Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:30

Costa Rica: The Peace Lodge

Costa Rica is an amazing destination.  Yes, certain areas have become touristy & I would avoid them during high season.   Yet there are still many hidden gems. On my last trip I visited a few.

 Just 1 hour from San Jose International airport is one in the Peace Lodge.  Located on the grounds of the La Paz Waterfall Nature Park, the Peace Lodge celebrates the Poas Volcano, the rain forest & the creatures that thrive there.

The Peace Lodge was featured on the Travel Channel as a “honeymoon hot spot” but you need not be a newlywed to appreciate its elegant “rustic” type accommodations & amazing natural surroundings.

Hiking to the waters falls, visiting the butterfly gardens, bird watching, searching for the elusive jaguar & just being in awe of nature is what it’s all about.

If my client’s arrive early enough into San Jose, I transfer them to the Peace Lodge versus staying in San Jose’.  Most say that they wished they had stayed longer.

 

For great Costa Rica travel options call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

 

Thursday, 17 October 2013 21:39

Group Getaways are an awesome way to travel.

Travel dealAre you worried that your children may get bored with too many days in your company? Or that you & your significant other will have more than enough time alone?  Why not invite friends or family & make a group vacation out of it.

Traveling as a group can actually be more fun.  You bring the party with you & the group trip is tailored to the wishes of your individual group. 

The old definition of a group vacation i.e. traveling with at least 20 people still applies as a group option but the idea of flexible group getaways has taken hold.  10 people traveling together are now considered a group.  Certain destinations like Costa Rica & Peru welcome groups of 6 – 8 people as a group.  This size group can fit into smaller vans & have their personal tour guide to accompany & advise them.  The cost of a tour guide divided between 4 couples is minimal & makes for a unique & educational experience.

 

For more information on group travel opportunities call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666.

 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:37

Sandals Newest; LaSource Grenada

If you are the couple who dreams of a romantic Caribbean vacation where your friends have not ventured, think Grenada. Take advantage of the pre-opening sale at Sandal’s newest resort LaSource Grenada.
“Known as the Island of Spice”, Grenada is a mesmerizing island with incredible natural wonders.
Its stunning beaches, waterfalls, lush rainforest & pristine mountain lakes offer options for the laid back or the adventurous traveler.

An exotic unspoiled hideaway, Sandals LaSource Grenadaoffers romantic, authentic Caribbean vacations while providing the luxury inclusive amenities that Sandals is famous for.

* 225 rooms and suites
* 3 Villages: Pink Gin, South Seas, & 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 spa
* Meeting facilities
* A total of 75 professional butlers suites
* Ultra luxurious Millionaire, Rondoval and Skypool suites
* Soaking tubs in all South Seas & Italian Village rooms
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Book your Caribbean honeymoon and the best destination wedding location at a discount.

Take advantage of the pre-opening sales by calling Time Travels Inc. today. 651-771-5666
Discounts apply to bookings made between Aug 6 & Oct 15 for travel Dec. 12, 2013 –Dec 26, 2014. Space is limited.

We are proud to announce that El Dorado Casitas Royale, by Karisma was named one of CNN Travel's Six Hot Resorts for Adults Only. The article calls the hotel "uber-luxury" and highlights our amenities like private Jacuzzis, beach beds, butler service, and the variety of dining options.

Just returned from my stay at the El Dorado Casitas Royale on the Riviera Maya where I was wowed!!!
The Casitas Royale houses the luxury accommodation of the El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa which is a phenomenal  5 Star gourmet adult’s only all-inclusive resort.  The Casitas suite is a great all-inclusive honeymoon choice for a couple that appreciates privacy, luxury, great service & a huge Jacuzzi tub.  The Casitas Royale section is quiet with several private pools and a perfect beach for the private Mexico beach wedding.  The main area of the El Dorado Royale is livelier but never feels crowded.
You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy this romantic getaway.  If you appreciate great ala carte dining there are exceptional restaurants throughout the resort.  One evening we dined at the dinner theatre.  A celebrity chef presented a food & wine paring that was entertaining & delicious. One reason why the food tastes so fresh is that the El Dorado Royale produces vegetables in a huge green house on premise.  Take the Green house tour it’s educational & enlightening.
During day there are yoga classes, kayaks, snorkeling, bicycles, dance lessons etc. & many beach beds to choose from.  In the evening visit the intimate bars that dot the resort or dance to the live band which I thought was great.
One of the best moments of my stay was sipping Glen Levit in the Martini Bar & watching a Queen concert on the big screen from the mid 80’s.  Now that's living!!
Call me for honeymoon ideas & the best destination wedding locations.

Andre Leavitt, Owner Time Travels Inc.  651-771-5666

Friday, 04 January 2013 14:17

Cuzco to Machu Picchu

CuzcoI full filled a childhood dream of traveling to Machu Picchu –the lost city of the Incas- in Peru this past month. Yes it is a phenomenal head rush & the pictures do not do justice.  You must experience it.

I took the opportunity to travel with a Tropical – Adventures & Tours (Burbank CA,) FAM trip to Lima, Cuzco, the Scared Valley & Machu Picchu.  Traveling with a small group of travel agents is always fun & educational.  We take in the historical sites, critique hotels & excursions while deciding which hotels & tours are worthy of our clients.

Traveling in a small group 6 – 8 people is a great way to visit Peru.  Group travel affords you the luxury of a private guide & driver.  This is a huge asset.  Our guides were very knowledgeable & traveling by van versus a large bus was convenient.

The city of Cuzco is steeped in history that precedes the Inca civilization.  At 11,000 it is one of the highest cities in the world. .  Coca tea which is served as a welcome drink as you enter many hotels gives the needed lift at the high elevation & also helps with digestion.  I loved coca tea and will recommend drinking it to all my future clients traveling to Peru.  

MachuI was amazed by some of the luxury hotels available to those who can afford to splurge.  The Hotel Monastero by the Orient Express is a gem off the main square in Cuzco.  Character abounds in this 5 star hotel built from a 300 year old monastery.  Tambo Del Inca Resort & Spa in the Scared Valley (the area between Cuzco & Machu Picchu) is the place to relax & acclimate.  
The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at Machu Picchu, is the place for the ultimate experience.  My last client who stayed here told me the food was almost as good as the view.

For information & travel itineraries to Peru call Time Travels Inc. today – 651-771-5666
Andre’ Leavitt, Owner Time Travels Inc.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:53

A Romance Travel Specialist

Travel AgentWhy should you contact a Romance Travel Specialist at Time Travels Inc. for help with your Caribbean destination wedding or your honeymoon in Italy?  After 17 years in the travel industry, the last 5 years concentrating on Romance Vacation Travel, we have a few insights that are indispensable.   I took my first course toward becoming a destination wedding & honeymoon specialist 5 years ago.  Now I look for opportunities to travel in search of my niche such as destination wedding seminars on the Riviera Maya & Sandal’s certification in Jamaica both of which I attended last year. Daily reading of the travel rags is also a must.

When a client calls for information on planning a destination wedding or honeymoon vacation I ask what their dream is.  I then ask what their budget is.  With this knowledge I can move forward.

Exceeding my client’s expectations is the goal.  Finding them the best value (not necessarily the least expensive) is always the path.

If you are considering a romantic getaway please give me a call I would love to help.

Andre’ Leavitt  Time Travels Inc.

 



Why does Riviera Maya continue to be one of the best destination wedding locations?

Cancun is easily accessible, one pays Mexico prices while honeymooning on the Caribbean Sea & the romantic all-inclusive resort options are numerous. They are all-inclusive resorts on the Riviera Maya that fit the budget of every bride.

Couples planning a destination wedding need to consider all of the above.  I agree with KJ’s recent blog kjgetaways.wordpress.com on Mexico’s Karisma Resorts in particular the El Dorado Royale. The El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa is one of the top honeymoon resorts on the Riviera Maya.  Couples who are seeking an elegant adult’s only all-inclusive resort for their wedding in Mexico will find no better.

One half mile of beach , ala carte gourmet restaurants with ingredients grown in their own green house, no reservations, no buffets , a full service spa, amazing landscaping, awesome accommodations and NO kids.  Wow let’s go!!

 Andre' Time Travels Inc.

 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:49

Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort Review


The adults only Excellence Playa Mujeres near Cancun is a great upscale choice for couples planning a wedding in Mexico.  The 450 room (all suite ) deluxe  plus property has spacious rooms complete with jacuzzi’s.  I especially love the Club Two Story Rooftop Terrace Ocean Front suites.  Not only do the suites have amazing views they are the prefect size for an intimate wedding ceremony and or a cocktail party.

 Located on a lovely white sand beach 20 minutes west of Cancun the Excellence Playa Mujeres caters to couples seeking a laid back yet classy atmosphere with lots of activities & dining options. Gourmet ala carte restaurants, seven swimming pools, a full service spa & abundant water sports make for a great honeymoon resort and one of the best locations near Cancun for a wedding in Mexico. 

 

For help planning you destination wedding or honeymoon vacation in Mexico call us today.

 
 Andre'  Leavitt, Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:49

A Maui Honeymoon Getaway

One of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, Maui’s alluring beaches spectacular scenery, immaculate resorts & abundant activities make it a romance mecca. If you travel to Maui between Dec & May you will witness some of the best whale watching in the world as the humpback repeats their yearly migration.

 

Recently, I suggested the Club level ocean front room at the Maui Hyatt Regency for a honeymoon couple seeking upscale accommodations for their Maui honeymoon getaway. The opportunity to view whales from their lanai while being pampered on club level at the Hyatt was a hit. Most couples will admit (after returning from their honeymoons) that spending the extra for an ocean front room really adds to the romance.

 

I agree with Scott's Blog take on the importance of travel insurance or  travel protection. (The new term for the same product.) He's right to the point.

I always recomemed travel protection for a couple's honeymoon getaway. It is a faction of the cost of the honeymoon vacation.  Honeymoons are a big investment.  If you can not travel for what ever reason.. and I can  assure that the airlines do not care..You WILL lose your  money. Unfortunately life  happens even to people in love.

Andre Leavitt  Time Travels inc

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