Travel is Back!

By Marianne Windham
Windham Travel and Leisure

Happy Summer! In this month’s issue of South Huntsville Neighbors, I am pleased to recap the following:
International Travel Is Back! We ALL celebrated the much anticipated news that the CDC ended the requirement to show a negative COVID-19 viral test before returning back to United States from international travels. Hip Hip Hooray!

This news came just a week before my husband Darin and I departed for a vacation to Cancun. It is no surprise that many of our clients like to visit Mexico often. From Huntsville (HSV), we are fortunate to have shorter travel times to popular international destinations like Mexico and Jamaica. We can board a flight early morning, and arrive there by lunch. For this reason, these destinations are two of the easy choices for quick getaways and group gatherings.

Speaking of gatherings, let’s touch on all-inclusive resorts for destination weddings and other group celebrations. This is an amazing and very cost-effective way to gather together. To highlight the wonderful inclusions that make for an unforgettable celebration experience; I will use Secrets Resorts (one of our favorite adults-only resort partners) as a prime example. There, guests immerse themselves in luxury, where everything is included. Elegantly appointed rooms and suites, with 24-hour concierge and room services, multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving top-shelf spirits, elegant amenities and endless day and evening activities, provide the ultimate backdrop for unparalleled pampering and lasting memories for couples and honeymooners.

Secrets Unlimited-Luxury® experience includes:

• Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
• Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
• Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
• 24-hour room and concierge services
• Pool and beach wait service
• Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
• Daily maid service
• Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
• Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
• No wristbands required

Of course, there are also several brands of all-inclusive options for families, which offer many of the amenities above-but also activities for kids, as well as designated children’s pools and play areas. And for destination weddings and multi-generational vacations, you also have options for adjacent sister properties. Both the adult and family resorts are in close proximity for everyone’s comfort and convenience.

For anyone who longs for a truly relaxing escape in a secure environment, where everything is taken care of up front, an all-inclusive resort can be the ultimate vacation. Darin and I thoroughly enjoyed our much needed escape together in June. There is not a single person I know, who does not long for this type of respite once in a while.

I was SO excited to have our wonderful colleague Corrie Spearing Christian attend the conference with me this Summer. She owns 333 Designs, offering floral design and wedding planning. We are thrilled she is part of the Windham Travel & Leisure team as “Travel with Coco.” We had an amazing time visiting Secrets and Dreams in Playa Mujeres, as well as Secrets the Vine in Cancun. 

After not being able to meet with colleagues and travel suppliers in the past 30+ months, it was a very welcome and productive gathering of travel professionals; with in-person updates and new offerings from many of our favorite land and cruise partners and special destination suppliers. Again, TRAVEL is back! We are BUSY! Tell us what’s on YOUR “bucket list,” and we will make it happen!

Phone: 256-652-3232

Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you’ve been all along.

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