Mexico Luxury!

Ashley takes us through her luxury stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya!


I have been DYING to share my experience at the Viceroy Riviera Maya and 65 Villa only resort. At our McCabe World Travel office retreat, I was able to spend 5 days at this beautiful resort. This was my first trip EVER to Mexico experiencing luxury travel as a guest vs. a travel advisor.

 

Mexico is always a quick and fairly easy trip to make! A quick flight and a 45 min private transfer. The Cancun airport can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of taxis and transportation options, so I would highly suggest making transportation arrangements before you arrive at the airport. If you choose to shuttle, the cost is less but adds an extremely large amount of time to arrive at your destination.

 

As you enter the Viceroy, you are greeted with a cold scented towel and specialty welcome drink in a handcrafted glass. Once check-in is complete, you are taken on a quick tour of the resort, including a welcoming ceremony at the Spa. I will never forget walking along the path full of foliage to my private villa. Also, having my luggage delivered was a new experience too! The Viceroy is a 65 villa resort, with privacy as a main focus for guests. The further away you are from the beach, the more private your Villa will be! Austin and I were in a Royal Villa for the duration of our trip. Yes, this is a secluded resort, but I wouldn’t have wanted any other way to unwind and relax.

 

Our first day upon arrival, my colleagues Megan, Frances and I arrived and immediately joined a Guacamole & Margarita class. See me shake it up on McCabe World Travels’ Instagram!

 

Before dinner, I wanted to take a dip in my Plunge Pool but it was a bit too chilly. One quick call to the front desk I had someone there within 5 minutes to adjust the temperature of my plunge pool. Okay…what? Dinner at La Marea was anything short of amazing. Being greeted by the chef at each meal truly allowed you to feel the special touch that this resort offers. If you have dietary needs, no problem! This resort was aware of my husbands Lactose Intolerance and made any adjustments necessary to make our dining experiences memorable.

 

My second day, I had the most memorable massage EVER. The spa was truly incredible (see pictures not their website to truly appreciate). Austin and I were able to experience a beautiful outdoor massage. The Caribbean breeze blowing with the sound of the monkeys and birds in the background was incredible.

 

Although there were only two restaurant options,  I never had the same meal twice. I loved having the option of room service or dining at the restaurants. We were lucky enough to have dinner on a Tuesday, where all tables are decorated with hand woven table cloths and perfectly shaken margaritas. The staffs attention to detail was a luxury not to be forgotten. For example, my stomach was not right a few mornings and they IMMEDIATELY dropped Ginger Tea off at the table beside my plunge pool. Talk about service!

 

The cabanas are first come first serve and fully serviced all day! During our lunch hour on the beach, Austin and I were greeted by one of the amazing resort staff to set up our departure transfer for the following day. The beautiful part of this resort is that you are known when you are there.

 

Although I was sad to leave, I know that I will be back one day to thoroughly enjoy all the the Viceroy has to offer!

 

See you soon, Mexico!

Aspen

Jessica Griscavage takes on Colorado for a second time in 2018! Read below to find out more!


I have found myself in Colorado for the second time this year.  This time I experienced the laid back and charming town of Aspen.

Getting there, I would suggest flying right into Aspen and there are now more and more connecting flights with many more routes to come.   Once you land, you are just minutes away from this little piece of heaven.   You can also consider Eagle (about 70 miles away), Denver (220 miles away) or Grand Junction (130 miles away).

Aspen is a fantastic destination in the Spring, Summer, and Fall months – and of course Winter for amazing skiing and boarding.  With your ski pass you have access to four incredible mountains at all skill levels.  Because there are four mountains, skiers really get to spread out and, unlike other top ski destinations, you will rarely wait for a lift. Other winter activities include:  Alpine Coaster, Tubing, Snow Bike, Snowshoeing and Ice Skating in the Base Village. And getting to the slopes couldn’t be easier.  Local transportation is convenient with free shuttle buses running continuously between all four mountains until 2:00 AM!

Outside of the winter months, there is no shortage of activities and there are loads of festivals and city events.  What to do? Give these activities a try – biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, paragliding, rafting & kayaking to name a few.

Where to stay? Well you will just have to ask me what the right resort is for you.  I had the opportunity to see the Jerome, Little Nell, St. Regis and The Gant. Another fabulous option in the Viceroy Snowmass which is perfect for families.  Of course Virtuoso Amenities apply at each!


Aspen Saturday Market – Enjoy local Colorado produce, crafts, live music and a food court Saturdays from 6/16 – 10/1.Top picks of what to do in Aspen:

John Denver Sanctuary – The Memorial features many of the singers’ songs etched into the rocks.  Great place to pack a picnic!

Maroon Bells –  The most photographed peaks in North America!   Absolutely stunning.

Independence Pass – East of Aspen along the winding two lane Highway 82. Several stops along the way to include the Devil’s Punchbowl, Independence Ghost Town and the Continental Divide at the top of the pass.

Eat & Drink Outdoors – Apsen has an average of 300 days of sunshine annually  get outside and dine al fresco. I suggest trying a local brew!

 

Want to travel to Aspen? Contact Jessica or our office – 703-905-9100 for more information.

 

National Parks & Group Travel

National Parks and Group Travel are great ways to make memories with friends and loved ones. With so many options to choose from, Jessica Griscavage talks about how she made it work with her small group!


I often receive requests for the National Parks – there are so many ways to explore these treasures. For this particular adventure I was traveling with my family, my sister’s family and my parents. We opted to take an organized group tour which worked out perfectly – I wouldn’t have changed a thing. There are many different companies that offer these tours and I would be happy to discuss the differences with you. A group tour in this instance worked not only for our family dynamic, but for the destination.

 

I researched several different itineraries and chose an itinerary and tour company that would work for all of us. Our itinerary started in Sedona at the beautiful Enchantment Resort. Seeing the beauty of the Red Rocks has always been on my bucket list. A trip to Scottsdale and Sedona can be combined for a week-long trip without adding any other touring. From there we traveled to the Grand Canyon – words truly cannot describe its majesty. We then traveled to Monument Valley, led by a Navajo guide. I was really looking forward to Arches National Park and it completely exceeded my expectations. We had a choice of an “easy” hike or a longer hike to the crown jewel: The Delicate Arch. I could have sat there for hours. Our tour ended with Colorado River rafting which was perfect for all ages and activity levels. The scenery was absolutely stunning and it was a trip I will always remember.

 

Here are top reasons why you may consider group travel:

– Pay one price upfront and you know all of the inclusions

– Transportation is taken care of for you. Driving to various national parks involves a lot of time in the car. Being on a bus allows you to relax, chat, nap and most importantly, take in the scenery.

– Everything is thought of for you and you learn SO much more than you could ever research on your own.

– With National Parks, you don’t have to wait in line and you get prime hotel locations. This is key in the Grand Canyon, where room availability within the Canyon is extremely limited.

– You have a sense of comradery and meet like-minded travelers. If you don’t feel like being social it’s not necessary; though in this case it was wonderful to see our kids bond and make new friends.

 

For more information contact Jessica or your McCabe World Travel Advisor today!

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