07.29.2014 | REPORTERS ON THE ROAD : Beautiful Bora Bora Part II
REPORT
No. 7220
VENUE:
Four Seasons Resort
LOCATION:
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
TYPE
Island
STYLE
Beachy Blue Lagoon
SETTINGS
Sun Kissed Island
REPORTER : Cortnie

A few months ago our reporters packed up their caftans and notepads bound for beautiful Bora Bora in sun-kissed French Polynesia. We said “adios big city” and “helloooo beautiful Four Seasons Bora Bora“, – Part I here. We went swimming with sharks, visited seaside venue spaces, oohed and ahhed over the waterfront chapel and hung out on a deserted island! So very Gilligan of us isn’t it?!
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07.28.2014 | Beautiful Bora Bora | Part I
REPORT
No. 7133
VENUE:
Four Seasons Resort
LOCATION:
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
TYPE
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
STYLE
Beachy Blue Lagoon
SETTINGS
Sun Kissed Island
REPORTER : Cortnie

In the South Pacific lies Bora Bora, a volcanic island that is also the most famous island in all of French Polynesia. Bora Bora is a magical place with moonlit beaches, pink hued sunrises, tropical flowers and views to infinity. On the white shimmering sand, sits The Four Seasons Resort. Lots of sipping, surfing, sunscreen and sunworshipping happens here.
 
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07.27.2014 | A night at the museum
REPORT
No. 976
VENUE:
Skirball Cultural Center
LOCATION:
Los Angeles, California
TYPE
Museum
STYLE
Modern Museum meets Noahs Ark
SETTINGS
Mountains & Gardens in the City
REPORTER : Eliot

The Report

This venue is VRV (Venue Reporter Verified), our venue reporter Eliot has personally visited this venue. One of the best places to host a giant, massive party has to be at the new Guerin Pavilion, tucked away in the larger Skirball Cultural Center. Set in the backwoods of Los Angeles, Skirball has been one of the largest and most well-known sites to both the natives and venue aficionados. It’s not because it’s a 17,500 square feet of event space nor is it because it’s quite simply a dashing space to take your kids on a journey of Jewish history and other Museum Exhibits like Noah’s Ark. It’s because the place, on its own, is a mega-house of beautiful and artistic expressions. Though you can’t lodge here, unless you’re some kind of ninja tenant, but you will enter and leave knowing you have a viable venue to plan that fantastical idea of a party you’ve been chewing on.

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, and nestled on a 15 acre campus in the Santa Monica Mountains of Los Angeles, the Skirball has been admired for its sensitivity to the natural environment, modern architectural design and lush landscaping. The peaceful garden patios and a dramatic, contemporary ballroom integrate light, space, water, and sweeping vistas. Flexible exterior and interior spaces accommodate gatherings of all sizes, from intimate groups as small as 15, to gala events of up to 2,000 guests. Events can also be planned so that your guests can view and go on tours of the Skirball exhibitions!

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07.22.2014 | A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
REPORT
No. 6839
VENUE:
Zambezi Queen
LOCATION:
Chobe River, Namibia
TYPE
Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
STYLE
Floating Luxury Safari
SETTINGS
Lush African River Wild
REPORTER : Katie

The Report

“Sailing down the Chobe is like being part of an epic movie with nature as the star”, reports one of the guests who experienced the magic of this boutique boat and floating venue. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, moored serenely on the banks of the Chobe River in Namibia, evokes a bit of Jules Verne’s epic travel tome “Around the World in 80 Days.” Technological innovation including the advent of steam travel allowed dashing English gent Phineas Fogg, the unheard of ability to possibly circumnavigate the globe in a scant 80 days. Can you imagine asking for 80 days of PTO for a little rest and relaxation? In our day and age, of course, we can reach the other side of the world in mere hours. While utterly miraculous as far as rendering the world a more intimate place, it removed a bit of the undercurrent of courage many of our predecessors needed in order to simply embark on their journey. The valor needed to carve swarthy paths through uncharted waters is left mostly to the professional adventurers and daredevils while we nourish our spirits with their awesome exploits on YouTube. And for the most part, that’s just fine with us. You have to want to go. Africa needs to call to some base part of you that cannot be sated anywhere else. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, requires multiple plane changes, automobiles and potentially a small boat. Yet, therein the journey lies the magic. Every moment spent in travel is worth it’s weight in gold upon arrival to your final destination.

Unlike a land-based lodge, the Zambezi Queen allows for an entire stretch of river to be explored from a vantage point making for incredible game viewing. And rightly so, as the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – currently estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopards, lions along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. OH MY. The jewel of the Chobe River shines bright in the afternoon sun. The bright white exterior catching and reflecting the sunlight much like the great expanse of a white sand beach. Imagine floating down sparkling, sunlit African waters, docking on the serene beaches of the most beautiful countries along the coast, and then ending the day in your luxurious 5-star suite. Throw in world class dining, spa-side cocktails, a candlelit massage, and you can only be on the Zambezi Queen. The experience of stepping out onto your suite’s private balcony as the Chobe River rushes directly below your feet is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: The nearest access point for the Zambezi Queen is Kasane. There are flights from Johannesburg to Kasane daily.

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07.20.2014 | Dine in a Secret Spanish Garden : San Juan Capistrano, California
REPORT
No. 6728
VENUE:
Franciscan Gardens
LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano, CA
TYPE
Garden / Greenhouse
STYLE
Spanish Garden Courtyard
SETTINGS
Hidden Garden in Historic Downtown
REPORTER : Katie

The Report

This venue has been VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Micheal Radford Photography has personally visited and photographed weddings at this venue. My favorite element about Franciscan Gardens is the large, open square space which allows each client to customize their venue space design and decor.  My favorite time to shoot is just before the sun sets, when there is a beautiful glow of light behind the lush green walls that enclose the venue. The San Juan Capistrano Mission and Los Rios District surrounding areas also allow the clients to step out of the venue to experience more great scenery, backgrounds and beautiful light.” – Correspondent Micheal Radford Photography

A visit to Franciscan Gardens, located in the heart of southern California coastal town, San Juan Capistrano, begins in the most romantic of ways, by rail. The Pacific Surfliner train runs from San Diego, through Los Angeles and up to Santa Barbara, offering views many would never see unless on a surfboard. Which you’re welcome to bring on-board as there are racks to accommodate bikes and boards of any kind. Whatever winter you find within yourself, the Surfliner will evoke an indomitable, invincible summer.

California is known for it’s cool waves, year-round summer sun, palm trees and Hollywood glitz. But the underlying cool of it’s beach cities are those steeped in Spanish history. Disembarking from the train and meandering softly through historic downtown San Juan Capistrano brings us to one of the city’s oldest buildings, The Provincial. Spanish terra cotta architecture and majestic, reclaimed wood castle-like doors open into a stunning, outdoor rose garden and the air changes. It is alive with secrets and pungent with varietals. Living, lush 18ft garden walls not only ensure complete and utter privacy and shade from the California sun, but lend an air of mystery and magic. At night, the venue comes alive with strings of white lights which in photos, seem to resemble fireflies.

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