Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | October 7, 2009



Jeanne Rozycki
5 Star Travel & Cruises


Local Travel Agent Awards Romantic Escape to El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma

O’Fallon, MO — 5 Star Travel & Cruises, a certified Gourmet Inclusive® (GI) Vacation Consultant with El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma, is pleased to announce that Drew Ibendahl  has won a 3-night Gourmet Inclusive romantic escape to El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties® along the Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Drew is the winner of an exciting in-store sweepstakes, which took place at Lordo’s Diamonds, sponsored by Jeanne Rozycki at 5 Star Travel & Cruises.  As a part of the promotion, James Lordo of Lordo’s Diamonds was also awarded his choice of a luxurious couples-only getaway to El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels.

“I am thrilled to giveaway this beautiful Gourmet Inclusive vacation to Drew Ibendahl of St. Louis,” said Julie Knaust, Manager of 5 Star Travel & Cruises  “As a GI Vacation Consultant, I am proud to represent El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma.  This sweepstakes has enabled me to show my appreciation for our community and to make two local residents’ travel dreams become a reality.  I am so excited for Ibendahl to experience a one-of-a-kind Gourmet Inclusive escape to the Riviera Maya, and am grateful to Karisma for allowing me to offer this experience.”

As a GI Vacation Consultant, Julie Knaust  is a certified travel specialist, catering to clients that seek the ultimate in one or more niche markets: destination weddings, honeymoons, romance, anniversary, family and multigenerational vacations.  The exclusive GI Vacation Consultant Program, inviting a limited number of top agents across the country to join, is designed to personally educate travel professionals on the value of Gourmet Inclusive and its personal touches by providing them firsthand experience with the unique amenities and world-class service that define a Gourmet Inclusive getaway.  GI Travel Consultants like Knaust can offer unique personal insight into the benefits of a Gourmet Inclusive vacation from complimentary suite upgrades, Beachfront Sky Massages and candlelight beach dinners to special promotions offerings the latest ways to save.  As such, travelers can be certain that Knaust  is one of the very best agents in O’Fallon, MO available to create unforgettable customized Gourmet Inclusive vacations based on clients’ personal interests and desires.

The Gourmet Inclusive experience at El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels caters to couples and adults with luxurious amenities and services that foster togetherness.  Unique offerings include epicurean cuisine served a la carte, unlimited premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, full concierge beach butlers and beach waiters, king size beach beds, and private swim-up and Infinity pool terrace suites, creating a customized vacation that revitalizes the senses.

Romance is incorporated into every aspect of a stay at the adults-only El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels.  Lovers will reconnect with in-room Jacuzzi tubs, private swim-up suites, Aguas del Amor—private, exotic open-air showers—and Beachfront Sky Massages, where guests receive their treatments in total privacy on a beautifully designed, raised palapa on the beach surrounded by nothing but ocean and air.  

“We are delighted to hear the news of our sweepstakes winners in St. Louis, and very pleased to offer this exciting campaign to your community through Julie Knaust, a valued member of our exclusive GI Vacation Consultant Program,” said Mandy Chomat, vice president of sales and marketing for Premier Worldwide Marketing, exclusive worldwide representatives for El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma.  “We look forward to welcoming Drew Ibendahl  to the beautiful Riviera Maya and treating them to an unparalleled Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience.”

For more information on El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, please contact 5 Star Travel & Cruises by calling Julie at 636-978-5510, or visit

Five Star Travel and Cruises
246 Fort Zumwalt Square
O’Fallon, MO 63366

About El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma
El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma is a premier hotel collection operating properties throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico, where guests savor a Gourmet Inclusive experience that fosters togetherness. El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma’s growing portfolio is comprised of El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma; El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma; El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma; El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort, by Karisma; Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma; Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma and Azul Villa Carola by Karisma. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including, Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List,” Forbes’ “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels,”  TUI Travel PLC’s “Hotel of the Year,” and AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.”  Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations including resorts with swim-up suites, Infinity balcony pools, beach butlers and cash-free transactions. Premier Worldwide Marketing is the exclusive worldwide sales and marketing representative for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. For reservations, please contact 5 Star Travel & Cruises by calling 636-978-5510.

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