Luxury Hotel Review: Club Med Kani, Maldives

Written by Donna Evans on November 5, 2015

Splattered in the Indian Ocean on the peacock blue clear water are motus of varying sizes (a motu is a reef islet – like a very small island) hosting beach resorts with assorted accommodations and amenities. The Maldives, as they are affectionately known, play host to jet setters and beach lovers from around the world.

Club Med Kani beach

The most popular and yearned for overwater bungalows and suites perch on the water with privacy and even personal plunge pools, in

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Luxury Hotel Review: Halekulani, Honolulu, Hawaii

Written by Linda Smith on October 29, 2015

I was able to travel to Honolulu the first part of October and spend six nights at the beautiful Halekulani. What a wonderful hotel. The experience staying at this property is really special. I couldn’t wait to get back to my room every night to see what note and small gift had been left on my bed with the turndown service. With a little over 400 rooms and suites and a staff of over 800 employees, the service was impeccable.


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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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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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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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Adventure Cruising With Un-Cruise Adventures

Written by Jeri Donovan on May 22, 2015

Ever since I first heard about Un-Cruise Adventures, (one of my esteemed Virtuoso suppliers) I knew it was something that I had to experience. It became front and center on my bucket list for active adventure cruising.  As a wellness travel advisor and because I am a bona fide travel info junky, I immediately enrolled in the coursework to become an Un-Cruise Adventures Certified Adventurist. My sense of intrigue and desire deepened as I delved into learning about this style of adventure cruising that ventured along the shores of Alaska, the coasts of Costa

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Beach Vacation Goers: Instagram Giveaway

Written by Laney Williams on April 16, 2015

Here we are in mid-April.  At about this time of the year, I start realllllly looking forward to my summer vacay.  Who’s with me?  Anyone nodding their head should visit our Alabama office’s Instagram account and enter to win the Beach Bundle Giveaway!

Enter to win this super cute beach stuff!

Instagram handle:  @andavotravelalabama

Or visit:

You could win a super cute beach tote, spring-y scarf, sun hat, and beach towel just by following @andavotravelalabama and liking the giveaway photo.  No reposting

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Relaxation Vacation at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Written by Jeri Donovan on March 2, 2015

When you need to slow down and de-stress, it is time for a relaxation vacation at the Dominican Republic’s Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. This rejuvenating resort will artfully fulfill your need for serenity in a luxury nirvana offering unparalleled tropical beauty nestled on a stunning white sand beach. During my visit, this amazing wellness resort resonated deeply within my soul and offered me a Zen-like sanctuary where peacefulness filled my days and mind.

Zoetry swim-up suites

As I first entered the resort lobby,

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Luxury Hotel Spotlight: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Written by Donna Evans on December 23, 2014

Just the word “Tahiti” conjures up images of crystal clear, turquoise water that beg you to enter, over-water bungalows that beckon, and a tropical paradise that breathes romance.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort’s lagoon and bungalows.

I just got back from staying at the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora, which epitomizes these images, but also boasts service, cuisine and enchantment for anyone celebrating a romantic moment. The over-water bungalow suites are spacious and well-designed with an enormous open shower,

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Destination Spotlight: Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by Wendy Hart on December 12, 2014

Los Cabos is a rugged beach destination ringed by mountains and desert, located at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It’s composed of two towns, with Cabo San Lucas located on the southern tip and its sister city, San Jose Del Cabo, located slightly to the north on the Sea of Cortez. With it’s easy access from the U.S., it has been a beloved tourist destination for many years, offering a variety of activities and accommodations ranging

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