Apr 6, 2017

The Most Romantic Getaways of 2017


Looking for a romantic getaway? Look no further!

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.

Take an opulent romantic escape to exotic destinations with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

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.

Looking for a unique romantic getaway? Indulge in an Avalon Riverboat European Cruise!

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 is a majestic and elegant resort offering unreal views.

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.

Intimate and luxurious, the Couples San Souci Resort is the perfect place if you're looking for a "just the two of us" kind of getaway.

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.

Speak to one of our Vacation Specialists at 1-888-685-6888 or email us at info@escapes.ca to start planning your trip today!


Apr 6, 2017

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.

Looking for beauty and updo tips for your destination wedding? Read on for more.

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.

Do plenty of research and have a good vision of what look you'd like to achieve.

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.

Regardless of whatever look you're going for, you'll be stunning on your big day!

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 weddings@escapes.ca.

Apr 5, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Taking the Best Wedding Photos


An important element to think about when planning your wedding is the photographs. Your actual wedding is only a day long; but your wedding photos capture the moments that will inevitably last a lifetime. You deserve to have photos that make you smile, laugh, and even cry when you look back on them.

So where do you start?

Read on to find out our biggest tips and tricks for acquiring a wedding photographer and getting the best photos out of the occasion.

Finding the right photographer can be a daunting task! Here are a few tips to make it a breeze.

Finding a Photographer

Finding the right photographer is possibly the most difficult aspect of planning your wedding. Whether you’re having a destination wedding or a wedding at home, finding a photographer can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It's important to consider the following: what type of “style” do you want your wedding photos to be--elegant, casual, quirky or would you like it to resonate a theme? Think about what type of shots you’ll want out of the wedding--some photographers will provide you with a digital copy of all the shots, while others will only provide you with a set number of edited shots they’ve selected at the end.

One of the best things to do is look at as many portfolios as you can so you can get an idea of a photographer's style and pick one that is closely aligned with your own. Ask potential photographers to see a wedding album from beginning to end versus just the best shots they’ve selected. Anyone can take a few good shots at a wedding, but you’ll really see the skill of the photographer when you see every photo they took. Another important thing to do is check out testimonials from other couples about the photographer. If the photographer consistently gets rave reviews, chances are they are good at what they do.

For destination weddings, many of the resorts already have wedding photographers available to you with your wedding package. It’s also highly likely there are wedding photographers available in the area, off the resort. Do your research as you would with an at-home wedding. This is also something to check out when you do a trial visit to the resort in advance of your wedding.

Building a great rapport with your photographer will allow you to be more comfortable during intimate moments!

Get to Know Your Photographer

Once you’ve finalized the contract and booked a wedding photographer, it’s a good idea to get to know them. You want this person to be someone you’re comfortable with at the wedding. If you wouldn’t normally want this person around your friends and family, you probably won't want them at your wedding either! Of course, you don’t have to become best friends, but you want someone you have rapport with.

One of the ways to do this is to book an engagement photo session with the photographer several months before your big day. The engagement shoot will allow you to be comfortable having a photographer around taking your photo. It will also give the photographer a chance to get used to shooting you, and get to know what type of shots you and your fiance are OK (or not-so-OK!)  with. Going over these photos will also give your photographer a good indication of your favorite style and type of shots. They're also good photos to display at your wedding reception!

Creating a rough guideline will allow your photographer to capture those awe-inspiring moments!

Make a Schedule of the Big Day

It’s very important to come up with a schedule of your big day. It doesn't have to be EXACT down to the second, but rather a guideline that will give you and your photographer a good idea of what photo opportunities will arise. For example, noting the times you plan to be getting ready and with whom. This could be a good opportunity for some candid shots with you and your bridesmaids. This schedule will also allow your photographer to allocate certain amounts of time to certain photos.

With all our advice aside, make sure you have FUN and enjoy! This is your moment!

The bottom line… have fun. It’s your day!

There are a lot of minutiae to attend to when it comes to planning a wedding. It is important to plan in advance and consider all aspects. At the same time however, remember that your day is meant to be beautiful and special, not nerve-wracking and stressful!

At Weddings By Escapes, we have a wealth of wedding experts and professionals ready to help you with all aspects of planning your wedding, so that you can leave the details to us and focus on enjoying yourself. For more information and help planning the destination wedding of your dreams, speak to one of our Destination Wedding Specialists at 1-866-685-6008 or email us at weddings@escapes.ca.


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