Hi Julia,We had a great time in St. Lucia.The helicopter ride from the airport was amazing!!! It was such a great experience to view the island from above.Our rooms were in the perfect location and we were spoiled with the sounds of the waves all night. Loved it! Thanks again for making our travel planning so easy. It really takes the stress off the whole process knowing that someone else is looking after the small details.Have a Merry Christmas!
- Chris, St. Lucia trip
Just wanted to thank you so much for an incredible trip! We had a BLAST! The excursions were great and everything flowed nice and easy. The 3 hotels couldn't have been more perfect, and the way you planned the route gave us the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Thank you so much Julia, Pura Vida!
-Stef and Brad, Costa Rica trip
Julia, I just wanted to let you know that we've checked into our place in London, UK and it seems really cool! We are so indebted to you. Thank you again and again!This hotel looks wonderful. We appreciate your diligence and time after business hours. I totally understand why you won Oakville's Best Travel Agent award! We owe you big time! Gros bissous!
- Carolyn and Ron, Europe trip
Julia, we can't thank you enough for all of your work in making our trip to Costa Rica so fantastic! It was a very special way to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday and you played such an important role in making it unforgettable. Thanks for a job beautifully done.
-Janet, Brian and gang, Costa Rica group trip
Hi Julia! I just wanted to send a quick but heartfelt note of thanks for the beautiful vacation package you've pulled together. It was waiting for me at my desk when I got in this morning - what a wonderful presentation. And I both laughed and cried when I saw the mangoes at the bottom of the bag ! What a fabulous touch! Your personal stamp on every bit of planning for this vacation has meant the world to me. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to any of my co-workers/friends looking for travel arrangements. Woman, you are truly one in a million. Thanks so much!
-Bonnie, Jamaica trip
Julia, a million thank you's...again. You are amazing! Thank you once again for all of your hard work and for monitoring all day long You are the best. Everything is back on track because of you and I do so greatly appreciate it.
-Maura, South Africa trip
Julia I wanted to thank-you for all your personal touches on our holiday. It was really nice to be treated in such a fabulous way. You don't get this service when you book a holiday on line. Our holiday was fantastic and everything went off without a hitch. Our flight arrived 20 mins ahead of schedule in the Bahamas. Can't complain there. Our shuttle was ready and awaiting us upon arrival and departure. Even our flight home was ahead of schedule. We will not hesitate to contact you in the future when we have holiday plans, or refer you to our friends and family who are looking into a holiday. Our next holiday will be Disney next year and we will be taking our kids. So I will be in touch when the time comes. I know you have many great travel destinations for families. Thanks again
- Melanie, Nassau trip
Julia, THANK YOU so much for helping us plan an amazing vacation to Costa Rica! We absolutely loved it. So many people we met were surprised that we were able to plan a trip like we did with all the transfers included...people mistakenly think they have to join a huge tour group to have that kind of peace of mind. We had an amazing (pre-wedding) honeymoon that we¦ll never forget! We would love to return again, and when we do, we hope that you'l be able to put another great trip together for us.
-Gillian and Patrick, Costa Rica trip
Secrets Wild Orchid was the nicest place I have ever been to (and I not exaggerating). Thank you for finding this gem for me at the price that you did. I started to chat with people and realized that you did great, great work on this one in terms of price. Thanks again. I can't believe how great it was. I will be calling you for all of my future vacations and telling everyone... I know that Julia is great!
-Amy, Jamaica trip
Thanks again so much for getting everything together for our group to the Dominican. We really appreciated it! I might be emailing you about going again in June with my sister in law for a wedding. And we are planning to go to the 100th anniversary for the Calgary Stampede in July as well! So we will definitely book through you!
-Rachel, Puerto Plata group trip
Let me start by saying "thank you" for arranging our phenomenal trip to Costa Rica! I wanted to write to let you know how thrilled we all were with our trip. All the accommodations were fantastic, the drivers and tour guides were on-time, enthusiastic and very helpful, the excursions were awesome and the country, as you know, is just stunning! We all agreed, the highlight of the trip was staying at Chachagua, the zip line and the Cano Negro excursion. All in all, fantastic! In fact, our daughter loved Costa Rica and the people so much she would like to go back and start her own farm! Thank you once again. We look forward to working with you again.
-Lori and family, Costa Rica trip
Jambo (hello), we all made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro !!! The toughest thing we have ever done. I hope you enjoyed tracking us. I think we all agreed it would be our last summitˇKit was that tough! One foot in front of the other, very slowly, heart pounding, breathing heavy, couldn't eat or drink because it takes too much effort while breathing and walking, headache, falling asleep as we walked, splashes of puke along the way, one guy being walked down the peak. It's dfficult to describe how tough it was! Thanks for planning it all for us!
-Dwayne and group, Mt. Kilimanjaro hiking group trip
Hi Julia. Thank you for the phone call to the hotel today, and the fruit and bubbly for New Year's! We are very impressed with your attention to detail! Thanks again and merry Christmas! We love it here at Now Jade!
-Jackie and family, Mayan Riviera trip
Hi Julia, we are home safe and sound and had a good trip. The Melia Caribe resort was beautiful (huge) but well maintained. The food was good and the rooms and resort were clean. Thank you again for booking the trip for us. Talk to you again I'm sure.
-Janis, Punta Cana trip
Hi Julia. Arrived at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort-- really nice hotel. Toured the canal today and got to watch a boat go through. Then we had a great trip through the old city of Panama - very colourful. As always, thanks for your help. It's been a great trip.
-Wendy, Panama trip
We all had an amazing time in Costa Rica and keep looking at the pictures. It's hard to get back into the routine of things again, but work doesn't stop! We really loved the Westin resort and were so glad we stayed there. On the way back from a day trip to Palo Verde Park we dropped off the people staying in Tamarindo first. If someone likes dusty action then thatˇ¦s the place for them. A good quiet location and I loved the iguanas and birds living in the palm tree directly outside. The nightly show was well done and the activities throughout the day were varied. It was never a problem to get a reservation at the restaurants and we tried them all. The food is good as is the service. Jeremy loved the shuttles and he actually suggested that they should switch over to electric vehicles to become totally eco friendly. He went to the room independently and felt safe to go around on his own. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. We went on 3 tours. 1 Arenal - I totally forgot how different the weather could be in the mountains and was freezing cold -so we bought t-shirts and ponchos and had a great time. The drive over goes quickly and you see so much of the country. We stopped along the way and went into the rainforest, had a boat ride and ate really well. I am so glad you pointed out that the Arenal Kioro had no beach - it would have been too isolated for us and the weather was rainy. The food was good though, that¦s where we had dinner. The hot springs were fantastic and I have pictures of it all if you want to update your file.
Then we did the river trip to Palo Verde- we saw 56 crocodiles birds etc. It is a boring tour, the river ride is long and slow but the lunch was perfect, Liberia very interesting and did a quick shopping stop there, I would have appreciated more time in Liberia rather than that. The highlight was the ATV tour and canopy. It was Jeremy's wish and a load of fun. We got so dusty and Jeremy could even drive one of the ATV's - just perfect for him. The canopy tour was fantastic and I can now say I did it and it's one thing off my bucket list!! I am afraid of heights but felt safe here and loved the feeling but I must say 11 platforms is enough. Having a day in between to unwind at the pool was perfect. We are relaxed and well rested. Thank you for all your support - it was very thoughtful of you to have a bottle of wine waiting for us and your welcome home card too! The caipurinha drink you mentioned is great and the bartender at Mitra makes the best one!!
Costa Rica is a lovely country and I really hope they can keep up their eco conservation They have simple lives and seem satisfied. With that fantastic weather year round I could live there. I would also like to stay in contact and maybe we might be able to take a few days off during the March Break.Thanks again for everything.
-Nicole, Costa Rica trip
Thanks so much for arranging the trip to the Riu Palace Aruba. We had a fantastic time. It was very difficult to come back home to this weather.
-Dee, Aruba trip
Hi Julia. We are home safe and sound from Panama 44 degree temperature change for us last night. We had a wonderful vacation. Thanks for the special treats along the way. We enjoyed them thoroughly. The vacation was great. We loved the Royal Decameron. I agree with your comments, a bit tired but definitely clean, safe, beautiful beach, food was fine. Weather was perfect. The Gamboa was absolutely beautiful. I agree that the aerial tour was a highlight. We saw some pretty spectacular wildlife along the way. We would certainly recommend this trip to anyone! Thanks again for helping us with our vacation. We appreciated your expertise along the way. We look forward to planning our next trip with you hopefully soon!
-Paula, Panama trip
Hi Julia our trip to the Bahamas was good, your help with all the bookings and sending us everything was great. When you were able to book our seats coming home for us that was REALLY helpful too, we all sat together coming home. I will definitely book through you in the future! The RIU Palace Paradise Island was nice and the food was good, but I noticed the service was not as good as some resorts, the beach was nice and we really enjoyed the ocean which we haven't at other spots. It was a nice, short getaway. Thank you again for all you did and we will be in touch in the future.
-Janis, Bahamas trip
The guys had a great time golfing in Myrtle Beach. Jeremy loved the condo, said it was very roomy and nice. He also said the Barefoot Golf resort and the golf courses were great.
-Dede, Myrtle Beach golfing trip
Just wanted to thank you so much for all the little extras you provided for our " Family Celebration 2011" at the Melia Caribe in Punta Cana. It was such a treat to walk in to the room and see the chocolate covered strawberries. We also certainly appreciated having the a la cartes reservations already arranged - we learned from a couple that we met, that it can be a challenge. The location of the rooms was excellent - so close to the pool, beach and restaurant. Thank you again - we had a wonderful time.
-Mary, Punta Cana trip
Hey, Julia! Our flight into Vancouver was early, which was good..all in all, the flights were okay! Thanks again for your assistance with the bookings and for checking in - you're awesome ;)!
Hi Julia. The vacation to Cuba was excellent, the weather was absolutely fantastic and the resort was very, very good. Thanks again for organizing this. it was a great time and would definitely go back.
- Iain, Cuba trip
Thanks again for everything to make our holiday at Dream Tulum in Mexico so much fun. We had a great time together and the weather this year was amazing. We both came back with nice tans. Thanks also from my parents, they really enjoyed themselves. The resort was really nice and the food was great, I would definitely go back again.
-Bettina, Mayan Riviera trip
Julia, the trip to RIU Guanacaste was superb! very happy and we intend to use you again (and to spread the word)!
-Peter, Costa Rica trip
Hi Julia, sorry to have missed both your calls at the hotel here in Paris! Well, we made it here safe and sound, despite not getting a wink of sleep on the plane! I guess we were just too excited to sleep. We¦re finding our way around, and the GPS from the car rental has been very helpful, good suggestion. Thanks for letting us know about the parking spot at the Esso, it was the only place we could park in the neighbourhood when we arrived, it was so busy. Thanks for checking up on us.
-Kathy and Allan, Europe trip
Hi Julia. Our week-long trip in Washington DC was so enjoyable! We managed to see and do pretty much everything on our list. Thanks for the great hotel and car rates and supplying us with directions for our drive down. From your handy restaurant recommendations list, we ate at The Oceanaire, a fabulous seafood place. Loved the Maryland Crab Cakes! Your booking of our trip was so organized, and the final charges summary was really helpful. We'll be sure to contact you again for our next trip. Thanks again.
-Julie and Mark, Washington D.C. trip
We had a great time together and really enjoyed the resort. Too bad the weather was not good at all, two days of sunshine that was it. But, we made the best out of it. The food was great, the service was great and they were all very friendly. We had a very nice room with two beds!!! that was very important since my daughter moves around so much at night...We had a really nice time together. The Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana was great but a little too big for me. My daughter and and I would like to make it a yearly thing that we go somewhere in November/December. Thanks again for everything Julia...Great recommendation of resort, I would recommend you to anyone.
-Bettina, Punta Cana trip
Julia, overall, we thought the Costa Rica trip was extremely well organized. The drivers were always on time, the buses were clean and private, and we always got to where we needed to be. The private ferry across the Arenal Lake was lots of fun. We really enjoyed the Monteverde cloud forest and Arenal. The highlight of the trip for me were the hot springs at the Arenal Kioro hotel. Overall we thought Costa Rica was a beautiful, clean country and we'd definitely go back. Thank you for all the organizing you did and the attention to detail, as it made a big difference!
- Barb and gang, Costa Rica group trip
We enjoyed Atlantis and the Reef very much and we would recommend it to anyone who plans on heading down to the islands. The weather could have been a couple of degrees warmer though. We had overcast skies a couple of days but otherwise it was fairly sunny. The food was great. We didn't need the food-plan as it would not have been worthwhile. Thanks again for all your help!
-Paul, Bahamas trip