Family

Atlantis Paradise Island Aquaventure.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Advice for Clients en Route to Atlantis, Paradise Island

As a longtime repeat visitor, I've had a lot of experience on how to manage this bigger-than-life destination. I say "destination" rather than "resort," because Atlantis' marketing and sales people use that term, arguing that in this case, the resort, rather than The Bahamas, is the destination. They have a point. Anyway, what follows are some tips I've learned over the years.
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Glacier Discovery Train hiking.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

New Happenings in Alaska

From family-fun to new hotels, celebrations, cruises, and adventure activities, these 11 tips on traveling through Alaska will help you get your clients a unique experience.
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Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Sol Kerzner dined with two 6-ft. models the night that the Royal Towers and the Mayan Pyramid had their official opening. I knew better than to stare. I also knew Michael Jackson was upstairs in the instantly iconic Bridge Suite, and I knew the mythologically themed casino, the “ruin”-filled aquarium, and the new Aquaventure water park were unlike anything else in the region. I knew it all, right? Wrong, as I realized on subsequent trips. And now I’m back from my fourth visit, a trip inspired by two events: Atlantis, Paradise Island’s 20th anniversary and its linking up with the Marriott Autograph Collection.
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Ready for a ziplining adventure, which is very popular in Costa Rica.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

“If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation. Last July was time to sample the product: The Hunt family traveled in an Adobe Rent a Car’s 4x4 to a trio of kid-friendly wild places: Tortuguero National Park (three nights), the Sarapiqui region (two nights), and Monteverde National Park (three nights). Perhaps a trip report on what worked (most things) and what didn’t (just a few) will be helpful in client trip planning.
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Raggs Breakfast, Grand Palladium, Punta Cana.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Family-Focused Caribbean Escapes

Making sure your multi-gen clients are pampered, and creating long-lasting memories, is top priority at these Caribbean resorts.
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The Aguamarina accommodations.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Authenticity. It’s the buzzword of the hour and one that French designer Marc Hertrich seemed hyper aware of when he set out to add a little pizzazz to Club Med Cancun Yucatan. As a fifth generation cabinetmaker, Hertrich already had a sense of where to dig in—plunging into Mexico’s vibrant cultural heritage and exploring the work of local artisans. The result was a $14 million renovation with a keen sense for locality, family and festivity.
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Pink Sands Resort

Posted on February 10th, 2015

Notes from the Caribbean

Here are the takeaways—in short-hand style—from the Caribbean Travel Marketplace that took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico a couple of weeks back.
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Infinity pool at the Condado Vanderbilt.

Posted on February 9th, 2015

Eye on the World: A Taste of Puerto Rico

Recommend attended the Caribbean Travel Marketplace a couple of weeks ago in Puerto Rico, and although we certainly worked hard, we also had some time to "play," abusing our iPhone to give you a taste of Puerto Rico from our lens.
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Havana street singer

Posted on February 2nd, 2015

Tauck Celebrates 90th Anniversary

We reached out to Tauck's president, Jennifer Tombaugh, to talk about the company's 90th anniversary.
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Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort open in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Disney.)

Posted on January 28th, 2015

What’s New at Disney

Disney has a few new offerings, from expansions to its "Frozen" programming to a new hotel that will transport your clients to Bora Bora, and a new look to its MagicBands.
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