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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana

I recently posted a new blog entry of our stay at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana. See the link.

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Sandals LaSource Grenada Video

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I Need A Vacation!!!

It's official.

I need a vacation!

It helps to start thinking about beautiful beaches, star filled nights, waves crashing on the beach, etc...

Seriously though, this was a cold, tough winter and the spring hasn't exactly been warm.

Knowing in advance my next winter will be broken into two parts will be helpful.

I wish I had planned better escape routes last winter,

This next winter I will be…


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Palace Resorts Member Referral Program

You are able to receive great discounts at Palace Resorts hotels through our VIP membership.

Participating resorts:

Moon Palace

Playacar Palace

Cozumel Palace

Isla Mujeres Palace

Beach Palace

Sun Palace

Le Blanc…


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Unlimited Resort Credits at Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico


Typically, only a portion of the resort credits that are offered at Hard Rock hotels in Mexico and Punta Cana (Domincan Republic) could be used on spa activities or golf. Now, all of the $2000 resort credits (beginning in 2014) can be used on spa activities and golf.

Resorts included:

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Hard Rock Hotel Puerto Vallarta

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

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Future Travel

Travel is a great thing for the future & the future is a great thing for travel.


Seeing new places is a great thing.


Meeting people from all over the world is awesome.


We will travel the world in faster, cheaper, more sustainable & more flexible ways.


We already see improvements in airplane engine technology.


Many of us can easily get to airport & transport ourselves to tropical beaches &…


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Punta Cana



Has anyone been to Punta Cana? If so, can you tell me a little about what to expect, excursions, etc.  We're staying at the Riu Palace Bavaro.


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Pretty Good Deal :: Now Onyx Punta Cana

The Now Onyx Punta Cana will open in November, 2013.


They are having a sale for $99 per night.


I try to find stuff like this because you can find pretty good pre-sales.


I really like the family of Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams, Le Blanc and Now resorts.  The problem is they are on the expensive side because they are really nice.


The website was entirely unhelpful in terms of when the vacation had to be booked by and when the…


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The New Nizuc Resort & Spa In Cancun Will Have All Inclusive Plan

The family friendly 274 suite Nizuc Resort & Spa will open in March of 2013.

The new Cancun luxury resort Nizuc offers an "Endless Indulgence" option that includes all meals, beverages, cocktails and wines within their six restaurants. 


It is located at the southern end of the Cancun tourist area near the airport.


The Nizuc Resort & Spa is the latest resort from the award-winning hotel chain, Las Brisas Hotel…


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The Now Amber Puerto Vallarta Is Open & On Sale

The family friendly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta recently opened and still has introductory rates available.


This type of introductory sale is a nice way to experience the Now, Dreams, Secrets, and Zoetry portfolio of resorts without needing to pay full price.


You need to book before February 14th and travel between April 7th & December 22nd,…


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Couples Barbados All Inclusive Resort To Open In June

Couples Barbados will open in June of 2013.


Couples is an all inclusive resort company for adult couples with no kids allowed.


The old 280-room Almond Casuarina Beach Resort on the southern coast of Barbados will get a $3 million dollar upgrade before taking on the Couples Resort name.

Renovations will take place from February 10th to May 31st while still…


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All Inclusive Hand Sanitizer Strategy

If you invested in an all inclusive vacation this year, make sure you are healthy for it.


There are serious flu and norovirus outbreaks going around.


Use liberal amounts of hand sanitizer at work and around the home.


You really don't want to get sick!


It is bad enough just being sick, but going to the airport for a dream vacation while sick would be terrible.

I can't even think about cancelling a dream…


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Frugal Traveler Gets It Wrong On Review Sites

The Frugal Traveler from the New York Times is not a fan of review sites.


A recent article admits many of the great things about review sites, but ends with the idea that we should ignore review sites in favor of asking locals when we arrive at our destinations.


That is simply wrong.


I still ask locals when I get there, but I'm not about to abandon review sites.


Most of us work all year for that week or two of vacation…


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Hilton Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Resort Opens


The Hilton Puerto Vallarta is now open.


It is the first all inclusive Hilton resort in Mexico.


Hilton has all inclusive resorts in Egypt and Turkey.


This resort is in the heart of the resort zone just north of the Puerto Vallarta…


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Royal Caribbean All Inclusive Cruise Packages Not All Inclusive

You still have to buy water.


That makes no sense to me.


The all inclusive packages are fairly expensive anyway and you can't even get a drink of water?


The minibar items are also not included.


Someone needs to stand up for the term all inclusive.


Royal Caribbean should find a different term.



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Gran Meliá Cancun Is Now The Paradisus Cancun Resort

The Paradisus Cancun Resort in Cancun, Mexico is now open.


The resort was formerly known as The Gran Meliá Cancun.


The resort is the fith Paradisus resort joining their resorts in Punta Cana and Playa del Carmen.


It is a large all luxury resort with 678 suites.


If you have been to the Gran Melia Cancun or have gone to Paradisus resorts, please leave a comment.…


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USA Today Article About Which All Inclusive Resorts Have The Best Food

Here's a good article from USA Today about which all inclusive resorts have the best food:


Of course, it should be no surprise that the higher end luxury resorts have the best food.


Grand Velas, Palace Resorts, etc...…


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I'm Dreaming Of A White Sand Christmas

I really need a vacation.

It is getting cold where I live which has me thinking of ways to escape.

I could go to the Rose Bowl and watch my beloved Badgers beat Stanford.

The only problem is it was cold the last time I went to the Rose Bowl.

I need somewhere really warm which has me thinking about Mexico and the Caribbean.

It has been too long since I was last sitting in an all inclusive resort sipping on…


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All Inclusive Resorts In Belize Questions

Are there all inclusive resorts in Belize?


I'm going there for a wedding and was surprised at how difficult it was to find an all inclusive resort option in Belize.


If anyone knows of a good resort, please let me know.

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New Webpage for Palace Resorts Information

I set up a webpage for information regarding Palace Resorts.!home/mainPage

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