One Size Does Not Fit All – Caribbean, Mexico

The old adage; “one size fits all” has never applied to traveling. Open up the travel section of the newspaper or plug in your favorite travel website, and you are bombarded with a plethora of ideas on where to go. From family getaways to a weekend romp, the simplicity of planning a vacation seems more complicated as the web gives you more and more choices. Add that to the state of our economy, making sure you choose the right vacation is as important as getting the best bargain.

Resorts that include everything have made a surge to the top of this vacationer’s list in recent years due to their convenience and pricing. A beach front paradise retreat nestled on long strips of sand and the bluest water is enough for any beachcomber style. Most beach lovers will go along merrily to a tropical spot on the map, but throw in the fact that your meals and that fruity drink with an umbrella in it is included, it might even tempt the semi-beach lover.

My “one size does not fit all” analogy applies perfectly to all-inclusive travel. The mere mention of “all-inclusive” may not include alcoholic drinks or dining in restaurants. Always double check the web site to see exactly what is part of the deal! Some may be for couples only, such as the famous Hedonism II – all you can eat, drink and do.

Other packages appeal to a mix of families, friends and couples. Most do a good job of separating the children and adult pools, kid friendly restaurants to gourmet dining. Couples who do not want to hear the pitter patter of little feet, do not have to. However, as the competition for the most cutting edge "kids club" is high, they are getting more creative and fun! For example, I learned about the Meliá Caribe Tropical where the entire kids club is set up like the land of the Flintstones! I wish this was around when I was a child.

The first step in finding the all-inclusive that fits your needs is to understand exactly what is and is not part of the price. There are different types. The difference between a 24-hour and an all-inclusive that does not claim to be 24/7 is your access to food and drinks. Also, the more deluxe the resort, the more restaurant choices you will have and the longer time spans. The less expensive ones are still a great experience, but expect more buffet style restaurants open at specific times.

Here are two examples of Deluxe 24/7 all inclusive deals that will not break the ban.

The Dominican Republic, specifically Punta Cana, is known for their all inclusive resorts and reasonable pricing. One in particular is the Ocean Blue Golf & Spa Beach Resort. It has everything you need to make your vacation as relaxing or as exciting as you want. To make this deal even sweeter, they are offering one child free (food, activities, etc), so you can take full advantage of all the food and activities you can handle – 24 hours a day! Enjoy a private Jacuzzi, a gorgeous beach and a wide variety of themed restaurants, all drinks included in the price.

Another resort in Punta Cana is the Majestic Colonial – a beach front exclusive and ideal facility for a great holiday. Enjoy six restaurants and nine bars – four nights with flight starting at $677.00.

If you are interested in golf before relaxing in your hammock, check out the Melia Cabo Real located in Los Cabos, Mexico, next door to the Robert Trent Jones II designed Cabo Real Championship Golf Course. The Melia Cabo Real puts a bit of a new twist on the all-inclusive genre. Stay at this luxurious resort for $115.00 per person and enjoy free unlimited golf! A round of golf followed by a refreshing dip in any of their pools might be exactly the vacation that any golfer would love. Unlimited breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks add to make this the perfect trip.

The list is immeasurable. You can find all of the best deals conveniently at dunhill vacation news. With a little homework, you’ll be able to grab your bag, hit the trail and wind up on the moon-lit bay that you have been dreaming about.

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