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Club Maeva was just what the doctor ordered. Was very quiet there until the weekend when about 120 people came in. Weather was great-humidity awfull-so we stayed on the beach all day long. Went into town and did some shopping on two different mornings. Other than our flight out of PVD in the am being cancelled due to Philly being fogged in,the trip was perfect. The Re-route thru Charlotte worked out just fine. Thank you so very much from both Karen & myself. We appreciated so very much what you did for us. You will here from us again whenever we make our next travel plans.
Thought we'd let you know we're back and had a great time...Beach was hard to beat. thanks for everything.... Hampton Inn at Logan Boston worked out well.
We had an excellent time. We are hoping to go back next year, maybe Hedo II. We will keep you in mind.
Marianne: We had our best family vacation yet. The weather was a perfect 82 high 72 low with no rain. Jamaica is a beautiful island and Beaches was excellent. However, this type of vacation adventure may not be for everyone. Jamaica is a whole different country and moves at a whole different pace. Customs is a 1-3 hour process. If you go expecting Disney World like service you will be disappointed. Beaches resort is a 1:15 bus ride from the airport which had some folks grumbling. Also, I wouldn't go with very young children despite the Sesame Street advertising. On the positive side (and there are many). The resort was beautiful. Great beach, 2 large pools, waterslides, lazy river, outdoor jacuzzis. We snorkeled, rode jet skis, catamarans, kayaks, water trampolines. The kids had access to "free" Xbox games in a game room, pool, ping pong etc. They could drink all of the smoothies they wanted. Ice cream machine 24 hours a day. The food was very so lid, but not gourmet. We were very happy with the quality and variety. The swim up bars were a hit with the grown ups. The staff at Beaches was wonderful. They were very friendly and engaging if you took the time to chat with them. Overall we had a great trip. There were several uptight New Yorkers complaining about every aspect of the resort, but if you can just go with the flow and appreciate where you are and just let your hair down and have fun you will have a great time. I wouldn't send anyone to Beaches unless they have kids. Our kids had so much to do, we really had a lot of time on our own, but it is not a couples type of resort. I also wouldn't send any Narragansett blue-bloods expecting luxury because the resort is very much a beach resort with average, but amusing service. The food is not gourmet, but very enjoyable. The entertainment was fun, but not Vegas. The rooms are tidy, but not Four Seasons. I think you get the picture. Thanks for all of your help. I've attached a few photos of the clan. Talk to you soon.
We had a fabulous time. Did not want to leave. A couple little incidents, but we'd go back again. Definitely.
J. got sick (walking pneumonia, come to find out) the second day, high fever for two days. But we still had a blast. We didn't do much because of his illness.
Sat (drank, swam, and slept) on the beach, ate a lot of incredible food, went into Playa del Carmen for an afternoon (ran into two women I know from Richmond RI!), the Moonlight Dinner w/lobster was great. Couples massage was nice (didn't go outside, too windy), tried every restaurant except the mexican one (go figure).
What we didn't like - they tried to sell us time shares - very pushy. We refused to go to the seminar, though. They even called our room and stuck something under the door to try to persuade us!
We borrowed DVDs from the concierge one night when Jay was sick. Watched half, then left to get dinner. We came back, and the DVDs were gone. One off the bed, and the other was taken out of the machine. They never showed up in the concierge office, so we reported them stolen. Seems like when our towels were brought to the room, they disappeared. But nothing of ours was missing.
Had my hair braided, bought a cowboy hat at the market, and got as tan as I possibly could. Oh, tell Fred - NO TAN LINES! : )
Will try to stop in soon and show you both pictures. Thanks again. It was your recommendation that got us there~
We loved the Iberostar Paraiso Beach in Mexico.
Thanks, Linda L
We loved the place, we had the best time ever!!!! It was so sad we had to leave. The resort was awesome, loved all the activites and most of all the Meavamigos!!! We could not have had a better time anywhere else. I want to go back again.
Thanks for choosing a great spot, we loved it.
Alex, Cassandra, & Meagan
Just wanted to thank you again for recommending this trip to Mexico. Bill and I had a wonderful time. We feel that this has been the best trip yet!! The Hotel was amazing, we loved the food, room, beach, everything. We also took a trip to the Xel Ha water park for some snorkeling..plus, spent some time at Tulum. The plane was delayed leaving Cancun, but when we hit Charlotte, we ran through the airport and made the connection.
Melissa and Bill
Jamaica, Wyndham Rose Hall, April vacation 2005, w/ USAirways Vacations,
Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know about our wonderful trip to Jamaica. We absolutely loved our vacation. You did a great job picking out a wonderful hotel. We all had so much fun. We will certainly be calling for a trip (Caribbean based) either next year or the year after and we definitely want to stay longer just as you suggested in the first place. I thought we would be fine with six nights but it goes by all too fast. Don't let us convince you otherwise. It is a must to stay longer. We met very nice families from CT, NY, IL (family getting married there at the hotel) and lots of people from England. What a great vacation. The people at the hotel were very friendly. We had an awesome time! I would probably rate details as such:
The hotel itself: 4 Star
The hotel rooms: 3 Star (bathrooms not all that clean, but okay)
Hotel Restaurants: Total of 5
Three Palms - Very nice menu, ultimate service, very beautiful, across the street at the Golf course (had to take shuttle)
Luna Di Mare - Great food, great service, on hotel premises, fantastic service
Terrace - A buffet that changes its theme every night. Hit or miss. Great for breakfast, good selection of foods, make eggs, omelette's on the spot. Beautiful overlooking the pools and ocean.
Java Cafe - Simple menu but nice.
Pool Grille & Bar - Standard Beach food for lunch. Pretty location.
Mangoes - Standard Beach food for lunch. Outside the pool with the water park.
Pools - 2 of them in two different locations.
Water park pool - 5 star everyone loved the slides the lazy river, the swim up bar and the beautiful surroundings. Always plenty of chairs to be found, but didn't have to put your towel out early in the morning. (Only if you wanted an ideal location)
Entertainment - Nightly and enjoyable. We missed the steel drums on Friday, so I was a little disappointed.
Beaches - Small, but beautifully kept up, raked daily and again plenty of chairs to be found on the beach and by the pool. Water was sooo warm and not one rock to be found.
Beauty Salon - They did a great job on my daughter's hair. We got the whole head done. In fact, it still is in and looks great still (2 weeks later).
We all had a great time. What a wonderful trip, thanks for recommending it. It is just what we all needed, after such a dreadful winter!!!
Antigua, Grand Pineapple, May 2004, honeymoon, USAirways Vacations
The Barcelo was wonderful. We loved it. The kids had a great time. We would highly recommend it to anyone with kids. As usual it was too short!!
Thank you for that recommendation, it was absolutly beautiful. We had soooo much fun, it was perfect for us. The food was delicicous and the people were so nice and fun!!!! We were thinking that next year we would spend two weeks. Unfortuantly there a little miscommunication with our travel guide we were not able to make it to Chicken Pizza, but all the more reason to go back, and we have many friends there to go and visit. All inclusive was very convient for us too!!!! Thank You Again SOOOOO Much we really LOVED it , you made our year.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the El Dorado Royale. We opted for a beautiful, well-appointed beachfront room which was a mere 50 paces from the beach and the health bar. We sunned and swam daily; nothing like warm air and water. We also enjoyed the food (the Cocotal in the main building was our favorite) and appreciated having many options for dining. The workout facilities were adequate although I would have liked more options for places to run. (The main road was not a pleasant alternative.) We found the staff to be courteous and conscientious although only marginally bilingual. Last, we did not like the full court press from the desk of the main concierge on joining the "travel club." They did not graciously accept a negative response to their offer to sit and listen to a 1.5 hr presentation on my time. In sum, would we return? Yes. Thanks for your assistance in putting the vacation together.
Jay ( 2 families of 4 and 5)
I love Mexico, but every time I go I get sick. My husband didn't though he ate and drank the same stuff but I have a weaker constitution I guess. Thanks for reminding me to take Imodium or I might still be there. Also, I don't know if we'd use a charter again. It was so crowded, cramped, seemed to take extra hours at the airport, and didn't get back to Boston until 3:45 AM instead of midnight.
All in all a decent trip and we really needed to get away and relax. Thanks for your help and hope this info may be useful with other customers.
The weather was nice. There were always some clouds, but they were needed so we wouldn't fry. The temps were in the 80's. The one downfall here was, it was always so windy. There were different places to stay so the wind wouldn't bother too much. On the beach though, was not one of them. Thanks for everything.
On USAirways, we not only got to sit together, but we had bulkhead seats to and from. Nice flights, but lots and lots of lines. I don't think we'll travel on a Saturday again if we can help it.
Ann ( family of 4)
The trip was great. Everything went without a hitch. The flights were perfect and we really enjoyed the complementary pass to the US Airways Club. Our only disaster was that Don got sick the night before we were coming home and I ended up taking him to the hospital there to be treated because I knew we would be flying and didn't want him to be too sick to come home. That turned out fine too. He got good care, a few prescriptions and made the flight fine.
We had a great time, went to some great restaurants (most on the French side), rented a car for the week. All in all, it was just what we needed.
You hit the jackpot here. This place (Riu Palace )is gorgeous. I think it´s the nicest place we´ve ever been. They really cater to your every need. The restaurants are wonderful and the beach and pool areas are really nice. We are allowed into the Riu Yucatan and the Riu Tequilla with our bracelets. We can use their facilities too. Dave said you picked a winner here. Thanks for all your work.
Hola! Our trip was great - just what we needed and what a vacation should be: a total departure from our normal day to day lives in a warm, pleasant place. We were very happy that we opted for a relatively extended stay; six nights would have been just too short.
Apart from having to wait a couple of hours in Customs in Mexico on our way in (the connection time was a bit too challenging for our luggage), everything went without a hitch. Very restful at times, enjoyably active at times -- we'd do it again in a heartbeat. We've already started talking about the next one.
FYI: We would probably not stay at the same resort. Riu Playacar, while very nice in almost all respects, had a couple of problems. The most notable one concerned the air conditioning. While it seemed to cool the air to a point, for some reason it didn't seem to remove any moisture from the air. The room and our stuff was pretty damp, and when one entered the room one was greeted with a strong mildew odor. The smell became unnoticeable after 5-10 min in the room, but it recurred with every entry.
Anyway, thanks for your expert setup help. We'll be back with Mariner Travel for our next vacation.
I think people found there were too many rules; no room for spontanaity and that is too bad. The transfers to and from the hotel went well, and again, the resort itself is quite beautiful. The people are friendly enough and are quick to offer suggestions.
Thank you again for your help and I'll be in touch in the future to book next year's trip!
Our trip went very well. The flights were comfortable and on time for the most part. I do wish airlines still served hot food though. The sandwiches are awful.
Hodelpa Caribe was terrific. Our room was spacious and had a balcony with ocean view.
The pool, shuttle service, massage $40 (very reasonable),beach,land scaping and service personnel were all terrific. I see no problem recommending this resort.
Just checking in with you. The trip was fantastic. Galley Bay was wonderful - very private, very well organized, great staff, good food (not fantastic, but fine), clean. It was nice not to have kids around. We looked at most of the other resorts and were glad we stayed at Galley Bay - even tho it was expensive. Customs in Antigua was a real hassle since several other planes arrived at the same time. When we left Antigua (an hour late), we did not have enough time in Phila. We only had 15 minutes to do everything, but made the connection by 2 seconds. I think it must be a lot less stressful if you don't fly on the weekends - is that true? We really loved it though. Thanks for your help.
Trip was great - nice and relaxing.
The trip was great! The hotel was beautiful and the weather was so beautiful!
Great recomendation! Thank you-
I enjoyed it very much. The weather was perfect and the food was mostly good. Our room was close to the beach and overlooked a nice tropical scene. It was a verrry German population and all instructions were in both English and German. All were well behaved however! Regards,
Hola !!!! The trip was so awesome, Bill and I really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend in fact we are already saving for next year!!! The hotels were all beautiful and clean. We tried the different restaurants,( Mexican, Italian, steak house, French, etc.) Food was good but DO NOT ORDER SWEET BREAD..... this is actually cow brains. Was told it tastes like chicken..I will take their word for it. haha!
We rented speedboats,went scuba diving and fed the fish bread.(fun) Took a tour into the country on the monster trucks, this was pretty wild...got to see a cock fight, a witch doctor and sugar cane fields. The excursion was all day and the gave us lunch and lots of rum...also saw how the people really live out there....wow....no electricity or running water...was a nice tour to go on. Did a bunch of water sports..(water skiing, etc.)really enjoyed the beach and the pool. Beach very clean..it was raked daily..On the last day we got full body massages.....( a must) And the best part
We really liked Pineapple Beach. I am a convert. Just as you said, we met people on the bus from the airport and are now "best friends"! We even went to a wedding. Unfortunately for the resort ( but nice for us) it was barely half full. So we were upgraded to a water view room in a unit that is only a couple of years old. Thanks for all your help.
We liked the Coral Costa Caribe in Dominican Rebublic. The resort was very clean and the people very polite. The weather was perfect and the food plentiful.
We did have a few surprises though. As an FYI to pass on to other travellers, there is a $10 entry and another $10 exit tax per person to enter the country. That was an unexpected $120 for us. And this could only be paid in U.S. dollars. This became quite an inconvenience for us because we took pesos out at a teller machine only to be able to leave the country. The bank would only change over exactly $60 dollars...we were then told to spend our pesos in the airport. I wish we had known of this expense ahead. We would have planned accordingly.
Naturally on the ride back to the airport, we got a flat and had to wait another hour on the sidewalk until that was fixed. Back to reality. Customs in D.R. was very unfriendly. We did find the language barrier tough there.
But aside from the expected monkey wrenches, we did have a wonderful time. There were tropical fish in the swimming area so the whole family snorkeled every day. We made use of all of the water sports and equipment. The staff was great. The pools were refreshing and very clean. We tried all three. My kids made friends with children from France, Russia, and Santo Domingo which was a real treat for them.
I would certainly recommend the resort to others.
Yes we had a great time.the robinson is a nice place and the food was good. no complants here. give us a
sue and pat
We had a great, but too short, time in Mexico - great surprise.
Thanks for your help. Steve
RE Robinson: The trip was excellent. Weather was great and the transportation was fine (even after checking in at the basement of Logan). Food was good, except the first night was a little too formal for most of us. The representatives did a good job down there and the excursion we booked through IMC (GWV) was very good as well.
Our rooms were in completely different buildings at first, but they were able to change Laura and me before we were really set up. All in all, we had a great time and would recommend the trip to anyone.
Thanks for all you help,
Just wanted to let you know that we had an absolute great time at Trelawny Beach. Josh and Matt were treated like royalty in the Children's center and everyone on the staff couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. I had a great time even though I couldn't do much. We brought a wheelchair along and that gave me lots of mobility. The sand on the beach was so compact that I was able to crutch out and lounge out on the beach with everyone else. Thanks for arranging such a great trip. They all want to do this every other year, so keep your eyes and ears open for other sites.
A couple of things that might be helpful if you send others there. The one area that was very poor was the room locations and the lack of organization in fulfilling our request to be close to each other. Steve and Dan ended up moving twice and Jeff and Karen once. They finally got adjoining rooms but it took almost the entire week and we were across the complex on a different floor. It's not a big thing, but it made taking care of the kids more difficult and there was no reason our requests couldn't be met since the hotel was emptying out as we were coming in. Also we had made our requests early and then re-confirmed them before our departure. I had also called about hair dryers and irons in each room and was told they had them. The person I spoke with almost seemed insulted that I asked. There were none. Luckily, we brought our own hairdryers and we didn't need irons. They told us they were about to redecorate the whole complex, so I'm sure it's going to be even nicer than it is now. Hopefully, they'll put some effort into upgrading their reservation system. It was still a great trip and we managed just fine. All of us would go back there in a minute.
Oh, the trip was perfect. i can't thank you enough. i am definitely going back next year and will book it with you. from the minute we left, to when we landed back in boston, it was as smooth as silk. i will be calling you again. :)
I thought you'd like to know that our hotel in Cuernevacca (Las Mananitas) was really wonderful, beautiful, comfortable, terrific food, great service. Thanks for arranging our trip so well.
We want to thank you again for all the work you did putting our Honeymoon trip together. Sandals Ocho Rios was really nice. We were treated like royalty! We ended up with an ocean view room, it was great.
Linda and Tom
Just thought you should know that my wife and I had a wonderful vacation, Robinson Club was beautiful, clean, excellent beach and the people could not have been nicer.
Andy and Kathy (by fax)
The trip was great, we had lots of fun and the weather treated us well. The Holiday Inn there was really nice, and the all inclusive package was so convenient. We definitely lived it up this past week- I feel like I need another vacation! Anyways, thanks for all your help, the trip went smoothly and we had a wonderful time.
Cancun was great, except our free meal plan included a one dollar charge for breakfast, and a two dollar charge for dinner, not including tip. Other than that, it was great!!
It was awesome! We actually got bumped up to the Riu Bambu because they overbooked the Melao....we had no problems with that at all!! :) The weather was great and it was soo beautiful down there. The people were friendly and the food was pretty good. It wasn't a problem, but the only thing that did happen was that by the end of the week (we talked to quite a few people about it) people were getting diarrhea. haha...Just as long as you found a bathroom, you were okay, Overall we loved it and had a great time! Thanks!
Everything turned out fine. We got on the flight just fine, it turned out that the terminal that you told us was the correct one, it was the airport that messed up the schedule. We actually never paid the hotel deposit because we assumed that it was included, but it turned out fine, the hotel wasn't the nicest in the world, but we weren't there very much so it didnt really matter. We had so much fun Nassau was beauttiful and out of control (or maybe it was us that were out of control...)and thanks so much for helping us out with everything, Im sure we'll be talking to you again next year about wherever we decide to go!!
Everything went as planned. It was an amazing vacation!!!! It was a great Spring Break spot. If anyone decides to go there I would suggest the Radisson or the Bahia Mar. The Radisson is a little nicer, but the Bahia Mar is less strict. I would also suggest getting a room with a kitchen or a condo. It's worth it. Thanks for your help.
Our trip was good, although it did get off to a rocky start. The STS program was very organized, and we enjoyed all of the activities provided for us. The hotel was a little less than we expected (cleanliness etc.), but tolerable. Overall we had a great vacation. Thank you very much for all of your help.
I enjoyed it so much , thank you for everything you did for us.
South Pardre was a lot of fun - we had an AMAZING time!! The weather was not that great for the first couple of days, but we managed to have fun anyway, and then it got nice for the last couple of days. Our hotel (the Bahia Mar) was really nice, and we liked it because security was less strict about bringing guests in...however the Radisson was really nice too, just because of its closeness to Coca Cola beach -- the beach where everyone goes during the day. The bad thing about the Radisson is that if you want to bring guests in, you have to pay $20 for them to get a wristband. Overall though, we had a wonderful time
J. G. URI
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Fantastic trip!!!!! Would recommend to all. (USAir seemed fine.)
Thank you for all that you have done for us
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