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e ditor's notes check out provides information you can use, including travel offers, FAMs, agent incentives, and hotel and destination news, not to mention our special Eye on the World slideshows that showcase the various destinations our editors have recently visited. Go to the top bar under "departments" and click on "eye on the world," where you'll find the most recent slideshow on Los Cabos. 6 august 2014 6-7 Editors.indd 6 Sailing through France's grand rivers or traveling by train from Paris to the French Riviera? Eating chocolate morsels in Antwerp or escargots in Grenada? Getting inspired by Dali's art pieces in St. Petersburg (Florida) or by classic temples in Thailand? In the pages that follow, our editors give you the 4-1-1 on all these destinations-and then some. This, our "On Location" issue, is a peephole into our editors' travels, and so it's filled with detailed experiences that you won't find on any website and which your clients crave to hear from you, the experts on destinations. On page 12, for example, in the Uniworld S.S. Catherine onboard review, cruise editor Vivian Holley describes her experience by writing, "Agents, you can count on raves and repeats from those with a taste for uncommon comforts, innovative styling, imaginative offerings on board and on shore-and yes, the Frenchness and fabulousness of Uniworld's newest creation." Over on page 43, our Latin America editor Carla Hunt, writes about another France-based journey in which she hopped on the TGV from Paris to Cannes and explored the culinary, arts and hotel scene in the Cote d'Azur. In her "On the Tracks in France" onsite review, this self-described Francophile writes about the manysplendored joys of discovering and rediscovering the area's art-rich museums: "For art lovers, the Cote d'Azur presents one great stretched-out Museum of Modern Art.... While we were in Saint-Paul de Vence we were invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maeght Foundation, one of the most remarkable private art institutions in the world.... No one should miss seaside Antibes, whose most important structure, the 16th century Grimaldi Chateau, is home to the riveting Picasso Museum." OUR EDITORIAL GANG IS Water seems to be a recurrent theme HAVING FUN AROUND THE WORLD! in this issue-a river journey, seaside TOP: Latin America editor Carla Hunt art and now here's some beachside hanging with a Giacometti creation in France. dining.... In Asia/South Pacific editor LEFT: Associate editor Michelle Sergio Ortiz's "The Beat Goes on for Marie Arean getting cuddly with Thai Tourism" onsite review on page "Mister Ed" in Puerto Rico. 33, he notes that while in Koh Samui BELOW: Asia/South Pacific editor in Thailand, you should recommend Sergio Ortiz lives it up with a monkey in Thailand. clients dine at Tarua Samui. "[It] just might be the best restaurant on Samui. It's a modest, thatched-roof, open-air pavilion on the waterfront overlooking the beach at Lami. Glass noodles and tiger prawns are legendary." Our Associate editor Michelle Marie Arean also dined overlooking the water in Puerto Rico, where on her first visit to the island she fell in love. In her "A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities," on page 36, she writes, "With every Hilton property we visited, each with its own personality and vibe, our love affair with this charming island, and its hotel scene, grew deeper." To complement this "On Location" theme, this month's Tour Talk column (page 10) includes a handful of FAMs so that you can have those first-hand experiences yourselves that are so important to have in your pocket in today's competitive landscape. correction In the Pick a Theme...Any Theme on the High Seas feature that appeared on page 17 in the July issue, we wrote that AmaWaterways' Tulips & Beer itinerary on the AmaLyra departed on March 7; the actual departure date is March 31-our apologies. E-mail me at -Paloma Villaverde de Rico let's get social Hang out with us @Recommendmag and And if you want to see what our editors are up to away from the office, follow them @Paloma_RecMag, @EdWetschler & @AreanWanderlust. 7/23/14 9:39 AM IB14_11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2014

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Chic & New
Tour Talk FAMs to Latin America & Beyond
Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
The Dish on Las Vegas
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Lanai, Hawaii
Double the Charm in Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Tour Operators Do the Talking
The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism
A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities
Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada
On the Tracks in France
Antwerp Sparkles Like a Diamond
Southern Africa

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