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BEST Denver Travel Agent for Caribbean Winter Getaways

- by: rhonda

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes bitter cold and driving snow. Are you looking forward to months of freezing weather and shoveling snow? How about biting wind and subzero temperatures?

Some folks like snow, and love winter because it makes for cozy times with family. They come inside from the blustery weather and shed their coats, hats, scarves and boots. Their eyes light up at the sight of a hearty meal such as beef stew which has been simmering in the slow cooker all day. The heady scent of freshly baked biscuits wafts through the air. Slather those biscuits with butter and they will be the perfect accompaniment to the hearty stew on this cold day. Later that evening, these folks might enjoy cookies and hot cider or cocoa to warm up their tummies before going to bed. It is true that winter has its delights, and being snug and warm inside while wintry weather howls angrily outside is one of them.

But after a while, even the coziness loses some of its shine. Day in and day out, the weather is relentlessly cold and it gets even more miserable as the temperature continues to drop. When ice and snow are present, it can be more difficult to do the usual day to day things in life, such as going to work or getting groceries. When a person wakes up to a few feet of snow and has to dig their car out before heading off to another day at work, they usually crave escape, even for a little bit. There’s no need to wait until you wake up to a fresh blanket of snow to begin planning a getaway. You can call your all inclusive travel agent today and get started.

What better way to spend your winter vacation than by taking a trip to the Caribbean? There are thousands of islands to choose from, each with its own culture and friendly people to charm you. You might think that if you’ve been to one Caribbean island, you’ve been to them all. Perhaps you’ve been on a vacation to an island in the Caribbean at a previous time, but it is not the same. Taking a trip to Turks and Caicos or the Bahamas is vastly different from a trip to Jamaica or St. Maarten.

No matter which location you choose to visit, you can partake in all manner of ocean activities. You can wade at the shore, frolic in the surf, swim in the crystal clear waters, go snorkeling and see reefs and fishes, go scuba diving and even see caves and other underwater delights. You can paddle board, kayak or learn to surf, or you can charter a boat to go fishing or to simply sail on the ocean. No matter what you want to do on the water, from whale watching to water skiing, you can do it with the help of your all inclusive travel agent. To plan an unforgettable trip, you need to visit them and tell them a few key facts. They need to know where you want to go, when you want to go there, and what you want to do while you’re there. They will take it from there, securing your lodging and making the necessary reservations and arrangements. They take the hassle out of travel and help you to truly enjoy your vacation.

Are you ready to plan the Caribbean trip of your dreams? Call your all inclusive travel agent today.

 

Winter Deals for Mexico Vacations from Denver

- by: rhonda

When winter weather rolls into town and the cold winds start blowing and making your cheeks tingle, you might daydream about a getaway to sunny Mexico to escape the chill. Winter is the perfect time to plan a trip to Mexico. It is perfect for two reasons; to get away from the bitter cold, and to avoid crowds. Many people save their money and their vacation days from their jobs, and take trips in the summer time because usually the weather is nice and if they have kids, they are out of school. The downside to waiting until summer to take a vacation is that is can be blazing hot and there will likely be hundreds (if not thousands) of other people in the same location.

It is because of these reasons that winter is ideal for taking a trip to Mexico. Since Mexico is in the southern hemisphere, it is warm even in the winter time and is a pleasant place to visit almost year round. Since most people take trips in the summer, there will be fewer people sharing a prime vacation spot with you. Can you picture a warm, sandy beach with the waves gently lapping at your toes as you walk along the shore holding your shoes in your hand? Can you picture yourself watching a Pacific Ocean sunset? Can you picture these things without an accompanying crowd of people taking up good spots on the beach and being loud? Now can you picture those people at home, wearing winter coats and going to work, all while you do fun stuff like sunbathing, eating fresh fish tacos on the beach and washing them down with a fruity, refreshing, tropical drink. You’re probably ready to start packing right now.

Before you begin packing your bags, take out a pen and paper and write down the activities you want to do on your trip to Mexico. Do you want to spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach? If so, make sure to pack your swimsuit. If you want to learn about the local culture, make sure to bring comfortable clothing and shoes, so you can explore and learn without becoming too hot or getting blisters on your feet. If you want to dance the nights away in local clubs, bring a few fashionable outfits which you can dance in.

Once you’ve decided what you want to do on your trip, call your all inclusive travel agent and make an appointment. They will have you come in and discuss a few things. They will help you decide upon a budget, and a travel date, as well as secure airline tickets and lodging for you. If you want to do any special excursions, they will make those reservations for you ahead of time, since if they are popular activities, they may sell out on the day. If you want to do something special, don’t hesitate to ask. Some people love to go on vacation and take a food tasting tour, or do a pub or bar crawl, or even take local cooking classes. Whatever will make this trip special, don’t hesitate to tell your all inclusive travel agent so they can help make your dream a reality. What are you waiting for? Call today.

The new Dreams Playa Mujeres

- by: jeffg

The New Dreams Playa Mujeres

You want the best hotel for your needs. We visit frequently to learn about the latest. Our newest travel advisor, Mickeen Williams, just got back from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Here is a video she shot at the pool at the brand-new all inclusive Dreams Playa Mujeres just north of Cancun.

Mickeen writes: “This brand new beautiful resort did not disappoint. It had a very clean feel with serene views from the pool. It felt very remote but luxurious. They had great dining options since Secrets Playa Mujeres was right next door. They also had a Broadway show that featured real Broadway actors – Rock of Ages. It held a good amount of fun for the kiddos and teens. A gorgeous wedding venue….we saw two weddings in progress while visiting.”

Call Mickeen for more information about this hotel. She can be reached at 303.980.6483 ext. 9 or Mickeen@All-InclusiveVacations.com.

 

Beach Vacations For Families With Special Needs From Denver

- by: rhonda

Everyone deserves a chance to get away from the everyday and that includes folks with special needs and their families as well. An entire family shouldn’t skip a vacation because they fear that the special needs cannot be accommodated, and neither should the family member be left at home with a caregiver while the rest of the family travels off on a beach getaway. Everyone should get a chance to have some fun in the sun.

Who do you think fits into the category of special needs? There is more than one answer, though some are more obvious than others. If a family has a member who is blind or deaf, they have special needs. Some disabilities are easier to discern, such as if a person walks with crutches, braces or a cane. Some are less obvious, such as developmental or motor delays, or autism. Sometimes a medical issue arises last minute, and then special needs become evident when the family departs for their vacation. For instance, a family might plan a reunion, but then a cousin breaks an arm or a leg a few days before departure. They are cleared to travel, but now they have special circumstances which must be accommodated.

No matter what special needs your family has, your all inclusive travel agent can help you plan a beach vacation which everyone will enjoy. Picture the beach in your mind. Is it on an island in the Caribbean or at a resort in Mexico? Where have you dreamed of visiting? Your all inclusive travel agent can help you choose the destination and lodging which will suit the needs of your family best. It turns out that more families have special needs or unique considerations than you think. You needn’t consider yourselves a bother or a burden; not to your all inclusive travel agent, and not to the staff at your resort or lodging. They enjoy helping others to have a great time on vacation.

So if you have a relative who is wheelchair bound but who wants to spend time on the beach, your agent can work with the local staff and provide you with a special beach wheelchair. It is made of lightweight plastic piping instead of metal, so it isn’t heavy and it won’t get hot in the sun and burn their skin. The seat is mesh and breathable, and the entire chair can go in the ocean. Instead of skinny wheels, this chair has fat, thick wheels made of firm plastic which travel easily over the sand. On land, Grandma might have limited mobility, but you can slowly wheel her into the calm waters, and once the water is high enough, she can simply scoot off the chair and swim around. Once she is done, she can seat herself in the chair and be wheeled out, with no need to be carried in and out of the water.

No matter your needs, your agent can assist you. If your child has autism and will need excursions which are family friendly and unstructured (such as a nature hike at your own pace rather than a guided tour on a schedule) your agent can make it happen. Don’t let your family’s special needs be a concern. Call today so your agent can help you start planning your beach trip today.

Costa Rica: No Artificial Ingredients

- by: jeffg

 

Costa Rica: No Artifical Ingredients

Costa Rican FrogCosta Rica is a land teeming with the paradoxes of its geographical location, bridging North and South America and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The resulting climate makes it ideal for year-round travel. The forces of nature are at their spectacular best here, churning out rain forest and volcanoes, great beaches and vistas. The animals and plants of the region are of two great continents. The diversity of flora and fauna, of geography and terrain all come together here in a mere 50,895 square kilometers.

Staying in an all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica is an especially great value. The all-inclusive resorts are located in the Guanacaste region within driving distance of other major sights.

The elevation of much of the country”s landmass offsets the tropical setting of its location only 8 degrees north of the equator. Like Hawaii in the Pacific, Costa Rica hosts 10 of the 13 recognized climatic zones as well as local microclimates.

The equatorial position of the country means that throughout the year there is a fairly constant twelve hours of light between sunrise and sunset from 6:00 am each day to 6:00 pm. The county”s location also maintains a fairly constant temperature, never varying more than a few degrees on a seasonal basis. If you are traveling from the Northern Hemisphere, you are used to giving due consideration to terms like “summer” and “winter”. However, in Costa Rica, the seasons revolve around a dry season, December through April and a wet season May through November. Costa Rica promotes their “wet season” as the “Green Season.” This is not just clever marketing. The year-round nature of Costa Rica”s travel opportunities has made it the Caribbean destination with the highest tourism growth. The Green Season is an excellent time to travel to Costa Rica. This is when the warm, wet climate brings the plant life into full bloom, and the country”s verdant flora explodes with the vibrant life characteristic of Costa Rica. As we will discuss below, the green season means more wildlife, better visibility and rates that are easier on the pocketbook!

 

December, January, and February tend to be cooler as winds from the north lower temperatures. In the coastal regions, the average temperature at sea level is 82 degrees Fahrenheit on the eastern Caribbean side of the country and 89 degrees on the Pacific side. As you climb in elevation, temperatures begin to drop approximately one degree for every 100 yards. Thus, in the mountains, jackets, sweaters and coats in the highest elevations are definitely in order. Temperatures at night tend to be warmer in the wet season

Costa Rica”s mountain ranges, situated between two oceanic climatic and moisture zones mean that rainfall is a part of Costa Rica”s ecology. Annual rainfall averages approximately 100 inches in the plains and 150 inches in the mountains occurring in the early afternoons in the highest elevations and late afternoon or night in the plains. While mornings during the wet season are often bright and sunny, by afternoon the rains typically fall.

There are real benefits to traveling to Costa Rica during the Green Season. Perhaps the best reason is the abundance of wildlife. The greener foliage and plant life offer a wider range of feeding grounds for the animals. Likewise, because the green season in general means fewer tourists, the animals are more relaxed in their habitat. If one of your reasons for visiting Costa Rica includes paddling sports and time on its rivers, the green season means banks that are consistently filled with fast moving water. The mountains tend to be more clearly visible as the rains carry the fog and haze away making volcano viewing particularly enjoyable.

The Green Season also means fewer travelers in the hotels, shops and dining establishments. As a result, general prices for accommodations and practically every aspect of tourism are less than in peak travel season. Packages in Green Season can be as much as 30% less than in peak, and the local population and shop keepers have more time to spend with travelers on an individual basis.

As a bridge between North and South America, Costa Rica”s biodiversity is astonishing. Monkeys, sloths, tapirs and wildcats as well as an unrivaled collection of bird species numbering more than 800 make their home in the rainforest. With more than 25% of the country in national parks, there is great opportunity to leave the beaten path and to see the wide variety of plant and animal life year round.

The Costa Rican rainforests are vast, but accessible. The road infrastructure tends to be unpredictable outside of the major cities, and caution when driving is highly advisable, especially during rain storms. Many roads are unpaved and bridges are often single-vehicle width. The best advice in any weather is to plan ahead, take your time and enjoy the scenery.

Any experienced visitor to Costa Rica will tell you that there is no end to the amazing array of things to do. Costa Rica is a nature lover”s paradise. Better yet, ecotourism is a way of life in Costa Rica. The country plays host to a wide variety of adventure sports and favorites of travelers include mountain biking, river rafting and scuba diving. Hikes through the rainforests include trips to active volcanoes, boat trips on rivers snaking through the rain forests and opportunities to ride a zip line through the forest canopy. You can watch live lava flows on Arenal Volcano, bird watch (some of the best and most diverse in the world), stand on mountaintops where both the Atlantic and the Pacific are visible, watch the marine turtles at Tortuguero or any one of a hundred other terrific outdoor opportunities.

This year, any time this year, give some consideration to placing Costa Rica on your list of “places to visit.” You will be glad you did.

Give one of our professional travel advisors a call. We are happy to help you plan your next Costa Rica adventure! 303.980.6483

LGBT Beach Wedding Travel Agent in Denver

- by: rhonda

The time for weddings to occur is coming soon, and couples everywhere are planning their special day very carefully. Couples who are getting married (especially if their wedding will be outdoors) want to choose a day where the weather is neither too cold nor too warm, so they and their guests can enjoy the day to the utmost.

If you are an LGBT couple planning a beach wedding, the same concerns apply. You want to choose a beach that is friendly toward weddings, not one that is hard to access or is covered in litter. It can be a stress saver to choose a resort with beach access, especially if they offer a beach wedding package. Such packages eliminate a lot of stress from the nuptial couple and allow them to simply pack their bags, show up and enjoy their wedding day. By choosing an ideal location and date, their wedding guests can do the same.

Another way to make your wedding day perfect and as stress free as possible is by working with an all inclusive travel agent. They are consummate professionals who have booked basically any kind of trip before, be it weddings, honeymoons, family vacations, family reunions, or last minute, spur of the moment getaways. They have booked solo trips, trips for couples, vacations for small groups and vacations for large amounts of people.

You don’t need to worry that your destination wedding trip will be too difficult for them to handle. They can book your entire group, no matter how large or small. They can arrange lodging for everyone, as well as transportation at your destination. They can make reservations for dining as well as sign up the interested guests for special excursions at your location. What’s more, they can help you to choose a destination and wedding staff who are welcoming and friendly to an LGBT wedding.

You don’t have to worry about booking a location yourself and choosing a less than welcoming location by mistake. You don’t have to worry about whether the reviews you read online about a location or its wedding staff are accurate. Your all inclusive agent takes care of everything, and that includes working with locations and resort staff for a longtime, and developing a working relationship with them. They know they can trust the staff to treat their guests with respect and love, and they feel comfortable booking your beach wedding with their business partners because they know you will be treated well and have the beach wedding of a lifetime too. Your all inclusive travel agent wants you to make lifelong memories and they will work hard to ensure that those memories are happy ones.

Picture this: you want a beach wedding, but you’re not sure where yet. You have a group of 20 guests. Three have dietary allergies, one keeps kosher and one elderly relative is in a wheelchair. Your all inclusive travel agent can help you to narrow down a location which works best with your budget, secure competitive airfare rates for all guests, and book you at a resort which can feed the kosher guest and heed the food allergies in your party. What’s more, they can make sure that your beach has a boardwalk for wheelchair access. All you have to do is pack your bags.

What are you waiting for? Call today.

Colorado Travel Agent for Caribbean Vacations

- by: rhonda

When you picture a beach vacation in your mind, what do you see? For most people, the crystal blue waters and the warm, sandy beaches of the Caribbean are what immediately come to mind. Is it the same for you? If you are thinking of a Caribbean getaway, it is the perfect time to plan a trip. Don’t groan in defeat, because you think that planning a trip is a huge hassle. All you have to do is call an all inclusive travel agent for an appointment, and they will take care of everything.

First, decide where you want to go. The Caribbean Sea is home to thousands of islands, each with their own history and character. If you need help narrowing it down, that’s okay. Your all inclusive travel agent can help you choose a location based on your budget, and can also take crowds, weather and time of year into consideration as well. If you love the warm weather and being around lots of people, then your agent can book your trip during the height of tourist season in one of many locations. You can soak up the sun and have your skin kissed by salty breezes as you meet new people. If you want smaller crowds and milder temperatures, your all inclusive travel agent can accommodate that as well by choosing a different travel time and a more secluded location.

You all inclusive travel agent can book your dream vacation based on which activities you want to participate in, too. When you go in for your appointment, they will ask you questions so they can tailor your trip to your exact desires and specifications. Are you interested in lying on a sandy shore, sunning yourself as the waves lap gently near your feet? Do you want to fish in local waters and eat what you catch? Do you want to charter a boat and go deep sea fishing, and then release what you catch? Your all inclusive travel agent can help you book the perfect trip.

If you want to snorkel and see brightly colored fish and other sea life, your all inclusive travel agent can book your trip on an island with reefs nearby for your exploration. If you want to scuba dive, your all inclusive travel agent can arrange for scuba gear rental and lessons, and even get you an underwater camera so you can take photos, if you wish.

No matter what you want to do, or what special service you might require, your all inclusive travel agent can make it a reality. From airline tickets to lodging, from transportation to excursions, they’ve booked them before so they know what they’re doing, and can easily do it for you. This way you have all the fun and none of the hassle when it comes to taking the Caribbean vacation of a lifetime. If you want to go hiking, or rent a bicycle and tour your island, you can. If you want to go horseback riding on the beach, your all inclusive travel agent can make it happen. Are you ready to plan the trip of your dreams? Call for your appointment today.

All Inclusive Beach Honeymoon Travel Agent in Denver

- by: rhonda

Wedding season is just around the corner, and what comes after the wedding of your dreams but the honeymoon to match? For lots of marrying couples, a dream honeymoon means a beach honeymoon. Close your eyes and picture a sandy beach, with the rays of the sun kissing your skin and the sea breeze teasing your hair and swirling it around you. You can almost smell the salt air and hear the calls of the sea birds as they fly overhead.

Think about the water. Is it a crisp blue with a temperature that has just the right amount of nippy cold to it as the surf rushes around your ankles? Maybe it is a crystal teal color, and warm as a bath and perfect for snorkeling instead. Depending on where you want to go, you can choose how the water feels as well as your activities.

Let’s take a few minutes to explore some of your options. If you are looking for a remote beach with lots of privacy so you and your new spouse can relax and reconnect after the frenzied activity of the wedding, then perhaps the beaches of Mexico are perfect for you.

If you are interested in a honeymoon where everything is upscale to match your formal wedding, then the beaches of St Kitts and Nevis are a good fit. There is nothing but first class accommodation and if golf is a favorite pastime, there are top notch golf courses with stunning beach vistas as you play the links.

If you want to do a little more than just beach activities on your honeymoon, consider booking your trip to St Lucia. There are lush rain forests a short distance away, and you can take time to explore them. You can breathe in the intoxicating aromas of the flowers which grow there, while their beautiful blooms enchant your eyes as well. Just imagine the photos you’ll take both in the rain forest areas as well as those with a backdrop of blue skies, foamy surf and pure white, sandy beaches. It’s the best of both worlds at St Lucia.

Another visually stunning destination is Costa Rica boasts beautiful beaches. Have you been to a beach in your life with sand in either of those colors? It is almost worth a trip alone as a vacation, but it will make your honeymoon even more special. Imagine a getaway to Costa Rica with delicious food to delight your taste buds, vibrant people with spirited music to dance to, and of course, miles of beach to enjoy through sunbathing, swimming and much more.

Another potential beach honeymoon destination is The Dominican Republic. If you want to have a lavish honeymoon, splurge on a trip there. In addition to seeing gorgeous beaches and staying on a small, friendly island in dazzling resorts, you can also sleep in special guest bungalows where you are suspended above the water as you sleep. You can gaze through their crystal depths and see lots of gorgeous tropical fish. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

To begin planning the beach honeymoon of your dreams, call your all inclusive travel agent today.

Panama All-Inclusive Surprise

- by: jeffg

My Panama Surprise

Whenever I travel for business, I look for that “unexpected surprise”, and I am never disappointed. On what was my “first” trip to the country of Panama (with the Mark Travel Corporation), there were several surprises and I would like to share those with you now.

Riu Playa Blanca

Riu Playa BlancaNever underestimate what your clients expect when they travel. Riu has taught me that a consistent quality product is possible even when it comes to an all-inclusive resort. This Riu delivered a consistent 3 star quality. But I expected better. First of all, the resort is only 4 years old. In yet, there were sidewalk tiles that were broken and swimming pool tiles that are chipped and discolored from chemical use. And the swimming pools are readily used because the Playa Blanca beach was scorching hot. The beach has streaks of black volcanic sand in it and it is hot to walk on. Furthermore, the palm trees Riu planted on their beach are only 6 ft tall so you cannot get underneath them yet for shade. Here’s where I think the disconnect is…I have been to all the Mexico Riu products, and these naturally subscribe to higher standards. Why? Because they are competing for the North American vacation client. This was my first Riu outside of Mexico and in Panama they market to the Central and South American vacationer. Frankly I think they must be easier to please than Americans. The food was not as quality in Mexico, the brands of liquor were not as high a quality as in Mexico. Even the décor of the resort was not as adorned or comfortable “feeling” as the resorts that attract Canadians and Americans. And there were no English-speaking Satellite TV channels. I only wanted 10 minutes of News before going to bed and it was not to be had.

Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort

Sheraton Bijao Beach ResortUntil this trip I had not heard of any all-inclusive hotels under the Sheraton brand. Come to find out, this is the only one; the Sheraton Bijao Beach Resprt; 90 minutes from the International airport. The Sheraton is a boutique hotel of 290 rooms. It has 4 bars, 1 buffet and 3 specialty restaurants (Asian, Mediterranean and Steakhouse). Guests wear a wrist band and need to make dinner reservations. However, you can make all of them at once, and as early as when you first arrive to the hotel!

The Sheraton has other features Americans will like as well, English-speaking CNN on the television, a 24 hour coffee station in the lobby, a Spa that’s open 10 hours a day and a large fitness center that’s open round the clock. The beach was nice and I might add, a little quieter than the pool area. An animation staff member on a microphone became annoying 5 minutes into our site inspection. We could not see a room because the hotel was at 100% occupancy. Good for you Sheraton and welcome to the all-inclusive resort niche.

The Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas

Royal Decameron Panama SlideThis is hands-down the best family, all-inclusive resort in Panama! It is large (at 275 acres), it has 3 hotel lobbies (serving over 800 beach and garden view rooms) with a private beach that’s a third of a mile long! Plus, the resort has an 18-hole golf course (greens fees are just $130 for two, with cart. A caddy is not mandatory like it is in Mexico) surrounded by 400+ privately-owned, villa style accommodations (similar to the Bahia and Moon Palace resorts in Cancun). This resort is 15 years old and displays some old-world charm with its wooden casement windows and doors, mature landscaping, a friendly seasoned staff that must be treated well (they are so friendly).  The royal Decameron has the widest variety of restaurants (11) and plenty of on-site activities and entertainment, and kids, kids, kids.

There are ocean front buildings with walk-out patio rooms, live music, open-air movies and the best food at an all-inclusive at this destination. All three lobbies have continuous coffee but there is no coffee service and no food service to the rooms. Furthermore, the mini bar, the safety deposit box and wifi in the rooms are all extra. That is, unless you purchase the resort’s Premium Service package which costs $20 per person per night. And it is worth it because you get all the above plus robes and slippers, a pool towel in your room (no towel card) express check-in and a preferred beach view room location. I came away from the Royal Decameron knowing that I could sell this resort to my clients. Heck, I wanted to pack up and move here for the remainder of my trip! There is something to please everyone at the Royal Decameron resort. The only thing it didn’t have was name brand recognition. And that’s what a good travel agent can do…spread the word! There is one further note I would like to make and that is…The Riu Playa Blanca, The Sheraton Bijao beach and the Royal Decameron are out there by themselves; 90-120 minutes from the airport. They work if you prefer to stay on resort the duration of your stay. At most you might come into town once and that would be to experience the Panama Canal Visitor Center at the Miraflores Locks. It is fascinating! Listening to the nearby accents, I was the only English-speaker in the restaurant.

The Westin Playa Bonita

Westin Playa Bonita PanamaTwenty years ago, a wealthy Panamanian family by the name of Bern, had a vision that one day, Panama could become a vacation destination.  So they bought a large piece of beach front property, about 20 minutes outside the city. It was there they built their first hotel in 1997. This tells you just how new Panama is to leisure travel. Today that resort is the Westin all-inclusive beach resort, their second entry into the all-inclusive market after the Westin Playa Conchal in Costa Rica. The Playa Bonita was a lovely resort and the sales manager Jose Barrios could not have been more friendly and grateful we came to visit him from Colorado. But we weren’t the only ones having fun, the swimming pools and the lobby bar areas were full of fun, young people having a good time. The resort was full but the feeling was intimate and friendly, not crowded. This is a good resort for Canadians and Americans.

The Westin has 6 restaurants. Guests wear a wrist band and can make all their dinner reservations at the customer service counter when they arrive. The rooms have a well-stocked mini bar with snacks and drinks though this is not included in the all-inclusive plan. Neither is room service, though it is available. Your room has a coffee maker however and this is included along with the safety deposit box. The rooms either face to the green belt behind the resort or to the Ocean overlooking the beach. Not every room has a balcony so keep that in mind when planning your vacation; the building is 20 years old and being well-maintained. The tower next to The Westin are residences. But I asked a couple staying at the resort if they were pitched an ownership presentation and they said no. so my conclusion is that Westin is not obnoxious about it. Nice touch is the carpeting down the hallways to the rooms. This keeps the noise down especially if some clients check-in late after flying all day. The resort has a good size kids club and full Spa and Fitness Center. I did not see any evening entertainment stage but you could just sit there any watch the lights come up from all the ships lining up for their turn through the canal! And I loved being just 20 minutes from downtown!

Steve Lord

 

5 flight booking tips

- by: jeffg

As travel advisors, we find that we spend most of our time searching for the best resort for ourAirport Terminal clients. But when it comes to choosing flights, most travelers want to get away with spending as little as possible. The airlines aren’t doing much to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Consequently, the consumer thinks they’re all the same so why not just pay the least amount? I get it.

It just seems odd that some would choose to stay at a luxury 5-star resort only to suffer through a 2-star flight experience. If you feel the same way, here are five things you can look for.

  1. Choose a non-stop whenever possible. Even if it means you have to be flexible when you fly. You’ll reduce your chances of losing a bag or having weather or mechanical delays by 50%!
  2. If you have to change planes, research and hand-pick your connecting city. Some airports experience fewer delays and crowds.
  3. Don’t cut your layover time too short. No one wants to waste time with a long layover, but giving yourself too little time between flights is a gamble. Don’t rely on the airline’s suggested layover times. Often they are too short.
  4. Try to book flights that depart earlier in the day. It may place your commute to the airport before dawn, but when you leave your home is something you can control. Flights departing later in the day are subject to back-ups that may originate elsewhere and build up as the day wears on.
  5. Cut back on luggage. Learn how to pack: which clothes, shoes and toiletries you’ll really use and carry them on. This will keep you nimble and saves you time at the baggage carousel.

-Steve Lord