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Fun in the Sun at Breathless Punta Cana

August 28, 2014

Breathless Punta CanaFor groups that are looking for fun in the sun and a lively night scene, or for couples that are seeking luxurious romantic beachside getaways, look no further than Breathless Punta Cana. This adults only resort in the Caribbean is both lively and relaxing, with plenty of pools, water sports, and secluded escapes to explore and enjoy.

Located in the Uvero Alto region, on the Eastern edge of the Dominican Republic, Breathless is just a forty-minute ride from the Punta Cana airport.  No need to worry about transportation – your all-inclusive vacation at Breathless Punta Cana includes round trip airport transfers.  This resort is situated on a beach that curves on a bay.  On one end of the bay, the conditions are good for windsurfing, while the other end is calm and ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

In fact, the snorkeling at Breathless Punta Cana is absolutely fantastic!  While the actual beach is composed of the kind of white sand that’s so soft you can sink your feet into it, take just a few steps into the sea to discover where the spectacular coral reef begins.  Breathless Punta Cana provides free snorkels as part of your all-inclusive package, allowing you to easily wade a few feet offshore and observe numerous species of angelfish, surgeonfish, grunt fish, and snapper, as well as other aquatic wonders like the vibrantly colored sea anemones.  Other outdoor activities included during your stay at Breathless Punta Cana include tennis, kayaking, sailing & surfing.

Return to the beach for some sunbathing and cool off with beverages delivered to your lounge chair by Breathless’ servers.  Another way to enjoy a few drinks is at one of Breathless’ swim-up bars.  There’s nothing like drinking a few cervezas or cocktails while submerged in the pool, especially when you don’t have to pay extra for alcohol.  Unlimited liquor and premium spirits are included when you visit Breathless because it’s all-inclusive!  It’s like being at an open bar all day every day, which is to be enjoyed responsibly, of course.

Perhaps your experience at the swim-up bar will lead to some fun at Breathless’ waterfall, or else a visit to the resort’s oxygen and cigar bar.  At night, there are live music venues both inside and outside (weather permitting), a casino, and a happening nightclub that can be found upstairs.  Dance to salsa, meringue, or to the latest musical hits from the United States, while mingling with other guests and making new connections.  There is no shortage of fun to be had at Breathless Punta Cana.

Adults only resorts are perfect for vacationers that want to let loose in a mature environment, as well as for couples who prefer peace and quiet over the splashing and noise that could potentially be generated by other guests’ children.  If you are looking for a romantic retreat, Breathless Punta Cana delivers when it comes to luxurious getaway options.  Stay at the Exhale Club for an even more exclusive atmosphere.  Relish in the private check-in at Breathless’ Exhale Club, and find yourself greeted by a buffet of finger sandwiches set beside tomatoes stuffed with delicious caviar.

Retreat from the heat and relax in the shade as your complimentary bottle of champagne chills beside you in one of Breathless’ tropical beachside cabanas.  These private shelters are available for rent and have views that will leave you truly breathless.

Most rooms at Breathless Punta Cana feature immediate pool access or private balconies, and some even offer private Jacuzzis.  In fact, there are several long swimming pools that extend the length of the property so that all guests can access poolside activities, or else relax on submerged lounge chairs for moments of tranquility.  Breathless is a fantastic choice for vacationers who live for beach days and sparkling swimming pools.

Enjoy the large luxurious beds and showers of Breathless’ posh accommodation, as well as the option of breakfast in bed.  All visitors to Breathless Punta Cana can enjoy breakfast in bed because room service is included with your all-inclusive package, along with unlimited fine dining at any of Breathless’ thirteen restaurants.

Start the day off with coffee and pastries from the Coco Café.  Later in the day, check out the tapas at Bites, or maybe have lunch at the beachside grill.  If you’re really hungry, eat your heart out at Breathless’ international buffet.  Enjoy cuisine from Lebanon, Italy, France, or else fusion from Asia or from Latin America.  Your stay at Breathless is also a great opportunity to sample local Dominican delicacies such as fried plantains or papaya smoothies, not to mention the complimentary Brugal Arejo, or Dominican rum.

Don’t forget to check out Breathless’ world-class spa by Pevonia®, which offers treatments from massages to pedicures, waxing to haircuts.  Relish in personalized pampering thanks to the skilled masseuses, stylists, & estheticians at Breathless who are experienced and accommodating towards your requests.  The Pevonia® spa experience at Breathless Punta Cana includes temperate pools as well as steam rooms and saunas that can be used before and after spa treatments.  They will leave you feeling fresh and revitalized.  Note: spa services are not a part of your all-inclusive package and cost extra.

Does this sound amazing?  Perhaps that’s because an all-inclusive stay at Breathless Punta Cana is truly amazing.  Prepare to be blown away by the features and grandeur that come with all-inclusive vacations.  Breathless Punta Cana is just one of the many tropical destinations offered by Traveloni in conjunction with Apple Vacations, a trip that will be both exciting and memorable.  Swim, snorkel, drink and dance – enjoy life and luxury at this exclusive beach resort.  For a getaway that will take your breath away, relish in the tropical beauty and all-inclusive luxury of the Dominican Republic’s Breathless Punta Cana.

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Best Golf Courses in Cancun

August 26, 2014

Cancun golf coursesIf you’re researching possible destinations for a golf getaway, you may want to consider traveling to sunny Cancun in Mexico. While Cancun may be better known for it’s all inclusive resorts and amazing beaches, it also offers a plethora of world class golf courses for you to play a round at. If you’re interested in some of the best golf course in Cancun, here’s our list of ones you could consider playing at.

One Cancun golf course to consider playing on while on vacation is The Moon Spa & Golf Club that boasts not one but three nine hole golf courses. Each of these three courses were designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Each course presents a unique set of challenges, the first course features a myriad of lakes, the second course is surrounded by sand dunes and the third course is set in a jungle environment. Guests who have signed up for the resort’s all inclusive package are able to play unlimited rounds of golf, without paying green fees. Green fees for day guests vary between $178-$289 for an 18 hole round of golf, depending on which tee time you book.

The Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok is conveniently located within Cancun’s resort district and offers spectacular views of both the Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The club offers an 18 hole, world class golf course as well as two putting greens, a driving range and an on site pro site. Regular green fees vary from $95-$160 depending on the season. Green fees include the use of a motorized golf buggy and complimentary snacks and beverages. If you’re keen on booking a round, just make sure to avoid hitting one of the course’s unique hazards, which are it’s very own Mayan ruins.

The Playa Mujeres Golf Club’s was designed by world renown golfer Greg Norman and is consistently voted as one of Mexico’s top 10 golf courses. Green fees for one round of golf will set you back $230 and includes you being able to rent a golf cart, bottled water and a bucket of practice balls. If you work up an appetite, make sure to visit the Lagoon Grill, which you’ll find in the clubhouse on the 18th hole.

If you’re looking to test your golf skills, head to the Puerto Cancun Golf Course, which is known for it’s narrow fairways, tricky greens and challenging water hazards. The Puerto Cancun Golf Course, which was designed by former British Open winner Tom Weiskopf, was specifically designed to showcase Cancun’s shoreline and picturesque marina. Most of the 18 hole course’s fairways offer amazing ocean, marina or jungle views for you to enjoy. If you’re in need of a bit of pre-course practice, make sure to take advantage of the club’s putting green and golf academy, the latter of which is staffed by the club’s resident pros.

The beauty of choosing Cancun as the destination for your next golf vacation is that most of the golf courses in Cancun are located within just a short drive of Cancun’s resort district. So no matter which hotel or resort you stay at, you’ll be able to play a round of golf at multiple golf courses. If you plan on spending a few days making the most of Cancun’s beaches, you’ll still be able to fit in a few rounds of golf as most of Cancun’s golf clubs offer twilight golf sessions that makes for a fun early evening activity.

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Best Spots for a Carribean Vacation in October

August 20, 2014

Puerto PlataIf you are wanting to take a vacation to the Caribbean and want to find a great deal, the best thing that you can do is travel during one of the off seasons. Like many other popular destinations around the world, there are certain times of the year where you can find a better price on a trip to the Caribbean due to less people traveling during that time. One of the better times to visit the Caribbean is during October. During this month the beaches are less crowded and there are some great deals to be had. With October being just around the corner, we thought we would take a look at some of the best destinations to visit in the Carribean during this time.

One island in the Caribbean that you should consider for your October vacation is St Lucia. Known as one of the better islands to visit if you enjoy hiking, St Lucia has a lot to offer you for your trip and you will find some great deals available. For your vacation package, you should try to look into booking an all inclusive trip. This will allow you to save even more on your vacation as your resort stay, food and more is included in your discounted package. While visiting St. Lucia, there are so many great things you can do. For most visitors, one activity they enjoy is spending some time on some of the great beaches located here. Another thing you should try to do is some hiking as there are some great trails to hike that will allow you to experience the rainforests located here as well as being able to see some amazing waterfalls.

A second destination in the Caribbean to consider for your October trip is Puerto Plata. Located in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata may not get as many visitors as other popular destinations in the Dominican Republic like Punta Cana, but it offers so many great things for  visitors to enjoy. During the month of October, the weather in Puerto Plata is very nice with there not being much rainfall. Another thing that you will love about visiting Puerto Plata during this time are the deals. Since October is an off season, you will most likely find deals that will allow you to book your stay at 4 star resorts for the same price as what you would pay for 2 star resorts during the peak travel season.

A third destination you could consider for your Caribbean vacation is Jamaica. Out of all of the islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the most popular ones for vacationers as it offers great beaches and amazing luxury resorts to stay at. While the deals in October may not be as good as some of the other islands in the Caribbean, you still should find deals that will help you save. Recently I did some research on packages to Jamaica during this time and the prices were very low especially if you compare them to the peak season.

The Caribbean has a lot to offer for your vacation and if you’re looking for a destination for your October getaway, these are some you should consider.

 

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Tips for Planning Your Vacation to Costa Rica

August 12, 2014

Costa Rica

In Spanish, the word “rica” translates to rich. No better word could be used to describe Costa Rica’s biological and ecological diversity, fantastic beaches, blossoming rain forests, and breath taking sunsets. This is a country that offers a large spectrum of activities, from trekking volcanoes and jumping from waterfalls to comfy pool lounging with chilled beer and mojitos.

The weather in Costa Rica is warm and tropical no matter what time of year. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking through lush jungles, watching diverse species of birds, and even observing crocodiles and other forms of wildlife living within their natural habitats. According to Apple Vacations, the natural beauty of this country is closely monitored and regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission. Thanks to the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program and new trends in eco-tourism, visitors can feel relieved that their vacations should leave a minimal ecological impact. As tourism becomes an increasingly popular industry in Costa Rica, the government seems to be taking steps toward environmental sustainability and making green behaviors a serious priority. For visitors who are particularly interested in eco-tourism, we offer a week-long Costa Rica/Panama package called “Nature, Wellness & Eco Luxury.

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for the active traveler. Explore dense jungles by hiking through Rincon de la Vieja National Park.  At the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, where you might encounter tree monkeys as you stroll trails lined with colorful flowers. Then, comb through the Pacific tide pools and find shells and small fish in rocky ocean bays. You can also explore the rainforest surrounding the Arenal Volcano and the Poas Volcano. To fully experience one of these geological wonders up close, sign up for the five-day Mighty Arenal Volcano tour.

Other fun activities to do in Costa Rica include white water rafting (Costa Rica is known for rapid levels III & IV), or even zip lining through the tropical dry forest’s canopies. Knowledgeable local guides are happy to escort visitors through dense jungle trails and assist them in navigating swift river rapids. All of this is contained within the 130 designated protected areas, twenty-eight national parks, and eight biological preserves that Costa Rica has to offer.

Those who love water sports will find a paradise of fun in this country as well. Costa Rica is a great place to learn how to surf, with plenty of English speaking instructors available to assist you in learning to ride the waves. In fact, the best part of Costa Rica might be the people, who refer to themselves as “Ticos”. Costa Ricans are friendly and welcoming, and delighted to present the beauty of their country.

Costa Rica is home to beaches galore, from the tranquil Playa Blanca outside of Jaco to the epic surf of Guanacaste’s Tamarindo and Hermosa beaches. Discover the beauty of incredible vantage points overlooking the ocean, or perhaps swim through cool streams to find hidden waterfalls, such as the incredible cascades located near the town of Montezuma.

For those seeking a more relaxing getaway, Costa Rica is a great place to chill out on the beach or even poolside. Consider staying in the area called Guanacaste, perhaps at the Riu Palace. This all-inclusive resort features not one, not two, but FOUR crystal clear swimming pools, as well as, a swim up bar.  Another great place to stay is the Dreams las Mareas, an all-inclusive beachfront resort that features two regular bars, a swim up bar, and its very own nightclub.

During the day, take a tour to the village of Colonia Libertad or to local coffee plantations to learn more about Costa Rican cultural history while sampling beverages and culinary traditions. Some Costa Rica tours teach visitors how pineapples and other tropical crops grow, while others offer exciting hands-on experiences in learning to extract organic sugarcane.

Costa Rica is an attractive destination for both families and romantic getaways. Guanacaste, in particular, happens to be a wonderful setting to gather friends and family for beautiful beach wedding ceremonies. Tie the knot in style with all-inclusive, tropical luxury. With countless activities/excursions for your guests, have the Costa Rican wedding of your dreams. People will be buzzing about it for years to come!

Visitors to Costa Rica will either fly into Liberia International Airport in order to visit resorts in Guanacaste, or else arrive through the capital of San Jose. When visiting the capital city, consider staying at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio and enjoy this hotel’s live music, tennis courts, spa & casino. Best of all, there are even more fun activities that depart from San Jose.

Those who appreciate the finer things in life may consider renting a car and driving to Jaco. It is on the highway to this destination where you can observe live crocodiles from the safety of a highway overpass. Once you arrive in Jaco, seek out the Villa Caletas Anfiteatro bar and restaurant for an incredible sunset dining experience. Designed like a Greek amphitheater, watch as the sun descends in spectacular array of colors over the Pacific Ocean framed by swaying palm trees and Ionian columns. It is a breath-taking, natural spectacle to be enjoyed over a gourmet dinner and specialized cocktails. Que rico, Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is an outstanding destination that truly lives up to its rich reputation. With a variety of tours and activities galore, Costa Rica has something to offer for everyone. Costa Rica features so many options in recreation that it becomes ideal for all kinds of vacations – whether you are traveling with your family, for a wedding, or for a romantic getaway. Call Traveloni to begin planning your Costa Rican adventure packed with water sports, volcanoes, zip lining, and other thrills; or perhaps a relaxing vacation that features mellow swim up bars, cocktails and alluring beach luxury. Whether your travel style is adventurous, laid back, cultural, or romantic, be prepared to fall in love with the natural wonderland that is the nation of Costa Rica!

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Planning a Safari to Africa

August 5, 2014

safariHave you dreamed of going on a safari in one of Africa’s national parks so you can spot all types of different animals such as Africa’s big five in their natural habitat? If embarking on one of these adventure vacations is on your bucket list, continue reading to discover all you need to know about planning the ultimate African safari trip.

Safari locations: Where and When to Visit

The best time to book a safari in Africa is during the dry season, which falls between October and March, as this is when you’ll be able to spot a variety of animals congregating beside waterholes. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Africa’s “big five,” then you will want to head to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Tanzania as these are some of the best spots to see them.

If you’re interested in witnessing the annual migration of zebras and wildebeests, you will want to head to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya anytime between July and October. Alternatively if you’re looking for a traditional grassland safari experience, you will want to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania where you’ll get the opportunity to see prides of lions running wild.

Tour options:

Contrary to popular belief, going on an African safari doesn’t require a willingness to rough it in an old tent. In recent years a variety of companies have launched luxury safaris that offer comfortable lodge style accommodations and luxury canvas style tents. If you choose to book a luxury safari vacation, you may even get the opportunity to enjoy fine dining under the stars. If you’re on budget for your trip, fear not as there are also a variety of affordable tours and self drive options that you can book. No matter which style of tour you opt for, make sure to choose a tour company that offers everything you want for your safari as it will make the trip much more enjoyable.

Safari essentials: What to Pack

Your safari wardrobe should consist of neutral lightweight separates that you can layer to suit the conditions. Some items to consider include khaki pants, tank tops and breathable long sleeve shirts. When it comes to shoes, I recommend investing in a pair of quality hiking boots, which will prove invaluable should you participate in guided bush walks. Also make sure to pack a high quality digital camera and a pair of binoculars that can help you spot and capture different types of animals.

Safety tips:

Before embarking on your safari ensure to book an appointment with your doctor, as you may need to get vaccinations to protect against illnesses and diseases such as yellow fever and malaria. As an added precaution, while on your safari make sure to cover up by wearing long sleeved shirts, pants and closed toe shoes between dusk and dawn to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. It’s also crucial to keep hydrated while on your tour, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring. So, ensure that you and your party have enough bottled water to last for an entire day before heading out on safari.

So what are you waiting for? Africa is calling! If you’re interested in embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, you won’t regret booking an African safari vacation.

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