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by on June 11, 2013 |
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Lush vegetation, a powdery black sand beach, endless activities, unlimited meals, snacks and drinks and more are just a few of the reasons the Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica is the perfect choice for your family vacation!

Built in 2008 the Riu Guanacaste has flourished as one of the best budget friendly all inclusive resorts in Guanacaste Costa Rica.  Set on the beautiful Matapalo Beach, the volcanic black sand beach in front of the Riu Guanacaste is a unique site to see.    The stunning green Pacific is the perfect spot for the watersport enthusiast with non motorized watersports like kayaks, snorkeling, windsurfing and paddle boarding all free!

When your done refreshing yourself in the Pacific waters, head to the pool and join one of the many daily activities.  Volleyball, salsa dancing lessons, darts, bingo and more are right at your finger tips. Refresh yourself under the beautiful waterfall, right in the main pool before you grab a drink from the swim up bar and head to a lounge to relax under the shade from the lush palm trees that make this resort a tropical paradise.

All of your meals and drinks, even alcoholic drinks, are included in this all inclusive resort and with 5 different restaurants and 4 bars there are plenty of choices to try a little bit of everything.

When the sun starts to set be sure to head to the beach, this is one west coast sunset you don’t want to miss!  After dinner head to the theater for nightly live shows and music for the whole family.

From sun up to sun down the Riu Guanacaste delivers but when you’re ready to check out the surrounding area excursions abound in Costa Rica.  White water river rafting,  zip lining through the mountains, horse back riding, a thrilling waterslide through the forest and more are just a bus ride away.  In Costa Rica Pura Vida (Good life) is their motto and a GREAT life it is!  Book your trip today!

by on June 4, 2013 |
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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 June 4, 2013 |
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Last month, the exclusive Hotel Finisterra reopened as the all-inclusive Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos. Bordered by a unique combination of desert-mountain landscape, an urban skyline and the cool coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean, the property is a hub for outdoor adventure, nightlife and urban experiences. Located on a cliff just steps from downtown shopping and nightlife, no other Cabo all-inclusive resort offers such convenient location and breathtaking views.

The top floor boasts Baja’s first whale-watching bar, with premier whale viewing and whale-inspired cocktails using trendy ingredients. Or gaze across the San Lucas Bay as you enjoy the new cliff-top International Buffet, Don Diego. A la carte restaurants include Gourmet Cuisine at Blue Marlin, Mexican Cuisine at La Palapa, and Casual Dining at Tortuga Beach. Cupcake Cafe is a Coffee Shop offering a variety of coffees and pastries.

Kids can enjoy the included Kid’s Club from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and there’s even a Baby’s Club for 2-3 year olds from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For the grown-ups, there are 4 swimming pools, including an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar. The golden-sand beach offers a private adults-only area with a wait staff, too. There is also a modern fully equipped Life Fitness gym with spinning and yoga classes and two full-sized tennis courts. If relaxing is more your style, you will appreciate the brand new spa featuring 6 luxurious treatment cabins, diverse temperature pools, hydrotherapy tubs and showers, a sauna, a solarium, and steam baths.  Experience the signature Nausicaa chromotheraphy treatment, or the new Thalasso treatment inspired by French spa practices that take advantage of the naturally beneficial properties of seawater.

Sandos has given the Jewel of Cabo a makeover and made it a wonderful value by converting it into an all-inclusive experience. Whether you are seeking romantic sunsets with that special someone as whales breach beneath you or a family getaway, the Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is sure to please.

Book today to watch live as Spike TV films Chris Angel’s new series MAGICABO from June 24-29!

by on June 4, 2013 |
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The new Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico is now offering even more Luxury with the addition of the adult only Villa section!  This new property has been getting wonderful reviews and this addition will make the resort even better.  The hotel is family friendly but the Villa section is just for adults.
The Villas will offer a private pool with exclusive waiter service .  Each room will have a jacuzzi with bathrobes and slippers.  The VIP treatment starts with a private check in, a welcome cocktail and a cool towel.  The rooms will offer personalized concierge service and a few other hotel and spa promotions.
The Riu is beautiful and it towers over the other hotels in Cancun.  The hotel has a wonderful location with a good beach and great views of Isla Mujeres.  I love the new pool layout and the swim up bar.  The hotel also has a new look to their outdoor theatre and the evening entertainment is a must see.
So if your looking to travel with kids or if you would prefer an adult only are.  The Riu Palace Peninsula is a must see.  Call us today!
by on May 28, 2013 |
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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 May 23, 2013 |
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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!