Island Destinations’ 2018 Travelers Collection – And the award goes to…

As the seasons in New York begin to change, so does our ultimate luxury travel resource, our Travelers Collection brochure, offering inspiration and confidence that each hotel featured is ID APPROVED. Each year we compile our best properties and showcase one very special hotel on our front and back covers. This year, we are calling the new, luxury all-inclusive, all-suite resort, Grand Velas Los Cabos our cover star. We also kick-off the launch of our coveted guide with awarding our TOP partners for the 2018 season.

See who made the list!


And the winners are…

2018 President’s Award: Grace Bay Resorts: Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, The Residences, The Dunes and La Dolce Vita, Turks and Caicos – recognized by ID for their consistency in luxury and dedication to delivering a stellar product with each new addition to their portfolio.


(Pictured left to right: Whitney McCasland: North East Sales Manager – Grace Bay Resorts, Pamela Ewing: Regional Marketing Manager – Turks and Caicos Tourist Board,  Scott Khile: Group Director of Sales and Marketing – Grace Bay Resorts, Laurie Palumbo: COO, Nikheel ADVANI: COO & Principal – Grace Bay Resorts, Maurice Bonham-Carter: CEO & President, Mark Durliat: CEO & Owner – Grace Bay Resorts, Stacy Cox: CEO – Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association & Ramon Andrews: Director of Tourism – Turks and Caicos Tourist Board)

2018 Ultimate Experience Award: The Brando Tetiaroa Private Island – French Polynesia

Private island, mesmerizing sea views, Polynesian luxury service and an atmosphere so captivating, even Marlon couldn’t get enough!


(Pictured left to right: Tekura Kelley: Business Development Manager – The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island & Raquel Suarez: ID Director of Product Management)

2018 Ultimate Spa Award: Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa – Anguilla

This award-winner brings Thailand to the Caribbean, with a Thai spa building transported to the tranquil shores of Anguilla and the only hamman on island! Pure relaxation…


(Pictured left to right: Maurice Bonham-Carter & Jeff Goldstein: Owner – Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa)

2018 Ultimate Address Award: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa – Grand Cayman

This 5 diamond hot spot wows with crafted cocktails, poolside cabanas with personal butler service, a 4,700 sq. ft. presidential suite with wrap-around balcony and beachfront bungalows opening onto a world-famous white sand beach. ID Approved!


(Pictured left to right: Paola Juarez – Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Laurie Palumbo & Virgil Napier: Director of Sales & Marketing – Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa)

2018 Ultimate All-Inclusive Award: Kokomo Private Island Fiji

Exceeding your typical all-inclusive expectations, this property offers gourmet cuisine, nanny service, spa and diving, along with Fijian hospitality – all included, and all in the luxury of your private beachside villa!


2018 Ultimate Cuisine Award: Grand Velas Los Cabos – Los Cabos, Mexico

With 7 restaurants, from choosing your own fresh seafood and Wagyu beef, to ten course gastronomic journeys with wine pairings by the highly acclaimed sommelier – the cuisine at this all-inclusive resort goes beyond five-star!


(Pictured left to right: Jennifer Molloy: Director of Sales & Operations & Denys Montes de Oca: Senior Director of Sales and Marketing – Velas Resorts)

2018 Ultimate Partner Award: Los Cabos Tourism Board – Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos is shining brighter than ever and we thank our Los Cabos Tourism Board partners for their support in showcasing the unique luxury locale where the desert meets the sea.

Los Cabos

(Pictured left to right: Jessie Tropeano: Director of Marketing, Rodrigo Esponda: Managing Director – Los Cabos Tourism Board & Maurice Bonham-Carter)

Last but certainly NOT least, Island Destinations is proud to work with the world’s best travel advisors. Along with honoring our top hotels, we also recognized our Ultimate Travel Agent Award Winners!


2017 Ultimate Rising Star: Congratulations, Frosch NYC!


(Pictured left to right: Maurice Bonham-Carter, Laurie Palumbo & Linda Kibak – Frosch Travel)

2017 Ultimate Rising Star: Congratulations, Jocelyn Sontag, Valerie Wilson Travel!

Valerie Wilson

(Pictured left to right: Joel Grossman: ID Destination Specialist, Wendy Rothkopf on behalf of Jocelyn Sontag: Valerie Wilson & Elina Lanavoja: ID Destination Specialist)

2017 Ultimate Agent Star Goddess: Congratulations, Julie Shotmeyer – Jet Set Getaways!

Jet Set Getaways

(Pictured left to right: Maurice Bonham-Carter, Laurie Palumbo, Julie Shotmeyer: Jet Set Getaways & Beth Steele: ID Destination Specialist)

2017 Ultimate Agency Award: Congratulations, Ovation Travel!


(Pictured left to right: Josette Carrizzo: Owner of Trips Away Travel – Ovation, Isabel Bernardo: Ovation Travel, Maurice Bonham-Carter, Susan Ganis: Ovation Travel & Michelle McKenzie: ID Destination Specialist)

2017 Diamond Pendant Winner – Congratulations, Marcia Kirsh, Travel Experts!

Travel Experts

(Pictured left to right: Laurie Palumbo, Bonnie Scheck on behalf of Marcia Kirsh: Travel Experts & Cindi Parsons: ID Destination Specialist)

Another successful evening spent in good company, honoring our clients and hotel partners, along with celebrating our 2018 Travelers Collection.

Until next time…and cheers to another year of luxury travel!

For more top travel picks, view our full brochure here.


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