Monday, July 15, 2013

Honeymoon Hot Spots

You’ve registered for china and ordered the cake, but the wedding fun doesn’t end after you exchange vows. Now it’s time for one of the best parts of newly wedded bliss to begin—the honeymoon. With options ranging from the sunny tropics and historic hideaways, it’s not always easy to narrow down just the right destination for one of the most memorable vacations of your life. The Getaway Girl®, Casey Wohl, a newlywed herself, is here to help with four pristine honeymoon hot spots where you and yours can bask in your recent matrimony.

A "far-away" feel, 30 miles at sea off the coast of Massachusetts, although very accessible via ferries
and major carriers seasonally.  Nantucket is incredibly romantic, indulgent and distinctive accommodations including B&Bs, inns, hotels and resorts (recommend Brass Lantern Inn; Michelle the Innkeeper is amazing).  With world-class dining featuring renowned and acclaimed chefs serving up continental and nouvelle cuisine featuring Nantucket's amazingly fresh seafood bounty.  A wide array of recreational options are available, from highly active to more relaxing sightseeing including cycling, surfing, kayaking, sailing, whale watching, fishing, magnificent and secluded beaches and must-see museums and historic sites, not to mention day spas.  Plus, enjoy distinctive shopping in one-of-a-kind and high-brow brand stores, boutiques and shops.  Nantucket's size ensures an all-island experience in just a few days to take in its incomparable charm and beauty.

Cook Islands
The Cook Islands is a parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 small islands whose total land area is about 100 square miles.
As a lesser known vacation spot, the gorgeous and intimate Cook Islands host about 7,500 North American visitors a year.
Rarotonga (the main island and capital of the Cook Islands) has it all: from paddle boarding, kite surfing & snorkeling in the blue lagoons and basking in the sun on the white sand beaches to exploring the lushly green interior of the island on a safari tour or trekking adventure.
Honeymooners can pick up some local goodies, such as some traditional clothing items from Tav's on Rarotonga (worn by the likes of Kate Middleton!) and black pearls, the speciality of the Cook Islands.
Crown Beach Resort & Spa, located on Rarotonga, offers 36 private villas spread over 5 acres of botanical gardens that lead to a white sand beach and turquoise lagoon that teems with colorful fish and coral.
Crown Beach Resort is a true haven for couples seeking privacy, seclusion, luxury and warm island hospitality. Crown Beach is a full service resort with all of the amenities usually associated with larger resorts, including concierge, dive centre, spa & wellness clinic, and gym & yoga studio.  The resort offers a full range of romantic features including private beachfront dinner settings for two, and nightly turndown service with flowers and candles.

The Cove, Eleuthera is one of the most romantic getaways in the world.  A luxury resort where
honeymooners feel like they have a Caribbean paradise all to themselves. The Cove, Eleuthera opened in the Spring 2013 and is fast becoming the Bahama’s most popular and romantic resort.
Newlyweds can relax in their own private villa overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, only steps away from a private pink sand beach. The ultimate in luxury, the villa comes complete with its own private butler, private pool, deck and the finest amenities. The chef is available to prepare a candlelight dinner on the beach or by the pool.  The Cove has something for everyone and its cottages and suites are perfect for honeymooners looking for a less elaborate experience. All Cove units are steps away from the beach.

Honeymooners can hop on The Cove's private jet in Ft. Lauderdale and arrive on the island of Eleuthera just 45 minutes later where they can be greeted by a driver bearing champagne.  
The kaleidoscope of an Eleutheran sunset will take your breath away. Couples can choose to savor a sunset from several vantage points: on the pink sand beach; alone on their private deck; atop a 600 foot point that extends over the water; or from our 110 foot Infinity pool,  all magnificent spots for honeymooners to toast a new marriage or to enjoy the colorful evening sky.

Cars are not allowed on the property and 250,000 square feet of gentle cashmere Zoysia grass provides a natural carpet throughout the property. You won’t want to wear shoes!  Hundreds of indigenous palm trees provide shade and hammocks on the property.
The Cove, Eleuthera opened March 1, 2013 and is already Trip Advisor's
 #1 rated hotel on the island of Eleuthera, which is Greek for freedom & honeymooners are free to do what they
want at The Cove, Eleuthera with a talented staff who go above and beyond.

Peter Island
Peter Island's unspoiled, 1,800 acre private tropical island paradise recognized by Fodor's as one of
their "destinations of a lifetime” is located in the British Virgin Islands about 5.2 miles SW of Tortola.  With just 52 rooms and suites and 3 over-the-top villas guests get the ultimate in privacy and top-notch, personalized service by a warm, friendly staff.  One of the best spas in the Caribbean and Tradewinds restaurant - recently named as one one of the top hotel restaurants in the world.

The islands feature a wide variety of things to do and enjoy -- including nothing at all except lounging on one of Peter Island's 5 pristine beaches or getting pampered in The Spa -- other activities include an adventurous Island-Athlon Challenge for workout warriors; tennis courts, sailing, fishing and scuba diving excursions, wind surfing, sea kayaking, hiking the island's scenic 5-mile loop; weekly vintner's dinner with fine wines artfully paired with a delicious gourmet dinner; weekly Caribbean feast with live Caribbean music at Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill; watching yachts come and go out of Peter Island's mega-yacht harbor, tour the stunning British Virgin Islands - the sailing capital of the Caribbean.
It's an island made for romance -- sunset cocktails, star gazing, private picnic on honeymoon beach, dinner for two by candlelight for two….at Peter Island Resort you define your own personal style of luxury and romance.
The option of a land and sea vacation is available with Peter Island's Samaril Sailboat -- guests can enjoy nights at the resort in addition to a taste of romance on the Caribbean with nights on Peter Island's luxury Samaril sailboat.  And getting to Peter Island is an easy flight from the U.S. to St. Thomas, USVI and 30-40 minutes on Peter Island's luxury boat from there -- a remote getaway.


Expressjodi said...

Great expectations

Life is full of surprises, particularly if you are a newly - wed . Expressjodi you a glimpse into the future and tells how to be prepared to face married life

Love is all about romance whereas marriage is a lot about responsibility. When two different individuals from different backgrounds live together, differences of opinion on things like spending habits, career, having and raising a baby, sharing household responsibilities etc, are bound to crop up, the key is to broaden your outlook and accept all the changes that marriage brings, and to remember that marriage is a momentous change for you and your spouse. And, fear not, over a period of time, you will find a way to make it work.


With marriage comes a whole lot of responsibility. "From the time you ger married, the decisions you make will not be yours alone, but your partner's as well. This is because your choices will impact both of you. But this doesn't mean that you're tied to a ball and chain. "It only means you have a companion with you for life. In fact, in your capacity as a spouse, you become your partner's caretaker, friend, confidante and even punching bag etc.


Arguments over money are bound to happen, so be prepared for it. And unless you establish some ground rules for dealing with financial issues, you will continue to have these arguments. Bear in mind that you are now a part of a unit, and no longer flying solo.

In - laws or outlaws?

if you thought that marriage is all about sharing your life with your significant other, think again, and this time, factor in your in - laws into the equation. When you're used to a particular lifestyle, moving in with your in - laws can be a rude shock. You will be required to make changes in your daily routine. Like waking up a little earlier to help around the house or rescheduling your plans on weekends or even modifying some of your eating habits. these might seem like an additional burden, particularly if you are a working woman. Remember to keep an open mind when it comes to handling your in - laws. They may be rigid in their ways, but there is always a way to work out a compromise.

Sharing space

Marriage involves sharing everything - whether it is sadness or glad tidings, chores or finance, which can be a difficult task. This is why marriage necessitates an equal contribution from both side. " Sharing is absolutely essential for a happy marriage,. Besides making it easier to run the show, it also brings you closer to your partner, and cement a bond in a way that only experience can.
Differnces of opinion

Shaadi brings two different individuals together, as well as two sets of arguments for everything. Remember that your husband is as new to the marriage and the relationship as you, and he is facing the same issue for the first time as well.Irrespective of the nature of the relationship, any two people are bound to have differences of opinion at some point of time, It is how you handle these differences that mtters. The best antidote for deviant interest lies in adapting to the situation. "Be carteful not to retaliate for the sake of it,"

Planning for the future

As a single independent working woman, you may be used to your lifestyle, going on holidays or splurging on the latest pair of Jimmy Choos. But married life is a journey and you need to plan carefully to get to your destination. "Planning is the key. Make sure you and your husband are on the same page as far as long - term goal are concerned," "Whether or not you plan to have a baby or deciding on investments for the future and are thing that you should discuss in advbance, if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises in you married life,"

Expressjodi said...

Brahmin Shaadi
Historically, the Brahmins in india were divided into two major groups based on geographical origin of the people. The Brahmin groups that lived to the north of the vindhyas were referred to as Dravida Brahmins. Each group was further divided into five sections according to the regions of their settlement.

The Sagaai or the engagement ceremony symbolises commitment However, the South Indian Brahmin do not lay stress on the presence of bride and the groom in their Sagaai, rather it focuses on commitment between the parents of the groom and the bride. 'Latto' i.e., 'engagement plate' Which consist of coconut, flowers, turmeric, betel leaves and betel nuts hold more importance, in their engagement ceremony. The Maithil Brahmin bride of bihar makes her wedding affair stand apart by receiving the blessing from the Dhobi's (washerman's) wife - a compulsory tradition in the Bihari Brahmin wedding.

In Haldi ceremony turmeric powder is mixed with milk, almond oil and sandalwood and applied to the bride and the groom. In Kashmiri Pandit this ceremony has a twist becuase cold, white yoghurt is poured on the bride as an alternative to haldi. ritual is followed by a special custom called Shankha (shell) Paula (coral) in bengali Brahmins, where seven married women embellish the bride's hand with red and white bangles, the shell is supposed to calm the bride and the coral is believed to
be beneficial for health. Mehndi is also applied on every bride's hands during the Mehndi ceremony. However, a Bengali Brahmin bride applies alta (red dye).

After the ceremonious arrival of the groom, the garlands are exchanged between the groom and the bride, while the priests chant mantras. Jaimala is the symbol of unifying two souls into one. But in tamil nadu, "Oonjal", a unique jaimala ceremony is performed and could be best decribed as a tug of war. In this ceremony, the women sing songs to encourage the bride and groom to exchange the garlands while the uncles persuade the soon to be couple not to Exchange the garlands.Before the ceremony of jaimala, the bride makes a majestic entry in Bengali weddings.

Mangal Phere
Fire is considered the most pious element in the Brahmin weddings and seven circles around that fire holds the seven promises that the nuptial couple make to each other amidst the Vedic mantras. The Brahmin wedding is deemed incomplete without the seven rounds around the sacred fire. Unlike other Brahmin weddings, in Gujarati weddings only four pheras are taken which are called the mangalpheras where the pheras represent four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Miksha (religious, moral, prosperity and salvation). Likewise in Malayalee Brahmin weddings, pheras are taken only thrice.

Post wedding ceremony vidaai
After pheras, the bride's family and friend bid her teary vidaai (farewell). The Kashmiri pundits make their vidaai even more special. their charming ritual, "roth khabar" is performed on a saturday or tuesday after the wedding. In Roth
khabar, the bride's parents send a roth (bread decorated with nuts) to their son - in - law's family. But the bride accompanies She stay with her parents and returns only when someone from in laws comes to fetch her back.

Griha pravesh
The new bride is greeted by her mother - in - law with Arti and tilak. The bride, who is regarded as the Goddess laxmi, enters the groom's house after the groom's house after kicking rice - filled pot. In Kannada Brahmin marriages, the groom changes the name of his wife in the name change ceremony where he decides a name for his wife and inscribes it on a plate containing rice with a ring. In Bihar, a very strange ritual is performs at the groom's place.