Apple Vacations and The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to announce #BeachBlitz 2016 in Riviera Maya!

 

Are you ready for #BeachBlitz 2016 at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun in Riviera Maya?

The seven-night #BeachBlitz gives Eagles fans the opportunity to escape to Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun with their favorite Eagles players and alumni.

Apple Vacations’ Philadelphia Eagles #BeachBlitz includes:

  • Round trip airfare
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun
  • Non-stop transfers to and from Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun
  • Unlimited-Luxury® including – ALL meals, ALL top – shelf spirits, ALL snacks and ALL tips in resort
  • #BeachBlitz group photo and gift
  • Private welcome party, photo sessions, autograph session with the Eagles players and alumni
  • #BeachBlitz Activities will take place for 7 days
  • Events with Players and Alumni will take place April 9-12, 2016
  • #BeachBlitz Lanyard for entry to the private events

Specific players and alumni will be announced very, very soon, along with a schedule of fun activities that fans can enjoy.

Just a $200 deposit secures your space on #BeachBlitz. Space is limited, click here for pricing and more details: http://applev.ac/1PwmkZR

 

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An Apple Vacations’ All-Inclusive Experience – for the first time!

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So you have never been to Mexico or The Caribbean?  There is no time like the present to start! Don’t know what to expect? Well our very own Content Specialist Lauren Roberts just went on her very first Apple Vacation and is sharing her experience with you.

A Travel Newbie’s First All-Inclusive Experience

As told by Apple Vacations’ Content Specialist  – Lauren Roberts

Let me preface this entire post by saying that I’ve never been out of the country. Growing up, my parents only traveled to the Jersey Shore and – on extremely rare occasions – Disney World. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out I would be visiting Mexico for my very first time.

Crystal clear water, beautiful sandy beaches, and all-inclusive accommodations? I felt like I had booked a ticket to paradise! Most importantly, I would finally be able to see some of the properties that I worked with on a daily basis. And let me tell you, seeing a resort on the internet is very different than seeing it in person. I finally understand that now.

To be honest, before I started working at Apple Vacations, my knowledge of all-inclusive resorts was very slim. I never really traveled and therefore, never truly knew what was out there.

Well kids…

MIND. BLOWN.

I was finally able to experience a true Apple Vacation, which was something I had really been looking forward to. The airport provided us with seamless check-in, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous about the entire process. Since I don’t travel often, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But getting onto my flight was a breeze. Non-stop flights are a major selling point, by the way.

Once we got off the plane and through customs, a transfer was ready to take us to our destination. Our driver was kind and provided us with cool beverages while we completed our site inspections, and our guide was extremely helpful with any questions we had. He continued with us throughout our entire stay, assisting us at each hotel we visited throughout the day.

Our host hotel, Secret Silversands Riviera Cancun, provided us with luxurious guestrooms, beautiful a la carte and buffet restaurants, and absolutely stunning grounds. Not to mention, the Unlimited-Luxury®. concept is just out of this world amazing. I had my choice of French, Italian, Mexican, and Japanese cuisine on a nightly basis. Let’s just say a few of us visited multiple restaurants a night. Drinks were available wherever you turned, and I was in complete bliss being able to order poolside as I sprawled out into a lounge chair. Special shout out goes to the resort’s room service option. I’m sorry I ordered half your menu. Totally not sorry I ate it all. It was delicious.

The Unlimited-Luxury®.experience truly provides guests with a worry-free vacation. Not having to pay after eating at a restaurant was a little strange at first (very dine and dash), but it was fantastic to know that you could essentially leave your wallet in your room. We did, however, wind up tipping for exceptional service, which we experienced a lot of.

The nightly entertainment and daily activities were free as well, so we were able to see a show or take advantage of non-motorized water sports whenever we pleased. I was even able to experience a poolside tequila tasting! Note to self: You will probably never like tequila no matter how hard you try. Points for persistence though.

Some group members chose to go kayaking in the ocean and had a great time. Others chose to experience a show or two at night, which always ended in rave reviews. Then there were the ones (cough, cough) who chose to end their night stuffing their face full of tempura fried ice cream. No shame!

So, in short, would I visit an all-inclusive resort through Apple Vacations again? Let’s see… Roundtrip airfare and transfers, hotel accommodations, unlimited food and beverages, and the assistance of an in-resort representative whenever you need it, among many other wonderful perks? You bet I would!

Would I eat snails again? Nope. Sorry, Bordeaux. Your lamb chop was excellent though!

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SECRETS AKUMAL RIVIERA MAYA

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I have a Secret … well lots of them. And no, it is not that I am happy it is back to school time! OK … maybe a little. It’s actually Secret’s Resorts & Spas. The newest resort is opening this fall – WELCOME SECRETS AKUMAL RIVIERA MAYA.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya opens November 1, 2015 and it makes the perfect vacation if you are looking for an adult escape! The resort is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along those beautiful white sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal.

The resort is one hour south of the Cancun airport and will open with 434 elegant suites, many with stunning ocean views.

This brand new resort offers adults a charming, picturesque vacation, complete with an exceptional Unlimited-Luxury® experience.

UNLIMITED-LUXURY® AMENITIES:

Welcome cocktail and cool towel

Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day

Unlimited premium alcoholic beverages

Complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily

24-hour room and concierge services

Pool and beach wait service

Non-motorized water sports

Open-air theatre

Fitness center

Complimentary greens fees at nearby Riviera Maya Golf Club

Internet access

Expansive oceanfront infinity pool and outdoor Jacuzzi

All taxes and gratuities

So if the kids are heading back to school (or already there), or if you are looking for a romantic couples vacation, girls getaway or relaxing time at the spa; make sure you look to the new Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. We all deserve a little “me” time and this is the perfect place.

For more details click here –> http://applev.ac/1Sk7Bao

 

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Apple Vacations and Now Resorts & Spas Philadelphia Phillies Photo Night 2016.

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Apple Vacations and Now Resorts & Spas hosted Philadelphia Phillies Photo Night 2016.

All fans entering the gates at Citizens Bank Park received an Apple Vacations and Now Resorts & Spas photo frame. And, fans entering the gates early were able to go on the field and take pictures of their favorite players. Yes, even a few #Selfie’s were taken.

Apple Vacations and Now Resorts & Spas look forward to this event each year, and hosting our top travel agency accounts.

Susan Gaines Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, AMResorts tossed out the ceremonial first pitch to The Phanatic. She also presented a lucky fan with an Apple Vacation to Now Resorts & Spas for them to enjoy!

Apple Vacations and Now Resorts & Spas were featured all over the stadium.

Please enjoy our gallery of photos from Photo Night.

National Tequila Day

Last week was National Tequila Day. Did you know Americans drink 50 million liters of tequila annually? This is actually more tequila than consumed in Mexico! This is according to the Today Show.

Of course tequila is good when included in a refreshing beverage, but it can also be used as an ingredient when cooking spectacular recipes. Here is a recipe for “Spicy Tequila Chicken”. I am going to try this one myself.

Spicy Tequila Chicken

Step 1:

Cut 6 chicken breasts into long strips.

 Step 2:

Combine:

1/2 cup of clear tequila

Juice from 6 limes

1 generous tablespoon of chili powder

2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

 Step 3:

Combine chicken breasts and marinade.

Let ingredients sit for at least one hour in refrigerator.

 Step 4:

Grill Chicken until it is nicely browned.

 Step 5:

Sprinkle your favorite queso on top.

Serve atop your favorite tortilla or rice.

Tell us, how do you like your tequila?

Apple Vacations “People to People” Trip in Cuba!

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I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a “People to People” trip.

With the recent relaxation of regulations to obtain required licenses for travel to Cuba, the island nation has become more available to eager travelers from the United States. On our trip, we visited several different regions of the country, starting in Trinidad, then on to Cienfuegos (both in central Cuba). We also visited Havana and Old Havana (both in western Cuba).

It was an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to share my blogs with you, including travel tips and highlights of each region.

First off, my overall impressions and favorite experiences in Cuba.

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Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders film in Mexico!

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Apple Vacations and Iberostar Hotels and Resorts were delighted to host the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and staff this month for the making of their 2015/2016 swimsuit calendar.

Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar provided a picture perfect backdrop. Palm trees, crystal blue water, white sandy beaches and the beauty of Mexico  shined throughout the shoot.

When not filming, the cheerleaders also participated in games and events with the resort guests.  We can’t wait to see the completed calendar. Meanwhile, here are some sneak peaks of the shoot and some behind the scenes photos.

Go Eagles!