Top 10 Reasons to Visit Dubai

Written by Donna Evans on July 22, 2014

Dubai is known for decadence, wealth, oil and innovation. For the time being, here are my top 10 reasons to visit Dubai (not in any particular order):

1. The tallest building, Burj Khalifa, at 2700 feet high

2. The tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

3. The world’s biggest aquarium

4. Biggest mall, the Dubai Mall

5. 7 star luxury hotel, the Burj al Arab (each room is a duplex), shaped like a sail

6. Gold Souk, a large market where you can purchase gold at

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Virtuoso Travel Week: Agents shopping for your next travel adventure

Written by Laney Williams on July 22, 2014

Shopping’s never been more fun!  I’m excited to tell you that soon a whole contingent of Andavo Travel advisors from across the country will be heading to Virtuoso Travel Week, the world’s largest luxury travel show, held each August in Las Vegas.

This event brings together the world’s leading luxury travel providers and travel agencies for a week-long, collaborative event where advisors shop cruises, hotels, tours and destinations for their clients. This one-of-a-kind event gives Virtuoso Member travel agencies and advisors

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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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Destination Highlight: Berlin, Germany

Written by Meredith Price on June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to visit Berlin, Germany, while attending the Virtuoso Symposium event. Berlin is a beautiful, very clean city, with a tremendous amount of green space and an overwhelming amount of history. It’s a very vibrant city with a wealth of shopping, restaurants, and night life. There is a building boom in Berlin and a lot of construction throughout the city, which attests to its growth and strong economy. I think it would appeal to not only the

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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: Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado

Written by Linda Smith on May 27, 2014

I recently returned from Gateway, Colorado where I stayed at the Gateway Canyons Resort for three nights. You fly into Grand Junction and then it is about an hour to drive to the resort through the canyon, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. This resort is like an island unto itself. Once you get there, the activities are plentiful. I was able to ride horses, take an ATV ride, fly in a helicopter to see the awesome landscape, and ride

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Four Seasons Bali Honeymoon

Written by Jelissa Tucker on May 13, 2014

Travel is a very big part of my life, so I didn’t take the decision of where to go on my honeymoon very lightly. It was extremely important to me to create a unique, once in a lifetime experience, and it was extremely important for my husband to be able to relax. I ended up choosing both Four Seasons Resorts in Bali. Coupling Jimbaran Bay and Sayan together gives you the perfect combinations of Balinese culture, nature, and the charm of Four

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Countdown to a Cruise

Written by Collette Peck on May 8, 2014

One of the greatest things about going on vacation is the anticipation and excitement of going on vacation! I know that I channel some of that energy into preparing and learning more about the destination and what options are available to me.

I’m leaving on a cruise soon, and it’s been a few years since my husband and I have taken one, so I’m plunging into the online pre-registration.

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Complimentary Breakfast, Virtuoso Style

Written by Collette Peck on May 1, 2014

A recent blog by my coworker, David Russell, discussed the new survey from that states complimentary breakfast is the most important hotel amenity that guests want. A hotel restaurant and free wi-fi ranked as the second and third most important amenities, respectively.

As a proud member of the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agencies, we understand how important this is to our clients and we are pleased to offer them a complimentary breakfast for two at all Virtuoso properties.  Additional complimentary

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