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by on June 27, 2013 |

Many people don’t think about adding extra’s when booking an All Inclusive Vacation, so I would like to share one add-on that you might want to consider. When booking an All Inclusive trip with Apple Vacations or any other vendor, your transportation is normally included to and from your resort/hotel, but be sure to ask how far the resort is from the airport. Some resort/hotels could be 1 to 2 hours from your arrival airport and you could stop numerous times before arriving at your hotel which is really the last thing most people want to do when just stepping off a 4 or 5 hour flight.

One option I would like to recommend if flying into Cancun and staying in the Riviera Maya area would be adding non-stop transfers for only $30.00 per person. Non-stop transfer includes your transportation to and from the airport with no stops on the way but may also have other families that have also added the non-stop transfer to the same hotel/resort.

If you would like a little more privacy, then I would recommend upgrading to a Private non-stop transfer for $50.00 per person which includes the same service but would just be the two of you or your entire family. When adding one of these options to your trip you can be for sure that you will arrive at your hotel a lot sooner than expected. This is a great service to consider when traveling on a special occassion like a honeymoon or anniversary trip or maybe if you have young children and just need to get them from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

by on June 6, 2013 |

What do the Apple Ratings mean?

Not all all-inclusive resorts are created equal. The Apple Rating system is a proprietary system that was created to offer consumers the ability to effectively compare resorts relative to other similar alternatives. Apple surveys customers and listens to what they have to say. In fact, Apple Vacations is the only vacation company to rate hotels based solely on customer feedback. Apple ratings apply to most hotels located in Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.

Apple Hotel Ratings

Apple Hotel Ratings are based on the opinions of hundreds of thousands of Apple vacationers who complete a Vacation Satisfaction Questionnaire to offer you the most practical assessment of hotels.

6 Apples – A luxurious resort offering the highest standards and widest variety of dining and amenities

5 Apples – An excellent resort with superior first-class accommodations and guest services

4 Apples – A first-class resort hotel or condo with a good selection of guest services

3 Apples – A comfortable hotel or condo with simple accommodations and public areas

2 Apples – A modest hotel or condo with limited choice of amenities

1 Apple – A basic budget hotel or condo with few public areas or amenities

When you select a Golden Apple hotel, you can be assured that you’ve made an outstanding choice! Every year, our vacationers honor a select group of hotels with our Golden Apple Hotel Award. This award is given to those hotels who have earned exceptional ratings on our Vacation Satisfaction Questionnaires, completed by Apple vacationers upon their return home. Some are moderate and others deluxe, but all Golden Apple hotels offer an exceptional standard of quality, service and value relative to similar hotels. Keep in mind that some hotels may be too new or not received enough feedback to qualify as a Golden Apple…yet.

A plus symbol next to the Apple Rating indicates that the hotel offers services, amenities, or facilities that are superior to other hotels with the same rating.

When you are ready to book your next all-inclusive vacation, give us a call and we will help you find your perfect Dream Vacation!

by on May 23, 2013 |

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is known for it’s world class golf.  It boasts 28 golf courses designed by all the top course designers. This destination has options for every level and every budget.  Many of the hotels will offer golf deals and at certain times of the year you can get free green fees.  Many hotels offer golf courses but Punta Cana only has 3 oceanfront golf courses.

Punta Espada golf course is a jack Nicklaus designed course in Cap Cana and is the only course in Punta Cana with a PGA senior tour stop. The Corales course is also ocean front and is designed by Tom Fazzio.  This course is famous for it’s last 3 holes “Devils Elbow” and is located at the Punta Cana resort.  La Cana golf club is in Tortuga and is a PB Dye course with 27 challenging holes.  These are the three top courses in the area that are open to the public and not directly affiliated with a hotel.  This location has many more golf courses on or adjacent to the hotels.

Adjacent to the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, the newly opened Iberostar Bavaro Golf Club course was also designed by P.B. Dye and presents a different type of inland challenge including its’ 105 sand traps to tempt you at every hole. Other courses to check out in the area is the the Faldo Legacy Course, which was rated the best new course of 2008 by Travel + Leisure magazine; the Cocotal Golf & Country club’s 27 hole course with reasonable rates on 9, 18, or 27 holes of championship caliber golf adjacent to the Paradisus Palma Real.  Whatever your skill level Punta Cana is sure to have a golf course that will meet and exceed your expectations!

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If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Punta Cana, you’ve probably heard of Bavaro Beach. Bavaro is one of the most pristine beaches in Punta Cana, which is located on the east coast of Dominican Republic and is home to some of the best beaches in the...
by on May 6, 2013 |

When starting to plan for an all inclusive vacation, the first thing to consider is where you want to go.  That simply means, it’s your vacation, it’s your time and it’s your money so where do YOU want to go?  Many people call me without really thinking about this question.

Brandon In JamaicaAs we both know there are a ton of different hotel options and many overall destination options, so how do you narrow down your search?  Well, first of all think about the location and not the specific hotel.  Would you rather go to Mexico or the Caribbean?  Let’s say for the sake of argument that you want to go to the Caribbean.  There are many islands in the Caribbean but not all islands are geared toward all inclusive stays.  So, do you want an all inclusive resort that provides all of your meals and drinks?  If so, don’t waste your time with small islands like St. Thomas or even the Bahamas because there are few all inclusive resorts in those areas.  You should focus more on places like Punta Cana or Jamaica which have a ton of all inclusive hotel options.  Also, more options typically means the better the price.

Next you need to start thinking about what you want out of this vacation.  What is most important to YOU, the beach?  The pool?  The room?  Everyone is different and although many resorts offer similar services, some resorts are geared more towards families with kids while others may be focused more on families with teenagers and so forth.  How can you tell if the hotel is geared more towards younger kids or teenagers?  Well, that’s exactly why you call us.

From this point, be sure to know what dates or at least what date range will work best for your family.  Once you know the dates and destination, you are ready to call an expert to get help in picking out the best resort to meet your needs and expectations.  Flexibility is good but too much flexibility will just muddy the water, so have some destination ideas, know what you want out of your vacation and give us a call to help you find the perfect resort.

by on March 6, 2013 |

Summer vacation is just around the corner and the deals are heating up!  If you’re dreaming of sunny skies, sparkling waters and luxurious beaches now is the time to turn that Dream into a reality.  Call us today to add airfare to your city and take advantage of these great specials!

Cancun, Mexico
Golden Parnassus *adults only $616 per person
Crown Paradise Club Cancun $700 per person
Riu Caribe $889 per person
Iberostar Cancun $969 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Ocean Maya Royale *adults only $532 per person
Grand Bahia Principe Akumal $658 per person
Grand Palladium White Sands $763 per person
Dreams Puerto Aventuras $938 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Royal Decameron Complex $427 per person
Golden Crown Paradise *adults only $560 per person
Riu Vallarta $692 per person
Dreams Puerto Vallarta $833 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Hola Grand Faro $616 per person
Riu Santa Fe $767 per person
Melia Cabo Real $882 per person
Barcelo Los Cabos $959 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro $483 per person
Ocean Blue $560 per person
Grand Palladium Palace $637 per person
Now Larimar $770 per person
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica $658 per person
Grand Palladium Jamaica $714 per person
Riu Negril $888 per person
The Jewel Dunn’s River *adults only $910 per person


Prices valid for 7 nights June 22-29, 2013 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports and taxes. Prices valid as of 2/5/2013 and do not include airfare.