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by on February 20, 2012 |

Riu Yucatan is a deluxe beachfront All-Inclusive resort with a Mexican Hacienda architectural style & a privileged location in the exclusive Playacar complex, which is only 3 km from the picturesque town of Playa del Carmen. Tropical gardens surround a fabulous fresh-water swimming pool with a children`s section, jacuzzi and swim up bar. There is also a sunbathing-terrace with loungers and towels at guests disposal.  The Riu Yucatan is a great choice for families and couples.

Here is what one guest had to say about their experience.

”We stayed at the Riu Yucatan in September, having stayed at the Riu Cancun. The location is superb – right on the southern part of the beach. We found the food and the rooms absolutely excellent! The staff are what makes the hotel, they never stop working, always cleaning every thing in sight, but they are always smiling and friendly! I read previous reviews about hard beds and poor food choice, but can categorically state on both counts the food was wonderful quality, and loads of variety, and the beds were enormous and extremely comfortable.  The Riu Tequila is approx. 200 meters away and you can use all their all inclusive facilities. We saw a Moulin Rouge show there, which was very good.  Other people we spoke to who stayed there said the evening entertainment was excellent every night. (They also have a 24 hour Sports Bar).

In the Riu Yucatan grounds, due to the location near to the jungle, there are some wonderful, friendly animals wandering around the grounds.(One looks like a raccoon, one like a giant guinea pig and families of monkeys up in the trees. I also saw an iguana on a couple of occasions. All are safe and friendly, but please do not feed them as they have their own food chain within the grounds).

I would strongly recommend this hotel to people who enjoy a beautiful beach. This is an excellent hotel – as are all the Riu hotels we have stayed at. I certainly plan to go back again!”

So there you go!  In my opinion the Riu hotel chain in on of the most popular that we sell.  The Riu Palace properties are also available to those who want a little extra pampering!  Don’t take my word for it, check it out!

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!!

by on February 15, 2012 |

When booking an all-inclusive resort package you can be sure to receive at minimum accommodations, all meals and drinks (including alcohol) nightly entertainment, access to the resorts amenities, use of non-motorized water-sports and gratuities, many will also include airfare and airport transfers. Higher-end resorts may also include golf and scuba diving.

When booking a cruise you will receive meals and snacks, certain beverages at meal times, access to ships facilities, on board activities and entertainment. You will have to pay extra for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, gratuities, excursions, airfare and airport transfers. You will notice that much more is included in your all inclusive resort packages than your nickel and dime me cruise’s.

You could very well get a Caribbean Cruise anywhere between $600-$700 for an inside cabin which is on average 214 sq feet compared to a resort at 485sq feet. Add on airfare, tax, port fees and airport transfers and your bill is over $1,000.00. that price is comparable to an all inclusive resort. If you want to drink soda or alcohol, go snorkeling or have a balcony or window your likely to shell out hundreds more.

by on February 14, 2012 |

The below review was posted by a Dream Vacations client on Trip Advisor on Feb 13, 2012:

We spent several days at resort earlier this month (February, 2012). Wanted a place that was easy to get to (Cancun) and not too far from the airport (25 minutes). Brief takeaway – very fine resort, great service, darned good food, especially for an all-inclusive, really nice room and amenities, nice pool, restaurants and bars. Only negative is a beach affected by fall storms and significant erosion.

In greater detail: Nice greeting in lobby of moistened towels to wash the trip’s grime off and cool glass of champagne to get us into the rhythm of the shore. Arrived about 2 pm and had a short wait before our room was ready but it was not onerous. We we upgraded to a “partial sea view” from the garden view we’d reserved and it was quite nice – don’t know what partial means but had a full view of ocean in three directions.

The room itself was very large – one of the largest I’ve ever stayed in – and sumptuous to boot. The bathroom has both a full jacuzzi type tub with shower and a standalone shower across from the tub. The hotel amenities provided were amazing as well – high end British toiletries and even toothpaste, shaving cream and sunscreen. The pool, not huge, was very nice and had the usual complement of poolside exercise and entertainment. Because this is an adults only resort the poolside activities were pretty quiet. Quiet is the key word here because the hotel was not packed by any means – never a problem getting a table in any restaurant or waiting for a drink at the bar.

There were stations set up during the evening outside one of the lounges and by a bar that made ‘fancy’ coffee drinks – flaming liquor and all – with just about any ingredient you could ask for. The lounge itself was very comfortable and always had a nice selection of fruits, cookies and candies available, as well as several wines. As an FYI, the hotel typically gives out $200 vouchers to be allocated toward spa treatments and ‘upgraded’ wines. We didn’t partake in either and the house wines were pretty good by my pedestrian taste buds. The lounge and lobby were also areas with wi-fi availability, as well as printer equipped pc’s to check email, print boarding passes, and the like.

As above, the restaurants we tried were all good, some meals were outstanding. Breakfast is always good at all inclusives but here the midday and evening meals were also of the good to very good variety. The seafood restaurant was close to excellent, the Italian very good, the seaside bistro ranged from okay to excellent and the steak restaurant was very good as well.

This is my second Dreams owned property (the other was in Punta Cana) and so far the chain as scored highly in my book.

Dream Vacations’ Customer: Morris from New Jersey

by on February 13, 2012 |
For the perfect family vacation in the Dominican Republic look no further than the Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana. Lush tropical grounds will greet you in the Caribbean paradise after check-in as you are whisked to your room. This all inclusive resort will leave your family wanting for nothing with it’s fully stocked rooms including minibars, safe deposit boxes, satellite television, balconies or terraces and more. Check out an upgrade to the royal service suites for the added amenities of room service, private transfers to the beach, a private pool and beach area. With 13 restaurants, 10 pool, 8 tennis courts and daily activities from morning until evening, this large hotel leaves no time to get bored. Your kids will be delighted with the Flintstones themed kids clubs with organized and supervised activities for ages 4 months and up. And Mom and Dad can enjoy some together time while the kids play by grabbing a lounge by the pool or beach and just taking a few minutes to relax in the sun. If relaxation isn’t what your looking for, take part in any of the numerous daily activities offered throughout the resort. Shuffle Board, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Water Polo, Yoga, Dance Class, Spanish Lessons, Ping Pong and Board Games are just the beginning of your fun filled Dominican vacation. With non-motorized water-sports included for free, get out there an enjoy that glistening white powdery beach and refresh yourself in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Nightly shows, theme parties and even a casino offer fun after the sun has gone down. From sun up to sun down the Melia Caribe Tropical offers budget friendly family fun. Call today to book your vacation!


by on February 10, 2012 |

I had a great trip to the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum.  The Bahia is part of a multiple hotel complex in Tulum in the Mexican Riviera Maya.  The Gran Bahia Akumal and the Gran Bahia Coba are the other 2 hotels on the complex and you can utlilize the other hotels.  It is just over an hour from the airport.

The rooms and suites are distributed throughout 3-story villas surrounded by acres of tropical coconut palms and exotic vegetation.  All the rooms have a balcony and we did have an ocean view.  They do not list any of their rooms as having an ocean view but our villa had a great view.  The pools are huge and feature a great swim up bar.

The beach is a bit rocky (coral) in some places but it made for great snorkeling.  The evening entertainment was the best I had seen in a family friendly all inclusive.  At the entrance of the complex is a small shopping center for souvenirs and any essentials you may have forgot.

I really enjoyed the food.  I thought all the ala carte restaurants and the buffets were super.  The service at the Lobby Bar was awesome and each bartender treated us as if we were the only guests in the bar.  This hotel also seems to be the best prepared for bad weather with Hurricane doors on the rooms.  I was actually here post hurricane and they moved several hundred guests to the Bahia from other hotels.  The hotel still did not miss a beat and continued to provide an amazing service level.  If your looking for an affordable hotel that outperforms you need to experience The Gran Bahia hotels in Tulum, Riviera Maya.