Day  1
Charleston, SC

 

The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens

Day  2
Beaufort, SC

 

 

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American cultural influences, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages clatter along the narrow streets of this historic district, past 18th and 19th century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts and elegant homes and discover Day  3
Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator

 

Day  4
Savannah, GA

 

 

 

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and majestic architecture, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops.

Day  5
Sapelo Island, GA

 

 

 

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  6
St. Simons Island / Jekyll Island, GA

 

Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village," 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. St. Simons Island offers guests a view of he area's past including the momentous 18th c entury battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations

 

 Day  7
Cruising to Amelia Island, FL

 

 

 

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Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  8
Jacksonville, FL Area (Amelia Island)

 

 

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

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    COUNTDOWNto your Destination Wedding

    12 -10 months

     

    • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine

      how much you can afford to spend.

    • Notify family and friends of your decision to marry away and

      set a date.

    Contact Islands so you can:    

    • Learn about the resorts and select which one is ideal for you and

       your loved ones. Each property has its own personality!

    • Decide on a resort. Consider your wedding style and choose a

       first and second location within that resort.

        Have Islands book your stay including date, time and location of your    ceremony

    • Reserve a block of rooms at your selected resort in different

       price ranges.

    • Decide on your wedding attendants.

    • Discuss your vision with your wedding coordinator. Review the

      color theme, flowers, video, lighting, photography and more.

    9 months

    • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator

      and local vendors. (optional)

    • Discuss your honeymoon resort with Islands if you will not be

       Honey mooning at your wedding resort.

    • Book your honeymoon/travel plans.

    • Start gown shopping and begin registering for gifts.

    • Put together your guest list.

    • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.

    • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and

       location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

    • Review and finalize contracts.

    • Send out save-the-dates to give your guests plenty of time to

       make travel arrangements and arrange a payment plan

    6 months

    • Send out invitations

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Buy travel and wedding insurance.

    • Direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.

    • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.• Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.

    • Select music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

    4 months.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

       Consult with your personal Palace Resorts Wedding Coordinator  

       Design your cake Select your centerpiece Choose your bouquet

       Select your photo package Leave stress behind, enjoy!

    • Contact your officiant if required. Civil ceremonies require

      additional paperwork. Work with your wedding coordinator to

      guide you step by step.

    • Prepare all paperwork (passports, documents needed for marriage

      application and license).

    • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    4 months

    • Send out invitations.

    • Have groom and groomsmen rent tuxedos, if wearing them.

    • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

      Day before departure

    • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.

    • Contact other members of the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you. 

    3 months

    • Make sure website is updated with your most recent information.

    • Research group activities and excursions. Prepare welcome letter

      to guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag.

    • Order brochures of local attractions and area maps to include in

      the gift bag.

    • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.

    • Finalize details with wedding coordinator and local vendors.

    • Confirm your honeymoon reservation and any special requests.

    2 months

    • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.

    • Test a spray tan if you plan on getting one for the wedding.

    3-6 weeks

    • Review an order of events schedule with your coordinator.

    • Revisit ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.

    • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.

    • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs, etc.) to site.

    • Finalize guest head count and confirm group activities.

    2 weeks

    • Finalize the seating plan; give caterer your final guest list count.

    • Update your website with final itinerary.

    • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for

       mailing on your wedding day.

    1 week

    • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up

       tuxedos.

    • Put together an emergency kit (spot remover, band-aids,

      Aspirin, etc.).

    • Determine photo schedule and shot list for photographer.

    3-4 days

    • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant

    and vendors to review final details.

     

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ISLANDS AT:

    1 (888)554-7526

  • Breathless Resort Punta Cana

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    There’s a new adults only all inclusive resort in Punta Cana-Breathless Resort

    Escape to a beachfront paradise where nearly every amenity is included.


    At Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, these amenities include:

    Luxury accommodations with stunning views

    International & fusion cuisine at eleven gourmet dining options

    24-hour room service

    Unlimited premium beverages at eight chic bars and lounges

    Free WiFi and international calling with Unlimited Connectivity

    Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks

    Enriching day and nighttime activities and entertainment

    Pool and beach concierge

    Vanishing edge pool

    Two-tiered Freestyle pool

    2,100 feet of powder white beach

    4 Outdoor Jacuzzis

    Fitness center

    Non-motorized water sports

     

    This is a picture of one of the swim out suites at Breathless


     

  • Barbados

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    My Trip to Barbados 2013

    I truly loved my time in Barbados and reall7 enjoyed the tradewind that were present for most of my stay. Some basci facts about Barbados are:

    Barbados has over 65 miles of gorgeous beaches.  There are coral reefs with sunken ships for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. There are beautiful golf courses and hiking trails. The National sport is Polo. They also have the Mount Gay Rum distillery with tours and The Caribbean Cigar Company.

     

    One of my favorite things about Barbados was how clean and beautiful the entire island is.  The Barbadians are very friendly and helpful.  Barbados has a very high literacy rate and standard of living. And last but not least, my resort-The Crane.  Not only was it beautiful, but I had my own washer and dryer in my suite!

     

    One of our days in Barbados was spent visiting some of their Historical sights, and they have many.  We went to the Garrison Historic District (A Unesco World Heritage Site) and saw the changing of the guards and visited the house George Washington stayed in for 6 weeks during 1751as a young man visiting his sick brother.  It was Washington’s only trip outside the continental US.  Then we went and saw the garrison itself, St Annes Garrison built by the British in 1789.  In November of 1966, when Barbados achieved its full Independence from Britain the Garrison raised the Barbados Flag. They have a very large collection of historical cannons preserved at the fort.

     

    On another day we went to the Barbados Concorde Experience, which frankly I wasn’t too excited about.  But I was wrong.  In addition to having the original jet, (that flew from London to Barbados) all set up to tour, they also had a mockup of the waiting lounge and the cockpit.  I was both educational and fun.  That same day, a small group of us went to Harrisons Cave.  Another awe inspiring excursion.  You ride down into these massive caverns, covered with stalagmites and stalactites that are breathtaking, little rivers and pools dotting the areas.  While on the tour they explain how the island was formed, and where their water supply comes from.

     

    That night we went to Oistins fish Fry.  Every kind of food under the sun, live bands, with dance floors set up and all types of local crafts, jewelry and toys for sale in little booths.  For more upscale restaurants and clubs, you can’t go wrong with St Lawrence Gap.  There are also some awesome shopping opportunities on Barbados.

     

    There truly is something for everyone in the family on this Island.  There are some all inclusive resorts here and some adults only resorts too, As a matter of fact, Barbados is the location of the newest Sandals resort!

     

  • 6/5/2013 12:58:38 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    The Los Cabos Open of Surf festival
    Los Cabos first surf and music fest June 17 to 23 taking place at Costa Azul’s Zippers Beach Break, known for producing 8- to 10-foot waves in summer.
    The competition is a qualifying event for some of the world’s best professional surfers competing for a chance to win a $155,000 cash prize.
    The beach site also will feature beach bars, a food court, art walks, fashion shows and concerts.

  • Grenada

    6/3/2013 12:43:52 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Home to both black sand and white sand beaches with water so blue and clear that coral formations can be spotted from the air, Grenada's volcanic origin has created a landscape of great beauty and variety, with rainforests, a 13-acre crater lake, cascading cliffs, and hot springs-the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway to Sandals Resorts. Explore the natural splendor of the lush terrain and discover the history of the Island of Spice with visits to historic forts or the underwater sculpture park. Located in the southeastern Caribbean just north of Trinidad and Venezuela, the tri-island state of Grenada is made up of three islands, Grenada being the largest, occupying 133 square miles.

     The Island of Spice

    The distinct and pungent aroma of spices will assail your nostrils. There are more spices in Grenada per square mile than any other place in the world! Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, nutmeg, and mace grow in abundance here. Nutmeg is the country's biggest export, producing one-third of the world's supply. Used to season anything from meats and vegetables to cocktails and Grenada's national dish, Oil Down, this super spice, is so revered that it even has a place on the country's flag.

    St. George's Bustling Harbor

    Named in honor of King George III of England, the capital city St. George's is home to three forts, narrow streets, a vibrant spice and vegetable market, horseshoe-shaped harbor, and historic tunnel that connects Bay Town to the Carenage. With stately Georgian architecture and fish-scale tiles decorating the town, a medley of brick warehouses, stone buildings, and painted timber houses light up this "city on a hill." St. George's epitomizes the spirit of this beautiful island, housing both colorful and unique structures and giving visitors a true sense of Grenada's historical past and extraordinarily beautiful present. St. George's has also become synonymous with maritime activities, inspiring various regattas and the annual Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival.

  • 3/28/2013 2:22:10 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Jade Mountain Resort

    Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain St.Lucia is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain St.Lucia. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain St.Lucia one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.

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    Katikies Hotel  Santorini, Greece

    Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies The Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparalleled  services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury.

  • 2/13/2013 3:05:26 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Hard Rock Vallarta  Star Rating Information - Hard Rock Vallarta

    INCLUDES 3 nights, Hard Rock Vallarta, all-inclusive & resort transfers. BONUS reduced rates & $500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Stay 5 nights or longer & receive a $1500 resort credit.  Airfare additionalLive a life of excess. Indulge in your rock star fantasies. Located on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas, near Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta takes everything to extremes. Incredible views of the Pacific Coast, modern amenities and attentive service infused with the spirit of rock 'n' roll.

    This all-inclusive hotel features 348 stylishly chic guestrooms, four decadent restaurants, four bars, cozy cool lounge areas, the world famous Rock Spa, two refreshing swimming pools and 6,300 sq. ft. of meeting facilities. Those are just a few of the pampering amenities that await you. These extravagant excesses continue outside the memorabilia-filled walls of the hotel, as well, with incredible golf and optional water sports, including snorkeling and scuba diving, day cruises, deep-sea fishing and sailing. These fantasies and more are available for your indulgence daily. It's time to see the show in Vallarta.

  • 1/4/2013 3:56:21 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Mazatlan-

    I have been studying and testing on Mazatlan recently and was fascinated by what I learned so I thought I’d share a little.  They call it the Colonial City on the Beach because it was founded in the late 1500’s and they have recently restored their downtown area to its former glory. It’s all 19th century Spanish architecture and has shops, restaurants, museums and a theater arts Center.  Also, Mazatlan has a pre-lenten Carnaval week long street party in addition to gorgeous beaches, sport fishing, zip lining, surfing and 4 golf courses. Mazatlan also has excursions to old mining towns and a tequila plantation!  It really seems to have something for everyone and has the benefit of being really affordable as a destination.

  • 12/5/2012 12:44:13 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

    The perfection of this escape should be shared. Tropical weather, welcoming accommodations, and unexpected adventures await all who travel to this paradise island. Romance can be found at upmarket resorts and intimate inns. Bask together under the Caribbean sun, sail into a champagne sunset, and cuddle beneath the vast starry sky. Discover new romance and re-spark old love over a candlelight dinner on a secluded beach.

    legend has it...For those planning a family getaway, you too can visit Saint Lucia. Enjoy on-site water parks, kids' menus and evening entertainment for everyone. Adventure seekers can surf and sail in the pristine waters. ATV adventures and rainforest zip-lining are family favourites. Relaxation isn't far off either with many resorts offering kids' activities so parents can enjoy a cocktail, a quiet hour together, or a couple's massage. Grab the kids, your partner and your sunscreen; this is a family holiday that everyone will enjoy.

     

  • 11/19/2012 3:00:18 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit 

    INCLUDES 3 nights, Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. EXCLUSIVEsave up to 35%.UPGRADEto a Master Parlor Oceanview for just $88 more. Airfare additional.

    Land Only

    from $815.00*

    Islands 888-554-9534 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    This is the resort Sharon, Erica and I went to back in September.  This is a AAA 5 diamond resort, and the Grand Velas has earned every one of them.  Everything at this resort is the best, from the rooms and Views to the food and service.  I absolutely loved it here.

  • 11/15/2012 1:43:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort 

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort & hotel transfers. BONUS 4th night free & $50 food & beverage credit daily. UPGRADE to a Courtyard Room for only $57 more. Land Only from $715.00*

                         

             Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net  

    Centrally located on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Marriott's 4 star Grand Cayman Resort invites you to experience the ultimate Caribbean getaway. The Cayman Islands are known for a luxurious lifestyle and Caribbean charm and this Grand Cayman Hotel delivers with superior service, understated luxury and a relaxed atmosphere. Everything you need for a fantastic Cayman Island vacation is at this Marriott beach hotel. Our beachfront resort features 295 spacious rooms, all with private balconies that are drenched in tropical hues and accented with rich dark woods. Indulge yourself at La Mer Spa, guaranteed to relax, rejuvenate and restore your spirit. The resort boasts 4 restaurants with some offering oceanfront dining. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, breathtaking views and lush tropical gardens featuring a serene turtle lagoon & walkways with private seating nooks; and the white sand beaches make for a dazzling Caribbean destination wedding. Discover the ultimate Grand Cayman vacation at the Marriott Grand Cayman Resort.

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    Smugglers Cove Beach-Tortola

    The Virgin Islands, often called the British Virgin Islands, is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. Wikipedia

    The British Virgin Islandsconsist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays.

     

    Population: 23,552 (2007)

    Capital: Road Town

    Dialing code: 284

    Currency: US$

    Government: Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy, Representative democracy

    Official language: English Language

     

    Top Reasons to Go to the BVI

    The Perfect Place to Sail: With more than 60 islands in the chain, sailors can drop anchor at a different, perfect beach every day.Low-Key Resorts: Laid-back luxury resorts offer a full-scale retreat from your everyday life.Diving and Snorkeling: Both are great, and vibrant reefs are often just feet from the shore. Jost Van Dyke: Your trip isn't complete until you've chilled at the casual beach bars here. Few Crowds: There's no mass tourism; the farther you get from Tortola, the quieter things become.

    Fodor

    Tropical Drink Recipe: Painkiller

    The story goes that this drink was invented at a bar called the Soggy Dollar, so named because you have to swim to get to it!
    The official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands and one the most popular mixed drinks in the Caribbean
    SERVES 1-2
    2-4 oz. of Pusser's Rum
    4 oz. pineapple juice
    1 oz. cream of coconut
    1 oz. orange juice
    Grated fresh nutmeg
    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with grated nutmeg.

  • 10/24/2012 1:10:32 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    This is one of the resorts we toured on our trip to Puerto Vallarta-The grounds were beautiful and the energy at the resort was awesome.  They have something for everyone, including the children.  You have the option of checking out a fender guitar and taking it back to your room to play it.  If you don’t play guitar already Hard Rock has a special channel on the TV to teach you!  

        HARD ROCK HOTEL VALLARTA –INCLUDES 5 nights, Hard Rock Vallarta, all-inclusive & resort transfers. BONUS reduced rates & $1500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Airfare  additional

    Land Only

    from $1129.00*

     

    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    Indulge in your rock star fantasies. Located on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas, near Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta takes everything to extremes. Incredible views of the Pacific Coast, modern amenities and attentive service all infused with the spirit of rock 'n' roll. This all-inclusive hotel features 348 stylishly chic guestrooms, four decadent restaurants, four bars, cozy cool lounge areas, the world famous Rock Spa ®,and  two refreshing swimming pools, these  are just a few of the pampering amenities that await you. These extravagant excesses continue outside the memorabilia-filled walls of the hotel as well, with incredible golf and optional water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving, day cruises, deep-sea fishing and sailing. These fantasies and more are available for your indulgence daily. It's time to see the show in Vallarta.

  • 10/19/2012 1:14:26 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    This is another one of the resorts we will be touring on Sunday. This conference is being held by Sandals, so all the properties we will view will either be a Sandals (the adults only resorts) or Beaches the family resorts.  All of their resorts are all inclusive, not just the ones in Jamaica but also the ones in St Lucia, the Bahamas, and Antigua .

     

    Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa 

    Land Only

    from $1089.00*

    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.com

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa, The Luxury Included® Vacation & resort transfers. Airfare  Additional.

    If you want to kick back, and surrender to to a Bob Marley vibe at Jamaica's ultimate beach resort, then the chic Sandals Negril is for you. 

    Spanning Negril's famed Seven-Mile Beach, Sandals Negril conjures up tropical vibrations with a casual, understated elegance. Stroll through walkways dotted with swaying palms and sea breezes, while listening to the hypnotic sound of waves. Experience romantic moments created by the most amazing sunsets. Savor world-class cuisine at breathtaking, oceanfront restaurants. Relax and enjoy luxurious accommodations, steps from the Jamaican beach, including some of the most unique suites in the world with butler service where you can swim-up to your private patio. Stay at Sandals Negril and indulge in the Caribbean's ultimate beach resort.

  • 10/18/2012 2:17:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

    (And just so you don’t think its all fun and games, this is one of the 3 resorts we will be touring on Sunday- I am stoked to go see  Beaches Negril. It is supposed tobe the best all inclusive family resort around-)

    Negril invented “chill” – so get ready to embrace the laid-back spirit at this low-rise resort perched along Jamaica’s famed Seven Mile Beach. From the moment you enter the open-air lobby you'll be caught up by fresh ocean breezes and the vibrant colors of the West Indies. Bringing the outside in, this all inclusive family resort and spa in Negril, Jamaica is always open to the breathtaking beauty of the tropics. Located amidst twenty lush acres fragrant with the scent of jasmine, and rich with tropical flora, lies an enchanting resort. Classic island architecture effortlessly brings the outside in, blending fine woods and polished marble with the dramatic detailing of stone arches and hand-painted domed frescoes. Beaches Negril is a world-class beach resort, with a caring staff that warmly treats you as family. Discover a host of unending amenities and services. And Beaches has the largest water parks in the Caribbean. Beaches Negril Pirates Island is filled with gigantic waterslides, kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. There are also water cannons, whirlpools and lazy river journeys.

     

  • 10/16/2012 2:52:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Sandals Montego Bay
    Land Only from $935.00*

    This is where we will be staying our first night in Jamaica! We leave Tuesday night and will arrive at Montego Bay Wednesday morning. I can hardly wait!
    INCLUDES 4 nights, Sandals Montego Bay, The Luxury Included®
    Vacation & resort transfers. Air fare Additional.
    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net
    Welcomed by the cool sea breeze, the moment you walk into the open-air lobby you know that you have arrived at

    the perfect vacation paradise. Set along Jamaica's longest private white-sand beach, Sandals' Montego Bay hotel offers guests an authentic laid-back Caribbean experience and the lively vibe of the islands. Here, the blues are as far as the eye can see and the fun never ends. With eight world-class restaurants, chic oceanfront pools, tropical gardens, and Bay Roc Villas – with butler service – just steps from the sea, Sandals Montego Bay is the hottest resort in Jamaica If you're looking for a lively, fun-filled vacation on Jamaica's largest private white-sand beach, where the party never stops until you do, Sandals Montego Bay is for you
  • 10/12/2012 3:51:42 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Family Vacations, green resorts, Lazy River, luxury, spa, Swimming Pools

    Azul Sensatori Hotel, by Karisma

    NCLUDES 4 nights, Azul Sensatori Hotel,  all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS $100 resort credit & 2 kids 12 & under stay & eat free. Airfare Additional.

    Land Only

    from $735.00*

    The picture is of the family suite, the sofa is a double bed, and a twin. The other room has a  Queen size bed and a Jacuzzi for 2
     
    Azul Sensatori Hotel features never-before-seen suites that have a heated Jacuzzi for two in the lazy river off the terrace. There are also guaranteed family connecting suites, adults-only and premium sections, and honeymoon suites with wrap-around balconies. Suites with heated Jacuzzis for two in the lazy river and guaranteed family connecting suites highlight this new hotel 20 minutes from the airport. Romantic couples love Beachfront Gazebo Massages, while marrying couples are inspired by Sky Weddings. Your Gourmet vacation starts the moment you enter one of our Mexico all inclusive honeymoon or vacation resorts in Cancun. You are greeted with a smile, a refreshing towel and a welcome cocktail. The décor and overall atmosphere of the resorts provide for a relaxed yet upscale environment with lush landscaping, beaches lined with beach beds and multiple pools with swim-up bars. You will be pampered with Gourmet services and amenities such as beach butlers, concierge, turn-down, 24-hour room service, premium beverages and Gourmet cuisine. The latter, which is the foundation for Gourmet Inclusive, has been lauded “Superb,” “Best in class,” “Decadent” and “Outstanding.” To us it simply means creating delicious meals in pleasant environments by our star chefs. Here, you will be indulged with Gourmet hospitality every moment of your stay Azul Sensatori caters to kids and teenagers, with the Azulitos Playhouse and Extreme Breeze Teens Club. The exclusive Family & Friends Vacation Planner coordinates family reunions. (Available baby amenities include strollers, baby bath tubs, changing tables, baby monitors, cribs, play pens or pack n’plays, baby step stool, baby bath robes, bottle warmers & sterilizers.)
    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

     

     

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  • 10/11/2012 2:28:35 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, green resorts, luxury, Swimming Pools, wedding planner

    I have been trying to get this posted since we got back- I couldn’t get my pictures downloaded on my computer at work, and my home computer is having a meltdown so I am going to post with out the pictures-sorry, I will however let you know that the view from my balcony was unbelievable I over looked the pools and out onto the beach and ocean. I don’t think you could get a room with a bad view if you tried-We got back from Puerto Vallarta last week. You may have heard, we were staying at the Grand Velas

    Riviera Nayarit. What an awesome experience the resort was. The grounds are beautiful, with plenty of seating through out the property to just sit and relax. Every inch of the resort is super clean, as a matter of fact during an early breakfast, I watched as they raked and swept the beach. I only had the opportunity to eat at 2 of the resorts restaurants because of time constraints. Piaf, the French restaurant (only open for dinner) on our first night was so delicious and the service was impeccable. The staff brought all the ladies in the group their own little purse rest to set our purses on and they had a rolling Martini bar that they bring up to your table to mix the Martini of your choice. We tried several, but I think the front runners were the espresso martini and the spicy cucumber martini. And Azul, (open all day) the poolside buffet restaurant with a large variety of choices from traditional Mexican to sushi. There is also an Italian restaurant and a Mexican restaurant at the resort but as I mentioned I didn’t have the time to go to them. The pools were warm and sparkling, just the right amount of refreshing in the heat with pool side service for drinks and snacks.  There is a children’s program on the property, and they have boogie boards and kayaks available.  The staff was unbelievably helpful, and tried to anticipate my needs no matter where I was in the resort, from the front desk to the poolside service or the business office. All in all I would definitely rate this experience as a 10.

     

  • 9/25/2012 2:20:37 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Beaches, Butler sevice, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, eco tours Dolphin Encounter, Hiking trails, Honeymoons, luxury, Nightclubs, snorkeling, Swimming Pools

    I know,  I am sooo bad. I haven’t even left for my Puerto Vallarta trip yet, and I’m looking forward to my October trip_

    SandalsWhitehouse European Village& Spa 

    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

     Discover the undiscovered. Journey to a forgotten Jamaica, where the natural beauty is simply unforgettable. Within a 500-acre wilderness preserve, blue mountains, lush palm groves, pristine coastlines and shimmering turquoise waters create an unbelievable backdrop for a monumental resort. Sandals Whitehouse Europe Village & Spa perfectly blends the exotic allure of the Caribbean with the refined elegance of Europe. Perched along a pristine 2-mile stretch of alabaster beach, this impressive resort features all rooms and suites set directly on the beach. Designed with European influences, its architecture including the Grand Piazza pays homage to the romantic cultures of the Netherlands, France & Italy.

     

     INCLUDES 4 nights, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, The Luxury Included® Vacation & resort transfers. BONUSsave up to 50%. Airfare Additional

    Land Only   from   $1155.00*

  • 9/21/2012 3:27:06 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Butler sevice, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Family Vacations, Fun, Swimming Pools, water falls

    US Virgin Islands Vacation

    Sugar Bay Resort & Spa

     

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, & hotel transfers. BONUSsave up to 68%. Airfare Additional.

    Land Only

    from $475.00

     

    If you're looking for the best all-inclusive resorts of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, look no further than Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. The only true all-inclusive resort in St. Thomas, our per-night rate on single or double occupancy rooms includes meals, beverages, recreation, entertainment, use of non-motorized watersports equipment, access to the fitness center, and tax and gratuities. (Restaurant surcharges and restrictions may apply.)

  • 7/31/2012 4:01:22 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Bahamas, Beaches, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, eco tours Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, Parties, Romance, shopping, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools

    Occidental Grand Aruba 

     4 nts from $829
    + taxes and fees

     

    Call Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    This luxury, 4 star European-style All-Inclusive high-rise is right on the beach. The simply elegant luxury of this contemporary-style All-Inclusive resort is a superb setting for a romantic getaway or family vacation. The recently renovated resort is located along the palm-fringed white sands of Aruba's exclusive and aptly named Palm Beach.

    Visit archaeological sites and explore the island on a Safari, or journey into the blue Caribbean waters on a snorkeling excursion to swim along reef formations teeming with colorful fish. Kayak, windsurf, water ski, and get a workout at the fitness center. Join a game of beach volleyball, and play a nighttime match on lighted tennis courts. 

     

    Accommodations for number of nights selected
    All meals, snacks, beverages
    Activities & non-motorized water sports
    Hotel tax & service charges

    Land Only    from $829.00

  • 7/30/2012 3:44:23 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Aqauriams, Bahamas, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, diving, eco tours Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, golf, lush, Music, Paradise, snakes, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools, Water slides, wildlife

    Atlantis, Paradise Island               4 nights  $631

    Package prices are per person and include:
    Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers   •   Roundtrip airfare on American Airlines from Miami
    4- or 6-night hotel accommodations   •   Hotel tax

    Islands 888-554-9534 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    This is a unique destination featuring the world's largest open-air marine habitat, home to over 50,000 sea animals living in 14 exhibit lagoons. Explore Aquaventure, an innovative waterscape of thrilling slides and rides. Discover secrets of the lost continent in The Dig, and interact with gentle dolphins in Dolphin Cay. Enjoy 20 swimming areas, renowned beaches, the Mandara Spa, Aura nightclub, a world-class casino, duty-free shopping at Marina Village and Crystal Court, sports center, nearby 18-hole championship golf course, Atlantis Kids Club and Club Rush for teens. There is a wide range of dining options including the gourmet cuisines of Bobby Flay, Nobu and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  

    Book by September 30, 2012 and receive a Complimentary Atlantis Experience Pass valued at over $500! Pass includes:

    • One Shallow water dolphin interaction
    at Dolphin Cay (valued up to $150)
    • One round of golf at the championship
    Ocean Club Golf Course (valued up to $260)
    • One sushi and beverage sampler for two at
    Nobu (valued at $44)
    • Two beverages at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill
    – one each for two persons (valued at $25)
    • Two beverages at Seafire Steakhouse – one each for two persons (valued at $25)
    • One family session at CRUSH (valued at $45)

     

  • 7/30/2012 3:44:20 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Aqauriams, Bahamas, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, diving, eco tours Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, golf, Music, Paradise, snakes, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools, Water slides, wildlife

    Atlantis, Paradise Island               4 nights  $631

    Package prices are per person and include:
    Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers   •   Roundtrip airfare on American Airlines from Miami
    4- or 6-night hotel accommodations   •   Hotel tax

    Islands 888-554-9534 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    This is a unique destination featuring the world's largest open-air marine habitat, home to over 50,000 sea animals living in 14 exhibit lagoons. Explore Aquaventure, an innovative waterscape of thrilling slides and rides. Discover secrets of the lost continent in The Dig, and interact with gentle dolphins in Dolphin Cay. Enjoy 20 swimming areas, renowned beaches, the Mandara Spa, Aura nightclub, a world-class casino, duty-free shopping at Marina Village and Crystal Court, sports center, nearby 18-hole championship golf course, Atlantis Kids Club and Club Rush for teens. There is a wide range of dining options including the gourmet cuisines of Bobby Flay, Nobu and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  

    Book by September 30, 2012 and receive a Complimentary Atlantis Experience Pass valued at over $500! Pass includes:

    • One Shallow water dolphin interaction
    at Dolphin Cay (valued up to $150)
    • One round of golf at the championship
    Ocean Club Golf Course (valued up to $260)
    • One sushi and beverage sampler for two at
    Nobu (valued at $44)
    • Two beverages at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill
    – one each for two persons (valued at $25)
    • Two beverages at Seafire Steakhouse – one each for two persons (valued at $25)
    • One family session at CRUSH (valued at $45)

     

  • 7/27/2012 2:53:15 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Archeological sites, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, diving, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, golf

    Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort *****

     

    4 nights from $1155*

    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

    Discover an oasis of natural beauty and luxury at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Indulge in an all-inclusive luxury vacation on the Pacific Coast with a five-star spa, delectable dining, and magnificent bay-view accommodations on Mexico’s golden coast. Situated on the Bay of Banderas, this exquisite resort is only minutes from magnificent beaches, shopping, golf courses, tours, water sports and the attractions of Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy fishing, scuba diving, sailing, and whale watching on Banderas Bay, shop along El Malecon, and take in the sights of Downtown Puerto Vallarta.

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort, all-inclusive & hotel transfers.                       Land Only      from $1155.00*

     BONUS $100 golf & spa  credit & 1  kid 12 & under stays & eats free.

     Airfare Additional.

  • 7/23/2012 12:47:56 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Beaches, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Fun, Romance, Royal Service, Sandals Resorts, snorkeling

    Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

     

    Land Only         from $829.00*

     

     INCLUDES 4 nights, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, The Luxury Included® Vacation & resort transfers.

    CallIslands888-554-7526 or email islandstravel@earthlink.net

     

    This 5 star resort is set amidst 500 acres of a nature preserve, and  sits 50 acres of pristine and gorgeous landscape, replete with two beaches spanning over two miles. Choose from a variety of luxurious accommodations, all have direct ocean views while some feature the ultimate in personal pampering: Butler service and 24-hour room service. With seven gourmet restaurants to choose from, you may dine in a different corner of the globe each night without leaving the resort. Enjoy unlimited premium-brand drinks including Beringer house wines at 6 bars and indulge in a Caribbean-inspired treatment at the full service Red Lane® Spa.

  • 6/26/2012 2:18:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Beaches, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, dancing, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, horseback riding, lush, Music, Parties, Swimming Pools, Water park, Water slides

    Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club  Star Rating Information - Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club

    INCLUDES 4 nights, Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club, The Luxury Included® Vacation for Everyone & resort transfers.

    Set where the mountains meet the sea, this resort is the ultimate family vacation spot. Kids love the NEW water park, themed Sesame Street® character activities, the Xbox 360® Game Garage and the endless water sports while adults enjoy complimentary golf, 4 restaurants and 6 bars serving Beringer house wines plus a full-service Red Lane® Spa.

    Itinerary & Pricing Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel

    Call Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net
    All meals, snacks, beverages
    Activities & non-motorized water sports
    Hotel tax & service charges

    Airfare additional

    Travel Dates:  23 Jun 12 - 21 Dec 12

    Land Only              from $1115.00*

  • 6/15/2012 2:12:36 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Caribbean, Concierge sevice, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, Gambling, green resorts, Honeymoons, horseback riding, lush, Music, Nightclubs, Paradise, Parties, Private island, Royal Service, Sandals Resorts, Scenic routes, shopping, tours, water falls, Water slides, wildlife

    Did you know? The Caribbean:

    Pristine,sugar-white beaches extend as far as the eye can see. Sparkling azure waters glisten, fragrant tropical gardens explode in dazzling color and picture perfect sunsets ignite the sky. Meander along the shores that once provided shelter to swashbuckling pirates. Listen to the soft sounds of the tree frog s as they mingle with the high notes of a distant steel drum band. These are the islands of the Caribbean, where dreams of paradise become a blissful reality. Indulge at a luxury spa on breathtaking Antigua. Enjoy the feeling of coming home that awaits in Jamaica. Enjoy international cuisine in spectacular Aruba, or immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. Looking for seclusion and natural beauty of the Exotic Caribbean? Explore the emerald rain forests of St Kitts, or traverse the unspoiled beauty of Belize. No matter which island strikes your fancy, you have the freedom to do it all or nothing at all.

     

     

     

     

  • 12/1/2011 2:00:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Concierge sevice, Family Vacations, Honeymoons, Swimming Pools

    Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda  ****

     A new all-inclusive Resort Opened in November of 2011. Located in a stunning little bay, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda is the superior luxury resort in the Riviera Maya, combining a prestigious Caribbean setting with world-class facilities, including Family Concierge, the ultimate in spa treatments, a relaxed ambience, and flexible meeting spaces with state-of-the-art equipment. This elegant resort has a Mayan ecological feeling, and an oceanfront location surrounded by a lush tropical mangrove preserve and with views of Cozumel Island. Take your senses on a culinary tour through eleven remarkable restaurants serving delicious cuisine from all around the world and ten bars serving unlimited international Premium brand drinks. Enjoy life-enriching experiences such as tango dance classes, sushi-making, and sensorial experiences.

    This luxury family-friendly All-Inclusive resort is located about 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport and just steps from extraordinary beaches and attractions such as Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, Xcaret, Akumal, Xel-Ha, and near world-famous Mayan archaeological sites such as Tulum, Chichén Itzá and Cobá.

  • Sandals Royal Bahamian Nassau, Bahamas

    5/1/2008 3:07:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Adults Only, All-inclusive, Bahamas, Booze cruise, Butler sevice, Concierge sevice, Couples, Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Nassau, Paradise, Preston Bailey weddings, Private island, Romance, Royal Service, Sandals Resorts, wedding planner

    Hi Sharon,

    Well, once again you hooked us up on a FANTASTIC vacation!! We had such
    a great time at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa Bahamas!!

    Little did we know, the week we were there was "returning guests week".
    The scrumcious buffets and fun-filled booze cruise tour they offered was
    quite a surprise. Thanks again for all your help...

    If there is anything we need to do to ensure that we get the best
    discount possible on our next Sandals or Beaches trip, please let me know.

    Thank,

    Jarod


  
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