A wedding destination that will leave you “Breathless”

As told by Marissa Every.

Choosing the perfect location for your destination wedding is far from simple. With over hundreds of locations and resorts to choose from, how can you be sure you are making the right choice?

Allow me to help.

In a recent visit to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, one particular resort that I visited stood apart from all the rest. Situated amidst the jungle and the ocean on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Breathless Punta Cana offers a luxurious, modern, and picturesque location for anyone’s big day.

Photo Credit: Breathless Punta Cana

Photo Credit: Breathless Punta Cana

A brand new adults-only resort with a modern feel and a recent opening in early November, Breathless is the perfect place to host your destination wedding. Lively yet relaxing, it is the happy medium for everyone attending.

Choose from their many different ceremony locations, including on the beach with your feet in the sand or a rooftop gazebo with the vast sea flowing behind you. Following your ceremony, host a cocktail hour or private reception at one of their eight beautiful gourmet dining venues.

Allow your guests to feel at ease as the resort offers many daily activities for them to enjoy:

-        World class spa

-        Snorkeling and kayaking

-        8 different swimming pools

-        Indoor nightly theatre

-        Beach parties and other nightly entertainment

-        On site casino

Photo Credit: Breathless Punta Cana

Photo Credit: Breathless Punta Cana

Breathless is the perfect resort for meeting all of your wedding needs! Tie the knot here and leave everyone at your wedding feeling “breathless”!

Start planning today! Contact our Destination Weddings department by filling out our online form .

Holiday Shopping? STOP and Book an Apple Vacation!

This is the time of year where the holiday panic sets it. The friends and family who always have their act together ahead of time have already tweeted or posted on Facebook that their holiday shopping is done. We all have those friends right? We read the status updates and feel like we are dropping the ball (if only for just a minute).  Then we have the friends and family that are just starting to organize their lists and ask what people want. They are on their game, but just not done yet. Then, we all have our procrastinator friends and family members that make us feel good and have not even started yet!

So if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, then STOP – don’t shop! Book an Apple Vacation instead. Wouldn’t the family love to be whisked off to Mexico or The Caribbean this Holiday season? Wake up on Christmas morning, and instead of seeing white snow, they can see white sandy beaches, blue sparkling waters…replace your twinkling lights and swap the Christmas tree for palm tree.

It will cost less than you expect! Log on to our Holiday Hot Spots page and see for yourself.

And if you go away, you don’t have to clean the house or cook – sounds dreamy to me!  Book your Holiday Apple Vacation then tweet it and update your Facebook status immediately so YOU can be the one everyone is envious of – including me.

Breathless Punta Cana Opening Event – Photo Blog

Check out exclusive photos from Breathless Punta Cana opening celebration! Keep an eye out for the President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick and DJ Rhiannon. Looks like it was a great party!

 

SuperSale!!

Apple Vacations SuperSale starts today! It’s our (and should be your) favorite time of year if you are planning an Apple Vacation!  Excuse the sales pitch for a moment, but this is really one of our biggest sales of the year!

Book during Apple Vacations’ SuperSale and you can save up to 40% on your next Apple Vacation to Mexico & the Caribbean.

Apple Vacations has sharpened our rates and is featuring some great deals including … save up to 40% at Dreams Palm Beach in Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic . Or, look for an Apple Vacation to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta… there are big savings in so many destinations. Click here to see all of Apple Vacations SuperSale deals.

White sandy beaches, blue turquoise waters, tropical beverages and palm trees as far as the eye can see… will all be calling your name this winter. So stop dreaming about it and start planning!  Log on to applevacations.com or call your travel agent today to pick out your next Apple Vacation! Hurry, the best dates and hotels will sell out quickly.

 

 

THE BIG DAY

As told by Kelly Re, Destination Wedding Specialist

You’ve been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl.

Don’t lie.

It’s been planned down to the smallest detail: the floral arrangements, the venue, the decorations, the dress, the wedding party. And your husband, well…I guess he’s in there somewhere too.

Every bride wants to make her day special, an event to remember for a lifetime.

Some couples go the traditional route. They surround themselves with close family members and friends and get married in a church or at the Justice of the Peace. Other couples choose to embrace more extravagant options—ritzy venues, expensive cakes, etc.

So, what’s a memorable medium? Believe it or not, there is a way to be kind to your wallet while still satisfying your taste for lavish indulgences. You can make your day special in a totally unique, affordable, and personal way that is tailored to suit a bride seeking even the most unusual experience.

How, you ask?

A destination wedding.

Destination weddings are amazing because they epitomize what it means to make a statement. It’s a vow ceremony, reception, and honeymoon surrounded by your family and besties all rolled into one. Apple Vacations Destination Weddings prides itself on delivering phenomenal service and insuring the wedding-planning process goes as smoothly as possible. You will be matched with a dedicated team of wedding specialists and guest coordinators to ensure efficiency and productivity.

Whether it’s a low-key island in the Caribbean, a scenic beach in Mexico, or an adventurous resort in the Bahamas, your destination wedding is guaranteed to be one of the best and most memorable experiences of your life. And Apple Vacations Destination Weddings  will be with you every step of the way, making sure your wedding is not just the wedding of your childhood dreams, but better. Get started today!

Still need inspiration? Check out our Destination Wedding Pinterest Board!

 

 

Travel Wishlist

With more than 500 hotels and resorts in our portfolio, Apple Vacations has options for every kind of vacationer – from basic budget to ultra luxe. We canvassed our immense hotel offerings and picked the top outrageous luxury offerings in the Apple family. From private islands to Lamborghinis, these resort options can definitely knock some things off your vacation bucket list!

Grand Velas All Suites Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya Stay and Luxury Drive package

Grand Velas All Suites Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya Stay and Luxury Drive package

 

Cancun Secrets The Vine Taking up more than a third of the 20th floor of Secrets The Vine, the Preferred Club Presidential Suite has dazzling views of Cancun’s modern hotel zone, the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon. Featuring two bedrooms, luxurious Italian porcelain bathrooms and a chic, oversized private, furnished terrace, the Presidential Suite also includes all of the resorts Unlimited Luxury amenities and its own personal concierge.

Riviera MayaGrand Velas All Suites Resort & Spa Located on more than 80 acres of protected mangroves, jungle and natural freshwater cenotes, Grand Velas enjoys over 1,000 feet of carefully preserved, pristine white sand beach and is the only family-friendly All Inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to receive AAA’s prestigious Five Diamond rating.Guests who book Grand Velas’ adrenaline fueled “Stay & Luxury Drive” package get the opportunity to race luxury cars and hot rods on the resort’s specialized courses. Guests can drive the car of their dreams, including a Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Elise, Ferrari F430, Camaro SS and Corvette Grand Sport. (Travel through Dec. 19, 2013)

Los CabosZoetry Casa Del Mar In addition to deliciously high-thread count sheets and towels, the guest rooms at Zoetry Casa del Mar feature Bvlgari bath amenities, aromatherapy pillows, sparkling wine and fresh fruit daily and a charming souvenir beach bag handcrafted by local artisans. Zoetry Casa del Mar guests receive Endless Privileges® which grant limitless access to almost all the pleasures this intimate jewel has to offer, including daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections

Samana, Dominican RepublicLuxury Grand Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Located on an exclusive island almost a mile long, Luxury Grand Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is a short ferry ride from the mainland, making it a perfectly romantic, adults-only getaway. On the island, there is only find the resort and a small market, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. To leave the island, take the free ferry, or go big with helicopter or private boat service.

Punta CanaHard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana With 15 swimming pools, nine restaurants, the area’s biggest casino, exhilarating nightlife and legendary rock & roll memorabilia, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is a destination in itself. Every spacious guest room features a private balcony, LCD satellite TV and double Jacuzzi, but it’s the ridiculously fun Rock Star Suite that definitely stands out. Featuring three bedrooms, living room and full kitchen, the Rock Star Suite also includes a Baby Grand Piano, a pool table, Paul Stanley and Aerosmith Memorabilia and a digital safe larger than any other room in the resort.

Hawaii’s Big IslandMauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Amidst mountains and the sea on the sunny Kohala Coast on the tropical Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is consistently rated one of the “Top Hotels in the World” by Travel +Leisure. Discover true luxury in one of the resorts five stunning Bungalows: Plumeria, Hibiscus, Orchid, Bird of Paradise and Heliconia. The 2,700 sq. ft. of indoor living space features an expansive living area, two spacious bedrooms, wet bar and a private kitchen for the chef at heart. A 1,300 sq. ft. outdoor area offers a private Jacuzzi and heated swimming pool creating a laidback setting for socializing or quiet enjoyment. Each bedroom features a spacious naturally lit bathroom with a soaking tub overlooking an outdoor shower and private garden. A guest bathroom is available off the living area.

RIU PALACE BAVARO – A Beachgoer’s Paradise

Rob, one of our very own Marketing team just got back from vacation at Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana. It sounded so great, we asked him to blog all about it for us.

We were greeted upon arrival at Riu Palace Bavaro with high-fives and tropical drinks. Check-in was quick, which was great because we couldn’t wait to get to the beach. Great start to the vacation!

Our room was very modern with great amenities: comfortable king size bed, flat screen tv, in-room Jacuzzi, rain shower (the best!), mini-bar with wall mounted liquor dispenser for rum/vodka/gin/scotch. From the balcony there was a striking view of the resort with the Caribbean Sea on the horizon. We got into a habit of ordering room service for snacks and having a few drinks on the balcony after the sun went down before we’d head out for dinner.

The Beach…Oh man… what a beach! I’ve often visited resorts where the beach was very small, or a little rocky for my taste, but this beach is huge with fine sand. Instead of having palapas for shade, there are towering palm trees that provide ample shade if you want to lounge all day without worrying too much about the sun. On our 3rd day at the resort, we fell asleep under the palms and didn’t leave the beach until the sun went down. It was as close as you can get to a perfect beach day. The Caribbean Sea was quite warm and we would swim or float around for an hour each day. It was peaceful.

The Pools … We spent a lot of our time at the “Taino” pool sitting in the whirlpool or laying on the water loungers. We never had to get up early to reserve a chair and there was always space at the swim-up bar to get a drink. The pool was surrounded by about a dozen canopy beds where you could take a mid-day nap while enjoying the breeze and Caribbean music.  In resort, a lot of times the pool is too noisy and crowded for me; this was serene and perfect.

The Coffee-Shop … We’re city dwellers accustomed to having several café’s within a few blocks walk at all times. It’s a bit of an essential part of my weekend morning routine. It was exciting that Riu Palace Bavaro had their own coffee shop “Cappuccino” where they had a menu of coffee drinks and delicious little pastries. I recommend the macchiato with a couple shots of Irish whiskey.

The Restaurants … Riu Palace Bavaro has 5 restaurants to choose from. We ate breakfast each morning at their international buffet “The Montecristo.” We particularly enjoyed the fresh fruits, breads/meats/cheeses, and the omelet making station. One evening we also enjoyed dinner there with some champagne and Caribbean musicians performing table-side. We made reservations our 3rd night for the a la carte fusion restaurant “Krystal” where we were greeted with champagne and given a tableside bucket with libations. The meal was served in 4 courses. We had for openers: Beet Gazpacho, Peanut Brittle, Ahi Tuna; Appetizers: Dome of Salmon, Summer Vegetable Rolls, Beef Carpaccio; Main course: Red Snapper, Grilled Shrimp with Vegetables; Dessert: Apple Pie a la mode, Chocolate Truffles with a Raspberry Meringue Macaroon. I’d definitely recommend eating there.

The Casino… We were given $40 in coupons to gamble at the casino in the Riu Palace Macao, but it seemed we used up all of our luck on the beautiful beach weather.

The Bars … Our favorite bar at the resort was “The Daiquiri” (Lobby Bar) where we would spend most evenings drinking dirty martini’s made by Elise. We tried many of the specialty drinks including blanc & mint martinis, mumbumbas (Caribbean mudslide), caprinhas, mojitos and of course piña coladas. The “Taino” swim-up bar served us well at the pool and the beach. I recommend having a gin & tonic on the beach as it keeps you feeling much better than the sugary drinks.

THANKS Rob for a great review! I know I will add Riu Palace Bavaro on my list of places to stay in Punta Cana.