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28 May Sandals and Beaches Resorts Introducing Layaway Plan

Sandals Resorts International has become the latest travel entity to join the layaway option. Sandals is introducing Layaway & Playaway, a payment plan similar to store layaway options that enable travelers to spread the cost of a trip to Sandals or Beaches vacation over time. There are no fees and no interest payments with the Sandals plan, which can be used at any of the 18 Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean.

How does it work?

Almost exactly the same as retail stores.  Travelers must make a minimum deposit of $49 per person when booking and then select a payment plan in which the payments can be made in installments – as few as three or as many as 24.  Book with a credit card and Sandals keeps the card on file and charges you automatically every 30 days no matter which plan you choose. Final payment must be paid in full 45 days prior to travel. Please call 1-888-963-8986 to learn more about the Layaway plan offered by Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

Las Vegas Vacations

11 May Experience Las Vegas

Experience Las Vegas

The entertainment capital of the world. Plan your Las Vegas vacation, odds are you won’t forget it.

Las Vegas isn’t a place you visit. It’s a place you do. And there’s lots to do. Usually when a destination says it has something for everyone, it has one something that’s really not that interesting for anyone. Las Vegas is the exception. You can make a Las Vegas getaway anything you want, because everything you could want is here. World-class spas, haute couture shopping and restaurants from celebrity chefs. Mountain hikes, thrill rides and all-night parties. Famous casinos and even more famous entertainers. Romance. Family. Adrenaline. There’s a thousand different vacations here; you just have to pick one.​

Old School Vegas
If you’re looking for old School Vegas, you’ll find it on Fremont Street. The heart of downtown’s casino district is great for inexpensive drinks, tables, and great people watching. Take a guided tour of the city and be sure to stop by the Mob Museum for a little history. Then head up to the Neon Boneyard, a collection of more than 150 of Vegas’ classic neon signs from the 1930s to present day.

High-Energy Excitement
If you want the latest and greatest, high-end shopping and hottest restaurants, try some of the newer areas like City Center or the promenade between Linq and Flamingo. Enjoy a cocktail while you take a ride on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel; a sunset or nighttime ride is a must to see the city at its most glittering. Between raucous dayclubs (think pool party plus nightclub) and some of the hottest nightclubs in the world, you can party 24 hours a day.

Entertainment
Since its Rat Pack Days, Vegas has been synonymous with legendary entertainment. That tradition continues today with Cirque du Soleil spectaculars, Broadway-caliber musicals like Rock of Ages and concert headliners including Celine Dion, Elton John and Britney Spears. And despite the city’s racy reputation, there’s no shortage of family-friendly shows that will delight all ages.

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02 Apr Welcome to Travel is SWELL.com

Travel Is SWELL.com is all things stylish, elegant and fashionably designed for your travel experience. Travel is Swell is a proud member of Travel is SWELL, Inc. Travel is SWELL provides travel consulting services and complete travel planning, meetings and incentives, and unique travel experiences to include all-inclusive vacations, family vacations, adults-only vacations, luxury beach resorts, exotic resorts, our very own luxury tours, safaris, private jet vacations and romance getaways to most major destinations worldwide.

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26 Mar Breathless Resorts & Spas

Enjoy savings up to 45%, plus receive up to $200 in resort coupons

Unlimited-Luxury® awaits at Breathless Resorts & Spas: the ideal adult-only escapes in spectacular beachfront settings, for sophisticated and social singles, couples, and friends. Breathless offers the best of everything—from delectable gourmet cuisine at specialty themed restaurants, to curated cocktails at chic lounges, to excellent pool and beach wait service, 24-hour room service, and more! Live big with endless entertainment, and breathe deep with a treatment at the world-class spa or a euphoric yoga class on the pier. Experience the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation, only at Breathless Resorts & Spas.

Save up to 45% + get $200 in resort coupons at AMResorts. Plus, guaranteed room upgrades at Dominican Republic resorts. Book by June 17. Valid on travel 6/1/20-8/15/2020. Call 1-888-963-8986 for more details. Learn more about Breathless Resorts…..

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18 Mar 7 Reasons Why You Will Love Guided Vacations in the USA

7 Reasons Why You Will Love Guided Vacations in the USA

When you hear “guided vacations,” your mind almost undoubtedly goes straight to Europe. You already know this is a great way for you to discover faraway or unfamiliar places—all the details are taken care of, you have the guidance of an expert travel director and an amazing itinerary that combines iconic places with incredible experiences you didn’t even know existed. Doesn’t that sound like a great European vacation?

But wait, doesn’t that sound like a great vacation anywhere? All the reasons you love guided vacations in Europe will ring true anywhere your travels take you, even when exploring close to home right here in the U.S.

And explore close to home most Americans do. In fact, according to MMGY’s 2017 Portrait of American Travelers, domestic vacations made up 85 percent of total American vacations, with U.S. travelers taking 13.9 million more vacations in the U.S. than internationally.

For some Americans, a guided experience may seem superfluous since they are ‘home,’ but what they don’t know is how much they are missing traveling otherwise. Guided vacations make it possible for lifelong New Yorkers to experience the ways of authentic cowboys in the Great Plains, or for rural farmers to explore bustling cities guided by the comfort of locals. If you you are looking for iconic places, truly unique experiences and a seamless vacation, guided vacations are a great option worth considering.

Read on for 8 reasons your clients will love guided vacations in the U.S. (including reasons you’ll love to sell them!).

1. Exclusive access
There are high-demand places throughout the United States and the national parks regularly top that list. One of the highlights of visiting these incredible places is staying inside the park grounds, but these coveted stays are incredibly difficult to book as an independent traveler. I can’t tell you the number of times people have told me, I’ve tried to book a hotel inside the park, but it’s nearly impossible. The parks come to life in the late and early hours between day visitors and guided tour guests are the few who get to witness these incredible places in this authentic way. Animals graze outside your windows as you relax at night, and in the morning, there is no long, complicated drive to get in—you’re there, and before everyone else.

2. Bucket-list and beyond
The guided experience goes far beyond cool hotel stays. Well-known destinations like Las Vegas or New York City, while home to icons travelers from all over the world come to see, are also home to off-the-beaten-path attractions and activities even locals wouldn’t easily find without a guided vacation. The local guides know so much about their home cities. They point out things that you’ve never heard of. They explain parts of history that you may not have learned in school. You go to restaurants and special locations that a regular tourist wouldn’t know about—hidden gems.

To share an example in Utah; explaining that guests come excited about Zion and Bryce national parks, but a visit to the unusual Goblin Valley State Park surprises even those who have visited Utah before. Most have never heard of this place, with its strange goblin-like formations called hoodoos. It’s so cool to see, yet so many miss the opportunity.

3. Unique experiences
It’s one thing to see a destination, but it’s quite another to experience it. In today’s travel culture, cookie-cutter experiences are a definite no-no as travelers seek authenticity and connection to the places they visit. Jenn, of Trafalgar Tours, loves the reaction from her guests during these heartfelt encounters, like a meet-and-greet in South Dakota with Stephen Yellowhawk, of the Lakota tribe, who performs and shares stories about his Native American traditions during a private gathering just for them. “A genuine transformation takes place when our guests connect with Stephen as he shares his unique Native American heritage,” she says. “There is no substitute for spending time, real time, with locals. This is the power of guided travel.”

No matter where you travel in the United States, guided vacations allow you to make connections and enjoy experiences you simply couldn’t re-create on your own.

4. Perfection in planning
Independent travelers spend hours and hours researching and piecing together vacations. With guided vacations, the planning is done by a team of experts who meticulously craft each itinerary so you get the most out of your vacation time. In a time-deprived society, you can’t put a price on letting someone else to do the legwork. Our team have traveled extensively throughout these destinations, taking care to find the best possible experiences. And beyond the surface, there are dozens and dozens of people behind the scenes ensuring everything runs smoothly. You can rely on experts to deliver incredible vacations to you.

5. Lasting friendships
The human factor is a key part of any vacation, and with a guided vacation, travelers mingle and forge potentially long-lasting friendships. It is a known fact that travelers seek connection. One of the big benefits is the people you’re traveling with, from different walks of life and from around the United States and even around the world. The destinations are amazing, and when you tie that in with great conversation, great company and great people, you feel part of a community, and you feel comfortable and relaxed.

6. Unmistakable value
As if there weren’t enough reasons to love guided vacations, they are a tremendous value.  Guided Vacations are a very good value, since most things are included. Everything is taken care of and you simply just enjoy the experience. You don’t have to worry about being nickel-and-dimed because you know exactly what your guided vacation is going to cost.

7. Stress-free all the way
Travelers who book guided vacations can rest assured that they’ll be taken care of every step of the way. All-in-all, guided vacations are a great fit for travelers looking to enjoy memorable vacation experiences throughout the United States.

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28 Feb What is Travel is S.W.E.L.L.?

People often wondered what is meaning behind the acronym “SWELL” – well, it is simple. The “SWELL” in Travel is SWELL actually means:

S = Socialization –Travel is SWELL proactively believes in engaging you, our discerning client, with others socially to enhance your personal experiences.

W = Well-being – Through well-being, we strive to make your vacation more of a holistic experience to enhance your lifestyle through health, happiness and enlightenment.

E = Enlightenment – Enlightenment in Travel allows you to embrace your wanderlust and seek that part of yourself that you don’t know exists. Enlightenment in travel encompasses learning and sharing knowledge with people from other cultures. Travel is SWELL makes this happen.

L = Lifestyle – Our mission is to promote travel to enhance a more desirable lifestyle for you and your group.

L = Love – Encompassing all aspects of romance – from romantic getaways to destination weddings and wedding vow renewals. It also represents the gathering of friends and families to share and bond together in unity and love.

Travel is SWELL.com – Travel is SWELL is a leading provider romance travel experiences which includes romantic getaways, honeymoon, baby book and destination weddings. We also offer one of the largest collection of Spa and wellness vacations, wellness retreats and yoga retreats.  With Travel is SWELL.com, you can create inspiring, one-of-a-kind travel experiences in more than 60 countries on six continents. Wherever you choose to travel, we offer special inclusions and behind-the-scenes access that allows you to discover your destination in unmatched authenticity and style.  All-in-all, Travel is SWELL is everything stylish, elegant and fashionably designed for your personal travel needs.  Call Travel is SWELL.com at 1-888-963-8986 for immediate assistance.

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02 Feb Touring 101

So, what exactly is a tour?

If you’re new to travel, you may be unclear on some of our terms. A tour? That’s what rock stars go on, right? Not exactly. Travelers looking to experience the wonders of the world go on tours, too. To help you understand this rewarding style of travel, we’ve broken down the components of a tour and how people just like you are the VIPs. We invite you to learn more about escorted tours and guided tours.

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31 Jan Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica

Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.

In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.

Couples Q&A

What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?

Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.

Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.

Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts key points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?

Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.

Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.

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How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?

First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.

What’s Typically Included in Couples All-inclusive Packages?

  • Deluxe Accommodation
  • 24-hour Gourmet Dining
  • Unlimited Premium Brand Spirits
  • Customized In-Room Mini Bar
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Golf & Tennis
  • Unlimited Scuba Diving
  • Unlimited WaterSports
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Area Excursions
  • Trip to Dunns River Falls
  • Trip to Popular Sunset Bar
  • AND MUCH MORE!

Does Couples Resorts Offer Discount to Veterans?

Absolutely! Couples offers exclusive savings on our four all-inclusive luxury resorts with 3-day minimum stays. Discount available 365 days a year, with no blackout dates. The Veterans Advantage discount is only available when members book directly through the Veterans Advantage private reservation site which is Veterans Advantage.com.

Is there Topless sunbathing?

Topless sunbathing is allowed in designated beach areas:

Couples Tower Isle: End of the pier off the main beach.
Couples Negril: Main beach.
Couples Swept Away: Main beach.
Couples Sans Souci: Main beach.

Is there an “Au Naturel” beach?

Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Negril resorts have waterfront areas designated for “au naturel” sunbathing. It is intended that these designated areas are for couples only, ie. not to be used by individual guests whose partner is unwilling or unable to participate.

Couples Tower Isle’s private “au naturel” island, featuring a pool with swim-up bar, is open for nude sunbathing from 9am to 5pm daily, weather permitting. The Island will close at 4pm on days when an “Island Wedding” has been confirmed. Transport by small boat to the “au naturel” island is provided.

Couples Sans Souci has a small bay, called Sunset Beach, dedicated to “au naturel” sunbathing. There is a pool, Jacuzzi, bar and grill. Sunset Beach is opened for nude sunbathing from 9am – 5pm September to March and 9am – 5:30pm April to August. Sunset Beach opens to all non “au naturel” guests at 6pm. Sunset Beach will be closed at 3pm on days when a “Sunset Wedding” is scheduled.

Couples Negril, has a small semi-private beach area designated for “au naturel” sunbathing is located just off the main beach.

Can we visit other Couples Resorts during our stay?

Romance Rewards members can visit nearby Couples Resorts (Couples Swept Away / Couples Negril) and (Couples Sans Souci / Couples Tower Isle) using the “Trading Places” pass. Visiting days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-4pm and include food, drink and property activities. “Trading Places” are subject to availability, one time per stay. Visit Romance Rewards for more details and to register for our rewards loyalty program.

Learn More About Couples Resorts:

Begin the journey – or write the next chapter to your love story – at Couples, Jamaica’s favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts. From Ocho Rios to Negril, our four oceanfront hotels were built on one idea: true love is the trip of a lifetime.  Learn More…..

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03 Jan TRS Hotels – The Perfect Hideaway for Adults Only!

Because maturity comes with the certainty of knowing what we deserve. And there is nothing more fulfilling than being loyal to ourselves and growing into our full potential. That is why The Royal Suites by Palladium has evolved with a new look and more exclusive services. What are your vacation dreams? What truly makes you feel good? Get ready to live a genuine and enriching experience at the most beautiful destinations in Mexico & the Caribbean, where you decide: when, where and how.

Welcome to the new The Royal Suites – TRS Hotels

TRS Hotels is an all-inclusive concept offering personalized treatment for adults only. The guest can savor an intimate ambiance and wind down in any of our exclusive luxury resorts. TRS HOTELS is an all-inclusive resort, an increasingly popular vacation center concept, where the fixed price includes absolutely all the additional expenditure that would be incurred if the guest were only booking a room including food, drinks and most of the entertainment and activities on offer.

From a luxurious room, right into the swim-up pool in one elegant jump. From a sparkling toast with your partner or friends – inspired by the stunning Caribbean Sea views of our private beach club – to the flavors of the world at our exclusive international ‘à la carte’ restaurants and bars. Anything else in mind?

The butler and 24-hour room service will give you the personal attention you deserve. Come to enjoy new life enriching experiences, within a cool and relaxed adults-only setting. Your inner child is the only kid you will hear.

Choose your own paradise:

Whether you prefer beautiful Punta Cana, Dominican Republic’s top destination famous for having some of the best tropical beaches in the world, or the fascinating Riviera Maya, a unique district on the Mexican Caribbean coastline known for its landscapes and archaeological sites of ancient civilization. Or even the coral reefs found in the depths of the sea, our hotels are located in the heart of each destination.  Learn more about TRS Hotels…..

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03 Jan Anantara Quy Nhon Villas

Adding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of its newest villa retreat. 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 over sized 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.

 

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