Vacation Ideas

by Dream Vacations on July 23, 2013

Enjoy a “FreeFall” at Zoëtry, Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape resorts!

  • Every 3rd night FREE! (savings reflected in pricing)
  • $200 or $400 in resort coupons based on the room category!
  • Stay at Dreams, Now or Sunscape Resorts & Spas and up to two kids stay FREE per room with the purchase of two paying adults.
  • Stay at Dreams Puerto Aventuras and Kids enjoy a complimentary Swim with the Dolphins experience. Adults can enjoy a complimentary upgrade.

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FreeFall Terms & Conditions
3rd night FREE! (savings reflected in pricing) Valid on all new reservations made at Zoëtry, Dreams, Secrets, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas (excluding Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets St James Montego Bay & Sunscape Curacao) for bookings from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013 for travel from August 24, 2013 to December 22, 2013 (savings reflected in pricing).

$200 and $400 Resort Coupon Terms & Conditions
Based on the room category booked. Resort coupons cannot be applied toward the following items: beauty salon services, spa product purchases, telephone charges, dolphin experiences, gift shop purchases, boutique purchases, internet service, marina services, dive shop, medical services, car rentals and travel agency services. Resort Coupons do not hold any cash or commercial value, are not refundable and non-transferable. They are not applicable for tips, taxes, private functions and/or special events such as Christmas and New Year’s Gala dinners. Resort Coupons are not accumulative and cannot be combined with any other promotion or special offer including, but not limited to spa treatment discounts. They are only valid during the original stay and cannot be deducted upon check out. Not all resorts will participate in offering resort coupons. Resort coupon values given may vary by date. Restrictions and blackout dates apply. This entire offer is based on availability and can be modified or closed out at any time. Employees of tour operators and wholesalers do not qualify.

Kids Stay FREE Terms & Conditions
2013 Kids Stay FREE is valid on all new reservations made at Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas for travel from August 24, 2013 through December 22, 2013. Up to two kids (Dreams Punta Cana 1 child only) stay FREE when staying in the same room as two paying adults. This offer can be combined with other discounts or offers. Kids Stay FREE promotion is subject to availability and can modified or closed out at any time. Blackout dates and holiday restrictions may apply and will vary by resort. This promotion applies to U.S and Canada residents only.

FREE Dolphin Swim Terms & Conditions
Valid on all new reservations made at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa for bookings from June 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013 for travel from August 24, 2013 to December 22, 2013. Kids 12 and under receive a complimentary swim with dolphins experience per paid adult. This promotion is applicable for the Dolphin Encounter, Swim Adventure or Royal Swim programs only. Exclusive for the first swim of the day and is subject to availability.

by Dream Vacations on July 10, 2013

I recently had the fortune of traveling to the beautiful destination of Huatulco Mexico. Huatulco (pronounced Wa-Tool-Co) is located about 200 miles South of Acapulco on the Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca (Wa-Hawk-Uh). I have been to many Secrets Resorts Adult Only properties in various locations in Mexico and the Caribbean so I just had to try this new luxury resort Secrets Huatulco. Now I can’t wait to go back!

Secrets Huatulco sits on it’s own private bay, one of 4 bays in the area that have hotels or condos for vacationers. The resort is built on a hillside with the lobby being at the top and then the room areas separated with 3 buildings on the left (buildings 1,3,5) and 3 more buildings on the right side (buildings 2,4,6). I stayed in a standard room which is a junior suite with ocean view and I was in building 4. The lobby is open air with check in on the right side as you walk in and the concierges and Apple Vacations rep to book tours on the left side of the lobby. Just past the lobby area you will find the “CoCo Cafe” coffee shop as well as the open air theatre for shows at night both on the top floor. On the bottom floor is where you will find almost all of the resorts restaurants and sports bar “Desires.”

Once you get to your room you will walk in to find a spacious junior suite with double sink bathroom, shower area including a two person jacuzzi, flat screen TV, very comfortable bed and past the sitting area in the room you will walk out to your beautiful ocean view balcony. Even from the top floor (three stories per building) you can hear the waves crashing into the rocks in the distance and at night, the wildlife come alive and sounds as if you were in the jungle. The vies from the rooms are amazing and the Secrets Huatulco does offer rooms that have little jacuzzi’s on the balconies as well as swim out rooms. For added services, you could consider upgrading to the Preferred Club.

The pool is massive, all in all they have 4 separate pools. The pool on the left side (if you were looking down from your room to the pool/beach) is where you will find the daily activities such as water volley ball, bingo, Spanish lessons etc as well as the swim up pool bar. The pool on the ride of the property is more of the quiet pool and in between the two pools you will find the “Barefoot Grill” that serves burgers, chips and salsa, hot dogs and more for lunch.

The Spa is amazing! Located on the top of a cliff over looking the entire bay. My wife and I did enjoy our spa day on the last full day of our trip. We took advantage of a 30% off sale as well as a free water circuit treatment that was well worth doing before our 80 minute massage. The Spa is also located by the Oceana Restaurant so after the spa, we headed over for a great lunch again over the looking the bay.

The ocean in Huatulco is much like being in Cabo, a bit of an undertow with mange large rocks out in the distance that you see waves crash into. You can swim from some areas on the beach but on most days the red flags were out so no ocean activities such as snorkeling, kayaks or catamarans.

All in all, the service from the resort was a little slower than most Secrets based on the hotel being a little understaffed. The language barrier is also a little more difficult than your normal vacation to Mexico which again causes a little lack in service. However, for the value of this adult only resort and the location being somewhere many of us have never been, I do recommend the Secrets Huatulco for your next adult only vacation.

by Emily Kupersmith on July 4, 2013

If you’re looking for the perfect excursion, a trip to Saona Island is a must do on your Punta Cana vacation!

Start your trip with a catamaran sail, relax on the deck and soak up some rays  while enjoying the stunning scenery.  Upon arrival to Saona Island it’s your choice how to spend the day!  Enjoy the shallow turquoise waters and float the day away or relax in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree.  If activity is what you’re after, join in a game of beach volleyball or dance merengue till you drop!  With delicious barbeque lunch included and beverages too (even the adult kind) you won’t have a care in the world on this beautiful excursion.  Wrap up the trip with an exhilarating speed boat ride to a natural swimming pool in the middle of the ocean where you can search for starfish and swim in the shallow waters.

From start to finish this excursion has it all!  The perfect  way to enjoy the beautiful beaches and waters of Punta Cana, book your Saona Island excursion today!

by Dream Vacations on June 27, 2013

Many people don’t think about adding extra’s when booking an All Inclusive Vacation, so I would like to share one add-on that you might want to consider. When booking an All Inclusive trip with Apple Vacations or any other vendor, your transportation is normally included to and from your resort/hotel, but be sure to ask how far the resort is from the airport. Some resort/hotels could be 1 to 2 hours from your arrival airport and you could stop numerous times before arriving at your hotel which is really the last thing most people want to do when just stepping off a 4 or 5 hour flight.

One option I would like to recommend if flying into Cancun and staying in the Riviera Maya area would be adding non-stop transfers for only $30.00 per person. Non-stop transfer includes your transportation to and from the airport with no stops on the way but may also have other families that have also added the non-stop transfer to the same hotel/resort.

If you would like a little more privacy, then I would recommend upgrading to a Private non-stop transfer for $50.00 per person which includes the same service but would just be the two of you or your entire family. When adding one of these options to your trip you can be for sure that you will arrive at your hotel a lot sooner than expected. This is a great service to consider when traveling on a special occassion like a honeymoon or anniversary trip or maybe if you have young children and just need to get them from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

by Dream Vacations on June 21, 2013

Jamaica has three different main areas that we offer all inclusive resorts in.  We have resorts in Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios.  When traveling to Jamaica it’s important to know the difference in these three areas to help decide where might be best for your family to stay.

Ocho Rios
:  In Ocho Rios there is a little down town area with an open air markert for shopping and site seeing.  A lot of cruise ships will arrive into Ocho Rios and drop tourists off for the day.  The most popular excursion/adventure in all of Jamaica is “Dunn’s River Falls.”  Basically Dunn’s River Falls is a natural flowing spring that flows out of the mountian side making slide like formations that are smooth enough to slide down right into the water below.  Many people spend hours at Dunn’s River with their kids.  Ocho Rios is the furthest area from the airport, taking about an hour and a half to get there.  A great family resort in Ocho Rios would be the Sunset Jamaica Grande or the Riu Ocho Rios.  If you are wanting to go with a more upscale adult only property, I highly suggest the Couples Sans Souci resort.

by Dream Vacations on June 19, 2013

Jamaica has three different main areas that offer all inclusive resorts.  We have resorts in Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios.  When traveling to Jamaica it’s important to know the difference in these three areas to help decide where might be best for your family to stay.

Negril Wedding CoupleNegril:  Negril has the best beaches in all of Jamaica, the “Bloody Bay” and “7 mile beach.”  In Negril you will find hotels such as the Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away as well as the Riu Palace Tropical Bay and the Riu Negril.  For sunset weddings, this is where you would want to be, many resorts here will offer multiple weddings per day.  Also for the adventure seeker, there’s a place called “Ricks Cafe” which is a bar/restaurant that is built on a cliff side that locals will dive from!  These guys dive from as high as 150 feet in some cases.  The trick is, you gotta tip them and the more you tip, the higher they go!  I myself decided to take the plunge into the ocean from Ricks Cafe but I only jumped from about 15 feet, high enough for me because nobody was giving me a tip to go higher!  Negril is a little over an hour from the airport.