Friday Feature: Corfu, Greece

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Corfu

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Corfu is the second largest island in the Ionians. It is very similar size to Mallorca but way less crowded, making it a great spot to add to your travel bucket list! The waters are warm and the accommodations are more reasonably priced compared to the rest of the Mediterranean! Spend your day strolling through the charming seaside towns, soaking in the warm waters, or sampling the local fare at one of the awesome restaurants. This is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway and especially easy for families. Corfu has an international airport with regular flights to and from Europe and other cities in Greece. Ferries arrive at Corfu from Igoumenitsa and Patra, and there are ferries plying the one and a half hour route between Corfu and Igoumenitsa every hour during the day. 

Best Times to Visit: The best times to visit Corfu are April to May and September to November. Although there is never really a bad season in the Mediterranean, you'll find that winter temperatures are too chilly to swim off the shores of Corfu, while the summer months draw hordes of tourists.

Things to do:

Simply relax. This is probably the most obvious answer for things to do on the quaint island but we would be remiss to not include it! This sweet little seaside town has a relaxed vibe and is a great place to curl up with a good book on the beach.

Rent a boat to explore the islands. You can actually rent a boat here independently even if you don’t have your boaters license. Spend your day cruising the coast line, stopping for a bite at the numerous seaside bars and taverns, and jumping into the crystal blue waters!

Visit Corfu Town. This UNESCO site is truly spectacular! Due to being under Venetian rule from the 14th century to the late 18th century, traditional Venetian architecture can still be found throughout the island. Make sure to leave some time to get lost wandering these picturesque streets.

Go for an olive oil tasting. The island of Corfu has over 4 million olive trees. As a staple in the Greek diet for centuries, you simply must sample their fresh variety of olive oil during your stay!

Swim the Canal d’Amour in Sidari. Located on the northside of the island, Canal d’Amour (or Love Canal) is a beautiful spot to spend some time. The rock formations around this area are colourful, crumbly and very unique. You’ll find people laying on the beach, or jumping off of the cliffs into the clear water. Bring a picnic and spend the day basking in the gorgeous sunshine!

For more ideas, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel, Divani Corfu Palace, MarBella Corfu

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Restaurants to try…

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  • AKAMATRA, Spilia - for traditional Greek food

  • PORTO, Kassiopi - great for less expensive family dinner options overlooking Kassiopi harbour

  • TAVERNA STAMATIS, Viros - run by a local artist and best known for its (fried courgette croquettes, or kolokithokeftedes

  • TOULA'S, Agni - best for fresh seafood in Agni

For more suggestions, click HERE.

Friday Feature: Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm

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Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and a charming mix of old world style mixed with young, hip new districts. It entices visitors with everything from fabulous shopping, to interesting history, and delicious restaurants. This is also an incredibly easy destination to get to! Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport is the main international airport serving the capital and it forms a major hub for Nextjet, Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines. By far the easiest way to get to the city center of Stockholm is by taking the Arlanda Express train service!

Best Times to Visit: For warm weather and sunshine, the best time to visit Sweden is May to September. If you want snow, aim to go between late November and March. 

Things to do:

Explore Gamla Stan. This is one of Stockholm’s medieval center and a great place to kick off your Stockholm vacation. Aside from rich history, this city center is a great spot to explore restaurants, museums, cafes, bars, and other great shops!

Spend the day at the Medieval Museum. Here you can track the history of the city from its foundation in the 13th century to the 16th century at the end of the medieval period. This is especially great for kids as they can dress up in traditional armor!

Check out the Royal Palace. Stockholm’s Royal Palace is home to over 600 rooms and five different museums, making it the largest palace in all of Europe. But more than just it’s grandeur, this is still the home of to the King of Sweden.

Take a day trip outside of Stockholm to Lake Malaren. With beautiful islands scattered across an expanse of still waters, Mälaren is the perfect escape from the bigger city of Stockholm. In the summertime, you can find tickets for the Mariefred which is an old steamboat that has been carrying passengers down the same route for over 100 years.

For more ideas, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Grand Hotel Stockholm, Hotel Diplomat, Elite Hotel Adlon

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Things to know before you go…

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  • Alcohol is expensive. And you can not buy it in the supermarkets! Keep an eye out for happy hours.

  • The subway will not get you from the airport to Stockholm. Be prepared to call a cab.

  • There are museums for every budget. There are a lot of options with free admission, but some do charge a small fee so be prepared!

  • Don’t forget your credit card at home! Stockholm is almost a completely cashless city.

    For more tips and information, click HERE.

Friday Feature: Mallorca, Spain

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Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is one of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It's best known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, crystal clear water, limestone mountains, and Roman ruins. If you are looking for all of the glamor and views of the Amalfi Coast but a little more off the beaten path, this Europe holiday spot is definitely worth checking out! But how do you get to this beautiful island? You can fly into Palma de Mallorca airport from anywhere in Europe to begin the adventure, or arrive to the island by ferry. It will take some three hours to take a boat from Barcelona or Valencia.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to visit Mallorca is from March to May, when average temperatures are in the 60s and 70s and the crowds of summer tourists haven't yet descended on the island.

Things to do:

Hike down to Calo des Moro. This is truly one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches in Mallorca. However, it is so much more than just a beach! Calo des Moro has an amazing hike down to the beach that we definitely recommend. Pack a picnic if you want a day filled with beautiful scenery and some awesome time outdoors.

See Es Pontàs. This is Mallorca’s version of the Azure Window! This is a big natural arch in the water that looks kind of like the recently collapsed arch in Malta. It is right next to the small town of Cala Figuera, which is another cute little spot to spend the day exploring afterwards.

Take a hot air balloon ride over Mallorca. This is the best way to truly see the beautiful scenery of Mallorca! Rides take off either at sunrise or sunset and typically last between 1.5 to 2 hours. Make sure to pack your camera!

Watch the sunset from Colonia de Sant Pere. Mallorca is home to some of the most breathtaking sunsets but what makes them even better is the beautiful scenery. Colonia de Sant Pere is a small town just north of Mallorca on the coast and a beautiful spot to enjoy the changing colors!

Spend some time exploring Palma. This is the capital city of Mallorca with cute neighborhoods and cafes/boutiques to explore! It is also very rarely crowded with tourists as most visitors to the island do not come for the city centers!

For more ideas and things to check out, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Park Hyatt Mallorca, St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca, Jumierah Port Soller Hotel and Spa

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Things to know before you go…

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  • Don’t forget your sunscreen. The sun here is no joke so make sure to always lather up before you start on the day’s adventure.

  • Don’t expect an early bird special. Most locals on the island eat rather late so don’t be surprised if restaurants are not very busy during the typical dinner time.

  • Avoid rainy season. This is considered to be from the end of September till November however the rains are rather occasional and short.

  • Parking is rarely free. If you rent a car to explore the island, make sure to take into consideration that you will most likely have to pay for public parking.

    Click HERE for more information!

Our Recent Stay: Castello Banfi

Our travel designer, Robin, and CEO, Jennifer, stayed at the beautiful property of Castello Banfi in Montalcino while exploring properties across Tuscany for clients! Needless to say, they fell in love and we think you will too!

Continue reading to see some of their favorite parts of this authentic Tuscan stay!


What we loved:

There is so stinking much to love about this property! First impressions upon driving up to the villa was truly stunning. The grounds are clean and well kept and driving through the cypress trees to make your way up to the property set the stage for an incredible stay. Upon check in we were greeted with a flute of their own sparkling Brut… a touch we absolutely loved to enjoy while our luggage was being delivered to our room. Inside the rooms they also offered two complimentary bottles of Brut and a complimentary demi bottle of Brunello!

Room details:

The rooms were spacious and so well decorated. The decor stayed true to the rustic and authentic Tuscan style, while still being updated and comfortable. The bathrooms and closets were huge! The rooms also came with USB plug in’s right next to the bed, which is very uncommon in villa stays in Tuscany.

Where to eat:

There are two restaurants on property. For lunch La Taverna, where tradition and authenticity come together under the ancient vaults, and for dinner, the elegant and refined Sala dei Grappoli. Sala dei Grappoli also offers an incredible tasting menu that allows you to truly experience the food and authentic wine all made fresh on property. If you are looking for a romantic alternative, private dinners can also be arranged in the rose garden with incredible views of the vines!

What you get with your stay:

Aside from 5-star service and swoon-worthy views, a stay at Castello Banfi comes with:

  • Complimentary wine and olive oil tastings on property

  • Access to a heated swimming pool overlooking the Tuscan hillside

  • Access to spa services either in your room or outside in the vineyard… Unreal!

  • Two dining options

  • Unlimited water bottles near the pool

  • Full service breakfast served on the terrace

  • Access to private dinners in the wine cellar, rose garden, or vineyard

  • Close proximity to Montalcino, Sienna, Brunello, and the Maremma coast

  • Activities including: horseback riding, private tours, chef’s table, painting classes, Ferrari ride, wine tours around the region, hot air balloon tours, and more! (Additional fees may apply)

Why we would recommend this property to our clients:

It is hard to fully describe the warmth and peace that exists in Castello Banfi. Walking on property feels like walking through the comforts of home… but with access to really good wine at all times! The staff is caring, attentive, and pays close attention to the details of your stay. The property is beautifully designed and holds true to the rustic authenticity that visitors crave when visiting Tuscany!

Friday Feature: Singapore

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Singapore is an amazing destination that feels exotic and glamorous all at the same time. This island city-state off of southern Malaysia is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Whether you consider yourself a foodie, history buff, art junkie, or just a genuine explorer, there is something in Singapore for everyone! How do you get here?! There are numerous flights into Singapore’s main airport Singapore Changi Airport with some direct flight options from San Francisco and other major airports.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to go to Singapore is between February and April. Although Singapore is mostly a year-round destination, the months of February to April fall within Singapore's dry season and experience slightly less rainfall.

Things to do:

Stroll amongst the fabulous street art in Haji Lane. Singapore has some really awesome street art sprinkled throughout Haji Lane. And trust us… you will want to spend some time in Haji Lane anyways! This narrow street lined with colorful shophouses is where you’ll find people browsing specialty shops and boutiques filled with art, fashion, and other cool things you’ll be tempted to buy. Peek down the narrow alleys and you will be sure to find amazing street art!

See the Sultan Mosque. At the heart of Kampong Glam sits the vast and beautiful Sultan Mosque. This is a beautiful place of worship that can house up to 5,000 people. It is one of Singapore’s most popular religious sites and boosts stunning gold domes. This impressively large building is easy to spot as you explore the Kampong Glam neighborhood by foot.

Walk the Marina Bay Center. We promise you will want to walk because this is the best way to experience the beautiful skyline of Singapore. If you make your way to the other side of the bay, be sure to turn around and snap some pictures. Including the Marina Bay Sands Singapore, which has an infinity pool connecting three separate buildings together on the top floor.

Explore the Gardens by the Bay. This is a very innovative and beautifully designed green space that tourist and locals alike love. Make sure to drop by Cloud Forest Dome where you will be able to see the tallest indoor waterfall in the world.  Another great spot to check out the Supertree Groves, which are a bunch of futuristic structures for plants.

For more ideas for your next vacation, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Shangri La Hotel Singapore, Four Seasons Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

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Things to know before you go…

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  • Singapore is a tropical climate. Meaning that it can be quite humid, especially in the summer months. So make sure to pack clothes that are light.

  • Make sure the budget. Singapore is a very expensive destination, not only to get to, but also to enjoy! However, there are still some awesome free attractions throughout the city to explore.

  • Don’t be afraid to drink the water. The tap water is safe, and even delicious!

  • Be sure you are familiar with the alcohol consumption regulations. Consumption of alcohol is banned in all public places from 10.30 pm to 7 am. But it is important to note that the term "public places" does not include licensed pubs, restaurants, etc.

    Click HERE for more information!

Friday Feature: Oslo, Norway

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Oslo is the capital of Norway and is best known for its modern architecture, contemporary art, beautiful green spaces, and incredible museums. Most of the museums are on located the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the Norwegian Maritime Museum and Viking Ship Museum, which showcase viking ships from the 9th century. The Oslo Airport located in the city is the main airport for Norway and hub for international traffic. It has scheduled flights to and from more than 100 destinations.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to visit Oslo is from May to August when the temperatures rise and there are surprisingly affordable room rates available. However, it’s good to remember that evenings can get chilly at times, so it is best to pack a coat!

Things to do:

Check out the Oslo Opera House. Oslo has a beautiful waterfront and the Opera House is commonly considered the most iconic buildings in all of Scandinavia. If you don’t have time for a complete guided tour, make sure that you check out the views from the top floor to get an amazing view of the whole town.

Explore the Viking Ship Museum. It is hard to think of Norway without thinking about vikings - so this is an absolute must do! Over 1,100 year ago, the Vikings dragged two longships from the shoreline to use as centerpieces for grand ceremonial burials. These ships have been carefully restored and are truly beautiful!

Stroll through Ekebergparken. This park-like museum cemented Oslo's reputation as a contemporary-art capital, especially with respect to sculpture. The Ekebergparken is a vast forested public park overlooking the city and the Oslofjord is dotted with work from various artists.

Explore Frogner Park. This beautiful park is free to enter at any time of year and is Oslo’s namesake borough. There are 212 sculptures in total, in bronze and granite from Iddefjord. The main artist, Vigeland, was known for realism but his subjects can be rather bizarre (i.e. man fighting with babies to a woman being ridden by a baby using her platted hair as reins).

For more ideas for your next vacation, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Hotel Continental, Saga Hotels Oslo, The Thief

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Things to know before you go…

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  • Stock up on your Norwegian Krone. The Euro doesn’t work in Norway but the NOK has weakened in past years making it cheaper to travel now!

  • Norway is a safe country. It is actually known as one of the safest countries with extremely low crime rates even in major cities.

  • The weather is always changing. So it is best to pack jackets, even in summer as evenings can get chilly.

  • The northern lights aren’t visible everywhere in Norway. Make sure to plan accordingly!

    Click HERE for more information!

Friday Feature: Ubud, Bali

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Ubud

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Bali is quickly becoming a hot destination for travelers and it’s so easy to see why! Ubud is located in the uplands and known as the center of traditional crafts and dance of Bali. It is surrounded by rainforest, terraced rice paddies, and Hindu temples and shrines. Flights to this beautiful destination go through Ngurah Rai International Airport, the only airport in Bali.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to visit Bali is generally during the summer months of June, July, and August when the weather is driest and the days are sunny. Unfortunately, that's also when the island becomes the most crowded.

Things to do:

Visit the Museum Puri Lukisan. Ubud is best known as the cultural center of Bali and is home to numerous art galleries. If you are into modern art, make sure to put a stop at the Museum Puri Lukisan where you will find a wide range of art work. The museum also comes with English language explanations of the history of art in this part of the world.

Enjoy a meal at Locavore. This is the most famous restaurant in Ubud, if not all of Indonesia! Prepare yourself because meals here usually last upwards of three hours and they offer an incredible wine pairing menu. Most dishes are fusion based so they mix local elements with foreign techniques, and have won plenty of awards doing so!

Take a stroll down the Campuhan Ridge Walk. This spot is located slightly outside of town but great for any travelers looking to get outside and explore the beautiful scenery of Bali. The starting point of Gunung Lebah Temple is a beautiful way to kick off a relaxing walk through rolling hills.

Visit Pura Taman Saraswati. This beautiful little temple is dedicated to the goddess of wisdom and the grounds are truly a test of true Indonesia architecture and design! To that end, you will find gorgeous carvings of the goddess all over the building and fountains in front of the temple that fill a large pond. It is also the spot for dance performances at night when the temple is illuminated in the night sky!

For more ideas for your next vacation, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: COMO Uma Ubud, Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, Viceroy Bali, Amandari

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Things to know before you go…

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  • Beware of the monkeys. Wear minimal jewelry when you are around the monkey forests. They like the grab on anything you can and also remember they are wild animals… not pets!

  • Don’t drink the water. Make sure to buy bottled water as tap water is not drinkable. Ice however at resorts and major hotels is typically safe.

  • Brush up on your temple etiquette. To enter a temple, you must wear a sarong (usually with sash around your waist). Temples are generally free to visit. However, most keepers will show visitors to a 'donation box'.

Click HERE for more information!

Friday Feature: Palm Beach

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Palm Beach

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Best known for pastel colors, weekend polo matches, and unbelievable shopping, Palm Beach is a true walk back in time to early Florida! If you are wanting to soak in the amazing Treasure Coast sunshine, the water and beaches across south Florida are easily comparable to the Caribbean - minus the international flight. If shopping is more your scene, spend your days walking the designer Worth Ave. or ever-growing CityPlace. This tropical destination is easy to reach with Palm Beach International (PBI) airport only a quick 15 minute drive from downtown.

Best Times to Visit: Palm Beach is truly a year round destination but if you are wanting fewer crowds and temperate weather, the best times to visit are April - May or October - December!

Things to do:

Walk down the iconic on Worth Ave. This boutique shopping district stretches four blocks of Palm Beach’s shopping district from Lake Worth to the Atlantic Ocean. Not only is this home to some of the best shopping in all of South Florida, Worth Avenue has so much European charm and blooming flowers that taking a day to stroll the streets is a must during your time in Palm Beach - don’t forget your camera!

Soak in the sunshine. You can’t come to sunny South Florida without spending some time suntanning on the beach. There are plenty of public beaches spread throughout Palm Beach county. But if you are not into the sand during a beach day, Palm Beach has a great selection of pools at the incredible resorts!

Take a sunset cruise on a catamaran. The best way to wrap up a day in beautiful West Palm Beach? Cruising the beautiful intracoastal waterway with wine and good company! Click HERE to book a 90 minute cruise during your next trip!

Snorkel Breakers Reef. Breakers reef is located just off the coast of The Breakers Resort & Spa beach. It is the remains of the old pier in front of the Breakers Hotel and is now home to lots of beautiful sea life! This reef is easy to swim and a great afternoon activity for the whole family.

Feature Hotel: EAU Palm Beach, The Breakers, Four Seasons Palm Beach

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Restaurants we love…

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Click HERE for more local spots!

The Best Budget Savvy Adult Getaways 🌍💸

There's been a lot of honeymoon talk about adults only, all-inclusive resorts that are budget friendly, but still meet all the pampering needs of a proper getaway post-wedding planning. So we wanted to share some insight so that it can help remove the stress of "internet overwhelm."

We picked our favorite Mexico and Caribbean adults-only, all-inclusive resorts based on what we have historically seen when totaled with air, transportation and all the (complimentary) champagne you can drink!


MEXICO

The first couple are near Cancun, because that airport has the most direct flights in Mexico, making logistics a breeze. Flights take up a big part of budget, so high traffic areas can be ideal for saving on spend.

1. Unico 20.87 - Riviera Maya

This resort is the most economical in summer months, i.e. prime honeymoon season! The swim up rooms are the lowest room category… which is pretty fabulous but it’s important to note that they are eye level with heavy foot traffic at all hours of the night. So we like to recommend the Ocean Front or Ocean View for a more romantic, intimate experience, and all non-swim up rooms have a balcony with private tub. This is perfect for a couple that doesn't need full on romance, but just wants to feel completely pampered, enjoy some excursions, and a great spa.

2. Secrets Akumal - Riviera Maya

This resort contains all of the romance of the Secrets brand within a beautifully designed new facility within the Riviera Maya area. Aside from it’s amazing property, it is also close to Tulum and ruins for those looking to get off property and explore a little bit during their time away. It is important to note that it is past Unico and typically takes around 2 hours from airport… So our best advice with this property is to not book a super early flight home!

3. Valentin Imperial - Riviera Maya

This is for a budget savvy bride and groom! This property is a great option for the newlyweds who are looking to still have a 5-star resort getaway while not breaking the bank… aka around $3k for a week! A real steal for an incredible honeymoon. Also Valentin Imperial is well located for excursions and experiencing local areas, cenotes, and ruins in the Riviera Maya area!

4. Pueblo Bonito Pacifico - Cabo

This is for someone who wants to explore all that Cabo has to offer, and doesn't mind a non-swimmable beach. Cabo isn't prime for swimming anyways due to it’s rocky coast, but it is dang good for exploring! The food is absolutely incredible (we recommend Flora Farms for a fabulous date night out), and relaxing with incredible views of rock formations or taking a private boat your to Lover's Beach.

5. Secrets Vallarta Bay - Puerto Vallarta

We love the Puerto Vallarta area because it is perfect for someone who may want all of the Hawaii or St. Lucia vibes without the bougie price tag. There are mountains, great beaches, boating excursions, culture, and an awesome downtown to explore and get off property. Also, Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest cities in the world! This Secrets property lives up to it’s incredible design that the brand is known for and the service here is incredible!


CARIBBEAN

For those looking to avoid Mexico, check out:

1. Secrets Cap Cana - Punta Cana, DR

If you are wanting an adults only, all inclusive options with a gorgeous beach, this spot is for you! It is a truly incredible property that knows how to make every client feel like a VIP. They have hidden doors in each of the rooms for seamless room service delivery. This property is totally based on relaxation as it is a more quiet, intimate vibe. There are 2 Secrets in Punta Cana- but this is the newer option that will really WOW any honeymoon couple or anniversary celebration!

2. Galley Bay - Antigua

Antigua is such a great non-Mexico option fr honeymoon couples! Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches! It is an adults only, all inclusive property that is prime for someone wanting a beach front walk out room and more authentic style experience in the Caribbean islands. It's a smaller property than most thought so there are not a ton of dining options for a full week!

3. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Another great adults only, all inclusive option in the Caribbean. In full transparency this resort is not always super budget friendly, but you get a lot of quality for what you pay for making it a worthy splurge on a trip as important as your honeymoon. Plus Jamaica has a lot of flight options so that tends to help on the overall costs!

4. Excellence El Carmen - Punta Cana, DR

This property has true all inclusive, all suite luxury that is just perfect for a honeymoon! However, it is important to say that there are two Excellence properties in Punta Cana. Excellence El Carmen is the fresh and new property with a very "clean" feeling to it. It has a gorgeous beach and the ocean front swim ups are worth the upgrade!

5. Secrets Wild Orchid - Montego Bay, Jamaica

This resort is out on a peninsula and quite a ways from the airport, but you can expect incredible views of the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean. It is an all inclusive property with incredible amenities. Each room category has a private balcony or terrace that is fully furnished. Spend your time soaking in the sun or getting pampered at the incredible spa on property.

** Disclaimer: A lot of these will do a sales pitch upon arrival for time share. Be up front and stubborn that you have no interest (if you have no interest).

Happy Honeymoon Hunting!!

Friday Feature: Marrakech, Morocco

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Morocco draws visitors from around the world for it’s gorgeous tile work, intricate tapestries, and uniquely inspiring culture! Marrakech is the economical center of Morocco and home to some of the most beautiful mosques, gardens, and palaces. But warning, while this city is beautiful, it can be tricky to navigate. How do you get to this Moroccan city? Marrakech has an international airport, but when flying from the US you'll have to change planes in Casablanca. The airport is only about 15 minutes from the city. Taxis operate throughout the day, but you should make sure that you set the taxi fare before you get in.

Best Times to Visit: The best times to visit Marrakech are from March to May and between September and November. These shoulder seasons are known for their desirable weather (with average daytime temps in the low 70s to low 90s) and affordable hotel rates.

Things to do:

Spend time in the Jardin Majorelle. Created 40 years ago by French painter Jacques Majorelle, the Jardin Majorelle is a lush and beautifully designed garden that is sure to captivate all visitors. Complete with enchanting little lanes, tranquil streams and over 300 species of stunning plants, Jardin Majorelle is perfect for those who need a break from the busy city.

Visit a tannery. Tanning is the process of treating skins and hides of animals to produce leather and a tannery is the place where the skins are processed! Between its overwhelming smell and tourist draw, these are very easy to find across the city. Visitors can watch workers as they hand dye material in preparation for trade in the city. Offering up an alternative to modern factories, the tanneries are an intriguing feast for all the senses.

Stay in a traditional riad. A riad is a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. They are often times tucked away on the narrow streets of the older parts of town. This is the best way to experience a traditional Moroccan stay!

Experience a hammam. A hammam, or authentic Moroccan bath house, where you can pamper yourself with an exfoliating massage, a cold pool dip, or a suana detox. There are plenty of bath houses to choose from and the typical cost is between 50-100 dirhams ($13 - $27 USD).

For more ideas and information, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Riad Dar Anika, Riad le Clos des Arts, Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

Things to know before you go…

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  • Weather is unpredictable. The weather alternates between extremely hot to relatively cold conditions so be prepared.

  • Prepare to haggle. Particularly with taxi drivers.

  • Accommodations are very affordable! And luxurious so don’t think its a scam when we see your nightly rate!

  • You will get lost. It is almost a necessity when visiting this confusing city. So don’t get yourself all worked up when it happens - sometimes it even brings you to the very best places. Try to stay aware of your surroundings as Maps does not work here.

  • Take a cab to Bahia Palace. This comes off our previous tip, but because the streets are so confusing it is best to enlist help getting to particular destinations!

    For more information, click HERE.

Friday Feature: Malta

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Malta is a picturesque Mediterranean island located south of Italy between Sicily and the North African coast. This island nation is composed of three islands - Malta (the main island), Gozo and Comino! Despite being a relatively small island, there is PLENTY to explore across the country. Flying to Malta is easy. How do you get to this adorable little island? Luckily, flights into Malta take under three hours from a wide range of UK airports. All arrive at Malta's one international airport, which is no more than 45 minutes by car or taxi from anywhere on the main island! You could also take a quick ferry ride from Sicily, making it an easy stop before/after if you would like to extend your trip.

Best Times to Visit: Malta’s shoulder season lasts from September to November, making early fall the best time to visit for a relaxing holiday. Tourist crowds are gone and the weather is still very nice!

Things to do:

Explore Valletta. The country’s capital city is a great spot to explore and teeming with interesting history of the country. Malta is a mixed bag of various cultures - British, French, Romans, and more - and this eclectic mix of cultures is evident all through this city! Getting lost strolling these narrow, colorful streets is easy in such a beautiful location.

Take a ferry to Gozo for the day. Gozo is the second largest island that makes up the archipelago of Malta. It was once the home of the Azure Window, which unfortunately fell down in 2017 after some stormy weather. However, there is still so much beauty along the island coast. Spend a full day exploring the coast, visiting the Ta’Pinu Church, and marvel at the Cittadella.

Visit the island of Comino. This incredible island is home to the picturesque Blue Lagoon. Take a cheap ferry in the morning from Sliema or Bugibba and spend a good part of the day enjoying the crystal clear water around the Blue Lagoon - one of Malta’s most photographed landscapes.

Spend a day at the beach in Mellieha Bay or Golden Bay. No trip to Malta is complete without some time in the sunshine! Mellieha Bay or Golden Bay are great spots to waste a time working on your sun tan, taking a ride on a jet ski, or experiencing the beautiful coast while parasailing.

Sample some delicious Maltese wine. Take a tour through one of Marsovin’s (one of the major producers of Maltese wine) wine cellars. Located on the main island of Malta, this is a great pit stop for any wine lovers wanting to sample the local fare.

Feature Hotel: InterContinental Malta, The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta, The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

Things to know before you go…

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  • This is a safe island nation. The Maltenese are a very friendly, helpful crowd and the whole island is relatively safe!

  • Don’t be afraid to haggle. If you decide to take a taxi, always agree upon a fare beforehand and don’t be afraid to shop around at taxi stands.

  • Check the flags at the beach. If you want to go swimming at a nearby beach outside of the high season (July-September), always be informed of the safety systems in place at the beaches. If there’s no flag to indicate that the water is safe for swimming, always check with the locals!

  • Arrange for a transfer vs. driving. Malta is one of the countries that drive on the left hand side of the road. Drivers tend to be temperamental and not particularly interested in abiding by the law of the road - so be warned it is best to hire a driver.

    For more information, click HERE.

Our Recent Visit: Secrets Cap Cana

Our travel designer, Robin, and CEO, Jennifer, visited the beautiful property of Secrets Cap Cana while exploring over 14 various properties in the Punta Cana area for clients! Needless to say, they fell in love and we think you will to!

Continue reading to see some of their favorite parts of this luxurious resort!


What we loved:

Secrets Cap Cana is a true luxury resort in the Dominican Republic with clean, modern-designed grounds that are still true to this island’s native roots! This resort is adults only so it has a much more quiet and relaxed vibe. It is a great romantic option for our upcoming honeymoooners, anniversary trips, or simply adults looking to getaway and relax in the Dominican sunshine. While this resort is large, its friendly staff and artfully designed property makes it feel like more of a boutique hotel!

Where to eat:

At Secrets Cap Cana you can indulge in an expansive array of international cuisine. Choose from 7 á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a grill and a café. The best part? Reservations are never required. Or if you would like to add some romance to your stay, sneak away for a romantic meal in your suite or on the beach.

There is also 24-hour dining options that allow guests to enjoy late night bites at the Coco Café or room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night.

Room details:

All the suites at Secrets Cap Cana are smoke free and offer sophisticated Caribbean décor with a furnished balcony or terrace so that you can easily access the stunning views. If you would like to really escape, they have additional elegant options such as bungalow suites, swim out suites and the highest level of luxury – the Preferred Club.

The Preferred Club offer guests with the following perks:

  • Personalize check-in and check-out

  • Special concierge service

  • Preferred status and amenities 

    • Preferred Club suites in premium locations 

    • Upgraded mini-bar 

    • Upgraded room service menu

    • Upgraded bath amenities

    • Pillow menu

    • Complimentary newspaper in-suite every day (English or Spanish) by request

  • Private Preferred Club Lounge with daily continental breakfast service, afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and various deserts and fine liquors

  • Exclusive dining access including daily continental breakfast at Rosewater restaurant, daily à la carte breakfast at Oceana restaurant, and daily à la carte lunch at Rosewater restaurant

  • Private Preferred Club pool 

  • Private Preferred Club beach area

What you get with your stay:

At Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, these amenities include:

Our favorite part? There are no gaudy wristbands required during your stay!

Why we would recommend this property to our clients:

Overall, this property is truly an amazing option for anyone looking to escape the spring break crowds or children when on vacation! The well designed grounds, attentive staff, luxurious spa, various dining options, and multiple infinity pools make this resort a stand out amongst the other all inclusive resort options on the island.

Our Recent Visit: Four Seasons Palm Beach

Our travel designer, Robin, visited the beautiful property of Four Seasons Palm Beach… and y’all it is a real treasure amongst the Treasure Coast! It recently went through a great renovation project so the facilities are nicer than ever.

She is dishing out all the insider information you need to know to book your next stay at this luxury resort.


What I loved:

The Four Seasons collection of hotels does an absolutely amazing job with the overall design and decor of each location. The Palm Beach property has recently undergone a large renovation to update the already amazing decor. They did an amazing job of bringing the style and colors of quintessential Palm Beach into all corners of this property.

The staff is also super kind and attentive! If you are laying by the pool or beach, the staff comes by hourly with various treats - sunscreen, chocolates, refreshments, etc. It almost feels like they are anticipating your needs to make sure your stay is nothing short of spectacular.

Where to eat:

The resort has two dining options on property that are both to die for! Seaway is a trendy oceanfront restaurant that highlights fresh Florida seafood with a Latin twist. The new renovation brought the kitchen outside so you can be assured that all of your food is prepped fresh right by the water.

If you are wanting a more fancy dining option, you have to check out Florie’s! Three-Michelin-starred Chef Mauro Colagreco has created a delicious menu that marries Florida and French Riviera flavors in the best ways. My favorite part is the open kitchen that is beautifully designed to showcase the amazing local fare. If you would rather grab a simple cocktail, Florie’s bar is not to be overlooked with their innovative drink menu!

Room details:

Rooms have even more of the Florida charm wrapped around them! Classic wicker, shades of pink and turquoise, and high end finishes make the rooms cozy and warm while staying true to Palm Beach. All rooms now come with a balcony and walk in shower following the reservation.

What you get with your stay:

Staying at this luxury resort comes with:

  • 2 tennis courts

  • Yoga and fitnesses classes

  • Poolside cabanas and beachside chairs with food & drink service

  • House car to local attractions

  • Cabana and daybed rentals

  • Luxury swell shopping boutique

  • Multilingual concierge

  • Kid’s programming and children under 5 eat free

  • Snorkeling equipment and beach volleyball

  • Complimentary sunglass cleaning

Why I would recommend considering for your next beach vacation:

This property is truly a gem on the Treasure Coast. It sits on the perfect beach property with crystal clear, warm waters. Four Seasons Palm Beach is also located right down the street from the iconic shopping strip - Worth Ave. It’s convenient location and fresh decor make this property the perfect spot for family vacations, beach getaways with friends, luxurious couple retreats, and oceanfront weddings & events.

Friday Feature: Buenos Aires

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As the largest and capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is known as the “Paris of Latin America” because of its lush green spaces, romantic architecture, and vibrant city life! It is located on the eastern coast of Argentina, just below the country of Uruguay. If you are looking to experience this beautiful city for yourself most international flights come in through the main airport of Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE). From there a 26 mile taxi ride will take you straight to the city center!

Best Times to Visit: The seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather in Buenos Aires is ideal in fall (March - May) and spring (September - November). The best travel deals are between April and June, but in October and November the jacaranda trees are in bloom, making it a beautiful time to see this city!

Things to do:

Enjoy an authentic “asado”. Asado, or barbecue, is a very important part of Argentinian culture as they highly value the gathering of friends and family. Enjoy a dinner of their high quality meats and local red wine. Some of the great steak places in the city include Don Julio and La Cabrera. If you are wanting a little more of a splurge meal, there’s the ever-popular Cabana Las Lilas.

Tango the night away! Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango and the perfect place to learn the moves… or watch the professionals! A "milonga” is a place where locals go to dance tango, and there are plenty of authentic spots around the city!

Stroll through the San Telmo Market. This colorful street market draws over 12,000 visitors every Sunday! You can spend hours perusing the various antiques, knick knacks, and local artwork all while getting a true taste for the local culture of this thriving city!

Walk through Corrientes Avenue. The bustling Avenida Corrientes, or “city that never sleeps”, passes through Microcentro, the financial district, across the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida, and by the Obelisco. There are countless bookshops, cafés, pubs, theatres, and shops along its edges - giving you plenty to explore during your stay!

For more ideas, click HERE.

Feature Hotel: Exe Hotel Colon, Hotel NH Buenos Aires, Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires

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Things to know before you go…

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  • The locals are night owls. If you are an early to bed kind of person, this city might not be for you. It is not uncommon for locals to head out to dinner at 9:00pm and most clubs don’t start getting busy until 2:00am.

  • Not a place for vegetarians. Argentina is the second overall consumer of meat and beef. It is a staple in most of their meals, so vegetarians be warned.

  • Transportation is cheap. Buses will take you just about everywhere you need to go in the city. Make sure to purchase a SUBE card beforehand at a kiosk as you can not purchase them directly on the bus.

  • Don’t think your normal Spanish will cut it.Castellano” is the Argentine version of Spanish but it is very different!

    For more information, click HERE.

Friday Feature: London

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London

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London’s calling and we are here for it! While typical Europe destinations like Italy and France will instantly sweep you off your feet with its beautiful language and vibrant culture, London isn’t quite the same. This European city is a great starter spot for international travelers wanting to dip their toes into Europe travel because it has many similarities to American - language, large city transportation, times of operations, etc. But don’t get us wrong, despite it’s similarities to American culture this destination is sure to wow all kinds of kinds! London is also an easy city to travel to from America with multiple airlines offering direct routes from America!

Best Times to Visit: London is pretty busy year round because of it’s beautiful summer weather and amazing seasonal decor for the holidays. However, high season is considered May to mid-September and December and low season is in January and February. If you would rather travel in low season to avoid the crowds, be sure to expect cool temperatures and plenty of rain.

Things to do:

Take a ride on the London Eye. The London Eye was originally constructed to celebrate the millennium and is a giant ferris wheel offering gorgeous panoramic views across the city. You can opt to share a pod with other travelers or splurge on a private pod for you and someone special.

Picnic in Hyde Park. This beautiful green park is the most famous in London and also the largest. It is home to several memorial features, as well as two bodies of water, the most famous being the Serpentine, where you can go paddle-boating, feed the swans, or just simply enjoy an afternoon lunch with friends!

Spend the afternoon at Westminster Abbey. Westminster is considered the political hub of London and is home to the Houses of Parliament and the world-famous Big Ben, which chimes every house. Westminster Abbey is open to the pubic most days so after a day of exploring the sites be sure to take time to rest your feet in Parliament Square.

Stroll the markets at Borough Market. This is the oldest market in all of London and most of the stallholders are the producers themselves! Meaning that you get the freshest, most authentic food from all over Europe! Warning: they have a limited market Monday-Tuesday so we recommend going Wednesday-Sunday for the full experience.

Feature Hotel: The Milestone Hotel, Andaz London Liverpool Street, COMO Metropolitan London

Restaurants we love…

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Best Places to Visit in April

Spring has officially sprung and traveling planning is still in full swing for the Explorateur Travel team!

With so many amazing client’s heading out on incredibly designed vacations, we are rounding up some of the best places to visit in April!


Botswana

If an African safari is on your travel bucket list, Botswana is the spot for you! April is one of the best times to visit this beautiful country because April-October is the dry season which means that game viewing is at it’s very best! The Moremi Game Reserve is in northern Botswana and a great place to spot the big five.

Porto, Portugal

Looking to escape the summer crowds that flock to Portugal for it’s amazing seafood, wine and rooftop bars? April is the best time to do it! Porto is a coastal town in northwest Portugal best known for it’s local production of port wine… hence the name! Spend your spring afternoons strolling the narrow, cobblestone streets and exploring the local boutiques and cafes.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was hit hard by the latest blast of hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean. And while not all of the country has bounced back from the storms, things in San Juan are back up and running. Spend the day sun tanning at one of the pristine beaches or stroll the gorgeous, pastel colored streets of San Juan. Locals are waiting with open arms because the country could use a tourism boost more than ever!

Savannah, Georgia

Sleepy Savannah is teeming with history, friendly locals, and delicious foods! Savannh is also home to the largest music festival in Georgia - The Savannah Music Festival. Spend the day listening to over 100 artists and soaking in that spring sunshine! Another perk of this southern hot spot? It is only a quick road trip from most southeastern cities like Orlando, Atlanta, and Charleston!

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a popular destination in April because it’s mild temperature and pre-summer dip in tourism. Morocco is known for it’s beautiful ceramic design details and ultimate desert vibes! Tour this beautiful city from the seat of a vintage sidecar or see the seemingly untouched desert from the back of a camel - but leave your bulky winter coats at home.

Friday Feature: Budapest

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Budapest

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As the capital city of Hungary, Budapest is divided in half by the Danube River separating the hilly "Buda" district on the west side of the river and a flat "Pest" side on the east. From it’s dramatic history, beautiful architecture, healing thermal springs, and vibrant nightlife, there isn’t much that this beautiful capital city doesn’t offers to travelers near and far. British Airways and other low cost budget airlines offer direct flights to Budapest Ferihegy Airport from London.

Best Times to Visit: The best times to visit Budapest are from March to May and September through November. These shoulder seasons are when the weather is idyllic and the city isn't overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild.

Things to do:

Soak in the Széchenyi Baths. One of the last remnants of the Turkish influence in Hungary, is the beautiful thermal bathes - a quintessential Budapest experience! While there are many baths through Budapest, the grandious Széchenyi Baths are a fan favorite. No matter which bath house you choose, a visit to the baths is truly one of the best things to do in Budapest! We suggest going in early morning or just before sunset for a more private soak in the thermal, healing waters of the outdoor pools.

Cruise along the Danube River. The beautiful Danube River is the second longest European river that touches 10 different countries! It also perfectly highlights the beautiful city of Budapest. Whether you cruise this river during the day or night, it is an absolute must during your time in this city. There are cruise options that offer everything from history tours to dinner cruise options!

Sample some authentic Hungarian wine. The Hungarian wine scene is great for our fellow wine lovers and we totally recommend sampling some local wines during your trip! There are plenty of cellars located throughout Budapest itself (Faust Wine Cellar is a great option located underground in the labyrinth system beneath Buda Castle) or take a trip out to the Etyek region.

Take a walking tour of Budapest. Just looking at pictures of Budapest it is easy to see that the architecture is so alluring to travelers from around the world! There are plenty of tour options - walking, riding, or cruising - that will give you a better picture of the history and uniqueness the city offers.

Feature Hotel: New York Palace, Budapest Marriott Hotel, Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest 

Things to know before you go…

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  • Be sure to validate your metro ticket. There are ticket inspections done frequently on the metro and fines are issued on the spot for invalidated tickets!

  • Book in advance. Most buses and drivers will allow you to buy directly from the driver, but it is more expensive! So plan ahead and book those tickets in advance - we can help you with that!

  • Pedestrians have the right of way. Especially on crosswalks so be aware if you are driving in the city!

  • Pay in Forints, not Euro. Some stores will list pricing in Euro but the conversion is not in your favor so make sure to always pay in Forints and save your money!

    For more information, click HERE.

Friday Feature: Palm Springs, CA

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Palm Springs, CA is truly a place like no where else! People come to experience it’s renown mid century style and retro, desert vibes but stay for the beautiful weather and amazing food scene. If you are looking for a great option for a friends trip, bachelor/bachelorette retreat, or couples getaway, Palm Springs should definitely be on your radar! You can get here by flying into the local airport - Palm Springs International Airport. While some guests opt to rent a car during their stay, if you are looking for an authentic stay we recommend using the bikes that most resorts offer to their guests! There is no better way to experience this adorable town then cruising the streets on a colorful bicycle.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April when the weather is the most hospitable. Fall's temperatures are almost as nice, but unless you love the heat, we wouldn't recommend visiting in the summertime when daily highs regularly reach the triple digits.

Things to do:

Take in the sites of The Valley from the Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over 2.5 miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting visitors to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. During this ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering spectacular vistas of the valley below.

Tour the mid century houses of Palm Springs. The Mod Squad has perfectly curated an amazing “Essential Palm Springs” tour for visitors looking to see the iconic design of the city. In just 90 minutes, discover what makes Palm Springs the mecca for mid-century modern architecture and still have time to relax by the pool! With a maximum of five individuals per tour,  Palm Springs Mod Squad tours are intimate, personalized experiences.

Relax! While the food and downtown scene is vibrant and fun to explore, there is no better way to spend your time in Palm Springs than simply relaxing at one of the amazingly designed pools or famous spa’s! No one does relaxing weekend retreat quite like Palm Springs so make sure to leave time to recharge your battery during your stay.

Leave some extra room in your carry on… because the shopping here is no joke! Whether you stroll the boutiques along downtown or shop the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, you are sure to find some necessary keepsake to celebrate your amazing stay!

Click HERE to learn more!

Feature Hotel: The Parker, Saguaro Palm Springs, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

Our favorite restuarants…

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  • Cheekys - This is thee. best. brunch spot! Possibly in all of Palm Springs. Make sure to grab a bacon flight during your stay!

  • Purple Palm Restaurant - nestled in the Colony Palms Hotel, this spot has an imaginative menu of globally-influenced American cuisine

  • Great Shakes - this ice cream shop is taking your traditional cone to a whole new level… i.e. milkshakes with a donut on the straw

  • Norma’s - Located in The Parker hotel, this five star diner is anything but ordinary

  • Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - This American eatery is a great addition to the vibrant downtown Palm Springs scene. And the interior decor gives us all the design inspo.

Check out more great options HERE!

Our Recent Stay: Unico 20 87

Our travel designer, Robin, just got back from a relaxing couple’s vacation at Unico 20 87 in Riviera Maya, Mexico! You have probably heard us mention this amazing property before but it’s truly something you need to experience for yourself.

She is dishing out all the insider information you need to know to book your next stay at this all inclusive resort.


Why I went:

My fiance and I wanted a tropical getaway that was both convenient to get to from south Florida and a luxury all inclusive resort… Unico 20 87 checked all the boxes! This resort is located 1 hour south of the Cancun airport, which has tons of direct flight options from cities like Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, Miami, and more!

What I loved:

I have stayed at all inclusive resorts before but Unico does such a good job at capturing the boutique luxury vibe. The best part is the all inclusive package is truly all inclusive… like tours, spa, golf tee times, scuba diving excursions, and salon services for only a 25% service fee!

Upon check in we were greeted with a refreshing welcome drink and welcoming, attentive staff. They even had us select the scent of our room amenities… such an amazing touch! Our local host, Mario, gave us a quick tour of the resort, took our luggage to the room while letting us enjoy some delicious tacos for lunch near the ocean! Local hosts are assigned to every guest and can help you with all dinner reservations, booking tours for you, etc. We felt so important and well taken care of by the staff the entire trip!

What I ate:

The best food ever… EVER! We tried a different restaurant for dinner every night and never left a meal unimpressed. They have a great selection of dining experiences ranging from casual beachside to fine dining under the stars!

During the day, they have a great selection of breakfast and lunch options which you can enjoy at a restaurant overlooking the ocean, by the pool, in your room, or wherever you want. You can even order poolside drinks or snacks through an app on your phone… Game changer!

How I slept:

The rooms were clean, spacious, and artfully designed! Our king size bed was like sleeping on a cloud and the pillow menu selections only helped make our stay even more comfortable. They also have a nightly turndown service and I am pretty positive there is nothing better than coming home from a delicious dinner to a freshly made bed and Godiva chocolates!

What I got with my stay:

All. The. Things. And that is not an exaggeration y’all! This all inclusive resort truly took the term all inclusive to heart. With you stay, you get:

  • 5-star adults-only accommodations

  • In-room minibar stocked according to preference

  • Custom-scented amenities

  • Four unique restaurants, including Cueva Siete under celebrity chef Xavier Perez Stone

  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and free calls to the Continental US & Canada

  • 24-hr room service

  • Three bars with a devoted mixology program and a lounge featuring live entertainment

  • Poolside and beachside service including snacks and beverages

  • Land and water sports

  • Fitness Center with a visiting instructor program

  • Daily and nightly events

Why I would recommend considering for your next trip to Mexico:

Mexico is teeming with amazing resorts! But Unico has completely changed the all inclusive, boutique resort game! From the food, decorations, pool and beach, and friendly staff, this place is a new favorite of mine. It is perfect for a romantic weekend, group celebration, honeymoon, or business incentives trip!

Friday Feature: Barbados

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It’s hard not to instantly picture bright white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters when you hear the word Barbados. But this beautiful Caribbean island offers guests a rich history and culinary scene as well! It’s location in the southern Caribbean also means it is not at risk for hurricanes during that time of season - making it a great spot to consider if you are looking to travel between June - November! How do you get to this sunny paradise? All flights to Barbados land at Grantley Adams Intl. Airport (BGI), which is located in the parish of Christ Church.

Best Times to Visit: The best time to visit Barbados is between July and November. Though these months fall within the Caribbean's hurricane season, hurricanes rarely hit the island!

Things to do:

Taste the local flavors. Barbeque is the preferred cooking method of Bajans and you will smell the delicious aromas throughout the island. This is also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and locals! Just follow your nose to one of the many roadside or beachside barbecues and taste some of the nation’s best food.

Go on a rum tour. Mount Gay Rum is the country’s pride and joy! Mount Gay Distillery puts on excellent rum tours where you can learn about the history of rum production in Barbados, while trying a few samples along the way.

Visit Harrison’s Cave. Located in the central uplands, Harrison’s Cave showcases breathtaking limestone that drips water into impossibly clear pools. Pictures hardly do it justice. The cave itself is located far away from most tourist hotels, however there are plenty of tour options that will take you straight to this natural wonder.

Stroll St. Nicholas Abbey. St. Nicholas Abbey is an old plantation home set on a beautiful property of tranquil gardens, gullies and orchards with the adjacent Cherry Tree Hill. The home itself has some beautiful antique furniture and decorations transporting you back to the 350+ years of history that this wonderfully preserved plantation home offers visitors.

Soak in the sunshine on Carlisle Bay Beach. While there are plenty of beautiful, white sandy beaches along the coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay is one of the best! The waters are always calm with plenty of places to pick up food and alcohol to sit back and enjoy the day with!

Check out more ideas HERE.

Feature Hotel: St Peters Bay, Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandpiper

Things to know before you go…

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  • Leave the camo at home. While it has become pretty mainstream in today’s fashion, camo is illegal to wear in Barbados. The print is exclusively reserved for use by the defense force in Barbados.

  • English is the primary language. It may be a little hard to understand at first, but Barbadians speak a form of broken English know as Bajan. It consists mostly of words which have been shortened or joined together, excluding “r” sounds and replacing “th” sounds with “d”.

  • Look but don’t touch the turtles. Barbados has an amazing population of hawksbill and leatherback turtles, which were once endangered and are now protected and monitored throughout the island.

    For more information, click HERE.