Vacation Specialist: Brandon Smith

Travel AgentMy name is Brandon, I have been a travel specialist here at Dream Vacations since November 15th 2005. During that time I have sent more than 15,900 individuals on vacation to many various resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. I love what I do, we make vacation dreams a reality! When you call me, get ready to travel because you and I will find exactly what you are looking for.

I have traveled out of the country to the following vacation spots; Aruba, Cabo San Lucas (2 times), Cancun, the Riviera Maya (8 times), Puerto Vallarta (3 times), Punta Cana and Jamaica (3 times). During these trips, a little of my time was spent relaxing but the majority of these trips have been work trips or FAMs we call them. During a FAM trip we are responsible for touring as many properties as possible so that we can be more familiar with the products we are offering. I feel that this gives me a tremendous advantage over other agencies based on personal experience and traveler feed back.

My most recent vacation was September 4th 2012 to the Iberostar Paraiso Maya in the Riviera Maya Mexico. I spent four nights there and I toured about 22 different resorts in the area. I had a great time this past September and I highly recommend the Iberostar Paraiso Maya!
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by Brandon Smith on January 14, 2015

Sand dollars
1. We do not charge any booking fees!

Contrary to popular belief, booking with your agent does NOT cost you more than if you book on the internet. It is absolutely true that prices will vary from one company to the next and sometimes there may be a random online site that advertises a lower price. That does not mean you are being charged a fee elsewhere and more importantly, we personally offer a Best Price Guarantee on all of our reservations. We can price match just about anybody out there if need be. All we ask is that you keep in mind that there is no online site that is going offer you the service and knowledge that our agents are going to give you for free!

2. We know where and when to find the best deals

As a company Dream Vacations partners with the top All Inclusive Travel providers in country such as Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations. We also work with many other various tour operators and hotels directly such as United and Delta Vacations. In fact, Dream Vacations is the ONLY locally  owned travel agency in the country that offers you the ability to check prices online with all four companies that I previously mentioned with one search! We essentially put all of these tour operators in competition with each other to ensure you the best price possible online or when you call us directly. Since we sell more Apple Vacations than anyone, we know more about Apple Vacations than anybody else, that’s simple math.

3. Expertise and knowledge

Our extensively trained and tenured travel agents have been to and experienced many of the resorts and destinations we offer first hand. Personally, I have traveled on 8 All Inclusive vacations in the last 12 months and I have toured various properties in Punta Cana DR, Montego Bay Jamaica, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and the Riviera Maya Mexico during that time. And that’s all in the last 12 months (rough life huh?). We want to be able to not only answer your questions when you call but also educate you for future traveling to make your booking experience better each time. If we have not been there yet, we will be planning to go there soon! Has your computer been on an all inclusive vacation? Didn’t think so. Since we sell more Apple Vacations than anyone, we know more about Apple Vacations than anybody else, that’s simple math.

4. Saves you time

We’ve all done it, sat in front of a computer for hours comparing prices, starring at reviews, looking at hotel names we can’t even pronounce let along know where they are located or who they are good for. Anyone can wright a review, but actually being able to work with one person for everything about your trip (i.e. Me or my team) will save you time vs searching blindly online. Don’t get me wrong,caribbean sea I am going to encourage all of my clients to research however, when I book a trip for you I want to “train you to be your own travel agent” going forward. Dream Vacations is very specific in what we offer which makes us very efficient at what we do for all of our customers, new or old. I don’t want you to waste your time online and get frustrated or mislead and I especially don’t want you wait on hold for 30 minutes when you want to call with a question. You will always reach me directly for all your questions and answers regarding the trip you book with us.

5. Relationship; One that is mutually beneficial

I heard one person say “having a good travel agent is like having a good mechanic, once you fund want you never want to lose them.” And that is very true, you can trust that we are going to treat you the way we would want to be treated, with honesty and integrity. Dream Vacations cares about you, the traveler and nothing else. We want your experience to be a dream vacation and we want you come back year after year. And why wouldn’t you? We offer the same or better price than online, we understand you as an individual and we can recognize which resort best fits your desires. We are here for you if something goes wrong on your trip, we have leverage with our vendors that no online site can offer and personally we feel that when booking your vacation, you and I are on the same team! We have the same goal in mind, a perfect vacation for you, nothing else matters.

by Brandon Smith on November 25, 2014

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Have you ever heard of the Palace Resorts Brand? If not, now is the time to start! Palace Resorts have been a leader in the luxury level of the All Inclusive world for quiet some time. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, destination wedding, family vacation or just a pampering weekend on the beach, if you want luxury, you want Palace Resorts!

In March of 2015 we are going to see the grand opening of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios Jamaica. Currently Palace Resorts is renovating an existing resort there called the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and is on track to open their doors sometime in early 2015. This will be the newest addition to the Palace Resorts brand boasting 700 rooms, 4 pools, 5 restaurants, 6 bars and a gourmet food corridor. For the kids they will have the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator (I personally tried one of these at the Moon Palace Resort in the Riviera Maya… I won’t post the video to save myself the embarrassment) as well as the Wired Wired Teens Lounge for teenagers to enjoy.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will have something for everyone but most importantly, this resort is going to offer the best service for families in all of the Ocho Rios region. From concierge service, local tours and activities including the world famous Dunn’s River Falls to fine dining, top shelf spirits, live entertainment and rooms with daily turndown service, mini bar, Vegas style club scence at Noir night club and even Chi hair products in your room, they’ve got it all!
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Last but not least, when booking your vacation package at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande all guests will receive up to $1,500 in resort credits! These credits can enhance your vacation experience 10 fold such as free tours, excursions, spa treatments and golf packages. If you book early, most resorts like Moon Palace Jamaica Grande are going to offer low introductory rates that will give the best bang for the buck! I hope to hear from you soon – One Love!

by Brandon Smith on November 10, 2014

Hyatt All Inclusive Resorts Jamaica


The Evolution of All Inclusive Resorts has finally come to the Hyatt! Introducing the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay Jamaica, opening November 23rd 2014! These two resorts were previously offered as the world renowned Ritz Carlton Rose Hall Resort in Jamaica. Hyatt Resorts and the Playa Resorts Management purchased the rights to this beautiful resort recently and have now invested over 80 million dollars in renovations featuring a “hotel within a hotel” experience.

The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort is designed for an upscale family vacation experience within the 387 suites, including 43 premium swim up suites, oversized terraces with garden and beautiful ocean view options. All guests will receive complimentary Wi-Fi access through out the property as well as the latest amenities and technology in each room.  For fun in the sun, enjoy either of the 2 pools, 3 Jacuzzis or the children’s program for the kiddos!

The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall will be offered as a luxury 5 Star Adult Only property with gourmet dining and lounges featuring premium brand beverage service within their 234 suites. They also offer 32 swim up suites, 4 private pools, a pool bar & restaurant surrounded by Bali Beds, lounge chairs and a private beach area. And again all guests receive Wi-Fi and the latest amenities. For adults looking to escape to a luxury, top of the line and innovative all inclusive resort, this is a great choice for couples or singles a like!

These two resorts are located on a 1,500 foot stretch of private beach surrounded by luscious gardens, mountain views and many cascading pools. All guests can enjoy 24 hour room service, a wellness center, 10 restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, full service spa as well as beach butler services, fire pits and much more! There are no dinner reservations required for most restaurants and the “Evolution of All Inclusive” focus is to bring the best of all things All Inclusive into one unforgettable atmosphere with the best food and beverage service in the industry.

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by Brandon Smith on November 7, 2014

Riviera Maya Excursion XplorWant a thrilling Riviera Maya excursion? Take it from me personally, Xplor is a blast! As you climb the first zip line tower, your mind starts to race with the fear of heights or falling and the wind is blowing hard high upon those towers. I reach the first hook up point after a long hike up the many stairs, huffing and puffing when I got there. As I get hooked up to the first line I hear “I just want to live!!!!” from the person in front of me… now I’m a little worried. First and foremost, I have personally had the opportunity to visit many locations and take advantage of quiet a few fun tours and excursions during my travels to Mexico or the Caribbean. With that being said, Xplor which is located in the Riviera Maya Mexico was a very fun filled day of excitement and beauty all wrapped in one! I visited the Xplor park on April 3rd 2014 with two of my friends who had never done anything like this before. XplorWe first road the amphibious vehicles through the jungle trails and caves. These vehicles don’t go to fast but for sure fast enough, especially if you are the last vehicle in the group… which we were so we stopped and let the others go ahead, and then we ripped through those trails hitting every bump on the way! After that, we went beyond the surface and set sail on paddle rafts that you control with your hand paddles. You go through the under water cavers and discover fascinating grottoes and the amazing stalactites and stalagmites in the amazing underground world. After we had our fun in the underwater caves and amphibious vehicles, we sat down for a decent buffet style lunch which we was a nice treat. While you are in the Xplor park you are considered all inclusive so you can eat and drink any time. Be sure to bring your own towel and maybe a change of clothes for after you are all done, you can store them in your locker that is provided with your park entrance. XplorThe most exciting activity of the day was the enormous zip line circuit that they have. There are 14 different zip lines that you go through split into two separate circuits. There is a lot of climbing involved and it sometimes seemed as if as soon as I reached the top huffing and puffing, it was time to soar through the sky so get ready to experience the sensation of speed, explore from the heights of the park and all of it’s natural beauty from one tower to the next! A few of the zip lines actually end up landing you in the crystal clear waters of the cenotes for a cool, refreshing end to the activity. And there is also one big long water slide tube that you go down which again is very refreshing at the time. The zip lines have heights ranging from 26 feet up to 147 feet high!!! TICKET COST: From $122 per adult and $61 per child 12 years old or young. Minimum age allowed is 6 years old HOW TO PURCHASE: Simply click here and then go to the Riviera Maya Tours to get started! TICKETS INCLUDED:

  • Xplor Park Schedule: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am 5:00 pm.
  • 2 circuits with 7 zip-lines each. Equipment: Harness and helmet. The minimum height required for this activity is 4’7″ or 88 lb. The maximum weight allowed for this activity is 299 lb.
  • 2 circuits to drive amphibious vehicles for 2 people or 2 adults and 2 children. Only 18 and older can drive. Equipment: helmet.
  • 1 circuit for swimming in the river of stalactites. Equipment: life jacket, helmet.
  • 2 circuits to go river rafting. Equipment: hand-paddles, raft and helmet.
  • Unlimited drinks (just coffee, hot chocolate, natural smoothies and fresh juices).
  • Buffet style lunch as you please during your visit.
  • Use of locker (for 2).
by Brandon Smith on November 6, 2014

Sunscape Curacao Resort

Unlimited-Fun® awaits at the Sunscape Curacao. This newly-renovated resort is perfect for families, friends, couples and singles. Delight in endless meals, snacks and international beverages in six gourmet restaurants and six stylish bars and lounges, indulge in room service and take part in unlimited day and evening activities for all ages and interests.

Kids and teens can enjoy supervised fun in the Explorer’s Club (ages 3-12) and Core Zone (ages 13-17) while adults relax poolside or luxuriate in the world-class Spa. The Explorer’s Club boasts arts & crafts, a playground, a water fountain, movie nights, and sand castle competitions. The Core Zone features board games, a foosball table, pool table, arcade games, and flat screen Tvs. There are also planned events including karaoke nights, socials, and more!

Located just 10 miles from the airport and two miles from the capital city, Willemstad, guests can enjoy everything that Curaçao has to offer. The on-site dive center offers a boat to the National Underwater Park. Enjoy diving and snorkeling at one of the most popular diving sites in the world!

  • Unlimited gourmet meals, snacks, international beverages & room service (7am-11pm)
  • Six first-class restaurants (three à la carte, one buffet, one grill, one café)
  • Six bars and lounges (including swim-up bar)
  • One main pool, one kids’ pool, one quiet pool & entertainment area
  • Theme nights, live shows & entertainment nightly
  • Non-motorized watersports: snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaks & introductory scuba dive in pool for non-certified divers/ one complimentary on-shore dive per day for certified divers
  • Fitness Center/World-Class Spa (fee)
  • Supervised Explorer’s Club for kids (ages 3-12)/ Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13-17)
by Brandon Smith on October 21, 2014

Dreams Sands Cancun Beach

Dreams Resorts are some of the best, well known and acclaimed All Inclusive Resorts in our industry. With top of the line resorts already located in tropical locations such as Punta Cana Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Cabo San Lucas and the Riviera Maya Mexico, the new Dreams Sands Cancun Resort is a hit!

What to expect: Unlimited Luxury, beach front resort on 650 foot stretch of private white sand beach, walking distance to dinning, shopping and bars, 24 hour room service, luxury spa services, Core Zone Teens Club (opened from 9 am to midnight) and the always fun Explorers Club for kids which is open from 9 am to 9 pm! Dreams Sands Cancun offers 2 pools, 9 restaurants, 4 bars, non-motorized water sports, daily and nightly entertainment plus Complimentary* Green Fees at the Playa Mujeres Golf Course golf near by.

Dreams Sands Cancun Ocean Front Room

Room types being offered:

  • 59 Deluxe Partial Ocean View Rooms with 350 square feet
  • 48 Deluxe Partial Ocean View w/ Balcony Rooms with 360 square feet
  • 120 Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms with 350 square feet
  • 92 Deluxe Ocean Front w/ Balcony Rooms with 360 square feet
  • 11 Family Suites (Partial Ocean View) with 720 square feet (this will be two rooms that connect)
  • 63 Preferred Club Ocean Front Rooms with 350 square feet
  • 9 Preferred Club Ocean Front w/ Balcony Rooms with 350 square feet and only offering King Size Bed
  • 11 Preferred Club Corner Suites Ocean Front with 495 square feet and only offering King Size Bed
  • 14 Preferred Club Honeymoon Suites (Ocean Front) with 480 square feet and only offering King Size Bed

All Rooms have marble floors, bath robes and slippers, luxury bath amenities, mini-bar, safe and 24 hour room service and more. All rooms have a contemporary Mexican decor with most room types offering either one king size bed or two double beds with. If booking a Preferred Club room type, you will also receive more personalized one on one check in/check out, preferred status and amenities in your room, access to the private preferred club lounge, upgraded mini-bar and bath amenities, free wi-fi and a free newspaper delivered daily to your room.

We’d love to help you plan your next vacation to an amazing destination and resort as the Dreams Sands Cancun so don’t wait, call now to plan your next Dream Vacation!