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Sandals State Of Mind
While the world might have changed, one thing remains constant: your love for each other. And while you’re focused on staying safe at home, we’re here to help you find ways to indulge in some relaxation and romance at home. After all, Sandals is more than a destination. It’s a state of mind. Follow @SandalsResorts and #SandalsStateOfMind on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where we’ll be posting ideas for home pampering, romance, and recipes that will give you a taste of Sandals. To view YouTube video click here.
Tyus Tours & Travel Receives 2020 Best of Columbus Award
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Tyus Tours & Travel Receives 2020 Best of Columbus Award.
Columbus Award Program Honors the Achievement
COLUMBUS March 4, 2020 -- Tyus Tours & Travel has been selected for the 2020 Best of Columbus Award in the Commercial Travel Agencies & Bureaus category by the Columbus Award Program.
Each year, the Columbus Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbus area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Columbus Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbus Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Columbus Award Program
The Columbus Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbus area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Columbus Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Columbus Award Program
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Aboard SeaDream Yacht Club - Wine Voyage
It’s Yachting, Not Cruising. Experience The Difference
SeaDream is the perfect way to create memories with that special someone. For a truly romantic experience, set sail on a dreamy Wine Voyage.
Every single wine cruise on SeaDream is a unique and personalized culinary experience, especially with our carefully crafted itineraries that immerse guests into the world of wine. With the expertise of our Wine Director Martin Arentz, a SeaDream Wine Voyage is the perfect opportunity to enhance your food & wine pairings knowledge. While cruising to the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean and visiting world-renowned wineries, you’ll be able to get a whole new appreciation and love for wine.
It’s not too late to embark on a wine voyage in 2020. Taste only the best and most unforgettable reds, whites, and champagne. Discover which Wine Voyage is right for you.
Don’t know how to choose? How does a champagne tasting in Spain sound? This amazing 7-day voyage will feature just that.
Barcelona to Malaga
Oct. 10 – 17, 2020
Ports of call: Barcelona, Spain; Palama de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain; Gibraltar, U.K.; and Malaga, Spain.
Visiting Wineries :
HATT ET SÖNER HATT et SÖNER aspires to be one of the top ten champagne houses in terms of quality blanc des blancs. Their champagne philosophy is freshness, finesse, and elegance. The vineyard spans several hectares of top-rated champagne villages in the côte des blancs and only grapes from Premier Cru to Grand Cru is used. They only do first press from hand-sorted grapes, non-malolactic, and only vintage champagnes. Kristofer Ruscon will host a complimentary Champagne tasting and share their fascinating family history; as well as welcoming you to become part of their family. Enjoy a very special degustation dinner where these exquisite champagnes will be matched with a carefully selected menu from Seadream’s Executive Chef. Seadream is offering a by-the-glass wine pairing package for this degustation dinner.
Champagne Agrapart & Fils has been located in the village of Avize in the heart Champagne since 1894. The annual production at the domain is limited to 85,000 bottles. Their 12 hectares vineyard is mainly spread out in Grand Cru villages planted with Chardonnay, picked, and pressed with great care. Agrapart is a so-called R.M. – récoltant manipulant – which means that this particular grower produces his own grapes as a basis for his Champagnes. Champagne Agrapart is today operated according to biodynamic production methods. Their Champagne is neither fined nor filtered. They are bottled at the domain and are hand riddled. Enjoy a complimentary tasting of what is regarded as one of the best Champagne houses in the world.
Optional Yachting Land Adventures :
Wine Tasting in Unspoiled Ibiza
Although Ibiza is a relatively small island, it has much more to offer than the, rather frenetic, Ibiza Town. This adventure takes us across the island to the unspoiled north-west area where Ibiza is rural and the area is surrounded by mountains. Delight in Ibiza’s incredible sights and flavors on a guided tour to Can Rich cellars, the largest winery on the island, with a wide variety of wines, olive oil, and herbal liqueur, where you will learn about the producing and blending process responsible for the perfection of quality wine.
From the beginning of civilization, Ibiza has been a place of passage and meeting for different cultures which left their mark in such ways as the cultivation of the vines and the production of pottery. Ibiza’s winemaking tradition reaches back at least as far as the time of the Phoenicians, who introduced the cultivation of the vines, attracted by the fertility of the land and the island’s good climate. Probably, the winemaking process has not changed much since then, since it has been passed down from father to son by oral tradition, being maintained almost up to our times. Our tour takes us to the Can Rich vineyard. After the tasting, we will make a panoramic in Sant Antony de Portmany before to return to Ibiza town.
Ronda Wine Experience
One of Spain’s oldest cities, located in the Andalusian mountains and 750 meters above sea level, Ronda stills displays aspects of its ancient Roman origins. This historic town has been a much-loved destination for many painters, architects and creative artists; including Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway. The best way to explore Ronda is on foot and throughout your guided walking tour you will pass several of the city’s highlights; including the ‘Puente Nuevo’ (New Bridge), which is said to symbolize the soul of the city.
Having visited the city center, you will discover one unique wine cellar in the area. “Descalzos Viejos” (the aged barefoot monks) was founded in the year 2000 and specially restored for the purpose of winemaking by the architects Francisco Retamero and Flavio Salesi and their respective wives, Chelo Porras and Mariela Grana. It is situated in the chapel of a sixteenth-century Trinitarian monastery. In this building, perched on the higher slopes of the impressive Tajo of Ronda (the famous Gorge), they make wine from the 5.5 hectares of vineyards that have been planted on this property, and other 5 hectares inward. During the visit, you will taste three types of wines, accompanied with some snacks.
Ready to book a romantic Wine Voyage. Contact us today.
A Destination Wedding the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Have a Destination Wedding in a beautiful place, Hawaii? In Hawaii weddings are picture perfect and full of breath-taking places for a Destination Wedding or Vow Renewal. In addition to incredible venues, there are no state residences or U.S. citizenship requirements to tie the knot in Hawaii. And with no passport needed, this is a getaway the whole family can join in on!
Hawaii named one the 10 Coolest Spots for a Destination Wedding in 2019. People around the world are taking notes from celebrities, such as Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham from The Bachelor, and choosing to the ever-lovely Hawaii as the perfect destination to tie the knot. Aside from the obvious draw of being drop-dead gorgeous, Hawaii makes for a great wedding location thanks to traditionally good weather, endless opportunities for amazing photos and tons of fun things for guests to check out during their stay. While each Hawaiian island has something special to offer, the most popular choices for destination weddings are Maui and Kauai.
Fly into Maui
There’s no shortage of renowned resorts, crystal clear waters and tropical sunsets in Maui, making it ideal for a Wedding Destination when the Couple is looking to escape to an oasis of relaxation. Consider booking a suite at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa or the Grand Wailea -- A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which have been ranked by U.S News in 2017 as two of the best hotels in Maui and are bookable on tyustours. Another great hotel option that is bookable through tyustours is the Royal Lahaina Resort. This hotel is consistently featured online as one of the top romantic getaway hotels. If you’re focused on sustainability and are looking for eco-friendly travel options, we’ve got a list for you. It features two Maui resorts that could give you everything you’re are looking for.
Activities in Maui
For most travelers, romantic getaways are all about spending quality time with their loved one and Maui offers a long list of opportunities that allow you to do just that. Consider booking features like the Haleakala Bike Safari and Wine Tour or the Sea Cliffs of Molokai Air Tour. Both of these options will give you time to connect and take in the breathtaking scenery. Through tyustours, you can also book a Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner on Maui, which is a romantic way to end the day.
Island Hop to Kauai
If you’re looking for luxury on Kauai, consider booking a suite at the St. Regis Princeville Resort. It was previously named as one of the most popular honeymoon resorts in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler – and for a good reason. The resort is located on a secluded cove on Kauai’s coast and overlooks Makana Mountain and Hanalei Bay. If you’re on a tighter budget and want to be close to sight-seeing, shopping and dining, then Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is the perfect hotel option. Click here to search other bookable hotels through www.tyustours.com
Activities in Kauai
Images of Kauai depict a tropical paradise of awe-inspiring waterfalls and stunning emerald mountains. You won’t want to miss out on any opportunity to take in the once-in-a-lifetime views. After you spend a day at the resort spa, consider booking a Na Pali Sunset Dinner Cruise where you can gaze out at the sea cliffs that tower above you. If you want to take advantage of the outdoors, book the Wailua River Secret Falls, Kayak and Hike. If that’s of interest and you find that your idea of a romantic getaway includes adventurous activities, here are some more ideas!
For more information Hawaii Destination Weddings, Honeymoons or Romantic Getaways contact Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit our website www.tyustours.com.
A Romantic Disney Parks Vacation
By Disney Destinations
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day at a Disney theme park or just looking for a romantic evening, a Disney destination can offer the perfect dreamy getaway. From fine dining to fireworks and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Walt Disney World® Resort
If you’re looking for a scenic experience, you can travel along the banks of the Sassagoula River in a cozy horse-drawn carriage. You can board your carriage at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and then enjoy a 25-minute ride down the charming pathways along the river, all while taking in the rustic beauty of the resort area. Reservations can be made by calling 866-547-5362
For foodie couples, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a must-do. You have several options to experience breathtaking views and delicious dishes at this award-winning restaurant. For a leisurely Sunday morning, you can relax at Brunch at the Top. Or have a romantic dinner prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and then pose for a photo on the observation deck. For an extra-enchanting evening, you can end the night with a Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip and Sparkle, enjoying light bites and refreshments along with access to a private observation deck for the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular.
With its perpetual twilight ambiance, Blue Bayou is a romantic experience perfect for anyone looking for a flavorful meal in Disneyland® Park. You can enjoy the flavors of the Big Easy surrounded by lanterns and fireflies, while watching Pirates of the Caribbean boats sail by. Bonus – you can take a ride on the classic attraction after your meal, because nothing says “romance” like a pirate adventure. If you are in search of other adventures to satisfy your taste buds, you can set course for a delightful dinner options at Carthay Circle Restaurant, Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55. To book your Disney Adventure call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.
An Insider’s Guide to Negril Jamaica
At this sleepy Jamaican spot, it’s all about spicy jerk chicken, tropical cocktails and cliff jumping.
Welcome to Negril, Jamaica, a still-sleepy beach village dotted with bare-bones roadside jerk chicken shacks, pristine diving coves, reggae music, and bohemian sensibility. Here, you won’t find the cruise ships and tourist trappings of Montego Bay or the urban bustle of Kingston. Instead, you’ll uncover an unhurried crowd reminiscent of the ‘60s and ‘70s when jetsetters, hippies, and musicians descended on the area. Grab an airport roadie (ice-cold Red Stripe is the only option) for the 90-minute drive to the western tip of Jamaica, where you’ll find golden sunsets, live music, and old-school charms.
Where to eat
Start at Pushcart Restaurant, where homestyle street eats like curried goat and steamed fish with bammy (a Jamaican flatbread) are enjoyed alongside tropical libations and live music. Just down the stone path, the dimly lit, cliffside Rockhouse Restaurant serves composed plates of seared snapper and blackened mahi-mahi with mango chutney. During breakfast, you’ll find detoxing green juices blended with callaloo, a nutrient-rich, dark-green vegetable. Nearby, a beachy outpost of New York City’s Miss Lily’s serves chef Andre Fowle’s “yard” cuisine—pimento wood–smoked jerk chicken, pork, and fish; there’s also a long list of cocktails. Meanwhile, the thatched-covered Little Negril is a jerk chicken haven, while Murphy’s West End whips up a rendition called Devil’s Chicken, prepared in various spice levels. Known for its freshly baked pastries and coffee, Charela Inn also doubles as a spot for live jazz. For comforting Jamaican staples, Public House is known for its ackee and saltfish. Seaside lunch? The aptly titled Office of Nature dishes out grilled lobster and rice and peas (bring your bathing suit for a post-meal swim).
Where to drink and dance
Be ready for some colorful sights and sounds—Negril likes to let loose. While the iconic Rick’s Café is packed with tour buses and commercial vitality, watching sunset cliff jumpers with a soundtrack of reggae music, alongside a boozy, MTV-ish crowd, feels like a rite of passage. The island’s first wine bar, Wine with Me, is perfect for snacking on a cheese platter with homemade apple chutney. Come Friday and Saturday, Kenny’s Italian Café, a breezy, rustic seaside venue morphs into a late-night dancing spot. Catering to locals and visitors, the laid-back Drifters Bar hosts live music four nights a week alongside a Sunday night R&B open mic. In between cold beers and rum punch, an in-the-know crowd arrives at the aforementioned Miss Lily’s for DJs spinning reggae and dancehall into the late hours.
What to do
For morning swims, head to the fluffy, white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Alternatively, escape the crowds and opt for a quiet retreat at Half Moon Beach, which also offers a boat ride to a private island bar. Swim among natural rock formations at Roaring River Cave, a less-explored oasis surrounded by mineral-rich waters also known for their healing properties. Meanwhile, scuba-divers head to the Throne Room, where a large 50-foot wide cave unveils coral reef and an array of sting rays, snappers, barracuda, turtles, and eels.
For a day trip that's more community-focused, the veteran Rockhouse Foundation arranges excursions where you can meet local school children (their well-endowed charity efforts have helped build six schools and a library). You can make donations toward the foundation, or pack some school supplies to bring with you.
For visuals, Jamaica Giants Sculpture Park and Art Garden, a lush, high-elevation venue, houses paintings and stone sculptures by local artists. Head out early morning for reef fishing; Famous Vincent’s uses a handcrafted fishing boat while Stanley’s Deep-Sea Fishing opts for a more luxurious fleet for full-day charters. Set on a private estate, Reggae Horseback offers rides on shaded mangrove trails complete with native flora, fauna, and edible spices. Spirit enthusiasts should visit Appleton Rum, a scenic, two-hour trip from Negril. The iconic brand is run by master blender Joy Spence, and the recently renovated facility hosts tours and tastings with 13 varieties.
Where to Stay
Rockhouse, a 40-room boutique hotel high above the Caribbean Sea, caters to a decidedly fashionable crowd. In its 25 years on the island, it has hosted rock royalty (Marley, Dylan, The Stones). The thatched-roof bungalows, built in the ‘70s by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, are highly coveted, as are the six new beachfront suites. Requisite activities include cliff jumping and swimming (red ladders descend into the azure sea for easy access). The serene spa offers bathing rituals and reiki treatments and the infinity pool is ideal for sunsets and rum drinks.
In 2018, Rockhouse’s sibling, the retro, tropical-vibed Skylark, opened on the white-powdered sands of Seven Mile Beach. Set in a two-story, white-washed building, the 28 rooms are kitted out in white walls with poppy island pinks and cheery turquoise blues. There’s also mid-century furniture and an extensive collection of ‘70s and ‘80s Jamaican album cover art. Nearby, a small spa set in a tropical garden is beloved for its scalp treatments and relaxing massages.
Join us in Negril for the Jamaica Frenzy, a 6-day, 5-night House Music Destination vacation from March 31 to April 5, 2020 with All-Inclusive accommodations at 5 Star Resorts and special events held on 7-Mile Beach. For more information visit bit.ly/jamaicafrenzy or call 866-547-5362.