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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 13, 2013 |

The destination most people have never heard of I would consider the “The diamond in the rough” on the West coast of Mexico, Its Huatulco! Most of you have probably never heard of it but its something well worth looking into for your next All Inclusive Mexico trip. Known as the city of bays (9 in total) offers 22 miles of picturesque golden sand beaches, and some very nice deluxe modern resorts. Huatulco has some of the top hotel chains in the industry such as Secrets, Dreams, Barcelo, and Real resorts, so there’s a resort for everyone from families to Honeymooner’s. The bays in Huatulco make it a water sports lovers dream snorkeling, water kayaking, and sailing to name a few, not to mention a 18 hole championship golf course for all you golfers out there.

So if you love beautiful beaches, great mountain views, plenty of excursions, and lots of water sports or if you are looking for that “Diamond in the rough” for your next vacation Huatulco just might be the place for you. Families to Honeymoons to just a relaxing trip to true authentic feel of Mexico destination I think you will be surprised what this destination has for everyone. And I am looking forward to this being one of my places to visit in the very near future!
by on June 4, 2013 |

It is time to take the vacation of a lifetime. Discover why the islands of Hawaii are like no other place on earth:  Experience the famous Waikiki beach or Pearl Harbor on Oahu. The gorgeous cliffs and waterfalls in Kauai. The  volcano or deep sea fishing on the Big Island. It wont be easy to decide which island to experience. Hawaii has  a 98% visitor satisfaction rating and the highest repeat visitor ratio of any destination. Once you experience  the islands you are going to come back!

Oahu is sometimes called “The gathering place,” and it lives up to the name. It is the 3rd largest Hawaiian island but is home  to the majority of Hawaii’s population. You can visit Pearl Harbor or the famous Waikiki beach. Spend time on the North Shore or  visit the iconic Diamondhead. Oahu offers wonderful shopping, surfing and beautiful beaches.

Maui has been voted the “best island” by Conde Nast for the last 19 years.  Come watch the humpback whales as they migrate to the warm waters of Maui. Even the Whales know  where to vacation ! Maui has several world championship golf courses and the Haleakala national park is  a must see. You can spend the day strolling the fishing village of Lahaina or take the scenic drive to Hana.  Maui has something for everyone.

Hawaii island is known as the “Big Island” and it keeps on growing. It keeps growing because it is home to one of the  worlds most active volcanoes Kilauea, as well as the tallest sea mountain in the world Maunakea and the most massive mountain  in the world Maunaloa. The “Big Island” of Hawaii is full of natural wonders for you to enjoy. The “Big Island: is also home to  championship golf course and Kona is known as one of the deep sea fishing capitals in the World. If it’s a romantic getaway or a  journey off the beaten path you can discover it on Hawaii.

Kaui is known as the “island of discovery” and it is visually stunning. The soaring cliffs of the Napali coast and the 50 miles of  heavenly beach are simply breathtaking! When you tour the island coast by boat or helicopter you will experience the true beauty  of Kaui. Waimea Canyon is located on the west side of Kaui and is knows as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The canyon lookout provides panoramic views of the rugged crags and deep valley gorges. Kaui is great for couples and honeymooners. Most of it’s attractions are natural wonders and many consider it one of the most romantic places on earth.

If you are interested in exploring nature at it’s grandest scale then you need to come visit Hawaii.  A vacation scene that can not be described with words or photos but only by experiencing them first hand. Each island is unique and together the islands form the ultimate vacation destination. If your looking for a family vacation, a honeymoon or seeking adventure then call us today and let us book a Hawaii vacation for you.

by on May 28, 2013 |

I have been to many adult only all inclusive hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean.  I think the food is very good at all of them so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite ala carte restaurants at some of the finest adult only hotels in the world.

First on my list is, Mia Casa located at the El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. The El Dorado Seaside was voted by Forbes as one of the most romantic hotels in the world and this is their most romantic restaurant. Mia Casa offers traditional Italian cuisine and has a huge wine list.  The ambiance and the service level puts Mia Casa at the very top of my list.

A strong second on my list is Asiana located at the Royal in Playa Del Carmen.  Asiana offers contemporary gourmet Asian fusion cuisine. The decor is very stylish and it is very romantic. The food is wonderful and the service is even better. The Chef’s Plate comes in a close second at this same hotel.  Nothing better then a good dinner at the hotel and drinks on 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.

In a real strong third is the Lobster House at the Excellence Playa Mujeres in Playa Mujeres/Cancun,   Mexico. It is an open-air thatch-roof palapa restaurant that bridges the main pool. It is open for breakfast and lunch but for dinner it is a whole new experience. The glow of soft lanterns and the reflection of the pool turn the restaurant into a wonderful atmosphere for all things lobster.

Last on my list is the lunch buffet at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. I had to put it last since it is a buffet, but I have my reasons for putting it on my list. They have a grill specialty every day. It might be lobster, steaks or chicken but it is served hot off the grill ! You can order ala carte and be served or make your way through the buffet line. If you do not see what you need simply ask the waiter and it can be prepared for you. The waiters in the buffet are so attentive to your every need. It is located right next to the pool and also offers outside seating. The Iberostar Grand is #1 in the world do their ala carte restaurants are just superb. The Surf and Turk at the Grand is legendary but you will eat more meals at the buffet and you will not be disappointed.

I could of added another 20 or more to this list.  As I mentioned earlier all these hotels feature amazing dining options.  This was just a short list of a few of my favorites at some of the top hotels in Cancun/Riviera Maya.
by on April 17, 2013 |

One of the Riviera Maya’s finest adult only hotels is getting even better!  Karisma Hotels is opening a new Premium Section at the El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. The hotel was voted one of the top 10 most romantic hotels by Forbes magazine and are now adding an additional 80 premium suites set to open this May!

All of the new suites will have dark wood accents and a jacuzzi in each room. The rooms have a fully stocked mini bar that is refurbished daily. The rooms will also have a pillow menu, DVD lending program, private concierge and an aromatherapy menu. The rooms at this hotel are just wonderful and the food and service is even better.

El Dorado’s gourmet inclusive meal plan offers the finest cuisine and top shelf drinks. The food at El Dorado is second to none and you have no problems getting a table at any of their gourmet restaurants. The Seaside Suites also has 24 hour room service and beach butler service so no matter where your at on the property someone is at your service.

This new addition will simply make the El Dorado even better! Call us and book today !

by on March 25, 2013 |

The new RIU Palace Peninsula is their top of the line 3rd generation RIU Resort located in the heart of Cancun is a family friendly All Inclusive resort now with an exclusive adult only villa section. This new adult only Villa Section is not like the rest of the high rise resort, it only sits three story’s tall and are all villa suites with Jacuzzi’s. It has a private adult only villa section pool ( topless optional ) so no worries about kids running around while you are trying to relax.
One of the best parts of this brand new resort is everything that comes with your stay here from the dining, beaches, and exchange privileges with all three other RIU properties in Cancun including the RIU Caribe, the RIU Cancun, and the other RIU Palace Las Americas. Great for honeymoons, anniversary’s, and romance. So if you are Looking for an adult only and one of the newest resorts in Cancun with tons of activities, exchange privilege’s, and still be able to get away to your own villa for quite time this is definitely the resort you should be looking into!