Life is filled with reasons to celebrate, but there are certain occasions – very special occasions, when a typical celebration just won’t do. Maybe you’ve been married to the love of your life for 35 incredible years. Maybe your youngest child just graduated from medical school. Maybe you’ve transitioned out of a long and successful career to the wonderful world of retirement, or maybe a milestone birthday is upon you. Whatever the reason, life’s most special occasions deserve to be commemorated in style, and when you celebrate them in a fantastic location, special occasions become even more memorable.
Let’s begin with all you lovebirds out there. Paris is known as the City of Love, so what better place to celebrate an engagement, a honeymoon, or a special anniversary? The city is truly a lover’s paradise, brimming with romantic things to do and see, and with a spacious and graciously appointed second floor apartment just off the Champs d’Elysees as your home base, you’re within walking distance of much that Paris has to offer.
A romantic day starts with a rooftop breakfast and a view of the Eiffel tower – and there’s no better place for both than the Terass Hotel where the food is exquisite, and the views, simply breathtaking. From there, it’s a quick stroll to the Wall of Love mural in Montmartre. Tucked away in a garden very near the metro station, the wall displays the words I Love You in no fewer than 311 dialects. Snap a quick selfie there and then continuing onward to the stunning Sacré-Cœur Cathedral. The sacred experience inside can be counterbalanced by a quick coffee or glass of wine at any one of the many surrounding street-side cafés.
Afternoons are for shopping, and the world’s top designers all have shops along the Champs d’Elysees. Pre-book a late lunch at Kong – another famous rooftop restaurant with incredible views of the Siene. Consider a river cruise as well, either for dinner (many boats have great food and service) or simply for sight seeing. Wrap up the day with a bottle of Champagne and a carriage ride between the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower, and voila! A romantic day that is truly magnifique!
Old world romance gives way to cool Caribbean living in Antigua and Barbuda – a world awash in shades of teal, brilliant blue skies, and white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. This sun-drenched island state is casually electric – the perfect place for family to gather in celebration of a big birthday or a landmark life event. A wide range of nearby activities keeps everyone in the family active and happy (think water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and kayaking for starters.) Of course the swimming is incredible too, whether you’re immersed the warm water of Nonsuch Bay or indulging in any one of the three pools on the property. The capital city of St. John’s is a scenic 45-minute drive away, offering nightlife, restaurants, shopping and attractions in a quaint and colourful Caribbean centre.
The property in Antigua is open and airy, with expansive windows that bring the island’s beauty indoors. There’s room for 8 people – making it an ideal family getaway.
We’d be remiss if we left out Hawaii – an island oasis where life slows down and priorities shift. Aloha is more than a greeting here – it’s way of life. To live Aloha means to live a full and happy existence, connected to yourself, to nature and those you love. Maybe that’s why Hawaii is such a popular place among those who are ready to enjoy life on their own terms and on their own timeline.
Our properties on the Big Island are located within the pristine resort community of Mauna Lani – a sprawling coastal development that offers every conceivable amenity, including two golf courses, a tennis club, fully equipped sports and fitness centre, a luxurious spa, and all the water sports you expect to find at an island paradise. There’s amazing dining options and great shopping too. Mauna Lani is truly a place where you can relax, recharge, and enjoy life to the absolute fullest without ever venture off site.
But venture off you should, because the Big Island is a natural wonderland that instills a sense of awe and wonder in everyone. The hiking is epic, the beaches are unbelievable, there are mountains to climb, volcanoes to explore, and waterfalls to stand under. The Big Island is big on beauty, and it beckons you to come out and play. Come home to one of two luxurious private homes at the end of the day to enjoy the covered lanai and lagoon style pool and hot tub.
What is the next big occasion in your life? Doesn’t it deserve the perfect setting?