Aug 8

Hermitage Bay, Antigua

The intimate and sexy Hermitage Bay is comprised of just 25 luxury suites perfect for a honeymoon when all you care about is rest and romance. Leaving the stress and excitement of wedding plans and parties behind, newlyweds will find absolute pleasure with a honeymoon in the secluded cove and private suites at Hermitage Bay. A collection of cozy, individual cottages are luxuriously appointed and perfectly romantic, creating the ideal honeymoon destination.

Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay

Tucked into a beautiful bay in one of the most secluded corners of Antigua, it is perfect for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Spanning 16 acres of lush tropical gardens, our eco-chic, luxury hotel provides all the comforts of a 5 star resort without compromising the natural habitat that thrives around it. Our open-air facilities, extensive beach and detached rooms allow you to unwind in isolated luxury.

Hermitage Bay

Each of the 8 beachfront suites features a spacious split level lounge and patio, while the large wrap-around decks and private plunge pools of the 17 hillside pool suites afford the added luxury of soaking up the Caribbean sun from the privacy of your own sun bathing deck.

Hermitage Bay

Featuring a stylish décor, rich, wood panelled walls and soft ambient lighting, our suites exude sensuality. The Beachfront Cottages open to the white sand beach and sea, both of which are often vacant and always inviting. With private plunge pools and sun decks, shaded outdoor living spaces and daybeds framed by sheer white curtains, the Hillside Pool Suites are the ultimate romantic escape. As if living on your own private island, you’ll find it easy to forget the world, abandon your inhibitions and enjoy living in the moment.

Hermitage Bay

Hidden by lush vines, the outdoor showers are like tropical rain baths – exhilarating and refreshing. Our aromatic bath soaps have been carefully chosen for their ability to stimulate the senses and fill the large, cavernous bath with long-lasting, luxuriant bubbles. Plush bathrobes and bedroom slippers are provided for relaxing on the patio or balcony whilst sipping champagne and watching the sunset. From the secluded bay and natural beauty to our luxuriously appointed, rustic facilities and ensuite amenities, Hermitage Bay provides all the ingredients for a blissful and unforgettable honeymoon in Antigua.

Hermitage Bay

Whether enjoying lunch by the pool, dining in the beachfront restaurant, or having breakfast in bed, every meal feels privately catered. Recognizing that true 5 star dining is not limited to fois gras and caviar, the chefs at Hermitage Bay create savory entrées that are ideally suited to our guiding principles. The menus change daily, so that each meal becomes an occasion to sample different flavors and try original recipes. Local produce, poultry, and seafood are used liberally in accordance with our effort to minimize food miles. With so much emphasis placed on fresh, high quality ingredients and made-to-order entrées, "[the food] is what you would expect from a 5-star restaurant, not an all-inclusive resort."

Hermitage Bay

The staff at Hermitage Bay has but one aim and that is to accommodate your every request. Whilst enjoying any one of the restaurant, beach, or spa amenities you’ll find a member of staff is always on hand, delivering a cold cocktail, providing fresh towels or collecting your kayak after a paddle around the bay. From the beachfront restaurant serving an all-inclusive menu that is second to none, to the long, secluded beach and Garden Spa, Hermitage Bay offers the perfect setting for a Zen-like experience.

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Aug 6

Get on Island Time at Cap Juluca - Anguilla, Caribbean

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Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Located along the intimate crescent of Maundays Bay on the exclusive British West Indies island of Anguilla, Cap Juluca is a recently re-envisioned luxury 179-acre, world-class resort known for its white pristine beaches, gentle tropical winds and sparkling turquoise waters.

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

The resort features 67 newly refurbished handsomely appointed beachfront guestrooms, suites and villas; a wide array of water sports activities including a 1,800 square-foot fresh water pool; four dining and drinking venues including Pimms featuring high-end French- and Caribbean-inspired fare; two tennis courts and a Tennis Centre; access to a nearby championship golf course designed by Greg Norman.

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Each of the resort's 18 stately villas faces the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, so every room has a glorious beachfront view. The soft lapping of the waves against the shore provides the daily wake-up call, and breakfast is served beneath the sun on the beachfront patio. The resort's timeless Greco-Moorish façade is both luxurious and amorous, making Cap Juluca the ideal destination for every type of getaway: weddings, honeymoons, reunions, or business retreats. The warm, attentive staff is intuitive, yet unobtrusive, so your every need is met before you can even dream it.

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Available through Honeymoon Islands

Beachfront Premium Room Package for 2

  • Half-bottle of champagne in room upon arrival
  • Continental breakfast for two each morning, served at Blue
  • Afternoon tea each day served at Maundays, including freshly baked treats
  • $100 daily resort credit (maximum $500)
  • Complimentary bottled water in room, replenished each day
  • Complimentary resort amenities & activities
    • Wireless Internet access in room, at the beach, and at The Main House
    • Manager's cocktail party and hors d'oeuvres reception each week
    • All non-motorized water sports
    • Day & night tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, and croquet
    • Access to fitness rooms
    • Access to DVD & book library
  • Taxes, service charges & tourism fees

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

Cap Juluca Anguilla Caribbean

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Jul 23

Introducing Event & Wedding Planner Tara Melvin

Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events

Tara Melvin, a southern girl at heart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and in 1996 transitioned to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  Before making DC her new home, she began carving her future with her education.   Tara, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.  Since graduation, her professional career has spanned in the field of Sales & Marketing within the pharmaceutical, industrial, and hospitality industry.  During her professional career she learned and maintained valuable traits in regards to organizational skills, people management, negotiation skills, management skills, and attention to detail, while maintaining grace under pressure.
Several years later, Tara discovered her passion for wedding and event planning after planning numerous affairs at her home and for her friends.   It was only after planning a spectacular New Year’s Eve event at her home that one of her friends suggested that she should go into business for herself because they felt as if she had the gift and talent to be a successful wedding and event planner. 

In 2004, Tara created Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts, LLC, an event planning and management company that offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for luxurious weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish. Services include but not limited to event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, event itinerary creation, and risk and issue management.  It is her philosophy to deliver exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration for her clients and their guests.  And to be “the key resource” for her clients, as she designs, plans, manages, and produces their celebration.  Since the creation of Perfect Planning, the company has organized numerous lavish events from weddings to retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations to family reunions, corporate events and beyond.  Tara is also active within the wedding community serving as President of the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC, 2014 WeddingWire Ambassador, and former member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.
As the creative engine and leader of Perfect Planning, Tara is excited to offer her clients a highly personalized experience resulting in an extraordinary memorable and stress free affair.  Her remarkable attention to detail and exceptional ability to capture the vision of her Clients has made Tara a valuable asset within the industry.  With her expertise, creativeness, passion, managerial aptitude, compassion for her work, and bodacious style-her weddings and special events are those of flawless distinction.  Allow Perfect Planning to offer your next event a personal style that will rise to a level of sophistication and will leave you and your guest in awe!

Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts is celebrating 10 years in business this year serving clients in the DC metro area and beyond, we have not restrictions on geographical locations. Their average wedding guest size is around 150 persons; they have done weddings up to 350 persons. In Tara’s spare time she enjoyswatching movies and playing with my pooch Deuce. Her secret passion is that she is an amateur mixologist – she loves making cocktails. 

Finally, a few words of wisdom from Tara she would like to share with brides and grooms.

·        Remember to love each other always during the planning process

·        As a couple, come to an agreeable and mutual understanding of all decisions

·        Be realistic and wise about your budget, and do not go into debt to have a wedding

·        Determine what is important to you

·        Relax and set guidelines to keep yourself on track

Contact information for Tara Melvin at Perfect Planning Events

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Jul 21

Skip hours of internet research & book with Honeymoon Islands

Amanda and Ben Chando

I traveled extensively before getting married, and for our honeymoon, figured planning a trip to Moorea and Bora Bora would be no different.  That was not the case!  After reading extensive reviews, we decided it would be best to get help, so we could really relax and not worry about travel details after all of the hard work and stress that comes with planning a wedding.  I contacted Teresa and could not be happier we did!  She really listened to what we were looking for, weighed our options until we were comfortable, and made sure everything was very easy and carefree for us along the way. 

St. Regis Bora Bora

Teresa's responsiveness was something that stuck out to me from our initial contact.  This added to the level of comfort we already had with her and knew that when we booked with her, she would be available before, during, and after our travels.  We did have a few questions (about flight upgrades) while we were away, and she got back to us immediately.  That was huge for us because you already feel like you're lacking resources while traveling abroad and Teresa really went above and beyond to make us feel that extra level of comfort.  Aside from comfort, she provided fantastic restaurant and activity recommendations based on what we were looking for in the trip. 

We were ecstatic because she had traveled to both spots, been to the places she was recommending, and experienced the spots from different angles so she was well-versed in the area and provided thorough recommendations. We felt so good about booking with Honeymoon Islands, that we had them book another trip for us in January before we even left for our honeymoon!  As you can see, we were very happy with our trip and who we used to book it. Moving forward, I will skip the hours of internet research and book with Honeymoon Islands - we are confident in all of their services.

Ben & Amanda Chando

Amanda & Benjamin Chando, Virginia USA - Tahiti Honeymoon

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Jul 15

Trip Review by the Ferrari Family – Curtain Bluff in Antigua

What will you remember?

Ferrari Family at Curtain Bluff Antigua

Honeymoon Islands recently planned a family vacation for the Ferrari family (Steve, Chrissie and their daughters Danielle and Jessie) to Curtain Bluff in Antigua.  Post travel I asked one simple question “What will you remember…?”  I hope you enjoy reading their response to that question.

Speed Boat Curtain Bluff

We loved Curtain Bluff!!  Can’t say enough about what a wonderful week we had!  Great staff, great food, awesome activities… beautiful all the way around!  Thank you so much (Teresa at Honeymoon Islands) for leading us in the right direction again and setting it all up for us.  We WILL be going back!!  We met the owner at dinner and told her that you had sent us there.  Her house is absolutely breath taking!

Curtain Bluff fishing

Some of the highlights in a nutshell:

  • Our favorite…getting to know the staff and some of their stories… just amazing, genuinely good people, made us feel special every minute but also took the time to get to know us and ask how things were going
  • Opening our eyes every morning to the postcard photo outside our sliding glass doors. 
  • Slept every night with only the screens lulled by the waves rolling outside our doors.
  • Water activities, WOW!  Amazing snorkeling trips with Lanroy to Cades Reef… lots of beautiful fish and two amazing rays!  Always great explanations and attention to our safety and interests.

Steve fishing in Curtain Bluff

  • Steve went deep sea fishing he loved it and even caught a barracuda.

Curtain Bluff Antigua paddle boarding

  • We all paddle boarded, kayaked, and floated on the rafts.

Lunch at Curtain Bluff

  • Leon took good care of us on the beach everyday… our new favorite drink is the Caribbean Fantasy!
  • We watched two World Cup games in the upstairs TV room with an international group… fun and an amazing life experience.
  • Met so many nice people, many of whom were repeat guests… just a friendly atmosphere.  Met people from Canada, Britain, South Africa, NY, Arizona, Michigan.
  • Cocktails at the Bluff House was so wonderful.  Breathtaking views and we felt so welcomed.

  • Spent one day on a boat circumnavigating the island and getting a historical lesson on Antigua.  Adventure Antigua’s “Extreme Adventure” was in fact a day we will never forget.  Great guys who love their island and do a great job sharing so much history!
  • Swam with the rays and “Henry” the barracuda at Stingray City.  Jessie’s favorite memory of the whole week was when she held the stingray.  Danielle overcame her anxiety and joined us!

Steal Band Curtain Bluff Antigua

  • Live music every night… every band was fantastic!  Especially enjoyed the group who played Rhianna songs and some old 80’s music.
  • Talking with the bartenders before dinner, sharing stories back and forth
  • And then there was the food… three delicious and healthy meals a day.  What a treat to enjoy such good food and company.  Loved that Lana, the pastry chef, was doing so well in her career and so young!  Read about her in one of the magazines on the island.  Also, Chelle (the owner) visiting tables at dinnertime was a special treat! 

Danielle and Jessie Ferrari

  • Our daughter Jessie (an athlete) used the workout room every morning to keep up with her summer training schedule.  Equipped well enough to please a D1 soccer player.
  • And the WiFi pleased Danielle since she could keep in touch with her friends!

Drinking Coconut Water at Curtain Bluff Antigua

  • We enjoyed learning ALL ABOUT coconuts from Smooth.  They were delicious!
  • Our greeting at the airport in Antigua was amazing… right to the front of the line and through to our ride in no time.  That was sweet!

Curtain Bluff Hammock

Curtain Bluff is a beautiful all-inclusive resort that sits by itself on a bluff with ocean on both sides boasting 2 separate beaches- One is great for body surfing the waves which roll into the shore, the other is great for snorkeling, water sports and children. Every accommodation has a stunning view of the ocean. You could hear the ocean crashing onto the beach about 40 steps from the patio. The bathroom has double vanity, with a walk in shower, large tub and separate water closet. They have plenty of connecting rooms and suites for any family size from 1 Bedroom to 4 Bedroom. One of the beauties of staying here is there are no phones or TV’s in the rooms. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property. They will stock your fridge with certain drinks if you let them know your preferences. They also offer laundry service for a fee.

Curtain Bluff sailing

The great thing about this resort is there are tons of things to do while you’re there. About 10 minutes from the resort there is a zip line course. On property they have a championship tennis center, a fully equipped water sports center offering scuba, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks, a squash court and fitness center. They also have daily snorkeling trips to Cades Reef. The owner Chelle and the General Manager Rob are always present and very personable.

When you take your next vacation ask yourself...."What will you remember...?"

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