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When you book a vacation or plan to attend a destination wedding, of course you plan to go no matter what!  Well, that no matter what can happen and can cause you not to be able to go.  Protect yourself with travel insurance!

Travel insurance typically covers cancellation for unforeseen circumstances.  It also covers medical expenses while in the destination, flight delays, lost luggage, and more.

So what happens if a day or two before vacation you have an appendicitis attack and need to have surgery?  What happens if you fall and break your leg and can’t go on your hiking trip to Costa Rica?  The money you have paid most likely is lost since airlines won’t refund your ticket and many hotels require cancellation at least 10-30 days prior to arrival.

What happens once you are in paradise and you step on a shell on the beach and cut your foot and need stitches?  That quick trip to the resort doctor could cost upwards of $400.  A trip to the hospital could cost thousands of dollars.  Any costs incurred must be paid before they allow you to leave.  With travel insurance your medical costs would be reimbursed.  Most employer’s insurance plans do not cover you outside of the country.

When you book your next vacation, make sure to take a look at the travel insurance and seriously consider it.

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Dreams Riviera Cancun Weddings by Cherie Peninger, Dreams Master Agent

Just back from a wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun. Wow is all I can say! My wedding group totaled over 185 guests of all ages from all over the US and Canada. Resort management went over and above to make everything perfect for my couple and their family and friends. Gina and Claudia were amazing in handling every detail of the wedding, reception, and other events. The wedding staff of Gaby, Claudia, Gina, and Lorena are truly amazing and will make your dreams come true! If you are looking for the perfect family resort for a wedding in the Riviera Maya, this may be it!

The resort is still in like-new condition except the landscaping is now nicely grown up with beautiful gardens and palm trees. Rooms are large with an open concept, comfortable beds, nice amenities that include snacks, mini-liquor bottles, shampoo, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, etc. (Preferred Club room). Minibar was stocked daily along with cleaning of the room.

The resort was at full-capacity during our stay and we never had to wait for a table for more than a few minutes. Food was delicious and the variety was good. Premium liquor is available for everyone – just ask for it! The Preferred Club lounge had computers available to use along with snacks, sandwiches, full bar with top-shelf liquor, and lounge area to watch TV. I feel the Preferred Club is worth the price of the upgrade.

Pools were warm, poolside seating was limited if you didn’t get out early. Plenty of loungers on the beach were available though. Poolside bali beds are available as well (no fees or reservations). Wait service on the beach and around the pool was good. Beach has beautiful white sand, some sea grass does come on shore which is cleaned up regularly.

DRC has something for everyone. Activities and games all day, Kid’s Club is open late so parents can have dinner with or without the kids, evening shows near the lobby were performed nightly, live music after the show. Fun ambiance in the lobby area in the evening, many people gather for drinks before or after dinner. Desires has music and dancing later in the night.

Nine specialty restaurants with gourmet cuisine, six bars with premium beverages, gluten free and vegetarian menus, room service – no wristbands, no reservations required.

Why do I love Dreams Riviera Cancun? Unlimited luxury with everything included that anyone could want along with royalty treatment – what more can you ask for?!

For more information on Dreams Riviera Cancun, please contact me at Cherie@IslandVows.net . I am a Dreams Master Agent and specialize in destination weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean and would love to assist with your vacation or wedding plans!

Here is a link to my photos:

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort Photos

Dreams Riviera Cancun Wedding Photos

Dreams Riviera Cancun Spa Menu

Also check out Dreams Riviera Cancun Brides on Facebook for info and conversation with other brides and grooms.

Contact me for a great promo for your wedding group!  Cherie@IslandVows.net

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It’s a fact, I love Punta Cana and the fabulous beaches there!  This summer I took my family to Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana and we had a fabulous time.  The resort is huge, so be prepared to walk long distances or wait for the “train”.  HRPC has something for everyone – great beach, pools everywhere, kids pool with waterslides, mini golf, rock climbing, golf, basketball, tennis, zorbing, live entertainment, Vegas style casino, Oro nightclub, shopping mall, 24-hour room service, premium liquor, excellent food in over a dozen restaurants all with no reservations, and more and more and more.

Rooms are very spacious with a jacuzzi for two, minifridge with beer, juices, and soda, in-room liquor dispensers, plush beds, huge 2-head walkin shower, double vanities, bathrobes and slippers, and complimentary internet and phone calls to the U.S.  Rock Star Level rooms and suites are also available with extra perks such as a butler, private beach and pool area, complimentary inroom snacks, aromatherapy, complimentary massage, and more.

 

Pools for everyone – quiet pools, adult pool, activity pool, kids pool, VIP pool…many with swimup bars.

  

and the beach…great for relaxing with waiter service.  Plenty of big waves for body surfing or boogie boards, also a calmer area for people who don’t want the waves.

And for those of you that are interested in a destination wedding…don’t look anywhere else.  HRPC offers amazing group perks that include a complimentary stay, complimentary wedding or choose from very reasonably priced packages, complimentary functions, and more.  There are many gorgeous locations to choose from and reception and cocktail options are almost unlimited.  Here is a link to the HARDROCK WEDDING GROUP COMPS.

So whether you are looking for a family vacation, destination wedding, or couples getaway, Hard Rock has it all in a spectacular setting.  Contact me for more information at Cherie@IslandVows.net

 

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If you have been searching for a luxurious adults-only resort in Punta Cana that provides amazing service, high quality food and drinks, a gorgeous setting, modern rooms, 24-hour room service….this is the one!

I just returned from a week long vacation at the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana.  This resort is set on a palm studded beach with white sand and clear blue water that seems to glow at times.  Large pools – one activity pool, one with a swimup bar and nice warm water , and an actual hot tub (you don’t find them everywhere in Mexico or the Caribbean- many times they are pool temp!).

Iberostar Grand Bavaro
Iberostar Grand Bavaro

We received a very friendly greeting, the typical cool cloth and champagne, and a quick checkin and we were taken to our room where a chilled bottle of champagne and fresh flowers were waiting.  We booked the jr. suite and ended up having a room on the second floor with a nice view of the pool and garden area and a peek of the ocean.  The room was clean and comfortable with everything you could need and some extras like Limon potato chips, banana chips, peanuts, wine, beer, mini liquor bottles.  Nice size Jacuzzi tub for 2 in the bathroom with outdoor views.  The shower is for one person – it would have been nice if it was a little larger for 2 but the rain showerhead made up for it!  I also expected a little nicer shampoo and lotion but it was still decent quality.  Other room options are Ocean View, Swimout, and Oceanfront Suites.

Swimout Suite at Iberostar Grand Bavaro
Iberostar Bavaro honeymoon
Oceanfront Suites

Beach and poolside waiter service was outstanding, I was never without a drink and they would also bring you a meal, but at lunch you wouldn’t want to miss the fresh lobster that was grilled!  So delicious that I had it every day.  Steaks, seafood, burgers – just an endless selection of quality food at every meal.  Reservations are required for dinner as well as long pants for men.   Excellent liquor and beer selection.  There were beers such as Budweiser, Miller Lite, Brahma, Bohemian, Presidente, and Stella Artois.

Fresh grilled lobsters at Iberostar Grand Bavaro
Lobster at lunch

Daily and nightly activities and events vary but are fun and entertaining.  You can walk for miles on the beach, sit by the pool, or enjoy the breeze on the beach.  There are plenty of palapas for shade and there were always chairs available.

The resort was sold out while we were there and it never felt crowded and we never had to wait for anything.  The staff was superior to any other resort in Punta Cana that we have stayed at.  Anything you want, just ask and they will get it for you.  I forgot to mention that they have butler service for every room type.  These guys are amazing and make sure that everything is taken care of.  One day I called because my hair dryer wouldn’t get hot and within minutes a gentleman was there to replace it.  Same when we locked ourselves out of our safe, security was there within minutes to help.  Other resorts you could be sitting and waiting for hours.  An example of how good the butlers are, I wanted to know what was on the menu at one of the restaurants and the concierge didn’t know and said we could go to the restaurant to see the menu and a few minutes later our butler was at the door with the menu!

This resort is perfect for honeymoons or destination weddings. Weddings can be performed on the beach or the garden gazebo.  There are also a wide age range of couples there which is nice!

I usually never stay at the same resort twice because I like to try different places, but our group of couples has already booked to go back next year!  I can’t wait!

You can view my photos online here.

Feel free to contact me at Cherie@IslandVows.net for more information on this resort!  I am the Punta Cana Specialist!

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