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How Hyatt is Changing Up The All-Inclusive Experience With Ziva and Zilara

November 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We gave you a sneak peek into the first-ever Hyatt Hotel all-inclusive brand last week, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, but now Hyatt has officially unveiled both of their new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara.

As you may recall, Hyatt Ziva is the family-friendly resort while Hyatt Zilara is the adults-only resort. ut whichever resort you choose, Hyatt is always listening. Seriously, that's what they said. They're listening to what you want out of the all-inclusive experience and they're making that feedback a part of their brand development.

“We are listening to guests as we create these brands so that we can redefine this category and make the all inclusive experience Hyatt offers unlike anything currently in the market,” said Chris Walker, vice president, brand experience, Hyatt. “We believe that we can leverage our expertise in hospitality to make a short-term impact in the category while inviting our guests to help us create their ideal experience over the long-term. We intend to prototype and test various services, food and beverage concepts, and amenities and collect feedback in real-time to constantly lead in the all inclusive market.”

They ain't messing around. Here are just a few things that Hyatt is implementing with their new all-inclusive brands:

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IBEROSTAR Wants to Raise the Bar on All-Inclusive Culinary Offerings

October 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

In our opinion, the jury is still out on all-inclusive resorts. Sometimes we love them, and often we hate them, but one thing's for sure: we never expect a memorable gastronomical experience when we stay at one.

We are happy to report, however, that our recent stay at the all-inclusive IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso, on Mexico's Riviera Maya, might help sway our opinion. The hotel has four restaurants (Japanese, Italian, French, and a steakhouse -- strangely no Mexican), two buffets, and six bars. We ate well and we ate often.

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The Breathless Punta Cana Will Take Your Breath Away, Starting on November 15th

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  Site Where: Playas Uvero Alto Km 275 , Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
September 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fall is finally here, which naturally means its time to wonder about winter escapes. On November 15th there will be another option to consider in the all-inclusive hotel category--Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

Formerly the Now Onyx Punta Cana, the remodeled property is now an all new 750-all Jacuzzi suite, adults-only resort that's part of the AMresorts family of hotels. It's located in Uvero Alto, a section of the Dominican Republic's popular Punta Cana town, about an 45 minutes from the airport.

This will be a mammoth resort with 6 pools, 13 restaurants and seven bars and lounges serving top shelf liquors (those who've done the a/i route know how important this is!). They've even tossed in free WiFi and international calling, so you can connect with home and get all braggy without wasting your cell phone minutes. Yeah!

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Hyatt's New All-Inclusive Brands Will Be Called...

August 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Royal Cancun, soon to be Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Just last week we dished on Hyatt Hotels new all-inclusive resorts in Mexico being built out of the existing Barcelo Cabos and the Royal Cancun with another four more resorts to open in 2014 and 2015.

Today, the new Hyatt properties have been given names and opening dates. The Barcelo Cabos will turn into the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos by end of this year. The Royal Cancun will the Hyatt Zilara Cancún also opening this year.

But that's not all. Hyatt Ziva will actually be Hyatt's family-friendly all-inclusive resort brand while Hyatt Zilara will be adults-only. Another Hyatt Ziva is expected to open out of the old Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica which closed in July. We had suspected it would turn into a Park Hyatt but it seems like it's gone the opposite direction as a family-friendly resort. That hotel will open as a Hyatt Ziva in early 2014.

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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

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Riu Resorts Leads Big-Box All-Inclusives Into the 21st Century

November 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Riu Punta Canta's adults-only swimming pool promises no Marco Polo

In a somewhat shocking move, Riu Hotels & Resortsone of the biggest and most traditional of the big-box all-inclusive resort chains–is suddenly introducing a slew of new and thoughtful brand-wide amenities boldly aimed toward getting their Americas properties into the 21st century.

After spending lots of time in many all-inclusives, we though many brands would never change their buffet-lined, screaming-kid, non-Internet-having ways. Bargain rates? They haz ‘em. But innovates? They never.

Except now, RIU is.

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Hilton Opens First All-Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta

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  Site Where: Av. de las Garzas s/n, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48300
October 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today Mexico adds yet another all-inclusive resort to its hotel inventory with the opening of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. It’s Hilton’s first one-price-pays-for-all property in Mexico.

Right in the heart of PVs Hotel Zone near the Bay of Banderas, this Hilton is pretty modest in size with just 259 rooms and suites, which makes it less overwhelming than other resorts of its kind in the region.

Guests won't go hungry thanks to the four a la carte dining restaurants on site serving international cuisine, fine Mexican foods, French fare, and Brazilian churrasco. Plus, snacks are available at the La Bonita deli, and the beach-bar serving up cocktails and light bites.

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Palace Resorts Get CHI-chi With New Amenities

September 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now there’s another reason to pare down your packing. Palace Resorts has just partnered with Farouk Systems, parent company to professional hair salon brands, CHI, and BioSilk. Now, all six Palace Resorts will feature CHI flat irons and professional quality hairdryers in their bathrooms as well as the line’s Infra shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and bubble bath.

From Palace’s news release:

“When most women travel, typically, they’ll find an average blow-dryer in their room — and certainly not a hair iron — so they will pack heavy hair tools and products.” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President for Palace Resorts. “By partnering with CHI, a brand women know and love, Palace Resorts is further pampering them with the professional quality hair and beauty products they would find in a salon.”

Marketing lingo aside, we’ll have to give a hearty “truueee” to Mr. Chapur’s statement. We’ve traveled with some finicky females who carry an arsenal of products in their suitcases. They always seem to worry there isn’t a blow dyer in the room! It makes us shake our heads with wonder and worry. Dryers are standard, folks. A flat-iron, though? That’s kinda special.

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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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