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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Brave Enough for a Cancun Whale Shark Tour?

Swimming alongside dolphins is a popular and safe adventure for vacationers in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

But what about sharks?

If you’re feeling brave, you can take part in a Whale Shark Tour! Watch and swim with enormous local Whale Sharks, a species of shark that got its name for being the size of some whales.

The best part about this excursion? Unless you’re plankton, there’s no need to fear!

 

Gems of Riviera Maya: Now Jade & Now Sapphire

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun and Now Jade Riviera Cancun are truly “gems” in Riviera Maya.

Aside from their reputation of being family-friendly, fun and boasting luxurious accommodations, what makes these two resorts so special is that they are consistently included in great all-inclusive package deals!

They are both very unique and yet both provide wonderful vacation spots for the whole family. Here are my favorite things about each resort. Continue reading

Feel NO #MommyGuilt on an Apple Vacation!

#Mommyguilt  –  All the mommies have it, right? Well, I am on the first leg of my son’s summer break. As I was heading off to work and he was heading off to the library with Grandmom, it snuck up on me: I should be taking him to the park, pool or to a movie.

Then I remember – it’s OK!  I prepared, I planned! I have plenty of activities and trips planned for the summer, including some valuable #Familytime.

Continue reading

Destination Weddings: How to Pick Your Paradise Wedding Dress

Denis & Ina - Dreams La Romana - Photography by: Neri Photo

Denis & Ina – Dreams La Romana – Photography by: Neri Photo

Written by, Samantha Szapor, Apple Vacations DW Specialist

Finding the perfect wedding dress for your special day can be hard enough but factor in the weather and location and the task becomes that much harder.

Destination weddings are often in more casual and relaxed settings. Long or short, sweetheart style or strapless, elegant or simple — all can be appropriate and fitting for a destination wedding. The only thing to keep in mind is that destination weddings are less “traditional”, so your dress can be too!

Here are a few guidelines to consider before saying “yes” to the dress:

Continue reading

Go Green with These Eco-Friendly Resorts

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

For many, “Eco-Friendly” is an empty buzzword.

For these 33 resorts, Eco-Friendly is a lifestyle in preservation. It’s protecting the fragile ecosystems of the beautiful jungles, beaches and oceans that millions enjoy and the local cultures thrive on.

It’s an extra effort with future generations in mind.

But what does Eco-Friendly actually mean? Here’s a taste of what some resorts are doing to #GoGreen.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading