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by on March 28, 2012 |

The Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, a great Punta Cana all inclusive resort which opened in 2010, features a lush, tranquil ambiance surrounded by palm trees within a luxuriant tropical garden located in Punta Cana.  Within this tropical wonderworld you will find 1,991 junior suites.  This property does offer family junior suites that will accomodate a family of six.

Also like most resorts, you will find that you have access to the Barcelo Bavaro Beach, Barcelo Punta Cana, and the Barcelo Dominican Beach.  Since this is another mega resort, hotel staff does provide complimentary transportation in a trolly around the complex.

Among all of the fine dining at the 15 restraunts and plentiful beverages at the 12 bars, you will find something unique about the Barcelo properties unilke all others.  You will find classes on circus trapeze, a rock climbing wall, casino, disco, on site golf course and waterpark all wrapped up in one!

According to Trip Advisor this property gets a 4 out of 5 rating overall.  Here is what one guest had to say about her stay:

”A group of 4 of us stayed at this resort from September 18-25, 2011. I have stayed in a Barcelo resort before in Punta Cana, but the Palace delux was far superior.  This resort is HUGE! We took a golf cart to our room. First impression of the room was absolutely incredible. Our room was VERY clean and extremely modern. The decor is up to date and the balcony is massive. Every room at this resort has a jacuzzi on the balcony with a shade that pulls down for privacy – It’s perfect if you want to have a romantic evening or just a relaxing time in the jacuzzi and not worry about people looking up at you.  The room is open concept, including the bathroom. His and her sinks, a massive shower and a toilet area with a door. Everyday they stock the fridge and also leave chips and peanuts for snacks – Definitely a good thing when you’ve been taking advantage of the all inclusive alchohol.  The grounds of the resort are immaculate and you can tell they take great pride in that. They are constantly working hard to ensure the property looks nice.  The beach is great – Clean, nice sand with amazing water. The pools are very clean and they have many of them! Since the 4 of us are in our twentys and have no kids, we hung out mostly at the adult pool. Very relaxing for those who want to get away from the “family” pools. Don’t fear though, they have a kids pool, all ages pool and also a sports pool where you can participate in the daily events. We played water polo one day and it was absolutely hilarious and so much fun!  We made reservations every night for the different restaurants and left the buffet for breakfast and lunch only.  The sports bar is a great place to grab a burger if you want, they taste great. My favorite restaurant was the japanese and spanish – definitely check them out!”

So make sure to find your way to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, located a short 20 min. trip from the airport.

by on March 26, 2012 |

My wife and I had a chance to take her parents to The Royal in Cancun and The Royal Playa Del Carmen.  We stayed 3 nights at each hotel and it was awesome.

We started at the Royal in Playa Del Carmen right off 5th avenue, in Playa Del Carmen. Location, Location, Location !  We could walk to all the shopping and clubs located on  famous 5th Avenue.  The rooms were very nice, maybe not quite as new or fresh as some of the new adult only hotels but they were very nice!  The pool was huge and seemed to have a real buzz about it.  Their was a lot more activity and a bit more of a party feel with people coming and going from 5th avenue.  The beach was great and it was lined with beach cabanas but it was right next door to a road that lead down to the beach so it did have a lot of foot traffic from 5th avenue.  It is not as private as some may like and if your not in the Royal Service suites it is a little tough to find one.  The royal service suites have reserved beach cabanas.

My favorite restaurant was Asiana because of the location outside of the resort but every restaurant was very good!  This hotel is the best in Playa Del Carmen so if you want an adult only located on 5th Avenue you have to stay at the Royal Playa Del Carmen.

After 3 nights in Playa it was off the the The Royal in Cancun.  We stayed on the famed 10th floor in the Royal Service suites.  It is said to have the best view in Cancun and I would agree.  The rooms were much nicer and the view, WOW!  The pool had a huge swim up bar and it was really hopping!  The beach was super and you could see almost the entire skyline of Cancun.  The food was excellent at all of the restaurants and the room service menu seemed to have more options then the Royal in Playa.

I did prefer The Royal Cancun vs. the Royal in Playa Del Carmen.  The rooms were nicer and the views at the Royal Cancun are marvelous but the location of the Royal in Playa Del Carmen is just perfect for partying on 5th avenue.   This was one of my favorite trips and I will be returning to both of these properties.

by on March 23, 2012 |

Not all brides dream of sand under their feet and the ocean waves crashing as they say their vows but for those brides who do the Riu Resort chain makes planning your destination wedding as calming as an ocean breeze.

Just a month away from my own Riu destination wedding, I could not be more pleased with the level of service and attention I have received from my wedding coordinator with the Riu. Booking your wedding is simple, a quick look on the Riu Wedding website will show you available dates and times.  Simply select your date, input your information online and within a day you will receive an email confirming the ceremony, time and destination.  A few clicks of your mouse and you have your wedding date reserved!

Planning my ceremony could not be easier, with multiple packages to choose from, each bride and groom can pick the package to fit their needs from a simple low key beach wedding to an elaborate high end beach wedding. You can even get benefits like a couples massage or discounts on spa treatments for your guests! From receptions with dance floors on the beach to a simple after wedding reception dinner you can create a wedding package to meet your Dreams!

The top notch wedding coordinators at the resort will always keep you updated.  Anytime I’ve sent an email with questions, requests, new guests or confirmations I’ve received a response within a day.  And although my big day hasn’t arrived quite yet, we are anxiously awaiting meeting our wedding coordinator in person and having the wedding of our Dreams!

From start to finish the planning process has been flawless, the hardest decision I’ve still yet to make… How many bathing suits should I bring?

by on March 23, 2012 |

It’s a great time to vacation at Riu Resorts! We offer Riu Resorts in many various all inclusive locations such as Cancun, Punta Cana, Jamaica and many other Mexico and Caribbean hot spots! Give us a call to get started planning your vacation, this promotion ends on March 29th at 9 pm CST.

Save $100 per couple on vacations of 5 nights or more when you book land only at RIU Hotels & Resorts.

Save $25 per couple on vacations of 4 nights or less when you book land only at RIU Hotels & Resorts.

Promo code valid for bookings made 3/23 – 3/29 for departures through 10/31/12. Discount will be applied as $50.00 per person & per adult fare only. One discount can be applied per person. Promo code must be applied at the time of booking. Adjustments to past bookings or future bookings cannot be made. Promo code not valid on square deals.

Bahamas: Nassau

Caribbean: Aruba

Costa Rica: Guanacaste

Costa Rica: Panama

Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata

Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

Jamaica: Montego Bay

Jamaica: Negril

Jamaica: Ocho Rios

Mexico: Cancun

Mexico: Los Cabos: Cabo San Lucas

Mexico: Mazatlan

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta

Mexico: Riviera Maya: Playa Del Carmen

Offer not valid on group bookings. Promo code not valid on square deals. Offer valid on HOTEL ONLY BOOKINGS, not valid on air and hotel packages

by on March 21, 2012 |

Brand new and nestled in the stunning views of the Riviera Maya golf course the Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an offers the perfect all inclusive resort for budget conscious travelers.  Surrounded by stunning flora and fauna the Bahia Sian Ka’an offers 4 pools, unlimited reservations at any of the resorts a la carte restaurants and full access to the amenities in the surrounding Riviera Maya Bahia Complex.

Spacious junior suites with a modern and minimalistic design will offer the perfect accommodations for families and Although not a beachfront resort, the resort provided shuttles can have you and your family at the beach in no time as you enjoy the bars, pools and amenities of the Bahia Coba, Bahia Akumal or Bahia Tulum.  This 6 star luxury resort is great for the budget conscious traveler who doesn’t mind a short walk or ride to the beach and provides all the regular amenities of an all inclusive including all  food and drinks and daily activities for free.  For the golf enthusiast, the Bahia Sian Ka’an is perfect sitting alongside the Rivera Maya golf club.  Call today to book for your dates!