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The Difference Between Montage Palmetto Bluff and The Cloister at Sea Island

The Difference Between Montage Palmetto Bluff and The Cloister at Sea Island

MARIA DIEGO

A Diego Travel agency and Virtuoso client favorite domestic destination has always been both Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and The Cloister and The Lodge of Sea Island, Georgia – two luxury resorts that parallel in both style, size, and type of clientele that visit both resorts.  If you are undecided between which of these Virtuoso vacation properties might be right for you, we are here to point you in the right direction.  In addition to helping our clients navigate the differences between these two luxury resorts, as a proud affiliate of Departure Lounge, we also offer our clients many benefits in booking with Diego Travel at both hotels.

  • Resort Credit added to your stay
  • Daily complimentary breakfast (for 2 people per room)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Priority room upgrade when available
  • Personalized trip planning to make the most out of your vacation (when utilizing our trip planning service)
  • Custom Diego Travel welcome box with goodies for new clients who opt to utilize our trip planning service

Both Montage Palmetto Bluff and Sea Island are the perfect destinations for a family vacation, a multi-generational vacation that includes grandparents, parents, kids, aunts, uncles, etc, a girlfriends spa getaway, a domestic honeymoon, or even to host your large corporate group or event.  So how do you know which property is right for you?  Well, that is what we are here for, to break down the two.

Getting There

Montage Palmetto Bluffs closest airport is Savannah, Georgia, but you can also fly into Hilton Head, which are about a 35 minute drive to the property (airport codes HHH or HXD).  To get to Sea Island, Georgia, you would fly into either Jacksonville, Florida or Savannah, Georgia, and will be about 45-55 minutes from Sea Island.  If you plan to fly private, there are FBOs very close to either property, BQK for Sea Island, which will put you at about a 5-10 minute drive.

How to Get to Montage Palmetto Bluff and Sea Island

  • 32.208,-80.8843

    Montage Palmetto Bluff

  • 31.2002,-81.3332

    Sea Island, Georgia

    Sea Island, Georgia

Why you should plan a trip to:

Montage Palmetto Bluff Waterways

Montage Palmetto Bluff

  • There are 200 guest accommodations/rooms at Montage Palmetto Bluff, along with residences that are part of the resorts rental program (they are privately owned, but fully serviced).
  • Rooms range from a Forest View King without Balcony (which you will never be in if you book your stay with Diego Travel, as you get upgrade at time of booking) in the Main Inn to 5-bedroom residences.
  • Montage Palmetto Bluff offers tennis, golf, biking, and boating, among other activities.
  • There are 8 dining experiences and 3 different pools.
  • Activities include cycling, horseback riding, hiking, boating, water and paddle sports, fly-fishing, bird-watching, sporting clays, carriage rides and archery.

Sunset The Lodge at Sea Island

Sea Island

  • Sea Island also has 200 guest room accommodations, plus many vacation home rentals.
  • Rooms range from River View King rooms in the Cloister to 4-5 Bedroom residences at The Lodge.  Privately-owned residences can be rented through the Sea Island Cottage Rental program, which you can find more information on my blog here.
  • Sea Island has something for everyone, with exclusive adults-only areas if you want to experience a romantic honeymoon, to accommodations for multi-generational families
  • The 65,000-square-foot Forbes Five Star Spa at Sea Island is far superior to the spa experience at Montage Palmetto Bluff, so if this is important to you, then opt for Sea Island.
  • Activities include diverse activities like tennis and squash, destination picnics, fitness classes, five miles of private beach, bike riding, 3 world-class golf courses and home to the PGA Tours RSM Classic, sporting clays, and sport shooting at the nearby Broadfield property, fishing, boating, water and paddle sports, along with many culinary experiences.

What Is The Highlight at:

Palmetto Bluff vs Sea Island

Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff is situated along a winding wetlands in the picturesque town of Palmetto Bluff, a one-stop-shop for convenience for the whole family.  You dont need to leave the community throughout your entire stay, as they offer a variety of restaurants, biking, horseback riding, shooting, golfing, fishing and boating.  Though if you want to, youre a short drive to Savannah and Hilton Head.  The best part of our time at Montage Palmetto Bluff was getting out on the water by boat, and exploring the different islands.

Palmetto Bluff vs Sea Island

Sea Island

Sea Island is an oceanfront front private island, unlike Palmetto Bluff which is located along a delta. To access Sea Island you must be a guest or home owner, which makes it a slightly more exclusive experience. Sea Island has a beautiful long beach and offers a broad range of activities including biking, golfing, shooting, paddleboarding, horseback riding, fishing and boating. In addition to several on property restaurants, there are many dining and shopping options at nearby St Simons island.

Who Should Visit?

Montage Palmetto Bluff Pool

Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff is a great destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in southern charm and enjoy winding waterways that frame this picturesque destination. Outdoor enthusiast can explore miles of bike and walking trails, go horseback riding, play tennis or explore miles of waterways by boat.

 Palmetto Bluff is ideal for large, traditional family gatherings, or a romantic escape for couples who are just looking to disconnect to reconnect.  We saw a bit of everything from couples, to bachelorette/girlfriends gatherings, to families with young children and grandparents.  Because they have accommodations for everyone, it makes it very easy.

Sea Island

Sea Island

Sea Island offers miles of uncrowded beaches at the Beach Club, secluded hunting at Broadfield, world class golfing at the Lodge and old world charm and elegance at the Cloister.

While youll find everyone from families with small children, to couples celebrating their anniversary, to newlyweds on their honeymoon, Sea Island has an accommodation that will work best for you.  If you choose to celebrate your honeymoon here, youll be joining 40,000 other couples who have done so (including my grandparents!).  I would never place honeymooners in the Beach Club, just like I would not likely place a family with small children in the rooms at the Lodge.  Its best to consult with me in order to select the right fit for you.

Need Help Deciding Which One Is Right For You?

We are always here to walk our clients through questions, itineraries, and custom trip planning. If you really cant decide which property youll enjoy more, then we say why not enjoy both?! We have planned trips for families to enjoy one property for 3-4 nights and then drive to the other property for 3-4 nights to experience the best of both worlds. You can easily spend a few days at each, but keep in mind that during peak seasons, youll want to book well in advance for getting your top choice of accommodations at both Sea Island and Montage Palmetto Bluff. You can schedule a call to answer any questions and start planning your next escape to Montage Palmetto Bluff or Sea Island. We cant wait to make your stay extra special!


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Presenting our November local business Buzz winner!

Our Local Business Buzz winner for November is Maria Diego of Diego Travel. After thirteen years in the travel industry, Maria and her husband Miguel started their own travel firm in 2019. They are luxury travel advisors who work with clients and families across our community and from many different schools. Maria loves getting to know people and understanding their stories to better curate travel that speaks to their souls. Her passion is creating unforgettable experiences that turn into life-long memories. Maria also works closely with the C4 Foundation, a non-profit that is near and dear to her heart. The foundation supports Navy SEALS and their families, and Maria assists with their travel needs. Visit Diego Travel’s website to learn more about their services. Maria is eager to save you time while helping you to have the best vacation of your life!

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Hotel Review: Terranea Luxury Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes California

Hotel Review

Terranea Luxury Resort, Ranchos Palos Verdes California

A luxury oceanfront resort that embodies the California lifestyle and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Southern California coast
MARIA DIEGO

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and laidback Californian lifestyle at this coastal resort, less than one hour from Downtown L.A. This Mediterranean inspired luxury hotel offers guests award-winning amenities, luxurious accommodation and a captivating range of activities and adventures for the whole family to enjoy across this 102-acre hidden gem in Southern California. 

Perfect For: Families | Couples | Business Meetings | Team Builder Days | Outdoor and Nature Lovers | Sustainability-Focused Travelers | LA Residents wanting to escape the city

  • 33.7384,-118.3978

    Terranea Resort

  • 33.9417,-118.41

    LAX

Location: Terranea is located in Rancho Palos Verdes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, also known for the Rolling Hills Estates.

Getting ThereTerranea can be reached in under one hour from L.A. and LAX, being situated 17 miles south of LAX  or 24 miles from Long Beach Airport.

Terranea Palos Verdes Vibe

Vibe: Terranea truly is one of the best-kept secrets on the Southern California coast. The resort effortlessly combines sophisticated relaxation with adventure experiences so you truly feel like you’ve escaped day-to-day life to experience something extraordinary. The resort embodies what they call ‘Terranealife’, an immersive Californian experience of adventure, relaxation, great food and incredible attention to detail across its amenities and accommodation. This really is a Mediterranean escape in the heart of the West Coast.

Accomodations: Across the 102-acre resort, Terranea offers four accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, plus an exclusive villa option for an unparalleled luxury vacation experience.

Terranea Bathrooms

Guestrooms: These spacious rooms come with a private balcony offering views of the Pacific Ocean, Pool views or Garden views. Designed with relaxation in mind, all guestrooms come with one king-size bed or two double beds, walk-in showers, flatscreen TV and luxury bathroom amenities provided. With the two double beds option, these rooms can sleep up to 4.

Suites: Every suite comes with a separate living room, a fully stocked pantry and a bar, all with sweeping ocean views. Ground floor suites open onto the beautifully manicured lawns. Covering 900-2,200sq ft, suites are the ideal option if you want your own private space to relax and unwind.

Terranea Suites

Bungalows: Designed to give you that home-away-from-home feeling, yet completely immersed in luxury, the bungalows can all be found along the ocean’s edge and boast upgraded amenities, four-poster beds, fireplaces, an outdoor firepit and they’re adults-only, providing the ultimate escape for couples to unwind and feel rejuvenated on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean. Bungalows can sleep up to 6 adults.

Casitas: Curating the subtle Mediterranean vibes of Terranea, these residential-style accommodations are perfect for family getaways, multi-generational family trips or groups. Casitas come with king beds, large kitchen and dining rooms, a private balcony or patio and sleep up to 8.

Terranea Casitas

Villas: For a totally secluded, exclusive experience, the villas at Terranea resort are the ultimate in individualized vacation experiences, with world-class amenities, and a completely private and secluded location on the resort. Villas come with up to three bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, a private outdoor hot tub, spacious kitchen, dining and living areas, plus a large terrace and one or two-car garages.

Food and Beverage: With an incredible nine dining options to choose from, there is something to suit everyone, every meal, every occasion or dietary requirement. Solviva embodies the resort’s focus on sustainability, with a range of dishes using locally sourced and sustainably grown produce.

Mar’sel offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and is perfect for a romantic evening dinner, while the Catalina Kitchen and Bashi offer more modern, lively and authentic dishes. For something more casual, Nelson’s is a favorite with guests for the beautiful location on the cliffs above the ocean and the simple, surfside vibe. Sea Beans Cafe and the grill by the pool are great for light bites throughout the day.

The Lobby Bar & Lounge is the perfect sophisticated and intimate way to end your night, with cozy fireside seating or al fresco spots with ocean views. Here you can enjoy craft cocktails and a range of wine and beers.

Wellness: The Spa at Terranea embraces and captivates the energy of the resort’s location by the ocean and within nature. With a range of spa treatments offered by this multi-award-winning spa, you can’t go wrong with choosing a treatment here. 

As part of the wellness offering, the resort fitness centre offers a fully equipped indoor gym and spa pool, plus activities for guests to enjoy including spin sessions, seaside yoga, seaside cycling and stretching. 

Spa at Terranea

Paddle boarding at Terranea

Activities: Terranea is a real standout resort when it comes to the activities on offer and it would be impossible to recap them all here! Terranea activities are notable because there is so much to do to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, complete relaxation, family activities or kids experiences.

The Links Golf Course is one of Terranea’s crowning jewels, being one of the country’s top-rated championship 9-hole golf courses, you can easily spend the afternoon on the course by the ocean.

For those looking for a more active and adventurous getaway, let the resort help you book hiking excursions, horseback adventures, stand up paddleboarding, ocean kayaking or surfing lessons. There’s also a range of tour options available including guided ocean kayaking, whale watching tours or full- or half-day fishing excursions.

Of course, Terranea is all about luxury and relaxation, so don’t miss the chance to book a private cabana and spend the day relaxing by one of the resort’s four pools. Or perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the resort’s exclusive selection of retail stores. Terranea is the opportunity to embrace the slower pace of life with a stroll along the beach, taking in the turquoise blue ocean and soaking in the sun on the property’s beach loungers.

There’s a great selection for the kids too, from archery and falconry experiences to tide pool adventures and pony rides. There’s also a children’s discovery club throughout the week.

What sets it apart: A huge factor that sets Terranea apart is its commitment and transparency towards sustainability. The resort is committed to protecting the landscape and nature in which it sits and is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint throughout the resort. The resort’s food waste recycling program supports their “20/20/20” goal, a pledge to reduce energy and water usage by 20% and send only 20% of its total waste to the landfill, all by the year 2020. 

The resort donates unused toiletries to the Midnight Mission charity (nearly 300lbs in 1 month!). The resort also collaborates with Chefs to End Hunger to redistribute prepared food to local food agencies serving meals to those in need. 

All this led to the resort being named the Platinum Adrian Award winner for Leader in Sustainable Tourism by National Geographic and HSMAI. The resort also earned the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Award for Good Earthkeeping.

Terranea Landscaping
Terranea Bouganvillea

How much does Terranea cost?

There is a range of accommodation options to suit various budgets and desired vacation experiences. 

Prices start from $500 per night for guestrooms and up to $2,700 per night for three-bedroom casitas.

The resort also offers member prices for a reduced rate on their accommodation options as well as packages such as The Golf Links package to include two rounds of golf and two breakfasts with your stay.  

Diego Travel Loves: There are some things in life that words can’t describe. The experience of Terranea is one of them. From the vast range of activities to the attention to detail in the accommodation and dining experiences, each vacation here is tailored to you.

Terranea Paddleboarding
Diego Travel Extras at Terranea

Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel in 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for two guests per bedroom served in Catalina Kitchen or In-Room dining (up to $60 credit)
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Coastal Escape: Enjoy a Southern California vacation at Terranea and save up to 15% off our Best Available Rate. Escape for a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay. There is plenty to do outdoors such as hiking, open-air painting by the sea, archery, stand up paddleboarding, and more. Enjoy adventures by land and sea, a round of golf at The Links, or any of our dining offerings. Book and stay through September 15, 2021; Subject to minimum night stay. Offer subject to availability. Not valid for group bookings of 10 rooms or more.
    • Book 3 Nights and get the 4th free! – Plan an incredible oceanfront getaway at Los Angeles’ hidden gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Enjoy plenty of time to discover, relax, and explore the unparalleled natural habitat of the Southern California coast. Book 3 nights and receive the 4th night free! If you book by September 6, 2021. Valid for stays May 26, 2021, until September 30, 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and may contain blackout dates. Not Valid for 10 or more rooms. Not valid for Ocean Front Rooms and Ocean Front Suites and Villas. Valid for consecutive days.
    • Stay More, Save More – Rediscover more summer, more savings, and more Terranea. Enjoy more time to experience all that Terranea has to offer on the Southern California coast. 
      • Stay 3 nights and receive 15% off 
      • Stay 4 nights and receive 25% off 
      • Stay 5 nights or more and receive 35% off 
      • Book by Sep 30th for travel through Dec 23, 2021.
      • Thursday-Friday arrivals will not be eligible for the 3-night stay offer. 

    * Excludes oceanfront rooms and oceanfront suites and all villas. All packages are subject to minimum night stay, blackout dates and availability. Not valid for group bookings of 10 rooms or more.

    Terranea Insider Tips:

    Don’t miss the opportunity to book an archery lesson during your stay at Terranea. Not only will  you find no better setting than the sandy cove overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but you will not find a better instructor that Terranea’s very own USA Olympic archery team medalist. 

    Olympic Archery Lessons at Terranea

    Summary of Our Stay at Terranea:

    After a week-long road trip down the Southern California coast, Terranea Resort was our final stop at the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Even though it is just 20 miles south of LAX, it might just be considered a hidden gem of California, with sweeping views across the Pacific Ocean. The waves crashing against the tall cliffs is mesmerizing, and the mist that hovers over the peninsula somehow reminded me of time spent in Ireland. I made this comment to Valerie, the sales director for Terranea during our site tour, and she said that the owners built it in a way that was actually inspired by the Amalfi coast. Okay, two different countries, but both with impressively tall cliffs and gorgeous ocean views. You get the picture.

    Terranea Beach

    This was a multi-generational trip for us, which has become increasingly popular during the pandemic and I think will continue to be a travel trend going forward. What does that mean? Grandparents, parents, kids, and maybe aunts, uncles and cousins joining in too. Truth be told, after a week in the car together, we all needed some extra space, and Terranea delivers just that. They have bungalows, casitas and villas, all with exterior entrances, kitchen, washer/dryer, and all the comforts of home. So whether you are staying over a weekend like we did, or a month, you could literally make yourself at home, comfortably and easily with very large groups.

    Terranea Slide

    We arrived in the late afternoon, and our 3-bedroom oceanside casita had a huge grassy area in front of our ground floor patio that overlooked the ocean. There were no steep edges, so the kids were able to run around and chase the hundreds of wild rabbits that made their home in the foxtails. While they played on the grass and sunset approached, I set up with my laptop (per usual) at the outdoor covered table and was able to work with the most breathtaking view. To me, our accommodation was the best on property, because we had privacy, amazing views, and that grassy area for the kids. And the beauty was that it could be converted into a 1 or 2 bedroom as well. Terranea delivers on flexibility.

    Terranea Rancho Palos Verdes

    ​For breakfast we walked down to Catalina Kitchen, one of their 7 restaurants on property, where we took advantage of our included breakfast which you’ll always receive when you book with Diego Travel. After breakfast, the kids bee-lined it to the main family pool, one of four pools, just in time for the sun to peak out from behind the clouds, so they did a few circuits down the water slide until it was time to head down to the beach where we had a private lesson set up with the resort’s professional archery coaches, Bob and his daughter, Brooklyn. It was this experience that really set this property apart for me as a travel advisor, and someone who has seen literally hundreds of luxury hotels and resorts. The setup is right in front of the ocean along these massive cliffs, and they have the whole area roped off for you to practice a really fun sport in the most amazing setting. And yes, you can set up a proposal after an archery lesson too. Lots of adults sign up and I highly recommend the activity for a fun date night. At any rate, it was the highlight of our stay, along with the hikes we took along the nature trails around the property.

    La Samanna Beach

    The property is quite massive with so many different room/villa categories, and also so many different activities and dining options to choose from. I highly recommend setting up a call to discuss which one would be right for you, and reserving your activities and dining in advance. I did not take this advice, and missed out on the opportunity to enjoy the spa while there because I didn’t reserve in advance. I was incredibly impressed with how beautiful the area was, and wish we had stayed a little longer to be able to participate in the activities like kayaking, visiting the natural tide pools, more extensive hiking up to the lighthouse, and star gazing. We will definitely be back! And if you plan to go, be sure to reach out to book your stay with Diego Travel to receive your exclusive offers that Terranea often has for our clients, and so that we can VIP you and add on those additional amenities like resort credit and complimentary daily breakfast.

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    5 Romantic Hotels and Resorts to Visit This Fall

    5 ROMANTIC HOTELS AND RESORTS TO VISIT THIS FALL

    MARIA DIEGO

    Are you looking for a romantic getaway this fall? Whether you want to enjoy the cooler temperatures and get cozy by the fire, or escape the cold weather and head to a warmer climate, we’ve hand-picked our 5 top hotels and resorts for a romantic honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just a weekend escape with your honey. For every pick, we’ve provided similar alternatives in case your chosen hotel no longer has availability. As a Virtuoso travel agency, Diego Travel adds value and additional amenities to your stay every time. Contact us here to get started planning your romantic vacation!

    Twin Farms Vermont

    1. Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont

    Tucked away into 300 rolling acres of Vermont countryside, you’ll feel like you’re world’s away with your significant other while staying at Twin Farms. Twin Farms is an adults-only property that lends itself to being my #1 choice for a romantic weekend destination this fall in the United States. Unfortunately, availability is limited, as they have a limited number of luxurious cottages and suites, each uniquely appointed. Guests at Twin Farms return again and again, oftentimes with a favorite cottage that needs to be requested far in advance. This all-inclusive property is a not-to-be-missed experience, perfect for a honeymoon or special anniversary trip and perfect for those who don’t want to travel internationally right now.
     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Since all rooms are unique and clients may have specific preferences, they will be shown the room booked for them but given the choice of an upgrade)
    • Full Breakfast (included in the rates)
    • Twin Farms Farm-to-Table Gift Set (value of $140 USD)
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    43.7252,-72.5892

    Twin Farms Vermont

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    Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London

    2. Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London

    The Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park is one of London’s leading hotels, situated in the perfect quiet location in front of Royal Park yet steps from the buzz of central Knightsbridge. The hotel underwent a multi-million-dollar extensive renovation during the pandemic, reopened and ready to welcome guests with the most beautiful décor and impeccable service. After a long closure, the UK is open and ready to welcome American travelers again, and what better place to celebrate with your loved one than London?

     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room to room and suite to suite)
    • Daily Continental Breakfast for two guests per bedroom, in restaurant 
    • 100 GBP Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding Dinner by Heston Blumenthal)
    • 4PM late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Virtuoso Exclusive Hotel Offers  

    Enjoy savings of up to 20% off our Best Available Rates, valid through December 31, 2021, and combinable with the exclusive amenities above.

    51.521,-0.159307

    Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London

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    Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

    3. Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

    The Highland Course at Primland is the #8 best 18-hole golf course in the United States, and a highlight of your stay at this Auberge Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not only can you reconnect with nature’s beauty outdoors while playing golf, Primland Resort offers a wellness program that includes nature hikes, forest bathing, meditation and yoga. Other activities include horseback riding, star gazing, and catch and release fly fishing in the gorgeous nearby rivers. If you want less activity and just to reconnect with each other, Primland Resort offers an amazing culinary experience and wines from local vineyards. Accommodations include staying in The Lodge, cottages and even tree houses, making it the ideal property whether you’re going away for a weekend for 2, or wanting to plan a corporate retreat full of team-building activities.
     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability at time of check-in
    • Daily full Breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in Elements restaurant
    • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Custom Welcome Amenity and Turn Down
    • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Virtuoso Exclusive Hotel Offers  

    Third Night Complimentary

    Valid for Travel Now Through 16 Dec 2021. Book By 12 Dec 2021

    Stay two nights at Primland, an Auberge Resorts Collection, and receive the third night complimentary. Offer is available on multi-room bookings and all room categories.

    Offer is valid on new bookings only, and subject to availability and blackout dates.

    Increased Resort Credit

    Valid for Travel 02 Jan 2022 – 31 Mar 2022. Book By 29 Mar 2022

    An increased resort credit of $150 will be offered in addition to standard Virtuoso amenities.

    Two night minimum stay required.

    Subject to availability.

    36.5714,-80.4103

    Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

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    Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County

    4. Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County

    Wine country has been at the top of our client requests for anniversary trips, honeymoons, and girlfriend getaways. There are a lot of great hotels in Sonoma and Napa Valley, but few come close to the intimate, boutique experience that is offered at the Farmhouse Inn. I love the personalized concierge service, the complimentary afternoon wine tastings, and the delicious food they have on property. As a travel advisor, we can curate a long weekend to fit your exact needs for the perfect mix of activity, wine tasting, and fine dining, and ensuring your experience goes smoothly from start to finish.
     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily Full breakfast for two guests per bedroom (up to $50 daily breakfast credit) 
    • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Complimentary hand curated wine tasting itineraries to the top 25 hand selected winery partners in Sonoma with all fees waived, VIP access and membership benefits as a guest of Farmhouse. 
    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      38.4735,-122.89

      Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County

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      Amangiri in Utah

      5. Amangiri in Utah

      Amangiri might just be the hottest ticket and exclusive resort in the United States. Aman Hotels have always been synonymous with ultra-luxury within the travel industry’s jet-set elite and in-the-know. With the pandemic, Amangiri soared to the spotlight as a destination that could provide distance and security without sacrificing first-class service. If you haven’t had the chance to stay in an Aman hotel, I suggest booking one now, particularly if you’re looking for a reason to celebrate or want to make your honeymoon or anniversary trip over-the-top special. As an Aman preferred partner, our clients will get priority for upgrades, and I’ve been known to get my clients into sold-out situations.

       When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
      • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
      • Daily continental breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
      • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay, applicable towards incidentals (excludes alcohol & boutique, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
      • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

        37.0239,-111.6293

        Amangiri Utah

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        5 Romantic Hotels and Resorts to Visit This Fall

        5 Romantic Hotels and Resorts to Visit This Fall

        I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our top hotels and resorts for a romantic getaway or weekend escape.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to schedule a call with me, so that I can match you with an ideal destination that fits both your travel style and budget.  We’re also always looking for new places to recommend to our clients.  What’s been your favorite romantic hotel or resort and why?  Drop us your recommendation in the comments below.

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        September 23, 2021
        By Blane Bachelor

        The announcement that vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed back into the US in November after an 18-month ban was welcome news for families struggling with cross-border separations, airlines itching to relaunch long-haul routes, and eager tourists and industry insiders. … But as excited as US-bound travelers may be to reunite with loved ones, attend an IRL business conference or snap selfies in front of landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, they should be equally prepared for a travel experience that’s vastly different these days — and still constantly changing.

        In federally regulated spaces like airports and on airplanes, masks are mandatory, as well as on regional and local transport like trains and subways. But the actual enforcement at places like hotels is tricky to assess from afar — which is where a travel advisor or agent can be invaluable.
        “As a travel advisor, my job is to be able to gauge the comfort level of my client and to know not only the destination, but the properties themselves,” said Maria Diego, co-founder of Miami-based luxury travel agency Diego Travel.
        “Who has taken this down time to renovate and innovate versus who has let things deteriorate? I’m able to stay up to date with what the hotels are truly enforcing, because I have access to agencies that are constantly doing site inspections. It’s one thing to put on your website your policies, and it’s another thing to practice it.”

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        Everyone is going to want to take a summer vacation in 2021. But are you ready to join them?

        USA TODAY 
        June 2, 2021
        By Christopher Elliot

        What will it take for you to take a summer vacation? Fewer COVID-19 cases? Cheap accommodations? A vaccination? It all depends.

        Ask a professional

        A competent travel adviser can help you sort through all questions about taking a summer vacation. Travel agents have had to become therapists during the pandemic, and this summer those skills will be even more in demand.

        The first thing I always ask someone during our initial consultation is if the thought of travel will cause them to feel overwhelmed or give them anxiety,” says Maria Diego, owner of Diego Travel. “If their answer is yes, then I suggest they hold off on travel until they feel completely comfortable again. No one will enjoy a vacation with an overwhelming sense of anxiety.”

        A travel adviser can help guide you to a destination where you will feel less anxious.

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        Skiing in a Winter Wonderland

        TRAVEL AGE WEST
        October/ November 2020
        By Adele Diego

        A look back at a pre-pandemic snowy adventure in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

        Then, after our long journey, we arrived at the most spectacular hotel I had ever seen: Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. Because my mom owns Diego Travela Virtuoso affiliated travel agency, we were upgraded to a Grand Suite, and I was treated like a princess.

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        7 Ways the Relationship Between Suppliers and Travel Advisors Will Change

        TRAVEL AGE WEST
        May 3, 2020
        By Mindy Poder

        In some corners of the world wide web, travel advisors are drawing a line in the sand.

        They may not be able to meet in person, but advisors are sharing their stories where they can, from Zoom calls to Facebook groups. In an Instagram direct message, advisor Maria Diego, founder of Diego Travel Agency, admitted as much.

        “I’ve talked to fellow advisors who have said ‘never again,’ regarding working with certain suppliers,” she said. 

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        Damian McCabe: How McCabe World Travel’s CEO Fosters Talent

        LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR
        March 2, 2020
        By Matt Turner

        Damian McCabe, CEO of McCabe World Travel in McLean, VA, might be the most under-the-radar rock star agency owner in the travel industry. If you know McCabe World Travel, you might best associate the agency with its president, Anne Morgan Scully but, behind the scenes, it was McCabe herself who was turning the agency into a dynamic workplace that’s bringing in plenty of young and new-to-industry advisors and fostering them into all-stars in their own right.

        Maria Diego of Diego Travel, one of McCabe World Travel’s newest independent affiliates, tells us it was a video shared at Virtuoso Travel Week of McCabe, Scully and Jenkins Washington that sold her on the agency. 

        “My husband and I attended Virtuoso Difference last year with the intention of finding a host agency that would adequately fit our needs to grow our business,” Diego says. “Of the attending host agencies, none of them felt like quite the right fit, but we still felt very strongly that Virtuoso was a vital part of the equation for our clients.”

        When she saw the video on the mentorship between the women, she says, “I knew immediately that this was the type of guidance that I wanted, and I admired the fact that all three are strong, leading women in the industry.”

        The following week, Diego reached out to McCabe and knew on the spot that she needed to be a part of McCabe World Travel. “Within a few days I was part of their team and on my way to reaching my goals,” Diego says. “The mentorship that she has provided has been invaluable, and her style of working and vision aligns very much with my own.”

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        What’s the best travel insurance for your fall trip? It depends.

        THE WASHINGTON POST
        September 8, 2021
        By Christopher Elliot

        Finding the best travel insurance has never been easy, but if you’re planning a trip for this year, it’s never been this confusing.

        But which one is right for you? I put that question to Maria Diego, owner of Diego Travel, a Florida-based travel agency. She had just finished sending four travel insurance policy options to a client. Diego says you can find travel insurance online, either through a travel insurance site or directly through a travel insurance company. If you don’t hire a travel agency, make sure you read every policy carefully.

        She sticks to three insurance companies: Allianz, Travel Guard and Travelex. “They’re my three main go-tos for travel insurance,” she says, “but each company offers different levels of coverage.” 

        Now comes the hard part: matching your insurance needs to one of the policies you’re considering.

        “There is no one size fits all,” she says.

        She’s right. Even if you work with a travel agent — and this is worth repeating — you need to take the time to pore over the boring fine print on each policy.

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