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Discover a World of Cuisine at Beaches Turks & Caicos

As with all Luxury Included® Vacations, a stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa guarantees diverse dining options that guests of every age will enjoy. What you may not know is that Beaches Turks & Caicos will soon house more restaurants than any other resort in our brand. From kid-friendly burgers, fries and milkshakes at Bobby Dee’s to oceanfront dining at Barefoot by the Sea, their hardest decision will be deciding what to try next!

With Beaches Resorts’ Discovery Dining program, internationally trained chefs create authentic dishes that take guests on a gastronomic expedition around the world without ever having to leave the resort. Families can indulge in a taste of Northern Italy at elegant Mario’s, British pub fare and pints at Cricketer’s Pub or tasty Tex-Mex at Arizona’s. For interactive dining, Teppanyaki-style restaurant Kimonos attracts families for dinner, while personalized pizzas are prepared fresh daily and cooked in the wood-fired oven at Bella Napoli.

The introduction of the Key West Luxury Village in May will offer guests three additional gourmet dining options. Guests will be able to enjoy Marin Restaurant, the brand’s signature beachfront restaurant, which will overlook the award-winning Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales; Sky Lounge Restaurant, offering Italian cuisine and local, fresh seafood for dinner; and Grill Bleu Restaurant, a beachside casual restaurant with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea offering a buffet selection for breakfast, an a la carte menu for lunch and authentic Tandoori cuisine for dinner.

Watch the video below for an inside look at dining at Beaches Turks & Caicos with Beaches Resorts’ Culinary Ambassador, Walter Staib, and Executive Chef, Colin Watson.

An all-inclusive vacation experience should never be restricted by buffet lines and reservation-only dining options; that’s why Beaches Resorts provides five-star cuisine at any hour of the day. The new Key West Luxury Village opens on May 22nd but it’s never too early to book a stay to be sent on a culinary expedition around the globe at Beaches Resorts.

Disney World’s turnstiles vanishing, replaced by Apple iPod Touches and RFID bracelets

Visitors to Walt Disney World know the drill: if you want to spin in a giant tea cup, drop down Splash Mountain, or wave to Snow White, you’ll likely encounter a less than magical turnstile before the fun can begin.

Recently, though, guests have been in for a surprise.

At Disney properties in Florida the company has taken out half the turnstiles and replaced them with “touch points,” globes with a mouse logo that lights up green when a visitor holds a valid ticket up to it, Disney told NBC News.

Turnstiles are being replaced with “touch points.” When Walt Disney World Resort rolls-out MyMagic+ later this year, guests will be able to enter the parks with the touch of a wireless wristband.

Turnstiles are being replaced with “touch points.” When Walt Disney World Resort rolls-out MyMagic+ later this year, guests will be able to enter the parks with the touch of a wireless wristband.

Choose this way to enter a park and you can just walk in. There are no more gates or turnstiles to deal with.

Visitors in wheelchairs or those with strollers can use the same entrance that everybody else does.

Park employees have also been equipped with iPod touches to scan tickets. The gadgets are part of a test and provide “another option to help with guest service,” Disney said.

The company has been quietly introducing the upgrades as part of its “MyMagic+” program, which will eventually get rid of turnstiles all together. It will also provide visitors with other high-tech features, such as the “MagicBand,” a wireless RFID bracelet that will function as a park entry pass, hotel room key and wallet. The program, still in the testing phase, is expected to be fully rolled out over the coming year.

The changes are designed to make moving around the parks smoother. The company hopes they will create a “more seamless and more personal experience,” wrote Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a blog post earlier this year.

Visitors can get in quicker without turnstiles, Disney pointed out, which may translate into shorter lines. Park employees will still be working at the entrances, helping visitors and monitoring the process.

Most people are “surprised and delighted” not to see turnstiles, Disney told NBC News. The new system is in place only in Florida for now, though visitors will likely see similar upgrades at Disney properties in other parts of the country and the world down the road.

Industry observers predicted the changes will likely pay off for the company.

If there’s less hassle for travelers to enter the park, that adds to their experience and makes them a little happier during their visit, said John Gerner, managing director of Leisure Business Advisors. That, in turn, can translate into more money for the park.

“This may give [Disney] a bit of an advantage in that people know now that when they come to visit a Disney park, it’ll be a little more convenient perhaps than other theme parks,” Gerner said.

It’ll be a while before the wristbands are handed out, but the disappearing turnstiles are already a reality.

Studies have shown that theme park visitors hate “double dipping” – or having to constantly go into their pockets to bring out more money or produce tickets – so the wireless wristband will likely appeal to guests by helping reduce the need for cash, Gerner said.

“In the time that they would have spent waiting at a turnstile to get in, those are a few more minutes that they can spend browsing in a shop or getting something to eat and that adds revenue,” said Gerner.

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Article via NBC News

All new promotion at Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Zoetry Resorts – up to $350 Air Credit and $400 in Resort Coupons!

Stay 4 nights $200 Air Credit per room
Stay 7 Nights $350 Air Credit per room

Plus up to $400 in resort coupons
Reserve your getaway by May 31st!

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An all-new sale just launched for some of our best selling resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico! Now, book your 2013 travel package at any one of the Secrets Resorts, Dreams Resorts, Now Resorts, or Zoetry Resorts, and receive up to $350 Air Credit, plus up to $400 in Resort Coupons! Now may be the best time to book your vacation package.

Choose from the adults-only luxury of Secrets Resorts, the family friendly upscale Dreams Resorts, the upbeat and outgoing Now Resorts, or the laid back and relaxing Zoetry Resorts.

Let us put together a vacation quote, customized just for you!

Just to whet your appetite for vacation, how about a few pictures from our recent tour of Dreams Riviera Cancun, one of our top family resorts!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Berwick Travel is building our own ISLAND!

After long years of negotiations (and a lot of bribes!), Berwick Travel is proud to announce that we will be building our own ISLAND in the southern Caribbean, which will feature six all-inclusive resorts, a marina, an airstrip, one gas station, two Wal Marts, a Best Buy, one outhouse for the community to share (plumbing is a challenge on a newly constructed sandbar), and our very own cobranded brick oven pizzeria

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It’s a few miles west of Aruba, and we’ll be offering connecting flights through Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba on our own fledgling airline, BTAir.

As you can see from the attached photo, construction has already begun. We’re hoping to take reservations for the all new Berwick Resorts in the fall of 2014!

We haven’t named the island yet – any suggestions?

Introducing Couples Barbados!

Opening in June, an all-new Couples Resorts experience on the beautiful island of Barbados! Visit our Couples Barbados page for more information!

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Located on pristine Dover Beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and endless sunshine is accompanied by gentle ocean breezes, Couples Barbados invites you to surrender to the calypso rhythms of paradise.

As the only resort on the island dedicated exclusively to couples, Couples Barbados provides an idyllic refuge for you to recharge and reconnect with the one you love. And with more inclusions than anywhere else on Barbados, your worry-free holiday begins the moment you land on the island.

So why not spend your days with white sand between your toes. Learn how to kayak, scuba dive or snorkel in azure blue waters. Get lost in 10 acres of tropical gardens. Play golf amidst tropical surroundings. Play tennis under the stars. Indulge in an invigorating or romantic massage for two. Enjoy the freshest seafood and best rum punch this side of heaven. Or simply relax to the sounds of Green Monkeys playing in the palm trees at sunset.

After all, this is paradise Couples Barbados-style—where every enchanting day and magical night encourages you to live life well.

Let us put together a Couples Barbados vacation quote, customized just for you!

Enjoy these Couples Barbados photos!

Rafael Nadal Joins Alex Zozaya to Share Property Updates at Secrets Aura Cozumel and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group and Rafael Nadal

Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group and Rafael Nadal

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MÉXICO, D.F. (March 7, 2013) – During championship tennis player Rafael Nadal’s recent stay at Secrets Aura Cozumel, he joined Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group, to discuss the latest updates Nadal’s properties have undergone since AMResorts assumed sales, marketing and management duties for the resorts.

As of December 15, 2012, adults-only Secrets Aura Cozumel completed the necessary renovations to bring the resort up to the Secrets Resorts & Spas’ brand standards. Guests of Secrets Aura Cozumel now enjoy 168 luxury rooms and suites with a balcony or terrace with Caribbean Sea and pool views. All benefits of the brand’s signature Unlimited-Luxury® concept are also available, including limitless access to four gourmet a la carte dining options and premium beverage brands; 24-hour room and concierge services; countless daytime activities; live evening entertainment; and more. Secrets Aura Cozumel features three main swimming pools, a newly revamped full service spa, a fitness center, non-motorized water sports, as well as suites with a private pool.

The 330-room Sunscape Sabor Cozumel is slated to begin operations under the Sunscape Resorts & Spas brand by April. Guests of that resort will enjoy the benefits of Sunscape Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Fun® vacation concept which provides limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and top-shelf spirits, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, fitness facilities and more. Additionally, Sunscape Sabor will offer the brand’s signature Explorer’s Club for kids and Desires night club, along with diving and water sports centers, and three pools.

“The coming together of the Nadal family and Secrets Resorts & Spas is important for the brand, these resorts and the destination of Cozumel,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “We have immediately seen its effects in guests’ positive reception to the rebranding and the high occupancy levels we are enjoying.”

“I have quickly seen the positive impact and improvements brought about by the recent rebranding of my resorts in Cozumel,” said Rafael Nadal. “I’m a person that travels significantly and can say that in AMResorts’ hands, my properties have turned into the kind of resorts I like to stay at.”

“Cozumel is my home away from home. Here, I feel comfortable, and am able to enjoy the beauty of the destination,” Nadal added.

SPECIAL OFFER for Secrets Aura Cozumel: Rates from $120 per person, per night!
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