Our staff loves to travel. Here are some quick summaries of their favorite places.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Visitors have the opportunity to take in a wide variety of activities in the region, ranging from horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, swimming, and dining. Walk through back alleyways, up steep and narrow passageways until you reach panoramic lookouts and beautiful vistas. For the adventurous, couples may hike from one town to the next, walking through Cinque Terre National Parks' vineyards and forests which parallel the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, the Cinque Terre region is known to be the birthplace of pesto and offers various award-winning wines and fresh fish at many local dining establishments.
Prague, Czech Republic
For relaxation and luxury, Prague also offers some of Europe's finest hotels, including the Four Seasons, Hotel Palace Praha, and countless others, all in easily accessible areas of the city. And when the sun sets, be sure to walk around this beautiful city in order to really capture the personality of Prague, a city you will surely never forget.
Since we wanted a relaxing trip our main activity was doing nothing. One day we took a catamaran to a secluded snorkeling spot — and yes, there were more tropical fish, but relaxing was our top priority. I often find myself dreaming of the beach on Bora Bora, certainly a place we will never forget.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The town of Playa Del Carmen is small but has some great local eateries and shops. The surrounding area has many options for activities. We took a snorkel trip over to the island of Cozumel and explored the ruins around Chichen Itza.
Playa del Carmen really did offer the best of all worlds: relaxing beaches, adventure, and a little Mexican culture all thrown in to one trip.
Seattle & San Juan Islands, Washington
We flew to Seattle and headed north to the San Juan islands where our kayaks awaited. Our outfitter packed most of the gear and guided us to small, secluded islands where we camped for 4 days. The scenery was amazing, but the highlight was definitely seeing whales while we were kayaking. We ended our trip at a nice boutique hotel in Seattle and soaked up the city's culture and nightlife.
Definitely a different type of honeymoon but it was certainly an amazing experience we'll always remember.
The activities never let up in the summer where newlyweds have the opportunity to hike in the high peaks of the Alps, shop and walk along the quaint streets of the downtown, or take a most memorable cable-car trip over the alps to the Aiguille du Midi, 3842 meters high, where jaw-dropping views can be found of the entire mountain range. Rent a car and drive through the Arve River Valley, exploring the mountain towns such as St. Gervais, Plateau D' Assy, and Martigny. For those in dire need of some city action, trips to world class cities like Geneva, Lyon, Milan, and Annecy are only a few hours away.
Los Cabos, Mexico
The region includes two world class cities in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Cabo San Lucas serves as the region's commercial and recreation center and features an extensive list of first-class resorts like Las Ventanas and Capella Pedregal. Plus, the city boasts excellent fishing opportunities and plenty of golf, dining, shopping and nightlife options, too. San Jose del Cabo, also a major tourist destination dotted with fine resorts, is quite historic and features a quaint city center.
The Baja California peninsula is also an amazing place to take day trips and a detour to La Paz, the beautiful capital of Baja that is nestled in a quiet bay along the Sea of Cortez, about two hours North of Cabo San Lucas. When you are feeling a bit adventurous, La Paz, along with the village of Todos Santos, make for two more recommended destinations thanks to their unique historical centers, churches, landmarks, galleries and boutiques.
Our favorite activities included hiking the Napali Coast (bring your mud shoes) and kayaking in the Wailua River. We stayed in a beachside condo in Poipu Beach, which had a beautiful ocean view and easy water access.
You'll definitely be happy you chose to travel to Kauai when you are sipping a Mai Tai and watching a breathtaking Hawaiian sunset.
The island was formed when two volcanoes pushed out of the ocean and joined together millions of years ago and the impact can be shown in the diversity of the land. On the east side of the island is Mt. Haleakala, which soars 10,000 feet into the air and is one of the world's best places to see sunset or sunrise. Meanwhile, miles of rainforests, deserts, waterfalls and rolling green hills surround the mountain, in addition to a beautiful coastline that dares visitors to explore for themselves. The west side of the island is just as spectacular in its own way and includes the quaint harbor town of Lahaina, some of the world's most stunning beaches, plus scenic drives and other natural wonders.
For those couples seeking rest and relaxation, Maui is an ideal choice. With hundreds of elite hotels and resorts to choose from, including the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea and Ritz Carlton Kapalua, visitors will surely be in good hands. And for those couples looking to step off the beaten path, Maui can certainly provide that too. From "The Road to Hana", to waterfall hiking, snorkeling, surfing and biking down a near two-mile high mountain, the possibilities are endless.
We spent a day at the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika during which 20,000 people descend on a beautiful beach town to enjoy unusual foods, local beers, and bonfires on the shore. We then set off to explore a glacier, take a three-day hike through Fiordland National Park, enjoy an overnight boat cruise in Milford Sound, and try some skydiving and bungee jumping, too.
In all, it was a whirlwind trip through a wide range of terrain, a beautiful, unspoiled land filled with warm people and just as many, if not more, sheep. A true adventure that I recommend to all travelers.
We also found our way to the signature attraction of Peru, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. It's a four-day hike to the ruins, but on the fourth day we woke up before sunrise to see the first light of day hit the lost city. It was something we will never forget!