Every year we see a growing number of new all-inclusive resorts becoming available. With each new property there is increased standards of better food, better service and more luxury. And with all the excitement and hype going on around a new resort opening we need to stop and evaluate if we should jump on the band wagon and book the resort within the first few months of opening.
Yes it is exciting to experience a brand new resort and I'm not saying that you shouldn't however there are both pros and cons to being at a brand new resort. And like with any resort choice I want you to be well informed and prepared before you make your decision.
Your vacation is always a big investment not only in money but in time. You work hard all year and your vacation allows you to unwind, relax, spend quality time with those you love and experience new things. No one ever wants to have a bad vacation experience.
The first time I can across the sargassum (also known as seaweed) was on a trip to Punta Cana in 2014. It wasn't extreme at this time but the locals were definitely talking about how there was an increase. On a trip to Riviera Maya in 2015 the sargassum had started to make it's appearance in this area. And although some seaweed is normal it was causing concern as resorts along the Cancun/Riviera Maya coast were seeing amounts that exceeded normal and there were hopes it would soon stop coming. Fast forward to today and much of the Caribbean has been effected by this unsolved mystery.
From the Dominican Republic to Mexico to Barbados, countries across the Caribbean are struggling to deal with the unusually large amounts of sargassum seaweed that is being washed up on many beaches. Some destinations are experiencing very little while other destinations are overwhelmed by it.
Although the strong-smelling rotting seaweed arrives most years in many countries, the volume this year – reportedly up to three to four feet high in some locations – is so great that normal efforts to clean beaches are proving ineffective on many coastlines. the clean up of the sargassum is a never ending battle.
This resort is located just over an hour from the Punta Cana airport. The highway to the resort is relatively new allowing for a comfortable and scenic look at the Dominican countryside. The resort is great for families and couples and also offers accommodations in an adult only section for just a little more privacy.
Located on the Dominican Republic’s southern coast along the Caribbean Sea, waters are calmer and clearer than Punta Cana or Puerto Plata, which are located on the island’s northern, Atlantic coast. The beach at Dreams is dotted with palm trees and has soft white sand and clear blue water. Because of the water’s pool-like calmness, the hotel can offer fun ocean activities such as a water trampoline and ocean zumba classes. The beach has plenty of lounge chairs, activities on the beach, and its very own fresh pineapple stand. There is also a wooden pier that extends out into the water that allows guests to access the coral reef that sits along one side of the property.
Cabo San Lucas…the first word that comes to mind is Wow! This destination is amazing and I cannot wait to go back. Where else can you find the desert, the mountains and the ocean? What did I love most about this destination? The weather for starters- Cabo has 350 days of sunshine and very little humidity. Very little bugs - because it is a desert there are few bugs.
While I was in Cabo I stayed at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. This resort is amazing! It is adults only so if you are looking to get away for some “grown up” time I would highly recommend this resort. The beach is not swimmable due to the undertow but I loved sitting on my balcony in the morning and listening to the waves crashing before starting a day of resort training. Because I have children at home I loved the unlimited connectivity feature of this hotel. All of my calls home were free of charge as was the Wi-Fi in my hotel room.
My room was amazing with a spectacular view from my balcony, ocean view and I could hear the waves crashing against the shore.
Many travelers have heard of Puerto Vallarta, but some are are often not familiar its neighboring Nuevo Vallarta. A bridge and about a 25-minute drive (depending on traffic) separate the two cities, which lie in two different states, Puerto Vallarta being in the state of Jalisco and Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit.
Nuevo Vallarta can seem worlds away from Puerto Vallarta's more metropolitan destination. Set into a quiet, lushly landscaped neighborhood nestled on the Pacific Ocean's deep blue waters, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is a hidden treasure for all-inclusive resort seekers who also want to avoid crowds of vacationers.