By Candy Hsn

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club (LHVC) was developed by a group of Austrian Investors in 1995, beginning with the construction of the Hacienda Hotel in Puerto Plata, on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast.

The vacation club product, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, began in 2002 with 200 Members and today there are more than 50,000 LHVC Members. The club offers an array of membership options to fit most budgets and individual needs, which has made it a popular option for many families over the years.

LHVC has created a one-of-a-kind V.I.P membership, where exclusive facilities and services are offered only to Members, including a grouping of restaurants, bars, swimming pools, lounges, beach areas, and specialized V.I.P transportation such as: golf cart, limousines, helicopter transfers, and more.

Plus, the company has created a unique set of accommodations from spectacular stand-alone, luxury 3-7 bedroom private villas, to 1 and 2 bedroom suites with family space and convenient kitchen and dining areas.

These unique accommodations, accompanied by the spectacular V.I.P services, are so popular that the company has continued to expand rapidly each year. Future phases of suites and villas are already underway to meet the growing demand.

Additionally, through a landmark partnership with Spain-based Globalia Corporation, the unique Presidential Suites and Dream Suites by Lifestyle have been added to the stellar line up.

Presidential Suites Puerto Plata is adjacent to Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, with complete access to resort amenities and services. It also hosts Kosher approved facilities, becoming the only year round Kosher Resort in the Caribbean. In nearby Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata, a Dream Suites by Lifestyle have also been introduced.

Punta Cana is also home to both a Presidential Suites and a Dream Suites by Lifestyle, which was launched in 2009 and Punta Cana has quickly become a top destination for LHVC Members and guests alike.

Tropical ocean breezes, clear blue waters, sandy beaches and majestic views provide visitors with a warm welcome to Presidential Suites Punta Cana. This hotel offers an array of activities, food and beverage venues, as well as luxury suite accommodations.

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club and the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort has been the recipient of numerous awards, has hosted celebrities for concerts, and also top dignitaries. In 2013, Lifestyle hosted President Danilo Medina for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new resort project, Park Villas, which is comprised of luxury Villas and Suites set within the Lifestyle Resort of Puerto Plata. Additionally, Lifestyle is featuring a fall concert with headliner Wyclef Jean along with Illegals.

The culmination of recognition, over the last five years, include annual awards from; the Caribbean Gold Coast Awards – winner of several resort and employee awards, ARDA (American Resort Developers Association) several award categories including Food & Beverage, RCI Gold Crown® Award for Top Producer and Guest Satisfaction.

Additional noteworthy items include Official Sponsorship of Integracion Juvenil, school for local underprivileged children, a 2012 Fall Concert – Sky Blu of LMFAO where 10,000 people came to the resort in one evening for a Caribbean concert performance, widely known for their Party Rock and performing with Madonna at The Super Bowl, and a Celebrity Visit by Keith Harris, Drummer for The Black Eyed Peas.

The company has gradually become a multi-destination, high-quality vacation club in high-demand destinations that increases the loyalty of its Members, through its affiliation with Group RCI, a worldwide leader in timeshare and vacation exchanges with more than 3.5 million members globally, and over 300,000 high quality resorts and hotels available worldwide.

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club started with 280 employees in 1995 and today employs more than 2500 people. The company is actively involved in supporting the community by sponsoring a local school for the underprivileged in Puerto Plata, and hosts an annual holiday party for local orphans.

Markus Wischenbart

Did you know that more than one out of every four weddings is a destination wedding? In total, there are 350,000 destination weddings that take place annually, and the number one destination outside of the continental United States is the Caribbean. This isn’t shocking when you consider the beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather, and stunning all-inclusive venues that are synonymous with the Caribbean. Why wouldn’t you want to have your special day be in one of the most beautiful islands in the world?

There is a catch, though. In order to have a successful destination wedding, you’re going to have to pay close attention to the details and stay organized. A destination wedding is likely to cost hundreds of dollars per person, so it pays dividends to take the planning very seriously. Don’t worry; you can still have fun too as you plan a destination wedding.

Markus Wischenbart is the president of Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, a premier multi-destination vacation club with locations all across the Dominican Republic. Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club is a popular wedding venue, and Mr. Wischenbart takes pride in the fact that his team helps couples live the wedding of their dreams in paradise with those they love.  According to Markus Wischenbart:

It is essential that any couple planning a wedding hire a wedding planner who has a thorough understanding of the destination, relationships with vendors, and knowledge of the marriage laws in the area. There are so many details that will need to be addressed, it just doesn’t make sense to try and do everything yourself. In an interview, Wischenbart or a Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club wedding expert can discuss what to look for in a wedding planner.

When choosing a destination, couples should really consider the logistics to ensure their guests will be able to reach it with ease. The time of year, safety, and cost to hold a wedding in a particular area may play into the decision-making about the destination as well.

Finally, Mr. Wischenbart would suggest that couples look at reviews and read testimonials from other couples to find a venue that meets their needs and preferences. If other couples liked or disliked a venue, it could provide a preview of what your wedding will be like.