|TWICE As nice! |
Yup! I loved Beaches Turks and Caicos so much I HAD to go back 2 weeks in a row!
The first week was for a corporate meeting – so I FINALLY got to see a few long-lost teammates!
Sandra is from the West Coast team and we both share a love of all things water – so she shared with me the open availability of snorkeling at the marine sanctuary down the beach from Beaches Turks & Caicos! Just remember to pack your own snorkel gear (or rent it from the Aqua Center since its outside of the regular snorkel trips) and get there EARLY! I’m Talking 7am people!
You won’t regret it!
We’ve got some fun new experiences coming your way so make sure you stay glued to your newsletters!
The Second week.. was an Agency Exclusive FAM for one of the top producing agencies in North Carolina! Now, I know what you’re probably thinking “Why didn’t they just let you stay those three days between!?” And trust me I asked, BUT what better way to test the turnaround time and experience in needing a PCR test within 3 days to go back!! Now I can say with total confidence that 3 days is NOT a crisis 🙂
I arrived home after 5pm on the *DIRECT* (halleluiah) flight from PLS-CLT. And yes, it was Direct there too on a MONDAY 🙂 so I logged onto CVS’ website from the airport and booked my PCR test appointment for the following morning at 10am.
I had no problem starting up another travel authorization, submitting all the required forms (proof of insurance, negative test) on Sunday for approval to travel Monday!
We arrived back on island and the advisors got to enjoy the afternoon/evening at leisure before we were seated at Schooners for our group dinner.
The following morning (you all will be so proud) I. WENT. TO. THE. GYM! Ya girl has 6 weddings to attend this year!!
And then we met for a Social Media Marketing Forum where I made all the advisors swap phones and make a post from their colleague’s photo album (*surprise face emoji!*) Yes, they were hesitant but by taking a different perspective – we saw immediate results in inquiries! Try it sometime! Hand your phone to your kids on vacation and see what they find is important to share 😉
We also got to hear from some very important team members – the Management Team!
Our VERY thorough resort tour of every village lasted about 2 hours, and you can find all those room category videos on my Facebook page to share with your clients!
Our CDC Required Rapid COVID tests to reenter the US were scheduled ahead of time for us on resort – all we had to do was bring our passports and a provided sheet of paper to fill in with our contact information and head over to the nurse’s station at the Caribbean Village. A quick nasal swab and we were out in 5 minutes! Our results were then emailed to us that afternoon and we could visit the front desk to have them printed to take to the airport – but I saw plenty of guests showing the screenshot on their phones at the airport as well.
You gotta be careful though! That Turks & Caicos sun will get you! BUT I found the GREATEST invention ever in the Resort Gift Shop. GLITTER SUNSCREEN! Yes, and my inner 90s child was FAN-GIRLING.
The Agency had a Virtual VIP Experience set up LIVE from resort that had 70 attendees that evening! That is the BEST way to spend your time on resort – go live on social media, share your photos and experience because that’s what truly sells the resort!
While we did have a day at leisure – you KNOW I jumped on the Dive boat to sea 😉 some Sharks! (SEA what I did there?!) Check out my Instagram for all my favorite photos!
Our final night on resort we all connected back at Kimonos for some fabulous food and total entertainment.
It was so nice to walk around the resort and see the sense of “normal” back on island – all the happy families throwing the football on the lawn together in the Key West Village. Taking their family photos on the beach with the perfect sunset in the background. And even playing tag in the sand outside of Barefoot By the Sea Restaurant.
It’s truly #BackToTheBeach and #BackToHappy
Rated in the top 4 Best Beaches in the World, Sandals Grande Antigua is an escape from the pandemic world we’ve been living in. A much needed escape at that.
While our 2020 has not been the year we all planned for – I was finally able to return to our beloved resorts this past week for a much needed, relaxing vacation. And where better to do that than Sandals Grande Antigua! The first of the Sandals resorts that reopened amid a pandemic, and who has been welcoming guests back for 6 months now. I had full confidence in the Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness, Cancellation protection, and Travel protection, however I completely understand the anxiety that goes into the current travel processes.
Antigua requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test 7 days prior to arrival, well for us – that meant Thanksgiving and we all know no testing was happening then so my partner and I scheduled our CVS tests for Black Friday. My test was at 10am, his at 3:50pm (he still goes into work), my results were returned Monday at 11:40am however HIS results we waited…. and waited…. and waited for. We got down to the wire as our flight was leaving Wednesday at 7:20am and our last resort was to ship me out on the flight, negative test in hand and if we didn’t receive his results in time he’d follow on a later flight. Lucky for us (and enough stress to go around) we received his results at almost 4am on departure day! We were READY!
Charlotte airport was easy breezy to get through at 5am on a Wednesday, we approached the ticket counter and handed over our printed Negative Results and passports to receive our boarding passes and then through TSA Precheck! Yes, we were required to wear masks through the airports and for the duration of each flight. Our arrival into V.C. Bird International Airport we were greeted with hand sanitizer as we waited for our turn for the medical check; a temperature check and handing over our medical questionnaire (which was handed to us in flight but you could download it before traveling) and then through customs & immigration. We were greeted at the Sandals desk by a private transfer!
We were accommodated in the BEAUTIFUL Mediterranean Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Oceanview Penthouse One Bedroom Butler Suite. YUP! BUTLERS!!! We were catered to by Kevin, Karen, and Jason all week. They were available to our every need via butler smart phone provided in the room and took care of booking every dinner at each Restaurant so we actually got to enjoy all 11 dining options during our stay!
Yes, I was on vacation, but you know me…. There was a Learn, Book, Earn FAM trip happening during my stay! So I made sure to throw on my uniform and join the resort tour!
While masks are not required all the time on resort I chose to wear mine while touring to ensure the comfort of the Travel Advisor group – I believe every advisor was wearing a mask for the tour! The only places that request you wear a mask on resort are: The Resort Gift Shop, Snapshots Photo Studio and Loyalty & Travel. However you are encouraged to wear your mask anytime you are in close proximity to other guests or within an enclosed space.
Since we are divers, we made sure to get ourselves signed up for the dives (after a quick refresher course!) and headed out to the open water in search of fishes, barracuda, and my personal favorite… SHARKS! Austin is NOT a fan of Sharks – but come on… Nurse Sharks are the Puppies of the Sea!
We also made sure to book an Island Routes, Best of Antigua driving tour which took us to historical and UNESCO world heritage sites like Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley’s Heights, and a bit of local flair in St. John’s! We decided to grab a cab the next day to go back and enjoy a local restaurant called Alligator’s! it was DELICIOUS.
In addition to soaking up the warm 86 degree sunshine, frolicking in the gentle baby waves caressing that powdery soft white sand beach, and having our chairs reserved with a stocked cooler all week – we made sure to indulge in all the Cookie Crumbles from Cafe de Paris and bring home a few Christmas Gifts.
What’s Christmas, without a Christmas Card though?! We HAD to do a photo shoot like no other for that perfect photo.. I think we found it – what do you think?! Its experiences like these that really make the vacation unforgettable. (we brought the hats with us)
Don’t be too upset you couldn’t be there with me – you CAN be there when you’re comfortable to travel! Contact your local Travel Advisor to have an extra layer of security! The resort team is ready and waiting for you and your clients to visit again and see familiar faces!
I attempted to start putting my feelings and my thoughts into words, but here’s what it really comes down to.
Just because you aren’t the oppressed ones right now, doesn’t mean its not your fight.
You’re not going to make every side happy, you’re not going to agree with everyone, and somebody will always find something to argue with you about.
That doesn’t mean you stop supporting, listening, or working towards being a better human.
I hear you. I support you. I ask you to teach me more.
I’ve seen a couple products come out recently that are supposed to help men & women identify drink tampering and it makes me sad and angry… Sad that people think it’s OK to drug somebody, and angry that we live in a world where this is a serious issue that calls for kickstarter campaigns for a date-rape drug testing nail polish, or sticky coasters to put over your open drink if, god-forbid, nature calls at a bar/restaurant.