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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 March 5, 2012 |

Congratulations to the Dreams Punta Cana, Beaches Turks & Caicos, and the Excellence Playa Mujeres, who were rated as having the top 3 “Most Refreshing Swim-Up Bars”, according to a recently released TripAdvisor Top 10 list.  Swim-up bars are essential for a lot of travelers to Mexico and the Caribbean, as you can hang out in the pool all day long with a cool refreshing drink always just a short swim away. All three of these resorts are ones that Dream Vacations works with often and highly recommend and are great options to consider.

The Dreams Punta Cana is a great value resort for all ages, located on the north end of Punta Cana on the East Coast of the Domincan Republic. The Dreams Resorts’ signature no-wristband, no-reservations policy is a big hit with their guests as is the Unlimited-Luxury included plan, going above and beyond your traditional all-inclusive.

The Beaches Turks & Caicos especially caters to families with children, and offers one of the most highly regarded all-inclusive programs in the world. In fact, the Beaches Turks & Caicos was recently rated the #1 Family Hotel in the Caribbean by Travel+Leisure magazine and the BEST All-Inclusive and Best Bang for the Buck by Caribbean Travel+Life magazine.

The Excellence Playa Mujeres is a chic adults only resort just outside Cancun, Mexico, and offers a value-priced luxury option that is one Dream Vacations’ most popular and highly recommended for adults. Excellence Resorts are known for their fine dining, top-shelf drinks, in suite Jacuzzi tubs, and more and the Excellence Playa Mujeres doesn’t dissapoint.

by on February 29, 2012 |

If there’s one thing that I know is fun, its planning your family vacation. But, it seems a lot of families are not sure where to go and when. If your not sure where to go some of the things you might ask your family is: What are some of the most important things that you need such as - maybe an all inclusive, great beach, quality of resort or hotel, ocean view rooms, family friendly, adults only, golf, scuba diving, lots of dinning options, 24 hour room service, close to entertainment or away from all the hustle and bustle of busy cities these are just a few things that you can ask yourself or family to help narrow down that perfect family vacation.

Not sure when to go: a lot of families these days are tied up with school activities or work and about the only time to get away as a family is either spring break, Christmas or during the summer months. So for future reference when checking pricing be sure to check mid week departures instead of weekends most of the time you will find better pricing, you would be surprised how much money you could save your family by leaving on a Tuesday – Thursday, always keep in mind the sooner you book is always the best alot of people like to wait for that last minute deal well a majority of the people that wait end up paying more than what they could have booked the trip for if they would have booked it 6 or 7 months in advance.

by on February 27, 2012 |

As many of us are searching for the perfect Mexico vacation, sometimes we forget about the amazing resort area of Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. A pacific coast destination in Mexico, it is a tad different from the Caribbean side destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel. While the clear turquoise waters are not present, the west coast of Mexico more than makes up for that with their beautiful deep blue waters and amazing west coast sunsets all back-dropped by the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Having stayed at the Riu Palace Pacifico, I could not more highly recommend the newest Riu resort in Puerto Vallarta. From our delicious and fruity welcome drinks, to the excellent service we received at each restaurant and bar, this resort far exceeded my expectations. Sitting on one of the best beaches in Nuevo Vallarta, when you get too warm just laying in the sun grab a free boogie board and ride some waves. For those of you who enjoy walking the beach, head in either direction for a scenic walk up the coast. Surrounded by mountains, the views from the resort are beautiful in every direction you look, with the most colorful sunsets I have ever seen.

For the excursion enthusiast, try ziplining through the mountains and if you like tequila you will certainly get your fill in the original state in Mexico where tequila was produced.

A Caribbean lover myself, I wanted to try Puerto Vallarta for a change of scenery and boy am I glad I did. The only negative part of my trip was having to leave such a beautiful resort and colorful people, and I will be back for sure!