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by on July 24, 2014 |

riu palace paradise islandI just returned from a wonderful vacation at the Riu Palace Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Paradise Island and Cable Beach have wonderful turquoise water and white sandy beaches! The Riu is located right next to the Atlantis and you can access the Atlantis 100 yards from the Riu Lobby.

The Riu Palace is a high rise building with wonderful ocean views. I had an oceanfront room with a huge balcony and an amazing view. The room was big and the bed was very comfortable. Our mini bar was
stocked daily and the maids were in early each day to clean and get us fresh towels.

The pool at the Riu is a little on the small side but they keep it very clean and it did have plenty of chairs. You do need to get out early if you want to reserve the best chairs. If you’re a beach lover this hotel sits on an amazing stretch of white sandy beach and the water is as pretty as I have ever seen! You do need to deal with the vendors but we all need to make a living and a simple no Thank you would send them on their way.

riu palace paradise island 2I really enjoyed the buffets. The servers were excellent and for dinner they had a different theme each night. We dined at three of the Ala Carte restaurants and Krystal was our favorite. Kevin was our waiter and the
food matched the amazing service! The 24 hour sports bar has snacks all day and night and they also offer 24 hour room service.

The entertainment team was super and we enjoyed the daily activities as well as the evening shows. We spent our days on the amazing beach or out snorkeling and sight seeing. Stuarts Cove is great for all snorkeling, snuba, scuba and more. This is one of the few dive shops that offer shark feeding trips. In the evening time you can enjoy the great show at
the Riu or head over to the Atlantis for the night.

This is not the best of the Riu Palace hotels but it is one of the few All Inclusive hotels in Nassau and by far the best All Inclusive on Paradise Island. The Bahamas is beautiful and the Riu has a marvelous location and a wonderful staff.
Call me today and I can help with your next Bahamian Vacation !

 

by on July 22, 2014 |

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First of all, when you see a Hyatt “Ziva” Resort, that is their label for family friendly. When you see Hyatt “Zilara” Resort, that is their adult only brand (such as the old “The Royal in Cancun”). Hyatt has purchased the Dreams Cancun resort and are renovating it now (opening in 2015) as well as they have purchased the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall in Montego Bay and are renovating and adding on to it and should open later this year they said, November 2014. The Hyatt Ziva / Zilara in Rose Hall will have both an adult only wing and then a family wing, thus the two names. They also have the old Dreams Puerto Vallarta and are planning a big renovation there, may open later this year as well.

For me, the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos was a fantastic resort! Big pool area, large enough to get away from the swim up bar and had an infinity pool area as well as a separate activities pool. The food was very good each time I ate there, especially the breakfast. The beach was very large, didn’t use it but looked amazing and yes the waves were high! The resort is located IN San Jose, right across the street there is a dolphin pool excursion and you could literally walk to the bars if you wanted or take a 5 minute taxi ride. You could also walk to the “Mega Mart” if you needed any supplies such as sun screen, batteries, new shorts lol or whatever.

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The room was great! It had the large Mexican style tiles (not marble), jacuzzi, double sinks and good size balcony. Most all rooms will have an ocean view. They do have the adult only pool with pool bar in the Premium Section that was a nice quiet relief but it sits behind buildings so no ocean view room. The restaurants were decorated just like every where else, all of which were air conditioned except for one which was down by the ocean. Night life, they have a sports bar with AC and karaoke nights that they are planning on renovating soon plus they have a nice upscale coffee/drink bar right off the lobby, can’t remember what is was called or how late it was open but that’s where we had our meeting with Mike Going from Funjet. They also have a full Martini Bar, 7 total pools and nightly entertainment at the “Grand Theatre.”

Overall, I think this resort is just as nice as the Dreams but I don’t think you are going to see Hyatt Resorts like this available with Apple Vacations going forward. I have no fear recommending this resort as a “6G Apple” if I were rating hotels. I think this resort gives you the best “5 Star” Family vacation in San Jose Del Cabo and for just adults traveling, no reason not to go there. It did not feel all family, it could be good for anyone I truly believe.

by on July 17, 2014 |

"VFMLID=60586725"Opening Nov 1, 2014 Dreams Las Mareas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica will offer the perfect Costa Rican haven for families, groups, couples and more!  A sugar white sand beach, surrounded by jungles and mountains will offer a tropical retreat like no other.  Enjoy action packed activities like zip-lining, jet skis, water slides, river rafting or just relax on the beach in this Pacific hot spot.  Take advantage of the 24 hour all inclusive and enjoy gourmet dining, top shelf drinks, 24 hour room service, unlimited daily and nightly activities, pool and beach waiter service and even free wi-fi!
447 suites offer everything from a jungle view to ocean front.  Upgrade to the exclusive Preferred Club and receive even more like private check in and out with concierge, upgraded minibar and bath amenities, private lounge access and "VFMLID=58798212"more VIP privileges.  And you can dine to your hearts content with 6 restaurants, a café and room service.  Drink from the top shelf at any of the 4 bars at the resort before setting into you luxury accommodations for the night.
If a spa day is what you prefer, the Dreams Spa by Pevonia is sure to provide.  And your kids will love their time at the Explorers Club.  Storytelling, music, weekly campout adventures, big screen movies on the beach and even sand castle competitions on the beach are just a few of the activities perfect for your little ones.  Teens will love the Core Zone with video games, pool, foosball,  a snack bar and special social events like disco mixers and weekly bonfires.
Family vacations, honeymoons, anniversary trips, group vacations and all travelers are welcomed at the Dreams Las Mareas.  Save big with the grand opening specials by booking your trip now!

by on July 17, 2014 |

thanksgiving travel specialsCan you believe Thanksgiving is just 4 short months away? Book your holiday travel now for the best prices and availablity. Let someone else cook and clean this holiday season, with your all inclusive vacation you won’t have to lift a finger! The kids will never get bored this Thanksgiving, from watersports and swimming pools to playgrounds and jungle gyms, your family vacation will have something for everyone! Spend this Thanksgiving lounging by the pool instead of slaving over the stove. Check out these great all inclusive resort deals and give us a call today to add airfare from your city!

Cancun, Mexico
Crown Paradise Club Cancun $819 per person
Dreams Sands Cancun*Brand new resort $903 per person
Sandos Cancun $1113 per person
Riu Palace Peninsula $1204 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya $700 per person
Iberostar Paraiso del Mar $846 per person
Barcelo Maya Beach/Caribe $959 per person
Dreams Puerto Aventuras $1071 per person
Cozumel, Mexico
El Cozumeleno $548 per person
Iberostar Cozumel $593 per person
Occidental Grand Cozumel $775 per person
Secrets Aura *adults only $964 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Riu Jalisco $616 per person
Iberostar Playa Mita $658 per person
Riu Palace Pacifico $791 per person
Dreams Villamagna $1064 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Riu Santa Fe $735 per person
Melia Cabo Real $910 per person
Sandos Finisterra $931 per person
Secrets Puerto Los Cabos *adult only $1155 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Bavaro Princess $588 per person
Ocean Blue $672 per person
Royalton Punta Cana $791 per person
Now Larimar $847 per person
Jamaica
Hilton Rose Hall $770 per person
Riu Ocho Rios $882 per person
Grand Palladium Jamaica $1008 per person
Secrets St. James *adult only $1386 per person

 

 

HOTEL ONLY-Prices valid for 7 nights stay Nov 22-29, 2014 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports(at most resorts) and taxes. Prices valid as of 7/15/14 and do not include airfare. In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.

 

by on July 17, 2014 |

back to schoolThere’s still time to see visit the beach before school starts! Whisk your family away on a tropical all inclusive vacation in paradise! Meals, drinks, watersports and more are all included in your package at no extra cost to you. Enjoy your last stress free days of summer in the Caribbean with these great back to school resort deals. Give us a call today to add airfare from your city.

Cancun, Mexico
GR Solaris Cancun $902 per person
Iberostar Cancun $1162 per person
Riu Palace Las Americas $1183 per person
Sandos Cancun $1253 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Sunset Princess $805 per person
Riu Playacar $868 per person
Iberostar Paraiso Lindo $1043 per person
Now Jade Riviera Cancun $1155 per person
Cozumel, Mexico
El Cozumeleno $539 per person
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel $609 per person
Iberostar Cozumel $665 per person
Occidental Grand Cozumel $686 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Iberostar Playa Mita $616 per person
Riu Vallarta $693 per person
Melia Puerto Vallarta $819 per person
Marival Resort and Suites $903 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Riu Santa Fe $784 per person
Sandos Finisterra $931 per person
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas $1127 per person
Dreams Los Cabos $1386 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Iberostar Dominicana $756 per person
Grand Palladium Palace $847 per person
Riu Palace Bavaro $931 per person
Dreams Palm Beach $1057 per person
Jamaica
Riu Negril $889 per person
Hilton Rose Hall $1043 per person
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach $1162 per person
Riu Palace Tropical Bay $1281 per person

 

HOTEL ONLY-Prices valid for 7 nights stay Aug 9-16, 2014 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports(at most resorts) and taxes. Prices valid as of 7/15/14 and do not include airfare. In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.

 

 

 

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