Covid-19 Updates

Blog

Welcome to Blue Sky Luxury Travels's little corner of the blogging world! We will share all types of information, travel tips, memories and suggestions to make you a more informed luxury traveler. Scroll down and often!

Ways to Give Back While You Travel

The concept of giving back while you travel is about leaving a destination in better shape than you found it and, in recent years, its gone from trendy to mainstream. However, you don’t have to dedicate your entire trip to a nonprofit project or shell out big money as part of an overseas volunteer program. Small efforts can have a profound impact on an individual or a community and will make for an all-around more memorable and meaningful travel experience. Here are six ways you can travel with a purpose—enriching not only your life but the lives of others, as well. Shop Locally Shopping locally keeps the money where it’s most impactful: supporting local communities and individuals. Seek out local artists’ co-ops, farmer’s markets and small businesses and buy handmade goods over mass-produced trinkets like magnets and T-shirts. Craftspeople net more of the profit when you buy at the community level. Additionally, ask locals where they eat to discover some delicious, family-run restaurants and cafes. You’ll not only be positively impacting the owners and economy, but will also get a more authentic taste of the region. Go Green Reduce your carbon footprint by thinking green when you travel. Avoid having

Read more ›

Luxury Travel Destinations for 2020

From about late March to mid-May, domestic air travel virtually ground to a halt. Only about 100,000 people were traveling per day compared to more the 2 million daily travelers prior to the pandemic. Then, as the US began to open up at the end of June, the number of flyers began to rise significantly—averaging about 575,000 per day. Airlines started reinstating routes and, despite the remaining risks, countries, and states have begun to welcome visitors. Travel may look different in a number of ways for now with required face masks, physical distancing, and two-week quarantines, but we will still be traveling. Cultural curiosity cannot be expunged. If you’re itching to get away, here are some must-see luxury travel destinations of 2020. U.S. Virgin Islands Awash with pearlescent bays and neon-bright shoals of fish, these enduringly cheery islands are one of my favorite places to travel. Take a look at my website for a selection of villas in the USVI where you can plan a relaxing, luxurious escape. Contact us at Blue Sky Luxury travels to reserve your private island or villa vacation. St. Barths St. Barths is a playground for the rich and famous, and after a break for

Read more ›

Luxury Dining Experiences on St. Barths

The French and Creole roots are strong on St. Barths—hence why the island may just have the best food in the Caribbean. With the island’s many international influences and creative inspirations, restaurants on St. Barths offer a variety of different flavors that are sure to surprise and delight. Our Blue Sky Luxury Travels guests enjoy the myriad of upscale dining options that await them when they stay in luxury villas from our collection, and we are often called upon to reserve private dining experiences. Our team has researched and selected some of the most exquisite dining experiences on St. Barths. From casual, toes-in-the-sand lunch to elegant, Michelin-quality fine dining by the sea, the restaurants on St. Barths are as varied as they are exquisite and all of them are worth discovering. However, here’s our list of the six most exceptional, not-to-be-missed culinary experiences on St. Barths that are sure to satisfy every traveler’s tastebuds. L’Isola Considered one of the best restaurants in St. Barths, L’Isola is fine Italian dining with an island twist located on the hillside in Gustavia. The head chef, who hails from Rome, serves up cuisine that’s authentically Italian in style and offers only the best dishes,

Read more ›

Four Exclusive Luxury Group Travel Experiences

The ultimate in luxury demands experiences so transformative that you can’t help but to leave them a changed person. These experiences pamper you, give you exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, and immerse you fully into the destinations and cultures that you visit. Simply put, they redefine the ways in which you experience the world. However, not every ultra-luxury experience is suitable for large groups. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of four experiences perfect for groups of nine to thirty people that are sure to elevate anyone’s journey from one that’s great to one that’s once-in-a-lifetime. VIP Package at The Masters Tournament We are excited to be able to offer our clients VIP curated experiences at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament for a group of nine. During the course of four days, tour players will host your group at the Augusta Country Club where you’ll play golf and have clinics with them. The players will also walk the Masters course with you and, as players who have played the course before, give you a unique behind-the-scenes perspective that you wouldn’t get otherwise. At night, you’ll enjoy private dinners at your beautiful villa. Package rates are between $229k-$300k and food and drinks

Read more ›

Fine Dining in Florida’s 30A Area

The Gulf-front beach communities of South Walton, FL, affectionately known as 30A, are known for their friendly people, clean beaches, small-town feel, and the signature blue, white and yellow stickers stuck on cars across the country. While driving through, the scenery along the stretch of South Walton road might just be enough to make you want to pull over and take a second look. From Grayton Beach to Rosemary Beach, you’ll find charming accommodations, diverse shopping, and local food options from classic Southern fare to bustling rooftop bars to seafood dives. However, if you’re looking for a nice restaurant for a date night or anniversary or even just a reason to dress up and eat some good food with your family, here are seven fine-dining options that are sure to make your mouth water. Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar Located in the beautiful coastal town of Rosemary Beach, Pescado offers a dining room, inside bar and outside rooftop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Boasting extraordinary service and cuisine by Chef Ken Duenas, Pescado incorporates subtle coastal colors, clean lines, and soft lighting to create a space that invites and complements the elements and scenery of the Emerald Coast. Come

Read more ›

Caribbean Locations for Trips with Friends

Once the world gets back to normal and it’s safe to stop considering trips from our bedroom to our kitchen “vacations”, there are two things I’m sure we’ll all want to do: hang out with our friends (in person) and travel (around the world). One of the best destinations to bond with your besties has to be the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures, with 13 sovereign states and 17 dependent territories in the mix. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, traverse the great outdoors, or anything in between, these five locations truly deliver in terms of making the most out of quality time. Harbour Island, Bahamas Harbour Island is a quick getaway for East Coasters ideal for many reasons—the biggest one being that it’s entirely surrounded by water. The island’s lifestyle revolves around the ocean: playing in it, eating by it, drinking by it, and fishing in it. Plus, a large amount of vacationers from NYC that always make their way here give the island a pretty sizable social scene. Fine dining and nightlife can be found at the luxury resorts on the shoreline. When it comes to your vacation headquarters, I’m partial to

Read more ›

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

Read more ›

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

Read more ›

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

Read more ›

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

Read more ›