Luxury Hotel Review: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Written by Donna Evans on November 18, 2014

Leopard seen while staying at Leopard Hills

In the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve of South Africa, there are many choices for ultimate experiences. I chose the fantastic camp of Leopard Hills, where we were greeted by the general manager, Duncan. Located in the private game preserve, there is no shortage of wildlife and encounters with the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), including the leopards they boast in their name. Our spacious suite included our own plunge

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Cruise Ship Review: Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Written by Seta Kembikian on November 14, 2014

I was recently invited to come aboard Cunard Line’s cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth, for a ship inspection and lunch when the ship was in port in San Francisco during her 2014 World Cruise.

The Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth is Cunard Line’s newest (entered service in 2010), and second largest (2,068 passengers) ship. She is large, and feels quite spacious, but by present cruise ship standards (5,400 passengers currently being the largest cruise ship afloat), she’s still relatively mid-sized. As a

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Destination Spotlight: Oahu, Hawaii

Written by Brenda McClain on November 13, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend Oahu’s Fourth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival trip, hosted by Virtuoso.  I was invited because of Andavo’s membership in Virtuoso’s luxury travel network. This extraordinary event was held on three different nights and featured over 40 celebrity chefs along with 20 of Napa Valley’s greatest wine estates. The events were: “A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly”, “Corks & Forks” and “It’s a Food World After All”. The closing evening was a clear night

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Luxury Safari Camp Review: Camp Jabulani in South Africa

Written by Donna Evans on November 12, 2014

Recently I was fortunate enough to spend three nights at a beautiful luxury camp in the Hoedspruit region of South Africa, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Camp Jabulani, a Virtuoso member property, has a private concession shared with a few other luxury camps, which provides for a private experience to their amazing game drives. Our host, Kate Nelson, the general manager, could not have done more to make our stay perfect.

My Camp Jabulani suite

The camp itself sits atop

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Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Oh My!

Written by Linda Smith on November 11, 2014

Angkor Wat

I just returned from another great travel adventure… this time I went to Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the first part of October. The rainy season is April to November, but luckily it only rained at night so it didn’t hinder my trip at all. I spent the first two nights at the Raffles d’Angkor Hotel, a beautiful property just 15 minutes from the airport and the famous temples of Angkor

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My Top 5 Destination Wedding Resorts

Written by Sara Koshko on November 7, 2014

While getting all of your friends and family to an exotic destination for your wedding might sound stressful, in many cases, destination weddings are actually easier to plan than traditional weddings — and sometimes more affordable. Typically, destination weddings involve a much smaller guest list, and couples can choose packages that help take the stress out of the planning process.

To make your destination wedding as relaxing and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a guide to 5 popular wedding destination resorts

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Destination Spotlight: Normandy, France

Written by Meredith Price on October 28, 2014

I just spent a week in Normandy and experienced some of the loveliest areas in France. It’s quite inspiring to visit the World War II sites, but there is much more to do and see. While many try to see Normandy as a day trip from Paris, or an overnight trip, it’s an area that’s deserving of a more in depth visit.

It’s an easy trip from Paris. A train from Paris to Caen or Bayeux is a little over two

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Andavo travel advisors to unite at AndavoMart 2014

Written by Laney Williams on October 7, 2014

As a host travel agency, we have travel advisors affiliated with us that are based all over the country.  We have five office locations now (CA, CO, UT, and two in AL), plus home-based travel agents across the country.  Our network of luxury agents keeps growing – we are up to 90+ now.

A group of Andavo travel advisors at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA at the 2013 AndavoMart.

Once a year, Andavo Travel invites the whole crew to join

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Why do we travel?

Written by Doreen Lopez on September 30, 2014

As a travel consultant, I’m usually in the midst of preparing for my next journey. One of my latest trips was unforgettable! I traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru, where I found the Peruvian culture to be amazingly warmhearted and authentic. Machu Picchu was definitely the highlight, as it is archaeologically and visually breathtaking.

As I was preparing for my trip to Peru, and managing my clients’ travel, it made me wonder what motivates a person to travel? Travel takes you away

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Starwood Hotel and Resort Junkies Unite

Written by Laney Williams on September 10, 2014

As most of our clients know, Andavo Travel is a member of Virtuoso – a network of luxury travel agencies that have exclusive relationships with luxury travel suppliers and are thus able to arrange complimentary extra amenities for their clients (free breakfast, upgrades, spa credit, etc).

But did you know that Andavo Travel is also part of a new by-invitation-only program from Starwood, called Luxury Privileges?  This program covers all of Starwood’s St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels properties, and

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