Nov 7, 2016

Travel testimonial: Ashton Thomas

Interview with a traveller

An avid lover of travel and longtime client of, Ashton Thomas and his wife Kimberley Powell  recently went on their third trip with this year! We have been diligently following their adventures via Instagram and decided to find out more about what motivates Ashton and Kimberley to travel.

Below, Ashton shares his past experiences with us, including what he loves about Mexico, which Caribbean country he counts as his favourite and which resorts go above and beyond to please!

The beach at Azul Sensatori, PC: Ashton Thomas

The beach at Azul Sensatori, Mexico. PC: Ashton Thomas

It’s clear you love to travel; you have two trips under your belt this year and another one coming up! Tell us, what do you love most about traveling?

To have the opportunity to travel 3 times a year together is something we have worked hard to make happen. As a couple we sacrifice a lot to save to pay for these trips. We don't go and dine out, drink and are careful with our expenses.

We love to experience new places other than the city we live in, Vancouver. There is so much out there to see and we fell in love we a lot of the destinations we have travelled to.  It's the adrenaline you feel when waiting in the airport, boarding, takeoff and knowing you are seeing another part of the world - such a thrill!

A photo Ashton took while in Cuba

Cuba, PC: Ashton Thomas

Where are going for your next trip (and which resort did you choose)?

This is our third trip this year and we will be checking into Mexico's beautiful Secrets Silversands. Why? Well a good little story. Almost 4 years ago, our agent Jason Mills was helping us pick out a resort to have our wedding at. He introduced us to this resort, however we found it too pricey at the time. We did not end up having a destination wedding as our family couldn't commit. We did have a great beach type wedding on top of West Vancouver's 'The Beach House' restaurant on a sunny July afternoon. It was about a month ago when we were researching and weighing our options of which resort to pick for this trip that we noticed a SUPER great deal for this resort that we usually pay for something a little less luxurious. We found out there were only 4 seats and jumped on the chance to experience a Secrets property for the first time!

The beach at Secrets Silversands, PC: Ashton Thomas

The beach at Secrets Silversands, PC: Ashton Thomas

Why did you choose this destination? Why did you choose this resort?

This is our 6th trip to Mexico in the last 5 years and we love it there. The service and food is by far the best we have had compared to two other countries we have stayed at all-inclusive style (Dominican Republic and Cuba). The beaches are beautiful but to be honest not the best we have walked into.

We have heard such great reviews about other people's experiences at Secrets. It was a goal of ours to finally check-in to one of their properties and well, we can check it off our bucket list now!

Secrets Silversands

Secrets Silversands, PC: Ashton Thomas

 Which other resorts have you visited this year? (or which other resorts have you booked through

2016: Catalonia Royal Bavaro (Dominican Republic), Valentin Perla Blanca (Cuba), Secrets Silversands (Mexico)
2015: Azul Sensatori (Mexico), El Dorado Seaside Suites (Mexico)
2014: Azul Fives (Mexico)
2013: Barcelo Huatulco Beach (Mexico)
2012: Grand Palladium Puerto Vallarta

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, PC: Ashton Thomas

Who normally helps you with your travel booking?

Just over 5 years ago, the exceptional Jason Mills was our first agent. The past 2 years we have had the pleasure of working with Eric Chao.


Ashton and Kimberley

Ashton and Kimberley

Why do you choose to book with an agent?

Endless reasons! was introduced to us by a friend who is now married to the awesome Chris Rollinson! He told us of this small boutique agency that is really great with their customers and are Vancouver based. We thought 'sure let's try it' and now we are loyal lifetime customers! is proudly Canadian! is proudly Canadian!

What has been your favourite country to visit?

Dominican Republic.

It is such a beautiful country and the people are so friendly! We found this destination to have a good balance of service, food and turquoise water. The resort, Catalonia Royal Bavaro, has a vegetarian restaurant "BO", which has a mouth watering apple pie that is like nothing you have ever had!


Catalonia Royal Resort

Catalonia Royal Bavaro, PC: Ashton Thomas

Finally, Can you tell us what has been your favourite holiday experience so far?

In the last 5 years of travelling to all-inclusive resorts, our favourite would have to be Karisma's El Dorado Seaside Suites. The pure fact this is an adults-only, beach front resort that has top notch service is what makes this our best experience so far! From the complimentary beachfront room upgrade to the amazing Italian restaurant, good wine and even better service - this is a resort chain you have to try! Karisma really made us want to travel more and even try more of their properties, which we have had the opportunity to see over the years - Azul Fives and Sensatori. If you're looking for a vacation, go and experience this now!

El Dorado Seaside Suites

El Dorado Seaside Suites

If you're looking to a book or get more information on these great properties, contact one of our Vacation Specialists at 1-888-685-6888 or email us at!

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