Hotel Spotlight: Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Just an hour and a half outside of Atlanta in picturesque Greensboro, Georgia on the shores of Lake Oconee lies the luxury lakefront Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Resort. The property was designed with family in mind and lends itself to the family getaways of days gone by. Offering a wide range of activities, high-end amenities, luxurious accommodations, and top-notch service that always comes with a Ritz Carlton experience, the Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the perfect place for a relaxing and rejuvenating family getaway. Team Ourisman sent our Sales Coordinator, Meg, to check out the recently renovated property and we are excited to share her takeaways!

The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee’s location makes it ideal for clients based in Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas who are looking for a manageable drive. Its proximity to Atlanta also makes it an easy locale for those who have direct flight options to ATL, which eliminates strenuous flight itineraries. The resort itself is very isolated, providing guests with a truly secluded experience without cutting corners where luxury is concerned.

A multi-million dollar renovation, which was completed in early 2020, elevated the rooms from their former dark and dated look to a new, fresh design scheme featuring classic southern style and tying in the color palette of the natural surroundings. The renovation also focused on transforming the trademark Ritz Carlton Club Level experience, debuting an updated, multi-level Club Lounge and adding new Club Level rooms. Those familiar with the Ritz Carlton Club Level will be pleased to find the same attentive service they are used to in the reimagined Club Lounge, which features an area for families as well as an adults only area. Guests will find plenty of relaxing spaces to enjoy a peaceful family meal, snacks throughout the day and the ever so southern pre-dinner cocktail.

In addition to updated rooms and a revamped Club Lounge, the Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee placed a special emphasis on their youngest guests during this recent renovation. The property boasts a new Ritz Kids club with plenty of activities for guests ranging from 3 to 12, as well as a new Family Pool nearby where families are welcome to splash and play while enjoying poolside service and gorgeous lake views.

In addition to the standard perks for kids at the Ritz Kids club, Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is now offering a unique Study Buddy program that blends education and fun for those little guests who still need to do their schoolwork, making it the perfect place for a schoolcation. Fully customizable for each child and placing top priority on completing assignments while ensuring that fun and play do not fall by the wayside the Study Buddy program is designed to allow parents to work from their rooms or enjoy some much-needed relaxation after assisting with digital learning for months on end. A dedicated counselor will connect with you prior to arrival to find out more about the digital learning schedule for your child and build a personal syllabus for their time on property. This program will ensure the virtual class schedule is followed with mentorship and assistance while enriching experiences are sprinkled in for a break from digital learning. In order to tackle the school day with their counselor kids will receive a personalized tackle-box upon arrival with various school supplies based on their age. The Study Buddy program is available Monday through Friday for students 5 to 12 years of age. Half-day and full-day programs with lunch are available, with the half-day costing $80 and the full-day costing $120. Tutoring will take place either in the Kids Club area or in the cottages, depending on the family’s accommodations.

Just because the property focuses on their little guests more than others does not mean that adult guests won’t find plenty to do. Golfers are very happy here with five courses to choose from. The courses were designed by the best names in golf course architecture, ranging from Reese Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp. In addition to the array of beautiful courses, The Kingdom at Lake Oconee provides golfers with access to master club fitters who analyze you swing to create a custom TaylorMade club or putter; a special treat for any golf enthusiast.

The property features a variety of room categories, some of which can be connected to create enough space for families, but what really caught our eye were the lakeside cottages on property. The Two and Three Bedroom Cottages offer either Lake or Golf Course views and are spacious while still feeling cozy. The quintessentially southern wrap-around porches and stone fireplaces in each cottage are the perfect homey touch and facilitate plenty of family bonding moments. The Lake House, the grandest of the cottages, has sweeping Lake and Pool views along with its own pool and game room along with four bedrooms and bathrooms, making it perfect for larger groups.

A proud partner of Ritz Carlton’s STARS amenity program, Ourisman Travel is proud to offer our clients incredible value-added amenities ranging from free breakfast daily, upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, resort credits, and more! To learn more about the Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, and how Ourisman Travel can elevate your stay please fill out a Travel Request Form or email us at team@ourismantravel.com

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Destination Spotlight: Alaska The Last Frontier

Alaska is a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Aptly referred to as America’s Last Frontier, Alaska has such a wide variety of activities to offer that highlight the natural beauty of the state. Alaska is a destination where the true luxury lies within the experiences and we are here to help you get the most out of this incredible piece of the world.

There are several ways you can approach a trip to Alaska, the most popular of which has become an Alaskan cruise. Many cruises are operated during the season, ranging from late April to mid-September, with varying levels of luxury and adventure. When considering an Alaskan cruise, it is important to take into account the types of experience you want. Some are happy to enjoy the sweeping views from their private terrace while others want to focus on exciting and unique shore excursions. No matter what your driving force may be, we always advise our clients to invest in higher category cabins and include a few shore excursions when they book an Alaskan cruise. Being able to appreciate the views and enjoy privacy is well worth the investment and everyone should get a little out of their comfort zone in Alaska!

For those who want to really hone in on the great outdoors of the Alaskan wilderness, approaching the destination by air is the way to go. The top lodges are located very far apart to preserve the natural beauty of the state and driving between them can often take up the better part of a day. We have found that arranging a helicopter or seaplane transfer is not only a great timesaver for our clients who are eager to soak up as much adventure as possible but also a really incredible experience overall. Taking in the Alaskan landscape from an eagle’s eye view in a helicopter or a seaplane is breathtaking in more ways than one; perfect for adrenaline junkies and efficient travelers alike!

Whether you choose to tackle Alaska by land, by sea, or a blend of both, Ourisman Travel has the best resources to make sure you and your itinerary are properly outfitted for your adventures. Alaska is an ideal destination for our Tailored Luxury service, which will ensure you have experiences curated for you with attention to detail and incredible care.

Alaska is the ideal destination for family trips, especially for families with teens or adult children who are looking for a chance to disconnect from the real world & reconnect as a family. Alaska is the perfect place to bring a group and ensure that everyone is experiencing something new and special. The options are endless in Alaska when it comes to outdoor activities. Ranging from glacier trekking, salmon fishing in the rivers, halibut fishing on the open ocean, whale watching, bear safaris and so much more, there is something for everyone here.

Of course, we have a couple of favorite properties in Alaska that we can’t help but highlight. These are some of the best of the best in Alaska and we love working with these incredible properties to make sure our clients have a luxurious place to rest their heads after days of exploration.

Tutka Bay Lodge sits at the entrance to a splendidly rugged seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay, near Homer, Alaska. Get the mix of seaside tranquility and high energy adventures at Tutka! Sign up for lodge-based activities like daily 50-minute cooking classes with one of the lodge chefs (often with freshly caught fish from the bay), complimentary massage, and yoga classes on the deck. The Lodge also offers daily wine and beer tastings featuring Alaskan micro-brewed beers and wines from the U.S. and beyond! As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Tutka Bay Lodge:

  • Complimentary Breakfast daily (included in rate)
  • $100 gift card towards gift shop merchandise

Winterlake Lodge is a sister property to Tutka Bay Lodge. Here you are settled into wild and rugged mountains, glaciers, and the historic Iditarod trail. The property offers five individual guest cabins, a central main lodge, gardens, sled dog lot, and a sauna house. You will have access points to Mt. Denali and other various hiking trails. As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Winterlake Lodge:

  • Complimentary Breakfast daily (included in rate)
  • $100 gift card towards gift shop merchandise

Stillpoint Lodge resides in the fairytale-like village of Halibut Cove. This secluded luxury Alaskan resort encourages guests to become one with nature and enjoy one of the cozy cabins or luxury suites on property. As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Stillpoint Lodge:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Breakfast daily (already included in rates)
  • One complimentary massage per booking, per stay (guests also receive one massage per person, per stay inclusive in rates)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

In Alaska there is no shortage of wild mountain landscapes, beautiful glaciers, and abundant wildlife. Here, the experiences truly are luxury and of course, we are here to provide a meaningful Alaskan adventure. To find out more about how Ourisman Travel can help you plan a trip to Alaska, email us at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form!

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Introducing Schoolcations: Remote Learning at Luxury Resorts

Happy first day of… virtual learning! With many businesses and schools remaining virtual this fall, refresh your approach to learning and working with a “schoolcation”. With so many both working and learning remotely, a unique opportunity to change your surroundings and boost productivity has presented itself. Remote work and learning allow us to be virtually anywhere while staying on top of our responsibilities; who says we have to stay put to do that!

Many consumers have recently been following this new “schoolcation” trend for a change of scenery and a must needed break from reality. With the help of Ourisman Travel, you can travel while still educating your children and getting that office work done – all from the luxury of your private room, residence, or villa! Check out some of our favorite options for a “schoolcation!

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita recently announced its schoolcation experience and we couldn’t be more excited. Through a new Knowledge for All Seasons program (an extension of the resort’s Kids for All Seasons programming), the property will set up families with distance learning in your new home away from home with private tutoring, study buddy support, cultural classes, tech support, and study cabanas.

The villas and homes feature private pools, patios, grilling areas, and a dedicated host who will even do your grocery shopping, allowing for total seclusion away from guests. And everything else you could ever need is within touch with the latest Four Seasons Chat App.

Another Four Seasons property participating in the “schoolcation” program implemented by the Punta Mita property is the Four Seasons Orlando. A family favorite due to its location inside the Disney World Park and its devoted attention to young guests, the Four Seasons Disney is the perfect answer for those looking to blend a “schoolcation” with a day or two visiting one of the Disney Parks. The five-acre Explorer Island will act as a schoolhouse for kids as they work on their homework, enjoy snacks and even have a little recess before joining their parents at the family pool. While the kids are away, parents are free to enjoy the adults-only pool onsite, the only one within the Disney World Park Complex.

Through our partnership with Four Seasons, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer our clients exclusive perks like daily breakfast for two or early check-in when they stay at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, the Four Seasons Orlando, or other Four Seasons properties around the world

The Four Seasons Punta Mita is not the only hotel in Mexico jumping on the “schoolcation” trend. The Hotel Esencia is also offering complimentary home school coordinators included with every September & October booking. These coordinators will help your children connect online with their teachers and supervise their school routine for up to five hours per day, while parents relax and unwind from the past 5 months. The only stir-crazy happening here is your margarita on the rocks!

As if that isn’t enough to convince you that The Hotel Esencia is the perfect fit for your “schoolcation”, Ourisman is able to extend Virtuoso amenities to our clients, including daily breakfast for two guests and a $100 spa credit, to name a few.

The Montage brand has launched its own version of the schoolcation at four of their properties, Montage Los Cabos, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Montage Laguna Beach, and Montage Deer Valley, with its newly unveiled Montage Academy. Montage Academy has been designed to meet the needs of students engaging in virtual learning, offering a range of supportive services for guests ages six to seventeen. These include a socially distanced study hall with tutors on hand to help with homework, answer questions, and assist with technology. These four Montage properties are also offering additional activities to act as a nice break from the day to day learning and preserve the sense of vacation that all guests deserve. Offering activities like youth yoga classes, guided hikes, cooking classes, and any others, kids are given an opportunity to have some fun and enjoy their surroundings. These additional activities are great for parents too, who may also be working and may need additional support to get their work done.

As proud partners of Montage and Virtuoso, we are please to offer our clients value added amenities when they book their schoolcations at a Montage with us, including free breakfast daily, early check-ins & late check-outs and others!

Not to be left out, the Rosewood brand has created a unique Family Time package to answer the unique needs of families. Available across thirteen Rosewood properties in the United States, Caribbean, Middle East, and Mexico, the Family Time package offers a selection of inspired activities and benefits, designed with children in mind.  Expect kid-friendly welcome amenities and experiences, as well as complimentary meals for children 12 and under. Book your Suite Sojourn for exclusive benefits offering an even more personalized experience in one of the collection’s incredible suites, villas, or residences; the perfect places for a virtual classroom or office!

Ourisman Travel is a proud partner of Rosewood Hotels and we are thrilled to offer our guests daily breakfast for two, upgrade opportunities and early check-in or late check-out to our clients.

Last but not least, turn remote learning up a notch with best-in-class tutors and nanny services at your Auberge Resorts Vacation Home. With the support of Auberge, we can arrange for in-person or virtual tutoring so your children can get help with their schoolwork while you get work done yourself (or lounge by the pool). Auberge offers an expansive collection of properties sure to wow those looking for luxury and high touch service. Ourisman Travel clients can take advantage of Virutoso amenities at most Auberge properties worldwide.

Ourisman Travel is aways poised to help our clients find the best-fit property for their needs, and “schoolcations” are no exception. Our partnerships allow us to stay ahead of the curve and provide our clients with exclusive access to incredible private villas, residences & homes – perfect for families looking to escape the monotony while keeping safety and functionality top of mind. To learn more about how Ourisman Travel can help you create a home away from home for your family, fill out a Travel Request Form or reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com. 

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Hotel Spotlight: Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa is a can’t miss destination, located in the very historic town of Middleburg, Virginia. This small town has amazing history and traditions and is only one hour away from Washington, D.C. This Virtuoso resort is the epitome of luxury, offering incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gourmet dining, nearby vineyards, and world-class horse farms.

Salamander Resort & Spa offers 168 guest rooms and suites, each with an outstanding view of the resort grounds. For the ultra-luxury experience, guests can enjoy the 23,000 square-foot spa, consisting of 14 treatment rooms. The spa also offers a heated outdoor infinity pool with poolside cabanas and courtyard. For the adventurer, guests can challenge themselves to any number of outdoor activities offered on-grounds, and for the equestrian, The Salamander offers one of the finest horse facilities in the country.

The Salamander offers three room categories and four suite options for your stay. The accommodations are bright and spacious with classical equestrian decor. The Terrace room is situated on the ground floor opening up to your private stone patio with a walkout to the resort lawn. The Terrace rooms are specifically perfect for those bringing pets with them. The ease of access to the lawn outside makes it a perfect fit when traveling with Fido. The en suite has its own oversized soaking tub and separate walk-in shower. Not to mention a TV in the bathroom, for bubble bath movie night!

Moving up in both categories and floors are your Estate rooms, with a similar layout to the Terrace rooms, but some Estate rooms offer a built-in fireplace and better views of the entire property. The four suite accommodations are wonderful for a quiet weekend escape or any special occasion, like a wedding or anniversary. For sweeping views of Virginia’s countryside, we recommend checking out the Blue Ribbon Corner Suite.

The Salamander offers two main dining facilities on site. Their signature restaurant is Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill which features local flavorful dishes. We would recommend having dinner here, however, Harriman’s Sunday brunch is said to be one of the best.

The Gold Cup Wine Bar is a more casual yet sophisticated dining experience that is perfect for any meal throughout the day. Gold Cup Wine Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating options. Besides serving Virginia’s best wines and cocktails, they also offer a fantastic sushi menu Wednesday through Sunday.

When you feel like venturing off-property into the village of Middleburg, be sure to stop at Market Salamander. Envision a gourmet food market with an open kitchen, outdoor patio, and pop up’s like Back Porch BBQ & Seafood Feast. This boutique market is sure to cure any craving!

Salamander offers zip lining, tennis, nature hikes, archery, basketball courts, a putting green, tennis courts, and has built one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country. And if sitting by the pool is more your speed, the hotel offers two options. For a relaxing experience check out the spa adults-only pool or take the whole family over to the resort pool.

What draws most tourists to this area is the wine. The resort is surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the state of Virginia. We recommend taking the resort’s complimentary Audi house car to both Chrysalis and Cana Vineyards. And, of course, no wine tasting day is complete without a stop at Greenhill Winery, which is the closest to the Salamander property and offers views of rolling hills in the surrounding countryside.

After a long day of exploring and outdoor activities, we recommend winding down at one of the resort’s fire pit areas. If you have a sweet tooth, the resort offers s’mores packages at the Gold Cup Restaurant and Wine Bar, to bring out to the fire pits. The lawn comes alive with fireflies as you lean back to take in the soft glow of the campfire under a quiet sky full of stars. 

With today’s new “normal,” COVID-19 policies are top of mind for all travelers. The Salamander is making its new health and safety policies fit within the luxury travel experience you are accustomed to, and we can say with confidence that they are following through on their commitment to your well being.

The Salamander Resort & Spa has always been a must-stay hotel, and that has never been truer than in today’s current travel climate. If you want to feel pampered and be reminded of what a true luxury travel experience feels like, look no further than this remote property.

As a Virtuoso partner, we can offer exclusive amenities to our clients staying at Salamander Resort & Spa, including breakfast daily, a complimentary room upgrade, 100 USD resort credit, and the VIP treatment you deserve. Contact us for rates and details!

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Pro Tip Blog: The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

This year, two of our team members were lucky enough to visit the newly reopened Ritz Carlton St. Thomas! They came back with a wealth of information about the property and how to make the most out of your stay. We have put together a list of tips for your next trip to the Ritz Carlton St Thomas. Be sure to elevate your stay even more by using our Hotel Plus concierge services.

Quick Facts:

  • Location: only 10-miles, a 40-minute drive, from STT
  • Dining: 4 on-site restaurants Alloro, Coconut Cove, Sails & Bleuwater
  • Highlights: infinity pool, cabanas, watersports, luxury spa & Ritz Kids activities

Pre-Arrival Tips:

Book a Club Level room. The Ritz Carlton Club Lounge is well known within the luxury travel industry, and for good reason. For those who want elevated service and exclusive access to additional perks, it’s well worth the slightly increased cost. Families find the amenities of the Club Lounge particularly beneficial, as they can pop in for quick snacks and special treats for the kids. The lounge at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas offers indoor and outdoor space to enjoy the complimentary food and beverage options presented throughout the day. Club level guests also have their own dedicated concierge to assist with last-minute requests on property.

Arrange transfers ahead of time. The hotel airport transfer service is seamless and speedy. With an arrivals lobby right outside the baggage claim, there is no need to maneuver your way through the masses to find your driver. Once you locate your driver, you and your luggage are whisked off to the resort. After a long flight, who wants to delay their vacation by negotiating with a cab driver?

Make dinner reservations before you arrive. This is a must if you are staying over the weekend! While there are many restaurants to choose from, the best options for sit-down dinners will book up fast and there will be long waits for any walk-ins. It is best to have a dining plan already set before you arrive. Let us introduce you to the concierge or make those reservations for you with our Hotel Plus service!

Resort Recommendations:

Get in the water! The Ritz Carlton St Thomas offers guests daily use of non-motorized watersports including windsurfing, hobbie cats, paddleboards, and kayaks. You can spend the day on the water, soaking up the sun and getting a sweeping view of the resort. If underwater sites are more your speed, the resort will outfit you with snorkel gear and point you towards the reef located nearby. Looking to just lounge? Floating lounges are available to grab on the beach, so you can get in the water and float in the waves. Be sure to apply extra sunscreen, the sun is strong but the ocean breeze keeps you cool so you don’t always feel the burn on your skin. The property also features its own fleet of catamarans for guests to rent for longer ocean excursions. The Lady Lynsey II is the star of their fleet; an ultra-luxe 60 foot catamaran perfect for a full day exploring the shoreline of St Thomas.

Keep up with your fitness! The onsite gym has a variety of cardio and weight equipment. Forgot your headphones? Disposable headphones are available along with cool towels, water bottles, and fresh fruit. Most importantly, take advantage of the daily fitness classes including Yoga (which is on the waterfront when the weather allows), Cardio Blast, Water Mai Chi, and guided property walks from 7-9 am.

Imbibe like the islanders do. The resort hosts daily rum tasting featuring locally produced rums infused with mango, pineapple, lemon-lime, passion fruit, and coconut. Between tastings, staff offer samples throughout the day as well on the beach and poolside so good rum is never hard to come by.

Rent a cabana for the day. The pool cabanas make for a special treat and are perfect when you just want to relax and enjoy the resorts main pool. The comfortable cabanas include a mini-fridge and ceiling fan, creating the perfect poolside oasis. Enjoy light snacks served throughout the day, cool lemongrass towels, aloe vera and sunscreen applications, and full menu service from Sails, the poolside restaurant.

The Ritz Carlton St Thomas is a great property with luxurious accommodations and a wealth of things to do onsite. From relaxing at the spa to lounging poolside to renting a cabana for the day, there are plenty of ways to spend your days at this beautiful resort. In addition to these recommendations, Ourisman Travel is happy to assist with transfers, dining reservations, spa appointments, and other activity arrangements through our Hotel Plus service. Clients of Ourisman Travel enjoy increased value for their stays at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas with our exclusive STARS amenities, including daily breakfast, early check-in & late check-out, resort credits & more. To learn more about how Ourisman Travel can help you plan your stay at the Ritz Carlton St Thomas fill out a Travel Request Form or reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com

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Hotel Spotlight: Ritz Carlton St Thomas

What was almost certainly the most anticipated reopening of 2019, the long-awaited return of The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas is here!

The reinvigorated resort’s debut was earlier than announced and luxury travelers are thrilled! Set on 30 acres, the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas has been refreshed since the devastations of Hurricane Maria and Irma in 2017. The property has undergone an extensive renovation, wakening changes that reveal a refined island-inspired experience. Be captivated by peerless turquoise Great Bay and verdant mountain views and endless beaches.

The reimagined resort includes four eateries, including a new Sicilian restaurant called Alloro, a remodeled infinity pool along with a new family-friendly pool with a water slide, a new luxury catamaran for daily cruises and tours, and a transformed club lounge.

The hotel speaks luxury fluently; you can expect to find all of the fine-details covered here. When you arrive, you will be treated to a welcome rum punch as you are led to your room. Staff will remember your name and your preferred drink order and a cool towel will appear seemingly out of thin air just at the moment before you realize you’re feeling a little too warm. Yet, despite all of this attention to the luxurious details, the Ritz Carlton does not feel stuffy or over-produced. The resort has an air of barefoot luxury with a side of discreet elegance.

The best benefit of the property design is that every room features amazing ocean views! Rooms also have a patio or balcony with lounge chairs just begging to be napped on; and there is nothing like watching the sailboats during the sunrise as you enjoy your coffee on your balcony. The rooms here are spacious, giving you much room to breathe. The bathrooms are large, with a shower on one end and a large soaking tub on the other, an expansive vanity between them. The gray walls and gray-streaked marble elude to a luxurious spa and encourage guests to unwind and enjoy their time. The buildings housing the rooms and suites are 5-stories tall and no room is without bright, cool, modern-tropical aesthetics.

Our favorite services offered at Ritz Carlton St. Thomas included daily rum tastings as well as the daily use of non-motorized watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, catamaran rides, and snorkeling.

St. Thomas has so much to offer for a variety of vacationers. On top of all of that, it is one of the easiest destinations to fly to from the US (especially the east coast, Atlanta, and Texas) If you are looking for a great luxury destination in the Caribbean, this is it! As a STARS & Virtuoso agency, we can offer special amenities to our clients staying at Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, including breakfast, potential upgrades, and VIP treatment. If you are looking for a luxury Caribbean escape, look no further! Contact us for rates and details.

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Medjet: Giving You the Choice of Your Local Hospital While Traveling

Did you know that over 2 million travelers each year require emergency medical transport and that the cost of such services can range from $30,000 to $180,000? Your regular health insurance policy may not cover medical transport, and travel insurance typically provides medical evacuation only to the nearest facility equipped to deal with your condition.

Medjet Assist offers the ultimate peace of mind. If you’re hospitalized while traveling over 150 miles from home, you decide if you want to be transported to your home hospital, NOT the doctor on staff where you’ve been admitted. The admitting hospital may be able to provide adequate care and may say there is no reason to move you, but as a Medjet Member, it is your choice.

Medjet provides all-expenses-paid medical transfers, hospital-to-hospital, to the hospital of your choice from anywhere in the world. You are in control.

How is Medjet different?

Not travel insurance, Medjet’s membership programs offer the security of emergency medical transport as well as expert management of crisis situations. Even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Medjet has stood by its members, returning them safely home again.

Medjet offers two membership options.

Classic Medjet Assist provides medical and transport benefits.

  • If you’re hospitalized while traveling over 150 miles from home, you will be provided with all-expenses-paid Air Medical Transport from anywhere in the world.
  • There are no medical questions to enroll (under age 75), no medical cost caps, no claim forms, no preexisting conditions or adventure travel exclusions.
  • The Medjet team handles the entire medical transfer from start to finish, eliminating the paperwork and delays common with such arrangements.
  • If you find yourself in a facility where English is not spoken, access to foreign-language interpretation over the phone is provided.
  • If you become ill or injured while traveling, you can be provided with access to a physician by phone.

Medjet Horizon offers an additional layer of protection through its travel security and crisis response services.

  • Includes the medical transportation benefits of classic Medjet Assist.
  • Enhances your travel security with Crisis Assistance Plus, a travel security and crisis assistance program managed through FocusPoint International. Members are afforded with 24/7 access to travel security experts. You can receive advice and expert assistance in the event of political threats, disappearance, violent crime, blackmail and extortion, wrongful detention, hijacking, kidnap for ransom, natural disaster, or pandemic.
  • Ground Ambulance Transfer — if within 150 miles of home, Medjet Horizon membership provides an ambulance transfer to your hospital of choice.
  • Specialty Hospital Transfer — if you require care at a specialty hospital more than 150 miles from home, Medjet Horizon membership provides air medical transfer to that facility.
  • Emergency medical cash advance up to $60,000 in the event a foreign hospital requires payment-in-full prior to treatment.

Which membership is right for me?
If you frequently travel more than 150 miles from home, Medjet Assist protects you from the unexpected expense of a medical transfer back home. If you need the added security of having security experts on call 24/7 if you encounter political threats, violence, or terrorism while traveling, Medjet Horizon is a compelling option.

Your Benefit as a Client of Ourisman Travel
Ourisman Travel clients have direct access to Medjet through our dedicated page where you can get a quote or purchase your Membership. If you prefer that we contact Medjet on your behalf and enroll you, just email team@ourismantravel.com.

Medjet is not travel insurance, and it does not cover medical expenses. We always recommend travel protection through companies like Travelex that does offer primary medical expense coverage while traveling.

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Are You Covered: When Travel Insurance is a Good Idea

Well versed travelers know that when it comes to taking a trip, anything can happen. From extreme weather to delayed or canceled flights to illness and everything in between, there’s always something that can negatively impact your leisure time. There are a few instances when purchasing travel insurance makes sense to protect your investment in your leisure time.

We always advise our clients who are purchasing an advance purchase, nonrefundable rate to consider travel insurance. These rates are the least forgiving and if they need to be canceled for any reason the investment into the trip is lost. We also encourage our clients to purchase travel insurance when booking a hotel stay or a trip with an extended cancelation policy, which we consider to be anything longer than 30 days. These policies are oftentimes introduced during a hotel’s peak season, or if you are traveling during festive season. Once a stay or trip falls within cancellation either a deposit or full payment will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation and often times cannot be transferred or recuperated.

Our travel insurance partner, Travelex, offers comprehensive travel insurance, is a trusted partner in the industry, and offers our clients the ability to quote and book their own insurance! We suggest the Travelex Select plan for our clients because it offers a higher level of coverage and includes travelers under the age of 17 – making them free on the policy purchased. The Travelex Select plan also offers a Cancel For Any Reason Add On. The Cancel For Any Reason Add On is a much more flexible plan and holds to its “any reason” commitment really well, though it does have some limitations and only covers 75% of the cost of the trip (for Florida residents is 50%) but many clients have found that the benefit is worth the investment. For more information on how you can take advantage of Cancel for Any Reason insurance with Travelex, reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com.

Life can be unpredictable –  which is why we travel. Unfortunately, it can also be why we don’t travel and when those situations come up it is always great to have travel insurance to fall back on. For more information on travel insurance and how Ourisman Travel can assist you with purchasing insurance to cover your travel contact us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form.

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2020 Summer Travel: Great Vacation Ideas for Kids

Schools out for summer! The kids are home and summer break is “officially” in full swing. While there are plenty of amazing summer break destinations to choose from, we have highlighted some of our favorites below. These properties have great activities for the whole family while also offering opportunities for kids to have their own experiences, leaving the parents to their own devices. Summer is here – time to take a vacation!

Every Four Seasons resort in the world offers complimentary Kids for All Seasons, a full program of activities to keep little ones occupied. For people living in Florida, the Four Seasons Orlando is a great option for a kid-friendly destination. Located within the gates of Disneyworld this property offers the perfect balance of Disneyworld interaction such as twice-daily character breakfasts alongside traditional Four Seasons service. With an expansive waterpark exclusive to guests that include a variety of pools, slides, and a leisurely lazy river, there is something for everyone here. This property is perfect for those who want to strike a balance between visiting Disney Parks and enjoying a luxurious vacation. With a great kids club to keep younger children occupied during days spent on property, recreational activities for teens & tweens and plenty for parents, the Four Seasons Orlando is a fantastic option for a kid-friendly trip!

Through our partnership with Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer our clients the following amenities when they stay at the Four Seasons Orlando:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (excluding character breakfast)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites

If a trip with a little more structure and a lot more adventure is up your alley, you might consider an itinerary with Backroads. Backroads, a Virtuoso & Brownell Preferred Partner, offers a world of active family vacations ranging from itineraries featuring biking, hiking, and walking. Offering a wide selection of prearranged itineraries, Backroads has something for families of all shapes, sizes, and ages with some designed for families with kids ranging from teens to school-agers and others planned for families with young kids. Each vacation is led by three experienced Trip Leaders, one of whom is a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing so the older members of the family can partake in more challenging activities. Talk about a fun way to get your kids away from their electronic devices and give them the chance to make new friends and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Many Backroads trips are right here in the United States and Canada, making them accessible if you aren’t quite ready to fly just yet. Our Tailored Luxury Team will work in tandem with Backroads to ensure you have a pleasant and personalized experience exploring the great outdoors as a family!

With health and safety being top of mind these days, we have found that a lot of travelers are leaning away from properties that have accommodations stacked on top of each other and turning towards properties that feature stand-alone options. Especially when traveling with kids, having the added peace of mind that staying in a cottage, villa or residence on a property with access to resort amenities like pools, restaurants, and other recreation options. The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a great option for those who want to opt for private, standalone accommodations. The lakeside property offers a range of cottages and lakeside homes that have plenty of room for families with a range of bedrooms, living spaces, and access to the resort’s amenities. With the added benefit of the incredible Ritz Kids Club program, this property is driveable for those who live in the South East.

Through our partnership with Marriott Luminous & STARS, we are able to off our clients the following amenities for their stays at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee:

  • Complimentary customized welcome amenity based on guest preferences
  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two in restaurant
  • 100 USD resort credit per stay to be used towards resort activities such as a spa treatment or dinner
  • Early check-in/late check-out, based on availability
  • Complimentary room upgrade, based on availability

Interested in getting away from home for a much-needed family vacation? Reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form and we will be happy to help you plan a trip that fits your needs!

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Tips for Safe and Healthy Travel

Travel has been put on hold for many of us and Team Ourisman is doing everything in our power to make sure your rescheduled trip or future trips are even more special, and more importantly safe and healthy. While it seems like recommendations to travel or not travel right now are changing by the minute, there are guidelines you can follow to keep yourself safe. So whether you’re traveling soon or your travel plans can wait until COVID-19 cases subside, your health is our top concern and we will continue to help guide you in making informed decisions while keeping the trip planning process fun! When you travel, here are a few important tips to keep yourself safe and healthy. 

  • Do some research in advance on the destination you are visiting:
    • The CDC issues guidelines based on levels 1-3. Level 3 being countries that should be avoided for all nonessential travel. You should also find out what the COVID-19 outbreak is like where you’re going. Johns Hopkins provides a very detailed map of the world and links to individual country’s health services pages, which will be useful in planning your travel. Johns Hopkins also has a detailed map of the United States if your travel is domestic. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
    • It is also important to know whether or not you will have to stay at home for 14 days upon your return if needed. If a quarantine is implemented where you are planning on traveling, we are happy to reschedule your reservations to a new set of dates to avoid any potential quarantine upon arrival or return.
  • Keep your immune system strong even before you travel:
    • Adequate sleep, healthy eating, regular exercise, and stress management all can go a long way in keeping your immune system strong even before you start your journey.
  • Flying, it’s smart to be prepared:
    • Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. So if possible, check-in online so you can avoid touching kiosk screens and interactions with people. 
    • Wear a mask, wear gloves, limit your interactions with people and shared items, maintain social distance, be mindful not to touch your face, and—as always—wash your hands!
    • The TSA  allows you to bring 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in your carry-on. So, don’t think that you need to ration your hand sanitizer use! 
    • Research what your airline is doing in regards to precautions with COVID-19 as well as the necessary disinfecting procedures they are taking post and pre-flights. Airlines such as Airlines for America (A4A)—which include Delta, JetBlue, American, United, Southwest, Hawaiian, and Alaskan Airlines, are in fact, requiring passengers and staff to wear masks all the way through from check-in, boarding and deplaning—as well as using precautionary tactics such as back-to-front boarding, staggering passengers, and not selling middle seats. 
  • Take a road-trip! 
    • If you want a vacation, but would rather not fly, go for a road trip! There are so many hotels within drivings distance that are open and ready for your arrival! Lucky for you, we partner with hotels all over the States and can guarantee there is a paradise waiting for you. 
  • Be in the know on how Hotels are keeping guests safe:
    • As travel restrictions lift and hotels open back up, travelers can expect to see housekeeping front and center in hotels. Many hotels are implementing rigorous cleaning protocols and mandating waiting periods after rooms are vacated. 
    • Apps will be used more often for touch-less check-in or even contact-free room service. 
    • Some hotels will use thermal imagining to perform discreet temperature checks. Others may require a temperature check upon arrival, and most will require employee temperature checks on a regular basis. 
    • There will be hand sanitizer stations and welcome amenities may include protective and sanitizing products. 
    • Ask one of our sales coordinators what protocols are being implemented at a hotel you wish to visit! Team Ourisman is happy to share resources with our clients to keep you in the know.
  • Manage expectations:
    • Expect fewer services at hotels, limited seating in bars and restaurants, capacity limitations at pools.  Hotel restaurants may require you to use an app or provide a digital menu. 
    • Consider if you would potentially be in large gatherings that would put you or your travel companions at greater risk.
    • This is all an adjustment, and we will do everything we can to keep you updated. 
  • Decompress: 
    • Given how stressful the news is these days it’s natural to feel concerned and anxious – but it’s also important to not let those feelings overwhelm you. Selfcare is very important and so is finding what works best for you, whether that be taking a few deep breaths, a break from the news and social media, or making sure you get daily exercise. If and when you do travel, you can decompress by giving yourself some pampering and book a spa appointment! Ourisman Pro Tip: We can help coordinate your spa reservations.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to navigate this breathtaking, unpredictable world of ours with you. If you have any questions, we are here for you. Please send us an email at team@ourismantravel.com and remember that we are happy to connect with you about your travel dreams. 

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