Lake Garda fun facts- our second stop on our hosted Italy trip

Hi,

Hope you are well.

Lake Garda will be our second stop on our Lakes to Lagoon and Wine Italy trip we are hosting June 15th-23rd, 2022.

In this video we go over fun facts on Lake Garda including the history of the Scaligero castle in Sirmione and the Valpolicella wine region. Enjoy!

Click here to see a day-by-day itinerary of our trip:

dmctraveltailor.com/lakes-to-lagoon-and-wine/

There’s nothing better than visiting Italy with a native Italian! Please contact Stefany with any questions at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Daniele and Stefany

Boutique Island Getaway: GoldenEye in Jamaica

Hi,

Hope you are well.

Looking for privacy in a natural setting?

How about a villa stay on a 52-acre seafront estate with your own pool, beach, and staff in Jamaica where over 14 James Bond films were written by former owner and world-renowned author Ian Fleming? This 49-room Virtuoso exclusive property, GoldenEye is a great escape from the cold, noise and distractions in a unique and spectacular setting. Your choice of villas on Low Cay Beach and or Lagoon Cottages with direct lagoon access, relaxing in the spa, or sipping a cocktail on the rooftop bar, weekly BBQ’s and cocktail party fun await you.

Your Virtuoso amenities when booking with me here are:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Only applicable in the Beach Hut category)
  • Full breakfast daily
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort/ Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Book 5-nights or more and also receive $100 per day, welcome cocktail and Blackwell rum (combinable with Virtuoso amenities) with their License to Chill promotion if booked by December 14th, 2021 for stays from now until December 19th, 2021 (black-out dates apply).

Here is a link to their safety measures:

https://www.goldeneye.com/covid-19-protocols/

Any questions contact Stefany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com. Photo credits go to GoldenEye and Island Outpost.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany

Should I Stay or Should I Go

With more than a million vaccinations per day and the number steadily rising but COVID-19 still very much a part of our lives, travelers are wondering, “Should I stay or should I go?” It’s not a decision we can make for you, but we are certainly here to answer whatever questions you have in planning your vacation. Ultimately, it comes down to your comfort level.

As for where you can go right now, we are on top of that ever-changing list. The major changes lately include the closure of French overseas departments such as French Polynesia, St. Barth’s and the French half of St. Martin. It’s also possible to visit the UK and Ireland without the long quarantines that had been part of their protocols since last spring. You do still have to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and isolate for at least five days then have another negative test to explore either country, but that’s shorter than 14 days. Children 6 and under for Ireland and 10 and under for the UK are exempt from testing. Botswana has joined the list of safari destinations open, requiring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Those who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the CDC’s quarantine protocols. They do, however, still have to present a negative test taken within 72 hours of your return flight or present proof from a medical professional that you have tested positive within the previous three months.

If you do want to travel in 2021, we are here to take the stress off your plate and ensure you meet all testing requirements and timelines. We also recommend that even if you think you might want to travel this year, you should get something booked. Cancelation policies are flexible and space is filling up fast, so it’s better to have a reservation you can reschedule if necessary rather than want to go and have no space. Airlines that previously had rigid rules and hefty fees associated with changing flights have become much more flexible, so there is a lot less financial risk in booking dates you might have to change later.

Even for 2022 and 2023, if you’re planning to travel during peak demand times such as spring break and over the holidays, it’s a good idea to get the space while you can. Things like 2023 world cruises are selling out in a matter of hours, so you can believe your favorite resort is going to fill up over the festive season.

Though Canada’s regulations might prevent foreign-flagged large ships from cruising in Alaska this season, there are potential solutions to that problem in the works. There are also U.S.-flagged small ships that can still bring all the wonders of Alaska without needing to stop in Canada, plus land-based options.

We’re also here to make sure if you do plan a trip, your investment is protected. There are major health and financial considerations, and we want to keep you informed every step of the way. Medevac services such as MedJet can get you transported back home in case of a medical emergency, and Covac offers coverage for getting you back home if you have a positive PCR test abroad and can’t board a commercial flight. Travelex now treats a positive test like any other illness, meaning you can be covered if you can’t go on your trip or can’t return home in the originally planned time frame. Travelex also has coverage available for those with work-related disruptions such as being laid off or being called back to work during a previously approved vacation time.

Things are still changing rapidly, and we hope to be able to soon travel the world freely. Even then, destinations might require proof of vaccination, and we’ll be on top of making sure our travelers have what they need then too. Whenever you feel up to traveling, reach out to Stephany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Daniele and Stefany

Destination Spotlight: Jamaica

There are few places in the world where you’ll spot friendlier faces than Jamaica. “There’s nothing better than a Jamaican,” says Karen Bull of Island Luxe, Places of Personality, which represents resorts across the Caribbean and Bermuda. “They’re the warmest, most beautiful people.” Bull, a native Bermudian and the “Queen of the Caribbean,” knows of what she speaks. “Its authenticity, its rawness, it’s the real deal,” Bull says of Jamaica. “A lot of islands have come into tourism of late. Jamaica was born into this.”

These decades of experience have helped Jamaica reopen its tourism industry and give a warm welcome during the pandemic. The island devised a system of “resilient corridors,” allowing visitors access to most of the tourism attractions while keeping the population outside the tourism corridor separated from potential outbreaks. Most of the tourism infrastructure is along the island’s north coast. Serviced by Montego Bay airport, the corridor allows visitors to enjoy the best of what Jamaica has to offer while trying to keep those wonderful welcoming people safe. There are five Virtuoso-preferred resorts in the tourism corridor, all open and employing COVID-19 safety protocols.

Fortunately, the best of what Jamaica has to offer is outside. There are waterfalls and beaches, river rafting and hiking in the lush mountains and valleys. There are underwater adventures and ATV safaris. You can start your day with some of the smoothest coffee in the world, grown right there in the Blue Mountains, and end it with a rum cocktail and sunset on the beach. Any day with bookends like that sounds great, but the island and its people will make sure what comes in between is great too.

COVID entry protocol

All residents of the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result before travel to Jamaica. The test must be authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or meet the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), and must be performed by a College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registered or ISO 15189 certified laboratory. The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days before the date of travel. The negative test result must be presented to the airline representative in order to complete the check in for a flight.

Accepted Test Types

  • A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)

  • A Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAA)

  • An RNA or molecular test

  • An Antigen test

Note:

  • Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for PCR tests

  • Only results from nasopharyngeal samples will be accepted for Antigen tests

  • Antibody tests will NOT be accepted

  • Results from home-based test kits will NOT be accepted

All persons travelling to Jamaica require a Travel Authorization document. A Travel Authorization is NOT required to book your flight. It is however a requirement for check-in and boarding and the airlines will not allow passengers to board without it. In order to obtain a Travel Authorization document, persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica (nationals as well as non-nationals resident by virtue of marriage, work permit, etc.) should apply at https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.html and non-residents at https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization.

Non-resident applications may be submitted anytime within the five (5) day period before the intended date of travel

Where to stay

Tryall Club

Your most memorable moments at The Tryall Club just may be on the golf course, accompanied by one of the resort’s renowned and entertaining caddies. The Ralph Plummer-designed championship golf course is one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated. In this exclusive club atmosphere, you’ll stay in a spacious, privately owned villa, with its own inviting swimming pool and expertly trained staff. After your very first stay, you’ll want to return again and again and make this your home away from home. Here, your every wish and whim is attended to by your villa’s extraordinary staff of chefs, butlers, and maids.

Jamaica Inn

For more than 60 years, Jamaica Inn has been ranked among the Caribbean’s top destination hotels, especially as an ideal location for honeymooners. You’ll realize why as soon as you arrive at this intimate enclave of just 55 suites, all of which overlook the beach or the sea. Each suite boasts a private balcony or spacious veranda, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and cool ocean breezes wafting through louvered shutters. When you aren’t enjoying what many consider to be Jamaica’s finest beach, take time to indulge at the Ocean Spa, which is set atop coral cliffs and offers treatments inspired by the island’s native plants.

Half Moon

Half Moon, the Caribbean’s most iconic destination, is set on 400 acres of manicured grounds with two miles of private beachfront. Half Moon offers three distinctive Resort Experiences; Eclipse, Founders Cove & Rose Hall Villas. Guests enjoy extensive offerings, including the largest spa oasis in the Caribbean, an 18-hole championship golf course, the Sugar Mill (designated Jamaica’s best restaurant), an equestrian center, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and water sports. Your little ones will have lots to enjoy at the Anancy Children’s Village and at Half Moon’s restaurants, with specially curated children’s menus.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

At the elegantly understated Round Hill Hotel and Villas, mornings begin with breakfast and Blue Mountain coffee in bed, delivered by your cottage housekeeper. The lazy hours ahead may include a massage at the oceanfront spa, learning to windsurf in the resort’s protected waters, or strolling through the 110 acres of lush tropical gardens. Later, dine on local cuisine by the award-winning chef in the restaurant and dance under the stars to live music. Choose from 36 oceanfront rooms that overlook the sea or the infinity-edge swimming pool, a magnificent villa suite, or one of the 26 private villas.

GoldenEye

Once the Jamaican home of renowned author Ian Fleming, GoldenEye was made into a hotel in 2011 by Chris Blackwell. The 52-acre seafront estate is home to secret coves, lagoons, and private beaches. Stay in the villa where 14 James Bond novels were written – or in the 1- and 2-bedroom Beach and Lagoon Villas, Lagoon Cottages, or Beach Huts. Dining and activities include The Gazebo and Bizot Bar restaurants, the Shabeen rooftop bar, the Bamboo Bar & Grill, weekly barbecues and cocktail parties, a spa with yoga and meditation, three pools, paddleboarding, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat tours, turtle hatching, tree planting, and tennis.

Asheville: Mountains, Waterfalls and Good Food

Looking for a weekend getaway? If so, Asheville is a great spot for it.

Daniele and I spent a couple of nights in Asheville in October. We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch and a beautiful view at Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn, lovely dinners at Bouchon downtown and Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian, explored a couple of beautiful waterfalls-Looking Glass and High Falls, admired the leaves changing color on a scenic drive and had a relaxing stroll through Biltmore Village. See if you can spot the rainbow in the video! If you are feeling festive, a stay at the Biltmore Estate will check that box during the holiday season.

For any questions and or to start planning your Asheville trip, contact Stefany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany

New Adventures in Store for 2021 and Beyond

The world still needs time to heal, but there is universal optimism among the travel community that safe and responsible international travel is on the horizon. That’s the key takeaway from the two-day “Ready, Set, Grow” virtual conference Largay Travel hosted this past January. More than 100 advisors and suppliers exchanged updates on the current state of travel and what’s in the immediate future. Our preferred partners shared the COVID protocols their companies are enacting, along with some truly inspired itineraries that will show you the world in ways you never imagined.

The last year has been trying in so many ways, and it was revitalizing to think about the prospects of seeing friends old and new across the globe. Travel dreaming has sustained us throughout, and we’re getting so close to making those dreams a reality. If you are ready to travel now or want an escape to look forward to, reach out to your advisor. While we will continue to keep you updated on the latest requirements for travelers flying into the U.S., from COVID tests to quarantines, we’re brimming with exciting travel ideas we can’t wait to share.

We heard about Tauck’s new 84-passenger ms Andorinha that will cruise Portugal’s Douro River, bringing guests through the golden countryside and fairytale cities of the region with a glass of the valley’s best wines in hand. We learned of the three new river cruise ships Ama Waterways will introduce and the company’s return to the Nile, of Uniworld’s cruise and rail itinerary in Northern Italy that will include an overnight at Burano in the Venetian lagoon. There are options for private versions of Natural Habitat Adventures’ revealing national parks tours. There’s rapid COVID testing on Quark Expeditions vessels with results in 30-60 minutes, and self-cleaning ships on Lindblad Expeditions, introduced before the pandemic but oh so important now.We heard about waived single supplements on certain Ponant sailings and a four-category upgrade Presidents Day sale from Oceania, and about the possibility of Galapagos sailings in the spring on several cruise lines.

We’re excited for the opening of Paradero Todos Santos, set on a 160-acre farm in a pueblo magico with 300 years of history in Baja California Sur. The experience is unlike anything you’ve seen around Los Cabos before, and our travelers will be welcomed with VIP treatment. We can’t wait to get to Xigera Safari Lodge in Botswana, a 12-suite love letter to the African bush powered by renewable energy.

 

We’re excited about 12-passenger small group Nordic adventures with 50 Degrees North, visiting Kenya’s Mbulia Hills Conservancy with Big Five, new villas at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort in Sicily and so much more. We’re excited about seeing the world again, and getting you out there safely and responsibly. If you’re ready to talk about how to do that, contact Stefany at: (917) 653-9346 or stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.