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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AndavoMart 2015: Our annual travel advisor convention

Written by Laney Williams on October 26, 2015

Andavo Travel just finished hosting our annual convention for our network of advisors, called AndavoMart.  As our network grows, so does the attendance at AndavoMart, and once again we had record attendance – this time 109 total attendees.

AndavoMart 2015 was held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA from October 16-18, 2015.  Our first event was an Advisory Council meeting on Friday afternoon with a select group of Andavo advisors, who provided feedback on what Andavo can

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Give the Gift of Travel

Written by Merri Lou Martin on October 15, 2015

What gift could be more unique and memorable than the opportunity to discover a fascinating part of the world? Give the special person in your life something they will treasure for a lifetime – the gift of travel.

Who wouldn’t be overjoyed at a gift-trip to Paris?

Honestly, do you remember every gift you received for Christmas last year or for your birthday? I dare say most of us would not. But do you remember that last vacation you took with

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“Just Back” Destination Spotlight: Ireland

Written by Mary Catherine Anthony on October 12, 2015

If your favorite color is green, or if you enjoy beer and comfort food, I highly recommend you go to Ireland. I had been wanting to go to Ireland for several years, as my family heritage links me back to the country. The landscape, the friendliness of the people, and the overall good times had by all, enhanced my trip to be one of the best vacations I have ever taken.

Gorgeous Ireland

When thinking about traveling within Ireland you can

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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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Luxury Hotel Review: Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma

Written by Seta Kembikian on July 9, 2015

This past weekend I was invited for an overnight stay at a luxury boutique hotel called Farmhouse Inn. It is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country in California. One and a half hours from San Francisco, and 30 minutes from Napa.

Farmhouse Inn bedroom

The warm welcome at the front desk when we arrived was great, and pointed us to the free goodies: spa products (like avocado soap and honey scrub), and make-it-yourself s’mores.

Farmhouse Inn provided a relaxing

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Luxury Tour Company Review: Exeter International

Written by Seta Kembikian on July 7, 2015

In April of this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Russia on a “travel agent familiarization” trip with Exeter International, a tour company specializing in luxury travel to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg airport, a representative from Exeter was there to greet us and transport us to the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg. The main stairway and the entry hall have been restored to

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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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Take a Vacation, Get a Promotion?

Written by Laney Williams on June 16, 2015

I recently came across an article on the Harvard Business Review, titled “Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?” by Shawn Achor.

The theory is this:

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a vacation can actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a

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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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