Are you interested in taking a vacation to the Caribbean? Whether you are looking to visit Jamaica, the Bahamas, or another popular vacation destination, you may be pleased to know that you should have access to all-inclusive vacation resorts. All-inclusive vacation resorts are resorts in which you are given access to number of onsite services and amenities, which have basically been paid for in advance.
When looking to vacation at an all-inclusive vacation resort, you are urged to do more than just examine resorts. A number of popular vacation resorts and travel companies offer vacation packages that are commonly referred to as all-inclusive vacation packages. All-inclusive vacation packages typically include more than just a stay at a popular vacation resort, but also your airline reservations, as well as your food and your drinks. If you are looking to simplify the process of planning a vacation, all-inclusive vacation packages are something that may be of assistance to you.
Whether you choose to buy an all-inclusive vacation package from a local travel agent, directly from the resort, or from an online travel company that partners directly with the resorts, you will find that you have a number of different options. One of the many decisions that you will have to make are focused on the resort that you get to stay at. Vacation resorts come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and styles. Your two main options involve inland vacation resorts and beachfront vacation resorts, both of which are usually available in the form of all-inclusive vacation packages.
If this is your first time vacationing in the Caribbean, you may be unsure as to which type of resort you should stay at. Of course, it is important to take into account your own wants and needs while on a Caribbean vacation. With that in mind, one thing that you can do is examine the advantages and disadvantages of inland vacation resorts and beachfront vacation resorts and then compare your findings. A few of the most influential advantages and disadvantages to both inland vacation resorts and beachfront vacation resorts are outlined below.
Perhaps, the biggest advantage to choosing to stay at an all-inclusive beachfront vacation resort is the activities that you should have access to. As previously stated, all-inclusive vacation resorts often include overnight accommodations, airline reservations, food, drinks, and entertainment. It is no secret that beachfront vacation resorts give you more activities to choose from. It is also important to mention that many of those activities, like scuba diving tours or scuba diving lessons, may be included in the cost of your all-inclusive beachfront resort stay.
It is also important to mention the beauty of all-inclusive beachfront vacation resorts. When staying at an all-inclusive beachfront resort, you are, literally, right along the beach. This is not only ideal for gaining access to fun and exciting beachfront activities, but is also ideal for creating a romantic environment. This romantic environment is ideal if you are vacationing in the Caribbean with your spouse or your romantic partner. Although inland all-inclusive vacation resorts as beautiful as well, nothing really compares the beauty of most Caribbean beaches.
As for vacationing at an all-inclusive inland resort, you will also find that there are a number of benefits to doing so as well. One of those benefits is the cost. When examining the cost of vacationing at an inland all-inclusive vacation resort, you may find the cost a little bit lower. With that in mind, the savings are typically not huge in nature. In fact, that is why many individuals decide to pay the extra money, no matter how large or small it is, to stay at an all-inclusive beachfront resort.
In all honestly, the decision as to which type of all-inclusive resort you would like to stay at, when visiting the Caribbean is your decision to make. Although all-inclusive beachfront resorts come highly rated and recommended, it is important to keep your own wants and needs in mind. Should you decide that an all-inclusive beachfront resort is where you would like to stay while on your next Caribbean vacation, you will want to examine Superclubs.com. Superclubs.com has a large selection of affordable, yet quality all-inclusive vacation packages for most of the Caribbean islands.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is planning to build a new resort in the Dominican Republic after it signed an agreement with development partner Grupo Punta Cana. The Westin Puntacana Resort is expected to open to tourists taking Dominican Republic holidays in late 2013 in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort and Club complex.
The new resort will have 204 luxurious rooms including 16 suites, and guests going on holidays to the Dominican Republic can enjoy facilities such as a large swimming pool, full service spa, fitness centre, 24-hour business centre, meeting and wedding rooms, children’s club, walking trails, lobby bar and a poolside grill.
Brian Povinelli, the Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels and Resorts, commented: “The Westin Puntacana Resort is a highly anticipated addition to our growing resorts portfolio, offering travellers a refreshing, island retreat on one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean.
“The new resort will offer all of the Westin brand’s signature programs and amenities, designed to inspire wellbeing and send guests home feeling better than when they arrived.”
During holidays in the Dominican Republic, travellers staying at the new resort will also have access to first-class amenities at the Puntacana Resort and Club, such as championship golf course, nine gourmet restaurants, a Six Senses Spa, a 1,500-acre ecological reserve and three miles of pristine white sand beaches.
The resort is the first of two Dominican Republic hotels that Starwood Hotels and Resorts is planning to open over the year or so. The first property, Four Points by Sheraton Punta Cana Village, is due to open in October, 2012 and is also being developed by Grupo Punta Cana.
Punta Cana is situated on the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and travellers from all over the world head to the region every year to experience tropical Punta Cana holidays amid stunning natural scenery that is made up of white sand beaches, turquoise ocean waters, lush green landscapes.
“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts to be able to share the Puntacana experience with even more travellers as they visit the Dominican Republic,” stated Alberto Abreu, the Executive Director of Hospitality at Puntacana Resort and Club.
He added: “The Westin Puntacana Resort will allow even more visitors from around the globe to experience the one-of-a-kind beaches, weather, and activities available in our country, and at our resort. We look forward to welcoming more guests into the Puntacana family as we move forward with this project.”
The Caribbean is a very popular holiday destination for people from all over the world. The vast range of Caribbean cruises and resorts gives tourists many options so they can decide on the vacation that suits them the best. There are a number of benefits of tourism in the Caribbean both for holidaymakers and locals these include:
The tourism industry in the Caribbean is very simple due to the majority of holidaymakers deciding to take up the all-inclusive vacation packages. Due to the fact that planning holidays to the Caribbean takes up a massive amount of time, most Caribbean tourists decide to stay in all-inclusive resorts, where packages can be provided that cover all accommodation and meals for a set price.
Caribbean tourism also provides another benefit through the fact that there is a wide selection of activities available to tourists. For tourists wishing to chill out during their holidays there are beaches, swimming pools, fine dining and low-key nightlife. For those more adventurous tourists, there are loads of outdoor activities like tennis, hiking and water sports.
There are major economic advantages to be gained from tourism for the islands. Given the fact that there are few natural resources, Caribbean locals are heavily dependent on tourism to provide them with their income. The staff at resorts who provide services to tourists are most likely to feel the economic impact if there is an decrease in tourist numbers and gain economically when there is an increase in tourism.
Another major benefit of tourism in the Caribbean is the fact that there are opportunities to spend time in a natural setting. The majority of the islands are not heavily developed and the problems like air and noise pollution are rarely present. Tourists that come from major cities are very appreciative of the Caribbeans peaceful environment.
As the temperatures in the UK begin to plummet even further, there is no better time to escape the cold weather and head to the Caribbean for sun, relaxation and luxury.
Elite Island Resorts are now providing luxury St Lucia holidays after the hotel group acquired the islands former Almond Morgan Bay resort, previously managed by the Almond Resorts group.
The property, which has been renamed Morgan Bay Beach Resort, St Lucia, joins the hotel groups impressive collection of upscale resorts and hotels across the Caribbean in destinations that include Antigua, Grenada, Tortola and St. Vincent, Nevis, and the Grenadines.
Situated on the north-west coast of the island, three miles from its harbour capital Castries, Morgan Bay Beach Resort is tucked into a secluded cove and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
The beachfront resort offers 345 stylish guestrooms and suites with ocean and tropical garden views with great facilities that make the hotel perfect for family holidays in St Lucia or romantic breaks.
The all inclusive programme enables guests to take advantage of a wide range of products, facilities and activities such as premium beverages, delectable meals, snacks and refreshments, live music and entertainment shows, plus other entertainment activities including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, and table tennis.
During holidays to St Lucia at the newly renamed Morgan Bay Beach Resort, visitors can take a refreshing dip in any of the four freshwater swimming pools; play tennis at any of the resorts four courts; leave the children in an adult-supervised Kids Club; enjoy an energetic work out in the fully equipped fitness centre; or indulge in a pampering treatment at the full-service spa.
Speaking about the acquirement of one of the leading luxury St Lucia hotels, Elite Island Resorts President, Steven Heydt, commented:The purchase of Morgan Bay presented a unique opportunity for us to expand our destinations and was the obvious next step for our ever-growing collection.
Our understanding of marketing the Caribbean will help re-launch this all-inclusive resort to a greater audience of travellers. Further, Elites management expertise in creating an unparalleled all-inclusive vacation will enhance the guest experience on every level.”
Additionally, the resorts wealth of offerings and breathtaking surroundings are ideal for our family and value vacation markets. We are confident that we can deliver a superior vacation in St. Lucia while providing excellent value during these challenging times.
The founder of Smiles and Miles Travel, Ellen Paderson, has recently shared some of her tips on booking an excellent all inclusive holiday for foodie and those concerned about the quality of food on an all inclusive meal plan. Paderson, who has made it her goal to search for the top Caribbean properties offering all inclusive service in recent years, can now enlist the best getaways for experiences the best all inclusive holidays in the Caribbean as well as the advantages of this type of holiday, sometimes rejected by travellers due to predisposition about the food, the activities or the price.
She points out that its much less stressful for guests, and makes it easier for them to relax, knowing that everything has been paid for in advance. By booking an all-inclusive trip, holidaymakers guarantee accommodations, meals, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), recreational service and gratuities. However, Paderson advises travellers to make sure they find out all the details before making a booking, since the concept of all inclusive is not always the same for all resorts.
Travellers should ask their travel consultant to get to the bottom line to avoid surprises, said Ellen Paderson Of course, if you like trying local restaurants, exploring other locales off the resort, touring, etc., the all inclusive option removes much of the spontaneity that can make nice memories too.
Nevertheless, many of these properties offer extras that arent included in the rate such as spa treatments, golf and baby-sitting. Paderson, who has been in the travel industry for over 20 years, has selected as her favourites what she considers to be the best all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean due to their fine culinary options, beautiful surroundings, excellent service and great recreational activities with no extra cost, such as scuba diving. The Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya, the Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma, the Sun Palace, the Beach Palace, El Dorado Seaside Suites, El Dorado Maroma by Karisma and the Beach Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa are in Padersons list of the highest-quality getaways in the region with great meal options for foodies.
If travellers are interested in going for high-end all inclusive holidays in Cancun at a truly luxurious venue, the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya is a wonderful choice. Located just five minutes away from downtown Playa del Carmen, the hotel offers 5-star dining at any of its 15 restaurants and an excellent 24-hour butler concierge service. The Sun Palace and the Beach Palace in Cancun, Mexico, are also gems among luxury all inclusive hotels in the Caribbean. Guests at the Sun Palace will enjoy a stocked minibar and a liquor dispenser with brand-name label whiskey, tequila, rum and vodka in their rooms, as well as the privilege to use the amenities at other nearby Palace resorts, meanwhile at the Beach Palace, guests will have a stunning view of Nichupte Lagoon and will be able indulge in the Jacuzzi tubs that can be found in all the hotels rooms.
The two Karisma properties earlier mentioned, have excellent seafood choices in their restaurants as well as great service. The Azul Beach Hotel with a popcorn room service for guests who want to stay in with a movie is more suitable for families, while El Dorado Maroma, with its excellent cuisine and beautiful white-sand beach, will be ideal for holidaymakers looking to relax. El Dorado Seaside Suites adults-only resort is a perfect getaway for honeymooners, which includes two swim-up bars and offers great spa treatments such as the Beachfront Sky Massage. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, on the other hand, has excellent options for children such as scuba diving lessons, and a great waterpark. The hotel specialises in offering great food for guests who have certain allergies as well as vegans and vegetarians.
Holiday resorts for swingers have made swinging holidays highly popular. As the concept of living the swingers lifestyle is gaining social acceptance and respectability with the popularity of Swinger resorts is also increasing day by day.
For more than two decades, the Hedonism Resorts in Jamaica are providing a swinging experience to lots of enthusiastic couples. Recently, several Swinger resorts have been establishing themselves as popular holiday spots in Spain for the British and other European swingers.
The Spanish Swinger resorts are quite popular when compared to the Caribbean ones. Most of the British swingers don’t see this as a disadvantage, rather, they prefer to avoid the pre-organized events, which on the other hand are very much popular with the swingers of USA, who prefer the resorts present in the Caribbean. In Spain, the Swinger resorts are often no bigger than a large villa which is at least suitable for accommodating as few as four couples per holiday.
Around twenty minutes away from Spain’s Costa Blanca (the white coast), there is one such resort that consists of four luxury villas. These villas are located in a very beautiful valley and offer seclusion and natural beauty for all those who want to enjoy a quiet but still a highly erotic holiday.
Swinger couples who are renting these villas share naked sunbathing around a lovely swimming pool. The only time the holiday becomes a bit more organized is on Saturday nights when the swinger parties are held. Most of the people there are the visitors who may be staying at the Swinger resorts in that area and also there are some local swingers as well.
In Spain there is a swinger holiday hotel consisting of eighty rooms and three suites for swinger groups. The hotel is located on the Costa Del Sol very near to Malaga. Further east along the coast another similar villa offers swinger holidays with regular parties.
On the Canary Islands there are popular swinger resort, on Fuerteventura and Tenerife. On Gran Canaria there is a popular swinger party venue where one can find something going on any night of the week.
The Swinger resorts referred to above are just a few examples from the various resorts that are growing up in Spain. The ones which are described above are located in the coastal region but if one does not mind being an hour or so from the nearest beach then there are some very good resorts to be found further inland.
Sandals Resorts got busy promoting weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean during the recent Caribbean Travel and Cultural Fair which took place at the Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City earlier this month.
During the event, Sandals launched a new interactive online wedding designer application for couples planning tailor-made Caribbean weddings at Sandals Resorts.
The new user-friendly app named, Your Wedding, Your Style, allows loved-up couples to customise their destination weddings with the help of an online wedding portal where more than 7,000 photographs have been uploaded. Users can then choose their flowers,colour scheme, decor, place cards, the wedding cake and much more.
Speaking at the Caribbean event, Sandals CEO Adam Stewart, said: “The new bride is tech-savvy so we were forced to move away from packaged weddings. Brides have the option to have their destination wedding, reception and honeymoon planned online or over the phone.”
The event also held a contest where military couples from the United States were invited to submit an essay stating why they deserved a Caribbean wedding at a Sandals Resort. The finalists gathered in Vanderbilt Hall for an official bouquet toss for the chance to win a WeddingMoon of their choice. Maria and Jason Yates from New Jersey caught the bouquet and they chose a Jamaica wedding worth $8,000.
Mr Stewart announced a surprise to the disappointed couples just after the bouquet toss that they would all receive free Caribbean honeymoons at a Sandals Resort.
Sandals Resorts offers plenty of idyllic spots for romantic Caribbean weddings and the hotel group has luxury resorts in tropical destinations including St Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
Couples getting married abroad at Sandals Resorts can choose from a several settings for their island nuptials including soft sandy beaches for intimate beach weddings at sunset, nuptials within lush tropical gardens, or ceremonies in grand ballrooms.
The new interactive app is just one of the programmes that is available from the Sandals Resorts official website and hopeful brides and grooms will also be able to plan their destination weddings with the help of wedding guru, Martha Stewart. Wedding packages include including Flutter of Romance, Seaside Serenade, Island Paradise, Vision in White and Chic & Natural.
“I think we have another big hit on our hands. Our Martha Stewart wedding packages helped to put Sandals weddings on the global market. With this new product, I’m certain brides will find a Sandals wedding an attractive option. Every day at Sandals we go to work to make it better for two people in love, that’s what Sandals is about,” added Mr Stewart.
Not as popular and crowded as other Caribbean destinations, Belize in Central America is still an unspoilt and a marvelous vacation choice. It is a relaxed, friendly and laid back place nearby to both Mexico and Guatemala with most of the population speaking English. This is an ideal holiday spot for honeymoon-goers, family outings and for individuals who need a break in-between hectic city lifestyle. It is relatively a cheap place to stay with many beautiful Belize City Resorts with comfortable accommodation and really delicious food. If you are more of a nature lover then you’ll surely love to stay at a Belize jungle resort in the midst of sweet smelling colorful flowers, beautiful birds and amazing wildlife.
Belize is home to many natural habitats and the scenic beauty is worth appreciating. There are innumerable natural sight-seeing spots that include coral reefs, rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, different types of sea life etc. Belize is simply a paradise on Earth, and a truly exciting place for adventure enthusiasts. Belize has something to offer to everybody. It also has an interesting historical background and archaeological attractions in the form of Mayan ruins. You can try out cave tubing and visit the mysterious Mayan caves in an inflated tube; an experience which you’ll not forget for a lifetime. Staying at a Belize jungle resort can provide benefits such as you can easily rush to the river for a swim, river rafting, kayaking etc. or go for trekking inside the jungles.
The weather in Belize is mostly hot and tropical the year round, so while packing your bags be sure to include shorts, t-shirts, and bathing suits. However, if you are travelling in the winter months you should take a few sweaters along. Getting to Belize is not a tough job; especially with so many websites, online booking options and reliable travel agents to book your flights and maybe your whole trip for you. You can also conduct a thorough search and book your rooms online for Belize City Resorts from the comforts of your home. The best time to go to Belize is from November to May or June. Belize is a beautiful little country with plenty to see and do. It’s perfect for people who are interested in beautiful wildlife, exciting adventures, experiencing a rich underwater sea world, and gorging on scrumptious food.
Solaya Hotels & Resorts is getting ready for the opening of its debut luxury resort, Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic next month.
Tourists will be able to enjoy Dominican Republic holidays at the brand new ultra-luxurious resort when it opens its doors to guests in March, 2012.
The new Eden Roc at Cap Cana boasts extravagant accommodation including 34 freestanding suites and three magnificent bungalows where guests can relax in a stylish and lavish environment.
Each of the suites has a private swimming pool and spa that has been designed by the famous Dominican architect, Franc Ortega.
During holidays to the Dominican Republic, visitors staying at the new hotel will be able to use the outstanding facilities that include three Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, tennis courts, a full-service spa, the Eden Roc Kids Club, the Caletn Beach Club and several gourmet restaurants.
Paolo Sanavia, the CEO of Solaya Hotels & Resorts, commented: “We consider opening Eden Roc in the Dominican Republic the most exciting prospect the destination has seen in years. Our mission is to create an exclusive beachfront haven that provides discerning travellers a new level of secluded luxury.
“With our choice location, personalised services and unmatched amenities, we will provide a diverse segment of luxury clientele ranging from families to honeymooners with tailored experiences that will last a lifetime.”
World famous Milan-based designers, Marina Nova and Carlo Belgir captured the spirit of the French and Italian Rivieras and combined it with traditional Caribbean influences to create a striking yet serene ambience throughout the resort.
The resorts jungle-themed Kids Club is fantastic for children enjoying a family holiday in the Dominican Republic. The club is surrounded by lush tropical flora and fauna and has been designed to resemble a huge tree house. It offers a dining area, a mini spa, video games and many more fun activities.
Set upon 30,000 acres, Eden Roc Resort at Cap Cana is situated just 20 minutes from the International Punta Cana Airport on the eastern coast of the Caribbean island.
Cap Cana is a popular destination for holidays in the Dominican Republic due to its miles o beautiful beaches, championship golf courses, marinas, and luxury beachfront Dominican Republic hotels.
Solaya Hotels & Resorts is a privately-owned company that is in the process of developing a portfolio of luxurious boutique hotels across Latin America, the Maldives and Europe.
Hotels and resorts across the Caribbean have launched special wedding packages and promotions for couples planning to get married on this years triple date 12/12/12.
Hundreds of engaged couples are planning Caribbean weddings on what will be the last triple date for 89 years and wedding planners are busy organising special ceremonies across the region.
Triple dates occur twelve times in every hundred years and this years triple date is said to be lucky because in numerology, the number 12 is regarded as the number of completeness because there are 12 hours on the clock, 12 months in the year and 12 signs in the zodiac.
This years triple date falls on a Wednesday and though this is not a typical day for destination weddings, hundreds of couples are booking 12th December at venues across the Caribbean and the rest of the world so they can get married on the unique date.
Sandals and Beaches Resorts already have 92 Caribbean weddings booked across their 18 resorts and they are offering a complimentary Beautiful Beginnings ceremony to all couples who book 12/12/12 weddings and stay for a minimum of six nights.
In 2011, Sandals hosted 150 weddings in the Caribbean on the last triple date 11/11/11.
Breezes Resorts has seven Jamaica weddings booked on the lucky date and couples will receive resort credit equalling 12 per cent of their total stay, including upgraded wedding packages and accommodation.
Couples planning weddings abroad at Ocean Two Resort & Residences and South Beach Hotel in Barbados between 1st November and 12th December, 2012 will be able to take advantage of a $12 traditional wedding package if they stay for a minimum of 12 nights. Family and friends attending the Barbados wedding will also receive a 12 per cent discount on accommodation at the hotel.
The Amaryllis Beach Resort in Barbados is offering a complimentary package worth $850 when brides and grooms book a suite for a week. They will also receive a 25 per cent discount on rooms until 21st December, 2012 but bookings must be made by 15th April, 2012.
Hiltons El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico has a special offer for its Love in the Sun package. Couples pay $5,000 (saving $2,012) and they will receive the wedding ceremony, venue, minister, photographs, music, drinks vouchers, room upgrades, champagne and chocolate on the wedding night and passes to the water park.