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39 minutes | 2 days ago
Monday Refunday | Review Hyatt Ziva and Zilara All-Inclusive
Matty K might as well live on these properties. That is how often he is in the DR! One time he called me so I could see it live. Normally the sound of the blender would make me mad trying to fight over the sound to talk. Not this time. I just wanted whatever frozen cocktail was whipping to perfection! This is a replay from the All-Inclusive Winners series as chosen by travel professionals. Some resorts are going above and beyond during these certain times. Choose one that has your back. Travel agents have sorted through the lot and given their approval on this series of Travel Radio Podcast. Want to be an expert on Travel Radio Podcast? Apply here: https://www.travelradiopodcast.com/collaborate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | 5 days ago
What Is Travel Coaching with Sahara Rose DeVore
M: Sahara Rose Devore, welcome to the podcast. Would you please take a minute to introduce yourself? S: I am Sahara Rose, a Wellness Travel Coach and Consultant and the Founder of The Travel Coach Network. I created and run the world's only ICF accredited certification program for international travel coaches and as a travel coach myself, I focus on the wellness benefits of travel for corporate wellness and business travel. M: Where can people find you online? S: Instagram and facebook at Sahara Rose The Travel Coach and The Travel Coach Network. Also, TheTravelCoachNetwork.com M: I expect the concept of travel coaching is new to many listeners. There are many travel professionals and agents that listen to this podcast. Travel coaching may be something that is of interest to them. Do you have any travel planners in your coaching program right now? S: Yes, there are travel experts of all sorts in my program and the TCN. This ranges from travel agents, tour operators, bloggers, retreat owners, life and transformation coaches, travel marketers, and even doctors! And of course, travel coaches too. M: How is travel coaching different to travel planning? S: Travel coaching is a broad concept. There is no one thing that travel coaches focus on across the entire board. What a travel coach helps with or does completely depends upon that person. When it comes to travel, there are endless ways to use your knowledge, love, and expertise in travel to make and impact in either the lives of others, the corporate space, or the world. Travel coaches use their specific talents and interests to help their ideal audience in their own authentic way. They are not limited to just planning and booking. Travel coaches also go the depth to providing actual transformative experiences depending on what their ideal client wants and needs. M: How can adding a Travel Coaching certification to a person's skillset compliment what they officially offer their clients? S: The Travel Coach Certification adds that deeper layer of connecting to and understanding clients on a more personal level. It's more than knowing what kind of food that they like to eat most or where they like 3 or 5 star hotels. Travel coach training gives a well-rounded approach to coaching integrating what you know and love most about travel as the expert. It is also a way to stand out in a very competitive market and the program teaches experts how to become leaders in the future of travel and travel trends. M: For travelers listening what can they gain by working with a travel coach? S: Since every travel coach is different, the outcomes or results when working with a travel coach varies. This can be anything from mom's want to learn how to travel better and more effectively with their children to reshaping the business travel world to helping people with a specific disability have the experiences that they always wanted. Consumers seek travel coaches who they best relate to or who have had transformations that they want. M: What does training look like? S: The Travel Coach Certification Program is a 9 module program that follows ICF's core competencies and guidelines. It is prerecorded videos and written copy (because everyone learns differently!) Members have lifetime access to the program. There are two monthly live trainings available to replay if they can't attend. Those hours go towards their hours of completion. In addition to coaching it's training on building and scaling a travel business. I teach industry insights, marketing, niching, scaling, revenue streams, mindset, media, and more. M: How long does it typically take? S: The modules are dripped out over 3 months but the members can go at their own pace and have lifetime access. There is no start and end date. M: If someone didn't want to become a travel coach how can travel professionals and travel coaches work together? Do you have some sort of pairing service? S: Every travel expert uses some aspect of travel coaching into their services. But, for those who do not want the training or to be a travel coach, there is always room for any type of travel expert to work together such as referrals. I don't do pairing within my network but i do have a platform where experts can list their businesses and a community where everyone networks and collaborates. M: What am I missing? This is your time to share anything we didn't cover. Go ahead and freestyle share! S: For those who want to learn from me but don't want to join the Travel Coach Certification Program, you can always join the TCN Membership Club or my Elite Female Travel Entrepreneur Insider's Circle. I really encourage travel experts to think outside of the box and get to preparing now for the surge in travel that is to come. If you want to stand out and make a true difference in the industry and in a career that you love so much, consider joining the TCN and connecting with me to learn how.Sahara Rose DeVore Bio: https://thetravelcoachnetwork.com/become-a-travel-coach/ Sahara Rose De Vore is a Travel and Business Coach and the founder of The Travel Coach Network. She spent a decade traveling the globe to over 84 countries by the age of 31. After believing that there was more to a travel career than blogging and bookings, Sahara became a pioneer in the travel coaching industry. She educates and empowers ambitious travelers from all around through her global network of international travel coaches. Sahara is the creator and owner of the world’s first and only ICF accredited certification program for travel coaches. She is a published author, a global speaker, and has been seen in various media outlets including Thrive Global, Forbes, Skift, Yahoo! Finance, USA Today and Business Insider, for her expertise. Sahara Rose was a 2019 nominee by career-changing women in the travel industry for rising female leader, best female coach, and best innovative trailblazer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | 11 days ago
Ghana, Africa | 23 Reasons To Plan A Heritage Tour | Priscilla Holmes
Journey to Ghana Cultural and Historic Tour Priscilla, https://cillatravel.com, was always interested in her family genealogy. At family events she could be found drilling the oldest family members on the who is who of her family. The stream of information dried up with her great-great-grandmother, Easter Roberts. As an elementary schooler, Priscilla learned Easter Roberts was born a slave. Records place her as a 7 year old girl and was then separated from her family. Tragically, the paper trail history stops there. Likely, she was from another plantation in the area. Easter could remember a white lady bringing her to the plantation where she lived until she was emancipated. The clear trail stops there. Ultimately she wanted to trace her lineage back to Africa. When the paper history ended Priscilla picked up with DNA tracing. She started with a general DNA test to find relatives in the the US. That test also had some generalized regions tracing her lineage to Africa. Those results were still very broad. This test started the germination of an idea idea to discover, face to face, the world of her ancestors in West Africa. A second DNA test for African ancestry, narrowed her heritage to Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. She decided to start her exploration of Africa in Ghana because of the 2019 Year of Return event. This event is where President Ado (Ghana) invited African Americans to come to visit. Yet a third DNA test finally allowed her to narrow the results of the first two tests. Priscilla Holmes was finally able to trace her DNA straight to the tribe of her maternal lineage. Now, she is dreaming of tourism reopening and taking a group of like-minded travelers with her. Maybe you match her lineage? Maybe you should consider planning a heritage tour to Ghana. Contact Priscilla Holmes: Agent@cillatravels.com https://cillatravel.com...#ghana #africa #traveltoghana #heritagetours #travel #africatravel #westafricaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | 20 days ago
America's Top 5 Unique Spa Experiences | Ashley Steinmetz
Elevate your road trip this summer with one of these unique spa experiences. My guest, Ashley Steinmetz, consults with hotels and spas on how to uniquely raise the bar for their guests. She is the perfect expert to make recommendations on heightened spa experiences to purposely put onto your road trip itinerary this year. About Ashley: I'm proud to be the founder of Perfect Wave Marketing. We help hotels get on the map for well-being and become a magnet for wellness seekers. I'm proud to say that my agency is an award winning marketing & PR agency. Ashley Steinmetz can be contacted at:https://email@example.com America's Top 5 Unique Spa Experiences according to Ashley Steinmetz, Founder of Perfect Wave Marketing, a boutique marketing and PR house catering to hotels around the world that offer wellness. America’s Top 5 Unique Spa Experiences: 5. SpaTerre: A luxury spa on Little Torch Key Island, Florida (A Florida Key only reachable by seaplane or boat.)Located inside Little Palm Island Resort & SpaPhone: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.littlepalmisland.com/florida-spa-resort/ 4: Miraval Life in Balance Spa: Located in Texas Hill Country tucked away and overlooking Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.Phone: 833-889-3351https://www.miravalaustin.com/ 3. Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon: Located on the 5th floor of Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPhone: 610-459-4663https://loews.josephanthony.com/retreat-spa/ 2. Ten Thousand Waves: Located in a Pinon Forest a few minutes from downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.Phone: 505-982-9304https://tenthousandwaves.com/spa 1. Hanalei Day Spa: A hidden gem on Kauai on the sands of a secluded beach.Located inside the Hanalei Colony Resort Phone: (808) email@example.com https://hanaleidayspa.com/. #spa #spaday #travel #roadtrip #luxurylife #spalife #travelagent #travelprofessionals #travelpodcast #travelradioSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | 23 days ago
An Episode For Easter Oberammergau Passion Play 2022
(This is a Monday Replay) It is ironic that a play started as means to prevent the plague from ravaging their small town in Bavaria has been halted by one. However, this Passion Play is not canceled it is only postponed! You can still make it to the Oberammergau Passion Play of 2022. A unique aspect of this play is the casting practice and qualifications to perform in the play. Only villagers of Oberammergau may participate. Of the 5k+ village nearly half of them from children to seniors participate. It is a ten year reunion no one misses! On this podcast I interview Frederik Mayet, one of two actors that, portrays Jesus Christ in this Passion Play. Enjoy his insight, humble good humor and love for his village and craft. Blessings to you this Easter! ~ Megan ChapaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | a month ago
South Africa of Wine and Lions!
News Flash: Guest Emma Major Schroeder just received the Conde Nast Top Travel Special 2021 award. Enjoy her expert advice and keep dreaming up your South African travel! South Africa Podcast Format: M: Emma, welcome to the podcast will you take a minute to introduce yourself? E: Hi everyone! I’m Emma Major and I own Major Traveler. We’re affiliated with Epperly Travel and Virtuoso. I have a team of 4 agents who are all stars and all passionate about different things. As an agency, we plan a lot of honeymoons as well as big bucket list trips for our clients. M: Where are we going today? E: South Africa! One of my favorite places in the world. M: Please kick us off with your best South African travel story! E: I went on my first South African safari a few years ago and had no idea what to expect. I heard many reports that a visit to Africa is life changing and will impact you in unimaginable ways. I didn’t fully understand this until we truly experienced South Africa. So we get to our first safari camp, called Tswalu Kalahari. It’s absolutely stunning, completely remote and right in the middle of the desert. Again, we have no idea what to expect on safari – I think our expectations were set somewhere around a more hands on zoo experience. We get in our safari vehicle and our guide, Nelson, is phenomenal. He’s asking what’s on our bucket list and immediately everyone says lions. So he lets us know that trackers saw lions earlier today and we’re going to go find them. It takes us about 20 minutes on desert roads to find a full lion pride. We’re immediately immersed into this incredible situation of lions catching their dinner. Nelson points out that the lion laying across the road is casually hidden by the brush but watching the impalas in the distance. Another lion is creeping slowly towards the impalas about 100 feet away. On the other side of the impalas lies another lion. These three lions have a pack of impalas absolutely surrounded. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so quiet and expectant in my entire life. All of a sudden, as if the buzzer sounded, the three lions pounce. The impalas run and the lions start sprinting towards this pack. At the same time, Nelson hits the gas and we start flying across the desert. We’re trying to keep up with the lions as they make this kill. Mind you, this is our first 10 maybe 20 minutes into our first safari. It was epic. The lions ended up missing their dinner, but as we came over a hill, we got to witness about 10 lions just hanging out at sunset. It’s one of those top 10 life experiences for sure. M: What impact did traveling to South Africa have on your life? E: Everyone always says that Africa will change you. I knew this going into the trip, but I didn’t understand it. Africa truly does impact you. I believe it gave me new perspective on travel, people, and culture. It’s the purest, mostly untouched form of travel. It’s a rare experience these days. We got to witness a leopard scale a tree with his kill. Month old lion cubs with their mothers. A massive herd of elephants young and old. Over 50 giraffes in an open field. We were surprised by a bush dinner in the exact spot that my dad had been talking about watching the sunset all week. A guide noticed my interest in photography and set me up with a pro to edit my photos. Everything in Africa is done with such intention. The care that everyone has for the land, the wildlife, the experience. And beyond that, the care that everyone has for preserving the culture is incredible. I think the impact comes from being able to jump right into that intentionality and allow it to change your perspective. M: When you think about going back what is the one thing that always comes back to your mind? E: I cannot wait to get back on safari. I want to get up close and personal with the wildlife and the culture and learn from it. I am dying to trek with the gorillas and chimps. I am also itching to stay in a tented camp following the wildebeest migration. There is SO much I want to do in Africa – more than any other country. Maybe it’s that I’m craving those out of the box, exclusive and intimate experiences more than anything. M: For first time travelers can you help orient them with some visual picture of the country? How can they envision South Africa for itinerary planning? (Talk about the triangle here?) E: South Africa is a massive country and can be overwhelming when you’re working to plan an itinerary. I think the ideal itinerary for first timers to South Africa includes three destinations – Cape Town, Winelands, and Kruger. They make somewhat of a very skinny triangle! M: Let's talk about the points of the triangle. Can you take us through them? E: I recommend that we start in Cape Town. This, of course, depends on preference, but I think a great Africa itinerary should work its way slowly to safari. Pace in Africa is key. Cape Town is a big city and bustling with much to do. Safari is remote with lots of down time. Cape Town has all of your bucket list adventures – diving with great white sharks, bungee jumping, helicopter tours, Robben Island, the penguins on Boulder’s beach, Table Mountain. There’s a lot to see here and the days can get really packed. Your itinerary will start to slow down with some wineries. While you can technically take a longer day trip, I think the true magic is found in spending 2-3 nights in the wine area. You’ll find some great Pinotage, Syrah, Chardonnay and more in the Stellenbosch area. The cape area is covered in incredible wineries, so essentially, pick your preference and taste away! Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are really popular places to stay for this portion of your trip. Finally, we head to the Northeast corner of South Africa for safari. The key here is where to stay. There are incredible private game reserves surrounding Kruger National Park like Mala Mala, Sabi Sands, Timbavati and more. This portion of your trip will move the slowest of your itinerary with tons of rest in the afternoons. You’ll start your days out around 5:45am for an early morning bush drive. The quiet mornings, when everyone is just waking up, were my favorite on safari. Fear not, you’ll get some snacks and coffee before and during your morning game drive. The big breakfast when you return is amazing. The rest of the day is essentially at your leisure to enjoy the peace and quiet, read, take a dip in the pool, learn about photography or art, and so many more opportunities to immerse yourself. In the late afternoon, around 4, you’ll head out on an evening game drive. Before each drive, your guides and tracker will ask what you’re hoping to see and they typically make it happen with some surprises along the way! M: Are you available for other travel professionals to ask questions? E: Most definitely! M: Are you taking new clients at this time? E: Yes! We are booking like crazy lately and really excited to jump back in to this new travel boom. M: Thank you for joining me! E: Thank you so much for having me! M: Thank you everyone for listening to Travel Radio Podcast. Byyyyye!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | a month ago
Watch St. Patrick's Day Events Live!
Live from Dublin Cathy Whelan joins me to talk about St. Patrick the man, the legend, the live events and highlights of the week's activities. Watch over at Travel Radio Podcast of FB for the live interview! Additionally, sign up for the newsletter for our live tour with Cathy coming up shortly! 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Festival This year’s theme – “Duisigh Eire” – Awaken Ireland The St. Patrick's Festival broadcasting globally Friday 12th to Wednesday 17th March, 9.30 am - 10 pm With more than 100 events – music and dance, food, literature and art to virtual tours, sustainability and politics, Yoga for kids and puppet making St Patrick’s Festival website Home | St Patrick’s Festival (stpatricksday.ie) The full programme of events day by day listing.indd (stpatricksfestival.ie) On Irish TV Station online – RTE St. Patrick's Festival 2021 - watch SPF TV live (rte.ie) Suggested Highlights Day by day Friday 12 10am The Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition at Trinity College Dublin 12pm The Hill of Uisneach, the Sacred Centre of Ireland 14:00 A History of Irish Food with Tadgh Byrne – Follow up sessions daily 14:30 - 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour Saturday 13 10:30 Sean Nós Dance from Connemara with Emma O'Sullivan Episode 1 13.45 The Cobblestone Sessions– available each day 18:15 Irish Legends with storyteller Eddie Lenihan - Episode 1 Lee Bán & The Strange St Patrick's Curse Sunday 14 10:30 RTÉ Virtual Parade: Spraoi Prop Making Workshop 17:35 Irish Legends with storyteller Eddie Lenihan Ep 2 How The Faeries Came to Be Monda y 15th 14:30 Irish Architecture Foundation: We Built This City - New York 16:00 RTÉ Virtual Parade: Cork Puppetry Company - How to Make Props Like a Pro Tuesday 16th 12:00 Oscar Wilde Walking Tour Wednesday 17 12:10 Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! A Very Special St. Patrick’s Day Pageant Performance 15:05 The Saint Patrick Show - A Musical and Visual Tale from Ancient to Modern Times 16:00 Guinness in the Liberties Walking Tour 20:00 Barróg Lá Fhéile Phádraig from Whelans, Dublin 20:55 Solas: Animating Ireland - Lighting Spectacular 21:00 Soulé - Performs at The Complex, Dublin Adult Content 21:30 The Orchestra of LightSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18 minutes | a month ago
Top Three Reasons to Visit Scandinavia
Top Three Reason To Visit Scandinavia: Pop Quiz! I told Theresa Chu-Bermudez we would both talk about our top three reasons to visit Scandinavia - I changed my mind! I gave Theresa a trivia game quiz, you an unconventional way to learn and some great insight into Scandinavia. Yes, Theresa did eventually get to share her top three reasons for visiting Scandinavia! A Video of this interview is available on YouTube! https://youtu.be/-cGjit6EK1Y What are some top tips for visiting Scandinavia? What countries are in Scandinavia? Is Iceland in Scandinavia? Is Finland in Scandinavia? What drink is all the rage in Scandinavia? Why is Denmark the fairytale country?...#travel #travelageny #travelinEurope #travelagent #travelprofessional #canIgotherenow ? #travelradiopodcast __________________________I'm Megan Chapa, host of https://travelradiopodcast.com and I am thankful you tuned in. I truly believe I can change people's live and trajectory by giving them a voice and exposing them to my travel audience. In order to do that I need more eyes and ears. Can you subscribe, review and share the podcast/YouTube with your groups and followers? All the boats rise together! Want to be on the podcast or YouTube Channel? Please take a moment to fill out this form. Then you will never miss a casting call or interest inquiry ever again! https://www.travelradiopodcast.com/casting See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | a month ago
Monday Replay! Puglia, Italy, When Fate Makes Great!
A hotelier crashes his motorcycle shortly before his wedding. At the same time, one American family arrives at their summer villa rental. It is not as advertised... Seeking new accommodation they fatalistically meet the afore mentioned hotelier, wearing his neck brace. The Americans are both chiropractors! A chiropractic adjustment, one fabulous wedding and several guide books later, Mr and Mrs Italy was formed!This is an episode on Puglia, Italy not to be missed. The seaside adventures are exactly to the cure for this lockdown life. Plan now, when the flood gates open we all want to go here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Atelier Play Mujeres All-Inclusive Resort Review
Join Lori Gold to share in her experience and even her WEDDING on Atelier Playa Mujeres! I am little sad because this is the last of the series in the All-Inclusive Resort Reviews series. I saved a good one for last! Catch the Video Playlist of All-Inclusive Review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHNzvxRRKM&list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 An Audio Playlist is Available with 8 New Reviews Here: https://omny.fm/shows/travel-radio-podcast/playlists/resort-cruise-reviews-travel-playlist M: Where are we going today? L: we are going 35 minutes north of the Cancun area to the gated community of Playa Mujeres where we will be at in my humble opinion, the best resort there- Atelier Playa Mujeres M: When were you last on Atelier Playa Mujeres? L: I was last there in August, when I actually got married there! M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? L: As of now, and throughout the whole pandemic, Mexico has not required any testing to get in. they require just a health form to be filled out. M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the resort? Has the process changed? L: I did! My only times staying at this resort were both during covid so I don’t have that much to compare it to but they definitely had covid protocols similar to other resorts. Temperature check, luggage sanitation-the works! We also had to fill out a health form. M: Now when I made this casting call for resort reviews I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. You chose (fill in the blank). In an elevator pitch summary, why was this your choice? L: To me this is the perfect resort. It’s close to the airport, is new(ish), adults only, has delicious food, a beautiful beach, gorgeous pool and luxurious rooms-and the prices are awesome! M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best L for this resort? (Coupes, families, etc) L: Since it is an adult only resort, I would say couples of any age, or even a group of girlfriends. M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a gluten work out? Taxi/shutle service? L: Atelier Playa Mujeres is basically flat and not too spread out. There is no shuttle service, and no need for it! M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? Dollars or local currency? L: Dollars or pesos are fine. I always recommend tipping as the hard working Mexicans do not make a lot. I would say it depends on the service you receive but a few dollars at breakfast, $5-10 at lunch, $10-20 at dinner, etc. M: One thing I like when I’m on a resort property, is to relax, like ultimately relax. One thing that will blow my blood pressure through the roof is a hard or constant sales pitch. What is your experience with this on site? L: I did not experience or see any sales pitches on site-thankful for that! M: While we are on the topic of relaxing… did you get to experience the spa? Do they have any signature treatments? L: I didn’t experience the spa but I do hear that have a massage table with a place for the “ladies” to go when you are face down-unique! M: If this is family property - did you bring any kids with you? What was that like? L: It’s not but they have a sister property next door called Estudio which allows families. It is quite a similar experience M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? L: There is not traditional butler service, but they do have an upgraded service level called Inspira which has extra amenities. M: Are there water sport options on site? L: Yes non-motorized water sports are included! M: How would you describe this beach? L: Calm and beautiful with a sandy bottom! M: Is golfing an option on Atelier Playa Mujeres? Is it included? L: There is golfing right on Atelier Playa Mujeres! It is included if you stay in an inspira room for 5 nights or more-you get 2 free rounds M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does this Atelier Playa Mujeres have them? L: Of course!! M: Please share your favorite meal on Atelier Playa Mujeres? L: One thing I love about this hotel is that they have vegetarian menus in every restaurant. I love the food in the Japanese restaurant M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? L: I think they are testing 6/7 days a week, and 7 if needed. You get 2 free antigen tests per room, and 14 days of free accommodation if positive. M: Current US reentry requirements? L: Currently you need an antigen or PCR test within 3 days to get back into the US M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about Atelier Playa Mujeres! L: They allow pets, so if you can’t leave your little dog at home, this resort is for you! Live Questions From the Viewers Include: Is the Sky bar after 6pm open to everyone? The answer is yes…the sky bar and infinity pool are open to everyone after 6pm and the steahouse is up there, so it’s a hangout spot for pre-dinner drinks up there. Reservations required? Only for the teppenyaki, which I am not sure is in operation now.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Hyatt Ziva and Zilara All-Inclusive Review
Those gentle thumps are not the sky falling. Those are passionate emphatic first taps. Matty K is nothing if not passionate about these the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara. Thought he couldn’t pursuade them to give him kys to the calssic cars they did persuade him that these properties are great client choices. Enjoy this episode of Trave Radio Podcast on the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara in Cap Cana. Catch the Video Playlist of All-Inclusive Review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHNzvxRRKM&list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 An Audio Playlist is Available with 8 New Reviews Here: https://omny.fm/shows/travel-radio-podcast/playlists/resort-cruise-reviews-travel-playlist M: Where are we going today? MK: We are going to the Beautiful Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana M: When were you last at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana? MK: November M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? MK: No Visa, and No COVID Test M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving at Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana? Has the process changed? MK: I have been 4 times since COVID Has begun. M: Now when I made this casting call for resort reviews I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. You chose (fill in the blank). In an elevator pitch summary, why was this your choice? MK: One of the newest and best All Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean for the cost, value, with amazing food, service , rooms. M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best guest for this resort? (Coupes, families, etc) MK: So the beauty of this is that the Ziva and Zilara are connected. With Zilara being adults only, and Ziva family friendly. Perfect for ANY occasion. M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a gluten work out? Taxi/shutle service? MK: No issue getting around, flat and extremely both wheelchair and stroller friendly M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? Dollars or local currency? MK: USD are fine M: One thing I like when I’m on a resort property, is to relax, like ultimately relax. One thing that will blow my blood pressure through the roof is a hard or constant sales pitch. What is your experience with this on site? MK: No sales pitch at all M: While we are on the topic of relaxing… did you get to experience the spa? Do they have any signature treatments? MK: Yes I went to the spa, and the grotto experience is amazing. I did not partake in any of the beauty items but a great deep tissue massage was had. M: If this is family property - did you bring any kids with you? What was that like? MK: I have never been with my kids, it is very family friendly. Water park and great water activities. M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? MK: Concierge Service for Club Level Guests. M: Are there water sport options on site? MK: Yes non motorized sports. M: How would you describe this beach? MK: Breathtaking M: Is golfing an option at Hyatt Cap Cana? Is it included? MK: Not on property but nearby for a fee. M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does this resort have them? MK: Yes, currently as With most resorts, the swim up bar is closed, M: Please share your favorite meal on property? MK: The Indian Restaurant. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? MK: Done inside the Conference Center and its seamless and easy. M: Current US reentry requirements? MK: Same for all other islands. #capcana #domincanrepublic #hyattziva #hyattzilaraSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
So, You Want to Start a Travel Podcast, with Megan Chapa
So, you want to start a travel podcast? In this episode, I sit down and have a candid conversation with travel industry veteran Podcaster Megan Chapa on what travel pros need to consider before they start a podcast. Podcasting is a great and accessible way to reach an audience who is interested in the type of travel experiences that inspire you and that you like to share. Maybe you have been looking for a new way to reach an audience outside of social media. Maybe even a way to develop your creativity in audio form. Today's marketing requires a deeper connection with people and podcasting is a great way to connect with your ideal clients. Megan and I are hosting a podcast masterclass on March 12th, 2021 where we will dive deep into helping you figure out if podcasting is right for you, and if so, how to get started. Get details on the masterclass here: www.thetravelpreneuracademy.com/podcastmasterclass Find us on Instagram: @nicolesbarrett, @heytravelpreneur, and @travelradiopodcastSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Unico 20 87 Resort Review!
This was the most elected resort for the All-inclusive Review Series. Travel Agents love this Unico 2087. Thank you Kristi Mackedanz for sharing such great information about the resort. This is on my wish list for future vacations. I can envision salsa lessons and spa treatments right now... ZZZZ. Oh, I fell asleep thinking about the spa treatments... Kristi did such a great job describing them. But I'm back and you should now - PRESS PLAY! This is an excellent. Catch the Video Playlist of All-Inclusive Review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHNzvxRRKM&list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 An audio playlist of reviews can be listened to here: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/b0f4304a-7a0a-44ff-a922-abf0014c8a28/6b0761e7-a827-4691-9512-abf00156b15a/8916b9cc-e0a4-49b0-adaf-ac5500fa2e5f/podcast.rss Loose Format: M: Where are we going today? K: UNICO 2087 Riviera Maya M: When were you last on property? K: November 2020 M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? K: No travel restrictions for travel into Mexico. You will have to test 3 days prior when heading back into the US. M: What was it like arriving on the resort with Covid protocols? K: Arriving at Unico was very easy. They did spray down the luggage, take your temp, sanitize your hands and shoes before walking into the hotel. M: I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. Why was Unico 20 87 your choice? K: I LOVE UNICO and have since it opened. It is a mix of modern with local culture. A lot of hand made/local art and furniture through the property. The Spa is the number one reason. So relaxing at this resort and feel like I can fully relax here. I have traveled here with friends and by myself.. Both have been wonderful times. M: Who is the best guest for Unico 2087? K: Couples/Honeymooners/Destination Weddings/Girls getaways/Yoga retreats/Spa weekends M: What about accessibility? K: It is a fairly “small” property with 448 guest rooms. Flat with only 6 floors. 90% of the rooms are Ocean view. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? K: I will usually suggest to my clients to bring small bills and you can tip in USD. $1 per drink $3 for breakfast $4 for lunch $5-$10 for dinner $3-$7 for room service or more depending on how much you order LOL $3 for the mini-bar person for refilling it everyday $5 a day for the housekeepers $ up to you for your host/butler M: What is your experience with sales desks at Unico? K: I didn’t experience a huge sales pitch but I know they do ask. I haven’t had any clients feel really pushed with this property. M: Did you get to experience the spa? K: The SPA is one of the reason why I LOVE Unico 2087 They have a resort credit that will give you HUGE discounts at the spa. So I do suggest clients take advantage of the spa and salon. The best one I have had is called the Escenia massage. It is where there are 2 people working on you. With COVID that one is not available so then I will do the Hot Stone massage and do a facial. M: If this is family property? K: This is adults only. They have a sister resort called Hard Rock Riviera Maya that is about 15 mins away that is family friendly. M: Is there butler service available at Unico 2087? K: They have someone who is called a Host. Similar to a butler.. make your dinner reservations, spa reservations or anything that you may need. They do connect with you via Whatsapp while at the property and just check in once a day to see how you are doing and if you need anything. Last time I was there he helped making dinner reservations and spa.. Also helped checked my transfer time on the way back to the airport for pickup. Here are a few other things they help out with-- ASSISTANCE WITH CHECK-OUT AND LATE CHECK-OUT REQUESTS ASSISTANCE WITH RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS AND ON-GOING EVENTS CABANA RESERVATIONS TOUR, GOLF AND SPA RESERVATIONS SPECIAL EVENTS OR OCCASIONS PACKING AND UNPACKING SHOE CLEANING, IRONING AND STEAMING SERVICES LAUNDRY SERVICE CLEANING REQUESTS SPA TUB PREPARATION M: How would you describe this beach? K: The beach is ever-so changing. Some spots that are great to walking and swimming, some great for snorkeling. M: Is golfing an option on this resort? K: Unlimited golf with the resort credit. M: Does Unico 2087 have swim up bars? K: The resort does have 2 of them but they are currently not open due to COVID. M: Please share your favorite meal at Unico 2087? K: My favorite meal is the mushroom cappuccino soup at Mi Carisa, Lasagna at Mi Carisa and then Churros from room service for Dessert. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? K: I believe the hotel makes your COVID test appointment when you check in. They have conference rooms set aside for testing and make it very easy for clients to get the test done. M: Current US reentry requirements? K: You need to have proof of a Negative COVID test within 3 days prior to entry back into the US. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Ocean Coral Spring All-Inclusive Review
Ocean Coral Spring is a brand new family friendly resort in Jamaica. The lazy river is a family treat and the fruit plates are delightful. Join group travel expert Kelley Woods as we discuss her report exploration during the time of Covid. Catch the Video Playlist of All-Inclusive Review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHNzvxRRKM&list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 An audio playlist of reviews can be listened to here: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/b0f4304a-7a0a-44ff-a922-abf0014c8a28/6b0761e7-a827-4691-9512-abf00156b15a/8916b9cc-e0a4-49b0-adaf-ac5500fa2e5f/podcast.rss M: Where are we going today? K: JAMAICA!!! M: When were you last on Ocean Coral Spring? K: I was in Jamaica December 10th-14th, 2020. M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? K: Have to get tested for COVID 9 days prior to departure. No rapid test is allowed. Have to have test results on paper, in hand before you board your flight. Travel authorizations have to be filled out and submitted online 5 days before departure. They will send you confirmation whether you’ve been allowed to enter the country. M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the resort? Has the process changed? K: Temperature checks and sanitizer EVERYWHERE! You’re getting your temp checked at the gate and at the resort entrance. M: I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. Why was Ocean Coral Springs your choice? K: I chose Ocean Coral Springs because I knew it was the newest resort on the island. As well, I was pitched on Ocean resorts years ago and I made it a point to at least stay at one, no matter the location. I had to make sure it was luxurious and modern. M: Who is the best guest for this resort? K: I would definitely say it’s family-friendly, they do have a adults-only resort that will be opening soon right next door. But, they have a water park, lazy river, a huge pool, and entertainment. A bowling alley, theater, a kids club, just so much stuff. M: What about accessibility? K: Ocean Coral Spring a flat property. If a guest needs assistance, there is plenty of assistance that is accessible. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate? K: I’ve tipped bartenders, the guy that brought my luggage to my room, the cook at the Teppanyaki restaurant and the waiters from other restaurants. I paid it all in US dollars. I’ve definitely made sure I tipped my drivers. M: Did you get to experience the spa at Ocean Coral Spring? K: I didn’t experience the spa, but I did get a tour and I hate I missed out on it. M: If this is family property? K: Yes, families are welcome! I didn’t bring my kids this trip. It was more of a mental escape for me, so I didn’t want my kids to tag along. M: Is there butler service available? K: Butler service is available, but I didn’t take advantage. But, it was limited due to Covid. M: Are there water sport options at Ocean Coral Spring? K: I didn’t see any water sport options onsite. M: How would you describe this beach? K: There are 2 sides to the beach. One side for those that have booked privilege and those that didn’t. M: Is golfing an option on this property? K: I didn’t see any golfing on the property. M: Everyone loves a swim-up bar. Does this resort have them? K: Yes, they do have a swim up bar. M: Please share your favorite meal on property? K: The fruit was my fave. They should’ve never given me access to sweet sop lol. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? K: I didn’t have to get a test to come back to the US at that time. But, they’re accessible on that property now, depending on how long you’re staying there. M: Current US reentry requirements? K: You now have to get tested 72 hours before departure. You would have to schedule a time to get tested at the resort. M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about this resort! K: Some properties are letting residents stay on property for 14 days free of charge if they tested positive, but I don’t know if Ocean resorts have that yet. You shouldn’t have to leave the property to get tested. #allinclusiveresort#allinclusive#travelagent#travelplanner#travelcoach#oceancoralspring Facebookfacebook.com/travelingwithcuteluggageInstagram instagram.com/travelingwithcuteluggageSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Grand Velas Riviera Maya Review w/ Tami Santini
This is part of the All-Inclusive Resort Winners Review series. Podcast playlist here: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/b0f4304a-7a0a-44ff-a922-abf0014c8a28/6b0761e7-a827-4691-9512-abf00156b15a/8916b9cc-e0a4-49b0-adaf-ac5500fa2e5f/podcast.rss YouTube video playlist is available here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 This is the first time a guest has brought props to a live with me. I LOVED IT. Tami Santini was a delight to interview and offered candor on the "well dones" and "needs work" on this property. However, her reflections on her stay were overall exceptional. For the luxury appreciating, discerning travelers this is a resort to consider! Tami is available for both travel professionals to run questions by and is also accepting new clients. Tamisantini.com Clubhouse @tamnisantini Instagram @tamisantini Facebook @destinationweddingcoach Format: M: Where are we going today? T: Grand Velas Riviera Maya M: When were you last on property? T: The first week in December 2020. M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? T: A covid test is not required to enter Mexico. M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the Grand Velas Rivera Maya? Has the process changed? T: They had temperature screening as well as they checked our oxygen levels. They gave us fresh towels to clean our hands and even wiped down our passports and credit cards before putting them on a tray to give back to us. M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best guest for Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: Discerning travelers looking for an elevated experience. Adults, families, groups. M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a glute work out? T: The property is flat. Since the Zen Ambience was closed, I was not able to walk back there to get a better feel for walking distance. I know there are golf carts available if needed. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? Dollars or local currency? T: Yes, tipping was appropriate and expected since it is a high level of service. M: One thing I like when I’m on a resort property, is to relax, like ultimately relax. One thing that will blow my blood pressure through the roof is a hard or constant sales pitch. What is your experience with this on site? T: We were not approached about a membership and I am unaware of any program they offer to guests. M: While we are on the topic of relaxing… did you get to experience the spa at Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: The spa was not opened, so they were offering services on the beach or in your suite. M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? T: There is a personal concierge and the concierge was very attentive. All the staff was willing to go the extra mile. One time we wanted a fresh coconut because we saw other guests with some, and the bell man was on the hunt to help us. They ended up delivering them to our room because they couldn’t find us. Then, when we left, the bellman had two waiting for us for our drive. M: Are there water sport options available at Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: Yes, they have non-motorized water sports like Hobie Cats, Kayaks, stand up paddle boards M: How would you describe this beach at Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: The beach is beautiful with plenty of space to spread out. It is a lovely long stretch of beach, ideal for talking walks. M: Is golfing an option on this Grand Velas Rivera Maya? Is it included? T: One round of golf is included at nearby courses. M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does Grand Velas Rivera Maya have them? T: Yes. The pools here are fantastic and they have great swim up bars. M: Please share your favorite meal at Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: My favorite dinner was at Piaf. This is their French restaurant where the sommelier will serve you wine that pairs with each course of the meal. For breakfast, their French toast was phenomenal M: Check out process. How are they handling testing at Grand Velas Rivera Maya? T: Didn’t have to deal with this at my time of travel. They are offering on site exit testing. M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about Grand Velas Rivera Maya! T: Since the other ambiences were closed during our stay, the resort put all the guests in the adult only Grand Class section of the property. For anyone who wants a lavish suite with a large balcony so that they can have space to enjoy but they’re possibly concerned about being around others, it is ideal. The teen club and kids club were in operation. My husband and I wanted to stay in the teens club, and not just because it was stocked with Reeses and Pringles We have to be better at preparing our clients and setting their expectation. The restaurants weren’t all opened, the spa wasn’t opened, the Zen Ambience that I really wanted to experience was not opened. We had the menus of the different restaurants at the main restaurant, which was nice, but dining in the Mexican restaurant or the Asian restaurant would have been a better overall experience. There is beach and pool concierge, so we didn’t have to leave our chair if we didn’t want to. Many times we were the only one by the pool and on the beach. Room service was served in suite. Check in – passports and cc wiped down, temp screening, oxygen level tested and cloths to wipe down our hands. ABOUT TAMI SANTINI: Web: https://tamisantini.com Phone: 866-A-20KDAY It all started with planning a wedding in Mexico...Tami is the owner of Paradise Getaways, a multi six figure destination wedding planning business, even though she spent an absurd amount of money on her Sociology degree at a private college.She is the Top Wedding Producer in U.S.A. for Playa Resorts, Diamond 4 Gourmet Inclusive Consultant for Karisma Resorts, Top 10 Agent for Generations Riviera Maya, and a Best of the Best top Agent in The Midwest Out of 83,000 agents, three years in a row name a few. But that’s all boring stuff that doesn’t really mean anything (until you’re on stage getting the accolade, bonus check and fantastic instagram photo opportunity). The truth is, she is good at successfully working from home and has helped thousands of people go to destination weddings in the most beautiful and exotic dream locations!She’s a mom, wife, Jesus lover, coffee lover. She is a travel snob but nice about it. She secretly wishes she could kick butt like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.Her true passion is helping event and wedding planners learn how to make more money, while working less and traveling more.Tami’s superpower is turning people’s passion into six figures while giving them their lives back!!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Review: Palmaia All-Inclusive Resort
What is it like to stay at the Palmaia during the pandemic? Or, what is it like to be lit on fire during one of their daily rituals? Explore with us on this video episode of www.travelradiopodcast.com. This is part of a series of all inclusive reviews. Subscribe for notifications! The YouTube Video an be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XL3cfdoZE1Q The All-Clusive Review Video Playlist featuring other resorts here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLThy5poRn6FM1HghrxeB6IEWKQlb5TAu6 Audio playlist of all live recording can be found here: Joni's journal entry on her own experience can be found here: https://tofeelalive.com/2021/02/17/palmaia/ FORMAT: M: Where are we going today? J: Palmaia, the House of Aia in Riviera Maya, just outside of Playa del Carmen – less than an hour from Cancun airport (cue photo of Sobrero/beach) M: When were you last at Palmaia? J: I was at Palmaia in October and August of 2020 M: Now when I made this casting call for all-inclusive resort reviews I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. You chose Palmaia. Tell me why. J: Palmaia is special. It’s like a fancy mini-burning man if you want it to be in that it can be a transformative experience. Instead of bocce ball and Zumba classes, they have what they call rituals. Things like meditation, sound healing, tai chi. I went in with an open-mind and kind of let the transformation happen. Being set on fire helped, like the proverbial light a fire under your ass, but literal. M: Tell me more about these rituals, this is definitely not what you expect an all-inclusive resort to be. J: Well I started with a morning meditation and I hate meditating.Then It invloved me being awkward, a lot of waiting in silence, a feather and then fire! Then there was rock stacking – balance. I didn’t understand it until much later. I get it now. There were also fun creative rituals like arts and crafts. Coloring mandalas, etc. and a horoscope reading M: Please share your favorite meal at Palmaia? J: All of them, they’re all about using as much locally sourced sustainable ingredients as possible. They are vegan/plant based but there are meat/seafood options. It’s probably less so than I normally would have but I didn’t feel like it missed anything. It’s delicious, gourmet, hippie food. Dinners are chef’s tasting menu. Tell them your dietary restrictions and they prepare the most incredible dishes and wine/drink pairings. Breakfast/lunch are a la carte. Everything is made with the freshest high quality ingredients. M: How would you describe the beach at Palmaia? J: Heaven – white sand beach, no vendors, turquoise Caribbean water M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a glute work out? J: It’s small compared to most AIs. But it’s long connected by a main path. There are bicycles for guests to use and you can always call for a golf cart shuttle but nothing is that far. Besides the beach, my favorite part of the property is the on-site swimmable cenote. It’s small but magical, and right next to the spa. M: Did you get to experience the spa? Do they have any signature treatments? J: They have your traditional spa services but with a local unique healing twist therapies rooted in Mayan culture. Each treatment room is an individual air-conditioned structure with a floor to ceiling window that looks out to the jungle M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does this resort have them? J: Not a swim-up bar but pool and beachside service. M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? J: Yes, they are called Nomadic Guides and they’re terrific. They are all about inclusivity and welcome individuality. Some have piercings, tattoos, unique hairstyles and I just love that it’s not formal. M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best guest for Palmaia? J: Anyone looking for respite. It’s not a party spot, more for relaxing, recharging, discovering. And if you did want a night out, you can go into Playa del Carmen and party your butt off. M: Is Palmaia a family property? What was that like? J: There were several kids each time I was there. They have a Waldorf inspired kids club so it’s much more activity based and there’s a cute little nap room in their kids club. Family suites have connecting kids room with bunk beds. M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the resort? J: So safe, all staff masked, low-occupancy distancing was natural. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? J: antigen free, PCR charged. If a guest tests positive, free 14 day stay. M: Current US reentry requirements? J: COVID test M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about this resort! Guest: They are now offering long-term stay packages at $7500 per month. They have everything you need and will even set up a whole work station in your room and there’s open co-working spaces. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate at Palmaia? Dollars or local currency? J: Tipping is welcome, not required. Dollars or local M: Are there sales pitches or timeshares at this property? J: None, no timeshares M: Are there water sport options on site? J: Kayaks, snorkel/masks. No motor sports M: Is golfing an option on this property? Is it included? J: No #palmaia #houseofaia #mexico #allinclusive #resortlifeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Sandals Grande Antigua All-Inclusive Review
I'm very pleased to have Oliva MrKerley on the podcast today to talk about Sandals Grande Antigua. This is the second installment of the Travel Radio Podcast All-Inclusive Reviews Live series. The playlist for these reviews can be accessed with this link: If you would like to view the live video replay here is it on YouTube. I have my most epic gaff ever. Please skips to about minute 3... Live Replay Grande Antigua Review M: Where are we going today? O: Sandals Grande Antigua M: When were you last on property? O: Late January 2021 M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into Antigua? O: All I needed was a negative covid PCR test taken within 7 days of my first date of travel. M: So, you visited Sandals Grande Antigua during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the resort? Has the process changed? O: The Antigua airport did a phenomenal job as far as sanitizing, social distancing, etc. Everything was extremely clean and well organized. They just asked us a few health questions before we headed out front to catch our shuttle to the resort. Our luggage was wiped down before being put in the shuttle which was nice. When we arrived at the resort, they checked our temperatures as soon as we got out of the shuttle. They had us sanitize and brought us into the lobby to check in. We broke the seal before entering our room so we knew that no one else had been in that room since it was cleaned. Everything was smooth. M: Now when I made this casting call for resort reviews I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. You chose (fill in the blank). In an elevator pitch summary, why was this your choice? O: Sandals Grande Antigua is the Caribbean's most romantic resort with its stunning waters, powdery white sand, beautiful landscapes, and plenty of places to unplug and reconnect with your loved one. M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best guest for this resort? (Coupes, families, etc) O: Adults (18+) M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a gluten work out? Taxi/shutle service? O: The property is flat for the most part. It is very large though so it takes longer to get to some of the restaurants and amenities. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? Dollars or local currency? O: We used dollars to tip the shuttle drivers. No other tipping is allowed for Sandals unless you are tipping your butler or for a spa treatment. M: One thing I like when I’m on a resort property, is to relax, like ultimately relax. One thing that will blow my blood pressure through the roof is a hard or constant sales pitch. What is your experience with this on site? O: There were some peddlers on the beach which did annoy me at times. Different staff members wandered through the main pool area each day to meet guests and see if they could assist in making their vacation even better. No hard sales pitches at all though. M: While we are on the topic of relaxing… did you get to experience the spa? Do they have any signature treatments? O: They have over 75 treatments to choose from. I did get a tour of the spa and one of the treatment rooms. I can definitely see myself relaxing with a massage the next time that I am there. It smelled amazing in there. You felt relaxed just walking in the door. M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? O: There are several butler room categories in different sections of the resort. My favorite was the Mediterranean 1BR Butler Villa with private pool sanctuary. You can also rent pool cabanas that come with butler service for that day. You just have to rent them a day ahead of time. We did this and enjoyed having drinks and food delivered to us while we were out around the pool. M: Are there water sport options on site? O: Plenty of watersports. Snorkeling, Hobie cat sailboats, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and scuba, just to name a few. You can even get certified for scuba while on resort. M: How would you describe this beach? O: This beach is gorgeous and quiet. The sand really is powdery white, and the waters are a turquoise & blue mix. It was not a lively atmostphere at all. There were some groups together having fun, but most people were spread out. There were people trying to sell more at one end of the beach. M: Is golfing an option on this property? Is it included? O: No M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does this Sandals Grande Antigua have them? O: Yes! There are 2 swim up bars. One at the main pool in the Mediterranean section and another in the Caribbean section. The Caribbean one stayed empty for the most part. M: Please share your favorite meal at Sandals Grande Antigua? O: The last night I had a delicious meal at Bayside. I started my with escargot, had chicken cordon bleu, and finished with chocolate cake. I had some type of shrimp dish almost every night and on my salad with room service, and the shrimp were always on point. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing at Sandals Grande Antigua? O: It couldn't be easier. Upon arrival, you get a sheet that tells you the day that you will be tested between 1-5pm. It is based on your return flight. We tested on Tuesday afternoon, results at 9am on Wednesday before we left the resort at 1pm. They had a section of the resort to quarantine anyone that tested positive for them to stay. Rooms have a patio or balcony to get fresh air. Sandals & Beaches are currently providing complimentary testing, as well as purchasing medical insurance for clients who book by February 28th and travel by August 31, 2021. M: Current US reentry requirements? O: Negative covid test within 72 hours before flight M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about this resort! O: The entertainment was good. They had dancing, fire show, magician, and other events lined up thoughout the week. I would absolutely come back here and feel comfortable sending my clients here. Definitely plenty of room to social distance here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
REVIEW: Marival Punta de Mita All-Inclusive Resort Review
Marival Punta de Mita, A Brand New Resort Opening During Covid... and Flourishing! VIEW LIVE REPLAY HERE Everyone is looking for resources about All-Inclusive resorts right now. What is it like on site? What precautions are they taking? Will they provide exit testing. This series of Travel Radio Podcast is designed for you! I'm interviewing #travelprofessionals that have been on location during the time of Covid. Enjoy this first of the series. View the rest 8pm live on FB: https://www.facebook.com/travelradiop.... Audio Podcast Available Here: M: Where are we going today? Guest: Marival Punta de Mita M: When were you last on property? Guest: About a month ago M: What can you tell us about travel requirements headed into the country? Guest: You need to wear a mask while in the airport and inside stores. You also have to complete a health questionnaire. That's about it. Now, when you return to the US, you need to provide a negative covid antigen test within 72 hours before your flight departs or they won't let you on the plan to return home. M: So, you visited during the time of Covid… what was it like arriving on the resort? Has the process changed? Guest: Yes. They have more diligent cleaning procedures. Max capacity was at 40%. All staff was wearing masks. Guests are encouraged to wear masks in close quarters with other guests, but it's not required. M: Now when I made this casting call for resort reviews I only allowed each participant to choose one resort. You chose (fill in the blank). In an elevator pitch summary, why was this your choice? Guest: Well Punta de Mita is such a nice relaxing area with very nice beaches. Marival is the newest resort in the area. It opened in 2020 and is really polished. Plus the spa is incredible and very unique. M: Let’s talk demographics. Who is the best guest for this resort? (Couples, families, etc) Guest: Families who want to get away and be in a more secluded area. M: What about accessibility? Is this a flat type property or will you be getting a glute work out? Taxi/shutle service? Guest: It's fairly flat with some steps here and there. M: How about tipping? What is appropriate on this resort? Dollars or local currency? Guest: I always recommend local currency so they don't have to go through exchanging the money, but if all you have is dollars, they will still appreciate it. M: One thing I like when I’m on a resort property, is to relax, like ultimately relax. One thing that will blow my blood pressure through the roof is a hard or constant sales pitch. What is your experience with this on site? Guest: No sales pitches unless you consider them encouraging you to get dessert a sales pitch. The service is fantastic. M: While we are on the topic of relaxing… did you get to experience the spa? Do they have any signature treatments? Guest: Absolutely! I love SPA's. Marival has a very unique SPA with 9 different treatments representing different countries. I've been to a lot of SPA's and have never seen anything like it. M: If this is family property - did you bring any kids with you? What was that like? Guest: Yes. It is. I didn't bring kids. M: Is there butler service available? Did you experience this? Guest: No. M: Are there water sport options at the Marival Punta De Mita? Guest: I didn't see any. You can definitely book excursions with them though. M: How would you describe this beach? Guest: White soft-sand beach. Swimmable. A nice long-stretch of beach that you can walk a long. M: Is golfing an option at the Marival Punta de Mita? Is it included? Guest: No. M: Everyone loves a swim up bar. Does Marival Punta de Mita have them? Guest: Yes M: Please share your favorite meal at Marival Punta de Mita? Guest: The food was so good here. I'm a sucker for dessert. They had this really good vanilla ice cream paired with Mexican coffee. It's reduced and very thick. You dip the ice cream in the coffee and then straight in your mouth and it is so delicious. The sports bar and really fun and interesting items you could order too. We actually ate dinner twice one night just to make sure we could try every venue. M: Check out process. How are they handling testing? Guest: They offer on-site testing at the Marical Punta de Mita. Results are returned within 24 hours. M: Current US rentry requirements? Guest: Negative COVID antigen test within 72 hours of your flight. M: What else am I missing? Share anything I forgot about Marival Punta de Mita! #travel #allinclusiveresort #marivalresorts #familytravel #Mexico #vacation #travelprofessionalSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Replay Monday | Perfect Paths For Catholic Pilgrims!
During this very trying time in world history faith is more important than ever to many people. This episode highlights a very important path for Catholics wanting to connect with their faith via historical sites of religious importance. Post pandemic travel your clients or even you, dear travelers, will find the information on this podcast useful. Judy Yirsa has a heart for faith pilgrimages. She wants to connect with her Creator in the places He performed miracles and revealed himself to his people. Even her honeymoon was tracing the path of Fatima. For Judy there is an aspect of God being elusive and the need to see and touch proof of his existence. Judy plans these trips to deepen her own faith and the faith of her clients. Enjoy this throw back to "Perfect Paths For Catholic Pilgrims". An estimated 168 Million Christians take faith based trips each year! The events of the Easter season and their locations are among the most popular destinations. As the Easter season approaches and Christians set off on their travels, maybe you are feeling left behind. Are you wondering where they are going? What are they doing? What is so important about Easter? Today's episode will shed light on these locations and thier historic significance. Judy Yirsa, St. Christopher Mission's Travel, specialises is Catholic Pilgrimages for faith based groups and families. As a past guest on Travel Radio Podcast, Judy has shared a selection of Catholic Pilgrimage routes. Of particular interest is her episode on Oberammergau, a Passion Play, only performed every ten years - don't miss it! Listen to that episode HERE. Don't forget to enter the Cozyphones giveaway for April 2019! Read Megan's Review and Subscribe to Newsletter Today Judy joins Travle Radio to explore Catholic Pilgrimage options as related to the upcoming Easter Holiday. From land to sea there are MANY options available to the faith curious tourist. We will explore some of those options on this episode including, guides, mobility concerns, language requirements, travel cash, visas, etc. FUN FACT: Judy loves planning pilgrimages so much she and her husband honeymooned to Catholic Pilgrim destinations in Europe! Episode Topics Include: A 5 Star ReviewJudy's experience with CozyphonesHistory of Easter PilgrimagesJudy's Recent Family Pilgrimage to ParisPotential Routes and Locations for Easter PilgrimagesAddressing Mobility ConcernsLanguage ConcernsMoney ExchangeVisa RequirmentsCruise and River Cruise Pilgrimage OptionsThe FANNY PACK IS BACK!Alternatives to the Fanny Pack Lara Croft Would WearThank you and good bye! Special Guest: Judith Romera Yirsa. Links: The "Lara Croft" fashion accessory leg bag! — It's an Amazon link - I'm not getting paid. Just pointing you to an option slightly more motorcycle gang and less "1989 Mom in Spandex". In the words of Maui, "You're Welcome!"Suede Backpack Bag | M&S Collection | M&S — The gold leather bag I took to Vegas. Despite feeling like I was always being robbed I think this was a good purchase. I like it more now that it is a little distressed. It has GREAT pockets and is cute enough to wear with dresses!Easter - Wikipedia — The history of Easter!Contigo | Travel Mugs, Water Bottles & Kids Water Bottles | Contigo® — The travel mugs I brag on!Travel Advisories for US CitizensTravel Radio Podcast - YouTube — Travel Radio Podcast is on YouTube! Please like and subscribe! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. #Catholic Pilgrimage Tours, #Catholic Pilgrimage To Holy Land, #What Are Catholic Pilgrimages, #Catholic Family Pilgrimages, #Catholic Pilgrimages To Israel, #Catholic Pilgrimages To The Holy Land, #Catholic Pilgrimages For Easter, #Visit Israel During Easter, #Can I Visit The Norte Dame Cathedral After The Fire←Previous EpisodeNext Episode→See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Oberammergau OberammerNOW | Passion Play 2022
IntroductionM: Welcome Frederik Mayet to Travel Radio Podcast. Thank you for being my guest today!F:M: Where in the world are we going today?F: Oberammergau, DEM: …and I am excited to get into my questions for you! Specifically, we are going to be talking about Oberammergau’s Passion Play 2022. Frederik, for listeners/watchers of the podcast unfamiliar the Passion Play performed in Oberammergau, can you give us some context and history of the event?F:M: How does this effect the time line going forward? Will it resume at 2030 or 2032 for the next play?F: M: How is ticketing working for those who has ticket for 2020 compared to people who have no tickets but would like to participate in 2022?F:M: How many times in the history of the Passion Play has it been cancelled of rescheduled?F:M: The play is performed in the German language. Do attendees need to know German to enjoy the play?F:M: The venue is very unique in that it is an outdoor theatre. Is that always in place or does it come down on years the play is not in motion?F:M: How long is the play for 2022?F:M: I was watching some short recordings on YouTube about changes to the costumes, the venue and even the revising of racial or anti-semetic undertones to the script. Can you speak to why visitors that have attended the play in the past will find it refreshed but still the Passion Play?F:M: What opportunities are available for guests to have refreshments on site or near by?F: M: You can give you favorite place to dine a shout out? Where is your favorite place to eat in Oberammergau?F:M: Where would you eat, besides your mother’s house, for traditional Bavarian cuisine?F:M: Are guests allowed to eat at their seats?F:M: Are seats reserved or it is first come first seated?F:M: About how many people live in Oberammergau?F:M: When you say the entire village participates you really mean it. What is the most people you have put on the stage at one time?F:M: What age were you when you were first in the play?FM: What roles have you played in the Passion Play?F:M: How are the actors for each role decided?F:M: Is there stiff competition to portray Jesus? Or is this such a big role intimidating for actors?F:M: What does preparation to play Jesus look like. I know that for about a year before the play all the men start to grow their hair out. But do you have additional preperations or research that you do?F:M: Do you consider yourself to be a very Spiritualy person?F:M: Did your spiritual life change as a result of portraying Jesus? F: M: Are there any other tips or advice you would like to give listeners/viewers before we close out the program.F:M: Thank you and goodbye!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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