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A Romantic Disney Parks Vacation
By Disney Destinations
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day at a Disney theme park or just looking for a romantic evening, a Disney destination can offer the perfect dreamy getaway. From fine dining to fireworks and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Walt Disney World® Resort
If you’re looking for a scenic experience, you can travel along the banks of the Sassagoula River in a cozy horse-drawn carriage. You can board your carriage at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and then enjoy a 25-minute ride down the charming pathways along the river, all while taking in the rustic beauty of the resort area. Reservations can be made by calling 866-547-5362
For foodie couples, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a must-do. You have several options to experience breathtaking views and delicious dishes at this award-winning restaurant. For a leisurely Sunday morning, you can relax at Brunch at the Top. Or have a romantic dinner prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and then pose for a photo on the observation deck. For an extra-enchanting evening, you can end the night with a Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip and Sparkle, enjoying light bites and refreshments along with access to a private observation deck for the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular.
With its perpetual twilight ambiance, Blue Bayou is a romantic experience perfect for anyone looking for a flavorful meal in Disneyland® Park. You can enjoy the flavors of the Big Easy surrounded by lanterns and fireflies, while watching Pirates of the Caribbean boats sail by. Bonus – you can take a ride on the classic attraction after your meal, because nothing says “romance” like a pirate adventure. If you are in search of other adventures to satisfy your taste buds, you can set course for a delightful dinner options at Carthay Circle Restaurant, Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55. To book your Disney Adventure call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.
An Insider’s Guide to Negril Jamaica
At this sleepy Jamaican spot, it’s all about spicy jerk chicken, tropical cocktails and cliff jumping.
Welcome to Negril, Jamaica, a still-sleepy beach village dotted with bare-bones roadside jerk chicken shacks, pristine diving coves, reggae music, and bohemian sensibility. Here, you won’t find the cruise ships and tourist trappings of Montego Bay or the urban bustle of Kingston. Instead, you’ll uncover an unhurried crowd reminiscent of the ‘60s and ‘70s when jetsetters, hippies, and musicians descended on the area. Grab an airport roadie (ice-cold Red Stripe is the only option) for the 90-minute drive to the western tip of Jamaica, where you’ll find golden sunsets, live music, and old-school charms.
Where to eat
Start at Pushcart Restaurant, where homestyle street eats like curried goat and steamed fish with bammy (a Jamaican flatbread) are enjoyed alongside tropical libations and live music. Just down the stone path, the dimly lit, cliffside Rockhouse Restaurant serves composed plates of seared snapper and blackened mahi-mahi with mango chutney. During breakfast, you’ll find detoxing green juices blended with callaloo, a nutrient-rich, dark-green vegetable. Nearby, a beachy outpost of New York City’s Miss Lily’s serves chef Andre Fowle’s “yard” cuisine—pimento wood–smoked jerk chicken, pork, and fish; there’s also a long list of cocktails. Meanwhile, the thatched-covered Little Negril is a jerk chicken haven, while Murphy’s West End whips up a rendition called Devil’s Chicken, prepared in various spice levels. Known for its freshly baked pastries and coffee, Charela Inn also doubles as a spot for live jazz. For comforting Jamaican staples, Public House is known for its ackee and saltfish. Seaside lunch? The aptly titled Office of Nature dishes out grilled lobster and rice and peas (bring your bathing suit for a post-meal swim).
Where to drink and dance
Be ready for some colorful sights and sounds—Negril likes to let loose. While the iconic Rick’s Café is packed with tour buses and commercial vitality, watching sunset cliff jumpers with a soundtrack of reggae music, alongside a boozy, MTV-ish crowd, feels like a rite of passage. The island’s first wine bar, Wine with Me, is perfect for snacking on a cheese platter with homemade apple chutney. Come Friday and Saturday, Kenny’s Italian Café, a breezy, rustic seaside venue morphs into a late-night dancing spot. Catering to locals and visitors, the laid-back Drifters Bar hosts live music four nights a week alongside a Sunday night R&B open mic. In between cold beers and rum punch, an in-the-know crowd arrives at the aforementioned Miss Lily’s for DJs spinning reggae and dancehall into the late hours.
What to do
For morning swims, head to the fluffy, white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Alternatively, escape the crowds and opt for a quiet retreat at Half Moon Beach, which also offers a boat ride to a private island bar. Swim among natural rock formations at Roaring River Cave, a less-explored oasis surrounded by mineral-rich waters also known for their healing properties. Meanwhile, scuba-divers head to the Throne Room, where a large 50-foot wide cave unveils coral reef and an array of sting rays, snappers, barracuda, turtles, and eels.
For a day trip that's more community-focused, the veteran Rockhouse Foundation arranges excursions where you can meet local school children (their well-endowed charity efforts have helped build six schools and a library). You can make donations toward the foundation, or pack some school supplies to bring with you.
For visuals, Jamaica Giants Sculpture Park and Art Garden, a lush, high-elevation venue, houses paintings and stone sculptures by local artists. Head out early morning for reef fishing; Famous Vincent’s uses a handcrafted fishing boat while Stanley’s Deep-Sea Fishing opts for a more luxurious fleet for full-day charters. Set on a private estate, Reggae Horseback offers rides on shaded mangrove trails complete with native flora, fauna, and edible spices. Spirit enthusiasts should visit Appleton Rum, a scenic, two-hour trip from Negril. The iconic brand is run by master blender Joy Spence, and the recently renovated facility hosts tours and tastings with 13 varieties.
Where to Stay
Rockhouse, a 40-room boutique hotel high above the Caribbean Sea, caters to a decidedly fashionable crowd. In its 25 years on the island, it has hosted rock royalty (Marley, Dylan, The Stones). The thatched-roof bungalows, built in the ‘70s by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, are highly coveted, as are the six new beachfront suites. Requisite activities include cliff jumping and swimming (red ladders descend into the azure sea for easy access). The serene spa offers bathing rituals and reiki treatments and the infinity pool is ideal for sunsets and rum drinks.
In 2018, Rockhouse’s sibling, the retro, tropical-vibed Skylark, opened on the white-powdered sands of Seven Mile Beach. Set in a two-story, white-washed building, the 28 rooms are kitted out in white walls with poppy island pinks and cheery turquoise blues. There’s also mid-century furniture and an extensive collection of ‘70s and ‘80s Jamaican album cover art. Nearby, a small spa set in a tropical garden is beloved for its scalp treatments and relaxing massages.
Join us in Negril for the Jamaica Frenzy, a 6-day, 5-night House Music Destination vacation from March 31 to April 5, 2020 with All-Inclusive accommodations at 5 Star Resorts and special events held on 7-Mile Beach. For more information visit bit.ly/jamaicafrenzy or call 866-547-5362.
An Ideal Island For Your Destination Wedding
One of the most ideal islands for a destination wedding is the Dominican Republic. From the romantic, picturesque settings to the warm, lovely weather, the Dominican Republic starts the honeymoon before the happy couple even says “I do.”
You can rest assured that the Caribbean nation is very safe. The country is easily accessible and welcoming for all visitors, with convenient flights available from many airports across the United States.
Punta Cana is one of the more obvious areas for a beautiful beachside wedding. With the pristine white-sand beaches and wide variety of all-inclusive hotels and resorts, there is no shortage of locations to book a venue.
One of the most popular venues for a Punta Cana wedding is the Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, which includes a lovely on-site chapel for more spiritual couples and the secluded adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach for a romantic beach wedding.
Casa de Campo is another location to consider for any upcoming nuptials. Home to a breathtaking marina, a well-renown golf course, endless suites and villas and three dreamy beaches, many couples have exchanged vows in this adult oasis.
The Excellence Collection has two Dominican Republic resorts that both make excellent wedding venues.
With a number of on-site nuptial coordinators, Excellence El Carmen holds ceremonies on the beach, in the ballroom and on the side of one of their 23 pools. The slightly larger Excellence Punta Cana promises a similar experience to its sister location, but with even more amenities.
Ultimately, it is the love between the happy couple that makes a wedding splendid. However, a wedding in the Dominican Republic can transform an already beautiful wedding into a gorgeous, unforgettable experience.
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Why More Couples are Choosing Honeymoon Registries?
For many couples, the best part about getting married is the honeymoon. It’s the reward for all the time and energy that went into the big day, and a memorable getaway that signifies the beginning of a new chapter. But with the average cost of a wedding skyrocketing to more than $35,000, little money is devoted to the trip of a lifetime.
That’s where Tyus Tours and Travel Honeymoon Registry comes in. Certainly, a bride and groom can opt for a more traditional gift registry, or they can ask for gifts that fulfil their wanderlust.
Here are our top five reason why every couple needs a honeymoon registry :
• Chances are by the time vows are exchanged; the couple has already lived together long enough to accumulate most items found on a traditional wedding registry. It’s no surprise then that the desire for more life experiences in lieu of pots, pans and flatware is more popular than ever. Honeymoon registries make that possible. Guests can gift anything from excursions to upgraded airfare, making the trip that much more spectacular.
• A full-service honeymoon registry like Tyus Tours and Travel Honeymoon Registry makes the gift-giving process simple and fun. As an exclusive partner of more than 800 resorts and cruise lines, Tyus Tours and Travel Honeymoon Registry enables wedding guests to simply upgrade a couple’s itinerary either on their registry or on their wedding website.
• Using a Tyus Tours and Travel Honeymoon Registry allows friends and family to help ease the financial stress of planning both a memorable wedding and the trip of a lifetime. With over 70 destinations located in more than 50 countries, Honeymoon Wishes makes any honeymoon destination affordable.
• Tyus Tours and Travel Honeymoon Registry does more than just make wishes come true. Tools like custom photo albums, blogs and RSVP cards make coordination easy for couples, friends, family and guests alike. We also offer custom wedding websites where guests can purchase personalized, trip-related gifts, making the gift giving more fulfilling than just writing a check.
• Arguably the best part about honeymoon registries is that the vacation is made possible by friends and family. People closest to the newly married couple have the opportunity to make a dream trip a reality by gifting items the couple otherwise may not buy themselves.
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Love is in the Air with SeaDream
SeaDream Yacht Club is the ultimate couple’s getaway at sea and is recognized as the winners of the World’s Best Luxury Cruise Line for Romance in the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards U.S. and U.K editions.
SeaDream Yacht Club knows how to set the mood with top-deck Balinese daybeds for sunshiny snuggles, delectable dishes served alfresco at tables for two and over-the-top service that leaves passengers wanting for nothing. Cruises to idyllic settings in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, with off-the-beaten-track ports, seal the deal on the ultimate couple’s getaway at sea.
A SeaDream Yacht Club vacation is romantic. No crowds – a maximum of only 56 couples. An award-winning crew of 95 anticipates your every need, delivering truly intuitive and personalized service. Five-star Dream Cuisine is on par with the very best Michelin-starred restaurants.
The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, along with some of the most picturesque small yachting ports. This is what makes SeaDream perfect for your well-deserved romantic getaway.
For more information about SeaDream Yacht Club visit http://bit.ly/2rgwnCc or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
The Wedding Beauty Trends All 2020 Brides Need to Know
Fresh off the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runways!
There are many things to stress over on your wedding to-do list, from booking a venue to finalizing your guest list (don't worry—we're here to help you through it all!). But one task that shouldn't cause worry is choosing your wedding hairstyle and makeup look. That's one of the fun parts of wedding planning! And it's never easier than right after Bridal Fashion Week, when the newest bridal trends make their debut.
While 2020 brides should of course pay close attention to all the fresh wedding dress trends on the Bridal Fashion Week runways (we've recapped our favorites here!), you'd be amiss to not notice all of the new wedding beauty trends, too.
Lush bushels of blooms adorned the hair of models—think literal hair bouquets!—at several shows this season. Glittering jewel-encrusted headbands were also worn down the runway, and we're already envisioning them on brides dancing the night away at their receptions. And as for makeup, pretty purple pouts were an unexpected departure from the traditional pink and nude lipsticks you typically see on brides.
Ready to see all of our favorite wedding beauty trends from Fall 2020's Bridal Fashion Week? Perhaps one of them will end up being part of your own wedding day look! To see more click here.