Destination Wedding Trends: Go Green with Your Bling

Dreams Tulum Green Wedding Beach

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

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta

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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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. 

Ready to Book Your Cancun & Riviera Maya Apple Vacation? Wait no more!

Did you ever see a game show where the contestant waits until the last minute to make a decision or hit the buzzer, and they wait so long they wind up with nothing?

I LOVE game shows and have found myself on more than one occasion screaming at the screen, “push the button!” or “take the deal!”

Many people wait to book their vacations, and yes, sometimes it works out and they catch a Last Minute Special – especially if they are very flexible. But that is not always the case.

I recently returned from my vacation in Cancun’s Riviera Maya. I was pleased to see that my resort was almost 100% full. And it was not the only one.

With this current cold weather, polar vortex, snow and ice across the US, people want to see the sun. And with Cancun being such an easy flight, the resorts I spoke to were doing very well.

Especially because of the cold, friends and family call me and asking, “when are the really low prices coming out?” and “when is the next big sale?” I keep telling them that if they want to book, go ahead and book now.

Don’t wait.

We have some amazing rates to Mexico (and the Caribbean of course) right on our website www.applevacations.com. If you hesitate, the dates and resort you want might not be available for long. And prices can go up.

I was pricing out a vacation the other night and by the next morning, the same package price was $200 more per person! The hotel had sold all of the “sale rooms.”

So, thank you mother nature for making my job just a little bit easier right now. And go ahead and book that vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean right now, or you could truly be left in the cold.

The Destination Wedding “To-Do’s” Before the “I-Do’s”

Destination Wedding To-Do's

As told by Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Expert, Ashley Surkin

There are many emotions during the wedding planning process but more often than not, what you’re feeling is stress!

Remind yourself that the most important part of this is that you come out married to the love of your life. Everything else is fluff in comparison to that main goal. Here is a helpful timeline for tackling the daunting list of to-do’s before the I-do’s.

9 Months-to-a-Year Out

- Create a solid guest list. Don’t forget to collect everyone’s addresses!

- Research marriage requirements in the destination you chose to marry. Some countries require that you be there 48-72 hours prior to nuptials.

- Contact your favorite travel agent or click here (http://applev.ac/10m5jrs) to secure your wedding date with the resort and set up a room block for guests.

AVDW Tip: Create an Excel spreadsheet in order to keep track of your growing guest list and mailing addresses. This will also come in handy when you’re collecting RSVPs or sending out thank you notes.

4-9 Months Out

- If you haven’t already, send your Save-the-Dates! The sooner the better so your guests can make their travel arrangements.

- Obtain passports. They take about 4-6 weeks to process/renew.

- Find your perfect sand/travel-friendly gown!

2-4 Months Out

- Confirm any offsite excursions you may have planned.

- Make/order favors and put together welcome bags for all of your guests.

AVDW Tip: Consider shipping favors and welcome bag items to the resort and assembling them the day you arrive. It’ll save you a lot of hassle while traveling.

1-2 Months Out 

- Send out formal invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. Be sure to include a schedule of group events and any other important information you feel that your guests may need to be aware of.

- Finalize wedding details with your on-site wedding coordinator.

2-Weeks Out

- If you’re planning a symbolic ceremony now is the time to apply for a marriage license. Depending on where you live there is usually a waiting period which could take anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks to receive your license.

- Check with the resort that there will be a gown steamer or somewhere nearby that offers this service.

AVDW Tip: During travel your gown should be with you at all times and in a protective garment bag that you can either stow overhead or in the first class closet.

Once you arrive at your destination be sure to touch base with your coordinator and deliver the welcome bags. If you’re having a legal ceremony, satisfy all necessary requirements before the big day. Other than that, take this time to relax (just don’t forget sunscreen!). You made it!

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