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Wow, we always thought the richies were immune from the whole recession thing, but turns out they like a bargain, too, because Diva, the most party-friendly resort in the Maldives has just announced it’s offering an all-inclusive accommodation option.
The All Inclusive Experience gives you all meals, wine and beer by the glass, and “a wide range of meticulously prepared cocktails”; as well as use of the tennis courts and selected (non-motorized) watersports (pedalos, kayaks and snorkels).
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When you make the big decision to stay at an all-inclusive resort, you accept several facts: you will have a pina colada in hand no later than 30 minutes after awakening, you will eat fusion asian food for at least one dinner, and you will be stuck wearing a plastic wristband that identifies you as a guest of the resort, entitled to all the goodies.
Now here's what's not so solid about the all-inclusive experience: why do all-inclusive resort bracelets have to be so ugly? If you're staying at a 5-star luxury all-inclusive, it is really mandatory to look like you've just come from fist-pumping night at some skanky club? It shouldn't be, and one group of all-inclusive hotels is out to change this by injecting a little fashion into their bracelets.
Paradisus Resorts, with several $500+ per night all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, has enlisted designer Christian Cota to add some style to their bracelets.
Okay. There are officially 31 days until Winter Solstice (a.k.a. the shortest day of the year) and we’re already going a little stir-crazy with the decrease in daylight and the plunging temperatures. The solution? Head to warmer locales, like Borrego Springs in the Southern California desert.
Sure, springtime may steal this remote desert destination’s tourist thunder with its insanely beautiful display of wildflowers at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, but wintertime temps that hover around 70 degrees are what call our name. Right. About. Now. Besides, is there anything more spectacular than seeing the moon come up over the desert? Nah, not really.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Today we have a very special Killer View from Adam Kirby of HOTELS Magazine. These snaps were taken at the all-inclusive Riu Guanacaste Resort in Costa Rica from the balcony of room 5105. And in case you were wondering, Adam says, "Yes, it was awesome." Rooms start at $216 a night for the all-inclusive offer.
More photos of the pool and beach after the jump. Thanks Adam!
In continuing our Halloween Cocktails series, we bring you some Day of The Dead Cocktails from Mexico.
Remember over the summer when the Grand Velas Resort in Playa del Carmen introduced their margarita trolley and we nearly got drunk writing about it? Well, the resort's sister properties are also doing their best to get us buzzed.
In celebration of Mexico's Day of the Dead on November 1st and 2nd, The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is offering guests "The Cemetery" drink made with Vodka, Kahlua, Coca Cola and "Bloody Champagne," accompanied by strawberry and raspberry juices and served with dry ice for a "spookier feel." (Ed. note: can we get a contact high from this dry ice? Just curious is all.)
In Puerto Vallarta, the Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta Resorts are offering the "Red Devil" and the "Zombie" with a selection of rums and juices. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will be serving "The Skull" with Campari, Cider, lemon-lime soda, minced apples and walnuts and "The Blue Death" with Blue Curacao liqueur and Vodka.
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It's no secret that we love margaritas at HotelChatter although we have been branching out as of late to try some of the great summer cocktails that hotels have been putting forth this summer. Yet, when a hotel introduces a Margarita Trolley, it's kind of hard to think about anything else.
The Grand Velas in Mexico, an all-inclusive resort, has just announced their Margarita Trolley in the hotel's Frida restaurant. Here's how the heavenly service works:
The Margarita Trolley is wheeled to the dinner table where diners choose from a selection of top Tequila brands - Don Julio, Herradura, Frida and Milagro - and margarita flavors. Tropical mango, tamarind, guava, cucumber and traditional lime juices are kept on ice in silver ice buckets. Once diners choose the Tequila and flavor preferences, the bartenders then prepare the margaritas table side and spice things up by serving it in a chili-salt rimmed glass.
And since the resort is all-inclusive, the margs are included in the room rate which start at around $450 for a master suite that can sleep four people.
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The Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines.
Wanna get rid of your flailing stocks and actually get something in return? The NY Times reports that a resort in the Caribbean is offering guests stays at their hotels in exchange for stock. Seriously!
Elite Island Resorts, a chain of upscale hotels — including the St. James’s Club on Antigua and the Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines — announced Friday that it would accept payments in stock for vacations booked by Jan. 31, using the value the stock was trading at on July 1. The deal, in effect, gives travelers a chance to roll back the value of currently depressed stocks to levels before the market began to really sink.
Of course you can't just pass off any ole' stock. The Elite Resorts company has a list of 100 "preferred stocks" listed here. Not on this list? Lehman Brothers. But Merrill Lynch did make the cut.
The company is also limiting the maximum credit in stocks to $5,000. If your trip costs more than that, it will be charged to a credit card. But the good thing that some of the Elite Resorts are all-inclusive, meaning your crappy stock will take care of everything from start to finish. This is one trend that we wouldn't mind more and more hotels copying.
Occidental's All-Inclusive Fall Sales
From $48 per person
We're not a big fan of all-inclusive vacations over here but these ones from Occidental Hotels & Resorts throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba and the Dominican Republic are really kind of tempting.
The cheapest deal starts at $48 per person at the Allegra Playa Dorada in the Dominican Republic. This includes meals, drinks (alcoholic ones too) and all sorts of fun beach activities. Not that we would do anything more than eat and drink. Kids under 12 also stay for free.
All travel needs to be booked by October 15th for stays through December 19th. Here is the website with the special sale prices listed for each resort. Please carefully read the fine print before booking.
Have a hotel deal you think we should consider? Or have a destination and date where you want us to check for hotel rooms and rates for you? No guarantees on either, but you can try your luck by hitting us here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "For Reader Deals" in the subject heading.
Considering a trip to Mexico to cap off your summer vacation? Consider that we are now about to enter hurricane season so there is a chance your idyllic time by the pool could be a bit interrupted.
To prepare for such vacation bummers, The Tesoro Manzanillo resort is offering travelers all-inclusive deluxe accommodations with free travel insurance, rum-based hurricanes at check-in, a large umbrella and waterproof mascara.
But what we might like best about this deal is that it's only $80 per person per night.
We're not sure if the world needed another huge Sandals resort but someone decided that it did and thus, the new addition to the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa just opened this past weekend.
Much like the opening for The Cove at Atlantis, Sandals brought out celebs to celebrate its opening weekend. And by celebs we mean Rumer Willis, Kimora Lee Simmons, Shaggy, Teri Polo and Laguna Beach alum Stephen Colletti.
Jen at Ok! Magazine actually has the "play-by-play" on the opening festivities including a brief description of the suite "which is like a palacial suite with a balcony overlooking the entire 'rainy' village", her stint in a beer-guzzling competition and a report that Rumer Willis and Stephen Colleti were in the hot tub til 4am while friendly Sandals butlers refreshed their towels.
As for the new addition, it totally resembles The Cove, complete with some flash media presentation that talks about a "legend" and an "epic of love." The presentation also says the place was so grand and so luxurious it needed a new name--the Mediterranean Village. Um, that's not so grand or epic.
Anyways, in typical Sandals fashion it remains an all-inclusive resort but now it has all-suite accommodations and the Eastern Caribbean's largest pool:
As big as an ocean, this impressive new pool features a majestic tower for viewing sunsets, a colonnaded swim-up bar, and chic pool-side cabanas for lounging in intimate luxury.
Plus Sandal's has exclusive butler service, the first for their resorts, with butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers. This service is available for those staying in the concierge suites. And of course, this is Sandals. There's so much more to do here aside from make-out in a hot tub. And for that we can't really fault Sandals.
A tipster let us know that there is a controversy brewing on TripAdvisor over the managment at the Le Blanc Resort and Spa in Cancun.
We're still piecing everything together but it looks like the hotel has signed a deal with a Jewish group for three years to celebrate Pesach at the hotel. Which normally should not be a problem but the agreement includes "an entirely kosher arrangement" throughout the hotel during their stay, ranging from food to the silverware and cooking utensils to a "No Alcohol" policy and to accommodations for children at this "adults-only" hotel.
All of which is not good if you aren't in the group and you don't keep kosher. And if you are a kid-hating alcoholic.
MORE on the Cancun Kosher Hotel Hell after the jump.
Let's be real; for anyone with a sense of style, all-inclusive resorts are a guilty pleasure. They are right up there with sneaking rocky road ice cream at midnight, listening to Abba on the iPod, and secretly watching bad reality TV shows when nobody else is home. Great fun while you are enjoying them, but not something you want to necessarily go bragging about afterwards.
There are some all-inclusive resorts that break the mold, however. Bartenders make cocktails with liquor you've actually heard of, there's no chirpy Julie McCoy animation director trying to get you involved in goofy games, and the food is more than just fuel to put down your gullet. In Puerto Vallarta, that mythical nirvana of all-inclusives exists for real in Grand Velas Suites and Spa Resort.
Keep on reading to learn more about this surprisingly un-cheesy all-inclusive resort.