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Category: Honeymoon & Travel

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Just a three hour plane ride away from Toronto, Palm Beach is truly a premiere vacation destination rich with glamour and history. The original winter playground for socialites escaping the cold, Palm Beach as we know it began in the late 1800s when railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler built a link to this spectacular island. Flagler was also responsible for the first grand resort, The Breakers, which debuted in 1896 in the unique oceanfront location, right in front of where the waves would break against the beach.

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Designed by famous New York designers Shultze and Weaver, the magnificent resort grew and often contained a who’s who of early 20th century American society, including European nobility and multiple U.S. Presidents. Today the hotel stays true to its founding principles - unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world class service, making it the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding location for a discerning, stylish and sophisticated couple!

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Located on a 140 acre property, the possibilities for your vacation are endless! Enjoy the sun and warmth and relax in one of four heated oceanfront pools as well as adjacent bungalows available along with personalized concierge service. If sitting back isn’t your style, you can always partake in a variety of water sports, including scuba diving, catamaran sailing, or snorkelling in the renowned coral reef located just yards from the shore.

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Once you’re ready for a break, head to the Oceanfront or Rees Jones golf course, the meticulous clay tennis courts or the fitness centre where the team will be happy to work with you to create a bespoke exercise plan. To unwind you can always head to the magnificent new indoor-outdoor spa, where we’d recommend a manicure with the exclusive Essie shade “Sea You at The Breakers.” On site, there are 11 luxurious shopping boutiques, including Lilly Pulitzer, Guerlain and Polo Ralph Lauren.

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Ready to satisfy every appetite, the 9 world class restaurants feature a wide range of choice from the revival of Palm Beach cocktail culture to exotic Pan-Asian cuisine. Staff pay attention to every last detail from freshly baked baguette to creamy Nitro coffee on tap, and everything in between. Farm to table is nothing new here, with local and sustainable choices featured on menus for over 25 years, ensuring that you’ll get nothing but the freshest and best tasting options.

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You can always ensure that you are satisfied with your stay, as The Breakers remains committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. With initiatives benefiting the United Way, FEED Projects, the Rainforest Alliances and various food banks, the well being of the community as a whole is at the core of The Breakers’ culture. The hotel is still owned by the family of Henry Flagler, and remain committed to ensuring that every guest feels just as at home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this modern-classic resort represents a timeless, luxurious, and unique elegance.

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If you're looking for a romantic escape this winter, or are planning your upcoming minimoon and honeymoon,  might we suggest a jaunt to beautiful Cancun, Mexico? Just a four hour flight away from Toronto, located in the heart of Cancun, one of the city's most esteemed outposts is the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, whose borders sit right on the beach, taking full advantage of the city’s 20 kilometres of pristine white beaches.

While you can, of course, take to the sand for an afternoon of relaxing (complete with a bar and waitstaff services should you choose to become a member of the Diamond Club), it’s a place of endless opportunities. If you’re adventurous, head seaside for an afternoon of motorized water sports. If you’re looking to redefine relaxation, enjoy yoga classes hosted on the beach. If you’re looking to impress that special someone, customize your trip by adding on one of their specifically designed Romance or Anniversary Packages, both of which include a romantic dinner for two on the beach.

In addition to these beachside activities, the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa offers endless options for customization with special occasion packages which can include breakfast in bed, celebratory champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and couple’s spa treatments. For those in the pursuit of true romance, upgrade to Hideaway accommodations for increased privacy and access to preferential areas and activities like gourmet dining and cocktails, poolside mixology classes, sunset champagne, and nightly entertainment. With all Hideaway activities open only to adults, this package was designed with Honeymooners in mind. To take it yet another step further and have your celebrations tailored specifically to you, joining the Diamond Club will get you a trained butler to meet nearly any need. With services like luggage packing and unpacking, ironing, laundry pick-up, assistance with reservations, and even party planning services, you can celebrate your special occasions without losing any precious relaxation time.

While your butler is taking care of the technicalities, you and your significant other can head to one of the resort’s 20 restaurants, lounges, and cafés or take a minute (or an hour!) for yourself with an extended spa treatment. With a couples massage and a his-and-her’s hydrotherapy treatment appearing on the Royal Spa’s extensive menu, it won’t be hard to convince your other half to unwind along with you. And considering the diverse list of accommodations and activity options offered by the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, convincing them of the entire vacation should be a breeze.

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The first wines produced in the Napa Valley provide a striking contradiction to the county's current reputation. There was no Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, only fields upon fields of Mission Grapes. Named for the Christian missionaries who cultivated the grapes for ceremonial wine, the first orchards were a haphazard tangle of vines that resulted in each bottle containing an impossible-to-decipher mix of grapes.

More than 200 years later, wine in Napa Valley is a religious experience in a different sense. Having eschewed its literal religious affiliations during the region’s commercial settlement throughout the nineteenth century, there is still a certain reverence around the wine and the wine culture of the northern Californian county.

With nearly 500 wineries dotting the 30-mile long vale, finding the perfect place to host your trip to Napa Valley is a daunting task. As varied as the crops surrounding them, Napa's lodgings can provide the intimacy of a bed and breakfast or the most luxurious boutique spa and hotel experience. If you’re looking to experience the relaxing extravagance of the latter, allow us to help shorten your search by introducing you to Bardessono, California’s only Platinum LEED Certified hotel. A restaurant, spa, and hotel, the Yountville property’s sustainable design boasts large, open concept suites with private patios. Upon request, rooms are transformed into personal massage parlours by a Spa Butler, who can arrange a massage table and draw a candle lit, essential oil-infused bath with a moments notice.

Alongside the spa’s broad offering of luxurious, natural treatments, Bardessono’s Lucy Restaurant and Bar offers a mostly organic, locally-sourced, seasonal menu. Guests can choose to indulge in their meals (prepared using ingredients from Bardessono’s on-site garden) in the modern dining room, the privacy of their own suite, or even poolside.

And while hiding away in an expansive suite and lounging by the pool sounds like a worthy vacation, a stay at Bardessono can only be enhanced by an always changing calendar of activities. The resort keeps it relaxed with weekly wine tasting at Lucy, yoga twice a week, and a fleet of the latest Lexus models, available for guests to test drive. The front desk will happily arrange for you to spend a few hours or even the entire day away from the estate on a guided Napa Valley Bike Tour that winds through wineries.

Offering the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, you’ll never get restless, whether you’re just dropping in for the weekend or indulging in a full-fledged getaway.

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Today we're dreaming of faraway places, of mochi ice cream, cherry blossoms and the bustling city streets of Tokyo. Stay at the Four Seasons Tokyo or the Park Hyatt (of Lost in Translation fame), dine at Alain Ducasse's Beige Tokyo restaurant and visit cherry blossom-filled parks like Shinjuku Gyoen and Sumida Park. Take excursions to Mt. Fuji or Kyoto or even consider a destination wedding in Hiroshima at the award-winning contemporary chapel there, designed by Nikken Space Designs.

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1. Cherry Blossom Boat via Gary Pepper Girl 2. Paper Cranes via Michael & Anna Costa 3. Bamboo Tree Road via Blogspot 4. Cherry Blossoms via Izzie Rae Photography 5. Mochi Ice Cream via Pinterest 6. Kimonos via This is Glamorous 7. Wisteria Tunnel via Buzzfeed 8. Mochi Ice Cream via KSaveur 9. Hand Carved Chapel via Contemporist 10. Blossoms via Indulgy 11. Hand Carved Chapel via Contemporist 12. Wisteria Tunnel via Buzzfeed 13. Sushi Hand Roll Appetizers via Kenko Kitchen

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