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Azul Villa Carola

Azul Villa Carola, by Karisma is a gracious beachfront villa with a 10,700 squarefoot interior sleeping 12 adults and eight children. This luxury six bedroom villa has many special touches – a pool, heated Jacuzzi for 10, Majordomo service and optional private chef.

It also features access to Azul Beach Hotel next door, so you have all the privacy of a villa stay, plus all the facilities of a boutique resort. Add in the convenience factor – just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport – and this villa has everything going for it.

3 Bedroom Villa is back!  Book by December 31st for travel until September 30th 2014 and save 20%.

Top 10 Reasons to Vacation at Azul Villa Carola

1. Space to Spread Out: With a 10,700 square foot interior and outdoor terraces, your family and friends will have space to relax with all the comforts of home plus a pool, outdoor heated Jacuzzi, private beach and Aqua Sky Pier.

2. Peace of Mind: There is a Child Monitoring System for parents with cameras at the pool and beach for easy monitoring. The property is also gated and there is a 24 hour guard.
3. Gourmet, Any Way: Have a private chef cook throughout your stay, book a specialty dining experience, order room service or dine at the restaurants next door at Azul Beach Hotel. You can cook yourself, just ask the Majordomo to pick up your grocery order. 

4. Access to Azul Beach Hotel: Enjoy all the advantages of a boutique resort at the adjoining hotel, Azul Beach. Includes restaurants, bars, pools, water sports and facilities. Choose a Gourmet Inclusive® package or purchase a day/night hotel pass.

5. Close to the Airport: Azul Villa Carola is just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport, a quick trip for kids anxious to get to the beach and start their vacation.

6. Great for Children and Families: The villa sleeps 12 adults and eight children. Baby equipment and toys are provided. Kids love the pool, beach, DVD menu and Wii. They can enjoy the Kid’s Club, kid’s pool and beach playground at Azul Beach Hotel with a GI Package or day pass.

7. Special for Destination Weddings: Have a private event at the beach, pool, gazebo or pier. Special packages add value, and our U.S.-based Advance Wedding Planner and Majordomo handle details. The wedding party can stay at the villa while guests stay at the hotel.

8. Romantic for Couples: The Master Suites have two Jacuzzis for two – indoors and outdoors. Memorable romantic experiences include a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach and dual massages on the Aqua Sky Pier.

9. Personalized Service: A Majordomo coordinates services with you in advance and fulfills your on-site requests 24 hours a day. Beach butlers, a private chef and various instructors are available. Enjoy al fresco check-in at the pool with Champagne.

10. One-Stop Travel Arrangements: Let a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant give you advice and handle your travel reservations. With special training on the villa, package options and the destination, these travel agents ensure vacation satisfaction. 



Romance Travel

Whether you’re lighting a spark or rekindling an old flame, there’s no better way to heat things up than a beach getaway. From champagne and breakfast in bed to couples’ massages and private dinners, these deals have exactly what you need.

Sweet SoBe Escape

With an intimate beachfront setting, romantics can turn up the heat at South Beach Marriott with the Couple’s Getaway package.

  • South Beach coastline view room
  • Breakfast for two at oceanfront Deco Blue restaurant or room service
  • Champagne and strawberries upon arrival 
Rates start at $329/night and the offer is valid through December 30, 2013. To make reservations call 1-800-228-9290 or visit with promo code ROM

Cuddle Up In St. Kitts
Relax and reconnect on a Caribbean getaway to St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino with the Get Romantic in St. Kitts Package:
  • Guest room accommodations
  • Breakfast buffet daily for two
  • $45 dinner credit per person (per room, per stay for two people)
  • Dinner for two guests, per stay
  • Fabulous welcome gift
  • Welcome fruit punch 
  • One bottle of champagne
  • Room tax and gratuities for maid & bellman

Rates start at $218/night and the offer is valid through December 20, 2013. To make reservations call 1-800-228-9290 or visit with promo code LVU.

Berries, Bubbly & Breakfast in Bed
Celebrate a romantic getaway with that special someone at Sandpearl Resort, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views that includes the following: 
  • Luxury room or resort suite
  • Champagne & chocolate dipped strawberries on night of arrival
  • Daily breakfast for two
Rates start at $244/night. To reserve, call 877-726-3111 or visit

Couples Getaway in Cancun
Grab your sweetheart and hit one of the world’s most beautiful, white sand beaches, while enjoying the following at one of two luxury Cancun resorts:
  • Deluxe accommodations with magnificent views
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A complimentary bottle of champagne
  • 25% off selected spa treatments
  • Daily internet access
Rates start at $159 at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and $229 at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Available for travel through December 31, 2013. To book, visit or, or call 1-800-228-9290 with promo code LVU.
Romance on the Beach at Alma Del Pacifico
This bohemian chic boutique property offers the perfect setting for couples to fan the flames of romance in Costa Rica. 
  • One 60 minute couples massage on the beach or in your private villa
  • A private three course candlelit dinner on the beach or in your villa 
  • Romantic turndown service on a night of your choosing
  • Daily breakfast in bed 
  • Four Day Economy Car Rental with GPS to explore! 
Rates start at $399/night; requires a minimum 3 night stay. Offer is valid until December 20, 2013, Visit to make reservations or call 1-888-960-ALMA (2562)

Relaxation & Romance
Indulge in Spa Splendor at Ft. Lauderdale’s premier beachfront resort, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
  • Deluxe nightly accommodations
  • One swedish massage or aroma decadence facial per person, per day
Rates start at $339/night and the offer is valid through December 31, 2013. To make reservations call 1-800-228-9290 or visit with promo code SPA.



Preferred Hotels

Time is winding down for wanderlusters to fulfill 2013 resolutions to “travel more”, “travel farther,” or “travel smarter,” and Preferred Hotel Group is helping put those goals within reach with its new Advance Purchase offer.

Whether booking a beach escape weeks in advance or a city trek on three days’ notice, travelers can save up to 30 percent* on stays at 98 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts worldwide now through December 31 with the Preferred Hotel Group Advance Purchase. Highlights include:

Book at least 45 days in advance to save…

o   30%* in Miami Beach, Florida at SLS Hotel South Beach: This 140-room hotel presents the ultimate South Beach experience with dining by the iconic Chef José Andrés, a prime address on Collins Avenue, and interiors by Philippe Starck. *Regular rates  from US$326 per night.


Book at least 30 days in advance to save…

o   30%* in Cancun, Mexico at NIZUC Resort & Spa: With two exclusive beaches, butler service, a 30,000 square-foot spa, and 274 suites featuring a private deck, plunge pool, or garden, this resort redefines luxury indulgence along the Riviera Maya. *Regular rates from US$382 per night.


o   20%* in Kumarakom, India at The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa: Set on Vembanad Lake, this resort is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation with features such as traditional Indian-style bedrooms and a private island for meditation and yoga. *Regular rates from US$155 per night.


o   15% in Tokyo, Japan at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo: This impeccable 33-story hotel wows guests with unobstructed views of Tokyo Tower, 603 well-appointed guest rooms with hi-tech amenities and sunken whirlpool tubs, and a prime Shiba Park location. *Regular rates from US$189 per night.


o   15%*in Paris, France at Hotel Felicien: This new-to-the-scene avant-garde landmark presents a glamorous design experience at the hands of architect Olivier Lapidus in a central location just steps from sites such as Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower. *Regular rates from US$382 per night.


Book at least 14 days in advance to save…

o   20% * in Jerusalem, Israel at The Inbal Jerusalem: Ideal for business travelers or sightseers, this 283-room gem is renowned for its world-class hospitality, authentic Israeli cuisine, and close proximity to major historic and entertainment sites. *Regular rates from US$453 per night.


Book at least 3 days in advance to save…

o   15% * in Rome, Italy at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa: This elegant hotel in the exclusive Parioli neighborhood wows guests with features such as an expansive outdoor heated pool, views of St. Peter’s Basilica, and 179 guestrooms featuring private terraces. *Advance purchase rate includes breakfast.  Regular rates from US$356 per night.


For reservations and more information on the Advance Purchase  offer, please visit online


*Discount taken off best available rate. Rate is non-refundable. Advance booking date varies by hotel. Offer ends December 31, 2013.


Ritz Carlton Caribbean & Mexico

Picture yourself walking barefoot on a sandy beach, listening to the waves as a gentle breeze beckons you to return to your calming guestroom.  Take a daytime nap before heading out for another delicious meal.  Stay out as late as you want because tomorrow…

Whether it’s enjoying an afternoon of pampering at Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; sampling cuisine from celebrated Chef Laurent Tourondel at BLT Steak at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan; playing a round of golf on the award-winning White Witch Golf Course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica; or sailing into the sunset about the Lady Lynsey catamaran at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas-

The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, offer the perfect setting to discover with your loved ones. And what better time to visit a new exciting worldwide city or explore a new luxury resort when days are longest and rates are lowest? Discover your nightly accommodations, daily breakfast for two along with your daily resort credit for your use at restaurants, spa and more…

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun:           DISCOVER WITH YOU

Valid through December 31, 2013 Starting at $439 USD per night & includes Ocean-view accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two at El Café Mexicano, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Tequila tasting experience for two (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman:   DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 12, 2013, three night minimum stay  Starting at $539 USD per night includes Overnight accommodations in a Garden, Resort or Ocean Front guest room, $100 USD resort credit per night, Buffet breakfast for two at 7 restaurant and a snorkeling eco-adventure for two with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan:           DISCOVER WITH YOU

Valid through December 31, 2013. Starting at $449 USD per night with Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Deluxe Rum Tasting (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas:         DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 15, 2013 Starting at $789 USD per night with your Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Private Hobie Cat sailing lesson for two (once per stay)

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica:   DISCOVER WITH YOU
Valid through December 31, 2013 Starting at $319 USD per night with Overnight accommodations, Daily American breakfast for two each morning in the restaurant, $100 USD hotel credit per night and a Historic Rose Hall Great House tour for two (once per stay)


JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

The opening of the new Maya Museum uncovered ancient ruins to the public that have all along humbly existed among the Hotel Zone’s monstrous resorts. Once perceived by tourists and locals just as an area of plush vegetation, the museum is home to 350 ancient Mayan artifacts (including 14,000 year-old Mayan remains) and the outdoor San Miguelito archaeological site.

Just a five-minute drive from the museum, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort created the Mayan Discovery package, which gives guests access to the museum and other Mayan-inspired experiences.

Valid on stays through December 31, 2013, the Mayan Discovery package includes the following:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • Two tickets to the Maya Museum
  • 80 min. Mayan-inspired couples massage treatments (or two separate treatments)
  • Daily $50 resort credit
  • Internet access for two devices

Rates for the Mayan Discovery package start at $159 per night at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and $239 per night at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, based on double occupancy. Taxes not included. Offer is based on availability and subject to blackout dates.

The Mayan Discovery package can be booked online at or or by phone at 1.800.228.9290.  When booking this package, please request promotion code CUE.

Happy kids mean a happy family, and a happy vacation! Keep the kids engaged and busy throughout your beach vacation with the the Family Fun in Cancun package. What’s to love? A second guaranteed connecting room is included in the rate. Add to that a daily $100 resort credit, plus daily access to the Kids Club for two.
- Daily access to Kids Club (for up to two children ages 12 and under)
- Guaranteed connecting rooms (second room included in the rate)
- Daily $100 resort credit
- Daily internet access
Rates start at $259 at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and $349 at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Book online or call 1-800-228-9290. Use offer code MAJ. Offer is valid seven days a week through 08/31/13.

About CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Located in the heart of the hotel zone, the AAA Four Diamond CasaMagna Marriott Cancun resort is the perfect choice for weekend getaways, family vacations and group events. Spacious rooms with private balconies offer captivating views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or Nichupté Lagoon. A short bus ride to Cancun’s famed nightlife, shopping district and Convention Center ensures that there is something to do for everyone.  For more information about this hotel or to book a reservation please visit or call 1.800.223.6388. 

About the JW Marriott Cancun Resort
Recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Hotel Award, the landmark JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers an unforgettable Cancun vacation. Located in the heart of the hotel zone, each of the 448 well-appointed rooms have private balconies with stunning views of Cancun’s white sand beaches and the Caribbean. For those who wish to indulge themselves, the Club 91 accommodations combine the tranquility and sophistication of a private club with personalized and upgraded services. The Mayan Inspired Spa is rated one of the top spas in Mexico and offers massages, body wraps, manicures/pedicures and more. With four world-class restaurants, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the stunning beauty of the Caribbean, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for corporate retreats, events and holiday vacations. For more information about this hotel or to book a reservation, please visit or call 1.800.223.6388.