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INTRODUCING: The Margaritaville Island Reserve Collection

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Where everything is included and flip flops and daily margaritas are of the norm…

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Influenced by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett himself, Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun is the VERY FIRST resort of the Island Reserve all-inclusive collection by Karisma Hotels.

Here, guests will enjoy paradise in the perfect setting –no itineraries needed. Keep scrolling to discover some of our favorite features from the BRAND NEW property!

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How can a travel company survive in the age of online travel bookings?

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mother and daughter

As President and Owner of this legendary, full-service travel consulting and management company,
Denise will continue to share its remarkable story why extraordinary customer service is the secret sauce which continues to propel us to new heights of making a difference in our customers’ anticipated travel dreams and experiences. 

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‘Tis the season for some very magical travel deals!

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Looks Like Christmas Came EARLY This Year!

What better time to start planning your next Celebra-cation, than now? Take advantage of the season’s most incredible rates and promotions at some of our favorite properties in Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and beyond! Keep scrolling to find out more!


Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Get a taste of the Karisma Experience at one of its Gourmet Inclusive, luxury resorts! And from now until July 31st, you and your loved ones can save up to 62%, plus receive exclusive resort credits and upgrades when you book through us! Resorts include:

– Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
– El Dorado Spa Resorts for Adults-Only
– The Romantic Palafitos Overwater Bungalows
– PLUS numerous all-inclusive vacations for the entire family!

 

Palace Resorts

Make this summer a spontaneous one, with 45% off your last-minute Mexico or Jamaica escape! Plus, enjoy the following exclusive perks:

– Up to $1,500 in resort credits
– Kids and teens stay FREE

Offer valid at Beach Palace or Moon Palace Cancun. HURRY, this offer is only good for travel through August 24th, 2019! 

 

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos is in a summer state of mind and offering up to 30% on participating properties! Book now through July 31, 2019 to enjoy exclusive Christmas in July savings for stays between July 15, 2019 and August 31, 2019!

Curious how to claim these incredible offers? Then, CLICK HERE for a quote! 

 

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5 Water Excursions to Do on Your Next Tropical Getaway

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Take full advantage of your surroundings by checking these 5 water excursions off your bucket list!

Best excursions for your tropical getaway

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is probably one of the most popular excursions among vacationers. Not only does it allow you to explore some of the local marine life, but you might even learn a thing or two about the different types of fish and coral that live there, too! Most snorkeling excursions have guides that will actually dive right in the water with you and share some really fun facts about what you find!

Parasailing

Want to take your vacation to new heights? Then, parasailing will surely do the job! Get a bird’s eye view of your surroundings, while soaring hundreds of feet over the sparkling ocean. Not sure your adrenaline can handle it? Not to worry –once you get past the height aspect (if you can! 😉), you’re gliding along at a relaxing pace of 12-27 MPH.

Jet Skiing

If you’re looking to stay a bit more grounded –but still want to catch some “air,” then jet skiing is a great option for you! Explore the area at full speed while you dodge and jump the waves, or just cruise around the coast as you absorb the breathtaking landscapes. Jet skiing is also particularly fun when you go out with a few people, so grab your friends and go for it!

Swim with Dolphins

Now if this one isn’t on your bucket list, it sure should be! Swimming with dolphins is super popular among families with children because of their playful nature, and is quite common in the Caribbean. Get up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s most intelligent mammals and create an experience with the family you’ll never forget!

Sunset Catamaran

A lot of resorts offer catamaran rides for their guests and will take you around the island for photo opportunities, swimming, or diving. This is a popular option for those looking to get away from their resort for a bit and explore what’s past the beach. And if you’re lucky, you might find a catamaran excursion that takes you out just as the sun is going down –ah, how romantic!

 

Thinking of trying some (or all!) of these excursions on your next tropical vacation? Then, be sure to get in touch with us today so we can connect you with the right people!

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Our Favorite Destinations for the Adventurist

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For all the adventurists out there, this one is for you!

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Costa Rica

Considered to be one of the “greenest” countries out there, Costa Rica boasts magnificent wildlife, rainforests, and comfortable temperatures averaging around 70 degrees year-round. Venture out to its many active volcanic craters, tropical rainforests and beaches, or get up-close-and-personal with exotic animals like monkeys, sloths, birds and frogs. Dare to take your vacation to new heights? Then, ziplining will surely do it! Prefer to stay grounded? Then whitewater rafting, surfing, and snorkeling will give you the adrenaline rush you’ve been looking for!

Australia

Looking for the perfect mix between bustling city and the great outdoors? Then, the land down under has you covered! Known for its thriving cosmopolitan cities and awe-inspiring coast, Australia offers adventurists a variety of thrills and entertainment. Join a tour of the rugged outback for views of jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife, or cuddle with a koala at a local supervised sanctuary or park. Want to put your water skills to the test? Australia has plenty of beach towns for you to surf to your heart’s content! The Great Barrier Reef is another notable destination for divers and snorkelers and considered to be one of Australia’s “Greatest Natural Wonders” for its remarkable abundance of marine life. Be sure to check it out!

Hawaii

Hawaii is more than just pretty beaches and palm trees –it’s also a great destination to explore some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Between whale watching in Maui, splashing under a waterfall in Kauai, or a bike tour down a plunging volcano, Hawaii will surely satisfy your itch for adventure! Be sure you take advantage of numerous water activities like surfing and snorkeling or take a gander over to Flumin’ Kohala –a hand-drilled channel, where kayaking is quite popular. There’s something for every adventurist in Hawaii!

Thailand

Thailand is another fun destination to explore between the vibrant non-stop city of Bangkok, to its sacred spaces and temples, floating markets, and colorful nightlife. Head North to explore numerous blue mountains and silvery waterfalls, while the South boasts limestone cliffs and prehistoric skyscrapers. Want to check out some beaches? Thailand offers many gorgeous beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Pattaya, where diving with whale sharks, scaling sea cliffs, and kiteboarding are the best things to do. Be sure to look out for other hidden gems in Thailand…they are definitely worth finding!

Alaska

Known for its spectacular wildlife and enormous glaciers, Alaska is the perfect spot for the adventurist! Take a hike and make friends with a moose or mountain goat in no time –or spot whales, seals and sea otters on a guided tour. Ever seen a bald eagle? Well then grab your binoculars, because in Alaska, you can! Viewings of the Northern Lights is another popular attraction in Alaska, which can typically be seen in any month besides June, July and August. Watch as the vibrant colors burst through the dark night sky, which is really an incredible phenomenon!

Switzerland

Craving that European culture, but still want the adventure? Then, you might just love Switzerland! Switzerland is loaded with one-in-a-lifetime journeys, breathtaking Alpine experiences, and urban culture. The amazing landscapes invite travelers to ski or snowboard down its heart-racing mountains, while pastures and biking trails boast the country’s natural beauty at a slower pace. Is hot air ballooning or parachuting on your bucket list? Sure, it is! Face your fears as you gaze out into the grandeur valleys of Switzerland, while knocking a “do before you die” item off your list one at a time. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Well, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits! 😊 For more information on any one of these incredible adventure destinations, contact us today at [email protected].

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It’s an Exclusive Summer & Winter Celebra-cation™ Extravaganza!

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Join us in celebrating this year’s hottest travel offers at some of the best properties out there!

 

Flight credits for LeBlanc Los Cabos

Your Summer Plans Just Got a Whole Lot Hotter!

In celebration of its One-Year Anniversary, LeBlanc Los Cabos is offering guests a $500 air credit towards their flight when they book 4-nights or more –now, who can say no to that?! 🤷

Known for its upscale atmosphere, adult-only accommodations, and all-inclusive luxury, LeBlanc Los Cabos is considered to be one of the most romantic getaways in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In addition to this exclusive resort offer, you may also take advantage of the following limited-time perks below:

  • Unlimited resort credit for spa amenities
  • Complimentary golf outings
  • Free upgrade to deluxe suites on reserved room categories
  • Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Up to a $1,500 resort credit
  • Complimentary airport transfers (ask for details)

To qualify for this incredible summer offer, you must book by July 15, 2019 for travel now through July 15, 2019. Be sure to ask us how to claim this exclusive deal today!

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Next Winter Getaway!

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Thinking of taking a breather this winter? Then, this exclusive winter Celebra-cation™ offer is perfect for you! Starting in December, you and your entire group can enjoy one the following all-inclusive family properties AND numerous limited-time benefits when you book 4-nights or more. Check ‘em out:

  • Exclusive holiday space reserved just for you at a luxury property of your choice in our most-preferred room categories
  • Special holiday rates you won’t find anywhere else when you book through us
  • Your choice from 4 family-friendly luxury properties
  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • Several all-inclusive features
  • Travel dates: December 22-29, 2019

The Exclusive Properties

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
Famous for its waterslides, complimentary green fees, and serene and private community. You and the family will unwind in paradise at this Unlimited-Luxury® property!


Now Onyx Punta Cana Resort & Spa 
The swim-up suites, delectable cuisine, and onsite kids club make this exotic Dominican resort appealing for any age.


Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
This enchanting 5-star luxury property has not only some of the best pools and suites in Jamaica, but the best beaches in the world! You’ve got to check this place out!

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Enjoy modern amenities and inclusions at this multi-generational resort! Here, you and the family will experience a world-class casino and splash-park, as well as phenomenal restaurants and lounges.

 

For more information on this exclusive winter travel offer, click here to get in touch today!

 

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The Best Beach Vacations for The Sun-Lover

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When you picture the perfect getaway, does it involve sandy beaches, a fruity cocktail, and plenty of sunshine? Well then, beach bums…this blog is for you:

Best beach vacations

Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos

Located on the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine stretch of white sand is the picture-perfect setting for your next beach getaway. In fact, Grace Bay currently holds the position of the World Travel Awards’ “World’s Leading Beach Destination,” not to mention Trip Advisor’s second-best beach in the world. The entire area boasts sparkling, clean water and white sand with no rocks, seaweed or pollution. There’s also a barrier reef that protects Grace Bay from the waves of the Atlantic. In addition, there’s numerous breathtaking boutique hotels that are scattered along the coastline –perfect for honeymooners or couples looking to unwind.

 

Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Known on TripAdvisor for being the “Best Beach in Maui,” Ka’anapali Beach is ideal for all sun-lovers alike. This pristine setting is ideal for snorkeling and watersports –or just lounging out and catching some rays. It’s also surrounded by plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance, making it the perfect daytrip for tourists. You won’t want to miss out on any fun in the sun, here! 

 

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach is home to some of the best resorts, locals (ya, mon), and exotic nature around. So big that its sand stretches across 7 miles (it’s in the name, after all), this gorgeous destination offers some of the best views and liveliness that Jamaica is best known for. Additionally, the laid-back and carefree setting make this beach trip ideal for those looking to just “chill out.”

 

Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Named “One of the Best 10 Beaches in the World” by the Travel Channel, Maroma Beach has become one of the most most alluring beaches in the Riviera Maya. With 500 protected acres of sugary-white sand, this luxurious and exclusive area is home to some of the best resorts in Mexico –and the Palafitos, El Dorado Maroma’s gorgeous overwater bungalows. Known for its upscale accommodations and incredible service, it’s no wonder guests come back here year-after-year.

 

Flamingo Beach, Renaissance Island, Aruba

Offering adults a relaxing beach vacation where flamingos roam freely, Flamingo Beach makes for the ultimate adult-only getaway. Mangrove Beach Bar is a great place to kick back and relax while indulging in the beauty and vibrancy of Aruba’s culture, while private cabanas and exclusive island amenities await you for a bit of added luxury. This unique beach vacation takes the award for romance, with its pastel facades and postcard-worthy moments.

Interested in chatting further about one of these fabulous beach vacations? Then, click here to get in touch with a travel expert today!

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5 Tropical Hard Rock Hotels Your Family Will Love

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Thinking about planning your family one rockin’ vacation? Then, look no further than one of Hard Rock’s most famous and beachy properties. Check ‘em out…

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Generous resort credits and luxurious amenities are just a few of our favorite things about Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana! Here, you’ll have access to dozens of fun activities, a vibrant nightclub and casino, plus the legendary Hard Rock entertainment everyone raves about. This 1,775 room property will greet you with stunning tropical views, a breathtaking white-sand beach, and breathtaking state-of-the-art facilities. Come on over and join in on the fun, won’t you?

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Kids are bound to have a rockin’ time at this family-favorite, home away from home! Fully-equipped with all the perks, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya does it right with its kid and teen clubs, complimentary daycare, live performance opportunities, and nearby skatepark. The adults? Well, you’ll have some fun of your own at Heaven—an adults-only retreat for a bit of added luxury. So, kick up your feet, order that mai tai, and gaze out into the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Gather on the ultimate beachfront playground at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. Live like a Rockstar in one of their lavish suites, designed with artful details in mind –or indulge in some of the tastiest cuisine available in the region. Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, it’s no wonder why families come back here year-after-year. Better get packing those bags!

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Live a life of excess with the ultimate first-class treatment at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. Located on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas, this wonderful property takes vacationing to a whole new level. Think modern amenities and exceptional service, infused with the magic of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy everything from memorabilia-filled walls and water activities by day, to live performances and cocktail bars by night. Whatever you choose, there’s no disappointment to be found at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta.

Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos

Coming to you this fall, this highly-anticipated family getaway will offer guests the perfect combination of energy and downtime –not to mention breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean you’ll have to see to believe! Expect warm hospitality and modern amenities at this up-and-coming resort. This is Hard Rock, after all. So, round up your friends and family, pack your bags, and get ready for some Hard Rock fun!

 

So, which of these Hard Rock hotels gets your vote? We’re having trouble deciding! For more information on these award-winning properties, click here today to get in touch.

 

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5 Unique Souvenirs You Could Actually Use

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It’s time to pass on the magnets and postcards and bring home a souvenir that lives up to its name. Here are 5 ideas you’re guaranteed to use:

Unique Souvenirs You Can Actually Use

Local Flavors

You’ve savored in some of the local flavors during your travels, and know you’ll miss them back at home. So, why not stop by the nearby market or gift shop and pick up those flavors to enjoy in your very own kitchen? Most touristy spots have a large variety of freshly ground spices, olive oils, vinegars, spreads, and more. Not much of a cook? Then consider bringing home a local brew or bottle of wine. You’ll want something when those cravings arise.

Memorable Scent

Whether you lived in Italy for a semester, or a just week in Mexico –there’s just something about the smell of an espresso brewing, or the ocean breeze through your hair, that brings you back down memory lane. Try picking up familiar scents like handmade lotions and soaps, or candles and perfumes to prologue those fond moments from your trip.

Home Furnishings

Love re-decorating? Consider purchasing a Moroccan rug or blanket from a local artisan as you make your way around the area. You might even find some beautiful hand-painted portraits, ceramics, or glassware that would make the perfect addition to your home. These types of souvenirs add a lot of character and authenticity to a room…no matter where you are –just be sure to wrap things carefully so they don’t break during your travels!

Tattoo

What better souvenir from your journeys, than a travel-inspired tattoo? That is…if you’re 100% positive you want to remember it forever 😉. Commemorate your experiences abroad by getting a cultural symbol or meaningful word in the area’s native language. You may even feel compelled to get inked with a symbol that represents a personal experience or favorite memory from your trip. Whatever you decide, just remember to do your research ahead of time. You’ll want to make sure the tattoo shop is legitimate and sanitary. Forever is forever, after all. 

A Skill

A new skill to bring home with you is the souvenir that lasts a lifetime! Try a cooking or language class to brush up on your skills (or lack thereof!). Maybe you’d like to learn how to hula or salsa dance from the local pros? Or perhaps, you’re dying to put your surfing skills to test in Australia? Whatever it is, be sure to try it. It’s so fun to learn new things –especially when you’re in the best places to learn them. These types of souvenirs are something you’ll cherish forever!

 

To relish your travel memories for years to come, we think these souvenirs are your best bet. For more travel tips like these, be sure to check out our latest posts, here. For more info on booking your next adventure, contact us today!

 

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The Most Romantic Destinations Around the World

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Looking for some ideas for your next romantic getaway? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of our favorite romantic destinations from around the world:

 The most romantic cities in the world

Maui

Not only will Maui’s sparkling waters and famous exotic beaches dazzle you, but its towering volcanoes and lush vegetation make this destination a popular bucket list item for most. From the sunrises at the top of Haleakala Crater, to the gorgeous Kihei Coastline, all the way to East Maui’s breathtaking waterfalls –this getaway checks off all the boxes in the romance department. 

Paris

You have to visit the “City of Lights” at least once in your life, right? Paris boasts a sophisticated shopping and dining scene and is home to some of the most exquisite and historical landmarks in the world. It’s also known for its influential fashion trends, delectable cuisine, and iconic museums, to name a few. This vibrant and romantic city is great for honeymoons and anniversaries!

St. Lucia

The “World’s Leading Honeymoon” destination is visited by millions of couples each year. And it’s no surprise –St. Lucia is home to some of the most majestic volcanic beaches, reef diving sites, fishing villages, and luxury resorts in the world. The Pitons are also among the most popular sights, here –offering travelers views of tapered mountains on the West Coast with spectacular waterfalls. A beautiful sight not to be missed!

Santorini

If you and your sweetie are looking for another European option, Santorini gets our vote for romance! Visited by nearly 1.5 million tourists per year, these Greek Islands are a must-see for many couples. In fact, Santorini is known for being one of the most popular islands in the world because of its combination of white sand beaches, ancient cities, authentic cuisine, and active volcano! Now, who’s in?

Fiji

Fiji is quite possibly the most romantic destination in the South Pacific because of its breathtaking gorges, forests, waterfalls, and natural pools. With over 200 islands in the archipelago offering some of the world’s best soft coral diving and exotic wildlife, it’s no wonder this romantic getaway is so popular!

Tuscany

Explore Italy’s roots by wandering its most notable villages in Tuscany. Tuscany is the picture-perfect getaway for couples looking for a true and authentic Italian experience. Visit the vineyards of Chianti for a wine tasting –or take a walk off the beaten path with views of the rolling Tuscan hills in the background. Tuscany is a beautiful place to visit Italy’s most colorful towns…not to mention the best cafés around!

Maldives

Craving a little romance and adventure? Then, we recommend a getaway to the Maldives. The Maldives is a uniquely gorgeous island country situated in the Arabian Sea. Boasting “the sand is as white as the smiles” and the weather is “a dream come true,” the Maldives will instantly make you feel at home. Experience everything from jet skiing and boating, to snorkeling and beach yoga. You’ll also leave with a nice tan, which we can’t say is a bad thing!

Aruba

Aruba is known for its great weather year-round, which is a great option for those looking to travel around hurricane season. Its tropical trade winds, cool breezes, and powdery-white sand have a huge draw here, while and pastel facades and flamingo sightings keep couples coming back. So, come and stay a while, won’t you?

Croatia

Croatia’s beautiful island-speckled coastline is enough reason for couples to visit year after year. In addition, the clarity of the jewel-like water and white-pebbled beaches make it a huge draw for those looking for a beachy European getaway. This Mediterranean destination is also best known for its incredible, fresh cuisine and locally-sourced seafood. It’s also a breathtaking spot to get your snorkel on –better pack those goggles!

 

So, whether you choose to feed the flamingos in Aruba, or indulge in Montepulciano’s most delectable wines –we guarantee you’ll find romance at one of these beautiful spots! For more information, feel free to contact us for consultation with one of our specialists! Oh, and be sure to share this article below for others to enjoy!

 

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