Rose Petal Turndowns, Jacuzzi Tubs for Two — The Ritz-Carlton

Honeymoon Concierge Knows What Today’s Engaged Couples Want When Planning Their Wedding Trip

CHEVY CHASE, MD — (MARKET WIRE) — 01/26/2006 — With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, jewelry stores around the country are filled with men searching for the perfect proposal diamond to surprise their sweethearts on February 14.

Once the wedding date has been chosen, the ceremony and reception site reserved, planning begins for the trip of a lifetime — their honeymoon. Rachel Deol, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “Honeymoon Concierge” suggests two romantic touches most requested by today’s brides and grooms. “They envision rose petals scattered around the room and a Jacuzzi tub big enough for two,” she said.

Deol, who with a Salt Lake City based team of four, answers hundreds of requests for honeymoon information every week, says the Caribbean tops the list of the most requested destinations, whether the newlyweds are first timers or have been married before. The Caribbean is just ahead of Hawaii, followed by Florida and California, or “anywhere warm and sunny” said Deol, a newlywed of four months, who spent her honeymoon visiting Ritz-Carlton hotels in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lake Las Vegas, and Half Moon Bay.

Most honeymoons last a week, with spa, dining, and sightseeing the most frequently arranged couple activities. “We work closely with the concierge on property at The Ritz-Carlton to make sure the honeymoon is filled with private, romantic moments,” explained Deol. “Newlyweds really like to experience a moonlight dinner on the beach, away from the crowd, and with a menu and music created just for them,” she said.

The Internet, and conference calls between the bridal couple and The Ritz-Carlton Honeymoon Concierge is frequently how the planning process begins to select a destination. “We usually speak with the bride and groom separately as a first step. After they have been on the Internet for weeks doing their research, or consulted their travel agent, we get on a three way conference call — sometimes several — to narrow down the choices,” explained Deol. She said today’s newlyweds sometimes share in the cost of the trip, but the groom still most often pays. “There have been a lot of changes in honeymoon planning over the years, but some things remain traditional,” said Deol.

Newly engaged couples seeking advice on booking their honeymoon at any Ritz-Carlton hotel or resort can contact the Honeymoon Concierge at 1-800-266-9479. A choice of packages are available, or individualized itineraries can be created. Travel agents are invited to consult The Ritz-Carlton Honeymoon Concierge for commissionable bookings.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, MD, (USA) currently operates 59 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Over 20 projects are under development around the globe with hotel openings planned for Moscow and Beijing over the next year. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information contact Ritz-Carlton toll free reservations at 1 (800) 241-3333, your travel consultant or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

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