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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Luxury Hotel Spotlight: The Brando, a private island resort

Written by Kirsten Little on December 5, 2014

Stay on a private island near Tahiti on a week-long business trip? Yes, please! Sometimes I really love my job…  I just returned from a Classic Vacations meeting for their President’s Circle travel agencies (of which Andavo Travel is a proud member), held at The Brando.

The arrival ceremony

The Brando is Marlon Brando’s luxury resort on French Polynesia’s beautiful private island of Tetiaroa (30 miles from Tahiti), which is surrounded by a sparkling lagoon. You can only access the island

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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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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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