The Best Honeymoon Destinations in 2016!

Planning your honeymoon but not sure where to start? To help you get underway, we’ve searched high and low for the best honeymoon destination in 2016 based on current travel trends. This year it seems more and more couples are staying further away from the traditional lazy beach days (though there are still plenty of opportunities for that), with many couples looking for more adventurous honeymoons, crafting once in a lifetime trips to countries and experiences they thought they could only dream of.  So what are you waiting for? Here are the best honeymoon destinations right now! We would love to curate the perfect honeymoon for you! Please contact WGY Lifestyle at (888)-WGY-0808 or by email at info@wgylifestyle.com and one of our life stylists will walk you and your spouse through every little detail!

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Serengeti, Tanzania

Going on safari is the journey of a lifetime and as such would have to be one of the most memorable honeymoon destinations on offer. There are plenty of different safaris on offer in the African continent, with each country offering something a little different. For example if you’d like to see meerkats, you’ll need to head further south. If you’re most interested in seeing The Big 5, you can see these in the Kruger National Park or in East Africa – though rhino sightings are becoming more and more rare. One of my favourite safari experiences (having previously been in Kruger twice, Pilanesberg once and now Serengeti once) was my recent visit to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

If you’re looking to splurge for a once in a lifetime experience, Singita have a number of lodges on a private reserve adjacent to Serengeti.

Best time to go: June-October for game watching; January-February for baby season

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Maldives

As iconic as honeymoons come, the Maldives is characterised by crystal clear waters, blue sunny skies, and incredible colours at sunset. Recently my partner and I travelled to the Maldives for a week I will never forget – sun, snorkelling, amazing cuisine, swimming in the ocean right outside our water villa… you get the idea! The Maldives is however an expensive honeymoon choice, particularly in the big international resorts… so if you’re on a budget, it might pay to look elsewhere in Asia – even as close as neighbouring Sri Lanka.

For an impossibly romantic and flawless stay,  we can highly recommend Taj Exotica for your visit to the Maldives.

Best time to go: May-November, though we found March very pleasant with only a couple of light showers.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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The Algarve, Portugal

With a year-round warm climate (though cold waters in winter), the Mediterranean is a much loved holiday destination for Europeans and visitors from further abroad. Although it has long been a popular beach holiday destination for the Portuguese for decades, recently the Algarve in Portugal’s south has earned itself the reputation as one of the most romantic locations in the Mediterranean, making it a great choice for honeymooners.

Villa Vita Parc are legendary in the Algarve for offering the most luxurious, authentic Portuguese experience on the coast.

Best time to go: Spring & Summer, though the Algarve is truly a year-round destination

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Tasmania, Australia

You might have noticed the little island below mainland Australia getting a lot of traction lately, both on this blog and in other global publications around the world. That is because until the last few years, Tasmania has remained a hidden gem and a well kept secret of those who visited previously. Well now the secret is out! Tasmania is home to fresh farm-to-table produce, pristine white sand beaches, beautiful bays to hike into and explore, as well as a gorgeous capital city, Hobart, idyllically located on the waterfront.

Saffire Freycinet is an all inclusive experience that was named the best boutique hotel in the world and while it doesn’t come cheap, the experience is second to none!

Best time to go: Early December-End February for the best of the summer sunshine

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Ireland

Lush greenery, rolling valleys and impressive steep cliffsides… there really is no reason not to fall in love with Ireland. An Irish road trip might not be the first idea that pops into your mind when considering a honeymoon abroad, however with incredibly friendly locals, reasonable prices and the allure of a road trip adventure, you have more than enough reasons to choose Ireland as an idyllic honeymoon away. If it is good enough for Kim and Kanye on their honeymoon, I’m sure its good enough for all of us!

To get the ideas flowing, here are 8 of the most beautiful places to visit on a road trip around Ireland.

Best time to go: Ireland is susceptible to heavy rainfall in the cooler months, so better to stick to the summer season or spring and fall for lower prices but mostly decent weather.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Arosa, Switzerland

After learning that the English royal family holidayed here on a ski trip, I figured Arosa must be something spectacular worth seeing – and right I was! Arosa is a gorgeous little ski village in the Swiss Alps, not too long a train journey from Zurich, one of Switzerland’s most scenic towns. If you’re a couple who prefer to stay active then there’s plenty of snow activities to keep you busy in the winter time, although summer is equally pleasant and a much quieter experience as the crowds have died down. Impossibly romantic and incredibly scenic – Arosa is one of Switzerland’s little known gems.

Check yourself in to the Arosa Kulm for the ultimate Swiss Alps experience.

Best time to go: There really is no bad time to visit Arosa – expect a quiet summer escape in the warmer months and an exciting ski trip in the winter with plenty of time to unwind in the spa.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Coastal mountains, picturesque towns, island hopping by ferry… shall I go on? There is no denying that the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most romantic destinations and thus most loved and visited. Honeymooners can rest assured there are favourable times to visit to escape the crowds, as long as you’re happy to sacrifice the steamy hot summer temperatures. Crowds aside, the Amalfi Coast is impossible charming, full of great seaside cuisine, and a much loved favourite by locals and visitors alike.

Check yourself in to Le Sirenuse for the ultimate honeymoon experience in the Amalfi Coast.

Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit Amalfi is not in summer, as the crowds become too much to bear. The best times to visit are May-June & September-October.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia is one of the world’s most talked about honeymoon destinations; Bora Bora. This small island offers crystal clear waters with great conditions for snorkelling and diving, as well as gorgeous, pristine beaches that you thought were only real in your dreams. Its that perfect!

Best time to go: November and April are shoulder seasons with great weather and lower prices.

Place to Stay: The St. Regis Bora Bora  (Contact WGY Lifestyle for Luxury Privileges at the St. Regis Bora Bora)

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Sumba Island, Indonesia

Right next door to Bali, just a 1 hour flight away, is as little known but large island known as Sumba, with minimal development and an incredibly authentic experience on offer. Although the island hasn’t opened up to masses of tourism yet it is only a matter of time – with the beaches much more beautiful than anywhere I have been in Bali, beautiful sunsets, and very welcome hospitality from the locals.

Nihiwatu Resort is a honeymoon haven – offering an inclusive experience so you can arrive and unwind immediately.

Best time to go: May, June & July are generally considered to be the best months to visit.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Tulum, Mexico

A resort town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Tulum is regarded as one of Mexico’s top spots to visit for travellers in search of great weather, beaches, and a plethora of resorts to choose from. There’s also plenty to see and do here – including a Mayan archaeological site from the 13th Century and a range of water activities to soak up the sunshine.

Best time to go: Between October and December.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Provence, France

Lavender fields, sunflower fields and delicious vineyards are all key characteristics of the southeastern region of France; Province. Spring and summer are fantastic times of year to visit, however with scenery this beautiful you really can’t go too wrong year-round!

Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit France is in fact outside of summer – both to beat the crowds and see more locals (many of the French take their holidays throughout August). Though if you’re looking to see the iconic lavender fields in full bloom, summer is the time to go!

                                                                                       Happy Honeymooning!

Please contact WGY Lifestyle for any customized honeymoon booking inquiries.

Flagship St Regis Hotels & Resorts Opens Its Doors in Istanbul, Turkey

After a long anticipated debut, Starwood Hotel & Resorts has finally opened its doors to their ultra-luxury new addition, the St. Regis Hotel. Nestled in the sophisticated Nisantasi neighborhood, you’ll find chic designer boutiques and art galleries surrounding the hotel, the perfect neighborhood to compliment the resort. Notorious for combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St Regis is known for its exceptional service and bespoke settings.

 

No matter if you’re travelling for business or leisure, award-winning Turkish architect Emre Arolat designed the 118-room hotel, making each foot of the hotel a treat for its guests. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Macka Park and Bosphorus or début-de-siècle buildings of the chic Abdi İpekçi Street. If you’re looking to take your room stay to another level, make sure to check out the Bentley Suite. Created in partnership with Bentley, the creator of the world’s most luxurious automobile, the suite captures the perfect blend of refined luxury and style (similar to the experience you’ll find behind the wheel of a Bentley).

 

Exquisitely decorated, the luxury-loving guest will enjoy a modern interpretation of the glamorous Art Deco era with a variety of contemporary art installations. The hotel boasts breathtaking works of art by internationally acclaimed and emerging Turkish artists as part of the Demsa Collection of Art. Featuring custom pieces created by the hotel, you’ll find pieces like the Lasvit chandelier, which stuns center stage in the lobby.

 

“We are thrilled to unveil The St. Regis Istanbul and introduce its exceptional service standards and refined elegance to travelers and local residents,” said Rui Reis, General Manager, The St. Regis Istanbul. “The hotel presents one-of-a-kind experiences, including several firsts in Turkey – Spago, the rooftop restaurant and lounge by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and a Bentley Suite – all set within this remarkable space with unparalleled design inspired by Istanbul’s rich history.”

 

Beyond amazing décor, the St Regis never disappoints, even their spa offers a transformative spa journey that will offer you only the deepest form of relaxation. With seven treatment rooms, two hammams, an indoor pool, fitness center and rejuvenating services, you’ll leave the stresses behind upon entering of the spa.

 

Interested in experiencing Istanbul or looking for exclusive rates at the St. Regis? Contact us for WGY Preferred Rates, at info@wgylifestyle.com or 888-WGY-0808.

 

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Groundscaping Intercontinental to be Built In Shanghai

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Looking for a ‘not your typical’ escape? Look no further than China. Featuring an unbelievable design, the Intercontinental being built just outside of Shanghai is stepping outside of the box and creating a groundbreaking (literally) new design that’s never been seen before.

Carved into the edge of an abandoned quarry, this five-star hotel is due to be completed in early 2017. With 328 rooms, 19 stories cascading down a cliff towards a 90-meter-deep lagoon, this futuristic and lavish hotel is costing over £345million to turn this dream into a reality.

Not only will you be looking down 19 stories, but the hotel will also sit 15 meters underground with two stories that will be built underwater, showcasing views of an underground aquarium with glass walls.

We can’t wait to check it out, who’s in?!

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The Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland; All images: Shanghai Shimao Property Group/ Atkins

W Amsterdam is Open for Business!

We’re no strangers to the magical city of Amsterdam, and at the W Amsterdam you’ll be able to magnify your escape to the capital of the Netherlands. Mixing historical Dutch architectural elements with cutting-edge design across two buildings next to Dam Square, this brand new W is at the epicenter of this energetic and forward-thinking city. Marvel at dazzling views from our spot between the Royal Palace and the UNESCO-listed Singel canal.

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Let the elevator lift you up to the rooftop for a check-in experience unlike any other. Relax in one of the 238 guest rooms and suites.  Each is a fabulous retreat that mixes historical details with contemporary features. Recharge with the W signature bed, complemented by touches of local design. For the ultimate experience, check out one of our WOW or E-WOW Suites.

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Revel in the exhilarating guest rooms and suites of W Amsterdam, where vibrant décor, state-of-the-art technology and visionary amenities elevate every stay. Indulge in a snack from the Munchie Box. Amplify downtime with in-room entertainment. Finally, recharge with Bliss® sinkside six bath amenities and retreat to signature W beds, where a W pillow menu heightens a rejuvenating night’s sleep.

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After a night out, detoxify at AWAY® Spa. Indulge in one of the destination restaurants and taste signature sips at our W Lounge overlooking Dam Square. Sample local creations in our creative incubator space, a breeding ground for up-and-coming Dutch fashion and design artists. Get exclusive access to vibrant nightlife, dining, shopping and fashion with the signature Whatever/Whenever® service, the in-the-know W Insider and the W Happenings.

Traveling to Amsterdam? For WGY Preferred Rates, please contact us at info@wgylifestyle.com or 888-WGY-0808. We Got You.

Alber Elbaz to Leave Lanvin

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It’s the end of Lanvin era! Creative director and fashion genius, Alber Elbaz has officially confirmed his departure from the fashion house after having shaped it to the brand it has become today.

BusinessOfFashion.com published a full statement from Elbaz who confirmed that his exit was based on a decision made by Lanvin’s owner, Shaw-Lan Wang.

 

Elbaz stated:

“At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanies me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.

“I also wish to express my profound and deepest gratitude to all of the clients and friends, to the French and international press and to all those business partners who collaborated with Lanvin, providing us with support since 2001.”

“I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands, and hope that it finds the business vision it needs to engage in the right way forward.”

 

This has been a season of movement this year in fashion as Elbaz is now the third major fashion house to have announced a change in creative directors. Not only will Lanvin be getting a new look but you can expect to see new directors at Dior and Balenciaga as well.

 

While his departure may have been abrupt, we still expect to see great things from Elbaz!

Turkish Airlines Opens Up Direct Flights to Miami

 

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As if you haven’t noticed by our Facebook and Instagram pages recently, we LOVE Turkey! Nowhere else in the world can you experience a land with such amazing history, delicious cuisine, stunning scenery ranging from beaches to mountains, plus it’s home to the amazing city of Istanbul!

 

What’s more to love about Turkey? Well, for starters, Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier airline has officially commenced flights from Istanbul to Miami this past Sunday, October 25, 2015. Jetsetters will now get to enjoy direct flights seven days a week on what was ranked to be the fourth best airline in the world at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2015.

 

The airline also flies to more than 280 destinations including Buenos Aires, Toronto, New York, San Fransisco and so much more!

 

Interested in a trip to Turkey? We can help! For WGY Preferred Rates, please contact us at info@wgylifestyle.com or 888-WGY-0808.

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The 8 Best Spots in the World For Fall Foliage

Written by Pete Nosal | Condé Nast Traveler

To many, the autumn months in New England, where amber leaves blanket farmhouses and covered bridges, are quintessentially fall. It’s easy to forget that the season isn’t unique to a small corner of America, though. Here are the most spectacular settings around the world to catch the changing leaves.

1. Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania

5625193d799ed1fe16a31fa3_fall-foliage-Bran-Castle-Transylvania-cr-alamyThe region of central Romania known as Transylvania is shrouded in lore. Home to foggy hills, medieval wooden churches, and quaint hamlets, it is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula. Vlad’s fortress home, Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, lies atop a smoky hill in the middle of this eerie landscape. In autumn, the palette of the surrounding countryside is all chocolate browns and oranges, and the hush of dead leaves in the air adds to the spooky atmosphere.

 

2. Bukhansan Mountain, Seoul, Korea

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3. Duoro Wine Region, Portugal

56251942799ed1fe16a31fc3_fall-foliage-Duoro-Portugal-cr-corbisSheltered from the harsh Atlantic winds by the Marao and Montemuro mountains, the Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s main wine regions, and a unique place for fall foliage. Rather than large trees, the hills here are covered in neat rows of terraced vineyards. In the fall, the vineyards rise like colorful stairways from the ambling river below. Stroll along the rolling hills in the mild autumn air and top your day off with a bottle of the region’s finest vinho.

 

4. Fragrant Hills, Beijing, China

562519428bd380d2282dc59c_fall-foliage-Fragrant-Hills-Beijing-China-cr-alamyThe Fragrant Hills are an imperial garden in northwestern Beijing that dates back to the 12th century. There are trails through the forest that lead to manicured gardens and traditional buildings. Autumn is the best time to visit as the crimson leaves of smoke trees pop amidst the pines and ignite the landscape.

 

5. Hraunfossar Waterfalls, Husafell, Iceland

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Iceland has a primal, almost otherworldly beauty to it and, contrary to what you might think, is a land where the four seasons are on display. In a country of epic vistas, one of the most stunning places to observe fall is Hraunfossar. This series of waterfalls stretches for nearly a kilometer, spilling over the giant steps of an ancient lava field into a turquoise glacial river, where bushy trees paint the horizon hues of red, yellow, and orange.

 

6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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The German state of Bavaria, famous for bringing Oktoberfest to the world, cannot go unmentioned on this list, and the place to appreciate this autumn royalty is Neuschwanstein Castle. Appearing as if it’s carved directly from the rugged hill it sits atop, Neuschwanstein is jaw dropping on its own, but is even more spectacular during the autumn months. The castle’s white facades and spires rise above the garnet red leaves of the surrounding trees, making it obvious why it was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

 

7. Summer Garden, St. Petersburg, Russia

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St. Petersburg, known as the Venice of the North, is famous for its gorgeous architecture and alluring parks. The most popular is the Summer Garden, which ironically enough, is the best place to experience the seasons changing in the city. Walk under sheets of golden foliage along the Fontanka river walkway or sit on a bench as the colorful leaves dance among the garden’s marble statues: both are unforgettable ways to enjoy this beautiful city.

 

8. Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki, Japan

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Japan offers many compelling places to view the foliage, but Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture may be the best. Rent a rowboat and cruise through the celadon waters framed by steep rock faces, past misty waterfalls, and under marigold leaves on the trees above. The landscape here is spectacular, the sides of the rock walls go from vertical and smooth to horizontal and jagged and present a natural timeline of the region’s geology.

Balenciaga x Mytheresa.com Hilarious Short Film

Think a handbag can’t change your life? Think again! Check out this ironic, comical short film By Mytheresa.com x Balenciaga titled ‘Une Incroyable Excuse’, which was released this week. In this ironic clip, you’ll watch three Balenciaga-clad beauties discover an alternate universe at the bottom of a bag.

Set in a chic café in Paris, the ironic film shows that fashion can be funny and trendy. “Set in one of Paris’ most renowned culinary haunts, Caviar Kaspia, and contrasted with the refined, strict elegance of Balenciaga’s fall 2015 collection, the film highlights how fashion can be humorous without losing its glamorous edge,” he continued.

Check it out: 

The Coolest Hotel Hot Spots

Small Luxury Hotel of the World is kicking off ski season with two new ski resorts. Combine luxe plus sport this season with these two new luxe lodges that has opened just in time for winter. Welcome El Lodge Ski and Spa in Sierra Nevada, Granada and Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge in Val Thorens, France to your bucket list of places to stay while traveling.

Both hotels are opening its doors in December and we’re giving you a sneak peak inside!

El Lodge Ski and Spa

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While some of you may know, El Lodge Ski and Spa is not new but it’s re-opening its doors after a fire gutted the entire structure in early 2014. With it’s fresh start, the final design has breathed a new (and better) life into grand resort. You can now expect outdoor Jacuzzis, an open-air swimming pool and exclusive skiing services. Plus, you’ll never have to deal with the hassle of getting to the slopes with it’s 46 posts and six off-piste runs around the hotel.

Hotel Pashmina

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If you’re looking to hit the slopes in France than look no further than Hotel Pashmina in Val Thorens. Not only is this one of Europe’s most luxurious ski resorts, but it’s also one of the highest. You’ll experience beyond a regular hotel stay (especially if you’re staying in one of their three-story apartments). After a long day of intense skiing, you’ll relax with beauty treatments by L’Occitance and dine at their restaurant fronted by award-winning chef, Romuald Fassenet. This hotel’s anticipated opening is already creating a buzz and we can’t wait to check it out.