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Category Archives: Hotel and Resorts

Barbados Travel Hotels

Trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.

Money and Cost of Goods. The currency in Barbados is the Bajan or Barbados dollar and is equivalent to US $1.98. Be guided accordingly: items and services here do not come cheap and are, give or take, pretty much equal to their prices in America.

Traveling. Upon arrival at the island’s airport, simply walk out of the terminal with luggage in hand towards the buses, taxis and shuttle transportation lined outside. The easiest way to go is to pre-arrange the services of a shuttle going to and from the hotel of choice. Taxis can run $20-60 depending on how far away the destination is, and shuttles would charge $5 (do not pay more than that) for surfboard bags and other over sized items. If a rental car is preferred, take note that it would cost around $50-60 a day. Don’t forget that the steering wheel is on the ‘wrong side’ of the car.

Dress. Do not think that just because it is a beach paradise that a person can don his swimsuit anywhere the whole day. Swim wear is reserved for beaches and beach bars. Casual wear is the preferred, appropriate clothing in most places here, except at night, or at dinners. It would be best if the material of the clothes is lightweight and ‘breezy’.

Barbados Travel Hotels. There is wide array of hotels and other accommodations to choose from on the island. The crux of the matter is how much money is going to be willingly spent on one. A popular choice, of course, is the cheaper lodging available. Bargain hotels are usually nice enough and have three-star rankings. The staff is guaranteed to be warm, hospitable and helpful. There are some that would feature a pristine beach out front for customers to conveniently enjoy. Like majority of these bargain hotels, everything is all-inclusive. This means that all meals, beverages, gratuities, and non-motorized sports are part of the deal.

It would be interesting to note that breakfast and lunch are served in a buffet style, and snack is likewise conveniently served in-between. People can choose whether their dinner would be in a buffet style or a 5-course one in the dining room, which requires a reservation of course. The hotel staff will inform guests whether or not their dining room is booked and allow guests to go in and see if there are cancellations during the day.

All Inclusive Vacations

The very first tricks you should follow if you want to fully enjoy your all inclusive vacations with your buddies is to make sure that you have all the important papers and documents such as your passport with you. If you have some health issues then make sure to obtain a clearance and some prescription from your doctor in case of emergency.

The second most important tip you must never forget is to bring all the necessary things you need such as your clothes (bring extra pair of pants and such, you’ll never know when something will come up), your toiletries, your meds and vitamins and of course some comfortable footwear especially if you are going to travel outdoors more.

Third thing, make sure that you check with your travel agency all the important things regarding your vacation such as where you and your friends will stay, are the foods free, and is there a free ride and so on. Doing so will certainly make your escapade more exciting and hassle free.

It is important that you follow these simple and basic tips since these will surely help make your vacation more enjoyable and unforgettable. Your purpose why you are taking this once in a lifetime break is because you are tired of those stressful workloads from your job and the only way for you to achieve this is through these tips which I shared with you today.

About Beautiful Destination Wedding

Will the resort accommodate everyone on your guest list? For example, if an elderly relative is attending, is the resort easy to get around without a lot of stairs? Or, is it a couples resort and if so, where will the guests stay that are bringing children?

You won’t be able to taste the food prior to arriving on site. At a local venue at home you will most likely attend a tasting to determine your reception menu. At a destination wedding, you have to rely on someone who has been to the resort.

Your favorite photographer probably will not be making the trip with you. Ask to see examples of wedding photographs so you won’t be disappointed.

Ditto for hair and makeup. Don’t wait until you get to the resort to find out if you can get the hairstyle that you envisioned.

Do you want to spend your honeymoon with all your guests? If not, you may want to consider going to a different resort the day after the wedding.

Does the resort have private areas for the ceremony or will you be getting married alongside lounge chairs filled with sun worshippers? Ask to see the various locations on the resort and the times of day when you can tie the knot. If you have your heart set on sunset wedding you may have to reserve this time slot in advance.

There are other issues that can make the easy, beautiful and romantic destination wedding your worst nightmare. The success of all great weddings, whether simple or elaborate, boils down to coordination. The first step is to pick a destination wedding specialist and onsite wedding team to make sure that your special day will be customized to your liking.

Booking Room in Luxury Resort

1. Older couples may want to stay in comfort rather than prioritizing price. A resort which is suites only may be the right choice for them. They are also less likely to be disturbed by children running around, as families are more influenced by budgetary considerations.

2. Packages which include bicycles may be a good bet if you want to be mobile. Families may prefer resorts which offer shuttle services to nearby attractions.

3. Some all-inclusive resorts can include airfare, transfers, and even tips. A couples only resort is an ideal option for newly weds who are looking for a romantic getaway free from families.

4. Honeymooners can also take advantage of all inclusive resorts which are exclusively for newlyweds. Families also enjoy all inclusive resorts, where children are sure to find something to their liking a t buffets. Special activities for children also keep them entertained while adults are free to relax.

5. If you’re planning a holiday in Mexico, you should know that hurricane season extends from June to November. Ask if the resort has a hurricane guarantee. Buying some travel insurance may also be a good idea.

6. Singles are usually younger and have less money to spare. Paying for add-ons apart from an all inclusive package may not be feasible for them. They also prefer resorts which have organized activities and swim up pool bars. They may patronize resorts which are known for their nightlife.

7. Regardless of whether you’re single, part of a couple, or travelling with children, an all inclusive package can be a hassle free option. Hanging out with people similar to you can enhance your holiday experience.

8. Booking early can ensure you get a room of your choice in the resort you pick. An ocean view can relax you even when you choose to spend time in your room rather than at the pool or the beach.

Summer Family Vacation Resorts

Having fun is the main goal for those who want to go on a family vacation. Top vacation resorts that offer family-oriented accommodations abound, but they may differ in the kind of activities offered and in affordability. Safety is also another consideration when looking for a resort or hotel for whole families, especially families vacationing with small children. Childproofing is important especially when bringing small kids along.

Top resorts for families do not just boast of pools and kiddie playgrounds as the main attractions. Today top family-oriented vacation resorts and hotels offer whole-day activities such as kids educational tours, art workshops and sports camps for kids, private babysitting for when the parents want a couple of hours by themselves, as well as amenities for babies and kids such as strollers, high chairs, and step stools, to name a few. The more opulent the resort, the more activities geared towards keeping kids entertained are there to choose from. The best resorts may also have dining establishments that cater to kids alone.

Families going on cheap family vacations can do without the opulent packages of educational tours and camps, but factors such as safety should be top priority when considering a vacation resort. Resorts should have childproofed amenities as well as packages that allow parents to share accommodations with the kids. Swimming pools and other recreational areas should come with ample security and round-the-clock lifeguards for the hotel swimming pools and other water activities. A specialized menu for kids should also be available. Five-star dining is always great, but five-year olds may not appreciate gourmet dinners as much as the parents will.

Deciding among the many options of family vacation resorts can be daunting. However, one can concentrate on the primary considerations such as safety, food and entertainment in order to narrow down the list of choices. One can also ask for referrals from friends or travel agents about which vacation resorts cater best to family vacationers.

Bangkok No Joiner Fee Hotels

Guest friendly hotels do not require their guest to pay a joiner fee, however, for your safety your companion must hand in a Thai I.D. card to security for holding, which will be returned when your companion leaves.

On some Internet forums there are tips that recommend that you should book a room for two, and that would justify you to not pay a joiner fee. Sounds like it would work right? Well if only it’s that easy. Non guest friendly hotels want to make extra money. Since the sex trade is so much in demand they’ll try to make extra money off of you. The odds are already stacked against you.

So say for example you book a room for two in a non guest friendly hotel in Bangkok for 5 nights. The first night you take your companion back to your hotel. Since it’s night time, hotel security will scrutinize you and your guest. 9 out of 10 times a guard can always spot a prostitute. Even if you rant and rave and complain until your face turns blue that you already booked a room for two,  hotel management will still demand you pay a joiner fee. And if you threaten to check out early… well good luck on getting your money back for your remaining room reservation. That’s just the way things work in Bangkok. And hotel management knows eventually you’ll give in. After all they know they’re guest will not send away their companion.

The best thing to do is to book a hotel that is guest friendly to avoid the hassle of paying a joiner fee. Guest friendly hotels are located mainly in the Sukhumvit district of Bangkok. It’s a tourist friendly location, meaning there are plenty of international restaurants and shopping all around. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Sukhumvit contains two of Bangkok’s raunchiest red light districts such as Soi Cowboy and Nana.

Keep in mind that guest friendly hotels are very popular and in demand. Not only because they are girl friendly but because they are very affordable and the hotel property is very well maintained with a high standard in service. So it’s best to book far in advance and be prepared to pick second and third choices to increase the chance of staying in a guest friendly hotel.

Information about Beaches Resorts

I also love to travel to all-inclusive resorts. After all, nobody wants to be stuck carrying money with them constantly and having to worry about how much to pay, what the exchange rate it, and if there is something affordable to do that day. That isn’t a worry in the least when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. I have a favorite all-inclusive resort that I always recommend to everyone.

You should never pass on the chance to vacation at Beaches resorts because they are absolutely wonderful. I have not yet found any Beaches resorts that have been disappointing or a waste of my time and money. You can get away with not carrying money around and having to worry about your expenses because the Beaches resorts are all-inclusive. You can have lobster, and all the dessert and snacks you could ever hope for at Beaches resorts.

Beaches resorts all have wonderful rooms for their guests and lots of activities and entertainment to keep you busy. This is ideal if all you want to do is relax. In fact, relaxation and fun is what these resorts are all about.

I was pretty reluctant during the first time that I ever booked a Beaches resorts vacation. You see, I had a particular budget in my head, and they wanted me to spend more than that. My travel agent explained to me that I’d be spending a small fortune in meals, drinks and tips without an all-inclusive package. To be honest, I had not thought about that.

I found out that she was right when I went home to compare prices and packages. I discovered that I was spending more than I would be to stay at any of the Beaches resorts if I add up my airfare and accommodations expenses on my past travels. I quickly booked the vacation and never regretted it for one second.

Some Tricks Family Flight

When you start packing for the flight, you should make sure each of your kids has a carry-on bag with some games or books to keep them all entertained while you’re aloft. Once the novelty of being thirty thousand feet above the Earth has worn off, they could easily become restless in their confined quarters so you need something fun for them to do.

For your smallest children you can pack books to read to them, along with one or tow of their favorite plush toys to help them feel secure. Your older kids can bring along their video games, DVD players, playing cards, or books.

No matter what you do don’t forget to pack snacks for your kids. Many airlines have given up their in-flight meals, and the ones which still serve them don’t always have food which appeals to kids. While you can arrive at the airport early enough to get snacks after you’ve cleared the security check lands, airport food is notoriously expensive Your best option is to make sure everyone leaves home on a full stomach, and that you’ve reserved one carry-on bag with a favorite snack for each child.

Remember that the airlines have now placed limits on the amount of bottled liquids you can carry through security. So bring along an empty container and fill it with water from an airport fountain before your board your flight, if you don’t want to spend the money on airport sodas. You don’t want your kids to become dehydrated during your flight.

You can carry a single bottle of formula if you’re flying with an infant. Be sure to pack some formula powder with your baby’s supplies to mix with some of that airport water if you need it. You can also brink small bottles of juice for your older kids, but check with the airline in advance to make sure they’re the right size.

It’s critical, when you get to the airport, that your entire family stays together. Make sure that you kids understand how important it is not to go wandering off, even though they might be excited at all the new sights and sounds. Let your older children share the responsibility of carrying their own carry-on bags, and helping the younger ones through the security checkpoints so they don’t lose things like coins or even their shoes! The secret to a smooth family flight begins with a family functioning smoothly on the ground!

Perfect Golf Resort Family

If you do not yet know where you want to go to a golf resort then you should consider a Hawaiian golf resort. These are tremendously beautiful. There is no place else in the world that you could go to a golf resort and play golf in the middle of a lava field. A Hawaiian golf resort will also offer you rainforest courses among other gorgeous places. It is great this way because not only will you get to play your favorite game, you will also get to enjoy the singular beauty of Hawaii at the same time. The golf courses at this type of golf resort are unlike any other golf courses in the world.

A Caribbean golf resort is another wonderful and popular way to go. The weather will be as beautiful as the golf courses and there are also many of these golf resorts to choose from in terms of where you should stay. A golf resort in this part of the world is going to offer you amazing courses and friendly and knowledgeable staff that will be able to help you with anything that you might need while you are staying at the golf resort. You will also be able to find plenty for the rest of your family to do while you are out on the links if they do not enjoy golf as you do.

A golf resort is a great place to go when you just need a little break from the monotony of everyday life. We all need this break sometimes either with the family or without it and there is simply no better way to spend it than at a golf resort.

Awesome Atlantis

Before You Go

· There is a 15 percent gratuity on just about everything, from your hotel room to take-out food. Be prepared for this additional cost.

· Also, if you’re not traveling with a group, you could be responsible for a $200 deposit for each day you are staying. One woman we met was very surprised to find this out.

· The resort is enormous. And you will not find any shortcuts across the hotel and pool areas. As one staff member said, “There are no shortcuts at Atlantis.” In fact, most paths weave in and out of the resort (with awesome views), causing more steps to be traveled. We witnessed many unhappy little ones who refused to walk anymore. And some older folks who had to sit down at the many chairs located throughout the resort to catch their breath. It is a hike from the lobby to the hotel rooms to the pool to the restaurants.

· Atlantis is busy with lots of hustle and bustle. I loved it, however, one friend who calls me an action-kind of gal, thought it had too much commotion and preferred Ocean Club (a quieter part of Paradise Island).

· Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen. Resort prices are double and sometimes triple what you would pay for these items at home.

· Be prepared with bottled water (depending upon airport security) and snacks. Pack bottled water and snacks in a carry on suitcase with wheels. (You don’t want to actually carry this as it will be very heavy.) This will save you some money, especially if you have the family with you. Tuck a soft-sided cooler in your luggage. You can fill the cooler with ice and take it to the pool with you.

· Making calls to home. If you must call home, consider adding International calls to your cell phone plan. However, your cell phone might work, but then again, it might not. You can buy International calling cards (.51 a minute at press time) from a machine located near the casino to use on the public phones.

Food

The meals were delicious throughout the resort and Marina Village. I can honestly say we never had one bad meal. Dinners at Atlas Sports Grille were probably the most reasonable of the restaurants we dined. Carmen’s serves family style with large-sized portions. Fathoms has lively entertainment (a fire eater and Bohemian dancer) scheduled at various times throughout the evening. Take your camera in case someone with you becomes part of the show. In the hotel lobby of the Royal Towers, you walk down the steps into the main restaurant. The atmosphere here is spectacular as you view the world’s largest aquarium. Only breakfast and dinner are served. Murray’s has awesome deli sandwiches (under $20 each) and one can actually feed two people with smaller appetites. The best “food” bargain of the resort is at Shark Bites Express. This is take-out and located poolside near the Mayan Temple. You can get 5 pieces of Grouper and fries for under $10.

Best Bargains

· The Ferry. For six dollars round trip per person, you can ride the ferry from Atlantis to Nassau. This gives you a great view of Paradise Island, some of the million-dollar homes and the beautiful landscaping. Take your camera.

· Straw Market. You can pick up any souvenirs you could probably think of at the Straw Market. Ask prices of items you’re interested in first to gauge what is really a good price. Don’t take the first price offered. Try to go to the Straw Market first thing in the morning, before the cruise ships pull into Nassau.

· Nassau dock. You’ll find several women selling bottled water and sports drinks for $1.00. This sure beats the $5.00 a bottle price tag at the resort.

· Nassau’s tourist shops. Take a trip to Nassau early in your stay to stock up on beverages, snacks and any forgotten item. The prices here are much cheaper than at the resort.