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Where to Stay: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Just like that the summer is done!

August is here and now is the time to pack in as much sun, surf and family time as you can. A great way to get in the last summer fun is to spend some time at the only all-inclusive resort in the US. Yes, there really is an all-inclusive located where else but Florida. This is where you can find Club Med's Sandpiper Bay Resort located in Port St. Lucie, about an hour or 2 south of Orlando. 

I got to take in the resort this summer and quite enjoyed my stay there. Not only was it a great way to unwind but it was also a great way to discover my new love for tennis. The resort is world renowned for its sports program that trains the best athletes worldwide. While there I was able to see some of the worlds future sports stars practice their skills

The resort also has intensive lessons on golfing, volleyball and more. For those wanting to do something a little more light hearted you can partake in acrobat lessons which seemed very fun. Now it wasn't all work and no play. I did spend much time at their adults only pool. I loved this section as it was quieter than the other pools and faced the lake for a serene environment. 

Now this isn't the most glamorous of the Club Med's and the drinks are not top shelf but it's a great quick getaway. If you can try to get one of the updated rooms as those were nicer. 

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The food was delicious, plentiful and included a daily variety of dishes. Now their chocolate bread was hands down the best breakfast food. We really loved their chocolate bread, it was gooey, soft and filled with a lot of chocolate chips for this chocolate lover. 

While it was a short vacation; just 3 days but I would go back again. It's a good idea to book early though as you're able to get good prices and space as they tend to sell out during the summer season. 

 

3 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect Wedding in Paradise

Planning a wedding in paradise while you're located far away from the location can be very hard but it doesn't have to be. 

Here's a few quick tips to help you plan the perfect wedding.

1) Choose the right location. Does this location hold any special meaning to you? Have you been here before? Are you looking for a beach? Do you want something simple? All of these things are important to know beforehand.

Our last client wanted a tropical wedding and the choices were Hawaii or Puerto Rico. We did the research, presented different options for each of the islands and told her the pros and the cons of each option. It is at this stage that you start to measure your wedding coordinator. If they don't answer your email or respond to your phone calls you probably should take them off your list.  

2) Ask for the experience. No two weddings are the same so it helps to know that your venue has experience pulling it off. Whether the wedding will take place at a hotel, hall or cruise ship  make sure they have the experience producing your type of wedding.

A great wedding coordinator will tell you specifically who they usually cater to and how they can help you with YOUR wedding.

  • Examples:
    • We cater to small weddings of about 2-30 people at international locales.
    • We are a full service wedding coordinator and provide photographers, DJ's, caterers, florists from weddings as small as 50 to 1000 people. 

 

3) Getting the most bang for you buck Know your budget constraints.When I started working with my last couple on their wedding we specifically looked at what their budget was and provided them with the best options. We created an upper limit and a minimum and worked from there, each time checking to make sure we were within budget. If anything deviated from the budget we called the client and provided options to choose from.

Following these 3 easy steps will help start you on the right path to planning the perfect wedding in paradise

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Our couple celebrated their nuptial at Copa Marina Beach Resort in Guanica, Puerto Rico. They loved every moment there. 

Ask us how we can help you plan the perfect wedding by sending us an email at Katiana@tripstravelagency.com