All-inclusive resorts, as mentioned in my previous post, are a great alternative to cruises with some of the same benefits. Let’s cover a different part of the world where all-inclusive resorts abound. There are still other areas like in the Tahiti, Bora Bora and other exotic locales. I thought I would just talk about those closer to home with not a lot of hassle to get to nor with expensive air. As before, some promote romance and some are for families.
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana
This is an adults-only hotel which fosters intimacy, attracting both honeymooners and couples eager to relight the flame. Free anniversary package featuring a bottle of bubbly, special turndown service, breakfast in bed, spa discounts and other goodies is offered. Located on 700 feet of Bavaro beachfront white sand, gentle surf and palm trees abound. Nightly entertainment, a weekly foam party and main pool activities are also available.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma
It is hard to top this resort for romantic settings. The resort enjoys a mile-long beach, a soft, pristine Out Islands beach. There is much to do here from watersports, tennis and scuba to golf. The golf course is an oceanside, Greg Norman-designed, 7,200-yard par 72 with six signature holes. There are three pools which include a half-acre, zero-entry beauty with a fire pit in the middle and the six bars include a pool bar, swanky lounge, and British pub. Daytime and evening entertainment is available.
Three Sandals Resorts on Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia has a combination of scenery rivaling that of Polynesia and some of the most innovative and well-run hotels in the Caribbean. “The beautiful topography of Saint Lucia, fiery sunsets, secluded beaches, and astounding views create an ideal backdrop for any couple looking to rekindle their romance.” said the deputy director of tourism for Saint Lucia. The three Sandals resorts are: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, and Sandals Halcyon Beach, each with its own personality but all offering their guest access to the sister properties’ restaurants for a total of 27 dining choices.
Riu Republica, Punta Cana
This is a new property that has only been open about a month and is already at about 90 percent occupancy. The target age range is 25-50. There are 1,007-guestrooms on this adults-only property. There are activities at the resort and off-property excursions are also available to enjoy the Dominican Republic’s water-based offerings. The waters in these parts are home to a stunning display of sea life, including an appearance by Dory, as well as Needle fish, ea urchins and other underwater creatures. Another don’t miss activity is a chocolate-making lesson ($15 pp) at the sister property, RIU Palace Macao.
Family Oriented Resorts
Some of the family-oriented resorts available in the Caribbean are: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa and Beaches Ocho Rios. Be Live Hotels & Resorts are five-star properties designed for families, couples, friends and business trips in the Dominican Republic. Club Med is also available in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos. Hyatt has the Hyatt Zliara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica. The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is family friendly.
I hope these blogs have given you a brief, overall idea of alternatives to cruising or standard hotel vacations in locations near home. There are many more all-inclusive resorts available in various areas around the Caribbean, Mexico, and other areas. Contact me for more information and I will be happy to help you find one that fits your needs and wants for that fantastic vacation.
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