by Dream Vacations on October 27, 2011

On October 12th – October 15th Apple Vacations hosted their annual Crystal Agency Retreat in the Riviera Maya Mexico at the Secrets Silversands Resort. I personally had the pleasure of traveling on this vacation with my wife and let me tell you, we had a great time! First of all, the Crystal Agency Retreat is a once a year special occasion trip that Apple Vacations provides to their nationwide top travel agencies. As Apple Vacations number one booking agency in the entire US, Dream Vacations is what Apple calls their “National Crystal Agency.”


Dream Vacations' Nation Crystal AwardsOn the day of arrival, we were able to have a private check-in at Preferred Club lobby and shortly after that we were taken to our Preferred Club Junior Suite with an Ocean View. The rooms at the Secrets Silversands are amazing, very large, soft beds, mini bar, jacuzzi, double sinks, walk in shower, big balconies, very nice rooms. On our first night of the trip we had a quick meet and greet with a cocktail hour to meet a few of the other agency owners. We then went to dinner with some of Apple Vacations high level officials to discuss a little business as well as enjoy and fantastic meal at the Portofino Italian Restaurant.

The weather during our trip was rather rainy so some of the excursions that Apple Vacations had planned for us were cancelled or postponed so my wife and enjoyed our lazy day in the property. We ordered room service, took a nice nap on the balcony of our room with the sound of the waves crashes to the beach. Very relaxing day. Our second nights dinner was hosted at the Secrets Capri resort just a few miles down the road from the Secrets Silversands. The night started with another meet and greet period followed by an amazing fire show along with all the lobster tail and rack of lamb one could imagine. We had dinner with the GM of a few resorts in the area such as the Secrets Capri GM (Christopher) as well as other Apple Vacations officials. This night was a great time, very laid back and enjoyable.

Our third and final day was another lazy day for my wife and I with all of the rain and wind going on. We decided to go down to the spa for relaxing couples massage at the Secrets Silversands incredible spa! Our farewell dinner was planned for 8 pm that night which was another amazing dinner and show. Before dinner started, we were entertained with a little vegas style show and during dinner there was an amazing violin player walking around the room playing beautiful melodies while we ate. I had the privlege of sitting with Gino (GM of Secrets Maroma) as well as the Co-President and CEO of Apple Vacations. The night ending with dancing and drinks in the lobby bar as well as a nice Cuban cigar. After meeting all of the hotel representatives as well as the Apple Vacations representatives, our trip was a great success.

Thank you to Apple Vacations, AMResorts and Amstar for all of the hard work you put into making this trip a memorable and enjoyable vacation. I look forward to seeing all of you again next year and Dream Vacations looks forward to being the National Crystal Agency for Apple Vacations for many years to come!

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