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by on February 15, 2013 |

I like a great beach but I love a great pool.  I spend most of my day pool side so I think  pools are a key factor when selecting your all inclusive hotel.  Here are a few all inclusive resorts that have really cool pools.

The Iberostar Paraiso Maya and Iberostar Paraiso Lindo in the Riviera Maya of Mexico actually share an enormous lagoon style pool.  The pool has an amazing swim up bar, ample seating and shaded lounge chairs.  The pool winds through the complex starting with a lazy river and a wave pool and ending up at the beach access.

  

Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.  Look at the view !   Not the biggest or the newest pool but the view is to die for.  Sip on a cool drink as you look out to Lands End.  The Palace swim up bar has the same view of the Arch.  The Riu Santa Fe is a moderate priced hotel next door but it also boasts some amazing pool views as well.

  

The main and quiet pool at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.  The Grand has an amazing inifinity pool with a swim up bar and food service one of the most photographed pools in Mexico but their quiet pool might be one of my favorite pool hangouts ever!  You usually have the entire pool and wait staff to yourself !

  

Dreams Punta Cana  located in Punta Cana,  Domimican Republic.  The Dreams showcases one of the largest free form pools anywhere.   The pool winds its way from the lobby down to the beach and is complete with waterfalls, a swim-up bar and venues throughout.  Each person seems to get their own little pool area so even though the pool is enormous it feels very private.

  

Many of our hotels have incredible pools these are just a few that I thought I would highlight.  The adult only hotels have some wonderful set ups and many of our top family friendly hotels have child waterparks, waterslides and more.  Call me and we can find the right pool for you.

by on February 8, 2013 |

The Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort and Spa  all inclusive has it all in the Riviera Maya. From a 18 hole Nick Price golf course to a water park with 17 slides for the kids this resort has something for everyone. It sits on 100 acres of Mayan jungle only 3 miles from the town of Playa Del Carmen where visitors can experience shopping and dining.

The resort itself is very lush and tropical and has tons of activities from snorkeling through the rivers running through the property to bike trails for a scenic ride in a jungle atmosphere. This resort offers plenty of dining and entertainment options to fit any taste, it has 10 restaurants to choose from and 8 different bars including a popular piano bar. There are over 600 rooms for families and over 300 rooms just for adults and staying in the adult section has its perks, you receive private check in, one exclusive restaurant, and a private section of beach. So if your looking for a resort where you can have not only a great time but a great experience look no further than the Sandos Caracol All Inclusive Eco Resort in the Riviera Maya.

The Sandos Hotels & Resorts chain was born in Spain in the 1990′s and is widely know for their innovative environmental programs, quality facilities, and their consistent commitment to improving and maintaining their services and properties. The three pillars of Sandos’ business strategy and mission are differentiation, environmental sustainability and innovation.

by on February 6, 2013 |

We receive many calls throughout the year with the same question; “When is the cheapest time of the year to travel?” Answering that question can be somewhat difficult simply because prices can literally change every day but, in this blog you will be able to see an idea of average prices for the first 10 months of the year on a person price range for some of our most popular All Inclusive Resorts.

As you will see in this graph, the most expensive time of the year to travel (other than Christmas and New Years which is not listed in this graph since those prices are not yet available) would be the months of February, then March, then April and then back up a little in June. Why would those dates be the most expensive? In February, many of us are tired of being stuck in the cold for the past few months and we simply want to get out of town to a wonderful warm sunny beach as well as many travelers try to take vacation over Presidents Day to try and avoid using an extra vacation day from work or school. Thus, the third week of February fills fast and can become very expensive if booking last minute.

For the months of March and April, prices are higher each year simply because of the popularity of Spring Break Travel. Whether you are a teacher planning a romantic getaway with your spouse and you want to travel when your students are out of school or maybe you are a parent wanting to take you kids on vacation during the same time frame and not wanting them to miss school, your best bet each year is to try and book early for these popular travel dates. Easter break tends to be the most popular week of Spring Break Travel.

The rates for All Inclusive travel tend to come down between April 15th and the end of May while prices start to jump back up to Spring Break like rates on the 2nd or 3rd week of June through early August. Rates tend to start dropping like a rollercoaster ride at the end of August through the middle to first part of November. So, to answer the question “When is the cheapest time to travel?” all you have to do is think about the popularity of the travel season and then consider if you can travel when others don’t. Again dates such as mid April to late May and then late August through the first week of November are the least expensive months to travel on average.

by on February 4, 2013 |

El Dorado introduces the new El Dorado Generations in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.  This family friendly 30 room hotel is located on the best beach in all of Mexico, Maroma Beach.  This wonderful boutique hotel is next door to El Dorado Maroma and guests that are 16 years are older can use the facilities at El Dorado Maroma.

All the suites feature deluxe amenities and either a lush garden or ocean view.  The rooms are loaded with oversized balconies or terrace, Jacuzzi for two, 42” LCD TV with satellite, DVD player and iPod docking alarm clock. Additional room comforts include AC, bathrooms with double sinks, hair dryer, plush bathrobes either one king or two double beds, safety deposit box, minibar, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, direct dial telephone, a vanity mirror and ample closets.  The hotel also has an elevator and if your traveling with infants you can take advantage of El Dorado’s deluxe baby amenities  such as strollers, cribs; pack and plays, baby changing tables, monitors, baby bottle warmers, baby bath robes and more. The hotel also had a kids club and wonderful Spa.  El Dorado hotels are known for their wonderful food and “Gourmet Inclusive” dining program.

This new hotel offers something new to the market.  A small high end hotel that sits on an amazing beach.  I have been to many El Dorado hotels and they are just wonderful.  You can expect this hotel to make it’s way to the top of the review boards.  If your tired of the huge resorts or beaches with coral or seaweed then  you need to take a look at this hotel.  Call today for pricing and availability.

by on February 1, 2013 |

A lot of people probably ask themselves what are we going to do for 7 days while one vacation? Well I’m here to give you a few pointers on what to do. First thing is ask your agent what activities he or she would recommend and try to get a list of the activities available in the destination your traveling too. One of my favorite things to do is rent jet ski’s in every destination I travel too. Jet ski’s can cost anywhere from $40.00 for half an hour to $100.00 for a full hour. Be sure you wear your sunscreen while riding otherwise you may end up with burns from the sea salt and sun beating down on you while riding. In most locations we offer trips to there are an abudant amount of tours and excursions you can do to have even more while on vacation. Click here to check some of those options out; http://www.godreamvacations.com/excursions.php

If your the type that just likes to hang out at your resort then most of the properties offer daily activities such as water aerobics, beach volley ball, ping pong and other fun games for families. Also be sure to check with your hotel because a majority of the all inclusive properties offer non-motorized water sports like kayaks, hobie cats, windsurfing and my personal favorite, snorkeling equipment. Also keep in mind if there’s an excursion that you’re wanting to take. Check with your concierge’s or the hotel lobby for different excursions that are available in the area.

by on January 30, 2013 |

I thought I would put together a quick snapshot on the Adult only hotels in Cancun and The Riviera Maya of Mexico.  This is based on my travels with no regard to pricing or other review ratings.  I have not been to every hotel so some properties are not listed.  I wanted to give you a few of the highlights and a few of the opportunities.  Every hotel on this list is amazing but every hotel has a few things that you should be aware of when booking that special occasion.

1 – Secrets The Vine

The Views, Location, Food, the wine, Rooms and Beach puts the new Secrets The Vine at the top of my list ! This is a brand new hotel so they still are working through a few of the little things.

2 – Iberostar Grand Paraiso

It has been #1 for it’s entire life!  Service, The beautiful facility, food, pools and beach make the Grand a home run. Kind of a large complex compared to others on this list.  Part of a multiple hotel complex.

3 – Secrets Maroma

NO hotel has a better beach.  Maroma beach is simply wonderful. Secrets food and rooms are amazing this could easily be #1. The pool area is a little small sort of compact.

4 – Excellence Playa Mujeres

One of the hidden treasures.  The rooms are wonderful, beach is gorgeous and the food and pools are just fantastic. Holy Spa!  It is outta this world. Playa Mujeres is a little out of the way compared to the other resort areas.

5 – El Dorado Seaside Suites

There is something about the environment it is so romantic.  The swim up bar is awesome.  El Dorado has wonderful food and service. The beach sand is a little rough.  It has a lot of coral but also has wonderful snorkeling.

6 – Secrets Capri

This was the number one hotel until all the new Construction. The Capri just keeps on performing.  Smaller hotel with wonderful food and service. The beach can get a little seaweed that washes up and the rooms are not quite as fancy as some of the new hotels.

7 – The Royal in Cancun

The views from the hotel are some of the best you will find!  The Royal had a great pool area and excellent food with a very high service level. Felt sort of compact with the high rise sort of right on top of the pool and the beach was a little narrow.

8  – The Royal in Playa Del Carmen

Location, Location !  I loved being able to walk out to 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.  This was the most fun I have ever had during the evening hours. The rooms are not quite what you see at the other hotels on this list.  Beach can be a little crowded.

9 -El Dorado Royale

The El Dorado Royale has wonderful rooms excellent food and great service. El Dorado Royale is very accessible to the airport. The Royale does not have the best beach.

10 – Excellence Riviera Cancun

The Excellence has a wonderful pool, great service and a very convenient location.  They also have great evening entertainment. Might be the oldest hotel on the list so it might not be as glamorous but probably the best value !

If you have questions about hotels that are not listed give me a call.  All of the above are wonderful options.  Call us today so we can find what is best for you!

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