Luxury Hotel Review: Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Jamaica

Written by Donna Evans on August 3, 2016

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to visit the new Hyatt Resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Hyatt Resorts has developed a unique concept with their Ziva and Zilara resorts. It is a dabble into the all-inclusive market in a very different way. While the properties are connected, and there is some flow between the two, they have their separate entities. Hyatt Ziva is a family friendly property with a KidZ Club and pools,one of which has a swim up bar called

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Luxury Hotel Reviews: St. Regis Monarch Beach, Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Written by Seta Kembikian on May 17, 2016

Our group of Andavo Travel advisors/affiliates on beautiful Monarch Beach.

Earlier this month, I along a few other Andavo Travel affiliates had the opportunity to explore a few Southern California hotels.

We all arrived independently from different parts of the country, where we met up at the Orange County airport. From there we were picked up by St. Regis Monarch Beach’s car service. Upon checking in at the hotel, we were upgraded to spacious suites with coastal views.
The lobby of the

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Luxury Hotel Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran

Written by Hao Tang on April 28, 2016

In March, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran concluded renovations throughout their premium ocean suites.  The remaining rooms and suites will be completed by November. The completion aligned perfectly with my wife, Lura’s, spring break. If you enjoy traveling, marrying a teacher may not be the best idea, but that’s too late for me.  Naturally, we took this as a sign for a quick tour across Bali!

Welcome amenities… It’s the small gestures!

We visited Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran,

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Luxury Hotel Review: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 21, 2016

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a slice of luxurious, tranquil jungle paradise set right on the Caribbean Sea. Every step of the way — from the check-in process, to the endless pampering, to the most luxurious villa we have ever had the privilege to enjoy — the Viceroy is in a class of its own. After staying here, it’s no wonder it’s been ranked the second best resort in Mexico and top 100 in the world by Conde Nast.

The minute

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Hotel Review: The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 19, 2016

Located roughly 30-60 minutes away from the airport (depending on traffic), and a good 10-15 minutes from Panama City (again, depending on traffic), the Westin Playa Bonita is a slice of tropical paradise! Upon entering the hotel’s massive lobby, you’re greeted with drinks, ocean views and a warm hospitality only found in this type of property. The resort features 3 infinity-edge pools, 6 restaurants, the Sensory Spa by Clarins, and business travelers can take advantage of over 20 meeting spaces.

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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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