<![CDATA[Getaways by Nicole - Blog]]>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:06:12 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Finest, Playa Mujeres]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/the-finest-playa-mujeresAre you looking for an all inclusive resort in Mexico?  Then look no further than The Finest in Playa Mujeres.  It is an amazing resort that is owned by the Excellence brand, and it is about 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport.   It is a great hotel for families, couples, singles and honeymooners. They really do have something for everyone!  We went with our three year old and six year old and had a fabulous time.  
From the moment you walk into their gorgeous lobby, you are taken care of.  Fresh juices for the kids, champagne and mimosas for the adults, they are at your service the second you walk on property.   They have a wide variety of rooms which are all very spacious with huge patios that have the most comfortable beds and loungers on them, perfect for daytime naps.  They have swim-up rooms, rooms with their own personal pools, rooms with rooftop pools, family suites and oceanview rooms.   If you aren't traveling with kids they have a special adult only section of rooms, adult only restaurants, pools and sections of the beach.  
The kids club was fantastic also.  They had activities for the kids to do daily.   Horseback riding on the beach, manicures, face painting, crafts and sports were all included.  They filled the day with tons of activities for the kids.   They also had shows every evening.  You could leave your kids there for meals as well if you wanted.  The pool and waterslides at the kids club was an absolute hit!

And one of my favorite things unique to this property is the kids play rooms located next to the restaurants.  They were staffed with kids club counselors and whenever we were done with breakfast or dinner the kids would go in there to play while we enjoyed our dessert, coffee and wine.  

The food at The Finest was great.  I am very picky about my food and really enjoyed all of my meals.  The fresh made juice bar in the morning was fabulous, if you are gluten free, no worries, they had a special section in the buffet and they always asked if anyone had any allergies prior to every meal.  My favorite dinner was the Mexican restaurant, where they had a live band playing throughout the evening.  They even had a food truck!

There really is so much to do and enjoy at this resort.  They have themed nights every night and shows as well.   I really enjoyed our time here and am looking forward to our next visit!
<![CDATA[Disneyland Hotel]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:32:01 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/disneyland-hotelI took my family on our first trip to Disneyland recently.  We wanted to get the full Disneyland experience, and to do that we stayed on property at the Disneyland Hotel.  

Disneyland hotel is one of the three Disney hotels in Disneyland.  It is in walking distance to the parks, or you can just hop on the monorail right outside the resort to get to Disneyland Park.   It is conveniently located right next to Downtown Disney.   
The resort is a destination in itself.  There are great restaurants, Steakhouse 55, Goofy's Kitchen where you can meet your favorite characters for breakfast and dinner, Trader Sams Enchanted Tiki Bar, Tangoroa Terrace, The lounge at Steakhouse 55, The Coffee House and in room dining if you don't want to get out of bed.   

If you want to enjoy a day at the hotel, I highly suggest getting renting a cabana and/or relaxing at the pool. There are two retro themed pools with monorail waterslides, two spas and a water play area for the little ones.  There are also tons of other activities throughout the day such as movies under the stars, character greetings, for an extra fee you can take advantage of the Children's Activity Center at Pinocchio's Workshop, and they have a great fitness center as well.  
There are tons of special magical touches that only Disney does best.  There are fireworks in the headboards of the bed that play music and light up at night, there are hidden Mickey's everywhere you look, and those extra special Disney touches that makes you feel like you are in the magic the entire time you are at the resort.  I even enjoyed watching the real fireworks from my bed at night.   
If you are thinking about a Disneyland vacation, then this is the place to stay!  Email me for a free quote today at nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com
<![CDATA[Anna and Elsa's Boutique in Downtown Disney]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:24:46 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/anna-and-elsas-boutique-in-downtown-disney
On our recent trip to Disneyland, we took our five year old daughter to Anna and Elsa's Boutique in the Downtown Disney District in the Disneyland Resort.  We were only going to be spending one day in Disneyland Park, and wanted to get the most of it, but still wanted to get the princess experience while we were there.  This was the perfect idea!  On our first night at Disneyland Hotel, we went over to Downtown Disney to have dinner, but before dinner we made and appointment at Anna and Elsa's Boutique (appointments are recommended).  I had brought her Anna dress from home and surprised her with the makeover.  They give you the choice of the following for makeovers; Anna, Elsa, and even Olaf!   If you have your own dress it only costs $35 for the makeover (which took about an hour) which included, hair, makeup and nail polish.   And you get to keep the makeup, brushes and nail polish.  Overall, a great deal for a princess makeover at Disney!  
<![CDATA[Beaches Negril]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 20:57:54 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/beaches-negrilI recently took my family to Beaches Negril, an all-inclusive resort in Negril Jamaica on the world famous 7 mile beach.   Beaches resorts are owned by Sandals resorts and are amazing all-inclusive resorts that cater to families, weddings, couples, you name it!   We had a Honeymoon Concierge Oceanfront Suite, and upon arrival we were upgraded to a Caribbean two bedroom concierge suite.  It was amazing.  We had a room with one king size bed, two trundle beds, a full bathroom and an attached room with two double beds and a bathroom.  Both rooms had their own patios overlooking the ocean. 
The food at Beaches Negril, was some of the best food I have ever eaten. They have nine restaurants to choose from.  And each one is better than the next!  From sushi, to jerk chicken, to Italian food, to hamburgers, there is something for everyone.    
All food and drinks were included.  The bartenders were awesome and were always ready to make you whatever you wanted or to surprise you with a specialty drink.  If you have concierge room, they will restock your fridge every day with the drinks of your choice.  
They even had cute kids drinks at the bars, my son loved the Superman drink, he was always found with one in his hand.
The activities and entertainment at the resort were awesome.  They had two main pools at the resort and a kids pool.  The kids pool was behind the kids club, and whenever we went, we basically had our own private pool, because no one was there!    They have an amazing splash pad, lazy river and water park for the kids. Make sure you go down the blue tunnel slide for a quick thrill!   
Water sports and snorkeling are available at no additional cost, and they have scuba diving as well! 
Miniature golf, giant chess, xbox lounge, pool tables, ping pong tables, giant Jenga and much, much more are always available as well.  
And I definitely can't forget to mention the Sesame Street characters and Kids Camps at Beaches!
The kids camp is a great place to leave the kids so Mom and Dad can get some alone time.  We loved sending our kids there and they loved it even more!  Who wouldn't love rocking out with Elmo and baking cookies with Cookie Monster!   And in the evening, there were Sesame Street parades, shows, and lots of character interactions.  
Contact me for more information or for a free quote.  Nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com
As always, booking with me costs you nothing and you will get great prices and customer service!
<![CDATA[Disney Cruise Line Summer 2017 Itineraries Released!]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:59:05 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/disney-cruise-line-summer-2017-itineraries-released
Summer 2017 sailings will be open for booking on April 14th!

There are many new itineraries for 2017 as well as a Bahamas cruise that takes you to Castaway Cay not once, but twice!!!

Contact me today if you want a free quote.  All you need is 20% down to book your Disney Cruise.  It is best to book right when they release the sailings, because that is when you will get the best pricing.  

Email me at nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com today!

<![CDATA[Best Caribbean All Inclusive Resorts for Families]]>Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:53:24 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/best-caribbean-all-inclusive-resorts-for-familiesWhat are the best all-inclusive resort for families in the Caribbean and Mexico? That is one of the questions that I get asked all the time.   There are so many great resorts to choose from, and many that cater to families with children.  These resorts all include kids clubs, that cater to kids of all ages.  The kids clubs keep the kids entertained with games, activities, swimming and arts and crafts throughout the day, while the parents can enjoy some alone time.  All-inclusive resorts also include all food and drinks and most of the activities at the resort as well.  Here are some of my favorite all-inclusive resorts for families. 
1.  Beaches Resorts- Turks and Caicos
Beaches Turks and Caicos is an amazing resort. It consists of four villages, the Caribbean Village, the French Village, The Italian Village and the Key West Village.  Each village is unique and has it's own restaurants and pools.   They have a great kids club that takes kids as early as infants and the best part is, they have Sesame Street Characters!   The Sesame Street Characters interact with the kids in the kids club and throughout the resort.  You can even pay extra to have a character tuck your kids in to bed at night and read them a story.  
The other Beaches Resorts in Negril and Ocho Rios, Jamaica are also great all inclusive family resorts.  
2. Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma, Cancun Mexico 
Karisma hotels have great all-inclusive resorts for families.  They partner with Nickelodeon and have amazing kids clubs and activities.  This resort also has swim-up hotel suites.  The food is amazing and so are the drinks!  They even have a "green slime" drink for kids at their special Nickelodeon character breakfasts.  
Karisma is opening up another Nickelodeon themed resort in May 2016 in the Dominican Republic.  

3.  Club Med Cancun
Club Med Yucatan is a resort in Cancun, Mexico.   It is a great family friendly resort that caters to families. They have a mini kids club for ages 2-3 (an additional charge) and the regular kids clubs starts at age 3.  They keep the kids occupied with activities including the trapeze, arts and crafts, swimming, nature walks and much more.   While the kids are playing, the parents can snorkel, go water skiing, kayaking, play tennis, do the trapeze, or just sit and relax by the pool or the crystal clear ocean.   There are three fabulous restaurants on site with amazing food.  They have baby stations at each restaurant with special home made baby food, yogurts and milks.  
4.  Franklin D. Resort and Spa- Jamaica
Who doesn't want a personal Nanny for your vacation?  That is what you get when you book at Franklin D. Resort and Spa in Jamaica.  Every family gets a nanny during your stay.  They are with you all day to help you take care of your kids and to give you a break.  This hotel also has great kids amenities, a waterslide, a kids buffet and more!  You and the kids will be more than happy here.  They also have an adults only restaurant if you need a night to yourselves.  
5. The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana
A great family friendly resort in Punta Cana , Dominican Republic.  They have 132 one bedroom suites which are perfect for families with little ones.  The Family Concierge will assist you with your needs during the stay.  Some of the benefits of the family concierge are an Elegant VIP area with personalized check-in/ check-out for all the family but especially for the kids, Family Concierge service all day and special activities (such as tennis classes), Free mobile phone for constant contact with our attentive concierge staff, Kids pool with pool concierge, Private beach area with pool concierge, PS2™, Xbox 360™ or Wii™ consoles in the room (on request), Free high speed internet in the rooms and The Reserve Lounge (WiFi), Turn-down service with milk and cookies for the children and Personalized minibar with drinks and snacks for children.  The kids club at this age is from 1-12 years of age and they have many activities for teens and adults as well.

If you have any questions about any of these resorts or would like a free quote, please email me at nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com.
<![CDATA[Sesame Street at Beaches]]>Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:59:23 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/sesame-street-at-beachesWe took another family trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos.  It is for sure, one of our most favorite places on this planet.  Our kids are one and four this year and while we were nervous with the one year old that we wouldn't be able to enjoy it, thanks to Camp Sesame (the all-inclusive day care) we were!  Every day he would take a nap there, so we didn't have to sit in the hotel room with him.  It was awesome.  And once in a while we would take advantage of the kids club with our four year old as well. And we didn't feel guilty one bit because she begged to go. What kid wouldn't?!  She got to find Rubber duckies with Ernie, dance with Elmo and bake cookies with Cookie Monster.  The kids had just as much fun as we did. And to top it off, we did a Sesame Street Breakfast with the characters and the kids had a blast dancing all morning with all of their favorite characters.  
<![CDATA[Dolphin Discovery-Isla Mujeres]]>Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:23:17 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/dolphin-discovery-isla-mujeresIf you ever get a chance to go to Cancun, one of the excursions that I highly recommend is Dolphin Discovery in Isla Mujeres.   Isla Mujeres is a ferry boat ride away from Cancun.  It is a beautiful island, and Dolphin Discovery is the only place on that island where you can swim with dolphins in their own habitat (the ocean).   
At Dolphin Discovery, they have dolphins, sea lions and manatees that you can interact with (depending on which package you get).  
We got the Dolphin Swim Adventure package for our family, which included a kiss from the dolphin, a snuggle with the dolphin, a boogie push and a belly ride.  The knowledgeable trainer also showed us many tricks that the dolphin could do and gave us many interesting facts about dolphins.  It was such a fun and educational experience.  Even my two year old got in the water and interacted and played with the dolphins.  
After your dolphin interaction, they have a full bar, a buffet lunch, pools and splash pads to swim on and many other activities and adventures all included in the price.  
If you want anymore information on this experience, email me at nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com.  I will be happy to help you add this amazing adventure to your next Mexico vacation!
<![CDATA[Club Med Yucatan in Cancun]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 20:18:44 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/club-med-yucatan-in-cancunI just got back from a family vacation at Club Med Yucatan in Cancun, Mexico.  This hotel is an all-inclusive resort that is a really great choice for families.   It is located at the end of the hotel strip on a peninsula.  This makes the beach very private and also has amazing snorkeling on the reefs surrounding the ocean.   
We stayed in a room in the Aquamarina section of the hotel.  It was a family suite with it's own private garden that lead to the ocean.  Our room had an additional bedroom and bathroom for the kids, a king size bed in its own bedroom and a beautiful full bathroom with open views to the ocean.  
There is a wide variety of entertainment at Club Med.  And it is all included!  Kayaking, tennis, boating, trapeze, water skiing, nightly entertainment and the amazing kids clubs.  There is so much to do and never time to be bored.  They also have a full gym overlooking the lake as well as a great fitness schedule. 
<![CDATA[Half off Deposits for Disney Cruise Line]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:44:29 GMThttp://getawaysbynicole.com/blog/half-off-deposits-for-disney-cruise-lineRequest your free quote now for your half-price deposit aboard Disney Cruise Line.
You can take half off your deposit when you book a Disney Cruise Line sailing of 7-nights or longer and your sail dates are between August and December of 2016.
In order to take advantage of this great deal, you must book by Mar. 27, 2016.
At the time of final payment, the remainder of your deposit and full cost of cruise sailing will be due.
Email me at nicole@marvelousmousetravels.com for a free no-obligation quote!