Beach Vacations

Cabo San Lucas. Luxe Edition.

Are you considering a vacation to Cabo San Lucas or another fabulous beach destination? If so, Amanda Watkins Travel knows all of the best places and can add the best perks. Click here to learn more about AWT or click here to get started planning you fabulous beach-y vacay.

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Cabo San Lucas is without a doubt the most well known town in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Cabo is also home to some of the most luxurious resorts, prestigious golf courses and decadent restaurants, making it a perfect destination for people who want a true VACATION (a vacation is quite different from a trip!).

A few other super fun Brownell advisors and I recently made an itinerary busting trip to Cabo to check out all Cabo’s luxury properties.

 But, first…

 AMANDA KNOWS BEST:

  • Taxis, Uber and private transportation are very expensive in Cabo. Bring plenty of cash if you will be needing transportation.

  • Speaking of cash, no need to pick up pesos. Virtually everyone takes the U.S. dollar.

  • If possible, visit Cabo between December 15th and April 15th so you can enjoy watching whales frolic in the ocean while you sip your coffee (or Bloody Mary) on your balcony.

  • December 15th – April 15th is also a great time to snorkel with whale sharks. An INCREDIBLE experience.

  • Most of the resorts on Cabo are located on non-swimmable beaches. Ask your trusted advisor (me!) for guidance if you want easy access to a swimmable beach.

  • Skip Cabo Wabo bar. For a more authentic experience spend an afternoon or evening leisurely exploring San Jose del Cabo and its 18th century architecture, lovely boutiques, and quaint restaurants.

  • San Jose del Cabo is a perfect stop on the way to Flora Farms or Acre. Wander the cobblestone streets window shopping and enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail.


Chileno Bay Resorts and Residences

The bathrooms at Chileno are perfection. Outdoor showers. Large soaking tubes. Gorgeous tiling. Dual vanities. Total bathroom goals.

The bathrooms at Chileno are perfection. Outdoor showers. Large soaking tubes. Gorgeous tiling. Dual vanities. Total bathroom goals.

My colleagues and I were so fortunate to have been able to spend two nights at Auberge’s newest luxury resort in Cabo – Chileno Bay Resort and Residence. When a resort opens in late 2016 and is named the best “Best of the Best of 2017” by the RobbReport, you know you are looking at something special.

You are greeted at check in with a cold beer or personalized cocktail, your first sign that you are going to be spoiled. The staff is so friendly and the zero edge three tiered pool begs for you to sit and stay a while. If you can pull yourself away from your palapa, don’t miss the holistic and rejuvanitive spa. And Chileno’s signature restaurant, Comal, will have you swooning.

Chileno Bay is unique among most resorts in Cabo in that it is located on a swimmable beach. You can visit H20 sports activity cave for snorkel and enjoy non motorized sports equipment. 

Perfect for couples, groups of friends and families, Chileno is a must visit.

Please contact Amanda Watkins Travel directly to learn more about the amenities & perks AWT can offer to its clients who book Chileno Bay.

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Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

Hours FLY by when at the gorgeous pool at Esperanza. Relax to the max.

Hours FLY by when at the gorgeous pool at Esperanza. Relax to the max.

My colleagues and I were so thrilled to be invited to stay at Esperanza! The grand dame of Auberge resorts in Cabo, Esperanza is located on the Punta Ballena headland flanked by two rocky and semi private beaches. This resorts keeps a purposefully low profile and focuses on what it does best – pampering its guests. The feeling of secluded luxury is probably why famous faces frequent Esperanza.

And, oh, the rooms! All of the oversized rooms have an ocean view, furnished terrace with hot tub and the bathrooms come with dual vanities, two showerheads and a large soaking tub (with the resorts own blend of soaking salts). 

Score a table on the patio jutting out into the ocean at Cocina del Mar and let your server guide you through an absolutely exquisite experience. 

Perfect for couples, honeymooners, groups of friends looking to chill, golfers, and those looking to ESCAPE.

Virtuoso Amenities you can when booking with AWT:

  • Breakfast for two daily

  • $100 Resort Credit (exclusions apply)

  • Upgrade on arrival (based on availability)

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Grand Velas Los Cabos

Toss any pre-concieved notions you have about all-inclusive resorts OUT THE WINDOW and take a closer look at Grand Velas!

Toss any pre-concieved notions you have about all-inclusive resorts OUT THE WINDOW and take a closer look at Grand Velas!

Because I do a great deal of family travel planning, I was really excited to visit the newly opened Grand Velas Los Cabos. But I was not prepared for how much I would love this property! This is not your typical all-inclusive property. How many all-inclusive resorts can also boast a two Michelin starred chef?  Grand Velas Los Cabos exceeds all expectations with luxury suites, three infinity pools, a golden beach, an AMAZING spa (I am in love with their sensory spa rooms) and gourmet dining. 

With seven restaurants and five bars, you will never need to leave the resort. Seriously, look into their restaurants. The fact that such high level cuisine, service and amenities are included makes this resort a steal! Your kids will beg to go to the teen club (really – they won’t want to leave) or kid club, so you don’t have to feel guilty sneaking away to experience the playful and inventive 8-10 course tasting at Cocina de Autor.

While wonderful for families, Grand Velas Los Cabos also has 6 dedicated spa rooms that are purposefully designated for those looking for a fitness or wellness retreat. 

Perfect for multi-generational travel, groups, families, corporate events, and small groups looking for a fitness/spa retreat.

Virtuoso Amenities you can get when booking with AWT:

  • Complimentary one-way private airport transfer ( From Airport to the Hotel).

  • $50 USD Spa

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • $100 USD food & beverage credit toward a private romantic dinner

  • Upgrade upon arrival subject to availability

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Resort at Pedregal

The rooms are a perfect mix of Oaxacan style and true luxury.

The rooms are a perfect mix of Oaxacan style and true luxury.

As exclusive as they come in Cabo, the Resort at Pedregal is a beacon to travelers seeking  privacy along with exceptional food and service. It is no wonder Pedregal is a favorite among honeymooners. Adding to its aura of seclusion is the fact that  - while only a short walk from downtown – the location was unreachable by car until the resort’s developers blasted a private tunnel through the rock, thus creating the only private tunnel in Mexico. Set into the oceanside cliff, you feel as if you are let into a very well kept secret.

Four restaurants (including a swim up sushi bar) and four bars mean you never have to leave this gem. The Auriga Spa is beautifully designed and features 10 treatment rooms, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, exercise areas and lounging space.

Accommodations are in the style of an elegant hacienda and the entry level rooms come in much larger than at  its peer resorts. And all of the 96 units feature a private plunge pool. Lucky us got to stay in a three bedroom casita with an ocean view, spacious balcony and full kitchen.

Dinner at El Farallon is not to be missed. In addition to an unforgettable meal, the experience of being nestled between a cliff and crashing waves is otherworldly. 

Perfect for couples, groups, events, families and multi-generational travel.

Virtuoso Amenities you can get when booking with AWT:

  • Breakfast buffet daily in Don Manuel’s, two per bedroom (including all suites)

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay

  • Complimentary VIP airport Lounge Tickets with all Beach Front Suite Bookings

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso

You never feel like you are part of a crowd at Las Ventanas.

You never feel like you are part of a crowd at Las Ventanas.

Being the first luxury retreat to open in Cabo back in the 90’s gives Las Ventanas some rightly due and serious street cred.  With only 71 suites and villas, their seven pools never seem crowded. When wandering from the lobby, through the meandering pathways, ponds and patios the glittering Sea of Cortez catches your eye like a sparkling diamond.

The rooms are all elegantly appointed with warm and colorful Mexican furnishings and textiles. And all rooms include a kiva-style wood burning terracotta fireplace.

 Las Ventanas excels in providing providing excellent, yet unobtrusive, service while allowing their clients to enjoy their privacy.

Perfect for couples, honeymooners, groups of friends looking to chill, golfers, and those looking to ESCAPE.

Virtuoso Amenities you can get when booking with AWT:

  • Daily Full breakfast for up to two in-room guests per bedroom, available in El Restaurante or through in-suite dining

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa credit

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

It is always a party at The Cape!

It is always a party at The Cape!

If you are looking for FUN, a great pool scene and killer views of El Arco, The Cape is the place to be.  A boutique hotel in a primo location for exploring Cabo, The Cape is a hotel for the young and young at heart. 

With each guestroom boasting an ocean view, you will wake up to staggering views every morning. 

More jaw dropping views await at their famed restaurant, Manta.  You will learn that fabulous views are par for the course at The Cape.

They have a three-bedroom suite with a rooftop patio and hot tub that screams for a party.

Perfect for fun seeking couples, bachelor/bachelorette parties, girls trips, guys trips, FUN trips.

Virtuoso Amenities you can get when booking with AWT:

  • A la carte breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay, served in restaurant

  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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One and Only Palmilla

One and Only Palmilla has it all without you ever feeling like you are at a mega-resort.

One and Only Palmilla has it all without you ever feeling like you are at a mega-resort.

Built in the 1950’s as a retreat for the President of Mexico, this 115 room resort is still a tropical escape from “real” life. One and Only Palmilla loves to spoil and pamper their guests – welcome tequila, pillow menu, a cell phone to call your butler, and golf courts that are happy to drive you around the property.  Access to a swimmable beach and a Jack Nicklaus golf course further solidify One and Only Pamilaa as premier Cabo resort.

The One and Only Palmilla offers multiple dining options including renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's SEARED restaurant, and chef Larbi Dahrouch's more casual, waterfront spot Agua. 

There are two large, ocean front infinity pools – one for adults only and one that welcomes families.  

Perfect for couples, families, girls trips, guys trips, multi-generational trips.

Virtuoso Amenities you can get when booking with AWT:

  • Daily Continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests

  • Two 30 minute Virtuoso Exclusive Spa Experiences per booking. (One per person, choice of head and shoulder massage, back massage, or foot rejuvenation)

  • A complimentary round of golf for up to two people, per room, including greens fees and cart rental, once during stay

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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Contact Amanda Watkins Travel to plan your trip to Cabo!

Costa Rica - Pura Vida (Part II). Las Catalinas.

Las Catalinas Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Recently, my family visited Costa Rica. We split our time between La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano, and the Guanacaste region on the Pacific coast

I am excited to tell you guys about Las Catalinas Resort in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Located on the pacific coast – a short 1.5-hour drive from the Liberia Airport – Las Catalinas offers something different from the other resorts in the area. Las Catalinas is a planned community – along the lines of Seaside and Watercolor in the Florida panhandle – offering luxurious villas and condos with the amenities offered by a 5-star resort.

Most villas come with a house mom who provides housekeeping services, including laundry. In addition, the house mom will cook you a delicious breakfast to start your day and can make guacamole or smoothies for an afternoon snack. A convenient grocery stocking service will have your refrigerator (and bar!) stocked upon your arrival and they will check in daily to see if you need any additional groceries.

At Las Catalinas, we stayed in Casa Indigo. Available as a three or four bedroom villa, this spacious home also has an office, rooftop terrace with a bar (perfect for sunset cocktails), and a plunge pool. But there are many villas to choose from depending on the size of your party - and all are gorgeous and conveniently located.

The black sand beach is a short walk from all of the villas. The beach is swimmable and you can enjoy snorkeling, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Equipment is not provided but is available to rent.

The Beach Club consists of three infinity pools: one adults only, one shallow for kids/wading and one suitable larger, deeper pool. The Beach Club grill serves delicious cocktails along with lunch and dinner options (I recommend the ceviche and the shrimp quesadillas!).

The other restaurant on site is Limonada and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located on the beach it is an ideal location for a cocktail at sunset. If you are lucky, you may see a howler monkey or two!

As hard as it is to imagine ever leaving this little slice of paradise, you would be doing your vacation a disservice if you stayed on property the whole time! Let the guest services manager arrange for you to go horse back riding, zip lining, snorkeling, fishing or wildlife viewing – to name a few of the options. 

Costa Rica - Pura Vida (Part I). Arenal Area.

Costa Rica is the ultimate destination for active travelers, families and those seeking to soak in a bit of Costa Rica’s famed “Pura Vida” (“pure life”).

Costa Ricans live in the purest sense of the word – Costa Rica’s electricity is produced almost entirely using renewable energy; most of the food is locally and organically sourced; and 25% of the country's land has been set aside and turned into protective parks and reserves.

Costa Rica family vacation

Our family of five, with the addition of one Grammie, recently spent time in Costa Rica. We split our time between La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano, and in the Guanacaste region on the Pacific coast. Although, I am sad our time in Costa Rica is over, I am so happy to share our experience.

La Fortuna and the Arenal area

Primarily rainforest, the Arenal Volcano National Park is home to a tremendous amount of flora and fauna. Creatures you may see include sloths, white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, coati, poison dart frogs and snakes, including the infamous fer-de-lance, pit vipers, parrot snake and boa constrictor.

An “off the grid” destination, there is much to see and do in the Arenal rainforest: hiking, fishing, rafting, hot springs, zip lining, rappelling down waterfalls, and wildlife viewing (to name just a few of the available adventures!) – as well as visiting the friendly town of La Fortuna.

After a long day of adventuring, you can retire to your resort and relax in the hot spring pools while toucans frolic above you and iguanas try to steal the fruit from your drink! 

Where to Stay in Costa Rica: 3 Options

1. The Springs Resort and Spa   

The Springs Resort in Costa Rica

The Springs Resort and Spa is an experience within itself. Located at a higher elevation than the other hotels and surrounded by exquisite tropical gardens and waterfalls, The Springs Resort and Spa offers one of the most luxurious experiences in the area.

The resort is impressively designed and offers stunning views of the volcano. The 28 hot and cold springs are spread throughout a forested expanse with several small pools perfect for those seeking privacy. There is also a small slide that kids love!

If you tire of the springs, you can take the complimentary shuttle to Club Rio – located a mile down the hillside – for fishing, tubing, kayaking, biking and climbing adventures. You can also visit the wildlife sanctuary for close-up encounters with sloths, monkeys and wild cats!

Who? Families (although I don’t recommend it for kids younger than 3); couples; multi-generational trips; adventure seekers.

Pro tip: Request a table close to the window for phenomenal views while dining at Las Ventantas, the resort’s signature restaurant. 

2. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa in Costa Rica

Arguably the most famous hot springs complex in Costa Rica, Tabacon boasts some of the best dining in the region at Los Tucanes and a spa that easily joins the ranks of Leading Spas of the World.

Guests love the sweeping rainforest views from the resort’s 103 eco-friendly guest rooms and suites, which feature handcrafted furnishings made by local artists.

Tabacon is set on 350 hectares of rainforest about 20 minutes outside of La Fortuna. The thermal springs flow uninterrupted through the local rainforest offering the perfect opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation. Closest to the volcano where water temperatures are hottest, you’ll find an adults-only ‘secret garden’ that features six natural pools, cocoon-shaped hanging cabanas and a full bar.

Fun Fact:  A favorite resort for the celeb set, Will Smith stayed at Tabacon while filming his bomb of a movie “After Earth”.  While a guest, he participated in Tabacon’s now famous “Plant a Tree” program.

Pro Tip: Tabacon is a new member of Virtuoso! So by booking through Amanda Watkins Travel, you will unlock all kinds of extra goodies!

Who? Weddings, honeymooners, couples, adventure travelers who also want great food and a phenomenal spa; wellness seekers; mutligenerational trips.

3. Arenal Springs Resort and Spa

Arenal Springs Resort in Costa Rica

An ideal location for exploring the Arenal Volcano region, Arenal Springs Resort and Spa offers more moderately priced accommodations than either Tabacon or The Springs. But don’t think you are skimping on your experience by stayed at Arenal Springs Resort. This highly rated eco-resort delivers incredible views, lush tropical gardens and private hot springs exclusive for their guests. The swim-up sushi bar is a great place to park after a long day of adventuring.

The bungalow style rooms offer comfort and privacy and the showers give the illusion of being outdoors.

Walking paths take advantage of the scenery, crossing the stream with small bridges. Eventually, the trail leads to the open-air Yoga Deck, where complimentary morning classes are offered several days per week.

Who? Families (all ages of kids), multi-generational travelers, groups, adventure seekers


The skinny on Costa Rica's Arenal Springs Area

  • Upon your drive (by rental car or private transfer) up to Arenal, take a pit stop at Macadamia’s for amazing views, delicious limonada and a snack/meal.
  • Arenal is in the rainforest. Bring ponchos and be prepared to embrace the rain if it comes!
  • If not staying there, buy a day pass to The Springs and visit their animal sanctuary and take advantage of their many hot springs. The day pass includes one meal – lunch or dinner in their main restaurant. For spa seekers, you can also purchase a day pass to Tabacon.
  • Venture into La Fortuna for dinner at one of the local restaurants and finish ice cream for POPS.

Contact us with any questions about your next Costa Rica vacation!

Turks and Caicos: Providenciales

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Are the Turks and Caicos calling your name? If so, then you are in the right place. Amanda Watkins Travel knows all of the best spots and can even get you lots of fun “extras” at all of the top resorts.

If you are looking for sun, soft white sand, impossibly blue water and delicious food, then the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos perfectly fits the bill. 

The island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has long been one of my most favorite places for a beach vacation. It is wonderful for couples, families, girl/guy trips, everyone! I first vacationed there 15 years ago when few people had heard of it and there were just a few resorts. That has certainly changed. Now you can find many wonderful fine dining options, a Thai restaurant that is worth the return trip alone, great shopping, and really fun snorkeling/boating excursions. 

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.) The island of Providenciales (“Provo”) is the island where most all resorts are located.

There are many beautiful resorts on Provo each unique in their own way. All but a few of the resorts on Provo consist of individual owned condo units - meaning the accommodations are more spacious than your would find at most resorts and are often appointed with kitchens and laundry facilities. This is really great when you are traveling family style. I stayed at two resorts and toured several more. It is so much fun thinking about which clients would be best suited for each resort!

While I could go on and on about all of the resorts and how they are different, I am just going to highlight the two I stayed this visit. Please contact me if you want more info on the two resorts discussed below or any of the other resorts in Provo. I will help you find your "perfect fit".


The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach

The Shore Club, the only resort located on Long Bay Beach, is the newest resort on the Island. The resort has 110 rooms and 38 suites. It offers so many flexible room configurations that I can’t imagine anyone not finding a suitable option. The rooms are beautifully appointed and evoke the Caribbean with blue and white hues. My favorite room is the Ocean View One-Bedroom with Study. It has a fully equipped kitchen, large dining area, comfortable living area, king master bedroom, luxury master bath with shower, soaking tub and double sinks, a study area with a sliding door and pull out sofa that is PERFECT for kids, a half-bath and washer/dryer. It is 1500 square feet of fabulousness.

There are three pools – one is adult only – so you can always find the perfect place to perch. The beach is lovely and the water is clear, calm and shallow. In fact, you can WALK three miles out without the water being over your head (assuming you are of average adult height). It's truly amazing!

Virtuoso amenities I can add:

  • Free breakfast for two (per room) daily

  • Free Wifi

  • $100 Resort Credit

  • Upgrade to next room category upon arrival, subject to availability


The Palms on Grace Bay

I was fortunate to also be able to stay at The Palms over on Grace Bay. Grace Bay is where you will find most of the resorts on the island. With 12 miles of wide beach and crystalline water, you may never find yourself by the pool!

The resorts white mansion exterior of cut limestone evokes the feeling of being on a colonial estate. With only 72 rooms and suites, you won’t feel like you are at a mega resort. But you will never lack for amenities, either. There is a delightful shopping promenade that has a darling market where you can grab wine and gourmet goods.  The Palms also boasts what may be the finest spa on the island with 25,000 square feet in which to pamper you to pieces. Parallel 23, the award winning fine dining option at The Palms, is absolutely delicious. I had the best grouper I have had in my entire life.

Virtuoso amenities I can add:

  • Free breakfast for two (per room) daily

  • Free Wifi

  • $100 Resort Credit

  • Upgrade to next room category upon arrival, subject to availability

 


The inside skinny and pro tips:

  • Try to make a dinner reservation (in advance) at the Coco Bistro.

  • Take a day cruise from Grace Bay to one of the unpopulated parts of the island to swim and snorkel.

  • Cabs are easily available but are quite expensive.

  • If you think about renting a car, be sure to know that they drive on the opposite side of the street as we do in America!


Amanda Watkins Travel specializes in luxury and adventure travel. Our affiliations ensure VIP treatment and amenities on any trip - including local weekend getaways. Plan your trip.

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Girls Trip to Cuba

Whether you are interested in Cuba specifically or just a getaway with your besties, Amanda Watkins Travel can help. Click here to learn more about Amanda Watkins Travel and click here to get started planning a trip you will never forget.

Grab your girls and let’s get to planning.

Grab your girls and let’s get to planning.

*Despite recent changes to the law, travel to Cuba can still be accomplished legally (as of the date of this posting). However, it is imperative that you work with a well-connected and well-advised travel specialist or tour company. 

I had the opportunity to spend 4 nights in Cuba with 4 super fun and adventure loving ladies. We spent time on the beach, danced the salsa, learned how to properly smoke a cigar (which I am terrible at BTW), ate fabulous food, and relaxed by the pool of our breathtaking villa. But we also connected with the friendly Cuban people, immersed ourselves in the vibrant culture, and ate a lunch and dinner in the home of locals who welcomed us as family.

Every day in Cuba was a myriad of experiences, which makes sense as Cuba is like a kaleidoscope. Every time you look, you are seeing its beauty and complexities in a different light. I have written and re-written this post, but in the end, it is the pictures that will do this trip justice. Contact me if you are considering a trip to Cuba!

The inside skinny and pro tips:

  • Use an experienced and trusted travel advisor or tour company to make certain that you are traveling to Cuba legally.

  • A driver or guide (preferably both) is necessary. Even if you speak fluent Spanish.

  • Be flexible. “Operating Hours” are a loose concept.

  • Pack plenty of cash. Your credit cards are worthless and there are no ATMs.

  • Do NOT just “go.” You will be wasting your time and money. You need a plan.

  • Do make sure you have the opportunity to spend time with the locals. They are warm, friendly and love to share their country with tourists.


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Un-Belize-Able

The pun just had to be there. I tried not to do it. But it was unavoidable.

How is spring break already over? We looked forward to it for so long and then – poof – it was over in the blink of an eye. This year we decided to take our kiddos to Ambergris Caye in Belize.

 I wanted easy. I wanted relaxed. I wanted water. Somewhere where flip flops and swim suit cover ups were welcome everywhere. Somewhere where my kids could be entertained with natural experiences. I wanted something out of a Jimmy Buffett song.

Belize is a great destination for active, low maintenance travelers. It offers great fishing and truly fabulous diving and snorkeling. The locals are friendly, the American dollar is welcome and you can easily rent a golf cart and explore the island. 

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Nizuc. A different Cancun.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun. Keep reading to learn about the property, accommodations, and resort activities.

Additional Amenities

When you book your Nizuc Resort vacation through Amanda Watkins Travel, these additional amenities are included:

  • A one-way transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • Free breakfast each morning for two.
  • Welcome bottle of tequila and dried fruit.
  • Hydrotherapy session for two.

Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico

Nizuc Resort & Spa in Cancun

When you visit Nizuc, you will toss every expectation you had about Cancun out the window the moment you drive up to this gated property - part of which is the former Mexican Presidential Retreat of the Yucatan Peninsula. After a quick 10-minute drive from the Cancun airport, you find yourself immersed in a quiet feeling of relaxation and luxury. The staff greets its guests with “hello from the heart,” and each time you encounter staff members, they will continue to greet you by placing a hand over their hearts.

Nizuc Accommodations

Nizuc offers a variety of sumptuous accommodations to please even the most discerning traveler. Its 274 luxurious suites and private villas are found throughout this expansive 29-acre resort property. Some rooms feature private pools, spacious terraces, lush, tropical gardens, sweeping views and freestanding soaking tubs. Among my favorites are the private villas which feature infinity pools with indoor and outdoor showers. These villas are the epitome of luxury and allow you to feel secluded although you are never far from the beach, pools or restaurants.

Accommodations and rooms at Nizuc Resort

Nizuc Resort Dining & Activities

With six restaurants, each offering a distinct dining experience, you will never feel like you are having “more of the same.”  The 30,000 square-foot spa at Nizuc is the only one in Mexico to offer exclusive ESPA treatments. One of my very well-traveled clients recently experienced the spa at Nizuc. She said it was hands down the most decadent spa experience she has ever had! With a commitment to health, they feature activities geared towards fitness and wellness. Yoga on the beach? Yes, please.

Nizuc is a travel experience for solo travelers, families, couples and groups. With two exclusive white beaches, Nizuc also offers:

  • An adults-only pool and a main pool with a swim up bar open to all guests
  • Snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking are all complimentary
  • Yacht excursions (priced upon request) can be arranged
  • And for parents wanting some “alone time," Nizuc offers Wink’s Kids Club free of charge to its guests

Call me today to get closer to your incredible Nizuc experience.

Spring Break 2017. Family edition.

I have been having so much fun planning Spring Break 2017 vacations for families. With (literally) a world of options, the Discover phase of my planning process is vital to choosing the perfect spring break vacation for clients. Below are some of my favorite family spring break destinations. Have you started planning your family's 2017 spring break? Contact me today and let's get started!