I am writing this sitting on the plane, returning home after a 5 day stay in Fort Lauderdale at the Lago Mar Resort. It was my first time there in over 2 years. And after arriving I quickly remembered why we loved Lago Mar years ago….
A resort has about 15 minutes to make that first impression. It is a “make or break” moment. At Lago Mar our first impression was one of “welcome back friend” (even though it had been so long since our last visit) and “ Casual Classy” (we are relaxed, but 1st class all the way!). Even if there was something little to complain about, I would never! This resort made me feel like I was family.
The rooms are unique and decorated very “Tommy Bahama”, just like I would want my Floridian home styled in. The Beach is also exactly what I would want in a beach front home in the islands, hammocks, comfy lounges, meandering pool and special spots for the kids. Oh, and let’s not forget the gazebo for cocktails and lunch! And there is the mini store ( aka neighborhood market) to get all of your essentials including a nice bottle of wine for the room.
The service, very friendly. In fact, when room service came, I felt like my sister was bringing me breakfast in bed (not that she ever would!! LOL but I can imagine!) I would also like to add that the Shop at Lago Mar is a unique boutique…one I would consider FABULOUS! I have bought quite a bit of unique things over the years…and can’t wait for my first grandchild to be born, because I am going to have so much fun shopping for the kids clothes there!
The pool at Lago Mar Resort and Club
The Beach at Lago Mar .
Check out the Pool Bar for one of Paul’s famous Sea Breezes.
Relaxing in style at Lago Mar
Service with a Smile at Lago Mar Resort and Club
A welcoming hello and a warm “See you when you return!”
As a travel agent and friend, I would highly recommend staying at Lago Mar. Whether you are looking for a week stay, a weekend or a pre or post cruise stay… Lago Mar is a superb place to stay. A Resort that feels like your home on the beach.
Located 5 minutes from the Airport and Cruise Terminals, location is perfect for pre- and post- Cruise stays. www.BookItWithJanet.com
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Jayne Waterbury & John Walker - Continental Flight Attendants
So I am sitting on a Continental flight (Love Continental Airlines) and after 30 plus years of flying I just learned something. (I always say you are never old to learn a new trick!)
As a rebel at heart, I always wondered “why do you have to put your seats in an upright position and stow everything under your seat for take off and landing”. I always got annoyed when they wouldn’t even let me hold my pocketbook on my lap!
Does anyone know the answer to that? I sure didn’t. Well, NEWSFLASH! While waiting to take off on my Continental flight to visit parents, I came across the inflight magazine and a pilot’s Q & A answered my question. I actually felt like an idiot! It was such an obvious answer…but I had not thought of it…..
Most flight accidents take place during take off and landing. In case of emergency, it is extremely important that the aisles are absolutely clear so everyone can evacuate quickly. I mean, imagine that 100 women have pocket books on their laps..the plane jolts…the pocketbooks go flying…landing in pathways of freedom! OH… I GET IT NOW!
Considering that, it totally makes sense that the seats be in an upright position too. Reclined airline seats can definitely impede someone even getting up to go to the bathroom let alone needing to evacuate suddenly! I can testify to that at this very moment as the woman in front of me has reclined her seat fully and my laptop is currently sitting on my chest! (Try to remember that someone is sitting behind you and be courteous.)
Now I totally understand. It is all about the escape route and keeping it clear.
Took me 30 plus year…but thank you Captain Mike Bowers. Now instead of feeling inconvenienced, I will feel like I am doing the responsible thing! And as usual on a Continental flight, the Flight Attendants are always so nice! Once again, I’ve encountered professionalism along with friendliness & humor in Jayne Waterbury & John Walker on my Continental Flight # 1845. I mean, how can I be “a rebel” to such nice people.
Have any other questions? Write Captain Bowers at askthePilot@united.com . And be patient…even if you don’t understand the stupid rules! There is usually an underlying reason…..
My Rebel attitude will have to take a break…I would rather fly safe!
Great deals this week in Travel!! Royal Caribbean’s WOW sale and Pandomonium Summer Event!
NCL’s “Kids Cruise Free” sale if booked this week!
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A video says a thousand words!! Need I write more?
Some people say “I have already done that itinerary. I want to see other islands.”
I say that the great thing about going to the same port many times is knowing exactly “What” you want to do when you get there. It really is much more enjoyable when you don’t feel pressured to see everything and you can spend all day doing your favorite thing on the island. In St Martin, our favorite thing to do is spend the day at Orient Beach…more specifically “Coco’s Beach”. Of course you can go on an excursion to Orient Beach, but then you will be like a herd of cows (not a literal picture!) and not feel special. Take my advice…take a cab to Coco’s and feel the difference!
Sure…you could go to Kontiki’s, Waikiki (totally expensive!) or Bikini Beach, but you won’t feel the intimate friendly service. As with any restaurant or resort, service is always key…and at Cocos the employees really care. You can feel it. And I attribute that to the owner Sophie. She is hands on and a part of the experience. You can always count on the food being fabulous, the service being top notch and the “after lunch specialty rum” being …oh how can I say “rumilicious!” (is that a word?!)
Look for the Periwinkle umbrellas and THAT is Coco’s. I recommend the lobster salad, the Rigaletto Pizza or the grilled chicken (devito style!). Ask for Phillipe, Roman and Sophie and tell them Janet & Frank sent you…and don’t forget to say “Bonjour!”
Take a cruise to St Marten, stay at one of our fav hotels (Alamanda or Esmeralda) or renta villa (Casa Lana, Coccinelle or Dolce Vita – depending on your budget)….but just GO! I have been going there for over 25 years and love it!
For more tips on St marten and booking that special vacation…Click Here!
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"Where is the bathroom"?
“Am I nuts or does this look like the one place I would NOT want to spend the night”?!
I was watching the Bachelor on CBS last night (okay, I admit it!) and it was the night that the Bachelor Brad takes the 3 remaining women to a “fantasy Destination” to spend time with them before he chooses which 2 girls he would like to bring home to Mama. Before I start, I would like to say…I know this show has critics, because I am one of them. As much as I love to watch this show…I also criticize the heck out of it! It is fun, It is entertainment! And it is sooooo easy!
So last night the show took the Bachelor and the 3 girls to South Africa. His first date was with Chantal on a safari. It was awesome to see the wild animals and how close they were in their Safari Jeep. It looked like such an exotic fun experience. After dinner, Brad the Bachelor had a surprise for her. He delivered her the invitation to a “Fantasy Suite” where they could spend the night alone without the cameras, relax and “really” get to know each other (hey, get your minds out of the gutter!).
I have watched this show for years and each Fantasy Suite is better than the next. Seriously top notch rooms. Super impressive. On this season of the Bachelor, Brad took Chantal to the middle of a field and proceeded to show her the Fantasy Suite..a Tree House. YEP, that’s right. A Tree House. The Chalkley Treehouse at the Lion Sands Resort.
The Lion Sands website says –
“Guests are taken to the treehouse at sunset, where drinks and a delicious picnic dinner await them. They then enjoy the hours of African dusk relaxing and absorbing the beauty and sounds of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the stars. As dawn breaks, guests are collected by their ranger for a morning game drive, followed by a delicious bush breakfast at one of the many animal and bird hides.”
Now in many circumstances this could be very romantic. A Tree House could set the mood for adventure. In fact, the bedding was gorgeous and the colors blended right into nature…BECAUSE IT WAS IN THE NATURE! THERE WERE NO WALLS AT ALL! TOTALLY in nature. My first thought….”WHERE DO I PEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!?”
Then the thoughts started rolling in….
- I am pretty sure these pretty little things climb!
Do Cheetahs climb trees? Can the Giraffes reach this far? Do Bats eat mesh? DO monkeys get tangled the mesh? OMG! Are they kidding! And it all comes back to “Where do I brush my teeth and pee?” SO they drop you off at sunset and leave you there all night until someone comes to get you at dawn? Okay…NOT HAPPENING! Romance is not how I would describe that. To me that would be torture. Waiting for the next sound, thump that makes the ground shake or buzzz that threatens to suck my blood. Relaxation is definitely not the word I would use to describe a night in the jungle. Terror would be a better description!
When I visited the website to try and find out where the bathroom would be (answer – there is a toilet bowl and bath sink!) I did see the main lodge and accommodations and they seemed more my speed.
- My Style of Fantasy Suite!
But I still do have to ask one question….”If they have such a big mosquito net over a bed that is INDOORS…how is that flimsy little net in the Treehouse supposed to help at all?”
For more information on the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve click here!
Celebrity Eclipse Update! “Who are those Mysterious Bathrobe people?” I will tell you…they are people who know HOW TO START A RELAXING VACATION! That could be YOU!
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“You’ll Love Where They take
You” is the Azamara Motto…. and I say “You’ll Love How They Take
having way too much fun to write every day for 12 days! I
admit it, I procrastinated! But here I am, 6 days home from
my Azamara Journey cruise and I am still wishing I was back on the
ship! I have already written about my first impressions of
the Journey, now I will write about my “lasting impressions” of the
Journey. And there were plenty! It is so often that you
travel, whether on a ship or at a resort, and something happens
that disappoints you. The sad thing is that often, it can
ruin what would otherwise be a great trip. Of course, at the
end of the vacation you can always put your comments in the box,
and although satisfying, it still leaves a bad taste about the
experience. I must admit, that did happen to us on the
Journey. What is amazing is how my disappointment actually
became the best thing about the Journey! The first 2 mornings, the
breakfast service was not so good. Coffee was consistently
unlabeled (caf – decaf), dirty plates stood in front of guests for
up to half hour (yet plenty of waiters around)…I would basically
say that it seemed as though there was NO service. And that
is not what we expected from such a luxury cruise. It seemed
so unusual since every other point of service was excellent!
But those mornings could definitely spoil everyones
experience. What happened on the 3rd day was truly amazing,
and something I have NEVER seen before! Each guest was given
a comment card and asked to complete it that day. The letter
said that it was the Journey’s way of addressing any issues early
in the 12 day cruise. I thought this was a fabulous idea!
So I wrote down how pleased I was with everything except that
morning breakfast service. What a GREAT opportunity for the
Azamara Journey to say “We care and we want to make this a
fantastic experience”! After handing in my card, breakfast
service was impeccable! Yes, the lax service issue was
addressed and resolved! I was so impressed with the results
that it made those first 2 mornings a past memory! Hey,
everyone makes mistakes, but to make the effort to correct it WHILE
on the vacation is truly great service! SO KUDOS to the
AZAMARA Journey Staff for that! There were many things that we were
truly impressed with on the Azamara Journey. One was the
the ship. It was cleaner then a Disney Cruise! And that
says alot! Again, I will use the word “impeccable”.
service was “on spot”!
Dany was always there when we needed him
and always with a smile! The Main
“Discoveries” was wonderful. Food selection and quality was
excellent. Service was wonderful (Chris was a
experience was perfection. “Prime
C” was a disappointment only because the
steak that I had the night before in the main dining was
better…but again, service was excellent. The
was well equipped and had a wide variety
of classes. The pool
deck was pristine and very clean.
The poolside BBQ
events were spectacular. Great
atmosphere and food selection. The
awesome. I truly appreciate the effort they put into a
special Christmas play. It had me laughing and left me
tingling with emotion. It was
excellent. Captain Tysse
was actually a Captain that we had on a previous Sea Dream Yacht
Club cruise and I must say, his humor, warmth and connection with
the passengers was inspiring. He runs a tight ship and it
shows. Azamara should be proud to have him on the Journey!
Acupuncturist was super knowledgable. Internet Cafe was
very well run. Little things that stood out…refreshment
table on the jogging deck for morning walkers. Very nice
touch! My final and only disapointment was actually the most
exciting moment for me! I WON THE JACKPOT BINGO! I was
so excited and happy! Everyone was waiting to see how much I won!
I was shaking with anticipation! Would it be $ 2,000 ?
$ 1,000 ? even $ 500 would be thrilling! NOPE. It
was $ 85! YES! $ 85 dollars! Heck, it cost me $ 40 to
play! If I knew that it would be $ 85 I never would have
wasted that precious hour of sunshine!! (Everyone was
complaining to the Bingo staff on the way out that it was actually
tacky to give a Jackpot Bingo prize of $85 dollars!) It was
actually embarrassing for them to do that. In the end…Take an
“Azamara Journey”. You will LOVE HOW they take you
away. (Just don’t bother wasting time playing Bingo!)
Thank You to the Azamara Journey Crew for making us feel so
welcome! The video below is my THANK YOU…so the Crew can
say “Hi” to their families back home!
Okay, so I was
You deserve to treat yourself
In this stressful life, it is so important to restore your body and soul. Experts say that couples that take time out to vacation together, spending time without the stresses of daily life , have happier, healthier long term relationships then those that don’t. There is no time like NOW to plan your escape!
For so many of us, the Holidays are the most stressful time of year. All the preparation, family drama…and then come the “after Holiday Blues”…
Now imagine that when the real stress begins, you can look across the table and smile, knowing that when it is all over you will escape on a fantastic getaway for a week of sailing on a Windstar Cruise.
YES, a week of relaxing with the gentle breeze, turquoise ocean, amazing service, culinary perfection and romance in the air…EVERYONE DESERVES THAT!
Think of it as an investment in your physical and mental health!
“A Happy Wife is a Happy Life” and a “Happy Couple is a Happy Family”!
YOU DESERVE TO GETAWAY!. And there isn’t a better time then right after the Holidays!
What’s so special about a Windstar Cruise?
A Windstar Cruise is a refreshingly casual onboard experience appealing to even non-cruisers who want to experience the romance of the Sea without the confinement, crowds, regimentation or stuffiness often associated with “conventional” cruise ships. As one of the privileged few (148 guests) you the feel as though you are on your own sailing yacht.
Our favorite Cruiseline…Windstar! We have a group sailing round trip from St Martin to St Martin. We will be visiting St kitts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, & St Barths.
This is a small, casually elegant sailing ship. Great way to start off the New Year and at a FANTASTIC price of $1555 per person INCLUDING accommodations, meals, entertainment, Bottle of wine, Bonvoyage party, Port charges. Let me know if you are interested!!! Pricing is the best I have seen and space will be going fast!
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