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Secrets Silversands – May 2015 – Victoria Reisinger

Victoria and her husband traveling the Rivera Cancun, Mexico to soak in the sun at one of the beautiful Secrets Resorts properties. Here is more about her trip, in her own words:

Where did you travel?

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Mexico

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What dates where you there?

May 20th-26th

How long did it take you to get there?

About 2.5 hours non-stop from ATL

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Tell a little about the resort.

The resort is only about a 15 minute transfer ride from the Cancun airport. Once you arrive everyone is extremely courteous and helpful. The rooms are more modern, but beautiful. There are tons of pools, including an infinity pool which was wonderful. The entertainment staff were incredible- they make you feel like family! The food and restaurant options were all great, as well as the service. There are plenty of daily activities to participate in if you want to stay active, or lounge by one of the many pools to relax. The beach was a little rocky, and staff are constantly battling the seaweed in that area, but they kept it clean and it was still enjoyable. The reef right in front of the property makes for decent snorkeling as well.

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What was your favorite part?

Probably getting to know the staff. They are incredible with names and really do make you feel like you’re family!

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Anything else you want to add?

If you are looking for a long, beautiful beach with clear blue water, this may not be the resort for you. However, everything else makes up for the lack of pretty beach! Even being a “beach person” I was fine being by the pool around the staff who make every day so much fun.

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Sandals Emerald Bay – March/April 2015 – Debora Forsythe

Earlier this month, Debora and her husband traveled to Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Here is more about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas

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What dates where you there?

March 28th – April 3rd

How long did it take you to get there?

Almost 4 hours

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Have you been there before? If so, when?

Yes, but only for a FAM (designed to show travel agents around) in 2013, not for a vacation.

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Tell a little about the resort.

Beautiful resort and room; definitely crystal clear blue water and white powder sand beach. A laid back resort overall, but definitely can make it as lively as you want and never feels packed or crowded. Most people at the main pool all day and definitely not crowded at all on the beach. I would not recommend going here in the winter months if they truly want warm weather. It was still in the higher 70’s the week we went and was chilly at night… I wore a light jacket each night.

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What was your favorite part?

Most all of the resort personnel are awesome and the food was really good; my only negative is not enough restaurant choices and we had a couple of “attitudes” from the swim up pool bartenders.

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Anything else you want to add?

Definitely is not a resort for very active people; the golf course was great with 4 holes with beautiful views of the ocean! Several people we met did the Swim with the pigs excursion and loved it!

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Sandals Grande Riviera – January/February 2015 – Heather Scobey

Heather Scobey and her husband traveled to Sandals Grande Riviera earlier this month. Here is more about their experience in Heather’s own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Sandals Grande Riviera – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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What dates were you there?

Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, 2015

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How long did it take you to get there?

2 hrs. 15 mins from ATL Once we landed in MBJ it was an hour and 45 min drive

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Have you been there before? 

This was my first time to this resort

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Tell a little about the resort.

Very friendly resort. Large property, golf carts are available to take you from hillside to Oceanside. Lots of updates happening but not disturbing.

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What was your favorite part?

I loved the warm weather in February. Looking at the beautiful green landscape and gorgeous blue ocean is good for the winter blues.

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Anything else you want to add?

Our Butler, Ramone, was fabulous. He made our stay perfect. He stayed hillside in the Butler Village Poolside One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suite.

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RIU Jamaica – January 2015 – Alice Johnson

Last month, Alice and her husband traveled to Jamaica to visit brand new, adult only RIU Jamaica. Here is a little about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Montego Bay, Jamaica

What dates where you there?

January 17-24, 2015

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How long did it take you to get there?

6 hours from Memphis, TN

Have you been there before? Yes If so, when?

Yes, I was in Montego Bay in 2013, but this was my first time to this resort.

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Tell a little about the resort.

The RIU Jamaica was nice.  Their restaurants were VERY good.  The down side of this resort was that the airport is very close to the resort so there was quite a bit of airplane noise daily-about 6-7 planes flew over every day. (plus side: short transfers to and from the airport!)

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What was your favorite part?

I would definitely have to say the food!

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Anything else you want to add? 

I would recommend this resort, as long as you don’t mind the airplane noise.

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Sandals Jamaica FAM – November 2014 – Victoria Reisinger

Victoria got the great opportunity to visit several Sandals Resorts in Jamaica last month! Here is more about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Jamaica; Beaches Ocho Rios, Sandals Royal Plantation, Sandals Grande Riviera Beach Golf and Spa, Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean and Private Island.

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What dates where you there?

November 16th-20th, 2014

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How long did it take you to get there?

Flight from Atlanta into Montego Bay was about 2 ½ hours. Transfer from Montego Bay to Beaches Ocho Rios was about 2 hours. Once we were back at Sandals Montego Bay, it was only about a 5-10 minute ride from the resort to the airport.

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Have you been there before?

No, this was my first time at each of the properties.

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Tell a little about the resorts.

Each resort was so different from the other, and had their own charms. It was exciting to see the differences, from the intimate feel of Royal Plantation to the greatness of Grande Riviera- Sandals and Beaches resorts do such a great job at knowing what guests want to see at each property. They pay close attention to the details- from babysitting services at the Beaches resorts, to the romantic feel at every turn at each Sandals resort- it makes you want to keep coming back.

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What was your favorite part?

Touring the private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean was really exciting to me. It just adds that extra “wow” factor when staying at this resort, and is so easy to get to since they  constantly have a boat going back and forth.

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Anything else you want to add?

The staff at every resort in Jamaica were absolutely incredible. So accommodating and fun! They all make you feel at home while on vacation, and definitely are a huge factor in why guests keep returning.

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Sandals MegaFAM – Sandals Emerald Bay, Beaches Turks and Caicos, & Sandals LaSource – October 2014 – Victoria Reisinger, Alex Smith, Alice Johnson, & Sandy Brewer

Victoria, Alex, Alice, and Sandy  just returned from a Sandals MegaFAM that visited Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, Beaches Turks and Caicos, and Sandals LaSource in Grenada. Here is more about their trip in their own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Sandals Emerald Bay (Exuma, Bahamas), Beaches Turks and Caicos, and Sandals La Source (Grenada)

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What dates where you there?

October 29th-31st, 2014

How long did it take you to get there?

About 3 ½ hours from Nashville to Bahamas, then about 1 hour 25 minutes to Turks and Caicos; then from Turks and Caicos to Grenada- about 2 ½ hours. Back to Nashville from Grenada was about 5 ½ hours.

Have you been there before? If so, when?

Victoria: No, this was my first visit to each of the 3 resorts.

 Alex: I have visited both Sandals Emerald Bay and Beaches Turks and Caicos, but was SO excited to see Sandals LaSource.

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Tell a little about your trip.

Victoria: Although our visit to Sandals Emerald Bay was very quick, the overall feel of the resort is very romantic. The beach is absolutely beautiful and the staff was phenomenal.

Beaches Turks and Caicos is a much larger resort, but each section makes it feel a bit less overwhelming. Food and staff were amazing here as well- loved the Sesame Street parade- great resort for families!

Sandals La Source was breathtaking. From the entire resort as a whole, to the lush grounds and million dollar views- it is one of a kind. The beach is mixed with black sand and large shells wash up on the shore line- very cool.

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 Alex: Sandals Emerald Bay was just as amazing as I remember!  The stunning, white sand beach and delicious food is top-notch here!

Beaches Turks and Caicos is so fun!! So much to do here for ALL ages! Your family can spread out or stick together, but this resort is truly like 4 resorts in one.

Sandals LaSource. Where do I start?! It is so exotic and the only word to describe the rooms is “sexy!” Seriously, the perfect honeymoon or anniversary spot! On top of that the sand is mixed with volcanic sand and gives the beach a cappuccino color. The best part: the resort is only 2 and a half minutes from the airport!! And you never hear a plane. Everyone should put this resort on their bucket list.

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What was your favorite part?

Victoria: As hard as it is to choose one part, I’d have to say looking out from the balcony of the penthouse butler suite with the infinity pool in Sandals LaSource. It is a view I still dream about!

Alex: There were many aspects that were my favorite, from the food, to the pool, to the entertainment, but one thing that really stuck out was the service. Everyone was beyond accommodating and friendly. 

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Anything else you want to add?

Victoria:  I cannot wait to go back and bring my husband! 

Alex: I would STRONGLY recommend the Italian Oceanview Penthouse One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda Tranquility Soaking Tub at Sandals LaSource in Grenada!!

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Carnival Breeze – October 2014 – Debora Forsythe

Earlier this month, Debora and her family took  Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean! Here is more about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Departure Port: Miami, FL…..Ports Visited:  Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico

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What dates where you there?

Oct. 4th – 11th

How long did it take you to get there? 

Flew into Miami on Oct. 4th , day before the 6 day cruise

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Tell a little about your cruise. 

Carnival Breeze – very nice ship, good food, entertainment was good, STYX Live Concert on the ship was awesome!!!

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What was your favorite part? 

Tranopy Excursion (Chairlift, Ziplining, Bobsled) in Ocho Rios & Snuba Excursion in Cayman…water was beautiful! (Both excursions booked through Carnival)

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Anything else you want to add? 

Took a taxi to Paradise Beach, which had a beautiful pool and palm tree beach where we paid $3 per person for access to their facilities (wifi, beachchairs & umbrella, etc.) They only ask you to spend $10pp minimum on food or drinks; food and drinks reasonable priced.  Short walk down the beach to Carlos & Charlies and ate a great lunch!

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Princess Alaskan Cruise – September 2014 – Alice Johnson

Last month, Alice Johnson and her husband took a Princess Cruise through Alaska! Here is more about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Alaska via Grand Princess

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What dates where you there?

September 14-21, 2014

How long did it take you to get there?

We traveled from Memphis to Seattle and stayed there for 2 nights before sailing out on September 14.

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Tell a little about your trip.

Princess Cruise lines does a great job in Alaska. Our ports of call were amazing and the excursions were wonderful. The landscape in Alaska is breathtaking. I did not care for Tracy Arm Fjord. I would like to have seen more glaciers. I would recommend a cruise which goes to Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay National Park.

What was your favorite part?

My favorite part of the cruise was getting to see Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.

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Portland, Oregon – July 2014 – Alice Johnson

Last month, Alice Johnson and her family took a trip to Portland, Oregon and had an amazing time. Here is more about her trip in her own words and pictures:

Where did you travel?

Portland, Oregon

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What dates where you there?

July 24-27

How long did it take you to get there?

4.5 hours from Memphis

 Tell a little about your trip.

We went to Portland for a family reunion.  We were able to see a couple of waterfalls while we were on the trip plus a beautiful rose garden.

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What was your favorite part?

Multnomah Falls-second largest waterfall in the US at 429 feet tall!

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Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica – July 2014 – Alex Smith

Alex Smith, along with her husband, traveled to one of our favorite resorts, Sandals Whitehouse, at the end of July. Here is a little about their trip in her own words:

Where did you travel?

We traveled to Sandals Whitehouse, a couples-only resort on the south coast of Jamaica.

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What dates where you there?

We arrived on July 27th and came back on August 1st.

How long did it take you to get there?

We flew from Atlanta and it was an easy, non-stop, 2 hour flight. Once we got to Jamaica, we took Sandals transportation to the resort. It took us an hour and a half, but the whole way we got to see Jamaican life (restaurants, fruit stands, churches, houses, the beautiful mountains, and of course, the amazing water.) 

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Have you been there before?

I had not been to this resort, but was really looking forward to it since I have sent several clients and they always come back with great reviews.

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Tell a little about the resort.

I can’t rave about the property enough. It sits on a 2 mile private beach that is in a u-shape, so you always feel like one of the only people out there. Also, there are 3 really good size pools so, none of the pools ever feels crowded. 

All of the Club level rooms and higher have free wifi and room service and of the concierge staff was always happy to help you.

There are 3 villages at this resort, French, Dutch, and Italian, and all of them are beachfront (every room has a spectacular view). They have actually updated the interior of the French village with grays and blues (and it looks awesome!) and are hoping to have the other 2 villages updated by the end of 2014.

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What was your favorite part?

My favorite part was the serine, private beach that made it so easy to lounge the day away. But if you were to ask my husband his favorite part, it would be the scuba diving (which is free if you are already certified, or you could get certified for around $80 and scuba for free the rest of your trip (and for up to 18 months after), which they go out twice a day.) We also got to kayak, paddle board, and snorkel, and it was all included!! Water skiing, wake boarding, knee-boarding, the hobie-cats, glass-bottom boat, and catamaran is part of the all-inclusive resort! That means you can do all of this for free!!! 

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Anything else you want to add?

The entertainment staff is so awesome at Sandals Whitehouse! They are there from bright and early, until everything closes down around 2AM. They really made everything so fun!

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