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Old 08-25-2019, 09:44 PM   #1
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Thinking of sun, sand & sea for your next vacation this winter ?

My SO and I love to travel and have do so each year, at least once every year, for quite some time now.

Now that we're getting on in years & prefer sticking fairly close to home
( & flying direct, non-stop if we can), we've gravitated to the convenience and moderate cost of all-inclusive, adults only resorts, mainly in Mexico, where we love to vacation.

We've tried quite a number of different venues over the past few years, and have gotten a little fussy about location, size of resorts, ambience, food & service, and places to see/things to do.
We want to make sure the cost is well value-justified .


So, if any of you are inclined to enjoy vacationing somewhat along these lines, but not sure where to go, I'd be our pleasure to recommend a couple of superb resorts we've had the pleasure to find & go to, along with 2 new resorts we've booked for the near future, this assuming the forum's rules allow this type of vacationing recommendations.

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Old 08-25-2019, 10:31 PM   #2
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Not that I get to escape MN winters, my favourite US place is Catalina Island. It is not what you want, but it is sooooooo relaxing and quiet. My other favourite places are Aruba and US Virgin Islands. And in the summer, Juist.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:03 AM   #3
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I'd be our pleasure to recommend a couple of superb resorts we've had the pleasure to find & go to, along with 2 new resorts we've booked for the near future, this assuming the forum's rules allow this type of vacationing recommendations.
Sure, please do share your recommendations and your experiences at these resorts. I would love to hear it!
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:11 AM   #4
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OK, here's the first one:


Grand Fiesta Americana, a 173 room adults only, all inclusive resort just 15 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta (about 30-35 minutes from the airport).
Fairly new - not more than 3 or 4 years old, clean and well-maintained.
It's said to be 5 stars, but there's no such thing in actuality - at least as far as we're concerned. This one is rated 4.7


Right on a nice sandy beach - 3 attached buildings of approx. 11-12 floors each, with all rooms facing the beach, pool areas and the ocean.


If memory serves, it has 5 restaurants - one buffet, and 4 ala carte - all with excellent dishes, well-prepared and presented, particularly at the Asian & Italian venues. Food taste & quality is of utmost importance to us in all-inclusive resorts, where the average resort is often hit & miss when it comes to food, and lacking in quality, and the drinks watered down.


Not sure about prices there today in USD's, but cost for 2 all-in- (accommodation, food, and flights) is estimated to run about $3,000. for lower rooms, up to around $4,000. or so for rooms from floors 6 to top of bldgs.


The higher floors which contain the more pricey rooms include unlimited use of a private, large lounge area, where breakfast and lunch buffet is served daily, and which includes inside & outside balcony dining, as well as a good-sized sunning/sitting area outside. It was great - we used this facility every day - hardly anyone there most days.


Overall, one of the best we've been to over the past 5 years - and we go to mexico every year, at times twice a year.


We highly recommend - well worth it. Apologies if my estimated pricing is currently off the mark - check it out from your location.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:13 AM   #5
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Here's # 2 Resort & Spa:


Breathless Resort and Spa, Cabo SanLucas, Baja.


Another adults only- all-inclusive--- 169 'suites' (large rooms) offering a stunning marina or ocean view (andthe arch at the tip of Baja, adjacent to the town of Cabo San Lucas). Again,fairly newish and 5 star - critically rated @ 4.5 or better.


6 gourmet eateries I believe, 2infinity pools, and an award winning rooftop lounge and open air lobby - modern& beautiful, clean & well-kept throughout.


This resort is more spread out thanGrand Fiesta Americana, so a bit of walking to the restaurants, but with greatbeach & ocean views - where themeals are pretty much on a par with theprevious resort, well presented dishes & of very good quality & taste -no disappointments here. Excellent knowledgeable staff and great service.


Lots of fun activities to be involvedin daily, and a BBQ night around the pool one night of the week we were there wasoutstanding - a highlight where we made a lot of new friends !


All-in cost including flights isestimated to be around $3,500. USD per couple for lower floor rooms, orslightly higher than GFA, and $4,500. to say $5,000. for x-hale club suiteswhich offer club lounge exclusivity & other perks.


Check it out - the photos say it all !

Are you interested in ourreviewing 2 more Mexican adults only,all inclusive resorts ?


Apologies, I neglected to mention that estimated cost at both resorts are for a one week stay for 2.
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Anyone going to the Maya Riviera this year might want to check on the status of the seaweed invasion from the south. It sounds pretty nasty, especially if you want to do any snorkeling or scuba-diving or hang out on the beach.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt...s-get-creative

Btw, when we went to that area 20 or so years ago, we picked a place that included a couple of excursions. So we were able to visit Chichen Itza and the fort at Tulum while we were there. It was a great trip.
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Thanks for the info GG,
Both resorts I've reviewed though, are on the west coast side of the continent - on the Pacific Ocean, while the Maya Riviera you mentioned is of course on the east coast, from Cancun on down to Tulum.


Not that there isn't seaweed problems on the pacific side as well, on or near the Nayarit Riviera, which extends from Nuevo Vallarta north to Punta Mita. Troublesome seaweed accumulations are known to occur occasionally in this area too.
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Thanks for the info GG,
Both resorts I've reviewed though, are on the west coast side of the continent - on the Pacific Ocean, while the Maya Riviera you mentioned is of course on the east coast, from Cancun on down to Tulum.


Not that there isn't seaweed problems on the pacific side as well, on or near the Nayarit Riviera, which extends from Nuevo Vallarta north to Punta Mita. Troublesome seaweed accumulations are known to occur occasionally in this area too.
Gotcha. I just reread your first post - you didn't mention where in Mexico you were talking about, so I guess I assumed you meant the east coast, since that's where I've been

Did you read the article, though? This is apparently much worse than has happened before to the point of covering the beaches and killing sea life by blocking the sun over large areas. I imagine that as the oceans continue to warm, this will become a worse problem throughout the tropics.
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Gotcha. I just reread your first post - you didn't mention where in Mexico you were talking about, so I guess I assumed you meant the east coast, since that's where I've been

Did you read the article, though? This is apparently much worse than has happened before to the point of covering the beaches and killing sea life by blocking the sun over large areas. I imagine that as the oceans continue to warm, this will become a worse problem throughout the tropics.
Yes, you're quite right, GG - my bad.

You've have needed to go to my 2 reviews to see that they were for resorts in Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side.

And yes, the seaweed invasions are very serious problems, which I have read also extend to the Dominican Republic, where there's even worse problems in some of the tourist areas - murders in the street - drug gang wars that innocent people get caught up in - and even child/young person abductions for the sex trade. So stay away from there for vacationing.
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Thought I'd proceed with reporting on #'s 3 and 4 resorts, and hope you enjoy reading through them:



Report on # 3 - all-inclusive, adults only resort - PuertoVallarta. Mx.


We're booked for this one - 8 nights in late October next.

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel &spa.

- Only 80 rooms on 7 floors - allocean view, on best beach in P.V. town - reported as having an ambiance ofprivacy & exclusivity, with first class service

- Ranked #7 of 130 resorts in P.V.,and #1 best small resort - fully renovated in 2017 - & rated @ 4.6 stars


- 10 minutes from P.V. airport, andonly 10 minutes walk to the Malecon, the well-known boardwalk in downtown P.V.,where many classy restaurants and boutiques await your attendance &inspection


- 3 fine eateries, 2 pools - one withswim-up seating bar, and the other an infinity pool nearly on the beach.Majority of reviews rate the staff service & attention as being asexcellent as it gets, and all the foodofferings truly outstanding - high praise indeed


Cost for 7 nights for 2 persons is estimated at a low of $3,000. USD, up to$3,500. or so for top floor spa suite oceanfront ( 850 sq. ft.) - and dependingon where you're flying from, you may also be able to include business classflight seating for around $4,000. total all-in



Sounds superb - we're looking forwardto it - can't wait !
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