Winter, 2017: Where are You Going?

Hotel Barriere Le Majestic

If you haven’t booked your winter vacation/spring break for 2017, you better move quickly.  Accommodations are selling out fast.  I have been having so much fun researching, collaborating with clients and booking incredible trips around the world for Winter, 2017. If you have your heart set on Galapagos Islands and need to travel during school vacation dates, please remember you need to book 9-12 months in advance to reserve the cruise or camp of your choice.  It is such a popular destination for families!

Personally, I just booked my flights for Cannes, France for the annual ILTM Cannes travel event.  Afterwards, I’m traveling to Paris for a long weekend to visit as many 5 star properties as possible.  I like to visit old favorites to say hello to all the wonderful general managers.  The time also allows me to visit hotels I have never seen before.  For example, Ritz Paris has just reopened after a very lengthy renovation.  I am having Champagne with the general manager as he takes me on a tour of the hotel.  La Reserve is also a new, very exclusive boutique hotel.  I have the pleasure of staying at La Reserve this trip and am so excited!!  These visits allow me to really understand each property, so I can advise my clients on which hotel will best fit their needs and their pocketbook.  

Hotel Barriere Le Majestic

I have never been to Cannes, France.  I’m staying at the Hotel Barriere Le Majestic.  It is one of the iconic properties in this famous sea town that is filled with movie stars every June.  I won’t have a lot of time to explore the area, because I will be in meetings for most days with hoteliers, tour companies and other travel service providers.  I will get to learn about new properties and suppliers, visit with and strengthen my relationships with my friends in the industry and hopefully enjoy a bit of Champagne in the evenings.

I have also been having a great time planning the Jones family Spring Break 2017.  I need to listen to my own advise and book it now before I start hearing “sorry, we are sold out on your dates”.  I’m considering some wonderful properties in Jamaica and St. Lucia.  It’s so hard to decide.  I’ll certainly let everyone know where I’m going when we finally make up our minds.

My clients are heading to the Caribbean, Belize, Nicaragua and Galapagos Islands.  I am also working on a few trips to Peru, one of my favorite countries!  If you haven’t been to Peru, put it on your short list.  In addition to Machu Picchu, you need to visit the Sacred Valley, the amazon rainforest either on a cruise a safari-type camp and also Lake Titicaca.  It is the largest lake in Central America and has the highest elevation of any lake in the World.  Amazing!!

There are quite a few new properties in the Caribbean.  I have also learned that Baha Mar is recommencing construction!  It is the huge complex of resorts on Nassau that I like to say is the adult version of Atlantis on Paradise Island.  Hyatt has recommitted to the project.  I will be really excited if Rosewood recommits.  They would be an amazing five star edition to Nassau.  No word from Rosewood, yet.

I hope you have secured your winter vacation plans.  If not, contact me! or 314-780-8845.

Julie Jones