New Secrets Resort to Open in Panama (adults only all inclusive)

New Secrets Resort to Open in Panama

Photo Credit: Caribbean Journal

AMResorts is expanding to Panama, with the Secrets Playa Bonita Panama; it will be the first Secrets property in Central America.

Secrets will take over the existing InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa, which will operate under that name until Dec. 2015, when it will debut under the Secrets brand.

The 303-room hotel has a 10,000-square-foot spa. It is owned by Bern Hotels and Resorts.

Read the full article from the Caribbean Journal here.

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Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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More Awards for AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now, Zoetry, Sunscape)

AMResorts

AMResorts Continues Award-Winning Tradition with More Industry Recognition for its Luxury Brands–58 awards won year to-date in 16 categories

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) continues to receive the travel industry’s most important distinctions by demonstrating high levels of performance and exceptional guest services.  In 2012, AMResorts’ five brands have received 58 awards in 16 categories, with the most recent awards including the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards and the Expedia Insiders’ Select 2012. Other award highlights include four Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Gold List designations and seven 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Below is a list of the most recent accolades received by the resort collection this year:

  • Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards 
    • Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Top Resorts in Mexico
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top Resorts in Mexico
    • Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas
  • Expedia Insiders’ Select 2012
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
    • Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
    • Secrets St. James Montego Bay
    • Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
  • TravelAge West 2012 Wave Awards
    • Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Best New Property or Major Renovation Caribbean
  • Distinctive “H” Award 2012
    • Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Food Hygiene
  • TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Zoëtry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort& Spa, Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Now Jade Riviera Cancun, Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa   
  • 2012 MDC Magazine: The Meeting Planners Magazine
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Top 20 Small Luxury Hotels in Mexico for Meetings for 2012
  • Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Reader’s Choice: Top Spas
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top 20 Spas in Mexico & Central America (#6)
    • Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Top 20 Spas in Mexico & Central America (#16)
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in the World (#14) and Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (#5)
    • Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Mexico (#8) and Top 25 Best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Mexico (#14)
    • Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (#17)
    • Zoëtry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos, Top 25 Best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Mexico (#20)
    • Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean
  • Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Gold List
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
    • Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
    • Secrets Capri Rivera Cancun
  • Travelocity Excellence Award Winners 2011
    • Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Adults Only All-Inclusive
    • Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive

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Hotel guests Rate Free Wi-Fi at Top of Amenity List

This post updated August 16, 2016

David Wilkening of Travel Mole recently reported on a survey that proves what many have assumed for some time: free hotel Wi-Fi is at the top of the list when guests choose where they will stay.

Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, while 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels. Another 31 percent say they wish it would become a standard in all hotels. “Given the explosion of mobile use in the past few years, it is no surprise that travelers are requiring free and fast Wi-Fi,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for Hotels.com. He added: “Many guests never travel without their tablets, smartphones and laptops. It’s as intuitive as packing a toothbrush.”

Read the full article from Travel Mole here.

I have been working on my own “free Wi-Fi list”–remember, this is a continual work in progress that I hope to update frequently.

Cruises:

American Queen Steamboat:  complimentary free ship-wide Wi-Fi

General:

AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now Resorts) offer free Internet access to guests booked in a “Preferred Club” category.  Free public Wi-Fi in the lobby is available at some resorts.  With the Unlimited Connectivity App on your smart phone or mobile device, guests get free Wi-Fi and free calling while at their resort as part of Unlimited-Luxury® – no additional cost, no VIP upgrade and no Preferred Club room necessary.  Download each brand’s mobile app on your smartphone, tablet or mobile device and experience everything Unlimited Connectivity has to offer, without international roaming charges, fees, or service upgrades.  This app allows guests to:

  • Stay in Touch: create user profiles to keep in touch with other guests at resort
  • Stay Social: update your status on Facebook and Twitter
  • Room Phone To Go: register your room number to make and receive calls – just like having a portable room phone!
  • Vacay Your Way: explore the local attractions, get deals and book excursions

Excellence and Finest Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Palace Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Sandals Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all public areas, all rooms, unlimited devices
Riu Resorts:  free Wi-Fi in lobby
Hyatt Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all of its hotels and resorts worldwide

Cancun/Riviera Maya:

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya; free Wi-Fi
Ocean Maya Royale by H10: free Wi-Fi in lobby
Paradisus La Esmeralda: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus La Perla (adults only): free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Valentin Imperial Maya: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort

Jamaica:

Couples Resorts: free Wi-Fi access is available in rooms and most of the public areas of the resort, including the internet cafe, and the lobby.  Internet café is open 24 hours a day and has multiple desktop computers, internet access and printers.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, Montego Bay: free Wi-Fi in lobby

Melia Braco Village: free Wi-Fi

Riu Palace in Montego Bay: free in room Wi-Fi

Punta Cana:

Paradisus Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus Palma Real: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Riu Palace Bavaro, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi in villa category
Riu Palace Macao, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi resort wide

USA–Las Vegas:

Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur

USA–Miscellaneous

Super 8: free in-room high speed Internet access

New Secrets Puerto Los Cabos (Adults Only, All-Inclusive) Opening November 2013

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) will introduce its second Secrets resort in Los Cabos with the opening of adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in November 2013.  The new build resort will join three other AMResorts properties in the destination.

Located in the exclusive Puerto Los Cabos area, where the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains meet the ocean, and only 15 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have 500 spacious suites, all with stunning views and a Jacuzzi for two on their private balconies or terraces.  Added amenities will be available in the 150 Preferred Club level designated suites, including a private lounge, complimentary in-room internet access, pillow menu, upgraded mini bar service, and more.

Guests of Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept, which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, and more. The resort features two main swimming pools, five á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a café, a grill, and six bars offering a variety of experiences.  NO restaurant reservations, NO towel cards, NO wristbands!

The resort’s 12,000 square-foot signature Secrets Spa by Pevonia will offer 22 treatment rooms, a selection of specialty treatments and hydrotherapy circuit, and the perfect atmosphere for those seeking relaxation. A fitness center facility and full service beauty salon also are available.

Additionally, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have more than 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The resort also caters to the destination wedding and honeymoon market with signature beachside ceremony and reception locations, dedicated group event planners offering personalized attention, and romantic environments throughout the property. A host of honeymoon and anniversary packages also are available.

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New Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

New Secrets Vallarta Bay Ribbon Cutting

Mexico's President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Alex Zozaya, AMResorts President, Emilio González Marquez, Jalisco's Governor y Gloria Guevara Manzo, Mexico's Secretary of Tourism

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) celebrated the official opening of Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta with a special ribbon cutting ceremony coinciding with Mexico’s Tianguis Turistico. To mark the important occasion, AMResorts’ President Alex Zozaya was joined by Mexico’s President Mr. Felipe Calderon.

The two-resort complex introduces the first Secrets and Now Resorts & Spas properties to the popular destination and represents Puerto Vallarta’s first new construction hotels in almost a decade.  Each property will feature AMResorts’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept.

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta offers adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in a beautiful beachfront setting. Guests will be welcomed by 271 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room services; multiple gourmet, a la carte restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages; endless day and evening activities; and full-service spa and fitness facilities.

With 331 oversized guest rooms and suites with ocean views and private terraces, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta will cater to couples, friends and families. The resort offers amenities such as wireless internet access, flat screen TVs with surround sound systems, daily refreshed mini bars, 24-hour room and concierge services, multiple gourmet dining offerings and full-service spa and fitness facilities. The resort will foster a sense of understated luxury and comfort, and has received the Amber gemstone symbol as a reflection of the inviting rich sands along Banderas Bay. 

Source/credit: AMResorts

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Secrets Resorts — There’s an app for that!

Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) announced today the launch of its new, interactive Unlimited-Connectivity® app. Now available for the company’s most recently opened properties, Secrets Vallarta Bay and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, the innovative app will be rolled out to all AMResorts brands and resorts by the end of 2012. The free digital application developed by AMResorts and Telmex, a world leader in communications, is accessible for mobile download to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry phones.

The app allows guests to stay connected and communicate with family and friends back home using the app-to-app calls feature to call local and international (U.S. and Canada) phones and send messages over the hotel’s Wi-Fi network without incurring any international cell phone roaming charges. Guests also can create user profiles using their email, Facebook or Twitter accounts to contact staff directly, tailor personal deal preferences, book spa appointments, reserve excursions and be just a click away from information about dining, amenities, resort activities, local attractions and much more. Users can register the app with their room number, allowing them to instantly view their folio and request hotel services.

The easy-to use, cost-saving app registers as a room extension so guests can send and receive calls throughout the property as if they were in their room.

AMResorts also is introducing a new AMResorts Collection iPad app, an interactive information resource and travel planning tool. A Secrets Brand Collection will be available for download on iTunes. Apps for the company’s other four brands will be accessible by the end of 2012. The iPad app will allow users to input their travel needs and interests and access specific resort recommendations based on their preferences. It is designed to help couples, families and adults plan and book their future vacations with AMResorts, as well as enable agents and planners to quickly identify the property that best fits their client or group function.

2011 in Review

AMResorts enjoyed an exciting 2011 with the celebration of its 10th anniversary milestone, a new brand introduction, entry into new destinations, five resort openings and the continued growth of its diverse portfolio. The company closed the year with 26 resorts and almost 10,000 rooms in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

In November 2011, AMResorts re-launched the Sunscape Resorts & Spas brand with the opening of Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa – its first resort in this popular Mexico destination. Ixtapa is the seventh Mexico destination to have an AMResorts property, demonstrating its success and confidence in this market.

Also last November, AMResorts celebrated the official opening of the adults-only Secrets Marquis Los Cabos. The opening marked the brand’s entry into the popular vacation destination of Los Cabos, Mexico.

The December 2011 debut of the adults-only, 399-suite Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa became Secrets’ first foray into the growing vacation destination of Huatulco in Mexico’s Pacific region and is AMResorts’ second resort in the area, following Dreams Huatulco.

AMResorts continued growth in the Dominican Republic with the debut of two new Punta Cana properties in May 2011: Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana and Now Larimar Punta Cana. These properties are joining the company’s four additional resorts in the destination: Dreams Punta Cana, Dreams Palm Beach, Dreams La Romana, and Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. The 2013 debut of the Gems at Cap Cana complex, a $400 million development and the company’s largest project to-date, will continue AMResorts’ expansion in the Caribbean.

Looking Forward

AMResorts has two developments underway in Puerto Vallarta, Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, set to open in April 2012. The $175 million USD project introduces the first Secrets and Now Resorts & Spas properties to the popular destination and is responsible for creating 902 direct jobs. The 602-room, two-resort complex represents Puerto Vallarta’s first new construction hotels in almost a decade.

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta will offer adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in a beautiful beachfront setting. Guests will be welcomed by 271 elegantly-appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room services; multiple gourmet, a la carte restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages; endless day and evening activities; and full-service spa and fitness facilities.
With 331 oversized guest rooms and suites with ocean views and private terraces, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta will cater to couples, friends and families. The resort offers amenities such as wireless internet access, flat screen TVs with surround sound systems, daily refreshed mini bars, 24-hour room and concierge services, multiple gourmet dining offerings and full-service spa and fitness facilities. The resort will foster a sense of understated luxury and comfort, and has received the Amber gemstone symbol as a reflection of the inviting rich sands along Banderas Bay.

The opening of the newly built, 495-room Secrets The Vine Cancun is scheduled for August 2012 in Cancun’s popular Zona Hotelera. The newly built Secrets The Vine is located on the golden Yucatan Peninsula coastline. The resort features 495 luxurious guest rooms, all with ocean views, private balconies, Italian porcelain floors, and teak wood furnishings. Its lobby celebrates fine wine in both its design and menu offerings with a designated wine tasting area for guests, the Enoteca (wine cellar). Featuring a Mexican handcrafted wood table with seating for up to 30 guests, a unique wine wall housing as many as 3000 varieties of wine, and sommelier-lead tastings of some of the world’s finest wine collections, the Enoteca promises guests a rich and relaxing wine tasting experience.

By 2013, AMResorts is anticipating a portfolio of 35 resorts, more than 13,500 rooms and entry into new destinations including Costa Rica.

Source/credit: AMResorts

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