NEVIS, West Indies — What could be better than a dreamy destination wedding in the Caribbean? What about receiving that dreamy destination wedding for free? Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn on the beach, is giving couples a gift of a free wedding in 2014.
Couples who stay at the award-winning Nevis resort for seven nights or more will receive a free wedding ceremony package (a $1,650 value), which includes:
License, registration and Minister’s fee
Transportation to and from the authorities, as necessary
Choice of wedding location:
White sand beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea with views of St. Kitts,
Avenue of the Palms, an expansive lawn lined with coconut palm trees leading to the sea, or
A romantic backdrop of the couple’s choice
Bridal bouquet and boutonniere
Fresh flowers from the garden for decoration
Two-tiered wedding cake
Chilled bottle of champagne for wedding toast
Services of our professional wedding coordinator
Private celebration after the ceremony, either in-room champagne breakfast or a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach
In addition, in honor of the nuptials, Nisbet Plantation will plant a coconut palm tree in the couple’s name. The couple can return to watch the tree grow just as their love for one another.
At the intimate, 36-room Nisbet Plantation, guests are greeted by name and receive attentive personal service by the resort’s long-term staff. To maintain a high level of service, only one wedding per day is hosted at the resort.
The on-site wedding coordinator will assist the couple every step of the way to create the wedding of their dreams. Additional services are available to enhance the free wedding package, including photographer, musicians, videographers and more.
While the resort’s wedding coordinator handles all of the details, the couple can relax pre- and post- wedding in the oceanfront pool and hot tub, in a hammock on the beach, with a couple’s treatment at the award-winning spa, snorkeling or kayaking over offshore coral reefs, dining by candlelight in the AAA Four Diamond-rated Great House, and strolling hand-in-hand under the stars along the Avenue of Palms.
On Nevis, there’s much to see and do. Couples can take a picnic to Lover’s Beach, hike through rainforests to spot green vervet monkeys, bike around the 36-square-mile island, scuba dive and more.
To receive the Free Wedding Package, couples must stay in a Deluxe Garden Junior Suite, Lower Premier Junior Suite or Upper Premier Junior Suite. It is not combinable with other specials or promotions. Daily rates for those room categories begin at $541 per couple and include full-service breakfast, afternoon tea and nightly gourmet dinner.
For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-742-6008 or speak to a travel agent. For more information, visit www.NisbetPlantation.com.
About Nisbet Plantation
Intimate and relaxing, Nisbet Plantation is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on the beach. The 36 cottage-style accommodations set across 30 tropical acres onNevis invite romance and privacy. Old-world charm blends with modern-day conveniences, including free Wi-Fi and Vespa scooters. Nisbet Plantation’s idyllic setting, personal service and fine dining at the Great House, c. 1778, has made it one of the world’s best resorts according to Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia® and TripAdvisor.com.
Destination Wedding at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, courtesy of Jennifer Davis Photography
Fairy-tale castles, medieval towns, and gorgeous Alpine scenery—what could make a better “olde world Europe” trip than Southern Germany? TourCrafters is offering an 8-day/7-night escorted tour that covers all of the above plus Germany’s most appealing city, Munich.
The Romantic Germany tour starts at $1,795 (land only) and includes airport transfers; transportation (by car, minivan or bus, depending on numbers); English-speaking tour guide; accommodation in 4-star hotels; daily buffet breakfast; sightseeing; welcome and farewell dinners; admission to three castles; and more.
The tour starts and ends at the Frankfurt airport. After a welcome dinner with the tour escort/guide, the tour heads to historic Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most picturesque university town, to visit the old town and magnificent Heidelberg Castle. Then a drive through the Black Forest ends in another university town, Freiburg, famous for its beautiful cathedral and tower on the central market square. In Titisee, on the scenic lake of the same name, tour participants enjoy a Black Forest experience with Black Forest cake and coffee and a cuckoo clock presentation.
After a visit to Lindau’s old town, on a photogenic island in Lake Constance, a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps leads to Füssen and the definitive fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanwanstein, built by “Mad” King Ludwig and said to be the model for Disney. A stop in Oberammergau, famed for its Passion Play performed every 10 years since 1633, and an overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s most popular mountain (and ski) resort, is followed by a detour over the border to another famous ski resort, Innsbruck, Austria.
On the way to Munich there’s a visit to lovely Linderhof Castle, another of King Ludwig’s fancies, and in Munich a tour of the city’s main attractions including Marienplatz square’s famous clock tower, and a traditional Bavarian farewell dinner. The final stop on the way to Frankfurt airport is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a picture-postcard-perfect medieval town, where the group is offered a “snow ball” tasting (it’s the signature pastry of Rothenburg).
The $1,795 price quoted is per person, double occupancy, in a tour group, but this tour can also be arranged on a private basis for couples, friends or families. In that case the price per person for two is $5,185, for four $3,315, or for six $2,579.
Prices do not include transatlantic air fare. For more information about the Romantic Germany tour, visit http://sales.tourcrafters.com/tour.lasso?ID=160. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.
Speaking at a media event in New York attended by many prominent travel journalists, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe announced the Caribbean nation’s latest campaign called ’16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day.’
The campaign will feature prominent billboard advertising in Times Square and social media marketing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Minister Wilchcombe also announced a new wedding trip planning tool on the dedicated website www.bahamas16islandsweddings.com and a competition to win an all-expenses paid wedding package.
“This promotion is so important as over the next few months as people register and they will tell us why they want to come to The Bahamas, and they will get to see all the places.”
“Over the past 10 years, more than a million people came to the Bahamas to attend a wedding,” “said minister Wilchcombe.
The Tourism Ministry has partnered with a number of major hospitality brands for this campaign including Hilton Hotels and Sandals
Hilton Worldwide has just launched the Hilton Honeymoon Registry, an online registry that allows friends and family to help couples create a memorable and personalized experience throughout their stay.
“Couples can register with more than 100 properties across our brands to relax, explore and be pampered in some of the most exotic and exciting locations around the world,” said Andrew Flack, vice president, product marketing and customer insights, Hilton Worldwide. “Newlywed couples can make it easy for their friends and family to help them build a honeymoon full of special memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences found only through travel.”
Experiences range from a romantic dinner or a couple’s massage in Maui to snorkeling in Barbados to cocktails in Versailles, France. Locations include Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Bali, Maldives, Italy and Tahiti, just to name a few.
Launched in partnership with HoneymoonWishes.com, the registry allows couples to view sample registries or create a personalized website that can be shared with family, friends and wedding guests. Services, amenities, upgrades and experiences can then be added on through the couple’s registry.
Couples can visit http://hhonors.com/registry to create a customized Hilton Honeymoon Registry page, while choosing from a list of participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels and Hilton Grand Vacations properties.
Couples can even tweet @HiltonSuggests for planning advice, recommendations and assistance in creating their itinerary. Hilton Worldwide can also assist in planning wedding events.
According to XO Group Inc., honeymoon planning is on the rise for the first time since 2009.
LAS VEGAS – Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, a AAA Four Diamond resort, will kick off the spring wedding season by hosting a complimentary bridal open house in the Grand Ballroom and poolside at The Deck from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The event will showcase the spacious banquet facilities and reception options available at Aliante along with highlighting packages featuring Aliante Golf Club and the resort’s all-new re:lax spa. Bridal partner exhibits will include: Amelia C & Co., B Sweet Candy Boutique, Bliss Entertainment Group, Boogie Entertainment, By Dzign, Celebrations Bridal & Fashion, Chocolate Spice Bakery, Elegant Vegas Weddings, Ice Occasions, Lovely Day Media, Michael E. Minden Jewelers, RSVP Party Rental Inc., Shutter Mania, Tuxedo Junction and White Dove Release.
Registered guests will also have the chance to win a new groom’s ring in the cake-dive contest courtesy of Michael E. Minden Jewelers. Admission to the event is free of charge, but all guests are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (702) 692-7360 by Friday, Feb. 21.
About Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is situated on more than 40 pristine acres within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215. The AAA Four Diamond resort features more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, four signature restaurants, a 650-seat showroom, more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a resort-style saltwater pool and a new 3,500-square-foot spa. More information and reservation details can be found by calling 702.692.7777 or visiting www.aliantegaming.com
Follow Aliante on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AlianteCasinoHotel for special promotions, entertainment updates, exclusive giveaways and more.
Featuring world-renowned collections dating back five millennia, Austria’s principal museum of fine arts is an institution devoted to indulging your senses. After an extensive tour of the marvelous collections, enjoy a piece of scrumptious Sacher Torte at the museum’s own café, and you’ll find that it is not only your craving for delicious pastry that feels truly sated.
© Kunsthistorisches Museum/www.gerstner.at
Vienna on the map
When you enter the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, one of the world’s leading museums of fine arts, the history permeating its walls is almost tangible. You are about to embark on an extraordinary journey through five millennia: After marveling at the magical aura of the Pharaohs and the stoic wisdom of ancient Greece, you find yourself pondering the high ideals of the Italian Renaissance, only to come full circle at the treasures of Imperial Austria and Gustav Klimt’s seductive beauties in the stairwells.
There is a lot to see and do at the museum, so a stop at the café in the museum’s stunning Cupola Hall is a welcome break. Amidst this awe-inspiring architectural setting, the café offers a menu of traditional savory specialties, as well as all kinds of tea and coffee varieties, and famous Viennese pastries. On Thursday evenings, visitors can enjoy a gourmet dinner and then take an after-hours tour of the Picture Gallery. Sundays at the museum are equally memorable: Start with a leisurely brunch, then enjoy a stroll through the unparalleled collections.
The Kunstkammer Vienna is the most important collection of its kind in the world. Since March 1, 2013 this unique collection is now again open to the public. Come and see a »museum within the museum«: twenty newly-installed galleries invite you to experience a world of beauty and wit, curiosities and wonder.
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND—Annapolis has been called one of the most romantic cities in the nation (Forbes 2010). That makes it the perfect getaway during the month of love. It’s often the simple things that speak to the heart and leave the most lasting impressions. Here are ten insider tips on memorable ways to celebrate love in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay this month.
Love ice cream? Treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Annapolis Ice Cream Company. All of their ice cream is made on site with natural ingredients. They offer dozens of tempting flavors to choose from every day. If you call ahead, they’ll even create a special flavor just for you. While you’re there, be sure to use their Sharpies to decorate a spoon that owners Nancy and Walter Giera will display on their wall for all to see.
Love creativity? Discover your inner artist as you turn a piece of ceramic into a one-of-a-kind work of art at Clay Bakers in downtown Annapolis.
Love music? Take in a 12-minute free concert at St. Anne’s Church at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Presented by Live Arts Maryland, the concerts are a great way to build a musical lift into your day. Need more of a music fix? Head back to St. Anne’s on Thursday nights for free hour-long Live Arts Maryland performances at 6:00 p.m. You’ll miss rush hour and head home refreshed and renewed.
Love family time? Grab the kids andhead toChick & Ruth’s Delly for what many locals call “the best milkshakes in town.”If you’re feeling daring – and hungry – you might even want to order the six-pound colossal shake for all to share. Don’t be surprised if owner Ted Levitt stops by your table and does a magic show for the kids. If you time your visit right, you’ll catch the morning Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Love to cook? Learn from the pro at Roundz Gourmet Market and Catering in Gambrills. Award-winning Chef Zachary Pope will share some of his best kept culinary secrets during two-hour classes on February 7 (Cooking Fish and Loving it) and 17 (We have an app for that – appetizer, that is) at 7:00 p.m.
Love your heart? Heart Health Month is the perfect time to treat yourself and those you love to heart-healthy dining at a host of downtown Annapolis Restaurants during our month-long Paint the Town Red celebration. On the home front, treat yourself to a heart-healthy glass of red wine. For some heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil, take advantage of walk-in tastings at Season’s Olive Oil and Vinegar in downtown Annapolis or Cleo’s Fine Oils and Vinegars at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole.
Love nature? This is a perfect time of year to check out the 20 varieties of holly that adorn Historic London Town and Gardens’ eight-acre woodland garden. Amidst the holly you’ll also find blooming Witch Hazels, Lenten Roses, fragrant Paperbush and an early blooming Japanese Apricot tree.
Love food? Annapolis Restaurant Week is a great way to dine at your favorite restaurants and discover new ones – all at an affordable price. The February 24 to March 2 event offers two course, price fixed breakfasts and lunches and three course, price fixed dinners at 41 participating restaurants.
Love Art? Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay is an art lover’s paradise. With nearly 25 art galleries in downtown and West Annapolis alone, it’s easy to find the perfect addition to any collection. Before heading home, be sure to check out the public art displays at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College and the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis.
Love the Love of Your Life? Everyone has a story, and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) would like to know yours. If you’d like to share, we’d like to listen.
The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based, destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.
Hebe One O One
Romantic Hebe One O One has got you covered for Valentine’s Day with soft lighting, classical music and a menu to die for. Its special dinner includes Fine de Claire oysters, cream of parsnip soup, then bacon-wrapped scallop, carpaccio of beef or breaded green tomato. After a palate-cleansing champagne Sorbet comes grilled salmon with risotto or lamb fillet and finally a chocolate sharing heart with caramel ice cream, tea or coffee with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Sigh. $688 each, with a rose for every couple.
Hebe One O One | 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung | 2335 5515
Le Boudoir Interior – Bar – HD_RT
Single and fabulous? Sexy Central venue Le Boudoir is holding the “I Love Me” party just for you. Held on February 14 in association with G.H. Mumm and French-language website Hong Kong Madame, the singles party features an open bar (10pm-2am) with special Absolut cocktails, house spirits and beers, DJ and a lucky draw with gifts for everybody. Sounds more fun than a sappy dinner. Register for the special price of $400, or pay $500 on the door.
Le Boudoir | Basement, 65 Wyndham Street, Central | 2530 3870
For a Valentine’s dinner with a European twist, cosy up at Cava. It starts with a glass of sangria (as you do), bruschetta or spinach & feta bread, soup and either chicken breast with parma ham or mushroom and parmesan penne, followed by mango cake. Dinner is $390 each with a gift for every couple.
Cava | 54 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung | 2217 3389
Jaspas is pulling out all the stops for love’s biggest night. The special three-course meal starts with a warm roast pumpkin soup with bresaola and crispy parmesan or smoked salmon tartare followed by your choice of main – grilled chicken breast with porcini mushroom sauce and truffle oil, or house smoked Norwegian salmon with wild salmon caviar and horseradish sauce, perhaps – and a heart-shaped chocolate mousse. $438 each, including a glass of champagne, wine or fruit punch.
Jaspas | 13 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2792 6388
Cielo_Raspberry and lychee mousse, rose espuma_RTCielo
Rooftop Italian restaurant Cielo celebrates Valentine’s Day with a romantic four-course menu. Dishes include pan-fried foie gras on fresh figs, homemade black ink fettuccine, grilled king prawn salad, pan-fried beef tenderloin and Wagyu beef “Porterhouse” (16oz for two) and heart-shaped raspberry and lychee mousse. $1,314 for two.
Cieolo | 47/F, Crowne Plaza Kowloon East, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O | 3983 0688
For an entire month beginning on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Soneva Kiri will offer the EAT PLAY LOVE! Month of Romance.
Located on the Thai island of Koh Kood, the minimum three-day/two-night package that is valid Feb. 14 to March 17, includes a sunset cruise with canapés and champagne, romantic dinner at The View, stargazing at the Observatory, romantic Treepod breakfast and a picnic at the waterfall.
But wait, there’s more! The package also includes a snorkel to the Coral Reef Project, candle-lit dinner on South Beach, Cinema Paradiso with chocolate dipped strawberries and Brachetto Rose’ sparkling wine, in-villa romantic breakfast, 2.5-hour romantic couples’ spa treatment and a visit to Eco Centro with pop-up locally-sourced organic lunch.
The per night package price ranges from $2,100 in a Hill Pool Villa Suite $ 2,100 to $2,785 in an Ocean front Villa Suite. The rates are subject to service charge and taxes of 21.7 percent.
If you are loved up but pushed for time, let Andaz Liverpool Street play cupid on Valentine’s Day and celebrate in twinkling style at one of the East End’s most sophisticated venues, the magnificent Grade II listed 1901 restaurant at Andaz Liverpool Street hotel and enjoy a romantic meal at the hotel’s special Candlelight Evening. Round off the evening with a delicious His & Her’s Valentine’s Day Dessert, a raspberry and white chocolate mousse, cherry sorbet, vanilla macaroon, dark chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, chocolate macaroon.
Andaz Liverpool Street London’s Candlelight Evening on 14th February 2014:
On entering 1901, guests will be blown away by the spectacular sight and smell of over 350 candles twinkling against the magnificent backdrop of this former ballroom. Andaz Liverpool Street offers Candlelight Evenings on the last Wednesday of every month, but as these romantic evenings are so popular with guests, the boutique 5 star hotel in London has decided to also offer this illuminated evening on Valentine’s Day as well.
While listening to soothing live music from a violin, diners can enjoy an extensive a la carte menu. Signature dishes, prepared by Andaz Liverpool Street’s award-winning Executive Sous Chef, Michael Kreiling.
The 5 course Valentine’s Day set- menu at 1901 is available on Friday 14th February 2014 for £59 per person. *menu attached
Add a glass of Veuve Clicquot and pay £69 per person
Dishes include chicken with rhubarb pistachio and brioche, peach sorbet in Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and a special His & Hers chocolate extravaganza pudding
Accommodation rates at Andaz Liverpool Street hotel are available from £330 including VAT per night on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday night) and £180 including VAT per night on weekends (Friday & Saturday) in an Andaz Queen room. Room rates include complimentary Wi-Fi, non-alcoholic minibar and local landline phone calls.
For further information about Andaz Liverpool telephone 0207 961 1234 or visit www.andaz.hyatt.com
Alternatively, check out the hotel’s latest video link Welcome to the Neighbourhood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOQPW0gPdpw&feature=youtu.be
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