February 2015 Newsletter


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Dear Freddie,


OK, so are you a SUPER BOWL or an OSCAR fan?  Or BOTH?

It is after the Holidays...the bills are coming in...but there still are things to look forward to in the dead of winter, besides all of those sun destination bookings...


I know that some people can't wait for their nacho-dripping, beer-guzzling, *burping*, yelling, cheering, "what a stupid call!" afternoon with testosterone-filled good friends.  While others prefer the evening of red carpet "what was she thinking wearing that?", star watching, "I didn't see that one", Meryl again(?), evening with other movie-loving pals.  (Of course I know we have the Grey Cup, but admit it...most Canadians do enjoy these events happening on the other side of the border.)


Which side are you on?  I'm betting that you can guess that I came out years ago on the side of the Golden statue.  In fact, we started hosting an Oscar party over a decade ago, after attending Oscar parties for years.  The party hosting duties rotate between us and 3 other couples each year.  We have 2 rules for the evening:


1. All of the food has to be nominated-movie-themed. Last year the food featured Blue Jasmine Rice,  American cheese Hustle hour d'oeuvres, Frozen cocktails, Tang orange drink (Gravity) and of course stale movie popcorn.


2. Everyone has to turn in a ballot and vote on all 24 awards.  We award a prize every year for the person with the most correct guesses.  Our record was set last year with 3 people getting 22 out of 24!  Of course, some of our ballots look like a monkey picking randomly could do better.

I can't wait for the fabulous Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th annual Academy Awards on the 22nd.  You can find all of the nominees HERE.  


Happy selling!


Dave Emery

webinarsUpcoming Webinars
Find links to sing up for any of these webinars HERE.  All webinars will be only 30 minutes.



Learn more about on of Puerto Vallarta's newest all-inclusive properties - the Hilton Puerto Valalrta.  We will also include information on the Krystal properties in Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Acapulco.


     Tuesday, February 3, 9 am PT, noon ET

     Thursday, February 5, 9 am PT, noon ET



We will provide an overview of the new Krystal Grand Punta Cancun and the Krystal Cancunproperties.  Both are located in a great location at the top of the "7" in Cancun, on one of the best beaches in Cancun.   They are just steps away from shopping malls, restaurants, cultural attractions and the nightclub area (Coco Bongo's and more!).  


     Tuesday, February 10, 9 am PT, noon ET

     Thursday, February 12, 9 am PT, noon ET



Honua Kai is one of the top-rated luxury condo resorts in Maui, featuring spacious studio, one, two and three bedroom suites.  The property is located on the world-famous Kaanapali North Beach.  Each suite includes a fully equipped high-end kitchen, in-suite washer & dryer, a bathroom for each bedroom and more. 


     Wednesday February 4, 9 am PT, noon ET

     Wednesday, February 11, 9 am PT, noon ET



To request a private webinar for you or your colleagues, please email Dave Emery (dave@daemery.com

In this issue
ElCidEl Cid Resorts - 
Awards, Celebrations and Savings!
For the third consecutive year, Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort in Riviera Maya (Puerto Morales) receives with pride the 2015 Travelers Choice Award for being one of the Top Hotels for Families in Mexico! 

Also, the countdown for Mazatlan's International Carnival has begun!  Your clients will love the merriment of this outstanding celebration with multi-cultural festivals starting February 12th.


Of course any of the 4 El Cid Resorts properties in Mazatlan are the perfect home-base to enjoy this beautiful, family-friendly Carnival celebration.


Watch our Facebook page for an upcoming Saving Mazatlan campaign with WestJet Vacations.  You and your clients won't be disappointed!

Hilton-KrystalHilton Puerto Vallarta - Amazing Spa!

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I have 2 favourite places at the Hilton...One is the O'West Lounge.  It is a roof-top, adults-only lounge that features an infinity pool, open bar and sushi chef. 

The other is the Ki Spa.  My favourite treatment is the Floatarium.  You enter a large open room, with a large sale-water plunge pool in the middle.  In this private treatment, you immerse yourself in the warm, buoyant salt water, and the staff turns down the lights and turn on the soft music.  They put a noodle under your neck and legs, and you just float.  In the soft candle light, you see the lights in the ceiling that twinkle like stars, and you just relax.  Because the salt water is the same temperature as your body temperature, when you close your eyes, and your ears go below the water level, all you can hear and feel is your own heart beating.  It is an amazing experience.  They say that an hour in the Floatarium is like a relaxing night's sleep.


Be sure to make to remind your clients about our onsite Ki Spa, where they can enjoy a host of services all meant to provide you the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, including our Floatarium water experience.  Of course, all of the Krystal Resorts properties have great spa experiences also.

HonuaKaiHonua Kai -  More Great Press

The U.S. News & World Report has announced its list of 2015 Best Hotels, and Honua Kai Resort & Spa has earned the #7 spot on the "Best Hotels in Maui" list and #22 spot on the "Best Hotels in Hawaii" list! Additionally, Maui has been named the #1 Best Place to Visit in the USA and #2 Best Family Beach Vacation in the USA. We provided links below to each list. 

bullet Best Maui Hotels
bullet Best Hawaii Hotels
bullet Best Places to Visit in the USA
bullet Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

Of course the Canadian press has been mentioning Honua Kai also.

Also, don't forget it is whale watching season, and many guest are having some great whale sightings right from their Honua Kai suites or beach. 

photoPhoto Contest


What is the name of the spa at Honua Kai? Hint:  It features this unique Himalayan Salt room for all of their sat treatment.

 Click here to enter your answer.



Congratulations to Karrie Locher of Sears Travel in Edmonton, AB for winning last month's Photo Contest and gift certificate.


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