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.

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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:

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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.

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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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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

Cancun’s Now Sapphire Brings Together Comfort, Great Service

As told by Kasey Minnick, Marketing Specialist.

When I stepped off the plane at Cancun International Airport for my five-day adventure in Mexico, the warmth of the Caribbean instantly caused me to forget the frigid temperatures and polar vortex I left back in Pennsylvania.

At 27-years old, I had never been to Cancun before, but felt comfortable right away in my new “home away from home.”

As my van pulled into the resort, I felt safe in its surroundings and ready to explore. The service staff was quick and insistent in carrying my bags, making sure that from the second I reached the resort to the time I left, I wouldn’t need to lift a finger.

Although the sun spent most of my trip only peeking out from behind the clouds, it still reflected beautifully off of the resort’s well-manicured fountains and pool. As I easily navigated through the open-air walkways, I could hear music. That, along with the constant “holas” from the Now Sapphire employees, made me feel comfortable in my new surroundings.

Entering the building where my room was located, my bags were already waiting for me at the door. I could not wait to swipe my key card and see what was inside. The room was absolutely immaculate down to the resort’s robe and slippers placed perfectly on the canopy bed. The spacious area gave way to balcony seats, where a beautiful, beach breeze refreshed the already freshened suite.

When I left my room to venture for the day, I would make a pit stop back to my Suite to freshen up, and my fridge would be stocked with cold beverages, including Coca-Cola made with REAL sugar. The towels in my bathroom were crisp, clean, and hung just right.

I was nervous that the water in my shower would take ages to heat, but it was not any different from my shower in the states, except that Now’s shower was larger.

Being out in the common areas, it was comfortable. It was as if you had traveled to this location with these same vacationers multiple times before. They were considerate, friendly and genuinely looked pleased to be at the resort. Not only were the other vacationers welcoming to new friends but the employees made us their number-one priority. Whether it was to serve you a cocktail from their expansive drink menu, clear your buffet dinner plate or make up your room every morning, they always did it with urgency and with a smile.

I found myself eating mostly at the buffet, which always had vacant seating throughout the day. Having a flexible buffet schedule is nice because you don’t have to feel rushed to get there or rushed to finish the plate in front of you.

I did take advantage of one reserved seating restaurant — Fresco, and it was the best meal of the trip. What I learned immediately is that you have to go to these resorts with an open-mind, willing to try new and exciting foods. Whether you are a vegetarian, meat and potatoes, Italian, or seafood type of eater, it was all there for you to indulge in.

The beach, unlike those I have been to on the East Coast, have a fine sand, which doesn’t get hot to the touch. The beach at Now Sapphire had a plethora of lounge chairs, and space to relax on your own away from any crowds. There were always games of beach volleyball going on, so if you wanted to join, you easily could.

Even though the rain kept me out of the pool, I was able to stay out of the drizzle sitting underneath the coverage of the pool bar. This was one of the most relaxing afternoons I had while on the trip. I met so many people, whom loved to talk about their past and present vacations and share their drink recipes they learned from the Now Sapphire bartenders. Hands down, the best cocktail I had all vacation was called the Iceberg, which was a frozen Margarita sitting atop a Corona.

While depressing, check-out was a breeze and my private transfer safely took me back to the airport. With good vacation memories (and the thought of pool bar Icebergs) fresh in my mind, I wasn’t quite over the Caribbean Sea yet before actively wondering when I could make my return.

To book Now Sapphire, contact your travel agent or click here – http://applev.ac/1bdMUCf

Beach Chair 3   Fountain 2Food Frozen Corona Beach Pool