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

All-Inclusive Sustainable Resorts in Mexico

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Mexico knows the importance of being eco-friendly. Many hotels and resorts understand how vital it is to protect the environment, as does Travel is SWELL.

They provide a number of vacation packages all over the world, including to environmentally friendly destination. Consider these six sustainable resorts for your next getaway to Mexico.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret is pure Riviera Maya. It is the first in Mexico and the first in the Americas to receive the EarthCheck Certification in Planning and Design, meaning it met all the standards before, during and after construction. Hotel Xcaret is a nature-inspired resort that blends perfectly into Riviera Maya.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a family-friendly resort that made it’s own Sustainability Development Department to help compost food waste, recycle properly, conserve water and so much more. It’s also the first Hyatt property to become certified for their sustainable operations and management by Green Globe.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

This stunning gem is Travelife Gold certified, which means you can feel great about staying here because Sandos takes care of the environment. They take part in recycling, composting, conserving water, environmental education, organic gardening and so much more.

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun has been doing its part to care for the environment since opening in 2014. Not only do they recycle and use solar energy, they also compost on site, which has kept tons and tons of waste out of local landfills. Because of all their hard work, they were awarded the Travelife Gold certification.

El Dorado Royale

This resort has a Rainforest Alliance Certified greenhouse farm that produces fourteen tons of vegetables per month. The Gourmet Inclusive experience means you’ll be dining extremely well. And the staff at El Dorado Royale all do their part to ensure the resort follows Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Iberostar Playa Mita

Iberostar Playa Mita is a Green Globe Certified resort on the west coast of Mexico. They heat half their hot water via solar energy, and they have a Think Green program that ensures the property is all about sustainability. Be sure to join in for the International Coastal Cleanup and support their sea turtle conservation program as well.

Well Being is Not Just for Grown Ups at Six Senses

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Six Senses hotels and resorts have long been known for integrating wellness and sustainability into all of their efforts including the guest experience.

But now the renowned hotels are taking that focus to a new level.

The company recently announced a new program, Grow With Six Senses, a framework for children’s offerings that incorporates six dimensions of wellness into all activities for young guests.

The program is designed to encourage kids to learn more about what’s going on inside them and the world around them, the company said in a statement.

That learning will take place through a wide range of exciting and intriguing offerings and adventures, from outdoor activities to local experiences, language and cooking classes and more. As children journey from one activity to the next, they’ll earn a stamp in their personal Six Senses passport.

“Grow with Six Senses incorporates the six dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual) and brings kids ‘back to basics’ in order to reconnect with nature and others around them,” said Six Senses Vice President of Spa and Wellness Anna Bjurstam. “This framework ensures a holistic offering for the minds of our little guests. We’re really proud of what each resort has created and we know families are going to love the experience too.”

The offerings that are part of the new program will vary from resort to resort but will generally include such things as yoga and mindfulness, local culture, sustainability and social experiences. There will even be a chance for kids to participate in tailor-made spa treatments.

“The focus is on offering something a little out of the ordinary to attract even the most reticent joiner,” the company said in a statement. “Forget algebra, how about being a little mixologist? Children learn how to make their own toothpaste, facial mask, body scrub, after sun lotion and edible water bubbles.”

For the kids who can’t sit still, there will be cookery, yoga, treasure hunts, ball games and fitness challenges.

Those interested in something more local will have plenty of options as well. For instance, at Six Senses Yao Noi, in Thailand, there’s roselle harvesting and flying yoga.

At Six Senses Fiji, slated to open in April, kids will be able to make their own snacks using a solar oven.

And not to be outdone, Six Senses Laamu will allow kids to forage in its beautiful garden for salad ingredients, and will also offer healthy cookie making and Zumba.

“It’s not all about doing, there are plenty of being options,” the company said. “For example simple meditation with Six Senses Samui and Six Senses Yao Noi incorporating the art of singing bowls.”

Children’s innate creativity will be encouraged through Vietnamese origami and painting at Evason Ana Mandara and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, while Six Senses Con Dao (also in Vietnam) will feature small visits to the local school (parents are also invited.)

And still, there are more options.

At the Six Senses Douro Valley, in Portugal, children can participate tile painting and Turkey’s Six Senses Kaplankaya offers ceramic decorating. Those with an interest in learning multiple languages may want to check into Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay, where kids can take Arabic lessons.

There will also be plenty of programs focused on caring for the Earth via the Six Senses Earth Lab, where kids can learn about upcycling and recycling.

Playtime activities meanwhile will include joining gardeners in the resorts’ organic gardens for anything from seed planting to mushroom harvesting.

The myriad of activities designed for children doesn’t end with nightfall either. Grow With Six Senses will offer family activities in the evening such as coastal walks, movie evenings, sandcastle building, storytelling, mastermind puzzle challenges and at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, in Seychelles, Big Cook-Little Cook.

Each resort has developed its own comprehensive program. A full list of Grow With Six Senses activities can be viewed on the web page of each resort under the EXPERIENCES tab.

 

Courtesy of Mia Taylor

Karisma Hotel Experience

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The Karisma Experience begins the moment you arrive at one of our hotels or resorts. From the first hello, you will encounter a commitment to personal service and comfort that is unprecedented in hospitality. Whether you choose to stay in one of our Gourmet Inclusive® properties, an à la carte hotel, an all-inclusive resort or a private villa, your experience will be one that you’ll never forget. Because luxury is more than beautiful architecture and accommodations…it’s anticipating the needs of our guests without ever being intrusive.

Karisma offers a wide range of unique properties in a variety of world-class destinations; from adults-only and family-friendly to opulent villas and intimate urban retreats. At Karisma, we believe in sustainability and giving back to the community. The real secret behind the Karisma Experience is that when you treat your staff and your guests like family, you create positive feelings and cherished memories that last forever.

Karisma Hotel Brands include El Dorado Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Hidden Beach Resorts and Generations Resort. Learn more about Karisma Hotels in Mexico and Jamaica…

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Introducing: The New All-Fun Inclusive Hotel Xcaret Mexico!

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Five miles from Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Riviera Maya, a new hotel concept is born: Hotel Xcaret Mexico, a natural haven by the Caribbean Sea and the mystic jungle—inspired by the warmth of true Mexican hospitality, full of both tradition and modernity. Enjoy the best of Mexico, with unlimited access to Xcaret parks and tours: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, Xenotes, and Xichen; with transportation included and a meal plan offered by each attraction. The ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® program transforms the traditional all-inclusive into a unique experience!   Learn More…..

Announcing our New 2018 Family Travel Collection

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Here at Travel is SWELL, we believe that travel is essential for a happy life—and of course, it’s better together. Taking trips with family can be life-changing, but with so many different desires for the ideal vacation experience, it requires some careful advance planning. That’s where your Travel Designer comes in! Our Family Travel collection provides you and your Travel Designer a vast selection of exciting destinations, luxurious accommodations, and delightful amenities and activities to suit every unique member of your family. From boutique resorts offering relaxation away from home, to expansive residences perfect for multi-generational adventurers, this collection is sure to inspire your next vacation experience, with amazing memories in store for the whole family.

 

We Invite You to Preview Our New Family Travel Collection