Christine

Christine Turner

With over 10 years in the industry, Christine takes pride in offer her clients the best advice and value for their vacation booking. A destination wedding specialist and designated AM Resorts Master Agent, Palace Resorts PRO Wedding Specialist, Hard Rock WOW Specialist and Playa Resorts Wedding Specialist, Christine knows weddings!

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In a nutshell

  • Most memorable travel experience: Saying, "I do" & getting married in Cuba, while experiencing their fabulous culture & gorgeous beaches with friends & family.
  • My top 3 favorite resort destinations: Bahamas, Aruba, Cancun
  • My favorite resort: Hyatt Ziva Cancun
  • Why is it my favorite: It's "luxury hotel meets all-inclusive" with outstanding, top quality restaurants (and a brewery), spectacular beaches and superior customer service.
  • Travel Advice I can give to anyone: Always be a smart (aware) tourist, but don't be afraid to explore. The chicken was right - there's almost always a good reason to cross the road!
  • Where I'm planning to go next: Puerto Vallarta
  • People in the office know me to be very: Organized, knowledgeable & fun!

Where I've Been

Sun Destinations : Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos
Europe : England, Scotland
Africa : South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

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Jul 29, 2016

A Review of the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

by Christine Turner

The Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta

The Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta

I recently stayed at the Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta and all I can say is…WOW.

Think “luxury hotel meets all-inclusive”. I’ve stayed at nearly 200 resorts in Mexico & the Caribbean and this was hands down the best food I have ever had. I love what Executive Chef Adjid Velasco is doing with the menus,

Casa Grande offers authentic Mexican meals – 90% of the recipes are from his grandmother! At PureZa, they’ve stepped away from traditional Asian fusion that all of the other resorts are doing and instead have focused on the regions of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, etc, and the result is mouth-wateringly delicious.

The brick oven margherita pizza on gluten free crust is a definite must have.

Hyatt's margherita pizza

Hyatt's margherita pizza

Views at this resort are stunning, where even the most basic rooms are literally steps to the beach and have amazing ocean views. Unlike any other resort in Puerto Vallarta, here the water is so clear, you can actually see fish & rays in the waves as they roll in.

The spa overlooks the beach & it is not uncommon to see whales while you sit in the hydrotherapy tub (only US $25 for the day or free with a spa treatment).

The view from the spa

The view from the spa

For destination weddings, look no further. The Sky Terrace gives you stunning views of the ocean and the sun will set behind you as you say your vows.
Your reception dinner can be held up here and there’s a suite connected, perfect for those who need to escape to a little air conditioning!

The Sky Terrace

The Sky Terrace

There is also a lovely beach gazebo which is elevated above the beach – no speedos in the background of your wedding photos!

The beach gazebo

The beach gazebo

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, or getaway, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is sure to please!

Jun 10, 2016

A Foodie’s Tour of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos!

At Escapes.ca, we LOVE what Hyatt has done with the All-Inclusive concept and the incredible Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos exemplifies this perfectly.

Our Travel Advisor Christine is enticing us this week with a tour of her culinary experiences at one of her favourite resorts, here is what she had to say:

"Hyatt Resorts has taken the vacation experience to a new level,  high-end resort meets All-Inclusive and it works. They’ve given their Executive Chefs the freedom to create inspired menus using fresh local ingredients and imaginative recipes. Join us as we take you on a foodie tour of the fabulous Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos!

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The stunning Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. Did you know? Cabo has an average of 360 sunny days per year!

Hyatt Ziva is the first resort chain to introduce labels on the buffet containers. It may not seem like much, but when you consider how quickly food becomes cold when people keep opening up the lid to look inside, it’s actually a brilliant idea. This is also a much more hygienic way to put out food for hundreds of people

They list the ingredients in salads for those who have special diets or allergies and ask about allergy info as you enter each restaurant.

Shrimp sauteed, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Shrimp sautéed in garlic and light pesto served with fresh asparagus at Zaffiro Italian restaurant.

When you smell the amazing aroma of the stone oven pizzas cooking at the Zaffiro beachfront restaurant, you’ll want to dine here every night. Thin crust and full of flavour, these pizzas are a delicious way to watch the sunset. (The gym here has a great variety of workout equipment, so you can indulge as much as you like!)

Margherita Pizza, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Margherita Pizza, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Simple has never tasted so good, dining at Zaffiro is all about rustic Italian food and sublime ambience.

Caprese Salad, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Caprese Salad, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

There are a variety of items to delight your inner carnivore. This delicious rib eye is available at the Italian restaurant. We recommend asking the chefs to prepare your steak medium-rare. 

Savoury Ribeye Steak, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

A savoury ribeye steak served at Zaffiro Italian restaurant providing beachfront dining

Whether it’s a frosty beer, glass of sparkling wine, or mixed beverage, your meal will be accompanied with a delicious libation. Drinks are top shelf and you can enjoy cocktails at 7 different bars, including a swim-up bar, Baja Bar at the Adult Only pool, tequila tasting at El Agave and the sports bar “Spirit of 1968” – dedicated to the Mexico City Olympics.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

You're going to want to experience this. The incredible ocean views at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

If a hot cuppa joe is more your style, you’ll love the Coffee House. Cappuccino, espresso or just regular coffee – whatever your flavour, it’s all included!

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Espresso anyone? It's all included at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

There’s nothing like a perfectly prepared elegant cocktail to end your day in paradise. At El Piano lobby bar, you can relax with your favourite drink while listening to live music.

Lemon Drop Martini, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Lemon Drop Martini, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

If you’re looking for a resort that has top quality food & drinks to satisfy your inner foodie, plus incredible rooms, beautiful pools and stunning ocean views, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is the resort you’ve been waiting for!" - Christine Turner

Perfect for destination weddings, family and friends group getaways and romantic honeymoons, this is one resort you must experience."

Book your vacation package , honeymoon or destination wedding by July 5th 2016 and save up to 55% off, PLUS kids stay free. Call Christine at 1-866 988 5283, email her or visit her bio page.

Jun 8, 2016

Pinterest & Destination Weddings – a Perfect Match!

In the beginning stages of planning a destination wedding? Check out what our wedding expert Christine has to say about Pinterest & planning!

Christine Turner

Organize a beach front cooking lesson for your wedding guests! Shown at El Dorado Royale, Mayan Riviera, MX

"The first words of advice I give to new brides are to sign up to Pinterest. It’s the perfect tool to capture all the little details that you’ve been dreaming of for your special day. 

You can set up a series of ‘boards’ for anything – hair styles, photo posing examples, décor, music, cake decoration, and anything else you can imagine. If you haven’t been on Pinterest before, think of it like an electronic file folder. Instead of cutting photos out of a magazine like we did a million years ago, you just “pin” photos from the internet to each folder. The best part? The “pinned” photo will link back to the original website where you found it!

Secrets Capri Weddings

Imagine hand-painted cakes or seat assignment cards! Shown at Secrets Capri, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

The “pinned” photo will link back to the original website where you found it! 

Simply create an account and attach a “Pin It” link to your internet browser and anytime you see something that looks like a clever idea for your wedding, just click and it’ll post to your Pinterest page – you specify which folder you want the photo to go into. 

Now Sapphire Weddings

Sparklers add some lively fun! Shown at Now Sapphire Resort, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

You are allowed to create ‘private’ boards, so if you’re doing some online dress shopping, don’t worry about your husband-to-be seeing it before the big day – only you will have access to items stored here. 

Whether you’re looking to funk-i-fy your wedding with a flash-mob-style choreographed entrance or want some totally unique ideas for invitation cards, Pinterest has ideas from all corners of the world and makes wedding planning fun & easy!"

Planning a destination wedding, a quick getaway or a family reunion? You can email Christine, or visit her on her Bio page. Happy Planning from all of us at Weddings by Escapes!

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