The 5 things I LOVED about Dreams Puerto Aventuras

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As told by Liz Bondelid, Apple Vacations E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

When March rolls around, it seems like it’s time for the brutal cold to start letting up. Philadelphia had other plans, with snow days and wind chills in the first week of March this year. Leaving my coat behind as I left for the airport, I wondered what it felt like to be warm again. By the end of the day, I had sand in my toes, saltwater in my hair, and a margarita in hand.

From beginning to end, I was blown away by everything I encountered at Dreams Puerto Aventuras – and no, I never mentioned to anyone that I work for Apple! If I have to narrow it down, let me give you a taste of my favorite things there.

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Destination Wedding Trends: Go Green with Your Bling

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As told by Apple Vacations Destination Weddings Expert, Ashley Surkin

We’ve all witnessed the steps being taken towards creating a healthier environment; many of us have even participated in these efforts. If you choose reusable bags over plastic or are the ruler of the carpool trend, why shouldn’t you consider the impact your destination wedding could have on global warming, pollution, loss of animal habitats, etc.?

In fact, one of the latest trends in the bridal industry is wearing the Green Bride crown with pride. Here are a few helpful tips for having an environment-friendly wedding day!

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Escape the Chill with Apple Vacations Spring SuperSale

Want to save up to 40% on you next vacation to Mexico or The Caribbean? Well you are in luck, because Apple Vacations Spring SuperSale is on!

We have all “chilled out” enough this winter and more snow is in the forecast for many states this week. There is no better time to head south to the warm and sunny beaches of Mexico & The Caribbean and start the spring thaw.

Apple Vacations is offering some great pricing to Mexico & The Caribbean. Here are 5 helpful hints to help you navigate the sale and get the best deal possible during our Spring SuperSale.

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Bring Romance Back: Top 3 Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of traditional romance. Or so Hallmark says. But what’s romantic about boxed chocolate? Do cartoon hearts and supermarket flowers create that spark you are looking for?

Romance needs a comeback.

If you want true romance, a wide-eyed rekindling of love — an experience that your relationship will draw back to time-and-time again — throw out the chocolate hearts already and check out one of these three incredibly romantic getaways that are fighting to bring authentic romance back.

Secrets Maroma Beach – Riviera Maya (http://applev.ac/1gvoSX3)

Secrets Maroma is the ideal romantic location planted firmly on one of the most famous beaches in Mexico. Voted the world’s most romantic beach, six-golden apple Secrets Maroma is best known for it’s peaceful and exclusive setting. Private cabanas on the beach and private swim-out pools help make this Riviera Maya location and prime spot to create a connection.

Secrets Maroma has a spa and spa garden, offering outdoor and indoor treatment and a complimentary anniversary, which features a romantic breakfast in bed with mimosas, 15% discount on all spa treatments and bottle of sparkling wine.

Zoetry Punta Cana – Punta Cana (http://applev.ac/1fpWFkf)

When it comes to romance, Zoetry gets it right. Especially the lush and secluded six-golden apple Zoetry in Punta Cana. Take full advantage of this resort’s exclusive oceanfront setting by lounging underneath the lush palms on an amazing beach or swimming in the azure ocean. Both occur in almost total privacy. You can also visit Zoetry Punta Cana’s full-service spa and take couple’s serenity to the next level.

French doors, ocean-view terraces and an extensive international wine cellar, push Zoetry Punta Cana to the top of the romance charts.

Secrets Vallarta Bay – Puerto Vallarta (http://applev.ac/1fhsEB8)

With a stunning ocean and mountain background, Secrets Vallarta Bay sets the ultimate scene for love and romance. Selected rooms come with a soaking tub that the accommodating staff will transform into a bubble bath at your request. Swim-out rooms give you the option of reaching the pool in private fashion.

Romantic horseback rides and couples massages top the list of activities at this Secrets location. And if it’s your anniversary, you can indulge in a complementary private dinner on the beach and sparkling wine in your room.

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5 Winning Reasons to have a Destination Wedding

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As told by Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Specialist, Courtney Bradley

Debating on a traditional wedding at home or packing your bags for a week in paradise to celebrate your nuptials? Well, search no further for the right path! Having the wedding of your dreams in a picturesque destination can be a stress-free, memorable experience for everyone!

It’s Less Expensive than a Traditional Wedding

Hosting a wedding in your hometown while surrounded by your friends and family can empty your wallet faster than you think. More often than not, destination wedding locations have a wedding coordinator ready to bring your dream wedding to life. Many places also offer packages that include everything you’ll want while providing savings on catering, the rehearsal dinner and wedding decor.

It’s Your Call, Your Way

Do you dream of walking down the beach barefoot in a sundress? Do you imagine a private sunset ceremony? It’s your wedding, you make the rules! Destination weddings are the perfect way to keep your big day as formal or casual as you and your partner want. The most important thing to remember is this day is all about you and your love!

It’s a Wedding, Honeymoon, and Vacation all Rolled into One

Many couples choose to surround their big event with activities that will not only be exciting and adventurous but also relaxing and tranquil. Whether it’s a long peaceful weekend or a week full of entertainment for you and your guests, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. Once the main event is over and guests return home, newlyweds often spend the next few days basking in paradise and enjoying some much needed alone time.

Planning is Easy and Stress-Free

Planning a wedding at home can turn into a stressful and time-consuming experience that requires months of planning whereas planning a destination wedding allows you to enjoy the whole experience. Apple Vacations Destinations Weddings is here for you! We can help arrange your entire trip, including taking care of all of your guests. Let us do all of the work while you enjoy your engagement and prepare your vows. After all, your biggest worry should be which bathing suits to pack!

A Unique and Memorable Experience

The memories you create at your destination wedding will last a lifetime and will be the center of conversations for years to come.

AVDW Tip: Relive the magic every year as this special place can also serve as a great vacation spot for anniversary celebrations!

If you are interested in a destination wedding, contact your favorite travel agent or click here for more information — http://applev.ac/10m5jrs

Viva La Villa: Unique Luxury Venues for Your Destination Wedding

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As told by Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Expert, Ashley Surkin

Are you are dreaming of a super intimate, ultra unique and lux wedding on par with nuptials worthy of the rich and famous?  Are you a laid back bride who thinks a jaw dropping backdrop is more impressive than flowers? Are you searching for a place where your closest friends and family can celebrate without the commotion of other vacationers?

Then renting a private villa could be the perfect choice for you!

With a private villa your guests can enjoy the laid-back intimacy of this home away from home. No need for dinner reservations or a fight for a spot on the beach. Host your party well into the wee hours of the night and take a dip in a pool that never closes!

Most villas come with private cook services which allow meals to be catered to your preferences and on your time, not resort time. And with sizes ranging from 2 to 40 rooms, it doesn’t matter how long your guest list is, there’s plenty of space for everyone.

And if you think you can’t afford a villa in places like St. Barts, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Gorda or even Barbados, think again. In some cases villas can be more cost effective than traditional hotels!

Speaking of Barbados, look at these gorgeous photos (shown below) from a recent destination wedding at Landfall Villa. This six-bedroom property offers the ultimate in beachfront luxury with its famous Sandy Lane Beach location, majestic, arched doorways and a courtyard designed for royalty.  A surround sound system, air-conditioned bar with sitting area, and large, free-form infinity edged swimming pool make this the ideal place for entertaining wedding guests.

Whether you’re tying the knot or renewing your vows, a private villa hideaway is the picture-perfect venue for your romantic event!

*AVDW Tip: When choosing a villa as your venue, make sure the floor plan works with your desired wedding set up. Your guests traveled a long way to be part of the festivities so being able to see you exchange vows is imperative. Be certain that no one would be seated around the corner!

If you want to book a Villa or are interested in more information, contact your favorite travel agent or go to AVDW Villa Collection – http://applev.ac/1jcV5qN

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When You Shop Vacations, Compare Apple’s to Apple’s

We understand that travelers are looking for the best value for their dollar when making a vacation purchase. We know, because not only are we working with package prices all day, but we compare pricing when we vacation ourselves. That’s how we know that when you compare package price to package price you are getting THE best deal!

Sometimes saving up to 40%

When you look are purchasing a “complete vacation package” from Apple Vacations, it typically includes round-trip airfare, hotel  accommodations,  transfers to and from the resort and all taxes and fees. When you package everything together you get the best price with Apple Vacations.

If you take each component of that vacation and price it individually, and add each item together, the price will be more. The value is when you put it all together in a package. When we run a sale or a special, the sale is also typically based on package pricing.

For example, I just now priced 2/15 for 7 nights from Philadelphia to Cancun at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes, the rate is $4,668.00 for 2 people. However, the package (featuring the exact same date, hotel, transfer, taxes) is on sale, and it equals $3,098.00.

That’s for the same exact inclusions.

Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes for JFK to Cancun on 2/22 for 7 nights, the rate is $4,798.00 for 2 people at Now Sapphire Rivera Cancun. But again, the exact same date, flights, hotel, transfer, taxes is on sale at the package price of $3,198.00 — for the same exact inclusions!

Which price would you want to pay?

Why is this? It could be for many reasons. A hotel may offer a “special rate” that only applies to packages. The airline could be doing the same. And when they both do it at the same time, you really save!

The value is in the package price! So when you are making your vacation purchase, do yourself a favor and price the entire package together. Make your hard-earned dollar go further and get the BEST vacation you possibly can.

Contact your favorite travel agent or visit www.applevacations.com and pick out your vacation package right now!

  • Prices sampled were per person, based on double occupancy and available on 1/28/14 via Apple Vacations leisure flights. Cancun flight from Philadelphia was on Frontier Airlines 1/15. JFK was on JetBlue Airways 1/22.  Prices included government taxes and fees.