Wedding Couture used to mean the bridal gown . . . now it means the honeymoon. Niagara Falls is being replaced with zip-lining in rain forests, summer skiing in Chile, or a desert safari in Arabia, according to Virtuoso, the leading luxury travel network, who today announced 30 Top Honeymoons chosen by some of the network’s most experienced honeymoon specialists. To ensure brides-to-be are aware of these top honeymoon packages, Virtuoso looked to TheKnot.com, the number one online wedding planning resource, to create an email and website promotion campaign that will be viewed by millions of registered brides-to-be.
The honeymoons range from a three-day getaway at a Mexican beach resort for $1,930 per couple to a two-week African safari for $23,834. Each trip is arranged by one of 24 featured Virtuoso honeymoon specialists, each with an average of 15-20 years in planning detailed honeymoon itineraries for their clients. Featured destinations range from nearby destinations in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America to faraway jewels in the South Pacific, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa and New Zealand. Accommodations include over-water bungalows, luxurious safari tents, grand suites and floating palaces.
“Virtuoso’s slogan is ‘We Orchestrate Dreams,’ and no travel dream is more important than someone’s honeymoon,” said Virtuoso President Kristi Jones. “With all the stress surrounding a wedding, it’s nice to step into a marriage with a perfectly tailored honeymoon that will set the tone for exploring the world together as a couple. Virtuoso honeymoon specialists take this job seriously, so the couple can have the time of their lives. And, we bring a wedding gift as well . . . each Virtuoso honeymoon includes something special like extra free nights, guaranteed upgrades, limousine transfers, full-day shore excursions, shipboard credits, spa treatments or bar privileges with our compliments.”
Jones said Virtuoso’s Top Honeymoons fit a wide span of budgets and personal styles. Those looking for adventure can choose from exploring ancient temples, rafting through white-water rapids, touring by helicopter, paragliding, horseback riding, or snorkeling with sharks and rays. Those seeking romance and magic may choose a private candlelit dinner on a beach, their own private pool, an overnight sailing on a luxurious junk, or even the magic of Disney. If pampering is key, almost all of the honeymoons include the ultimate in luxury, from couples massages and limousine transfers to breakfasts delivered by canoe and extraordinary accommodations with breathtaking views. And for those wanting to be on the move, a selection of luxury cruises and multiple-destination offers are perfect for those with wanderlust.
“According to The Knot Market Intelligence: 2009 Honeymoon Study, romantic surroundings, sun, sand & surf, and a casual, relaxing environment are the top three qualities brides look for when choosing a honeymoon,” said Shri Lildharrie, global travel director at The Knot Inc. “With the honeymoon market being a $7 billion industry, it’s important for Virtuoso honeymoon specialists to create incredible honeymoon packages that meet all these elements and more.”
Full details for each of the honeymoons, as well as the Virtuoso honeymoon specialists who selected them, may be found at: www.virtuoso.com/honeymoons.