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Affordable Luxury Vacations – Choose Your Destination

The average person who hears the words “luxury vacation”, they think “expensive” and far beyond their comprehension of part taking in a luxurious vacation experience. The false belief that Luxury Travel is only for the rich has become a term of the past. Luxury travel is not about money. There are various tiers of luxury that relates to value of service, location and amenities. There are so many destinations and resort villas that have luxury accommodations at rates that are so much more affordable than one would think.

This day in age, the term ‘Luxury’ is related to significance. It is not all about the money anymore because there are so many luxury travel options that are affordable. Luxury vacations presents the feel and excitement of world class villas, hotels and resorts. For example, the Luxury hot spots through the Caribbean have so much to offer that can award you with all the luxury amenities and amazing villas right at your fingertips. When you hear about all these exotic places the “Stars” go to like St. Barts, St Martin and Turks and Caicos, you automatically feel it is “out of your league. I will put it to you plain and simple; you work hard all year and save up for your big vacation. Don’t sell yourself short by trimming the fat and not treating yourself to some self-indulgences such as luxury spa vacations, romantic beach vacations or customized adventure tours.

Luxury Vacation Rentals is on the top of the list when it comes to seeking out affordable luxury vacations and spending some time to relax and indulge. Whether it is a villa, condo resort or romantic Inn, they all have the main necessities for the high end luxury amenities. Some examples include Gourmet kitchen, luxury linens, private infinity pool, Jacuzzi hot tubs, private chef services, car service, maid service, home theatres, game rooms for the children and so much more. And that is just the first taste of a luxury vacation.

The Caribbean is not the only spot for luxury. The United States alone is full of affordable luxury vacations. Imagine a Ski Vacation in Utah with a private home overlooking the ski slopes that includes an outdoor hot tub, huge fireplace for the entire family to warm with and VIP access to the best slopes in town. Or you can head to the east coast and take that special someone to a romantic luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn, where upon your arrival you are greeted with a bottle of fine champagne, gourmet cheeses and chocolate covered strawberries as you enter the room. Hanging luxurious robes are beside an inside Jacuzzi hot tub with bath crystals and you have the entire setting for a most romantic getaway. You can always head down south to the Carolina’s for a fun family beach vacation with your own 3 story oceanfront vacation home that provides a gourmet kitchen, game room, home theatre, elevator, private pool that steps out directly to the ocean. These are perfect for family reunions or even a corporate retreat.

The choices for an affordable luxury vacation are endless. Many luxury vacation villas and homes offer amazing discounts and deals. The longer you stay, the better deals you get. Discover the beauty of the world and what it has to offer and treat yourself to some deserved pampering. Luxury Vacations can be affordable! The best place to find these type of vacations is to just Google “Luxury Vacations” and begin your search. You will be amazed at the spectacular locations and what is available to you and your budget.

Alway remember, that these types of vacations are not for everyone. Though we all love to be pampered, the concept is just not realistic to some people, especially families who would rather spend their vacation utilizing their time and money on special activities that involves the entire family. This way they can spread out their vacation budget to a wider spectrum. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a private chef when you can just order tons of pizza and still enjoy? Everyone’s taste is different. There is always the choice to mix it up a bit and enjoy a little luxury in your vacation and still have plenty extra to do what you love to do, whether it be relaxing or exploring. Find your fit and enjoy every moment.

Exotic Island Wedding! Where Dreams Truly Come True in Paradise

As a travel professional considering an exotic island wedding was a logical choice, but having to convince a strong Catholic family was the challenge I faced! I was never a traditionalist in the sense, and I have attended so many conventional weddings with a church ceremony and post-reception in the past, I wanted to do something different and special for the most important day of my life!

Island weddings have been around for quiet some time, but in my opinion, they seemed to be perceived more for renewal of vows and second marriages, however, as our lifestyles change, we separated ourselves from tradition, and an exotic wedding on a spectacular island seemed like a dream in paradise for me.

I met the love of my life a few years ago in travel school, and as our love for each other became apparent my only thought was, what if she doesn’t want to have an island wedding? Knowing that her family is Catholic, and tradition is very important to them, I thought to myself, was my ambition of having a romantic wedding on an island not going to be a reality?

Even though I expected the worst-case scenario, the family was very understanding and accepted both our wishes with open arms, so the rest was history! The planning for our special event had begun, and with some consideration we both agreed on having our anticipated wedding on the exotic destination island of Cuba. We had the privilege of visiting this beautiful tropical island prior to our wedding, and we both fell in love with the extremely friendly culture, beautiful beach, and the spectacular exotic resort called Beaches, which is located on a peninsula in a small vacation town called Varadero, this is where we planned on having our special ceremony.

The Beaches all inclusive resort was not our original choice, and in the beginning of our research and planning, we decided on the Sandals Montego Bay Resort, which is a fantastic Ultra-All Inclusive Resort located on the fabulous Caribbean island of Jamaica! Not only were they including everything in their package, but they also offered a free wedding as long as we stayed at the resort for 5 nights or longer. Unfortunately, the decision came down to a single guests issue, and because a few of our close family and friends did not have a significant other, that particular resort would not have worked out for us.

I realized that certain events in life happen for a reason, and once we found out that the Beaches Resort in Varadero, Cuba also offered free weddings on the property, and accepted singles, couples, and families as well, we knew our decision was the correct one! If anyone ever tells you the wedding application process is difficult, get a second opinion! We went online and printed the resorts application form, faxed it off and in a matter of weeks we received a confirmation of the selected date and time of the wedding ceremony without any problems.

When we arrived in Cuba, the island location was exactly what we remembered, and the clear turquoise beach rising and falling onto the soft golden sand brought back some wonderful memories of our past visit! We checked into our very spacious suite, and for the first couple of days took part in the resorts endless variety of buffet and A la Carte dining, amazing entertainment, and non-stop flow of mojitos and margaritas!

Our special day could not have come any sooner, and we were amazed with the ceremony location on the property! The garden wedding gazebo was romantically trimmed with aromatic exotic flowers, and bordered with swaying palm trees. As the wedding ceremony commenced, I soon realized that two dreams were fulfilled that day. I not only married my soul mate, but we performed an exotic island wedding, and became one in island paradise!