Terms and Conditions
Embera Collection Booking Terms and Conditions
SECTION A: HOTEL-ONLY BOOKINGS WHERE WE ACT AS AGENT
This section applies to hotel bookings we make for you when acting as agent and should be read in conjunction with Section B below.
Embera Collection acts as a booking agent for the hotel(s) it books on your behalf. When you make a booking, you are entering into a contract with the hotel via Embera Collection, not with Embera Collection itself. As an agent we accept no responsibility for the acts or omissions of the hotel or for the services provided by the hotel. The hotel’s terms & conditions will apply to your booking and we advise you to read these carefully as they do contain important information about your booking. Please ask us for copies of these if you do not have them.
All prices are quoted in US Dollars including prices shown in our brochure or on our website. Payment can be made by credit card (MasterCard, VISA or AMEX). Guest(s) are required to complete and return a Credit Card Authorization form and will be asked to complete a Digital Identity with the online Aver, a company with the highest level of compliance in regulations and data security. For your security, payments online are made through secure servers. Any advance deposits, additional fees or charges will always be clearly marked before you make your booking. Once paid, these deposit payments, additional charges and fees are non-refundable in the event of cancellation.
Your booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the hotel will exist when we send you confirmation on their behalf. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport. As we act only as booking agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.
Where an offer of availability is made by the hotel, your booking is not confirmed until you receive a booking confirmation. We therefore advise you to accept the offer as soon as possible after receipt in order to make a firm booking. You will be notified by email within 24 hours whether your booking has been confirmed. It is your responsibility to contact Embera Collection if a confirmation email has not been received.
All currency conversions are only valid on the date of booking as a guideline. Payments are taken by hotels in the hotel’s local currency and may be subject to exchange-rate fluctuations (depending on the date charged) and charges from your bank or credit card issuer for which we have no liability. If you wish to avoid this by fully prepaying your booking to us in your preferred currency please ask at the time of booking.
Please note: any applicable VAT/taxes may be subject to change at any time.
Hotel’s Amendent and Cancellation Policy
If you’d like to change or cancel your reservation, you can contact the hotel directly or you can also contact Embera Collection and we will liaise between you and the hotel. Please note that we do this as part of our customer service to you and as a gesture of goodwill only. We do not accept responsibility for changes and cancellations nor do we have any liability for refunds or compensation. Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the hotel. In all cases, once the booking is confirmed, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that hotel’s cancellation policy.
Hotel cancellation policies may outline a period before check-in when cancellations will be subject to payment of a cancellation charge. This period does not include the day of arrival – so, for example, a cancellation policy of ‘24 hours’ means a reservation must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the hotel’s stated check-in time on the day before arrival to avoid the penalty. Any cancellations must be made by emailing or phoning the Embera Collection as soon as possible.
Where applicable, refunds will be made by the same method used to pay for the booking. Any payment made by credit card will be returned to that card. Please note that all deposit payment and additional charges paid at the time of booking are non-refundable.
Any changes to a booking that involve the addition of sequential nights to a stay will be considered an amendment to the original booking, regardless of whether the extra nights are booked by the person who made the original booking, or by another guest with whom they are staying.
Changes and cancellations by hotel
We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the hotel needs to make a significant change to your confirmed booking or to cancel. We will also liaise between you and the hotel in relation to any alternative arrangements offered by the hotel but we will have no further liability to you.
Accuracy of prices and descriptions
Embera Collection cannot be held liable for errors or omissions in bookings or pricing, either made by the hotel, or as a result of system failure of any kind. We reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices. Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur. You must check the price of your chosen arrangements at the time of booking.
We do our utmost to ensure all Embera Collection hotel information is accurate, however hotel facilities may change at any time and any opinions expressed are subjective.
Our responsibility for your booking
Your contract is with the hotel and its terms and conditions apply. As an agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the arrangements. Our responsibilities are limited to making the booking in accordance with your instructions. We accept no responsibility for any information about the arrangements that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of the commission we earn on your booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.
Our exclusive deals and offers
Bookings for Embera Collection’s exclusive hotel offers or promotions are subject to the terms and conditions set by the hotel for its particular offer. All offers are subject to availability, which may change at any time. Offers may be subject to blackout dates which may be amended by the hotel at any time and which may not be specified on our website. Some hotels will require a deposit or full prepayment on booking, which may be non-refundable in case of cancellation. Any special terms will be stated on the booking and included in your confirmation. Hotel offers and promotions (and any applicable terms and conditions) are frequently added or amended, and will therefore only apply to completely new bookings. Reservations made before the start of the offer or promotion cannot be cancelled and rebooked at the lower rate.
Embera Collection recognizes the importance of information security, and is constantly reviewing and enhancing all technical, physical, and logical security rules and procedures. Once information reaches Embera Collection, it is stored on a secure server that resides behind firewalls designed to block unauthorized access from outside of Embera Collection. All Embera Collection owned websites and servers have security measures in place to help protect your personally identifiable information against loss, misuse, and alteration while under our control. Although guaranteed security does not exist, either on or off the internet, we safeguard your information using both procedural and technical safeguards, including VeriSign Secure Server ID. The use of VeriSign’s services allows for the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an encryption method used to help protect your data from interception and hacking while in transit.
Because the contract for your arrangements is between you and the hotel, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. If you have a problem during your stay, this must be reported to the hotel immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the hotel to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may therefore be reduced or extinguished as a result.
If you still wish to complain when you return home, you can contact us and we will liaise between you and the hotel in order to try to resolve your complaint. Please note that we do this as part of our customer service to you and as a gesture of goodwill only. We do not accept responsibility for dealing with complaints, nor do we have any liability for refunds or compensation.
Visa, passport and health requirements
It is your own responsibility to ensure compliance with immigration, visa and health requirements. Unless you tell us otherwise, we are entitled to assume that all members of your party have valid passports and, when applicable, visas valid for the entire duration of the arrangements you chose to book. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the supplier of the arrangements, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before departure.
Your rights and choices
If you are located in the EEA, you are entitled to reach out to us via the contact details in this Policy and ask us for an overview of your Personal Information or ask for a copy. In addition, you may request us to update and correct inaccuracies, delete your Personal Information, restrict processing of your Personal Information, or exercise your right to data portability and to easily transfer your Personal Information to another company. In some cases, you may object to the processing of your Personal Information and where we have asked you for your consent to process your Personal Information, you can withdraw it at any time. We always enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business. Should you nonetheless have unresolved concerns, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority of your residence, place of work or where the incident took place.
Bookings handled for third parties
For package bookings in which Embera Collection acts as an agent for third parties, the terms and conditions of those third parties shall also apply to your booking and you should read these carefully as they may limit or exclude their liability to you.
SECTION B – APPLICABLE TO ALL BOOKINGS
This section applies to all bookings you make with us.
For all bookings, by making a booking, the first named person on the booking agrees on behalf of all persons detailed on the booking that:
- A. He/she has read these terms and conditions and has the authority to and does agree to be bound by them;
- C. He/she is over 18 years of age and resident in the country where placing an order for services with age restrictions declares that he/she and all members of the party are of the appropriate age to purchase those services;
- D. he/she accepts responsibility for payment of the arrangements on behalf of all persons detailed on the booking.
Alteration of service or amendments to the conditions
We reserve the right to make changes to our website/app, policies, and these conditions of purchase at any time. You will be subject to the policies and conditions of conditions of purchase in force at the time that you order goods from us, unless any change to those policies or these conditions is required to be made by law or government authority (in which case it will apply to orders previously placed by you). If any of these conditions is deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.
Events beyond our reasonable control
We will not be held responsible for any delay or failure to comply with our obligations under these conditions if the delay or failure arises from any cause which is beyond our reasonable control. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.
If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the supplier, but we can’t guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.
Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with either us or the hotel in question, as applicable. You must take out a policy of insurance in order to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; pre-exiting medical conditions and other expenses. If you fail to travel with adequate insurance cover we will not be liable for any losses in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
These Booking Conditions and any agreement to which they apply are governed in all respects by Panamanian law. We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter which arises between us out of or in connection with your contract or booking will be dealt with by the Courts of Panama and Panama only.
Accuracy We endeavour to ensure that all the information and prices both on our website and in our brochures are accurate; however occasionally changes and errors occur and we reserve the right to correct prices and other details in such circumstances. You must check the current price and all other details relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed. Please note that special offers may be withdrawn without any notice.
Accommodation Ratings and Standards
All ratings are as provided by the relevant supplier and these may differ from the official ratings. These are intended to give a guide to the services and facilities you should expect from your accommodation. Standards and ratings may vary between countries, as well as between suppliers. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any ratings given.
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by any event which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. These events can include, but are not limited to war, threat of war, civil strife terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, riot, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster and adverse weather, sea, ice and river conditions and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control. Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Force Majeure.
Disabilities and Medical Problems
We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your stay, please provide us with full details before you make your booking so that we can try to advise you as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. It is your responsibility to provide us with full and accurate details on any special assistance you may require. We may require you to produce a doctor’s certificate certifying that you are fit to participate in your chosen arrangements. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate the needs of the person(s) concerned, we will not confirm your booking or if you did not give us full details at the time of booking, we will cancel it and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details.
All guests staying with us are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and acceptable manner and not to disrupt the enjoyment of other guests. If in our opinion or in the opinion of any hotel manager or any other person in authority, your behaviour or that of any member of your party is causing or is likely to cause distress, danger or annoyance to any of our other guests or any third party or damage to property, or to cause a delay or diversion to transportation, we reserve the right to terminate your booking arrangements with us immediately. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other service immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and/or your party. No refunds for lost accommodation or any other service will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of termination. You and/or your party may also be required to pay for loss and/or damage caused by your actions and we will hold you and each member of your party jointly and individually liable for any damage or losses caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or losses must be paid directly to the hotel manager or other supplier prior to departure from the hotel. If you fail to make payment, you will be responsible for meeting any claims (including legal costs) subsequently made against us as a result of your actions together with all costs we incur in pursuing any claim against you. We cannot be held responsible for the actions or behaviour of other guests or individuals who have no connection with your booking arrangements or with us.
Conditions of Suppliers
Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions which will form part of your contract with us. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable International Conventions. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from us or the supplier concerned.