Feel pampered with honeymoon packages

When booking your honeymoon there are certain criteria people have in mind for your holiday of a lifetime. As well as the perfect location, beautiful settings and gorgeous weather, you begin looking for all the lovely freebies you can get with a honeymoon, to make this trip the most special of your lives.

Lots of tour operators these days throw in several complimentary items with honeymoon packages, so if you’re keen on getting a free gift or two, read on to find out what you can receive.

Room upgrades

We all dream of booking the honeymoon suite at a hotel, especially if you’re actually going on your honeymoon. But when you weigh up the costs, you might decide that the added expense isn’t something you can afford. That is why it is so brilliant when some hotels offer to give you a free upgrade to the honeymoon – or another fancy – suite.

When booking your trip, we advise you to look for accommodation that has special deals on the rooms such as this. You might also find offers for some hotels that allow you to get one or two nights free if you stay a certain amount of time. If you go on a safari honeymoon, you may get one night free and an upgrade to a romantic lodge with a private pool – heaven!

Free champagne

They weren’t the only treats you may be given though, and you may also be lucky enough to receive a free bottle of champagne. In fact, we discovered that lots of hotels are keen to offer loved-up brides and grooms some complimentary bubbly. This is often stipulated when you book the room (indeed, it could tempt you to choose one hotel over another!), but you might instead be surprised by the generous offer and find a chilled bottle and two glasses when you arrive – ideal after a long flight across the world!

Romantic dinners

There’s nothing you may enjoy more than spending time with your new husband having a romantic dinner, and we think you should have as many of these as possible on your honeymoon. This is why we specifically look at the different restaurants and cuisines available at the hotels we are considering – however, as well as having amazing dinners out at luxurious eateries, you might also have the chance to enjoy a private candlelit dining experience.

Some hotels might offer you and your spouse the opportunity to have a three-course meal on its beach, pier or other private area. Some enjoy a really special dinner alone in a gazebo by the sea with their own private waiting service all evening, delicious food and the most spectacular views.

Pampering packages

Another thing you may appreciate on your honeymoon is the chance to enjoy the hotel’s spa facilities – especially if you found the task of organising the wedding a particularly stressful one! If rest and relaxation are two highly important criteria for your romantic break, look for resorts that have their own treatment rooms. Offers for free couples’ massages, facials, mud wraps and other luxury experiences are also often available. Having one or two of these will certainly leave you feeling very special on your honeymoon – especially if you get them for free!

Wherever you decide to go for your romantic break – from following these steps and enjoying a safari in Africa to embarking on a romantic honeymoon in the Caribbean – keep these freebies in mind when booking your trip. This way, you can ensure you have the best holiday of your lives.

Koh Samui favourite for weddings

Koh Samui, the tropical paradise overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, is fast emerging as a favorite wedding venue of couples around the globe for its boutique ambience, excellent amenities and famous Thai hospitality. However, wedding planning especially abroad is no easy task for couples who are already stressed out with various commitments. This state of affairs motivated Nora Resorts & Hotels to launch a new venture NoraWeddings.com and to come out with wedding packages to simplify the planning process.

 

Couples who have gone through wedding ceremonies at home will attest to the fact that these events are anything but stress-givers. From coordinating wedding vendors to finding time for fitting sessions and beauty procedures, couples no wonder feel drained by the time they are standing in front of the altar. Troubles worsen when guest list run into miles, forcing couples to stretch the scale of reception. Many couples avoid these hassles by choosing to wed abroad.

 

Though guests need to be flown in and accommodation taken care of, Samui weddings are less expensive. As modern practices require guests to pay for their trip, couples need to tackle only the last remaining hurdle of organizing the show. This is where NoraWeddings.com pitches in with its vast experience in hotel industry by offering various wedding packages. Nora’s wedding packages come with the services of a wedding planner to oversee arrangement and to guarantee that it takes place without snags.

 

Thai Wedding package offered by NoraWeddings.com includes a traditional Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony presided over by holy monks. The package provides for the special meals and alms to monks besides flower garlands for bride and groom. Wedding venue décor, wedding cake, wine for toasting, background music and long drum procession with Thai dance come as part of the deal. Wedding ceremony is followed by signing of wedding ceremony certificate and planting of love tree to mark the event. Private candlelight BBQ dinner is a befitting finale to the romantic occasion.

 

NoraWeddings.com also offers couples the choice to wed in Western-style ceremony or enjoy romance and thrill of both with Thai & Western Wedding package.

 

Korea has honeymoon appeal

There are many places in the world that can be referred to as hot honeymoon destinations, and the Seychelles is definitely courting the top of such a list.

More and more, especially since newlyweds Prince William and Catherine jetted to the islands for their honeymoon, Seychelles is in the limelight for honeymoon travel.

Such a trend is building up in Korea which is one of the strongest secondary markets for Seychelles.

The Koreans view the islands as not only the place to unwind while being surrounded by glistening waters, tropical palms, and beautiful sandy beaches, but it is one which will leave lasting memories.

At the Korea World Travel Fair (KOTFA) held in Seoul last month, Seychelles could have been the most exciting destination of the show, as its romance appeal attracted a lot of visitors to the stand.

The Seychelles Tourist Office in South Korea confirmed that the awareness and popularity of the destination keeps increasing on that market, as more people show interest.

The Seychelles stand was highly appreciated at KOTFA, as it showed the enviable beauty of the islands, as well as a replica of the Seychelles giant tortoise. The latter created a stir, as did the coco-de-mer nut, which Seychelles promoted as the fruit of Eve, which brings luck when you touch.

Seychelles also hosted a “Seychelles Survival Quiz” where five “survivors” were rewarded each day of the show.

Besides their presence at the show, the tourist office in Korea also ran a busy program of PR events and trade promotions for the trade and media, in a bid to further expose the destination and create awareness among the people who sell it.

To further confirm Seychelles’ successful presence at the show, the destination won the Best Booth Design Award for the second year in a row.

The office said after the trade fair that KOTFA has helped immensely to promote the destination to the Korean mass market and that Seychelles should participate every year until such time that it is satisfied that the islands are well-established in that market and the numbers are showing even healthier growth.

Where have the royal honeymooners gone on holiday?

After more than a week of keeping the world guessing, the Kate and William have finally left for their honeymoon – secrecy still surrounds the destination, but it’s widely believed to be a holiday in the Seychelles.

With a record two billion people watching the wedding globally, their choice of honeymoon is predicted to send ripples through the travelsphere.

STA Travel group managing director John Constable commented: Wills and Kate are perhaps the most accessible Royal couple, in terms of young people relating to what they’ve done – specifically in terms of travel history.

Both have had gap years, been on safari, been to Australia and South America, all of which are on the travel wish list of every young person in the UK.

The Seychelles is already one of the most popular honeymoon destinations – but now its popularity is going to soar as people look to emulate Wills and Kate.

However it’s not just the honeymoon destination which have been thrown into the spotlight thanks to the newlyweds, but luckily you don’t need a Royal bank balance to holiday like Wills and Kate thanks to STA Travel.

Wills spent time volunteering in Belize as part of his gap year working on different projects. STA Travel has a 28-day conservation project tour from £1195, which includes accommodation and selected meals, does not include international flights. It includes working in Belize’s national parks, archaeological reserves and a Manatee Rehabilitation Centre.

Will spent time in volunteering in South Africa, alone, and also with his brother Harry before the World Cup in 2010. STA Travel has a 14-day ‘Kingdom of the White Lion’ trip near Johannesburg in which participants help care for endangered animals and maintain the animal sanctuary.

The first Royal engagements for Wills and Kate as a couple was a tour of the UK. STA travel has a 14 day tour of Britain and Ireland, starting and ending in London, from £1190.

Silver wedding anniversary takes British couple back to heavenly Seychelles

A couple from UK has returned to what they described as “heavenly” Seychelles this week, to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. This is not just any vacation; they have returned to the island where they tied the knot 25 years ago.

Gerard and Angela Barte got married at the Reef Hotel on a bright and sunny afternoon of May 5, 1986. They took their vows under a traditional thatched gazebo, and the lovely and dashing bride was given away by the then young hotel Marketing & Sales Manager, Alain St.Ange.

Mr. St.Ange is today the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and the couple paid him a surprise visit at his offices at Bel Ombre.
“I can still remember that day when I walked Angela, who was carrying a white umbrella, to the groom. It was a nice, simple, but very romantic wedding,” said Mr. St.Ange.

Gerard and Angela said they couldn’t have picked a better place to declare their love for each other and that since then, they had visited the islands again in 2006 and now in 2011.

“We wanted a special location for this very important moment in our lives,” said a smiling Angela, adding, “We wanted somewhere magical, romantic, unique and with plenty of sun and sea. Seychelles was all that.”

Gerard, who is French but married an English bride, said the fact that both their languages were spoken in Seychelles, made them feel a special bond with the islands, and they knew this was the place they had been looking for.

“Seychelles is beautiful and we knew we would feel at home here. People are so friendly, and we made a lot of friends,” he explained.

Upon their return to the islands in 2006, they decided to spend more days here so as to better appreciate the place and culture, and they took the occasion to renew their vows at the St. Paul’s Cathedral.

They are back now for their silver anniversary and though they are not planning anything special, they just feel they have to be in Seychelles for this milestone.

Since they are now better acquainted with the islands, they are enjoying island hopping as they visit the islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.

“We love the islands, the food, the friendly people, and everything else that makes this destination very special to us,” they said.

They noted that a lot of developments have taken place in the country, but the charm and character that makes the islands unique in all sense of the word, still remains.

The couple has a 24-year-old son and since he has never been to Seychelles, they are planning to bring him along next time they visit.

“We have visited other destinations, such as the Carribean, but Seychelles has the greatest appeal. We have sent a lot of friends to Seychelles and yes, we would be back to visit, because the experience gets better each time,” said the couple.

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that he was happy to have been part of the hotel management team who cared for the British Couple in 1986. “We must have done something right, because they keep coming back to Seychelles. Seychelles remains the dream location for weddings and honeymoons, and the proof of any pudding is in the eating… Gerard and Angela came, got married in paradise, and are now back to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. This speaks for itself, and we are proud to always welcome back such valued guests who hold Seychelles pictures in their most treasured photo albums,” Alain St.Ange said.