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Avoiding Disappointment at Check In Jul 25

As a professional travel consultant that specializes in planning Destination Weddings, Honeymoons and milestone anniversary trips for my clients, one of my main focuses is trying to talk to my clients to determine the experience they are looking for, and then offer suggestions to help them avoid disappointment at check in. One main focus of our planning is the hotel or resort room that the client will choose – far too often clients will say that  “Oh the room does not matter, we will not be in the room that much anyway ” but I beg to differ that most often, when that door is opened and you view the room for the first time that could determine the tone for the entire vacation, and sadly, sometimes there is no recovering from that first impression.

1.   View does not Matter ? I believe that it is human nature to have a better first impression if you open your door to a garden or beach view than the top of air condition units – such as these photos from some of my personal check in experiences. Obviously budget does play a part in the room chosen, these are some helpful tips to avoid being disappointed.

2.    Work with a specialist –  I spend a great deal of time going to visit my preferred resorts in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean – from my site inspections I can determine which room categories to suggest to clients with something special in mind or which rooms to avoid that would definitely give a bad first impression.

3.   Cut one night off your length of stay if having a view of the beach is the most important criteria for you but not in your budget then consider a 6 night stay instead of 7 nights.

4.   Be flexible with your dates of travel – promotions are often offered by hotels and resorts / sometimes by altering travel dates by just a day or two a better promotion might be available that would allow you to get the room of your dreams within the budget you are comfortable with, again working with a specialist he or she will know the latest promotions available at various resorts at the destination of your choice.

5.   Be realistic with your budget from the beginning  if you are looking for a Five Star Experience – a full service resort with top of the line room finishes such as granite counter tops, amazing bathroom – is your vision with an amazing tub and separate shower, his and her vessel sinks , full service spa and large resort swimming pools – then settling for a Two Star budget resort is setting you for certain disappointment at check in.

6.   Stop looking  after you make a decision– don’t second guess yourself-continuing to do research after you have made a decision and booked. So many clients spend so much time online doing research, after awhile everything runs together. If you have worked with a specialist they will have helped guide you through all the options that met your criteria to help you make the best informed decision for you.

Unfortunately no matter how much effort is put booking the perfect vacation, something unforeseen can always happen such as ants in tropical destinations, so always contact the front desk and ask for the manager to get the situation taken care of – the entire team at the resort wants your expectations to be exceeded.

Need some help planning your next romantic getaway?

Contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331



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Sandals Whitehouse – The Jewel on the South Coast Aug 23

Main Pool

One of the toughest parts of staying at a Sandals Resort is making a decision about what to do when because you have so many choices – if you can make yourself get out of your chair by the beach, you can choose from landsports such as basketball, darts, giant chess, Bocce Ball, pool, tennis, croquet, beach or pool volleyball and so much more or if watersports are more your style then you can choose from glass bottom boat, water-skiing,hobie cats, snorkelling, wind surfing, kayaks, paddle boarding, knee boarding, wake boarding and Scuba Diving (unlimited diving for certified divers and discover scuba diving for beginners).

 Dining at  Sandals Resorts is a Culinary Experience taking you on a global journey with seven restaurants to choose from offering distinctive types of cuisine such as Eleanor’s (Pan-Caribbean), Giuseppe’s (Italian), Jasmines(Pan-Asian) and so much more or order Room Service offered 24 hours for all Butler Serviced Suites and  730am-1000pm for Club Sandals level rooms and suites. Six bars are also available throughout the resort as well. Sandals & Beaches is the first all-inclusive resort company to partner with California’s legendary Beringer Vineyards,supplying wine to all  Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Guests enjoy a selection of complimentary house wines bottled exclusively for Sandals & Beaches.

Red Lane Spa

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Sandals Resorts St Lucia/Stay at one/Play at Three Aug 09

"Les Pitons"

If not Hawaii, then I would suggest the beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia, often referred to as the most Hawaiian of the Caribbean islands because of similar attributes such as rainforest and the Piton volcano peaks. The island of St Lucia is a colorful mixture of history, culture and influences left over from the French and British who fought over this island for nearly 150 years before finally ceded to the British in 1814.

Today visitors have the opportunity to visit fortresses and relics left behind from these battles including the former British Officers mess at Fort Rodney and Pigeon Island National Park, Morne Fortune a key battle site and Marigot Bay which was once a wartime base but now a haven for yachts, Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths built by the French King Louis XVI to refresh and heal troops stationed on St Lucia.
The honeymoon haven of St Lucia was featured in the 14th season of ABC The Bachelor Finale.
A beautiful backdrop for three amazing  Sandals Resorts where guest  can stay at one/ play at all three. Each of the three resorts has its own personality, amazing beaches, 21 restaurants and bars to choose from with the Sandals Dine around program whenever and whereever you want, the hardest part is making a decision. From fine dining service with white gloved waiters to barefoot in the sand ocean front dining- flavors from around the world  such as Classic French, Caribbean, Italian, Japanese-Teppanyaki, Mediterranean,Pan Asian or even Brick-oven Pizza. Bars range from sophisticated piano bars to authentic English pubs where guests enjoy unlimited drinks and entertainment.
Play around between the three resorts as well with land & water sports including: kayaking,waterskiing, kneeboarding, aquatrikes,windsurfing,Hobie Cat Sailing, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling,scuba diving(for certified divers-or diver resort courses are offered- speciality or night dives are extra) Land Sports such as golf(caddies are mandatory but not included),Billiards,Basketball, Bocce ball, table tennis,Volleyball,croquet,yoga and aerobics, tennis courts and Red Lane Fitness Centers.


Sandals Halcyon Beach – by design this garden of Eden blends with the environment where no building is taller than the highest palm tree with classic Caribbean architecture and quaint gingerbread-detailed cottages tucked into lovely tropical gardens. One of St Lucia’s most impressive dining options is Kelly’s Dockside which is built on a pier 150 feet out over the water-how romantic is that, but there are five other restaurants and seven bars on the resort -casual and relaxed beachside retreat, with three pools  throughout the resort including a secluded lagoon pool.
New enhancements to the resort include four fire pits and two massage gazebos for  guest who prefer their spa treatments outdoors.

Beautiful Beach

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort  situated on its own private peninsula surrounded on two sides by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.Fronted by a mile-long beautiful beach the waters in front of the Grande St. Lucian are some of the calmest found on the island. As pretty as a postcard, guest of the Grande St. Lucian  have views of historic Fort Rodney and Rodney Bay.
Upon arrival into the grand, three-story open-air lobby, one might think they have entered a British Colonial Palace, that gracefully opens up to the views beyond. Guest can either choose rooms and suites that over look the beach or may choose to overlook the lagoon pool or have direct access into the exotic lagoon pool from their suite. Over the top suites such as the beachfront Grande Rondoval Suite with a private pool and enormous bath with a Roman tub and outdoor shower, amazing four poster bed and 50 inch screen TV. Five freshwater pools including a generous sized, zero entry Sandals signature pool with swim-up bar, Eight restaurants continue the global culinary tour.

Millionaire Suites

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa  as arriving guest begin the one mile-long drive along the palm lined entrance into the legendary LaToc Estate excitmenent builds. Considered the “Emerald of the Caribbean” Sandals LaToc sits graciously along a half-mile crescent-shaped beach towered by coral bluffs, lush green hillsides and the rolling fairways of the executive-style golf course. Located within a true rainforest, this 220-acre masterpiece features the Sunset Ocean Bluff -one might say a resort within a resort where you will find amazing suites such as the Millionare Suites shown here and the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Villa Suite both with private pool.
St Lucia’s largest swimming pool is found at this resort, enjoy eight amazing restaurants and ten bars.

Wedding gazebo at LaToc

If you are looking for the perfect destination wedding location, St Lucia would be an excellent choice and as a Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist I can help you plan your wedding whether just the two of you or with a large group of friends and family. Sandals  now offers so many options to truly make it your wedding your style, and with the new destination wedding design feature,so easy to see your dream come to life right before your eyes. The best part of all is after the ceremony, relax and begin the romantic honeymoon of a lifetime because noone does romance better than Sandals.
Now would be wonderful time to consider securing your wedding date and time for 2014, there are many great promotions currently in place in additon to the complimentary beautiful beginnings wedding email me for more information.
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888- ext 331

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2010 Wedding Specials at El Dorado Maroma May 05

Book in May to take advantage of these 2010 Wedding Specials at the El Dorado Maroma!

Contact me to book your dream wedding today!

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All Inclusive Cancun Getaways with Karisma Hotels and Resorts Oct 12

Did you know that Hawaii Destination Specialist Linda Dancer doesn’t just book memorable, magical trips for clients to Hawaii? She also specializes in other exotic destinations, including the immaculate Karisma Resorts and Hotels in Mexico!

Some of  Linda’s most recommended destinations are the luxurious Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Cancun, Mexico. And, with their amazing all inclusive vacation packages, you can experience Cancun at its best without paying a fortune!

Learn more about Karisma Hotels and Resorts here, or contact Linda today here to discuss your dream Cancun getaway!

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