Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Hawaii

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Hawaii

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.

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

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!

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Paris

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Paris

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.

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

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!

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: St. Regis Bora Bora

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: St. Regis Bora Bora

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!

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

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!

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Overwater bungalow honeymoon: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

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...

Honeymoon inspiration: A perfect day in Los Cabos

Honeymoon inspiration: A perfect day in Los Cabos

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.

U by Uniworld Part 2: Eberbach Monastery & Vineyards

U by Uniworld Part 2: Eberbach Monastery & Vineyards

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.

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Moorea & Bora Bora (part II)

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Moorea & Bora Bora (part II)

Earlier this month J & K shared some of the magic of their honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora, including what they loved most (e.g., relaxing in their overwater bungalow, snorkeling with sting rays and sharks and hiking to a romantic waterfall. This week, they’re back with more advice on how to make the most of planning your dream vacation—no matter what honeymoon destination you have your eyes on.

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Moorea & Bora Bora (part I)

Real-life honeymoon: Smitten in Moorea & Bora Bora (part I)

When J & K told me their engagement story shortly after we started working together to breathe life into their dream honeymoon, I was even more excited they had their eyes on the French Polynesia—an ideal destination for a couple desiring secluded romance and relaxation with a sprinkle of adrenaline and adventure…

When in Amsterdam … cruise the canals!

When in Amsterdam … cruise the canals!

Amsterdam is a maze of circular canals—165 of them stretching more than 30 miles, to be exact. While exploring the historic city’s waterways via beautiful brick walkways and more than 1,200 bridges was a highlight for me, there is one quintessential way any couple on their honeymoon must see the “Venice of the North” (a.k.a Amsterdam): Via a canal cruise!

U by Uniworld part 1: The A

U by Uniworld part 1: The A

I do not consider myself a “cruise” person, at least not in the traditional sense. Oceanliners that sleep thousands of people just don’t appeal to me, which is exactly why river cruising through Europe with U by Uniworld was so perfect. If you're looking to hop from city to city, U by Uniworld makes it effortless, while offering oodles of comfort and convenience.