One of the best things about getting married is the long awaited honeymoon! No matter how stressed you may get during the wedding planning proccess just know that there is a light (or sunshine rather) at the end of the tunnel. Great Escapes is a weekly post about honeymoon destinations that have us drooling and day dreaming. You will be shocked at how far your American dollar will go if you think outside the box and think of the world as your playground.
There are NUMEROUS online sites that will help you get an idea of just how affordable these dream getaways truly are. Here are two of our favorites here at Birds In Chandeliers: www.luxurylink.com and www.tripadvisor.com
Our Great Escape of the week is Bali. The lush, tropical island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia. A valid passport is required. Known as the island of flowers, temples and friendly people, the best time to travel to Bali is in May, June or July. This island offers beathtaking beaches, culture, wildlife and shopping. Now, take a deep breath and take in some gorgeous photos from beautiful BALI!
The Rice Terraces After A Rain
The Legian Hotel in Bali
The Conrad Hotel in Bali
The St. Regis in Bali
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is designed to provide a unique environment of stylish comfort and sophistication. Ross Bridge was named “One of the Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2008. This four diamond resort has 259 guest rooms, with balconies overlooking the third longest golf course in the world at 8,191 yards from the tips. The resort has 11 spacious suites, for an extra level of comfort and indulgence. Between Ross Bridge and nearby Oxmoor Valley, golfers have access to 72 holes of golf at this luxury resort.
Ross Bridge is the home of the Regions Charity Classic, a PGA Champions Tour tournament, and is the host hotel for the Porsche Sport Driving School. The resort offers luxurious pampering in a 12,000-square-foot, European spa. Caviar facials, a couple’s treatment room and hot stone massages are signature treatments in the spa. BestSpasUSA has named Ross Bridge as one of their top spas.
The resort has multiple restaurants, including fine dining with a Mediterranean influence in Brock’s. The Clubhouse was named one of Golf Digest’s “Favorite 19th Holes” in 2008. For meetings or special events, Ross Bridge has 20,000 square feet of function space ranging from a large ballroom to a smaller, distinctive boardroom. The resort consistently remains among the top Renaissance hotels in the world for guest satisfaction and overall style. (Ross Bridge website)
DETAILS: Meet Fred Couples along with Nick Saban, Gene Chizik, Steve Spurrier and more celebrities this Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets $15 per day adults (children 15 and under free) www.regionscharityclassic.com /205.262.2830/100 Grandview Place, Suite 110 Birmingham, Al 35243
If you haven’t made plans for the weekend, here are a few great events that are coming to the HAM!
Festival: Forest Park’s annual Spring Fling event, a fundraiser for UAB’s Breast Cancer Foundation. Wear pink to show your support. All merchants will be selling $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a basketful of Forest Park merchants’ goods and gift certificates valued at over $350. Neighborhood stores will stay open late; enjoy music and entertainment throughout the village. 3815 Clairmont Avenue. Details: www.nakedartusa.com
♦ Birds/Wildlife: The Alabama Wildlife Center, the state’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center, is hosting its first annual “Baby Bird Shower.” Between April and September each year, AWC receives up to 900 injured and orphaned baby birds. The purpose of the event is to educate the community on the needs of native baby birds and encourage the public to do what they can to help. All visitors are invited to bring a gift for the birds; a wish list can be downloaded from http://www.awrc.org. Those interested in volunteering can also sign up for the next Animal Care Volunteer Orientation or learn about other volunteer opportunities. A wide range of activities will be offered, including wildlife presentations, observation of feedings and care in the Baby Bird Nursery, guided tours of Treetop Nature Trail (elevated boardwalk in the woods where non-releasable native raptors are housed), games for children, T-shirts, and homemade goodies to purchase, charitable donation raffle, and more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission to AWC is free, but there is a small park entrance fee. Alabama Wildlife Center, 100 Terrace Drive, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham. Details: www.awrc.org.
You are less than halfway finished with the work week and it is time for a little R&R with your main squeeze. Check out this fab event happening in Birmingham this weekend. Maybe we will see you there!
Friday and Saturday Night – SCHAEFFER EYE CENTER CRAWFISH BOIL
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH
5:00 Fuel/6:00 Theory of a Deadman/7:15 Seether/
8:45 Akon/10:00 Alice in Chains
SATURDAY, MAY 1ST
2:45 Rocket Summer/4:00 Jason Derulo/5:10 Jay Sean/
6:20 B-52s/8:10 Train/10:00 Goo Goo Dolls
For tickets or more information click here.
KENTUCKY DERBY ON SATURDAY
ARETHA FRANKLIN COMES TO THE BJCC ON SUNDAY
Honeymoon Ideas, Destination Weddings, Bachelorette Parties, Spa’s, and Resorts…coming April 26th