Escape the Polar Vortex Sale

#SolarVortex Sale

Enough is enough! You are tired of the salt, snow and brutal wind chill this winter. And you’ve had more than enough of the Polar Vortex.

To counter the cold and in an attempt to regain your sanity — meet Apple Vacation’s #SolarVortex 72-hour sale!

For the next three days (book by Jan. 30, 2014), Apple Vacations has great deals on all-inclusive trips to Jamaica, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel. From three nights to seven, prices start at $579 and offer something for everyone.

From Mexico to the Caribbean, here’s some of the “Escape from the Polar Vortex” offers:

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa – $799
Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun – $809
Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana – $879
Marival Resort & Suites – $699
Riu Santa Fe – $579 (or 7 nights, $899)
Secrets Aura Cozumel – $799

To book any of these (much needed) vacations, contact your favorite travel agent or click here – http://applev.ac/171vDLc

Three Tips for a Harmonious Destination Wedding Plan

Destination Weddings

As told by Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Expert, Ashley Surkin

It finally happened! They popped the question, you accepted and now you’re thrown into the swirl of wedding planning. With the options limitless, it can be a daunting ordeal for any bride and groom. From floral arrangements to cake tastings and first dances, so much time and detail goes into making your dream a reality.

When you take that first step in deciding to have a destination wedding here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

Plan in advance!

Nothing guarantees a nuclear meltdown like planning a wedding in a time crunch! Do yourself (and those around you) a favor and allow plenty of time to plan. Of course that sequential date (12/13/14!) sounds tempting but understand that a wedding is generally planned at least a year in advance. Any sooner and you run the risk of venues and vendors being booked. Trust me you don’t want to start this process with limited choices! Additionally, when planning a destination wedding it is courtesy to send “Save the Dates” to all of your guests a year prior to the big day in order to give them the chance to request time off, save money and make reservations.

With that being said also remember to be mindful of the seasons in your destination! Don’t just assume because you’re going somewhere tropical that the days will be sunny and warm. The gorgeous Caribbean atmosphere comes with the higher risk of storms and a hurricane season that spans from July through October. While in Hawaii, the rainy season can make weather a little dicey from November to March. Be sure to research before jetting off!

Legal vs. Symbolic Ceremony

Every country has their own hoops to jump through when it comes to legalizing a marriage, especially that of foreigners. There is a considerable amount of paperwork that must be sent and translated prior to your arrival and legal translation and judge’s fees. In Mexico, it is required to have an on-site blood test before your nuptials. Typically it is recommended that couples consider having a symbolic ceremony at their destination. The ceremonies are conducted in the same manner, the only difference being the presence of a judge.

Take care of your guests!

While it may sound exciting for you to pack as much into your getaway as possible your guests may desire some R&R. Whether they choose to sleep in, lounge by the pool or go exploring, having that freedom would certainly be appreciated. (This will give you a chance to spend some quiet time with your one and only!) Events that should remain on the agenda include the rehearsal or welcome dinner to greet your loved ones and inform them of any important weddings details.

This is not to say you shouldn’t take care of your guests. While it is a joyous occasion and a vacation for all, don’t leave them to fend for themselves. A welcome bag full of trip essentials like a map of the resort, sunscreen, bug spray, and water could be helpful, as would suggestions of activities. After all, they’re there for you.

It’s easy for couples to get tangled in decisions and feel an overwhelming amount of stress while planning a destination wedding but be sure to remember the tips above and have fun with the process; the rest will be smooth sailing. Happy planning!

If you’re interested in a destination wedding, call your favorite travel agent or click here – http://applev.ac/10m5jrs

Well-Rounded Sunscape Curacao has Something for Everyone

It’s been a little over one year since the all-inclusive Sunscape Curacao, Resort, Spa and Casino celebrated its Grand Opening. And things just keep getting better for families and couples on the exclusive island.

If you’re looking for a resort that has the ability to please everyone — along with endless food and drink — Sunscape Curacao is it.

The beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal water and natural coral reef set the stage for a fantastic island destination that the entire family can enjoy. If you’re into exploration and adventure, fun-filled Sunscape Curacao offers a diver’s paradise with an on-site dive center and enough water sports to keep you moving.

Into golf? The new resort near Aruba and off the coast of Venezuela features the historical Blue Bay Golf Course.

Loaded with action activities during the day, Sunscape Curacao also lets you relax. The resort has an awesome on-site casino, plentiful pools and beach chairs, while also surrounding you with exceptional staff and sparking rooms. There’s an on-site spa that comes with a steam room and sauna.

While the parents or couples hang out at the casino or one of the resort’s six bars, children can also find their own adventure. There’s a great Explorer’s Club, a fully supervised program for children, to keep them happy, along with Core Zone for teens, which conducts a vast array of sports, games and other activities.

When it comes to food, the resort has one buffet, three á la carte restaurants, a grill and a café. Did we mention that the all-inclusive food and drinks never stop flowing? They don’t and it’s incredible. But if you feel guilty about the amount you consume during your trip, Sunscape Curacao also has an updated 24-hour gym.

When it comes to complaints, lack of room-by-room Wi-Fi tops of the list. But no Internet access in paradise can’t hold back Sunscape Curacao’s 4 / 5 rating on Tripadvisor.com or five Golden Apple rating by vacationers at AppleVacations.com.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Sunscape Curacao, call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/1ceuQNB

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Reasons to Love Dreams Villamagna, Riviera Nayarit

When vacationers talk about all-inclusive Dreams Villamagna, two things come to the forefront: Its impeccable dedicated serving staff and incredible view from the 10-story luxury towers.

But that’s not all this Nuevo Vallarta resort brings to the table.

With a quiet and tranquil feel (no spring breakers allowed), you can take a hour-long walk on Dreams Villamagna’s nearly endless clean sand beach. You can also travel to the historic and safe colonial town of Puerto Vallarta, where you can go whale watching, shop or participate in some fantastic golf.

Everything about this resort is top notch, beginning with the grounds, view and including the exceptional staff, who work tirelessly to make sure your stay is unforgettable. Upgrade to an Oceanview room located on on the 7th and 8th floor in the Main tower. You won’t be disappointed.

When it comes to food, Dream Villamagna does it right. With six options, including a spotless and airy buffet, the variety (ranging from sushi, authentic Mexican cuisine to Italian) means there’s really something for everyone. The resort also features five lounges with premium beverages and friendly bartenders to make sure visitors always have access to drinks and a laugh.

If you end up eating and drinking too much (which will happen) or need a kick following a night of dancing to the resort’s live entertainment, you can reinvigorate your body and soul at Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Receive hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments and hit the peak of relaxation.

There are three things that make Dreams Villamagna the right choice for you. It has incredible food, a picturesque poor area and beach, and the service is unmatched. Throw in the quiet and romantic atmosphere and there’s not much else you could wish for in your vacation destination.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Dreams Villamagna, Riviera Nayarit, call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/1cUK7Sf

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Secrets Aura & Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

The Caribbean island of Cozumel is paradise off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It was almost purchased by Abe Lincoln in 1861 and was once an historic stop over for grazing pirates.

Today, the pristine getaway trades pirates and conquistadors for vacationers and two awesome but different resorts — Secrets Aura Cozumel and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel.

Secrets Aura, known by its “Adults Only” status, has the feel of a secret and exclusive location built for romance and relaxation. Perfect for anniversaries or celebrations, Secrets Aura is an all-inclusive honeymooner’s dream.

On the other side, all-inclusive Sunscape Sabor features 2,000 feet of white sand beach made for vacationers of any type — families, couples, singles, honeymooners and wedding parties. Sabor also has fun-filled activities at the Explorer’s Club, a fully supervised program for children, making this resort the ultimate fun-and-sun getaway.

When it comes to relaxation and pampering, the two resorts have a lot in common. Secrets Aura comes loaded with impressive Secrets Spa by Pevonia, which uses the latest hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments to get you to a point of relaxation you didn’t know existed. Meanwhile, the also impressive Sunscape Spa by Pevonia lets you relax and reset with over 35 different treatments.

If action is your thing, both resorts take advantage of all Cozumel has to offer. With astonishing coral reefs and crystal water, Secrets Aura is known for water events like sea kayaking, snorkeling, sailing or windsurfing.

Similarly, Sunscape Sabor offers scuba diving and reef snorkeling on or near the second largest barrier reef in the world — the Great Mesoamerican Reef.

Every room at Secrets Aura is made to impress, each coming with a four-poster canopy king-size bed or two double beds, your private terrace or balcony and full marble bathroom with Jacuzzi. At Sunscape Sabor, each room features a king bed, balcony or terrace and flat screen TV. However, the views vary depending on the room type.

If food is your thing, the options are plenty at both resorts. Secrets Aura brings four á la carte gourmet restaurants and a buffet venue where reservations are not required. You also have the option of sneaking away for a romantic meal in your suite or on the beach, a great addition that shouldn’t be overlooked. At Sunscape Sabor there are six restaurants (four á la carte and two buffet options) to fit all tastes and hungers of you and your family.

Whether your tastes are with Secrets Aura’s epic relaxation and romance or Sunscape Sabor’s family fun and beauty, Cozumel makes sure that whichever resort you pick will be the right one.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Secrets Aura Cozumel or Sunscape Sabor Cozumel , call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/19VT6hO

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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.

 

Capital-V for Vacation

as told by Liz Bondelid, E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

Turquoise waters, all-inclusive, tropical gardens, palm-studded beaches…  Being brand new to the Apple Vacations Marketing team, I’ve been swooning over these spectacular terms all week.  I was lucky enough to be invited to join the team after an internship during my last semester of college.  But the perks of the Apple Vacations internship weren’t limited to coming out of college with a full-time job; I’ve also come into the job having already accrued a three-night vacation to the destination of my choice.

Being a bit Europe obsessed (understatement), my vacation time and money has never gone towards relaxation on a beach.  My first instinct was to pick a destination where I could rent a car and explore local sites.  Then I realized I’ve never had a relaxed vacation.  Maybe it’s the “go go go” complex we Americans tend to have, but how often do you just unwind completely and soak in the world around you?

After four years of books and studying and constant movement, I decided I was due for a capital-V Vacation—four days of lying on a beach, margarita in hand, soaking up some warm golden rays.  But with so many options before me, how on earth does one narrow down the options?

After pouring over the brochures I brought home, and going starry-eyed in presentations on destinations, I’ve decided that for my first real Vacation, I want total peace and relaxation, warm cerulean water, and great food.  Based on those criteria, the hotel that’s recommended to me over and over is Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun.  Impeccable service, stunning beach, and beauty every way you look.

 

Secrets Maroma Resort & Spa

Secrets Maroma Resort & Spa

 

What do you think, my new friends?  Where do you go to relax completely?  What hotels are you dying to see?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!