Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hotel Brand of the Week

This week we're proud to introduce Beaches Resorts:



Your perfect family getaway awaits you at Beaches Resort in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Play on pristine, white-sand beaches caressed by crystal-clear seas. Spend your family vacation in luxurious rooms and suites. Enjoy a whole array of incredibly exciting and fun activities for kids of every age. Truly, a Beaches Luxury Included® vacation promises unforgettable family fun beneath the Caribbean sun.

At Beaches all-inclusive Resorts, just about anything you could ever imagine is included. So leave your wallets (and your cares) behind, and get ready for the time of your lives!

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Fronting the widest stretch of the Seven Mile Beach, this dynamic oceanfront resort provides the perfect setting for fun in the sun. Offering something for everyone, guests are treated to a variety of gourmet-dining choices including an authentic Teppanyaki-style Japanese restaurant; complete pampering at the full-service Red Lane® Spa; unlimited water sports including water-skiing; personalized Butler Service; a selection of bars serving premium brand drinks and exclusive exchange privileges at the nearby Beaches Sandy Bay. Great for kids, the resort also offers a wealth of family-friendly amenities including the fantastic Pirate’s Island Waterpark, a teen’s nightclub, an ice cream stand, unlimited play at the spectacular XBOX 360® Game Garage and the supervised, Caribbean Adventure Kid’s Camp where your little ones can laugh and play along with popular characters from Sesame Street®.

Beaches Sandy Bay, Jamaica

Spread among six acres of lush tropical greenery and 1000 feet of Negril’s pristine Seven Mile Beach, this family-friendly resort strikes a winning balance between fun-filled activities and private relaxation. Enjoy colorful Caribbean-inspired accommodations just steps from the Caribbean Sea, dine at superior restaurants, enjoy premium brand beverages at a selection of bars, splash and play unlimited land and water sports or take advantage of family-friendly amenities including a supervised kid’s activities program and certified nanny services. With full exchange privileges at the Beaches Negril next door, guests enjoy two vacations in one during stays at this upscale island retreat.

Beaches Boscobel, Jamaica

Designed for families, spa-lovers and golf-enthusiasts of all ages, the Luxury Included®, Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club provides an oasis of adventure and activity for each and every guest. Fronting the bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, this sensational island oasis provides complete indulgence with personalized Butler Service; guestrooms and suites designed to accommodate families; pampering treatments at the Red Lane® Spa; championship golf; scuba diving and watersports; romantic wedding services; and family-friendly amenities including The Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street™ kid’s activities club, an aquatic play land of water slides and kiddie pools at the Pirates Island Water Park, state-of-the-art video game systems in the XBOX 360® Game Garage and a Sesame Street character breakfast with Zoe, Cookie Monster, Elmo and more.


Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village and Spa

The last of the true exotics, this family beach resort offers the impeccable standards guests have come to expect from Sandals. Adults will love the distinctive selection of bars, gourmet restaurants, a full-service European spa and nightly shows, while kids can spend the day on the thrilling water slides and pools within the Pirate's Island Theme Park.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Consider Splendia Hotels for the finest luxury & character hotels worldwide!


Choose with confidence from our carefully selected collection of over 5,000 Luxury & Character Hotels across 130 countries. We guarantee the best hotel rates with access to exclusive member benefits, plus honest hotel reviews. From our simple, efficient online booking process to our 24-hour multilingual customer service, we offer an unquestionable quality service.

Why Splendia?
  • The finest Luxury & Character Hotels worldwide
  • Guaranteed best rates with no hidden extras
  • Exclusive Splendia guest benefits
  • An unquestionable quality service 24/7
Splendia's roots:

Splendia was founded in Marrakesh by Elie de Coignac and Benoît Durand in 2004. Impressed by the typical Moroccan palaces they found, plus a shared passion for ecommerce, they set up Splendia, a luxury online hotel booking company dedicated to distinctive Luxury & Character Hotels.

Splendia Today:
Since launching, Splendia has grown considerably and now has a team of 100 people based in offices on three continents and a collection of over 5,000 hotels across the world.

Splendia's Vision:
A new generation of hotel booking; a user-friendly multilingual website with real time availability, plus multilingual customer service – bringing you a unique collection of carefully selected Luxury & Character Hotels, always at the very best price, in a perfectly smooth, effort-free way.

Learn More About Splendia.....


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Booking Your Flight

There can be something wonderful about planning a vacation. So if you are planning to take a trip here are some tips to get you through the planning and booking phases.

Airfare

If there were ever any rules for booking airfare, they are now gone. Airfares change constantly, even by the minute. It can be very frustrating trying to get the best rate, but these tips can help you pay less.

1. Book early. The sooner you can decide the travel dates for your vacation the better.Don’t wait too long or you might find yourself having to make alternate plans. Book your travel as far in advance as possible. That way, there are many options in terms of flight availability and fares. If you think you will get great deals at the last minute, such as right before you want to travel, think again. Airlines tend to drastically increase rates within 14 days of departure.

FareCompare.com, an airline ticket comparison shopping website, recommends Tuesday afternoons after 3 pm Eastern Time as the best time to start shopping for fares. This is because airlines start competing for the lowest fares of the week on Tuesday mornings with the best window for purchasing from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.

2. Avoid peak seasons if you can. Keep in mind the holidays are among the busiest travel days of the year With many airlines decreasing the number of flights, there are only a limited number of seats available.If you're heading to a popular destination, there is a good chance that others are doing the same. Plan ahead.

3. Be flexible. If you find fares are high for certain travel days then check fares for a day or two earlier or later. If you are able to be flexible on the days you actually travel, you could save yourself some money—money that you could use at your vacation destination.

4. Use fare tracker alerts. If you have a particular travel destination in mind, you can often set up various fare tracker alerts through travel websites if you are booking airfare yourself. Then book when the fare drops. Don’t forget to check your email or the website often though since fares can quickly jump back up.

5. Fly on less popular days, such as a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. These days typically offer lower fares.

6. Choose a less popular flight time, such as early in the morning, around dinnertime, or overnight. These flights may have more seats available and sometimes have cheaper fares.

7. Don’t forget about the extra costs associated with flying. These include baggage fees, costs for snacks or meals while flying, fees for particular seat assignments, and parking fees. Fees and extra costs can add up, so when you are looking for rates that will fit within your budget, keep this in mind. Since airlines often change or add new fees, you may want to double-check these fees with the airline before you fly so there are no unexpected surprises.

8. Book through a travel agent. Travel agents can help you find the cheapest airfare possible. This can save a lot on the hassle of booking a flight, especially during peak travel times, like holidays. In addition, booking all of your travel and lodgings through one location can simplify things.

9. Plan ahead in case of inclement weather, a travel delay, or emergency. It seems inevitable that some airports in the U.S. will have inclement weather affecting flights. Keep in mind that this could affect your own travel. That plane that was coming from New York to your destination for its next leg of travel might not make it to you if it is grounded. Check the status of a flight before arriving at the airport. Many airlines offer tools to check online for the status of your flight, as well as phone numbers to call beforehand.

Take all necessary phone numbers related with your booking with you in case you need to fix an issue related to a cancellation or delay. Keep these documents in your carry-on luggage just in case you need them. When an entire plane-load of passengers finds themselves without a way to get to their destination, then it can sometimes be faster to call your travel agent or the airline for help rather than stand in the inevitable long lines at the airport.

10. In addition to knowing what to do in case of a cancellation, opting for trip insurance can add some peace of mind. Some trip insurance plans offer a Cancel for Any Reason and Travel Protection Plan that includes reimbursement of travel expenses and limited coverage for medical expenses, lost or stolen baggage, trip interruption due to sickness or death of you or an immediate family member, trip delay and baggage delay.

Book Your Next Flight Now!

Grand Opening of Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe!

ALL NEW. ALL LUXURIOUS. ALL SPECTACULAR. Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe


Barceló’s crown jewel of the Dominican Republic welcomes guests to the all-new, all-inclusive experience of a lifetime!


Boasting an innovative Club House and Entertainment District, in addition to a variety of suites to accommodate families and singles alike, the Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe has opened the doors to its all-new, all inclusive mega resort.

The all-new Club House offers state of the art entertainment and unlimited dining options promising guests an experience unlike any other. The Club House boasts a nightclub, casino and shopping district with 16 stores for guests to enjoy the all-inclusive experience of their dreams. Sip on an original Barceló cocktail while a live DJ spins today’s hottest dance beats in the nightclub, or try your luck on both slot machines and table games in the 24-hour casino.

The dining selection offered throughout the Club House and resort is unmatched by any in the Caribbean. With an impressive selection of unique restaurants to choose from, each location is a distinctive gourmet experience allowing the guests to feel fully immersed in the culture of each restaurant.

 

Toll Free: 888-898-3628 for Agent Assistance

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why I Enjoy Staying At Sandals Resorts


My introduction to Sandals Resorts was at Sandals Royal Bahamian in 2004.

The first thing I noticed was the friendly, smiling faces and being greeted by any of the staff members to include the landscaping staff. After staying at the resort for several days many of the staff knew our names. Of course the water activities were great and the food delicious, but it was the staff that really made me enjoy staying at Sandals Royal Bahamian.

What impressed me the most about the staff was their willingness to go beyond  a simple request. We had a funny incident that was the result of a miscommunication. We had taken food back to our room, but failed to take utensils to eat with. We saw a housekeeping staff member in the hallway and asked about “flatware”. They were very ready to assist us. About 15 minutes had passed and we thought they had forgotten us, but then we heard a knock at the door. When we opened the door the staff member was there holding plastic wrap. They thought we had asked for “flat wrap” to wrap our plate of food and had gone to the kitchen and acquired some plastic wrap for us. When we realized what had happened we explained we wanted “flatware” or in simple terms a fork. We all chuckled over the miscommunication and we thanked them immensely for going all the way to the kitchen for us.

There wasn't a hesitation to assist us even with what they thought was a request for plastic wrap to cover our plate of food. It was that willingness to make a guest happy that made me truly enjoy my trip.

Since that time I have had the opportunity to stay at several other Sandals and Beaches Resorts. I have found that each time we stayed it was the staff who made our experience a terrific one. Vacations aren't always perfect and things do go wrong, but when you stay at a resort where the staff puts your happiness and enjoyment first it makes all the difference in the world.

Jeanna

Monday, February 14, 2011

Caribbean Vacation Experiences by CMTravelonline.com

 

Welcome to the Caribbean!

Sun, brilliant white sand, aquamarine seas - sound like the Caribbean of your imagination? This tropical paradise exists on all twenty-seven islands of the Caribbean. From the most famous beaches to the out-of-the-way cays, paradise starts where the palm trees end and the white sand starts. The Caribbean is also rich with surprises. Wander the islands and you will hear eight major languages. You might also see a cricket match, a colorful street festival, and brisk action at the blackjack tables.

With its plentiful coral reefs, the waters of the Caribbean were made for scuba diving. Colorful snorkeling gear and flippers are poolside everywhere. And those pools - they come in every shape and size, from sprawling complexes with swim-up bars to private plunge pools.   Decide where to stay is half the fun. How about a funky cabana right on the beach? A luxury suite? Your perfect place to sleep may be either of these settings or any in between, including a hammock strung between two palms.

The Caribbean is all about unwinding - however you choose to do it - and, of course, eating. Savor jerk chicken, jerk fish fresh off the grill or sample gourmet cuisine. A simple glass of mango juice may be just the thing to refresh you.  We invite you to explore the Caribbean islands by selecting one of the many fine destinations listed below.

Caribbean Vacation Experiences


Monday, February 7, 2011

Cancun's Newest All Inclusive Resort!


Introducing Me Cancun

It may be a daring attempt to get more hotel business to Mexico in a competitive marketplace, or perhaps it’s just the way of the future for all hotels in the country. Whatever the reason, more and more established hotels in Mexico are turning all-inclusive.

Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts decided late last year to adopt the all-inclusive tag at its ME Cancun, which officially made the transition on January 1.  The ME Cancun’s new business model is dubbed “Complete ME.” There will still be an EP aspect to the hotel, however. Tony Cortizas, Sol Melia’s vice president of marketing/Premium Portfolio, says the restaurants will remain open to locals and tourists who aren’t guests at the hotel at a cost. According to him, there was a “constant demand” for an all-inclusive plan at the hotel.

The 419-room ME Cancun will now allow its guests to choose from an array of packages as part of the “Complete ME” concept. The hotel’s basic offering will focus on traditional amenities such as unlimited food and beverage, complimentary pool access, YHI Spa’s fitness center, Wi-Fi and all in-room amenities, including iPod docking stations. Guest rooms on The Level, the hotel’s premium collection of accommodations, will have elevated privileges and amenities that will be part of The Level package. Here, for instance, guests will have access to private VIP check-in, exclusive use of the 10th floor’s Living Room lounge, exclusive concierge services and 24-hour in-room dining at no extra cost. Me Cancun is considered to be an adult-oriented resort.

Give us a call today at toll-free 1-888-898-3628 to book your Me Cancun getaway!!


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