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Booking the Best Group Travel

Whether it be family members, close friends, a reunion or a bachelor/bachelorette weekend, wrangling a large group of people to do anything has its challenges. If you’ve already gotten your group to agree on travel dates then the hardest part might be over! That is, if you book the right kind of group vacation. Booking group travel through Apple Getaways gives you access to Apple Vacation’s well-vetted list of top Caribbean resorts. At Apple Getaways, we offer the following types of group travel options:

  • Traditional Group Booking – best for group vacations of 10 or more.
  • Group-Ease – good for all group sizes and very flexible.
  • Weddings – whether on the beach or a European destination, we can help plan your special day.
  • Corporate Retreats – for clients or employees; can be booked at an all-inclusive resort or private villa.
  • Golf Packages – great for a guys’ trip or bachelor party and available at most destinations.
  • Family Vacations – plan a family reunion that your group will truly look forward to.
  • Villas – includes a full staff to meet your every need while on your luxurious group vacation.

Apple Vacations’ destnations will not disappoint, and while we bet that everyone in your party will agree on that we are also know that each person in your group likes to do something a little bit different. Lucky for you, Apple Getaways can help with that, too!

Group Travel Means Something for Everyone

The best way to meet the many different interests of the people in your group vacation is to provide them with options. Some vacation-goers will want to relax, some will be looking for adventure and others will fall somewhere in between. Whether you choose an all-inclusive Caribbean resort with a plethora of daily activities or are interested adding optional tours and excursions for your group travel guests, Apple Getaways has you covered.

All Inclusive

We recommend all-inclusive travel for groups so that the stress of planning and of splitting checks during the trip can be avoided. Apple Vacations partners with all-inclusive resorts all over the Caribbean at every price-point, making this option affordable for any group vacation budget. All-inclusive group vacations generally cover (some items below may vary slightly depending on the resort):

  • Round trip airfare
  • Accommodations at the resort of your group’s choice
  • Daily on-site activities
  • Non-motorized water sports and other activity rentals
  • Food and drinks at multiple on-site bars and restaurants
  • Other resort and travel fees and/or gratuities

Tours & Excursions

An all-inclusive resort is the best way to go when planning a group vacation, but the on-site activities may not satiate the appetite of the adventure seekers in your group. However, the exciting tours offered by Apple Vacations – like swimming with whale sharks in Cancun or Rivera Maya or off-roading and zip lining in Puerto Vallarta – will certainly do the trick. Your Apple Getaways travel agent can reserve tours for your group vacation at the time of booking or at a later date.

To book group travel with Apple Vacation or to get a free quote on your group vacation, contact us today! When you book an Apple Vacation through Apple Getaways, you always get 10% off the regular price thanks to our Golden Apple Agency status.

  Tulum Mexico  (Spanish pronunciation: [tu’lum], Yucatec: Tulu’um) is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá.[1] The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.[1] Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.  Apple Vacations has many options for all travelers call today

History and description

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Map of central Tulum

This Maya site may formerly have been known by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn, because it faces the sunrise. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east toward the Caribbean Sea. Tulúm is also the Yucatan Mayan word for fence, wall[1] or trench. The walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to be defended against invasions. Tulum had access to both land and sea trade routes, making it an important trade hub, especially for obsidian. From numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending god.[1] Tulum had an estimated population of 1,000 to 1,600 inhabitants.

Tulum was first mentioned by Juan Díaz, a member of Juan de Grijalva‘s Spanish expedition of 1518, the first Europeans to spot Tulum.[1] The first detailed description of the ruins was published by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in 1843 in the book Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. As they arrived from the sea, Stephens and Catherwood first saw a tall building that impressed them greatly, most likely the great Castillo of the site. They made accurate maps of the site’s walls, and Catherwood made sketches of the Castillo and several other buildings. Stephens and Catherwood also reported an early classic stele at the site, with an inscribed date of AD 564 (now in the British Museum‘s collection). This has been interpreted as meaning that the stele was likely built elsewhere and brought to Tulum to be reused.[2]

Work conducted at Tulum continued with that of Sylvanus Morley and George P. Howe, beginning in 1913. They worked to restore and open the public beaches. The work was continued by the Carnegie Institution from 1916 to 1922, Samuel Lothrop in 1924 who also mapped the site, Miguel Ángel Fernández in the late 1930s and early 1940s, William Sanders in 1956, and then later in the 1970s by Arthur G. Miller. Through these later investigations done by Sanders and Miller, it has been determined that Tulum was occupied during the late Postclassic period around AD 1200. The site continued to be occupied until contact with the Spanish was made in the early 16th century. By the end of the 16th century, the site was abandoned completely.

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If you’re considering the same old summer vacation to the shore, maybe it’s time to consider an Apple Vacation to a luxurious resort in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Picture yourself: Not cooking. Not cleaning. Not dealing with laundry or hanging your beach towels. Having fun on the beach and enjoying adventurous expeditions with your favorite people! A week in the Caribbean is an unforgettable vacation for the whole family.


What about value? Think your trip to the shore is less expensive? Maybe not. All of those extra costs – stocking the fridge, buying adult beverages, securing beach passes, transportation – they add up over the course of your stay.

Instead of sitting in traffic and hitting the grocery store when you arrive, your family can spend a week lounging on sugar-white sand beaches surrounded by palm trees as far as the eye can see. And the best part? Everything is included for one affordable price! PLUS – For a limited time, kids can stay, play, and eat for FREE at select resorts!

Look at this breakdown to see how a trip with Apple Getaways saves money:

 AppleBlog Cost ChartBuying three meals a day, snacks, drinks, and entertainment for a family of four can get very expensive – and that’s after you spend the gas money to drive there AND buy your room! All those nights on the boardwalk add up – not to mention get a little tedious after the third or fourth evening.

To take advantage of this HUGE savings, fill out the form below to request more information and give your family the vacation of a lifetime!


AkumalBay_PicOneThis contemporary hotel is located in Riviera Maya’s community of Akumal, a town renowned for superb snorkeling and diving due to the nutrient-rich waters teeming with exotic marine life. All suites at the Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort are oceanfront, looking out over the white sand beach. Each room features a furnished terrace with a private Jacuzzi, as well as a sitting area with a sofa, turndown service, aromatherapy, and a pillow menu.

Enjoy a variety of activities, from watersports to volleyball to water aerobics, and enjoy live entertainment and games in the evening. Go for an adventure kayaking or bicycling, or take a snorkeling tour. Relax by three pools while the Dining options include one main buffet restaurant, four a la carte restaurants (including Mexican, Oriental, Gourmet, or Rodizio steakhouse), a snack bar, and a sushi bar -or stay in and enjoy room service! Five bars are available on site including a beach bar, pool bar, and a disco and kids are entertained at the kids’ club (ages 4-12).

Guests have said,

“Our first stay at this resort, and it certainly won’t be our last. While the beach is gorgeous to look at and walk along, the best part lies under the water. Small patches of coral lie 50 -75 meters off the beach offering snorkelers easy viewing of various colorful fish and occasional stingrays and sea turtles. The food was wonderful.”


“Hotel has an intimate, boutique feel and there are plenty of lounge chairs at the pools. You can rent snorkel equipment to view the coral reefs and fish. The spa treatments we had were fantastic and so worth it. It was like Paradise!”

AkumalBay_PicTwoThis offer expires on February 17, 2016.  Airfare (out of Philadelphia), hotel, transfers and all taxes are included. Contact us today to book your vacation!


Dates are Sunday May 8th, 2016 to Saturday May 14, 2016

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3, 5, 10 and 14 night packages available – Ask for pricing
Baggage fee of $50 applies – We recommend trip insurance for $104.99 per person
If trip insurance is purchased your baggage fee is waived!


Book now through January 21, 2016 and travel January 7, 2016 through April 30, 2016 to save up to 42% per person per night!

Enjoy serene luxury at a private beach in a secluded, romantic setting just a short drive from the culture and excitement of downtown Panama City.

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa offers 310 luxurious suites in 11 seaside towers with stunning ocean views, a private furnished balcony, one king or two double beds, shower, and all of the amenities of the Unlimited-Luxury® experience that go above and beyond the typical all-inclusive resort. Some of these include 24-hour room and concierge services, unlimited soft drinks and top-shelf spirits, and all taxes and gratuities included.



Secrets Playa Bonita’s lavishly landscaped setting boasts five outdoor pools, massage services and a fitness center. Located beachfront, it has an exclusive guest beach area for romantic walks, reading in the sun, or kayaking. Rooms are newly renovated, and with 24 hour room service it’s hard to believe you’ll want for anything.

Stay entertained during your whole trip with a multitude of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment from our freshwater infinity pool, yoga classes, to beach volleyball and much more, you are guaranteed a fun time. Or, relax on the beach and leave feeling refreshed at the end of your stay.

Enjoy on-site dining options without ever making a reservation! Dine at the Plantation Restaurant which specializes in buffet services, or choose from a variety of international cuisines at the Pelican Grill where you’ll enjoy seaside dining. For a more formal ambiance, dine at The Lighthouse, which serves typical Panamanian dishes. There are two bars offering a variety of cocktails, including a pool bar so guests don’t have to leave the water to enjoy a drink.

Recent guests to Secrets Playa Bonita have had great things to say:

“The hotel is in a beautiful location and while so close to the city, the tranquility makes it feel like it’s worlds apart.”

“Staff at pool restaurant was very kind, hotel is in a nice location near Panama City and right on the beach. Beautiful garden, personal touches throughout property. Great ceviche bar.”

Contact us for more information, and learn how you can save up to 42% off your vacation!