Holiday travel can be stressful, especially with little kids who are out of their normal routine. Keep your Florida family vacation holly and jolly with these travels tips this festive season:
What to Pack:
- Shorts because it’s always warm
- Lightweight fabrics
- Light jacket for evenings in case it’s breezy
- Swimsuit – you won’t be able to resist the pools & beaches
- Festive sweaters – just wear them inside in the blasting AC
- Sunscreen – the Florida sun doesn’t quit
- Let each family member choose an activity on the trip
- Read kids books on the destination
- Check out hotel photos online
Bring the Holly Jolly:
- Invite your The Elf on the Shelf or The Mensch on A Bench on vacation
- Pack up dollar spot holiday surprises for the kids
Hit up Florida Festivities:
- The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and their annual ICE! Indoor Winter Wonderland
- The Orlando World Center Marriott and their life sized gingerbread house
- Legoland’s Christmas Bricktacular
Keep Kids merry with these treats:
- Magical 3-D Holiday Glasses
- Tour of holiday light displays around town
- Holiday cookie run
- See the latest family holiday movie
- Wear animated Santa hats from the drugstore
When it comes to holiday gifts, the priveleged few who travel year round and can claim the title of “jetsetter” may be the hardest to buy for on your list. Afterall, what else could one want than to travel the world? Lucky for us gift givers, top brands everywhere do the hard work and create unique stocking stuffers for jetsetters year after year. It’s just a matter of finding these treasures. Lucky for all of you travel-loving readers, I love digging these life-on-the-go goodies up. Here are 12 stocking stuffers for jetsetters for the 2015 holiday season…and here’s to either being a jetsetter yourself or claiming that frequent flier status next year! For more deets on these items above and why I am loving them, check out my full write up on Beyond Words. Happy Holiday Shopping!
Shoes / Michael Kors pink gold watch / White Warren long shawl / Laura mercier cosmetic / Restoration Hardware colorful home decor / Kate Spade Wash & Wear Lingerie Bag Set / Mobile Foodie Survival Kit / Polaroid Cube+ 1440p Mini Lifestyle Action Camera with Wi-Fi Image… / Henri Bendel Charge Me Up Solar Charger / Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Eye Mask / essie gel setter Top Coat 0.46 oz (14 ml)
If you have the “experiences over things” mentality like I often do (unless I see a pair of killer heels), these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals are just for you. This Monday, December 30th, 32 hotels across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe are participating in special Cyber Monday rates up to 75% off just for you adventurous world travelers. Head to CyberTravelDeals.com now to check out the details on all properties participating so you’re ready to book a trip (or three) Monday morning! Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the hotel deals included:
Hotel: Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach
Offer: 40% off best available rates
Valid for Travel: December 2 – February 13, 2016
How to Book: www.sandpearl.com
Promo code: CYBER15
Hotel: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach
Offer: 40% off suites
Valid for Travel: February 20 – May 26, 2016
How to Book: www.opalsands.com
Promo code: CYBER15
Hotel: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Aruba
Offer: Rates starting at $199/night
Valid for Travel: May 1 – September 30, 2016. (Blackout dates: May 25-30, 2016)
How to Book: arubamarriott.com
Promo code: D52.
Hotel: San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico
Offer: 25% off leisure rates, starting at $169/night (available to book
Valid for Travel: Dec. 11, 2015 – Jan. 17, 2016
How to Book: www.sanjuanmarriott.com
Promo code: 444
Hotel: Tamarind, Barbados
Offer: Up to 55% off, starting at $218/night (discount/rates vary by seasonal travel dates)
Valid for Travel: Dec. 1-22, 2015, Jan. 3 – April 17, 2016, June 1 – Oct. 22, 2016
How to Book: www.tamarindbarbados.com
Promo code: CYBER1
Hotel: Casa Palopo, Guatemala
Offer: 35% off nightly rates, starting at $100/night
Valid for Travel: May 1 – July 3, 2016 and August 28 – October 28, 2016
How to Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Cyber Monday
Hotel: Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica
Offer: 50% off, rates starting at $150/night
Valid for Travel: August 21 – December 17, 2016
How to Book: www.tabacon.com
Promo code: CYMO
Hotel: Palazzo Victoria / Verona, Italy
Offer: Up to 25% best off best available rates
Valid for Travel: January 12 – April 30, 2016
How to Book: www.palazzovictoria.com
Promo code: CYBMON16
Hotel: Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, Italy
Offer: 15% off the Tuscan Wine & Culinary Experience Package and a bottle of wine from the Serchio Valley upon check-in.
Valid for Travel: Valid for travel through August 31, 2016
How to Book: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/lcvbr-renaissance-tuscany-il-ciocco-resort-and-spa/ with the promo code ZJ9
Please note, these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals can only be booked on Monday, November 30th and are based on availability and subject to blackout rates. Additional room category limitations and restrictions may apply.
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the countdown to 2016 is on! Don’t know where you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve? Express may just decide on those plans for you, jet setters. Enter Express’s #EXPSWEEPS contest and get the chance to win a free all expenses paid trip to NYC on New Year’s Eve for you and 3 of your friends! That includes airfare, hotel, and gift cards for you and your crew. If that’s not the best way to start 2016, I don’t know what is!
Winner or not, you definitely need a fabulous holiday party look lined up for the evening. Here are some great stand out Express NYE dresses that will help you sparkle and celebrate the holiday season in style.
Details on the black grecian look above (or similar):
Details on the sequin look above:
5. Lip Gloss
6. Nudist Heels
The bonus? You can find these Express NYE dresses and many other styles in stores and online for 50% off (with free shipping) for Black Friday, November 27th. Missed it? No worries, there will be additional deals and offers including free shipping on Cyber Monday, November 30th!
Don’t forget to enter to win the Express NYE in NYC contest here, no purchase necessary. Winners to be announced Tuesday, December 1st. Good luck!
About this time of year, around our anniversary and before the hectic holiday season begins, my husband and I plan a getaway for a few days. Recharging my batteries is key to truly enjoying the upcoming 6 weeks of non-stop festive family fun with our two little boys. This way, there’s less of a chance I’ll lose my (ahem) cool before the Christmas tree is even up. This month, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to check out Marenas Beach Resort & Spa for two nights in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida for our escape and are so glad we did!
With storm clouds above us all weekend, our stay wasn’t the cocktails-in-the-cabana and sunset-beach-stroll escape I was envisioning. Evidently, Mother Nature couldn’t care less about my travel plans. But, regardless of the weather, our escape to Marenas Resort was the exact break I needed…and I almost forgot about the beach and pool right in their backyard. Almost. Yes, I’m a parent to 2 little kiddos and I’ll be happy with 5 minutes to myself in a cardboard box. But for a true escape, I’ll take Marenas. Here are my 5 favorite things about our recent staycation at Marenas Resort:
The Friendly Service
From the moment we stepped into the lobby, the staff couldn’t have been friendlier and more helpful giving us a full run down of the property and getting us settled in quickly. About 10 minutes after we checked in, I received a courteous call in our room to make sure everything was to our liking and asking if we needed anything. Definitely not something you’ll find at every hotel. When we needed help in the business center, the staff was happy to help us get a fax out and, while we waited, they gave us several restaurant suggestions for dinner nearby. It’s all of these little details that are often forgotten by hotels that truly make the difference, make me feel well taken care of, and make the property stand out among the rest.
I’m one for stretching my travel dollar as much as possible to get to as many destinations as possible. So, typically, you’ll find me in a standard room, albeit a 4 star standard room. But the Marenas Resort mostly has one bedroom suites and we were lucky enough to get one and quickly felt spoiled and right at home. These 700 square foot spacious rooms had a fully equipped kitchen with a large fridge, microwave, and coffee pot (and complimentary pods), a sitting area, a washer/dryer, a large bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the Atlantic. After checking in and discovering all of this right in your room, you may never check out.
Location, Location, Location
Being born and raised in Miami, I heart Miami Beach. But sometimes, the over the top scene in South Beach is more than I want to deal with, especially when I’m looking to chill out for the weekend. Marenas Resort is located in Sunny Isles Beach, just 30 minutes north of the heart of Miami and not even 2 miles away from Aventura. This location gives you the same beautiful beach, (most of the time) gorgeous weather, a much more relaxed vibe, and is close to both MIA and FLL. I suggest spending most of your time in the golden sand or poolside with cocktail in hand. But, in case it rains during your stay (doubtful), head to the nearby Aventura Mall like we did. It’s one of the best malls in South Florida with a movie theater, great shopping, and yummy restaurants. Bal Harbour Shops and Sawgrass Mills Outlets are close too. Want a little bit of a scene at least for dinner? No worries, there are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby like Hyde Kitchen + Bar and Bourbon Steak (where we dined) or GG’s Waterfront, Corsair, and Bal Harbour Grill which were all highly rated and recommended.
The Boutique Hotel Feeling Without the Cramp
I adore the uniqueness and intimate feeling of boutique hotels for about the first 24 hours. Then I tend to feel a bit cramped and antsy that there’s not enough to do on property. Marenas Resort has managed to offer the best of both worlds, the boutiquey feel with an attentive staff and a long, narrow lobby (giving the illusion of a small hotel) plus plenty of entertaining areas including a comfortable bar, a full gym, the pool, beachfront service, a business center, plenty of sitting areas to just relax, and even a mini game room on the lower level. You may just need more than a weekend to tackle all there is to offer.
The Little Details
For me, after checking out of a hotel the biggest take aways are actually all of the little details…the things that have sparked some emotion in me. At Marenas Resort, it was the huge aquamarine water wall constantly flowing and calming me instantly…the inviting lounge areas around every turn which made me feel comfy cozy…the creative cookies on a stick and lemon lime mint water in the lobby sending me off with one last smile and hitting my sweet spot. Marenas Beach Resort & Spa gets it right, down to the little details.
Next time you’re looking for a relaxing Florida getaway, be sure to check out Marenas Beach Resort & Spa, the 4-star luxury hotel located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 30 minutes north of Miami.
Already need an escape from the holiday season? Yup, me too. Book this “Fall Break-Away” travel deal through October 31, 2015, and travel through November 22nd, 2015! We’re just getting to Halloween and it’s already getting a bit hectic. Recharge those batteries now, people. The most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year is almost here.
35 JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels® from Florida to Hawaii, are offering low nightly rates and daily resort credit with the “Fall Break-Away” travel deal. Make a quick escape before the hectic holiday season and take advantage of low nightly rates – starting at just $99/night – and up to $100 in resort credit per night which can be used for amenities including dining, spa services, golf tee times and on-property retail stores. In addition, AAA members can receive an additional 5% off their stay.
To book your Fall Break-Away Travel Deal, visit resortfallbreak.com with promotional code ZX0. To redeem the AAA discount, use promo code AAZ.
· Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
· Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
· Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
· Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa (a true Americana family vacay town)
· Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort & Marina
· JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes (perfect weather at Disney this time of year)
· Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
· Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa (a great family beach escape)
· Myrtle Beach Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
· Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center
· Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa (great family suites with kitchens)
· Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
· Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
· Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (holiday shop til you drop, shopaholics!)
· The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
· Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection (a luxe family escape with great restaurants)
Central, West Coast & Hawaii:
· Autograph Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
· Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
· Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
· Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
· Lodge at Sonoma, A Renaissance Resort & Spa (wine country is always a good idea)
· JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
· JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
· JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
· JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
· JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
· JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (the Texas Hill Country is beautiful…and looks like this property is too!)
· JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
· Kauai Marriott Resort
· Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
· The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
· Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
· Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
· Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (think sea turtles, palm trees, paradise)
· Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Terms & Conditions
Promotional rates are valid for reservations booked September 8th through October 31st, 2015, for stays from October 1st through November 22nd, 2015 at participating JW Marriott®, Renaissance®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts® and Gaylord Hotels®. Offer availability is 7 days a week, but may vary by participating resort. Resort Credit is available to use in select outlets and cannot be applied to room rate, resort fees or be redeemed for cash. Nightly credit amount varies by resort. Check with the Front Desk at check-in for list of outlets. Offer not applicable to groups of ten or more. Must quote promotional code ZX0 to receive the promotional rate. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Participating locations only. Some hotels may not be available at the rates shown. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation. Void where prohibited. To purchase the AAA offer using promo code AAZ, you must be a current AAA member and present your membership card at check-in. © 2015 Marriott International, Inc.
Happy Fall Travels!
Former NYC fashion industry girl, forever traveler, foodie at heart, and now Mom in Miami. My blog, Arrive Chic, covers the style I find in everyday life both on the road and at home, often with my two energetic little boys in tow.
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