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For brides and grooms-to-be, love in the time of recession often means sacrificing the dream wedding extras (i.e., a band AND a DJ, classic car to and from the church, maybe the chocolate fountain) but not necessarily sacrificing the dream wedding itself. After all, you only get married once. Hmmm...ok, maybe you only have the big wedding once. (If you aren't Donald Trump, that is.)
But love in the time of recession also means putting a cap on the honeymoon budget. While everyone fantasizes about seven days in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti, the reality is that not everyone has 15 grand to spend on the honeymoon. But with proper planning and a little compromise, smart couples can still have the honeymoon of their dreams.
While the Hotel Bel-Air is definitely out as a venue for brides looking to get married before 2011, the Ladera Resort in St. Lucia is in. Coming in December, the hotel will step up their romance factor, allowing couples to say "I do" inside its new Paradise Pavilion. Okay, so the name is kinda hokey, but we’re grooving on the visual, even if we’re not quite ready to walk down the aisle.
Perched 1,100 above the sea, the open-air wedding venue sits along the property’s rainforest ridge. Sounds lush and lovely, right?
It’s crafted in Ladera's signature rainforest style, with terracotta flooring, columns milled and richly polished from tropical greenheart wood, as well as cut stone and tile work crafted by local St. Lucian masons.
When it’s time to cut loose, fun-seekers tend to head to Cabo San Lucas and Cancún, Mexico. But, for couples seeking a peaceful island honeymoon packed with adventure, Cozumel is the civilized solution.
It’s intimate enough to never feel crowded, yet offers visitors everything from nightlife in San Miguel to miles of secluded, white sandy beaches. Setting it apart from its mainland Mexican counterparts, Cozumel boasts photo-op worthy sunsets, privacy and some of the best diving reefs in the world.
Our pals over at Brides.com have a knack for picking out the loveliest and the smartest hotels for your wedding-related celebrations from the ceremony to the reception to the afterparty and this year, with the economy in mind, they've hand-selected a few destinations that get you the most bang (hehehe) for your buck on your honeymoon with the help of travel gurus Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Some highlights from the Top 10 Cheap-Chic Honeymoons List they put together:
· Jetting to the Rodwell House in South Africa can be worth it go all the way there and be rewarded with room rates as low as $168.
· Or just keep it simple and stay in the US: the Townhouse Hotel in Miami runs in the $115–$500 range, including continental breakfast. It's cute, boutique-y, and includes the option of doin' your bronzing time on the rooftop or walking the few steps down to the beach. decked rooftop or walk the 50 yards to the beach
· Thinkin' Europe for the honeymoon? If you "crave quiet intimacy in the middle of it yet away from it all at the same time," the Murmuri in Barcelona (shown) may be a good spot for you and your new spouse, with rates starting around $155 (not including breakfast).
[Photo: Mr. and Mrs. Smith via Brides.com]
Fergie (aka Stacy Ferguson) and Josh Duhamel finally got around to tying the knot last weekend in Malibu and the newlyweds are now reportedly at the Reethi Rah One and Only Hotel in the Maldives. Hmm...maybe they got the idea from our Top Five Best Hotels in the Maldives list.
We've always envied the private villas at Reethi Rah, some of which are on the beach and others that are above the waters of the lagoon. But in this economy, the only people who can afford to stay here are money-making celebrities.
The hotel has a honeymoon special that really doesn't seem so special, thanks to the restrictions on it. The package includes a five nights stay minimum, a candlelit dinner (booze not included), a signature honeymoon amenity and flower bed decoration. Honeymooners must show a copy of their invitation or wedding card for this deal. And the dinner is not combinable with any other offer. Um...ok.
Without the honeymoon "perks", rates are currently $1,750 for a private beach villa which comes with its own villa host and assistants. The two-bedroom Grand Beach villa with a private pool is $6,950 per night. Yes. PER NIGHT. Oh and don't forget, it costs $150 each way for the trip from the Male Airport to the hotel via its luxury yacht. We sincerely hope that Fergie and Josh got a price break here for being famous. Oh wait, nevermind. They can afford it.
This is one of the most horrific stories we've heard happening at hotels yet. Two honeymooners from Wales were shot at during a raid on their luxury hotel in Antigua yesterday. The bride was killed and her husband fighting for his life in a hospital's intensive care unit with a bullet wound in the neck.
The couple, Catherine and Benjamin Mullaney, were honeymooning at the Cocos Hotel when robbers burst into their cottage while they slept.
Tourism minister Harold Lovell said investigators will look at whether there were any lapses in security at the hotel, which employs guards. He said other hotel guests have been left traumatised by the murder and some have requested to be relocated. Speaking on Sky News, he said: "The police are still obviously trying to work out the motive, but they think robbery will be the motive."
The island of Antigua has had a spike in crime with 10 murders reported so far this year and a recent spree of shootings reported as well.
As for the Cocos Hotel, it certainly looks like paradise with all cottages promising sea views and beach access. On the hotel's website, Cocos promises: "an exclusive resort for those looking to escape to paradise. Cocos offers complete peace and tranquility, an abandon from the stress of life, where your every need is catered for." Sad.
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A curious HotelChatter reader is pondering a stay at the Tides Zihuatanejo for his honeymoon and was interested to know which suite would be the best to book: the Lagoon suite or the Beach suite? Here are his questions:
Looking to do a honeymoon at the tides in Zihuatanejo in August of this year and I have a couple of questions: How does the beach suite compare the lagoon suite? Are there typically small children around? Also, is there some nightlife outside of hotel?
Our first stop in Uruguay during our recent field trip was Colonia, a Unesco World Heritage Site and tourist town par excellence. As it's just a short ferry ride from bustling Buenos Aires, it's a popular spot for stressed out Argentines to mellow out.
Playing a big role in that is the sleepy Posada Plaza Mayor, a smallish guesthouse in the heart of the old quarter. Most rooms surround a leafy courtyard and have that old-hotel-in-a-historic-place vibe. Our room was one of two upstairs that was super quiet and outfitted with slightly more modern furnishings.
If you live here in the Northeast, you woke up to freezing rain and general malaise inducing weather this morning. It is times like these where we thank our lucky stars for Google Earth, which has a habit of transporting us to a far away place like Petit St. Vincent Resort, a island resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
This maritime, on the edge of kitsch, resort was conceived by Hazen K. Richardson. As we understand it, Hazen was living in New England and made a habit of escaping to the Caribbean every winter. He made a living sailing blue blooded rich dudes around the Windward Islands on his boat during the winter months. In the middle of one voyage, he pointed out an 111 acre island to a particularly wealthy client and made an off handed comment about what a great resort the deserted island would make. The monie-up New Englander almost challenged Hazen, suggesting he put the money up for Hazen to create and run such a resort. Mr. Richardson, not one to let golden opportunities slide by, jumped at the offer, and with the help of architect Arne Hasselquist, created a unique self-contained 22 cottage colony paradise.
The stone cottages are peppered throughout the island, some on hillsides, some tucked behind private beaches, and most with great views. Each cottage has plenty of space, an outdoor deck, and a hammock. Most importantly, every cottage comes equipped with its own flagpole. Raise the red flag and the golf cart traveling staff won't go anywhere near your cottage, raise the yellow flag and the staff will drive up and fulfill most any request. Kind of puts a luxury twist on the old sock on the door policy does it not?
The only way to reach PSV and the resort is by boat, where Mr. Richardson and his wife will personally greet you and hand you a drink when you arrive on the lone island dock. The owners also are likely to invite you up to their gorgeous island home for a drink at some point during your stay.
The resort is all inclusive and each meal can be enjoyed in a common area, up in your stone cottage, or delivered to you on the beach. While the food is not five star, and you aren't going to find any flat screen televisions in the cottages, this is the kind of place where if you fall for it, you will fall hard, wanting to return over and over again. Count us among that set.
The Palmer House in Chicago gives a discount to its return customers. But there's a catch -- you're only shot at nabbing the deal is if you visited back when the hotel housed WWII vets returning home to their sweeties. One-time guests who visited more than 50 years ago can stay for the price of their original visit as long as they can provide the original receipt.
Last week, 81-year-olds Larry and Mariam Orenstein stayed in the hotel's $1,600-a-night suite for $10 -- the price they paid when they honeymooned in the room in 1947. And actually, they didn't even have to pay the $10 as their grandson Ze graciously paid the bill.
The hotel, which first opened in the 1800s, started offering the deal in 1925. But customers have taken advantage of the offer fewer than 10 times over the last 25 years, said hotel spokesman Ken Price.
[Photo: Chicago Sun-Times]
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We're a little behind today so we have an old-school link droppage for ya.
· One instance where it pays to be married to someone for a really long time--a cheap hotel room! [AP]
· A deadly business trip to the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong for two men [AHN]
· Jeffrey Katzenberg persona non grata at the Four Seasons in NYC [Page Six]
· Armani Hotels launches official website, we'll review this tomorrow [AME Info]
· Budget UK chain EasyHotels expanding across Portugal [Easier]
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Once again, HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around. He's left Acapulco for Zihuatanejo, Mexico where's he scoping out the burgeoning hotel scene. If you have a question about where to stay in Acapulco or Zihuatanejo, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.
The Tides may be the best place to stay on the beach in Zihuatanejo, but Casa que Canta continually tops readers' polls each year, nabbing the #1 spot for Mexico in both T&L and Conde Nast Traveler in '06. It's a favorite with honeymooners and those looking for a romantic escape that will impress their significant other.
So what's all the fuss about? Dramatic architecture and killer views in every direction for a start, plus waves crashing against the rocks to lull you to sleep at night. Throw in an impressive infinity pool looking out at the bay and another one on the cliffside (pictured here). Then wrap it up with personalized service from a staff used to catering to the rich and picky. If you're celebrating a special occasion, they'll set up a candlelit dinner on one of the many small terraces dotted around the cliffs.
This is not a place for those with mobility issues--expect to be climbing a lot of stairs--but when you get back to your room it's a welcoming place to hang. Each is spacious and has a private furnished balcony or terrace mostly shielded from the view of others. The swanky marble baths have toiletries in clay pots. (As in no plastic to throw into a landfill.) Some suites have a hammock in addition to cushioned chaises and a dining set. The master suites are a bit larger and add a private pool.
None of this comes cheap of course: official rates start at $435 in the rainy season and bump up close to a grand for the largest suite. If you're not staying here, don't expect to be able to just pop by for a drink though. The hotel grounds are restricted to guests except for dinner.