Cabo Adventures Snorkel and Sail

Cabo Adventures Snorkel and Sail

This excursion exceeded all expectations. Our crew, headed by Captain Charly, included Tito and Iris.
They went above and beyond making Cabo Adventures boat 15 the absolute BEST. Our shuttle driver
from the resort was on time and courteous, and our adventure was off to a great start. Upon arrival, the
staff was extremely welcoming and professional, and the facility was comfortable waiting for any of
the many excursions they offer.

Once onboard we received all the safety instructions. As we headed out into the harbor, we had drinks
and a snack box with the tastiest guacamole, chips, shrimp, and more. Each bento-style box is made for
two so be prepared to share. We motored out past the legendary Cabo Arch, as no trip to Cabo would
be complete without seeing where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.

As we headed to our snorkeling and activity spot, the crew was fun and personable, taking photos and
getting to know each passenger. Upon arrival at our snorkeling area, Captain Charly was informed there
was a family of humpback whales still in the area. And he quickly arrived at the whales’ location, and
we were treated to an amazing show by these gentle giants. Mom, Dad, and baby whale were
breaching, fin slapping, and just generally having their best day. We had not expected to see whales in
Cabo at this time of year, as they usually head north to Alaska by early April.

After seeing the whales, we returned to our snorkel area, and we spent time snorkeling, swimming, and
paddleboarding. The fish were plentiful, the water a beautiful, clear turquoise, and we even saw an eel!
On our way back to the marina, the wind picked up, which meant – WE GOT TO SAIL! Again, our expert
captain and crew prepared everyone for the experience, giving complete instructions and allowing
everyone on board to have the best experience. With the mainsail and jib opened up, we were cruising
back to the marina.

This experience was a highlight and core memory maker event. I cannot recommend Captain Charly, Tito
and Iris enough, and I am looking forward to a return visit to Cabo to sail with them again.

**photo credits Iris @caboadventures

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

Nothing quite says luxury like an overwater bungalow. Dotting tropical beaches, atolls, and lagoons, these thatched-roof escapes offer unparalleled views and the ultimate in island escape-ism. From Bora Bora to Vietnam, these opulent overwater bungalows need to be added to your bucket list – stat. 


Featuring groundbreaking, innovative designs that marry modern luxury to exotic palapa-style architecture, these spectacular Over-the-Water Bungalows deliver an immersive journey of the Caribbean’s finest turquoise waters. An expansive patio features Sandals signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, an over-the-water hammock, outdoor shower and a suspended patio with swim-up platform, while the interior boasts sea-through glass floors that guarantee undersea views, a king-size bed, and a spacious, spa-style bathroom. Sandals boast being the only true 5-star, all-inclusive, luxury resort in the Caribbean!

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Six Senses properties are ubiquitous with sustainability and wellness, and the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay delivers both in spades. Moving beyond resorts as simply destination getaways, Six Senses promotes connection to the places in which they host guests. This is evident at their Ninh Van Bay property, with the property’s villas thoughtfully built into rock formations, to create minimal disturbance to the surrounding ecosystem. Each villa is secluded, the only person you’re likely to run into is your personal Experience Maker, on-call 24/7. Ocean views come guaranteed, as do private pools. Local activities are endless, from day trips to nearby uninhabited islands, taking a dip in the local hot springs (complete with mineral-rich mud), or even sampling the goods from your in-villa wine cellar on your private sundeck.

Vietnam Accommodations, Overwater Bungalows & Ninh Van Bay Villas

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Nestled in the middle of the Koh Rong archipelago, this unique private island offers 24 thatched-roof villas set amidst a 247-acre marine reserve. Unsurprisingly, nature and sustainability are at the forefront and nearly every building and piece of furniture uses upcycled wood found on the island itself. Alongside the resident marine biologist, guests can kayak through mangroves as they learn about the local ecosystem. The overwater villas do not disappoint, with luxurious one and two-bedroom options.  For the ultimate overwater experience, there’s the Royal Villa that comes complete with a large private pool and dining for up to 12 guests. The most unique aspect of Song Saa Private Island is its related foundation, the Song Saa Collective. Established in 2013, this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the habitat of the Koh Rong archipelago and improve the welfare of its communities. 

El Dorado Maroma, Mexico

If you’re based in North America you don’t have to travel far to experience these overwater bungalows, set out from the shores of Maroma Beach, just forty minutes from the Cancun International Airport.  Mexico’s only overwater bungalows come equipped with full butler service and glass floors, with room service breakfast being delivered each morning. Touting themselves as ‘Gourmet Inclusive’, the El Dorado Maroma is an adults-only property offering seven restaurants and five bars. Don’t miss strolling Maroma Beach, nearly five miles of unspoiled white sand and aquamarine water.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

With stunning views of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora does not disappoint. There are a variety of overwater bungalow options to suit everyone from honeymooners to families, with two-bedroom suites offering up over 2,000 square feet of pure luxury. Non-motorized watersports are included in your stay, offering everything from badminton and volleyball to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. Adventures abound, from jet boating or deep-sea fishing with a chef to exploring the island on a 4×4 (additional costs apply). The five-star concierge team can arrange just about anything, and never hesitate to go above and beyond for their guests.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

While overwater bungalows are aplenty in the Maldives, some stand out from the crowd. With only 45 overwater bungalows, Gili Lankanfushi is perched on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives and is only a 20-minute speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport. The “No News No Shoes” spirit of the Maldives is evident from the moment guests step into the boat from the airport, as shoes are collected and placed in tote bags by staff aboard the vessel. Expect approachable luxury at every turn, beginning with the bubbly and canapes that greet you on arrival. Thoughtful touches are evident throughout, with SPF and bug spray stocked alongside standard in-room amenities.  The bungalows themselves range from 2200 square foot one-bedroom villas (their smallest) to the whopping Private Reserve, a palatial 18,000 square feet. If you’re seeking opulence in the Maldives, look no further. 

the private reserve maldives

Are you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime overwater bungalow experience? Contact me here, I’d love to build your dream getaway!

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Picture a beautiful desert landscape meeting the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean, and you have Puerto
Los Cabos. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos resort is sophistication set on the edge of the beautiful landscape
creating serene vistas that inspire relaxation and adventure.

The resort rooms offer spectacular ocean and garden views. Choose from an ocean or garden view with
a balcony or reserve a swim up suite affording you a relaxing swim just outside your patio door. Perfect
for couples or a group of friends, rooms can be booked with a king bed or two double beds.
Unlike other resorts, the swim up suites are not connected to the main pool, offering more privacy and
serenity. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is the perfect size resort. The lower, spread-out buildings give a
breezy, open feel to the resort. It only takes a few minutes to walk from your room to the pool or beach,
and the main restaurants and activities are centralized on the property. There is also an option to stay in
the Preferred Club level, which gives you access to Cabanas, a private preferred club pool and concierge

All of our meals were wonderful. We sampled octopus, amazing sushi, the BEST Mexican, and even
Italian each night. And the best part of an all-inclusive resort is that you can try it all! On our last night
we had sushi appetizers and then ventured over to El Patio Mexican restaurant for the main course.
This resort was the perfect combination of opportunities to both relax and unwind. From poolside
activities to the Desires night club there was plenty happening at the resort.

I visited Secrets this time on a girls getaway weekend with friends from college. It was amazing to catch
up and see friends I have not seen in 20 years. It was so fun pick up right where we left off! As women
we often just don’t take enough time to fill our own cups after taking care of everyone else in our lives.
And it is important to maintain all aspects of our identities! Traveling with friends builds and strengthens
friendships that allow us to bolster one another in our busy lives.

I know all the women in my group left this weekend feeling energized, rested, and ready to take on
whatever comes next. I HIGHLY recommend finding your village and traveling together. And for our
partners – encourage the moms and wives in your lives to take a break with friends.

This resort is also perfect for couples. Enjoy each other’s company in your own swim up suite or pool
cabana and finish the evening with a romantic dinner for two overlooking the ocean at sunset.
Puerto Los Cabos is only a two-hour time difference from the East Coast and flights depart daily non-
stop from Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle and many others making it easily accessible no matter where
you live.

I was so impressed with this resort; the online photos and descriptions just do not do it justice. This is
also why we recommend using a travel professional to assist with your trips and in choosing the perfect
resort – we work hard to visit locations so we know first hand what experience our clients can expect.

Universal Orlando Resort Refillable Cups

Universal Orlando Resort Refillable Cups

A popular question in my Universal Orlando Resort groups is “Where can I use my refillable cups?”  Universal Orlando has 2 different types of refillable cups, so it can be a little confusing to figure out the difference between the two. There is a resort refillable cup and a park refillable cup.  Both systems use a chip in the bottom of the cup to determine when your refills expire and they are both insulated cups to keep things cold or hot for you! 

The resort refillable cups are only refillable at the resort you purchase them at.  Pricing for the cup can vary depending on the number of days you’re purchasing it for. As of January 2022, the price for 1 day is $9.99, 3 days is $15.99, and 4+ days is $18.49.  If you have a cup from a previous trip that you’d like to bring, you can receive a $3 discount on the refill price.  Prices are subject to change, so be sure to check the resort when you go for current pricing.

Each resort has a variety of drinks you can use to refill your cup – coffee, soda, Powerade, lemonade, and even slushies can be found at Cabana Bay!  Close to the refill stations, you’ll find a mug washing station for you to rinse your mug out.  I prefer to purchase a small bottle of dish soap with my grocery delivery – you can bring one from home too if you’re not planning to place a grocery order.  These cups also make a great souvenir for your morning coffee when you get home!

The park refillable mugs can only be refilled by the day.  The more cups you buy, the more money you save.  As of January 2022, the price for one cup is $16.99 per cup. If you’re buying 2 cups, they are $15.99 each, and then the price goes down to $13.99 per cup when buying 3-6 cups.   Pricing can change so make sure to check for the most accurate pricing when you go to the parks. 

You will be able to find refill stations located all over the parks and there is even one in CityWalk!  There will be booths you can refill the cups at, and most quick-serve locations also have the freestyle machines to refill them at!  Note: Speciality drinks such as Butterbeer in the Wizarding World are not eligible for refills in these cups.  Once you purchase the cups, you can pay to refill them each day instead of buying a new cup each day.  As of January 2022, the price for a refill was $11.70 per cup, per day. This is a great way to save on drinks for your park days!  You can stay hydrated with Powerade, cool off with slushies, and get some soda at these machines.  They offer a park-themed one and sometimes have ride specific too like Velocicoaster or Simpsons. One super important rule to remember when using your park cups: don’t forget to dump them out before putting them in a locker when you’re going on rides!  I like to rinse them out in the bathroom and stuff a paper towel in it to collect any stray liquid.  It prevents any extra liquid from escaping while you’re on the ride, resulting in a mess inside your locker and the lockers below you!  Ice water is always free so if you have these but haven’t paid for a refill, just fill them up with water! 

Drinks can be an added expense you forget about when budgeting but these refillable cups will help you set a budget and stick to it!  Plus you get to have a fun souvenir you can actually use at home!  

Kelly VanEerden

Universal Orlando Specialist

Don’t forget to join us for our upcoming Girls Getaway Weekend at Universal Orlando!




Book your all-inclusive vacation for 7+ paid nights at any of our qualifying resorts now for travel July 31, 2022 – Oct 2, 2022, to be eligible to receive this spectacular $400 per night rate per couple.

Limited time, limited space, and only available at these 3 resorts:

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Nassau, Bahamas


A historically regal retreat set on Nassau’s best beach, Sandals Royal Bahamian is for discerning travelers who desire a blend of European sophistication with an exotic offshore island adventure.


• Unlimited food & drinks • 10 world-class restaurants • 8 bars with unlimited premium liquor • Private offshore island • Swim-up rooms • Unlimited water sports • PADI® certified scuba diving • Red Lane® Spa

Sandals Ochi

Ocho Rios, Jamaica


110 acres of lush tropical gardens, creating an exclusive beachfront hideaway complete with 105 pools, 16 unique dining choices, and unlimited golf at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club.


• Unlimited food & drinks • 16 world-class restaurants • 11 bars with unlimited premium liquor • Unlimited golf green fees included • Unlimited water sports • PADI® certified scuba diving • Red Lane® Spa

Sandals Halcyon Beach

Castries, St. Lucia


A true Garden of Eden by the sea, it’s beachfront island architecture features cottages that are no taller than the highest palm tree, ensuring gorgeous panoramas of Saint Lucia’s tranquil beach and tropical seaside gardens.


• Unlimited food & drinks • 6 world-class restaurants • 7 bars with unlimited premium liquor • Swim-up rooms • Enjoy all amenities at 2 nearby Sandals • Unlimited water sports • PADI® certified scuba diving • Red Lane® Spa

To be eligible for this promotion guests must fulfill the following conditions:

1. Offer is valid for new bookings only.

2. Offer valid per one qualifying booking.

3. Offer valid for bookings made between November 26, 2021, and November 29, 2021.

4. Offer valid for travel between July 31, 2022, and October 2, 2022,

5. Offer valid for a qualifying stay of seven (7) or more nights PAID in full at time of booking.

6. Guests traveling between July 31st, 2022, and October 2nd, 2022, are required to pay in full at the time of booking and is non-refundable 90-days prior to travel.

7. Offer is valid strictly on Run of House, room categories will not be pre-assigned or guaranteed.

8. Offer valid for Run of House at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Ochi and Sandals Halcyon Beach Resorts.

9. Offer is valid for bookings made until the 40-room per night inventory is fully booked.

10. Only one name change allowed.

11. This offer is not combinable with any other promotions, discounts, service personnel discounts, or credit vouchers except for the online instant $25 booking credit.

12. This offer is not combinable with the 30-min Couples Massage at Sandals Ochi.

13. Sandals Select Reward Members may earn point but NOT redeem previously earned points on this offer.

14. This offer is bookable at the Loyalty & Travel desk but not combinable with Loyalty & Travel discounts.

15. The offer has no cash value and cannot be sold, exchanged, or transferred to another booking.

16. This promotion is not applicable to Groups.

17. Offer is subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.

18. Unique Vacations and Sandals Resorts are not responsible for errors and omissions.

This promotion is also subject to our Standard Promotional Conditions but is not combinable with all of our Standard Promotions (Including our Seasonal Promotions), Standard Resort Offers or with our current Loyalty & Travel Desk Discounts. In addition, this promotion is subject to the conditions set out by our Standard Disclaimers.

Bucket List Italy

Bucket List Italy

Every inch of Italy is breathtaking. From tiny alleyways filled with cafes, colorful cliff-side coasts, charming piazzas filled with fountains, and green hills dotted with wineries and olive -groves. You’re probably thinking, “How can I see it all?”

Luckily, Living With The Magic can help!! Check out this incredible escorted vacation that is the full package. From Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice to Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Cinque Terre, you will immerse yourself in the beauty of Italy. You’ll enjoy included transportation, tours, boat rides, and more! You’ll even take special trips to Lugano, Switzerland, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona. Ready, set, adventure!