Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:49

Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort Review

The adults only Excellence Playa Mujeres near Cancun is a great upscale choice for couples planning a wedding in Mexico.  The 450 room (all suite ) deluxe  plus property has spacious rooms complete with jacuzzi’s.  I especially love the Club Two Story Rooftop Terrace Ocean Front suites.  Not only do the suites have amazing views they are the prefect size for an intimate wedding ceremony and or a cocktail party.

 Located on a lovely white sand beach 20 minutes west of Cancun the Excellence Playa Mujeres caters to couples seeking a laid back yet classy atmosphere with lots of activities & dining options. Gourmet ala carte restaurants, seven swimming pools, a full service spa & abundant water sports make for a great honeymoon resort and one of the best locations near Cancun for a wedding in Mexico. 


For help planning you destination wedding or honeymoon vacation in Mexico call us today.

 Andre'  Leavitt, Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:49

A Maui Honeymoon Getaway

One of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, Maui’s alluring beaches spectacular scenery, immaculate resorts & abundant activities make it a romance mecca. If you travel to Maui between Dec & May you will witness some of the best whale watching in the world as the humpback repeats their yearly migration.


Recently, I suggested the Club level ocean front room at the Maui Hyatt Regency for a honeymoon couple seeking upscale accommodations for their Maui honeymoon getaway. The opportunity to view whales from their lanai while being pampered on club level at the Hyatt was a hit. Most couples will admit (after returning from their honeymoons) that spending the extra for an ocean front room really adds to the romance.


I agree with Scott's Blog take on the importance of travel insurance or  travel protection. (The new term for the same product.) He's right to the point.

I always recomemed travel protection for a couple's honeymoon getaway. It is a faction of the cost of the honeymoon vacation.  Honeymoons are a big investment.  If you can not travel for what ever reason.. and I can  assure that the airlines do not care..You WILL lose your  money. Unfortunately life  happens even to people in love.

Andre Leavitt  Time Travels inc

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:47

Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Travel is Hot!!

The downturn in the US economy has not affected the destination wedding & honeymoon market.  In fact it appears to be immune to the swings. Getting married in Mexico, Jamaica & the Dominican Republic are the most popular wedding destinations.  This is not surprising as these are the most affordable locations with the best all-inclusive resorts for a destination wedding. 


Lately I have also noticed that although honey couples are concerned about price they are equally determined to find the perfect honeymoon resort with the most value.  The honeymoon vacation is shorter but couples are spending more on room upgrades & amenities for their honeymoon getaway. For example they will splurge on a club level ocean front suite with concierge service rather than a mere ocean view room.  Ahh that’s what love will do.


Andre` Time Travels Inc 


Couples who call seeking information on a destination wedding are sometime intimidated by the barrage of necessary questions. Once the who, what, when where & how much questions are answered I can determine the best destination wedding location for the couple.  Clients sometimes have a hard time revealing their budget.  What they need to realize that their budget determines their destination wedding location.

I recently talked to a couple who really have their heart set on Cabo San Lucas.  I love Los Cabos especially during the winter months when the whales reside in & around the Sea of Cortes. 

While a Mexico wedding is still the best bang for your buck a wedding in Cabo San Lucas will run higher than a wedding in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. One reason is that Cabo San Lucas has fewer flights & they’re more expensive.   This alone can add $200 dollars to their guest’s trip.  When price becomes an issue Cancun wins.


Saturday, 17 November 2012 17:03

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno
The City of Kings, the Archaeological Capital of America and
Titicaca Lake
9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1 - Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 Lima – Cuzco (breakfast)

Travel AgencyBuffet breakfast. Transfer to the airport
Departure by plane to Cuzco; arrival in Cuzco after a one hour flight.
Reception at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure.
Early afternoon visit to the nearby ruins including the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre-Inca architectural masterpiece; Qenqo, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is a monolithic altar representing a puma; the red fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins. Continue the tour to the city of Cuzco: the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church or Temple of the Sun or Koricancha - 4 hour excursion. Late afternoon return to the hotel. Overnight.
Lima travelDay 3 - Cuzco – Urubamba Valley – Cuzco (breakfast and lunch)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Pisac, a typical Andean village where a market takes place (only on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for shared services), where peasants from around the area bring down their products, as well as handicrafts . On Sundays, Mayors from all the neighboring villages dressed in their traditional costumes, attend the Catholic Mass said in their native language (quechua). Buffet lunch at a country restaurant in the valley. After lunch visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited and explore the ruins which tower above it. Return to Cuzco. Overnight.
Day 4 - Cuzco - Machu-Picchu (breakfast and lunch)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Early transfer to the train station and departure for a tour to Machu-Picchu. Arrival in Aguas Calientes Station and bus ride up to the ruins (approx. 3 ½ hrs). Guided visit of Machu Picchu which is totally built of stone blocks, fitted with masterful precision. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Lunch included. Accommodation at selected hotel.
PeruDay 5 - Machu Picchu – Cuzco (Breakfast)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure. (Second bus and second entrance to the ruins not included).
In the afternoon return to Cuzco and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 6 - Cuzco – Puno (breakfast and lunch)
Trains only on Mon, Wed & Sat
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the train station.
Depart from Cuzco to Puno by the new Andean Explorer Train under Orient Express Management, which features a deluxe train decorated in the 1920’s style. The train has a wagon with a bar and an observation deck from where one can enjoy the scenery as well as a restaurant. All wagons have Pullman style seats, wide aisles, catering service as well as oxygen available. The wagons are connected to each other by gangway bellows so passengers and crew can go from one another safely. The journey takes 10 hours. Upon arrival to Puno, transfer to selected hotel and accommodation. Overnight.
Departure by bus from Cuzco to Puno (7 to 8 hours), with a stop made at La Raya Pass, at 4,321 meters to visit the steaming pools of hot water nearby and visit to the ruins of Raqchi. The remains of the central high wall of the Viracocha Temple, probably the largest roofed building built by the Incas, are impressive. On either side of the high wall, great sloping roofs were supported by rows of unusual round pillars, also of masonry topped by adobe. Nearby are the remains of large living quarters and many round store-houses. The whole complex is surrounded by a large stone wall several miles long (entrances are not included). Lunch en route. Arrival in Puno in the early afternoon and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 7 - Puno (breakfast and lunch)

Peru travelBuffet breakfast.
In the morning. departure from the hotel’s pier. A short distance by boat from Puno on Lake Titicaca, are the floating islands made of reeds, inhabited by the Uros. They live in huts built on platforms of reeds, not more than 30-40 cms/1foot thick. Short walk on the islands, then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile. Members of their self supporting Aymara community receive visitors in their colorful national costume and show them around the island. Taquile is renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. Lunch included. In the afternoon return by boat to Puno and to selected hotel.
Day 8 - Puno – Juliaca – Lima (breakfast)

Buffet breakfast.
Transfer to the airport and on the way, guided visit to the Chullpas of Sillustani, these funerary towers date from the 13th century. The highest measures about 12 metres, superb landscapes and the view of the neighboring Umayo lake make this tour a very special experience.
Departure by plane for Lima,
Upon arrival after a 2h 30 min flight, with an intermediate stop in Arequipa, reception at the airport in Lima and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 9 - Lima – …… (breakfast)

Lima travelBuffet breakfast
Morning or afternoon guided visit to the Cathedral, Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs and the residential areas of San Isidro, Miraflores, the new commercial area South of Lima, the ocean front to enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
Transfer to the airport on time for your international departure flight.


The Riviera Maya, the area between Cancun &Tulum is one of the top honeymoon destinations.

White sand beaches, blue water & spectacular resorts, Mayan ruins makes it the ultimate romantic honeymoon getaway.

One of my favorite honeymoon resorts is Secrets Maroma  Beach.  The beach itself has been called one of the world’s best.

You will experience romance & indulgence at the adult’s only Secret Maroma beach. This 5 star luxury all-inclusive, all suite(412 ) resort rest on 500 acres of lush terrain  Honeymoon couples can enjoy its 7 ala carte specialty  restaurants , 24 hour room service & premium liquor.  The resort has 12 small pools plus an infinity pool & a world class spa.  The atmosphere is romantic & the service is friendly & attentive. Secrets Maroma Beach is also a wonderful choice for a destination wedding in Mexico.

When you arrive at this honeymoon destination you are greeted with a glass of champagne, a warm towel & a welcoming smile and it only gets better.    

April 2011-package with RT airfare from MSP from $3600 per couple.

Monday, 05 November 2012 20:47


All-inclusive resorts are not created equal.  When choosing an all-inclusive resort to host your Caribbean or Mexico wedding make sure to choose one with a high rating.  The difference between a 3 & 4 star rating can really affect the quality of the food & liquor served at the resort.  I always recommend at least a 4 star resort when booking a wedding location.  Remember you guests will be dining here.

Five star or luxury all-inclusive properties offer great variety in dining selections. The Royal Cancun, an adult’s only 5 star luxury resort, hosted a mock wedding feast for agents on a wedding trip I took last year.  We attended a gourmet five course diner complete with wine pairing.  It was an elegant affair.  The food presentation was fabulous and & every course delicious.  I was very impressed.   

Since that visit I feel confident in recommending The Royal Cancun.  I have booked it for destination wedding groups & honeymooners.

For help planning your all-inclusive destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666


I think Scott from is accurate with his review of Sandals White House Jamaica.

It is a great honeymoon resort but more specifically it’s meant for couples who want to get away from it all.  Sandals White House is a luxury resort on Jamaica’s stunning south coast.  The resort is elegant with gourmet food & drink & an atmosphere made for relaxing.

When I stayed at Sandals White House for a wedding familiarization trip last spring I had my own concierge walk out suite.  I opened the sliding doors onto a quiet beach. It was heavenly.  In the evening I had one swimming pool all to myself. For the honeymooners, however, who want access to nightlife & authentic markets this would not be a good fit. 

For help choosing the best Sandals resort to fit your taste call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666

Yesterday I reviewed the El Dorado Royale Resort & spa. Today I turn my gaze to  her  equally romantic but more intimate( 280 jr suites) & secluded  sister property the El Dorado Seaside Suites located on Kantenah Bay south of Puerto Aventuras  on the Riviera Maya.  This resort is about 1 hour south of the Cancun  airport.

This 5 star luxury adult’s only all-inclusive honeymoon resort has a rustic ambiance.  Surround by 280 unspoiled acres the El Dorado Seaside Suites appeals to the honeymoon couple who want the “get away from it all” feeling.   It made Annual List of Most Romantic Hotels in 2006. With beach beds lying on white sand surrounded by coconut palms & a charming beach front wedding gazebo, the El Dorado Seaside Suites looks post card perfect.

The beach is a little rocky but that’s because of the coral reef located close to the resort.  The coral though makes for incredible snorkeling.  All five restaurants are ala carte with great service.   Once again the landscaping is colorful and inviting.  I didn’t want to leave.

For more info on excellent honeymoon resort options on the Riviera Maya call Time Travels Inc. 651-771-5666



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