Vacation Ideas

by Dream Vacations on February 4, 2013

El Dorado introduces the new El Dorado Generations in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.  This family friendly 30 room hotel is located on the best beach in all of Mexico, Maroma Beach.  This wonderful boutique hotel is next door to El Dorado Maroma and guests that are 16 years are older can use the facilities at El Dorado Maroma.

All the suites feature deluxe amenities and either a lush garden or ocean view.  The rooms are loaded with oversized balconies or terrace, Jacuzzi for two, 42” LCD TV with satellite, DVD player and iPod docking alarm clock. Additional room comforts include AC, bathrooms with double sinks, hair dryer, plush bathrobes either one king or two double beds, safety deposit box, minibar, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, direct dial telephone, a vanity mirror and ample closets.  The hotel also has an elevator and if your traveling with infants you can take advantage of El Dorado’s deluxe baby amenities  such as strollers, cribs; pack and plays, baby changing tables, monitors, baby bottle warmers, baby bath robes and more. The hotel also had a kids club and wonderful Spa.  El Dorado hotels are known for their wonderful food and “Gourmet Inclusive” dining program.

This new hotel offers something new to the market.  A small high end hotel that sits on an amazing beach.  I have been to many El Dorado hotels and they are just wonderful.  You can expect this hotel to make it’s way to the top of the review boards.  If your tired of the huge resorts or beaches with coral or seaweed then  you need to take a look at this hotel.  Call today for pricing and availability.

by Dream Vacations on February 1, 2013

A lot of people probably ask themselves what are we going to do for 7 days while one vacation? Well I’m here to give you a few pointers on what to do. First thing is ask your agent what activities he or she would recommend and try to get a list of the activities available in the destination your traveling too. One of my favorite things to do is rent jet ski’s in every destination I travel too. Jet ski’s can cost anywhere from $40.00 for half an hour to $100.00 for a full hour. Be sure you wear your sunscreen while riding otherwise you may end up with burns from the sea salt and sun beating down on you while riding. In most locations we offer trips to there are an abudant amount of tours and excursions you can do to have even more while on vacation. Click here to check some of those options out;

If your the type that just likes to hang out at your resort then most of the properties offer daily activities such as water aerobics, beach volley ball, ping pong and other fun games for families. Also be sure to check with your hotel because a majority of the all inclusive properties offer non-motorized water sports like kayaks, hobie cats, windsurfing and my personal favorite, snorkeling equipment. Also keep in mind if there’s an excursion that you’re wanting to take. Check with your concierge’s or the hotel lobby for different excursions that are available in the area.

by Dream Vacations on January 30, 2013

I thought I would put together a quick snapshot on the Adult only hotels in Cancun and The Riviera Maya of Mexico.  This is based on my travels with no regard to pricing or other review ratings.  I have not been to every hotel so some properties are not listed.  I wanted to give you a few of the highlights and a few of the opportunities.  Every hotel on this list is amazing but every hotel has a few things that you should be aware of when booking that special occasion.

1 – Secrets The Vine

The Views, Location, Food, the wine, Rooms and Beach puts the new Secrets The Vine at the top of my list ! This is a brand new hotel so they still are working through a few of the little things.

2 – Iberostar Grand Paraiso

It has been #1 for it’s entire life!  Service, The beautiful facility, food, pools and beach make the Grand a home run. Kind of a large complex compared to others on this list.  Part of a multiple hotel complex.

3 – Secrets Maroma

NO hotel has a better beach.  Maroma beach is simply wonderful. Secrets food and rooms are amazing this could easily be #1. The pool area is a little small sort of compact.

4 – Excellence Playa Mujeres

One of the hidden treasures.  The rooms are wonderful, beach is gorgeous and the food and pools are just fantastic. Holy Spa!  It is outta this world. Playa Mujeres is a little out of the way compared to the other resort areas.

5 – El Dorado Seaside Suites

There is something about the environment it is so romantic.  The swim up bar is awesome.  El Dorado has wonderful food and service. The beach sand is a little rough.  It has a lot of coral but also has wonderful snorkeling.

6 – Secrets Capri

This was the number one hotel until all the new Construction. The Capri just keeps on performing.  Smaller hotel with wonderful food and service. The beach can get a little seaweed that washes up and the rooms are not quite as fancy as some of the new hotels.

7 – The Royal in Cancun

The views from the hotel are some of the best you will find!  The Royal had a great pool area and excellent food with a very high service level. Felt sort of compact with the high rise sort of right on top of the pool and the beach was a little narrow.

8  – The Royal in Playa Del Carmen

Location, Location !  I loved being able to walk out to 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen.  This was the most fun I have ever had during the evening hours. The rooms are not quite what you see at the other hotels on this list.  Beach can be a little crowded.

9 –El Dorado Royale

The El Dorado Royale has wonderful rooms excellent food and great service. El Dorado Royale is very accessible to the airport. The Royale does not have the best beach.

10 – Excellence Riviera Cancun

The Excellence has a wonderful pool, great service and a very convenient location.  They also have great evening entertainment. Might be the oldest hotel on the list so it might not be as glamorous but probably the best value !

If you have questions about hotels that are not listed give me a call.  All of the above are wonderful options.  Call us today so we can find what is best for you!

by Dream Vacations on January 28, 2013

The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa is located beachfront on the breathtaking blue water of the northern Jamaica coast. Only 40 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, this brand new resort features modern design and luxurious facilities that are in perfect harmony with the spectacular, natural surroundings of this remarkable country. The resort shares facilities and services with the neighboring Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. The Grand Palladium Jamaica is by far Dream Vacations most popular All Inclusive Resort in Jamaica!

by Dream Vacations on January 25, 2013

I just recently returned from the brand new 5 star All Inclusive Adult Only Secrets Vallarta Baya in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. My wife and I had a great vacation! At the time of check in I was made aware of a new program that is being offered by Am Resorts called “Unlimited Connectivity” which is a really cool free App you can download after check in to stay connected to friends and family back home. Below is the Am Resorts Press release announcing this new feature. For me it worked great and as of right now this App is available at the Secrets Vallarta Bay, the NOW Amber resort in Puerto Vallarta and the Secrets the Vine adult only resort in Cancun.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 27, 2012) — AMResorts, provider of sales, marketing and brand management services for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, announced today the launch of its new, interactive Unlimited-Connectivity® app. Now available for the company’s most recently opened properties, Secrets Vallarta Bay and Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, the innovative app will be rolled out to all AMResorts brands and resorts by the end of 2012. The free digital application developed by AMResorts and Telmex, a world leader in communications, is accessible for mobile download to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry phones.

Unlimited-Connectivity® allows guests to stay connected and communicate with family and friends back home using the app-to-app calls feature to call local and international (U.S. and Canada) phones and send messages over the hotel’s Wi-Fi network without incurring any international cell phone roaming charges. Guests also can create user profiles using their email, Facebook or Twitter accounts to contact staff directly, tailor personal deal preferences, book spa appointments, reserve excursions and be just a click away from information about dining, amenities, resort activities, local attractions and much more. Users can register the app with their room number, allowing them to instantly view their folio and request hotel services.

“Understanding our guests’ needs is a priority for AMResorts and innovating is our motto. That is why we know the importance of convenience and of staying connected while on vacation,” said Alex Zozaya, president of AMResorts. “This tool enables our guests to achieve that connectivity without the concern of excessive roaming charges, while simultaneously allowing us to customize their vacation experience to better fit their needs.” The easy-to use, cost-saving app registers as a room extension so guests can send and receive calls throughout the property as if they were in their room.


by Dream Vacations on January 18, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 15, 2012 – Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa has announced the opening of Dolphin Dreams, a new on-site dolphinarium managed by the experts of Dolphin Discovery. The dolphin aquarium will not only be the largest of its kind in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but the first in the world to have dolphins and manatees born and raised in captivity exclusively.

Upon opening in November 2012, Dolphin Dreams will feature a world-class interactive and educational program allowing resort guests to observe and swim side by side with the dolphins, or participate in a “kayak with dolphins experience” – a first for the region. New room categories also will be introduced, including Deluxe Dolphin View Rooms and Preferred Club Dolphin View rooms, featuring private balconies offering a direct view of the show.

In celebration of the launch, Dreams Puerto Aventuras will offer a special promotion for the “Swim with Dolphin Experience” valid for travel through March 31, 2013:

• FREE access for children ages 1-7* • HALF OFF pricing for children ages 8-12*

“Having convenient access to new and exciting experiences is more important than ever for families when choosing where to spend their money on vacation,” said Colette Baruth, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of AMResorts. “That is why we are continuously evolving the Dreams Resort & Spas family program to offer the best value for money and a memorable time.”

With both Dreams Puerto Aventuras and Dolphin Dreams recognized as socially responsible companies with the ESR designation by the Mexican Center of Philanthropy (CEMEFI), the opening of Dolphin Dreams and its educational offerings reinforce their commitment to the environment. In addition to defining a “Swim with Dolphin Experience” community project for local students hosted by the dolphinarium, a portion of the proceeds will also go towards helping locals.

Additionally, Dreams Puerto Aventuras has enhanced its Explorer’s Club for kids to offer eco-friendly and culturally-rich special programs like the Plant-a-Tree program, Corn Harvest program and the Dreaming of Freedom Turtle project (seasonal). Included as part of Dreams Resorts & Spas’ Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, the Explorer’s Club offers daily entertainment and supervision to children ages 3-12.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras also offers Unlimited Connectivity across the resort with the Dreams Resorts & Spas app, which is accessible for mobile download to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry phones. The free app allows guests to stay connected and communicate with family and friends back home using the app-to-app calls feature to call local and international (U.S. and Canada) phones and send messages over the hotel’s Wi-Fi network without incurring any international cell phone roaming charges. Guests also can create user profiles using their email, Facebook or Twitter accounts to contact staff directly, tailor personal deal preferences, book spa appointments, reserve excursions and much more. Users can register the app with their room number to instantly view their folio and request hotel services.

*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult

*Information provided by AMResorts Information Updates