Velas Vallarta Mexico – Family Travel Review

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When thinking of our time spent at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, this phrase comes to mind: Happy Kids, Happy Vacation It's true, we as a family had the best time, kids and adults included. This all-inclusive resort just a short drive from both the airport and Puerto Vallarta, really does cater to all. After leaving Velas Vallarta, my husband and I agree in our thinking that, "that was one absolute good ... read more

Grand Velas – All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Nayarit Mexico

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When travelling, we always make a point to venture off the hotel or resort, explore the area, and talk with locals. It's our way of fully soaking in the experience and getting to know the destination and the people - to the fullest.  While taking in in Nayarit Mexico for the first time recently, we met a man with his own diving company, named Steve. In our conversations with him, we had asked which ... read more

Month In Photos: May 2015

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May 2015 was a month of 'Mexico'. Technically we were only there for a week, but looking at the photos I took over the course of May - Mexico was the biggest highlight for sure. So, when putting together my Month In Photos for May 2015, I loved the idea of dedicating a collage just of our trip with Velas Resorts, the beautiful hues compliment each other so much. From palm trees, sandy bottoms, baby turtles, much ... read more

4 Tips for Cruising with a Large Family

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So, your family doesn’t fit the typical two adult, two child model {mine sure doesn't!} Does this mean cruising is out of the question? Ten years ago the answer might have been yes. Not only were cruises cost prohibitive, there were few rooms available that could accommodate a larger family. Today the situation is different. Larger families are choosing to take cruises, whether it’s with immediate family members or ... read more

Sheraton Macao Partners with Dreamworks

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When it comes to traveling with kids, some hotels just knock it out of the park. Sheraton Macao is one of those hotels. The property, which boasts almost 4,000 rooms on the Cotai Strip, has partnered with Dreamworks to offer fun and interactive programs that let kids get face-to-face with their favourite Dreamworks characters like Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda.  Photo: Sheraton Macao Here’s how they’re doing ... read more

Reading Road Trip in Turks and Caicos


Last November when my husband and I went to Sandals Negril, the one Island Routes trip we desperately wanted to take, was the Reading Road Trip by the Sandals Foundation. Unfortunately, we just missed the bus {literally}, and we wouldn't be there for the next one. Fast forward a month when my daughter and I stayed at Beaches Negril, we had the opportunity to attend a Christmas Party with the Sandals Foundation, where ... read more

Kids Guide to Beaches Resorts Turks and Caicos


Truth: we aren't strangers {not even 'just friends'} to all-inclusive resorts. They are our go-to when it comes to hot-spot travel. Now don't get me wrong, I love to get off the resort in each and every destination, and live + explore + experience beyond those pretty steel gates. Yet there's comfort in the packaged deal, you can't argue with that. Our family stayed at Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos, and I can ... read more

Beaches Turks and Caicos – Italian Village Family Suites


Right on beautiful Grace Bay in Providenciales is Beaches Turks and Caicos, a 614-room resort separated into 4 different villages: the Caribbean, French, Key West and the Italian Village. Each one is designed to reflect the style of its regions. During our stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos earlier this month, we stayed in the beautiful 6 star Italian Village. It has 162 family suites separated into many ... read more

Beautiful Photobombers


As I go through my photos from our family trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, I notice something.  Flowers. Everywhere flowers!  Let me clarify - I knew while there, that there was flowers everywhere. Of course - and they are beautiful! Yet these beautiful flowers made their way into many of my photos. Beautiful Photobombers - via my children! While there, they would ALWAYS stop and ... read more

Turks & Caicos Islands


Our family is back from one INCREDIBLE trip to Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos!  I've wanted to visit the Turks & Caicos Islands for so long, this destination has been on tops my travel bucket  list for many years. Actually, photos of the islands has been my screensaver for too many years to count - total paradise! Yet, seeing this beauty in person ... well, beyond words.  I do ... read more

Green All Inclusive Travel – Karisma Resorts


Karisma Hotels has a special motto with their all-inclusive resorts: Gourmet Inclusive. This entails to so much yet I learned another detail about this policy on my last trip, and it really raised the bar to a whole new impressive level. Green All Inclusive Travel How important is green all inclusive travel to you? While at Generations Riviera Maya, I had a tour of their 100,000 square foot greenhouse, which ... read more

Generations Riviera Maya


Karisma Hotels just opened their new resort, Generations Riviera Maya in the beautiful relaxing Mexican destination of the Mayan Riviera. This resort with 144 suites caters to families of all kinds and sizes, with all the modern luxuries to make your vacation experience, the best it can be. From the Cancun airport, the drive to Generations Riviera Maya is about 30 minutes with traffic. When you arrive at the ... read more

Beaches Negril Dining


No matter which resort or destination you go, one of the first questions that people ask is, "How's the food?". The dining available at any resort is key, am I right? It's one of the constants that people looks for when booking their vacation.  When my daughter and I returned from Beaches Negril, I spent a lot of time talking 'food' with family and friends, and discussing in emails and messages from readers. It's ... read more

Horseback Ride and Swim at Sandy Bay Ranch


One of my favourite parts about our first trip to Negril Jamaica was taking the Horseback Ride and Swim tour. It was offered from Chukka Adventures at the Sandy Bay Ranch, a tour easily booked at our Island Routes kiosk at Sandals Negril.  It's literally horseback riding, in complete paradise! Despite not being on a horse in many years, I wanted to take on this tour to see the Jamaican countryside ... read more