Thursday, December 27, 2012

Yasawa Island Resort and Spa, Fiji

There are 15 words in Fijian for heaven, and Yasawa is the first. Revel in a secluded area renowned for its beautiful pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear swimming waters.
No other resorts, no televisions, no traffic and no mobile phones. The 18 traditionally thatched beachfront bures are understated luxury, hidden among palms, each air-conditioned with its own thatched beachfront hut, a pair of outdoor day beds, a discreet outdoor show on its own sundeck and a hammock strung between the palms. All gourmet meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and most activities are included.

Take your vows on the sands of a deserted beach, before a tropical sunset or under the southern stars. You needn’t decide until you get there. Invite the choir from nearby Bukama village, choose traditional decorations and tropical flowers, or summon a guard of Fijian warriors. A wedding at Yasawa is yours to command – make it as elaborate or as simple as you like.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Semara Resort & Spa Seminyak – 50% Off Sale On Now!

Semara Resort and Spa is perfectly located in Jalan Petitenget, in the heart of Seminyak’s shopping and dining district. Only 150 meters to the beach, it has the best non beachfront location in Seminyak. Situated right next door to Potato Head and in between Ku De Ta and W Retreat and Spa. Across from Biku Restaurant and close by are fine dining restaurant Metis, Sarong, La Lucciola and Seminyak Square 
shopping complex.

Limited offer for Standard, Poolside and Superior Poolside Room for selected date from now until 28 February 2013.

  • 1 x bottle of water daily per person
  • Welcome Drink & Cold Towel per adult
  • Daily Turn Down Service per room
  • USD 40 Semara Resort Credit per room per night.
  • (Deluxe Suite Only)
  • Free Night - Stay 7 Pay 6, Stay 14 Pay 12, 
  • Stay 21 Pay 18
  • Free Spa Treatment for 20 minutes per adult
  • Free One Hour Wellness Class per adult per day
  • Free Daily Gym Visit per adult per day
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Free Stay for Kids
  • (Executive & Deluxe Suites Only)
  • Free 2 Hour Entry to Kids Club
  • first entry per child per stay
  • Free 2 hours of Kids Club -
  • Stay 4 hours Pay 2 hours - after first entry
Free Offers valued up to $ 166 per day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gold Coast Holiday Fun for the Kids!

With school holidays now upon us, and the end of the year fast approaching, what better time of year than to grab the family and head to the sunny Gold Coast!?

The world-famous Surfers Paradise beach and breathtaking skyline remains a major drawcards for millions of Gold Coast visitors each year. With the emergence of a fresh cultural scene, Surfers Paradise is thriving as a diverse cafe, restaurant, fashion and nightlife hub.

Just 30 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, you'll discover that Surfers Paradise is a must see, must stay destination experience.

Adults and children of all ages will love the various amusement and theme parks to choose from. Get below the sea level to discover a world of fun and adventure at Sea World! Flip out with the dolphins; seal a new friendship with a kiss or dare to dive with the predators of the deep! 

If adventure is more your style, become lost in a world of fantasy and fun at Warner Bros. Movie World. Meet your favourite stars and super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and movie attractions.

Australia's biggest theme park, Dreamworld has rides, attractions, shows and characters to thrill kids of all ages. Or for splashtacular fun you can't go past Wet 'n' Wild Water World, Australia's biggest and best water theme park.

There are 14 shopping centres and arcades in Surfers Paradise, so make sure you put on your walking shoes, explore them all and discover the hidden gems within the precinct.
There's something for everyone when you holiday on the Gold Coast!

To find out more, visit Gold Coast Tourism.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tamassa Resort, Mauritius

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to plan your next honeymoon or even your next holiday!

To make it count you'll require a party spirit, movie screenings on the beach at dusk, a hammock and poolside cocktails. Introducing Tamassa, the vibrant four-star beach hotel in Mauritius, set in tropical gardens on the white sandy beaches with rustling coconut trees and a cobalt ocean.

This all-inclusive hotel in Mauritius, located at Bel Ombre in the south-west of the island, is surrounded by dramatic mountains and dense sugercane fields. Here, an effervescent zest for life combines with contemporary design to bring the young (and young at heart) the perfect spot for fun and relaxation!

Imagine… Tying the knot on a sandy beach, your family and friends close to hand, the sky alive with colour as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean… It may sound like fantasy, but thanks to the benevolence and hospitality of the Mauritian people, your dream wedding can become a reality without the stress or bureaucratic red tape that couples can often experience elsewhere.

Unlike many exotic wedding destinations, Mauritius offers non-residents a legally binding marriage. Symbolic ceremonies and vow renewals are also popular, but what truly sets Mauritius apart is the island's tendency to embrace every visitor as one of its own. The Mauritian Government introduced a special procedure simplifying the bureaucracy for non-resident couples, allowing you to focus on more important things, enjoying each and every moment of your special day…

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Mangosteen Boutique Resort & Ayurveda Spa

Celebrate your wedding at the most romantic boutique resort in the tropical paradise of Phuket. Enjoy total privacy in a beautiful environment.

The Mangosteen Boutique Resort & Ayurveda Spa is located in the South of Phuket on a private hillside, offering spectacular ocean views over four bays and many surrounding Islands. A free shuttle service is offered to make the short trip to Nai Harn Beach, located in a pristine National Park. 

The location is ideal for travellers looking for peace and tranquility, but is still not too far from the more busy beaches (Kata Beach 10-15 minutes). Nearby attractions: Big Buddha of Phuket, Chalong Temple, Promthep Cape Sunset Viewpoint, Chalong Seafood Restaurants, Rawai Beach with Seafood market and the famous Chalong Pier, starting point for almost all Phuket boat excursions.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket's tourist centers, Mangosteen is an ideal place to unwind, but if you like to enjoy shopping, shows and nightlife it all can be found within easy reach.

The resort recently added a world class Ayurveda Spa, unique in Phuket. Combine your holiday with a wellness program, individually tailored for your needs, also including organic health cuisine if you wish.

The Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa only comprises 41 villa style rooms and is ideal for private parties. Most rooms are fitted with outside garden showers and Jacuzzis. Our experienced wedding planner Rose will guide you through the process of planning and setting up the wedding party and, of course, will be with you all the time, to make sure everything works out perfectly.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Launch First Ever Lau Cruise

Captain Cook Cruises, Fiji is embarking on the first ever Discovery Cruise, to a part of Fiji never seen by tourists before, the pristine Lau group. The cruise onboard the MV Reef Endeavour is scheduled to depart on 22 October, 2013 for 11 amazing nights.

Captain Cook Cruises is so excited to be able to offer the first ever cruise around the Lau Group of Islands. We have worked really hard, using local knowledge and advice, to put together a fantastic 11 night itinerary that will not only show off everything Lau has to offer, but that will allow passengers to experience a remote and unspoilt part of Fiji.” Says Jackie Charlton, Managing Director of Captain Cook Cruises, Fiji.

Invited to visit these incredible islands by locals eager to share their beauty, the 11 night Lau cruise will visit the untouched northern island of Lau - Wailagilala, Lau’s largest Island - Vanuabalavu, the most beautiful Island in the Lau group - Fulaga, the uninhabited Vuaqava, Kabara - known for its wood turning and Tongan heritage and the untouched white beaches of Totoya Island.

On the way to and from the Lau group the cruise will stop in at Yanuca Island, Savusavu Bay and Kadavu, famous for its wildlife and underwater world.

Passengers can also sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views as they cruise through the Bay of Islands, renowned for its beauty, pristine waters and spectacular scenery and the central Lau Group, passing Islands such as Lakeba, Oneata, Komo, Namuka-i-Lau and Yagasa.

Exciting activities over these 12 days include Kayaking or river tubing on the Nasakawa River, mountain bike riding through hills, valleys and villages in Savusavu Bay, visiting a crater of an extinct volcano at Cobia, fishing at Wailagilala, visiting Fijian and Tongan influenced villages and schools, attending a local church service, exploring the flora and fauna of the Vuaqava region, a traditional Meke, Sevusevu and lovo feast and endless swimming, snorkelling and diving in the clear blue ocean water off picturesque islands and in beautiful lagoons.

The Discovery Lau cruise departs Tuesday 22 October 2013 at 1.00pm from Port Denarau and disembarks on Saturday 2 November, 2013 at 9.00am at Port Denarau.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Surrender, Taste, Indulge... At The Pearl South Pacific Resort

The Pearl South Pacific Resort offers guests the relaxing ambience of a tropical island environment with stylish, contemporary designed accommodation, exceptional service standards and genuinely sophisticated cuisine. It is the perfect combination with the privacy and hospitality of a boutique resort combined with all the variety and choice you could wish for.

With warm weather year round, this is the ideal setting for your special day. Whether set on the shores of beautiful Beqa lagoon with your toes in the sand, in a private pavilion surrounded by 280 degree views, or in lush tropical gardens bordering lily-ponds... your wedding ceremony will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Or why not honeymoon in paradise? The food is divine and service welcoming. With a variety of activities on offer including an 18-hole Championship golf course, spa with full treatments available, cinema, kayaks, white-water rafting, diving with sharks, surfing and zip-lining to name a few, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Do as much or as little as you like... the choice is yours.

Wedding packages start from FJD$1370 exclusive of tax and a variety of reception venues and menus are available. The wedding co-ordinators delight in making your special day perfect. Let them design something especially for you now...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

Dream Weddings. Heavenly Honeymoons. Pure Bliss...

If you’re after a true ‘bucket list’ destination for your wedding or honeymoon, then the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki Lagoon, is ideal. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only resort located directly on this spellbinding lagoon in the Cook Islands, and offers the only overwater bungalows.

Imagine standing together on the white sands of your own private island with the world's most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki, as your witness as you declare your eternal love under the warm tropical sun.

This is the sole resort on Motu Akitua, the resort’s private island. The resort offers a stunning new Beach Chapel with an absolutely spell-binding backdrop, as well as a fabulous selection of gorgeous new wedding packages to choose from. 

Aitutaki also boasts a private luxury pool villa for your weddingmoon, the enchanting Villa Te Arau ~ Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa (the honeymoon haven of Australian TV celebrity and ‘Getaway’ travel show host, Catriona Rowntree, and handsome husband James Pettit). 

The beauty here is so jaw-dropping, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to Heaven. That’s when you’ll know that your wedding in Paradise, on the soft champagne sand shores of the most beautiful lagoon in the world, was meant to be – on absolute, authentic, eternal Aitutaki. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kamalaya Koh Samui Awarded 'Spa Retreat Of The Year' at the 2012 Asiaspa Awards

For the second consecutive year, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was awarded “Spa Retreat of The Year” at the eighth edition of the AsiaSpa Awards in Hong Kong last night. 

The award for “Spa Retreat of The Year” rounds off a successful year for Kamalaya, winning Destination Spa of The Year Asia and Australasia at The World Spa Awards in London before receiving “Favourite Spa in Thailand” at the SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards this October in New York.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort integrates healing practices and treatments from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, customised programs and wellness retreats to offer a unique concept in personal wellbeing and holistic lifestyle possibilities.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beachcomber Luxury Holidays and Honeymoons

Whether you are a holiday maker looking for relaxation, honeymooners dreaming of that romantic hideaway, a couple choosing a wedding location, a family in search of fun in the sun, a lover of golf or spas, or a business executive in desperate need of a stress-free escape; Beachcomber can help you take the first step on a magical journey to an island paradise.

Beachcomber embodies the very essence of the traditional Mauritian hospitality. Pioneer of the island's hotel industry, Beachcomber introduced authentic Mauritian style, and set unique standards of quality and service. As the longest established hotel group, Beachcomber was able to select prime beach locations in Mauritius, and more recently in the Seychelles, to build the finest resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Beachcomber offers eight of the finest beach resorts in Mauritius, each providing exceptional value for honeymoons and weddings. Brides receive an accommodation discount of up to 50% during selected periods, plus breakfast, lunch, dinner and special gifts, such as French champagne and fruits in your room on arrival (some conditions apply). 

Air Mauritius fly direct from select cities in Australia, with connections onto Africa and Europe. 

Visit Beachcomber.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Semara Luxury Villa Resort's Dream Wedding Packages

Offering luxury resort accommodation, flawless service and exquisite cuisine, Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu is the epitome of tropical indulgence and a dream wedding destination.

The boutique property, perched on the dramatic cliffs of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, has announced the launch of a selection of new wedding packages for couples and groups to cherish.

For example, the intimate Castaway Package for two, priced from USD$4,500++ includes two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Ocean view Suite with full Semara breakfast, airport transfers, Semara Signature 60 minute massage for two, beautiful beach ceremony with decor and bridal bouquet, table flowers, three course romantic dinner on the beach or in one of the treetop beach bales and a bottle of Moet & Chandon to complete the celebration.

Perched high on the limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean, Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu is an A-Lister’s retreat offering a helipad, private beach, two tennis courts, putting green, fully equipped gym, pampering spa, refined cuisine and world-class services.

An exclusive haven of privacy, Semara Luxury Villa Resort Uluwatu features seven individually designed villas with 30 metres of cliff frontage and private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. It also features king size beds, indoor & outdoor living spaces, poolside bar & dining area, fully equipped designer kitchen and home theatre media room.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Intercontinental Fiji Introduces New Itokani Butler Service For Your Holiday

Travellers can now take the stress out of organising a holiday with round-the-clock assistance as part of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa’s new Itokani butler service. 

Guests staying at the exclusive Club InterContinental resort – Fiji’s only luxury resort within a resort – can enjoy personalised service and a suite of luxury privileges from the Itokani team, from the moment a reservation is made, through to returning home.

Itokani, meaning “at your side”, has been designed by the resort as an extension of its existing renowned butler program to provide guests with authentic experiences and a deeper understanding of Fijian culture and customs.

The Itokani butlers liaise with Club guests before arriving at the resort to design a personalised holiday itinerary, composed from a menu of services and tailored to a range of locally-inspired activities and experiences.

The pre-arrival preparations aim to help guests make the most out of their holiday – with the butlers planning anything from a surprise romantic beachside cabana dinner, a private Navo Island picnic or luxurious cleansing Cleopatra bathing ritual. For families, a range of cultural and adventure activities and babysitting services are also on the menu.

Available from 1 November 2012, Terrace Dining includes a three-course candle-lit dinner, served by an Itokani butler in an undisturbed evening of secluded dining.

InterContinental Fiji’s Club InterContinental is an exclusive hideaway resort, with 55 hilltop suites overlooking the pristine Natadola Bay, recognised as one of the best beaches in the world by Forbes Magazine.

Visit InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

InterContinental Fiji Launches Half-Million Wedding Experience

Up to 100 guests can spend a week at Fiji’s only luxury resort within a resort as part of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa’s new half-million wedding package.

The new Sogo Lagilagi experience - the ultimate destination weddings package - includes exclusive use of all 55 of Club InterContinental’s hilltop suites for five nights, a waterfront wedding reception overlooking one of the world’s best beaches, business class airfares and helicopter transfers for the bride and groom, as well as private use of the Club lounge and infinity pool.

The VIP experience begins with the couple being treated to a pre-wedding, three-night getaway at the resort, enjoying a personalised menu tasting and consultation with InterContinental Fiji’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator, and travelling in style with return business class airfares and chauffered airport transfers. 

For the wedding celebration, guests will be treated to pre-dinner canapés and a three-course reception dinner in the resort’s award-winning beachfront Navo Restaurant, with a private, post-wedding oceanfront brunch to follow the next day.

“We’re really excited to be offering wedding guests private access to our Club InterContinental for a truly memorable week in Fiji’s only luxury resort with a resort,” said wedding executive, Ema Rayasi.

The FJ$500,000 (approximately AU$270, 266) Sogo Lagilagi package also includes tropical floral arrangements, table settings, entertainment, chapel or venue hire, a pre-wedding rehearsal dinner and a minister or celebrant.

Set on a hill overlooking the only white sandy beach on Fiji’s main island, Club InterContinental features a private infinity pool and lounge area. Club guests can enjoy complimentary all-day refreshments, evening canapés and cocktails and a 24-hour Itokani butler service, among other benefits.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Making Waves and History in North Fiji

In a Fijian first, the adults only Qamea Resort & Spa have become the first luxury resort in the North of Fiji to offer guests a daily guided surfing package, the “Ticket to Ride" pass throughout the surf season of 1 November 2012 to 30 April 2013, after Qamea recently partnered with Luxury Surf Pioneers, Tropicsurf.

A Tropicsurf resident surf guide will be onsite at Qamea throughout the surf season and with beautiful, uncrowded surf breaks only 10-15 minutes by boat from Qamea, guests can surf everyday with the "Ticket to Ride" surf pass, ideal for surfing enthusiasts or for any couples wanting to learn the art of surfing.

The "Ticket to Ride" surf pass is priced at AUD$134* per person per day and includes one boat transfer per day, expert guidance and water safety, coaching tips in the water from an expert coach (optional), daily surf report, Tropicsurf gift (3+ days), access to booties, wax, sunscreens, rash guards, towels, bottled water and leashes and board valet service.

Qamea is also offering a Tropicsurf seven night package, with two free nights, valid for travel from 10 January to 31 March 2013 and priced at only AUD$5,366.70* per couple. The package includes seven nights’ accommodation in a beachfront bure (two free nights), all meals, selected wine, beer and soft drinks from noon to 10pm, seven x half day "Ticket to Ride" guided surf trip for one, resort activities and transfers between Taveuni Airport and Qamea.

For a limited time, Qamea will also offer a FREE one hour 'introduction to surfing' lagoon session with every booking, which introduces the client to the basic skills of board handling and ocean awareness.

Besides surfing, Qamea offers a tropical paradise of adventure including snorkeling, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, hiking, croquet, or visiting one of the local villages. Diving is also world renowned, and with a fully equipped PADI accredited 5 Star dive facility, dive staff can introduce guests to a long remembered underwater adventure.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Half the Price, But Enjoy the Whole Cruise!

Take a mate for half price on all Captain Cook Cruises three, four and seven night Yasawa Islands and Northern Fiji cruises. Discover the real Fiji and its amazing people and remote villages for an authentic and personal experience like no other.

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture, there is plenty of time for relaxation and appreciating the beautiful marine life while snorkelling over amazing coral reefs, lazing on warm white sandy beaches, basking in crystal clear waters or being pampered by the ship’s Senikai Spa.

Captain Cook Cruises 'take a mate for half price' deal is valid for sale until 31 October 2012, and valid for travel from 1 October 2012 until 31 March 2013. A perfect, affordable choice for a honeymoon or romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world!

All prices include meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, tropical island lovo feast and kava ceremony, on board entertainment, use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and transfers from the ship to Nadi/Denarau hotels.

Visit Captain Cook Cruises for further details.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stay Three Nights for Free at The Vijitt Resort, Phuket

Escape the winter chill, winds and rain and head to Phuket where sunshine and serenity are a given at the five star, eco friendly, The Vijitt Resort. To make your stay even brighter, The Vijitt has released a ‘Stay seven nights, pay for only four nights’ deal in a deluxe villa, with prices starting from only $900 per villa (normally $1,770 per villa)

This offer is valid for sale and travel until 31 October 2012 and includes a 60 minute massage per person (based on 2 people travelling), daily buffet breakfast at The Savoury Restaurant and a free upgrade to a Deluxe Pool Villa for anyone that travels on this special in August 2012.

The beautifully landscaped and eco-friendly Vijitt Resort Phuket is only 30 minutes from Patong and is set above the white sands of stunning Friendship Beach in Phuket's southern, laid back and unspoiled Rawai district.

The 92 luxury, stand alone villas sit amid lush tropical trees and fauna strategically placed among the gently sloping forested land and overlooking the azure blue waters of Chalong Bay, enjoying stunning sea views and at the same time privacy.

The Vijitt also offers a wide range of activities from lazing by the stunning pool, to a romantic getaway to your own private island for a day of snorkelling and relaxing on a white sandy beach.

The package price and inclusions will remain the same excluding upgrade, for anyone travelling in September/October.

For bookings please contact ISLAND ESCAPES on or 1300 305 870.

For further information visit: Vijitt Resort Phuket

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Four Seasons New “Milestone Celebrations” Website

For people around the world, Bali is a dream destination for celebrating life’s milestones – whether a landmark birthday, wedding, anniversary, family reunion, graduation or other major life event. Now the two Four Seasons resorts in Bali are making it easier than ever to organise an unforgettable trip by launching the new “Milestone Celebrations” website. 

“Bali is high on most peoples’ wish lists for travel, so it’s the perfect place to choose for a group of friends and family,” says Paul Czuba, Director of Marketing for Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “Our island combines tropical beauty with so many diverse activities – from shopping and sight-seeing to sports and spa. There’s really something for everyone!” 

However, Czuba points out that planning a group trip can feel challenging. “It’s one thing for a professional travel agent or event planner to organize a group trip, but for an individual, it can be daunting to co-ordinate five, ten or more friends and family members. That’s why we wanted to create a user-friendly website, so people can see how easy Four Seasons makes it to plan a special celebration in Bali.” 

The Milestone Celebrations website includes planning tips, ideas for activities, sample itineraries, along with first-hand comments from guests who have celebrated at Four Seasons Resorts Bali. Especially valuable is the section of frequently asked questions, covering travel logistics, organisation and budgeting. 

There are many ways to customise the trip to your group’s tastes and interests. You can choose the ocean-side Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, or the jungle-immersed Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – located just 90 minutes apart. You can opt to stay a few days at each resort, or make a day trip to the other property to enjoy spa or dining. 

The range of accommodations is also flexible. Friends can share a four-bedroom Residence Villa or book a cluster of free-standing villas – enjoying the perfect balance of together time and alone time. 

The first step is to visit Milestone Celebrations website then contact the Celebrations Concierge ( with an outline of your plans. The Four Seasons Resorts Bali team will work closely with you to develop a program that best suits your group. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hidden in a small village along the pearlescent sands of the Riviera Maya, Viceroy is a seaside escape extending deep into the Maya tropical forest. The 41-villa resort and stunning spa present the ultimate beach luxury. 

The Riviera Maya resort's design accentuates the pristine qualities of its dramatic jungle and seaside setting. Intimate and serene features blend seamlessly into the dense tropical foliage, dining is available both indoors and outdoors, and yoga classes and spa treatments overlook the coast. 

Guests are personally welcomed upon arrival and led through the tropical forest paths to their villa. The palapa-roofed villas are decorated with the sophisticated simplicity of Maya aesthetics, utilizing natural materials throughout. Bath areas are especially spacious with indoor and outdoor showers and his-and-hers sinks and closets.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Alila Villas Soori's Wedding Packages

Alila Villas Soori in Bali, is one of the world’s most idyllic wedding destinations, and with two newly designed packages – The Opulent Soori Wedding and the Beachfront Wedding Celebration, couples can choose from a ceremony at their own luxurious and spacious villa or a simple beach wedding.
The Alila Villas Soori is a blissful location to embark on a new life. Situated on the southwest coast of Bali, this luxurious beachfront resort can cater to all the requirements of such a special event. Both packages include a dedicated wedding concierge to take care of all the finer details, meaning bride and groom can concentrate on exploring the local area, relaxing by the pool or enjoying the treatments at Spa Alila.
The Opulent Soori Wedding includes the use of Bali’s only ten-bedroom villa set on over five thousand square metres. A perfect option for those looking for space but want to be with their family and friends under the one roof.
The package includes:
· ceremony and one night stay in decorated 10 bedroom villa (capacity for 20 overnight guests)
· marriage celebrant and commemorative ceremonial certificate
· daily a la carte breakfast in the villa or Cotta Restaurant
· round trip airport transfers
· dedicated wedding concierge
· bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
· flower shower
· acoustic guitar accompaniment and a
· welcome drink, wedding liturgy and chair decoration (up to 20 chairs).
From US$13,900, including tax and service charges. Capacity for160 guests for the ceremony.
The Beachfront Wedding Celebration package includes:
· ceremony at decorated beachfront venue
· marriage celebrant and commemorative ceremonial certificate
· daily a la carte breakfast in villa or Cotta Restaurant
· round trip airport transfers
· dedicated wedding concierge
· bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
· flower shower
· balinese Rindik entertainment
· two-night honeymoon in Ocean Pool Villa, and a
· welcome drink, wedding liturgy and chair decoration (up to 20 chairs).
From US$3,630, including tax and service charges. Capacity for 80 guests.
The personal wedding concierge is on hand to help the bride and groom to finalise all the details including the flowers, music and the food and beverage package. The award-winning, Spa Alila, caters for every pampering need to ensure guests are feeling and looking their best for the special day. To keep the more adventurous guests entertained; Journeys by Alila offer unique experiences from horse riding along the beach to learning the intricacies of rice farming.
For more information, contact the wedding concierge at 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lesic Dimitri Palace, Croatia

Hidden within the walls of the charming medieval town of Korcula, with its winding alleyways, terracotta-tiled houses and tiny churches, is Lesic Dimitri Palace, next door to the house of Marco Polo and only a stone’s throw from the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.  

The hotel occupies an 18th century bishop’s palace and five medieval cottages, offering luxurious accommodation in six residences, complete with five-star services, a spa and a restaurant overlooking the breathtaking Dalmatian archipelago.  

Each of the residences at Lesic Dimitri Palace has been beautifully restored and the interiors are subtly influenced by regions along Marco Polo's Silk Road travels. They encompass original features and are finished with exquisite detailing and handcrafted furniture. The small number of residences guarantees guests an intimate and highly personalised stay with service steeped in local charm. 

Discover delightful vineyards, charming villages, secluded beaches and historic buildings. Courtesy of the Palace’s private motor and sailing yachts, guests can also explore the surrounding islands. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Whileaway Guides

Whileaway Guides are Australian regional travel guides designed to make even the smallest of escapes big on experience. They are a world apart from traditional guides.
Here’s what you will love about the Whileaway Guides:
• They contain all the best bits for a destination – things to see, explore, eat, drink and places to stay. All the research is done for you so all you have to do is turn up.
• 10 folded pocket-sized pages – easy to carry around, written in itinerary style with a cute little map.
• A calendar of events so you can plan your trip around the action.
• Fun, quirky facts that you didn’t know about the region (perfect for the historians or trivia nuts!).
• A place for you to write notes of things to remember, like the name of the vintage vino you just sampled.
• They pack a punch but won’t break the bank – you’ll have change from a tenner.
• Collect them as a special memory of your experiences in a gorgeous Whileaway Journal – perfect for the coffee table and to make your friends jealous. 

These little beauties are focused on uncovering ‘not to be missed’ gems in regional areas, because we’ve got plenty to see and do here in our own backyard, you just need to know where to find these local treasures. The best bit, we’ve done all the research for you!

Whileaway Guides are all independently sourced, tried and tested so that only the notable gems are included. Written to whet your appetite, the information is displayed in an itinerary style and grouped by location so it’s easy to navigate from one place to the next, making it simple to plan ahead.

Designed to be loved and treasured, don’t forget to write down those memorable bits then keep the guides as a little memento of your precious experiences in a neat, convenient and cute Whileaway Journal. All you need to do now is choose your Whileaway destination and create your own adventure… away you go!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

At Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica's best experiences are enjoyed in feel-good equilibrium. Surrounded by exuberant tropical forest and colorful communities, Hotel Punta Islita gazes upon a secluded beach cove along Guanacaste's open-ocean coastline. Upscale travelers will find a premium vacation destination resort to enjoy cultural authenticity, fun eco-adventures, sustainable luxury, and Costa Rica's signature friendship and peaceful hospitality. 

Hotel Punta Islita’s Deluxe Rooms set the standard for affordable luxury in Costa Rica. Spacious and well-appointed, they feature ocean views, local art details, and a private al fresco terrace with hammock for tropical-style lounging.

A couple’s retreat or honeymoon in Costa Rica is best enjoyed in the secluded privacy of Hotel Punta Islita’s stunning Suites. The locally crafted king-sized canopy bed, the private deck, and the outdoor Jacuzzi are sure to inspire dreamlike moments and idyllic romance.

Casitas capture the allure of a charming tropical beach cottage. With a spacious dining terrace, a petite tropical garden, and a refreshing private plunge pool, Casitas are a peaceful retreat for reading, unwinding, and enjoying spellbinding ocean cove vistas.

Hotel Punta Islita offers a varied selection of luxury rentals featuring the upscale comforts of home in a spectacular tropical beach setting. Villas feature two, three, and four bedroom configurations, a full kitchen, spacious common areas, landscaped gardens, and private plunge pools. Best suited for family vacations in Costa Rica, sabbaticals, or extended stays.