Saturday, December 31, 2016


Special clients just returned from a wonderful stay at the 

Below is his Trip Advisor Review.

Hi Denise,
I posted a review on Trip Advisor today.

Great resort.  Spotless, perfect, etc.
The room was great.  This was the simplest “junior suite” they have.  The “silver suites” are further away, and it seems the only upgrade is a two-person Jacuzzi and double vanity.  The better suites face either the beach or a semi-private pool, but certainly not worth it for me.  The room was beautiful, large, with an elegant bathroom w/jacuzzi tub, and with excellent maid and turndown service. 24-hour room service available, but we didn’t order anything.  Stocked mini-bar included.

Beach was beautiful, private-like and well-maintained. (Beaches are federal property, but the hotel had a tractor turning the sand and clearing any debris several times a day.  Of course there was towel and bar service, and little palapas (thatch cabanas) for shade. Plus beach volleyball.  The sea was too rough when we were there, but they have kayaks and catamarans available.

Main pool was equally nice—large, centrally located, with poolside bars, towels and waiter service. Lots of pool chairs, some shade available, etc.

Lots of activities—exercise, cultural, shows. Really an enthusiastic entertainment staff. We saw an really top-notch magic show, an interesting acrobatic performance, aw a bit of the usual Mexican band, but skipped the Michael Jackson show. Two resorts down (Vidanta) they had Cirque du Soleil. We met a family staying there wo said it  was a fabulous show. (At the airport they had hawkers for a time-share there—and $250 cash premium, but it would have taken two hours and then we would have had to get a cab for to get there.)

I am not a “total inclusive” fan, because I would much rather explore the area, but this was really a great experience.

We took one excursion to Copa, which is a relatively new site, about 30 minutes inland from Tulum.  It was a good value, and an interesting experience. It has the tallest pyramid of the Yucatan, but I am told that it is to close shortly for restoration work, and might not be available.

We also took a cab to Playa del Carmen and the ferry to Cozumel. We rented a scooter and travelled around the island to the San Gervasio ruins and the beach.  The ruins were fun, but more so because we got there ourselves on the scooter. We stopped at a beachside bar/restaurant Senor Iguanas.  Its right at the end of the cross island road. Great food and good prices.


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Friday, December 2, 2016


My son and "daughter"-in-law honeymooned at the Secrets Maroma Beach Resort in the Riviera Maya in October.

"Secrets Maroma Beach was an amazing honeymoon. The resort was large enough that despite the fact that there was no vacancy, we never had a problem finding a palapa at the beach, a spot at the pool, a table at any of the restaurants, etc. The restaurants were all good, though the Italian and Hibachi were our favorites.
The beach is  beautiful and large and groomed in the mornings. The pols are also beautiful, with 1 swim-up pool, and a DJ. There's a mini gold course, soccer billiards, darts, ping pong, billiards...lots to do! There are hammocks and suspended nest loungers for relaxing.

The rooms were one of the best aspects of the resort. As an architect, I appreciate the open layout of the room, making it feel much larger and homely. Our swim-out pool was perfect for quick dips or relaxing by semi-private poolside. The luxury hydrotherapy spa was very relaxing.  

The AMStar staff was great about suggesting and booking excursions. We enjoyed Luxury Sailing and Snorkeling, Coba and Tulum tours, Xcaret park and dinner show, jungle zip lining and ATV riding, and Rio Secreto cavern exploration. They were all amazing in their own ways!

We highly recommend Secrets Maroma for your honeymoon or whatever vacation you're looking for! Perfect for lounging on the beach, exploring the mysterious ancient Mayan Riviera, adventuring through the jungle, or a combination of them all!"

Nick and Stephanie

Thank you so much Nick and Stephanie!

Contact Denise to confirm your dream Honeymoon.    314-660-3039

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Sunday, November 20, 2016



Dreams® Dominicus La Romana officially opened its doors to the first guests of the family-friendly resort on November 18, 2016. Roger and Beverly Wilson with their children Taylor and Joshua from Westchester, Pennsylvania were greeted by resort staff and participated in the resort's official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Pictured from left to right: Luis Nuñez, Regional Commercial Director, Dominican Republic; Javier Tejada, Director General, United Capital (Owner); First guests Roger and Beverly Wilson with their children Taylor and Joshua; Fabrizio Frías, General Manager Dreams Dominicus La Romana and Javier Estelrich, Regional Vice President of Operations, Dominican Republic 
Set on a picturesque beach in Bayahibe, the 391-suite resort is ideal for a luxurious family vacation or intimate romantic getaway. Its surroundings pay tribute to the lush La Romana landscape while offering guests elegant accommodations and ultimate rest and relaxation with the resort’s signature Unlimited-Luxury® offering. Guests can enjoy eight gourmet dining venues, 24-hour room service, a daily refreshed mini-bar, endless night and day activities, and more, all included with the exclusive vacation concept.
The Dominican Republic has seen tremendous growth and remains one of the most highly sought-after vacation hot spots. The idyllic destination coupled with this serene, stylish and entertaining resort, offers travelers the ultimate experience.

Dreams Dominicus La Romana provides guests with a host of activities to keep everyone entertained throughout their trips. With three pools and sun decks, visitors can spend a day soaking up the sun or enjoying outdoor recreation with tennis, aerobics, games and beach volleyball, to name a few. The top championship golf courses in the Caribbean are just minutes away including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, The Links and La Estancia, all designed by world-famous golf course designer, Pete Dye. The kids are kept busy with fun-filled events through dedicated groups – the Explorer’s Club for Kids for ages 3 to 12, and the Core Zone Teens Club for ages 13 to 17.

While the kids are at play, adults can enjoy alone time at Bordeaux, the resort’s adults-only gourmet restaurant serving elegant French cuisine, and at the sophisticated night club, Desires Music Lounge. Additionally, in the ultra-luxe Preferred Club, guests can find a serene escape in its exclusive adults-only area. The ultimate relaxation can be found in the Dreams Spa by Pevonia® with over 10,000 square feet of peaceful treatment spaces, gardens and hydrotherapy areas. Choose from a full menu of body treatments and massages to revive the mind, body and soul.


Contact Denise to confirm your Dominican Republic getaway

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016


These two couples just returned from a Western Caribbean sailing on board Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.

Thank you so much for the great photos Jordan, Paula, Mike and Lory.  And an extra Thank You to Jordan for the review!

Hey Denise!   Besides the fact that it rained 6 out of 7 days, we had a great time. Here are some photos...I even took one with your yellow bag!   

Here's a recap:

Food - Evening meals were excellent and the dining room service way exceeded our expectations.  The staff was fantastic.  I'd give the evening dining experience a 10 out of 10 for sure.  Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer (buffet) were average, maybe 6 out of 10.   Food quality was OK, but not a lot of variety from day to day and it was very crowded.  I called it the "feeding frenzy"! 

Activities - Obviously lots to do every day.  Outside of the normal boat activities, we did 2 excursions - the first one was done directly thru the ship and it was the River Raft in Jamaica.  It was pretty bad...very short and we spent way more time waiting around than actually rafting.  The raft itself barely lasted 30 minutes, and hardly any rapids.   I would definitely NOT recommend that to anyone.   I give it a 1 out of 10.  

The next one we did on our own - ATV's in Cozmel.  Highly recommended, it was a blast. I'd give it a 9 out of 10, just because it could have lasted a bit longer.  We rode for maybe an hour.  It even included a tequila tasting.  Staff was very friendly. 

The cruise director was awesome, very energetic and great personality.  Mike & Lory have been on about 8 cruises and they said he was the best cruise director they've ever had by far.

Entertainment - the shows were really good.  In comparison, way better talent than we've ever seen at an all-inclusive resort.  The singers, dancers, and musicians were top notch and could have performed anywhere.  The costumes/wardrobes and stage sets were excellent.  Overall, extremely impressive and far exceeded our expectations.  10 out of 10 

State Rooms - Excellent!  Way exceeded what we were expecting.  Plenty of space!  Having an outside balcony is the only way to go, I can't even imagine getting an inside room. 


Cleanliness - Also excellent.  The whole boat was very well maintained and clean.  They had hand sanitizer stations everywhere.  I even did a galley tour and the kitchens were spotless.  And I'm a former restaurant guy, so that's a big deal to me! 

The week went way too fast, of course.  We still like the all-inclusives better, but there will definitely be another cruise sometime in our future.  It was very impressive, and I love being on the water.  Thanks again for everything, and for getting us rooms next to each other, that was fun also.  JK

Cruising is a wonderful way to see many destinations each day as you arrive in a new port of call.  A great way to see the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Asia, Panama Canal, Central and South America and so much more!

Call Denise to confirm your next dream cruise.    314-660-3039

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Couples Negril in Jamaica 
was a very popular resort this Fall.

Two couples who traveled together in October have stayed at this incredible resort 3 years in a row.  This is what they have to say about this property:

"Couples Negril is as beautiful and fantastic as ever. We have met many return guests that we met from previous visit.  This place really feels like home."
Thank you Mike and Brenda!

Special Honeymooners also stayed at Couples Negril in September and shared some of their photos in this blog.



Thank you Jenn and Brian!

Call Denise to confirm your perfect romantic getaway or honeymoon.

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Do you like adults-only all-inclusive resorts?  Do you like to golf and snorkel?  These special clients just returned from their 2nd stay at the 
Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an in the Riviera Maya.

A true paradise for golf lovers! The adults-only (18+) Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an, Don Pablo Collection stands in the middle of the Maya Riviera Golf Club, an incredible course with 18 long holes and 9 executive holes, designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II and surrounded by mangroves, freshwater wells and the most authentic flora and fauna. The beach is a short 10-minute shuttle ride away. 

Jr Suite

Jr. Suite Superior Penthouse

I’m happy to say that the quality of the property has not diminished in the last 3 years.  I was worried that the suites would not age well.  My biggest concern was the dry AC, but it is still good.  Still cool and dry, not cold and humid and smelling of mold.  Everything else was as we remembered and loved about the resort.

We’re already looking to our next vacation!


Thank you Matt and Jane!

If you like to snorkel from the beach this is a great place to stay if you want the adults-only atmosphere.   The beach at this Bahia Principe complex is great for snorkeling!  Guests who stay at this property can use the facilities at 4 resorts in the complex.

Looking for a romantic getaway for the holidays?  This may be just what you are looking for!

Denise   314-660-3039  

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016


from $1886 per person
Locally hosted yet independent
Airfare not included


10 Day Package from London to Rome

Extra Nights

The setting: London, Paris, Rome. The actors: you, your family, your friends. The plot: Excited travelers arrive in London and have a glorious time. With smiles plastered on their faces, they travel to Paris for another exciting experience. Finally, they’re off to Rome with smiles bigger than they thought possible! The time: Now…and Monograms makes it easy for you to pack up and go!

On this 10-day vacation, we’ve included three nights’ hotel accommodations in each city, buffet breakfast daily, travel between London and Paris on the high-speed Eurostar train with transfers to/from the train stations, travel by air from Paris to Rome with airport transfers, and sightseeing in each city. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®, a person in each city who is there to assist you and to help your vacation run smoothly. Your first Local Host will meet you at your hotel in London, give you materials to familiarize you with the city, offer suggestions, and answer any questions you may have, so you can start exploring and enjoying your vacation. 
The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for your exclusive sightseeing with an expert local guide. Your sightseeing features the must-see sights like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, as well as a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the iconic church famous throughout the world. Enjoy the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and imagine what it’s like to be royalty! 

In Paris, among many must-see sights, your sightseeing with a local expert features a visit to famous Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned in 1804, and a Seine River cruise. There is no better way to see Paris! 

 In Rome, your sightseeing with a local expert includes the sights you cannot go home without seeing: the Sistine Chapel, the infamous Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. 

In each city, you’ll be treated to inside stories that only locals can tell. Plus, your inside visits with Monograms feature VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines! Vacation time is precious—let Monograms whisk you to the head of the line, so you spend your time exploring the attractions. Additionally, Monograms gives you extra time in each city to explore on your own. Perhaps enjoy a River Thames cruise or West End musical in London, enjoy a dinner at the Eiffel Tower or Lido in Paris, take a Rome underground tour and see the Catacombs. All three cities offer plenty of interesting museums, historic landmarks, sumptuous cuisine, fantastic shopping, and so much more—just ask your Local Hosts for suggestions! 
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Saturday, August 13, 2016


Discover Jamaica, a stunning island paradise that’s famous for its alluring mixture of romance, excitement, and adventure. Sit down with an ice cold glass of rum, some authentic jerk cuisine, and listen as the melodious sound of reggae fills the air. There’s nothing like a Jamaica getaway

Indulge in a Jamaica getaway! This exquisite island, known as the birthplace of reggae, offers an enchanting mixture of romance, excitement, and adventure - all to be enjoyed under the warmth of the Caribbean sun. 


Spend the day exploring Montego Bay's Hip Strip, experience the natural wonders of Ocho Rios, walk along Seven Mile Beach in Negril, visit the hometown of Bob Marley in Runaway Bayor sprawl out onto Braco beach, in the village of Rio Bueno.

From spectacular golf courses to stunning beaches and luxurious resorts, you're going to love what awaits you in Jamaica. So grab some authentic jerk cuisine, listen as the sound of reggae filters throughout the air, and let the stress of everyday life simply melt away. This is your very own slice of paradise. Savor every moment. 


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