|Posted on April 3, 2017 at 5:45 PM|
Hello all ! You have kept me quite busy with your own trips so I have had little time to tell you what I have done the first 3 months of the year to make me a better travel agent for you. I attended the Sandals Home Based Agent conference and Sandals Wedding Specialist training at Sandals Royal Bahamian. I also spent a week in the Riviera Maya checking out 10 more resorts and one more tour so I can share more insights with you. The Home Based Agent conference was a chance for me to meet back up with key resort personnel and to see changes at Sandals Royal Bahamian and across the chain. They had just finished a major remodel at the resort before our arrival. Colors and textiles are different but things are still similar for those of you who have already been. They reduced the need for reservations which is wonderful. We toured many of the new room levels offered since renovation and got to dine around and sample the cuisine. We also got to hear the V.P of sales belt out several tunes in the Piano Bar. It wasn't all fun as our days were spent learning about all the new changes across the brand. The new rooms and changes are really going to impress you. Some of the agents spent the last day enjoying the resort or a tour but I opted for the Wedding Specialist training. Sandals has so many ways to make your day special for a couple or a large group that it too most of the day. I would love to share with you the different décor, cake, and even specialty drink options they have now just give me a call. We can also discuss the amazing new venues like the over water chapels that you can choose from at each resort. We learned how to help make your experience from booking, to wedding, to weddingmoon a relaxed and fun event. My week in the Riviera Maya offered me a chance to visit more resorts from Puerto Morales to Tulum. We began our vacation by trying out a new transfer service Kalido and other than having a bit of a hard time finding them when exiting the terminal they were great in both directions. Our home base was the adults only Breathless Riviera Cancun. Their motto is welcome to the party and we experiences plenty of that. If a party is not what you want then there are 3 distinct areas for you to check out to get away from activities that may not suit your tastes. We spent a day at Secrets Silversands. Again an adults only option this resort has a more laid back feel and a deeper beach to lounge on. We found the water bicycle aerobics one of the more interesting things we have seen. The resort is not as large as I expected it to be. The bungalows over the pool at the end of the resort are an interesting addition. I spent another day visiting a variety of resorts with Amstar transfers. Dreams Tulum (Family), Akumal Bay (Family holistic), Secrets Tulum(Adults Only), Platinum Yucatan Peninsula (Adults Only), Ocean Riviera Paradise (mixed options), and Dreams Puerto Adventuras. They were a great mix of options and I would be glad to help you decide which one is for you. We took one day and did the half day tour of Rio Secreto. The Maya ceremony mixed with the underground cave that we explored/swam in made for a great day. They do not let you bring a camera for safety but the pictures you purchase later make up for it as there are picture of your group and professional cave photos. Mexico really offers a diverse range of resorts and tours. Make sure you let me know all the things you really want from your vacation so I can best match the options to you.