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Do You Need 10 Reasons to Visit the BVI?

Most of us don’t need to look for a reason to travel and much less to the British Virgin Islands, BUT if you do, keep reading. When you are done call and let’s find the accommodations that are right for you and your budget!

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I recently had the opportunity to have breakfast with two special representatives of these incredible islands. Lynette Harrigan, who is the go to for all things BVI and Tausha Vanterpool, who is our Business Developement Manager for the BVI. We discussed the events that were going on and the must do things while there in the islands.

WOW! I was so excited to be asked.  I learned so much about the destination and the people who call it home. 

Want to know more about the BVI? Contact me and let’s get your questions answered.

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Wendi, Your BVI Specialist

 

Leaving A Vacation

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Were you ever sad to leave a fabulous vacation?

We are sitting in the Club Sandals and Butler Elite lounge waiting for our transfer back to Montego Bay for our flight home. This designated area is a great vacation enhancer. Listening to other people’s stories of what has made their vacation great is a wonderful end to our work vacation.

Why do people vacation?

Maybe they need a little pampering.  Maybe some time off from cleaning and cooking? It is nice to have those things done for you. But really who doesn’t enjoy a wonderful beach view?

What makes a great vacation?

There are several factors that go into making a great vacation.

  • Location and culture
  • Service level
  • Food quality
  • Accommodations
  • People you meet

There is an adventure waiting for you! I am blessed to see fabulous destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Call me and let’s talk about what interests you and build a vacation package of your dreams.

As always, wishing you 80 degrees and palm trees!

Sandals Unveils Over-Water Wedding Chapel

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Sandals Resorts has unveiled a new unique place for couples to say “I do” at Sandals Grande St. Lucian – the “Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel.”

Located at the most southwestern point of the resort, the open-air, glass aisled chapel boasts panoramic views of Rodney Bay and is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

Sandals-Wedding2-Aug23Décor within the chapel includes a river stone altar polished with a silver leaf finish and a nature-inspired aisle lined by three glass panels. The layout allows guests to see the view of the water below, which will enhance the wedding ceremony with its natural surroundings. The space can host up to 20 seated guests. Couples have a choice of having either a religious or non-religious ceremony, and the wedding chapel can be reserved complimentary upon arrival on a first-choice basis.

 I look forward to speaking to you about an

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an Overwater Vow Renewal! cardwithdwhsa

              Wendi@AiTravelhut.com   281-383-7321

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Why Does A Room Category Matter?

I hear it a lot!

“It doesn’t matter the room, I won’t be in there anyway!”

Truth is you will be in the room and let’s talk about it. I have stayed in super swanky suites and I have stayed in dumpy hotel rooms.  Yes it matters!  Sleep is important.  People sleep better when they are in comfortable settings.  Wouldn’t you sleep better in this room? Can you imagine the dancing and singing you do in the Shower?

I even sound better singing in a nice shower! LOL

 

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What makes a resort different?

Resort management that stays near the property and takes pride in what they offer to guests. From the suites to the dining options all the way to the welcoming staff!  If a resorts cuts back on the rooms that you do see and sleep in, think about what you don’t see that they are cutting back in.

Just “chew” on that for a minute.

I am writing a series about room categories and showcasing different resort that I have stayed in. Yes the FABULOUS and the GOOD!

When you see room categories don’t get scared! Call me and let’s get you in the room that is perfect for you! Don’t overpay for what you don’t need but don’t stay in a dump either!  Room Categories will not always explain what is in the suite or tell you that the OCEANFRONT suite you are paying for really isn’t that close to the ocean!

                            There is a difference between an Oceanview Suite and a Oceanfront Suite.                                   There is also a difference between an Oceanview and a PARTIAL oceanview.  There are some rooms that are loud, you will be sorry! Those are the cheapest in a resort! I will never sell you a room or suite that you don’t want. Mainly because I think a budget is the most important vacation topic.

 I don’t want any client disappointed.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

Be sure & follow my blog for all the exciting room categories that you don’t want to miss!

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Studies Reveal Health Benefits of Vacations

Take that vacation to lower risk of heart attack and depression, or move near a park for better mental health.

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Traveling with my family on the beautiful beaches of Negril, Jamaica.

I have been saying this for years!

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Wendi, Connor and Payton at the Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay Jamaica.

Recharging our battery!

Martin and Wendi enjoying a beautiful day in Jamaica. Kids are snorkeling and having fun while we relax. Everyone is happy!

We are all built with an “internal battery.” It drives us, excites us and inspires us.  When we live our day to day lives sometimes that passion needs a little recharge.  That is what vacation does for you.  Also, gives you insight and many learning experiences that you can’t find in a book.  Get out and see the world around you.  –Wendi

“If you want to be healthier, take more vacations and live near a large park, according to two separate studies. Vacations are linked to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even promote brain health, says a study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies with the Global Commission on Aging and U.S. Travel Association. Moving closer to green space improves mental health immediately and is sustained over long periods of time, according to a University of Exeter Medical School study in Britain. “These findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long-term and sustained benefits for local communities,” the study said.”

This story originally appeared on Fortune

The Passport Meltdown is Coming & How to Save Yourself

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Almost 10 years ago it became a requirement to have a passport.  Which lead to a long processing times for passports.

Guess what? 

All of the passports from the crisis of 2007 will now be expiring in the next 18 months!  And to confound the situation there are some changes with the ability to add visa pages that will force people to apply for passports.

Did you know that 125 million US citizens have passports?

Go find your passports NOW and check the expiration dates.

WHY? Because some countries require passports to be valid for 6 MONTHS beyond their arrival back into the US.

What you need to know:

  1. Two options will be available: Passports will come with either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost. Get the 52 pages. You never know when you will come into some money and fill that passport up!
  2. The travel industry is back! That means more people are traveling. Hence longer processing times
  3. Passport cards are wallet-sized passports can only be used for land and sea (NO FLIGHTS!) travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Passport cards are smaller and less expensive.  I advise a passport book!
  4. Passports ages are:
    1. 16 yrs and older are adults – passport is valid for 10 years
    2.  15 and under are children – passport is valid for 5 years (yes that includes newborns. If they are breathing they have to be packing a passport!)

Let’s talk money!

  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport book: $110 if age 16 and older; $80 if under the age of 16.
  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport card: $30 if age 16 and older; $15 if under the age of 16.
  • Expedited service (optional): an additional $60.00 per application.
  • The acceptance or execution fee of $25 is paid to any U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency

******* This is Government stuff y’all- It can & will change  ***************

How to save yourself?

Go & renew or apply for passports now.  

Don’t wait until you feel a vacation “itch” coming

The Passport process is not hard. May take a little preparation but it is so worth it!

Do not miss out on your opportunities to see beautiful places because you are afraid of a passport process!

Wishing you 80° & Palm Trees! — Wendi

What are some of your favorite passport stamps? Share them with us!

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Updates for Los Cabos Hotel Reopenings

Sales coming soon for Cabo

 

The Los Cabos Hotel Association issued this opening schedule:
September 23
• Bahía Hotel and Beach Club
• Best Western Aeropuerto San José del Cabo
• Hotel Suites Las Palmas
• Quinta del Sol


September 27
• Cabo villas Beach Resort & Spa


October 1
•Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort
•Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa
•Villa Del Palmar Beach, Resort & Spa
•Villa La Estancia Beach, Resort & Spa
•Wyndham Cabo San Lucas


October 6
•Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa


October 8
•Casa Dorada At Medano Beach
•Montecristo Estates By Pueblo Bonito
•Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Holistic Retreat & Spa


October 9
•Riu Palace Los Cabos


October 11
•Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
•Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
•Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
•Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
•The Ridge At Playa Grande
•Solmar Resort


October 13
•Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa


October 15
• Hacienda Beach Club And Residences
• Tropicana Inn


October 16
• Posada Real Los Cabos
• RIU Santa Fe
• Holiday Inn Express Cabo San Lucas


November 1
• Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
• Sandos Finisterra
• Royal Solaris Los Cabos
• Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa


November 2
• Los Cabos Golf Resort At Country Club


November 3
• Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos


November 15
• Esperanza An Auberge Resort
• Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos
• Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
• Secrets Puerto Los Cabos
• Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
• El Encanto Inn
• Zöetry Casa Del Mar, Suites, Golf & Spa Resort


November 20
• Decameron All Inclusive Resort


December 1
• Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos
• Marbella Suites en la Playa


December 15
• One & Only Palmilla
• Esperanza


January 2015
• Meliá Cabo Real All Inclusive Beach
• Sirena del Mar
• Cabo Azul Resort & Spa


February 2015
• Me By Meliá Cabo


To Be Determined:
• Capella Pedregal Los Cabos                         • El Ganzo
• Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
• Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
• Las Ventanas Al Paraíso
• The Grand Mayan Los Cabos
• The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos

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Have You Seen The New Jamaica?

The main pool at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. (Photo credit: Playa Resorts & Hotels.)

Two Hyatt hotels announce their new opening dates and you’re invited to explore them.

The openings of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, after an $80+ million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall property, has been pushed back from Nov. 1 to Nov. 23.

The Basics
Hyatt Zilara, with 234 suites, will accommodate adults. Hyatt Ziva, with 387 rooms and suites, will serve couples, groups, and above all, families. Most rooms in these properties in Jamaica have an ocean view. Playa has almost tripled the former Ritz-Carlton’s beach area—there will be swim-out suites, nine restaurants, a staff of more than 1,000, watersports, tennis, a kids’ club, and some innovative firsts.

What Makes These All-Inclusives Different?
“This is not business as usual,” says Froemming, who promised “the first six-star product in the English-speaking Caribbean.” Here’s how he plans to make this resort different:

  • Island Routes personnel will greet arriving guests at the airport, expedite them through Customs, offer them snacks, register them while they’re still at the airport, and get out of the airport in 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes.
  • Zilara/Ziva will have exclusive use of a 100-ft. Island Routes catamaran for family, adults-only, and group cruises.
  • Adult guests will get a free round of golf at the legendary White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses; this offer is good through 2015.
  • Carnivore alert: The restaurants will include the first Brazilian churrascaria on a Caribbean island.
  • Other restaurant news: Froemming aims to keep every restaurant open seven days a week. Evening options also include a one-of-a-kind rooftop Moroccan lounge.
  • “Zilara will have the only spa in the Caribbean that’s on the beach,” says Froemming. “A full-service spa, not just a few massage tables.”
  • Moving beyond the farm-to-table trend, Zilara’s beachfront spa will offer a “Table-to-Table” service whereby couples enjoy late afternoon treatments and then step out onto the sand, where they’ll linger over a candlelit dinner for two under the stars.

Modern and luxurious bathrooms at Rose Hall Zilara. (Photo credit: Playa Resorts & Hotels.)

Introductory Rates
“Travel Agents have as much importance than ever,” says Froemming. “Because our product’s extra value needs to be explained. We are not using price as a sales vehicle.”

This winter, Zilara and Ziva are offering introductory rates: At Zilara, a 480-sq.-ft. suite with a king bed, fully stocked bar, whirlpool bath, and terrace will range from about $480 to $540 per couple. At Ziva, a 493-sq.-ft. room will cost approximately $450 to $480 per couple, or $616 to $672 for a family of four. Rates include taxes and gratuities, and children under 3 stay free.

For more information, call Wendi 281-377-3488 x 101 or email Wendi@AiTravelHut.com

 

 

The Houston Bridal Extravaganza

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WOW! What a wonderful show.

We met so many neat brides. It is always interesting to hear a wish list for honeymooners and Destination Weddings.

We are offering many specials and invite you to call for the details. Don’t forget we have the $100 Gift Certificate offer going on till 8/15/2014.

The show was hard work to get set up seeing Launa and I were both out of town with in the 2 weeks before the show. The booth came out great and we are excited to be working with brides and grooms for the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding.

One of my favorite things that happened at the show was this. I was talking to a bride and groom about a Destination Wedding. One of the first and most important questions is, “will you have kids attending your wedding?” I don’t know what he was thinking but he responded with, “well they won’t be born yet? We are going to have kids but in a couple of years.” Judging from the look on my face he said, “ok, I don’t think I understood your question?” We had a good laugh and I am now working to get the Destination Wedding of their dreams in motion.

We had Valeria from the Karisma Resorts come and help us out a couple of minutes. Brides were instantly amazed at the tropical setting they offer.

Thanks to everyone that came by our booth. It was nice to meet so many nice people and to say hi to all the brides, grooms and moms!

 

Beaches Resorts

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I have been to many resorts and felt the warmth of the island people and locals.  I just got back from Beaches Turks and Caicos. All I can say is WOW! The pristine beaches were some of the best I have ever seen.

Sandals and Beaches resorts owner Butch Stewart values the  Travel Agents.  I don’t know of any other resort that would Charter flights for 3 days to make sure the agents know what they are selling to their clients.  I was with 140 other agents getting first hand knowledge of these wonderful resorts. We were on 1 of 9 of these chartered flights from all over the US. Mr. Stewart has educates Travel Agents far more than any webinar or workshop ever could.  He spends $80M dollars a year on advertising and at the bottom says, “Call your Travel Agent.” So my question to you is… If you have never used a Travel Agent, what is holding you back? My expert advise is waiting for you. And know that advise doesn’t come with a price! 🙂

I have heard people say that Beaches is for kids. We spoke with several couples who were there on their honeymoon and they were very impressed with the inclusion and service. I have to say, my “husband, man child” was with me and he had a total blast!  Don’t count the Beaches Turks and Caicos out if you are looking for a couples getaway.  A destination wedding at this resort would make everyone happy!

If you are thinking about a Sandals or Beaches vacation or Destination Wedding I want to be your Vacation Consultant.  As a Certified Sandals Specialist, I am here to work with you, your friends and family to make sure everyone is getting the room category they are wanting.  These resorts have at least 10+ categories at each resort.  Let me explain to you the differences to ensure your fabulous getaway in the room and location that you desire.

Wishing you Calm Seas and Palm Trees!

The next 2 post will talk about the Sandals Resorts in the Bahamas.  You won’t want to miss it!

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