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by on April 9, 2012 |

On my Hawaii vacation, I had a chance to stay at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Sheraton is an open air hotel located on the Kona coast.  It is surrounded by ancient lava flow and feature a 200 foot waterslide.  The hotel also has two championship golf courses next door at the Kona Country Club.

I stayed in the Ocean/Poolview room and it was very nice.  The Sheraton hotels have very comfortable beds and offer a nice fluffy robe and slippers in each room category.  I did see the oceanfront rooms and they were much larger with an unobstructed view of the ocean.  The hotel has a huge waterslide and a nice pool area but it does not have a beach.  You can not access the beach directly from the hotel due to the lava flow.

The food was excellent but the real highlight is The Manta Ray Bar.  You can get a view of an amazing Hawaii sunset and then wait for the Manta Rays to come in after dark.  The bar has a flood light out in the ocean and once the sun goes down the Manta Rays come in to feed. This is one of those things you have to see for yourself to really appreciate.

I took a scuba trip that I booked through the hotel and it was excellent.  The weather was a bit overcast but the rays and dolphins did not seem to mind.  Some of the people in my group played golf at the Kona Country club.  They have two courses within walking distance of the Sheraton.  The courses were amazing as with most of the golf courses in Hawaii.

I highly recommend this hotel for your Big Island Hawaii vacation.  The pool, rooms, view and location are super and no hotels on the Kona side will have a sandy beach.  If your ready to visit Kona, head to the Sheraton Keauhou.

by on April 6, 2012 |

The Grand Palladium Jamaica is located only 40 minutes from Montego Bay Airport.  Just far enough to escape but close enough to head to the “hip strip” for a night on the town.  Palladium hotels are known for their excellent value and this property has been one of the best deals in all of Travel.  The Grand Palladium Jamaica is a shared facility with the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.

The resort has 450 rooms and 7 ala carte restaurants, a casino and the largest pool in Jamaica.  The standard room is a Junior suite with a hydro massage tub and a sofa sleeper.  The rooms have a fresh clean design and they do have some very affordable room upgrades.

The Grand Palladium Resorts offer a wide variety of activities for all ages.  Adults will enjoy activities at the pool and beach, first class sports facilities and water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing. The Boogie Woogie night club features shows and live music late into the evening.  The Palladium is family friendly and offers plenty of daily and evening programs for the kids and they even offer a Mini Disco in the early evening.

This hotel is great for families, couples, honeymooners, weddings and groups.  If your looking to get a real bang for your dollar, call us today and book a trip to The Grand Palladium Jamaica.

by on April 4, 2012 |

From high end luxury to more moderate pricing structures, Riu brand all inclusive resorts won’t disappoint.  From beautiful Caribbean beaches to stunning Pacific waters, the Riu resort brand is the perfect option for an all inclusive vacation.  Top notch service meets family friendly fun, and with all your meals and beverages included you never have to carry around a wallet.  The higher level Riu Palace resorts offer luxury inclusions like junior suites as their standard accommodations and 24 hour rooms service.  The more wallet friendly Riu class resorts offer all of the amenities one could need and no matter where you stay your non motorized water sports are almost always included in the all inclusive Riu resort package.

My personal favorite is the Riu Palace Pacifico.  After such a great vacation last time I was there, I’m actually getting married at the Resort this month!  But rest assured, no matter where you choose Riu brand hotels offer quality accommodations, top notch service, excellent food and beverages choices and a price range to accommodate any budget.  Whether you want to visit the Punta Cana, Jamaica, Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Costa Rica, Nassau, Aruba or more, there’s sure to be a Riu resort to make your vacation an unforgettable experience!

by on April 2, 2012 |

Coming this summer, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Puerto Vallarta.

Early summer 2012 the Cancun Palace and and the Vallarta Palace resorts are slated to become the first Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico.  In 2013 the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will combine 2 palace resorts, the Aventura Spa Palace and the Aventura Cove Palace.

All inclusive luxury at it’s best with the extra flair that Hard Rock offers, these resorts are not to be missed!

by on March 30, 2012 |

The Fairmont Orchid is located on the Kohala Coast, on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The hotel has a  white sand beach and a great snorkeling lagoon.  My wife and I stayed in the corner oceanview room.  It had a great view with a marble bathroom.  The service is what you would expect from a Fairmont Hotel, top notch!  The check in was a breeze and our bags actually made it to our room before we did.

The pool was huge and the hotel had a beautiful Jacuzzi area.  The Jacuzzi was big and was surrounded my mature landscaping.  In the evening the pools were busy and the hot tubs were full.

The beach is great and the lagoon has excellent snorkeling.  The beach side bar was a lot of fun and the bartender was super.  BEWARE of the coral on the outside edge of the lagoon.  We seen a fella come up from the beach all tore up from falling on the coral when the waves came in.  If you stay where you are supposed to be you will not have to worry about this.

The food was amazing at the hotel but it was a bit expensive.  We ate breakfast and lunch at the hotel but went out for most of our dinners.  The concierge offered some amazing tips on local restaurants and other area attractions.

The highlight of the big island was the fishing trip.  The hotel concierge booked us a 1/2 day deep sea fishing trip.  We left in the morning and the fish were really biting.  No trophies but we had a lot of action.  The sea was a little rough on the way in but we had a wonderful time.

Our stay at the Fairmont was amazing.  These are special hotels and the Big Island of Hawaii is one of a kind.  If your looking for  luxury accommodations on the Big Island come and see The Fairmont Orchid!

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.