Paradisus Palma Real is where you want to get away if you desire the crystal blue sea, pristine white sandy beaches, stylish accommodations and exceptional dining.
This luxury all-inclusive resort is located on one of the most legendary beaches in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the remarkable Bavaro Beach.
First impressions are everything, and this resort does not disappoint. It is love at first sight upon arrival where you are met with a jaw dropping dramatic lobby offering stunning views of the Caribbean.
This exclusive paradise offers extravagant options and experiences for everyone, the possibilities are truly endless. You will be treated like Royalty while staying in the adult only Royal Service, the personification of elegance offering discreet butler service during your entire stay. You can roll out of your bed and onto the beach Bali bed reserved and waiting for you. While you are sipping cocktails you can contemplate which fine dining restaurant you want reservations for that evening. Private check in/check out, regal amenities, and pillow, yes pillow menus are a glimpse into your pampering.
Families can also experience this VIP treatment in Family Concierge. Children can wear their child size robes and slippers while enjoying such amenities as a Play Station before starting the multitude of children’s activities available to them. Or you may want to stay in “The Reserve” a hotel within a hotel offering residential concierge suites.
Paradisus Palma Real is where you go to be gastronomically content. Gourmet restaurants offer contemporary world class cuisine including Passion, by Martin Berasateui, winner of 8 Michelin stars, and well know Spanish chef.
Guests are provided endless options to relax and reduce stress. Yhi Spa specializes in Asian treatments and is a sanctuary of positive energy. Therapists hailing from the Philippines and Indonesia specialize in treatments based on the arts of Thai Chi and Muay Thai.
Those who choose to stay active can choose from beach volleyball, tennis kayak and numerous water sports. The Yhi Moves Fitness Center offers state of the art equipment as well as an on-site personal trainer. However runners might want to strap on their running shoes, relish the natural backdrop of the Caribbean, and run on the miles of white sandy beaches.
Golfers will delight in the unlimited green fees included at the World Class 27 hole champion golf course designed by Jose Pepe Gancedo.
For those desiring different activities, the resort offers life enriching experiences which include sushi making, wine tasting, painting and salsa classes and more.
You will rediscover the romance of travel at this romantic haven. This is the perfect destination to say I do or celebrate each other.
Honeymooners and anniversary couples celebrate romance “Under the Star” private dinner, rose petals bed and bath couples massages creating memories to last a lifetime.
Brides and Grooms who choose to have their wedding at this paradise are assured a postcard perfect ceremony and can choose from many glamorous locations.
This is where you want to go if you want a dreamlike location, superior service, extraordinary food, luxurious accommodations and countless activities. So what are you waiting for? Contact Nancy Barkley at Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways to plan your once in a lifetime memory.
All pictures courtesy of Paradisus Palma Real.
Imagine hitting the slopes and having one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops, The Italian Dolomites. I invite you to experience Cortina d’Ampezzo., surrounded by the most stunning scenery in the world. The Dolomite mountains are majestic, with some serious jaw dropping cliffs and peaks rising up from beautiful valley.
Located a couple hours’ drive from Venice, Cortina ( as the locals call it) is a several hours drive from Venice and a true paradise for ski enthusiasts. Powerful, sleek, and majestic, these gorgeous mountains have been named a World Heritage site.
The 1956 Winter Olympics put this area on the maps and in the living room homes around the world. Film buffs will recognize a genra of films shot at this location, from war and romantic movies to Italian comedies. The Pink Panther was filmed here in 1962 and you can channel your inner James Bond as Roger Moore hurtled down the slopes on skis while being chased by the bad guys on spike wheeled motorbikes. Brilliant.
Fashionistas will love Cortina, as it on the cutting edge of fashion and trends. You can check out next season’s fashion’s by walking along Corso Italia, the pedestrian street and the place to shop. Choose from the most exclusive brands from around the world, antique shops, art galleries, a true shopper’s paradise.
Skiing can work up quite the appetite and skiers will not be disappointed by the fine offerings of restaurants while on the slope. Once off the slope there are several high-end restaurants for the discerning tastes of the gourmands.
As a border territory, the food in influenced by both the Veneto and Tyrolean regions.
For more information regarding luxury getaways to The Dolomite Mountains, contact Nancy Barkley at Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways.
Photo credit: Cortina d’Ampezzo website.
After spending 3 days in Lake Como, located in the foothills of the Italian Alps, I quickly learned why JFK said “It is the most beautiful lake of the world”
Forming an upside-down Y, Lake Como is an hour’s drive north of Milan.
I had the privilege to stay at the elegant Villa D’este in Cernobbio, named one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler.
It is truly challenging to describe how beautiful this resort is. Upon checking in at the Cardinal Building, I was told I would be staying in the Queen’s Pavilion, together offering 152 rooms and suites.
While being escorted to my room, I quickly became in awe of my surroundings. To the left, 25 acres of luxuriously landscaped gardens complete with 16th-century mosaic monuments with the lower part of the gardens from the Renaissance period. To the right, the lakeside terrace and unique floating swimming pool facing the picturesque mountains.
My room overlooking the lake was classic elegance. No two rooms in either building are alike in size or décor and are furnished with every comfort.
This hotel is the definition of sophistication, no wonder why the romances of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, The Duke & Duchess of Windsor and Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles began here.
To be married here would be the event of a lifetime.
This hotel is more than just a Villa, it is a destination. Once you reach your room you might not want to leave. However there are an abundance of water sports to choose from as well as the Sporting Club. Located in the Cardinal Building this club is connected by a secret passageway offering a fitness center, sauna, squash court and much more. Outdoors, there are hiking trails, a tennis center and trademark floating pool to choose from. One can also enjoy playing a round of golf at the beautiful Golf Club Villa Deste, considered to be one of the most challenging par 69’s in Europe.
If you really want to let loose, definitely test drive the latest Ferrari’s to zip around Lake Como!
Pictures courtesy of Villa’Deste. For more information, contact Nancy Barkley
215-793-4808 / Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways
Lying back in a wooden rowboat together and entering the magical Blue Grotto in Capri Italy.
Romantic sunset gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
Wine pairing at a family run winery in Sicily.
Exploring Montenegro with its twisting byways, Byzantine architecture, and pitched mountains plummeting straight into the Adriatic Sea.
Walking the medieval walls that surround Dubrovnik and then exploring what lies within the white old city.
Visiting Split Croatia with its bustling harbor lined with cafes and Diocletians’ Palace in the center of town.
Strolling through the streets of Rovinj, Croatia where hints of Italy are everywhere, in the signs, in the language, in the cuisine, thanks to having spent more than 500 years under Venetian rule. Romantic, quaint, and captivating, it’s Istria’s most beloved town.
Trip of a lifetime, you bet! Memories that will last forever, indeed! Can you experience this? Absolutely, call Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways today! 215-793-4808
Brand your destination wedding:
Create your own logo.
Not a logo person? Personalize your wedding as you would like to reflect your personality. Starting with the save the dates, invites, table settings, welcome letters to guests, daily activity list to guests, timeline, menus… Add a personal touch that reflects your particular style.
Themed weddings have become very popular. If you decide on a themed wedding, you can move beyond popular ones such as Great Gatsby and choose one reflecting what you both like.
Favorite book? Favorite Movie? TV show? Or where he proposed. If the proposal was in Paris, and your guests can not travel that far, have a Paris theme wedding at home, using decorations, invites, food that reflect France.
I attended an event in Italy that had a different theme in the 5 different rooms that showcased the bride and grooms talents and hobbies. One room was music based, the Hors ’doeuvre were served out of guitar cases.
In another room, drinks were “magic” themed (inspired by the groom’s love of magic). Drinks were served with dry ice on the trays with the glasses to make them appear like magic. The picture taking room was set up to reflect their love of horseback riding with equestrian theme. The reception had classical piano and then jazz band, one bride liked and one groom liked.
Couples choosing an interfaith wedding can combine and personalize the ceremony by bride and groom wearing each other’s traditional clothing. You can also use heritage and your own personal traditions throughout wedding and reception.
Do an activity you would like to do during your wedding weekend with your guests depending on where your destination is—snorkeling? Zip lining? Swim with the dolphins? Group painting, pottery, etc.
These are very popular now, but put your own twist on it. If I were getting married again, I would have wine tastings stations set around everywhere!
However you personalize your destination wedding, be sure to minimize the overload by picking one main theme and seeing how you can incorporate in the other details.
By picking that first, you’ll save yourself work later.
Nancy Barkley, Founder Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways
Photos, Robert London Photography
Nancy Barkley/Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways/215-793-4808
Cortona in Tuscany, Italy is perhaps best known as the setting for the book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” Cortona is among Tuscany’s loveliest destinations offering astonishing landscapes and romantic backdrops.
Couples seeking to get married at an intimate and elegant country house rich of flowers and perfumes, La Corte dei Papi is the perfect choice. If looking for exclusivity you may reserve the entire estate for your guests.
And because your wedding will last more than one day, the hardest choice you will have to make is choosing from all the amazing activities available to your guests. On site cooking classes? Walking or cycling the countryside? Or personalized private tours to Pienza, famous for its cheese, Montepulciano and Montalcino, known all over the world for its wines Nobile and Brunello. You can visit Siena and San Gimignano, true historic and landscape treasures on the foot of Chianti.
Or perhaps your guests will just want to stay in their rooms? Why? This XVIII century country house was completely restored with luxury and wellness in mind. The spa suites offer a private spa for 2 people with a Turkish bath provided with 4 multi-sensory showers.
Couples choosing to marry at La Corte dei Papi will receive attention to every detail, superior professionalism and discretion from the staff. You will have a chef preparing each recipe with quality and elegant presentation for an ultimate dining experience. La Corte dei Papi is the absolute perfect location for your destination wedding which guests will be talking about for years to come.
Nancy Barkley, Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways, 215-793-4808
Photos courtesy of La Corte dei Papi
Visualize yourself getting married in the jewel of the Caribbean, where royalty and dignitaries choose to stay, truly one of the most legendary destinations, Half Moon Bay, Jamaica. Having just returned from this magnificent resort, I can confirm that getting married at Half Moon Bay will be a dream come true.
Half Moon Bay offers brides and grooms breathtaking backdrops to choose from. Oleander Terrace offers the music of the Sea and prime beachfront location. Sunrise Beach, a spectacular half mile curve of beach sheltered
by the offshore reef offers a quintessential toes-in-the-sand ceremony experience, especially at dusk when the constantly shifting hues of the sky and sea add a memorable backdrop. Or perhaps the elegant Sugar Mill Restaurant overlooking Half Moon’s beautiful golf course.
Your guests will be treated luxuriously in 5 star accommodations on private estate of 400 acres all fronted by two miles of private beach. The hardest choice they will have to make is what fine dining restaurant to choose from and will they either enjoy the 18 hole championship golf course, Equestrian Centre, thirteen tennis courts, and a variety of water sports including a private Dolphin Lagoon or spend the day at the spa?
Words do not do justice on how beautiful Half Moon Bay is, so you will need to experience it for yourself and I promise you will have the perfect destination wedding.
Nancy Barkley/Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways/215-793-4808
All photos courtesy of Half Moons Bay
Nevis offers near perfect weather, luxurious indoor and outdoor space and stunning ocean views. Couples can choose from picturesque churches, historic plantations, soft, sandy beaches or beautiful tropical gardens. Nevis is truly one of the world’s premier Caribbean wedding destinations.
Nevis is for the couple looking for privacy and exclusivity. Nevis is a unique, elegant, romantic location for a destination wedding, honeymoon or Anniversary trip. If it is Romance Related, that is who it is for.
Perfect time Nevis , December to early April.
Top Romantic Activities on Nevis
Top places to get married on Nevis
Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, choose Nevis ……unspoiled, unpretentious, and unforgettable.
Nancy Barkley/Lifestyle Specialist Honeymoons and Destination Weddings/ Certified Nevis Romance Specialist
Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways / 877-793-4908
My Jordan Journey.
For those of you who are ready to explore a destination unlike any other in the world, I welcome you to Jordan. I have been home just 2 weeks and still cannot stop telling people about this extraordinary country that exceeded every one of my expectations during my visit.
Jordan is a country located on the east bank of the River Jordan. Almost half of Jordan is covered by the Arabian Desert. It is a country covering an area of 35,637 square miles, comparable to the size of Indiana. Jordan offers a diverse terrain and landscape usually found only in larger countries.
Our host, the Jordan Tourism Board, met us at the airport. While they were processing our Visas, we easily checked in with friends and families at home thanks to the WIFI at the Amman airport. Once outside, we were escorted to our lavish tour bus, equipped comfortable seating, WIFI, and TV channels at our fingertips.
On our first full day we visited Jerash, located about 45 kilometers from Amman, and considered to be one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy.
Their state of preservation is absolutely remarkable.
Wine making in Jordan? Yes indeed! And that is where we went that evening, In Amman, the place to go is The Winemaker, a boutique wine tasting venue that carries the international award-winning St. George wines. The winemaker himself is Oscar Zumot, who pioneered the modern era of winemaking in Jordan. Our wonderful evening of wine tasting was paired with a delicious Jordanian dinner.
Next day we headed south to the Eastern Banks of The River Jordan, known as Bethany-Beyond –the -Jordan. The baptism of Jesus, by John the Baptist, most likely took place on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River. Pope Francis visited Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan in May 24, 2014 . “The place where we are meeting commemorates Jesus’ baptism,” the pope told an assembly at the Church of the Baptism of Jesus (of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem). “Coming here to the Jordan to be baptized by John, Jesus showed his humility and his participation in our human condition.”
We then drove a short distance to Mt. Nebo. After 40 years leading the Israelites in the desert, Moses stood on the summit of Mount Nebo and viewed the Promised Land of Canaan — after having been told by God “you shall not cross over there”.
We were very fortunate to have a clear day, and saw the panoramic view seen by Moses : The Dead Sea, the Jordan River valley, Jericho, Bethlehem and the distant hills of Jerusalem.
We then continued south to the “Lost City” of Petra. Literally carved straight into red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years.
Located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of Jordan , Petra was once a flourishing trading center and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106.
The city sat empty and in near ruin for centuries. Not until the early 1800s did a European traveler disguise himself in Bedouin costume and penetrate the mysterious locale.
In 1985, the Petra Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Words can not describe this amazing “rose red city” , so I hope my pictures help.
The following day we went to Wadi Rum, a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. Our scheduled 2 hour jeep tour was cut a little short because of upcoming sand storm, but so much fun none the less as we waited for it to pass in tent. While inside we were served delicious tea and explained and demonstrated the different scarf garments by extremely hospitable Bedouins. After a traditional Jordanian lunch, camel ride time, where Lawrence of Arabia once frequented.
Wadi Rum attracts more and more adventure seekers, offering some of the finest rock climbing in the world and is a spectacular place for desert trekking and safaris (camels, horses and vehicles)
Last day, getting down and dirty in the Dead Sea.
After I floated in the Dead Sea for 15 minutes it was time to test the famous Dead Sea mud. The staff at the Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort & Resort caked on layers of the thick mud and told me to wait 20 minutes before rinsing off and the offering me plush towels.
I was sad to leave, and I would love to go back as there are many things to still explore. Who would like to join me?
Nancy Barkley Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways 877-793-4808