Susan

Susan Gill

With 6 years of industry experience within the realm of Destination Weddings, Susan successfully supports her clients, ensuring that that the entire wedding planning process is smooth and hassle-free. Susan is a Palace pro-specialist, AMResorts Master Agent, a Sandals Specialist, and also a LGBTQ Certified Destination Wedding Agent. Her diligence and attentiveness to each and every client results in a wedding that meets their expectations, with their wedding visions and dreams fulfilled.

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In a nutshell

  • Certifications: Palace Pro, Sandals Specialist, LGBT Certified, AM Master Agent.
  • Most memorable travel experience: Visiting the castles in France and touring the Louvre Museum is at the top. But what I always enjoy is relaxing by a pool in a beautiful resort, feeling the warmth of the sun, while looking at the turquoise ocean.
  • Favorite destination: Paris - the city of romance. I love the museums, the flavors and smells, the rich culture, the architecture, the castles in the Loire Valley , the shopping, Parisians flare for style, and sipping champagne in a street front cafe while people watching.
  • My top 3 favorite resort destinations: Huatulco, Cancun, Los Cabos
  • My favorite resort: Beach Palace
  • Why is it my favorite: Beach front location, sky bar, easy access to resort strip and outside activities, luxurious rooms! Food at the swim-up bar is delightful!
  • Travel Advice I can give to anyone: Make sure to plan ahead, explore and get a good feel of the destination before booking to see if it's a good fit for your personality and travel style.
  • Where I'm planning to go next: Los Cabos
  • People in the office know me to be very: Optimistic and Upbeat!

Where I've Been

Sun Destinations: Mexico: Cancun, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya - Cuba: Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria, Varadero - Dominican Republic: Punta Cana - Jamaica: Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
North America: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New York, Oahu, San Francisco
Asia:
Hong Kong, Manila, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo
Europe: Paris: France - Holland: Amsterdam
South Pacific: Australia, Bora Bora, Cook Islands, Fiji, Moorea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti

What customers says about Susan

My Blog

Sep 2, 2016

A review of the Riu Palace St Martin

6 reasons to love the Riu Palace St Martin

A look at the Riu Palace

A look at the Riu Palace

Having just spent 7 glorious days in St Martin, I have a new found love – the Riu Palace St Martin.

I was excited to explore this captivating island for the first time, shared equally by the Dutch and the French for close to 350 years.

I was not sure what to expect of this small all-inclusive resort with 258 rooms, located on the French side. But I was impressed!

A view of the luxurious lobby

A view of the luxurious lobby

Here are the top 6 things that stood out to me:

1.The Beach! What a stunning beach, with a quiet cove and calm waters. The resort offers a wide variety of water activities, such as kayaking, boarding and snorkeling at no charge. And for adventure seekers, wave runners and fly boarding is available at a cost.

2. The selection of food was so varied, with a buffet and 3 a la carte options. I loved the seafood, especially the mussels, and all was perfectly paired with a variety of wines.

Crystal clear water at the beach

Crystal clear water at the beach

3. The rooms were luxurious, and beds co comfy, and extremely clean, complete with a  bar, furnished balcony or terrace, plus oversized bathrooms

4. The staff was extremely friendly, starting with the manager Mr Fancisco Benito, to the on-site wedding planner Tanya, to the front desk staff, wait staff and housekeepers. We were always greeted by a smile and a willing hand.

The pool is a must-see

The pool is a must-see

5. There is a general feeling of relaxation here in part due to the design of the buildings. Being low rise with only 3 floors, the Riu Palace has a colonial feel, complete with white shutters. The resort is sprawling and surrounded with lush vegetation and glorious flowers. I felt I was truly on a tranquil vacation

6. During the day the pool is fabulous for a swim and pool aerobics. At night, the infinity pool is the best place to watch the stunning sunsets.

 

The sunset over the Caribbean

The sunset over the Caribbean

If you are planning a wedding, this resort  offers all you could hope for. It comes with a kids club, dedicated wedding planner and gorgeous ceremony locations.

As for a family vacations, this is a must see.

For more information on this resort, contact me at Susan@escapes.ca

(To learn more about our travel specialist Susan Gill click here)

Aug 2, 2016

LGBT Weddings in Mexico

Same Sex/LGBT Destination Weddings

by Susan Gill

Destination weddings are now becoming a reality for everyone, no matter your gender or sexual orientation. As of 2010, the Mexican government has legalized same sex weddings, opening the doors to resorts that embrace all love.

It is important to work with a resort and a team of on site wedding specialists, who understand, embrace and nurture your ideas, sentiments, and wedding decor. Whether what you desire is an all-inclusive resort that is adult only or family friendly, I can pair you with the location of your dreams. Your desire can be a resort that is small and intimate or one that is lively and energy charged.

Mexico is LGBT friendly

Mexico is LGBT friendly

Breathless Los Cabos, a 169 room resort located in the Marina with high energy, outstanding cuisine and a swimmer-friendly beach in Los Cabos is TAG (Travel Alternative Groups) approved.

The Breathless Los Cabos Resort

The Breathless Los Cabos Resort

We are anticipating a celebration for Chelsey and Jenny at the Beachfront resort of Bahia Akumal in the Riviera Maya.

Chelsey and Jenny

Chelsey and Jenny

The Bahia Akumal is a family-friendly resort located in the Riviera Maya, near Tulum. This resort is comprised of three hotels on one property - offering something for everyone! Kids can play in the waterpark and party-goers can enjoy the fabulous nightclub and nightly entertainment.

Wedding setup at the Bahia Principe, Akumal

Wedding setup at the Bahia Principe, Akumal

If you have decided that tying the knot on a white sandy beach with the blue ocean as your backdrop is your dream, then I am here to make your dream wedding come true!

-Susan Gill, Weddings by Escapes

Certified by the Gay Wedding Institute

Jul 25, 2016

Destination Weddings

6 Reasons to book with Weddings by Escapes

by Susan Gill

Having a wedding at home can be extremely costly. Now more than ever, couples are considering their options. How is it possible to have the wedding of your dreams, with your family and close friends and still afford it? Well, we have the answer.
Statistics have shown that destination weddings at an all-inclusive resort can cost 40% to 60% less. Due to this, destination weddings have been on a steady incline since 2010. Plus, your guests get to enjoy a relaxing beachfront vacation while celebrating your wedding!

Here are the top 6 reasons why working with our planners will save you money:

1.Knowledgeable Wedding Planners at Escapes

All our wedding planners travel extensively and are extremely familiar with destinations, resorts and excursion choices. How does this translate to savings for you? We can suggest the perfect destination and resort that suits your particular needs and budget, and which tick offs every box of your wish list.

Wedding Team

Our weddings team

2. Perks for the Couple and Group

Who wouldn’t enjoy some added benefits while booking travel? Successful wedding planning is based on great working relationships with travel partners. It is because of this we can offer things like upgraded seats on certain airlines, or free tequila tasting parties at the resort. We can even snag deals such as a guaranteed room upgrade for the bride and groom or a price reduction on excursions.

Wedding planners know how to get perks

Wedding planners know how to get perks

3. The Required Dress Code

A gown and suit for the wedding couple can be a huge investment. But on a white sandy beach, with the sun, palm trees and blue water as your backdrop, a casual gown and simple pants and shirts are all that is needed! Guests can wear shorts and dig their toes in the sand. Perfect!

Relax and dig your toes in the sand!

Relax and dig your toes in the sand!

4. The Honeymoon

If you are interested in a destination honeymoon, our planners can suggest a resort for you. Popular choices include adult-only getaways, with state of the art spas, romantic beachfront dinners and ocean front rooms. If you are already in a fabulous destination to celebrate your wedding, why not save money by adding a few days to another resort? We can arrange it all!

The lovely wedded couple

One of our lovely wedded couples

5. Avoid the Stress

Our planners work closely with resorts and the on-site wedding planners. How does this affect your plans? We can expedite travel bookings by confirming your wedding dates. This ensures all your guests (whether you are a group of 20 or 200) arrive to the resort seamlessly. Relax while we send you resort options, prices and excursions for your choosing. We can confirm all travel and are always here to answer any questions.

Wedding preparations

Wedding preparations

6. Invitations

Having paper invitations designed and mailed can be a cost totally avoided. At Weddings by Escapes, we create online invitations, including all the required details for your guests. In turn, they can book on their phones or tablets within minutes. How easy is that!

Relax and enjoy your big day

Relax and enjoy your big day!

 

If you are interested in having us plan your destination wedding, call us at 1-888-685-6888 or contact our team here.

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