Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel

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There are many unique all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya in Mexico, but non stands out quite like the Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel.

The Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel, formerly the Mandarin Oriental until it changed hands to Blue Bay Resorts in 2012, is one worth considering for romantic getaways, small groups or girlfriend getaways.

The Blue Diamond is an adults-only, AAA Four Diamond and part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It features 128 stunning and spacious suites, is all-inclusive, adults-only and offers a la carte luxury food service. The resort is spread out over 36 acres of lush tropical jungle that includes a huge open cenote, enchanting river waterways, and a palm filled white sandy beach. The suites are a perfect mix of limestone, wood and luxury amenities. It is all so well done…I just want to live there!

For large groups, Blue Diamond is available for full take-over. However, it is best suited for incentive groups of 50 to 60 rooms given function space, back-up space and meeting facilities. Blue Diamond is located 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen situated between Secrets Capri and Rosewood Mayakoba and has its own secure entrance off the highway. Rates during winter months starts at $700 per room based on double occupancy, with off-season prices starting around $550 per room based in double occupancy. Please do not hesitate to call us directly at 1-888-963-8986 if you are interested in learning more about this beautiful resort. Alternatively, you can click on the following link to learn more about Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel as well.

 

eco-friendly travel

How to Be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

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With the tourism industry booming, it’s important we all do our part in keeping our favorite destinations as beautiful as ever.

While many resorts around the globe have become eco-friendly, We would like to give you a few ideas on ways you can all help to preserve our beautiful planet.

That bottle of water waiting for you when you check into your room? DRINK IT. It’s pretty easy to gulp down half and then leave it on the nightstand for housekeeping to take. If this is something you do multiple times a day, combine your water bottles into one throughout the day.

While we may enjoy walking into a freshly cleaned room, cutting down on housekeeping visits helps more than you may realize. The one small thing that can greatly help—hang your towels. Reuse them. With hundreds of resorts globally, just imagine how much water and energy is used from washing alone.

Fun fact—biodegradable sunscreen is actually a thing. If you’re visiting a Caribbean destination, you know sunscreen is an absolute must. This specific sunscreen has removed the chemicals and oils that are bad for the marine life, which gives our coral reefs and animals the ability to continue to thrive.

While it may sound silly, bring your own cup. If you’re staying 4 days and nights at a resort, one plastic cup for each meal, that’s twelve cups gone to waste—and that’s not counting the numerous cocktail glasses while lounging by the pool.

So many resorts have become eco-friendly over the last few years. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits your every need.

Thank You.

Courtesy of the Mark Travel Group

Romance

Romantic Getaways

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LONG LIVE ROMANTIC GETAWAYS!

Romance is alive and a priority for travelers today! More than half of respondents in a recent survey cited the primary reason for embarking on a couples getaway is simply because they are in love.

Popular Types of Getaways

Anniversary Celebration

Anniversaries are special. The date of your marriage is an occasion worth celebrating, and going away together seems only natural.

Vow Renewals

Renewing wedding vows on a breathtaking beach is a wonderful way to celebrate time as a couple.

A Romantic Weekend

One of the best ways to just relax and re-connect with your loved one. Maybe Valentine’s day weekend!

Adventure in an exotic location

For many couples, exotic romantic vacations are the best way to celebrate their love and relationship.

Romance by Travel is SWELL

You’ll find all these and much more right here in our website. Explore Now!

Well-Being

Why Meditation Should Be Part of Every Vacation

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It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed when your surroundings are unfamiliar. Between new cultures, foreign cities and maybe even an unfamiliar language to decipher, no one understands sensory overload quite like the traveler. Luckily, there is a way to slow down when everything is moving so fast, meditation. Below are a few benefits your clients can experience when they include meditation while touring the world.

Reduced Stress when Flying

Airplane cabins are one of stress and anxiety’s natural habitats. Fortunately, some airlines offer in-flight guided meditations for passenger enjoyment right on the back-of-the-seat entertainment console. These meditation sessions are customizable and can be tweaked to help with a variety of travel issues your client might struggle with such as the fear of flying. If your client’s flight doesn’t come equipped with built-in Zen time, have no fear. There are a variety of mobile meditation apps that are only a quick download away in the app store.

Increased Energy

Stamina is important when the agenda is jam-packed with one activity after another. While some people choose to get their energy boost from Starbucks or Red Bull, travelers can also combat fatigue with meditation. Setting aside 5-10 minutes a day in the midst of a rigorous travel schedule can help travelers feel more energized and ready to tackle what the day has in store. Another energy-related bonus of meditation is better sleep. It’s no secret that a solid six to eight hours of sleep can work wonders and great sleep is a powerful benefit of a regular meditation practice.

Enhanced Experiences

Many people discard meditation because they don’t think they have the time, especially while on vacation. But, we’re going to let you in on a little secret; meditation doesn’t have to be its own independent activity. In fact, meditation can be combined with an activity like relaxing on the beach. This is the perfect opportunity to pop in some headphones and run through a quick guided meditation exercise. Or even better, travelers can try to mindfully connect with their surroundings by feeling the sand beneath their feet or by watching the waves crash into shore.

Mindful Eating

Many of us have been there before; you’re on vacation living lavishly and find yourself heading home feeling bloated and slightly guilty. Food is great, but too much of it while on vacation can start to take its toll. That’s where meditation comes in. Research has shown that with time, meditation can rewire parts of the brain associated with self-control. A few sessions of this mindful eating meditation can help your clients focus on making thoughtful food choices.

Courtesy of The Mark Travel Group | Visit Our Wellness Page

DIning at Sandals Resorts

5-Star Dining with Sandals Resorts

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Just because you’re in the Caribbean doesn’t mean you can’t dine around the world.

Sandals Resorts is always innovating the all-inclusive experience, and they know how important food is to their guests.

You can find all you can eat style food seemingly everywhere in the Caribbean, but the 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program from Sandals is on a completely different level.

It is, after all, the number one all-inclusive dining experience.

With up to 16 inimitable restaurants per resort and as many as 21 unique culinary concepts, travelers can truly treat their taste buds to an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy a level of quality, variety and creativity that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean. Plus, you can dine anytime and anywhere you want at the resort. The perks of feasting at an all-inclusive resort sure are good.

Sip on drinks with premium-brand spirits and exclusive Robert Mondavi Wines at no extra cost as well. Sandals has as many as 11 bars per resort, so you’ll never go thirsty!

Enjoy barefoot dining on the beach, on an offshore island or in an overwater bungalow.

Private fine dining in one of the world’s most romantic places is definitely a fantastic way to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.

Do you love Italian, Asian, French, Caribbean, Indian, or British pub style food?

What about fresh seafood from a seaside restaurant?

Or perhaps you prefer a meaty steak?

Sandals has it all.

The 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program is designed to give Sandals’ guests the best food experience possible.

So, if you want pizza late night after partying on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua or Grenada, they’ll make it happen.

Another amazing feature of this dining program is that they cater to guests with food allergies and or special dietary requirements as well.

If you need gluten-free food or are lactose intolerant, the team at Sandals will work to make sure all your food is safe for eating.

It all goes back to ensuring guests are treated well throughout the duration of their stay. And treating your taste buds to unique and delightful flavors from around the world is an absolute must.

Share foods with your friends and family and create lifelong memories over meals you’re guaranteed to talk about long after you leave.

Delicious, unparalleled dining with incredible Caribbean views await travelers at Sandals Resorts. What are you waiting for? Give your taste buds a delectable vacation. Discover Sandals Resorts.

Crystal Cruises

Experiences of Discovery®

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Experiences of Discovery®

The World of Crystal is pleased to offer a rich variety of Experiences of Discovery theme cruises. This thoughtfully curated collection of award-winning programs appeals to the passions of our well-traveled guests and allows you to combine your love of travel with a subject that piques your own particular interests. Each voyage brings together experts to lead lectures and hands-on interactive demonstrations, highlighted by engaging optional shoreside excursions to add an even deeper perspective to the places you’ll visit. From Spotlight cruises with a focus on special guest hosts including Crystal’s President & CEO, Tom Wolber, to entertainment and enrichment sailings showcasing themes on Jazz, Ballroom Dance and Film & Theatre or wellness, golf, and our renowned Crystal Wine & Food Festival. Come aboard Crystal for a voyage that sails far beyond the ordinary.

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT:

These rejuvenating voyages balance ancient holistic philosophies with modern conventional sciences; total wellness is enhanced with experts of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. Instructions and discussion on the health benefits of nutrition and diet is provided by professionals who are top in their fields.

Voyages:
Oct 25, 2018 | New York City to Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Symphony
Jun 21, 2019 | Reykjavik to Copenhagen | Crystal Serenity
Oct 25, 2019 | New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Symphony
May 10, 2020 | Venice to Barcelona | Crystal Serenity
May 10, 2020 | Venice to Rome | Crystal Serenity
Oct 23, 2020 | Athens to Dubai | Crystal Symphony

JAZZ DAYS & CABARET NIGHTS:

A multi-layered experience with enriching lectures into the world of jazz and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.

Voyages:
Oct 5, 2018 | Round-trip Montréal | Crystal Symphony
Dec 2, 2018 | Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans | Crystal Symphony
Feb 19, 2019 | Valparaiso to Papeete | Crystal Symphony
Sep 28 2019 | Los Angeles to Caldera | Crystal Symphony
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity

CRYSTAL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL:

Crystal’s critically-acclaimed celebration of the culinary arts continues to attract the world’s top chefs, wine experts and mixologists.

Voyages:
July 31, 2018 | Round-trip San Francisco | Crystal Symphony
Dec 7, 2018 | Round-trip Los Angeles | Crystal Serenity
Jan 5, 2019 | New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro | Crystal Symphony
Jan 14, 2019 | Los Angeles to Auckland | Crystal Serenity
Apr 26, 2019 | Singapore to Hong Kong | Crystal Symphony
Jun 21, 2019 | Reykjavik to Copenhagen | Crystal Serenity
Sep 28, 2019 | Los Angeles to Caldera | Crystal Symphony
Nov 24, 2019 | Round-trip Fort Lauderdale | Crystal Serenity
Mar 3, 2020 | Sydney to Singapore| Crystal Serenity
May 8, 2020 | Dubai to Rome | Crystal Symphony
May 8, 2020 | Dubai to London | Crystal Symphony
Jun 19, 2020 | London to Copenhagen | Crystal Symphony
Jun 19, 2020 | London to Stockholm | Crystal Symphony
Aug 30, 2020 | Barcelona to Québec | Crystal Serenity
Oct 23, 2020 | Athens to Dubai | Crystal Symphony
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity
Oct 30, 2020 | Québec to Miami | Crystal Serenity

 

Call 1-888-963-8986 today for more details!

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Adult-only Haven Resort

Introducing Haven Resort, A New Adults-only Resort in Cancun

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Spanish hotel group Hipotels will introduce the first of its Haven Resorts & Spas later this October. Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport, provides easy access to a luxury stay in the Caribbean.

The adults-only beachfront resort will offer one main and four a la carte restaurants. Options include a Mexican steak house, an Asian fusion restaurant, a Mediterranean eatery and more. Three snack bars and a coffee shop are also available.

Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa will provide nine bars, two of which will be swim-up. Guests looking to relax in the water can visit the property’s giant Jacuzzi or its three pools. The resort also features 88 swim-out suites.

The luxury resort offers 333 suites. The spacious rooms provide customizable mini-bar, pillow and aromatherapy menus. Every suite includes either a terrace with a plunge pool or a whirlpool tub.

Elite guests can choose one of the 109 oceanfront Serenity Club Oceanfront Suites. Guests staying in one of these rooms receive access to the Serenity Club lounge, a private gym, butler services and other VIP benefits.  Expected to open in October, the new Cancun resort will be adults-only, all-inclusive luxury hotel in Cancun Mexico.   Learn More…..

Royalton Resorts

Royalton Helps Travelers Stay Fit on Vacation

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Royalton Luxury Resorts has expanded its All-In Luxury program to include fitness and wellness.

After finding that more and more guests placed an emphasis on health and wellness while on vacation, the resort company decided to enhance its all-inclusive experience to include a wide variety of classes taught by professional and certified instructors.

The new Royalton Fit program offers more than 500 fitness classes with nearly 120 each week at each of Royalton’s resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.

Fitness classes are offered at every level and include popular fitness trends such as Aqua Fit, Cross Fit, TRX, cycling, yoga, Zumba and more. Guests can also take advantage of their resort setting, partaking in beach boot camps and sunrise yoga.

Royalton Fit was developed by George and Belinda Kiriakou, the resort company’s award-winning team of fitness and health experts.

George Kiriakou has more than 25 years of experience as a bodybuilder, a professional wrestler, a professional fighter, a fitness instructor and a fitness entrepreneur and now leads the sports and fitness program at Royalton Resorts.

Belinda Kiriakou is a fitness cover model and a weight loss and lifestyle coach as well as Canada’s Champion IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete. She focuses on strength training movements and yogic flows to complement higher intensity workouts that provide quicker recovery and effective muscle building.

Their most recent offering is the Boga Fit Mat classes at Royalton Riviera Cancun. The class was launched by the Kiriakous and uses a mat that floats on water, adding difficulty to yoga, Pilates and kickboxing.

Royalton’s fitness program will extend beyond the gym to its culinary offerings. The resorts are also introducing vegan options to all of its menus and dedicating a section of the buffet, Gourmet Marche, to include vegan items, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.   Learn More about Royalton Resorts.

New Orleans Vacation

Hilton Announces ‘Navigate New Orleans’ Experience

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With influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, as well as the city’s own indigenous people, there are few places in the world like New Orleans.

The southern city is overflowing with culture, history and adventures for everyone from the foodie to the nature lover.

And this year, the 300-year-old city is celebrating its tricentennial with special events all year long, so it should come as no surprise that The New York Times has named New Orleans one of the top places to visit in 2018.

With that in mind, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside has just announced a new Navigate NOLA package to help visitors explore all that the city has to offer.

The package includes exclusive offerings and authentic experiences around New Orleans, serving as something of a private concierge to the city’s best attractions all summer long.

Highlights of the new Hilton package include:

  • A coupon book worth more than $200 filled with exclusive Hilton discounts at the city’s top attractions including Bayou swamp tours, Jazz cruises aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, kayaking on Bayou St. John, live music at the House of Blues and behind-the-scenes tours of Mardi Gras World.
  • $30 on-property credit for each night to use on self-parking, cocktails, massages, breakfast and more
  • Rates starting at $142 per night

Amenities at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside include a 100,000 square-foot health club, salon, business center, riverfront location and indoor connection to an outlet mall.

Among the events taking place in New Orleans during the remainder of the summer is a running of the bulls race on July 13; Tales of the Cocktail in the French Quarter from July 17 through July 22 and the Satchmo Summerfest music festival from August 3 through August 5, also in the French Quarter.  Explore New Orleans today!

Courtesy of Mia Taylor

Anantara Quy Nhon Hillside Pool Villa

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas to Open in November in Vietnam

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Adding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced its newest villa retreat is scheduled to open in late November. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will comprise 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas set among nearly 18 acres of tropical gardens.

Anantara Quy Nhon is designed to blend into the environment. Locally sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are also incorporated into its contemporary design. For instance: The villas will have sleek timber and granite sundecks, minimalist plunge pools and extended low-overhang roofs.

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Each villa will come with dedicated butler services and a range of customizable luxury amenities, such as preferred room scent (ranging from lemongrass to green tea), Anantara’s signature soap collection and in-villa wine cellar.

The dining outlets at Anantara Quy Nhon will offer local seafood and regional flavors. At Sea Fire Salt, the all-day dining restaurant, “Salt and Wine Gurus” elevate the dining experience with expert advice and guided tastings. At the ocean-facing swim-up bar, guests can enjoy premium cocktails, Vietnamese craft beers and Cuban cigars. In-villa dining can include gourmet breakfast in bed, fully catered poolside barbecues and a luxury Vietnamese street food concept. Anantara’s Dining by Design offers “Castaway” island picnics and fishing trawler expeditions.

Set on the hillside overlooking the bay, Anantara Spa will have nature-inspired treatment suites with double massage beds and oversized bathtubs (try the coconut milk soak!). Anantara Quy Nhon will also have a range of fitness options. The Masters of Wellness visiting practitioner calendar allows guests to book private sessions with expert holistic therapists.

Binh Dinh province, of which Quy Nhon is the capital city, is well-suited for families, couples and groups of friends. Local cultural attractions include the relics of Champa civilization and centuries-old Buddhist pagodas.

The resort is a 50-minute drive from Quy Nhon Airport (Phu Cat Airport) and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Quy Nhon. Daily flights into Phu Cat Airport are operated from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.