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Nicki Minaj and Her Entourage Shacked Up at Jamaica's Secrets Wild Orchid Resort

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  Site Where: Lot. 509A, Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
August 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

Jamaica has been on fiyah more than usual, that’s because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the island's independence from Britain. Official Jubilee celebrations started this week, but will be absolutely bananas this weekend until to Emancipation Day on August 6th. Last month, the antics were warmed up with Reggaefest and many celebs came to jam, including headliner Nicki Minaj.

We thought she would have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall or the tony Half Moon Bay, but no, she went the all-inclusive route and made the all-suite, adults-only Secrets Wild Orchid Resort her home. Sure, she stayed in the Preferred Club’s Presidential Suite, but we kind of dig she picked this accessible-to-the-people, two-year old resort.

Minaj and her entourage were seen being escorted to the luxury suite via golf cart, were she looked pretty tame in a demure floral outfit (but with some crazy orange wedges).

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5 All-Inclusive Resorts That Don't Feel Like All-Inclusive Resorts

August 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

All-inclusive Resorts used to be a cheap, spring break vacation where you sipped sugary drinks in plastic cups and shuffled through buffet lines filling up on nachos, burgers and something exotic called spaghetti bolognese. Looks like those days are a-changin’.

In a time where people (even the well-heeled) are demanding more bang for their vacation buck, many all-inclusives resorts are making a comeback, and bringing their A game.

Today you’ll see gourmet restos, free golf and even spa treatments added into the mix to lure discerning travelers to their now well-manicured grounds.

Check out these five luxury resorts that are so sleek, you’d barely know that one-price-pays-for-all.

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Westin Goes All-Inclusive in Costa Rica (But Not Everything is Included)

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  Site Where: Playa Conchal S/N, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 232-5150
May 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

All-inclusive resorts aren't our jam but it is interesting to hear that Starwood Hotels has just opened their very first all-inclusive resort--The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal in Costa Rica, formerly known as the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.

Here's a brief description of the property:

Centered around an expansive, lagoon-style pool, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is adjacent to the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility and is easily accessible from the international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. Inspiring wellness with its signature Westin The Spa, the resort features beautiful gardens, luxurious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows, as well as breathtaking vistas. Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment and several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

Sounds nice, right? But this all-inclusive paradise will cost you.

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Year-Round Sexy Hotels: Hedonism II

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  Site Where: Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
February 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing says "I heart you boo" more than a romantic getaway, but sexytime isn't just for Valentine's Day. So if you don't have time to catch one of the V-Day packages we're profiling this week, we're also presenting you with some year-round sexy options. Whether you're into raunch, roses or Rosé, every day this week, we’ll pick a different property that we think will knock your socks—and who knows what else—off.

Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica, is an over-the-top playground with a loyal following of guests who dig the ‘no-judgment’ atmosphere and all-inclusive price tag. Know up front that Hedo isn’t really for the shy and many of the rumors you hear are true. Yes, there’s a “prude” side with a perfectly nice beach for newbies or those uninterested in baring all. But it’s said many eventually cross over to the “Nude” side where all the antics (which, let's be honest, is what you're going for) take place.

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Diva in The Maldives Now Has an All-Inclusive Option

May 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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All-Inclusive Resort Bracelets Don't Have to be Ugly Any Longer

April 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Desert Chic for Cheap(er) at Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa

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  Site Where: 3845 Yaqui Pass Road [map], Borrego Springs, ca, United States, 92004
November 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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A Special Killer View from Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica

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  Site Where: Sardinal de Carrillo, El Ocotal, Costa Rica
November 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

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!

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Knock Back 'Day of The Dead' Cocktails At Velas Resorts

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  Site Where: Mexico
October 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Along Came a Margarita Trolley and All Was Well Again

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  Site Where: Carr Cancún-Tulum KM 62, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 77710
August 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Trade In Your Almost Worthless Stocks for a Beach Vacation

December 8, 2008 at 11:44 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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HotelChatter Reader Deals :: $48 at an Occidental Resort This Fall

September 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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