To Book Your Next Apple Vacation – Ask an Agent!

I often hear, “In this day and age, why should I use a Travel Agent?” The reasons are endless.

Apple Vacations LOVES Travel Agents and recently finished a month of honoring them!

Every May we have Travel Agent Appreciation Month, where we recognize and celebrate the value Travel Agents bring to our industry.

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Apple Vacations LOVES Travel Agents! Yes, we do! How about you?

Today kicks off Apple Vacations 10th annual Travel Agent Appreciation Month! It is Apple Vacations turn to acknowledge and reward Travel Agents for the valuable experience, knowledge and service they provide.

How much does Apple Vacations love travel agents? Count the ways! In honor of our 10th Annual Travel Agent Appreciation Month, we’re extending the fun for a full six weeks! Travel agent appreciation month starts today and runs through June 6. If you are an Agent, make sure check with your Business Development Manager or log on to the Travel Agent Café, to see all of the exciting programs we have planned just for you! You don’t want to miss out.

New for 2014 is our “Agent Shout Out”. If you are an agent who follows us on twitter, Facebook or Instagram tell us your favorite thing about working with Apple Vacations; or Share a photo YOU have taken on an Apple Vacation! Post it and make sure you tag BOTH #applelovesyou and @applevacations in your post. We will feature a randomly selected agent on our Facebook page each week with a “Shout Out” to your agency! And if you are an Apple Vacationer follow our hash tag #appleloves you – so you too can see our great Travel Agent’s posts on our social media sites.

Here are some photo’s of our recent Travel Agent Golden Apple dinners where the “best of the best” received their Golden Apple awards.

Congratulations Agents!

Happy Travel Agent Appreciation Month 2014 #applelovesyou!

Exclusive Feel Makes Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Special

Looking at romantic all-inclusive Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana from the outside and you will see an intimate 51-suite oceanfront property, four gourmet a la carte restaurants and an extensive wine cellar.

While those great features have helped visitors give Zoetry a six Golden Apple Plus rating and “Excellent” TripAdvisor.com review, it’s the incredible feel of this resort that will make you fall in love.

When it comes to world-class resorts and the peak of luxury, the little things make a big difference. And Zoetry knows this. From warm towels and drinks at check-in to horseback riding and full-service spa, Zoetry’s top-class service staff is focused intently on your wellness, serenity and romance.

Want fresh juice or exotic Dominican Republic fruits? Have a thirst for coconut milk by the pool? Whether it’s poolside service or room service, the smiling staff doesn’t just aim to please, they go above and beyond.

And the aesthetics aren’t bad, either. Along with the well-maintained garden area, the magnificent azure sea and spacious rooms give Zoetry an exclusive feel like you stumbled on Punta Cana’s best kept secret. This resort is perfection for honeymooners and couples looking to be pampered and receive that extra special treatment.

Still not enough relaxation for you? If the tranquil beaches and crystal water can’t unlock your tension, maybe Zoetry’s full service spa can. Never want to leave your room? There’s 24-hour private in-room dining and around the clock laundry service.

Zoetry brings all the great aspects of a romantic getaway with a pinch of something special. And whether that comes from the friendly and helpful staff or the ideal exclusive location, one thing is for certain: You will leave smitten with more than just your partner.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/1fpWFkf

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Weddings Complimentary* – Breezes Resort Bahamas

Miles away from everyday life, but only minutes from the airport, the Super-Inclusive Breezes Resort Bahamas is located on a breathtaking stretch of the powder white sands of Cable Beach. Crystal clear waters gently lap the shore as everyday worries drift away. Just a short stroll along the beach takes you to the excitement of Nassau’s glittering casinos and bustling nightlife. Located just five miles from downtown and within walking distance of the Crystal Palace Casino, this high energy resort accommodates guests 14 and older.

Breezes Bahamas

Breezes Resort Bahamas features casual, energetic fun all day and all night. Grab a bite anytime at the 24-hour Snack Attack. Test your skill on the flying trapeze at the Circus School or grab awindsurf board and set sail on an unforgettable journey across the magnificent crystal waters. Challenge yourself by scaling the daring rock climbing wall and enjoy some incredible views from 30 feet high! Be sure to get out there and snorkel right off the shore where the beautiful Bahamian water boasts visibility up to 100 feet down. Then get a massage or a rejuvenating body treatment at the full service Blue Mahoe Spa and rest up because when the sun goes down, things heat up!

Every night is an extravaganza of fun with Reggae Dance Contests, comedy night, a live cabaret, oldies night, toga night, and a pajama party. Swing by the piano bar for laid-back entertainment or show off your singing at karaoke.

At Breezes Resort Bahamas, it’s almost impossible to be hungry or thirsty. Premium cocktails and exotic tropical concoctions flow endlessly from bars located throughout the grounds. And there’s always a quick snack sizzling on the outdoor grills. The buffets abound with tropical surprises and traditional favorites. Or make reservations for an unforgettable evening at one of the casually elegant restaurants. Dinner is also served in casual elegance at Martino’s Italian Restaurant. Or indulge at the romantic Garden of Eden, where you’ll experience a five course meal set in a tropical garden. Snacks are available throughout the day at The Pool Grill. Try everything, and feel free to come back for more. It’s all included.

Weddings at Breezes Bahamas

Weddings at Breezes Bahamas

Thinking about a destination wedding? You’re in luck! Free Weddings in Bahamas

A Dream Wedding Planner, wise in the ways of love and master in the art of matrimonial bliss, will attend to every detail of your Dream Wedding. And just like virtually everything else at Breezes, it’s included.

Endless Love Wedding Package >

Selling Price: Complimentary!

Package Inclusions*:

  • Personal pre-planning consultant
  • Dream Wedding Planner
  • Minster or marriage official
  • Music
  • Organza draped wedding location in aqua, navy and blue
  • 2 tall glass vases with sand, blue glass pebbles and white shell decor
  • Navy chair sashes
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Classic wedding cake
  • Sparkling wine for the reception
  • Navy reception table covers and navy chair sashes
  • 2 glass vase centerpieces with sand, blue glass pebbles, candle and white shell accents
  • Blue and white paper lanterns
  • Marriage license
  • Framed 5×7 photo
  • 4 ceremony passes
  • Online bridal registry website
  • Just married T-shirts

*Government & administrative fees are not included. Ask your Dream Wedding Planner about dinner menus, hors d’oeuvres, wine, open bar, additional flower arrangements, decor and more. All available at an additional charge.. Table setting with cake and sparkling wine (or Champagne if included) for the bridal couple and up to ten guests. ❖Replaces item from preceding package.

 

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.

Puerto Vallarta – Enhance the Experience

Puerto Vallarta has become a hugely popular international vacation destination.  Somehow, it magically combines all that is wonderful about Mexico; its people, its diverse cultures and architecture, its sheer beauty and its food and drink! From the bustling old village to the plush resorts of Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer. So when I visited last September, I knew I was going to have a lot of “MUST- DO” activities.  Without question I knew I was going to the Malecon. I wanted to take a walk on the cobblestone streets and visit the iconic Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is on nearly every post card from Puerto Vallarta.  I made a promise to myself that I would really embrace this destination and get out of the resort. I usually opt for the infinity pool or nice spot on the beach under a palapa. Not this time – I booked 3 excursions during my 4 day trip. (Plus a spa treatment at Pevonia while I was at Secrets Vallarta Bay).

Small Fishing town

Sayulita – Small Fishing & Surf town

My first excursion was to a fishing town on the coast of Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit/Nuevo Vallarta. We drove alongside the Banderas Bay, the Sierra Madre Mountains and arrived in Sayulita. It’s a laidback seaside surfer town. While walking around I saw tortillas being made from scratch for fresh fish tacos, visited a shop with some majorly cool Day of the Dead gear and had a piña colada on the beach while I watched blue-green waves crash in front of me.  Excursion #1, success!

 

Turtle Release

Turtle Release in Puerto Vallarta

It’s not just tourists that like the beaches in Puerto Vallarta. Sea turtles love them, too. I couldn’t wait to check out the Turtle Release at Dreams Villamagna Resort & Spa – Here’s how it worked…. A staff member explained how to handle the turtles with care. Everyone lined up parallel to the ocean and was instructed to walk 3 feet toward the water. Everyone was to release their turtle and step back to watch. It was hard not to smile as everyone observed these tiny turtles make their landmark journey to the sea. Excursion #2, success!

 

For my last excursion, I really got out of my comfort zone! I swallowed my fears and tried to brace myself for what I just agreed to with the Canopy Tour – Ziplining!  I could handle riding a mule back up the hill, it was getting down the hill on a metal wire that was freaking me out! O.M.G. I was so nervous, excited and filled with adrenaline at the same time.

Puerto Vallarta Ziplining

Puerto Vallarta Ziplining

“fly through a thrilling series of zip-lines, rappel down waterfalls, traverse jungle bridges and finally splash through streams and natural river pools. With some of Mexico’s highest and longest zip-lines, at almost 1,000 ft long and 250 ft high, it’s no wonder we call it one the greatest adventures on earth.” -Amstardmc.com

I still can’t believe I actually went through with it! But I have proof. Excursion #3, success!

Needless to say – I LOVE PUERTO VALLARTA. I highly recommend going and I can’t wait to go back. But please take my advice; get out of the resort and experience all of what this destination has to offer!