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Where does the idea of a honeymoon come from

Where Does the Idea of a Honeymoon Come From?

Some concepts and traditions are much easier to trace than others, but most have evolved considerably since their advent. The honeymoon is one tradition which has remained true to its origins, and yet evolved hugely. Today honeymoons are all about letting the happy couple relax and spend some much needed time together after the stresses and trials of wedding planning. It’s a time to bond and deepen your intimacy as a couple, but have you ever wondered just where the name comes from? The True Origin of Honeymoons Like so many terms, its origins are pleasingly straightforward once they are explained to you. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term honeymoon comes from the idea that “the first month of marriage is the sweetest”, hence honey (sweet) and moon (referring to a calendar month). This term “hony moone” was first used in English in 1546, but the practice of actually embarking upon a journey after a wedding did not come into practice in the West until the 19th century. In Great Britain it became common …

Enjoying Puerto Vallarta with Villa del Palmar

Enjoying Puerto Vallarta with Villa del Palmar

Renowned as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities found along the Pacific coastline of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is filled with an amazingly diverse range of activities sure to please any traveler, no matter their preferences.  Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding area is bursting with fun, whether you want to take a ride on horseback along the beach, play a round of golf at one of several championship golf courses, experience a thrilling adventure in the jungle, stroll along the malecon boardwalk as you watch the sunset, or encounter the local culture as folks dance in the Plaza Principal on Sunday evenings.   The Puerto Vallarta area is home to four Villa del Palmar sister properties: Villa del Palmar and Villa del Mar in Puerto Vallarta, and Villa del Palmar Flamingos and Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta.  Get to know Villa del Palmar Cancun’s breathtaking sister resorts below: Villa del Palmar and Villa Del Mar, 
Puerto Vallarta Anyone with a taste for luxury travel will enjoy the Villa del Palmar and Villa del …

Captured on Camera: Wedding Videos

Captured on Camera: Wedding Videos

So, you have been planning your wedding day for months now, maybe even a full year, and the costs are mounting (don’t they always?). At this point in the stressful and costly business of planning a wedding day it is natural to start cutting costs, but we would urge you consider carefully before cutting the cost of a videographer! Paying for both a photographer and a videographer might seem excessive, but your wedding day is worth the expense, and you deserve to see everything that you’ll no doubt miss on that whirlwind day! Here are our top reasons to hire a videographer to make your wedding video; Why a pro? Well, why can’t I just get uncle Donald or cousin Laura to do it, you ask? Well, you could if you already have a video camera, but there are some perks to hiring a professional. Firstly, they bring their own equipment, and it’s very often better than you might have at home. Secondly, they won’t get distracted by the festivities. And finally, professionals will often …

Running on the Beach to Stay Fit on Vacation

Vacations are a time to kick back and relax, we know, and often this means letting the exercise regime slip, eating a bit more than we usually would, and lying in… but, hear us out, we’re here to encourage you to use your vacation as an opportunity to take runs along the beach. Here’s why: Improve Your Overall Health So this one might seem like a no-brainer, but running is a great way to up your stamina and cardiovascular endurance. If you don’t live near a beach, however, you’re missing out on the benefits that come from this great twist on the usual morning run. You see not only do you get the benefits to your breathing that running in general gives, but the uneven and soft surface of the sand will also make the muscles in your legs work harder to keep balance. This means that you’ll sculpt more defined leg muscles. An added bonus in this case is that the soft surface will be much kinder on your joints than the paved roads …

Taking Elderly Parents on Vacation

Taking Elderly Parents on Vacation

Although they may be reaching their golden years, your parents still deserve to experience the fun of a wonderful vacation.  No matter the purpose of their trip, from seeing family members (grandchildren in particular), to visiting an exotic destination they haven’t been to yet, to revisiting a place they once called home, your parents are likely to need some guidance as they turn their travel dreams into reality.  The following tips can help ensure you all get the most out of the process: Research After you have agreed on travel dates and a destination, you can start to plan and make reservations.  Look into multiple travel options for the quickest travel times and routes, and see what types of special services and benefits they each provide.  Senior discount rates are sadly few and far between these days, although Amtrak and Southwest Airlines still offer them.     Request Special Services Reserve seats in rows set aside for disabled travelers, and ask for free wheelchair service for your parent(s) at every airport you will be going through. …

Activities to Keep your Destination Wedding Guests Entertained in Cancun

Activities to Keep your Destination Wedding Guests Entertained in Cancun

When you decide on having your destination wedding in Cancun, your guests who are able to make the trip will not only be there to join you on your big day in an amazing location, they will enjoy the added bonus of getting to know the gorgeous Caribbean city before or after you say “I do”.  Although you surely have a lot of destination wedding details that you need to plan, making sure your guests have plenty of activities to stay entertained with while visiting Cancun will definitely win you even more brownie points.   Here are some of the best ways for your destination wedding guests to spend their time in Cancun: Mayan Ruins Your destination wedding guests can step into the fascinating world of the ancient Mayan society with a day trip to one of the many sites open for tourism.  Awe-inspiring architecture and breathtaking locations bring the history of these ruins, as well as their sophisticated society, to life.   Cenotes A trip to the Yucatan peninsula cannot be considered complete without …

Fishing Tours in Cancun

Fishing Tours in Cancun

Home to some of the most thrilling sea fishing around, Cancun is a fantastic destination to visit if you have been dreaming of landing the big one!  The waters surrounding Cancun are filled with an amazingly diverse variety of fish and other sea-dwelling species that are sure to make your sport fishing adventure one that you will never forget.   There are several ways to experience a customized, once-in-a-lifetime fishing expedition so that you get a chance to go after the types of fish you desire and employ the style of fishing you enjoy most.  The Yucatan Peninsula draws fishermen from all over the globe, ranging from beginners to skilled anglers, no matter the time of year, to battle it out with the vast array of fish in the area. Of course, not all fish are available year round and, as any angler knows, there are just no guarantees when it comes to what will be biting on any given day, so you may want to schedule your vacation around the type(s) of fish you …

In the Mood for Love this Valentine’s

In the Mood for Love this Valentine’s

With February and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone at Villa del Palmar Cancun is already feeling the love.  We are looking forward to making this year the best ever for our guests by ensuring that you find plenty of ways to be pampered.   You will discover all of the perfect elements to create a memorable vacation at Villa del Palmar Cancun, including the Village Spa, gourmet dining, 6 fabulous bars, breathtaking pools to relax in and around, and a variety of activities and shows led by our activities team.  In addition, the entire month of February will feature our very special Love Tree, designed to pull at your heartstrings.   Creating a Love Tree Become a part of our Love Tree and help it grow by adding your own personal love notes.  You will find the wooden tree close to the main pool between February 1 and February 28.  Guests will have a chance to hang a wooden heart containing a message of their own onto the tree’s branches, allowing them to …

Why Visit Cancun and Villa del Palmar in 2017

Why Visit Cancun and Villa del Palmar in 2017

The coming year gives us the opportunity to remind you of our never-ending dedication to innovation and improvement, and with that being said we are thrilled to announce what is in store for the year ahead.  We are constantly looking for new ways to help you enjoy a superior experience with us.  Without a doubt, one thing that is definitely synonymous with the Villa del Palmar Cancun name is our enthusiasm to continuously improve and evolve.     The Year Ahead With every new year comes new challenges, and 2017 is sure to be no different.  Fortunately, we look forward to taking them on with a smile so that your experiences are nothing short of spectacular.  We are excited to introduce exciting additions in every area, especially within the Food and Beverage department, where we will be striving to wow your taste buds in each of our restaurants with innovative menus that have met the incredibly high standards of our chefs and managers.  Our unique Perfect Plate program, which has been designed to aid our chefs …

Villa del Palmar Destinations

When choosing a destination in which to spend your next Mexican vacation, rest assured you have plenty of luxurious accommodation options at Villa del Palmar resorts in several amazing locations around the country: Cabo San Lucas, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.  Staying at a Villa del Palmar resort provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing vacation where you will feel welcome and at home while enjoying first-class properties, exciting activities and spectacular service.   Get to know each of these fantastic destinations a bit better: Cabo San Lucas With a stunning natural landscape of glistening beaches, crystal-clear waters, desert scenery, the extraordinary El Arco rock formation and mountains looming in the background, it comes as no surprise that Cabo San Lucas has become a favorite vacation playground of the rich and famous.  You will find incredible gourmet food, championship golf courses, outdoor adventures and a vibrant nightlife scene, all in a laid-back atmosphere you will find hard to leave.   Cancun Situated along the breathtaking white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean, …