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Initial Pricing Released for Beaches Turks & Caicos Key West Village [01-24-13]
Initial Pricing Released for Beaches Turks & Caicos Key West Village - Thanksgiving 2013 and beyond

New York Travel Weekly Awards 2012 [12-28-12]
Dream Makers Vacation Services was invited to the Travel Weekly Awards. Held at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City

The Genesis of the All Inclusive - Hard Rock Cafe - Dec 2012 [12-21-12]
Dream team members Mike, Gabby and Amanda recently were "rock stars" at the Hard Rock Resorts event in Philadelphia.

Secrets the Vine - Days 2 & 3 [12-13-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Secrets the Vine - Day 1 [12-10-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 2 [12-07-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 1 [12-06-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 3 - New Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos - Key West Luxury Village [12-03-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 2 [12-01-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 1 (Mike's Arrival Day) [11-30-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 5 (Departure Day) [11-19-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 4 [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 3 (Awards Night) [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 2 [11-15-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 1 (Arrival) [11-14-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 7 Departure Day [10-29-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 6 [10-28-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 5 [10-26-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 4 [10-25-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 3 [10-24-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 3 - New Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos - Key West Luxury Village

Posted: 12-03-12

 

The morning started with a meeting hosted by Butch Stewart, the owner of Sandals & Beaches.  He spoke for 45 min and then Adam Stewart, CEO spoke for a 1/2.  The highlight was the new Grenadian property and the expansion of Beaches Turks & Caicos. 

Sandals La Source Grenada opening the Spring 2013.  Sandals La Source Grenada currently has 108 rooms, but they will end up with 225.  They are upgrading the bedrooms and building a 5 story block.  They will have River suites and Penthouse Palace Suites with plunge pools.  They are also building one bedroom suites with plunge pool suites like in Antigua.  They are making rondoval suites.  Entry level rooms will be nice. There are 40 of those rooms. Of course, all of these details are subject to change as things proceed.

Beaches Turks & Caicos bought the Veranda.  The new village at Beaches Turks & Caicos is called Beaches Key West Luxury Village.  It has 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom cottages.  Most have washer/dryers and full blown kitchens.  It is opening as a Beaches property in January 2013.  Beaches Turks & Caicos already doubled the size of the nursery.  They doubled the size of Kimonos and increased the size of the sushi bar by 3 times.   When it opens, they will have 19 restaurants, but eventually have 21 restaurants.  It has been a long time in the making.  The water park will be expanded.  This is a really good thing.  These suites are very large and can accommodate large families or families traveling together.  The suites will be concierge and butler. They said we should be able to start selling it Dec 18.  If you are interested, contact us.  We will put you on the waiting list for pricing.  By the way, Grace Bay beach was again voted the best beach in the world so this is another incentive to visit this beautiful island.

They also discussed a number of other things that are going on.  Some of interest:

- Sandals Is the only company in the Caribbean that owns every resort, except one.  They are a private organization, not public.  Dividends go to improve property rather than shareholders. 

-  Sandals is adding 15% more staff to support the new resort in Grenada and the new Village in Turks & Caicos.  In January Sandals created their own corporate university.  They can get their degree in Hospitality.

- Sandals Foundation is a charitable organization that gives back to the Caribbean.  100% of the money raised goes directly to work.  For example, they chartered 10 American Airlines planes filled with supplies to help those victims of Haiti's earth quake.  They bring in dentists and eye doctors who volunteer to help families in the Caribbean. 

- They started a new program called Discovery dining.  We will get videos that explain the program.  They spend $15 million into ingredients.  In specialty restaurants, food will be cooked by chefs from that country.  Italian chefs cook Italian.  Japanese cooking Japanese food.  They are working with organic farms in Jamaica and St Lucia.  They will have organic restaurants. 

- They are looking at a property in Barbados and in Dragon Bay Jamaica.  The Dragon Bay property will most likely be open in 2014.

- The long awaited over the water suites in St Lucia are getting approved by the government.  Once they get the signed paper, they will get to work. 

- And for our Destination Wedding Brides, they implemented the new 72 hour courtesy hold for wedding times.  That way, the brides can confirm their wedding date/time held to give them time to decide what room category they want. 

After the meeting, we had some free time to enjoy the sun and sand.  We took the time to hang out at the pool and be lazy. 

The awards started at 6 pm with cocktails.  We got to see many of our travel partners dressed up.  It is a very exclusive affair.  Seating for dinner started at 7pm.  We were seated at Gary Sadler's table.  Dinner was very good.  The awards were wonderful.  Dream Makers Vacation Services earned a number of awards.  We earned Best of the Best in the Mid Atlantic Region, Top Concierge in the Mid Atlantic Region, Top Agency for selling Beaches in the US (no one sells more Beaches rooms than Dream Makers Vacation Services), and for the 3 year in a row, Top Ten in the World for Selling Sandals & Beaches.  We are very honored to accept these awards.   We thank all of you, our clients for making this possible.  We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you for many years to come.  

 



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