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Advisor Trip: Holland America’s new Koningsdam Ship

Janet Morton is amongst our most experienced travel advisors. This Spring, she was invited aboard the newest addition to the Holland America fleet, Koningsdam. Below, she shares her impressions of the new ship, as well as highlights and suggestions for each city along the way. 

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS

The Koningsdam is certainly the new King of the Holland America fleet, aptly named as “Koning” means “king” in Dutch. The new ship was impressive. Modern technology upgrades make the trip comfortable; the restaurant options are expanded; the spa is the most deluxe I have seen on a cruise ship, and the music-themed ship certainly delivers on both entertainment and décor.

The onboard entertainment is good, appealing to both solo travelers and families. Favorite entertainment options of mine included a Jazz lounge, classical music area, big evening shows, a new glass roofed Lido Deck where evening movies are screened, diverse dining options, and a huge theatre. On days we were at sea, we spent our time by the pool.

Pool area aboard the

Pool area aboard the Koningsdam

 

LAND HIGHLIGHTS

Naples is always a favorite cruise stop of mine, as there is a lot to do quite easily. You can go to the ancient city of Pompeii, the charming coastal town of Sorrento, tour the Amalfi Coast, or take a boat to Capri, each in a day’s visit. I visited Pompeii, an incredible archeological site that captures this Roman city exactly as it was before Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

Elaborate Sign in Pompeii that Translates to "Beware of Dog"

Elaborate Sign in Pompeii that Translates to “Beware of Dog”

In Granada, I joined the offered shore excursion to visit The Alhambra, a castle with Moorish architecture. I typically go off on my own, given my travel experience, but I chose the offered Shore Excursion to The Alhambra. Unless you rent a car, it is quite difficult to get there yourself, and we were happy to join the group for the day. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the weather was great, and lunch was included. It was busy, but still enjoyable.

The Courtyard of the Alhambra, the regional  "Taj Majal"

The Courtyard of the Alhambra, the regional “Taj Majal”

The itinerary was well planned, allowing for two days in the city of Barcelona. While there are plenty of shore excursions (up to 20 to 30 at each port), I chose to walk Barcelona. With the quirky art and architecture of the city, maze-like streets, fantastic restaurants, it is a city meant to be experienced up close. Already I am planning a trip with more time in this city, a passion sparked by our introduction on this cruise.

The Port of Gibraltar was an incredible day with a visit to the most interesting airport in the world and the Rock of Gibraltar. If you go anywhere, you’ll have no choice but to drive through the airport, literally. The main road goes right through the runway, and when a plane comes in, stoplights stop traffic on either side, a crew cleans the runway, and a plane lands right in front of you.

The Rock of Gibraltar (left) and Gibraltar Airport stop light (right)

The Rock of Gibraltar (left) and Gibraltar Airport stop light (right)

The Rock of Gibraltar peaks at 1398 feet, and is formed from Early Jurassic limestone and dolomites. There is a tram that takes you up, and the view over the ocean is unbelievable. The Barbary Macaques, or “monos,” are the resident monkeys and quite a scene!

Each port city is such a treat, and it can be difficult to choose from the many wonderful options. It is good to remember that cruises are an opportunity to explore many places without checking in, checking out, and navigating to each city. In fact, this trip has already inspired another to Spain!

To talk about Holland America, Spain or Italy, reach out to Janet Morton by email at jmorton@sbtravel.com

Advisor Trip: Royal Palms, Phoenix, AZ

Looking for a quick getaway in Phoenix or a luxurious stopover on your way to Canyon Ranch Tucson? The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a MUST STAY.

Royal Palms Entrance

This beautiful property was originally built in 1929 by Mr. Delos Willard Cooke (New York Industrialist) as a Spanish colonial inspired mansion for his ailing wife.  After being owned by several prominent owners, the estate eventually turned into the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, now a 5 Star boutique Virtuoso resort with full spa services.

Royal Palms Camel Back Villa

Royal Palms Camel Back Villa

Upon arrival, I felt I entered a time warp as I walked into this historic Arizona landmark featuring a fragrant orange grove, hidden alcoves, and colorful manicured gardens dotted by water fountains with the flavor of Andalusia. My room’s Juliet-style balcony window overlooked the hotel’s grand entrance. For those that want to relax or enjoy a romantic getaway, you will not go wrong with their spacious bathrooms (mine was just as big as the sleeping/living area) featuring a deep soaking tub and separate shower.

Royal Palms Montavista Terrace Room

Royal Palms Montavista Terrace Room

Definitely try the award-winning restaurant, T. Cook’s, one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced.  I ordered the recommended duck foie gras and glad I indulged.

Royal Palms Spa Treatment

Royal Palms Spa Treatment

Visit in May, as I did, and enjoy hundreds of hummingbirds darting around the garden when dining al fresco for lunch or breakfast.  Did I mention breakfast is included with your stay when booking with Santa Barbara Travel?  Book with me and I will reward you with a $50 dinner credit at T. Cook’s and upgrade your room based on availability!

 

Contact me, Kathy Reimer, at 805-650-6999,kreimer@sbtravel.com or my travel partner in the Santa Barbara office, Tina Slimp at 805-869-1112 ortnordholm@sbtravel.com

Advisor Trip: Costa Rica and New Dreams Las Mareas Resort

Costa Rica and adventure travel specialist, Tina Slimp, visited one of Costa Rica’s newest resorts, Dreams Las Mareas. She has been traveling to Costa Rica since the late 90’s and has traveled extensively throughout the country. 

Costa Rica's Newest Resort, Dreams Las Mareas

Costa Rica’s Newest Resort, Dreams Las Mareas

Imagine zip-lining and/or rappelling waterfalls, snorkeling crystal clear water, and trekking across suspended bridges among the jungle’s tree tops one day, and then shooting the rapids the next.  Imagine no more as Costa Rica offers plenty of options when it comes to diversified adventure. Costa Rica is one my favorite destinations because of the country’s beauty, its people and the abundance of adventure activities.

Relax by the tropical pool area

Relax by the tropical pool area

Traveling to Costa Rica is easy with daily non-stop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other major US cities.  Host to American vacationers for years, almost everyone in Costa Rica speaks English and most businesses and hotels accept the US Dollar. I found Dreams Las Mareas a perfect vacation spot for clients that are interested in getting away and staying in a secluded resort with a beautiful expansive beach surrounded by lush green jungles. Not far from the Nicaragua border and located in popular Guanacaste on the Pacific Ocean, this all-inclusive beach property boasts all the amenities for an Unlimited Luxury® escape.

Rooms offer beach, jungle, or mountain views with hot tub on private terrace

Rooms offer beach, jungle, or mountain views with hot tub on private terrace

You know you are miles away when you wake up to cute white faced-monkeys on your balcony, and can enjoy sunsets while soaking in your hot tub on your private terrace.  All of the resort rooms are spacious and offer beach, jungle or mountain views.  Dining is easy as you don’t need reservations and access is limitless to five restaurants, a grill, a buffet and a cafe. Don’t worry about bringing out your wallet as top-shelf spirits, natural juices and soft drinks are complimentary throughout the resort, including your in-suite mini-bar, and gratuities are included.  And if you have to stay connected, Las Mareas offers free WiFi and free phone calls to the US and within Costa Rica.

beach bonfire

horse back ride

paddle board

I, or the resort’s in-house concierge, can arrange your days’ activities on land or in the water. Guests of all ages can partake in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba diving, golf, ATV, zip-lining, jungle tours or just simply relaxA highlight of my recent trip was a 5 hour sailboat sunset cruise with Captain Jack. $120.00 per person fare included fishing (trolling), an incredible lunch, plus snorkeling.  The sunset was breathtaking!

Adventure amongst the tree tops in the lush jungles

Adventure amongst the tree tops in the lush jungles

Let me plan your perfect honeymoon, family reunion or personal vacation in Costa Rica.

Contact me at 805-869-1112 or tnordholm@sbtravel.com

Long Airport Security Lines Aren’t For Everyone

Are you looking for a way to make your journeys through airports easier? We recommend that all of our clients apply for the TSA Pre ® Membership program. Weekends like this one will really make you glad you did. You can find all of the information you need to know about benefits, application information, and qualifications here: https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply.

Apply

Complete the online application or you can complete the entire process in person at an application center.
Schedule an appointment online or by calling (855) 347-8371 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority.
Visit an application center to:
  1. Provide required documentation and be fingerprinted. Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. See other acceptable documents.
  2. Pay a non-refundable $85 fee valid for five years with a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check.
  3. You can check your status online at any time.

The name used when applying for TSA Pre® must match the name used when booking travel.

*This information is available on https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply

Featured Itinerary: Monte Carlo to Venice with Silversea Cruises

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EXCLUSIVE VOYAGE WITH ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA –Departing aboard Silver Spirit from glamorous Monte Carlo, travel to five ports in Italy, Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Split, plus Valleta, Malta, before returning to Italy to finally disembark in romance-filled Venice. Adding a vibrato-filled layer of classicism to the mix, four accomplished singer soloists and one piano accompanist will serenade us in two concerts of operatic librettos. Representing Italy’s Accademia Teatro alla Scala, the performances promise to echo long after the voyage takes its final bow.

 

 Day 1: Monte Carlo, Italy

Aboard the Silver Spirit in Monte Carlo

Aboard the Silver Spirit in Monte Carlo

Board the ship and make it home! Your next 9 days will be spent aboard the Silver Spirit. The ship holds 540 guests, 376 crew members, and was built in 2009. Featuring the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, Silver Spirit offers a lively, convivial atmosphere for cosmopolitan travelers who enjoy a greater variety of shipboard diversions, yet crave the personalized service and authentic and “up-close” experiences for which Silversea is known.

Day 2: Livorno, Italy

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Day Excursion to Pisa

Shore excursions are included with Silverseas Cruises, so enjoy the wonderful dilemma each day choosing which adventure bests fulfills your passions. From Livorno, day excursions can take you to explore Lucca, Florence, or Pisa, doing anything from truffle hunting or wine tasting, to a tour of the Uffizi Gallery Museum.

Day 3: Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A Close Look at the Silver Coast

A Close Look at the Silver Shore

Explore the Silver Shore, enjoy the scenic views and olive tasting of Trapani, explore Marsala and tour a local vineyard, explore the Greek ruins of Selinunte or let your excursion take you to Mozia Island–an important trade city with fascinating history.

Day 4: Porto Empedocle, Italy

Visit the Selinunte archeological site and & the city of Agrigento. On the south west coast of Sicily, not far from Mazara del Vallo, lies one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Visit the Selinunte Archaeological site and step back in time before relaxing for lunch along the coast in Agrigento.

 Day 5: Valleta, Malta

Submerse yourself in the natural beauty and unique scenery of Malta. Enjoy stunning ocean vistas, explore Malta’s largest fishing village, see the famous Blue Grottos, or visit the Dingli Cliffs.

Italian Coastline and Cliffs

 

Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik-Viewpoint

Explore the enchanting seaside Cavtat, now home to summer music festivals, once the ancient Roman city of Epidaurus, or stay on the water and explore the Adriatic Sea by Kayak or sailboat!

Day 7: Split, Croatia

Shore Excursion to the Krka Waterfalls in Croatia

Shore Excursion to the Krka Waterfalls in Croatia

Step onto the shore of Croatia, and choose which shore excursion sparks your passion. The Krka National Park in Croatia is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value, and includes one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. Eight hundred and sixty species and subspecies of plants have been identified within the territory of the Krka National Park, including several endemic species. Of course, other shore excusions include rafting the Cetina River, exploring the Silver Shore, a sea safari of Split, Trogir & Ciovo Islands, or a day to discover photography with Ivo Pervan. Which will you choose?

Day 8: Trieste, Italy

Explore the Grotto Gigante near Trieste

Explore the Borgo Grotto Gigante near Trieste

In Trieste, head underground to the Borgo Grotto Gigante, or visit the Castle of Miramare, St. Giusto Cathedral, and a walking tour of Trieste during your shore excursions.

Borgo Grotto Gigante: Explore one of the truly spectacular natural wonders of Italy during this sightseeing excursion to ‘Borgo Grotto Gigante’, a giant cave located along the Adriatic Coast (pictured above). The floor and the ceiling are covered in stalactites, stalagmites and other speleothems of all sizes. The Grotta Gigante is also an important underground and surface scientific research centre.

Castle of Miramare: Designed in the late 19th century by architect Carl Junker, the estate served as a former residence of the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Carlotta. The estate is the most famous locale on the coast of Trieste, and an integral part of the city’s landscape and history.

Day 9: Venice, Italy – Final Destination

Debark in Venice, Italy, & spend at least a few days exploring the beautiful city.

Debark in Venice, Italy, & spend at least a few days exploring the beautiful city.

While the voyage has ended, the journey has just begun! We recommend staying at least a few extra days here before traveling home or continuing on. Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you’ve seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you’ll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

Enjoy Silversea’s all-inclusive lifestyle of butler service for every suite, complimentary champagne, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, Relais & Chateaux dining and onboard gratuities, plus featured itineraries (like this one) include FREE Shore Excursions, FREE WiFi, FREE 2 Nights at a Luxury Hotel and FREE Airfare with Transfers or Upgrade to Business Class for $199 each way.

 

New to Silversea?  Ask us about our GRAND INTRODUCTION OFFER on Silversea.

For more information or to book all-inclusive Silversea contact Santa Barbara Travel

Santa Barbara: 805-966-3116 or nherrmann@sbtravel.com

Montecito: 805-969-7746 or chart@sbtravel.com

Ventura: 805-650-6999 or chendricks@sbtravel.com

Heart of Cuba 2017 Itinerary

Itinerary

Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. In the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel, this tour may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Cuba

February 9, 2017

Miami, Florida

Depart on your independent flight and arrive in Miami. Transfer to the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel for a welcome reception and special presentation by your expedition leader. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

February 10, 2017

Miami / Santa Clara, Cuba / Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos

Photo by Rich Pagen

Return to the Miami Airport for your charter flight to Santa Clara. Visit the Che Memorial, then transfer to colonial Cienfuegos—a World Heritage Site—on Cuba’s southern coast. Enjoy lunch at a bayside restaurant before checking in to Hotel La Union. This afternoon explore the historic center of town with its neoclassical architecture, the legacy of French immigrant settlers. Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir before dinner in a lovely garden setting.

 

 

February 11, 2017

Cienfuegos / Trinidad / Topes de Collantes

Cuban Local

Photo by Rich Pagen

Drive southeast to colonial Trinidad, a World Heritage Site, founded in the early 1500s. Over lunch in a paladar, a privately owned family-run restaurant, you’ll have the opportunity to hear the stories of Cuban daily life and visit local homes. As you explore the center of town, enjoy personal exchanges with shop owners, meet the artists and potters at Casa Del Alfarero Santander, and listen to live, authentic Cuban music in a popular club. Drive into the cool mountains of Sierra de Escambray for a two-night stay at Hotel Los Helechos in Topes de Collantes National Park.

 

February 12, 2017

Topes de Collantes National Park

Laced with rivers and photogenic waterfalls, this 12,500-acre park is also a wonderland of lush forests and tropical botanicals. For those interested, begin your day with a birding walk around the grounds. After breakfast, enjoy an off-road adventure through Topes de Collantes. Join a local naturalist for a forest walk and watch for such avian species as Cuban trogons and West Indian woodpeckers. Savor a traditional roast pig lunch at a farm, and a rich Cuban brew in a nearby coffee house. On the way back to your hotel, visit the Museum of Contemporary Cuban Art.

 

February 13, 2017

Trinidad / Bay of Pigs / Zapata Wetlands

Cuba Under Sail

Photo by Rich Pagen

Travel westward to the infamous Bay of Pigs on the border of the Zapata Peninsula. Join local farmer, Orlando Ramirez, for a hike to observe the endemic bee hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird. At Playa Giron visit the Bay of Pigs Museum, which offers the Cuban perspective of the historic events. This evening, discuss the importance of the Zapata Wetlands—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest wetlands in the Caribbean—with the director of Zapata National Park. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Playa Larga.

February 14, 2017

Zapata Peninsula / Boca de Guama / Viñales

The ecosystems of the Zapata Peninsula are home to more than 900 botanical species; 171 bird species; and 31 species of reptiles, including crocodiles. Early this morning join naturalists in a search for the endemic Cuban green woodpecker and the colorful Cuban parrot. Continue to the Korimakao Project, which nurtures the talents of some of Cuba’s finest musicians, dancers, and artists, and present a gift of art supplies to director Hilda Tamayo. At Boca de Guama learn about Cuban crocodile conservation efforts during a boat excursion on Treasure Lake, then drive to the Viñales Valley in Pinar Del Rio Province, stopping to visit a local tobacco farming family to witness the process of creating Cuba’s legendary cigars. Check in to Hotel Las Jazmines for the next two nights.

 

February 15, 2017

Viñales 

Explore the World Heritage Site of Viñales Valley, punctuated with mogote—karst outcroppings. In a huge limestone cave board a boat for a ride on the interior river. At lunch savor vegetables grown at an organic farm while meeting the family responsible for the land; afterwards, walk an easy trail to look for the endemic Cuban solitaire. In the small town of Viñale visit a private botanical garden, then browse a local bodega where residents shop with their ration books. This evening’s restaurant is located at the colorful Mural de la Prehistoria.

 

February 16

Viñales / Soroa / Las Terrazas / Havana

Soroa

Photo by Rich Pagen

Drive into the mountains of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Sierra Del Rosario, to visit the lush orchid gardens of Soroa, accompanied by local botanists. Watch for such bird species as great lizard cuckoos and Cuban grassquits. In nearby Las Terrazas, learn about daily life from the farmers and business owners of this planned eco-community. Continue to the outskirts of Havana to pay homage to Ernest Hemingway at his remarkably preserved home, Finca Vigia, and discuss his life with Cuban Hemingway experts. Follow oceanfront Malecon Avenue and see famed Revolution Square before arriving at Hotel Melia Cohiba, where you will spend the next three nights.

 

February 17, 2017

 Havana
Begin your exploration of authentic Old Havana, a World Heritage Site, at the Belen Convent to learn about neighborhood social projects and enjoy personal exchanges with senior citizens and children participating in program activities. Walk the historic streets, stopping to visit local artists in their studios and at the Havana Library, to present a gift of children’s books. After lunch mingle with the locals in an art market along the harbor. This evening, you have the option to watch a show by the famed Buena Vista Social Club at nearby Café Taberna.

February 18, 2017

Havana 

Meet with staff from the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity to learn about its mission of environmental education and protection of Cuba’s delicate ecosystem, particularly the coral reefs. After lunch in the garden of the iconic Hotel Nacional visit the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former presidential palace. Gather for a final trip recap, then enjoy a special farewell dinner.

February 19, 2017

Havana / Miami, Florida

Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Miami, and connect with your independent homeward flight.

Would you love to hear more?

Contact our Cuba expert, Andrew, by calling 805.969.7746 or emailing him directly at aseligman@sbtravel.com

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Discover the World Through Abercrombie & Kent

We love working with companies that make travel elegant, seamless, and awe-inspiring.  Abercrombie & Kent delivers incredible experiences, every time, in the world’s greatest destinations. Every review from our clients has been raving! We highly recommend them for family trips. Whatever sparks your sense of adventure, with Abercrombie & Kent you are in good hands. Below are some highlights from trips all around the world.
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Australia

Funlom Falls Water Hole, Kakadu National Park

Funlom Falls waterhole, Kakadu National Park

paddleboarding lizard island

Paddle Boarding Lizard Island, Australia

whale shark ningaloo reef

Swim with Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Atacamba Desert, Chile

Atacamba Desert, Chile

Chile houses on water

Houses on the Water, Chile

Thailand

thailand beach

Boat Ride to Beach in Thailand

Thailand Maeklong railway market

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

Puripunn Chiang Mai, Thailand

Puripunn Chiang Mai, Thailand

To learn more about Abercrombie & Kent, join us at our event on Wednesday, April 27th!

You may also email Erin at ezetter@sbtravel.com or call 805.969.7746 to discuss the possibilities!

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ASIA, AFRICA AND BEYOND

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau presents Abercrombie & Kent and Clare Swan

April 17, 2016  –  Join us for an evening of information and adventure as we explore the world in all its elegance and grace with the foremost luxury tour company, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K).  With expertise in not only luxury but culture, wildlife and history as well, Abercrombie & Kent reveals your destination with an authenticity beyond the reach of any other travel company.  Founded 53 years ago in Africa, A&K creates inspiring journeys to over 100 countries on all 7 continents.  Journeys can range from safari, expedition, private jet, cruises to tailor made travel.  A&K Sales Director Southwest, Debbie Hellman, will share a compelling visual presentation on popular as well as emerging destinations and unique worldwide experiences.  Additionally, Clare Swan, of Montecito’s premier luggage boutique of the same name, will present how to pack light, travel smart and look great, in addition to showcasing some of her Montecito lifestyle collections for Women and Men in the Spirit of Travel.  The event will be held on

Wednesday, April 27

from 6pm – 7pm

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau’s Montecito office

1485 East Valley Road, Upper Village

Due to limited space, RSVP is required.  To RSVP or for more information on this event, contact Santa Barbara Travel: 805-969-7746 orezetter@sbtravel.com

 

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is the premier travel company in the Santa Barbara & Ventura area, specializing in corporate & leisure travel as well as meeting, group and event coordination.  As a member in the by-invitation-only Virtuoso luxury travel network, clients can enjoy a host of unique travel opportunities and exclusive added-value benefits, in addition to having access to the world’s best tour companies, hotels and cruise lines. In business since 1947, the company is privately owned by Charles and David de L’Arbre. Three office locations are in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Ventura.

Advisor Pick: Finca Cortesin in Spain

Are you looking for a destination that suits both of you? The Finca Cortesin is a beautiful hotel and award-winning golf course in Southern Spain, with luxurious amenities for both the avid golfer, and serious spa-goer. We love the luscious greens, the golden sun of the Mediterranean, and the temperate climate year-round.
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Hotel Finca Cortesin is designed to enchant every one of the senses. The hotel’s fresh but grand design is inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and gives every area a big, bright and luxuriously spacious feel that is so rare in Europe. Built around two principle courtyards with palatial proportions, the hotel has 67 large, luminous and exquisitely designed suites with lofty ceilings.

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For the couples who love to travel together, but enjoy different activities, the Finca Cortesin has plenty for both of you. Spend the day golfing, or enjoy a day at the Spa or at the luxurious pool enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

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The open spaces are luxurious and comfortable, influenced by the Andalusian style, which honors Moroccan architecture. Pick your space, and relax with a book or cocktail.
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The golf course is world-class, and so is the spa. The size will surprise– it comprises of 3 specific areas for face and body treatments, massages, thermal baths with indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, plus male, female, and unisex lounges. Be prepared to enjoy an experience of contrasting sensations, with saunas, turkish baths, showers and relaxation lounge; additionally and located within the unisex area, guests can benefit from the use of a Japanese bath with waters maintained at a constant 10ºC and a -12º snow cabin, unique in Spain.

finca cortesin ice cave spa

 

When it comes to dining, El Jardín de Lutz, awarded with a “Sun in the Repsol Guide”, offers a relaxed yet elegant ambiance for guests who prefer a more traditional Spanish cuisine. In its interior, the restaurant showcases tall ceilings, clay tiled floors, antiques and Portuguese painted tiles. In the outdoor space, the restaurant features a spectacular terrace with views to the Mediterranean and picturesque gardens filled with 1000-year old olive trees. This elegant backdrop creates the perfect setting to enjoy the world of flavors that Spanish cuisine has to offer; with a menu that targets traditional simplicity with a dynamic precision on the palate.

finca cortisin el jardin restaurant

At the end of the day, enjoy a drink at this beautiful bar/lounge area and revel in the magic of your day in Spain.

finca cortesin bar

To hear more about the Finca Cortesin in Spain, call Sheree Peterson Huerta in our downtown office at 805.966.3116 ext 102 or email Sheree at  speterson@sbtravel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Fare Rule Change

From Santa Barbara Travel –

Last week United, American and Delta Airlines made fundamental changes to their fare rules that may have a significant impact on travelers and the cost of airline travel.  The rule change affects the combinability of fares when connecting through an intermediate city, open jaw itineraries, or multi-city trips.  The net effect of this rule change is to increase the price of tickets by restricting the  ability to break fares in connecting cities.  The easiest way to explain this change is the following:

 Old system: A passenger is traveling between Los Angeles and New York City and connecting through Chicago.  Under the old system we could combine a LAX-Chicago fare with a Chicago-New York fare on the same ticket, which could result in a lower fare than the published LAX-New York fare.

New system: It is no longer possible to combine a LAX-Chicago fare with a Chicago-New York fare on the same ticket.

The consequences of this policy change are far from clear.  For many years it was a given that taking a connecting flight was frequently less expensive than traveling non-stop.  The reason for that was the combinability of lower fares through connecting cities.  Under these new rules that assumption may no longer apply.

The rule change affects all distribution channels – airline websites, online travel agencies, and travel agencies and travel management companies.  It will take skilled travel advisors to construct solutions to this new challenge.  Online agencies are going to feel the biggest impact of this change.

If you are booking through Concur or GetThere, or another online channel outside of Santa Barbara Travel, we recommend that you check with one of our travel advisors for a price comparison.

Below is United’s explanation of this rule change:Domestic Fare Rule Change1
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For more information, you can contact Santa Barbara Travel – 805-966-3116.