The Barceló Puerto Vallarta is the perfect all-inclusive resort for your destination wedding or family vacation i.e. active yet with enough quiet places to relax. The food & drinks are great & the service is excellent. For wedding couples who wish to feel special, the Barceló Puerto Vallarta only allows one wedding per day & has a prefect beach area for it. This resort has been awarded the AAA 4 Diamond award since 2008.
A 15 minute drive south of Puerto Vallarta on Mismaloya Bay, where the mountains meet the sea, the Barceló Puerto Vallarta & its secluded location will not disappoint. It is this beach area that put Puerto Vallarta on the map with the 1964 filming of The Night of the Iguana starring Eva Gardner & Richard Burton with glamorous wife Elizabeth Taylor in tow. 20 years later, Predator was also filmed close by.
Having spent Christmas 2016 here with my husband & our two teenagers on the 8th floor club level in a 2 bedroom suite, we were charmed. The 317 all suite Barcelo Puerto Vallarta is the prefect size resort. The large 2 bedroom suites are great for families. My recommendation is to splurge on the Club level suite. You reside on higher floors with amazing ocean & mountain views + access to the club lounge which offers special appetizers & higher end liquor. If you are not a tequila lover you will be after sampling the top shelf tequila in the club lounge.
The resort is built up 9 floors not spread out like many of the mega all-inclusive resorts. If you always take the steps as I did, your workout is done. Next to the resort is the small village of Mismaloya which is also fun to walk about.
For great ideas on family vacations & destination weddings, give me a call.
The island of Cuba is on the bucket list for many Americans. While relations have warmed between the USA & this Caribbean island only 90 miles from Miami; Americans must still travel on People to People Tours to legally travel in Cuba. These are considered educational opportunities that showcase Cuba’s people, places & culture. Fidel may be dead but the rules have not changed for Americans.
At this moment in time Cruising Cuba may just be the best way to see the island.
Most cruises stop in 3 ports, Havana, Cienfuegos & Santiago de Cuba. You have access to more excursions then most land tours. You can also cover more territory via the water as land travel is slow due to poor road infrastructure. There are also more modern amenities aboard these small cruise ship and let’s face it American's love nice digs.
Be one of the first to Cruise Cuba in style. Call me for information & cruise dates.
Affordable travel opportunities abound for Central & South America for fall & winter travel of this year. There is even Holiday space available for some destinations.
If you have dreamed of experiencing Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu & Peru, Costa Rica or Belize; these destinations may now be within your travel budget.
This crazy election has paralyzed our country & fear of the Zika virus has caused travelers to stay put.
Hence we are dealing with the basics of economics supply & demand. The supply is there & currently the demand is not. For the savoy traveler who loves adventure, less crowds & a travel deal your time is now.
These exotic destination deals cannot last. Call Time Travels Inc today or click here to learn more about our Ecuador and Galapagos package.
Most people think of a villa vacation as just a villa rental, a time share condo or renting an apartment. A new concept called the Villa Vacation is much more. A Villa Vacation has the amenities & service of a 5 star luxury resort plus the extra space of a vacation rental. A Villa Vacation is a fully staffed private villa in Tuscany, Italy with a private driver, chef & staff to take care of your every need.
A Villa Vacation is a residence at the Grand Wailea Maui where friends & family rent a 3 bedroom luxury town house that is part of the resort & has access to all resort amenities.
A Villa Vacation is a luxury condo rental at the All-inclusive Generations Riviera Maya. This ocean front property offers amazing ocean views & also offers adult access to the El Dorado Royale AI Resort next door.
Villa vacations are great for multigenerational families traveling together. Villa Vacations are an excellent destination wedding option. A Villa Vacation is a great option for a group of friends that prefer more space but also demand the services of a deluxe resort.
For more information on Villa Vacation options call me today.
1)You choose the gorgeous backdrop for your destination wedding. Beach weddings are very popular but there are infinite wedding locations. (Couples love getting married by water as it is a marvelous stage.)
2)You can combine the wedding & the honeymoon. No need to book a separate honeymoon trip. The bride & groom can stay with the wedding party or honeymoon at another resort nearby. (An adult’s only all-inclusive resort is heavenly without the kiddie pool but if children are attending then a family resort with lots of amenities is a wise choice.)
3)This is a great time to spend real time with your friends & family. You will have more than a few minutes with friends as your wedding day is spread out over several days. Do not be disappointed in those that cannot make it though. Usually the guest pays for their own trip. (Keep the welfare of your guests in mind. You know your friends & family. If you want them at your destination wedding do not break their banks!)
4)Wedding couples can save a lot of money depending on their destination wedding location. Remember that you are not paying for sit a down dinner for 200 guests. Destination weddings tend to be smaller & more intimate. (Your guests are traveling to be with you. Make it special for them too. Put on a bit of a show.)
5)You can do it your way. Usually the bride is inundated with wedding advice from good intentioned friends & family. It can be over whelming. No need to listen to them. You would be wise, however, to take the advice of the resorts wedding coordinator. ( I do not suggest having a destination wedding at a resort without a wedding coordinator unless it is a very small wedding with lower expectations.)
You became engaged on Valentine’s Day. You are so in love & so excited! Now what do you do?
Depending on your finances planning a traditional wedding can be a daunting task. Not only is wedding planning time consuming & stressful but at every turn you will need to spend more money.
Deciding on a destination wedding can alleviate stress & usually saves the bride & groom lots of money! There is one caveat however; if a couple tries to plan & coordinate the destination wedding trip on their own I can assure them the fun will disperse very quickly.
Accessing the help of a travel agent knowledgeable in the destination wedding process is essential to your success. A romance vacation agent can help you choose the right destination & property that fits you & your group. We have access to wedding group promotions via our relationships with the best destination wedding properties & our wholesale suppliers. Believe it or not there are savings in numbers.
I will continue this conversation in my next blog – Why Have a Destination Wedding? Stay tuned.
For information & help planning your destination wedding or honeymoon please call.
Why travel to Italy in 2016? The dollar is strong & Italy is just too beautiful & amazing to pass up.
Most travelers to Italy visit the big three i.e. Rome, Florence & Venice. While these cities are a must on everyone’s Italy itinerary smaller cities like Assisi & Orvieto, both can be considered day trips from Rome, are unforgettable. If clients have time I suggest 1 or 2 NTS in Assisi & an afternoon in Orvieto on way to Rome. Clients who have chosen this route have loved it.
Now let’s hop the train or take an escorted tour & head south to Naples & the Amalfi coast –Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii & Postiano. The best time to visit is from April – October. Many hotels are closed doing the winter months. Check out this a video I found that really does the Amalfi coast justice:
For travel ideas to Italy & the best of Europe please give me a call.
I am seeing amazing Australia & New Zealand travels package deals. Perhaps it is time to travel to Australia –the Down under Continent. Be amazed by the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Out Back, the sophisticated multicultural Sydney to the Great Ocean Road with the 12 apostles. Australia is home to 15 World Heritage sites & 500 National Parks & the oldest culture on earth.
Or be wowed by New Zealand. This island country 2200 miles SE of Australia is a magical world if its own. The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed here & has put New Zealand front & center in the minds of the adventure traveler, mutigenerational families, honeymooners & nature lovers alike.
The city of Christchurch, on the south island, is the gateway to natural wonders including spectacular snowcapped mountains, pristine glacial lakes, deep fiords & expansive plains.
Auckland is the hip urban center with beautiful beaches, hiking trails & dozens of islands to explore. The north island also offers the Wine country, Tongariro National Park with its triplet volcanoes + thermal wonders in Rotorua & Taupo areas.
Australia & New Zealand are accessible via escorted tours, cruise itineraries & independent travel.
Flight time between Sydney & Auckland is just over 3 hours. Combine the countries or make it 2 trips.
Please give me a call for more information.
The Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana was more like Pop Rock Punta Cana, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
Traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic over Christmas 2015 & stayed at the Hard Rock Resort for 7 NTS with my husband & 2 teenagers. Beside the annoying Caribbean pop rock which played continually we really enjoyed ourselves. This may be unfair but I expected to hear more rock & roll as we were staying at the Hard Rock Resort. (I did get to know the DJ at one of the music pools. He took & played requests...yeah!)
The resort is large & spread out but the placement of our room, a sand suite, in the center of the resort was a grand location. Pictures, quotes & paraphernalia of all kinds from current & past rockers filled the lobby, restaurants & suites. Our spacious sand suite, with a full Jacuzzi in the center, had an early picture of the Fab Four i.e. the Beatles relaxing in the sun…very cool. But, I never once heard their music played.
The resort has decent restaurants & bars and the restaurant by the beach “Isla” (open air) proved to be my favorite. We had the breakfast buffet & lunch their almost daily. The Mexican & Asian dining also deserve a nod! The resort offered nightly events like a beach party barbeque & a Michael Jackson show which were very fun. Prefect weather -Rained at night but in the low 80's every day.
Service at the Hard Rock was pleasant. The staff is very helpful & friendly considering how hard they have to work. Although gratuities are included a tip does bring a smile.
The main building furthest from the beach has the large air conditioned cool indoor mall which houses the shops, restaurants, gym & the spa. We used are Hard Rock points in the spa which was truly a treat. The Spa & service in it are excellent. All 4 of us had a massage via resort credit points + the 20% tax on the service.
If you seek beach, sun & sand then Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is for you. Walking the beach near the Hard Rock Resort was lovely & cleansing to the soul. You can walk for miles but swimming is not recommended for those who cannot handle the high surf in this area.
I would suggest this resort as destination for family vacations & destination weddings. There is a lot to do & many beautiful venues for a beach or gazebo wedding near the beach.
Tip-If you never take the resort carts & we did not. You can eat & drink as much as you want!
If you have not booked a winter getaway yet there are amazing travel packages still available for travel in late Jan, Feb, March & April, 2016.
Be flexible & recieve the best values.
Lert me help you escape. Andre' Leavitt, Time Travels inc. 651-771-5666
If you have vacationed in the Caribbean or the Riviera Maya in the last few years you have probably thought “what’s with all the seaweed washing ashore. “ It’s not your imagination there is more of it.
I found this article explaining the why from a local in Akumal MX & was both fascinated & dismayed. The Sargassun, brown alge (seaweed) is a vital source of survival for the fish & mammals that call the Caribbean Sea their home. But why is it increasing? Click on this link. I feel it is an honest perspective. http://www.akumaldiveshop.com/sargassum-the-what-where-and-why-of-this-seaweed/
Do not let this stop you from vacationing in the Caribbean & Mexico. This area is one of the most temperate & enchanting on earth!
Travel in the next few months Sept – early December is great time to take advantage of low season.
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