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Ha Long Bay and Halong Emotion – Highly Recommended

Ha Long Bay and Halong Emotion – Highly Recommended

Initially during my one weekend off in Vietnam, we decided to visit Sapa.  Sapa located in the mountains of northwest Vietnam, is commonly visited by locals of Hanoi because of its cool climate offering a respite to the hot, humid temperate of summer.  However, plans suddenly changed.  Rain was hitting the mountain region causing landslides forcing travelers away from the city.   Traveling through southeast Asia in Monsoon season has been kno...

Dreams Punta Cana – Highly Recommended

Dreams Punta Cana – Highly Recommended

You know it well! Guests will enjoy a transfer through the countryside with a view of the mountains in the distance on their way to this Apple favorite. REMEMBER – When booking ANY AMResort (Secrets, Dreams, NOW or Zoetry) through Apple Vacations, clients receive complimentary NON-STOP Transfers! The resort offers one of the largest free-form pools on the island and features 6 a la carte restaurants and 1 buffet (no dining restrictions or rese...

Grand Parnassus – Not Recommended

Grand Parnassus – Not Recommended

The inside looks like a ship and seems very dark and impersonal . The ground floor is like a food court with restaurants and snack bars. I think kids would love this. The kids club with a pirate ship and water slides is great for young kids. Family rooms have a separate area with bunk beds and a trundle so it will sleep a family of 5. There is a club category that has Jacuzzis and a special restaurant on the 11^th floor. Charge for internet. 24 ...

Gran Caribe Real – Neutral

Gran Caribe Real – Neutral

When you first walk into Gran Caribe Real you experience the Open air lobby. Active fun resort. Good value, good location. The buffet restaurant has beautiful ocean views. Only the MX restaurant needs reservations. The resort has a new water park and has family rooms that sleep 5 that open onto the park. Lobby bar with live music. They have made a cove area so that they have a small beach. T-zone with video games and mini disco for teens. It doe...

Avalon Grand – Neutral

Avalon Grand – Neutral

Avalon Grand has been redone and is very attractive. Studio rooms have a kitchenette. Exchange privileges with the Avalon Reef on Isla Mujeres. It has an active pool and quiet pool. This is like a boutique hotel. Be careful sending anyone there that has problems with stairs. There are a lot of stairs to the pool areas. I would not recommend this to families. There is very little for kids and the kids club is very small. Lagoon view or oceanview ...

Beach Palace – Recommended

Beach Palace – Recommended

I saw the Beach Palace before the hurricane and it was pretty shabby. It has been rebuilt and it beautiful. The beach is very small but the pool area is nice and it has a huge screen for movies and entertainment. 24 hour room service. Great location for shopping. Shuttle to the Moon Palace. There is a top floor deck with both ocean and lagoon views that would be a spectacular location for weddings. The presidential suite sleeps 6 and is fantasti...

Just arrived in Iceland…

Just arrived in Iceland…

I have just arrived in Iceland.  We arrived at 6:45am local time,  after a 5 hour flight from Boston.  We arrive in pitch darkness.  Our transfer to the Grand Hotel in Rekjavik left the airport at approximately 730 and the sky was just starting to lighten to the east.  There is no snow and the temperature when we arrived was -4C. This destination is a mystery to many, so this trip will be an exploration in progress……

Ocean Coral and Turquesa (Additional Info) – Highly Recommended

Ocean Coral and Turquesa (Additional Info) – Highly Recommended

Ocean Coral and Turquesa was previously reviewed here.  But have some additional information that we wanted to pass along. Open air lobby. 4 pools, one is quiet and rather private. 24 hour room service has a $2 delivery charge. All the rooms are oceanview, but if on the first floor it is really a garden view. No reservations for dinner and if busy will be given a beeper. There is no limit on a la carte dinners. 24 hour sports bar. This resort i...

Dreams Puerto Adventuras – Recommended

Dreams Puerto Adventuras – Recommended

Dream Puerto Adventuras is next door to Catalonia. On the same reef as Catalonia and it is safe for swimming. Great family resort but has an adults only pool area. Movies on the beach every night. Water trampoline. 5 restaurants and sushi bar. Beach is man made. Shoreline is coral except in the reef area. Free WiFi. No reservations, no wrist bands, no towel cards. If restaurant is full you receive a beeper. 24 hour room service. Rooms that will ...

Ocean Coral and Turquesa – Highly Recommended

Ocean Coral and Turquesa – Highly Recommended

We really liked the Ocean Coral. All the rooms run parallel to the ocean, which is very unusual in the Mayan. The rooms had ocean views and you could even hear the waves. We liked the fact that everywhere you went you could see the water. The privilege section, I thought is worth the money. You have a separate large pool, roped off beach with drink service. there is also a private pool restaurant etc. They also have a private lounge that serves ...