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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!
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).
TRAVELING THE WAY YOU WANT ON A TIGHTER BUDGET ...
The current economic downturn is affecting everyone. Many of our clients are finding themselves on a tighter budget than in years past. So, how to still travel while being more conservative with your spending?? Here are a few tips ...
(1) Keep your standard of quality the same, shorten your stay by a night or two.
(2) Try to travel during off-peak dates. Typically rates and airfares are at their highest during christmas/new year's break and winter season from Valentine's to Easter. Call your All Points Travel agent for seasonality recommendations for your particular type of trip or destination.
(3) Consider staying closer to home! All Points Travel can help with recommendations for fun and high quality options for a drive or short flight from your home city. Staying closer to home can minimize your transportation costs and make the most of a shorter trip without sacrificing quality.
(4) Keep in touch with your travel agent for current promotions. Travel agents have access to all of the specials you may see advertised PLUS several wholesale options that are only sold through travel agencies. All Points Travel is committed to finding the best available price for your plans!
(5) If you are nervous about booking now for a trip that may not happen for several months, consider packages that offer "cancel for any reason" trip insurance. The small add-on cost of the insurance will give you the peace of mind of knowing you can cancel later and get the package price refunded if your circumstances change. Be aware, however, that NOT all insurance policies are "cancel for any reason"! Be sure to know the terms and conditions of the policy you are purchasing. Your All Points Travel agent will know what options are available with this feature.
Be sure you are subscribed to receive our newsletter and periodic emails with current promotions. And, let your All Points Travel agent know what you are thinking for future plans so we keep you advised of promotions and sales that come available! With the recent decrease in fuel costs and the downturn in travel spending, we are seeing many of our preferred properties and destinations announcing discounts and special offers. It IS still possible to take that dream vacation ... let us help you find the way. - Your All Points Travel Staff, Jan 09 -