Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Caribbean Night: Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Join us Thursday, January 20th
Caribbean Night

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sandals and Beaches Resorts
 at Destinations
3849 West Wedington Drive

Come for an informative and fun presentation on Sandals (for couples only) and Beaches (for everyone) Resorts. If you attend and book your Sandals or Beaches vacation within 14 days of the event for 6 nights or longer in a Concierge or Butler room category you will receive a $250 Red Lane Spa credit to enjoy during your vacation.

Don’t forget if you have been to Sandals or Beaches you are also eligible for a returning guest promotional offer.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 18th. You can call our office, 479.582.1900 or RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

We hope to see you there! Questions? Call 479.582.1900

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The McAhren's Visit Disney World

Camron and Lee McAhren, and their son Garrett Pieroni, just returned home from a fabulous fun filled week at Disney World.  Lee was kind enough to share her thoughts on their vacation.  Thank You Camron, Lee, and Garrett for the fun trip report, and for your business!

What a WONDERFUL Christmas family vacation!  All of the parks at Disney World are decorated so beautifully that it will literally take your breath away!  We stayed at Coronado Springs and enjoyed the fantastic Disney Dining plan promotion, which I HIGHLY recommend.  We visited Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot.  All four had something unique and exciting to offer, which made our entire vacation unforgettable.  We attended Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party the first day we arrived, and it started our vacation out on the right foot :-)  It was literally a magical experience!  This vacation was one of the best family vacations we have taken, and I would love to visit again during Christmas time.  Thanks to Tracee and Destinations for all of the planning and details;  it was definitely a memorable six days! 

Camron and Lee McAhren and Garrett Pieroni

Lee and Garrett

Magic Kingdom

Camron McAhren and Minnie Mouse

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays from Destinations!

photo courtesy of Lisa Townsend Photography
Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business as a valued Destinations client. We wish you every happiness this holiday season and look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Awards. Travel. Give Memories.
We are honored to be named the Best Local Travel Agency by CitiScapes readers for the 3rd year in a row. Thank you!

This Fall we had several opportunities to travel. We cruised on the newest and biggest ship to hit waters, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. We traveled to Mexico's Riviera Maya to accept a prestigious award with El Dorado and AZUL Hotels. And just last weekend, Tracee traveled to Jamaica to attend Sandals' STAR Awards. We are blessed to have these wonderful opportunities that allow us to offer you the best in vacation planning.

Give those near and dear to your heart something they'll treasure forever. The gift of travel offers memories that last a lifetime. Destinations offers custom gift certificates wrapped up with a bow this holiday season and all year long.

Click here to see our Holiday Newsletter.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Voted Best Local Travel Agency by CitiScapes Readers

Thank you Northwest Arkansas for voting us the Best Local Travel Agency for the third consecutive year! We love planning your vacations and are honored to be the best! Check out the December issue of CitiScapes.

Hotel Review: Le Blanc Spa Resort

Last weekend while we were in Mexico, we took the opportunity to drive North and visit some outstanding resorts in Cancun. Let me stop right there. I bet you are thinking, "oh, Cancun. Party central. Spring Break. Not for me." I challenge you to think again. Have you been to Cancun lately? The water is stunning. Did you know that at different times there are 8 hues of blue that can be seen in the Caribbean Sea? It is simply breathtaking and I hope you get a glimpse of the beauty from our photos.
One simple word describes my thoughts on Le Blanc Spa Resort. Wow! An adults-only all inclusive resort that has coined the phrase all-incredible, this resort will change the way you vacation. Le Blanc may have mastered perfection {I know, dare I say that? In this case, yes!} Combining sophisticated style, lavish personal attention, and uncompromising attention to detail, Le Blanc sets the bar high. Take a look for yourself.

View from infinity pool looking out at Caribbean Sea
Can you tell where the pool ends and the ocean begins?
White sandy beach
Royale Deluxe Suite

Royale Deluxe Suite

Double Jacuzzi

Bathroom vanity

Double Shower
Signature Inclusive Luxuries at Le Blanc include:

Luxe accommodations
Upscale room amenities
Haute cuisine
Delectable snacks
Premium drinks (Brand name wines & spirits)
Butler service
24-hour room service
Personalized service with nearly one staff member per guest
Access to Hydrotherapy area*
Dazzling entertainment
Unlimited phone calls**
Wireless Internet
Included Internet use*** (30 minutes)
Non-motorized water sports (off site)
All taxes & gratuities
5 International Restaurants
5 Bars/Lounges
3 Pools

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Karisma Awards: Riviera Maya, Mexico

Last weekend we traveled to Mexico for the Karisma Awards. Karisma Hotels and Resorts are located in the Riviera Maya of Mexico and include El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Casitas Royale, El Dorado Seaside Suites, El Dorado Maroma, AZUL Beach Hotel, AZUL Sensatori Hotel and AZUL Fives Hotel. The El Dorado brand caters to adults only, while AZUL is for everyone.

We were honored to be awarded the One Diamond Producer Award based on our sales. Karisma Resorts is an industry leader in the all inclusive market, but they go beyond the traditional all inclusive resort with their Gourmet Inclusive concept. From beach butlers and concierge, to turn-down service, 24-hour room service, premium beverages and Gourmet cuisine, the Gourmet Inclusive concept is all-encompassing to provide an outstanding experience for the refined traveler.

Tracee accepting our award

Enjoying the Gala

Mandy Chomat, VP of Sales & Marketing
Premier Worldwide Marketing, LLC
Ken Pomerantz, President of MLT Vacations
Karisma's list of awards is far-reaching and impressive including: Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List,” Forbes’ “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels,” TUI Travel PLC’s “Hotel of the Year,” AAA’s “Four Diamond Award” and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

While in Mexico we took advantage of our time and toured several hotels {that’s how we are able to serve you best}. We stayed at El Dorado Royale in a Jacuzzi Jr Suite Oceanfront. We had the privilege to visit AZUL Sensatori Hotel to check in on things as well as AZUL Beach Hotel – a chic boutique family hotel that is undergoing many upgrades including 3 new restaurants and the expansion of 50 new rooms including swim-ups. {All is scheduled to be done by Summer 2011.}

AZUL Sensatori

AZUL Sensatori Honeymoon Suite

AZUL Sensatori Sky Wedding
AZUL Beach Wedding setup

AZUL Beach, new rooms featuring swim up access

AZUL Beach, a quiet nook overlooking the ocean

AZUL Beach Azulitos Kids Program including Fisher Price
We also took the opportunity to drive North and visit 2 outstanding resorts in Cancun and 1 resort in Playa Mujeres, Mexico’s best kept secret. Hotel reviews coming soon!

Thank you to all of our clients who have visited the El Dorado and AZUL Hotels. You have made it possible for us to succeed. Thank you also to Karisma Hotels for being a wonderful partner. We appreciate your support.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Allure of the Seas: A Sneak Peek

Last weekend Tracee and I had the privilege to sail on a Pre-Inaugural Cruise to Nowhere on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas. {You may be asking, what’s a cruise to nowhere? Well, it’s a 2 day quick sail out to sea and back, stopping nowhere.} She is brand new and let me tell you, she is the definition of fabulous. She will take her first passenger sailing in December, but we got a sneak peek at all she has to offer.

Sarah and Tracee at On-Air
With endorsements from Oprah, The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee, as well as the filming of Jack and Jill, Allure of the Seas is all the talk. Allure of the Seas made Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things 2010 list. On her show Friday, Oprah named Allure of the Seas as her favorite cruise and gave everyone in the audience a free cruise. Friday morning, The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee was filmed live onboard Allure of the Seas. Tracee was lucky enough to get a photo with Hoda. Tracee reported that Hoda was a lovely and gracious woman. The film, Jack and Jill is currently being filmed on the Allure as well. Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler co-star in this holiday movie that will hit theaters next Fall. Suri was onboard with her mom, and we spotted them on the Boardwalk one afternoon.

Tracee with Hoda from The Today Show

Katie Holmes and Suri on the Boardwalk
So just what does the Allure of the Seas have to offer? Everything! It is the largest cruise ship in the world offering you the most at sea. During our 48 hour whirlwind experience on Allure of the Seas we were wowed by everything. Our Superior Ocean View Stateroom was well appointed and our balcony offered breathtaking views! We saw a beautiful sunset on the last night.

Our Stateroom

Our Balcony

iPod docking station to charge and play

Sunset from our balcony. Miami in the background.
We strolled through Central Park and heard birds chirping during the day. With gorgeous live plants, it was tranquil and inviting. At night we listened to crickets and heard live musicians singing in the park while we shopped and enjoyed the crisp evening air. We watched a DreamWorks parade, had gourmet cupcakes, and shopped till we dropped on the Royal Promenade. On the Boardwalk we enjoyed hot dogs from the Boardwalk Dog House (featuring Coney Island, German, Sicilian dogs, and more), a cool treat from the Ice Cream Parlor, great shopping in the Star Pier, delicious Mexican fare at Rita’s Cantina, and a sneak peek of Oceanaria at the AquaTheater. In the Amber Theater we were entertained by CHICAGO: The Musical. We laughed at the Comedy Club. And finally, we enjoyed a little down time in the Solarium, a haven for rest and relaxtion.

Starbucks on the Royal Promenade
The Cupcake Cupboard on the Royal Promenade
Chops Grill in Central Park
The Solarium

Allure of the Seas offers hit Broadway shows complimentary with your cruise. They also have unique productions with awesome sets, songs, and dancing to entertain you. In addition they have a Comedy Club, Live Jazz Club, Ice Skating Show and AquaTheater for your nightly entertainment.

We got to see the premier of Chicago, the musical. It was amazing, and the actors were fabulous. Such talent. Blue Planet is also another cool show onboard Allure of the Seas. It is an aerial acrobatic show from Royal Caribbean Productions. Oceanaria, an AquaTheater show, is simply stunning. We got to see a sneak peek of this water show combining gymnastics and diving. There are some US Olympic divers and swimmers that perform in Oceanaria.

The AquaTheater

Oceanaria in the AquaTheater
The DreamWorks Experience

Find your favorite characters onboard Allure of the Seas. DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Royal Caribbean to bring characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and more, onboard Allure of the Seas. With live shows, 3D movies and parades through the Royal Promenade your kids will love seeing their favorite characters. There is an Ice Show to “How to Train Your Dragon”.

DreamWorks Animation - Shrek

There is no shortage of delicious dining options. With over 20 dining choices you can experience it all. Pizzerias, Cafes, Italian Cuisine, Specialty Steak House, Wine and Tapas, Burgers and Shakes, Hot Dogs, Mexican Fare, Donuts, Ice Cream, Cupcakes, Brazilian Steakhouse, Asian, Buffet, Healthy Snacks, Room Service and more can all be found onboard Allure of the Seas.


In Central Park you will find Romero Britto’s signature artwork displayed and on sale in the Britto Art Gallery. Also, there is a Coach store. On the Royal Promenade there is a Guess Accessories Boutique, Prince + Green (apparel and accessories by Betsey Johnson, Calypso, Kenneth Cole, Ed Hardy and Marc Jacobs), Regalia (fine jewelry), Solera (beauty and perfume), Willow (unique apparel and gifts), and The Shop (featuring Royal Caribbean memorabilia). On the Boardwalk, Star Pier has trendy teen clothing and accessories by Roxy, Quicksilver, and Lucky Brand. Also, they have a cute shop for little ones called Pinwheels that is connected to Candy Beach, the ultimate sweets shop.

Allure of the Seas has Destinations' stamp of approval! We can't wait to send you on this amazing ship so you can experience it for yourself! Hurry, we still have limited space on the Spring Break Sailing March 20th. Call us this week! 479-582-1900.
For a full album of photos click here and enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sandals: The Luxury Included Vacation

If you haven't been to Sandals lately, you haven't been to Sandals.

Gone are the bright Caribbean colors. The resorts have been updated with soft, neutral colors and dark hardwoods that exude luxury. Sandals caters to couples looking for romance. With award winning Red Lane Spas, a comprehensive watersports experience, and Luxury Included dining, Sandals Resorts will wow you. With 14 resorts to choose from in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, and the Bahamas, we are sure to match you up with the perfect resort for your personality.

In honor of Sandals' 30th anniversary earlier this year, Sandals Resorts International has confirmed it will reinvigorate its product with multi-million dollar development projects at several resorts. Starting in December 2010, guests will get to enjoy the $25 million development project that is taking place featuring a myriad of new amenities throughout Sandals Grande Ocho Rios including 14 culinary options. 

$10 Million Upgrade for Sandals Whitehouse

Sandals Whitehouse is located on the picturesque Southern coast of Jamaica offering all beachfront rooms and suites on a private beach. Following recent recognition by the World Travel Awards as Jamaica's Leading Resort, Sandals is marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa by unveiling a $10 million upgrade to the resort.

All Butler Suites at Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay is the newest resort in the Sandals lineup. Located in Great Exuma, Bahamas, all 183 villas and suites, which are oceanview or beachfront, are well appointed in true luxury style. With every amenity imaginable at your fingertips and your own private butler, you'll want for nothing and have the vacation you have only dreamed about.

We are Northwest Arkansas' Preferred Sandals Agency and would love to help you plan your next Sandals vacation. Did you know that if you have been before, you are eligible for a discount the next time you go to any Sandals? We know the ins and outs of each resort and can help you determine which resort is best for you, plus tell you about it firsthand. Call us 479-582-1900.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Destinations: Where Luxury Meets Vacation

What do you think of our latest advertising piece? Think of us when you want to pair luxury + vacation. Some synonyms for the word luxury... Treat. Extra. Extravagance. Indulgence. Bonus. Amenity. Frill. Not only do we sell luxury vacations, we offer luxury service to you throughout the process.     

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kalie + Chance: Excellence Playa Mujeres

Kalie and Chance were married October 16th. Just a couple days after the big celebration, they hopped on a plane to Cancun. Upon arriving in Cancun, they drove 20 minutes north where they spent their week-long honeymoon at Excellence Playa Mujeres in a 2 Story Rooftop Terrace Suite. Ooh lah lah. Complete with a lavish HydroSpa pool and a lounging sunbed for two. Their pictures tell about their fun, adventurous personalities. Take a look and see for yourself. Congratulations you two! Best Wishes!

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