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.

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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

AMResorts Enters New Destination with Two New Resorts in Cozumel

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 12, 2012 – AMResorts, provider of sales, marketing and brand management services for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts and SecretsDreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, announces the introduction of Secrets and Sunscape Resorts & Spas to the popular destination of Cozumel, Mexico.

AMResorts will assume sales, marketing and management duties of the Sabor Cozumel Resort & Spa, Sabor Cozumel Exclusive Resort & Spa, Aura Cozumel Grand and Regency Cozumel hotels while renovations take place to make the necessary adjustments and bring the four properties up to the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury® and Unlimited-Fun® standards.

Sabor Cozumel Exclusive Resort & Spa and Aura Cozumel Grand will be combined to become Secrets Aura Cozumel with updates including the addition of 15 room keys at corner Ocean Front or Ocean View locations for a total 174 redecorated rooms, restaurants modifications to include the brand’s signature Bordeaux, Oceana, and Windows restaurants, and a new shopping area set to open January 2013. The official rebranding will take place by December 2012. Guests of Secrets Aura Cozumel will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, and more. The resort also will feature three main swimming pools.

Sabor Cozumel and Regency Cozumel will be combined to become the 330 room Sunscape Sabor Cozumel. Modifications will include adding the brand’s signature Portofino, Da Mario, El Patio and Market Café restaurants and complete room remodels. The official rebranding is set for mid-January 2013 with enhancements done in phases and fully completed by April 2013. Sunscape Sabor Cozumel will offer its guests the benefits of Sunscape Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Fun® vacation concept which provides limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour dining options, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, fitness facilities and more. The resort also will feature the brand’s signature Explorer’s Club for Kids, Coco Café, and Desires, and diving and water sports centers, and three pools

Secrets Aura and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel will share a spa which will debut a signature hydrotherapy circuit and fitness center to be completed by mid-March 2013