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Five Perks of All-Inclusive Hotels

While all-inclusive hotels are not for every traveler, when it comes to convenience and great value, the pros far out-weigh the cons!  And with many all-inclusive hoteliers pushing the limits of luxury and creativity, the appeal of these  properties is wider than ever.  Here are five perks of all-inclusive vacations.

1 Less planning, more relaxing
Much of the stress that comes from a vacation is tied to the planning of it. Where should we go for dinner? Which activities will the whole family enjoy? Can we afford extra excursions?  With an all-inclusive, much of the planning process is done for you, giving you the chance to relax and focus on making memories with your family or friends.  For the ultimate in relaxation, try Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.  The all-inclusive rate includes all meals, anytime snacks, gourmet dining, brand drinks, airport transfers, fitness center, water sports, scuba diving, childcare, video game center, entertainment, and all taxes and gratuities.

photo courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos
photo courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos

2 Easy to budget with one bill
Vacation spending can really add up. A four-course meal here, a snorkeling excursion there.  Before you know it your credit card has racked up thousands of dollars in charges and sometimes even international transaction fees. At an all-inclusive you can keep track of everything on one bill and stash your credit card away.  Try the Now Amber Resort and Spa All Inclusive in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Here guests enjoy Unlimited-Luxury service including full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day, theme parties and entertainment, unlimited international and domestic premium brand alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, and live nightly entertainment.  No restaurant reservations are required, no wristbands required and all taxes and gratuities are included.

Photo Credit:  Now Amber Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive
Now Amber Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

3 Ideal for families – Kids stay, play, eat free
Family-focused all-inclusive hotels are a dream for Mom and Dad. Many of them offer a full schedule of free activities for the kids, kid-friendly performances and menus.  With the cost of airline tickets getting more expensive every year, families are being asked to pay more for vacations than ever so any budget break is a welcome one.  Often kids even stay for free.  A great option for families is the Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The property, accommodations and services are all geared towards families — Lucy’s Kids Club, separate kids swimming pool and water park, suite accommodations for whole family, breakfast/lunch/dinner included as well as all sporting activities.

Photo Courtesy:  Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Photo Courtesy: Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4 Party-friendly
Looking for a great bachelor or bachelorette destination? All-inclusives are easy to plan, easy to budget and there are many all-inclusives geared towards party-goers with great perks like top shelf alcohol, swim-up bars, nightclubs.  The Hard Rock Hotel All-Inclusive Cancun is a good bachelor/bacheloretet pick!  The all-inclusive package offers top shelf liquor, all meals, numerous bars, clubs, entertainment and a 24/7 party atmosphere. Perfect!

Photo Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Photo Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

5 All-inclusives are becoming more luxurious and creative than ever
Forward thinking hoteliers are re-inventing the all-inclusive experience with details that appeal to a traveler who might have previously avoided all-inclusives — Things like your own personal butler, extracurriculars like unlimited Scuba and exclusive private islands!  The Secrets Wild Orchid All-Inclusive in Montego Bay, Jamaica has an “Unlimited Luxury” program with includes gourmet meals, luxury accommodations and unique activities like Euro bungee, cooking classes, dance classes, a batting cage and bike tours.

For up to 50% off your summer all-inclusive vacation hit Travelocity’s Memorial Day Vacation Sale!

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Mexican Retreat

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Roses and chocolate are a sure bet for Valentine’s Day, but if you really want to up the ante why not surprise your sweetheart and take them on a romantic Valentine’s Day vacation?  In my latest Fox & Friends First segment I shared my top four romantic vacations that are big on romance but not on price. Read more

Ask a Los Cabos Expert: Meet Rafael Arroyo, Travelocity’s Pacific Mexico Market Manager

Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.

Rafael Arroyo is the Travelocity market manager for Pacific Mexico. He has been with Travelocity for five years and has the pleasure of negotiating deals in great destinations like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. He is always looking to discover new places to enjoy the best local cuisine and has been known to coordinate his business trips around a gourmet festival!


Why I Went to Mexico for my Fake Honeymoon

As you may or may not know, I’m pretty involved with the social media efforts Travelocity has going on. That is to say, The Roaming Gnome and I are pretty good friends. So far, we’ve traveled together to Los Angeles, South Carolina, Las Vegas, and most recently to Cancun, Mexico.

Excellence Resorts Playa Mujeres invited The Roaming Gnome to check out their resort. Considering The Roaming Gnome cannot travel alone, I got to tag along. His whole account of the trip can be seen on his Facebook page.

However, from my side, I can personally say it was amazing. While there, I met many couples, which further reinforced that this is a great place to honeymoon. The resort’s service, amenities, and prime location have me wanting to come back again for my real honeymoon.