Discover how to get the most amazing romantic experience

  • By Jared Turner
  • 07 Jun, 2016

Everyone is after the most amazing romantic experience ever but not everyone finds it

As the gates open, you immediately know that you have just entered a luxury resort and a romantic experience is on the horizon.  Grand Velas Riviera Maya is where you can expect to be spoiled rotten and to encounter a level of service that is unparalleled to any other.  Pictures and words can hardly express how breathtakingly beautiful this resort truly is. The beach is amazing…the sand is pure white, soft and totally inviting. There is something extremely serene when you go to bed to the sounds of the ocean and wake up to the sun glistening off the waves. Yes, you can see the ocean from your bed, your bathroom, your sofa and the quiet privacy of your patio.

With three sections (Ambassador, Grand Class and Zen) it’s like having three resorts and experiences all in one. Each section has its own theme and offerings.

The Ambassador faces the water and is the family-friendly area of the resort which includes 195 ocean-view suites (1300 plus square feet) with a terrace, sitting area, and some with private plunge pools.

The Grand Class is adult-only and designed for optimum privacy and relaxation. It features an over sized oceanfront suite (1300 plus square foot), large bathroom with mirrors that allow you see the ocean while you brush your teeth. The incredible ocean views provide a great treat for your in-room breakfast or a private massage.

The Zen Section is located about 3/4 of a mile from the beach, in the natural environment of the Mayan Jungle where peace and serenity will have you feeling like you never again want to be far from nature, from the beautify of the lush vegetation and the cheerful chirping of birds.

Room amenities include details such as insect repellent, umbrella, and shoe shine service. Come back from dinner and find that you’ve had turn-down service with your slippers on your mat; breakfast menu on your bed; your television set up with music to lull you to sleep and your toiletries beautifully arranged with your personal dental and shaving kit.

Service: I’m searching for words to describe the service and I’m coming up empty. The staff is incredibly attentive and you literally feel like royalty. You’re greeted by name and a smile…the door is opened for you, the chair is pulled out and you’re pampered every step of the way. How on earth they’re able to anticipate your every need is hard to imagine but they do just that. You’re treated to a level of service that is near impossible to compare.

Dining:  If you’re a foodie, you just entered foodie heaven! Every restaurant is a treat! The restaurants are amazing in decor and the presentation of the food make you want to assume the title of foodie blogger, snap pics, take a bite and write about how gorgeous it looks and how delicious it tastes.
Cocktails are aplenty and includes premium brand. My personal favorite is the lyche martini…but each restaurant has its own signature cocktail so try them out for variety.

While the food is amazing, the staff is absolutely the best. They are extremely attentive and their infectious smiles make you feel like you want to sit there all day and just bask in the warmth they exude..time just slips by… one martini at a time.

Spa: The spa could take an entire section but suffice it to say the luxurious Signature Spa has been awarded “Best Luxury Spa – The Americas” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. If you’re a spa enthusiast then you may not want to leave the resort.

Try the Coffee and Cocoa Experience and be whisked away into the luxury of ancient traditions and tea pairing that will awaken your senses to a new level of peace.

If you’re picky and want to have an experience that you’ll treasure, then Grand Velas Riviera Maya is spot on. The resort is breath-taking, the service is impeccable and the spa is to die-for. Make it your special treat.

White Sand Travel is a boutique travel agency that specializes in romance travel. If your need is to design a sexy, snazzy honeymoon or a jaw-dropping destination wedding that your friends will   write home about, then we are ready to help you. We appreciate your business and looking to partner if you if you feel the same.

By Judith White 23 Oct, 2017

A wedding is special...as women, we have been dreaming about the event since we were little girls.

My wedding was not the fairy-tale I imagined. In fact, my photos are in an album…digital images weren’t very popular then.

I got married in Jamaica but had no idea about how stunning a garden or a beach wedding could be. 

Beautiful backdrops of the ocean or the lush, beautiful gardens of a fabulous resort...

BUT…

I didn’t!

My wedding was cool, but there are so many things I would do differently if I was planning it now. We are talking over-water chapel with stunning ocean backdrops, horse-drawn carriage, fireworks etc.

Uhm, I think I am the beach wedding kind of girl!

And…I would have this fabulous beach wedding for less than a traditional wedding.

Are you kidding me? 

Nope…it’s all true!

If you want to have a casual, intimate ceremony, outdoor weddings are magical. There’s something about hosting a beach or garden wedding that makes the whole affair feel more relaxed and leisurely. The scenery of either makes for breathtaking photographs and natural light tends to be the best friend of your photographer.

By Jared Turner 26 Sep, 2017

As you may already know, there is lots of luxury resorts with luxury inclusions in the Caribbean and Mexico. These resorts offer inclusions that are designed to dazzle and impress you. Everything you need is available so your your experience can be complete.

So what do you know about these luxury resorts that offer more than the ordinary…they offer luxury inclusions a a great value!

My son has a large vocabulary and he uses these words that have my mind wondering whatever does that word mean. In an effort to appear that I’m “in the know” I go along with the conversation but as soon as I can, I get on my device to type in the word and get the meaning.

Most of my clients want an “all-inclusive” experience…and they tell me that they do. I typically share with them what is included.  But it never dawned on me that a list of inclusions would probably not be enough.

So Mr. and Mrs. went off to a luxury resort in Jamaica and I felt confident that they would have a great time. I was excited when Mrs. called me to report on her trip (I get the warm and fuzzies when couples come back and gush over their amazing experience!)…I can’t help it! I am extremely passionate about what I do and I’m in the business of transforming lives.

So how was your trip, I asked.

“It was good. But my hubby only had 4 shrimp on his plate. That was disappointing. We thought we would have more to eat”.

Did you order more? You know you can eat at every single restaurant and you can have more than one entree, I said to her.

They were both unaware that they could have more than one dish or could eat whenever they wished.

If you looked up the word “all-inclusive,” Wikepedia defines it this way:

An allinclusive resort  is a holiday resort  that includes at a minimum lodging, three meals daily, soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities, and possibly other services in the price. Many also offer sports and non-motorized water-sports and other activities that are included in the price as well.

At White Sand Travel, we work with top rated resorts and you can expect “all-inclusive” to mean the following luxury inclusions:

Luxury Accommodations: Rooms and suites that can be as opulent and sexy as you can imagine and can include a dedicate concierge team or butler services

Gourmet Dining: Enjoy amazing cuisines from themed restaurants from around the world, by world renowned chefs. Wine pairing makes the experience even more delectable.

Beverages: We’re talking  unlimited premium spirits 24/7 at various locations on the resort…at dinner, at bars, swim-up bars or even in your room.

Entertainment: Daily themed shows and events ranging from fire-shows, big screen movies, live bands etc. You won’t be bored.

Activities: Non-motorized water-sports, includes scuba, snorkeling (some include lessons,) land sports such as tennis, basketball, racquetball etc.

Tipping: Tipping is at your discretion.

You can do as I do…

Most often I travel for 5-days/4-nights and I may have a choice of dining from 6-16 different restaurants (depends on the resort.) It’s almost unlikely that I will be able to dine at all the restaurants so I may have dinner at one and dessert at another. However, I try to dine at as many different restaurants as possible. It may appear that the portions are small but appetizers and drinks can really fill those spaces. And unlike my clients above, order two entrees…no one will tell you know or bring you an extra check.

We are experts in designing the type of experience that has the luxury inclusions that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve not had enough.  Let us help you select the option that best suit your needs.

Call us today at 770.469.7370 or click here  to schedule an appointment to get started.

By Judith 05 Jun, 2017
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What Exactly is an Affordable Honeymoon? Unless money is no object, you are most likely to save money and “design an affordable honeymoon.” But what exactly is an affordable honeymoon? Does that mean the basic, stripped down version? Moderate, luxury or ultra luxury? In my opinion “affordable” is all relative to your particular financial circumstances. I […] The post Do You Know How to Design an Affordable Honeymoon? appeared first on White Sand Travel.
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By Jared Turner 21 Nov, 2016

I’ve always wanted to capture the details of a real wedding!

I can still remember the day I met them…my first thought “beautiful and a very discerning couple.” Karen was stunning in a beautiful blue dress and Brian was sharp in shirt and tie. As we started our dialog, they listened intently, asked a ton of questions and they both took notes. Our meeting lasted over an hour and two things were pretty clear – they were deeply in love and they wanted a wedding that would capture their individual personalities and lifestyle.

Brian and Karen had a vision of their wedding and they were adamant that their guests have the time of their lives. They wanted the “wow” factor.  That meant finding the perfect location, affordable pricing for their guests, having amazing food and a place to party.

We went to work and about 15 months later, we met at Moon Palace Cancun for the big day.

To describe the wedding is an impossible task but I’ll try.

The eve of the wedding, the couple hosted a welcome reception at Lake Terrace. OMG! Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music/dancing and about 55 guests having an amazing time. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Except on the day of the wedding...

The chapel overlooking the ocean was the most spectacular location for them to say their vows. It was charming, it was beautifully decorated, it was inviting and it was imitate. As I sat in the pew towards the back of the chapel, I spied the carriage …OMG that is Karen in the horse-drawn carriage! Kleenex please!

And here she comes….

OMG, she’s stunning (I heard myself say while everyone else was totally quite, speechless to be exact)… More Kleenex! Not just for me this time, but for almost everyone!

Her stunning dress was a Provonia…and she couldn’t have looked lovelier. She looked like a princess.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographers at an event in my life. Well, maybe at Princess Diana’s wedding (I think.) May I say, it will be a task to select pics for this wedding album (I would not want that job!)

Anyhoo…

We went on to a cocktail reception while the couple and bridal party took more stunning pics.

I digress…

We were ushered to the reception and every single guest stood there for a minute or two in utter amazement. Where did they get these fabulous favors? There were two armoires with pictures, favors, flowers, trinkets…and a table with hand-made plaque. Every thing was personalized for Brian and Karen. It was like being in a candy store as a kid…so many things to capture my attention.

The decor was impeccable, the dance floor changed colors, the music was incredible (a mix of Caribbean and Spanish) and the tables were absolutely stunning. The wedding team deserve an award for transforming the terrace by the ocean into the most amazing reception area I’ve ever seen.

The bridal party came out dancing (their own signature dance to music) and the moment came…the announcement of the newly-weds.  Shut the front door…(my saying for when something is utterly amazing) they took this to a whole other level. More Kleenex! I really didn’t think Brian could dance like that, but we were in for a real treat.

Dinner was just absolutely to die for. I could have gone back for more but I wanted to behave. Pictures aplenty, everyone was snapping. I had to recharge my phone. I was in paradise experience a magical wedding. Where do they do that? Only in Cancun I guess!

Then it was time for the first dance! A standing “O” for the couple…they dazzled us!

I didn’t dance but I watched everyone else, I was having way too much fun. It was a party to remember. This couple…they set the bar for weddings. To have 55 guests echo one word over and over is kind of hard to imagine. But, the theme among the guest was “ Perfect , i t was perfect .”

The following day we bumped into the couple. They said, they had the magical wedding they dreamed of. It was definitely my honor to help them make their dream come true. It’s a wedding I will treasure for a lifetime.

And…the best part, I have grown to love Karen and Brian and I now think of them as friends. What more can I ask for?

There is nothing I like better than taking the dreams of a couple and transforming those dreams into reality so they can have their magical moment.

By Jared Turner 14 Oct, 2016

Planning a tropical beach wedding and want to be sure it knocks the socks off your attendees in addition to being the first day of the rest of your life with your spouse? Here are a few ways we’ve learned to make destination and beach weddings we’ve assisted bring to life WOW family and friends over the years. (Why should the happy couple be the only ones who gush over the momentous occasion?)

By Jared Turner 13 Oct, 2016

As a travel agent, it is my job to be as familiar with as many services as possible so I can make the best recommendations to you.

I have used both shared and private transfer but on my last trip to Jamaica, I made a decision that I will use private transfer in as many instances as I can.

Here are the reasons why:

A couple days ago as I discussed honeymoon planning options to a bride, she had questions about round-trip airport transfers.

When you fly internationally, you need transfer services to take you from the airport to your accommodation and back again once your trip is complete. What kind of transfers should you purchase?

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