Cruising With Special Needs


Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 2018 – Gary Thatcher, travel advisor with Island Time Travel, recently received certification from Special Needs Group, a global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, to specialize in special needs/accessible travel. To earn the distinction, Gary participated in Special Needs Group’s in-depth online 3 module certification program.

Through the program, agents gain an understanding of the special needs/accessible travel market. They learn about the best equipment to rent for special needs travel, ways to market special needs/accessible travel, and more.

Nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families is touched. By specializing in special needs/accessible travel, Gary has the ability to help this large percentage of the population travel in an enjoyable, safe and efficient manner.

About Special Needs Group, Inc.

Special Needs Group, Inc. is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. It also offers a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase. Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers.

Special Needs Group is the industry’s only total special needs travel solution. It is located at 302 NW 1st Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004. For more information, visit www.specialneedsgroup.com.

Rent a Scooter for your Cruise Today!

Also see: Special Needs Equipment
Also see: Special Needs Equipment: Proper Etiquette

Importance of Travel Insurance


According to its website, Worldview Tours specialized in escorted tours to destinations around the world, including a number of offerings in India. Photo: Shutterstock.com.

This article below underscores the importance of protecting your travel investment and insuring your vacation via a separate, well-respected, third-party insurance provider. You are not protected from vendor default if your cruise line or tour operator abruptly goes out of business. You may be left stranded and lose your full investment!

Island Time Travel recommends Travel Guard and TravelSafe.

Read the article below from Travel Market Report.

Last Thursday, Nov. 29, an email went out from Worldview Tours of Newport Beach, California, saying that the company and its sister company, One World Travel, had closed, effective immediately. “A downturn in business,” said the email, “has affected the corporation’s ability to service its debt.”

The email was signed by Nino Mohan, who founded the tour operation in 1978 out of a retail travel agency that grew into a provider of “custom designed private or group tours.”

Worldview Tours built a strong reputation for value and service. On Yelp, it has all five-star reviews. After 40 years of doing business on the up-and-up, it was a shock to those who had worked with the company to see it suddenly go under.

Skylark Negril Beach Resort


Photo Credit Michael Condran

The Skylark Negril Beach Resort, sister property to the Rockhouse Hotel, has arrived along Jamaica’s famed Seven Mile Beach. At the threshold of 220 feet of pristine beachfront, the hotel evokes retro glamor reminiscent of the bohemian beach life of the 1960s and ’70s in Negril’s West End.

The vibrant, natural palette of Jamaica is interpreted through a modern graphic lens with architectural elements like whitewashed concrete, geometric breezeblocks, and natural wood grains. Vintage travel prints and splashes of color also punctuate the environment with a sense of place against a minimalist backdrop. Various design movements are referenced across the project, with decorative details such as Art Deco-style bamboo paneling, midcentury furnishings, Italian modernist outdoor furniture, and Memphis-style graphic patterns. Additional inspiration for the design is drawn from the island’s colorful residences, signage, and stones.

Each of the 28 accommodations feature an aqua marine palette indicative of the property’s proximity to the sea, while varying shades of green reflect the hotel’s lush native vegetation. In addition to 26 studio rooms, which are equipped with terraces overlooking lush greenery, two Ocean View Studio suites are housed onsite with private, furnished balconies. Amenities include the hotel spa, while the New York City-based F&B space Miss Lily’s will arrive onsite next month with designs from the restaurant’s creative director, Serge Becker. Upon completion, the restaurant will feature bold colors and vibrant patterns as well as vintage-style booths and sunny décor.

Thanks to HospitalityDesign.com!

https://www.jamaicamania.com/skylark-negril-beach-resort/

New Adults Only All Inclusive in Dominican Republic

Palladium Hotel Group is expanding the TRS Hotel brand with the opening of TRS Cap Cana Hotel, a new adults-only resort property in the Dominican Republic. The resort will open November 1, 2018, on an exclusive seafront area of Cap Cana, just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport.

TRS Cap Cana Hotel will be situated directly on the waterfront, giving guests access to some of the most pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast. The resort has been extensively upgraded in order to convey the elegance and cutting-edge design of the TRS Hotel brand.

The resort will open with 115 luxury suites, 39 swim-up junior suites, nine ocean-view suites, and one ambassador suite, which features a luxurious outdoor shower to engage all five senses. All guests will also enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and luxury services, two serene pools with waiter service, an extensive gym, and Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness®, as well as a personal butler and 24-hour room service.

TRS Cap Cana Hotel was designed for guests looking for the ultimate adults-only experience and customized service from all levels of staff. As such, it will feature Palladium’s signature Infinite Indulgence® program as an all-inclusive resort experience.

Read the full article from the Insider Travel Report here

New Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda Coming December 2019 in Dominican Republic

Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda Aerial Rendering

Club Med Miches Explorer Cove Rendering

Club Med Miches Beach

Club Med has unveiled the very first look at Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, the company’s first Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, nestled in an untouched region of the Dominican Republic. The first look reveals new renderings of the resort and details about its environmental positioning and four boutique villages.

Club Med will be the first hospitality brand in the world to open a resort in the pristine, lush region of Miches, approximately an hour and a half north of the now-famous vacation hotspot Punta Cana (in which Club Med was also the first to build on when it opened its resort in 1978).

At 93 acres, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is Club Med’s biggest project of its type in the Caribbean in the past 40 years. The resort will be part of Club Med’s Exclusive Collection, a dedicated category of the most premium resorts designed for travelers seeking the finer elements of the all-inclusive resort brand. The resort will be the first full Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, and will act as the new flagship of the dedicated line in the region.

Exclusive Collection resorts are characterized by their premium accommodations, exceptional hospitality and personalized services, exclusively beautiful locations around the world, refined dining concepts and lounges, transformational experiences, and unique architecture and design elements. Other Exclusive Collection resorts include the Finolhu Villas in the Maldives, the recently opened Cefalù resort in Sicily and the Valmorel Chalets in the French Alps.

One Resort Featuring Four Boutique Villages

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will introduce a new concept to the brand’s Exclusive Collection. In order to create a more personalized, customizable and intimate experience catered to each guest, the resort will feature four boutique villages. Each of the four boutique villages will present its own unique environment, activities and accommodations. The villages include Archipelago, Caribbean Paradise, Emerald Jungle and Explorer Cove.

Archipelago – Unparalleled Seclusion
The Archipelago boutique village features a sophisticated oceanfront sanctuary exclusively for adults. As the top-tier in privacy, guests who check into one of the Archipelago suites will enter an intimate getaway where the shades of blue seem to never end: from a private pool to a personal outdoor shower, this haven is nestled right against the shorelines of Miches’ pristine beach, complete with personal oceanfront daybeds. It’s the perfect hideaway for couples and honeymooners.

Caribbean Paradise – Uncharted Beauty
Caribbean Paradise is the alluring heart of the resort, full of lush tropical gardens and colorful surprises. Guests step into the festive colors and rhythms of the Dominican Republic in this boutique village. This area is devoted for those looking to start their vacation in the heart of it all: they participate in poolside activities, nightly shows and flavors from all four corners of the world just outside their doors. And behind their doors, families and couples can continue the Caribbean vibes with rooms inspired by local flora and the island’s vibrant colors.

Emerald Jungle – Unmatched Serenity
The Emerald Jungle boutique village is a relaxing eco-chic retreat where peace and wellness meet. Within Emerald Jungle, the accommodations and natural pool will be part of Club Med’s Zen Oasis concept, an adults-exclusive escape designed with serenity, tranquility and health in mind. Here, guests will be able to immerse themselves in the greenery of Miches and disconnect with the sound of the rustling palm groves while indulging in a treetop yoga class. Steps away from the spa, Emerald Jungle is the top choice for a detox vacation to melt the stress away.

Explorer Cove – Unending Adventures
Explorer Cove is the ultimate destination for a dynamic refuge that offers families a treasure trove of activities. Specifically created for families, this boutique village is the place to be for parents who want to vacation without the stress of worrying about how to keep the kids entertained. World-class children’s clubs await here for children from 4 months to 17 years of age to explore their surroundings. After playing all day and meeting new friends, families can come together in the evening to join other travelers for a movie under the stars. Explorer Cove will be the gathering spot for the young and the young-at-heart to share and celebrate the day’s discoveries.

Also see: First Look at Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda

Excellence Oyster Bay, Falmouth, Jamaica: adults only, all inclusive

Photos from our recent visit to this beautiful new resort!

Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive
Excellence Oyster Bay Falmouth Jamaica adults only all inclusive

New Cancun Adults Only All Inclusive

Iberostar Cancun

Iberostar Cancun

Close to the heart of Cancun’s exciting nightlife and entertainment district, Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige offers the ultimate beachfront destination. Beginning Fall 2018, you can stay just steps from the water in a new adults-only, 13-story, 156 suite tower. Every suite, along with the tower’s new restaurant, pool and private beach club with beachside service will feature a stunning view of the turquoise waters along Mexico’s most spectacular shoreline. When you also consider the incredible dining options, on-site 18-hole championship golf course and world-class spa, Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige provides the ideal setting for every guest to have the time of their life.

Guests at Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige have access to:

  • Concierge and 24-hour room service
  • 18-hole, on-site golf course
  • Luxury spa
  • Four specialty restaurants
  • Eleven magnificent pools including one infinity pool
  • FIFA regulation soccer field
  • Sports, entertainment and activities for all ages
  • The stunning, adults-only Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige provides the perfect meeting venue and the ideal reward for top performers or company outings. There is simply no better meeting or event option in Cancun.
  • Cancun’s only oceanfront convention center
  • 49,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space, plus 60,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space
  • Perfect for groups up to 2,500