G20 Summit in Mexico 2012

View from my Suite at Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe in Mexico

I just had the pleasure to be in Mexico recently (May 16, 2012 – May 20, 2012), I stayed at the Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe and Grand Melia Resort in Los Cabos and I must tell you that I enjoyed my visit to both Mexico and Los Cabos.

I was there to attend ExecConnect produced by TravelAge West and it gave me the opportunity to experience Los Cabos in a wonderful settings.

Driving from the airport to my hotel gave me the chance to really see the landscape of the beautiful country and just imagine being able to stay there more than the short time I was be there.

I have to share my joy that the G20 is taking place in Mexico because it will show that Mexico is a place that you can vacation as a family, a group of friends, even having your Destination Wedding there.

Just think about this …the head of All the leading countries in the world will be there working on making things better for their citizens who have put them in office.

Now in case you are wondering what the G-20 Summit is…here is what I was able to learn from Wikipedia…

The G-20 Summit was created as a response both to the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and to a growing recognition that key emerging countries were not adequately included in the core of global economic discussion and governance. The G-20 Summits of heads of state or government were held in addition to the G-20 Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors who continued to meet to prepare the leaders’ summit and implement their decisions. After the debut summit in Washington, D.C. during 2008, G-20 leaders met twice a year in London and Pittsburgh in 2009, Toronto and Seoul in 2010.[10][11]

Since 2011, when France chaired and hosted the G-20, the summits have been held only once a year.[12] Mexico will chair and host the leaders’ summit in 2012.[13]

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Stop the Presses: Braco Village Hotel & Spa Awarded Prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excdellence Award by TripAdvisor

 

Braco Village Hotel and Spa located in Jamaica

 

 

Braco Village Hotel & Spa Awarded Prestigious 2012 Certificate of
Excellence Award by TripAdvisor

Atlanta, GA. May 31, 2012

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site and a highly trusted source for travel reviews, recently awarded the Braco Village Hotel and Spa the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade honors hospitality excellence and is only bestowed upon establishments that consistently achieve outstanding TripAdvisor reviews. Only 10% of all accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award and to qualify, accommodations must maintain an overall rating of 4 or higher out of 5 along with additional criteria, which include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

The Braco Village Hotel and Spa, formerly known as the Braco Beach Resort and Spa, has consistently received a 4.5 and 5 TripAdvisor rating by travelers, since it came under new management by the Canadian company, Sunwing in early 2012. Braco Village Hotel and Spa, better remembered as the Grand Lido Braco, resembles an old fashioned Jamaican village and provides guests with a tropical haven in Trelawny, Jamaica, one of the most stunning places on the island. It has quickly become one of most popular all-inclusive hotels in Jamaica due to the rave reviews as expressed on TripAdvisor.

“We are very honored to receive this prestigious award,” exclaimed Enrico Pezzoli, General Manager of Braco Village Hotel and Spa. “It is the result of the excellent work from the entire team. Not only does it recognize our efforts, but it will surely encourage all to not only continue to provide the excellent service appreciated by all our visitors, but to strive for more and surpass all expectations.”

“The Braco Village Hotel and Spa has proven to be a great addition to our Jamaica line-up,” stated Rene Jongmans, President of Vacation Express. “With its large rooms, excellent facilities and casual village feel, it is the perfect choice for relaxing getaways and family vacations.” In honor of this recent recognition, Vacation Express will be offering special promotions and savings to its clients to be able to experience this excellent resort first hand.

Vacation Express’ new non-stop Sunwing flights operate to Montego Bay weekly from Cincinnati (Saturdays) and Nashville (Sundays). All Sunwing Airlines passengers are treated to “high frills” award-winning champagne service which includes a ‘bon voyage’ glass of champagne, hot towel service, a choice of hot meals or snacks, wine with meals, complimentary in-flight entertainment, non-alcoholic beverages, free checked baggage up to 44lbs. And kids backpack with games and toys. For just $40 more per flight segment, travelers can upgrade to Sunwing’s Elite Plus service which features advance seat selection, priority check-in and boarding, an extra 22lb. (66 lbs. Total) free baggage allowance and extra leg room seats.

Ready to book your vacation to this outstanding Resort, give us a call at 310-722-3099 Today!

 

A Clean Sweep! Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts And Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts All Receive Certificates Of Excellence From Tripadvisor

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~ Every Resort in the Company’s Portfolio Receives a 2012 Certificate of Excellence for Top Performance ~

All Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts and Fowl Cay Resort have recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  This outstanding achievement is a testament to the ongoing commitment to excellence and superior service displayed throughout all of the company’s resort locations.  With an impressive total of 20 certificates, plus six previously-announced Traveler’ s Choice Awards, this year’s top honors include:

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Montego Bay – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Negril Beach & Resort Spa – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort – Cert ificate of Excellence
Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Beaches Sandy Bay Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Negril – Certificate of Excellence
Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. Travel Choice Award calculations are based on information submitted from over 20 million reviewers, which are presented in the form of top 10 and top 25 lists.

Congrats to Sandals and Beaches Resorts for outstanding properties!

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The 10 Must Do’s in Cabo

Los Cabos truly has something for each type of visitor. From beaches to activities, shopping to relaxation, here’s a checklist of “musts” so you can enjoy all that Los Cabos has to offer.

1. FIND YOUR FAVORITE BEACH.

Whether you’re seeking a secluded spot for a romantic escapade or a snorkeling piece of shoreline that’s also great for the kids, Los Cabos and its surroundings offer a multitude of beautiful beaches. Those low-key roads veering off onto the sea often hide a bonanza of prime waterfront.

2. NURTURE YOUR INNER ARTIST.

You’d be wise to take your camera, pencil or even pastels every time you leave your hotel room, as Los Cabos’ natural beauty and man-made élan provide ample options for a lifetime of memories.Whether it’s the orange traces in the sky as the sun goes down or fishermen coming back from a day at sea, Baja’s beauty is meant to be captured in some way or another.

3. VACATION LIKE A CELEBRITY.

Indulge in a day’s worth of luxurious spa pampering, whip out your sunglasses and stroll about like the Hollywood stars. Don’t be too surprised if you spot a famous singer or actor (or even some paparazzi) “hiding out” beside you, enjoying the warm days and lively nights of Los Cabos.

Even decades after the likes of John Wayne headed here for a little R and R, the glitterati still love this spot of sassy sophistication.

4. BECOME ONE WITH NATURE.

From December to March, Baja California Sur welcomes a flurry of whales seeking warm waters in which to give birth. Visitors may arrange For a tour that takes them just inches away from these gentle mammals, or even spot them from beaches or a strategically built bar overlooking the ocean. You may also spot seals sunning themselves on the rocks around El Arco and loudly complaining about the presence of kayakers nearby.

5. GO ON A ROAD TRIP.

Don’t neglect Los Cabos’ earthly treasures just because there’s so much to discover at sea. A drive around Baja is an adventure in itself. Having your own wheels will give you access to miles of regal cacti, a forgotten fish taco stand with ice-cold beer and other unexpected surprises.

6. HEAD EAST.

To the East Cape, that is. This relatively undeveloped area is a favorite spot for surfers looking to get away from the crowds and those who love to fish. With more rustic surroundings and camping sites than its more sophisticated neighbor, the East Cape is a dream come true for nature types, including divers who want to reach the Cabo Pulmo natural reef system.

7. GO FISH.

Even if you don’t consider yourself the fishing type, you must try your luck here. Many hotels and outfitters offer fishing packages and assorted options for fun days at sea. If you’d rather run with the big boys, sign up for one of several championship tournaments.

8. TEE OFF.

As one of the world’s most famous golf destinations, Los Cabos glitters with amazing greens.Championship courses have been carved out of an arid landscape that often looks out into the blue beyond. Everyone from Tom Fazio to Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Greg Norman has helped design and build what are now some of the area’s most appealing attractions.

9. COME HUNGRY.

Leave your diet behind and get ready to savor some of the best seafood and Mexican delicacies in the entire peninsula. From toe-tingling Pacific tuna to shrimp tacos with a spicy kick, Los Cabos’ range of culinary options offers something for everyone.

10. TIME2CABO.

You’re in Cabo! Leave your cares behind and embrace the beauty and activity around you.

Now that see all that you can do in Los Cabos, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com to book your getaway to Los Cabos Mexico TODAY!

Beaches Resorts hosts another fabulous Female-friendly Getaway

 

Beaches Resorts hosted the ever-popular Beaches Friends Forever B.F.F. Girls Getaway from April 26 – 30, 2012. The Luxury Included® resorts for everyone once again offered this package for ladies looking to relax and enjoy a fabulous four-night getaway at the beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages & Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

 

This past week, B.F.F’s enjoyed a welcome cocktail reception, skincare classes, a beach-bonfire PJ party, private catamaran cruise, jewelry and  wine soirée, seaside yoga and meditation, and much more.  As a part of the B.F.F. Girls Getaway, these lucky ladies also received a $200 Red Lane® Spa credit, 10% discount at all resort gift shops, a free 5×7 picture, one complimentary Paul Mitchell® keratin treatment, a 10% discount off Dermalogica products at the Red Lane® Spa and a welcome goody bag, compliments of Beaches Resorts and participating sponsors including Harlequin Enterprises Limited, yogaspirit® studios, Colombian Emeralds® International, FitPregnancy magazine, SHAPE magazine, NaturalHealth magazine, Dermalogica® skincare, Paul Mitchell®, Creative Nail Design™, Be. Wine, Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours.

 

The B.F.F. Girls Getaway provides the perfect way for girlfriends of all ages to enjoy some quality bonding time and fun in the sun, whether for a birthday celebration, bachelorette getaway, mother-daughter vacation
or just a Caribbean escape with friends!

 

Additional B.F.F. Girls Getaway weekends are available from October 18 – 22, 2012, with rates starting at $1299 per person, or April 25 – 29, 2013 and September 26 – 30, 2013, with rates starting at $1399 per person.

So get your girls together and plan that perfect getaway to Beaches and you will never regret it. Give us a call today at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Resort Spotlight: Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club

Located on 22 acres with 223 rooms and suites in 12 categories, this favorite resort for singles, couples and families and caters to everyone’s needs

·         Four Swimming pools, one Scuba pool, Two Whirlpools

·         5 Restaurants and 5 Bars to enjoy at this resort

·         Refrigerator in all rooms.

·         Luxury Family Suites  enjoy the luxury of mammoth balconies and a  sunken living area where the kids can frolic with excitement.

·         Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages.

·         Adults can share time alone, while the kids are pampered by their certified nannies in their  Kids Camp, including a state-of-the-art XBOX 360® Game Garage featuring today’s hottest video games.

·         Kids of all ages can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in their Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure

·         Kids can tee off after 12 noon while adults enjoy great hits at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club

·         A  magnificent Red Lane ® Signature Spa is located at this resort (spa services are at an additional cost)

All rooms include:

Air conditioning, amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, fan, private bath and shower, marble bathroom, CD/clock radio, cable TV, coffee & tea maker, safe deposit box, iron and iron board. All rooms contain mahogany furnishing and in-room refrigerators stocked with juices, water and sodas.

When you are ready to book your vacation to Beaches Boscobel, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Tips for planning a Destination Wedding

Beach Wedding at Lady Hamilton Resort in Lucea, Jamaica

• Eliminate the stress of wedding planning when you plan your
destination wedding through our agency with the LIFESTYLE
Collection featuring Romance from Delta Vacations®.
• While selecting a destination, check with the country’s
tourism board or consulate for all legal wedding requirements,
including paperwork.
• Find out how many witnesses are required and how early they need
to arrive before the ceremony.
• This is the trip of a lifetime, so pamper yourself by flying first-class,
upgrading your room to a suite, or by considering hotels that cater to
destination weddings.
• Go for the all-inclusive wedding/honeymoon package! With your
food, beverages, accommodations, and amenities taken care of, it’ll
be one less thing on your mind for your big day.
• Check to see whether your resort is family friendly or adults-only, as
that will impact your guest list.
• Attention brides! If your passport is issued in your maiden name,
make sure the information on your flight and hotel reservations
match your passport.
• As soon as you purchase your destination wedding, send your guests
a save-the-date reminder, as well as a Delta Vacations discount offer
created specifically for your guests.
• As you plan your wardrobe for your wedding, consider the climate of
your destination and any airline baggage requirements.
• If you can, try and visit your chosen destination before your wedding,
so you can meet with your wedding coordinator.
• It’s required that you arrive at your destination a few days before the
wedding ceremony, and the number of days varies per destination. This will give you time to meet with the wedding coordinator and to
double check on everything you have planned for the big day.
• Take care of yourselves, and make time for just the two of you. Plan
fun activities both before and after the wedding, such as sightseeing, touring the island and so much more.