Family Vacation

Perfect apartment for a family or couples in Split Croatia

DC Vekic blog June 12, 2019

Located in Split, a 20-minute walk from Znjan Beach and 2.3 miles from Stobrec Beach, Bel Etage Amora Luxury Seaview Apartment with pool provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden. This beachfront property has a balcony.

About this sound

Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia, with about 200,000 people living in its urban area. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. An intraregional transport hub and popular tourist destination, the city is linked to the Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula.

Hugely popular locations from the Game of Thrones can be visted throughout the city.

Papalićeva Street in Split became one of the Streets Seen in Slave Rebellion Scene.

Home to Diocletian’s Palace, built for the Roman emperor in AD 305, the city was founded as the Greek colony of Aspálathos (Aσπάλαθος) in the 3rd or 2nd century BC. It became a prominent settlement around 650 when it succeeded the ancient capital of the Roman province of DalmatiaSalona. After the Sack of Salona by the Avars and Slavs, the fortified Palace of Diocletian was settled by the Roman refugees. Split became a Byzantine city, to later gradually drift into the sphere of the Republic of Veniceand the Kingdom of Croatia, with the Byzantines retaining nominal suzerainty. For much of the High and Late Middle Ages, Split enjoyed autonomy as a free city, caught in the middle of a struggle between Venice and the King of Hungary for control over the Dalmatian cities.

The Basement of Diocletian’s Palace (Split) – Where Dragons are Kept

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with lake views.

At the apartment guests are welcome to use a spa center and a sauna. There’s a playground and a terrace at this property and guests can go hiking nearby.

Bacvice Beach is 3.1 miles away, while Diocletian’s Palace is 3.3 miles away. The nearest airport is Split Airport, only 14 miles from the accommodation.

Perfect vacation in Croatia awaits… Call or email DC for pricing and availability:


310-490-1893 (text ok)

Spring Break in Costa Rica – only $1495 all-inclusive with air**

DC Vekic blog October 7, 2015

March 19-24, 2016


It’s almost spring break, so why not give your wallet some time off? Cosmopolitan Travels, Inc. has the perfect solution for a hassle free spring break adventure at the Riu Palace Costa Rica, Guanacaste’s premier destination resort. Guanacaste is a beautiful environment boasting an incredible array of activities and the pristine beaches of the Pacific.




I personally negotiated the rates with Riu Palace Costa Rica and Delta Airlines. I have been working with Riu Hotels for many years, and have been staying at Riu Hotels for longer than a decade throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, they are a company from Spain, here is their all-inclusive concept video:  RIU PALACE   I am confident in their customer service, food and drinks, and this is my pick for the very best value you will find during Spring Break 2016!

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5 nights Starting at $1495* per person (kids 3-12 only $947*) all inclusive with non-stop air *adults $1495 ($1093 all-inclusive accommodations + $402** airfare) *kids ($545 all-inclusive accommodations + $402** airfare)


7-night packages available

Land-only packages available starting at $1093

(**$402 airfare limited quantities)

All Inclusive 24 hours features:

Free WiFi throughout hotel

Directly on Matapalo beach, next to the Riu Guanacaste (full dining and bar privileges included)
Room service 24 hours a day

4 swimming pools, one with swim-up bar

Buffet style and theme restaurants

“Renova Spa” with a variety of treatments – $35 spa credit included per adult

Unlimited local and imported alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Drink service at pool

Regularly restocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser in room



Riu Palace - Datcha 1

I recently had a client stay there and these are his pics he snapped from his balcony. He had an amazing time there, but what he was most enchanted with was the lovely Costa Rica. I might have some group tours available depending on the interest and response I get.

Riu Palace - Datcha 2


So, to reserve your spot, it’s only $250 deposit per person (whether you are using your own miles to purchase airfare or you get in on one of our pre-reserved tickets), by November 15, 2015.  

And the balance is due on or before January 7, 2016.


*rates are per person and based on a double occupancy in a junior jacuzzi suite garden view, subject to availability and capacity controlled. Rates include taxes, all meals and snacks, 24 hour room service, unlimited beverages, housekeeping and bell men gratuities. Roundtrip transfers are $70 per person.


Call me at 800-303-7901 or 310-490-1893 (text ok), or e-mail me at

See you in Costa Rica!!!!



The real Atlantis

DC Vekic blog December 6, 2013


If you are fan of Disneyland and don’t mind the lines, the huge crowds, being charged for absolutely everything – than the Atlanis is for you. And a huge amount of people will do anything for Disneyland. For me personally, it’s a resounding No! However, I’m not sending everyone on MY vacation but on THEIR own. And as a professional one of the biggest part of my job is to manage people’s expectations and send them on a vacation they want and imagine.  Because saving for a vacation and looking forward to it and then being disappointed is really sad. At the end there will still be some nice memories because the bad stuff will fade away, but my job is to get one prepared for some sacrifices one has to make (for example if you take a speedboat tour to the Exumas the boat ride will be tough 1,5 hrs each way but totally worth a perfect deserted beach day, provided that the beach paradise is what you are dreaming about). My job is to minimize the sacrifices or prepare one for them and maximize beautiful memories that will be with one forever.


It’s no secret that the Atlantis is expensive, but is it worth all that? It’s huge, but so are lots of other places. Aquariums are cool but have you been to the Long Beach Aquarium or Las Vegas? Certainly no reason to come to the Caribbean. The giant slides and sharks is where I give them props. It is so important to educate our kids how sharks are immensely important part of the ocean Eco systems and they should be revered and respected, and they partly introduce the kids to their importance.  Sharks are everywhere and spectacular. And there are lots of things that kids can learn while there.


There is the 20-30 minute wait for the big slide (that was featured few seasons ago on the Amazing Race) the one that goes through the shark tank. Considering it’s the largest slide in the world, not a bad wait.


What bothered me is waiting for everything else. The pool chairs are overcrowded you can’t find any chairs close to the pool (pictured below). Sometimes there is even a line to the towel hut. C’mon, we’re on a vacation – a line for towels? (pictured above)


They also sell day passes so the place is like a bee hive,


and  there are very few bars and restaurants that accept cash, they usually just accept your key card or credit cards and they will ask you for the ID for the credit cards.  So if you are on a day pass – HAVE YOUR ID WITH YOU.

There are people wheeling in coolers by the pool and helping themselves to their own sandwiches, beers, as they don’t want to pay the prices charged by the pool (pictured below).


Paradise Island beaches (unlike the Cable Beach) face open ocean and certain time of the year (like October/ November/December) can be completely  unswimmable. I’m not talking Hawaii current and waves, but deadly undercurrents that have caused a death of a cruise ship passenger  Nov 6, 2013 that I know of. Atlantis has a man-made beach with no waves, as well as a natural beach (no charirs and service there). Being in the Bahamas just 30-40 miles from the some of the prettiest beaches and clearest waters in the world, for me it’s kind of hard to reconcile wanting to sit on a man made beach that’s enclosed.


The run-of-the-house rooms are just basic, clean and comfortable, but far from the luxury one might expect watching the commercials. Of course there are stunning rooms at the Atlantis but more than 60% of their inventory are basic run of the house rooms (pictured below) with no view.



The pool cabanas are a nice touch, a bit expensive as you have to pay separately for evertyhthing you are served, but you will not be squished like sardines amongst other pool going patrons, and your service will be fast.



There are many many beautiful things at the Atlantis, the turtles, the sting rays, but everything is very far away from one another. Also everything is walking – no shuttles so if you are staying at the beautiful brand new Cove, to get to the waterslides and the main action will take a good 30 minute walk.

Everything has it’s pros and cons. Atlantis will be an experience you will truly remember forever. No matter how annoyed I was when I was there, my 7 year old was THRILLED! When we came back she was kissing the shark photos we were attaching to her show and tell board. She definitely wants to go back.

This one was a gift to her. Happy Travels!

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