Wedding venues that may surprise you

Know anyone getting married? As part of my day job, I have been leading the wedding marketing plan for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In doing so, I feel like a bride all over again. What’s not to love about the wedding industry – the decor, the flowers, the frills and thrills.

I’ve been researching the industry for the past 5 months in preparation for our plan to launch and I have to tell you, we sure have some of the best wedding venues out there. Some of the destinations below are no-brainers (hello … St. Regis Bahia Beach) but some may surprise you. I’ll give you a peek into some of my wedding research and some of my favorite Starwood wedding venues.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach -Astor Terrace Pavillion

The St. Regis Bahia Beach, Astor Terrace Pavilion

The Westin Cancun Beach Wedding Beach Wedding at The Westin Resort, Cancun

The Westin Chicago Northwest

The Westin Chicago Northwest

The St. Regis Aspen Destination Wedding

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Mountain Weddings

Sheraton-Kaanapali Point Wedding at sunset

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa - Wedding reception

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

Le Meridien Bali - Celebration Pavilion or Wedding

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran

The Westin Hilton Heaad-Beach Wedding Ceremony

The Westin Hilton Head, South Carolina

The St. Regis Princeville Resort -Bay Terrace Reception

The St. Regis Princeville Resort – Kauai, Hawaii

W Austin-WET Dining AreaW Austin, Texas

Four Points Destin-Wedding setup

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

W Scottsdale Wedding

W Scottsdale, Arizona

The Travel Hat: Starwood Ski Resorts

I recently acquired a new set of properties, some of our ski resorts. I’m putting together marketing plans and getting ready to launch a few winter campaigns. Typically, I would prefer the beach over a cold mountain for a family vacation, but I have quickly changed my mind. Just look at these places? They are on my list of hotels to visit with Kelsey and Ryan.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Just look at how beautiful this hotel is. Pair its great location with the fact that it’s a St. Regis and you know you’re in for a superior visit. They also have a new dining concept called Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE. If you are a wine or food connoisseur, this is for you.

The St. Regis Deer Valley (Park City, Utah) – Can’t you just picture yourself here? I can. Sitting by the first, roasting s’mores with a cup of hot chocolate. Plus, this resort features a private ski beach, split-level infinity pool, J&G Grill and a world-class Remède Spa. A lot of my friends have gone and said this is a great resort to take your kids. All the kids love the funicular that you ride to get to the lobby.

The Westin Riverfront Beavercreek Resort & Spa (Avon, Colorado) – This resort is a SPG member favorite. Have you been? All I want to do here is sit in the lodge, overlooking their amazing mountain views and then spend my days at Spa Anjali. Kelsey would love their Kids Club too. And once I crawl into a Westin Heavenly Bed, it’s really hard to get me out.

Sheraton Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) – I know a lot of people who ski Steamboat Springs and love this hotel. This mountain is known for its “Champagne Powder”, plus this is a ski-in/ ski-out resort. This hotel would also be great to visit in the fall to see all of the leaves change colors.

The Westin Snowmass (Snowmass, Colorado) – This hotel used to be the Silvertree Hotel but Starwood got its hands on it and transformed it into a beautiful Westin. You can’t stay until December of this year, but to be one of the first to experience it? Sounds amazing!

Right next door is the Wildwood Snowmass Hotel – new to Starwood as well. This hotel is taking reservations in December as well and is supposed to be a “boutique-like” lodge in the middle of Snowmass.

Alright, that’s it. I sold myself on a ski vacation next year.