So You’re Attending A Destination Wedding …

Photo: Antonia-Dustin Wedding, Dreams Tulum

Photo: Antonia-Dustin Wedding, Dreams Tulum

Written by Apple Vacations Destination Weddings Expert, Ashley Surkin

You’re invited! Whether it’s a sibling, cousin or friend, your presence is important to the happy couple so pack your bags, you’re attending a destination wedding.

While this could be a great opportunity to take some time off and relax in paradise, it can also leave you with some big decisions and even bigger questions.

Here are few helpful hints to keep in mind:

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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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Now is the Time for Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

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As told by Stephanie Diehl. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @TravelDesigned or at TravelDesigned.com.

Tic toc!

Time is wasting to visit Puerto Vallarta during whale-watching season.

While just about anytime of year is nice in Puerto Vallarta, RIGHT NOW is prime time to view the humpback whales in their natural habitat. Tours can be booked through your travel agent or with your on site Apple Vacations representative at the hotel. The humpback whales are expected to be in Puerto Vallarta this year until the latter part of March when they will move up the coast to Alaska for their summer feeding.

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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.

Escape the Polar Vortex Sale

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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