Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Royal Hideaway Playacar


Royal Hideaway Playacar is an adults only all inclusive resort on a wide stretch of beach in the Playacar complex close to Playa del Carmen. It's has a calm, upscale vibe. The popular spot is the infinity pool overlooking the beach. Be sure to try the guacamole made to order and the calamari at The Deck. One note - it does not have a swim up bar and the spa is modest. 
 
Take a peek:
 
 



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Friday, December 6, 2019

Travel Gifts Part 3 - Safety

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

This is Part 3. Click here for Part 2. Click here for Part 1.

RFID Blocking Sleeves and Passport Holders
RFID readers can skim your credit card and personal information. These sleeves and passport holder block that signal.


Carbon Monoxide Detector
If your traveler frequently rents homes, I think this is a must have. A family visiting Mexico died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home rental.


Cross Body Purse
I love this purse. It has great organization. You can't cut the strap. The main pockets lock. It makes me feel more confident walking around a new city.

Travel Gifts Part 2

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

This is Part 2. Click here for Part 1.

Cord Organizer
I need to keep all my cords together or when I open my bag it looks like snacks are jumping out. Both my husband and I use this cute bag. 



3 oz containers
If you want to carry your bags onto the flight, you'll need to switch some of your favorite products to a 3 oz container. I use these.


Travel Adapter and Converter
If you headed across the ocean, this is great to pack. It's an adapter and a converter. An adapter will allow you to plug your device into a different type of plug. A converter protects your device if the electricity runs on a different voltage.

Travel Gifts Part 1

A few people asked for gift ideas for the traveler in their life so I pulled together this list of products that I use and love.  The pictures are affiliate links to Amazon.

 If you click on  the picture, you'll be able to add the product right to your Amazon cart.

These products worked well for me, but I am making no claim about them.

Click here for Part 2. Click here for Part 3.

Cruise Captain T-Shirt

The gift that gets the most comments whenever he wears it is the Cruise Captain's shirt I bought my husband:



Jenni Chan Computer Tote
I have an older version of this bag that is my go-to as my personal item. I like all the pockets and the middle padded area for the laptop.



Portable Luggage Scale
This has saved us from standing in front of the check in counter trying to repack our bags.


Travel Blanket
This blanket is super soft and cozy. I often lay it over the hotel pillows if the sheets are a little scratchy. I like that you can attach it to the outside of your bag. The "Upgrade Me" is a little obnoxious so i turn that side toward the bag.



Packing Cubes
I am a packing cube convert. It keeps me so organized during travel - especially if we have two or three hotels. These offer a little bit of compression to squish down your clothes.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Honeymoon Destination: Saffire Freycinet


Saffire Freycinet is a unique all inclusive resort in Tasmania, Australia. Forty-one luxury pavilions dot the shoreline offering pampering and privacy for your vacation. Your stay includes your meals, cocktails, wine and beer, and activities like an in-water oyster tasting, beekeeping experience, or visiting the onsite Tasmanian devil sanctuary. If you are looking for the honeymoon or trip of a lifetime, this is a terrific choice.
 
Take a peek:



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Playacar Palace All Inclusive Resort



Playacar Palace is a family all inclusive resort near 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It's a great headquarters for exploring Playa del Carmen or hopping the ferry to Cozumel.
 
It's located on one of the better beaches in the area. It's compact with large rooms and suites that include jacuzzis. Be sure to try the sushi and use your resort credits to explore the Spa. The hydrotherapy area is gorgeous. 
 
Take a peek:
 
 




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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

 
 
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta is an adults only all inclusive resort with a fun, active vibe.  On the beach, rocks have formed a calm lagoon for swimming. I love that you can order food to your chair in addition to drinks.
 
If you love sun, be sure to head up to the Sky Deck in the mornings since the pool and beach areas don't get sun until the afternoon. The sky deck turns into a disco at night. Party suites are the suites surrounding the sky deck since loud music will be heard at night.
 
Take a peek:
 




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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hard Rock Los Cabos Resort



If you love infinity pools with a stunning view, Hard Rock Los Cabos is for you.
 
Hard Rock Los Cabos is a family all inclusive resort located about thirty minutes from Cabo San Lucas in the private development Diamante.
 
Kids will like the three water slides. Teens will like the bowling alley and game room. Adults will like the swim up bars, excellent dining and spa services.
 
Hard Rock offers limitless inclusions so you only pay a 25% service charge for more spa services. 
 
Take a peek:
 
 



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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Live Aqua Boutique Hotel Playa del Carmen



Live Aqua Boutique Hotel Playa del Carmen is a gem of an all inclusive hotel in the heart of Playa del Carmen. It's right on 5th Ave with large rooms and a gorgeous rooftop pool.
 
The hotel includes a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner plus room service.
 
It's perfect for group trips, bachelorette parties, and travelers who love being in the heart of the action, but hate that end of stay bill.
 
 


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Grand Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort Cabo

 
Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos is a family all inclusive resort located about 45 minutes from the Cabo airport. It has several pools including an adults only pool with swim up bar. The beach is rocky, but swimmable. The dining is great! The Sushi terrace is a must try. I loved the landscaping and views. You feel like you are in the desert. The resort also has an air-conditioned nightclub. Everyone was so friendly and service was great! 



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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Xcaret Hotel Mexico


Hotel Xcaret is a one of a kind resort. It's a huge, family, all inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Client Review: Salem, Massachusetts Road Trip

Amy took a road trip from Michigan to Salem, Massachusetts with her teenage daughter. She shares her experience:


First stop on our New England Tour was Seneca Falls, NY, home of the women’s rights movement and the inspiration for the town in the Christmas movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. The Hall of Fame museum is in the process of moving into the old Seneca Falls Knitting factory where they plan to expand on their exhibits and make it more interactive. Currently, it is mostly half-poster sized placards with a photo of the woman being honored and a biography of who she is/was and what accomplishments earned her the induction into the Hall of Fame. There were a few display cabinets with various items, newspaper clippings or photos. There were some cut outs of the women that were done to their actual size/height. There was a short walking trail along the river with a few busts and statues; I’m not sure if this was under construction or in a completed stage – there weren’t very many and it was not clear how long the trail was supposed to be or how far we should walk.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Breathless Punta Cana



A huge thank you to Apple Vacations for sponsoring my visit.

Breathless Punta Cana is an adults only all inclusive resort about 45 minutes from the Punta Cana airport. This resort has a fun party vibe. It's great for groups of friends and family because the restaurants have larger tables and it's easy to get groups of chairs by the pool or beach. The resort is filled with music - especially club music. One morning even breakfast had a DJ. The food was good for the Dominican Republic.  Staff was friendly. Rooms were comfortable. Take a peek:





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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Unico 20'87 Review and Tour

Adults only all inclusive resort, resort that includes spa

Unico 2087 is an adults only all inclusive resort about 90 minutes from the Cancun, Mexico airport. The three things that set this resort apart are:
 
Dining - One consistent source of chatter around the pool was how much everyone loved the food. The a la carte dining and room service are delicious. You can order tacos and pizza to your lounge chair.
 
Limitless Inclusions - Select spa treatments and excursions are included. You only pay a 25% service charge. This is a great value.
 
Cocktail program - If you love trying new cocktails, you'll love it here. Each restaurant has a special cocktail or a special cocktail menu. The resident mixology creates great offerings at the lobby bar.
 
Take a peek:
 


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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Couples Swept Away


Couples Swept Away is an adults only all inclusive resort on a beautiful beach in Negril about 90 minutes from the Montego Bay airport. This resort is huge and full of activities: tennis, basketball, racquetball, squash, plus many included water sports - both motorized and non-motorized. The beach has natural shade from large trees. The rooms are simple with Jamaica charm. Not all of the rooms have TVs. The resort has a very active nightlife - so active one of the grills is open from 10 pm - 5 am.

Take a peek:




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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sunset at the Palms

 

Sunset at the Palms is the place to live your treehouse dreams. This is the perfect location if you love a tropical garden setting and value privacy. 83 treehouse rooms are spread across lush gardens. The resort has three restaurants including the unique Chef's Showcase. Each day the chef designs and executes a special menu based on what's available. You head across the street - aided by a crossing guard - to the private beach. It's long and wide and has enough chairs for every person at the resort. No more getting up early to save a chair. There's a grill and beach bar available.

Take a peek:




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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

RIU Palace Tropical Bay

 
 
RIU Palace Tropical Bay is a family all inclusive resort near Negril, Jamaica. It was the first RIU resort in Jamaica and had major renovations last year. The resort does not have elevators. The resort has a beautiful beach and the same resorts you'll find at other Palace resorts. The resort looks huge from the road, but doesn't feel that big once inside. The rooms stretch along the beach so you aren't too far from the beach in any of the buildings. This is a great choice for a moderate resort. 
 
Take a peek:
 
 

 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Couples Negril


Couples Negril has a Jamaica feel.  The resort has a laid back vibe and operates on island time. It sits on Bloody Bay Beach. This resort boasts a lot of inclusions: diving resort course, shopping tours, glass bottom boat, personal trainer, and snorkeling trips. The spa is simple with a great tree house location for massages and candlelight dinners.  A nude beach surrounded by shrubs is available for those who don't like tan lines.

Take a peek:





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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Things to Do in San Francisco


 
San Fran, San Francisco

 
 
The city of San Francisco boasts 182 playground, 82 recreation centers, and more than 300 coffee shops, not to mention numerous museums, historical and cultural centers. There is something for everyone in this  beautiful city by the bay.

 

Things to Do in Seattle


 
 
Seattle is Washington State’s largest city and home to two of the largest tech giants in Amazon and Microsoft. You and your family will find plenty to see and do in this beautiful city in the Northwest. Its most iconic landmark, the Space Needle was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair.

 

Disney Cruise Review June 2019 - Transatlantic Disney Cruise and Mediterranean Europe Disney Cruise

In June 2019, Katy, the beloved Travel Concierge at Trips with Angie, took a cruise on the Disney Magic. She left Miami on the Transatlantic and connected to the round trip Mediterranean Sailing from Barcelona.



Here's her review that she wrote just after returning:
 
 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Things to do in Philadelphia


Philadelphia is known for its rich history with such historic sites as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), as well as other American Revolutionary sites. Other popular attractions include the steps of the Philadelphia Museum immortalized by Sylvester Stallone in the movie “Rocky”, the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo.

 


Independence Hall- See the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed. The Hall is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets are required at certain times of the year and are free. There is no charge for same day distribution (non-reserved) tickets obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit. There is a handling fee of $1.00 per ticket for advance reservations. For advance reservations you can  make your reservation online or call 1-877-444-6777.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Guest Review: Azul Riviera Cancun


Donnis and her family were looking for a family all inclusive resort for 5 adults and 5 kids aged 5, 8, 10, 11, and 12.
 
I curated a list of options for and they picked Azul Riviera Cancun. The large guaranteed connecting suites, kids' program, great dining, and evening entertainment were a good fit.
 
As a reminder, here's my resort tour followed by Donnis' review.
 

 
 
 
The trip was wonderful. This was the first trip our entire family had taken together since 2007. Thank you for making this trip so special. Your recommendation of Azul Cancun was perfect!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Hotel and Suites Punta Cana

Nickelodean hotel, Sponge Bob Hotel
 
Nickelodeon Hotel and Suites Punta Cana is a family friendly all inclusive resort about 45 minutes from the Punta Cana airport. A huge thank you to Karisma Resorts for sponsoring my 3 night stay so I could share this experience with you.

Let's take a resort tour:

 

 
Things I appreciated:
  • Cleanliness - This is one of the cleanest resorts I've visited. It's the first swim up bar that did not have bees swarming.
  • Premium Liquors - When we saw Tanqueray 10 at the swim up bar, we were impressed.
  • Accessible Characters - Every hour, a new character was available for photos and meet and greets. The evening shows and character breakfast (extra charge) provide even more opportunities.
  • Upscale Dining options - The Italian restaurant offered one of the best meals we've had. K 2/3 offers 8 course or 16 course tasting menus for an extra charge. Brgrs PH had terrific gourmet burgers cooked to your preferred temperature.
  • Attentive pool service - Orlando, the pool butler, was excellent. He delivered drinks to the pool. Once, as we were getting out to dry off for lunch, he asked if we wanted a pizza and delivered one a short time later.
  • Live music in the plaza - We loved sitting outside in the plaza listening to the guitar players.
  • Suite size - The rooms are family sized. I like how the Flat Suite has the ability to enclose the king size bed. 
Take a look:


Some things to know:
  • The Character Place, Water Park, and Sports Hub are across the street. You'll take a golf cart shuttle under the road. This is where the kids' evening show takes place.
  • Pay attention to the schedule. You may get a printed schedule at check in. The resort is also working to bring an App online. 
  • Dinner reservations are required for most of the restaurants. 
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Best Honeymoon Destinations

Choosing a Honeymoon can be so hard. It could be the first big trip you've planned together. You may have different ideas of what you want to do or how you want to travel.

I created this grid based my expertise as a Certified Luxury Travel Specialist helping couples like you navigate the honeymoon planning process.



Which style are you? Which style is your future spouse?

My job is to curate a list of great options that meet both your styles and wish list for your honeymoon.

If you'd like to work with me to plan your honeymoon, email me so we can get started. A $99 deposit delivers customized honeymoon options to you. I help you weigh the pros and cons of each option until we find the best honeymoon destination for you.

Thanksgiving 2019 Cruise Deals



 
Wednesday November 27th  - Monday December 2nd - 5 night cruise on the Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral visiting Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico with 2 Sea Days.
  • Interior cabins start at $349 per person when two people share a cabin plus $106.12 per person in taxes and fees.
  • Or you can include the Premium Beverage Package for $498 per person when two people share a cabin plus $106.12 per person in taxes and fees.

Monday November 25th – Saturday November 30th -  5 night cruise on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Fort Lauderale visiting Key West, Nassau, Bahamas and two Sea Days.
  • Interior cabins rates start at $315.50 per person when two people share a cabin. This is the average of the Buy One, Get One 50% off promotion. Taxes and fees are an additional $104.12 per person.

Sunday November 24th -  Sunday December 1st7 night cruise on the Norwegian Dawn from Tampa, Florida visiting Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, Harvest Caya, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras with two Sea Days.
  • Interior cabins start at $449 per person when two people share a cabin plus $160.11 per person in taxes and fees.
  • Or you can include the Premium Beverage Package for $687.60 per person when two people share a cabin plus $106.12 per person in taxes and fees.

If you are looking for something more upscale and adult-oriented,

Sunday November 24th -  Sunday December 1st7 night cruise on the Holland America Nieux Statendam from Fort Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Key West, with two days at Sea.
  • Interior cabins start at $569 per person when two people share a cabin plus $165 per person in taxes and fees.

Sunday November 24th -  Sunday December 1st7 night cruise on the Regal Princess to Princess Cays, Bahamas, St Thomas, St Maarten with three Sea Days.
  • Interior cabins start at $669 per person when two people share a cabin plus $142.47 per person in taxes and fees.
  • You can upgrade to a balcony for $50 per person. Balcony cabins start at $719 per person when two people share a cabin plus $142.47 per person in taxes and fees. These are slightly obstructed due to the lifeboat right below your cabin.

All prices are subject to change. Cabins may sell out before you confirm your cabin. If you have more flexibility this fall, email me for the best deals I found between October – December.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Sandals Negril Sneak Peek


Sandals Negril is an adults only all inclusive resort on Seven Mile Beach. It has two larger beach areas on each side of the resort. This is a great resort if you want to feel pampered or love the beach.

You can book one of their large well appointed millionaire or swim up suites that include butler service. The millionaire suites offer complete privacy with a private patio and pool.






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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Travel Loyalty Progams - Are they worth it?


 


Two frequent questions that come up when you are making friends on a cruise are: Is this your first cruise? Have you tried any other cruise lines? 

Some travelers love sailing the same cruise line. It’s familiar.  Cruise ships within the same company tend to have the same bars and restaurants on most ships.

Cruise lines offer perks for people who cruise their line frequently. If you get to the upper levels of these programs, you may qualify for free laundry, free mini bar or even a free cruise. Frequent sailors also like the special recognition. They enjoy the invites to special parties or the recognition by the Captain.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sandals Royal Plantation Resort Tour

In recognition of my partnership with Sandals, I earned 4 free nights. I chose to stay at Sandals Royal Plantation and took advantage of the exchange privileges to visit Sandals Ochi Beach. That's right. You can book your Sandals vacation with me for the exact same price as booking with Sandals and get my great service. No more calls to Jamaica or Miami to get your questions answered.
 
Sandals Royal Plantation is a charming all Butler suite adults only all inclusive resort near Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It has four restaurants:
  • The Terrace is the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each day has a theme for the dinner. It may be an a la carte menu or a special buffet.
  • Le Papillion is the French restaurant. It requires reservations and it was the best meal I've ever had at an all inclusive resort.
  • The Royal Grill is available for beachfront dining for lunch or dinner. Dinner requires reservations and it's Caribbean themed.
  • Wobbly Peacock is the pub. The pub opens at 10 am and food service begins at 3:00 pm. Definitely try the mozzarella sticks.
This is a resort if you are looking for quiet relaxation. We loved having a butler and how easy everything was. A couple of days we took the shuttle over to Sandals Ochi to enjoy the more active swim up bar and try one of the 17 restaurants over there.
 
Take a look:
 





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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Now Oynx Resort Tour



Now Oynx is a family all inclusive resort about 45 minutes from the Punta Cana airport. A huge thank you to Apple Vacations for sponsoring my visit.

The resort has a great pool. As of July 2019, three more restaurants and new two and three bedroom suites plus a new Explorers Club and Core Zone were under construction. The pool had a fun vibe with several activities taking place. The Barefoot Grill was a great place for a casual lunch.

Take a look:


 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Royalton Negril Sneak Peek


Royalton Negril is a family all inclusive resort. Hideaway is the adults only section. All the resort restaurants have indoor and outdoor seating - a great perk for those of us who get a little sweaty. The family side has a good beach. The Hideaway side has a snorkeling cove. Each room has a jacuzzi tub. It's an open bathroom but can be closed off by a curtain. The family side has a kids' club and a teen's area. 

Take a peek:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Booking a cruise? Why You Should Use a Travel Agent

"Why do I need your help to book a cruise? It's so easy. I can do it myself."
 
 

This is 100% true. If you have the time and the patience, you can recreate the research I do for you.

Yesterday, I got a request: We want a cruise of 7 to 10 nights between June 15th - July 15, 2020. We do not want to go to the Caribbean, Alaska or the Mediterranean.

On Your Own Research - Visit every cruise line's website and search for sailings during those dates. Write it all down. Try to figure out if you got them all. Hint: There's approximately 70 cruises on the main cruise lines that meet the criteria.

Working with me: Of the 70 cruises, I have special rates or perks on 24 of those sailings not available through the cruise line.

But the real magic comes in curating the list so you aren't overwhelmed.

To narrow down the list of 70 cruises, I ask a series of questions - How far do you want to fly? What amenities on the ship are important? What destination sounds most intriguing to you? What's the price range you have in mind?

Then, I prepare a list for you of sailings I recommend based my personal experience cruising and the trainings I've taken over the years. You get the list via email.

I can also review the current inventory to make sure connecting cabins or cabins close together are available. I can place options on hold so you have some type to decide without losing the booking.

Working with a travel agent is not for everyone. Many people love all the research and the satisfaction of figuring it all out themselves. If you are not of those people, maybe you'll consider working with me on your next vacation. Click here to email me. You can also request a time to chat.