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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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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My Virtuoso Travel Week Report

Written by Donna Peacock on September 2, 2014

As a “newbie” to Virtuoso’s Travel Week held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas from August 9-15, I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed! As agents we were quickly immersed in the culture and style that only Virtuoso can offer. After the opening session and my first introduction to Matthew Upchurch, the CEO of Virtuoso, I was very convinced of the importance of my being there!

Personally, I had 352 appointments with travel suppliers ranging from cruises to hotels,

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Is your luxury cruise really all-inclusive?

Written by Collette Peck on August 27, 2014

To all cruising aficionados:

I am happy to report that I’m finding more and more cruise lines listening to their travelers who are sick and tired of being “nickel and dimed” once they get onboard a ship. Cruise lines are starting to offer a more truly “all inclusive” experience.

Many of the premium brand cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America are offering daily beverage packages and when you book in certain categories or have a particular status with the

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Luxury Hotel Review: Mukul Beach Golf and Spa Resort, Nicaragua

Written by Donna Evans on July 10, 2014

If you want to try a new destination and enjoy luxury, why not visit Nicaragua and enjoy a stay at the five star Mukul Beach Golf and Spa Resort?

Everything is incredibly lush and luxurious. The beauty of the property and location can’t be properly relayed in photos. It is magical. The cliffs, the waves, the birds, the gentle shower just after lunch, and the pleasant, soft breeze all mesmerize your senses.

A villa at Mukul

The 621 sq ft houses, called

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Luxury Hotel Review: Kaya Mawa, Malawi

Written by Donna Evans on June 27, 2014

After a recent tour throughout Malawi (that long, skinny country sandwiched between Mozambique and Zambia in Africa), I knew enough to expect beauty when we landed on Likoma Island. I knew that Lake Malawi was vast and that lovely properties could be found. However, I did not expect the grandeur of the hidden gem I found in Kaya Mawa, the exclusive luxury resort.

The lovely Michelle greeted us and made us feel welcome and special immediately upon our arrival. At first

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Luxury Hotel Review: Marival Residences, Puerto Vallarta

Written by Linda Smith on June 3, 2014

I was able to go to Puerto Vallarta in April and spend four nights at the Marival Residences Luxury Resort. This beautiful property is only 30 minutes from the airport located in Nuevo Vallarta. It is a fairly new resort — only five years old.

View from my room on the 5th floor

My one bedroom oceanfront room on the 5th floor was over 1400 sq ft with a kitchen, living room, bedroom and two bathrooms. We had stairs that took

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Luxury Hotel Review: Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam

Written by Donna Evans on February 6, 2014

The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam is a hotel on a different scale. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Vietnam’s cities, this all-villa resort sprawls on quiet Hoi An Beach. The contemporary architecture is welcoming and eye-catching as feng shui mingles with strong modern lines. 

The Nam Hai villa exteriors

The one bedroom beach villa has a patio facing the sea, just a short pathway from the beach. In the early mornings, you can watch the

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Celebrate Life’s Milestones via Travel

Written by Collette Peck on January 28, 2014

What do you get the guy who turns sixty and has more ball caps and tee shirts than he knows what to do with? How about a special trip to a fun sandy beach destination.

Cancun, Mexico

Of all the destinations around the world that we have visited, my husband’s favorite place to go is Cancun, Mexico. So, I made the arrangements for us to stay at an all-inclusive adults-only resort on the fabled white sand beaches of Cancun. This was

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Southern California Luxury Hotel Review: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Written by Laney Williams on July 18, 2013

La Costa grounds

I just returned from a fabulous vacation to the San Diego area.  My husband, two-year-old daughter and I stayed in Carlsbad at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa for a week.

The resort grounds are impressive, with sparkling white Spanish-style buildings and beautiful well-kept foliage.  I loved that there were multiple spots to stop and enjoy the grounds: wooden porch swings surrounded by bougainvillea, benches near beautiful water fountains, etc.

Since we were there with our toddler daughter,

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