Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort

Sandals Grande Antigua is an adults only all inclusive resort on a gorgeous beach. Thanks to Sandals for allowing me to visit and take a tour. 

What's different about this resort: 

Location - Everyone wants a gorgeous beach. This resort delivers. 

Room categories - This resort has very different rooms available from beachfront rondovals to luxury suites. You will need help figuring out the difference between the rooms - I am here for you. 

Size - The resort stretches over 27 acres. It offers 11 restaurants and 6 pools. 

Good to Know: We arrived at 10:00 am and virtually every pool chair was taken. Shaded chairs are difficult to find. 

Nice Touch: We were impressed the pool bar had the proper plastic wear for every drink: high balls, champagne glasses, white wine glasses, etc. 

Worth it Upgrade: The Poolside Cabanas include food & beverage options from the restaurant menus provided & bars. They also include a bottle of White Zinfandel and is an optional extra of US$115.00 per Cabana per couple. The service of the Concierge is offered between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Take a peek: 

Ready to book? Email me or schedule a time for me to call you. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Universal Studios Orlando Loew's Royal Pacific Resort

Royal Pacific is one of my personal favorite places to stay at Universal Studios Orlando. 

Here's why: 
- Like all deluxe resorts, an Unlimited Express Pass is included in your stay. 
- It's only a 10 minute walk or boat ride to City Walk. 
- The pool area is relaxing with great service. 
- Jake's American Bar stays open late for a late dinner, snack or cocktail. 
- It's a short walk to the two restaurants at Sapphire Falls. 

It also doesn't hurt that it is usually the least expensive of the deluxe resorts at Universal Studios Orlando. 

Take a look around: 

Ready to book? Email me 

Grand Canyon Railway Package Review

The Grand Canyon Railway offers a great way to see the Grand Canyon without the hassle of fighting the crowds or driving. 

You stay in Williams, Arizona and then take the train into Grand Canyon Village. You can choose to stay overnight in Grand Canyon Village or head back to Williams, Arizona the same day. 

The hotels in the packages are simple and clean. The included meals are buffets that include gluten free and vegetarian options. This time, we stayed one night in the canyon. Next time, we would stay two to be able to hike a little deeper into the canyon. One thing to be aware of is the elevation. We noticed it was hard to catch our breath at times. We also had to drink a lot more water than usual because of the dry climate. 

This video gives you a glimpse into what a weekend stay is like. When you are ready to book, email me or set up a time to chat

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fiesta Americana Cozumel

Fiesta Americana Cozumel is a family friendly all inclusive resort on the island of Cozumel just off the coast of Mexico.

It offers seven restaurants including three a la carte: Asian, Mexican, and Italian.  All the rooms face the ocean. The resort hosts beach parties at night. The beach is across the road from the resort, but it's a quiet road used only by the resorts in this area. No pool or beach service so you'll have to grab your own drinks. The beach club has a buffet, seafood shack and hamburger grill. To get into the water, you'll need to climb down some rocky stairs.

Take a sneak peek:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Inn of Sedona and Pink Jeep Tour

Sedona is a fantastic place to visit. The scenery and hiking is incredible. The town has great shops and restaurants. It's an easy drive from Phoenix.

Take a tour of the Best Western Inn of Sedona and a glimpse into the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour.

Ready to book your trip to Sedona? Email me 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review

Hyatt Zilara is an adults only all inclusive in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.

Some highlights of this resort: 
  • Infinity pool that connects to a Swim Up Bar 
  • Pool and Beach volleyball 
  • Great restaurants and service 
  • Beautiful beach with clear water 
I hosted my 40th birthday trip here and everyone had a great time. I like this resort for groups. It's easy to find each other around the pool or beach, but still large enough that you can have some private time if you want. I also liked there's no Preferred Club or exclusive areas. Those in our group who wanted a suite could take advantage of the larger room, reserved beach cabana, and exclusive access to the Chef's Plate restaurant without feeling like they were separate from everyone in the group. 

Check out the resort tour below and when you are ready to book, email me or set up a time to chat. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Explorean All inclusive resort Cozumel

Explorean Cozumel  is the all inclusive resort for people who don't like all inclusive resorts.

It's 56 rooms in Cozumel, Mexico. Cozumel is an island off the eastern coast of Mexico. You can fly in directly or take a ferry from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. 

One restaurant offers all three meals focused on local dishes with a menu that changes nightly. You pour your own drinks. You make your own smoothies. "Room service" is a cute basket filled with continental breakfast. 

The highlight is the quiet and the included daily activity. You sign up when you check in and then each day you head out to explore the island. 

The resort isn't on the beach, but shares a beach club with Fiesta Americana located just in front of Xplorean. It's a family resort, but it's recommended the kids be over the age of 10 to fully participate in the included activities. 

Take a peek: 

Ready to use my free help to book? Email me 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunscape Curacao - A Family All inclusive resort

A special thank you to Sunscape Curacao for my resort tour.

Sunscape Curacao is a value family all inclusive resort. 

  • No reservations needed for a la carte dining
  • Free Wifi in the lobby
  • Swim Up bar 
  • 3 pools: One active, one quiet, and one for Sun Club (preferred club) guests 
  • Disco 
  • Casino 
  • Kids' and teens' club 
  • Free shuttle to downtown 
  • Largest hotel beach in Curacao
  • Non motorized sports are included 
Things to know: 
  • Only one restaurant is air conditioned 
  • No room service except if you are Sun Club 
  • Only on building has elevators. 
  • No beach or pool service - you get your own drinks 
Take a peek: 

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. 

Ready to book and take advantage of the special offer?

Email me or set up a time to chat. 

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. 

Take a peek: