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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Winter is officially over.

The weather is nice (but not too hot) and it is one of the most popular times of year for weddings and honeymoons. With so many choices of both destinations and resorts in the “Adults Only” category, I wanted to share two of my absolute favorites for destination weddings and honeymoons.

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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.



No Problems Mon’ – Gran Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay

As the Senior Manager of Customer Care for Apple Vacations, I try to make an effort to travel just as any other customer would, and not as an extension of my work. Sometimes this is a challenge, some hotels make it so easy.


Photo Credit: Melissa Brown – View of the resort at Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, Jamaica


I recently had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Gran Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay Jamaica, and what a pleasure it was! The resort is large, but not overbearing. It is also one of the cleanest resorts I have ever stayed at, with the nicest staff and most excellent food and drinks.


Photo Credit: Melissa Brown – View of the Bay at Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica


The added bonus about staying at the Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay (as if the above wasn’t enough!), is that you really do get the use of a beautiful, crystal clear bay, in addition to the beautiful ocean, and gorgeous pools! The bay is large, shaped like a horse shoe and was very popular with families with small children. The parents quickly learn they didn’t need to worry about waves, as the water was calm; and even walking out 100-150 feet, it still only got waist high, ahhhhhhh.


Photo Credit: Melissa Brown – View of beach at Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica


The steel drum band that played at the “Jerk Center” ( where they have an outdoor breakfast and lunch buffet everyday) was so much fun, many came by just to listen to the band. Those of us floating in the bay could hear it perfectly, which just helped convince me all the more that there were absolutely “no problems mon” at all with this lovely resort!

Interest in going? Look no further….

Warm up to Super Savings, with exclusive non-stop vacation flights and more all-inclusive resorts than anyone, Apple Vacations offers the all the best beaches and the lowest package pricing to paradise! We’ve got your winter vacation at a price you’ll like. Apple’s buying power and experience is second to none. After all, the Beach is our Business! Book by December 20, 2012.


Simply The Best…

As an employee of Apple Vacations, and as someone who has been in the travel industry for over twenty years, I often get asked on Facebook, by friends and family what’s the best ________ ? (Fill in the blank). So I have taken all of these questions and polled Apple Vacations employees, so we can share our expertise and help you make your travel decision. Each week I’ll be featuring the answers to these questions.

This week I have tackled sunsets. Where is the best sunset you have ever seen on an Apple Vacation? A photo-worthy place, perfect for a romantic dinner, a place to pop THE question or to steal a moment with a loved one.

Survey says … Negril, Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta received an overwhelming response for having the most amazing sunsets. Experiencing a sunset in Puerto Vallarta is a heavenly experience. It is like watching a sunset in “Oz“. On one side there are the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountains, then on the other side the sun looks as though it is setting right into the ocean. There are innumerable places to catch a sunset, and each one is better than the next.

Negril, Jamaica was the other favorite location. Negril is at the western tip of Jamaica and is known world-wide for amazing sunsets and a gorgeous Seven Mile Beach. Both are truly breathtaking and I have been able to experience both first-hand. Besides grabbing a spot on the beach, there are many unique ways to take in a Sunset (or several of them). If you want romance, there are several sailing and catamaran excursions where you can experience a magnificent sunset from right on the water. However, one of the most popular and fun recommendations is to head out early for a cold drink or meal, and watch the local cliff jumpers at Rick’s Café, and stay for the view and stunning sunset. A visit to Rick’s Café to see the sunset is a must do in Negril.

So, do you agree? Where is the best sunset you have ever seen on an Apple Vacation?

Just in time for Halloween: Spooky Travel from Apple Vacations

Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica

Apple Vacations sells more than 40 destinations, all with their own colorful legends and histories. Between the real pirates of the Caribbean, the mighty, but violent, legacies of the Aztec and Mayan Indians and the ancient stories of native Hawaiians, Apple Vacations’ portfolio is full of locations with mystical and/or spooky tales. Here, in no particular order, are some of the scariest things sold by Apple Vacations:

1. The Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica is a landmark Georgian mansion, high on a hill with sweeping views of the ocean. In the early 1800s, it was owned by Annie Palmer, whose four husbands died suspiciously. Additionally, Annie was a practitioner of voodoo and was called the White Witch. Today, Annie, who was killed in her bed in a slave uprising in the 1830s, haunts the Rose Hall Great House.

True story: Around 10 years ago, Apple Vacations hosted a fancy-schmancy dinner for travel agents at the Rose Hall Great House. Dinner was elegant, with white-gloved service and tuxedoed waitstaff. After dinner, the group was given a guided tour of the mansion, complete with detailed stories of the cold-blooded life of Annie Palmer. Apple Vacations Director of Sales Sally Favia was there that night. She said the tour guide was a hypnotizing storyteller, bringing them room to room where Annie’s husbands died and her lovers murdered. The house is old and creaky, and they could hear banging from empty parts of the Great House. But, Sally said the scariest part of the tour was outside on the grounds, where allegedly you can still see the blood of Annie Palmer’s last victim. “Bone-chilling” is how Sally described it, and she insists that after that night, she won’t return to the Rose Hall Great House under any circumstances.

Heading to Jamaica? Ask your Apple Representative about taking a tour of the Rose Hall Great House. Tours are offered both during the day and, gulp, after dark.

2. Once an ancient Mayan seaport, today Xcaret is a popular Riviera Maya attraction. It’s an eco-archeological park, welcoming visitors to swim in the underground river, view tropical birds, jungle cats and monkeys and explore the Mayan ruins throughout the property. At night, Xcaret hosts an impressive evening performance, chronicling the history of Mexico through costume and dance.

But before the night show starts is when it gets real. As you walk through the ruins, prior to stepping into the theater, costumed performers are stationed periodically to set the stage and lure you into the show. Dressed as Mayan warriors, stoically posing with fantastic headdresses, incense and weaponry, the performers goose-bumpingly take you back thousands of years, when the Mayans ruled the very ground you’re walking on.

Explore Xcaret for yourself – you can add your tour to your Apple Vacations reservation before you leave, or see your Apple rep at your Cancun/Riviera Maya hotel. 

3. Oahu Ghost Tours claims that Oahu is one of the most haunted islands in the world with activity equal to Savannah, Georgia or New Orleans. For more than 10 years, Oahu Ghost Tours has been scaring the pants off of its clients, and Apple Vacations offers you three tour options:

  • Honolulu City Haunts Walking Tour: On this tour guests will visit several known haunted hotspots in Honolulu. This includes Iolani Palace, the State Capitol and China Town as well as downtown Honolulu. Guests are led by a storyteller who will relate the tales behind the spooky locations. Guests with cameras may be able to observe unexplained events at these sites.
  • Orbs of Oahu Driving Tour: On the Orbs of Oahu driving tour, you’ll be witness to the creepy sites where many years ago, horrifying events took place. The events are over, but the haunts are just beginning. On this 4-hour tour, guests will be taken halfway around the island to visit the same spots that have been told in books and tales for hundreds of years, and that make the island of Oahu famous for being a supernatural hotspot in the Pacific.
  • Sacred Spirits Driving Tour: These places are treated with much respect by the Hawaiians and from visitors alike.  The Native Hawaiians adamantly protect these sites.  On this excursion you will visit several of the most ancient and sacred spots in Hawaii.  You’ll learn about Menehune (the little people), as well as the feared Night Marchers.  You’ll visit the sites where Pele, the fire goddess visited

You can book your tour with Oahu Ghost Tours before you leave or after you arrive at your hotel. Call Amstar Hawaii, the office representative of Apple Vacations in Hawaii at 1-888-946-3930 to reserve your spot.

Tower of London

4. Known as the most haunted building in England, the Tower of London was a palace, a prison and a place of execution. With the ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Guy Fawkes, Sir Walter Raleigh and more, the Tower is a don’t-miss if you like spooky spots.

After booking your Apple Vacation to London, you can book a walking ghost tour of the Tower from a variety of companies or take a tour from an official Yeoman Warder.

5. While Nassau, Bahamas might be known for modern hotels and colorful casinos, you can learn all about its pirate history on the Historic Tour of Nassau City. In the 1700s, Nassau was a famous pirate hideout, and it’s said that Blackbeard himself haunts the Old Fort of Nassau.

See your Apple Representative at the hotel for information on these and other optional activities and excursions.

Did we miss any scary Apple Vacations destinations? Let us know in the comments below.

Customer Care in Resort – Amstar DMC. A friendly face in a faraway place!

Each day, thousands of Apple Vacationers are relying on Amstar’s services. In Mexico , the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Amstar’s enthusiastic and service-minded teams await to tailor your vacation and to convert ordinary stays into unforgettable life-time experiences.

They have an extensive list of services, products and activities as well as a full range of transportation options, exciting and innovative excursions , and a wonderful, multilingual staff. Whether looking for pleasure and relaxation in sunny tropical surroundings, or a boost of adrenaline through exciting adventure and action tours, rest assured Amstar can fulfill those dreams.

Amstar DMC knows what it takes to surpass expectations and bring dreams to life.

When you’re planning your Apple Vacation (online, with a Reservations Specialist or Travel Agent) be sure to check out the various excursions available at your destination. Amstar has many different activities to choose from regardless if you like exciting and thrilling or prefer laid-back or romantic. It’s completely up to you and your style of vacation.  If you’ve already booked your vacation, you can still plan your excursion when you’re in resort. Just look for the Apple Representative on the property. A friendly face in a faraway place! The Apple Representatives will happily assist you book an excursion or tour. They can also help you with any questions you may have.

To see a full list of Amstar’s activities and tours visit www.amstardmc.com

*Tours available in Mexico, Jamaica, and Dominican Republic only.

94.1 WYSP’s Danny Bonaduce takes on Jamaica!

One of the exciting parts of my job is when local personalities, DJ’s and sports stars call and say. ‘I want to go on an Apple Vacation.’ Recently, our friend Danny Bonaduce from 94.1 WYSP called and said just that. We sent him on an Apple Vacation to review one of our favorite hotels, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Jamaica! We knew that Secrets Wild Orchid would have all of the things Danny looks for in a vacation – amazing resort, great food and lots to do.

Danny was gracious enough to hang out with many of his fans in resort. As you can see here, he is always willing to snap a photo and mingle with the other resort guests. Danny has even kept in touch with some of them for 10 years!

Here’s what Danny and his wife, Amy, had to say about their recent Apple Vacation to Jamaica.

I make important decisions all day long when I’m at work. So when I want go on vacation, I only need to make one decision and that is “call Apple Vacations.” Apple Vacations offers beautiful places, romantic nights, wonderful restaurants, and sometimes lifelong friends. Ten years ago on an Apple Vacation, I met a very nice couple celebrating their honeymoon. They just invited me to their tenth anniversary. That’s pretty amazing!

When I start to think about taking a vacation I ask myself, ‘Where do I want to go? What do I want to eat? What do I want to do at night?

A few simple answers point me in the right direction. I’ve determined that I want to go somewhere warm, I want French food for dinner, and I’d like to go to a nightclub. I bet you could spend a week trying to work out that perfect night, or instead you can just call Apple Vacations and pick any one of the Secrets Resorts & Spas they offer. Apple Vacations should change their slogan to “No Problem.”

I have encountered so many exciting things on an Apple Vacation. For instance, the first time I went scuba diving was on an Apple Vacation or the first time I saw an active volcano was on an Apple Vacation. I have no idea what I will see next, but I know I will see it with Apple Vacations!