Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Three properties inside the Baha Mar complex in the Bahamas have set as their opening date: the 200-room Rosewood at Baha Mar, the 300-room SLS Lux at Baha Mar, and the 1,000-room Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The 700-room Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar is slated to debut .
Bermuda announced its "Pink Sale" with 50 percent discounts off stays (three nights minimum) at any of 15 participating hotels when you book for travel .
The 122-room Mahekal Beach Resort is now open in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after a $10 million makeover (including two new pools, a new seaside Jacuzzi, three new bars, and two renovated dining venues).
The 67-cottage Le Guanahani resort in St. Barts (formerly the Hotel Guanahani & Spa) finished its four-year, $40 million renovation project with upgraded guest units and other major refurbishments.
Hard Rock Hotels is now offering its first free-night-stay promotion for guests in its Hard Rock Rewards loyalty program, with one-night certificates after members stay five qualifying nights through (redeemable Feb. 1-Dec. 20).
Starting next February, Hyatt Hotels will offer free WiFi access at its properties to all guests, with no limit on how many devices might be used by individual guests. Its loyalty program members will receive free upgrades next year to "premium" WiFi connections.
The Hotel Wailea in Maui will become the first property in Hawaii to join the Relais & Chateaux luxury collection. The hotel just finished the first phase of a $15 million renovation project.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
AMResorts also opened the 35-suite Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun this past weekend. The former Villa Rolandi property offers a Thalasso spa with a natural saltwater pool, a private marina, and other features.
The famed 44-suite Malliouhana luxury resort in Anguilla is now open again, after being closed for three years for a complete overhaul. It's now an Auberge Resorts property. (In other news, the island's Cap Juluca resort re-opened last weekend for the winter season after repairing slight damage from a recent tropical storm, and the resort says there was no erosion on the nearby beach.)
The airport in Punta Cana (D.R.) opened Terminal B (its second terminal) this past weekend. The new facility features 50 check-in counters, a food court, a Champagne bar, a designated smoking area, and other services.
The owners of the 98-room Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, took over the property , expelling the Capella Hotel Group managers on site. The property has been closed to fix damage from Hurricane Odile in mid-September. It's been renamed the Resort at Pedregal, but Capella Hotel Group plans to mount a legal fight to regain control of the hotel.
Princess Cruises christened the 3,560-passenger ship "Regal Princess" in a ceremony that featured the six original cast members of the TV show "Love Boat" as the vessel's godparents and a record-breaking 51 Champagne bottles being smashed against its hull for good luck (50 bottles for the line's 50th anniversary, plus one more for the future).
Carnival Corp. says it will introduce a new long-range broadband wireless Internet network on all of the ships across its nine brands that's 10 times faster than the current system. The rollout should be done by the end of 2016.
Monday, November 03, 2014
On November 1st, first guests Maximo Rodriguez and Yaniriam Campos joined in celebrating the resort's official opening.
Located on the beautiful Playa El Jobo, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is set on a shimmering white sand beach amidst a lush, tropical jungle. Built to achieve the highly coveted LEED certification, this 447-suite eco-friendly resort features a contemporary design, inviting couples and couples with children to enjoy all the benefits of the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury® experience, including: elegant suites featuring 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bars and Jacuzzi tubs in every room; 24-hour concierge services; eight gourmet restaurants, with five á la carte dining options, a buffet, a grill and a café; five bars and lounges serving international fare and top-shelf spirits; complete day and evening activities program and adventures for every age and interest; and access to the Explorer’s Club for kids with supervised fun and a Core Zone Teens Club with activities and social events.
Resort amenities also include the largest pool (44,000 sq. ft.) in the Guanacaste resort region, “La Cascada” water slide, kids pool and steaming whirlpool; non-motorized water sports; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a daily activities center. The Dreams Spa by Pevonia offers a sublime atmosphere offering 10 therapy cabins for a variety of treatments, and a hydrotherapy circuit. The resort boasts a beautiful wedding gazebo and numerous reception spaces, making this an idyllic resort for destination weddings.
In addition, Dreams Las Mareas offers Unlimited Connectivity which allows guests free app-to-app calling, access to event/activity schedules, local destination information, and the ability to create a user profile to schedule spa treatments, excursions and directly contact resort staff.
Dreams Las Mareas is located on the northern coast of Guanacaste, approximately 1.5 hours from Liberia International Airport. This sanctuary for couples, families and singles is close to both Guanacaste and Santa Rosa National Parks, offering guests access to a variety of outdoor and nature activities that Costa Rica is known for.
As a part of AMResorts’ commitment to maintaining sustainability, Dreams Las Mareas was built to achieve the highly coveted LEED certification. The resort is being built with recycled resources, and upon opening ecological practices such as water and light-saving techniques will be utilized on a daily basis. The LEED organization will evaluate the resort six months after opening.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Why Use a Travel Agent?
It’s a really good and valid question, and to be honest, sometimes the answer might actually be that you don’t need one! But we’ll come back to that.
Most travel agents now prefer the title travel consultant or similar. Why? It has a lot to do with the advantages they offer today. Still, with all the websites, deal finders, mobile travel apps, and online services, a lot of people ask: why use a travel consultant?
It’s not hard to do it yourself. It might even be fun! Or, it could turn into a huge disaster. Below are a few points to consider before clicking the BUY button or tapping yourself into a nonrefundable corner.
1. Experience. Think about what you do for a living. For nearly every profession, you can find a website, video, or app that gives potential customers a way to do it themselves. With a little help from the Internet you can fix your car, build cabinets, replace plumbing, write wills, draft contracts, cut hair, make clothes, buy shoes, do accounting, buy stock, cook, bake, and let’s not forget edit videos and touch-up photos.
Finding instructions or tools is not the problem. Doing it RIGHT is the issue. If you put the wrong screw in the wall, it’s no big deal. If you put your family in the wrong resort, it’s a much bigger deal. It becomes even bigger if something goes wrong.
Most people deal with planning a vacation once or twice a year. Travel consultants deal with it all day, every day and many have been doing it for years. Their livelihood fully depends on using their knowledge and experience to craft a vacation you’ll love so much that you’ll keep coming back for more.
Websites and apps with advertising-driven, biased offerings are counting on your own lack of experience to push you to options that will earn them the most profit. Your satisfaction is not part of the display algorithm.
2. Real Deals. Have you ever wondered why some cruises, resorts, or hotels seem to have cheaper deals on some websites? There’s always a reason. Sometimes, it’s a good reason. Sometimes, it’s a very bad reason that you won’t know about until you arrive and it’s too late. There’s always a reason, and a great price is not always a good deal.
For example, every hotel has “undesirable” rooms they have trouble filling. Smaller rooms in noisy areas, rooms that haven’t been renovated lately, or those that overlook the dumpsters are always cheaper than nice ones in quiet areas with good views.
Websites are perfect for liquidating those rooms at bargain rates. Unfortunately, these so-called deals rarely mention things like smelly carpet or noise. It’s also no coincidence that many require full payment upon booking and are nonrefundable.
Even the most beautiful cruise ship has cabins they have trouble selling. The ones directly under the dance floor of the all-night disco, or the ones near the anchor chain that bangs against the side of the ship are just two examples. There are plenty of hard-to-sell cabins that are perfect for online deals.
To be fair, sometimes you can get lucky online! Sometimes the deals are real and worth the risk. Sometimes.
Travel consultants know the legitimate deals from the come-ons. They’ve been trained to uncover the reason behind the bargain. They understand travel lingo, know what to look for and most importantly: they know what to avoid.
3. Transparency. With websites and apps, you may not know what you’ll actually be paying! Many hotels add nightly “resort fees” of $25 to $50 on top of the discounted rate apps and websites display. Of course, you won’t know about them until you check out. Even rental cars can end up costing double the online rate once extra charges like airport fees, taxes, surcharges and such have been added.
Travel consultants know these little details. They make sure you are never unpleasantly surprised. You’ll always know exactly what you’ll be paying and what you’ll get for it.
4. Options. When you buy a cruise or vacation package online, you’ll almost always be required to pay for the entire trip up-front. Did you know that travel consultants offer another option? Usually they can hold the space for you for a small deposit of around $150 to $200. Final payment is not due until between 30 to 60 days prior to departure. In many cases, you can change your plans or cancel entirely prior to final payment!
In addition to the payment options, travel consultants can research and suggest alternatives to what you may have requested. While “Resort A” may be wonderful, its website will never tell you that “Resort B” has a nicer beach or better rates, or that that its own casino is closed for loud and dusty renovations.
5. Advice and Connections. Travel consultants offer something you’ll never find online or in an app: professional advice. Online, every resort or cruise is made to look beautiful and appealing. But, it’s no bargain if you end up regretting the trip. The main reason to use a travel consultant is to make sure you never waste a penny on a vacation you won’t truly enjoy.
There’s one more thing you’ll only get from a travel consultant: relationships. They have real one-to-one personal relationships with travel suppliers that can fix things should something happen to go wrong.
If a travel app messes up your reservations, you’re on your own. But with a travel consultant – you’ll have an advocate on your side with connections. In other words: a human who cares. To the machines, you’re nothing but their data.
Also, you might have heard that some travel consultants charge fees for their professional service. Like other skilled advisors, the best often do. But fees don’t mean you’ll always pay more. In fact, they’re likely to save you more than you ever imagined.
When You Don’t Need a Travel Consultant
It’s true. Sometimes you might not need a travel consultant. If you’re willing to take some risks, and not be concerned if something goes wrong, you might get lucky with the apps and websites. Many people do. Travel consultants just prefer not to gamble.
by Nolan Burris, Chief Visioneer, Future Proof Travel Solutions
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Romantic Planet Vacations and Transat Holidays is proud to offer the Distinction Collection, an outstanding line of renowned resorts providing even more inclusions, so you can escape the ordinary and enjoy the honeymoon, vacation or destination wedding that you've ever dreamed of.
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