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Why Choose a Villa Instead of a Hotel

Like most things in life, vacations are all about getting the most bang for your buck. That’s especially important when it comes to your accommodations abroad. Ritz Carltons and Four Seasons are very nice but you actually get so much more for about the same price if you stay in a villa instead. No matter your budget, it’s really easy to find a villa for a reasonable price—wherever you’re traveling. Here are some of the reasons you should choose a villa over a hotel to make the most out of your getaways. First and foremost, a villa will have a lot more square footage than a hotel room. At a five-star hotel like the Four Seasons, a lower rate room will be about $500 a night to sometimes over $1000 a night. Spending $1000 a night for a villa will give you access to at least two bedrooms, among many other rooms—increasing your overall square footage. One of those rooms is a full private kitchen. Having access to a kitchen is super convenient. It allows you to make breakfast in the morning and not have to worry about getting up early for a reservation and also gives you the opportunity

Why Choose the Virgin Islands for your Corporate Event?

The Virgin Islands are teeming with gorgeous white sand beaches and magnificent clear blue waters. When it comes to natural beauty, the islands consistently rank among the top in the world. If you’re looking for an unparalleled destination for your corporate retreat, look no further. The Virgin Islands offer diverse venues ranging from first-class luxury resorts to smaller, intimate hideaways, to elegant off-site locations. It’s no wonder they’re frequent winners of the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award. What makes the U.S. Virgin Islands particularly desirable for any type of getaway is that it has all the beauty of the Caribbean combined with all the convenience of the United States. U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to enjoy the islands. There’s also no need to exchange currency or travel with a voltage converter. Both non-stop and/or connecting flights are available from most major cities in the U.S., as well. The British Virgin Islands are located in close proximity to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they do require a passport to visit, though they do use U.S. currency and voltage, making it a seamless travel experience. Minimize your stress by working with us to coordinate your corporate gathering. With over 20 years of

Tropical Cocktail Recipes from Top Resorts to Make at Home

Brighter days are ahead, we just KNOW it. While we’re waiting and dreaming of our next tropical escape, why not bring the resort home with an island-inspired cocktail?  We’ve gathered the most delicious cocktail recipes from top resorts that you can easily make right in your home, so break out the cocktail shaker and turn on some tropical house music for some of that good old fashioned “island escapism.” It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Hawaiian Margarita – Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa Beach, HI: What makes this mixture so unforgettable is the lilikoi (aka passion fruit) that brings a uniquely tropical flavor to this Mexican staple. Blend 1.5 oz of Jose Cuervo tequila, 1 oz of lilikoi (passion fruit) concentrate and 3 wedges of pineapple. Pour the margarita into a hurricane glass and rim it with li hing mui powder (tart-sweet-salty dusty made with pulverized dried asian plums that pairs perfectly with this luau drink).   Espanto Wave – Cayo Espanto, San Pedro, Belize: This signature drink is what you’re welcomed with when you step off the boat at Cayo Espanto, Belize’s exclusive private island. Blend 1 oz of Captain Morgan spiced rum, 1 oz of Caribbean dark rum, 1 oz of

Morning Rituals for Blue Sky Days!

As the CEO of Blue Sky Luxury Travels, my days are filled with phone calls, meetings, research, and travel planning, as I lead my team in creating extraordinary experiences for clients. I’ve found that it’s very important to get the day off to a great start. During this COVID-19 crisis, I have been staying positive by working on building my business and sticking to my healthy routine, including morning rituals. My morning ritual is the most important thing I do every day. I know many people want to partake in these practices, but don’t know where to start. I find when I share my morning routine, people immediately gravitate towards it, so……here is what works for me. Guided Meditation 15 minute guided meditation by Deepak Chopra It’s easy to access, simply download his 21 Day Meditation Experience app…it’s purple with a white flower. My favorites are “Gratitude & Grace”, “Creating Abundance” and “Destiny & Desire” https://chopracentermeditation.com/store Journaling Writing in my guided journal called HMS Logbook by Jen Snyder https://www.amazon.com/…/dp/169939671X/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr0_1… Tony Robbins Priming Video If I only have 10-15 minutes in my morning, then I simply do the Priming video. It’s life-changing. 🔹10 minute “Priming” video by Tony Robbins https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aTlqTNje7qI Here is a video showing the

5 Secrets for Dining in Fiji

Fijian cuisine is as diverse as it is delicious. With cultural influences from India, Britain, China and other South Asian countries, there’s a lot to enjoy within Fiji’s 330 islands. Like most countries you might vacation to, Fiji boasts restaurants that serve familiar cuisine like Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Italian and even American! However, enjoying Fijian food is truly one of the most fascinating and sensual experiences you’ll have here. Get into the “Bula” spirit with these five dining secrets that will help you make the most out of your time in the islands. Fresh fish abound. Fiji’s local markets are the place to be—especially on a Saturday morning. It’s here that you’ll find many varieties of finned fish from common catches tuna and mahi-mahi to more exotic species like unicorn and parrotfish. You’ll also find a plethora of shellfish such as cray, crab, mussels and rock lobsters. If you’re looking for an authentic Fijian fish experience, though, be sure to order kokoda at least once while you’re there! Kokoda is a ceviche-like dish of raw, fresh mahi-mahi marinated in lime, coconut cream, peppers, onion, and tomatoes and served in a half coconut shell or clamshell or scooped into fresh green

Where to go Paddleboarding in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The spectacular panoramic views of the US Virgin Islands are nothing short of paradise. In addition to their luscious scenery, the islands are known to visitors and locals for their active water sports culture—one of the most popular sports being paddle boarding. It’s a glorious way to see any island and delivers a breathtaking 360-degree experience unlike any other, with vistas of land and sea spread around you and more wide-ranging views of fish beneath your board than you could get from simply snorkeling. While the ancient Polynesian sport repopularized in Hawaii in the early 2000s, it has since taken off across the globe with paddleboarding gaining popularity everywhere from Australia to the Caribbean. Here are some of the best places to hit the water in the Virgin Islands. Maho Bay, St. John A top pick for the novice paddleboarder, Maho Bay is home to calm, clear waters to practice on and sea turtles to keep you company, making it an ideal place for kids and adults alike to earn their sea legs. Best of all, there are beautiful views aplenty on this clean and quiet beach. And there’s plenty more to do at Maho Crossroads, a minimum footprint, energy-efficient,

Nine Private Islands for the Ultimate Vacation in 2020

Over the past 10 years of expanding Blue Sky, we have added nine private islands to our catalog. They range from $10,000 per week for two people up to $1,900,000 per week for 90 people. These private islands are the ideal option for a couple looking for something extra special as well as large family reunions, destination weddings, and corporate incentive trips/retreats. Laucala, Fiji Owned by the owner of Red Bull, this stunning private island in the South Pacific unites dramatic rainforest-laced landscaped and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. Set over 1,400 hectares, Lacuala epitomizes the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which Fiji is known. No expense has been spared at this exclusive tropical hideaway which includes 25 Fijian-styled villas atop the island’s volcanic mountains, set amid coconut plantations and surrounded by deserted beaches—all overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle. Style and sustainability are the name of the game here. From the natural fibers and woods used in its design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms, you’ll be completely immersed in the natural beauty of the island. Rent an individual villa for two for up for

Blue Sky in the NEWS!

This month, Blue Sky Luxury Travels’ Shanna Dickerson went on Lowcountry Live WCIV for an interview about her company and how it was born. She also discussed her favorite island for couples looking to celebrate a honeymoon or other special occasion. And the winner is…….ST. LUCIA! On the segment, Shanna spotlights 3 of her favorite resorts on the island. Take a look at the video for drool-worthy images of Jade Mountain St. Lucia, Ladera Resort and Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. Blue Sky Luxury Travels has also been selected as the luxury travel advisor for NUE Magazine which covers Charleston, SC and Denver, CO. We will also be featured in their international magazines. And what did we pick for our 1st editorial?!! A story on one of our FAVORITE rental villas on St. John USVI, of course! Check out the feature on La Vita: We are so grateful for these opportunities to share insider information about our favorite luxury travel destinations. Feel free to reach out at any time if you need help coming up with a vision for an upcoming vacation, family reunion, wedding or corporate retreat.

Best Locations for a Wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands

It’s that time of year again- engagement season, and so many of my clients are calling me to find out their options for a Caribbean wedding. I love helping to plan this kind of thing- it’ s just magical! Did you know that about 340,000 destination weddings take place every year? That’s a quarter of all weddings! What makes this genre of weddings so popular is the opportunity to hold a wedding in a romantic location without spending a fortune. Couples love the idea of removing many of the stresses of planning a regular wedding as every detail can be arranged at a resort destination to suit their taste from afar. One of the hottest places to tie the knot is the Virgin Islands—which delivers big time on romantic inspiration with breathtaking views, pristine white beaches, and very relaxed marriage laws. Plus, weddings in the Virgin Islands offer year-round ideal weather, some of the most professional and knowledgeable vendors in the business, and many gorgeous venues to choose from! Looking to walk down the aisle in America’s Paradise? Here are some of the best wedding venues the Virgin Islands have to offer. Gallows Point Resort Ranked #5 of the Top

5 Reasons Why Anguilla Wins World’s Best Island Every Year

Earlier this year, Anguilla was ranked the #1 island in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas for the third year in a row in the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, honoring the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers. It also claimed the #6 position in the Top 15 Best Islands in the World. In 2018, the Anguilla Tourist Board launched its Beyond Extraordinary destination campaign, which aims to capture the diversity and richness of the Anguilla experience, and it’s certainly paid off. This slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green tucked away in the Northern Caribbean has managed to retain a charming character and appeal that have kept vacationers returning again and again. Here are just a few of the reasons we can’t recommend it enough. Breathtaking Beaches Anguilla is surrounded by more than 12 miles of stunning, powder-white sand sparkling-clear turquoise waters for visitors to enjoy. All of the island’s 33 beautiful beaches are public, uncrowded, and unspoiled, and every cove, bay, and stretch of sand is marked by unique characteristics like rock and coral formations and picturesque tropical plants. It’s actually not uncommon to get a beach

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