The holiday season at the Orlando theme parks is a very special time to many of us. The decorations are up, Christmas music is playing, and it is a great jump start to the most wonderful time of the year. To be completely transparent with things being so different, we were not sure what to expect from any of the destinations in Orlando this year, but Universal Orlando knocked it out of the park with their holiday fun! Today we are going to talk about our time participating in the Universal Orlando's 2020 Holiday Tree Hunt.
You will need to purchase the special brochure that you see below for a small fee of $9.95. This map includes the locations of all 16 themed trees featured inside both parks as well as Universal CityWalk. Once you have completed the map and received all 16 stamps, you receive a complimentary ornament. So although you are paying a fee for the map, you are essentially paying for the ornament you receive at the end and having a great time while trying to obtain it.
You can easily follow the map to get from one tree to the next even if you are unfamiliar with the parks layout. We personally started in Islands of Adventure and if you have a Park to Park ticket like we did, you can easily go between parks through a small walk way they had set up in Seuss Landing or on the Hogwarts Express. You can also walk into CityWalk and obtain your two stamps in between visiting both parks which is what we did.
The trees are specifically themed for each area of the park you are in when you find them. Our favorite tree from Islands of Adventure was the Grinch themed tree found in the Mulberry Street Store. Our favorite holiday tree in Universal Studios Florida was the SpongeBob SquarePants tree found in the SpongeBob StorePants store. Please enjoy the photos of the trees as we found them along the way below.
Islands of Adventure Holiday Trees
Treasures of Poseidon
Marvel Alterniverse Store
Mulberry Street Store
Islands of Adventure Trading Company
Island Market and Export Candy Shoppe
Universal Studios Florida Holiday Trees
Universal Studios Store
Shrek's Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe
Silver Screen Collectibles
Holiday Tribute Store
CityWalk Holiday Trees
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, CityWalk
Universal Studios Store, CityWalk
We had a great time running around trying to find the trees and reviewing all the detail on them, they are really neat to look at. We love the ornament we received at the end because we will always have that special souvenir that will remind us of our adventure in Universal Orlando for Christmas 2020. This event is happening until January 3rd, 2021.
If this is something that you would like to do with your family to celebrate the holidays, reach out to a Starstuff Travel planner today by clicking here!
Right now everyone is dreaming about being pampered and I would love to share some insider info I have from Le Blanc Spa Resorts Los Cabos where you are pampered and catered to the whole time you are vacationing there. When you close your eyes and fantasize about being somewhere dreamy this is the place you are visualizing!
Airport transfers are included in any stay 4 days or more and are provided by some of the most luxurious vehicles (by the way, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an adults only all inclusive property). It is just a quick 20-30 minute drive from the airport to the resort. On the way to the hotel we were in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter type van and headed back to the airport we were in a Cadillac SUV, feeling like a VIP all the way.
When you arrive at the property you’ll be greeted with welcome cocktails, a warm lavender infused neck pillow and 5-star type service by the friendly staff members. The entire resort is fashioned with immaculate white marble floors and subtle décor with an amazing fragrant smell you will want to bottle up to bring back home (in fact you can actually purchase their signature scent in the gift shop). You are then brought to your room by the bellman and introduced to your butler. Every single room here at Le Blanc includes butler service. Our butler Karla introduced us to the Le Blanc app on our phone, then went over the features of our room such as our aromatherapy machine, the bathtub, the pillow menu (I meant it when I said you were pampered) as well as tons of informative details you need to know to be able to relax and enjoy as much as possible. She even offered to set a scheduled bath time daily where she would come in and prepare a bath and include fresh cut artisan soaps of our liking. I truly felt like a Kardashian while we were staying here. Below you will find a video tour of our room.
The whole property here at Le Blanc is stunning. I love the natural scenery they have scattered around as well as the view of the mountains here on the dramatic coast of Mexico. There are several large pools including an infinity pool overlooking the beach, as well as many lounge and relaxation areas featuring swings, daybeds and cabanas. Like most other resorts in this area, they do not have a swimmable beach. If you want to be able to swim during your vacation you can visit Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun.
The property here at dusk is lit with thousands of twinkle lights, candles, lanterns and outdoor fire pits that create such a beautiful ambience. They also have fantastic entertainment during the evening as well for those that like to enjoy a good night out.
Please take a moment to enjoy the property tour video below we have created from our stay on property.
There are many amazing restaurants at this resort and every single one of them is to rave about. That being said, one of our favorite things to do when we were visiting was to take advantage of the 24 hour room service menu. There is nothing like eating lasagna in your comfy robe while sitting on your balcony watching the sunset after a long day.
The spa was amazing. I loved the water journey as well as the hydrotherapy before my deep tissue massage. I also really enjoyed having a spa butler to aid me in the hydrotherapy and water journey correctly and explain why I was doing what I was doing. You can take advantage of them as well when you book a spa treatment, otherwise you can pay to utilize it.
This trip to Le Blanc was one of our favorites to date. We had one complaint, and that is now that we have been so spoiled we are having trouble enjoying ourselves at other hotels we visit! If you want to be spoiled too, let one of our Starstuff Travel Planners help you today by clicking here.
When you are traveling to an airport out of the country that you have never been to before, wouldn't it be nice to have a friend greeting you and instructing you what the procedures are and what to expect next? Well, that can actually be done when traveling to Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (as well as Kingston airport).
When we arrived into Montego Bay our Club Mobay rep met us right outside of where we deplaned holding a sign with our name on it. It was so calming to know we had someone awaiting our arrival and that she was so easy to find holding a sign with our name on it. She then explained we needed to get our temperature taken and then had to proceed to a quick health screening. After the health screening she walked us to the customs area and once we were cleared she brought us to the Club Mobay Lounge. They normally have snacks out for the taking but since we are in the middle of a pandemic they will come and take your snack and drink order. They also offer complimentary wifi for those who want to get some work done before heading off to their vacation. Afterwards our rep checked us into our transportation and we were on our way to our resort.
Upon our departure to head home, we checked into the Fast Track check in desk once we were all checked into our airline. They gave us a ticket and advised that after security screening head to the lounge which is across from gate 12. The lounge here also offers an unlimited open bar and many food options. It is large, with many flat screen t.v.s and places to charge up your electronics. Again, also offering complimentary wifi to check on your emails if you decide to head back to reality a little early.
For the price, the value is incredible. We highly recommend utilizing the service they offer round trip. The only downside is they do not offer this everywhere we travel!
To book Club Mobay, reach out to us at Info@Starstufftravel.com
I could tell you about the beautiful Seven Mile Beach with white powdery sand and crystal turquoise waters. The dramatic sunsets, the many different room categories, the relaxing soaking tubs, but what we learned here during our time at Sandals Negril is that, in the end, it's the people here that actually make your time special.
From the time we reached the Sandals lounge at the airport, till the time we headed back, the staff at the property treated us like we were family members. They remember your name, they remember what you like to drink, and they really take the time to get to know you which makes you feel like your the only one on vacation at this property!
There was never a time we came across someone that was having a bad day or did not treat us like we were a guest in their home. It is that special touch you can only find at Sandals and Beaches resorts. The treatment you receive when your on vacation here is comprable to no other.
They also have phenomenal entertainment on property. I mean, the kind of entertainment you would pay money for back home. They spare no expense to keep guests here happy, relaxed and entertained. The events team here works hard and you can appreciate all that they do.
If you are looking for a complete experience and not just a room on the beach, than a Sandals/Beaches vacation is for you. These people truly care about your time here, they are going to look after you like you have never seen before on your time away. When you leave your not just sad your vacation is ending, your disappointed to leave your new friends. This shows you why there are so many repeat guests that come back year after year.
To book your next Sandals/Beaches vacation, reach out to us at Info@Starstufftravel.com
On Sunday October 18th, 2020 TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screened over 1 million passengers for the day. TSA had not screened this many passengers on a single day since March 17th, 2020. This shows the travel industry is headed in the right direction with many people feeling safer to fly than in previous months. While this aids the industries rebound, it is still going to take a lot of education to ensure those who are weary, that it is in fact, safer than ever to "Fly the Friendly Skies".
Recently the Department of Defense completed the most comprehensive study on aircraft airflow that has ever been conducted in history and determined the risk is almost non existent even during a full flight. Research showed that on average .003% of infected particles crossed into your breathing zone and 99.99% of them were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes. Incredibly, this research showed that the inside of an aircraft cabin is one of the safest indoor environments in the whole entire world.
In an additional study conducted by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), they found only 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were caught on a flight from among the 1.2 billion people that flew between January and July this year. That translates to one case for every 27.3 million flyers. This study proves you have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than you do catching the disease on a flight with the combination of wearing a mask and the constant airflow through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that are keeping cabins safe.
Here is a great video United Airlines put together to educate the public on how they conducted their study and what their findings were.
If you would also like to read more about the research The International Air Transport Association (IATA) conducted, you can find additional information on their study by clicking here. In todays world it is more important than ever to stay educated on real-time studies and factual based information.