iLUXE Travel: Vendor Spotlight Part 2

A few weeks ago I published a post all about my chat with Shannon from iLUXE travel. I asked some of the top honeymoon related questions I get from brides and Shannon had the best answers! She truly is an expert in all things luxury travel and honeymoon planning.

Our conversation was filled with so much great advice that I actually had to write a second post, so today, in Part 2 of this vendor spotlight, I am sharing a few more of Shannon’s tips.

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“Planning your honeymoon should be an exciting and stress free occasion. Here are some things to consider when planning your perfect honeymoon.”

1.      When should I start planning my honeymoon? The sooner the better. Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways wants to make your honeymoon perfect so we will work as long this takes to achieve that. Planning ahead allows you time to budget accordingly and get necessary documents needed should you be traveling to destination where you need and do not already have.

2.      Have an idea of your Geography. Yes, Seychelles, Maldives and Fiji are amazing honeymoon destinations, but not if you have only one week for your honeymoon. Picking an exotic location is ideal if you have enough travel time and don’t mind long flights. Some locations require over a day traveling time and you will need to adjust to a time difference.

3.      Know your budget. Airline fares play a significant role when planning your budget. If you are a frequent traveler, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Many credit cards also offer airline mileage awards that may assist you as well.

4.      When do you want to leave? If you are getting married on a Saturday, you may want to rethink traveling the next day, especially when traveling to the Caribbean as most flights leave in the morning.

5.      What type of honeymoon are you looking for? Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key, we will be able to provide options with you of where to go and stay.

6.      What kind of resort are you looking for? All inclusive? Adult only? Many resorts offer all inclusive options, allowing you to know ahead of time exactly how much you are going to spend. If one chooses a non-all-inclusive hotel and has a steadfast budget in mind, many resorts have menus on their website so you can get a general idea of what you will be spending for meals.

7.      Do I need a Visa, do I need vaccinations? Some destinations do require Visas; your travel professional will be able to advise you of that requirement and assist in obtaining them should you need. Also important is what type of passport you are traveling under and many countries are now requiring passports valid 6 months after entering country. Always best to confirm with your doctor if they suggest vaccinations to where you are traveling it to an exotic destination.

8.      I don’t need insurance, this is my honeymoon and I will never cancel. There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment in case an unfortunate situation arises, such as sickness, bad weather, or civil unrest at your planned destination; just to name a few

Executive Travel Manger

1075 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2B1

 D. 416 312 5488 | 1 800 463 1512

www.iluxetravel.com

vendor spotlight: iluxe travel

Dreaming of a warm, sunny getaway lately?

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I know I am!

For this week’s vendor spotlight I am featuring Shannon from i LUXE travel. Shannon plans luxury honeymoons and has been in the industry for over 10 years! She is super personable, sweet and extremely knowledgeable about travel destinations.

A few weeks ago I met with Shannon and asked her a few of the top questions brides have about planning a honeymoon. Here are Shannon’s answers.

1. How far in advance should couples plan their honeymoon?

I recommend booking your honeymoon at least nine months in advance, to allow myself to confirm the places and hotels you would like to include in your itinerary, especially if you will be traveling during peak season. If you are considering a location such as Africa, I would give yourself at least one year

2. How many days is the average honeymoon?

 10 days up to 18 days.

3. What is the biggest advantage to working with a travel agent/planner?

 With over 14 years of experience and TICO licensed, I have been able to build strong working relationships and partners throughout the World which allows me to offer the following Benefits to my clients

·       Passing along personal insider knowledge

·       Exclusive Resort and Cruise lines Preferred rates

·       Resort Credits

·       Select Amenities & Room Upgrades

 7. We’re an adventurous couple- where should we go?
Close to Home, without much travel time – Belize. I have been sending many couples to this location in the last few years. I would compare this to Costa Rica 10 years ago, very rustic and perfect for those who love water sports especially Scuba diving, Zip Lining in the Rain Forest, National Parks and beautiful white sand beaches. Resort to consider: Turtle Inn, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, one of my favorites.. 
8. My fiancé and I are so busy, all we want to do is relax and sunbathe, where should we go?
Tahiti: With 118 islands offering coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand palm-fringed beaches, and over water bungalows, it is where some will say “Where Heaven and Earth Meet”Bora Bora, and Moorea the most popular islands to visit but if you have the time Taha’a, Island should not be missed.
9. What are some upcoming trends for honeymoons?
Mini-Moons Mini-moons are quickly becoming a popular hot item for couples. With limited vacation time and budgets after the Wedding, couples are looking at having a mini-moon after the Wedding and at a later date going on the Dream Honeymoon. Great place to check out : Langdon Hall, Ontario 
10. Top 3 locations for 2014?
HAWAII, INDONESIA/ BALI and MALDIVES
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Interested in discussing your honeymoon plans with Shannon? You can reach her here:
Executive Travel Manager
1075 Bay St, Toronto,Ontario  M5S 2B1
 P. 416 928 3113|  D. 416 312 5488 | 1 800 463 1512
Shannon and I had such a great time chatting- Part 2 of this post is coming soon and is filled with honeymoon planning tips!

The Palms Miami Beach

A few years ago during a trip to Miami, Florida I made appointments with the on-site coordinators at some of the city’s most amazing wedding venues. I had such a great time touring the grounds and chatting with industry professionals in this gorgeous area.

A venue that really stood out to me was The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach; it’s beach-y yet modern and elegant.. just stunning! The staff was kind, attentive to details and their menu looks delicious.

With several indoor & outdoor ceremony, cocktail and reception spaces this beautiful site includes a gazebo, terrace, lawn area, pool side lounge and a private section on the beach.

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The Palms is a great choice for a sunny getaway you and your guests can enjoy without travelling internationally!

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 Looking for more information? Check out their website

www.thepalmshotel.com