Just Got Back – Park City

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Andrea Welker – Entertainment Travel Specialist

Email / Telephone Number

Andrea.Welker@altour.com / 661-347-1168

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Park City, Utah

When were you in there?

June 2017

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Most people think of Park City as a winter destination, but there are so many activities for summer and spring as well! The Olympic Park, hiking, biking, horseback riding, alpine coasters, and rock climbing walls are just a few activities you can indulge in.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Fresh air! Coming from LA it was nice to get up in the mountains and take in the clean air.

Where did you stay?

Waldorf Astoria Park City

With whom would you recommend staying at these hotels?

Families or couples. While it is a quiet hotel, kids and adults can enjoy the pool (open year round) and my favorite part, roasting marshmallows by the fire pit every night.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip

The Waldorf Spa!!! After all the fun activities a few hours of true relaxation was the perfect end to my stay.

Anything else to add?

Whatever time you go, wear sunscreen and drinks lots of water! You are in high desert.

Also, for a small price difference go for the 1 bedroom at the Waldorf. You get upgraded into a full kitchen and in-room washer and dryer, totally worth it!

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Just Got Back – Mexico City

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Valerie Fortunel, Housing Coordinator

Email / Telephone Number

Valerie.fortunel@altour.com/310-954-3342

Where did you Just Get Back from?

 Mexico City, Mexico

When were you there? 

April 2017

Where did you stay? 

Hotel NH collection Mexico City Reforma

A stately contemporary hotel offering phenomenal views of Mexico City.  Recently refurbished and great location in the tourist area of the city.

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Was travelling for a wedding with another couple and was eager to experience the food, culture, and nightlife that the city had to offer. It’s a large city so hard to really make a dent in just a few days but thoroughly enjoyed my stay there!  The city is rich with history like ruins in the center of the city that you can visit, old restaurants and museums in the park. The food is fantastic and can have an amazing dinner in a little whole in the wall spot. Overall loved it and had a great time there!

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Driving into the city it doesn’t visually blow you away so was a little apprehensive at first. But after just a few hours of exploring I realized how much the city had to offer. It was a lot of fun to discover little restaurants, cafes and the people are very nice!

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

I would recommend this hotel to couples, adults travelling with friends, and those travelling for business.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip.

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Just Got Back – Cancun

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Judith Davison – Independent Contractor – Specialty high end FIT adventure travel.

Email / Telephone Number

Judi.davison@altour.com / 212-706-0748

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Cancun

When were you there?

February 2017

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The hotel is hidden away in the edge of the jungle, which makes for a dramatic arrival. The 63-room hotel has incredibly fresh Mexican cuisine, crystal clear beaches and a spa to complete a perfect recipe for a long getaway!

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Upon entering the gates and driving through jungle an immediate feeling of tranquility rained over us.

Where did you stay?

Belmond Maroma

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

The newly renovated suites and junior suites are perfectly done and are great for families with children. This is a great retreat for any client of any age who just wants a few days of warm sunshine and Mexican hospitality!

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

If you live on the East Coast it is such an easy and quick escape from winter in New York! The transition from the city to the Belmond is seamless thanks to the quick flight and complimentary transfers. In the blink of an eye you will find yourself on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

Anything else to add?

The three pools on property disperse the crowds and the secluded adult pool is meant for total relaxation or swimming laps in the mostly empty pool.

The spa offers a great variety of treatments including a tasteful couples chocolate massage.

Our ocean front room had not been renovated, however it was in pristine condition. Lying in the hammock on the patio watching the sunset was one of the serene moments of the trip. I did a site inspection and saw the renovated accommodations – they were beautiful, modern, and still had the Mexican flavor and all the amenities of a 5 star property.

The hotel offers snorkel tours out to the reef, which is incredibly lively thanks to the variety of fish and fauna.

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Just Got Back – Seattle

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Andrea Welker – Entertainment Travel Specialist, Office of Karin Lacy

Email / Telephone Number

 andrea.welker@altour.com / 661-347-1168

Where did you Just Get Back from?

 Seattle

When were you there? 

March 2017

Where did you stay?

The Four Seasons

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As a girl from the Midwest, currently soaking up the SoCal lifestyle, I was eager to experience the “Emerald City.” We took advantage of Seattle’s walkable distances to explore not only it’s urban attractions, but also the natural beauty surrounding the city.  

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Upon arrival, we were greeted by an incredible view of a snowcapped Mt. Rainer. It’s imposing size on the city’s skyline left us wide eyed and filled with excitement to begin exploring Seattle.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

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Just Got Back – Turks and Caicos

Erica Neher – Leisure Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Turks and Caicos

When were you there?

July 2016

Where did you stay?

Como Parrot Cay

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Parrot Cay is one of those places you need to experience to truly understand it. The entire island, like a blank canvas is yours to paint your adventures and most special moments.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

The warm sun and fresh sea breeze quickly melted away any stress. The innate beauty of the island left me in awe upon arrival and it led to one of the most memorable vacations I’ve had in recent years.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Parrot Cay is the ideal setting for anyone looking to relax, unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect. Whether it be solo travelers looking for healthful retreat, couples interested in the ultimate private island getaway, or families searching for quality time in the incredible beachfront villas or estates – Parrot Cay has something for everyone.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip.

The Spa – Como Shambhala Retreat offers soothing massages and tree lined views to relax and enjoy a warm cup of ginger tea out on the gardens.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Though Turks and Caicos is a year round destination, the ideal time to visit Parrot Cay would be November through July. The late Spring and Summer months are particularly nice as there are warm temperatures and no humidity.

Anything else to add?

As a solo traveler I was worried I would feel isolated on a private island, however it was incredibly easy to keep busy with activities. Whether it be reading a book on my terrace, spending a day at the beach, paddle boarding or getting spa treatments, there was always something to do.

 

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Just Got Back – Switzerland

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Helen Brixey – Leisure Training Manager

 Where did you Just Get Back from?

Switzerland

Email / Telephone Number

Helen.Brixey@altour.com / 812.206.5128

When were you there?

December 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

There are few words that can describe what an amazing country Switzerland is. From the snowcapped mountains to the crystal clear lakes, Switzerland certainly has some of the most incredible scenery of any place I’ve visited. So beautiful that I could visit Switzerland every year for the rest of my life and still remain as awestruck as I was the first time.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Being my third trip to the alpine country in less than twelve months, I was thrilled to go back! A sense of safety is always present when visiting Switzerland as it is one of the safest countries in the world. Having spent so much time there in the past year, I also felt at home. I found the rush of excitement this time as strong as my first time last year. Stepping off the train in Lucerne and breathing the fresh, clean mountain air was completely invigorating.

Where did you stay?      

Luzern – The Palace Luzern

St. Moritz – Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Zermatt – The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel / resort?

Luzern – The Palace Luzern A perfect hotel for couples, singles and families. With its fantastic location on the shore of Lake Luzern, it’s a picturesque 15 minute stroll from the heart of the city, including the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, Mt Pilatus and the KKL; Lucerne’s Performing Art Center, as well as easy access to the many boats that ply the lake, taking the traveler even farther afield.

The perfect start to the day begins with a delicious breakfast in the beautifully appointed restaurant, Les Artistes. Featuring an extensive buffet, along with cooked to order items, guests can sip their morning coffee while taking in beautiful views over the lake and surrounding mountains.

Singles, couples and families will enjoy the easy access to the Verkehrshaus (The Swiss Museum of Transport) either via a leisurely 15 to 20 minute walk along the footpath on shore of the lake, or via the tram that stops right outside the front door of the hotel.

At the end of a busy day taking in all the beauty the city has to offer, there is no better place to relax than sitting in the hotel’s lake side terrace with a glass of wine followed by a steam and sauna in the beautifully appointed spa.

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Just Got Back – The Cotswolds

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Erica Neher – Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Cotswolds, UK

When were you there?

October 2016

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The Cotswolds is a hidden gem located in the English Countryside. The picturesque villages are filled with lovely people and exceptional food. Activities like visiting the Wildlife Park or hiring a classic car to drive through the towns will keep you busy throughout your entire stay. The Cotswolds deserves a place in everyone’s bucket list.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

My first thought upon arrival was “when can I move in?” The old village is incredibly charming, the people are warm and welcoming, it has a rich history and it is a luxury oozes through the walls of the old town homes.

Where did you stay?

Ellenborough Park Hotel, Prestbury UK. Located just outside Cheltenham, this is a boutique hotel set in a 15th century manor house with all of the modern amenities you expect to find in a luxury property.

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Whether it be a romantic getaway to the countryside or a family reunion, this hotel can accommodate your needs.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip

The Cotswold Way is a 112 mile trail from Chipping Camden to the steps of the Bath Abbey. It can be explored on foot, horseback or car. Whether it is just one section or the entire trail, it goes through small villages, pubs and beautiful panoramas.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Spring through Fall is the best time to enjoy the outdoor activities, however a Manor House getaway is a great time to spend the Winter months.

Anything else to add?

Only a short train ride away from Paddington Station, The Cotswolds is a great option for a city escape to add for a trip to London. Staying between 3 and 10 nights would be ideal to take full advantage of what the region has to offer.

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Just Got Back – Japan

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Erica Neher – Leisure Travel Consultant

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Japan

When were you there?

March 2016

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The Japanese culture and rich history live on in perfect harmony with the modern, clean and efficient cities.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Though the flight is long, once I stepped out of the plane a feeling of euphoria rushed through my veins. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I was ready to hit the ground running and explore this wonderful country.

Where did you stay?

Park Hotel – Tokyo – 1 night

Mandarin Oriental – Tokyo – 4 nights

Ritz-Carlton – Kyoto – 3 nights

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel?

Park Hotel Tokyo – The centric hotel is great for business and leisure travelers looking for a clean and reasonably priced hotel. The Tokyo Fish Market, one of the busiest markets in the world is just a mere 5 minute drive away.

Mandarin Oriental – Located in the posh shopping district of Ginza, the Mandarin Oriental is one of the best hotels in Tokyo. Its proximity to subway stations is perfect for travelers looking to wander around the city.

Ritz-Carlton Kyoto – A perfect mix between the Western and Japanese worlds, the Ritz is located on the banks of the Kamo River. Families, couples and business travelers looking to immerse themselves into the deep Japanese culture will enjoy this beautiful hotel.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip:

The Tsukiji Fish Market is not to be missed when in Tokyo. The largest tuna fish auction in the world is well worth the early morning call of 3 am.

Geishas roam the crooked streets of the Gion District lined with Ryokans, traditional Japanese guest houses. Kyoto’s shrines, temples and gardens all contribute to its cultural charm and are not to be missed. A hole in the wall ramen place always hits the spot after a long day of sightseeing. Miyoshi is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious sample of the local cuisine.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

Early March through June are the best times to visit Japan. The incredible Cherry Blossom is one of nature’s most beautiful displays. Though it gets quite busy during “Sakura,” you might be able to miss the crowds by going in early spring and might even catch a Sumo match.

Anything else to add?

If exploring Asia is on your list, Japan is the perfect place to start. While some Asian cities can be intimidating for first timers, Tokyo and Kyoto are fairly easy to navigate. The people were helpful and warm and the cultural sights really captivate you to learn more.

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Just Got Back – Maine

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Erica Neher – Leisure Staff

Email / Telephone Number

Erica.neher@altour.com / 516 714 0857

Where did you Just Get Back from?

Cape Neddick, Maine

When were you there?

October 2016

Provide a 1-3 liner highlighting your experience!

I was really impressed with Maine’s landscapes, history and food. Even though New York City is not too far away, the culture is entirely different.

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived:

Flying into the Portland, Maine airport was surreal. Even though the flight from NYC was only about an hour, it seemed as though I was landing on the Irish coast. The drive up the east coast arriving at the Cliff House was absolutely stunning.

Where did you stay?

The Cliff House

With whom would you recommend staying at this resort?

The vast spaces the resort offers for meetings and events is the perfect place for a business retreat and beautiful weddings. The range of activities throughout the hotel and the pool overlooking the ocean is perfect for families.

Tempt us: Name the most special place you discovered on this trip.

Jackie Too’s was a fantastic waterfront restaurant we discovered while walking around town. The scenery around the entire town seemed like it was out of a postcard. Overall though, Maine was the place that stole my heart. The people and the way of life are so thoughtful and genuine that I came back home with a different perspective. The Cliff House really embraced that Maine mentality by sourcing everything locally and taking great care of the guests.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion?

The Cliff House is able to create memorable experiences year round. Whether it be surfing and hitting up Nubb’s Lobster Shack in the summer, going for a hike during the fall foliage or snow-shoe stargazing in the dead of winter, the resort’s natural surroundings and welcoming décor make it a perfect destination year round. Though it is typically more popular during the summer time, I was there during the winter months and really had a great experience.

Anything else to add?

The Cliff House uses local ingredients in all spa products, which combined with the excellent treatment, make it one of the best I have experienced thus far.

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