Monday, January 31, 2011

Travel Health Advice

When booking clients to various sun destinations, I am often asked about whether vaccinations are required, or other health risks. As everyone's health situation is individual, your family doctor or a travel health clinic are the best people to advise you on what is right for you.

We suggest the JEMA International Travel Clinic in St Johns at 709 738 5362.

I do also suggest clients visit the government of Canada's informational web site for Travel Health Advice.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Final Payments Now Due!

We have reached the time when I will now start contacting each of you to request information regarding your method of final payment. If you choose to use the same credit card as was used for your deposit, then I will just need that information. If you choose to use a different card, then I will need a credit card authorization form filled out for the new card number.

I would also like to draw your attention to the local departure tax for the Dominican Republic, which is $20 USD paid locally upon departure. The information always says "Cost subject to change without notice" but it has been this amount for some time. Please plan for it, by putting that amount in USD cash with your passports in the room safe upon arrival. That way there will be no scrambling to find USD cash when you are at the airport!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dreams Palm Beach Resort



The sun... the sea...the Dreams!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Travel Insurance - Don't Leave Home Without It!

Are you ready for your trip?

We understand that when you’re travelling, you don’t want to worry about a thing. But events happen, even to the well-prepared travellers. You may have to cancel your trip at the last minute to tend to a family emergency. You may need medical assistance when you’re away. Your baggage may go missing, or there may be damage to your personal property. You just never know.



Ask yourselves a few questions:

1) what happens if my trip has to be cut short, or I have to extend my trip due to an illness at destination?

2) would I be able to (or want to) pay for toiletries/clothes and other necessities if my luggage is lost?

3) could I afford an air ambulance home?

4) does my current coverage through work or my credit card pay up front for medical expenses? or cover everyone that's travelling with me?

Here is a brief summary of the different travel insurance plans that I suggest. This is only a very brief summary, and you should read the full document as highlighted for the full details.


RBC Deluxe Package Travel Insurance covers your emergency medical needs; doctor visits, tests, hospitalization, etc. This plan also covers cancellation, interruption and trip delays, flight accident, travel accident, delayed baggage & personal effects and damaged baggage.

RBC Non-Medical Package Travel Insurance covers cancellation, interruption and trip delays, flight accident, travel accident, delayed baggage & personal effects and damaged baggage. There is no medical coverage included.

Anyone over the age of 73 will be required to remit a medical questionnaire prior to booking to ensure the coverage will be permitted by RBC.

We will add everyone to the group travel insurance policy at the time of deposit. The premium will be paid with the final payment. As the provincial taxes vary, those amounts will be determined at payment time.

Here are the amounts of the premium cost:

Deluxe Travel Plan - $2000 coverage 5 - 9 days
0 - 59 years - $135
60 - 64 years - $156
65 - 69 years - $187
70 - 74 years - $255



Non Medical Plan - $2000 coverage 5 - 9 days
0 - 59 years - $117
60 - 64 years - $126
65 - 69 years - $132
70 - 74 years - $151
75 - 79 years - $241
80 + years - $311

Friday, March 26, 2010

How to book your space:

To attend Angela & Paul's wedding the following information is required to book your space.

  • Full Names exactly as shown on valid passport of each guest per room
  • Birthdates of each guest
  • Full mailing address including postal code
  • Telephone number including area code
  • Email address
  • Departure Airport City eg. St John's, Halifax, Toronto, etc
  • Form of payment



You can fill out this information for me through the following link:
Booking Form

Contact Travel Time - TPI

Lois Barbour, CTC, ACC
Travel Consultant
Phone - 709-753-9950
Toll Free - 1-866-433-9950
Email - lbarbour@tpi.ca

Email or the form above is the preferred method of communication because it guarantees correct booking details and spelling of names.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wedding Announcement & Invitation

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join
Angela Taylor & Paul Walsh
on their wedding day.


The wedding will take place at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort on the gorgeous beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic April 30th, 2011 at 1:30pm.
Please take the time to read the information provided on this blog regarding the Vacation Package that Angela & Paul have chosen for their wedding day. When you are ready to book your vacation, and become an important part of this very special day with Angela & Paul, please email Lois Barbour at lbarbour@tpi.ca or call Lois directly at 1-709-753-9950.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Resort

Dreams Palm Beach



With its pristine beaches and endless crystal blue water, Dreams Palm Beachis like nothing you have ever seen. The resort resides in lush vegetation of the untouched Dominican ocean side.

Location
Beachfront
20 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport
5 minutes to Bavaro


Dining & Entertainment
1 buffet restaurant and 7 à la carte restaurants
6 bars including Beach bar, Swim-up bar


Accommodation
All accommodation has:

Air-conditioning
TV
CD & DVD player
In-room safe
Iron
Bathrobes with slippers
Balcony or Patio
Full bathroom
Hairdryer
Mini-bar
Max occ 4 up to 3 adults
Coffee Maker

Deluxe Tropical View is the standard room category





There are other room categories available, including Preferred Club benefits.

Preferred Club Benefits:

•Private Preferred Lounge

•Preferred Status and Amenities

•Concierge service

•Daily continental breakfast service in the lounge

•Afternoon hot and cold hors d’œuvres

•Exquisite desserts & fine liquors in the lounge

•Complimentary newspaper in room every day (English or Spanish)

•Free internet access in suite

•Free computer access in Preferred Lounge

•Upgraded mini bar service

•Upgraded bath amenities


Deluxe Tropical View Preferred Club has 1 king or 2 double beds
Concierge service
Internet access
Coffee maker


Deluxe Partial Oceanview Preferred Club has 1 king or 2 double beds
Concierge service
Internet access
Coffee & tea maker
Room service


Included Features



  • Round trip flight, transfers to/from hotel and accommodation



  • 3 meals daily plus snacks



  • Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners



  • All drinks (International brands, International beer, House Wine, 10am-2am)



  • Sailing



  • Windsurfing



  • Kayaking



  • Snorkelling



  • Introductory scuba diving lesson



  • Tennis



  • Volleyball



  • Exercise classes (Floor workout)



  • Language lessons: Spanish



  • Dance lessons



  • Evening entertainment



The sun. The sea. The Dreams
Time spent at Dreams Palm Beach on the sun drenched east coast of the Dominican Republic is an idyllic haven for singles, couples and families. It’s a friendly, utterly relaxing world comprised of gorgeous beaches, a majestic turquoise sea and most importantly, the special feeling of being welcomed as an honored guest with all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® — where everything is included.

As gentle breezes blow through the palms, time and worldly concerns seem to evaporate. Take a nap by our lovely pools. Wander among our tropical gardens. This is the vacation your body has been seeking for so long. From the moment we greet your arrival, you will be delighted by all you see... and all you can do.

•Our amenity-filled luxury rooms and suites offer stunning ocean views, shimmering pools or manicured gardens.
•A spectacular array of day and evening activities for every age and interest.
•Three beautiful sun basked pools including a children’s pool.
•Eight international restaurants serving gourmet fare, a beachside snack bar, coffee, tea and pastry café and five very friendly bars and lounges serving unlimited premium brand beverages.
•24-hour room and concierge services.
•Supervised Explorer's Club for kids, and Core Zone for teens so everyone enjoys their own time in their own way.
•Nearby excursion sites for golf, shopping, tours and adventure
•A friendly, fastidious staff who will make you feel like the honored guest you are.
The beauty of our Unlimited-Luxury® service is that virtually everything is already included. You won’t have to think about anything except fully enjoying yourself. Our extremely high standards have earned us premier recognition from the prestigious Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Dreams Palm Beach— where everything is included, exquisite and perfect.

Resort website:
http://www.dreamsresorts.com/drepb/index.html

Tripadvisor reviews:
#15 of 97 hotels in Punta Cana
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147293-d150863-Reviews-Dreams_Palm_Beach_Punta_Cana-Punta_Cana_Dominican_Republic.html

There is an early booking bonus applicable to this resort, which means if you book by Aug 30th, the rates listed will apply to your booking. If you book after this date, the rates will be higher.

Final payment is now due by March 4th, 2011.


The planned departure date from St Johns is Apr 26, 2011.
Flight times are currently scheduled as follows:

ST. JOHN'S (YYT) - PUNTA CANA (PUJ) 26APR2011 17:55 21:45
PUNTA CANA (PUJ) - ST. JOHN'S (YYT) 03MAY2011 10:20 16:55


Rates from St Johns:
Deluxe Tropical View
$1670.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2110.00 per person based on single occupancy
$1660.00 per person based on triple occupancy
$1470.00 per child ages 3-12
$1000.00 per child age 2
Land only rate: $1228.00 per person based on double occupancy


Deluxe Tropical View Preferred Club
per person based on double occupancy
Land only rate: $1440.00 per person based on double occupancy


Deluxe Partial Ocean View Preferred Club
per person based on double occupancy


Deluxe Jacuzzi Tropical View Preferred Club
per person based on double occupancy



Rates from Deer Lake:

DEER LAKE (YDF) - PUNTA CANA (PUJ) 28APR2011 09:40 13:40
PUNTA CANA (PUJ) - DEER LAKE (YDF) via GANDER 05MAY2011 14:25 22:45

Deluxe Tropical View
$1700.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2210.00 per person based on single occupancy
$1680.00 per person based on triple occupancy
$1460.00 per child ages 3-12
$980.00 per child age 2



Rates from Halifax:

HALIFAX (YHZ) - PUNTA CANA (PUJ) 26APR2011 06:00 09:35
PUNTA CANA (PUJ) - HALIFAX (YHZ) 03MAY2011 22:30 03:55

Deluxe Tropical View
$1620.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2100.00 per person based on single occupancy
$1610.00 per person based on triple occupancy
$1460.00 per child ages 3-12
$970.00 per child age 2



Rates from Toronto:

TORONTO (YYZ) - PUNTA CANA (PUJ) 26APR2011 06:10 10:25
PUNTA CANA (PUJ) - TORONTO (YYZ) 03MAY2011 21:40 02:20

Deluxe Tropical View
$1628.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2058.00 per person based on single occupancy
$1608.00 per person based on triple occupancy
$1168.00 per child ages 3-12
$818.00 per child age 2



Rates from Ottawa:


OTTAWA (YOW) - PUNTA CANA (PUJ) 26APR2011 17:05 21:35
PUNTA CANA (PUJ) - OTTAWA (YOW) 03MAY2011 11:15 15:55

Deluxe Tropical View
$1649.00 per person based on double occupancy
$2089.00 per person based on single occupancy
$1639.00 per person based on triple occupancy
$1199.00 per child ages 3-12
$849.00 per child age 2