Aloha Friday – Step Up Your Stay at Starwood Resorts in Hawaii (Mexico & the Caribbean too)

We are in the final booking week of Sunsational Savings at all Starwood Resorts!

Book by July 22 and travel July 1-December 15, 2013 and bask in the splendor of Starwood Resorts on the sun-drenched beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands. Apple Vacations offers the most convenient and affordable ways to get there.

Apple Vacations is celebrating Starwood with a host of exclusive value-added extras like guaranteed room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, food and beverage credits, spa discounts and more!

Click here for specific resort details.

And check out our Pinterest board featuring Starwood Resorts here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Sunny Puerto Vallarta!

Puerto Vallarta is a popular Apple Vacations destination.  It is about to become increasingly more popular with Apple Vacationers, as this winter we’ll  make it easier to get there from many popular U.S. gateways! Apple Vacations will offer NEW service from New York’s JFK and Philadelphia in addition to  flights from Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, together they provide an exotic backdrop and unique blend of culture, old world charm and nature at its finest.   It is a stunning destination.  Puerto Vallarta’s sunny weather is ideal for vacation planning with average temperatures in the mid-eighties year–round.

In addition to beautiful hotels, colonial architecture, and, of course, nice beaches, Puerto Vallarta has many unique features which keep visitors returning year after year.  A seasonal immensely popular favorite in Puerto Vallarta is Whale Watching.  Vacationers can watch whales up close in Banderas Bay from December through April.  It is a thrilling excursion which many destinations simply can’t offer, and many people schedule their Puerto Vallarta vacation during this time frame to ensure they can experience this marvel.   A year–round favorite in Puerto Vallarta is strolling The Malecon. The Malecon is where you can find open air cafés, boutiques, art galleries, local entertainment, dining and unique gifts.   When the sun goes down the nightclubs open and The Malecon is a fun evening attraction as well.

Puerto Vallarta is comprised of two major resort areas – Puerto Vallarta to the south and Riviera Nayarit to the north. Within each, you’ll find a unique destination with its very own personality and charm.  Stay tuned to this blog over the next few weeks as we point out some of the highlights of this enchanted destination from hotel reviews, to excursions to shopping tips. Apple Vacations Sales team just got back and gave me great information to tell you about!

Happy Fourth of July from Apple Vacations!

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Oahu – Hawaii

Happy Fourth of July & It is #tbt (Throw Back Thursday). So I am re-posting my blog from last year featuring vacations that are Made In The U.S.A.
Enjoy!

I was in Macy’s this winter and a man came up to me and said “point me to the direction of clothes only made in the U.S.A,” that’s all he wanted to buy. The same applies to vacations. Some people want to keep their spending within the U.S. Others simply don’t have the funds for a vacation AND a passport.

I love traveling all over the globe, but for those who want to focus on travel within our beautiful country, this blog is for you. There are a variety of destinations Apple Vacations offers that are within the U.S. that I want to highlight. Imagine the fireworks, cook out’s and celebrations these destinations have to offer!

First up, is one of our most popular destinations and our 50th state – Hawaii. In Hawaii you can relax on just one island, or take a multi-island vacation and discover the unique characteristics of each. There is a perfect Apple Vacation for singles, couples, families, spa vacations, golf vacations and even girls getaways. Apple Vacations offers over 150 of the best hotels and condos on six islands to suit every preference and budget. Look to our Hawaii micro site to find the resort for you.

Hawaii is on my travel list! I can’t wait to go. I keep a book of the articles I read on Hawaii with the places I want to visit, hotels I want to stay at, islands I want to explore, food I want to try, and excursions I want to do. When I am ready to book, I’ll have it all ready.

Puerto Rico is another great choice. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, citizens of the U.S. are not required to carry a passport to enter Puerto Rico. When I was young, I remember my dad taking off each winter for a golf vacation to San Juan with his friends. It always sounded so amazing and exotic. After all, the island is known asthe island of enchantment”. Puerto Rico features world class resorts, championship golf, 300 miles of shoreline, fabulous shops, exciting nightclubs and casinos. The Latin flare in Puerto Rico inspires amazing cuisine as well.

“No Passport Required” is the slogan for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Apple Vacations offers Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas. The U.S. Virgin Islands offer pristine beaches, warm weather, and crystal-clear waters. They are also culturally diverse as residents are literally from everywhere including Africa, England, Holland, Denmark, Spain, France, India and the United States. Visit St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S.Virgin Islands and home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The most visited port in the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie is known as the shopping mecca of the Caribbean with its winding streets of world-class duty free shops. St. Croix Turtle Beach on Buck’s west end has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic. For a more laid-back vacation, bask in the mesmerizing natural beauty of St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and a short ferry ride from St. Thomas. Two thirds of St. John is designated as a National Park, featuring spectacular trails, secluded coves and dazzling white beaches.

Last but not least, if the beach is not for you, head for the mountains. Apple Vacations offers ski & mountain vacations in 7 regions in 2 countries. Find the perfect one for you here.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

Phillies Baseball Phans, are you ready for an All-Inclusive Phancation?

philliesLogoApple Vacations, a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Phillies, invites you on an all-inclusive Phancation to Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun hosted by Scott Palmer, the Phillie Phanatic and some of your favorite Phillies VIPs and players this Winter. Take off with Apple Vacations and the Philadelphia Phillies for some – Phun in the Sun – in Cancun’s Riviera Maya. Spend a week enjoying the sunshine, sugar-white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

With Apple Vacations Phun in the Sun Phancation, It’s ALL included!

Prices start at $1499 per person for a full week including:

– Non- stop, round-trip flight on the Phillies Express to Cancun
– Deluxe unlimited luxury hotel accommodations at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun
– ALL meals, drinks, tips and transfers in resort.
– Phancation group photo, gift, private beach parties and games with the Phillies players and VIPs and more!

That’s right, for one affordable price – it’s all included on Apple Vacations’ Phancation!

What could be more fun than a week in the sun in the winter with your favorite Phillies players?

For more details, log on to applevacations.com/phillies. Space is limited!

*Based on double occupancy, includes gov’t taxes & fees. Price is per person from Philadelphia International on Frontier Airlines. 7 nights depart January 5, 2014. Price will vary for other departure cities. Phillies Players and VIP’s are subject to change.

Family Vacations – Ready or not, it’s time to GO!

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Another major “vacation company” has a great marketing campaign out right now, and it is what I preach all the time. Take your vacation NOW, your kids are only this age once. Don’t miss out on it.

As my son gets older, I want to freeze time.  My son is 8 and he will only be 8 once. OK, it is for an entire year I know, but I feel like he was 3, I blinked and now he is 8.  I want to soak up every minute of him being 8 and acting 8 (the good and the bad).

I do understand when people want to “Wait until their kids remember” before spending a lot of money on a vacation, or wait until their kids are “old enough” to really enjoy it. But your kids are only this age once. Every family can use some together time away from work, school, video games, homework, laptops and television.  This summer, plan your family together time on an Apple Vacation!

Plan it together by picking out destinations you want to see, hotels that have activities your family enjoys or excursions you want to experience. Or just be spontaneous and surprise them!

There is no better time spent with your family, than on an Apple Vacation!  Make the summer of 2013 one your family will never forget. Go ahead and pick out your vacation here.

 

 

Kaanapali Beach Hotel – a great choice for families in Maui

I wrote a resort review of The Kaanapali Beach Hotel. But, I also wanted to highlight why Kaanapali Beach Hotel is an excellent choice for family vacations.  Kaanapali Beach Hotel is a beautiful beach-front location. One of the best views and most picturesque beaches you can find, perfect for swimming and close to snorkeling.  But they also offer value, convenience, cultural activities and entertainment to keep families happy from the moment they arrive until it is time to depart.

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When I go on vacation, especially with my son, I like for our family to experience the local culture, food and traditions. I especially like for us all to learn something new about each place we visit. In Hawaii, a stay at Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, will be a must for my family!

Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers a great program for children. It is an interactive family experience. Upon arrival, children 12 and under receive an Aloha passport with their Hawaiian Name and what it means.  Then, during their stay, children complete various activities throughout the resort.  Kids receive a makana (gift) for each completed activity. This creates fun for the entire family, and children get to take home their rewards. The resort employs full-time Hawaiian “Culture Advisors” (Alaka̕i) right on property. Children can learn about the history, language and traditions of Hawaii right within the resort.

In addition to the miles of amazing beaches and fun pools to keep the family happy,  Kaanapali Beach Hotel also offers daily Hawaiian activities including free lei making,  free hula lessons and free ukulele lessons. They also offer a complimentary welcome breakfast, complimentary Hawaiian Entertainment & Hula Show in the Tiki Courtyard, and Kids 5 and under eat free at the Tiki restaurant.  All of this will help the budget while keeping the family entertained.

Upon departure from resort, Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers a complimentary Kukui Lei Ceremony. Kukui Nut Tree is the State Tree. “Kukui” means Enlightenment. Kukui Nut Lei is part of the employee uniforms.  The staff explain why the Kukui nut is so important to the Hawaiian people then they sing and present a departure gift of a kukui nut lei’.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel was the only Hawaii hotel voted in “Top 10 Family Hotels” by Trip Advisor. Make sure you look into Kaanapali Beach Hotel, for your next stay in Hawaii.

 

Sandos Caracol Eco – Resort and Spa

 

If you are looking for somewhere different to take the kids for a spring adventure, or for a summer family vacation, take a look at Sandos Caracol ECO Resort and Spa where there is plenty for your family to discover. Sandos Caracol is great vacation for family fun all while teaching your kids about the environment.

 

Discover the Eco activities. The resort focuses on teaching children to live in harmony with nature and to take care of the environment.  They offer an Eco -Tour for kids to teach them to respectfully interact with the environment. Kids can also bike ride on the trail, plant a tree (give back to nature), or attend an interactive eco-talk.

Discover the fauna and flora of the region in the Aviary/Bird Sanctuary.

Discover the Mayan Jungle including Turtle Lagoon, Iguanas, Mangrove Crabs, Eco Club Nursery, Mayan Herb Garden, Orchids, Mangroves and the Organic Garden.

Discover the Water Park.  17 fun slides and water games surrounded by water spouts.

Discover time for mom and dad! There is a baby club for children 2-3 years old which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is also a kids club for children 4 – 12 years old which is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Stay tuned for my next blog on one of the most exciting kids adventure at Sandos Caracaol – The Xcalacoco Experience.