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Inspiration from the Heart

Romance Travel by Blue Pointe

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you and your significant other might be dreaming about your next romantic adventure.  Taking a break from the everyday routine is an exceptional way to rekindle that romantic spark, or to celebrate your relationship milestones over the years. Proposals Are you ready to pop the big question?  Who could say no with a backdrop of blue skies, palm trees and clear waters?  Planning a proposal while on vacation takes a little extra care but is easily done and beautifully crafted by many resorts in the Caribbean.  A favorite destination for romance is the island of St. Lucia. With the landscape of the mighty pitons and the island’s lush flora, the atmosphere is ripe for a “yes” to the proverbial question.   On St. Lucia, some of the most romantic resorts are Jade Mountain and Sandals La Toc.  Jade Mountain is a unique property built into the side of the mountain, blending in with the surrounding topography.  Each one of the suites boasts a breathtaking view of the pitons because the fourth wall of your suite opens to the outside. Your Major Domo (butler) will attend to your every need with superior service and detail.  Another romantic component of many suites is the infinity pool built into your room.   At Jade Mountain, one of the dining experiences ripe for a proposal is the Ultimate Cast Away Dinner at Anse Mamin Beach.  Along the beach you and your beloved follow a path of luminaries to a secluded area where a personal chef and private team caters to your every need. It’s the perfect place to start the rest of your life together. For the couple that prefers a lively atmosphere, the stunning acres of Sandals Regency La Toc is another gem on the island of St. Lucia. It’s set on 220 acres, including a half mile stretch of powder fine beach and a private golf course. With a topnotch spa and beach-front private cabanas, La Toc offers multiple opportunities to create those intimate moments that set the stage for a proposal. At the Red Land Spa, a creative way to ask, “Will you?” could occur during a Love and Trust Couples massage.  During this private couple’s massage tutorial, you learn calming massage techniques.  With your partner in the ultimate state of relaxation, how could they say, “No!” to your proposal. Babymoons A baby carriage often follows love and marriage.  Before that sweet bundle of joy arrives, many couples like to take a getaway from everyday life. These escapes, coined “babymoons,” provide full pampering for the mother-to-be and a chance for the couple to unwind before the sleepless nights of parenthood. Arizona provides a popular babymoon break because of the sunny skies, dry weather, and abundance of luxurious resorts.  For the ultimate resort, the Canyon Suites at the Phoenician supplies an oasis in the desert.  The AAA Five Diamond resort has no shortage of options for hungry foodies dining at the Phoenician.  A special afternoon of high tea at the Canyon Suites makes expecting parents feel like royalty. Or if your style is a bit more rugged, chose the option for s’mores at the Canyon Suites fire pit. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is another favorite of moms-to-be.  Mom indulges in a prenatal massage while dad takes in a round of golf. When you aren’t relaxing poolside at the Scottsdale Princess there are beautiful hikes and nature walks in the surrounding areas of Sedona.  A photo of your baby bump against the backdrop of nature’s bumps in Red Rocks Canyon becomes a keepsake of your vacation. Milestone Anniversaries Have you and your partner been married 5, 10, 25, or even 50 years?  That’s the perfect reason to celebrate your upcoming milestone with a memorable trip.  For a short getaway, the Riviera Maya area, just south of Cancun, Mexico, is a perfect anniversary destination. Visitors can find rare “overwater bungalows” in the Riviera Maya at Palafitos, which is part of the El Dorado Maroma Resort & Spa. Every bungalow has a glass bottom floor window, private infinity pool, private outdoor shower, and amazing sunrise views. Secluded in your private bungalow you can watch time pass and fish swim, without a care in the world.  Palafitos is a private restaurant reserved for bungalow guests. They also have access to the many restaurants and amenities at El Dorado Maroma Resort & Spa. Consistently ranked among the top ten beaches in the world, Maroma Beach is a magical place to celebrate an anniversary.  Also located on Maroma Beach is Secrets Beach Resort.  Every anniversary couple can indulge in breakfast in bed in the morning and a special turndown service in the evening.  Special touches like this help create those magical moments during an anniversary trip.  Another way to commemorate your anniversary is to renew your vows while on vacation. Vow renewals are effortlessly coordinated by the resort, with an officiant, flowers, photographer, and dining and a toast all arranged for you.  The only thing the celebrating couple needs to worry about is choosing between toes in the sand or flip flops for the ceremony.    Whether you are beginning a new relationship, or celebrating fifty years of wedded bliss, you deserve a beautiful, amorous getaway to reconnect and recharge your relationship. For more information, Michele Lindsay, Owner, Blue Pointe Travel in Grosse Pointe Park, michele@bluepointetravel.com

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