Meet the team bringing you the latest from your favorite resorts! From the luxurious accommodations, to the delicious food, to the pristine beaches, they’re here to give you an inside look at your next great vacation. Happy planning!

bio_finalMichelle Barry

An amateur foodie, there’s nothing I love more than trying new restaurants with my friends and family. Who doesn’t love good company and great food? But while I find almost everything to be delicious, I just can’t help myself around sweet treats! And the only thing bigger than my sweet tooth is my appetite for travel!

I wanted the opportunity to fully immerse myself in another culture so I packed my bags and headed to Ireland. While visiting the many sites of the beautiful country, I fell head over heels for travel. Lo and behold, a few years later I found myself working in the tourism industry!

Overwhelmed by the amazing options we have? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you pick out which suite to book, which restaurant to try first and what drinks will have you swimming back up to the bar for more! Because an Endless Privileges® , Unlimited-Luxury®, and an Unlimited-Fun® vacation will always leave you dreaming!

blog image 3Courtney Pugh

Born and raised in a small town I always knew one thing growing up…”I Need To Get Out of Here!!!” Sorry Mom, but while I will always hold my rural upbringing close to heart, travel continues to be a number one goal. Traveling to different parts of the world, interacting with the local residents and experiencing what everyday life is like for people half way across the globe is something that will never cease to amaze me!

Now- planes, trains and automobiles..and the occasional donkey, have allowed me to experience a whole new world. I consider it my duty to the other small towners itching to get out, to share my experiences.

Everything from the feel of the sand on the beaches, to the taste of the authentic cuisine or the breathtaking sights from paradise, I am here for you! Experience Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury® and Unlimited-Fun®  through my eyes. Don’t believe me? Book a trip and come see of yourself!

543176_102805369860679_780346687_n[1]Zuko Garcia

I, more than anyone, understand the joy of experiencing a beautiful, passionate country because Mexico is my home! I love to share the things I love about my country with new people every day. I get to see first-hand the joy a well-deserved vacation can bring.

I’ll be giving you a first-hand account of the goings-on down here in paradise! I’ll try my best to transport you to the beaches, restaurants and spas. When you’re here, every day is a celebration and I’ll give you a taste. Come visit me soon!

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  5. We had a Fabulous Time at the “Now Sapphire” the week of April 6th to 13th, 2014. The Resort was just the right size, not to large, where you get lost in the crowd! Classy, but relaxed, pool was awesome, Beach was so spectacular! We met so many wonderful, friendly people from all over! The staff was Superb Friendly, Helpful, Fun especially Laura, Regina, Ivan, Gio, plus, plus. One of Now Entertainment staff was a little to much, it was all about him, a little over the top. Bar staff very efficient service even when crazy busy with all us crazy people! We enjoyed the different restaurants at the Now Sapphire to choose from. Reyna & Eloy great service in Market Place restaurant. Thanks to Jessica LaForest from Flight Centre, Maple Ridge, BC for recommendation!

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  9. I was hoping to get the recipe for the vegetable veloute from Paramour at the Now Sapphire. Hands down the best soup I’ve ever eaten.

  10. We just came back from a week vacation at Now Larimar in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. My family of eight including two business associates got our package through Apple Vacations. Now Larimar is rated 6 golden apples according to Apple vacations. I have written to apple vacation to clarify whether it was 6 out of 7 or perhaps it was out of 25. Our experience tells us not to be fooled by their ratings because as far as we are concern Now Larimar does not deserve even a “1”. Let me tell you why:

    1. When we arrived, they immediately offered us $40 per person per day for 7 days to a preferred club, otherwise, we were told that we will not be able to enjoy a lot of their amenities. Reluctantly, we agreed. Also, in addition, there was no “wow” factor to the building itself. It was dark and gloomy.

    2. We were then heralded to our room by a chirpy butler. As he opened the door we were welcomed by a musty odor coming from the room. Obviously, the room was not freshened up. The rooms were depressing, chipped bathroom door, burnt light bulb, old looking linens and towels, low water pressure that caused clogged toilet on the 2nd day.

    3. The quality of food and service was definitely mediocre. We tried the buffet, American Grill, Caper’s for Italian, Mercure for French; all of them offered sub par quality of meat. In exception of my fish dish at Caper’s which is the only thing that was palatable, all my friends dishes of pork and steak were hard and chewy. We all agreed to try Castaway’s all you can eat lobster. For $71 per person, we thought it should be amazing. We were wrong!!! the lobster were cooked like rubber, the side dishes were pitiful and not enough for second helping unless you ask for them to grill another. We ended up contacting Melia resort on our 5th day, since we have a time share there, to get a decent meal.

    4. To top it all, on our 3rd night, after a day in the beach and pool, my husband and I were locked out of our room. It took the front desk over an hour to resolve the problem. My husband went to the concierge office twice before they send someone up only to find out that it was the door battery that was not functioning. Meantime, we were in the open hallway with our wet clothes and getting bitten by mosquitoes.

    I hope that this post gets to the right people. No one should experience what we went through because of Apple Vacations misrepresentation.

  11. I love now resorts, they offer incredible service, food and amenities at a very affordable and fair price. Each property is really unique and special for different reasons. The key is choosing which Now property would work best for your vacation or destination wedding needs. You really can count on the amresorts chain! I have been offering the Now, Dreams, Secrets and Breathless properties for years for Destination weddings and will continue to do so. They never disappoint they are truly at the top of their game all-inclusive resort chain wise!

  12. Hi, the 24 hour room service is included in the Preferred Club Suites inclusive, the food also or just the service? What is the concierge service? Do they have a floor plan from the Preferred Pool Suites? Is this a room or 2? Greetings from Germany

  13. Please do not stay at this resort. My husband and I stayed 7 days in a VIP suite and we did not have hot water for the entire stay. The room service did not come until after 6 pm the first four days. The refrigerator leaked water and was never repaired or replaced.

    We had a party of 14 and all of us got food poisoning.

    I made several complaints in writing and was told that the GM could only see my by appointment. When I requested the appointment I was told they would get back with me. They never did.

    The drinks were watered down and the food was always served very cold.

    I went through Delta Vacation for this booking.

    The outside activities outside of the resort were AWESOME!!!

    The actual stay at the resort was less than zero on a scale from one to ten.

  14. I am scheduled to travel there February 26-march 5, 2018 have the above comments been resolved, hot water, musty rooms, old linens food poisoning!

  15. I am a preferred club member, and very disappointed about the services
    the day I arrived they said the room is ready to check in. One of the light bulb on the ceiling wasn’t work, the mini bar wasn’t stock. In the bathroom no shampoo and conditioner no robe no sleeper no iron no blow-dry. When you called them they are not arrived to your room until the afternoon. One of my key didn’t worked I called and the maintenance guy came he very unprofessional the way they talked to you. I got a food poisoned in that afternoon after I had lunch at the Blue Water. You became a preferred member the only they gave to you just a ribbon that handled across of the door before enter in your room said Welcome Vip Member that is. Room is very dark with the old linens, water keep running in the toilet. I don’t know why they have 5 stars. The only thing I give 5 stars just for the Cibu Restaurant.

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