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Resort Review: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Over the Labor Day weekend I had the opportunity to take a pleasure trip, with my spouse. We ventured to Montego Bay, Jamaica for a 3-night stay at the all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara in Rose Hall, which is situated on the grounds of the former Ritz Carlton resort. This resort, having been open just around 6 months, is a dual resort. The Zilara is the adult only side consisting of spa treatment facilities, gym facilities, tennis courts, pools, whirlpools, beach front views, 3 restaurants and 2 bars. Zilara guests also have access to 10 more restaurants and 5 more bars at the adjacent Hyatt Ziva and Rose Hall Square, all within walking distant or a short golf cart ride on the property. The Ziva is family friendly and was the liveliest side while we were there. The Ziva side houses the gift shop and Zen Spa. It is also a shorter walking distance to a larger variety of restaurants. Zilara guest have full access to amenities at both Zilara and Ziva, however this is not reciprocated for Ziva guests.

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Staggering Adventure and Culture in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico packs a heavyweight punch compared to its feather weight size, only being a 100 miles long and 35 miles wide. While San Juan is its capital city, cruise port and entertainment mecca, Puerto Rico has premier attractions and destinations worthy of some quality time in every corner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOf course you have well known San Juan where no trip is complete without taking a stroll through the old town, marveling at the beautiful fountains, impending fort and the liveliness of cobblestone streets and café patios. Not too far away you can find a multitude of hotels, beach front, spas, golf and rest and relaxation in El Condado and Isla Verde, to name a couple areas.

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Roaming the Mexican Riviera

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The Riviera is Mexico’s 6,000 miles of coastline spanning four oceans and seas. From Riviera Maya to Riviera Nayarit on to the Baja coast there are incredible resorts, excursions and immersion possibilities for the curious traveler.  Our southern neighbor has a plethora of beach towns, cities and states that are more than safe for travelers to traverse. There are also options for the budget minded and for those looking to experience the lap of luxury.

Riviera Maya 023Mexico is well known for its beautiful beaches and master plan resort areas. Riviera Maya is arguably one of the most popular and visited areas in Mexico with a wide diversity of lodging options from rustic to luxury. It not only attracts the beach comber but also the cultural enthusiast due to its proximity to Maya archeological sites like the walled city of Tulum and Chitchen Itza, recently added to the New 7 Wonders of the World list. Who hasn’t heard of Cancun? It is popular for not only its beauty but its endless options for entertainment. It is just a short excursion away from many other attractions and towns in the Yucatan Peninsula such as Puerto Morales, Isla de Mujeras and many more.

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Singapore Sling Anyone?

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Singapore is a small city-state and island on the southern tip of the Asian continent. August 9, 2015 will mark 50 years of independence so there is no better time to highlight this diverse and modern destination. Singapore’s popularity is only growing as it is well-known for its rich history and culture, strong economy, adventure activities, family-friendly venues, vibrant night life and luxury amenities.  

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A Taste of Malta

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Nested between the island of Sicily and the tip of North Africa, lies an archipelago collectively forming the country of Malta. Though small in size, it is packed with over 7,000 years of history with sites predating Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. Due to its location, it has an eclectic mix of Mediterranean flare owing to its many influencers from the Romans, Italians, Arabs, Knights of St. John and the British.

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Switzerland – More to Love!

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What comes to mind when you think about Switzerland; chocolate, cheese, skiing the Swiss Alps, or its iconic distinction as a peace loving neutral country?  Well Switzerland is all that and more. Not only is it a beloved and admired winter sports mecca but its natural wonder, history, people and progressive planning make it a top travel destination winter, spring, summer and fall.

No matter the season there are options for nightlife, art, culture, festivals and adventure. It is also known for world class shopping, spa and relaxation, picturesque views and gourmet dishes of German, French and Italian roots.

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