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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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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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

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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 Grill

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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

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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

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