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by on March 16, 2012 |

Brand new and opening April 2012 the long awaited Secrets Vallarta is sure please. Adults only all inclusive 6 start luxury at it’s finest, the Secrets Vallarta Bay is situated on the finest golden sand beaches of the Pacific.  271 suites offer ocean views, modern decor, 24 hour rooms service, fully stocked minibars, and turn down service just to name a few. Choose from any of the 5 reservation free gourmet all inclusive restaurants and 3 bars with top shelf local and international beer and alcohol all included in your all inclusive stay.  When it’s time for a swim refresh yourself in the stunning pools overlooking the Pacific or head to the ocean for a swim or enjoy one of the complementary watersports like kayaking or snorkeling.  For the perfect anniversary, honeymoon or getaway with your friend, leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa and book your trip to the Secrets Vallarta Bay today.

by on March 14, 2012 |

Personally, when I travel I like to stay in the nicest accommodations with one of the hotel’s best rooms.  Unfortunately, you may feel that the budget will not allow an upgraded room category.

Well I am here to show you that this misconception can prevent you from having one of the most memorable vacations of your life!

Lets start with the most common room categories.  Most hotels offer standard rooms, junior suites, suites, and even larger rooms.  Along with these rooms come with different views such as garden view, partial ocean view, ocean view, and ocean front.

One of my favorite hotel’s is the Dreams Cancun!  You really need to check this place out!  They are within walking distance to shopping and the bars downtown and they also have their own dolphinarium!  They offer so many room categories it is unbelievable!  Here are some examples:  1BR Master Suite, 1BR Honeymoon Suite, Club Level Junior Suite w/ Jacuzzi, Deluxe Club Ocean Front, Deluxe Dolphin Front Ocean View, Deluxe Dolphin Front, and Pyramid Presidential Suite!  What options!

If you book well in advance you can get some pretty awesome rates!  Upgrades at this resort begin around $50 per person.  What would make your children happier than to wake up every morning to dolphins swimming outside of your room?  Or even relaxing every evening on your balcony watching the waves splash into the sand?

Sometime spending a few extra hundred dollars can make all the difference in the world.  So trust me on this one.  Call Dream Vacations today and check into an upgraded room category.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

by on March 12, 2012 |

Cancun, Mexico has over a dozen nightclubs and literally hundreds of bars and is considered to have some of the best evening entertainment in the world.  Cancun is most famous for their mega bars and party atmosphere but don’t forget the hundreds of small bars and clubs footsteps away from your hotel.  It doesn’t matter if your looking for a nightclub with laser lights with thousands of people or a quiet local watering hole, Cancun has a place for you.

The large nightclubs have capacity for thousands and all offer nightly entertainment. This is not the entertainment you find in your local downtown clubs.   There’s something new happening every few minutes, from fantastic circus type performances, giant video screens, the famous bikini contests,  mime artists, crazy waiters and more.  The most popular are Coco Bongo, Daddy O, The City and Bulldogs.  It is common for these clubs to carry on until 6 in the morning.  At these clubs you usually pay $25 – $40 cover and they offer an ”open bar” so your drinks are included with your cover.  The “open bar” usually ends at 3 am so if your partying early into the morning you’ll have to pay for each drink after 3.   These clubs are world famous and an evening experience of a lifetime!

If you prefer a smaller club try one of Cancun’s most famous bars, Senor Frogs.  It is popular for it’s waterslides and wearable’s.  There are scores of smaller bars in Cancun such as Corona Bar, Dos Equis Bar, Terrasta, Carlos N Charlie’s, My Place, Lucky Monkey and Congo Bar that might be more to your liking.  These clubs will still have a cover and most do a pay per drink plan.  These bars most often close around 1 am but will usually have smaller crowds and shorter lines.  I recommend starting out at these smaller clubs and then finish your evening at one of the larger nightclubs.  Most of these bars are open for lunch and the crowds are smaller and not as lively.  Many of them are actually family friendly during the lunch hour and early afternoons.

If your not looking to pay big cover charges and dance till 6am with the younger crowd but would like to go out and enjoy a night on the town.  Then try Captain’s Cove and Pancho & Willy’s.  Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm every day at P&W’s and has one of the best sunset views in all of Cancun.  Captain’s Cove and Pancho & Willy’s is located on the shores of the lagoon opposite The Omni Hotels.  Cancun has evening entertainment for everyone.  Below are a few tips to keep in mind when partying in Cancun.

A few tip to consider when planning your night out in Cancun.

1 – Tip – tipping will improve service levels with cabs, waiters and bartenders

2 – Beware of the Shot girls.  They will charge you $2 per and you can get a little out of control if your not careful.

3 – Don’t get lost.  Some of these clubs are huge so take notice of your surroundings and locate exits and restrooms.

4 – Be careful with valuables.  Travel light, watch out where you leave your camera.  Bring a disposable camera.

5 – BE SAFE.  Use the cab service or walk.  Use common sense and go out with a partner or a buddy.

by on March 9, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Right at the beach and close to Playa del Carmen, the elegant Riu Palace Mexico is  decorated following the traditional style of Mexico.  The hotel provides of two swimming pools of fresh water surrounded by a vast park, a Jacuzzi, a solarium-terrace, a gym and the “Renova Spa” with different kinds of treatments and massages.

The restaurants are characterized by Mexico’s big variety of recipes. It is recognized by its distinctive flavors with a lot of different spices. It mixes up tradition, Mesoamerican as well as European.

This hotel is located in a shared complex with the Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Playacar, Riu Tequila, and Riu Yucatan.  You can find numerous activities like table tennis, a gym, volleyball, golf and aquatic sports like windsurfing, catamaran, kayak, body board, snorkeling and much more. At night we suggest you to see the shows and to listen to live music or that you visit “La Piñata” disco where you can dance the night away. Your children can also participate in the Riuland children mini-club where they make handicrafts and activities with other children.

Highly rated as one of Trip Advisors’ hotels, here is a recent review.

My husband and I stayed at the Riu Palace Mexico 11/12-11/19 2011. I had always wanted to try a RIU property. We’ve stayed at some of the other chains before and been quite happy. The service here is top notch they anticipate your next need even before you do!! I chose this because of the beach and was not disappointed, it is beautiful. The food was very good, no complaints. We ate at the buffet every night but one. The place is spotless I have never seen a place cleaned daily as thoroughly as they do. The staff there is wonderful. We would definitely return here.

by on March 7, 2012 |

AM Resorts have always had some great golf offerings.  Today they have announced an even better golf experience for guests staying at a their resorts in the Riviera Maya.  New access to the Grand Coral golf course means an even better vacation when you book these leading brands. Below is the details on this exciting news.

Guests of Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Now Jade Riviera Cancun and Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun are offered complimentary greens fees at Grand Coral Rivera Maya. Only steps away from the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, PGA champion and golf course designer, Nick Price, created Grand Coral Riviera Maya. Golf pros and amateurs alike can enjoy a round on this magnificent 18 hole, 7,043 yard course.

Guests of the seven resorts listed above can enjoy one complimentary round per person, per day when staying December 24, 2011 until April 30, 2013. There are additional fees that guests are responsible for at the golf course. Pricing is according to the season as follows:

Pricing from December 24, 2011 to April 30, 2012 and December 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013:

  • Premium Tee Time Supplement: $35 per person
  • Cart fee: $50 per person in a shared cart
  • Junior (under 18 years old): $40 per junior riding with an adult
  • Rider fee: $35 (includes access to the club areas)
  • Re-round fee: $50 per re-round (9 or 18 holes)

Pricing from May 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012:

  • Premium Tee Time Supplement: $35 per person
  • Cart fee: $40 per person in a shared cart
  • Junior (under 18 years old): $40 per junior riding with an adult
  • Rider fee: $35 (includes access to the club areas)
  • Re-round fee:  $50 per re-round (9 or 18 holes)

Additional pricing details: Premium Tee Times are from 6 am to 1 pm from December to April and from 6 am to 2 pm from May to November. Individual reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance through the resort’s concierge and are subject to availability. A no-show penalty of $50 will be charged to your room. To avoid this fee guests must cancel with a minimum of 24 hours before the booked tee time.

Guests also have access to a wide range of amenities and services at the Grand Coral Club House and the Beach Club including use of the fitness center, dressing rooms, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. For an additional charge, guests also have access to the snack bar, pro shop, cabanas and beach towels and umbrellas.

Please note that the current golf offers for guests of Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa at The Riviera Maya Golf Club remain in effect until April 30, 2012.

If your looking to include a few rounds of golf then book the Dreams, Zoetry, Now and Secrets hotels.  Great hotels and great golf deals.

by on February 17, 2012 |

Looking for some pampering and relaxation before midnight feedings and sleep deprivation become the norm? A pre-baby vacation is the perfect answer!

Babymoons are designed for optimum pampering and luxury. These “last hurrah” trips for parents-to-be provide the perfect setting to relax and reconnect as a couple before entering (or re-entering) parenthood. Pre-baby vacations are one of the hottest trends in travel today, and with good reason. Moms and dads-to-be know that luxury vacations without sippy cups and bibs may be out of reach for a while, so they’re seizing the opportunity for one last romantic getaway.

Our goal is to help you find the perfect babymoon vacation. We researched many hotel destinations tailored to the needs and interests of parents-to-be.   I would suggest the Secrets CapriEnjoy a babymoon to remember at this luxury, adults only, all-inclusive resort. The resort’s setting is stunning – nestled between lush, tropical foliage and a long stretch of sugary-white beach. Located in Riviera Maya, the resort is only a short ride from Playa del Carmen. Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun recently earned a spot on the esteemed 2009 Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List.

Although spa services are not included in the all-inclusive rate, a visit to the resort’s 13,000 square foot spa is definitely worth the added expense. Featuring a relaxing lounge and couples massage suites, Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers over 30 different spa services.

Or what about the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in the Dominican Republic, adults only, all inclusive resort offers “Grand Star Service” with butlers at your beck and call! Of course, all your meals, drinks, tips, entertainment and standard activities are included in your rate for a hassle-free getaway.

Last but not least, how about the Le Blanc Spa and Resort in Cancun?  One word Awesome!!   This adult’s only resort offers an experience of sophisticated style, lavish personal attention, contemporary and minimalist decoration that create a exceptionally exotic ambiance. Flanked by Nichupte lagoon and the gorgeous Caribbean Sea, this resort provides 260 luxurious accommodations, a Spa offering the ultimate space for total well being, the finest haute cuisine at five upscale restaurants, and three outdoor pools including two infinity pools complete with swim-up bars.

Let us get you relexed before partenthood arrives!!