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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.

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How to Plan a Successful Family Vacation

Family travel can be tricky, especially when family members have diverse hobbies and tastes.  Multi-generational travel adds an additional layer of complexity, when trying to find activities that seniors, adults, teens and toddlers can all enjoy together.   The keys to making a family vacation work are easy, but require a little extra planning and positivity.  Here are my four tips on how to plan a successful and stress-free family vacation:

1  Make a family travel wish list:  In the planning phase, all members of the family should write down 2-3 wish list items – things each of you would love to do on vacation!  Then begin researching destinations that can satisfy all (or most) of the wish list items.  Scour travel blogs, read reviews, and talk to friends about vacations that have worked for them!

2 Plan for time together and time apart:  Don’t plan on spending every waking moment together – you’re destined for a stressful vacation.  Break up your family into smaller groups.  For example, organize mother/daughter day, and a father son day.  Or mom and dad can plan a spa day together while the kids do an activity with their grandparents.  Spending a bit of time apart while on vacation is a much more balanced approach, and will enhance the moments that you do spend together as a family. 

3 Bring an open mind:  To make a vacation the best it can be, some compromise is required.  That’s not to say that you should suffer on your vacation, but have an open mind and try new things.  You may discover a new-found hobby or passion!

4 Work in down days:  A tired family is a stressed out family.  To avoid getting burnt out, work in low-key down days where lounging, relaxing and doing nothing are the main orders of business!

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Ask a Turks & Caicos Expert: Meet Sara Fried, Travelocity’s Turks & Caicos 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.

Sara Fried is the Travelocity market manager for Turks & Caicos. She has been with Travelocity for seven years and is currently based in Boston, MA. She enjoys sailing, snorkeling, great food and spending time with good friends (especially on the beach). Her favorite part of the job is exploring her destinations and all of the great discounts on hotels! Now that JetBlue is flying nonstop from Boston – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (airport code, PLS), she loves spending more time down on the island!]