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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT EL DORADO RESORTS!
We love to sell the El Dorado Resorts in the Mayan Riviera and All Points Travel is proud to be the ONLY PREFFERED AGENCY in Utah with Karisma Hotels which include the El Dorado and Azul properties. The El Dorado Resorts are ADULTS ONLY, ALL-INCLUSIVE, and UPSCALE LUXURY! They offer what they call the "Gourmet Inclusive Experience" and believe us ... you don't want to miss the amazing food, pampered service, luxurious jr suite or casita accommodations, and exquisite attention to detail. Talk to your All Points Travel Agent for complete information and best possible pricing when ready to book! And, be sure to ask about the monthly Karisma promotion exclusive to All Points Travel!
We know that hearing first hand experiences can help in making up your mind for your vacation or honeymoon choice! We receive such overwhelming great response from our clients who have travelled to the El Dorado Properties and we want to share a few of them here:
"Our stay at El Dorado Royal was an amazing experience in paradise. We were treated like royalty every moment and enjoyed everything from the food and drink to the beach and hospitality. We can't wait until our next visit!!!" - Kemrey & Zane (honeymoon to El Dorado Royale)
"I love the El Dorado Royale! I actually did a photo shoot there in 2007 and my very first Calendar picture is on the patio in the Casita Suite!!! It was so beautiful there they even had private pools!" – Tobie (girls trip to El Dorado Casitas Royale)
"We went to El Dorado Royale on our Honeymoon and it was amazing! We couldn't have asked for any better food, service, or scenery. I actually talked my boss into switching his reservations from their resort to the El Dorado Royale when they went to Cancun for his wifes birthday. It is an amazing place and I know we will be going back again!" – Chris & Brooke (honeymoon to El Dorado Royale)
"We went to El Dorado Sea Side Suites for our honeymoon and we loved it. All inclusive resorts are the best for honeymooners! The food was great, the service was great and the activities were awesome. The best is that they serve you right when you need it, no waiting time! The resort was beautiful and quiet with fun things to do all the time! I would recommend it to other people!" – Ariel (honeymoon to El Dorado Seaside Suites)
"We went to El Dorado Royale for my birthday. The resort was gorgeous, the rooms were amazing, and the food was to die for! We still talk about the restaurants there being some of the best food we have ever had. I could eat at Kampai every night! Fabulous service. The beach was powder white sand, and the snorkeling right off the shore was unbelievable! We will definitely be going back." – Jessica & Jason (birthday couples trip to El Dorado Royale)
"What can I say about our stay at the Eldorado Royale, Casitas Royale!? AWESOME!! My husband & I spent our 25th Anniversary there. The food, the atmosphere, our room, the plunge pool & the outside shower! We loved it all!!" – Susan & Kip (Anniversary trip to El Dorado Casitas Royale)
"The Eldorado Royale was all that you said it was going to be and more!!!! Alice and I had a wonderful time!!!! We even enjoyed the part where tropical storm Alex came thru for a couple of days. Everyone was extremely friendly and accomodating and the restaurants were tremendous!!! Thanks for putting us so close to the beach!!! We couldn't have been more than 30 yards off of the beach and we were down at the far end of the resort so that most times it was like we had our own private beach!!! We'd go back there in a minute! You always take such good care of us!!!! Thanks again!" – Vyrl & Alice (anniversary trip to El Dorado Royale)
If you have been to any of the El Dorado propeties and have anything to add, we'd love to hear from you!
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG ... IT CAN HELP TO HAVE A TRAVEL AGENT!Reading the following (excellent) blog in USA Today … http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/11/carnival-splendor-travel-agent-cruise-ship-celebrity-century-help/130476/1 ... has inspired us at All Points Travel to remind you of the value and services provided when making major purchases through a trained professional. So, we’d like to title ours “WHEN THINGS GO WRONG ON A HONEYMOON … OR VACATION … OR CRUISE IT CAN HELP TO HAVE A TRAVEL AGENT!”As this blogger states “When things go wrong to the point of bringing an early end to a voyage (a relative rarity in the business, thankfully), a good agent can be a godsend in salvaging at least part of one's hard-earned vacation time.” We couldn’t agree more! Luckily, we rarely see complaints or problems with our clients’ trips. But, life and stuff happens. When there are “issues” to be dealt with, we often have quicker and easier access to those that can remedy the situation then you as the consumer. A reputable, experienced travel agency will have relationships and contacts not only with vacation and cruise companies, but many times directly with the resort or ship management as well. And, these relationships very often work to our customers favor when consideration is given for guest upgrades or additional amenities! Our clients almost always “win”!We hope that you will take time to look at the USA Today blog and the comments posted by the readers! Overwhelming they agree that using a travel agent has saved them money, gotten them better service, made their travel planning easier especially when there was a problem to deal with! It is always a benefit to have someone there as your advocate whether your flights are cancelled … or there is a problem with your room or cabin.Generally there are no additional fees to you, the traveler, to use a travel agent to book your cruise or vacation package. As a matter of fact, you can very often find BETTER PRICING through a travel agent! So, before you trust your honeymoon (possibly the most important trip you will ever plan!) or vacation to a generic, impersonal, non-customer service oriented website, ask yourself “what if I have a problem?” …
15 PLACES EVERY KID SHOULD SEE!
All Points Travel is happy to recommend this awesome list of must-sees for every American kid! We are happy to help you check off the list with amazing travel plans to each destination. What will you choose first??
Source: Budget Travel Magazine, May 2009
FAMILY TRAVEL HANDBOOK
15 Places Every Kid Should See
Here's our pick of important American landmarks that every kid should visit. Our choices might surprise you.
Beyond fun and relaxation, vacations also provide opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. While these sights are breathtaking at any age, there's something extra special about seeing them as a child—or just through the eyes of one. (Use discretion: Some places simply aren't appropriate for younger kids.)
Ellis Island Museum, New York City: About 40 percent of Americans are descended from someone who immigrated through this station. Visiting is a powerful experience, thanks to the smartly curated exhibits—and you get a terrific view of the Statue of Liberty on the same ferry ride (ellisisland.org, free guided tours, audio tours $8).
Ground Zero, New York City: The hole in lower Manhattan is sacred ground. The nearby Tribute-WTC Center exhibits crushed firefighter helmets and other recovered items (tributewtc.org, $10, students $5, kids under 12 free).
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.: This is a city of inspiring sights: the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans memorials. Still, the 19-foot marble statue of our 16th president is a can't-miss (nps.gov/linc, free).
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.: Kids growing up with e-mail and iPods might not believe it, but there was life before electricity, and even before a United States. The 301-acre open-air museum features hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings, and costumed guides tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city (history.org, $35, kids 6-17 $18).
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Sunk by a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona remains six feet below the water as a lasting monument to World War II veterans. A memorial that spans the sunken battleship was dedicated in 1962 (nps.gov/usar, free).
Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.: Look at what wind, water, and erosion can do: At 5,000 feet deep and an average of 10 miles across, it's the most magnificent natural wonder in the country, and perhaps the world (nps.gov/grca, $12, vehicles $25, kids 15 and younger free).
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis: The motel where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed is a museum chronicling the African-American struggle from slavery to Rosa Parks and beyond (civilrightsmuseum.org, $12, $8.50 kids). Also highly worthwhile: Alabama's Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (bcri.org, $11, kids $3) and Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (freedomcenter.org, $9, kids $6, free for kids 6 and under).
Redwood National Park, Calif.: Everyone feels humbled, in a good way, when exploring in the shadows of 300-foot-tall trees—many of which are more than 1,000 years old (nps.gov/redw, free).
Monticello, Va.: Besides the Declaration of Independence, one of Thomas Jefferson's other masterpieces is the estate he designed and tinkered with over the course of five decades, located seven miles from the University of Virginia—which Jefferson also founded (monticello.org, tours from $15, kids 6–11 $8, free for children 5 and under).
Gettysburg, Pa.: It's never too early to learn about the sacrifices of those who came before: In the bloodiest war in our nation's history, this Civil War battlefield was the bloodiest of all. Visitors can also see the spot where President Lincoln delivered his famed Civil War speech in 1863 (nps.gov/gett, free).
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas: The stories of courage in the face of overwhelming forces will be remembered (thealamo.org, free).
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: The most powerful falls in North America, with as much as six million cubic feet of water plummeting over the gorge every minute, were awesome when your grandparents honeymooned there and remain awesome today. It's worth crossing into Canada to see them from the other side (niagarafallsstatepark.com, free).
Freedom Trail, Boston: Visit Bunker Hill, Paul Revere's house, and other spots pivotal to the American Revolution. Walk the trail on your own for free or book a tour with a guide in 18th-century garb (thefreedomtrail.org, $12, kids $6).
Independence Hall, Philadelphia: It's where George Washington was appointed commander of the Continental Army, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the founding fathers truly laid the nation's foundation, in the form of the U.S. Constitution (nps.gov/inde, free but tickets for timed tours are required from March 1 to Dec. 31).
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla.: For more than 35 years, this resort destination—it's more than just a theme park—has been bringing the magic to kids and their grown-ups. For tips on navigating its 47 square miles, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World With Kids (see our review) is a great place to start (disneyworld.com, $63 for kids 3-9, $75 for 10 and older).
ANOTHER GREAT HONEYMOON - SANDALS WHITEHOUSE - THE ALBERTSONS
We are so happy that the Albertson's had such a fabulous time at the newly remodeled Sandals Whitehouse! One of our all time favorite destinations! Remote ... secluded ... upscale ... incredibly beautiful and some of the best service, food, and hospitality in the Caribbean!
I just wanted to say thank for all your help getting such a wonderful honeymoon set up!!!
We got back about a week ago and have been struggling to get back into normal life after being in paradise. We really did have such a good time. I was really impressed with the layout of the resort and how beautiful and immaculatly landscaped the grounds were. They upgraded us to a beachfront suite which was really nice and made our stay even more convenient. Your letter and instructions for how to get to, from, and around the airport helped a ton too!
We took a trip to the YS Falls and would recommend that to any other clients you might have that are looking for a good excursion. The falls were beautiful and the ride there is fun with all the interesting facts the tour guides share in helping you get to know Jamaica a little better. I think their country side is every bit as beautiful as the beach. The Jamaican people just might be the nicest and happiest cultured people I've ever met.But equally as impressive was all you did to help. I asked a handful of travel agents to look into destination vacations for me and you were by far the most helpful, nicest to work with, and friendliest! Next time we go back to the Caribbean I'll be contacting you for sure! ...even if its not for 25 years for an anniversary. HahaGreg Albertson - July 2010
FABULOUS EL DORADO ROYALE GETAWAY - THE BANGERTERS
We are so happy that Mr. and Mrs. Bangerter had such a fabulous time at the El Dorado Royale! We knew they would! Here's what they had to say ...Hi Marj,The Eldorado Royale was all that you said it was going to be and more!!!! Alice and I had a wonderful time!!!! We even enjoyed the part where tropical storm Alex came thru for a couple of days. Everyone was extremely friendly and accomodating and the restaurants were tremendous!!! Thanks for putting us so close to the beach!!! We couldn't have been more than 30 yards off of the beach and we were down at the far end of the resort so that most times it was like we had our own private beach!!! We'd go back there in a minute! You always take such good care of us!!!! Thanks again!
BARCELO MAYA BEACH HONEYMOON - THE VAN TIENDEREN
Another great honeymoon! Barcelo Maya Beach, Mayan RivieraAngie,We had an absolutely wonderful honeymoon. We loved the Barcello Maya Beach Resort and had a blast. The accomidations and plans with Lomas travel were also wonderful. Thank you so much for your help with this trip and we would love to plan more fun vacations with you in the future.
SANDALS WHITEHOUSE HONEYMOON - THE COFFEY'S
A great letter sent to us ... check out this great feedback from a Sandals Whitehouse Honeymoon!!Angie,I just wanted to take a moment and drop you a note thanking you for making our dream honeymoon possible.We had the time of our lives! The island was beautiful the resort was amazing and I have never met a nicer demographic of people.From the bars and the resteraunts right on the beach to the elegant night entertainment we could not have asked for a better trip.We didn't have any problems what so ever with any of our trip. I do have to say though that the the ride to the resort from montego bay was the most eye opening and interesting experience.I cannot imagine how stressful and in the dark we would have been had we not used you and your agency on our behalf.I have uploaded more then 100 pictures to my facebook page and you are more then welcome to friend me (if you're on facebook) and use some of them to promote your agency.Thank you again and we will contact you the next time we or anyone we know needs a little get away.