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Choosing a Private Island for your Corporate Retreat

Corporate event planners are increasingly choosing private islands for incentive trips, corporate retreats, and executive planning sessions. Here at Blue Sky Luxury Travels, we are seeing a lot of companies making this choice, and it’s a trend that makes a lot of sense. In the time of the American financial crisis of 2008, traditional large-scale corporate events were going away in favor of smaller groups getting together. Once the crash hit, the presence of corporate retreats diminished as it just didn’t look right to be spending thousands of dollars on seemingly frivolous activities like yoga retreats and shark diving. As companies have begun to reemerge, though, they’ve resumed the practice of rewarding their employees with smaller group actives that have an emphasis on bonding. These old-but-new retreats are centered around contributing to a company’s long-term success. Avoiding large metropolitan cities can have great benefits for hosting productive corporate retreats. By staying away from the noise and distractions of a city, you can get more done and provide better opportunities for your team to get to know one another. Companies are finding that more personalized corporate retreats set in natural surroundings prove to be more constructive. Instead of the same old

8 Things to Do on Maui

Aloha and welcome to The Valley Isle! Maui earned this name for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the many large valleys carved into both mountains. Being Hawaii’s second-largest island means there’s absolutely no shortage of flora, fauna, and culture to experience here. Having trouble narrowing your list of activities down? Here are the top eight things you need to do in Maui. Road to Hana A Maui must-do list without the Road to Hana is no list at all. While it’s only 65 miles, you should definitely be devoting a full day to this drive. With restricted speeds around treacherous curves and blind corners and many breathtaking scenic lookouts and roadside attractions to experience along the way—like hikes and waterfalls (and hikes to waterfalls)—you’ll want to take your sweet time taking everything in. We highly recommend visiting Honokalani Beach to walk along the beautiful black volcanic sand and stopping by Coconut Glen’s groovy ice cream shack for some organic and tropical sweetness!  Wailea Beach Wailea Beach is situated right in-between The Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea resorts so while this beach can get crowded, the good thing about it is that it’s very well

The Necker Cup is Coming Up Next Month!

All year long, I look forward to The Necker Cup at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. This six-day, five-night all-inclusive Tennis Pro-Am and golf event takes place on December 4 – 9, 2019. I’ve been a part of the Necker Cup for several years, and I’d love for some of my clients and friends to join in the fun! There is no other event in the world where you can get such incredible people on a gorgeous private island to include top tennis pros & legends, world class musicians, celebrities and guess all mixing and mingling together. As many of you know, I’ve been lucky enough to hang out on Necker many times and every visit is SO special, especially during the Necker Cup! I adore the island’s beautiful wildlife and incredible views, and there are so many highlights that it is hard to pick a favorite. At the Necker Cup, I love playing tennis, hitting challenging golf shots with hole-in-one $1M wins, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kite surfing, and sailing.  The exclusive dinners and parties offer networking with incredible like-minded people and just relaxing in paradise. It is truly a ONE-OF-A-KIND experience! This year,

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

Quite often I get asked, “Where are the best places around the world to honeymoon?!” Our team has exotic destinations in the most gorgeous resorts on the planet to find the locales with the perfect blend of views, activities, privacy and that special something that celebrates romance. Well here are our TOP 10 DESTINATIONS (in no particular order) for starting out your new life together in a dreamy, romantic destination! St. Lucia’s Ladera Resort Ladera Resort is the most unique and luxurious resort in St. Lucia and the only one situated on a UNESCO World Heritage site. The views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea are breathtaking but if you truly want to enjoy everything this resort has to offer, I recommend booking one of the Suites at Paradise Ridge. In-suite features include an open-air bedroom with a four-poster King bed, an open sitting room, a heated swimming pool with a romantic swing, cozy his & hers robes, priority seating at the resort’s award-winning restaurant Dasheene, butler service and so much more. St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain Jade Mountain is truly one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. The bold architectural design features individual bridges leading to magnificent infinity pool sanctuaries

Chartering A Yacht in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVIs) are a very popular destination for sailors—and with good reason. Near-constant trade winds, all-year-round warm temperatures and dazzling white sandy beaches surrounded by clear and tranquil turquoise waters and lined with striking coral reefs make these islands the perfect place to test your sea legs and create lifelong memories with your family and friends. Whether you want to explore the breathtaking, secluded anchorages, see tropical aquatic life by snorkel or scuba, hop between uninhabited islands, or head to the palm-fringed beaches and enjoy the bars, chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands gives you the option to do all of that and more. However, there are a few things you should know before making the big decision to charter a bareboat, crewed, by-the-cabin, or skippered yacht. Passports and Visas Everyone in your party, including U.S. and U.K. citizens, requires a passport that is valid for another six months upon arrival when entering the BVIs. Most visitors who stay for less than six months don’t need a visa if they possess a return or onward ticket depending on your country of citizenship. For the latest travel advice including security and local laws, plus passport and

7 Can’t-Miss Restaurants on Kauai

The lush, beautiful landscapes of Kauai are no doubt a feast for the eyes. Taking in those breathtaking views is a treat in and of itself. However, an indulgence not to be overlooked is the incredible food that Hawaii’s Garden Island has to offer. The variety of flavors, the freshness of the cuisine, and the passion for the culture are prevalent throughout the island. Here are seven restaurants you need to make sure you visit during your stay in The Garden Isle.1. Duke’s Canoe Club Just five minutes away from Lihue Airport is a tried and true Kauai favorite. The atmosphere immediately immerses you in the lifestyle of the island with a koi pond surrounded by trees that make you feel like you’re in the center of a tropical rainforest and tiki torches abound. Just steps outside the restaurant is the gorgeous beach where namesake Olympic swimmer and legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku rode the waves back in his day. This place is best known for its fresh island fish and tantalizing tacos (both Korean and fish). There’s also a relaxing barefoot bar and live Hawaiian entertainment. Oh, and definitely do not forget to try the famous Kimo’s Original Hula Pie

Top 5 Things to Do on Sugar Beach in St. Lucia!

A vacation on the gorgeous white sands of Sugar Beach, St. Lucia is an experience unlike any other and we here at Blue Sky are committed to making sure that experience is a memorable one. So while you could spend your days lounging away on the beach—soaking up the incredible views and listening to the lullaby of the ocean (and we certainly wouldn’t blame you)—we thought we’d let you know about some fun activities you can do during your stay. Here are the Top 5 Things to Do in Sugar Beach! 1. Speed Boat Tour with Solomon Water Taxi & Tours Hop aboard Solomon’s boat, Justice/Justice Again, and cruise the coastline to Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s very own black sand beach where you’ll go snorkeling. You’ll then head over to Soufriere to visit a bat cave before getting in a land taxi that will take you to a mud bath/volcano tour. Rub yourself or your partner in mud and then bathe in warm sulphuric pool water before rinsing off at the Toraille waterfall. Finally, you’ll grab lunch at Solomon’s mom’s delicious restaurant! 2. The Tree-to-Bar Experience at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat Calling all chocoholics! This one’s for you. Unique to

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Private Chef for your Luxury Vacation

We at Blue Sky are at your service during your vacation. From booking excursions and transportation to assisting you with equipment rentals, we’re here to make sure you have a worry-free getaway. One thing that’s definitely important to factor into your vacation is where you’ll be eating and we are personally committed to ensuring you and your family and friends feast like kings and queens. One way we do this is by arranging private chefs for guests who rent our villas. If you’re staying for a week in the Virgin Islands, we want to make sure all your culinary needs are taken care of. Your very own private chef will do all the food shopping and prepare meals right in your kitchen! However, food isn’t a matter to be taken lightly. There are several factors both you and your potential chef need to be on the same page about before you decide to hire them. Here are a few questions you should consider raising: Do they cater to allergies, dietary concerns, and/or religious restrictions? Make sure your private chef is aware of these things and can accommodate by preparing appropriate meals for you and your family and friends. Special-ingredient cooking

Blue Sky Luxury Concierge Announces Rebrand to Blue Sky Luxury Travels

Top Caribbean Luxury Travel Provider Expands Services and Scope for Worldwide Reach Today, Blue Sky Luxury Concierge, Inc., the leading provider of luxury travel services in the Caribbean and Bahamas, announced the company’s rebrand to Blue Sky Luxury Travels. The comprehensive rebrand elevates the focus on bespoke travel planning services to individuals, families, groups, and corporations across the globe. With the rebranding effort, the company will continue to offer personal travel planning, while investing further in both global expansion and expert support for corporate clients. The new corporate name for the longtime trusted travel provider signals a shift in the company’s vision and strategy in the travel market. “The Blue Sky Luxury Travels name represents the expansion of the company’s reach, increasing the service level at every touchpoint of the customer travel experience. “We are proud of the new vacation and corporate retreat offerings we are building for our clients as we work to become the foremost boutique luxury travel group worldwide,” said Shanna Dickerson, Blue Sky Luxury Travels CEO. “From our humble beginnings in 2010 as a grocery delivery service on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands to today’s global full-service travel experience design company,

Where to Go Fishing in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands are located right at the edge of the six-mile deep Puerto Rico Trench, an area known for having some of the best game fishing in the world. Twenty-one world records in fishing have been set in the Virgin Islands including the still-standing IGFA Women’s ‘All-Tackle’ world record for Blue Marlin back in 1982—a whopping 1073 pounds! Monumental catches such as these are a testament to the excellent fishing opportunities anglers of all ages and experiences levels will find both inshore or offshore in the US Virgin Islands and we at Blue Sky Luxury Travels are here to make your trip one you certainly won’t forget. St. Thomas is home to several fishing tournaments throughout the year such as the Dolphin Derby in April, the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament in July and the Wahoo Windup in November. It’s also one of the most renowned locations to catch Atlantic Blue Marlin and while Marlin fishing is fine year-round, the most optimal months are May through October. One of the best places to go fishing on the island of St. Thomas is in Red Hook. Offshore, you’ll find Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and of course, Marlin. Stay closer

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