All posts by Donna Heiderstadt

Donna Heiderstadt honed her expertise on the world’s most romantic destinations during seven-and-a-half years as Travel Editor at Modern Bride magazine—tough job, but someone had to do it. Her search for pristine beaches, idyllic villages, luxurious resorts and soul-stirring sunsets has taken her to 40 states and 80-plus countries. Her favorite spots: Italy, New Zealand, Bali, South Africa, Patagonia, Thailand, Mexico, Tasmania, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Northern California. Her ideal romantic combo: a wedding in Italy and a honeymoon safari in Africa.
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If you’re thinking of visiting Belize for a reef-meets-rainforest romantic getaway or honeymoon, there are still a few months left to make it happen before the rainy season ups the humidity (from July through October). One of Belize’s top destinations, especially for divers and snorkelers who want to explore... Read More

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Aerial View of Lodge Kura Hulanda on Curacao

As the Caribbean heads into its shoulder (April-June) and low (July-November) seasons, the region’s resorts are offering up some romance packages that are a great value and full of fun extras. So if you’re planning a just-the-two-of-you escape over the next few months, here are four options worth considering: Curacao... Read More

Windstar's tall-masted sailing ships

There are some amazing cruise deals available online this week – perfect for an easy, affordable, last-minute getaway for two. I’m a fan of cruising for a few reasons: You unpack once, get to see an average of four to six different cities or islands in a week, and... Read More

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Springtime on The Battery in Charleston, SC

Ever since I attended a friend’s late-April wedding in Charleston a few years back, I’ve known that this month and early May are two of the best times for a romantic long-weekend visit. The city is famous for its gardens – especially its dazzling red and magenta azaleas –... Read More

m/s Paul Gauguin in Moorea

As a writer specializing in honeymoons and romantic travel, I have been lucky enough to visit Tahiti five times (go ahead and hate me) and these magical South Pacific islands never get old – but cruise ships do. So I was happy to hear that the m/s Paul Gauguin... Read More

Caracol's Ca'ana temple

Maya 2012, or the “Year of the Maya,” may already be one-quarter over, but there’s still plenty of time to join in the celebration of this pivotal year before the Mayan long-form calendar, or 13th Baktun, ends on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012. I just returned from Belize... Read More

Ben Flajnik Switzerland Finale

The just-finished season of the ABC series The Bachelor, resulting in the on-again-off-again engagement of wine-maker Ben Flajnick and model Courtney Robertson, certainly had its share of controversy. But there’s no doubt about one particular aspect of the two-part finale: the incredible scenic beauty of Switzerland. The country most associated... Read More

View from Rooftop of The Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica

Los Angeles is such a sprawling patchwork of neighborhoods – from haute Beverly Hills to shabby-chic Venice Beach – that choosing where to stay during a leisure visit can be a bit perplexing. I like to suggest that couples consider Santa Monica, a beachside community that offers a bit... Read More

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Aerial view of Encantado Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Say you’re looking to get away this spring and you know exactly what you want: Southwestern ambiance, gorgeous scenery, amazing sunsets, and fabulous food. Trouble is, two terrific places – Sedona, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM (that’s Encantado Resort just outside Santa Fe to the left) – fit the... Read More

Beach in Southampton Parish Bermuda

I really get around (travel-wise, that is) and when I talk to other well-traveled writers and friends I am always amazed how many of them have overlooked one of the world’s prettiest places: delightful, 21-square-mile Bermuda. Not only is it among the easiest-access islands for Americans (it’s in the... Read More

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View from W Retreat & Spa Vieques in Puerto Rico

For the past decade, fans of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor” have followed a revolving door of love-seeking (and in some cases, fame-seeking) Bachelors and Bachelorettes to sexy and romantic destinations around the world. Some of these forays showcase these places to their fullest (Ali in Tahiti, Brad... Read More

If either Los Cabos or Mazatlan, Mexico, is on your radar for a beach-and-spa getaway in 2012, check out the yearlong specials and extras currently being offered by Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas. The company operates four all-inclusive properties in Los Cabos, set at... Read More

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Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego

San Diego’s famous for its weather (with average daily temps of about 70 degrees), its zoo (the panda exhibit is downright addictive), and its Top Gun bravado (thanks to the U.S. naval base at Miramar). But this city also makes a picturesque setting for a romantic long weekend filled... Read More

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Exterior of The Grand Del Mar

Romance is revving up all over the place during the month of February, from sun-kissed beaches to sophisticated big cities. Here are 25 deals and packages – from Fort Lauderdale to Fiji, Maine to Madrid, and St. Kitts to Sedona – that you can still book to make this... Read More

Aerial view of Wind Surf

?If you adore the turquoise surf, tangerine sunsets, and dreamy steel drum tempo of the Caribbean, but you get bored after a single day in a beach chaise, sampling four or five different islands on a cruise might be the right romantic getaway for you. Just remember that cruise... Read More