Karisma Hotels and Resorts Debut Exclusive Nickelodeon Vacation Experience

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a landmark partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB and VIA) to bring Nickelodeon brand experiences to Azul Hotels by Karisma.  This collaboration marks the first time Nickelodeon, one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia brands for kids has partnered with an international resort collection.

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The Nickelodeon vacation experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of family-focused, Gourmet Inclusive® properties in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and Negril, Jamaica, are set to debut in summer 2015.  Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection, which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

“We are thrilled to team up with Viacom International Media Networks to introduce Nickelodeon to our visitors – as Nickelodeon shares our dedication to offering the highest-quality entertainment,” said Mandy Chomat, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.  “We are confident that the exciting and interactive touch points created for Nickelodeon for Azul Hotels by Karisma will make for tons of fun and very special memories among our guests of all ages.”image

“We’re very pleased to work with Azul Hotels by Karisma to bring our fans closer to the Nickelodeon  characters they know and love,” said Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Nickelodeon Recreation Partnerships.  “These vacation experiences create yet another touch point for Nickelodeon ensuring that we are bringing the joy and fun of our brand to our fans everywhere they are.”

Exclusive to Azul Hotels by Karisma, the Nickelodeon vacation experience will include character dining’s and interactions with some of Nickelodeon’s favorite characters such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   

Azul Hotels by Karisma, comprised of Azul Beach Hotel, Azul Sensatori Mexico, and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in the Riviera Maya, as well as Azul Sensatori Jamaica in Negril, are designed to keep all members of the family happy and engaged.  Providing something for everyone, Azul Hotels by Karisma boast kids and teen clubs, splash parks, movie nights with popcorn, suites for two adults and three young children, guaranteed connecting suites for older kids, adults-only swimming and lounging areas, and nightly entertainment. 

The Gourmet Inclusive® Experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma is carefully catered to guests that prefer quality over quantity.  From world-renowned partners catering to guests of all ages and the freshest and finest ingredients for an unrivaled culinary journey to ultimate relaxation with 24-hour room service and beach beds, Azul Hotels continuously raises the bar and sets the standard for the world’s finest family travel.

Standard rates at Azul Hotels by Karisma begin at $217 per person, per night including the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience with complete a la carte dining, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge, and 24-hour room service.  Kids ages 12 and under are 50 percent off; kids under two years old are free.  Reservations can be booked through a GI Vacation Consultant, or by calling Azul Hotels at 1-866-527-4762, or by visiting www.karismahotels.com.

To stay updated and learn more about the Nickelodeon Vacation Experiences at Azul Hotels by Karisma, debuting in summer 2015, please visit:

www.karismahotels.com/nickvacationexperience

5 Most Kids-Friendly Countries to Emigrate to: This May Surprise You!

The top five most kids-friendly countries to emigrate to are going to surprise you. You probably have a few thoughts rolling around about what you might find on this list, but the very first one will be something you probably never considered. Before getting into the top five countries on the list it is important to understand the survey conducted was based on real expats living with children. They had criteria for their answers. The top five countries landed at the top because they fit the important criteria.Two kids at city

  • Safety
  • Quality of childcare
  • Outdoor versus indoor time
  • Sports
  • TV- watching less of it
  • Ability to settle in
  • Ability to enjoy new things and not miss friends/home
  • Costs of raising children there
  • Fewer video games
  • Less junk food
  • More social interaction
  • Language learning

There were the criteria used to decide on the top five places. Obviously parents want their children to be safe and have quality childcare options available. It is a plus to see their children get outside, enjoying real life rather than staying indoors with video games, TV, and being unsocial.

The countries on the list have been able to offer more social interaction with more emphasis on education and healthy living versus sedentary indoor lives or unsafe conditions.

The list:

  • Hong Kong
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • United Arab Emirates

Right now you are probably quite surprised at least with the top place to live with children and number five. Hong Kong while a part of China is still separate. It is freer than areas like Beijing and with plenty of British influence still remaining it is a country with a mixture of cultures. It has been ranked as one of the safest cities.

Australia is less surprising. Australia is still largely unpopulated in large areas. While the cities can have crime, there are also plenty of other locations that provide a safe and comfortable home. It is also not perception or myth to say that Australia as a whole is respectful, where communities come together, and outdoor activities are definitely available.

Canada is another country, which is considered safe, community oriented, and often considered to have the nicest people. No place is completely without crime, but in general Canada tends to have a decent health care system, education system, and offer safety particularly outside of the major cities.

The Netherlands is another community country with nice people who know the value of family and outdoor recreation. Many who have lived in the Netherlands as expats have found it to be extremely comfortable and safe. They have felt more a part of the community than separate no matter where they move from.

The United Arab Emirates is certainly a surprising choice. Knowing there is a hot bed of angst all around the UAE might make someone overlook it as a potential option. Yet, the UAE is family oriented, affluent, and crime is still controlled more so than other countries. Additionally, the UAE has a lot of global business helping to make it a little easier for everyone to fit in.

These are just five of the top countries many are choosing to emigrate and raise their children in.

Bucket List Item #23 Interview Jennifer Garner #DisneyInHomeEvent #VeryBadDayEvent

From the time I started doing interviews and blogging there was one person that popped onto my bucket list of things to do before I die. I wanted to be able to one day interview Jennifer Garner, I love her. There was something about the character she played in Alias and how she played her that I just fell in love with so I feel like I’m on cloud nine knowing that next week I’ll be interviewing her along with other cast members of the new movie ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.

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Not only do I get to see the movie and interview actors, the producer but I also get to participate in a Disney In Home Press day, visit Disneyland’s Halloween time but I get to do so much more. In fact, I wanted to share with you a sketch of my itinerary for the entire week, next week.

Follow along using #DisneyInHomeEvent, #SleepingBeauty & #Maleficent

7:30-pm Break into 3 groups and begin rotations:

Group 1: House Tour

Group 2: Bonus Presentation with David Jessen (Vice President, Content Enhancement) and special appearance by Sarah Hyland – @Sarah_Hyland

Group 3: Legacy of SLEEPING BEAUTY with Don Hahn (Executive Producer, MALEFICENT)

Thursday, September 25th

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10:30am Meet with Assistant Fire Chief, Steve Martin to discuss the research that went into the making of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE as well as National Fire Prevention Week

2:30pm Sit down with Paul Gerard (director, creative development) & Jeff Howard (co-writer)

Friday, September 26th

Follow Along using #Disneyland & #HalloweenTime

10:15am BIG HERO 6 4D Sneak Peak (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/sneak-preview-of-big-hero-6-coming-to-disneyland-park-september-25/)

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7:30pm – 9:00pm: Screening of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (80 minutes) – popcorn and drinks provided

9:00pm Depart theatre

 

Saturday, September 27th

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION

 

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10:30am –11:30am Screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION (60 minutes)

 

12:00pm: TAR WARS REBELS / ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Press Junkets

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12:00pm–1:00pm: Lunch at the junket

1:25pm – 1:45pm: Group interview with ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Producer Lisa Henson

2:05pm – 2:25pm: Group interview with Steve Carell (“Ben” – @SteveCarell) and Jennifer Garner (“Kelly”)

(JUMP UP AND DOWN WITH EXCITEMENT)

2:25pm – 2:45pm: Group interview with Ed Oxenbould (“Alexander”), Dylan Minnette (“Anthony” – @dylanminnette) and Kerris Dorsey (“Emily” – @kerrisdorsey)

2:45pm – 3:05pm: Group interview with Bella Thorne (“Celia” – @bellathorne)

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3:15pm – 3:35pm: Group interview with Freddie Prince Jr. (voice of “Kanana Jarrus” – @RealFPJr) and Taylor Gray (voice of “Ezra Bridger” – @_Taylor_Gray_)

3:35pm – 3:55pm: Group interview with Vanessa Marshall (voice of “Hera Syndulla” – @vanmarshall) and Tiya Sircar (voice of “Sabine Wren” – @tiyasircar)

3:55pm – 4:15pm: Group interview with STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION Executive Producer Dave Filoni - @dave_filoni

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7:00pm – 9:00pm: Dinner at a location where ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY was filmed

 

WOW, it’s going to be a jam packed week, I mean honestly I get exhausted just looking at the schedule and all the work I’m going to have to do afterwards but I’m so blessed to be able to mark one of my bucket list items off my list. YEAH!  I’m so excited!!!!!!

The Book of Life Sweepstakes Travel to Riviera Maya @WorldMarket #BookOfLife

This is a partnered post with Cost Plus World Market and their partnership with Fox’s movie #BookOfLife all Opinions are my own!

I’m very excited that it’s starting to feel like fall outside and things are starting to look like fall in the stores. The Fall Decorations are my favorite one of the reasons being they include Halloween Décor. I love Halloween, I love decorating and having Halloween themed parties. Of course the kids love Halloween candy, but we also love Halloween themed movies. 

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Last time I went to the movie theater with my children I saw a preview for a Halloweenish movie The Book of Life. The Book of life is a cute movie about a Hispanic Romeo and Juliet. It’s an animated movie of a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration: Manolo (Channing) is a young matador who wants to shed the expectations of his family to follow his dreams of being a musician and his best friend, Joaquin (Diego), is the successful pride of the town. They compete for the heart of Maria (Zoe). In order to win Maria’s heart and save her life, Manolo must face his greatest fears and follow his heart to rewrite his destiny. Based on the cultural celebration of “Dia de los Muertos” (a day of remembering the memories of lost loved ones)Starring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Directed by Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre, Mad TV) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda, Pan’s Labyrith)

With the release of this movie in theaters October 17th Cost Plus World Market is offering the Book of Life Sweepstakes.

World Market’s Book of Life Sweepstakes

· You could win a trip to the Riviera Maya & FREE Movies for a Year!

Book of Life Sweepstakes

· Grand Prize Package:

o 5 Days/6Nights at Grand Velas Riviera Maya (hotel & accommodations)
o Free Movies for a year
o $1,000 World Market gift card
o Book of Life Merchandise

· Plus, three (3) first prizes: $500 World Market gift card
· Sweepstakes ends October 24th, 2014

Book of Life Shop

Another exciting thing that Cost Plus World Market is doing is creating creating a fun Book of Life Toys inspired by the film.

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· The Book of Life shop includes inspired toys from the film

o Book of Life Tin Keepsake Box
o Book of Life Guitar
o Book of Life Maracas
o Book of Life Castanets
o Book of Life Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy
o Book of Life Chuy Stamp
o Book of Life Light Show
o Book of Life Kaleidoscopes
o Book of Life Swirly Slime
o Book of Life Flashlight Picture Projector

 

Watch the movie in theaters and get the merchandise at Cost Plus World Market. Which Item do you think you would enjoy the most??

Holiday Family Travel Includes Culture at Outrigger Waikki Beach #Travel

This holiday season, whether travelling with teens, tweens and/or toddlers, the key to planning the best family vacation is to discover a prime location full of culture, unique activities, and gorgeous scenery.  At Outrigger, those family vacations are not only made easy but also provide the atmosphere to create genuine memories.Outrigger Waikiki Beach

It’s a great family travel suggestion; staying with Outrigger’s Hawaiian properties.  Named as two of the “Top Hotel and Resorts in Hawaii” by Travel + Leisure magazine  Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and Outrigger Reef on the Beach have built a reputation for providing an unparalleled guest experience and providing impeccable service on one of the most picturesque and luxurious beaches in the world.  Outrigger was launched in Hawaii more than 65 years ago and with its year-round tropical warm weather, pristine beaches, and wide array of activities we can see why Hawaii is a popular holiday location and was ranked as the top destination for families by Trip Advisor.

Each of the Outrigger Hawaii beachfront resorts is dedicated to providing the best experience for families with children of any age.  Outrigger Resorts is where local culture meets premier hospitality.

Some of the unique holiday cultural experiences at the Hawaii properties include:

· The art of bamboo stamping

· An introduction to native plants and their uses

· Ukulele lessons

· Jewelry making

· Make a Hawaiian bookmark

· Hula lessons

· History of Polynesian tattoo design

· Santa Claus arriving by canoe!

Holiday season is the most popular time of year for families to travel to Hawaii. We encourage you to share this information with your readers and invite them to discover the rich local culture of the islands by visiting www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Win a Trip To Disney #Aulani Resort & Spa! #VeryBadDaySweeps #VeryBadDay

There is an amazing ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY sweepstakes that just recently launched and to enter all you need to do is share your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Disney Aulani, resort & spa!

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Follow ALEXANDER on Twitter: @DisneyPictures

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10th!

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The Ideal Vacation: The Ideal Look #IdealSummerFun

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I am living my ideal vacation at the moment, or rather something very close to it: Anywhere on the beach and I'm happy. I'm visiting my mom in Florida, she lives on the coast so we are right by the ocean and I'm in a swimsuit every single day. I would love to do this every year, just head off to the beach, the Carribean, Hawaii or pretty much any beach area. But I'm not always beach ready.

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5 Fantastic Fall Things to Do In Montreal

Here are 5 great ideas for things to do this fall in Montreal!

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Don’t miss the chance to take your family to see gorgeous Gardens of Light at the Botanical Garden. Whether marveling at the stunning silk lanterns in the Chinese Garden or getting zen in the Japanese Garden, this is a truly enlightening evening escapade. September 5 to November 2.

Mini-express train in Parc La Fontaine

All aboard! The Mini-express electric train in Parc La Fontaine is a little locomotive gem. Climb into its colourful cars and quietly chug-chug your way through the leafy landscape, followed by a delicious lunch—indoors or boxed to go— from Espace La Fontaine Bistro. Rides offered from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays until mid-October.

Redpath Museum

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A “cabinet of curiosities”, the Redpath Museum offers a one-of-a-kind wonderland for everyone. Its permanent (and free) collection highlights natural history, world cultures and mineralogy, plus it has a dinosaur and mummy collection. Sundays features Discovery Workshops and informal guided tours of its Egyptian, mineral and biodiversity exhibits.

Raplapla studio-boutique

Give your little guy or girl a made-in-Montréal Raplapla doll that they will love forever. Stop by the cute and colourful boutique and browse their whimsical collection of hand-crafted dolls, stuffed animals, night owls and more that can be loved, hugged and carted around anywhere!

 

The Cave of Lascaux – Prehistoric Masterpieces
Montréal Science Centre
Until September 14, 2014
LAST CHANCE to step back in time to the dawn of humanity and discover frescos created 20,000 years ago, long before civilization’s humble beginnings.
DISNEY ON ICE presents Princesses and Heroes
Bell Centre
October 8 to 13, 2104
Watch Disney princesses and heroes come to life on the ice at the Bell Centre. Take advantage of your visit to stop by the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame.

Free admission for kids day at Ecomuseum Zoo
September 14, 2014
Right after back-to-school, have a nice break to the whole family. Free admission for kids under 15 years old, accompanied by a paying adult.

Travel & Join The Panama Canal’s Centennial Celebration

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Traveler,
A constant staple on travelers’ bucket lists, the Panama Canal is a man-made masterpiece of pure engineering prowess and ingenuity that must be seen to be believed. And, during its amazing 2014 centennial and our 50th anniversary in 2015, Princess has an assortment of 11- to 20-day adventures — including two festive cruises on December 18 and 29 — starting from $899!*
The canal was meant to be seen from the sea, so be sure to book a balcony for the very best views. Look on in awe as each massive Lock opens and closes raising or lowering the ship, stroll the streets of Cartagena’s beautiful colonial Walled City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Costa Rica’s lush rainforest and exotic array of wildlife including scarlett macaws.

 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (PARTIAL TRANSIT)
RT Ft. Lauderdale
Coral Princess® or Island Princess®

11-day | 2014: Oct 7, 12, 18^, 29^; Nov 9, 20^, 26^; Dec 1, 7, 12, 18^, 23^, 29^;
2015: Jan 3^, 9, 14^, 25; Feb 5^, 16, 27;
Mar 10, 21^; Apr 1^
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Colón, Costa Rica (Limón), Ocho Rios, Ft. Lauderdale

 

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^Grand Cayman or Princess Cays replaces Ocho Rios.

 
     
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (2-Day Canal EXPERIENCE)
Between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles
Island Princess®

15-day | 2015: Feb 19; Mar 6^
Ports:
Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, 2-Day Canal Experience (Full transit of the Panama Canal including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks; Fuerte Amador), Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Puerto Chiapas, Los Angeles

 

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^Puerto Quetzal replaces Puerto Chiapas and itinerary operates in reverse order.

 
     
 
 
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (FULL TRANSIT)
Between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles
Coral Princess® or Island Princess®

15-day | 2014: Oct 27; Nov 11;
2015: Jan 20; Feb 4^; Apr 12
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Nicaragua (San Juan del Sur), Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles

 

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^Itinerary operates in reverse order.

 
     
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (FULL TRANSIT)
From Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles
Pacific Princess®

17-day | 2015: Apr 28
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Curacao, Cartagena, Panama Canal (Full transit of the Panama Canal including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks), Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Topolobampo, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles

 
     
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: sales@vacationadventuresunlimited.com

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa in the Seychelles “BEYOND All-Inclusive”

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa in Mahé, Seychelles introduces the new “BEYOND All-Inclusive” concept beginning November 1, 2014. This new approach includes a myriad of services such as a dedicated butler, high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary laundry service, all daily meals, soft drinks and premium alcoholic beverages as well as food a la carte on a “Whatever, Wherever, Whenever” basis. Additional activities introduced include morning Yoga or Qi Gong, non-motorized sports plus unlimited scuba diving.

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Located on 30 acres of award-winning gardens on the main island of Mahé, MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa features 30 private villas, all with 180-degree uninterrupted sea views. While staying at MAIA guests can choose between two villa categories, the “Ocean Panoramic” villas or the “MAIA Signature” villas. Designed by leading architect Bill Bensley, each villa offers guests the perfect escape while vacationing at MAIA. Dotting the hillside are the nineteen Ocean Panoramic villas, each offering guests exquisite views of MAIA’s lush gardens and the blue waters of the ocean below. Additionally, the eleven “MAIA Signature” villas are located closer to the shore and provide guests direct access to the surf and sand. Guests booking the “MAIA Signature” villa also enjoy additional inclusions like early check-in and late check-out, their choice of Champagne as well as in-villa offerings such as daily private yoga, one-time mani-pedi, and a specially prepared barbecue.

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Other experiences available for guests to book at an additional cost include private fishing and scuba diving excursions or scenic flights from MAIA’s on-site helipad to the surrounding islands. Guests who prefer to relax at the spa can visit MAIA’s Balinese-style spa, which offers an array of exotic treatments and features world-class Omorovicza products. The Gold Apres Soleil Facial is exclusive to the resort, as is the “20 Dancing Fingers” massage delivered by two members of the highly-trained staff, accompanied by flautist.