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Carter Clan’s 4-Day Getaway of Their Dreams: The One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives Resort Hotel

Carter Clan’s 4-Day Getaway of Their Dreams: The One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives Resort Hotel

Last month, Southern Travel Agency had the pleasure of arranging the summer vacation of dreams for our clients, the Carter family. A group of seven, the Carters jetted off for a four-day getaway and some quality time at the luxurious One&Only resort in the Maldives, a lush tropical paradise off the coast of India. Read on to find out why Lee Ann, the matriarch of the Carter clan and a seasoned STA traveler, felt this vacation at the One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives Resort Hotel stood out from all the rest. (more…)

Sandals Royal Barbados Review

Sandals Royal Barbados Review

The newest property of the Sandals resort line, the Royal Barbados resort is currently the only luxury all inclusive resort to feature all-suite accommodations and is home to a number of innovative “firsts” for the world-renowned company. Premiering features include Sandals’ first rooftop pool and bar, a 4-lane bowling alley known as Lovers Lanes, a craft beer bar, gourmet donut shop, and the debut of 2 new globally-inspired restaurant concepts. Additionally, signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ adorn every balcony of this all-suite resort, ensuring every guest has the chance to experience Sandals resorts’ reimagined luxury tubs. (more…)

Sandals Emerald Bay Review

Sandals Emerald Bay Review

Relaxation and recreation come together effortlessly in one idyllic resort at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort. Situated on a pristine mile-long Bahamian beach, the location itself provides couples ample opportunity to enjoy both adventure and leisure activity. Whether you prefer soaking up the sun or going beneath the surface to snorkel some of the Bahamas’ most vibrant coral reefs, there’s something for everyone at this Sandals property. (more…)

Sandals Montego Bay Review

Sandals Montego Bay Review

As the premier property of the Sandals resort line, Montego Bay has been a favorite destination for Southern Travel Agency staff and the couples we service since its innovative beginning in 1981. Today, vacationers at the venue where Sandals pioneered and evolved the concept for their world-renowned all-inclusive resorts can easily see why the company continues to lead the luxury travel industry. (more…)

Sandals Royal Caribbean Review

Sandals Royal Caribbean Review

No Sandals resort gives guests the royal treatment quite like the Sandals Royal Caribbean. The crown jewel of Jamaica’s romance resort scene, the allure of this award-winning property lies in its lavish attention to detail. From being greeted at the airport with a private BMW to lounging on the resort’s very own private island, every moment of our stay at Royal Caribbean resort was truly fit for a king. (more…)

Sandals Barbados Review

Sandals Barbados Review

A quintessential seaside sanctuary, the Sandals Barbados all inclusive resort is one of our top recommended resorts for couples seeking a tropical escape. Featuring a number of beachfront restaurants with panoramic ocean views, the spacious resort floor plan and innovative design elements flawlessly showcase the natural beauty of St. Lawrence Gap’s Dover Beach. (more…)

Sandals Montego Bay: New Experiences in a Classic Luxury Resort

Sandals Montego Bay: New Experiences in a Classic Luxury Resort

Amidst a busy and bustling holiday season, Southern Travel Agency’s founders Mike and Lauren Kerbelis recently took advantage of a quick window of downtime by retreating to Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. Built in 1981, this flagship location of the Sandals company also once served as the luxurious destination of Mike and Lauren’s honeymoon! (more…)

Parrot Cay Resort Turks and Caicos: Privacy, Intimacy, and Plenty of Luxury

Parrot Cay Resort Turks and Caicos: Privacy, Intimacy, and Plenty of Luxury

Many honeymoon couples dream of escaping to a private island paradise, where soft golden sands and warm island breezes blow all their cares away. Where luxurious furnishings frame picture-perfect water views, and friendly staff take care of every need imaginable. Our clients Peyton and Taylor recently made that dream a reality, with a honeymoon stay at Parrot Cay Resort Turks and Caicos. A few days in paradise at this intimate, ultra-romantic location was the perfect way to start their new lives together! (more…)

Sandals Royal Barbados: The Newest Stunning Sandals Resort

Sandals Royal Barbados: The Newest Stunning Sandals Resort

Sugar white sand beaches that stretch on for miles. Inventive cocktails sipped on the rooftop bar. A professionally trained butler delivering your favorite drink while you lounge poolside. Welcome to the all new Sandals Royal Barbados resort, in stunning St. Lawrence Gap. As the newest resort in the Sandals brand, Sandals Royal Barbados boasts some incredible features and upgraded services. If you’re looking for a luxury all inclusive adults-only escape in one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, you’ve found what you’re looking for with this very special resort. (more…)

Group Vacations: How to Make the Most Out of Traveling With Friends

Group Vacations: How to Make the Most Out of Traveling With Friends

On her recent vacation to the Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, Helen Bissell said that one of the highlights of the trip was when she got to swim with pigs. “Our boat captain took us to the bay with pigs, stopped by an island crawling with iguanas, and even stopped the boat in the middle of the ocean so we could hop right into the amazingly deep but clear blue water.” The only thing better than swimming with pigs and chilling with iguanas? That she got to experience this adventure with close friends. (more…)

5 Best Honeymoon Resorts: How to Choose the Perfect Resort for Your Honeymoon

It’s the romantic escape you’ve been dreaming of for ages. Imagine long walks down stunning white sand beaches, a celebratory bottle of champagne welcoming you in your suite, and a private plunge pool beckoning you right outside your bedroom, where you can watch the sun sink into the sea alone together at last. That’s the kind of experience you deserve on your honeymoon! And that’s exactly what you’ll receive when you choose to host your special romantic getaway at one of the best honeymoon resorts in the world. Before you choose your honeymoon resort, though, be sure to think about the following considerations. Then, check out our picks for five of the best honeymoon resorts for the ultimate romantic escape!

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An Antigua Destination Wedding at Hermitage Bay that Hits all the Right Notes – Client Interview

An Antigua Destination Wedding at Hermitage Bay that Hits all the Right Notes – Client Interview

Our clients Ginger and Alan journeyed to the breathtaking Hermitage Bay resort for an intimate Antigua destination wedding. Here are the newlyweds’ thoughts on their classic Caribbean beach wedding, why they opted for a “just-for-two” ceremony, and how Hermitage Bay went above and beyond to make their big day extra special.

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Romantic Travel Insider Tips and Top Romantic Travel Destinations

Romantic Travel Insider Tips and Top Romantic Travel Destinations

Mike and Lauren Kerbelis, luxury travel advisors at Southern Travel Agency in Augusta, Georgia, share their romantic travel insider tips and best romantic dream destinations. Here they are at the luxury Sandals Emerald Bay resort, their favorite romantic escape destination. While red roses and a box of chocolates is the old standby, we know that “romance” means something different for everyone. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to take a typical romantic vacation to see the sparks fly with your partner! (more…)

Top Picks for Your Best All Inclusive Adults Only Honeymoon Resorts in North America

Top Picks for Your Best All Inclusive Adults Only Honeymoon Resorts in North America

Did you ring in the holidays with a brand new ring? We know lots of couples get engaged around the holidays. After all of the celebrations and engagement announcements, it’s time for the real fun to start … planning your dream honeymoon! If you’re looking for the best all inclusive adults only honeymoon resorts — without having to travel halfway around the world to get there — this list is for you. (more…)

Group Travel: The Top Travel Types for Fantastic Group Vacations

Group Travel: The Top Travel Types for Fantastic Group Vacations

Nothing builds bonds and brings people closer together quite like travel. That’s why groups love to travel together! Whether you’re planning a big family trip, a tropical getaway for your destination wedding, or a rewarding vacation for your best employees, group travel is guaranteed to leave its mark in the best kind of way. You and your fellow travelers will make lasting memories together in absolutely spellbinding destinations — memories you can reminisce about together for years to come. But how do you choose the perfect vacation type for your group? Some types of vacations are better suited to group travel than others. We’ve picked our four favorite vacation types that make planning a breeze for group travel:

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Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma: Luxury Overwater Bungalows on the Maroma Beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma, luxury overwater bungalows on the Maroma Beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Does it get any better than spending sun-soaked days on the Riviera Maya, a stunning stretch of Mexico’s coastline full of sugar-white sand beaches? Actually, yes. You could spend your romantic Riviera Maya vacation in one of El Dorado Maroma resort’s luxurious palafitos. These overwater bungalows on Maroma Beach, voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Travel Channel.

Ready to get swept away by the romance of the Riviera Maya? Then a palafitos stay may just be your perfect vacation experience.

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Couples Negril Jamaica – All Inclusive Adults Only Resorts

Couples Negril Jamaica – All Inclusive Adults Only Resorts

If you’re after a sophisticated and stylish Caribbean getaway, you can’t do better than Couples Negril Jamaica. Chic design touches abound, marrying the the elegant and the eclectic. Get swept away in the romance of the resort’s 18 acres of all-inclusive luxury, where you and your beau can explore the white sand paradise of Jamaica. Beyond the natural beauty, Couples Negril Jamaica offers incredible inclusions and accommodations that make for a world-class stay. Here are our top five favorite things about this stunning resort:

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