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Its All in the Details

Explore Hawaii’s vast wonders at Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui at Wailea is situated along 15 acres of beautiful beachfront beauty, where a new lifestyle experience awaits. Dip your toes in the sand, explore Hawaii’s vast wonders, or lounge poolside with your favorite drink. Discover regional dishes that showcase the best of Maui and uncover something new every day, whether you’re here on honeymoon or booking a well-deserved vacation package. Gentle ocean breezes and the pristine shores of Mokapu Beach provide the perfect backdrop.

Paddle an outrigger, practice sunset yoga, or try a mixology session. Then again, lounging by one of the five ocean-facing pools may be as active as you want to get. The resort’s 301 guest rooms and suites, with 11 luxurious two- to four-bedroom residential villas, offer guests a hideaway steps from Mokapu Beach. Savor world-class dining at Ka‘ana Kitchen or Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s namesake restaurant, Morimoto Maui. For an apothecary treatment, visit ‘Āwili Spa and Salon.

With direct flights to Hawaii from Austin now available, paradise is now closer than ever. For the best complimentary upgrades, amenities and VIP perks, reserve your stay with Departure Lounge

Rosewood Baha Mar

A Serene Sanctuary at Rosewood Baha Mar

Located within the magnificent Baha Mar resort enclave, Rosewood Baha Mar graces 3,000 feet of pristine white-sand coastline along Cable Beach in Nassau. Featuring 230 rooms, suites, and beachfront villas, and British colonial-inspired architecture, Rosewood Baha Mar possesses a fresh and refined sensibility. The seaside sanctuary delivers gracious Bahamian hospitality, an array of global culinary offerings, and the finest wellness amenities.

Each accommodation at Rosewood Baha Mar is elegantly appointed with Bahamian art and décor. All guestrooms boast private balconies with furnished outdoor living areas to take advantage of the warm ocean breezes, while the five luxurious beachfront villas offer exceptional tranquility, exclusive services, and private plunge pools.

Guests can tee off on the Jack Nicklaus signature course, volley on the tennis courts, and gather in well-appointed beach cabanas for conversation and beachfront cocktails. Ready for your Caribbean getaway? American Airlines will be launching a Saturday nonstop service between Austin and Nassau.

For the best complimentary upgrades, amenities and VIP perks, reserve your stay with Departure Lounge.

Its All in the Details

Catching the Wave of Travel

Spring break season may be winding down, but now is not the time to put off planning your future travels. With demand for bookings at an all-time high, the 2021 holiday season, and even spring break 2022, are already filling up. With side-lined plans to realize and bucket lists to check off, people are anxious to pack their bags and blow the dust off their passports. With many not even seeing the inside of an airport for over a year, we can hardly blame them.

That said, planning a trip months, or even up to a year, in advance can seem daunting. With the travel landscape still plagued with uncertainty, it may seem like the effort of booking a vacation is hardly worth it. As industry insiders, we’re here to tell you it absolutely is. Once the faucet is turned on, availability will decline and prices will increase. Therefore, the least stressful and most cost-effective option is to plan in advance.

This month, get inspired by our list of alternatives to popular holiday and spring break destinations, which just got a little easier to visit with the opening of new flights and how to be a responsible traveler when you finally get back on the road. 


Secluded Warm-Weather Getaways

When you think of warm-weather getaways, whether for the holidays or spring break, a certain list of destinations comes to mind. Known for their sand, surf, mild weather and nightlife, it can be hard to compete with the classics. However, getting off the beaten path will help you avoid the crowds and limited availability. Check out our shortlist of alternative warm-weather destinations, because as your travel advisor, we know if you like those, you’ll love these! 

St Barts

Like St. Barts? Check out Antigua & Barbuda!

The French-speaking Caribbean island of St. Barts is wildly popular for its beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, luxury shopping and the world-famous Bucket Regatta. However, that popularity also means exclusivity. If you’re looking for the same island allure with a fraction of the traffic, consider visiting Antigua and Barbuda instead.  Barbuda is famous for its pink and white sand beaches—namely Spanish Point and North Beach—and its large bird sanctuary. The laidback town of Codrington is the only major settlement on the island, so visitors can expect a tranquil atmosphere where the island’s natural beauty is at the forefront.


Frequent Miami? Soak up Palm Beach!

For those who want a warm weather vacation but don’t want to venture down into the Caribbean or Mexico, Miami has a similar vibe, all with the convenience of being stateside. That said, as much as this Florida city is known for its lively nightlife and fantastic beaches, it is far from being off the beaten path. A solid alternative is Palm Beach. Situated just north of Miami’s main metropolitan area, Palm Beach boasts equally awesome beaches, luxury shopping and plenty of fine dining options without nearly as much of the crowds. However, if enjoying a Cuban sandwich in Little Havana is a must, downtown is just over an hour drive away.  

After all, half the fun of travel is exploring somewhere new!

Know Before You Go

More Flights to Holiday Destination Favorites

Great news! While the future of airline travel has been in limbo for much of the pandemic, several major carriers have recently announced more flights to some of the most sought-after holiday and spring break destinations. With demand skyrocketing, increased accessibility to such highly sought-after destinations is good news for those who have yet to book. Some of the highlights include the following:

Hawaii — new flights via United and Southwest

Cancun — new flights via United, American and Frontier

Puerto Vallarta — new flights via American Airlines, Frontier, Southwest and United

Cabo — new flights via American and JetBlue

With so many new options on the table, getting to your favorite warm weather vacation spot is easier than ever.

Travel Advisors 101

Traveling Responsibly

It has been proven that being a responsible citizen—social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing a mask—have had the largest impact on mitigating the spread of COVID-19. For the industry to resume operations in some normal capacity, it’s essential that these practices, and an attitude of cooperation and mindfulness, are to remain incorporated into the travel experience.

It’s important to realize that while we encourage safe traveling, we are still far from the days where you can simply pack a bag and board the first airplane to a destination of your choice. As your travel advisor, it’s our job to keep you up to date on the latest testing and documentation requirements. However, it’s your responsibility to follow airline regulations, abide by quarantine restrictions and only travel when you have a clean bill of health.

Being a conscientious traveler today will translate to being a frequent traveler tomorrow.  

VIP Offers

Preferred Partners Offers

Here are a few of the current promotions available to Departure Lounge clients:


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Maui, Hawaii
Book now to receive every consecutive 6th night free on stays from January 3 - December 20, 2021

• $100 Resort credit in Awili Spa & Salon

• Early check-in, late checkout, and upgrade based on availability.


Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resort Collection
Austin, Texas
• $100 resort credit 

• Daily breakfast for two


Conrad Punta De Mita 
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
• Stay 7 nights with discounted rate 

• Roundtrip transportation 

• $200usd food and beverages credit 


Farmhouse Inn
Sonoma, California
• Exclusive California resident rate
• $50 dining credit to FARMSTAND


Hotel Jerome
Aspen, Colorado
Receive a $100 nightly resort credit when you book an Executive Suite or One Bedroom Suite to enjoy your choice of iconic dining, relaxing spa treatments, or signature cocktails.


La Cantera Resort & Spa 
San Antonio, Texas
• Resort Accommodations 

• One Round of Golf at the Palmer or Resort Course per Registered Adult per Night

• Signature La Cantera Golf Cap (1 per adult) Provided at Golf Check-In
• Daily breakfast for two (up to $30 value per adult)


Madeline Hotel & Residences
Telluride, Colorado
• 4th night free

• For stays beginning May 26, 2021

• Blackout dates may apply and are subject to change


Nizuc Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico
• Includes a daily breakfast at our restaurant for up to two people per room

• Valid only during breakfast hours 7am-12pm

• Travel through December 19, 2021. Some restrictions may apply.


One&Only Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
• Exclusive accommodation rates

• 25% off food and beverage

• 10% off laundry services

• Complimentary 60min massage per person at the One&Only Spa every week

• Round airport transfers


One&Only Mandarina
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
• Book 3 nights in one of our eco-designer Treehouses, Cliff Villas, and Villa Banderas, and stay the 4th night on us, with delicious daily breakfasts.

• For stays in the Ridge Treehouse, Ocean Treehouse, Cliff Villa, Ocean Cliff Villa, or Villa Banderas the offer includes:

• One complimentary night with our Stay 4, Pay 3 offer

• Complimentary Full American Breakfast, daily for two

• Minimum 4 nights


One&Only Palmilla
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Stay 21 nights

• Exclusive accommodation rates

• $500 weekly resort credit to be enjoyed at any of our F&B, Spa and Retail outlets


Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona
• Stay 3 or more nights and save 15% off.


The Lodge at Blue Sky
Park City, Utah
• Receive a $100 per night resort credit to apply to an adventure, wellness or culinary experience

• Minimum 4-night stay

• May 1 - October 31, 2021


The Palms, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos Islands
• Up to 40% off 
• This offer applies to all suite and penthouse categories.
• Book now for stays until December 19, 2021. 
• Certain Restrictions apply. 


The Shore Club at Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos Islands
• Save 25% on 4-, 5- and 6-bedroom oceanfront villas through December 21, 2021.
• by June 30, 2021.


Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve
Raton, New Mexico
• Father's day special

• Father's day welcome gift
 • $100 resort credit to spend in the Company Store, the Lounge, or to put towards a privately guided excursion.


Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Stay 3 nights and enjoy a complimentary fourth night 
• Full breakfast for two each morning in our signature restaurant Don Manuel's, two breakfasts per bedroom
• Round trip airport transfers to and from San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD), including a personal greeting by our airport host and escort to your private car (1 Luxury Vehicle for up to 5 people)

Contact your Departure Lounge Travel Advisor now to explore the best offers.