August 2012

Posted on July 24th, 2012


Paloma-Headshot

Posted on July 24th, 2012

Editor’s Notes: August 2012

You’ll notice there’s a new picture alongside the editor’s notes this month and just so you don’t think Rick Shively got cosmetic surgery and suddenly got a whole lot prettier (wink, wink), I wanted to introduce myself as Recommend’s new editor-in-chief.


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Accommodations at DogSpa Resort & Wellness Center.

Posted on July 24th, 2012

DogSpa Resort & Wellness Center

It’s not often we get to take our best friend on a hotel visit, even in open-minded Southern California.


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Montones Beach in Isabela, one of the many towns in Porta del Sol.

Posted on July 24th, 2012

Puerto Rico with MLT Vacations

Every serious travel agent has a specialty—Europe, Africa, the Caribbean. Many delve even deeper, specializing in specific countries (Aruba, Saint Lucia), or even especially sellable regions of specific countries, like the all-inclusive paradise of Punta Cana and Bavaro in the Dominican Republic, or the north coast of Jamaica.


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AmaCerto’s handsomely appointed reception area.

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

The Danube with AmaWaterways

River cruising’s on a roll, as cruise lines continue to register double-digit growth rates, while expanding their fleets of new-build ships to accommodate the surge in European river travel.


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The suite tower offers 500-sq.-ft. accommodations.

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Striking Gold with Vegas’ Golden Gate

In an era where developers tend to implode tired structures to make way for flashier “new and improved” versions, Downtown Las Vegas has wagered that preservation and renovation may be a better bet.


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Wequassett Resort

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Guests of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham, Massachusetts, will feel as if they’re visiting a friend’s beach house, well, actually a luxury beach house with an excellent “household staff.”


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Queenstown as seen from a nearby mountaintop.

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

New Zealand’s South Island is Sheer Eye Candy

If there’s one patent impression from scores of memorable experiences that astonishes visitors to New Zealand, it is that this enthralling destination is bathed under an eerie, unnatural quality of light.


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Resort accommodations range from jr. suites to 4-bedroom condos.

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Seven Stars Resort, Turks & Caicos

Now that About.com has named Seven Stars Resort the best resort in the entire Caribbean—and just last year this Turks and Caicos getaway was hailed as the most romantic resort in the world—you might be wondering, is it really that good? And can it maintain its, uh, “star” billing?


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The resort’s mega pool deck.

Posted on July 23rd, 2012

Iberostar Cancun

Last year, Iberostar Group, parent company to Iberostar Hotels & Resorts properties, spent $100 million to purchase and redesign the old Hilton Cancun Hotel, converting it into the Iberostar Cancun.


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