighting some of my favorite recommendations for couples dreaming of a romantic honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was highlighted on the Smitten blog last week, with even more overwater bungalow goodness coming soon!
While two-thirds of the world’s 9,000 overwater bungalows stand perched above turquoise lagoons in the Maldives, the iconic accommodation originated in Tahiti in 1967. Today, honeymooning in an overwater bungalow remains a quintessential experience for any couple traveling to the French Polynesia, especially if their honeymoon includes a stop in Bora Bora. The luxe InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is not to be overlooked...
Our group beat the sun up on Dec. 15 to catch a cab to the marina in La Playita. We had chartered a boat, and our guide Carlos was expecting us by 6 a.m. I wasn’t thrilled about waking up before dawn on vacation, but I’m so thankful I did: A cotton-candy sky high-fived us as we motored out from the marina, bobbing along in the Pacific with bait, rods and reels.
A personalized honeymoon is a way to recognize that your love story is unique. Your love story matters. Your love story deserves celebrating. No matter what your perfect itinerary looks like, there are some universal ways any couple can ensure their honeymoon is extraordinary. Here are nine of my favorites.
The temperature dropped as our small group stepped out of the July sun and into the dark 1,000-year-old Cistercian hospital at Kloster Eberbach. “This way,” our guide said. Following her directions, we shuffled to one end of the room—the one where candlelight illuminated a dozen samples of the monastery’s Riesling.