𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐 𝑰𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔! We are sharing wonderful news from vacation travel. We are launching a new Hawaii specialty team. This new team features eight certified Hawaiian experts who have traveled and studied the Hawaiian Islands to offer you the best recommendations for accommodations, tours, and activities to maximize your next Hawaiian vacation.
Traveling to Hawaii takes a bit longer than other tropical islands (like the Caribbean) so what makes Hawaii one of the most popular destinations?
Why visit Hawaii!
The Untouched beauty
Many parts of Hawaii include amazing, secluded paradise. It’s a hiker’s paradise with panoramic views of ocean and mountains. Plus, appreciate the sun rise and set over the water every day!
Hawaii’s winter season doesn’t drop below 75°F (24°C) during the day—ever! Enjoy shorts, tanks or bathing suit as your typical attire all year long.
Hawaii is home to beautiful animals that thrive near the coastal regions, and you can catch a peek if you keep an eye out for them. From whales, dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals or mongoose – it is truly amazing to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
Hawaii’s beauty truly shines through its people! Hawaii is home to a diverse melting pot of cultures – adding to Hawaii’s charm. From authentic cuisine, talented locals, Hula demonstrations at luaus and the charming Hawaiian language, the long-standing cultural traditions shine everywhere you turn.
You will feel the aloha spirit surround you from the moment you step on the islands. The happy dispositions and smiling faces may come from year-round summer. Regardless, you’ll find the friendliest people around.
And…we have a Fox Hawaii Specialty Team dedicated just for YOU!
Experienced travel advisors well-versed in the Hawaiian Islands can elevate the travel planning process by offering peace of mind to travelers. The vacation planning process can be exciting, but also endless, overwhelming and time consuming. Fox’s Hawaii Specialty Team will deliver on your Hawaii dreams through their expertise and experience, while also collaborating with travelers to truly understand their wish list. Ultimately, we want you to travel better and travel well, by personalizing the travel experience, protecting your investment and reducing the stress of vacation planning. Whether it is a single island experience or one visiting multiple islands – their planning process goes beyond simply bundling air and hotel options. This expert team is passionate about the destination – offering you tailored recommendations for tours, cruises, dining experiences, shopping, and so much more.
Visit our website to learn more about our new Hawaii Specialty Team. Aloha Fox Friends!
If your yearning for discovery has no boundaries, let our team of cruising experts help get you there! Let us introduce you to, Uniworld Boutique River Cruising. While people often hear of European river cruising, there are global destinations to explore beyond Europe! This cruising option allows you to venture to place that once seemed out of reach. And, of course, you are cruising in all-inclusive luxury the entire trip!
FOLLOW THE PATH OF PHARAOHS.
In a land of temples and tombs, cruise along the Nile as great figures of history once did. Special moments aboard S.S. Sphinx are just as rewarding as your journey on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat.
SAIL THE SACRED GANGES.
Spend days exploring India’s glorious Golden Triangle before stepping onto Ganges Voyager II. From Kolkata, local villages line the river’s edge, and each day leads you to bustling markets, monuments and temples.
EXPLORE THE INCA EMPIRE.
Aria Amazon is your guide through the Peruvian Amazon, connecting you to excursions to wild jungles and glimmering lakes. The culmination of your voyage is the magical Sacred Valley and the sprawling ruins of Machu Picchu.
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.
From modern-edged metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to the communities that lie in between, a voyage through Southeast Asia is one of dramatic contrasts. Sail the all-suite Mekong Jewel to enjoy cultural enrichment and regionally inspired cuisine along the way.
TRAVEL FARTHER THAN EVER BEFORE.
Forty-six incredible nights, nine countries, five sleek Super Ships. Cross the globe with Uniworld’s inaugural Rivers of the World cruise and navigate great rivers in style — from the mythical Nile to the glorious Douro River Valley.
The elegant meals when dining onboard are unrivaled! You are treated to world-class cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients from the destinations you visit. Uniworld even allows you to experience some of their featured recipes from the comfort of your own home specially designed by the expert chefs at Uniworld.
If exploring the world in all-inclusive luxury sound like the perfect vacation option for your next adventure, reach out to one of our expert advisors today!
Looking to plan your next vacation to Mexico to escape the cold next winter? Unsure where to go with so many beautiful beach options? Here’s a breakdown of our Fox top 3 Mexico Sun & Fun destination gateways and their nearby hot spots. Check them out!
Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos offers the best in world class golf, whale sightings, and beautiful golden beaches. The blue waters, rugged cliffs, desert vistas, and mountains of Cabo wash together in vibrant color. And don’t forget the sportfishing excursions in the “Marlin Capital of the World.” For nature lovers, the gray whales’ annual autumn migration to Cabo from Alaska shouldn’t be missed. From December through March, booking a tour can get you up close and personal with these gentle giants.
San Jose del Cabo
Considered the artsy, relaxed town reminiscent of an older time. Jose del Cabo is the laid-back town of San Jose del Cabo and home to several championship golf courses, quaint shops, boutiques, and fine restaurants. History buffs will enjoy cultural landmarks found throughout the city dating back to the 1730s!
Cabo San Lucas
Hot sunny days and low humidity make the lively town of Cabo San Lucas a favorite beach vacation destination. Few places can compete with the nightlife – complete with dozens of restaurants, discos, clubs, and bars. El Arco, the infamous arched-shaped rock formation, frames the golden beaches.
Between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is The Corridor. The 20-mile stretch is defined by the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez that connect to the desert vistas. Deep-sea fishing in The Corridor is among the best in the world! Equally, the Corridor is home to many luxury hotels and resorts with an abundance of activities.
CANCUN & RIVIERA MAYA
Surrounded on three sides by lagoon, bay, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Cancun boasts 14 miles of pristine white-sand beaches. Cancun’s wide selection of hotels, all-inclusive resorts, golf courses, and spas are truly world-class.
Downtown Cancun is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from lively street markets to the world’s most exclusive boutiques within walking distance of most resorts. Cancun’s array of dining choices will entice every palate, ranging from local specialties to five-star restaurants. The nightlife still reigns downtown, with all-night discos, live music, piano bars, and jazz clubs. Enjoy water sports and amazing underwater life with the Great Mayan Reef just offshore. This high-energy hot spot is the gateway to the ancient Mayan world.
Located north of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is only five miles long with a charming small downtown area. Discover the magic of this old fishing village couples with the relaxing atmosphere of a spectacular beach destination.
For a truly luxurious all-inclusive vacation, visit Riviera Maya at the south end of Cancun which is home of endless white-sand beaches, world-class resorts, spas, golf, and ancient Mayan ruins. Enjoy trendy shopping, wining, and dining on Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, and amazing water sports in the quaint towns of Puerto Aventuras and Akumal.
Just twelve miles off the Yucatan coast, Cozumel draws divers and snorkelers from around the globe. On the eastern side, white beaches are left as they were when Mayans inhabited the island. Take a jeep tour, explore ruins in the jungles, or snorkel in the Chankanaab Lagoon, which features the only inland coral reef formation in the world.
Puerto Vallarta offers beautiful golden sand beaches, championship golf and a vibrant seafront with cobblestone streets and an abundance of markets, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, shops, and nightlife. An exotic blend of old-world colonial charm and modern sophistication, Puerto Vallarta is sheltered by the jungled landscapes of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and incredible views of the Pacific to the west. It’s an authentic Mexican destination along with nature at its best!
Riviera Nayarit stretches along nearly two hundred miles of Pacific Coastline and is a mere 10 minutes from the airport. Riviera Nayarit offers top-notch hotels, world-class golf, white and golden sand beaches, and eco-tourism adventures. Get a taste of old-world Mexico in the town of Bucerias or take in the lush natural surroundings and luxury hotels in the new town of Nuevo Vallarta.
Few places in the world do world-class service and aesthetic bliss as Punta Mita. Nestled within a 1,500-acre private peninsula situated in the Riviera Nayarit area north of Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita is the type of place where heavenly dreams of idyllic tropical getaways turn to reality. The gated, ultra-luxurious locale is only about 25 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport with a reasonable 45-minute drive through long picturesque stretches to reach the resort town’s main entrance complete with Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, a tennis center, and luxury hotel brands.
While these are our top Mexico trends, there are so many destinations to visit in Mexico. If you are interested in booking a vacation, reach out to our sun & fun expert advising team. Remember, our exclusive early booking sale with Apple Vacations is open though July 29! Book your winter break vacation today!
Source: Destination descriptions provided by ALG
Why use a travel advisor?
Yes, we’ve heard it all and we know it is possible to book your own travel. Consider this – how much time and effort does it take to put together an amazing vacation?!
Many people end up not taking (a much needed and well-deserved) vacation because they simply do not have the extra time to plan one. Especially in this post-pandemic world, planning a trip can be confusing, time-consuming, and quite a hassle.
That is where our travel advisors come in! Our teams arrange transportation, provide early booking discounts, special fares, hotel deals. Plus, they guide you through the complexities of travel advisories.
Let our advisors ease any uncertainty you may have with up-to-the-minute information and expert advice. It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships!
Here are the top five reasons you should plan your next vacation with a travel advisor!
Sure – of course you can book your own travel. Just like you can go to the store to shop. In all honestly – it’s incredibly time consuming. Shopping the best deals, researching resorts, adjusting flights, checking COVID protocols – it takes a lot of time and energy. Make the call so we can take on the confusion and stress of planning. The last thing you want to think about is whether you have a transfer included or arranged or if your lost luggage is covered. You can sit back and enjoy a memorable experience. Let us sweat the details while you do nothing but relax!
When most people think of using a travel advisor their first thought may not be of saving money, but this is often the case. Our vacation professionals have cultivated strong relationships and premium partnerships with countless travel suppliers giving them access to a network of lower pricing and exclusive travel packages. With the latest in computer reservations technology, our travel advisors have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips to get you the best value possible.
Fox recognizes no two travelers are alike. We personalize your vacation by taking the time to understand your unique travel needs, interests and concerns and plan to address all of them. Ensuring you take meaningful vacations that inspire lifelong memories is our top priority. Fox has a long-standing record—more than 60 years—helping customers create that ultimate experience while being by their side before, during and after a vacation in case of the unexpected. Whether that’s a delayed flight, natural disaster, or pandemic, we go the extra mile to make sure your trip isn’t disrupted!
One Stop Shop!
Fox is proud to offer a one-stop shopping experience for all your travel arrangements. Vacations can take on many different forms, and we can help with the details of booking that cruise, train ride, flight, or car. We take the time to learn what is important to you and create customized itineraries that can bring your bucket-list items to life.
Our travel advisors are knowledgeable and active in the industry. We specialize in all-inclusive vacations, destination weddings and cruises—just to name a few. Many of our advisors are certified experts to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe. Want to take a romantic trip through Italy? We have advisors who can key you into the perfect spot to see a Tuscan sunset. Want to plan a memorable family vacation to Disney? We have Disney certified advisors Dream Team who can make your dreams come true. Or do you want to sit back and relax as you cruise crystal blue waters? We have a team of cruise specialists who will find the best unique itinerary that caters to everything you dream about.
Many of our travel advisors have developed long-standing friendships with clients who now trust them to make recommendations without even having to ask! Those relationships have been critical in helping our customers navigate unprecedented travel restrictions due to the pandemic. It is all in a day’s work in the exciting world of travel planning and building relationships! Contact one of our advisors today!
National Beer Day is April 7th in the United States. It is time to raise a glass and toast to the oldest and most revered of all beverages. People have been making beer around the world for over 5,000 years. According to BBC, the oldest recipe ever recorded that we know of is for beer!
As we round out featuring European experiences and traveling On Holiday, we just had to share some of the Best Beer Cities in Europe. What’s our criteria for being named the best beer city Europe? Well, it isn’t exactly scientific. We are looking for beer quality, cool history, and just an overall enjoyable beer-drinking vibe.
Here’s our top 5 best beer cities in Europe.
With a long history of brewing beer and hosting the world’s largest infamous beer festival, Oktoberfest, it is not surprising Munich is a top beer-lover destination. In Germany, beer is not only a national delicacy, but it’s a huge part of Germany’s culture and traditions. Munich is home to six major breweries – Pauaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten-Franzikaner, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu and Augustiner. Plus, there are over 200 beer gardens around Munich – a tradition dating back over 200 years. Próst!
Not surprising at all, Dublin tops our list. Irish pubs are known globally for their great character and drinking beer is simply a way of life. The Irish pubs – warm culture, humble atmosphere, traditional music – it’s so much more than Guinness – it’s the “craic.” The basic translation is simply fun, but the true Irish meaning embraces everything amazing, warm, and enjoyable about a good Irish pub. Famously quoted Irish poet William Butler Yeats perfectly explains, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” Without a doubt, visiting Ireland is an amazing adventure for beer-lovers.
There are many specialties that lure people to Belgium, and their quality beer crafts are certainly one. With an estimated 400 varieties of beer, there is an immense sense of pride in the history and quality of Belgium beer. When it comes to the craftsmanship to develop a quality brew, you would be hard pressed to find a culture that rivals Belgium anywhere in the world.
The city of Amsterdam is known for the relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. While neighbor Belgium boasts quality beer brands, Amsterdam equally shares its own distinguished beer. Amstel or Heineken anyone? In fact, the most popular alcoholic drink in the Netherlands is beer. Amsterdam is home to some amazing tours, breweries, and history. Sit back, soak in the vibe and enjoy a few pale lagers along the way.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has arguably the best beer culture in the world. Why? According to USA Today, Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other country in the world. Equally, Prague is considered the hub of the beer revolution. Even better? Beer in Prague is literally cheaper than bottled water. The lager (pilsner-style light lager) is considered better than just about any other place on Earth. Yes, that’s a hefty statement. Well pilsner was born in the Czech Republic and their brewing can be traced back to the 6th century! Plus, Czechs still practice the tedious brewing process of ‘decoction mashing’ resulting in a richer flavor and creamier foam. It is safe to say – Prague is an impressive beer city.
BONUS! Reykjavik, Iceland
You may be asking yourself, why is Reykjavik on this list? Well, for more than half of the 20th century, beer was illegal in Iceland. It was finally legalized in 1989, and Icelanders have been celebrating ever since! Of course, being of Viking descent, this should not come as a huge surprise. Icelandic brewers take inspiration from their natural surroundings and use a lot of herbs found in the mountains and even blueberries to give their beers that fresh Icelandic taste.
If these cities have you craving an authentic European brew, we are right there with you! Reach out to one of our expert travel advisors today and start planning you On Holiday vacation. Cheers and happy exploring!
If you are looking to host a destination wedding miles away from your home, there is a lot of planning involved and details to consider. Lucky for you, we have an expert destination wedding team ready to help! We sat down with our team to discuss destination wedding etiquette and tips for making it the wedding of your dreams!
When to have a destination wedding?
Consider the time of year you are traveling. If it is a warm-weather wedding destination, the peak season may be January-March. Consider a wedding in a shoulder season or off-season. Also, tourism fluctuations can impact travel prices and make bookings rather expensive. Equally, a low tourism season could mean closed amenities. Use a travel advisor to help you select the best time of year for your destination.
Who should we invite?
Do you invite everyone or keep it intimate? Typically, a destination wedding is an intimate affair since the guests will be staying at the same resort as the wedding couple. In many cases, the wedding also doubles as the honeymoon. Whether you invite immediate family only or extending the invitation to a larger group. Have your guest list ready so you understand your budget and necessary guest accommodations — wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly, adults-only, etc.
How should we notify our guests?
Save-the-dates should go out eight to 12 months before your wedding because your guests will need to request time off work, save up money, and take care of other details. Official invites should be sent no later than three months before your wedding dates. Include all important travel details. When you plan a wedding with Fox, we have a wedding website created especially for you to keep everyone up-to-date with all travel updates and accommodations.
Who pays for accommodations?
Guests are traditionally expected to cover their personal lodging and transportation. Tactfully outline your expectations by directing guests to your wedding website with all recommendations and accommodations.
Choosing a destination
When selecting a destination, keep in mind the location should be safe and accommodating for you and your guests. An exotic wedding in a remote location may be your dream; however, consider everyone attending your special day. Choose a destination that will fit your style and budget as well as the guests you are inviting. Consider your least travel-savvy guest and consider their comfort while planning.
Learning the marriage laws
Marriage licenses in some countries may take much longer than expected or may require you to arrive early for information processing. Our wedding experts can help you determine what rules and regulations apply to your preferred destination.
Avoid shipping items
Shipping items to and from your destination can be quite expensive. Resorts will have decorations on-hand and items such as bridesmaid gifts can often be purchased in-destination. Great tip! Try to distribute must-bring items in the suitcases of family members attending your wedding.
If time and budgets allow, arrive at your destination early. You will have more time to finalize last-minute details with the venue and check out the ceremony site. Typically, you will have an on-site wedding coordinator. Connect with them upon your arrival. Finalize your details with them. Hair, make up, photography, ceremony set up, etc. Most resorts prefer couples to arrive at least 48 hours before the wedding.
Discover resort wedding packages
Take advantage of the “preview” packages available at the resorts. Most destination wedding resorts will offer a package for the bride and groom to come and stay 2-3 nights at the destination. Visit with the wedding team and pick firsthand the locations for the wedding! Plus, if you book your wedding at this location within a specific time frame, you will get a credit towards your wedding! Win-Win!
Select a destination wedding planner
If there is a special date you really want, book early! Destination weddings are very popular and many popular wedding dates book up early, so plan accordingly and use a destination wedding planner! Our destination wedding team works with many resorts and wedding teams throughout the all-inclusive markets. We can recommend the best option for your requests!
If a destination wedding sounds like a great way to say “I DO,” schedule a virtual appointment with one of our talented advisors today! If you are unsure whether a destination wedding is your best option, join us on March 2nd at 7pm (CT) for a live virtual event. We will discuss the latest destination wedding trends and talk with newlyweds about their recent wedding planning experience.
Your personal guide to the world’s ultimate resorts for a romantic retreat
If you need to press “pause” on the daily chaos of life, and perhaps rekindle the romance that is starting to flicker you have come to the right place! There are few vacations as rewarding as a relaxing couple’s retreat. With endless resorts to choose from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond – it takes time and research to find the perfect destination to get away from it all. Luckily for you, our travel experts have narrowed the search with some top choices for romantic getaways this year.
One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico
Looking to splurge this year? Set amongst the stunning natural scenery of the Baja Peninsula, alongside the Sea of Cortez, the One & Only Palmilla has extraordinary views of picturesque landscape with beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the entire region. You’ll find luxurious suites, deep soaking tubs, patio daybeds and designated butler at your service upon check-in.
Ladera in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia has a reputation for an island of romance, and Ladera is the resort for couples seeking breathtaking landscape in an intimate setting. With just 37 rooms and suites, this resort offers the perfect setting for forging a connection to the beauty, romance, and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Each suite is uniquely constructed from locally harvested hardwoods, stone, and tile, with the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy in mind. An ‘open wall’ design dramatically opens to private plunge pools and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.
Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada
Looking for tropical seclusion? Grenada is known as “Island of Spice” in the Caribbean because of its fertile soil. Spice Island Beach Resort is family-owned and oozes charm on a picture-perfect beach setting along Grand Anse Beach. With exceptional accommodations, private pool options, secluded gardens, and breezy private terraces – this resort is sure to amaze. Enjoy unlimited golf and tennis by day and Caribbean meals with steel drum serenade by night.
Tabacón Grand Resort in Costa Rica
Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern region of Costa Rica lies Tabacón Grand Spa & Resort. This stunning property features the ultimate combination of a nature-centric wellness spa and world-class hospitality services. The resort boasts 18 natural hot springs –pristine thermal waters flowing into waterfalls and hidden bathing spots that meander through one of the lushest and exotic gardens in the world. This resort is also a part of the Sustainable Tourism Program and has received Carbon Neutral certification.
Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora
Bora Bora has always been considered the ultimate romantic destination, which is why it’s a go-to for so many honeymooners. Perhaps Tahiti sounds a bit cliché, but it is absolutely deserved! Our travel experts have traveled the globe, and Bora Bora always remains top of the list for the romance capital of the world. Superb beaches, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs and of course, the much talked about, over-the-water bungalows. If you’ve always dreamed of staying in an over-water bungalow, the Four Seasons Resort is hands down the place for you. Tahiti requires extra travel time; however, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you are ready to book your next romantic vacation destination or need help selecting the perfect location, contact one of our travel advisors today!
If the January cold is getting you down, you are certainly not alone. Beach destinations are incredibly popular this time of year and for good reason. Whether you are a regular sunseeker looking for a new beach to explore or simply looking for a vacation off the beaten path, these beautiful beaches are sure to satisfy your quest for sunshine, relaxation and fun!
Camp Bay Beach – Roatan, Honduras
Roatan is an island in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras. This beach escape attracts divers with the world’s second largest coral reef, perfect for snorkeling. Located on the east end of the island is the less traveled, Camp Bay Beach. Because this beach is far from some of the major tourist locations on the island, it makes for the perfect day trip for rest and relaxation under the sun…aside from Mondays when expat locals throw weekly beach celebrations.
Anapai Bay – New Zealand
This beach we love for those who have a little bit of adventure in their heart. Located along the northern coast of Abel Tasman National Park is Anapai Bay. Made up of two beaches, Anapai Bay is lush with golden sand and clear, beautiful blue waters, and the beach is split by fascinating rock formations. Known as one of the best beaches in the park, people are also welcome to explore the nearby Mutton Cove after a day of soaking up some sun.
Pirate Beach – Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Located in the Exuma Cays, Staniel Cay is a small island village about 120km south of Nassau. One of the most popular destinations on Staniel Cay is the Staniel Cay Yacht Club that is family friendly and full activities. While the yacht club is considered to be a ‘hidden gem,’ if you’re looking for something that’s even more off the beaten path, head north in search of Pirate Beach. The best way to traverse the island is by golf cart but be prepared for a little walking to access the beach, since it is only accessible by foot. Don’t be surprised if you have the beach all to yourself!
Of course, there are SO MANY breathtaking beaches on this planet just waiting to be discovered. Contact one of our travel advisors today to book your next beach vacation! Do you have a favorite beach destination? Drop us a note below and let us know!
Imagine walking out onto the deck of your own private over-ocean bungalow and dipping right into the ocean. It’s possible, and it’s coming to a location near us sooner than you may think. El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort, by Karisma property in Riviera Maya, Mexico is the new home to Mexico’s first over-ocean private bungalows.