Palafitos Overwater Bungalows, Mexico

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows, Mexico

Bali has truly come to Mexico at Karisma’s Overwater Bungalows, where azure blue waters meet the gorgeous shoreline of Maroma Beach (voted by Travel Channel as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.) This adult only, all-inclusive experience, can only be described as a paradise.

The suites cross Bali with Mayan tradition in their style, with wooden carvings and traditional simplicity. Each suite offers breathtaking ocean views, glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor “Aguas del Amor” showers, private infinity pools, indoor Jacuzzis, and even oversized decks with lounge chairs that look out onto the ocean horizon.

Perhaps, most notable is the personal butler service each guest receives, with on-demand to assistance for everything from pre-arrival requests, to packing and unpacking, activity reservations. My personal favorite feature of service, was the exclusive Bali beach bed reservations with customized beach picnics, brought right to you.

Located on site is also the Náay Spa Over the Ocean, offering treatments based on traditional Mayan herbal practices and the richness of the region’s marine life, most notably highlighting the benefits of Maroma’s Sea Moss (known for its high antioxidant and detoxifying powers.)

Of course, a truly luxurious stay would not be complete without cuisine to match. The Gourmet Inclusive Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar, overlooking the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, serves ocean inspired, gourmet cuisine for breakfast lunch and dinner, infused with pungent local flavors and ingredients.

And if you’re looking to mix up your daily experience, the Gourmet Inclusive® offerings at El Dorado Maroma are just a swift walk across the beach, comprising three pools, six premier restaurants, four bars, and a good range of resort activities to choose from (from dancing, yoga and beach volleyball to cooking lessons, kayaking and bocce.) Do as much or as little as you want at the resort; either way you will find what you came for at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows, especially if you came for a true “vacation.”

 

 

 

Romantic Getaways Deals

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Given that Valentines Day falls three days before a long holiday weekend, and that finding the perfect gift can be tough, why not consider a romantic getaway. Whether you plan a trip for that particular weekend or for an alternative date, the gift of a romantic escape is always a winner! 

Mexico

Consider Mexico, a warmer destination that combines culture and relaxation.The Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, is an adults only all inclusive resort that provides a private bungalow experience. We’re talking glass bottom floors, private jacuzzis, and a ladder down into the ocean (you even get a personal bungalow butler!) They have a great Leave Winter Behind Deal, which gives you up to 30 percent off when you book now until the 28th of Feb.

Florida

A great option, especially if you’re going for a long weekend because it’s accessible. Fly into Ft Lauderdale and stay at The Pelican Grand, which is a waterfront beachfront resort, located 10 minutes away from the airport. Here you’ll find rooms with sweeping ocean views, a spa, lazy river pool and a fabulous onsite restaurant (where you can dine under the stars overlooking the ocean.) They have a Romance on the Beach package running right now that includes champagne and dinner for two in your stay.

Jamaica

Never fails to be romantic with good weather, good vibes and beautiful beaches. The Moon Palace in Ocho Rios is a gorgeous all inclusive option that provides a tone of waterfront activities (from sailboats a standing wave) 6 bars, 5 restaurants 4 pools and a spa. You can also setup a private dinner on the beach or book a couples massage! With their Time Stands Still in Jamaica deal, if you reserve a trip before Feb 15th for 5 nights, your 5th night is free!

Tools to Help:

The app Hopper is a great resource because it tracks your ideal flights and notify you of when they go down or when to book. It also allows you to explore dates and destinations to see where and when is affordable for you to travel.

If you don’t have someone to share this season of love with, doesn’t mean you can’t book your own getaway. Download the app Solotraveller, a social network that allows you to connect with other solo travelers worldwide to share experiences or meet up. Who knows, you might even meet that special someone while your away!

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Summer Travel on Newsmax


It’s been over one year since Americans were told to cancel their travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for those pining for a getaway. With vaccinations mounting in the U.S. just in time for warm weather, many will be venturing out further than their backyards for the busy summer travel season. So what does this summer hold for travelers?

1. Can we expect any good deals…what destinations will be the most popular this summer? 

Despite the influx of travelers booking trips, there are still deals to be had and there are some clear trends emerging…

Florida – Has been a popular travel spot throughout the pandemic with its warm weather and outdoor activities – and it continues to trend in flight bookings this summer. I recently visited Captiva’s gorgeous South Seas Island Resort, located right off of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The resort’s paradise appeal goes without question situated on two-and-a-half miles of powder-white beaches in a destination that offers world-renowned sailing and fishing. Right now they are offering their Advanced Purchase Promotion, where you save up to 20% on your hotel reservation by at least 30 days in advance.  

Puerto Rico and Hawaii – Puerto Rico is the third most-booked destination for summer 2021, according to Priceline, with Orbitz naming it the most popular search destination for those living on the East Coast. Hawaii equallyseems to be surging due to its far-off feel – Oahu and Maui ranked 5th and 14th, respectively.according to Priceline’s 15 most booked destinations for summer 2021.

2. What about city breaks, or urban entertainment hotspots – are these due to have come-back this summer?

Hotel prices dropped during the pandemic in urban environments more than rural ones, due to the exodus from crowded cities during the pandemic, but now is the time to grab deals on city breaks before prices rise again.

Los Angeles – Despite what some may think, every sector of the visitor experience from museums and restaurants to theme parks and outdoor live events is open in Los Angeles. This spring, a bunch of new and exciting hotels will open like the Fairmont Century Plaza and the Downtown L.A. Proper. There are tons of brand-new restaurants opening throughout the city, concerts and football games are being held at the SoFi Stadium, and The Music Centre in downtown LA is hosting live performances. If you head to discoverlosangeles.com you’ll find some great deals on hotels, restaurants and more, good thru June 30th. 

New York and  Las Vegas – There’s nothing quite like spring in New York and given that the average daily hotel rates in the city were under $150 this March, according to Priceline, travelers are jumping on the opportunity to see the city open up. Also travel deals to Las Vegas from major air travel hubs have plenty of travelers opting to kick off their return to Sin City, the second most-booked summer destination on Priceline this year.

3. What other changes can travelers expect when they fly, specifically when it comes to insuring their trips this summer?The pandemic changed how airlines and hotels handle flexibility, with many eliminating change and cancellation fees altogether. 

In turn, many travel insurance companies also specifically added Covid medical and trip interruption or flight reimbursement coverage. You’ve got air medical transport programs out there like Medjet that, if you are hospitalized while traveling, will arrange medical transportation to your hospital at home. Most travel insurance only evacuates to a nearby hospital, while they get you moved home. They added Covid-19 transport benefits last October, for domestic travel and international destinations like Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean as they opened up. In general, how people insure their trips and protect themselves, may change for good, after this past year.