Friday, January 19, 2018

What's the difference between El Dorado resorts?

El Dorado resorts are adults only all inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico - just south of the Cancun airport.

Join me as a I explain the differences between the resorts - the best pools, suites, beach and location. 


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Renassiance Aruba - Marina Hotel and Ocean Suites

Thanks to Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my visit and this site inspection.



Renaissance Aruba is split into two separate areas: Marina Hotel and Ocean Suites. You can add on an all-inclusive option. The hotel is located right in downtown Oranjestad close to shopping and restaurants. For a beach, the resort takes you by boat to a private island about 15 minutes away. 

The Marina Tower rooms are adults only and located close to the luxury mall. The casino is open 24 hours. they host special events like pool parties and feature a DJ at happy hour. 

The Ocean Suites are a seven minute walk from the Marina Tower. It's a family resort with a casino. A live band plays at happy hour. The rooms all have king beds with pull out sofas. A supervised kids' club is available for an extra fee and babysitting is available. The Ocean Suites have a small, man-made cove beach area.

The private island is open 7 am - 7 pm. Boats depart every 15 minutes. Each side has their own dock. The Flamingo beach is adults only. The Iguana beach is the family side with the restaurant and souvenir shop. Beautiful overwater cabanas are available for $150 per day for the small and $200 per day for the large. 


Take a peek:

Holiday Inn Aruba

Thanks to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip and this site inspection. 


The Holiday Inn Aruba is a family resort on Palm Beach. It has three towers: Palm, Ocean and Sea. An all-inclusive option can be added for an additional fee. The resort has special shows on Wednesday and Saturday.  All rooms have balconies.

Important to know: 
  • Sea tower has an adult pool with free cabanas. People come at 4 am to reserve them. Hopefully, in the future, a reservation system will be in place.  
  • Sea tower is next to a loud bar until 1 am.
  • Palapas are given out at 345 pm by lottery for the next day. The resort has 115 palapas and 590 rooms. 
  • Beach service is available for food and drinks.

Take a peek: 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Amsterdam Manor Aruba

Thanks to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip and this site inspection. 




Amsterdam Manor is a quaint 72 room hotel across the street from the beach. All rooms gave a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. 

Wifi is included. Pets are welcome for a small additional fee per night. The manager hosts a cocktail reception and live entertainment on Thursday nights. 

The hotel has several options to include meals from just breakfast up to all inclusive. 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Best of 2017: All inclusive resorts

You know I visit a lot of resorts each year. This year, I took trips to Mexico, Aruba, Punta Cana, and Jamaica. Here's the resorts that surprised me the most on each trip.


Cancun/Riviera Maya  - Now Jade 

now Jade is family resort in Riviera Maya, just south of the Cancun airport. I was impressed with the modern design, the Preferred Club adults only pool, the kids' activities, and the no reservation dining. My client Allison also loved it for her family. Click here for Allison's review.


Jamaica - Zoetry Montego Bay






I wasn't too sure about this resort since it only has 49 suites, but I loved it. The staff was so friendly. The food was great. Fun activities filled the afternoon. And, you can't beat a jerk chicken shack right on the beach.  
Click here for my review. 


Punta Cana  - Nickelodeon Punta Cana   


This resort surprised me. I expected over-the-top Nickelodon every where. I was pleasantly surprised that the main resort felt upscale with some Nickelodeon touches. The water park and main kids' areas are located across the street - accessed by a golf cart path. Click here for my review.


Aruba  - Manchebo Beach Resort  


Going to Aruba, I knew I'd like Bucuti and Tara. I was surprised to also fall in love with Manchebo Beach resort right next door. It shares the gorgeous beach. I loved the yoga programs, quiet vibe and great restaurants.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bucuti and Tara Suites, Aruba

Thanks to Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip to Aruba and this site inspection.



Bucuti and Tara Suites is a romantic, adults only resort geared towards couples. Most of the suites have been renovated in the last two years. It's small - only 104 rooms. It has a tranquil vibe. Music is available at happy hour. The Tara suites are all oceanfront. Penthouse suites include a reserved cabana. The hotel is committed to wellness. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free menus are available. Breakfast is included. 

Take a quick peek around:


Friday, December 22, 2017

Best of 2017: Cruises

I get asked a lot for my favorites: my favorite cruise or my favorite all inclusive resorts. I usually say something like, "My favorites may not be your favorites."


But today, I threw caution to the wind and decided to share my favorites. This week, I'll share my favorite cruise moments from 2017. Next week, you'll get my favorite all-inclusive resorts.


Here we go!

Overall Cruise Experience: Viking Sea


My husband and I agree that our cruise aboard the Viking Sea was one of the best cruises we have ever sailed. The ship is gorgeous. The food and service was excellent. The cabin was huge. We loved the small ship and how much was included.Click here for my full review.

Best Cruise Activity:  AzAmazing Evening



Azamara Cruises includes an AzAmazing Evening on each sailing. It's an event on land that is truly VIP. We attended a wonderful party at the Governor's Mansion in Antigua complete with a live band and the best fireworks show I've ever seen.  Click here for the full review. 

Best new Cruise Restaurant:  Tiana's on the Disney Wonder 


Disney Wonder reinvented one of their restaurants into Tiana's Place. I think it's a hit! The food is great. The atmosphere is fantastic with live music and a table side visit from Tiana.Given how great this restaurant turned out, I'm excited to see Rapunzel's Royal Table open on the Disney Magic next year. 

I hope you enjoy this peek into my personal favorites.