Sandals and Beaches Hotels, Jamaica: A plethora of sunny options

Written by Linda Smith on July 23, 2015

I just got back from Jamaica where I spent five nights touring the Sandals and Beaches properties in Ocho Rios, Negril, Montego Bay and Whitehouse. The weather forecast was for rain everyday, but we only experienced a few drops one evening. In general, the weather was warm and humid, but really delightful – especially around the pool and ocean.

The pool area at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

I stayed at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (adults only) for three nights, where

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Luxury Hotel Review: Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma

Written by Seta Kembikian on July 9, 2015

This past weekend I was invited for an overnight stay at a luxury boutique hotel called Farmhouse Inn. It is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country in California. One and a half hours from San Francisco, and 30 minutes from Napa.

Farmhouse Inn bedroom

The warm welcome at the front desk when we arrived was great, and pointed us to the free goodies: spa products (like avocado soap and honey scrub), and make-it-yourself s’mores.

Farmhouse Inn provided a relaxing

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Luxury Tour Company Review: Exeter International

Written by Seta Kembikian on July 7, 2015

In April of this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Russia on a “travel agent familiarization” trip with Exeter International, a tour company specializing in luxury travel to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg airport, a representative from Exeter was there to greet us and transport us to the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg. The main stairway and the entry hall have been restored to

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Remote luxury lodges under the southern sun

Written by Rosie Holliday on June 18, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the representative for some fabulous lodges in Chile, and it made me want to share what I have learned. Staying true to my specialty, I am concentrating on a few in the southern hemisphere.


In Chile, the Explora Lodges are nothing short of breathtaking. Explora owns and operates hotels and travesias in six remote areas of South America. Travesías are nomadic journeys in which you drive across remote territories, blurring borders and accessing

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Take a Vacation, Get a Promotion?

Written by Laney Williams on June 16, 2015

I recently came across an article on the Harvard Business Review, titled “Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?” by Shawn Achor.

The theory is this:

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a vacation can actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a

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Small-Ship Cruise Review: Voyages to Antiquity

Written by Stephanie Kunz on June 11, 2015

The Terrace Cafe

I just got back from a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity on their ship, the Aegean Odyssey, which holds an average of 350 passengers. This was a dream come true for me because I’ve been following this cruise line since it’s inception back in 2010, as it fits into my ancient civilizations/archaeological fascination, flows well with any religious travels, and goes along with my Destination Specialist certifications for Southern Europe, Spain, and European Culture & Heritage.

We flew

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Pearls of Wisdom: Tips from Travel Agents

Written by Laney Williams on June 4, 2015

I loved the article in this month’s issue of Virtuoso Traveler magazine titled, “Pearls of Wisdom: Virtuoso advisors share their top 59 travel tips, from planning to packing to pointing you to that perfect picnic spot.”  I loved the section on the latest cool luggage (Bluetooth tracking and locking!), the latest travel apps (everyone download GateGuru!), and the tipping guide (does this come in a laminated wallet size?).

Virtuoso even quoted three of our Andavo Travel advisors!

Tip #20, by Jeri Donovan (who

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Airline Review: Virgin Atlantic

Written by Kristen Twitty on May 28, 2015

Lunch in the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class cabin.

If you’re like me, you’ve found that the start and end to your vacation really set the overall tone, and boy was I flying high on my recent trip to London. Literally. I was traveling with a few other Andavo travel advisors, and our friend Marcos Gomez from Virgin Atlantic really knew how to take care of the ladies (as there were no men, God bless him) on this trip.

The Virgin

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Luxury Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Written by Kristen Twitty on May 26, 2015

During my recent trip to London with a few other Andavo travel advisors, I was able to stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the friendly and attentive staff into their cozy lobby. The fireplace was roaring and kept London’s spring chill at bay.

Before we explored the hotel, we had the chance to visit the Wallace Collection, a national museum in a historic London town house, only about 1.5 miles away

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Destination Spotlight: Madrid, Spain

Written by Linda Smith on May 24, 2015

This time my travels took me to Madrid, Spain for a week. I spent six nights at The Westin Palace, a hotel commissioned by the king of Spain in 1912. The location of the hotel was perfect, close to Retiro Park, the Prado Museum and Puerta del Sol, so was the perfect starting point to walk around the city.

The dining room at the Westin Palace Madrid.

The Virtuoso amenity of daily buffet breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful stained-glass dome dining

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