Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a beloved brand among travel agents, has announced an opening date for their first Nickelodeon Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. (Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana opened in 2016 and has been very popular with families.)
The resort is scheduled to open in spring/summer 2019 and will feature Aqua Nick, an almost 5oo,ooo square foot waterpark that includes a lazy river, toddler water playgound, waterslides, dining options, and more.
Because the Karisma brand is known for its culinary offerings (the Gourmet Inclusive Experience), the resort will boast six restaurants that feature menu items served with produce grown at the company's greenhouse at the nearby El Dorado Royale Riviera Maya Resort.
Accommodations will include character-themed penthouses, oceanfront swim-up rooms, and more.
Why we're excited:
Karisma resorts are highly regarded in the industry, and provide clients, whether adults or children, great resort experiences. The food is always a standout, and the resorts feel more upscale without being stuffy. Having another resort with a great waterpark is very exciting for the area, and because we send more clients to Mexico than any other all-inclusive destination, we are thrilled to have another activity-packed, fun family resort to offer.
Information from Travel Agent Central.
Delicious food, lots of lounging, alcohol...these three things can sabotage the vacation of the physically fit.
Here are three creative ways to "keep moving" on vacation:
1. Take the stairs. Many resorts have elevators (not all) but if you make use of a couple flights of stairs going to and from your room, you can log a few more steps on the Fitbit. Stephanie and her husband have a "four deck rule" on cruise ships - they only take the elevator when going up more than five or more decks. Ruth Ann and her husband also use stairs between ship decks.
2. Walk the property. Many resorts have lavish grounds that are meticulously maintained with glorious landscaping. Most resorts are very quiet in the morning. Grab your tennis shoes, a cup of coffee, and walk! It won't be too hot if you head out early, and you will feel like you have the place to yourself. Make your way to the sea and catch a great view. Snap some photos of a sunrise that makes everyone swoon on Instagram. Take a deep breath. You're on vacation.
On a cruise? Walk the track! What a breeze! What a view!
3. Free (or inexpensive) classes. We're not saying that vacation is always the right time to try something new, particularly if you have health concerns, but if you're able, resorts offer free classes such as yoga and water aerobics, and many cruise lines offer a variety of options at a small price point. Not interested in organized classes? Check out the amazing workout facilities most resorts / cruise lines offer to their guests.
The 2017 results are in...
The December 2017 issue of Vacation Agent magazine featured a list of the top fifteen "ultimate dream destinations" as voted upon by American travelers surveyed by Travel Leaders Group.
Did your dream destinations make the list?
3. Bora Bora
5. New Zealand
6. World Cruise
8. Mediterranean Europe Cruise
9. Greek Isles
11. European River Cruise
12. (tie) Antartica / South Pacific and Tahiti Cruise
14. Australia / New Zealand Cruise
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We're not covering the basics here. These are three items that regularly go into our carry-ons for travel, whether it be international or domestic.
An avid card player with her husband while on vacation, Ruth Ann always throws a deck of cards and score sheet into her bag for easy access.
Next into the bag goes resealable bags, because, well, you just never know what you might need those for.
Her final must-item is a small light for seeing in the hotel room or ship stateroom. When you travel as much as Ruth Ann does, it's easy to forget where you are. Sure, you can use the flashlight on your phone, but RA likes to keep it old-school with a small flashlight.
Stephanie and her husband also love to play card and board games, but not of the traditional variety. Stephanie likes to take board games with them that relocate well sans box. San Juan is a personal favorite, and the entire game can be contained in a sandwich-size Ziploc. Two games usually go into the carry-on, but for the sake of this post, we're counting it as one item.
If you've cruised, you know how extensive the daily activities can be. For this reason, Stephanie has started packing a highlighter, specifically, to mark the fun they don't want to miss. Sure, a pen could work, but let's just agree that a highlighter makes more sense.
Vegan for nearly five years, Stephanie always packs a bag of snacks with her that includes some treats. Resorts, cruise lines, and Walt Disney World are all very accommodating to the diet, but it is nice to have little snacks and goodies once in awhile. The bag always includes Oreos, Stephanie's favorite cookie.
Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June until the end of November, which is a quite a long stretch of the calendar to be concerned about your travel plans; however, these months are also extremely popular for vacations because it's summer, it's wedding season, and rates can be lower during the peak fall hurricane months. When purchasing travel insurance with your package you know your wallet is protected, even if you might be disappointed by rescheduling that much-needed break from work!
Three things we do to help during hurricane season, particularly when a named storm is threatening your plans:
Monitor the weather and its impact on your resort/cruise line/etc.
When we know a hurricane could disrupt your travel plans, we keep a close eye on NOAA updates and announcements and advisories from tour companies, resorts, and cruise lines. This allows us to provide you with your options in the event we must change plans.
Change or cancel your reservations
Here's a major perk to you - you have one person dedicated to you and your plans. This means no being bounced around a call center, no waiting on endless holds as thousands of other travelers work to change their plans, and no worrying about the dirty details. We do all of that for you!
We genuinely care about our clients - we want them first and foremost, to be safe, and then really enjoy their time away. We will do everything possible to make sure that all arrangements go smoothly so you can relax.
What's not to love about visiting a beautiful, lush resort that caters to your every whim or need? We love resort vacations, and book many for our clients - residents of NE Ohio can't help but want to flee the misery of a Great Lakes winter!
Here are three things we love about all-inclusive resort vacations...
1 - Not worrying about the wallet!
With almost all expenses for your resort vacation paid for in advance of travel, you can experience how freeing it is to eat and drink, stay and play, without worry of cost. Your taxes, gratuities, entertainment, resort stay, and food and beverages are all covered in your rate so you might only need to pull out that wallet for extra gratuity for staff at your discretion (which we encourage because they work very hard to make your stay incredible), spa treatments, or optional excursions off-property. (Talk to us more about these details.)
2 - Beautiful, enjoyable relaxation...
It's true that we have some clients that fill up their vacation schedule with excursions, but many of our travelers seek a resort vacation for the wonderful stress-free relaxation of it all. Sink your toes into the sand and take a deep breath of Caribbean air. Pull out that novel you have been meaning to read. Challenge your travel companions to a board game. Sit and stare at the water. RELAX.
3 - Ease of travel from Cleveland and many other gateways is a definite perk.
Air travel is no joke. We feel your pain. Why not ease some of that stress with a nonstop flight and great flight times? From Cleveland, we currently have charter flights to Cancun and Punta Cana. From other destinations, even more options. In about three hours, you can be in a tropical paradise, feeling that warm sunshine on your face.
We all love cruise vacations, and here are three reasons why...
- When I think of cruising, my first thought is that I can sit and read a book, which I never have time to do at home unless I am on the elliptical. My hubby, "Mr. Energizer Bunny" can go and do whatever activities he wants when we are at sea, yet we will be together still and having fun.
- I do love the shows but I also like the little entertainment venues around the ship.
- ...and of course the food! We are really getting hooked in the specialty restaurants...our all-time favorite is Qsine on Celebrity!
- The onboard entertainment and numerous activities (live music on Celebrity, RCCL's variety of shows) are my absolute favorite thing about being on a cruise ship. I love having many options for how I want to spend my day!
- Really being able to tailor each day for adventure/relaxation is nice. We love dividing our time between being active and relaxing. Reading at sea is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon.
- Cruising is such a great value - when you break down the per-night cost, it really shows how much you get for the money!
- People watching!
- The option to relax OR enjoy the many activities on board the ship.
- The staff on the ships are so friendly, helpful, and interesting!
Happy New Year from Destination Travel Co!
Rick and Linda Bission just returned from a 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas - here is their vacation at a glance...
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Dates: December 4-11, 2016
Ports: Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Stateroom: Boardwalk Balcony