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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

Planning a Family Reunion in Charleston, SC

The beauty of Charleston, South Carolina is complemented not only by its interesting history but by the vast array of activities they have to enjoy and sights they have to explore. It’s no wonder Conde Nast has named it the #1 US City Destination for the fourth year in a row and the #2 City in the World (behind Florence, Italy) in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. With its temperate climate, any time of the year is a great time to visit the Holy City—so pick your dates and start planning for the ultimate family reunion. The first thing you need to think about is lodging. No matter how many family members you invite, it’s important that you’re all comfortable and happy. Charleston has many great hotels, ranging from the very luxurious to the eclectic boutique style. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront escape or something downtown and historic, the city boasts a diverse mix of family-friendly accommodations everyone will love. Another option to think about is potentially renting a private vacation home. Enjoy unparalleled intimacy and all the amenities of a luxury resort with the benefit of personalized customer service. A vacation rental home can also save your

Celebrate the New Year in the Virgin Islands

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Virgin Islands for the holidays, you’re sure to be looking for a place to celebrate. We have several clients who rent villas year after year for the coveted week between Christmas and New Years, and we always love helping them make plans for holiday celebrations. There’s no better way to ring in 2020 than on the beach with friends and family in a tropical paradise. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events to celebrate the turning of the calendar from 2019 to 2020.   St. John There will be a myriad of events on St. John to ring in the New Year, from dance and costume parties to live music performances. In Cruz Bay, the Beach Bar will feature live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. while Drink! will offer DJs, dancing, fire dancers and a screening of the Times Square Ball Drop that goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. For a big New Year’s Eve party, head to Morgan’s Mango for free champagne and a $500 prize for the fanciest hat. The festivities here will go from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Heading over to Coral Bay, check out the Indigo

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

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