Our 2016 Great Recommendations-hotels, destinations, cruises

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Great Getaways began 24 years ago and we have over 150 years of combined experience. We’ve made a lot of good friends around the world over the years, people we trust to provide you with the best vacation possible. We don’t just send you to a place, we send you to our friends. As you can imagine, we have a lot of places, cruise lines, hotels, and activities that we can recommend.


People often ask us which vendors we recommend. To be honest, the list is long. “Really,” one client pressed, “don’t you have some favorites? I’m sure you’ve got  great recommendations for hotels, destinations, and cruises, don’t you?”

That remark got us thinking – Can we come up with a list of preferred partners? How do we share the list with you? We decided to post a list of our favorite partners on our website beginning this year, 2016. Plus, for those of you who live in the greater Kansas City area, we’ve scheduled several evenings throughout the year for you to meet some of our partners in person. You’ll be able to get to know them and learn about their unique offerings.

Coming up with this list was not easy. We struggled to pick a manageable group. We have several favorites and we couldn’t possibly choose them all or we’d overwhelm you. What a high quality problem! We’re lucky to work with so many people we trust and who’ve become good friends.

Here are some qualities we measured to pick our first ever “faves”:

  • consistent and excellent service
  • a desire to put you first
  • new innovations, property or ship debuts
  • exceptional and unique offerings
  • the value-added amenities they offer
  • a proven track record
  • financial stability
  • in many instances, vendors whose offerings we’ve personally experienced and adored.

Our 2016 Great Recommendations-hotels, destinations, cruises

The vendor partners listed below consistently exceed expectations, yours and ours, and we look forward to sharing otIhers with you every year going forward.  Drum roll, please…

(Click on each name to learn more)

Abercrombie & Kent

Ama Waterways 

Artisans of Leisure



Classic Vacations

Crystal Cruises

Golden Door

Holland America Line

Hotel Esprit Saint Germain

Hotel Le Toiny

Hotel Lungarno

Laucala Island

Otahuna Lodge


Portrait Florence

Portrait Roma

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seabourn Cruises

Sheen Falls

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences

The Greenwich Hotel

The Resort at Paws Up

Tierra Patagonia


Uniworld Cruises

Wharekauhau Country Estate