Can you believe it’s July already? The summer is going by fast, but there’s still time to book a trip or get a jumpstart on planning your honeymoon. We’ve found some great travel deals and discounts for you to take advantage of this month.
Fly and stay for free to Barbados
This deal is only for brides, but it’s a good one. The Barbados Tourism Authority is working with several island hotels to let brides fly to the island and stay for free for their wedding. When you book a minimum of 10 rooms for four nights you’ll get an officiant, sparkling wine for the ceremony, wedding cake, flowers, music and more for your wedding. Brides can also enjoy a number of activities and attractions on the islands (and there are discounts for grooms and wedding guests too). For more information, go to VisitBarbados.org.
Stay an extra night at Belmond Hotels
Luxury hotel group Belmond has a few offerings this summer. If you’re visiting Peru you can take advantage of the “Discover Peru with Belmond” package. Book three nights at one Belmond hotel and get a fourth night at a sister property so you can explore more of the region. Or you can take advantage of their 30 and 25 percent discounts on suites at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Mexico, Belmond La Samanna on St. Martin, Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira and Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. Visit Belmond.com for more information.
Go around the world with Banyan Tree
Want a honeymoon that’s an over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime experience? This is for you. Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has create the “Around the World in 20 Ways” package, which includes 20 different experiences at the many different Banyan Tree locations around the world. You’ll spend 40 nights in 20 different hotels and do everything from a flight over Mauritius to adopting a turtle in the Maldives to relaxing in hot springs in China. The journey starts at $50,000 per couple. For more information, visit BanyanTree.com.
Enjoy a wine weekend in San Jose
If you’re looking for a quick getaway in the Bay Area, consider Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, Calif. Their “Wine Weekend Getaway” includes your room, a bottle of local wine and a cheese plate on arrival, a picnic lunch basket for your day of wine tasting and discounts at select wineries. Rates start at $269 per night, visit HotelValencia-SantanaRow.com.
Spend your honeymoon at Ellerman House in Cape Town
This place is seriously luxurious and a great way to begin or end a visit to South Africa (it would be perfect to relax at after a safari). Ellerman House is also offering a honeymoon promotion if you book a deluxe room for four or more nights. You’ll get 20 percent off your stay plus a couples massage, sunset canapés, three-course dinner, bottle of champagne, breakfast and more. For more information, visit Ellerman.co.za.
Elope in Mendocino
Forget Las Vegas, Mendocino, Calif. is aiming to be the new hotspot for elopements. And if you’d rather be surrounded by trees and have a view of the Pacific, it’s certainly a great option. Several bed and breakfasts are offering packages specifically for elopements, including the MacCallum House Inn, Elk Cove Inn, McCaffrey House Bed & Breakfast Inn, The Gables Wine Country Inn, and many more. To see all your elopement and wedding destination options in the area, visit Cabbi.com.
Snuggle up for a beach bonfire
The Brewery Gulch Inn (read more about it here) is offering a romantic night perfect for honeymooners or proposals. With their “Light up the Night” package you’ll head over to the secluded Big River Beach, where the innkeepers will set up a beach bonfire for just the two of you, complete with recliner chairs, cozy blankets, bottle of wine, all the fixin’s for s’mores and a constellation map for stargazing. The package is a $125 add-on to your room rate, visit BreweryGulchInn.com for more information.
Pop the question surrounded by jewels
The New York Palace hotel has a proposal package that’s full of glitz and glam. With the “Ultimate Proposal Package” you’ll get two nights in the Jewel Suite, which features a 20-foot “wall of diamonds” chandelier and views of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. You also get a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, a couples massage, seven-course dinner and fresh flowers in the room. But most importantly, the package includes a custom designed engagement ring by Martin Katz, who also designed the suite. The package starts at $50,000, visit NewYorkPalace.com for more information.
Stay longer at Raffles
Raffles Praslin Seychelles hotel will let you stay four nights but only pay for three or stay seven nights but only pay for five through September 30. You also get a private plunge pool, daily breakfast and 24-hour butler service. Visit Raffles.com for more information.
Get married for free at Sonesta St. Maarten
Yes, you read that correctly, a free wedding. If you reserve 10 rooms for at least five nights at either the all-inclusive, family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino or the all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa you’ll get a free wedding. The package includes discounted room rates, a beach ceremony, bridal dressing room, on-site wedding coordinator, 15 percent off spa services, plated dinner and open bar during the reception, a wedding cake and sparkling wine toast. The couple also gets two free nights on their first anniversary so you can come back and re-live the day. For more information, visit Sonesta.com.
Cruise over Nepal in a helicopter
Even if you’re not up for scaling Mt. Everest you can get a glimpse of the rugged beauty of Nepal with Geringer Global Travel’s 15-day “Discover Nepal by Helicopter” trip. You’ll enjoy a flight over Mt. Everest, an elephant safari, a boat ride, three-day hike and more. If you book by September 15 you’ll save $400 per person, packages start at $10,965 per person. Visit Geringer Global Travel for more information.