Susan Barone - Founder and President

Susan, the founder and President of InStyle Vacations, is always on the lookout for the next new travel trend, and it’s a mission that takes her to many destinations around the world. With an open mind and up to date research on market trends she looks for and assesses firstly, something unique in a hotel or destination; secondly, the experience it can bring to the clients; and lastly, the overall culture and diversity of the entire vacation providing memories of a lifetime. “Everyone wants to know where the next big destination will be and they want to be the first to experience it. Plan a family reunion, be pampered at a luxurious spa, plan a surprise romantic getaway with your own private beach, plan a picnic lunch in Paris, perhaps an African Safari…… There are many incredible opportunities with new places to be experienced.”

Susan loves the excitement of new places, making new friends and experiencing different cultures. She loves to get away from the tourist spots and learn about a destination from a local’s standpoint.

After returning from some time off to raise her children, Susan experienced first hand the change happening in the Travel Industry. “People were traveling with a purpose. Clients want an experience not just a vacation.” Susan had a vision to supply this growing demand in the Travel Industry and so, with much motivation and passion InStyle Vacations was born.

Susan has been in the Travel Industry since 1984 and during her career has worked for some of the largest, well known and respected Canadian Tour Operators. In these companies she gained a great deal of experience in many different capacities: Operations, Sales & Marketing, Product Training and Area Sales Manager. Susan also has a wealth of experience in the retail area of travel working as a full-time Senior Travel Specialist with Cianfarani Travel. During this time she was influential in growing the Honeymoon and Destination Wedding division for Cianfarani Travel and coordinated very successful information events, media events and tradeshows in collaboration with various Tourist Boards and Tour Companies/Hotels. Susan has been the recipient of many prestigious top sales awards from various luxury hotels and tour companies throughout her successful career.

Favourite destination: In the winter months it would be the islands of Turks and Caicos and Anguilla and in the spring/summer months, Italy, France and the Greek Islands.
Favourite food: I have a weakness for sweets and chocolate.
Next place to visit: I have on my radar to experience Argentina and Brazil.
Trapped on a desert island with…. Brad Pitt
Favourite Movie: Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy…
Life Philosophy: Sometimes in life you need to make mistakes in order to learn and move forward.
Something people would never guess about you: Between the ages of 13-16years I did photography and runway modeling.

Testimonials

My Travel Posts
Family Vacation Family Vacation Welcome to the Meliá Cayo GuillermoNoted for its five star accommodation in Cayo Guillermo and its pretty walkway over the water with viewpoint and private shady cabins and beach named after Ernest Hemingway, the Meliá Cayo Guillermo is the ideal choice for fans of scuba diving, fishing and enjoying the beach and water with special offers for these activities, located in extraordinary pristine surroundings.
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by Susan Barone - Ciego De ávila, Cuba - Reply
Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort & Spa Royal Service Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort & Spa Royal Service All Inclusive, designed for adults only Luxury rooms with exclusive Luxury services Personalized service, exclusivity and privacy in ROYAL SERVICE Wide variety of gastronomic options Spacious lobby in the style of an indigenous village Located on the beachfront, overlooking a stunning coral reef Eco-resort in complete harmony with its surroundings Botanical garden and natural orchidarium Master Junior Suite and Garden Villas, with private swimming pool and direct access to the beach Fantastic Yhi Spa “Aguas de oro” with almost 2000 m2
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by Susan Barone - Holguín, Cuba - Reply
A Beautiful Majestic Colonial Wedding A Beautiful Majestic Colonial Wedding Congratulations Kimberley & Greg! Majestic Colonial is without a doubt, the perfect place for couples, families and groups to relax while enjoying a privileged surrounding, practice sports, taste exquisite gastronomy, go shopping, live spectacular shows played by the rhythms of the Caribbean, and why not, even to organize your personal or business events.
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by Susan Barone - La Altagracia, Dominican Republic - Reply
Backpacking Europe? Instyle Vacation's Top Must See attractions in this beautiful Continent Backpacking Europe? Instyle Vacation's Top Must See attractions in this beautiful Continent You have taken a year off for travel and have decided to backpack through one of the most scenic and breathtaking continents. Let Instyle Vacations suggest some of the most magnificent sights to experience while you are there.
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by Susan Barone - Europe, - Reply
Experience the cultural side of AFRICA Experience the cultural side of AFRICA Africa is home to some of the most incredible wildlife in the world. The African safaris and educational tribal practices make Africa a travelers dream vacation. We highlight the top ten cultural attractions to experience on your next trip to this rich continent.
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by Susan Barone - Africa, Anywhere - Reply
Eat Pray Love: Relive the movie by experiencing your own taste of Italy, India & Bali Eat Pray Love: Relive the movie by experiencing your own taste of Italy, India & Bali Actor Julia Roberts may have created her own magical adventure in the movie, but Instyle Vacations gives you some of the best sights and smells to discover within these three incredible vacation destinations.
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by Susan Barone - Italy - Reply
The Ananda Spa, Himalayas: The ultimate pampering destination The Ananda Spa, Himalayas: The ultimate pampering destination Travel to the Himalayas for your ultimate Spa experience. The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas offers the best destination spa experience which will have you feeling like a new you.
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by Susan Barone - India - Reply
The top 10 Places in the world to host a Bro-Cation: Our top choices for a boys weekend out. The top 10 Places in the world to host a Bro-Cation: Our top choices for a boys weekend out. You and your buddies are looking for the ultimate travel destinations where you can put up your feet, have a beer and look at the sights. InStyle Vacations gives you the hottest places to host your bro-cation (boys vacation).
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by Susan Barone - Las Vegas, Nv, United States - Reply
Atlantis: A Fantasy comes ALIVE. Atlantis: A Fantasy comes ALIVE. A storybook vacation is only a plane ride away. Visit Atlantis, Bahamas and make your family's vacation unforgettable.
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by Susan Barone - The Bahamas - Reply
10 of the  World's Most Exquisite Wedding Destinations 10 of the World's Most Exquisite Wedding Destinations Luxurious Destinations to dazzle the eyes of any new bride or groom. Say your "I Dos" or plan your perfect honeymoon in any of these exquisite wedding destinations.
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by Susan Barone - Kingston, Jamaica - Reply
Find Luxury at Riad Kniza in Marrakech Find Luxury at Riad Kniza in Marrakech Tranquility and extravagance await you at one of Morocco's most luxurious hotels.
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by Susan Barone - Marrakesh, 07, Morocco - Reply
Step Aboard Windstar Cruise for a Luxury Caribbean Experience Step Aboard Windstar Cruise for a Luxury Caribbean Experience Enjoy the blend of a luxury cruise line and prestigious sailship for a memorable Caribbean cruise.
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by Susan Barone - Saint Martin Island, - Reply
Experience A Culinary Vacation In the Countryside of Tuscany Region Experience A Culinary Vacation In the Countryside of Tuscany Region Experience an unforgettable culinary vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy.
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by Susan Barone - Florence, 16, Italy - Reply
Enjoy a Luxury Romantic Getaway at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya Enjoy a Luxury Romantic Getaway at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya Retreat to this private luxury resort on the Cancun's famed Riviera Maya!
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by Susan Barone - Tulum, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Reply
Retreat to the Dutch Paradise, Curacao for A Luxury Vacation at Baoase Resort Retreat to the Dutch Paradise, Curacao for A Luxury Vacation at Baoase Resort If you are considering a vacation in the Caribbean with pristine beaches, warm weather, luxury accommodations and exposure to cultural activities and exploration of the country without travelling for extended distances, then choose Baoase Luxury Resort.
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by Susan Barone - Curacao, Curacao - Reply
Enjoy the Luxury Ranch, The Resort at Paws Up in Montana Enjoy the Luxury Ranch, The Resort at Paws Up in Montana Visit The Resort at Paws Up for a unique luxury experience.
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by Susan Barone - Montana, Mt, United States - Reply
Come Aboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruise for an All Inclusive Luxury Experience Come Aboard the Regent Seven Seas Cruise for an All Inclusive Luxury Experience Hop aboard any of the three Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ships to Alaska, Vancouver, Bangkok, Tahiti, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Montreal, London and Copenhagen.
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by Susan Barone - Alaska, Usa - Reply
Tie the Knot at the Picturesque Beach in Bermuda: Jobson's Cove Tie the Knot at the Picturesque Beach in Bermuda: Jobson's Cove When considering a beach wedding, you should identify what the main characteristic of the beach must be. If you are considering seclusion with a scenery that should be memorable and difficult to find anywhere else, then choose Jobson Cove in Bermuda.
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by Susan Barone - Bermuda - Reply
Experience A Royal Vacation at the Luxurious Ashford Castle, Ireland Experience A Royal Vacation at the Luxurious Ashford Castle, Ireland 700 years commanding the water's edge and with the castle's 350 acres of private woodland it all begins afresh as a new discovery each day. Visit Ashford Castle for an exclusive vacation in an Irish Castle with a rich history.
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by Susan Barone - Galway City, C, Ireland - Reply
Top 5 Caribbean Beaches for 2013 Top 5 Caribbean Beaches for 2013 The Caribbean is known for its warm beaches, white sands and year round paradise like climate. Here are 5 of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
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by Susan Barone - Nassau, 23, Bahamas - Reply
Retreat to Your Own Private Island at the Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora Retreat to Your Own Private Island at the Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora Why not experience your daydreams becoming actuality by reserving a lavish fantasy accommodation set on stilts over some of the most beautiful waters on earth at the Four Seasons Resorts Bora Bora.
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by Susan Barone - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Reply
The BodyHoliday: One of St Lucia's Top Luxury Resorts The BodyHoliday: One of St Lucia's Top Luxury Resorts Stress is a response to challenges in life, and a life without challenges is too boring to contemplate. However, there are simple ways to unwind and rejuvenate from the stress of daily life. Spending some time at the BodyHoliday is just the place for relaxation.
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by Susan Barone - St Lucia - Reply
Escape to the Mountain-Top Oasis of Strawberry Hill in Jamaica Escape to the Mountain-Top Oasis of Strawberry Hill in Jamaica A vacation should be an escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Nestled in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, you will find a signature mountaintop oasis that rejuvenates and excites the weary traveler.
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by Susan Barone - St Andrew Parish, Jamaica - Reply
What can you do at Buccament Bay Resort? What can you do at Buccament Bay Resort? At Buccament Bay Resort, staying “home” comes with it's own list of fun and interesting things to do.
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by Susan Barone - St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Reply
My Destination Wedding! My Destination Wedding! Melia Las Dunas, July 2011Located on the beachfront in Cayo Santa María, exotic spot that dazzles with its natural luxury. All-Inclusive Five-Star Resort with 925 rooms. The hotel vividly recreates two separate environments for families and couples.
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by Susan Barone - Santa María, Cuba - Reply