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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Apple Vacations’ 2012 Platinum Agency Retreat

What do 165 participants, 3 nights & temperatures in the 80’s all add up to?


Apple Vacations’ 2012 Platinum Agency Retreat – Secrets The Vine Cancun


Apple Vacations’ 2012 Platinum Agency Retreat. Secrets The Vine Cancun hosted, NOW Jade had us over to Sip, Savor & See. A Town Hall Meeting updated everyone on what’s happening at Apple Vacations, Amstar & AM Resorts. Site Inspections, Optional Excursions, Pool/Beach time and cocktail receptions rounded out the rest of the time. A pool side gala, featuring entertainment by Il Divo, brought the Retreat to a close.

A wonderful event, a great group of agents and 100 million reasons to say Thank You to each of them!

Check out my pics to see a more up close view of the event!

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Don’t worry about trying to schedule your vacation around your favorite NFL team or a big game, instead take an Apple Vacation and Tailgate on the Beach!


Former Philadelphia Eagle and FOX broadcaster Hugh Douglas, hosting a tailgate on the beach at Dreams Cancun.


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Many resorts recognize the passion of sports fans so they plan special events and

meals around the games. I’ve watched Eagles games from Now Jade, Dreams Tulum and Dreams Cancun and all were a GREAT time!



Stadium seating for the Big Game!

They set up lounge chairs on or by the beach as your “stadium seating“, a huge movie theatre screen to watch the game, and they serve traditional tailgate snacks and beverages while you watch the game!




It’s a unique experience not to be missed by sports fans! So when booking your next vacation “in season”, make sure to start the search with Now Resorts and Spas and Dreams Resorts and Spas so you can catch the game. Check out the photos of some of the tailgate parties!


Are You Ready for Some Football?


Tailgating in resort


Beach bar ready to go at Now Jade


Tailgating in resort


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Pampered in Paradise

Blue Diamond, Riviera Maya  

I recently stayed at the Blue Diamond, and I honestly have to say this is one of the best hotels I have ever had the chance of staying at.  I recommend this property for anyone that enjoys a more quiet vacation and wants to be pampered. 

 Here are my top reasons to visit:

 Location, Location, Location

Nestled on the pristine coast of the Riviera Maya, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty and peace, surrounded by nature. This exclusive hideaway is set in 36 acres of lush topical jungle, with a well-manicured gardens. I loved spending time on the spectacular palm filled white sandy beaches along the turquoise-colored Caribbean Sea. It’s 40 min south of Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.


Blue Diamond Riviera Maya - This luxurious adults only resort is built along peaceful river waterways, a mystical cenote and the Mexican Caribbean sea, With 128 junior suites and suites in this peace of paradise, the resort lends the perfect mix of luxury amenities with oriental flourshes, impeccable service and and exceptional fushion of cuisines.




The delicacy in the care,

Modern contemporary exclusive hideaway set in 36 acres of lush, tropical jungle and white sandy beaches, offering unparalleled pampering and rejuvenation being tranquil sanctuary of breathtaking beauty.

attention to detail and exquisite service are the solid pillars of its life philosophy. They have a great concierge who will take care of anything you need. My patio suite had a small plunge pool which they were  happy to fill daily upon my request. 



The food is all gourmet! The hotel has 3 fantastic restaurants that offer plenty of variety and they will make anything you want. 

  • Ceviche – Tapas Bar serving continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.
  • Aquamarina – International cuisine. Combination of buffet and a la carte.
  • Ambar – A la carte Fusion cuisine. Opetion for dinner only.



Adults-only property, incomparable beach, complimentary green fees, free ocean dive or snorkeling tour , private outdoor bathtub & plunge pools, beach concierge service, Yoga Classes, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, and  Jogging Trails. Don’t miss the rooftop bar in the evening to star gaze.

The stay at this hotel is completely sensory: the vision, the hearing, the touch and, of course, the palate ...



Its Spa elegantly merges the Maya philosophy with ancient Asian healing rituals. A careful selection of special treatments for health and beauty, including a wide variety of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Watsu and the best equipment in Kinesis.


Simply the best … “New” Kid on the Block

Apple Vacations has been sending vacationers to Cancun for over 30 years. I am always amazed to see the changes each time I vacation there. Cancun, Mexico was the first Apple Vacation I ever went on, and I love it more each time I go back.  

The last few years, I, like many Apple Vacationers, have not actually been staying “in” Cancun, rather we have been flying in to Cancun and heading south to Riviera Maya to experience Puerto Morelos, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.  There are so many fabulous resorts in this region, and each is unique. It is very family friendly and I loved it each time.  

But, I am very excited for my next trip, because of all the new Resorts in Cancun.  “What’s old, is new again” and more LUXURIOUS than ever!  So many new resorts have opened or are about to open in Cancun. The landscape has completely changed and it is almost like it is a completely new destination. I am so excited to experience it once again. 


Sandos Beach shot courtesy of Suzie Sturm,

So go ahead, take another Apple Vacation to Cancun. New resorts to discover are Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort, Iberostar Cancun and RIU Peninsula which are all currently open and Secrets The Vine Cancun, which is opening soon!  Check out the “unofficial shot” of construction from the ocean view room, and restaurant. 

Stay tuned to the blog, as we will be featuring reviews on all of these amazing resorts soon.



Simply the best… “cool” pool!

As family vacation season is upon us, if you want to ensure that you are in a resort that has a pool that keeps the kids (and kids at heart) happy, then read on.

When asking fellow employees what resort have you stayed at that has a “cool” pool the same two names consistently came up. Again, Iberostar Paraiso Lindo and Maya is a top choice!  In addition to the amazing main pool network there is both Mayan themed wave pool and a fun lazy river.  Between, the main pool, wave pool and lazy river you will need to remind yourself there is a beach.

Another top choice for “cool pool” is the pool at Grand Sirenis in Riviera Maya. Grand Sirenis main pool has been described as very peaceful and beautiful, and they also have a lazy river pool for some relaxation.  It has a slow current and snakes thru the entire property. You could hop on an inner tube with margarita in hand and drift all day!

Tell us, what Apple Vacation have you been on that had your most favorite pool?

More Riviera Maya Hotel Reviews

mexico-nov-11-512More reviews from our Florida sales rep, Everton, escorting his first FAM trip to Riviera Maya.

Riu Palace Riviera Maya – This resort is located just minutes from Playa del Carmen and is the perfect location for clients looking to shop or hit the town. They have a great beach!  They offer 5 a la carte restaurants, multiple bars plus a swim-up bar surrounded by cocktail tables in the pool!  They offer liquor dispensers in the suites, which I thought was pretty cool. The buffet selection is great! They also have a perfect suite for honeymooners called a “Jacuzzi Suite” where the Jacuzzi is on the top floor of a two-floor terrace!  Very cool!!

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya – This resort is very upscale and serene! 90 individually named ocean front suites at this intimate, boutique resort!  Resort offers complimentary private transfers, in-suite check in, 3 gourmet, a-la-carte restaurants and complimentary WIFI throughout the resort. Unlimited phone calls to the U.S. are also included.  Enter the property by passing between two authentic 16th century Balinese Dragons representing “Hope and Prosperity”.  The Resort is decorated with unique art and antiques hand picked by the owner during his travels.  The resort is only 20 minutes from the airport and located behind the 2nd largest reef in the world. This is a true hidden gem!  The resort boasts the largest wine cellar in Riviera Maya. Clients can enjoy a complimentary sunset sail 6 days a week. They also have wild birds and “Makas” on property.

NOW Sapphire Riviera Cancun – WOW! What a tropical paradise!  This property has been recently renovated and offers spacious junior suites. This resort has 6 restaurants, a massive pool with an abundance of in-pool lounge chairs, a beautiful beach and spectacular food and service! No wristbands, no dining restrictions, no dining reservations, premium liquors and American beer.  Plus, 24-hour room service, beach and pool wait service.

NOW Jade Riviera Cancun – This resort features 7 restaurants, 5 bars and 556 very spacious junior suites.  The resort offers stunning pools. In the preferred club there are hammocks right over the pool!  This resort is built in a protected Mangrove area with abundant wildlife and lush landscaping.  The hotel offers 24-hour room service and is Family of 5 Friendly!  Now Jade has very contemporary design and decor! Spice (Asian cuisine) has tables outside under the palapas, which is a really cool feature and is especially good for group dining.