2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVEL LOVERS

For anyone who has a PASSION for travel as I do, I am sure you would LOVE a gift from my 2017 Travel Inspired Holiday Gift Guide!

 
 

Beats Headphones:  To be sure I do not forget to pack my Beats, I keep them stored in my carry on tote. I wear Beats to zone noise out around me to maximize the flight experience in my own quiet setting as well as catch up on the latest inflight movies.  www.beatsbydre.com

 
 

Apparel from The Happiest Tee: Where is your happy place? My Happiest Place is Italy! My sweatshirt from this company is the softest piece of clothing I own making it my go to item to stay cozy on overnight flights. Happiest Tee lets you celebrate your favorite destinations in style and comfort.  www.happiesttee.com

MedJet Assist Membership: If I am traveling 150+ away from home, I never leave home without my MedJet Assist Membership. Each year I gift one for my parents household as well as my sisters household. I hope they never actually need to use this membership but if they do, it will end up being the best gift they ever received. The Premier Membership includes Global Medical Transport, Travel Security & Crisis Response. Membership inquiries can be sent to julie@jetsetgetaways.com

 
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No More Years Eternal Radiance Biocellulose Sheet Mask and Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair by BioRepublic: An ABSOLUTE MUST in my carry on tote bag! 1 hour before landing I begin the hydration process, therefore, I look refreshed and glowing as I step off the plane to begin my vacation! www.biorepublic.com

 
 

Nordstrom Collection Fringe Cashmere Wrap: I think I own every color of the Nordstrom Collection Fringe Cashmere Wrap. The wrap is always included in packing my carry on bag. I like to use this pashmina as blanket on the flight and to keep me warm while dining outside somewhere around the world. www.nordstrom.com

 
 

AWAY Luggage: Can you keep a secret? I am gifting the members of my family with the 2 piece luggage set from AWAY. What do I LOVE the MOST? Well 2 things…Lightweight: I’d rather the airline weight limits be taken up by my items instead of the weight of my suitcase! No need to find an outlet at the airport to charge your phone because The Carry-On has a built in phone charger!!! www.away.com

 
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Jet Set On Four Seasons Private Jet Experience : Both in the air and on the ground, the Four Seasons Team delivers a fully customized around-the-world journey where you’ll explore new passions. Experience insider access like never before in the world's most captivating destinations. Inquiries can be sent to julie@jetsetgetaways.com

 
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Sail Away on a Floating Ritz Carlton  Secure your cabin and be one of the first to sail on a Ritz Carlton Yacht in 2019! Accommodations include 149 suites, each with its own balcony, and several luxurious duplex penthouses. Inquiries can be sent to julie@jetsetgetaways.com

Mindfulness at Miraval: A Getaway to Enhance Your Life

 
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MINDFULNESS…a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique has been a  major headline in 2017. In fact, TIME Magazine recently published a Special Edition dedicated solely to MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness has also influenced the travel trends with vacation planning. People are taking the time to go away to invest in themselves and become more MINDFUL while traveling either alone, as a couple or with a group of friends.

WHERE TO STAY?  This past June, I experienced my own journey of MINDFULNESS at Miraval in Tucson, Arizona.  The Mission of Miraval is “To inspire a life in balance through mindfulness.” Whether you are going through a divorce, recovering from trauma or need a “time-out” to take a breath and balance life, Miraval is the place for retreating for a few days to begin the healing process.

All-Inclusive: All packages include accommodations, meals, unlimited fresh juice and smoothie bar and freshly prepared snacks throughout the day.

Over 120 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly. Enjoy three pools and 24 hour access to our newly renovated Body Mindfulness Fitness Center. Complimentary shared Tucson Airport shuttle transfers and much more. Miraval is a no-tipping resort.

Before You Go: Before you arrive, it is important for you to put in the time to thoroughly review the schedule being offered during your stay.  You will be able to choose from nutrition classes, fitness classes, mediation, and workshops for individuals dealing with trauma. The specialists on property also open a limited about of private sessions, therefore, if you are looking for more of an in depth personal session it is important to add this item into the requests prior to arrival.

My Personal Healing Moment at Miraval: I attended a complimentary group session with Brent Baum and was so moved by his work that I ran out of the session at the end to the front desk to grab a private session with him for the following day. Brent Baum is a Trauma Specialist and Creator of Holographic Memory Resolution. Brent helps people resolve emotions and pain associated with trauma. I am one of them. A few years ago, I was in an ATV accident driven off a cliff in the Dominican Republic. No helmet, knocked unconscious and ended up trapped underneath the heavy ATV compressing my body against the ground. I suffer from PTSD from this accident. I suffer from the doctors telling me I am a miracle. I shouldn’t be here. Why am I here? What is my purpose in this world that my life was spared? This weighs heavily on me. During my session with Brent, he used the visualizations of my accident and showed me how to work through this painful moment in my life to reframe the trauma and remove the emotional impact on me.  One of my favorite quotes from Brent, “Trauma offers a gift by heightening our appreciation of how precious and fragile life really is. It intensifies our focus and realigns our priorities, forcing us to examine our intentions on the deepest level—determining what is really important to us and helping us decide where to commit our energies.”

MIRAVAL GIVES BACK:  Miraval’s largest-ever charitable endeavor “Miraval Gives Back,” gives the gift of wellness to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the famed resort. Please Submit your nomination by December 31st: http://www.miravalresorts.com/about-miraval/miraval-gives-back/

Let Me ENHANCE Your Stay:

When reserving your stay at Miraval through Jet Set Getaways, you will receive the following special amenities:

  • For 2017-2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Buffet breakfast, served in restaurant

  • $100 Resort Credit, per person, per stay to use toward spa services, activities and private sessions (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

  • A Miraval Journal


Book your own wellness experience at Miraval, contact me today!

 

Dream California Getaway: Rancho Valencia

 
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Exploring the coast of California is one of my favorite itineraries to plan for clients and personally experience with my family. California is a year round destination with many options for a traveler who is seeking romance, adventure, wellness, family friendly activities, or relaxation.

WHERE TO STAY?  I just returned from vacationing in Southern California exploring San Diego, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara and LA.  There are so many beautiful resorts to experience in California, therefore, for this article I am going to highlight a property I just experienced that truly is a GEM…Rancho Valenica.

 
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Rancho Valencia is located nestled in a beautiful gated community in Rancho Santa Fe.  The property consists of 49 newly renovated suites in addition to Three Bedroom Luxury Villas. The hacienda style suite gave me a feeling of having my own private Mediterranean style casita in beautiful Southern California. Sitting outside in front of the fireplace enjoying a bottle of wine with my husband while our children splashed in the hot tub in the early evening and watching hot air balloons sailing in the backdrop of the sky was a moment that brought me a sense of being mindful of all the blessings around me. Rancho Valencia truly has a sense of place…a place I did not want to leave!

Foodie Alert…A Member of Relais Chateaux makes this property one of the BEST Food & Beverage Experiences in Southern California.  I thoroughly enjoyed the exceptional service and quality of farm sourced elements at Veladora with Mediterranean cuisine and The Pony Room with American cuisine.

“It’s the Little Things That Matter Most”

I enjoyed opening the door every morning to find fresh orange juice and the newspaper of my choice delivered without disturbing me. It was lovely to sit on the private patio of the suite and enjoy a peaceful morning before heading out for the day.

WHAT DO TO ON PROPERTY?

  • Spa

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Tennis

  • Biking

WHAT TO DO IN THE AREA?

  • Hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

  • Del Mar Race Track and Thoroughbred Club

  • San Diego Polo Club

  • Birch Aquarium

  • San Diego Zoo

  • LegoLand

Let Me ENHANCE Your Stay:

When reserving your stay at Rancho Valencia through Jet Set Getaways, you will receive the following special amenities:

  • For 2017-2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests (maximum $40 credit per person)

  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, (Not valid in Sheridan, the resort's 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

HOW TO GET AROUND?

  • For luxury car rentals in California, I recommend https://www.rentmcar.com Easy Pick Up/Drop Off Airport Services. If you prefer, we can also arrange for the vehicle to be delivered directly to the resort.

Book your own Getaway at Rancho Valencia, Contact me today!

Best Resorts in Orlando: Actually ENJOY your trip to Disney World!

 
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After returning from a vacation to Orlando, we often hear people say they are exhausted and need a vacation from their vacation.   After taking the time to personally learn the “in’s and out’s” of Orlando resorts, parks, guide services and as a destination, I developed Orlando Vacation Itineraries to give clients a vacation instead of being lead into exhaustion by the “Mouse”!

Believe it or not, visiting Orlando can be RELAXING, FUN, and a mix of ACTIVITIES to make all ages of the family members feel they had a vacation!

WHERE TO STAY? The Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World are my TOP PICKS! Both of these 5 star resorts have wonderful locations and luxurious resort amenities!

The Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

  • Located “Minutes from the Magic, Miles from the Madness”

  • Club Level gives you an oasis to relax and enjoy generous food and beverage offerings throughout the day and night. The Club became our favorite place to watch the fireworks!

  • Most comfortable beds! I actually purchased one for my home!

  • Resort Activities such as fishing, mountain biking, kayak eco-tours, sea plane, golf and spa

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

  • Just celebrated it’s 3rd birthday!

  • Located in the gated community of Golden Oak

  • On Site Disney Planning Center

  • Explorer Island includes family pool, Splash Zone, Lazy river, and Waterslides

  • Beautiful Boutiques including Missoni Mouse ears

HOW TO GET AROUND?

  • For the most convenient and luxury car services in the area contact http://www.mearstransportation.com EXCELLENT service! I HIGHLY recommend prearranging this service for airport transfers and round trip car services to local attractions.

 
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ORLANDO VACATION TIPS:

  • Arrive in Orlando greeted by Mears Transportation to help collect luggage at baggage claim and escort you to a car awaiting you curbside.

  • Rooms are never guaranteed to be ready before “check-in time” but when working with a travel advisor with RITZ STARS and FOUR SEASONS PREFERRED PARTNER Memberships as well as a travel advisor who contacts the resort with your ETA information, you should be at the TOP of the list for an EARLY check in!

  • Day of arrival, relax at a poolside cabana, have a leisurely lunch while the children swim or play in the nearby areas that include foosball, ping pong, air hockey, pinball etc…

  • Have the Mears luxury transfer prearranged to take you to a park. Door-to-Door luxury service is much better than any monorail, boat or bus!

  • Arrival at the park: Universal and Disney Parks are so much fun but do not need to be a morning, noon an night event! Park Tips: If you choose to visit a Universal Park, be sure to purchase the Express Passes or VIP guide services to skip the lines. If you choose to visit a Disney Park, a guide is worth every penny to help you fast pass the attraction lines. A guide does not need to cost $3,000+/day. There are guide services available at a fraction of the cost of guides employed by the parks.

  • For days you are going to the park the goal is to be back at the resort by 2pm to rest and relax. An afternoon with the children at the Kids Club or The Hideout while the parents have some time to decompress at the spa or adult only pools.

  • It’s truly a vacation if you are not an amusement park every day of your vacation. Have a good mix of days at the park and days spent at the resort enjoying destination activities such as fishing, biking, golf, etc…

  • Restaurants at the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons truly offer dining experiences we have become accustomed to in Bergen County.

  • Be sure to take advantage of the Dive-in Movies located at the resorts on certain evenings. Makes for a FUN dining experience!

ORLANDO FLORIDA EXPERIENCE CLIENT REVIEW:

“Julie has been planning my vacations for years, both family trips and romantic getaways.  Her recommendations are always spot on and the perk of using her services can't be beat.  She recommended the Four Seasons Orlando and we have already booked a second trip there.  Starting with a professional driver transferring us from the airport, we arrived on-site with a much appreciated upgrade to a Park View. Our room was personalized with a framed family picture next to our bed with cookies and fruit that my girls loved.  To top off an amazing hotel, she suggested that we use a tour guide! The guide made what could be a stressful, long day, seamless and easy!  We rode every ride, saw every show or character and had every restaurant request handled without picking up the phone once!  Can't imagine going back to Orlando without using the services of Jet Set Getaways! Robyn Harris


To book your own personalized vacation to Orlando, send me a message!



Dream Ranch Getaway: Resort at Paws Up in Montana

 
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Ranch experiences are on the HOT LIST for Travel Experiences! Immersing yourself in the wilderness gives you the opportunity to disconnect, relax and practice mindfulness.  Truly a “Breath of Fresh Air” Experience!

WHERE TO STAY?  The Resort at Paws Up is a 37,000 authentic working cattle ranch in Montana.  Whether you choose to stay in a home or have a “Glamping” Experience in a luxury tent set alongside the Blackfoot River, you will experience comfortable rustic elegance. Open year round for guests to experience activities each season as to offer.

WHAT DO TO? Paws Up includes many activities as well as exclusive activities available al-a-carte. Some of my most favorite activities, from my experience in June were…

  • Horseback Riding

  • Cattle Drive

  • Fly Fishing

  • Clay Shooting

  • White Water Rafting

  • Archery

  • Photography Tour


    UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:

    Montana Master Chefs: September 21-24

    • Chefs from all over the country who have foodies waiting weeks for a reservation at their restaurants are headed to The Resort at Paws Up for this special foodie event!

    AdrenZen Adrenaline Meets Zen Wellness Weekend: October 20-23

    • Exhilarating Wildernesss Adventures such as the Skyline Aerial Adventure Park, Grizzlyman Fitness Trail,  Mountain Biking, Yoga Meditation, Spa Treatments and so much more!

    Cowboy Experience: October 26-29

    • Join ProRodeo Hall of Famers and a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame legend for trail rides, workshops, demonstrations and campfire stories,

    Winterfest: January 25-28

    • Gourmet weekend  featuring outstanding guest chefs, wine pairings and wilderness winter adventures

    JET SET PERKS: As a client of Jet Set Getaways, you receive the following value added amenities at Paws Up:

    For 2017:

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

    • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests served in restaurant

    • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers

    • Early check-in, late check-out, subject to availability

    • A $300 USD equivalent activity credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

    • Bottle of wine in room on arrival

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Book your own ranch adventure today! Contact me!

Photos from my adventure at Paws Up, Montana:

 
 


Dream Getaway: Everything You Need to know about Iceland

 
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Iceland is a destination on the TOP Travel List this year! To make the most of this experience, you truly need to be in the hands of reliable, trustworthy and luxury minded guides.

WHERE TO STAY?  In my opinion, it’s best to stay the first couple nights outside of the city of Reykjavik in the South Region of Iceland to experience the most beautiful landscapes and then end the vacation with a few nights centrally in the city. One thing to note…the hotels in Iceland do not have the 5 star service aspects we are accustomed to when traveling, therefore, for those who want top service a private home/villa should be the focus.

TOP Choices to Stay in the South Region of Iceland

ION Adventure Hotel

  • Located in the prime location to explore the “Golden Circle”

  • Modern Style

  • Prime position for viewing Northern Lights inside the hotel at the Northern Lights bar

Hotel Rangá

  • Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

  • Located on Long Bay which is extremely private as this is the ONLY resort in this location!

  • AMAZING interior design and spacious room layouts!

  • 4 pools including a lap pool at the fitness center.

Private Villas

  • #1 choice for those looking for the Top Service and VIP experience.

TOP Choices to Stay in Reykjavik

Hotel 101

  • Modern Boutique Style

  • Conveniently located near many of the city’s major attractions

  • Be sure to request a room facing the park to eliminate sleep disturbances from a night club on the other side of the hotel

Canopy by Hilton

  • Newest hotel in the city

  • Modern Boutique Style

  • Located close the major sites in the city


WHAT DO TO?

  • Helitour over moss and snow covered lava fields

  • Hike along Sólheimajökull Glacier

  • Snorkel in Silfra between the shifting tectonic plates

  • Northern Lights

  • Horseback Riding

  • Snowmobiling

  • Thingvelllir National Park

  • Gullfoss Water fall

  • Geothermal area of Stokkur Geysir

  • Walking Tour of Reykjavik

  • Hallgrímskirkja Church

  • Laugavegur Street Shopping

  • Harpa Concert Hall

  • Blue Lagoon

Where to Dine?

While staying the first couple of nights in the South Region of Iceland, you will need to mostly dine at the hotel or by private chef in the villa. During my time exploring the Golden Circle, I did enjoy stopping at Fridheimar Farm for lunch to dine inside a greenhouse of tomato plants.  Ice cream at Efstidalur Dairy Farm is a MUST after a full day of hiking and exploring the Golden Circle.

My favorite dining choices in Reykjavik…

  • Dill Restaurant: 1st Icelandic Restaurant to earn a Michelin Star

  • Grillmarkadurinn and Fishmarkadurinn are equally a MUST try in this city. With ingredients purchased directly from the country’s farms and fishermen, the quality of the food is excellent.

  • While walking around the city a stop at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur for their Famous Hot Dog is something to check off the tourist list!

Book your own Adventure Experience in Iceland, contact me today!