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September 2017 Issue

Dear Friends,
September, long associated with back-to-school and the onset of fall foliage, is showing its romantic side - now ranking alongside June as one of the most popular wedding months. Personally, we have always associated September with love - as we married 24 years ago this month, in upstate New York.

Travelers also appear to love September. As do our hoteliers - including one of our most recent additions, Annandale in New Zealand, a stunning coastal property. Of course, the romantic vibe is present year round at our JCR properties. Each of our hotels is dreamy and couple-focused - in different and thoughtful ways. As outlined in this special romance issue. Enjoy.

Warm Regards,
Jaj and Anthony

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RURAL, REMOTE AND ROMANTIC ANNANDALE

Annandale

JCR proudly welcomes Annandale in South Island, New Zealand. Featuring rolling farmlands, open sky, sparkling Pacific and bay waters, and four stunning villas, Annandale is all about romance. Relaxed, Kiwi-style. Weddings are gorgeous here - postcard perfect with grazing sheep and cattle, elegant gardens and coastal views. While couples love the contemporary, glass-house feel of Seascape villa. Perfect for two, with endless views of the bay and outdoor lounge with fireplace. Wow.

Annandale
Akaroa, New Zealand
Reservations: +64 27 566 8776
reservations@annandale.com

BALLYFIN GROUNDS FOR IRISH ROMANCE

Ballyfin

Be it a proposal, a honeymoon or just a quick escape for two, Ballyfin is grounds for Irish romance. Explore the demesne on a tandem bike, visit the tower, grottos and walled gardens. Soak in a rose-petal bath, with champagne and strawberries. And for the perfect tete-a-tete, relax on the lake - with personal butler, doing all the rowing. Divine.

Ballyfin
Co. Laois, Ireland
Reservations: +353 57 875 5866
info@ballyfin.com

HOTEL ESPRIT SAINT GERMAIN CATERS TO COUPLES

Esprit Germain

Countless books and movies have attempted to capture the essence of Paris - its winding streets, tranquil Seine, leafy streets. But one of the city's most romantic venues comes in the atmosphere of a Parisian home - Hotel Esprit Saint Germain. Here, couples enjoy an easy walk to museums, bistros and brasseries; then return to enjoy champagne by the fireplace. Time for two in the sauna and steam.

Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Paris, France
Reservations: +33 1 5310 5555
contact@espritsaintgermain.com

TIERRA IS FOR THE ADVENTURING KIND

Tierra Atacama

Honeymoons don't always include ocean views and swaying palms. Sometimes volcanoes and glaciers serve as perfect backdrop. As does saltwater swimming in briny lagoons surrounded by pink flamingos. Tierra Hotels loves hosting adventurous honeymooners who, after full days hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploring, sink back with a glass of Chilean red. And alone-time by the fire.

Tierra Hotels
Atacama, Chiloé & Patagonia, Chile
Reservations: (800) 829-5325
info@tierrahotels.com

COASTAL CHIC WEDDING - HOTEL LE TOINY STYLE

Hotel Le Toiny

Stylish. Private. Intimate. With a side of wild-coast romance. Hotel Le Toiny, in its coastal-chic whites and blues, loves hosting weddings. Large-ish affairs to tiny. And couples love the built-in honeymoon. Private plunge pool in their villa. Romantic French-inspired dinners under the stars. One-of-a-kind St. Barth. Paris in the Caribbean.

Hotel Le Toiny
St. Barthelemy
Reservations: (800) 680-0832
reservations@letoiny.com

WILDLY ROMANTIC SAFARIS

The Safari Collection

Ever since handsome leading man, Robert Redford, flew Meryl Streep over the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya in Out of Africa - safaris have been synonymous with romance. And none are more romantic than The Safari Collection where couples share breakfast with a giraffe (Giraffe Manor). Bathe in gleaming, safari-style copper tub (Sala's Camp). Ride camels for sundowners with a view (Sasaab). And unwind with a couples' massage. (Solio's Lodge). And that's just for starters.

The Safari Collection
Nairobi, Samburu, Near Mount Kenya & Masai Mara, Kenya
Reservations: +254 731 914 732
info@thesafaricollection.com

MARRYING MONTEVERDI STYLE

Monteverdi Tuscany

The timeless beauty of its village. The rolling Tuscan hills. And 800-year-old chapel. Just a few reasons couples love to marry at Monteverdi Tuscany where all they need do is show up. Exchange vows. And spend the days after sharing candlelit dinners, massages, and curling up next to the fireplace with a glass of wine. Tuscan of course.

Monteverdi Tuscany
Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy
Reservations: (866) 644-0787
travel@monteverdituscany.com

SHEEN FALLS' MOVIE-SET SETTING

Sheen Falls

Kenmare Bay. The Caha Mountains. And cascading waterfalls. Sheen Falls Lodge and surrounding estate offer the perfect movie-set backdrop for weddings. Host up to 200 guests. Or opt for a smaller, more intimate affair. Either way, the hotel's creative catering staff ensures a magical - and memorable - day. Complete with decadent wedding cake and desserts.

Sheen Falls Lodge
Co. Kerry, Ireland
Reservations: +353 64 6641600
info@sheenfallslodge.ie

EUSTATIA ISLAND FOR ULTIMATE PRIVACY

Eustatia Island

Beyond a villa, Eustatia Island is about privacy. Beaches with no one else on them. Lounging on daybeds, listening to the wind sway the coconut palms. Sipping champagne, boating, and dining on fresh cuisine served under the stars. No wonder A-listers love to hide here.

Eustatia Island
British Virgin Islands
Reservations: (284) 346-7710
stay@eustatia.com

RENDEZVOUS MADE FOR COUPLES IN MIND

Rendezvous Resort

Made for couples, Rendezvous pulls out all the romantic stops. From elopements to destination weddings; honeymooners to long-time marrieds. Beyond the romantic rooms, toes-in-the-sand dining, and helicopter tours of the island, there is partner yoga, side-by-side massages, tango lessons. And sunset serenades - complete with champagne and saxophone player.

Rendezvous Resort
St. Lucia
Reservations: (800) 544-2883
u.s.reservations@sunsweptresorts.com

LAKE KORA - SANCTUARY IN THE WOODS

Lake Kora

Lake Kora's intimate stone chapel once served as a place of worship for the rich-and-famous who spent their summers at this former Great Camp. Today, brides and grooms find the chapel to be an unexpected sanctuary in the woods. Along with the private lake, timbered houses and acres of forest, the perfect fairytale wilderness wedding.

Lake Kora
Adirondacks, New York
Reservations: +64 27 566 8776
reservations@lakekora.com

BLESSED BY THE ANCIENTS AT CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

In Clayoquot's ancient temperate rainforest, dreamy days turn to wild nights. And cushy beds in great white tents combine with soft adventure and relaxation. Horseback riding through old-growth forest, Jurassic fern gardens and glacial river crossing to an abandoned gold mine; side-by-side soaks under the stars, in cedar hot tubs. Love blessed by the ancients and the energy of the ages.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Vancouver Island, Canada
Reservations: (888) 333-5405
info@wildretreat.com

LAUCALA ISLAND, WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

Laucala Island

Fiji's Laucala Island is, quite simply, the stuff dreams are made of - with its rainforest-laced terrain, towering coconut groves, white-sand beaches, and over-the-top villas overlooking the sea. Couples love to retreat here to celebrate honeymoons. Anniversaries. And to marry - in traditional tapa bark dress. Amazing.

Laucala Island
Fiji
Reservations: +679 888 0077
reservations@laucala.com

HONEYMOONS BLISSFUL AT BODYHOLIDAY

Body Holiday

BodyHoliday is known most as an exotic setting for wellness - physical, emotional, spiritual. But a honeymoon at BodyHoliday is blissful too. From private helicopter rides to the resort and ultimate honeymoon suite. To wine and hors d'oeuvres served on the balcony to breakfast in bed and candlelit dinners on the beach. To sunset cruises and yes, spa treatments. Blissful indeed.

The BodyHoliday
St. Lucia
Reservations: (800) 544-2883
u.s.reservations@sunsweptresorts.com

COUPLES FALL IN LOVE AT WHAREKAUHAU COUNTRY ESTATE

Wharekauhau

After the chocolates and fresh-from-the-garden cut flowers, couples are celebrated with other special touches. Like a picnic hamper for two at the lookout. Private dining in one of Wharekauhau's insanely amazing lounges. "Couples fall in love. With the estate. And each other," says Wharekauhau's Richard Rooney. So sweet.

Wharekauhau Country Estate
Wellington, New Zealand
Reservations: +64 6 307 7581
reservations@wharekauhau.co.nz

ALONE-TIME CELEBRATED AT GOLDEN DOOR

Golden Door

'Coed weeks' happen six times a year at Golden Door. Connecting couples in a completely different - and purposeful - way. "Everything we do here is about one person, says Golden Door's Kathy Van Ness. 'Even if you're together, it's nice to go into your own place of the universe. Detach, detox. So having your own room is your sanctuary." Love.

Golden Door
San Marcos, CA
Reservations: (866) 420-6414
reservations@goldendoor.com

WISPY WHITES AT HOTEL CONTINENTALE

Lungarno

Couples seeking romance by the River (Arno) need look no further than the seductive and wispy-in-white Hotel Continentale. Its view and position, quite literally, on Ponte Vecchio, are content for 'Postcards from Florence." And did we mention the four-poster beds. Bellissimo.

Lungarno Collection: Hotel Continentale
Florence, Italy
Reservations: +39 055 2726 4000
reservations@lungarnocollection.com

ROMANCE IN THE CITY AT THE GREENWICH HOTEL

Greenwich Hotel

New York really is for lovers. When the stay is downtown, at Tribeca's exclusive Greenwich Hotel. Here, couples enjoy a candlelit dinner in the private (guests-only) courtyard. Nightcaps by the fire in the drawing room. And a couples' soak in the Japanese bathing room, housed in Shibui spa. Followed by a bamboo glow massage and champagne toast by the lantern-lit pool. Connection guaranteed.

The Greenwich Hotel
New York City, NY
Reservations: (212) 941-8900
reservations@thegreenwichhotel.com

DANCING WITH THE ARGENTINE STARS AT ALVEAR PALACE

Alvear Icon Hotel and Residences

With its leafy streets, wrought-iron gates and French-inspired architecture, Buenos Aires' Recoleta district - home to Alvear Palace - inspires romance. Add to it, Alvear Palace's sensuous offerings for two: spa time, then dancing - the passion of Argentine tango - taking private lessons with one of the city's best dancers. End the day with dinner at the palace's ooh-la-la French La Bourgogne. Exquisite.

Alvear Palace
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reservations: +54 11 4804 7777
leisure@alvear.com.ar

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