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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Want an All-Inclusive Vacation? Here’s what that means

If you weren’t quite sure what an “All-Inclusive Vacation” actually means, think relaxation. The ultimate goal of an all-inclusive package is to allow you the simple pleasure of  hopping on a plane to your ideal destination with as few financial worries as possible.

It’s a ‘leave your wallet at home’ plan.

We frequently get asked, “does an all-inclusive plan mean that all food and drink is covered?” YES! Want a drink (or three) from the bar? Just ask. Enjoy coffee in the morning? It’s free! Looking for a great meal after a day on the beach? Simply pick a restaurant and go. Hungry for some fish tacos back in your room? Call room service!

Be treated like royalty, it’s all covered in your package price.

Here’s what’s included in your Apple Vacation:

- Roundtrip airfare
- Your Hotel Stay
- Roundtrip transportation to and from the airport and your hotel
- An Apple Representative, in resort, to assist you no matter what your need
- All taxes and tips
- Meals, snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages
- Non-motorized watersports at most resorts
- Daytime activities, nightly entertainment
- All Tips

But aside from endless food and drink, where an all-inclusive package earns its keep is in the little things that vacationers often don’t budget for — taxes, tips and transportation.

Our packages get you to and from the airport and already include the extra tax fees tacked onto your bill. Although many vacationers choose to tip on their own for exemplary service, gratuity is covered in your initial charge and is not necessary.

If you would like more information on all-inclusive packages, click here — http://applev.ac/1o57qk3

Escape the Typical, Go Tropical – Costa Rica!

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Written By: AVDW Wedding Specialist, Amanda Martin

Are you searching for the next up-and-coming destination for your big day? Somewhere where you and your guests can relax and explore without breaking the bank? Then look no further than that little country South of Mexico, Costa Rica!

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The 5 things I LOVED about Dreams Puerto Aventuras

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As told by Liz Bondelid, Apple Vacations E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

When March rolls around, it seems like it’s time for the brutal cold to start letting up. Philadelphia had other plans, with snow days and wind chills in the first week of March this year. Leaving my coat behind as I left for the airport, I wondered what it felt like to be warm again. By the end of the day, I had sand in my toes, saltwater in my hair, and a margarita in hand.

From beginning to end, I was blown away by everything I encountered at Dreams Puerto Aventuras – and no, I never mentioned to anyone that I work for Apple! If I have to narrow it down, let me give you a taste of my favorite things there.

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Destination Wedding Trends: Go Green with Your Bling

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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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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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Bring Romance Back: Top 3 Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

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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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