Watch: The Fray, Johnny Rzeznik & Josh Kelley Play Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Apple Vacations and Chicago’s Morning Show, Eric & Kathy on The MIX, recently traveled to beautiful Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Resort & Spa for, “Chips, Dip and A Mexico Trip… CABO!”

To celebrate their 10th anniversary trip with Apple, they brought almost 300 passengers to resort and a few friends, including Johnny Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls, American Authors and Josh Kelley.

To watch more videos from the trip, check out the Eric & Kathy YouTube page, here!

Now is the Time for Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

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As told by Stephanie Diehl. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @TravelDesigned or at TravelDesigned.com.

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Time is wasting to visit Puerto Vallarta during whale-watching season.

While just about anytime of year is nice in Puerto Vallarta, RIGHT NOW is prime time to view the humpback whales in their natural habitat. Tours can be booked through your travel agent or with your on site Apple Vacations representative at the hotel. The humpback whales are expected to be in Puerto Vallarta this year until the latter part of March when they will move up the coast to Alaska for their summer feeding.

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Bring Romance Back: Top 3 Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of traditional romance. Or so Hallmark says. But what’s romantic about boxed chocolate? Do cartoon hearts and supermarket flowers create that spark you are looking for?

Romance needs a comeback.

If you want true romance, a wide-eyed rekindling of love — an experience that your relationship will draw back to time-and-time again — throw out the chocolate hearts already and check out one of these three incredibly romantic getaways that are fighting to bring authentic romance back.

Secrets Maroma Beach – Riviera Maya (http://applev.ac/1gvoSX3)

Secrets Maroma is the ideal romantic location planted firmly on one of the most famous beaches in Mexico. Voted the world’s most romantic beach, six-golden apple Secrets Maroma is best known for it’s peaceful and exclusive setting. Private cabanas on the beach and private swim-out pools help make this Riviera Maya location and prime spot to create a connection.

Secrets Maroma has a spa and spa garden, offering outdoor and indoor treatment and a complimentary anniversary, which features a romantic breakfast in bed with mimosas, 15% discount on all spa treatments and bottle of sparkling wine.

Zoetry Punta Cana – Punta Cana (http://applev.ac/1fpWFkf)

When it comes to romance, Zoetry gets it right. Especially the lush and secluded six-golden apple Zoetry in Punta Cana. Take full advantage of this resort’s exclusive oceanfront setting by lounging underneath the lush palms on an amazing beach or swimming in the azure ocean. Both occur in almost total privacy. You can also visit Zoetry Punta Cana’s full-service spa and take couple’s serenity to the next level.

French doors, ocean-view terraces and an extensive international wine cellar, push Zoetry Punta Cana to the top of the romance charts.

Secrets Vallarta Bay – Puerto Vallarta (http://applev.ac/1fhsEB8)

With a stunning ocean and mountain background, Secrets Vallarta Bay sets the ultimate scene for love and romance. Selected rooms come with a soaking tub that the accommodating staff will transform into a bubble bath at your request. Swim-out rooms give you the option of reaching the pool in private fashion.

Romantic horseback rides and couples massages top the list of activities at this Secrets location. And if it’s your anniversary, you can indulge in a complementary private dinner on the beach and sparkling wine in your room.

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Ready to Book Your Cancun & Riviera Maya Apple Vacation? Wait no more!

Did you ever see a game show where the contestant waits until the last minute to make a decision or hit the buzzer, and they wait so long they wind up with nothing?

I LOVE game shows and have found myself on more than one occasion screaming at the screen, “push the button!” or “take the deal!”

Many people wait to book their vacations, and yes, sometimes it works out and they catch a Last Minute Special – especially if they are very flexible. But that is not always the case.

I recently returned from my vacation in Cancun’s Riviera Maya. I was pleased to see that my resort was almost 100% full. And it was not the only one.

With this current cold weather, polar vortex, snow and ice across the US, people want to see the sun. And with Cancun being such an easy flight, the resorts I spoke to were doing very well.

Especially because of the cold, friends and family call me and asking, “when are the really low prices coming out?” and “when is the next big sale?” I keep telling them that if they want to book, go ahead and book now.

Don’t wait.

We have some amazing rates to Mexico (and the Caribbean of course) right on our website www.applevacations.com. If you hesitate, the dates and resort you want might not be available for long. And prices can go up.

I was pricing out a vacation the other night and by the next morning, the same package price was $200 more per person! The hotel had sold all of the “sale rooms.”

So, thank you mother nature for making my job just a little bit easier right now. And go ahead and book that vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean right now, or you could truly be left in the cold.

Cancun’s Now Sapphire Brings Together Comfort, Great Service

As told by Kasey Minnick, Marketing Specialist.

When I stepped off the plane at Cancun International Airport for my five-day adventure in Mexico, the warmth of the Caribbean instantly caused me to forget the frigid temperatures and polar vortex I left back in Pennsylvania.

At 27-years old, I had never been to Cancun before, but felt comfortable right away in my new “home away from home.”

As my van pulled into the resort, I felt safe in its surroundings and ready to explore. The service staff was quick and insistent in carrying my bags, making sure that from the second I reached the resort to the time I left, I wouldn’t need to lift a finger.

Although the sun spent most of my trip only peeking out from behind the clouds, it still reflected beautifully off of the resort’s well-manicured fountains and pool. As I easily navigated through the open-air walkways, I could hear music. That, along with the constant “holas” from the Now Sapphire employees, made me feel comfortable in my new surroundings.

Entering the building where my room was located, my bags were already waiting for me at the door. I could not wait to swipe my key card and see what was inside. The room was absolutely immaculate down to the resort’s robe and slippers placed perfectly on the canopy bed. The spacious area gave way to balcony seats, where a beautiful, beach breeze refreshed the already freshened suite.

When I left my room to venture for the day, I would make a pit stop back to my Suite to freshen up, and my fridge would be stocked with cold beverages, including Coca-Cola made with REAL sugar. The towels in my bathroom were crisp, clean, and hung just right.

I was nervous that the water in my shower would take ages to heat, but it was not any different from my shower in the states, except that Now’s shower was larger.

Being out in the common areas, it was comfortable. It was as if you had traveled to this location with these same vacationers multiple times before. They were considerate, friendly and genuinely looked pleased to be at the resort. Not only were the other vacationers welcoming to new friends but the employees made us their number-one priority. Whether it was to serve you a cocktail from their expansive drink menu, clear your buffet dinner plate or make up your room every morning, they always did it with urgency and with a smile.

I found myself eating mostly at the buffet, which always had vacant seating throughout the day. Having a flexible buffet schedule is nice because you don’t have to feel rushed to get there or rushed to finish the plate in front of you.

I did take advantage of one reserved seating restaurant — Fresco, and it was the best meal of the trip. What I learned immediately is that you have to go to these resorts with an open-mind, willing to try new and exciting foods. Whether you are a vegetarian, meat and potatoes, Italian, or seafood type of eater, it was all there for you to indulge in.

The beach, unlike those I have been to on the East Coast, have a fine sand, which doesn’t get hot to the touch. The beach at Now Sapphire had a plethora of lounge chairs, and space to relax on your own away from any crowds. There were always games of beach volleyball going on, so if you wanted to join, you easily could.

Even though the rain kept me out of the pool, I was able to stay out of the drizzle sitting underneath the coverage of the pool bar. This was one of the most relaxing afternoons I had while on the trip. I met so many people, whom loved to talk about their past and present vacations and share their drink recipes they learned from the Now Sapphire bartenders. Hands down, the best cocktail I had all vacation was called the Iceberg, which was a frozen Margarita sitting atop a Corona.

While depressing, check-out was a breeze and my private transfer safely took me back to the airport. With good vacation memories (and the thought of pool bar Icebergs) fresh in my mind, I wasn’t quite over the Caribbean Sea yet before actively wondering when I could make my return.

To book Now Sapphire, contact your travel agent or click here – http://applev.ac/1bdMUCf

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Well-Rounded Sunscape Curacao has Something for Everyone

It’s been a little over one year since the all-inclusive Sunscape Curacao, Resort, Spa and Casino celebrated its Grand Opening. And things just keep getting better for families and couples on the exclusive island.

If you’re looking for a resort that has the ability to please everyone — along with endless food and drink — Sunscape Curacao is it.

The beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal water and natural coral reef set the stage for a fantastic island destination that the entire family can enjoy. If you’re into exploration and adventure, fun-filled Sunscape Curacao offers a diver’s paradise with an on-site dive center and enough water sports to keep you moving.

Into golf? The new resort near Aruba and off the coast of Venezuela features the historical Blue Bay Golf Course.

Loaded with action activities during the day, Sunscape Curacao also lets you relax. The resort has an awesome on-site casino, plentiful pools and beach chairs, while also surrounding you with exceptional staff and sparking rooms. There’s an on-site spa that comes with a steam room and sauna.

While the parents or couples hang out at the casino or one of the resort’s six bars, children can also find their own adventure. There’s a great Explorer’s Club, a fully supervised program for children, to keep them happy, along with Core Zone for teens, which conducts a vast array of sports, games and other activities.

When it comes to food, the resort has one buffet, three á la carte restaurants, a grill and a café. Did we mention that the all-inclusive food and drinks never stop flowing? They don’t and it’s incredible. But if you feel guilty about the amount you consume during your trip, Sunscape Curacao also has an updated 24-hour gym.

When it comes to complaints, lack of room-by-room Wi-Fi tops of the list. But no Internet access in paradise can’t hold back Sunscape Curacao’s 4 / 5 rating on Tripadvisor.com or five Golden Apple rating by vacationers at AppleVacations.com.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Sunscape Curacao, call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/1ceuQNB

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