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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Luxury Hotel Review: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

Written by Linda Smith on May 31, 2013

I just got back from a wonderful trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui, which I think has some of the best beaches in the world. Their white sand beaches are great for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The island is also known for whale-watching from December to May, with the months of February and March being the peak times to watch a humpback whale calf breaching alongside its mother. The island is also well known for its championship golf courses.

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Destination Review: Tahiti & St Regis Bora Bora Resort

Written by Josh Cameron on May 21, 2013

For years I have had Tahiti on a pedestal as the ideal honeymoon destination due to its “ultimate paradise” reputation and appeal. I recently got married and our wedding day was full of excitement and fun, but left us exhausted and ready to relax. I finally got my chance at a Tahitian honeymoon. Having long-awaited this particular vacation with such high expectations, one would assume that disappointment would be in the cards for us. In reality, our 10 days in Tahiti couldn’t have

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Destination Review: My Tahitian Bliss

Written by Merri Lou Martin on May 2, 2013

I just returned from a most amazing trip to Tahiti. This was my first time to Tahiti and I hope not my last!  I can’t even express what an incredibly beautiful place it is. It is truly a paradise. I was with seven other travel advisors from around the US and one from Canada.  We visited four islands: Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha’a. In the six days we were there we toured 13 resorts, giving us a very good perspective

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Multi-generational cruising: Get on board!

Written by Collette Peck on May 1, 2013

Talk about a family trip to remember!

The 2013 Virtuoso Luxe Report found that family and multi-generational travel are the year’s biggest travel trend, with river and luxury cruises taking the next two spots. The report also found that spending time and reconnecting with loved ones were among the top reasons motivating travel. Not surprisingly, Virtuosos have seen a lot of crossover in these trends, with more clients booking multi-generational cruises over the past three years.

Cruising lends itself well to families

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The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua: Top 10 Reasons to Book

Written by Donna Evans on April 23, 2013

Here are my top 10 reasons to book your next Hawaiian vacation at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui.

10. Guests are greeted with a warm aloha reception upon arrival amidst the lush flora and given a kukui nut lei.

9. The expansive 10,000 square foot, three-tiered pool, including a children’s pool has inviting cabanas for those who want a little privacy and shade.

8. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua showcases a destination resort offering 463 guest rooms, including 107 residential suites. The warm-hued wood floors,

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10 Reasons to Visit Dubai

Written by Donna Evans on March 4, 2013

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I recently visited the United Arab Emirates and toured the country. I found Dubai to be the most interesting and decadent of all its cities. With the recent opening of the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis, another level of luxury was added.

Aside from the exaggerated extravagance displayed in Dubai, I can think of at least 10 reasons to visit this city, either on a stop over or as

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Australia Day celebrates a beautiful and diverse country

Written by Rosie Holliday on January 31, 2013

Mission Beach in Queensland is one of Australia’s premier sandy shores.

Article written by Rosie Holliday (an Andavo affiliate agent), as published in the Vail Daily on January 25, 2013.

Since it’s Australia Day today it seems appropriate to talk about Australia in this article!

Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the Eastern Seaboard, known at that time as New Holland. I am hugely proud to be

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