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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched yet another unique social media campaign; this time to entice newly-wed couples to win an exclusive six- or seven-day honeymoon trip along with an opportunity to engage in some meaningful activities that contribute to local culture, the environment and education.

The joint campaign with Thai Airways International and 21 honeymoon hotels and volunteer operators is designed to capitalise on a rapidly-growing trend for married couples seeking new ways to add meaning to their honeymoons or anniversaries by doing some local volunteer activity. This is sometimes referred to as Honeyteering: from honeymoon + volunteering.

Bearing the slogan “Honeyteering – We got so much love to give!”, the concept is to invite honeymooners worldwide to enter a contest to win an exclusive 7-day Honeyteering trip to Thailand. It is open for entry until 31 July, 2014.

Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand noted, “Many couples are looking for extraordinary and memorable ways to start their married life or commemorate an anniversary. Sharing a fulfilling volunteer experience is one way because it offers much more than just the ‘traditional honeymoon couple’ experience and makes it truly different and rewarding.”

He said that contestants can choose their preferred Honeyteering activity; such as, teaching English conversation in a local school, working in a local community, protecting the marine environment, or helping on a nature project. The choice of destinations offered include Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui.

“Whatever the winning couples choose, it is guaranteed to be a great start to their marriage which they will remember forever.” the Deputy Governor said.

Weddings and honeymoons is one of four key niche-market customer segments being targeted by TAT as part of its marketing strategy for 2014. It fits perfectly within the “Thainess” marketing slogan, and also involves greater usage of social-media channels, widely proving to be an extremely successful and cost-effective medium.

Thailand is highly ranked worldwide as a romantic destination for weddings and honeymoons. On 9 January, 2014, the website fodors.com posted an article ranking The World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2014. Thailand was placed fifth on the list.

The article stated, “Thailand is perfect for couples who want to enjoy a mix of activities, from city excursions and nightlife, to mountain trekking, beach-combing and shopping in modern malls as well as outdoor food and flower markets.”

More details of the Honeyteering Campaign

Eligibility:

-Newlywed couples or those taking a second honeymoon or marking a wedding anniversary.

-Target markets: EU, US, Australia and Asia.

How to enter the contest?

Log onto the dedicated website: www.honeyteeringthailand.com

Select the Honeyteering trip that you most wish to experience in Thailand; such as, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Ko Samui.Complete your profile and write a message to your friendsUse social media and email to share the unique URL page link with your friends, and ask them to vote for you by clicking “HEART” on your page.

The 4 couples who collect the most Hearts will win.

Prizes include Honeyteering trip of 7 days:

1) Return international air-tickets, 2) 6 nights stay at a luxury hotel, 3) all meals, 4) volunteer activity, 5) sightseeing tours, and 6) transportation.Photo Shoot: a honeymoon photography portrait session with a professional portrait photographer.

For further information on the Honeyteering contest, including draft programmes of the choice of winning trips, please check out www.honeyteeringthailand.com

 

 

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Well, it’s another rough weather day here in not so sunny West Sussex, so what could be better than feasting your eyes on some photos of a much warmer place and dreaming…….

Awesome Caribbean Weddings

Awesome Caribbean Weddings welcome you to St. Lucia, the ultimate paradise location for your wedding. We specialize in unique weddings that we create for each couple in stunning private locations throughout the island. These include Private Beach, Cliff Edge View, Sea view tropical garden, Historical buildings, waterfall, exclusive Caribbean villa over looking the majestic piton mountains, Luxury resorts and even more locations are available for your ceremony and there are lots of choices for your reception too.

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We will guide you through the planning process, our aim is to remove the stress from you so you can relax and enjoy the build up to your special day and even more so completely savor every moment of your wedding day and honeymoon on the island.

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Just the two of you or bringing all your family and friends it will be AWESOME! You will work with your personal wedding planner on all the aspects of your wedding. She will create the day you have dreamed of to reflect your personalities, color and flower choices, and the overall ambiance and look you want for your wedding. Even if you aren’t sure what you want we will make creative suggestions and recommendations and keep working with you towards your dream. Your wedding can be very simple or as extravagant as you like.

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Some words from a few wedding couples;

“No words can describe how fantastic Kayt and Michele were. We got married at the Private beach. The location the setting, the flowers, violinist, photographer and the videographer were absolutely amazing. It was far more beautiful than we ever imagined or dreamed of. It really was what dreams are made of…

…Perfection is the only word to describe them. Anybody thinking of getting married in St. Lucia we highly recommend it and if you want ease of mind and the most perfect day of your lives then use Kayt and Michele from Awesome Caribbean Weddings. We will never forget our wedding day for as long as we live. It was the best day of our lives.”

Eileen and Eugene – Ireland

“…We wanted a traditional American style wedding in a Caribbean setting and the professionalism and care from Michele of Awesome Caribbean Weddings made all this possible and extremely easy to coordinate.  With her immediate responses, and experience based guidance, we never felt the stress normally associated with planning a wedding.  Every aspect of our wedding, from the planning to the reception, was so well orchestrated it allowed us to simply enjoy every beautiful moment.  This was a truly memorable experience for us and all our guests.”

Jade and Lionel Hush, New Jersey, USA

“The best way to describe Kayt and Awesome Caribbean Weddings is exceptional.  Our wedding week was absolutely perfect from start to finish!  I originally selected AWC because I did not want a “cookie-cutter” resort wedding.  They had so many ceremony and reception options that offered privacy and unique settings, the possibilities for our wedding seemed endless.  Even with the many options to choose from, the process of planning was completely painless, stress-free, and fun.  Everything was tailored to our wishes and budget.   Kayt kept us updated on everything throughout the planning process and always responded to our questions very quickly.  Kayt recommended very reasonably priced lodging for our 30 guests (The Coco Palm in Rodney Bay is fantastic, by the way) and coordinated a sunset cruise and a beach BBQ in the days leading up to the wedding.  Kayt even took the time to write a letter to our guests with the wedding week’s itinerary and other helpful information.

Once we arrived in St. Lucia, Kayt met with us to finalize the details a few days before the wedding.   She made us feel like we were friends, not just clients.  It made all the difference to know that every detail had been considered and each event planned accordingly.  We were able to relax and spend time with friends and family because we knew Kayt had taken care of everything in advance.  All we had to do was show up and have a great time…

…I cannot say enough about what an extraordinary job Kayt and AWC did planning and executing our wedding week.  They are true professionals.  If you plan to get married on St. Lucia, you simply cannot do any better than Awesome Caribbean Weddings.”

Nancy and Scott Hulse, Rocky River, Ohio, US

“Dear Michele, Words alone can’t describe the level of dedication, quality and professionalism you and your staff contributed in making my sister’s wedding a spectacular event.  I am blessed for sharing one of the most special days in her life; it truly was a perfect day. A.C.W went above and beyond the level of service ensuring an extraordinary success; I can’t begin to thank you enough for your accomplishments.

The attention to detail was flawless and the commitment from your staff was evident from everyone who helped make the occasion a lasting memory for all of us.  Experiencing it in St. Lucia enhanced it beyond my imagination.  I feel like we’ve made friendships as a result and look forward to returning many times to a stunning and majestic island where time literally stands still.

I wish you continued success with your business and keep my fingers crossed that one day should my own daughter decide to get married; I look to you and the beautiful island of St. Lucia for her destination wedding!

I can’t thank you enough for providing one of the best times of my life!

Warmest regards and cherished memories!”

Charlotte, Jersey City, New Jersey

You can visit the Awesome Caribbean Weddings website  for more information, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


When I worked in a travel agency a few years ago honeymoons were a large part of our business, mostly with couples wanting luxury beach type getaways in order to chill out after the stress of the wedding. One couple however wanted a ski holiday though – my boss at the time couldn’t understand the desire for snow and cold, but I thought it was a great idea! Think Alpine chalets, gluhwein in a mountain top cafe/restaurant, perhaps horsedrawn sleigh rides, and of course, open fires – cold can be romantic!

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For many couples a honeymoon is regarded as the most important holiday they will ever book, and where to go is way up high on the priority list. Classic honeymoon destinations such as luxury all-inclusive in the Maldives or Kenyan safaris will continue to have unfaltering appeal but being that little bit more adventurous can open up a whole new world of options. As more couples are getting married during the winter months, more seasonal destination choices can be discovered. If you are short of time substitute a stay in Venice or Paris with a short ski break to Arosa, swap a Kenyan safari with a Swedish Arctic adventure and if you need sunshine as well as snow opt for one of the ultimate combinations such as Aspen and Barbados or Whistler and Hawaii. Take a look further at some of the options offered by tailor-made ski specialist Ski Safari:

ALPINE BLISS IN AROSA:

Blessed with stunning panoramic views, the Swiss resort of Arosa makes a perfect honeymoon getaway for those short of time. Home to one of the most superb spas, the 5*+ Tschuggen Grand provides all the ingredients needed to help you truly relax after your wedding, with a comprehensive spa menu, an outdoor relaxation pool, a meditation room, a chill-out lounge with fireplace and its own private gondola up the mountain. The big news in Arosa this season is the new gondola link connecting the resorts of Arosa and Lenzerheide, giving an overall new combined skiing area of 225km and in doing so making it one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland.
How much?

This exclusive offer for Ski Safari customers offers a stay of 4 nights and you only pay for 3 nights. 4 nights B&B at the 5* Tschuggen Grand in Arosa starts from £895 per person, based on 2 sharing and including SWISS flights and 2nd class rail/bus transfers. Valid on selected dates through to April 2014, excluding 22nd Dec 2013 – 9th Jan 2014. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 062 or visit http://www.skisafari.com.

SWEDISH ARCTIC SAFARI

If you want to push the boundaries further, then a 10 night Åre and the Arctic adventure will satiate most appetites hungry for adventure and offers one of the most magical Northern Lights experiences. This trip of a lifetime begins in Åre, Scandinavia’s premier mountain resort, where passionate winter sports enthusiasts can ease their way in gently with a few days skiing. After a couple of days take the overnight sleeper train 200km north of the Arctic circle to Riksgränsen, the world’s northernmost ski destination and one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.  Inspiring scenery and incredible snow coupled with immense heli-skiing terrain, the size of Holland, pushes Riksgränsen to the top of the must-ski list. After heli-skiing, the next overnight adventure stop is at the original Swedish ICEHOTEL, where you can try a few new experiences such as ice sculpting, snowmobiling, ice carving or reindeer sledding.

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How much?
A 10 night holiday starts from £1699 per person, including B&B accommodation in 3* and 4* properties, flights and transfers. To upgrade and stay at the 5*Copper Mountain Lodge in Åre and the 4* Meteorologen Lodge in Riksgränsen starts from £2198 per person, including flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 068 or visit http://www.skisafari.com.

SKI & SUN – WHISTLER AND HAWAII

If you can’t decide between a winter honeymoon on the slopes or relaxing in the sunshine by the beach then a Ski & Sun honeymoon offers the best of both worlds. Ski Safari’s most popular combination is Whistler and Hawaii. Undeniably a must-ski resort thanks to its awesome skiing terrain, Whistler also boasts superior accommodation and an energetic village vibe. As honeymoons tend to be booked as soon as the wedding date is set couples can benefit from some fantastic early booking offers available until August and further discounts until mid-November, with up to 70% off in luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons. Swap the crisp mountain air and white snow for the white sandy beaches and tropical sunshine of Hawaii. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is known to locals as ‘no ka oi’ (the best) and it is easy to understand why. There can be few better places to soak up the sunshine and relax but equally more energetic honeymooners can discover a host of activities, including surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving, snorkelling, hiking, whale watching and more.

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How much?

A 14 night package starts from £2150 per person, including accommodation in 4* hotels, flights and transfers. To upgrade to luxury hotels starts from £2595 per person staying at the 5* Four Seasons in Whistler and the 5* Hyatt Regency in Maui. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com.

UTAH AND LAS VEGAS SAFARI

For couples with a sense of fun and a spirit of adventure, the Utah and Las Vegas Safari offers one of the best value honeymoon packages. The diversity offered on this trip is what makes it such a unique and memorable choice, combining some of the best skiing and boarding in Utah with a sensational road trip through the US national parks, before rounding off with a couple of nights in Las Vegas. Spend your first few days of married life exploring the vast terrain and amazing snow conditions of Park City, Deer Valley and Canyons, all available on one ski pass. Next embark on a road trip spending a few nights split between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park and witness the vast geological difference between the two. Travelling in winter time makes the scenery even more dramatic with snow contrasting with the red of the hoodoo rock and the green of the pine trees. The weather gets warmer as you head south to Las Vegas and there are added adventures to try such as a drive through Monument Valley, mountain biking in Moab or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon.

How much?

A 14 night package starts from £1325 per person, including accommodation in 3* hotels, flights and transfers. To upgrade to luxury hotels starts from £2750 per person staying at the 5* Hotel Park City in a Cottage Suite with private hot-tub and 5* The Aria in Las Vegas, and the 3* Best Western in Bryce Canyon and 4* Cable Mountain Lodge in Zion. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com.

COLORADO AND THE CARIBBEAN – Aspen and Barbados

The Caribbean is up there as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations and combining it with a ski break in Colorado creates an added twist. For the ultimate in big name resorts, start in Aspen, where all superlatives combine together to create a superpower that few resorts can match. This world-famous resort is one of the most attractive in Colorado, offering some of America’s most luxurious accommodation in Aspen town. After living it up in Aspen add a bit of contrast to your honeymoon and spend some time on one of the Caribbean’s most popular islands, laid-back Barbados. With winter temperatures averaging 25°C there will be plenty of time to relax in the crystal clear waters and on the beautiful sandy beaches.

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How much?

A 14 night package starts from £2150 per person, including accommodation in 4* hotels, flights and transfers. To upgrade to luxury hotels starts from £3150 per person staying at the 5* Hotel Jerome in Aspen and the 5* Hilton Barbados Resort in Barbados. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com.

POWDER HIGHWAY

If you love powder skiing as much as you love each other then a honeymoon down the Powder Highway is a sure way to guarantee a marriage made in heaven. This Safari takes in the resorts of Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Lake Louise and Banff. As one of British Columbia’s most unique ski resorts, Kicking Horse has some incredible terrain that will test even the most committed skiers and boarders to their limits.  Meanwhile Revelstoke is one of the only resorts in the world where you can lift-ski, cat-ski and heli-ski from the same base area and boasts some of the best tree skiing and awesome steeps. With its spectacular scenery, perfectly groomed pistes and variety of terrain, complete your honeymoon with a classic town stay in Banff or Lake Louise.

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How much?

A 14 night Ski Safari starts from £1449 per person based on 2 adults, including accommodation, direct flights and hire of an SUV. To upgrade to – luxury hotels, starts from £2169 per person staying at the 4+ Copper Horse Lodge in Kicking Horse, the 4+ Sutton Place in Revelstoke and the 5* Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com.

HONEYFUND

If you’ve lived together for some time and have all the pots and pans you need then why not consider setting up a Honeyfund as an alternative wedding gift list so your guests can kindly contribute to your honeymoon? Simply click on the link to wedding website, Honeyfund, and follow the steps to publish your very own Ski Safari honeymoon gift list website: skisafari.honeyfund.co.uk 

 


I adore Greece, in fact a friend and I are now in the habit of trying a different island each year. Each island is different from the last but one thing that is common to all is the friendliness of the Greek people. When I worked for a travel agency quite a few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a trip with a tour operator to Lefkas and Kephalonia, both of which were stunningly beautiful. I’m very pleased to share with you today Book on in Lefkada, with some gorgeous photos to whet your appitite!

Lefkada (Lefkas) lies shimmering like an emerald jewel in the clear, turquoise Ionian seas off the western coast off Greece. Dotted with tranquil, romantic villages, with a wealth of history and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

ImageLefkada is truly a hidden gem making it the new ‘must go to’ destination for your wedding nuptials or honeymoon.

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Once a hidden hide away reserved for royalty, celebrities and the glitterati including Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas, Bill Gates, Giorgio Armani and Prince Albert of Monaco, over recent years Lefkada’s popularity has grown.

ImageLefkada’s beaches are regularly featured on the top 25 in the world. It has renowned watersports, yacht charters, stunning inland walks, magical waterfalls and villages full of character.This and its delicious Greek cuisine and stunning nightlife… Lefkada is indeed the ultimatedestination for couples and guests looking for the ultimate getaway destination.

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Camille Grammer, American Television Personality, Star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, recently visited Lefkada and told Book On In Lefkada “I plan on going every year it’s so magical. We enjoyed every second of our time in Lefkada and hope to stay longer next time. Porto Katsiki was just AMAZING… The beach, the views, the colors were out of this world”…

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For more information you can contact Book On In Lefkada via their website, find them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.