In between the quaint coastal village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley Ranch awaits wedding parties for a true escape before the wedding. The getaway spot is well known for its comfortable accommodations, luxurious spa, and newly renovated golf course; but what keeps guests coming back for more is the wide array of activities the property offers for both large and small groups. Wonderful for a bridal-party excursion or supplemental bridal shower activity, the "Lavender Essential Oil Distillation Workshop" allows guests to participate in the distillation and blending process used to create the in-suite bath amenities and Spa Aiyana products for just $50/person. Participants will also be sent home with their own pure lavender essential oil harvested from the hillsides of the property. The "Message on a Bottle" winemaking activity gets the entire wedding party together to create their own wine using a blend of three grape ... Read More »
Couples desiring a romantic honeymoon surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility will find their dream destination in St. Lucia. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers luxury accommodations, three restaurants, four bars and lounges, a relaxing spa surrounded by the rainforest, and an array of activities for adventurous couples as well as those that prefer to relax by the pool or on the beach. Newlyweds can indulge in the "Sweet Romance" package, which includes round-trip airport transportation before checking in for four nights in a luxury villa complete with a private pool and patio, plus personalized butler service. Couples will also find a bottle of Champagne and a single stem rose in their gorgeous plantation-style accommodations. Romantic activities include an introductory dive, a beautiful sunset cruise, a hike to the island's famous Gros Piton mountain, and a couple's spa treatment. Specialty meals include a candlelit dinner and breakfast in bed. The ... Read More »
The Carlton Hotel, an urban retreat in New York City’s trendy NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) neighborhood has introduced an array of packages for bridal showers. For an intimate, ladies-only soiree, the Broadway Diva Suite is a perfect setting with a custom velvet sofa, accent mirrors, and even playbills. Starting at $1,599 plus tax, the bride and nine of her girls will be treated to a nail party and formal tea with miniature sandwiches, scones, pastries, and sparkling wine, plus a Tiffany & Co. gift for the bride. If the couple prefers to host a coed, Jack and Jill wedding shower, two top-floor penthouse suites will provide fun for both parties, starting at $5,999 plus tax. Men will enjoy one hour with an in-room mixologist in Carlton’s Corner Pocket suite, which features a restored 1950s billiards table. The women will be pampered with two hours of makeup services and ... Read More »
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