Iberostar, Cancun Win Big at 2014 Golden Apple Awards

Backdrop at the Golden Apple Awards 2014

Backdrop at the Golden Apple Awards 2014

On Monday night at the famed Art Institute of Chicago, dignitaries from all across the travel industry came together for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards, hosted by Apple Vacations.

2014 Crystal Apple Awards

Award for Best All-Inclusive – Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Best Staff & Service – Mexico — Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

Best Staff & Service – Caribbean — Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection

Best Staff & Service – Central America — Riu Palace Costa Rica

Best Staff & Service – Hawaiian Islands — Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Best All-Inclusive Family Resort — Iberostar Playa Mita

Best Hotel Chain — Secrets Resorts & Spas

Best Destination — Cancun

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Aina, Hokele & `ano`ê: Why Maui is Simply the Best

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Written by Kelly Re, AVDW Specialist

After visiting Maui last week, I am not shocked that it is has been voted the “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for 20 years!

From its picturesque beaches to 5-Star resorts and welcoming local people, the island has much to offer Destination Wedding couples (or groups), honeymooners and anniversary couples.

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Travel Solo: Soak up the Single Life in Punta Cana!

Breathless Punta Cana

Breathless Punta Cana

Written by Elizabeth Bondelid, AV E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

Ah, the single life. No one to check up on you. No reason to leave the party early. Do what you want, when you want. What reason could you possibly find to settle down? The one reason I always come back to is having nobody to join me in doing the things I want to do, like taking a spur-of-the-moment trip to Punta Cana.

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Iberostar Hosts two Philadelphia Eagles Legends

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Are you ready for some football?

I know it’s cliché, but I am! I love the enthusiasm each new season brings and all of the predictions for the year. Everyone starts the seasons with a blank slate and builds from there. My prediction for the Philadelphia Eagles is 13 wins! It’s in writing now, so no changing it!

Apple Vacations is lucky to have many friendships throughout the NFL, including Eagles pro–bowl wide receivers, Mike Quick (#82) & Harold Carmichael (#17). They are two local legends in Philadelphia and are both still very active in the Philadelphia sports community. Harold is with the team and Mike Quick can be heard on CBS radio in Philadelphia on Sportsradio 94 WIP.

In the off season, we were able to host them at Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in the Domninican Republic. They had a fabulous time and shared all of these great photo’s with us to show just how great their vacation was.

To learn more about Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus click here!

And Go Eagles!

Apple Day at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals

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Apple Vacations, Dreams Resorts & Spas, Dominican Republic Tourism and the St. Louis Cardinals came together on August 17th to celebrate, “Apple Day” at Busch Stadium.

Apple Vacations was given special sponsorship throughout the stadium and even had a trip giveaway for fans. Overall, it was a great day for everyone involved!

The ceremonial first pitch featured six awesome people on the field before the game:

Sandy Meyer – Apple Vacations Business Development Manager
Shasha Cruz – Dominican Republic Tourism
Christie Gonzalez – AmResorts Business Development Manager
Brandon Smith –  Dream Vacations
Sab Haney – Suzi Davis Travel
Jackie Coakley – Central Travel

Apple Vacations Phancation 2015 Now On Sale

Phancation 2015

As a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Phillies, Apple Vacation is excited to announce Phancation 2015 in Riviera Maya.

And YOU are invited! (Click here for more information)

This is Apple Vacations’ second annual Phancation. We will be returning to Riviera Maya in 2015 – this time at the beautiful Now Jade Riviera Cancun!

A Phun filled week is in store for everyone! Phancation 2015 will be hosted by Scott Palmer and will include The Phillie Phanatic, Phillies pitcher Justin DeFratus, along with Phillies alumni Larry Bowa, Greg Luzinski, and Tommy Greene.

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Apple Vacations & Iberostar Host Phillies Baseball 101

Apple Vacations and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts partnered together once again to sponsor the second of three Philadelphia Phillies Baseball 101 Clinics on August 19th!

This event is centered on the women-only participants, giving them opportunity to participate in interactive coaching from the Phillies coaches themselves, a discussion with the Phillies front-office and visits from current players like Cody Asche.

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