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Top 6 Reasons Why I Love Visiting Aruba

September 30, 2013

Francine Montoya
Adventure Travels
TI & Aruba Ambassador

I LOVE Aruba! I often joke that my kids were basically brought up on the island of Aruba because we traveled there so often when they were young, and here are my top 7 reasons why Aruba is my favorite island to visit:

Dining – Aruba’s dining is not like any other island you’ve ever visited. The restaurants are truly gourmet and visitors can enjoy the Dine Around Program where they can try different restaurants across the entire island. Read more

The 5 Best Ways to Use Your $1,500 Resort Credit at Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resort!

September 12, 2013

Sally Martinez
Travel Society
TI & Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resort Ambassador

There’s so many different ways that you can use your resort credit while vacationing at Palace Resorts or Le Blanc Spa Resort, but I’d like to share with you all the 5 best ways to make the most of your experience and your $1,500 credit!
Here are the 5 best ways to use your $1,500 resort credit: Read more

Sweet 16 Hard Rock Style – Top Tips for Making Destination Birthday Celebrations Rock!

September 5, 2013


Mary Succoso-Traina
Classic World Travel
TI & All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels Ambassador


The All-Inclusive Hard Rock & Casino Punta Cana for Sweet 16 celebrations really rocks! Parties are fun, but they only last one night. A destination celebration lasts all week! Here are my top tips for ensuring all attendees have a rockin’ time during a Destination Birthday celebration:

*Have everyone arrive wearing custom designed tee-shirts so the staff knows you are part of a very special group! We wore ours right down to our next suggestion….. Read more

Top 7 Photos to Share on Facebook From Your Awesome Trip to Atlantis!

September 5, 2013

Diane Kieras-Ciolkos
Escapes for Everyone
TI & Atlantis, Paradise Island Ambassador


As an Atlantis, Paradise Island Ambassador, I’d like to share with you the top photos to share on Facebook from your awesome trip to Atlantis! I often tell my clients who are traveling to the this amazing resort, that they can’t come home without a few specific photos, and here are the top 7 you must be sure to share on Facebook! Read more

5 Types of Travelers, 5 Reasons Why Cancun is for Them!

September 4, 2013

Deanna Sutherland-Tracey
CDT Travel
TI & Cancun Ambassador

Cancun is for EVERY type of traveler!


1) Beach Lovers
Cancun’s beaches are an astonishing combination of turquoise water and powder white sand, making them among the world’s finest. Some of my favorites include Playa Tortugas, Playa Las Perlas and Playa Linda.

2) History Buffs
The Mayans are known as one of the most advanced civilizations spanning thousands of years. While visiting Cancun you can choose to explore the ancient ruins in Tulum, Coba or the magnificent Chichen Itza. You can also visit the new Cancun Maya Museum conveniently located in the hotel zone.

3) Foodies
Cancun has no rival in the Caribbean when it comes to dining variety. Cuisine lovers rejoice with hundreds of restaurants featuring dishes from around the world. Regardless of your all-inclusive hotel package, I recommend you visit Les Cepages Restaurant for a French dinner experience, La Dolce Vita for unforgettable Italian food and Blue Gecko Cantina for an authentic Mexican meal.

4) Sports Minded Traveler
Adrenaline lovers can choose amongst mountain biking through the jungle, playing golf on challenging courses or even zip lining through the tree tops. Cancun keeps its visitors on the go with an unlimited assortment of activities!

5) Eco Adventure Enthusiasts
There are amazing ecological theme parks near Cancun, such as the popular Xcaret. Cancun’s flora and fauna is truly incredible, not to mention its unique estuaries, biosphere reserves, caves and cenotes.

Cancun has something for every type of traveler and there simply isn’t enough time to experience all this destination has to offer in just one visit!

Contact me to book your Cancun escape now:

Everything You Need to Know About the BRAND NEW Sandals LaSource Grenada

September 4, 2013

Penny Sheldon
Penny Sheldon Travel
TI & Sandals & Beaches Resorts Ambassador

I’m so excited about the newest Sandals Resort which will open on December 12, 2013! In fact, I’m so eager to experience the property that I’ve already booked reservations for March, and I’m sure that after reading all about it you’ll be calling me immediately to make your own reservations.

Sandals LaSource Grenada

This exotic, unspoiled hideaway, offers guests a romantic, authentic Caribbean vacation while providing the Luxury Included® amenities and exceptional service that have come to be associated with the Sandals Resorts experience.

On the shores of Pink Gin Beach in Grenada, the all-new 231-room Sandals LaSource boasts modern, elegant rooms and suites replete with signature Sandals style, including mahogany furniture, flat screen televisions, and stunning views.
The resort offers a range of accommodations in three distinct villages, Pink Gin, Italian and South Seas, including incredible Millionaire, Rondoval and Skypool suites with exclusive butler service. Let’s take a closer look at each village!
Soak up the sun on the beach or lounge at the nearby beach club complete with stylish outdoor furniture, pool, fire pits, Jacuzzi, and picturesque vistas of the Caribbean Sea and bustling marina in the distance.

Pink Gin Village

Room Categories:

Pink Gin Grande Luxe

Pink Gin Honeymoon Penthouse Oceanfron Club Level Room

Pink Gin Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Suite

Make a splash in one of these iconic suites embellished with no-holds-barred extravagance and private infinity pools for effortless entry into a sparkling, lagoon-shaped swimming pool.

Italian Village

Room Categories:

Italian Oceanview Bi Level 1 Bedroom Butler Suite with Veranda and Tranquility Soaking Tub

Italian Penthouse 1 Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub

Italian Penthouse 1 Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub

Italian Penthouse 1 Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub

Enjoy your favorite island drink or snack at the swim up bar.

South Seas Village

Room Categories:

South Seas Waterfall River Pool Junior Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub

South Seas Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Millionaire One Bedroom Butler Suite with Infinity Edge Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Millionaire 1 Bedroom Butler Suite with Infinity Edge Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Millionaire 1 Bedroom Butler Suite with Infinity Edge Pool Sanctuary

South Seas Millionaire 1 Bedroom Butler Suite with Infinity Edge Pool Sanctuary

Resort Highlights:
• Accommodations: 231 rooms and suites
• Three Villages: Pink Gin Village, South Seas Village and Italian Village
• Just minutes from the airport
• 9 restaurants, including a Sandals first – a steakhouse
• 3 pools plus 2 river pools
• State-of-the-art fitness center and Red Lane Spa
• Meeting facilities
• A total of 75 suites with butler service
• Incredible Millionaire, Rondoval and Skypool suites
• Romantic soaking tubs in all Tahiti and Italian village rooms

Food and Beverage Outlets:
• Butch’s Chophouse – a world-class steakhouse
• Cafe De Paris – serves fresh pastries, gourmet espresso beverages, soft serve ice cream
• Dino’s Pizzeria – serves delicious pizza
• Cucina Romano – serves unforgettable Italian cuisine
• Kimono’s – serves oriental Teppanyaki
• Le Jardiniere – serves exquisite French cuisine
• Neptune’s – serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine
• Soy – serves fresh sushi
• Spices – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner

So, when do you want to go? Contact me to make your reservations:

The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts when visiting Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

August 28, 2013

Wendy Sandridge
Travel Store
TI & AMResorts Ambassador

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. It is a beautiful all-inclusive adults-only property, highlighted by a huge wrap around pool with rooms along all sides, a feature that I just loved! We stayed in room 4374 and were able to see both the ocean and the pool from our balcony. After visiting this tropical oasis I put together a list of the dos and don’ts and I hope it helps you all!

The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts when visiting Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana:

1) Do spend your Honeymoon at this resort! We received a lovely bottle of champagne upon arrival, and they give us a form to return to the concierge to arrange our romantic breakfast in bed, which consisted of a nice breakfast with champagne for mimosas, as well as a turndown service one night including rose petals on the bed and in the outdoor Jacuzzi tub with bubbles. How romantic!

2) Don’t limit your dining options by not taking advantage of the fact that Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is connected to the Now Larimar property next door. Go on and dine at the restaurants at both properties. This gives you a wide variety of options and you won’t have to dine at the same restaurant more than once if you don’t want to.
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What to do while visiting the happy island of Aruba!

August 15, 2013

Allison Tuck
Travel Center Lexington
TI & Aruba Ambassador

Aruba is truly an island that has something for everyone! Aruba offers great beaches, bars, restaurants, shopping, excursions, hotels and the list goes on and on. What is so exceptional about Aruba is that it’s significantly smaller than some other Caribbean islands, which affords it some unique aspects that may go unnoticed to the first time traveler. That’s why I’m here to help you plan that unforgettable vacation to Aruba!

Here’s my list of top 3s while visiting this charming island:

Top 3 Beaches:
1. Palm Beach
2. Eagle beach
3. Baby Beach
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Your Top 6 Questions About Destination Weddings Answered

August 15, 2013

Beth Skypeck

Hurley Travel Experts

TI & Sandals and Beaches Resorts Ambassador

Couples often ask me if it’s really possible – even realistic – to consider a destination wedding.  For most, planning such a big event at a considerable distance from home seems overwhelming and likely very costly. Below are the most commonly asked questions I get asked regarding destination weddings, so if this is something you’re interested in, please read on!

Can I afford a destination wedding?  Can I afford to get married in the Caribbean?   Will my friends and family attend?
The answer is a resounding YES! to all these questions; you can have your wedding (cake) and honeymoon, too!  Sandals® resorts coined the phrase “Weddingmoon,” and it couldn’t be more appropriate.

As a Certified Wedding planner, I have couples come to me frustrated and completely overwhelmed. By the time they do their guest lists and visit a bridal show or two, their budget has been revised at least 5 times. Sandals® currently offers your wedding, your style – your way! The wedding is free, plus it includes credit to personalize your day.

Here’s the beautiful Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort:








Is my wedding going to be a cookie cutter wedding?
If you have your heart set on a chocolate cake, it’s yours.  A sand ceremony, seated formal reception or a catamaran cruise reception, we will make it happen. Whatever your budget, there is a wedding that will fit!

Will my friends and family attend?
I always say, those closest to you will make the effort; your dad’s college buddy whom you have to invite, even though no one has seen him in 20+ years, maybe not!

Depending on their budget, some couples will cover part of the cost for their attendants but, that’s not required and is the exception, not the rule.

Sandals Royal Plantation











So, how do I get started?
Visit a Certified Destination Wedding Planner. Someone who has done many, many weddings and knows all the ins-and-outs. She or he will become your best friend, your Mom or Dad, the “Good Cop/Bad Cop,” the liaison between you and your guests, family and the resort. A wedding planner knows the legal requirements and can assist in making things run smoothly and effortlessly.

What happens if “issues” arise?
I have had a Dad almost thrown out of a resort before the wedding even took place.  I’ve had another decide to surprise the bride on the beach with his “own music” for the ceremony, and I’ve had a bridesmaid’s mother call me because her daughter booked her own flights and was at the resort with no room in a sold-out hotel. These issues were all taken care of before the bride even knew a thing about it.

The one thing that almost made my heart stop was the call from a sobbing bride who left all her legal paperwork at home with a wedding scheduled within 48 hours. Luckily, I happened to know someone in the town office in NH, where she was born. We got the necessary paperwork, sent it by FEDEX and arranged for a resort employee to pick it up 1 ½ hours away from the resort. The sobbing bride became a beaming, beautiful bride on her wedding day, and I took an extra day off that next week to recover!

If you are considering a destination wedding, you will not only be making your own memories, you will be giving your family and guests a memory of travel, which will last a life time!









Is an off-shore marriage license considered legal in the US?
In most cases yes, however don’t expect to be changing the name on your driver’s license the day after you come home!  Most destination wedding locations can take up to eight weeks to send the finalized paperwork necessary to register your marriage at your town office.

5 Reasons to Choose Cancun for Your Winter Escape

August 7, 2013


Diane Skelly
AAA Auto Club Group
TI & Cancun, Mexico Ambassado

I personally love both selling and visiting Cancun, especially during the winter months that tend to get unbearably cold here in Minnesota.


Here’s my list of reasons why Cancun should be your go to choice for your winter vacation:

1) The winter months in the north bring feet of snow and below freezing temperatures while delivering the ideal climate south of the border in Cancun. In this paradise you’ll experience warm, bright days with average highs in the low to mid 80s. Read more

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