Unique Beach Destinations for your Vacation

September 16, 2014

beach destinationsIf you’re planning a beach vacation and are on the hunt for a destination that offers an experience which is a little out of the ordinary? If so keep reading to discover five of the world’s most unique beach destinations that could be the perfect spot for your next vacation.

1. Hot Water Beach, the Coromandel, New Zealand

One unique beach destination you might consider for your vacation is the Hot Water Beach in New Zealand. Not only does this beach boast miles of golden sand but during the two hours during low tide, visitors can dig their own pool and relax in the hot water, which bubbles up through the beach’s golden sand. Where does the hot water come from you might ask? Well an underground river, which is heated by underground volcanoes, can be found directly under the beach. If you’re tempted, Oceans Resort Whitianga offers spacious, modern apartments that are within walking distance of Hot Water Beach and is a great option for your accommodations.

2. Oneuli Beach, Maui, Hawaii

If you’ve been to your fair share of white sand beaches, you may be interested Oneuli Beach which boasts three different colors of sand that include black, red and white. Oneuli Beach, which is located on the island of Maui, is also the perfect beach destination for those looking for a bit of privacy as it’s not visible from the road. If you’re interested the two nearest resorts are the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons with both offering luxurious rooms and stunning ocean views.

3. Vaadhoo Island, the Maldives

The best time to visit Vaadhoo Island is at night when the water, which laps the island’s beach, sparkles with what looks like thousands of fluorescent blue lights. The secret to this natural phenomena are the island’s unique species of phytoplankton that are bioluminescent and give the illusion that the water itself is sparkling. If you’d like to see the magic of Vaadhoo Island for yourself you may be interested in staying at the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, a luxury resort that boasts overwater luxury villas with many of them having private pools.

4. The Jurassic Coast, East Devon and Dorset, England

If you’re looking for a truly unique beach vacation destination, visit England’s Jurassic Coast where you’ll be able to book a guided dinosaur centered fossil walk. The Jurassic Coast is comprised of approximately 95 miles of coastline and has been listed as a World Heritage Site as it’s rock formations tell the story of over 185 million years of Earth’s existence. On a guided tour visitors can expect to see Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks and fossils. Nearby hotels to consider for your accommodations include the Hotel Prince Regent, the Hotel Rembrandt and the Hotel Aqua.

5. Big Major Cay, the Bahamas

Big Major Cay, which is also known as Pig Beach and Pig Island, is home to a group of wild pigs that can be found swimming happily in the warm, turquoise water that surrounds the cay. It is believed that the original pigs were left on the island by a group of sailors who never returned to the island. While there is no accommodations offered here, Big Major Cay can be visited on a day trip from many of the Bahamas resorts and Hotels including Atlantis Paradise Island, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and the Wyndham Nassau Resort.

So if you’re researching unique beach destinations for your vacation and not sure where you want to go, you can’t go wrong with planning your trip to any one of these five spots.

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Getting the Most Out of your Vacation

September 10, 2014

Trip AdviceIf you are anything like me when you go on vacation, you try to do as many things as possible while visiting a destination as you want to experience as much as possible. On a recent trip to Hawaii I took with the family, I made sure that we tried to do it all from going to a luau, going snorkeling, getting surfing lessons and so much more. When going on vacation, one of the great things you can do is trying out some of the activities in the area that you can’t do at home. Don’t get me wrong though, while on vacation I enjoy being lazy as well with me lounging by the pool working on my tan. If you want to get the most out of the destination you are visiting for your trip, these are some things that you can try to do.

One of the more important things you will need to do especially if you have never visited the destination before is to do a lot of research. Doing this research will allow you to find things that the destination is known for and decide on which things you want to do. An easy way to begin the research process is by going online. There are a lot of great resources that will allow you to get info about different things in the area you can do and help you make your decisions. Another great resource you can tap into is talking to friends and family who have visited the destination before. These are people you trust and you should be able to get some ideas on things to do and things you might want to avoid. A third spot where you can get quality info is by working with a travel agent who can plan and book your trip. Most travel agents are really good and know a lot about the area and can give you their personal opinions on different activities.

After you have done your research and you know what things you want to do on your vacation, now begins the process of planning when you will do these things. If there are a lot of things you want to do and you’re not staying in the destination for a long time, one thing that I recommend is planning your schedule where you do things that are close to each other on the same days. I know this seems like obvious advice but most people don’t do this. The thing that will take up most of your time when trying to do some activities is driving to them and you don’t want to keep driving back and forth. What you should do is write out the list of activities you want to do and then look at a map to see where they are located and try to group the places that are close together.

You should also make sure that you plan enough time in your schedule to actually enjoy the activity you’re doing. With you trying to get everything you want to done, it can sometimes feel rushed, which can lead to stress. This is something you want to avoid as you’re on vacation. While it would be great to try everything in the area, there may be some things that you need to take off your list as you don’t have time for it. Yes it’s important to do as many things as possible while visiting but you want to make sure you get the full experience and not a rushed one.

Going on vacation and enjoying the activities the destination you’re visiting has to offer is a lot of fun and doing these things can help make it easier for you.


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Surviving a Vacation with your Kids

September 3, 2014

vacationSo I just got back from a vacation that I took with my family over the Labor Day weekend and will be the first to admit that things didn’t go smoothly. From my son and daughter constantly fighting to a lot of the activities we wanted to do not being available due to the holiday, this will certainly be a trip I’ll always remember. I love going on vacation with my family but there was something about this trip that made almost everything difficult. My kids are usually well behaved but I don’t know if there was something in the water or maybe it was the heat, but they were definitely not being themselves. For those of you with kids, these are some things I recommend doing that can help you create a trip the everyone will enjoy.

One of the first things I would recommend for your trip to help avoid any meltdowns is to chose a destination that everyone will enjoy. I usually do this for my vacations but on this last trip, we decided to visit a destination my husband wanted to visit that unfortunately didn’t offer many activities for kids. As you can imagine, with there not being things my kids could do, they got bored very quickly which lead to them being moody and fighting with each other. On most vacations I take with my family, I like to look for things that everyone will enjoy as well as finding certain things I know each of my kids would enjoy doing. I know that it can be hard sometimes to do this as some destinations can’t make everyone happy, but there are simple things you can do like letting them pick which restaurants to eat at as well as picking a hotel with a pool so they can enjoy swimming in it after a long day.

If you are traveling during a holiday weekend like I did, I would recommend calling before you leave to see if anything you wanted to do is closed during this time. Most popular tourist attractions stay open during the holidays but there is a chance that they may be closed and if they are, you need to figure out what you want to do. For some reason on this trip, I didn’t do this and we drove nearly a hour to get to one of the activities we wanted to do and when we got there, it was closed. Another thing that you should consider doing as soon as you book your trip is to book any activities you want to do while on your trip. This is especially important if you are traveling during one of the peak travel seasons as it could sell out.

A third tip that can help you survive vacations with your kids is to not over do it with the activities especially if your kids are younger. I know that when you visit a new place, you want to do as many things as possible but doing to much can lead to your kids getting tired. What I like to try and do when going on vacation is to mix it up a little where on some days we go out and do different activities while on other days we stay closer to the hotel we’re staying at and try to have a more relaxed day. One thing you don’t want to do is wear your kids out on the first couple of days.

Going on vacation with your kids is always a fun experience and these tips can help make everyone’s trip more enjoyable.

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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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