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Why Everyone Should Use a Travel Advisor in 2019

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As 2019 rapidly approach, we think travelers should never travel without an Advisor behind them heading into the New Year. With that  said, we’d like to list the top 10 reasons for relying on a travel advisor:

1. Storms and natural disasters are making travel more difficult.
2018 year has been a particularly tough one for travel, with natural disasters and system failures overwhelming some suppliers. But travel advisors have the access and the knowledge to help speed your re-accommodation, and act as your advocate when there are problems. When you book with an advisor you can reach out to an actual person with whom you have built a trust relationship. Travel advisors can help change travel dates due to weather, or change the destination completely. They can hold cruise and air options for you and confirm your hotel before booking a non-refundable reservation. And in these weather-affected times, no client wants to sit on hold with the airlines or a tour operator for hours—so let a travel advisor do the work for you.

2. Life is busier and more demanding than ever, and vacation time is more valuable.
There is no do-over for a vacation gone wrong. Travel advisors can help you achieve the vacation you desire because they listen, suggest, adjust, understand and become a friend… not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. “They do the work, you pack and go!”

3. Travel Advisors add a human element.
A travel advisor ensures that you are a person, not a number. They are invested in their clients’ happiness and satisfaction and want to make sure each and every trip is packed full of positive lifelong memories. They are with you before, during and after your trip—kind of like “for better or for worse.” Travel advisors answer their phones and respond to their email no matter where you are on the planet.

4. Trips are more complicated than ever, as the number of multi-generational vacations and destination weddings continues to grow.
Multi-generational vacations are still very much in demand. Baby Boomers are taking their children and grand children on high-end vacations. Because planning travel with a multitude of people is a challenge, a travel advisor is a perfect choice to be the “middleman” and provide assistance to plan a perfect family vacation.

5. The world is constantly changing, and travel advisors are on the ground experiencing it.
Has the Caribbean recovered from the latest hurricane? Can Americans travel to Cuba these days? Has the smoke cleared in Napa? Travel advisors don’t just sell a destination—they discover, research and experience the places they offer over and over, sharing the actual and current status quo with their customers. Just like in everyday life, it takes a village to understand the dynamics of every destination. Why do it alone if you don’t have to?

6. They save you so much time and stress.
Sure, reading about places to go is fun and enticing—but planning a trip is stressful. There is so much data available online, in magazines and books, and even on TV. Travel advisors travel for work, looking at everything from the size of the rooms at hotels and cruise ships to the dining options that are available, onsite and nearby. And if they haven’t personally been where you want to go, a colleague has or their preferred tour operators have. They know the hidden gems in a given destination because they’ve either seen it, or because they listened to the previous client who came home and raved about something they found by chance. They also tend to specialize in destinations or niches like LGBT or Special Needs travel. Every time they travel they are focusing on these details—so customers can just dream about their destination and not have to worry.

7. They often save you money—and if not, they deliver more value.
Even if your travel advisor charges a fee, the value you receive will be bigger than what you paid. Some clients assume that using a travel advisor would cost extra when in fact using an advisor can save you money and get you extras and insider access.

8. They can reassure anxious travelers because they know where you should go and where you shouldn’t.
During the past several months, we have seen several hurricanes, 3 earthquakes, 5 strikes against travel suppliers, 2 mass-shootings, 4 airline accidents and bankruptcies, major wildfires, 2 volcano eruptions, flight cancellations, 1 visa suspension (Turkey) and several State Department travel warning.  Anyone care to navigate that on their own? People are nervous, anxious and unsure. Travel advisors feel a huge responsibility to explain, re-assure and assist their clients in making the best possible choices. And now, with all the devastation and destruction from Mother Nature, they can be instrumental in helping to decipher what destinations are accessible.

9. They offer unique services for discerning clients.
Travel advisors are there to help each and every clients regardless of budget. In addition, travel advisors are fully capable of providing special services and requests for discerning clientele.

10. Like any professional advisor, they know more than you do.
Should you book that Rhine River cruise heading north or heading south? Travel advisors know which hotel rooms have the best view room; they know you should renew your passport six months before it expires; they know you should bring your own road maps in Europe because rental car companies don’t provide them. They can recommend a private guide instead of a ship excursion, an interesting destination along the way, a chance to get off the beaten track and see something uniquely important to you.

Regardless of the circumstances, travel advisors are always there for you!

This article is made possible by Cheryl Rosen.

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!

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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.

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Chileno Bay Resort Launches New Wellness Initiative

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For your health-conscious clients heading to Los Cabos, the new Baja Balance program at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auger Resorts Collection will make sure they don’t skip a beat in reaching or maintaining their fitness and wellness goals.

Baja Balance is a resort-wide wellness initiative optimizing health for the mind, body, and spirit through instructor-led weekend retreats and ongoing programming and activities focused on fitness, culinary, and spa experiences.

“Our new Baja Balance program was a natural progression of what the resort has been doing since day one, bringing together Cabo’s natural energy with the active lifestyle that is at the core of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences,” said Eliezer Quinones, general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, in press materials.

Baja Balance introduces a new wave of fitness offerings at Chileno Bay Resort including group workout classes such as TRX, yoga, Zumba, spinning, and a beach boot camp. Healthy culinary options are another key component of Baja Balance, which offers an array of fresh and locally sourced food options that are available at TnT and COMAL, two of the onsite restaurants. The program also offers wellness-focused children’s activities, to allow all members of your client’s family to stay on track during their vacation.  Learn more about Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

 

 

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Emerald Waterways Announces First Ocean Cruise

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Emerald Waterways is heading into the world of ocean cruising with the announcement of a brand-new yacht sailing itinerary along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Set to launch in 2019, the Islands of Dalmatia cruise will be Emerald Waterways’ first ocean cruise. The itinerary invites guests aboard the 18-cabin MV Adriatic Princess II, a newly commissioned yacht designed to navigate the small ports of the Dalmatian Coast. Highlights of the 8-day itinerary include visits to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast; and Krka National Park, known for its waterfalls and lavender fields.

The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary will sail April through October 2019, and Emerald Waterways is currently accepting pre-bookings with a refundable $250 deposit.

Top RIU Spa Hotels: A Rejuvenating Experience

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If you are looking for more than just some sunny days at the beach, we can offer you exactly what you are looking for. Many of our hotels offer beauty and body treatments to care for your body and mind. We work together with experts on special health programs that are run in comfortable and elegant facilities. So we have created a list of our top 10 hotels with the best spas and wellness centers at the world’s most popular destinations. Choose the dates of your next vacation, come and relax, and we will take care of the rest.

BREATHE, MEDITATE AND RELAX; LET YOURSELF BE LOOKED AFTER

Many RIU hotels have spas, health and wellness centers or thalassotherapy facilities to give you some precious moments of relaxation during your stay. All of them are designed so that when you reach your destination you can enjoy the best treatments at the hands of true professionals in modern and elegant facilities.

Programs range from classic beauty treatments and relaxing massages to oriental relaxation. If our guests prefer something more, or want to spend a special day, for example during their honeymoon, there are special packages for weddings and newlyweds. Come and see our facilities and let yourself be looked after!

 

1: Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
As well as views of Palm Beach, this hotel also a top-quality spa. The luxury service and comfort of its facilities make this palace an ideal place to spend a dream vacation.

2: Hotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie
Only those who have visited the hotel can imagine the sensation of well-being that surrounds the place. So we invite you to experience for yourself this little oasis in the middle of the city of Marrakech. Its spa can give various body treatments that will make you forget about all the strains of daily living.

3: Hotel Riu Kaya Palazzo
This modern and sophisticated hotel has one of the most striking interior decors in Antalya. The peace and relaxation offered by day and the display of colored light by the pool at night make this an unforgettable place. It offers a range of beauty and wellness treatments and very comfortable rooms.

4: Hotel Riu Tikida Beach
If you have never visited a hamam, we suggest you try an authentic one at the Hotel Riu Tikida Beach. Morocco is well known, among other things, for its hamams, which are steam baths with curative and purifying properties. This is certainly one of our best wellness centers on the Agadir coast.

5: Hotel Riu Tikida Garden
If, on the other hand, you travel to the center of Marrakech, you will be able to enjoy some time at the hotel spa. This is a hotel that has managed to combine elements of traditional Moroccan culture with a contemporary look. It is a true oasis in the center of Marrakech city. Its spa offers guests various treatments, such as massages, facial treatments and water jets.

6: Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
If, as well as discovering the marvels of Costa Rica’s wild environment, you are looking for a place to relax, this hotel should be your destination. Its excellent facilities and spectacular surroundings will make your stay unforgettable. Revel in the tropical climate and heavenly beach where you find yourself.

7: Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica
In Jamaica you can find everything a tourist is looking for: good music, local and international cuisine and fun, 24 hours a day. Furthermore, after a full day, what could be better than this palace hotel’s spa? Relaxing massages, whirlpool baths, sauna and a range of treatments. As the locals say: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’.

8: Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula
This recently built hotel is located by a beach lapped by turquoise waters, and it offers guests a very high quality service. It has a full wellness center with a range of facial and body treatments. Furthermore, this resort has taken tranquility to a new level, and boasts Adults Only Villas, rooms exclusively for adults looking for a relaxed stay, away from the bustle of Cancun.

About RIU Hotels & Resorts

RIU Hotels & Resorts offers you a wide variety of hotels in the world’s best destinations so that you can enjoy unforgettable holidays. At our hotels, you’ll find complete facilities where you can enjoy an extensive gastronomic offer, the best entertainment and a host of exclusive services that characterize the company.

Choose one of our holiday, urban, family or adults-only hotels and enjoy an escape to your favorite destination. Enjoy unique experiences with RIU!  Learn More…..

 

Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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BodyHoliday Adds Five Wellness Retreat Options

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BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive health and wellness resort in St. Lucia, is expanding its wellness program with the addition of Villa Firefly and five retreats for mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest holistic healing treatments, is at the heart of the program. Dr. Samantha Mahalingam leads the program under the belief that optimum health and wellness is achieved through balance between the body, mind, and soul.

The retreats are hosted at the resort’s new Villa Firefly, a four bedroom, two suite, luxury villa in the tropical gardens of the resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests with the option of booking the hotel room adjacent to the villa. With this, the retreat at Villa Firefly can host a total of 12 guests.

Each retreat offers specially designed daily programs and custom treatments and activities. Rates start from $550 per person per night, with a supplementary cost applied for individual retreats.

The Vedic Retreat

 

This retreat is for guests who are mentally, emotionally, or physically drained by a demanding work or home life. Using a 360 degree approach, guests take part in authentic, dosha specific treatments, food, and a variety of activities to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.

Cleanse & Detox Retreat

 

The cleanse retreat is designed to reduce toxins and boost the optimal functionality of both mind and body. It uses organic juicing, special teas, and broths, as well as Yoga, Tai-Chi, and other purifying activities. The retreat includes a Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Bolus Bag, Far Infrared Sauna and Thalassotherapy to assist with the elimination of toxins, boost vitality, and promote skin health, while also acting as a kickstarter for weight loss.

Mindfulness Retreat

 

Built to retrain the mind, this retreat uses a variety of meditation techniques to reduce brain clutter and bring guests closer to appreciating the “here and now.” The objective is to gain mental focus, regulated emotional reactivity, lower stress levels, and improved sleep.

Yoga Retreat

 

Great for yoga lovers from beginner to advanced, this retreat uses a range of styles include Hatha, Yin / Yang, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Pranyama, Ashtanga, and Yoga Indra. Daily workshops are built around proper breathing, yoga philosophy, and yogic food classification. Guests will leave with improved flexibility, muscle tone, strength, posture, and an increased knowledge of the many aspects of yoga.

Weight Loss Retreat

 

Led by the resort’s nutritionist, exercise physiologist, team of fitness specialists, and wellness chefs, this retreat is a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management. The program not only focuses on diet, but nutrition, exercise, and food preparation as a whole. Guests receive pre-arrival consultation and DNA analysis which allows the team to build a personalized plan.

(Courtesy of the Luxury Travel Advisor)