Onsite Reviews

The Dolphin Connection is the only on-property resort dolphin program in the continental U.S.

Posted on September 4th, 2013

Hawks Cay Resort, Florida Keys

As a mother of two and a journalist who has been writing about travel for more than a decade, I can safely say that some of the top things families look for when planning their family vacation is a place that offers an array of activities for every member of the family in one central locale, a place that offers a community ambiance where parents know the kids are safe—and mom and dad can have some time to themselves—and a place that feels like home sans all of life’s daily and sometimes stressful interruptions.


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Pete's Silly Slideshow at Storybook Circus.

Posted on September 4th, 2013

New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

We’re strolling through Belle’s French-inspired village in the Enchanted Forest section of Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland—the largest expansion to date at Magic Kingdom—and we can almost hear a chorus of villagers singing “Bonjour! Bonjour!” as we eye Gaston’s Tavern and a castle in the distance.


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The recently renovated Argonaut Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

Kimpton Takes Center Stage in San Francisco.

Kimpton and San Francisco go hand-in-hand: Both the brand and the city are a little bit quirky, in a good way, and both are not shy about expressing their whimsical side.


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Restaurant with a view at Chateau Eza in Eze Village.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

A French Twosome with SLH

Although Paris and the South of France have completely different vibes—Paris offers a fast-paced, city life ambiance and numerous attractions, while the Riviera emits a quieter, laid-back lifestyle—we recommend you pair this handsome duo into a fabulous getaway.


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A bird's-eye view of Bogota from Monserrate.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

Bogota, Colombia

This past spring, Recommend was whisked away on a whirlwind tour of Bogota, Colombia. Although we wished we could’ve spent more time in this South American hotspot, during the short time we were there, Bogota managed to enthrall and enrapture our senses with its culture, museums, pre- and post-Columbian architecture, and its world-class local and international cuisine.


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One of the two main pools at the Hrad Rock Hotel Vallarta.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

Rockin It In Vallarta

When rocker Eric Clapton donated a Fender Lead II guitar to mark his favorite seat at London’s Hard Rock Cafe in 1979, he did more than permanently reserve his perch at the quirky American diner.


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The resort offers expansive views of the natural surroundings.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

The Softer Side of Baja

Villa del Palmar brings luxury to a mellow Mexican gem.


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The not-to-be-missed Stingray City.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

A Non-Diver’s Guide to the Westin Grand Cayman

Your clients like scuba diving and have an income north of middle class? Easy.


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Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin offers a laid-back vibe.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

A Tale of Two Cultures

St. Martin/St. Maarten packs a cultural punch. On the north side, this dual-heritage, 37-sq.-mile island associates itself with the French West Indies, while the southern portion, St. Maarten, is part of the Netherlands Antilles.


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Beachside at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

Aruba Marriott Resort

My first visit to Aruba was on a FAM trip in the early 1980s.


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