A Traveler’s Perspective: One of the Best Resorts in Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is an all-inclusive luxury resort boasting a 6+ Global Apple rating from Apple Vacations (basically, the place is ranked at the very top of the chart). Two of our clients recently visited the resort and provided insider-access into one of the most beautiful Punta Cana hotels we’ve ever seen!

Stacy and Tyler, avid travelers and repeat Boscov’s Travel customers, were looking for an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Having booked several trips for them in the past, Boscov’s Travel Camp Hill Travel Specialist Amy Bressler knew the amenities that Stacy and Tyler preferred, what type of atmosphere they gravitated to and what resort would provide the best vacation experience for them. They ended up on a different island all-together and settled on Zoetry Agua resort in Punta Cana.

Below, Stacy gives us her perspective on the resort (they had their own private butler!), why she recommends using a travel agency and why travel continues to be one of her favorite hobbies.

Why did you choose the particular resort?

Amy, our Travel Specialist, most definitely steered us in the right direction. She found an awesome deal at the Zoetry Agua Resort and once she showed us the resort, we were sold!

What did you like about the accommodations at the resort? (It looks like your room had its own private pool, too!)

I loved everything about this resort and our accommodations. The resort was a smaller resort with fewer rooms than most of the other resorts we have been to (96 to be exact). This made for a nice, quiet, and relaxing vacation. We had our own butler that took care of everything. He made our reservations for our spa appointments, set up transportation and tee times for two golf trips, and found us on the beach and by the pool just to make sure we had fresh drinks and beach towels.

Our room at the resort was amazing; it was bigger than some apartments. There was a “yard” with a small private pool to cool off along with lounge chairs. There was a separate sitting room with a couch and a dining table to enjoy room service. We had an open air bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and rain shower.

Our backyard

The beach and pool areas had plenty of available lounge chairs, umbrellas and natural palm trees for shade. The wait staff at the resort was top notch. They took very good care of us, our drinks were never empty, they paid great attention to detail, and they knew our names. The staff really made us feel that we were a priority and the only ones at the resort!

How were the food and drinks?

The food was excellent and the drinks were always well made. The variety of menu options was great, I don’t eat seafood and there were more than enough choices from which to choose. The steaks were probably the best tasting and well prepared steaks I have ever had on a vacation like this!

Do you have any stories from the trip that stand out?

I honestly loved everything about this trip. It was by far the nicest resort we have been to. Two things that stood were the service and the staff. From the beach and poolside staff, to the wait staff at breakfast, lunch and dinner, to our butler and even the staff at the spa, everyone was just fantastic. The resort was gorgeous, clean, and quiet – it just had such a relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone who wants to be taken care of and truly relax on their vacation!

So how did you learn about Boscov’s Travel?

I had been familiar with Boscov’s Travel for quite some time, my mother worked for Boscov’s department store for several years so I was aware Boscov’s had a travel division. At the time I booked my first trip through Boscov’s Travel, I did so because I was traveling with a group and Boscov’s Travel was the travel agency the group was working with. I met my travel agent Amy when booking that first trip and we have been planning vacations with her for four years now!

What makes you continue to choose Boscov’s Travel when you want to plan a vacation?

There are many reasons Boscov’s Travel is our go-to travel agency to book a vacation. We love our travel agent, Amy! She is the best and I recommend her to anyone and everyone who is looking to plan a trip. She is quick to return my calls and emails, she answers any and all questions, and makes us feel confident we are getting a great price at a perfect location with all the amenities. We also love Boscov’s Travel because of the prices they are able to offer. I have researched booking a vacation at the rate Amy has quoted us and it is definitely impossible.

Since you have been on a few trips with us and seem well-traveled, why do you choose to continue to travel?

Travel and adventure is a passion of mine. I grew up going on family vacations to Florida, cruising up and down the east coast, to the Caribbean and Canada and taking weekend trips to cities like Baltimore, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. I even took a school trip to Europe. I absolutely love to travel, visit new places, explore new cultures, or just relax on the beach or poolside with a fruity umbrella drink. That is what I love about traveling – the possibilities are endless. In one trip you can be RV-ing through the jungle in the Dominican one day and the next laying by the beach and eating a traditional Dominican dinner.

Any advice to other travelers?

My advice for other travelers: if you want a worry free vacation beginning to end, book your vacation through a travel agent. We have never had to worry about how we are getting from the airport to our resort or back to the airport from the resort, we have never had any surprise fees or other unexpected expenditures. We have never had to spend hours paging through resorts, comparing prices, and trying to find flights. Our vacations are truly vacations because we let our travel agent do all the work for us so all we have to do is show up, order a drink, and relax!  Aside from that, don’t over pack and relax – you are on vacation.

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Beautiful beaches

 

Thanks to Stacy for sharing her vacation experiences! If you’re ready to book a vacation, visit Boscov’s Travel located within select Boscov’s including Pennsylvania (Camp Hill, Colonial Park/Harrisburg, Easton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Neshaminy/Bensalem, Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Pottsville, Scranton, Selinsgrove, Wilkes-Barre), New York (Binghamton), New jersey (Atlantic City and Moorestown), Delaware (Wilmington), and Maryland (Salisbury).  View our locations here or call us at 800-755-8020. Learn more at boscovstravel.com

Traveling with Dietary Restrictions

Clients often ask us where they can travel while accommodating their dietary needs. In the past, options were very limited for travelers on diets due to medical reasons or by choice.

As hotels become more in tune with the needs of their clients, they are offering different options to cater to vacationers. From resorts which pride themselves on healthful selections, to hotels which offer meals designed to accommodate those with celiac disease, vacations can be enjoyed by almost any traveler.

If you’re a gluten free eater, there are plenty of resorts that offer gluten free choices during your time away.  You can now spend your time relaxing instead of worrying about what you can’t eat at your next meal. View the list of hotels that offer gluten free fare by viewing Apple Vacations’ recommendation of resorts to visit perfect for the gluten free eater below or view the list here – Gluten-Free.

If you have a question regarding the best resorts for you to stay to accommodate your dietary needs, email us at travelrequest@boscovs.com

ARUBA

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Riu Palace Aruba

BAHAMAS

Riu Palace Paradise Island

CANCUN

Beach Palace

Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

GR Caribe by Solaris Deluxe Resort

GR Solaris Cancun

Great Parnassus Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

IBEROSTAR Cancun

Isla Mujeres Palace

Live Aqua Cancun

ME Cancun by Melia

Royal Solaris Cancun

Sun Palace

COSTA RICA

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Hilton Riu Guanacaste

COZUMEL

Cozumel Palace

CURAÇAO

Curaçao Marriott Resort & Emerald Casino

Hilton Curaçao

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel Catalonia Bavaro Resort

Hotel Catalonia Gran Dominicus

Riu Palace Punta Cana

Melia Caribe Tropical Resort

Ocean Blue

Paradisus Palma Real

Riu Bachata

Riu Bambu

Riu Merengue

Riu Palace Bavaro

Riu Palace Macao

HAWAII

Fairmont Kea Lani

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Halekulani

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Sheraton Kauai Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Turtle Bay Resort

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

IXTAPA

Barcelo Karmina Palace Deluxe

JAMAICA

CocoLaPalm a Seaside Resort

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Secrets Monetgo Bay

LOS CABOS

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Golf & Spa Resort

Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort

ME Cabo

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa

Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Grand Spa

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa

Villa La Estancia

PANAMA

Trump Ocean Club Panama

PUERTO RICO

San Juan Condado Plaza

RIVIERA MAYA

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

Playacar Palace

Riu Palace Riviera Maya

Riu Tequilla

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Valentin Imperial Maya

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita

  1. LUCIA

Anse Chastanet

  1. MARTIN

Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin

  1. THOMAS

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

VALLARTA

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta

Resort & Spa

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta

Melia Puerto Vallarta

Riu Jalisco

Riu Palace Pacifico

Riu Vallarta

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center

Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach

Villa La Estancia

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa

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List provided by Apple Vacations. While this information was correct at time of publication, Apple Vacations recommends confirming any dietary restrictions with the hotel, just in case. AD6593 8/12

Resort images from Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.

The Best Age to Take Your Child to Disney

As a Travel Specialist, I am often asked, “What is the best age to take a child to Disney?”  That is a question loaded with expectations… Though the answer is different for every family, by asking the right questions, you can figure out what works for your family.

Parents often feel overwhelmed by the Disney question… you are investing in a trip that is considered a childhood rite of passage, and you absolutely want your little ones to be engaged and cherish the experience.  So what’s the perfect age?  Assuming that there is an ultimate answer to the ‘age’ question is a trap that even I as a travel professional have fallen into.  My husband and I didn’t want to go until all our kids could ‘remember’ the trip.  We waited until the youngest was three (young and perhaps pushing it from a memory perspective).  Our oldest however was eight and while we had a wonderful time, I feel like he lost something by being asked to wait until he was eight to see this wondrous place.  Still, it was a great trip and we learned a lot.  At that point in time, we weren’t seasoned travelers with our kids and we had no concept of how they would adjust to a lot of things.  It wasn’t just Disney, we had postponed experiences and we didn’t train them well for travel in doing so.

My then eight year old never knew the wonder of seeing Mickey and believing in the magic of him…and I never got to see it either.  He is my first – fondly called my ‘practice child’ and all mistakes were and still are made on him.  I remember that first birthday party.  He turned one and we invited everyone we knew to bring things we didn’t need.  Friends and family gathered to watch him dive into a cake and guess what…he doesn’t remember that.  But I do.  If our children’s childhoods were all about what they could remember, many of our decisions would be different. A lot of their young lives are about how we remember it.  How many parents took photos of your child the first time they experienced snow, or sand or put their toes in the ocean (or tasted lemon – my personal favorite)?  We have to do some of the remembering for them and retell the experiences through our stories and pictures.  We have to prepare them for experiences by giving them experiences.  It’s a process.

That’s why you can take your children to Walt Disney World as young as you would like (and are comfortable) because we need to have vacations, even with our babies and toddlers.  Of course we may have to adjust our expectations of the trip; naps may be in order, familiar foods and snack packs are essential, and pool time is a requirement (do not underestimate the benefit of water therapy in a land as hyperkinetic as a Disney theme park).  But taking it at a slower pace does not mean it will be less enjoyable. As parents we spend all sorts of time adjusting – our schedules and yes, our vacations. We’re pros at this sort of thing.

So in answer to the question, “What is the best age to take your child to Disney?” my response is… soon, very soon.

 

Ready to experience the magic of Disney with your children? Take one of our charter flights from local airports in Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, or Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Learn more here.

Jennifer Fegan is a Travel Specialist at Boscov’s Travel within Boscov’s at the Camp Hill Shopping Mall. With five years’ experience in the travel industry, Jennifer has helped her family, friends and clients bring their travel dreams to life. As a mother, Jennifer has become an expert on all things Disney. Whether you’re looking to visit the happiest place on earth or set sail to a tropical paradise, Jennifer will help you to maximize your budget and make unforgettable memories for you and your family.