Bloggers in Paradise, Cancun, Mexico

Saturday December 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM | 2 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun, Mexico

Hola, estoy en Cancun, Mexico at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. I’m a guest of the resort as part of a “Nine Bloggers in Paradise” trip. Marriott has nine different resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean and they invited nine travel bloggers to experience the resort and tweet about their impressions. A clever idea, indeed.

The resorts are offering several limited time offer specials. Cancun Resort and Spa guests receive 40% off Club 91 rates. That’s a good deal for families, because Club 91, a ”boutique hotel” within the resort, offers familes numerous small meal options included with the price. The Spa is also offering several packages during the holidays.

The Pumpkin Package includes a 25 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, in addition to a 50 minute pumpkin facial for $155 USD. The Xocoatl Package starts with a 50 minute Swedish massage with chocolate oil, followed by a 25 minute facial, also for $155 USD. Spa Director Wdson Brum has put together a wonderful spa experience; there’s even a kid’s and teen spa menu available.

Still undecided where to go for the holidays? Visit the “Shake Up Paradise” website – click on the resort of our choce, shake the snow globe and your special offer will appear.

Follow me on Twitter for my tweets, pictures and YouTube videos of the trip. All nine bloggers will be tweeting throughout the trip using the hashtag #BlogParadise. If you’d like to check out where the other eight bloggers are headed, follow the links to their blogs shown below:

Barbara Weibel is at Marriott’s Curacao Beach Resort and Emerald Casino. (Thanks for putting this list together, Barbara)
Blog: Hole In The Donut Twitter: @holeinthedonut

Lisa Overman is checking out Aruba Renaissance Resort
Blog: Twitter: @islandstyle29

Aaron Hotfelder is discovering the Aruba Marriott Resort
Blog: Twitter: @aaronhotfelder

Pam Mandel is taking photographs at  Casa Magna Cancun Resort in Mexico
Blog: Twitter: @nerdseyeview

Chris Gray is on St. Kitts Marriott
Blog: Twitter: @caroundtheworld

Robin Locker landed at Grand Cayman Marriott Resort
Blog: Twitter: @mymelange

Julie Schwietert is at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Blog: Twitter: @collazoprojects

Charyn Pfeuffer is tweeting from CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa in Mexico
Blog: Twitter: @global_gourmet

Adios, Cancun, Mexico y muchas gracias por un buen tiempo. By the way, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is also on Twitter.

Goodbye, Cancun, Mexico and many thanks for a good time.

What are your favorite things to do in Cancun, Mexico?

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Things to Do in Cancun, Mexico

JW Marriott’s Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

What’s New in Napa Valley

Monday December 14, 2009 at 7:07 AM | 1 Comment

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

Castello di Amorosa photo by Nancy D. BrownThrough my travel writing at Uptake, I was invited to do a podcast on my three day road trip to Napa Valley. Addison Scholand from IAG, a travel and aviation consulting company, interviewed me about a "Drive in Napa Valley."



This Napa Valley podcast is about 12 minutes long and touchs on:


  • Avia Napa – a new boutique hotel located in downtown Napa, California
  • Greenhaus Day Spa- try the Royal Bamboo massage
  • Black Stallion Winery – on Napa's Silverado Trail
  • Pink Mansion – Calistoga Bed and Breakfast
  • Solbar – Solage Calistoga's Michelin Star Restaurant
  • Twomey Cellars – Silver Oak Cellars kid-sister
  • Castello di Amorosa – Calistoga's Tuscan Castle in Napa Valley

For those of you involved with social media, you can find these contacts on Facebook and Twitter:

Black Stallion Winery on Twitter

Castello di Amorosa on Twitter

SolageCalistoga on Twitter and Facebook

What a Trip on Twitter



Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa – Lahaina, Hawaii

Friday December 11, 2009 at 5:05 PM | 3 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

Snow on Mount DiabloThere is snow on Mount Diablo! For all of my Northern California readers, you know this is a rare occurrence. It's downright freezing in Contra Costa County!

With temperatures recording record lows in California, you might be thinking about a warm weather destination for the winter holidays.

Personally, I'll be heading to Cancun, Mexico next week to stay at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, located off the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula.

If you like balmy weather, warm water for snorkeling, standup paddling, surfing and diving or simply snoozing on a lani while listening to the sound of the waves lapping sparkling sands, then Maui is calling you.

Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, Lahaina, HawaiiI had a chance to stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa last June. What's new at the Sheraton? The Spa at Black Rock offers an indoor, outdoor type of experience, as the rooms are not completely closed in. I enjoyed listening to the surf and birds twittering in the background.

Speaking of twittering, follow the Sheraton's Twitter link for updates on the Sheraton, Maui. You can find "What a Trip" on twitter, too.

Are you heading anywhere for the holidays?

Mount Diablo photo courtesy of Amber Wheable. Sheraton Maui photo by Nancy D. Brown

Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa 1 (866) 716-8109

2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761