CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: ESCAPES.CA TAKES OVER THE HYATT ZIVA CANCUN
Last week, we gave a brief sneak peek at the beautiful Hyatt Ziva Cancun and their chic adults-only Turquoize Suites. Our team is currently on location giving you the scoop on the best amenities, elements and activities that this resort offers.
But that’s not all!
Tune into our Facebook page throughout this week (April 17-21, 2017) as we broadcast LIVE from the resort, to give you an even closer look at this incredible property. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled when you tune in! There will be FOUR great prizes up for grabs to help you jump-start your vacation:
- ONE $100 Swimco Giftcard
- ONE $100 Kallone Intimi Swimwear Giftcard
- TWO $100 Escapes.ca Future Travel Vouchers
How to enter:
Tune in to our LIVE video broadcasts from the Hyatt Ziva Cancun and other Playa All-Inclusive Resorts on our Facebook page between April 17-21, 2017. Our team members will be asking trivia questions regarding different elements of the resort. Enter by answering the trivia questions correctly on the comment section of the video stream. One entry for each prize will be randomly selected as the winner(s)!
Our live broadcast can happen at any time, so make sure to “Like” AND “Follow” our page so you can receive the latest updates.
For full rules and restrictions, visit our page here.
THE MOST ROMANTIC GETAWAYS OF 2017
With destination wedding season in full swing, it may seem like that’s the only type of trip people are taking; however, there are many romantic getaway options available for couples or people who are already married. Many of these romantic getaway options are available year-round, and all of them come with unique and stunning features that are sure to put the enchantment in your escape.
Paul Gauguin Tahitian Cruises
Paul Gauguin Cruises is an ultra luxurious cruise line that elevates cruising to the ultimate in opulence. With features like complimentary 24 hour room service and beverages, all oceanview accommodations, and their very own private beach and islet, it’s no wonder that Paul Gauguin Cruises consistently receives top ranking awards and accolades. For the pinnacle of romance, take a 7 day cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Be transported to the private island of Motu Mahana and explore the island at your leisure. Snorkel amongst vibrantly colored tropical fish in the coral blooms, kayak languidly around the shoreline, and swim in the warm waters of the French Polynesia. Visit the white sand beaches of Bora Bora, and sample the fresh and delicious cuisine of Moorea. Couples in love can't help but also fall in love with the beauty around them on this trip.
For added romance: couples have the option of adding a shore excursion to one of several venues for a romantic overnight escapade. Amongst the options is the Thalasso Bora Bora, where couples stay in a breathtaking overwater bungalow complete with champagne, dinner for two, and more.
Avalon Riverboat European Cruises
For a smaller and more intimate cruising experience, consider a riverboat cruise. Avalon Riverboat Cruises pride themselves on being a fully-inclusive small-ship cruise line offering unique and exciting ways to view cities and regions around the world from a different perspective. Most rooms on the ship are positioned so that the beds face outwards towards the balcony, so guests can always see the incredible sights along the shoreline. The ships also boast the industry’s only open-air balconies that can be opened any time of the year according to your desires. Take one of Avalon’s European river cruises and be treated to the sight of medieval architecture dotting the riverbanks. Enjoy excursions to some of the oldest towns in Europe and take a cruise down the Amsterdam canals. Stretch your legs and bike through the Rhenish countryside. You and your partner will be sure to feel the love on one of these trips.
For added romance: check out Avalon’s seasonal offerings, like their cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam in the spring. Couples will see the beauty of tulips and other spring blooms and the breathtaking colors of the thousands of flowers in the famous gardens of Keukenhof.
Jade Mountain All Inclusive Resort, St. Lucia
Couples looking for an unforgettable experience unlike any other should definitely head to St. Lucia in the Caribbean to stay at the otherworldly Jade Mountain Resort. Rising majestically 600 feet above private beachfront, the Jade Mountain Resort is an architect’s tribute to the stunning beauty of nature. Each gorgeous room has only 3 walls so as to be a beautiful vista onto the view of the famous Piton volcanoes. Walk towards this view and find yourself in your own private infinity pool, surrounding by a great expanse of jungle, sea, and sky. Take a shuttle or walk by foot at any time to the white sand beaches below and enjoy a variety of watersports together, like scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling. Various resort packages include a myriad of activities based on guests personal interests, whether it be biking, hiking, or the ultimate in leisure. Be sure to pamper and indulge in the privacy of your “sky sanctuary” or at Kai en Ciel, Jade Mountain’s boutique spa and fitness studio. There’s no question about it, time spent at Jade Mountain is like a dream that you won’t want to end.
For added romance: book the “Total Romance” package, an indulgent experience that includes champagne, several tours and getaways in the area, diving and snorkeling trips, massages, a yacht trip, and many other extravagant bonuses.
Couples San Souci Resort, Jamaica
The name says it all--Couples Sans Souci Resort in Jamaica is truly a paradise, for couples only. This intimate resort (it only has 146 rooms) is nestled in Jamaica’s Emerald Mountains right on the ocean. The resort features its very own mineral grotto and mineral spring pool as well as their world-famous piano bar. Renowned for their world class service and gorgeous accommodations, Couples San Souci also boasts an impressive list of all-inclusive features such as all the watersports you could imagine (water skiing, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and more) and 24 hour gourmet dining. The resort also has a “Chief Romance Officer” and “Romance Concierge” available solely to cater to all your romance needs and ensure you are enamored with your experience. With nightly entertainment, a variety of shows to attend, and nearby activities to do together in beautiful Ocho Rios, it’s easy to see why Couples San Souci has been voted the “Best Caribbean Spa Resort” time and time again.
For added romance: be sure to speak to your Romance Concierge and book a dinner for two under the stars. This lavish affair will transport you into your own personal love story as the two of you sit under the moonlight and eat a delectable 3 course meal complete with wine pairings, with nothing but the sound of your voices and the waves lapping at your feet to keep you company.
Whether taking a cruise or staying on land, love is sure to be in the air with one of these amazing romantic getaways. Whether you’ve fallen in love at first read with one of these destinations or would like further assistance planning your own romantic getaway, our Vacation Specialists are here to help.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: WEDDING BEAUTY TIPS FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING
Choosing a hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding can be daunting. After all, everyone wants to look perfect on their wedding day! This can be even more daunting for those of you having a destination wedding. It can be unnerving to think about having a stylist and makeup artist that you’ve never met before or had the chance to do a practice run with doing your makeup on your big day. Not to worry though--read on for our best insights into making this part of your big day worry free.
Most resorts offer hair and makeup artists on site for your big day. The gorgeous Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta offers comprehensive wedding packages that include all the details so that you don't have to worry about them.
This resort also offers special promotions for couples getting married there--couples have the option of making a trip to the hotel up to 18 months before the wedding to get an idea of the space, see the design options in person, and even try the food!
Making a trial trip to the location you’ve decided on is highly recommended for those having destination weddings. During such a trip, ask the hotel about their makeup and updo services and see about doing a demo. We also recommend you research any makeup and hair stylists in the area to see about meeting them in person and doing something similar.
Deciding on who is going to do your hair and makeup isn’t the only thing you’ll need to decide however. Before meeting with any stylists, do your research and be prepared. For your hair, do you want it to be loose and flowing, or in an updo? Do you want it to be straight, or curled? What type of hair do you have--will you need extra product in it due to potential humidity? Does it hold styles easily, or will you need a lot of hairspray? Do you have a veil or tiara that need to be planned for when you’re getting your hair done?
For makeup, think about the types of looks you like, and even bring pictures with you to show an artist. Do you want to look natural? Glamorous? Do you like a smoky eye, or to keep it minimal? What type of lipstick do you usually wear? You’ll also want to take the colors of your wedding into consideration. The last thing you want is for any colors on your face to clash with the colors of your flowers/tablecloths/bridesmaid dresses. Looking for more makeup tips? Check out our blog post here.
Answering these questions and others surrounding your wedding day is exactly what our Destination Wedding Specialists are here for. Give them a call today at 1-866-685-6008 or email us at email@example.com.