Budget Vacations: 3 Resorts that You Can Actually Afford
Planning a vacation is time-consuming, which is why some travelers prefer an all-inclusive option where they don’t need to leave the resort and spend extra money to have fun. While some resorts border the budget line a little too closely, others can lack a certain sense of that desirable vacation-esque ambiance. Well, there’s good news — we’ve rounded up three all-inclusive resorts, each different in nature, that offer an array of amenities and a variety of vacating styles.
Indulge Your Senses at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Just Imagine – a resort within a resort. At the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, there’s certainly no lack of entertainment or lavish surroundings for those with their sights set on just that. Located on the property and part of the all-inclusive experience, Heaven is exclusively for adults only!
It’s indulgence at its finest here at Heaven, with a lively pool scene, 24/7 room service, and your very own top-shelf, in-room liquor dispenser. Though it’s not included, we highly recommend booking a service at the Rock Spa – the hydrotherapy alone will have you feeling like a whole new person.
What we’re excited about: Camp Woodward will debut at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in 2016! Camp Woodward is a world leader in lifestyle and action sports, and an innovative partnership between the two companies was recently announced. Woodward Riviera Maya will bring unique opportunities to Mexico, offering guests the chance to ski and snowboard as part of their vacation experience, and we can’t wait to get back down there to check it out for ourselves.
Deals, Discounts and Special Offers: Book online now to receive up to 35% off and up to $1,800 in resort credit; Suite Deal: Up to 50% Off in Your Suite – book three nights or more for travel through December 23 and receive up to 50% off in the Rock Suite Platinum or Rock Star Suite.
Play with the Pros at Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Located just 45 miles from Palm Beach International Airport, Club Med Sandpiper Bay is a convenient getaway for east coasters. Geared toward sports enthusiasts, it’s all about staying active at the resort, which features world class instruction by renowned professional coaches at the Club Med Academies. Guests will receive top-notch instruction from the very best group lessons. The Golf, Tennis, Triathlon and Beach Volleyball Academies are included in the all-inclusive package and range from beginner to expert, so guests are able to play at their skill level; individual private sessions are available at an additional cost.
What we’re excited about: Home to an on-sight Flying Trapeze, Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers guests the chance to experience the high-flying thrills of soaring through the sky, as part of the all-inclusive amenities. A definite workout and fun way to mix up your daily routine, the trapeze left my arms trembling and my face marked with a perma-grin!
Deals, Discounts and Special Offers: Rates start at $129 a night per person, and Club Med is currently offering an Extra Perks sale – 40% off extended stays on travel through December 18 – if booked by October 27.
Relax on the Sun-Drenched Coast at Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort
Home to white sand beaches, warm turquoise water, and locals who welcome visitors with open arms, it’s no wonder the 70-square-mile paradise is known as the “One Happy Island.” One of my favorite tropical destinations, Aruba is the spot for pure relaxation and weather that’s hard to beat – an average of 82 degrees year round and protection from the hurricane belt make it a vacationer’s dream.
At the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort, guests will experience a true retreat in paradise. The resort boasts nine dining options, seven bars and lounges, non-motorized water sports, a spa, and the only nine-hole golf course (with private instruction available) on the island. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make all day is whether you’ll be able to put your drink down and leave your poolside lounge chair to visit the Divi Winds Sports Center, where guests have the chance to scale a 30-foot rock climbing wall.
What we’re excited about: The Happiness Builder – recently launched by the Aruba Tourism Authority, this innovative digital tool is reinventing the vacation planning process. Travelers can explore nearly 100 videos featuring adventure, relaxation, romance, and cultural activities in Aruba, then pick their six favorite clips, add some happy tunes, personalize a message, and share their own ‘Shortcut to Happiness’ video itinerary. And as an added bonus, anyone who creates a video before August 31 has the chance to win a trip to Aruba to experience their very own ‘Shortcut!”
Deals, Discounts and Special Offers: Book by October 31 to receive 40% off on travel from October 1 to December 18.