Go beyond the typical trip of a lifetime with these celebratory vacations.By: Jenna Mahoney
Consider the honeymoon: It celebrates the sweetness of the union of matrimony. And in past eras it also spoke to fertility itself—the moon and its goddess ruled such things in ancient cultures, after all. Today, while the classic notion of the honeymoon continues, there are some trendy twists. Here, some of the latest vacation terms and where to find the perfect package.
There’s something to note about all these moons — their names pretty much reflect each concept. Such is the case with the engagementmoon, a celebration of betrothal and an extra-special way to pop the question. Sandals, the romantic Caribbean all-inclusive resort chain, has dedicated engagement concierges to make sure it all goes off without a hitch. Complimentary to guests, the service is completely customizable. Various starting room rates.
With today’s weddings stretching across days as opposed to hours, these quickie getaways are more popular than ever. Although short on time, they’re generally long on luxury. Most minimoons take place within driving distance of the wedding or home, offering the max amount of romance time possible. Book the Ultimate Mayflower Spa Experience at the tony Mayflower Grace in bucolic Connecticut and not only will you repose in luxe splendor, you’ll also receive exclusive, after-hours access to the picturesque spa followed by a romantic dinner. Package rate for two guests is $2,995.
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More and more couples are coming to marriage with children. And a familymoon is the perfect opportunity for blended unions to connect with each other. The family-friendly Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida boasts amenities or every age group, from kids’ clubs and teen hangouts to a pretty beach, excellent spa and numerous bars. All-inclusive room rates start at $139 per adult, per night.
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We can thank the tabloid media’s favorite Friend for this latest trend. Following their super-secret backyard union, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux jetted off with a group of their besties. Book into one of the five-bedroom Residences at Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos and live like an A-lister with your pals. Enjoy a private pool, personal concierge and chef service, complimentary bar and more on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Villa rental rates start at $4,700 a night.
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Considered the last hurrah before 18- to life, this getaway happens before the impending birth of a child. Buttermilk Falls Inn caters to moms and dads-to-be with a special package that includes a prenatal massage, energizing fresh-pressed juice and a two-night stay, among other goodies. Just lounging around the organic farm and inn is a vacation in and of itself. Two-night package rates start at $820 a night.
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