Phillies Phancation 2015 from Now Jade

Phancation 2015

Apple Vacations recently hosted 150 Phillies fans, players and alumni for a week at Now Jade Riviera Cancun for Phancation 2015!

Phancationers from across the country participated in a fun week of crazy games, autograph sessions, photo sessions, talent contests, breakfast with the Phanatic and much, much more!

Phillies 1980 World Series’ Alumni Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and 1993 World Series’ Alumni Tommy Greene , along with current Phillies pitchers Justin De Fratus and David Buchanan, who took part in all of the events and had a great time with vacationing with the fans. The Phanatic along with Phillies broadcasters Gregg Murphy and Scott Palmer hosted all of the events.

The Phanatic breakfast is always a Phan favorite of the this group, and Phancationers have talent reached new levels this year!

Click the link below to see photos from the event!

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Secrets The Vine – Best Resort Hands Down in Cancun!

As told by Erin Miller, Apple Vacations Business Development Specialist

My Husband and and I were really excited to get away with some of our close friends. Since we were only going for a short stay we had to be a little picky about where we were going to stay. I mean, who wants to spend their vacation being transferred from airport to hotel and vice versa?!

Here was our criteria:

Adults-Only – Check

Close to Airport – Check

Beautiful Beach – Check

Delicious Gourmet Food – Check

Tropical Libations – Check

Where did we end up?

Secrets The Vine. Here’s my quick review our fabulous trip to Cancun, Mexico.

The overall ambiance is impressive. When we arrived in the main hotel lobby, I looked all the way up at this massive glass building in front of me, and I thought to myself, WOW! The chic atmosphere and upscale décor was so unique, I could tell I was going to like it here.

The infinity pools and the beautiful white sand beach was just what we needed. The super attentive wait service was incredibly welcoming and they were always right there if we needed something. My personal favorite restaurant was the Blue Water Grill. In particular, I recommend the Ahi Tuna, just scrumptious!  All the restaurants were great. In fact we were eating so much we wanted to hit up the gym. I was blown away with the view yet again. The gym is on the 12th floor and has a breathtaking ocean view. What a nice distraction to look out at beautiful blue waves crashing onto the white sand while working out!

The accommodations were pretty fancy too! Our room was very spacious and contemporary. Our room had a great view of the Marina and the Ocean. Two beautiful views in one room!

One night, we ventured downtown to visit Coco Bongo Cancun for some fun and excitement. It was just a little five minute bus ride from the hotel. Super convenient!

I have to admit, we really had an amazing time and we can’t wait to go back!

Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort

Located directly on the beach in the heart of the Hotel Zone, this resort is bordered by the Nichupte Lagoon to one side and the Caribbean Sea to the other.

Congratulations to Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort, a recent winner of an Apple Vacations Golden Apple award for superior staff and service. I had the pleasure to visit this luxury resort on my recent trip to Cancun and I was very impressed.


Sandos Cancun is a boutique resort just 10 minutes from the Cancun airport. When you walk in the resort there is understated elegance. Note – If you are looking for an all – inclusive with a kids club, huge buffet restaurant and miles of a meandering pool and crazy games, in my opinion this is NOT the place for you.


If you are looking for a sleek, luxury, intimate resort (just 214 rooms) with several a la cart restaurants offering a fine dining experience and an AMAZING Spa, then this IS the place for you.


Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort - Lobby

The lobby is smaller with a nice relaxing modern lobby bar –  Bar One , small gift shop and two a la carte restaurants to the right  off the main lobby. I dined at Zango and my lunch was delicious.  I always think it is nice to have an a la cart dining option in resort for lunch, it’s nice to get out of the sun and have a good, relaxing meal.  There is another A an a la cart Seasons which is open for dinner and is beautiful and offers stunning views of the Caribbean sea.



Sandos Cancun Room

The rooms at Sandos Cancun were exquisite with more than ample space. All of the rooms are ocean view with stocked mini bars, marble bathrooms, robes, slippers and even a safe that is wide enough for a lap top. The décor os neutral tones and made for a relaxing feel to the rooms.




Outside there were three pools that cascade one into another.  There were ample lounge chairs, bali beds and lounge beds on swings. The swinging beds were my favorite! There was a pool  – side restaurant of drinks and meals outside.  I have to say this was one of the nicest pool areas I have seen in Cancun, all the chairs were really nice, there was ample space between them for privacy and there were plenty of them.

I highly recommend this resort for a romantic vacation, girls getaway or spa getaway. It is also a perfect spot for a destination wedding.

Check out the pictures of Sandos Cancun and please leave comments if you have any questions.


Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort - View of Pools


Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort bali beds on beach



Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort View of Caribbean Sea



Turtle Release in Cancun, Mexico

This summer in Cancun, my family and I were able to experience something we never saw before – a turtle release!  It was so unique and one of the best parts of our trip. At dinner one night we were told about it, so we investigated and I am so glad we did!

Iberostar Cancun Turtle Release

We were told that each night giant sea turtles come on the beach to lay eggs. So around 11 pm we headed down to the beach. Sure enough along the shore line, there were several large sea turtles burrowing in the ground.  They had dug in and were flapping around in the sand.

Each of the turtles was surrounded by several scouts and students who were there to protect them. I spoke to a student named Chris who explained it was his social service project to go to the beach each night. When the turtles swim to shore they protect them.  They surround them so tourists don’t bother them and they can lay eggs. Until they have laid their eggs, they ask you not to go near the turtle, touch it or take photos.

The students then take the eggs to a “nest” they have created out of the way, where they mark the date and time.  It is a roped off area of the beach were the eggs are buried until they hatch.


Turtle Release Nest


If you are in Cancun next July and August, make sure you ask about the turtle release!

We were lucky on the night we went, turtles were coming on the beach, and eggs fromprevious turtles were hatching!  We got to hold the little baby turtles and release them back into the ocean.

It was an amazing experience and one my son will surely not forget. When it was approved, I was able to snap a few photos.  If you are in Cancun next July and August, make sure you ask about the turtle release!



Falling in love with Cancun, all over again.

Ocean shot from Iberostar Cancun.


Apple Vacations has been sending vacationers to Cancun for well over 30 years.  It’s crazy for me to think that my first vacation there was over 20 years ago.

So much changes year to year in any destination, but Cancun recently has had so many new developments. It really is an entirely new destination.

So many people say to me “I went to Cancun for spring break” or “I went to Cancun or before I had kids, I want to try a new place.”  Even just yesterday someone said those exact words to me at a baseball game. I tell them Cancun IS a new place. It’s an entirely new resort destination with so much to offer. There are amazing family resorts and several new upscale resorts which have opened in the past few months, or are about to open.

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend a week and experience all the beauty, charm, cuisine, history and hospitality of Cancun. I can’t wait to share my reviews and photos of the destination and the hotels I was able to visit such as Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort, Secrets The Vine Cancun and Iberostar Cancun.

Meanwhile, here are my top 3 reasons why YOU should book an Apple Vacation to Cancun:

1 – It is easy to get to. We left in the morning and were on the beach by lunch! From the Mid-Atlantic region the flight to Cancun is only about 3-3.5 hours depending on your departure airport.

2 – There is a hotel for every lifestyle and budget.  Big or small resort, all inclusive or no dining package, family resort or adults only, simple or deluxe – there is a hideaway for everyone.

3 – Cascading pools, white sandy beaches, the turquoise ocean.  The destination and the resorts are striking.


Here are a few of my shots from my recent trip.  This is why I love Cancun!


Pool at Iberostar Cancun overlooking the beach and ocean.



Birds eye view from Iberostar Cancun



Lagoon view to the left, ocean view to the right. From Secrets The Vine Cancun.

Girlfriend Getaway to Riu Cancun

 I just finished my College internship at Apple Vacations and eager to go a girlfriend getaway before school starts this semester. My best friend Tara and I couldn’t wait for oour first Apple Vacation. She is already quite an avid and frequent traveler, where as I have not even been to Canada or anywhere outside of the U.S. borders before.  After thinking long and hard about where to go, I narrowed our choices to Punta Cana and Cancun but finally decided on Riu Cancun.


During our vacation we hung out on the beach and the pools. Cancun is beautiful!


When we first got to the hotel we met with our Apple representative, they were easy to spot in the brightly colored flowered shirts. He briefly went through the different excursions and activities that we could do while at Riu Cancun. Our Apple Rep called us a few times in our room to make sure we were having a good time, and to remind us about our departure information. After a day of traveling, we decided to get a massage to help us wind down. Next on the agenda was dinner at Don Juan. Much to our liking they had such an amazing variety of food at the buffet.  I’ll admit my friend and I are obsessed with guacamole! We ate so much of it throughout our trip, I am surprised we didn’t turn into green avocado monsters.


Lobby of Riu Cancun


During our vacation, we hung out on the beach and the pools, we even played with a baby tiger that was being fostered nearby. I wasn’t expecting that! It was adorable and so fun to touch the tiger let alone hold one and play with it. We met and talked with many different people from all over the world such as, New York, Australia, England, Scotland, Argentina, and many more countries. Considering how big this world is I was shocked when I met a family that was from where I live now! It was so fun to see where everyone has been and was going. For some, Cancun was merely a pit stop on a world tour, and for others it was a two week long, beach escape.


Yup! That's a baby tiger! Her name is Bella 🙂 so cute!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was the shows at night…we went to 3 of them. The first was traditional Mexican dancing and singing. This was definitely my favorite, the costumes were amazing and the energy was just captivating. The Mariachi band that played the music was so authentic and talented. The next night was Michael Jackson and the final show was a Dog and Cat show which was very amusing with audience participation. We went to a couple of the hotel restaurants, Corazone (Brazilian) and La Mision (Steakhouse). Both had great service and amazing food.


Ocean front view during dinner!

I had a remarkable time on vacation in Cancun, and I cannot wait to go back some day. I loved working with Apple Vacations these past months. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity and a trip of a lifetime!

Win an Apple Vacation to Tropical Paradise!


Secrets Are Meant to be shared Sweepstakes

 Apple Vacations just started “Secrets Are Meant to be Shared Sweepstakes” on facebook!  Take advantage of your chance to win a much needed vacation to tropical paradise.

Here’s the scoop, “Like” us on Facebook to enter Apple Vacations’ Secrets Are Meant to be Shared Sweepstakes.  Wait, there’s more, we’re giving away 2 Apple Vacations! Tell us who you tell your secrets to and enter to Win Two Apple Vacations; one for you (and your guest) and one for the person you share your secrets with (and their guest) to the brand new Secrets The Vine Cancun! The first Secrets Resort & Spa in Cancun.

Imagine spending 5 days, 4 nights in Cancun?! The world-famous destination is known for incredible white sandy beaches, amazing turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and exciting nightlife. You can share more than your secrets, you can share a luxurious secret adventure provided by Apple Vacations and Secrets The Vine Cancun.

Secrets The Vine Cancun

Vacations Include: roundtrip airfare to Cancun, luxurious accommodations at Secrets The Vine Cancun for 4 nights, tips and resort transfers. This brand new adults-only resort is situated along a powder-white beach with crystal-clear views of the Caribbean Sea. Offering an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® experience with gourmet dining options, premium brand beverages, daily activities, nightly performances, elite services and superior amenities such as including Italian porcelain floors and the finest luxury linens. Secrets The Vine features a massive Secrets Spa by Pevonia inspired by the natural cenotes of the area. All of this and more is within reach and only 10 minutes from Cancun’s International Airport.

Let’s face it, if you’re questioning if you should really use those vacations days this summer ask yourself these questions….

  1. Are you hallucinating tropical fish in the company water cooler?
  2. Do you spend all your off time in your kids’ pool dreaming of the Caribbean?
  3. Do you find yourself thinking of reasons why you need a vacation?
  4. Have you made your kids’ primary chore to wear Hawaiian outfits and keep you supplied with Margaritas?
  5. Were you relieved to find a Workaholics Anonymous group that meets in your building?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, YOU NEED A VACATION! So go ahead and enter the Sweepstakes! What’s there to lose? (beside vacation days).

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