Want a Florida Destination Wedding, Without the Hustle and Bustle? Head to Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, The Florida You’ve Never Imagined!

Globetrotting Cindy is back from sunny Fort Myers, Florida with a fabulous new find for destination weddings.  Here’s the scoop:

Fort Myers, known as the “City of Palms,” is the entryway to Southwest Florida (just three hours from Miami and two hours from Fort Lauderdale) and offers some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in Florida.    I stayed at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, an 85-acre waterfront property secluded on the lazy shores of San Carlos Bay.  With 374 luxurious rooms, a 40,000 sq ft. spa, six restaurants, and the Sanibel Harbour Princess, a 100-foot yacht for dining, this property is a perfect option for a contemporary yet elegant destination wedding on a lavish waterfront escape.

As one of Fort Myers’ most sought after wedding reception locations, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa helps brides plan every element for a perfect wedding. The pristine beauty of Sanibel and Captiva islands provide a picturesque backdrop for an enchanted wedding ceremony and reception, allowing couples to choose from many wedding packages and striking locations: a charming poolside veranda surrounded by lush foliage and fountains; a magnificent 100-foot private luxury yacht; or a secluded cove of the bayside beach all their own. Each scenario offering breathtaking water views and amazing sunsets.

My favorite ceremony packages:

Pelican Beach

The most private and intimate beach location right on the back bay of the Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and beautiful palm trees.  Seats 2 to 70 guests – $1,250

The Palm Pool

A grand poolside veranda, surrounded by beautiful landscaping overlooking the majestic back bay of the Gulf of Mexico.  Up to 500 guests – $2,000

Everglades Pool Terrace

An intimate tropical poolside location, providing a picturesque view of the resort and the back bay of the Gulf of Mexico.  Up to 100 guests – $1,250

Note: The prices above don’t include reception packages, only the ceremony.  Reception packages start at $110-$230 per person, based on menus and add-ons.

Stressed out by Wedding Planning? Try a Weekend at the Absolutely Stunning Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Globetrotting Cindy just got back from the The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach which reopened following a whopping $120-million renovation. If you’re looking for distressing ocean views and the best pools in Palm Beach, there is nowhere better to spend a long weekend.

Take your choice of spacious guestrooms, luxurious suites or their famous Presidential Suite. For dining, the Terrace restaurant (the only oceanfront terrace dinning in Palm Beach) features a fire pit that is ceremoniously lit each evening – perfect for torching S’Mores.

firepit

The highlight of the property has to be their new $30-million Eau Spa, which opened in March 2009. The 42,000-square-foot haven is unlike any spa I have ever seen, and is the grand finale of the resort’s four-year transformation project. For a private day, a spa day with the girls, or a romantic retreat with your man, visit one of the 19 treatment rooms, most with private gardens. You’ll find an open air garden with hanging chairs suspended above a reflection pond, the first of its kind “scrub and polish bar” where guests can mix up their own scrubs and polishes with the help of an on-site mixologist, a bath lounge, three couples spa villas with oversized tubs and outdoor rain showers, and a fitness center offering yoga and spin classes.

GTB SpaGarden

Here are some of my favorite spa specials that are currently running. Best of all, every treatment includes their signature mini chocolate cupcakes. YUM!

GTB Massage

Bite Size Beauty – Spa Samplers – Try a 25-minute taste of heaven, perfect for when you are watching the $$$, but still need some pampering!

– Eau De Facial Sampler Starting at $75

– Eau De Massage Starting at $69

– Play Together For Couples Sampler – $199 Includes: 
Scrub and Polish Bar experience for two
, 25-minute massage for two (together or in private spaces). This sampler packages also include time to pause in 
the Self-Centered Garden and time to play in the Bath Lounge.

Mention TASTER when making your appointment for the samplers.

Two is Better than One! Enjoy 50% off your 2nd Treatment – Book a treatment and get your second treatment for half price. Some restrictions apply.

They also offer a full range of destination wedding packages.

Have a great weekend!

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Summer Loving – Take a break from wedding planning and score a travel bargain

Summer vacations are the best and the deals now are better than ever! So put the wedding planning on hold for a bit (I promise, your fiance will thank you) and hit the road.

If you’re in the market for a cruise bargain or cheap hotel rooms, book them fast. Need some inspiration?

Seabourn Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises still have some amazing summer deals left (like 65% off certain dates!).

Grab your girlfriends and head down to Miami for a girl’s getaway. You’ll find cheap hotel rooms, great beaches, restaurants galore and miles of shopping.

Even NYC is on sale right now! The famed Waldorf-Astoria has rooms for under $200 and if you come soon you can take advantage of our NYC Restaurant Week. And don’t forget the shopping…Topshop, Kleinfelds, and Sephora, oh my.

Europe is a great deal now so why not grab your guy and head over the pond for a little pre-honeymoon getaway? London and Paris have slew of cheap hotel rooms (yes, we’re talking under $100) available with the the money you’ll save you can do a little shopping!

Bon voyage!!

Looking for a Low Key Destination Wedding? Casa Morada, No Passports Required!

Globetrotting Cindy is just back from the tropical Florida Keys with a great hot spot for destination weddings:

Casa Morada, hidden in the low-key lazy beach town of Islamorda, Florida, is just 90 miles from Miami and only 90 minutes from Key West. The 16-suite boutique hotel tucked away on a quiet side street, is owned and designed by former Ian Schrager employees, who took their combined 24 year experience to bring guests the ultimate romantic and upscale experience. It’s an adults only (16 and up) property and friendly dogs are welcome.

Each of the oversized suites are decorated with a mixture of custom Mexican antiques and modern accents and have private terraces.


The coolest feature of this property is the small private island, accessible by a wooden bridge. The island has a pool, beach chairs, and a cabana serving great cocktails and small bites. Complimentary yoga is also offered on the island every morning.

The Casa Morada offers affordable wedding and honeymoon packages, my favorite is below:


Sunset Elopement Package for up to 20 guests (available mid-week)

– Honeymoon Suite for two nights for the bride and groom
– 5 Garden Suites for the night of the wedding for family and friends
– Continental breakfast delivered to the new couple’s suite every morning

– Sunset Ceremony performed at water’s edge for up to 20 guests

– Bridal bouquet and boutonniere

– Photographer for 1.5 hours

– Photo DVD of 150 – 250 images and a private website to share with your family and friends

– Champagne toast after ceremony
– Wedding cake
– Fruit & cheese platter
– All taxes

Priced at just $5,625.00 now through December 31, 2009

Need a tan? South Beach Miami – Top Girl Getaways

Miami is always in season and there is no better spot for a fun-filled girl’s getaway than South Beach! I was down there for a girl’s only trip with my mom in January and here are my picks for a fun bachelorette getaway or girl’s weekend retreat.

Flying First Class? Grab your girlfriends and head for the pampering:

No Males, Nails & Cocktails PackageRitz-Carlton, South Beach
It doesn’t get any more ritzy than South Beach’s Ritz-Carlton. The spa is amazing (my mom loved her massage and I loved the Oceanic Body Cocktail), the food delicious (you may recall Chef Jeff McInnis from Top Chef), and the service is top-notch. And, if you need to perfect your tan, they have their own tanning butler at the gorgeous pool that overlooks the ocean! Pampering awaits with this package including:

• Deluxe accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival

• Daily breakfast for four with bloody Mary’s in
Bistro One LR (the hotel’s signature restaurant)
• The DiLido manicure and pedicure for four in the award-winning Spa.

Rates start at $699 per room, per night for up to four ladies. (Summer rates start at $459)

Flying Business Class? Here’s your ticket for a chic weekend retreat:

Girlfriend’s Getaway PackageGansevoort South Beach
This South Beach hotspot has everything you could possibly need under one roof (like shopping, fine dining, salon, nightlife, gym and spa!). We stayed here and loved the oversized rooms, plush bedding, friendly staff and tres-chic coolness that surrounds the property. The rooftop pool is not to be missed, its even cooler than the NYC version!

This getaway includes:
• Deluxe accommodations
• Daily continental breakfast for two

• VIP access and two cocktails at
Plunge rooftop bar
• 25% discount at
Cutler Salon
• One hour private yoga class for two

• Gansevoort South’s signature CD

• Complimentary valet parking

Package is $790 for two nights, based on double occupancy.

Flying Coach? This package has it all:

The True Divas Package – Carlton Hotel South Beach
Put on the glitz & glamour with this Sobe hotel deal. Any package that includes ice cream, spa treatments, and cocktails sounds good to me! This getaway includes:

• Superior Queen View accommodations for 3-days/2-nights

• Two complimentary pints of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream

• A 30 minute Swedish massage for you and your Divas!

• Foot Rejuvenation Kit keepsake

• “The Diva” cocktail from the Carlton lobby bar, delivered to your room at check-in

• Complimentary WiFi High speed internet access

• Complimentary Beach Chairs & Beach Towels
• Complimentary Round Trip Transportation from and to the airport

• Complimentary VIP passes to the hottest clubs

• 3 p.m. late checkout, so you can sleep in

Available Sunday through Thursday in high season, and every day in low season.

Package is $99.00 per person, per night based on Quad Occupancy plus 13% tax.

Happy travels…

Need a tan? South Beach Miami – Top Girl Getaways

Miami is always in season and there is no better spot for a fun-filled girl’s getaway than South Beach! I was down there for a girl’s only trip with my mom in January and here are my picks for a fun bachelorette getaway or girl’s weekend retreat.

Flying First Class? Grab your girlfriends and head for the pampering:

No Males, Nails & Cocktails PackageRitz-Carlton, South Beach
It doesn’t get any more ritzy than South Beach’s Ritz-Carlton. The spa is amazing (my mom loved her massage and I loved the Oceanic Body Cocktail), the food delicious (you may recall Chef Jeff McInnis from Top Chef), and the service is top-notch. And, if you need to perfect your tan, they have their own tanning butler at the gorgeous pool that overlooks the ocean! Pampering awaits with this package including:

• Deluxe accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival

• Daily breakfast for four with bloody Mary’s in
Bistro One LR (the hotel’s signature restaurant)
• The DiLido manicure and pedicure for four in the award-winning Spa.

Rates start at $699 per room, per night for up to four ladies. (Summer rates start at $459)

Flying Business Class? Here’s your ticket for a chic weekend retreat:

Girlfriend’s Getaway PackageGansevoort South Beach
This South Beach hotspot has everything you could possibly need under one roof (like shopping, fine dining, salon, nightlife, gym and spa!). We stayed here and loved the oversized rooms, plush bedding, friendly staff and tres-chic coolness that surrounds the property. The rooftop pool is not to be missed, its even cooler than the NYC version!

This getaway includes:
• Deluxe accommodations
• Daily continental breakfast for two

• VIP access and two cocktails at
Plunge rooftop bar
• 25% discount at
Cutler Salon
• One hour private yoga class for two

• Gansevoort South’s signature CD

• Complimentary valet parking

Package is $790 for two nights, based on double occupancy.

Flying Coach? This package has it all:

The True Divas Package – Carlton Hotel South Beach
Put on the glitz & glamour with this Sobe hotel deal. Any package that includes ice cream, spa treatments, and cocktails sounds good to me! This getaway includes:

• Superior Queen View accommodations for 3-days/2-nights

• Two complimentary pints of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream

• A 30 minute Swedish massage for you and your Divas!

• Foot Rejuvenation Kit keepsake

• “The Diva” cocktail from the Carlton lobby bar, delivered to your room at check-in

• Complimentary WiFi High speed internet access

• Complimentary Beach Chairs & Beach Towels
• Complimentary Round Trip Transportation from and to the airport

• Complimentary VIP passes to the hottest clubs

• 3 p.m. late checkout, so you can sleep in

Available Sunday through Thursday in high season, and every day in low season.

Package is $99.00 per person, per night based on Quad Occupancy plus 13% tax.

Happy travels…