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Over the Moon: 5 Trending Travel Options from Bridal to Baby and Beyond! Part 5: Mystery-Moon

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Hey there Social Butterflies! Rosalyn Cooper, here. If you've been keeping up with SBE, you probably already know that I work with couples, families, and groups of all sizes on planning dream romance and recreational trips, including destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversary trips, girls/guys trips, etc - you name it, I can help book it! Because I build strong and lasting connections with my clients, it’s not uncommon for me to be a long-term part of their journeys (both literally and figuratively speaking!) from the wedding to the honeymoon to family vacations and beyond.

Traditionally speaking, this path starts with the wedding itself (shout out to my Destination Brides!) or dreamy honeymoon, and then my clients head back to reality at home before the travel itch strikes again and we start planning their next trip. But as our “new normal” takes shape - complete with closed borders, travel advisories, and gathering restrictions - couples and families alike are forced to go back to the drawing board on their original plans and get creative with alternatives...and what we’ve seen emerge are modern new twists on traditional romance travel!

This week on the blog, we're wrapping up our Over the Moon series with Part 5: Mystery-Moons! If you're new to this series, start with Part 1: Mini-Moons.

Step aside, honeymoon, SBE is over the moon for these alternative “moon” trips!

Part 5: Mystery-Moon

One theme that's remained pretty consistent throughout this series is that #thisCOVIDlife has forced many couples to throw tradition out the window in one way or another. For some, they have no problem going with the flow and figuring things out as they come up, but that can be tough for those who prefer a bit more structure and planning. Well, disclaimer: This one is not for the faint of heart! Adventurous couples - step up!

So wait - what exactly is a Mystery-Moon?!

Well, much like the Family-Moon, the Mystery-Moon is exactly what it sounds to be: a MYSTERY! (To the couple, that is!) A Mystery-Moon is your opportunity to let your travel agent take the reigns and plan a honeymoon that is a complete surprise to the newlyweds until they take off for their trip!

Here's how it works: You and your spouse-to-be hop on a consultation call with your travel agent. For SBE, this is a crucial step when planning ANY trip or vacation for our clients, but it's especially critical for the Mystery-Moon because it's really important that we're able to get a good sense of who you are, both individually and as a couple, so we can plan the Mystery-Moon of your dreams!

PRO TIP: Mystery-Moon or not, I always suggest that both partners join in on the consultation conversation. It is more common for one partner to take the reigns on the planning process, but when I can talk with both of you, I can better understand what you're looking for in a travel experience and make sure BOTH of your needs and desires are met. We're only making memories that will last a lifetime - let's do it right!

After learning more about your must-haves and have-nots during the consultation, you and your honey can kick back and relax while your travel agent gets to work. This is truly your travel agent's time to shine ,and gives you the opportunity to re-focus your time, energy, and attention to planning the wedding or prepping for life as a married couple. As your travel dates approach, you'll get the full scoop on your destination and travel details from your travel agent. These details and their delivery may also vary depending on what you need (or want) to know and to what degree as you get closer to departure.

PRO TIP: Make sure your travel agent is well aware of your expectations as related to delivering the details. At SBE, we know that putting such a monumental trip in the hands of your travel consultant is a BIG deal. We work with each couple on an individual basis to make sure that everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises (except for the big one, that is!)

Mystery-Moon destinations and travel itineraries are 100% customized based on the desires, needs, and budget for each individual couple. However, here's a little preview of one of our top picks for romance travel: CocoBay Resort in Antigua!

CocoBay is an adults-only resort consisting of 65 private cottages situated on the breathtaking sunset side of Antigua, complete with white sandy beaches and crystal blue Caribbean water. Each of the authentic Caribbean cottages on the property have their own private verandas that contain custom designed wooden patio furniture so you can relax in style while enjoying the incredible scenery. Whether you’re interested in a garden view, ocean view or private pool suite, Cocobay Resort in Antigua has you covered!

Their premium waterfront suites (check them out here) are one of their most popular accommodations for honeymooners, and all include private plunge-pools and double-ended outdoor tubs! Hellooooo, romance! Plus, celebrate your arrival with a premium cocktail from the complimentary Welcome Mini-Bar in your room!

All-inclusive accommodations at this beautiful adults-only resort include daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon bites, and dinner, plus poolside refreshments, cocktails from the on-site bars, non-motorized watersports, nature walks, yoga, and even access to fitness sessions!

As an added bonus, when you visit Cocobay Antigua, you can actually DOUBLE your destination experience with easy access to Barbuda, often described as "two islands, one paradise". Dreamy, right? These islands are best known for their friendly, welcoming people, gorgeous beaches, and the most enjoyable climate in the world!

This destination combination of Antigua and Barbuda also provides tons of options for activities and excursions to make additional memories with your new hubby or wife! Water lovers can swim with stingrays, jet off on a catamaran cruise, or get their adrenaline pumping on jet skis, land lovers can enjoy historic walking tours, ziplining, off-road island safaris, or a romantic horseback ride, and for the foodies: try an island cooking class or a rum tour!

Remember, while we LOVE Antigua + Barbuda for romance travel, planning a Mystery-Moon with Social Butterfly Express means spending your honeymoon in the perfect destination for you and your boo. Not a beach person? No problem! We've got plenty of ideas (and connections!) in our arsenal to make sure you and your new spouse can start your new adventure as a married couple while making lifetime memories during your trip - all hand-selected for YOU!

If you want to get more information about visiting Cocobay Antigua + Barbuda, or want to chat about what the perfect Mystery-Moon would look like for you, reach out to get a quote or book a consultation - all complimentary and obligation free!

We hope you enjoyed our Over the Moon series! Now get out there and go live life outside the city limits!

Part 1: Mini-Moon

Part 2: Buddy-Moon

Part 3: Baby-Moon

Part 4: Family-Moon

Social Butterfly Express specializes in 100% custom travel experiences including destination weddings, honeymoons, bachelor/bachelorette parties, anniversary trips, and more! Get your custom quote here, and let us help make your travel dreams a reality!

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