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Marriott opens new Luxury Collection Hotel in Istanbul

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 hotel brands, has opened the Sanasaryan Han, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Istanbul. Originally constructed in 1895, the neo-classical structure, located steps away from the Spice and Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, has undergone a meticulous restoration that honours its heritage. The hotel offers 63 guestrooms, including 6 suites, a restaurant and bar, tea tastings with a Tea Master, and a meeting room that accommodates up to 80 guests. Guests will also find a grand chandelier in the light-filled atrium, a library of books and relics, and a collection of photographs by Harun Dogan throughout the hotel.

In celebration of the grand opening, the hotel has curated the Istanbul package for Marriott Bonvoy members that includes a traditional Turkish breakfast, a photographic walking map for city exploration, exclusive tea tasting sessions, a private tour of the Spice Bazaar and an additional 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay.

Air Canada Vacations expands Europe offering

Air Canada Vacations is expanding its Europe product offering for 2024 with the addition of 30 new tour packages. With the introduction of these packages, the tour operator now offers over 180 European tour package

options to choose from, complemented by a number of cruise itineraries and flight and hotel packages. The 30 new tours highlight a range of destinations including Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and more.

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in Scenic’s 2025 brochure

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ 2025 ultra-luxury Europe River Cruising and Land Journeys brochure has everything one needs to plan the ultimate European getaway. Featuring 23 itineraries across seven rivers and three land journeys, the brochure highlights a wide array of offerings, including new Scenic Freechoice excursions and the new port of Krems, Austria, which will feature prominently in 2025 as a must-see destination. Nestled along the Danube River in Austria, Krems has been introduced on the ‘Jewels of Europe,’ ‘Danube in Depth,’ ‘Christmas Markets’ and ‘Christmas and New Year’ itineraries. Guests can explore its rich history, medieval fortifications and renowned wineries on included Scenic Freechoice excursions.

Other featured itineraries in the brochure include the 11-Day Beautiful Bordeaux River cruise, an immersive cruise in the Bordeaux region, and the 11-Day Unforgettable Douro, which showcases the Iberian Peninsula’s local culture.

Backroads debuts new Greece & Croatia tour for 2025

Backroads has unveiled a new ‘Greece & Croatia Ocean Cruise MultiAdventure Tour’ from Athens to Dubrovnik for 2025 aboard Emerald’s yachts, the Azzurra and Sakara. This seven-night trip features a bike ride to the ruins of Delphi, hiking above the UNESCO Heritage Site of Kotor, Montenegro, and kayaking off the shores of the Greek island of Lefkada. Additional stops include Itea, Greece; Corfu; Greece; and Sarandë, Albania. Emerald’s sleek new yachts offer world-class amenities including an open-air bar, lounge areas, a pool and a gym, along with master chefs known for their gourmet dishes.

Emerald Cruises launches 2025 Europe River Cruises brochure

Emerald Cruises has launched its 2025 Europe River Cruises brochure featuring fleet updates and new EmeraldPLUS experiences. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the cruise line highlights several itineraries including: ‘Splendours of Europe’; ‘Sensations of Lyon & Provence’; ‘Danube Delights’; and ‘Jewels of the Rhine.’ New EmeraldPLUS experiences, available at no additional cost, include a classical concert in a private chapel in Avignon, an evening concert at Bruschal Palace in Germersheim, and a special concert onboard the ship by a local choir in Rousse.

WestJet restarts

Toronto-Dublin service

WestJet is celebrating a decade of Europe service by resuming daily seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin throughout summer 2024. TorontoDublin service runs daily from March 1 to Oct. 13, while Dublin-Toronto runs daily from March 2 to Oct. 14. WestJet is also reconnecting service this summer between Halifax-Dublin, EdinburghLondon (Gatwick), Toronto-Edinburgh, and St. John’s-London (Gatwick).

Krems, Austria Theatre of Dionysus, Athens

Discover the wonders of Istanbul with Turkish Airlines’ stopover accommodation service

In order to elevate the passenger experience, Turkish Airlines – the airline that flies to more countries than any other – offers the chance to discover the fascinating city of Istanbul through its stopover service featuring lengthy transfer times. The ‘Stopover in Istanbul’ program includes free accommodation in partner hotels, allowing passengers connecting via Istanbul Airport to enrich their travels by discovering the city’s history and rich culture. Economy Class passengers with long connection times can opt for a two-night stay in a four-star hotel, while Business Class passengers can enjoy a three-night stay in a five-star hotel. At least 72 hours before their first flight, passengers can make a reservation on with the PNR and surname information, or by sending their request to the email address corresponding to their country of departure on the website.

Turkish Airlines offers six weekly direct services from Toronto, three weekly direct services from Vancouver, and three weekly direct services from Montreal to its hub in Istanbul, plus connections to more than 128 countries worldwide.

Air France rolls out expanded summer 2024 program

Air France is gearing up for a busy summer season out of Canada, with a program that includes over 59 flights per week. During the peak summer season, the airline will offer the following: 4 daily flights from Montreal departing at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; 2 daily flights from Toronto; the Ottawa-Paris route, launched with 5x/week service in 2023, will become daily starting June 17 with

an Airbus A350; the Quebec-Paris direct flight will return for a third season; and the Vancouver-Paris flight will become daily between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2024.

In addition, KLM will offer a total of 39 flights per week from Canada, including: 2 daily flights from Toronto; daily flights from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver; and 4 flights per week from Edmonton. In total, the Air FranceKLM Group will offer a total of 98 flights per week from Canada in 2024, compared to 95 in 2023.

Star Clippers offers authentic French Riviera vacations

Also known as the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera features prominently in Star Clippers’ dazzling portfolio. The company offers seven-day voyages in and around the region onboard the 166-guest Star Flyer, starting at US$1,930 per person. The ship can drop anchor in out-of-the-way ports on the ‘Corsica and French Riviera’ itinerary, which sails roundtrip from Cannes and includes a visit to Plage Saint Antoine. The ‘Ligurian Sea’ sailing, meanwhile, calls on ports in Italy and France, including the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Corsica as well as Monaco, which is a must-visit during the Grand Prix. Star Flyer offers two sailings in 2025 that puts guests at the centre of the action: the ‘Grand Prix Trials’ sailing roundtrip out of Cannes on May 17, 2025 and the ‘Grand Prix Finals’ departing Cannes on May 24, 2025.

A Star Clippers sailing includes nearly everything under one fee: a cabin, three meals a day, entertainment, the assistance of a cruise director, and transportation to/from the ports via tender boats. .

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Tauck announces new ocean and river cruises for 2025

The coming year promises to be a busy one for Tauck, with new ocean and river itineraries in Europe. In small ship ocean cruising, the company will debut the 14-day ‘Aegean Voyage: Istanbul to Athens’, which includes a threenight stay in Istanbul, a two-night stay in Athens and an eight-day cruise with calls in Lemnos, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Santorini and Itea. Also new is the 12-day ‘Rome, the Amalfi Coast & Sicily,’ which includes two nights in Rome, two nights in Valletta, Malta and a seven-day cruise with visits to Amalfi, Trapani, Palermo, Taormina, Siracusa and Gozo.

On Europe’s rivers, Tauck will be introducing the new 14-day ‘Romantic Capitals: Paris to Prague' for 2025. Beginning with two nights in Prague, guests will then enjoy a nine-day river cruise from Regensburg to Trier along the upper Danube, Main-Danube Canal, Main, Rhine and Moselle before travelling overland to Luxembourg. The journey concludes with two nights in Paris.

Avalon Waterways says ‘oui’ to more France in 2025

Avalon Waterways is saying ‘je t’aime’ to France next year with new cruises to meet demand. The all-new ‘Bonjour Bordeaux: Châteaux, Wineries & Charming Village’ is an eight-day voyage that visits Cadillac-surGaronne, Cussac Fort Médoc, and more. The itinerary can be extended for twoand three-week options, including ‘French Masterpiece: Paris, Normandy & Bordeaux,’ ‘France, Uncorked: The Rhône, the Seine & Bordeaux,’ and ‘Vineyards, Châteaux & Bordeaux.’ Avalon is also offering ‘Active & Discovery’ cruises throughout France with ‘Active & Discovery on the Rhône’ and ‘Active & Discovery on the Seine.’

Princess to sail largest-ever Europe cruise season in 2026

Princess Cruises’ 2026 European cruise and cruisetour season will be its biggest ever, with five Princess cruise ships sailing the region, including the new Sun Princess. Running March through November 2026, the European season features 59 itineraries that visit 101 destinations across 29 countries, ranging from 5-42 nights. Highlights of the season include viewing the 2026 total solar eclipse, the return of roundtrip cruises from Copenhagen, and new itineraries from Rome. Plus, new for 2026 is a 28-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean itinerary sailing roundtrip from Southampton, and roundtrip Med itineraries aboard the Enchanted Princess from Rome ranging from 5, 7, 8 and 14 nights. And for the first time ever, Majestic Princess will sail roundtrip from Southampton on British Isles and Northern Europe itineraries ranging from 11, 12 and 14 nights. Sun Princess, the next-level ‘Love Boat,’ will sail 7, 14- and 21-night Mediterranean voyages departing from Rome, Athens and Barcelona.

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Sheraton Club Lounge
Fresh off a $50 million

renovation, Le

Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel adds a renewed sense of sophistication in the city’s downtown core

t had been more than 20 years since I last stepped foot inside Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel. It was the hotel of choice all those years ago for me and my gaggle of girlfriends, who wanted to spend New Year’s Eve in a ‘foreign’ city known for its nightlife and late-night eats. Back then, admittedly, I paid little attention to the hotel and how it looked, but I do remember it being ‘really nice,’ as any hotel would to someone with limited travel experience in their early 20s.

Now, I’ve returned, far more older with far more mileage under my travel belt, and like me, the hotel looks a bit more grown up, fresh off a $50 million top-tobottom renovation. Originally built in 1982 and last renovated in 2008, the newly enhanced Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel looks sleek and sophisticated in all the right places, in a way that feels welcoming to all guests, no matter how far they’ve travelled or why they’ve come.

Case in point, while waiting to check in at the newly enhanced lobby (modern black furniture and gold accents have replaced outdated cherry-wood finishings), I study

the other guests in line and those meandering throughout the wide, open space. I take stock of myself, husband and nineyear-old daughter, all dressed casually to make the five-hour drive from Toronto more bearable, and the handful of businessmen and women clad in suits and smart blazers, surely there to attend meetings in downtown Montreal. And then there are others dressed even more casually than us, in sneakers and tees and wearing lanyards that read ‘CPA Montreal Invitational 2024,’ all members of the Canadian Poolplayers Association who are there to compete for cash money during a weekend tournament taking place on the fourth floor.

It’s a mish-mash of people from all walks of life, some coming as far as the southern states of America (their drawls are a dead giveaway), and yet we all seem to belong here at the new Sheraton. No one’s out of place or made to feel different, which is a testament to the hotel’s inclusive feel, relaxed ambiance and welcoming staff.

We check in and park the car (there’s plenty of underground parking with drive in/out privileges), and head up to our Sheraton Club Level room on the 35th floor. As any parent can attest, the hallmark of a good hotel room is the ‘wow’ factor, uttered by their child upon first entry. And I’m happy to report that Le Centre Sheraton Montreal did not disappoint, invoking a gasp and a wow from my daughter as soon as our door swings open.

Inside, we’re immediately struck by a hip, monochromatic current that runs throughout the room, an intentional approach based on the ‘New Sheraton Guestroom’ concept. There’s a beautiful king bed with a brand new, backlit leather headboard that faces a huge flat-screen TV, low-level console and minibar. Outdated brown carpeting has been switched out for an ultra-cool geometric pattern in light and dark grays, perfectly complementing fresh, new wallpaper on one wall and contemporary art on another. We make special note of the Sheraton Signature Height Adjustable table in the corner of the room, round and modern looking with fully-integrated height controls and power/USB ports positioned at its centre. The bathroom is equally fun to explore


with my daughter, who delights in the roomy shower, beautiful double vanity and abundance of bath amenities. And let’s not forget the view! From the 35th floor, all of downtown Montreal is laid at our feet, including McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and there, in the distance, Mount Royal Park.

We forego unpacking to head up to the 37th floor instead, where the newly renovated Sheraton Club Lounge awaits with complimentary afternoon hors d’oeuvres for Club Level guests. Heavy doors open up to a gorgeous space defined by floor-toceiling windows, luxurious seating with gold accents, and a stunning latticed ceiling that matches the plush geometric carpeting. In the far back corner are deep blue wing-backed chairs paired in twos for deep conversations, private seating pods that face the spectacular view, and high-top tables and art deco-inspired chairs perfect for team meetings and group outings. But all this is secondary to the delicious spread laid out at the front of the room: an endless charcuterie board complete with mixed olives and cheeses, fish with polenta topped with capers and tomatoes, and a decadent assortment of baked goods, including chocolate muffins and yogurt parfait with caramel and fresh fruits.

After filling up on treats and sweets, we head straight to the indoor pool for an evening dip. It isn’t large by any means – simple, narrow and rectangular – but opulent

feeling, nonetheless, with an amber wood and frosted glass accent wall anchoring the far end, a row of loungers lining one side, and a welcoming Jacuzzi on the other. With the low ceiling, dim lighting, and vibrant blue of the water, the space looks and feels like an exclusive club at a high-end spa, and it was all ours to enjoy at this early evening hour, a decadent feeling that we soak up to our hearts content.

The next day begins back at the Sheraton Club Lounge for a to-die-for breakfast buffet that includes everything from muffins, pastries and artisan jams, to homemade smoothies, pancakes, bacon and granola parfait. Unlimited Starbucks coffee is the icing on the cake. We eat freely and happily, chatting with friendly servers who procure for us a map of the neighbourhood and provide recommendations for the best poutine in the city. They also confirm that the hotel is situated steps away from not one, but two metro stops, which proves invaluable for a day’s worth of sightseeing.

And oh, what a day of sightseeing we have, filled with all of Montreal’s top sights and attractions. We laugh at penguins at the Biodome, drool over incredible poutine in Old Montreal, eat the fluffiest coconut buns in Chinatown, and climb all 283 concrete steps of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. Getting around is a breeze, thanks to allday Metro passes, and takes no time at all since Le Centre Sheraton Montréal is so centrally located. But by late afternoon, spent with sore feet, we head back to the hotel for the highlight of the entire weekend: dinner at Stanley.

A completely new restaurant that debuted in June 2023, Stanley, named after the Stanley Cup, is considered the

Pool Salon Club Sheraton All photos courtesy of Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel

crowning glory of the hotel’s recent renovations. Located in the lobby and based on Sheraton’s philosophy that food is meant to be shared, the restaurant sits at the foot of the hotel where the Victoria skating rink – site of the very first codified hockey game in 1875 and the very first Stanley Cup final in 1894 – once stood. It’s no wonder then that Stanley has become a pre- and post-game hangout for die-hard Montreal Canadiens fans either on their way to or returning from the Bell Centre, located just around the corner from the hotel.

On this particular night, however, given our early six o’clock reservation, we pretty much have the restaurant to ourselves, which gives us ample time and opportunity to appreciate the room’s many impressive details. Though at first glance it may look like a typical lobby lounge, Stanley is much more impressive, with a long, marbled bar that runs the length of the room, luxurious leather seating, gold-plated globe lights, intimate seating areas with deep armchairs, and an entire two-storey wall of windows that doubles as an architectural showstopper. It’s a feast for the eyes, as is the dinner menu by Executive Chef Alexandre Martin, which we pour over with several

‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ until finally deciding on the Cod Fritters, the Gnocchi, the Tuna Poke and the Octopus. All of it is outstanding (earning two thumbs up from even a picky nine-year-old), a culinary progression of deliciousness that eventually culminates in dessert. Simply titled ‘Chocolate,’ what appears before us atop a handpainted chocolate swirl is a decadent bar of ganache-covered mousse with pralines and a hazelnut coating. In other words, a dream come true.

It’s impossible to believe that a meal like this can be topped – but it can, at the exact same restaurant the very next morning. As many of the wait staff tell us, dinner at Stanley is one thing, but weekend brunch at Stanley is on a whole other level. First introduced during the holidays, ‘Sparking Brunch’ has now become a permanent weekend fixture and an Instagram-worthy experience, thanks to a DJ spinning house beats at the far end of the room and an endless stream of gorgeously plated food. For $53 per person ($60 if you want a glass of mimosa, too), you can enjoy a selection of danishes, plus one ‘For the table’ plate (charcuterie or smoked salmon), and one Main dish. We opt for the Avocado Toast topped with mushrooms, and the Bénédictine, which comes with rosti, maple-glazed ham and poached eggs. Together with sliced meats and cheeses, fresh berries, crostini, croissants and truffle fries, it’s safe to say that we checked out of the hotel afterward totally stuffed and completely wowed.

But that’s just it about the new Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel. Yes, it has all the elements of a centrally located hotel, and yes, it serves as an ideal hub to explore one of the world’s best cities. But if you actually take the time to enjoy all of the hotel’s offerings, from its renovated rooms and the pool, to the Club Lounge, Stanley restaurant and the incredible food, you’ll see that it’s elevated the typical hotel stay to a full-blown experience. It doesn’t just want you to stay and leave – it wants you to stay, play, relax and indulge, all of which we’ve done in full. We could have easily stayed longer (if my daughter had her way, we would have), but we also left knowing that we banked many new family memories, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.



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can you see Lucy The Elephant, which stands along the beach in Josephine Harron Park. She sits six stories high and is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks.

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can you sample the famous Italian Submarine at White House Sub Shop, made with a variety of meats and cheeses on a classic Atlantic City roll. The Shop, known for its subs and cheesesteaks, has long been a favourite among celebrities.


can you take the Mural Tour. Atlantic City is home to more than 50 murals, made by artists whose works serve as the heartbeat of the city.

Only in Atlantic City can you stroll along the United States’ firstever Boardwalk. Spanning five miles and built in 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk has become a premier attraction, providing access to hotels, casino resorts, shops and classic Boardwalk fare.


can you indulge in authentic saltwater taffy. The sweet treat originated in 1883 on the Boardwalk after a storm flooded a candy store, and has been known as Atlantic City’s first ‘souvenir’ ever since.

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can you hear notes played from the world’s largest musical instrument. Located inside Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is its famous pipe organ, which can be seen and heard in operation every weekday for 30-minute concerts and tours from May to September.


can you climb New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the third tallest in the United States. The Absecon Lighthouse, built in 1876, is 171 feet tall with 228 steps, making it one of the city’s most historic and popular landmarks.


can you visit the historic Steel Pier, home to classic amusement rides like The Wheel (the third largest observation wheel in the United States), a swing carousel and carnival-like games.

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AREV Saint Tropez offers luxury boutique experience

Saint Tropez in the glamourous French Riviera has a new gem of a property. AREV Saint Tropez by the AREV Collection has opened its doors just five minutes from the heart of Saint Tropez village. The boutique hotel features 43 guestrooms and suites, many with private gardens, the sparkling AREV

pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre, a padel court, custom branded electric bicycles and the AREV Spa with Maison ST., complete with two hammams and lavish treatment rooms. AREV is also reviving the legendary Strand Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, long a staple of Saint Tropez. And for ultimate comfort, customized Mercedes V class vehicles will transfer guests to and from the airport.

PONANT launches new catamaran, setting sail this summer

PONANT has welcomed its latest addition to its fleet: the 24-metre Spirit of Ponant, whose intimate size serves as a nod to the brand’s roots in small-ship sailing. Built in France, the six-stateroom catamaran will set sail on seven-night voyages that are completely customizable in Corsica in July 2024 before heading to the Seychelles for winter 2024, offering circumnavigations of Mahé. The vessel sleeps up to 12 guests and four crew and features a personal chef, spacious staterooms and activities like paddleboarding, wakeboarding and snorkelling. The intimate vessel will be available as a private charter for week-long voyages as well as on a percabin bases on select itineraries, a rarity for sailing yachts of this scale. Rates start at $8,250 per person, based on double occupancy, for a single cabin booking in Corsica.

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Regent announces most expensive World Cruise for 2027

For the first time ever, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be hosting its 2027 World Cruise on board the Seven Seas Splendor –and at record-breaking prices. The 2027 World Cruise – World of Splendor voyage will sail from Jan. 11, 2027 on the Splendor, one of the cruise line’s newest ships and one of its three Explorer-Class series of vessels. This marks the first time the Splendor will host Regent’s World Cruise, increasing the number of suites available for sale in comparison to Regent’s 2026 World Cruise. Sailing from Miami to New York for a total of 140 nights, the all-inclusive voyage will travel to 71 ports of call in the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe. Guests will travel a total of 35,668 nautical miles across three oceans, explore 40 countries on six continents, choose from over 480 included shore excursions, and enjoy 14 overnight stays.

Fares for the 140-night voyage start from US$91,499 per guest for a luxurious Veranda Suite, up to a record-breaking $839,999 per guest for the opulent Regent Suite. Those who prefer a slightly shorter journey can sail a 126-night Miami to

Railbookers’ new Italy itineraries include La Dolce Vita Orient Express

Railbookers has unveiled a selection of new itineraries that include the debut of the La Dolce Vita Orient Express train, launching in 2025. Each itinerary showcases the brand new luxury train, with one or two nights on board. In addition to luxury accommodations, itineraries include food, beverage, offboard experiences throughout Italy, all transfers from airports, hotels and train stations, along with sightseeing and tours in key destinations. Departures featuring the La Dolce Vita Orient Express begin April 4, 2025.

Rome (Civitavecchia) voyage, with fares ranging from $84,999 per guest up to $755,999 per guest.

Before boarding Seven Seas Splendor, guests will enjoy a onenight, pre-cruise stay in a luxury hotel in Miami, plus an exclusive pre-cruise gala.

New Baccarat hotel set to open in the Maldives in 2027

SH Hotels & Resorts has a plan to redefine luxury in the Maldives with an ultra-luxe property set to debut in 2027. The one-of-a-kind Baccarat Hotel & Residences Maldives will span five interconnected islands across more than 111 acres in the South Malé Atoll. Located a 30-minute boat ride from Malé’s Velana International Airport, the resort will offer more than 50 hotel villas ranging from one to three bedrooms and 53 private residences for sale. Other top-selling points include specialty restaurants, a Baccarat-themed crystal garden, outdoor cinema, art gallery, turtle rehabilitation centre, wellness spa, yoga pavilions, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and traditional Maldivian fishing excursions.

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Dreams Estrella del Mar

Mazatlán Golf & Spa

Resort debuts in Mazatlán

The family-friendly, all-inclusive Dreams Estrella del Mar Mazatlán Golf & Spa Resort has opened its doors, marking the first Hyatt hotel in Mazatlán, Mexico. Part of Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection, the luxury allsuite resort is located less than 10 kilometres from Mazatlán International Airport in the exclusive community of Estrella del Mar. There are 358 suites with Unlimited-Luxury inclusions including a fully stocked and daily refreshed in-room mini bar and 24-hour room service. For an elevated experience, the resort’s Preferred Club offers upgraded suites and a range of additional amenities and services. There are four à la carte restaurants, a grill, an international buffet, and an ice cream booth, as well as five bars and lounges serving unlimited topshelf spirits. The Dreams Spa offers

a full-service salon and spa including a Turkish bath, guided hydrotherapy and a fitness centre.

For families, there’s an on-site waterpark with a lazy river, daytime and nighttime entertainment,

watersports, a nature-inspired Explorer’s Club, and a Core Zone Teens Club with mini discos, movie nights and gaming.

Now open: JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa

JW Marriott has opened its first Marriott International luxury hotel in St. Maarten: JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa. Located 30 minutes from Princess Juliana Airport, the resort offers 200 stylish guestrooms featuring natural wood finishes, handcrafted tile accents and best-in-class entertainment systems, four dining venues, a lobby bar, fitness room, the Hibiscus Spa, 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including the Soualiga Ballroom and four function venues for memorable gatherings.

Kensington Tours has new golf and tennis itineraries

Kensington Tours has launched a new limited series of luxury itineraries that focus on golf and tennis, including the Wimbledon Championships. Four sample itineraries include: ‘Wimbledon,’ a 7-day trip that includes premium seats at the Wimbledon Semi Finals; ‘Golfing the Emerald Isle,’ an 8-day journey that includes tee time on renowned courses in Ireland like Royal Portrush and Portmarnock; ‘Golf, Whisky, and Castles,’ an 8-day trip to Scotland that includes Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Loch Lomond; and ‘New Zealand: Ultimate Golf Experience,’ a 14-day journey that includes visits to Auckland, Bay of Islands, Napier and Queenstown with opportunities to hit the links at legendary courses like Titirangi, Kauri Cliffs and Millbrook Resort & Country Club.

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Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos, Autograph Collection now open

Autograph Collection Hotels has welcomed the opening of Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos, Autograph Collection. Located in Cabo del Sol, 40 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), the resort is built in a typical Mexican hacienda style and boasts 270 rooms and suites, including 242 deluxe rooms (Hacienda with garden view, Cabo with partial ocean view, and Baja with oceanfront view), and 28 suites (Arcos with partial ocean view, Arcos with oceanfront view, Patron suite, Misiones suites with three bedrooms, and Misiones suite with four bedrooms). Top amenities include the Cactus SPA, a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and personal training facilities, steam room and sauna, a kid’s club featuring an outdoor children’s pool, babysitting services, outdoor hot tubs, tour services, accessible facilities for disabled guests, five pools, various restaurants, four bars, eight event rooms, an exclusive golf course and evening entertainment.

Emerald Cruises

unveils new ‘Safari and The Seychelles’ journey

Emerald Cruises has a new once-ina-lifetime experience with its 16-day ‘Safari and The Seychelles’ itinerary, available to book now with departures from December 2024 to February 2025. This journey aboard the 100-guest Emerald Azzurra yacht blends the excitement of a Kenyan safari with the elegance of a Seychelles cruise.

Kenyan safari highlights include two nights’ accommodation at Samburu Game Reserve, three guided safari drives, an overnight stay at Lake Nakuru

National Park, a stop at Thomson Falls, three nights at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and more. Post-safari, guests can relax and set sail aboard Emerald Azzurra, exploring the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean’s hidden gems.

In addition to new offerings in the Indian Ocean and Seychelles, Emerald Cruises’ new 2024-2026 brochure details a full collection of warm water yacht cruises onboard twin luxury yachts Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara in the Med, Adriatic, Red and Caribbean Seas. A full slate of voyages offers 15- to 24-day itineraries, including the 22-day ‘Hidden Treasures of the Caribbean’ with no repeat ports.

Adults-only Royalton CHIC Antigua opens its doors

Antigua is celebrating the grand opening of its newest gem: Royalton CHIC Antigua. The adults-only, all-inclusive resort officially opened its doors on April 29, 2024, becoming the newest addition to Blue Diamond Resorts’ portfolio and its first property exclusively for adults on the island. It offers 235 rooms, including ones with ocean views, swimout access and walkout oceanfront suites, each featuring a balcony or terrace. In addition, the resort will feature exclusive 12 Overwater suites (Chairman, Presidential or Junior Suite) with special Diamond Club perks such as seamless check-in, access to exclusive areas and personalized butler service. Other resort highlights include seven restaurants and five bars, including Royalton’s signature Hunter Steakhouse and the overwater restaurant ‘Pescari,’ which embarces the ‘Diningtainment’ concept that merges dining and entertainment with panoramic views. During their stay, guests can also lounge by the pool and indulge in a spa treatment. Those seeking an upgraded experience can opt to stay in the Diamond Club room categories, which offer the best room locations and come with a set of specific room amenities and services. Additionally, these guests enjoy access to private areas, dinner reservations and personal butlers.

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The first all-inclusive on the main island of Saint Vincent opened its doors in March 2024


The resort is home to more ‘Sandals Firsts’ than ever before, including airport transfers via boat for Butler suite guests, in-suite fitness and media rooms, Sandals’ first communal-style restaurant, and a 300-foot linear pool.


Each of the 301 rooms and suites boast expansive views but none quite like the Vincy Overwater Two-Storey Villas. Another first for Sandals, these spacious accommodations are tucked into a secluded cove and offer the ultimate in privacy and luxury.


11 dining concepts, many featuring locally sourced ingredients, and 5 unique bars, including Three Jewels Rum Bar, will satisfy the gourmand in everyone.

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With nutrient-rich waters that host an array of marine life, the destination is one of the premier diving capitals of the world. The famous Tobago Cays Marine Park is just a short boat ride away.

5. UNMATCHED MARINE LIFE Located in the Eastern Caribbean, north of Grenada, Saint Vincent is an undiscovered gem where nature and volcanic landscapes prevail. Here, you can step off the beaten path and explore this little-known Caribbean wonder. 1. AN ISLAND RIPE FOR DISCOVERY


How Collette puts travel advisors first with more ways to save and earn

There’s no question that Collette has travel advisors’ best interests in mind. How do we know this? For one thing, the company’s Travel Advisor Reward Program, launched in September 2023, was built on the company’s existing policy for advisors, allowing them to save even more, the more they book.

Starting with reduced rates of 50%, advisors receive bigger savings on land tours the more travellers they book within a single year. They also have the opportunity to increase that number by 100% if they book over 40 travellers. Advisors will also receive reduced rates for companions, starting at 25%.

In addition to the program, Col-

lette offers several opportunities for advisors to earn more. In March 2024, advisors were able to earn an additional $100 for each booking. Plus, they can earn up to an additional $200 with Collette’s Advanced Commission Program, which applies to all five of the company’s travel styles.

“We value travel advisors and want to see them succeed,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, chief executive officer. “This offer is one more way for us to show them our appreciation when they provide their customers with their expertise in planning a dream vacation.”

To help travel advisors even further, Collette has launched its new ‘Collette Connection’ print-ondemand service, which allows them to send the company’s Explorations brochure with a personalized letter attached to their clients. All client information is completely confidential and the service is free of charge for advisors.

Collette’s Explorations brochure features 43 small-group tours designed by travellers, for travellers. These tours, which have become increasingly popular, offer travellers experiences that go beyond the guidebook.

“Collette is giving travel advisors an advantage with Collette Connection. The inclusion of a letter with a call-to-action to go along with our Explorations brochure is an opportunity for travel advisors to grow their business in personalized way,” added Leibl-Cote.

As the longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette offers over 170 tours to all seven continents and five distinct travel styles, including small group touring and river cruises.

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The resort was fully renovated in early 2023 when it was known as Falcon’s Resort and was converted to Paradisus Grand Cana in January 2024.

LOCATED IN PUNTA CANA, the resort boasts 432 suites including 108 swim-up suites with direct access to the pool and exclusive benefits, plus destination concierge service.

Designed with multi-generational family vacations in mind, the resort offers spacious All Suites accommodations (six-person suites) ideal for groups of families and friends travelling together, ensuring ample space for everyone to stay together and make the most of their time without ever being separated.

AS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE, family-friendly resort, it offers the Blast! Water Park and Kids Habitat.

Its Destination Inclusive®-tailored experiences immerses guests in Punta Cana’s local culture through regional décor, cuisine and curated activities outside and inside the resort.

OTHER TOP-SELLING POINTS include the Superior Maia Spa Experience, 9 specialty restaurants and 4 top-shelf liquor bars, and the Romance by Paradisus Program that accommodates both intimate and big, glamourous events.

“Our sales team is always here to help and work with travel agents through our Melia PRO Program/ Platform.”

“MOST PEOPLE WOULD be surprised to learn about the extensive array of activities and entertainment options available, from water activities to live performances held through our Destination Inclusive® Program.”

“This resort is perfect for families looking to spend quality time together in a luxurious and relaxing environment with plenty of activities for all ages.”

“THE RESORT’S SPACIOUS SUITES, expansive, lush grounds, world-class dining options and comprehensive wellness facilities make it stand out.”

Main Pool Master Suite with Swim-Up terrace

“We promise an elegant beachfront experience whether you’re with the family or on an adults-only vacation, with dedicated areas throughout the property for both families and adults only.”

“Golf lovers can challenge themselves at the nearby 27-hole Cocotal Golf Course.”

“The hotel has more than 9 restaurants including Flora by Dominican Chef Leandro Díaz, and a seasonal menu at the Italian restaurant, Mascalzone, curated by celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso.”

“Families and groups will love our expansive suites, some with separate living room and dining areas, in addition to an amazing calendar of unique experiences and a wide selection of restaurants to enjoy all together.”

“Guests can enjoy endless on-property activities such as The Epicure by Paradisus series featuring rotating chefs, and wellness retreats hosted by SUDA.”

“Paradisus by Meliá’s new Destination Inclusive program, exclusive for The Reserve guests and entirely included in the rate, will take them on a catamaran followed by yoga session on the beach.”


“How does Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort cater to couples and families?”

“For couples and parents to unwind, the YHI Spa is an island sanctuary of modern healing therapies amidst tropical gardens where guests can feel refreshed and rejuvenated.”

“The property’s daily program of fun activities caters to the interests of children, teenagers and adults, and features enriching experiences across the resort’s gardens, many pools and beachfront.”

“The Reserve is our adults-only oasis featuring the most exclusive suites including new swim-up suites with direct access to the pool and beach, a private lounge, a destination concierge, a dedicated restaurant and more.”

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Let the most iconic island in the Caribbean ignite your senses: it’s the Blue Mountain coffee awakening your tastebuds and the smell of jerk chicken roasting with spices. It’s the image of the sun’s rays dancing on the waves, the feel of your toes in the sand and the sounds of reggae beats. Jamaica is calling. Now through June 24, book rooms starting at a special rate of $199 pp/pn + guests will receive $250 resort credit +a free catamaran cruise*.

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