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Category Archives: Hotel and Resorts

Some Ways Online Hotel Reservations

Get a good website and booking tool: Your value proposition is best expressed in your own way. Sure, OTA’s and portal websites provide various ways to promote your business, but they cannot be relied upon to broadcast your complete value. Go ahead, throw your favorite professional images, video, and copy into your listings. In every case, you’ll be limited to presenting your value in the ways prescribed. The only way to showcase your property with flexibility is to have a truly optimized, visually captivating website. If it looks cheap, then that’s what they’ll be willing to pay. And, if it looks like everyone else’s, then how can you expect a shopper to choose you above all other options? That’s right, cheaper pricing… AARGH!

Instead of relying on shoppers to finalize their purchase by selecting you from a list, take them by the hand and guide them to your beautiful website. Make it the best possible marketing tool combined with a holistic marketing approach in all other areas. In other words, keep your brand consistent and showcase hot deals, promotions, updates on your website with all other marketing. Then, get your guests to follow you (keep in touch) through new means of social media, email, and text marketing campaigns. This brings in repeat groups, guests, and generates word-of-mouth business.

Hello? Internet marketing anyone?: Your ultimate goal is to route guests to your website where your value proposition is presented effectively to then funnel guests to your online booking tool. This is where they should find making a reservation to be simple, secure, and informative. So, set up every inbound link properly. When you are creating your listing for your local Chamber or CVB, for example, write the copy in such a way that the reader will want to click to visit the website, use promotion codes for a special discounts, and encourage click-through’s by using a call to action (to visit the website) everywhere possible.

OTA’s can be a blessing: Use OTA’s the way they were meant to be used. You can sign up for Expedia and just leave yourself wide open to receive bookings that will fill your rooms year round. But, what are your margins? Do you pay franchise fees on top of your OTA fees? People, I am telling you, the world is now full of savvy travelers who know how to use the internet to shop around. Online comparison shopping rules the day. So, if you are not visible online, or even quickly accessible through an online search, then yes, you will forfeit your chances at earning a higher return simply because you have chosen to sacrifice higher margins for easy OTA bookings. Use the OTA’s only to fill empty rooms that could not be filled otherwise. This means you’ll have to actively control your room inventory for your OTA listings on a daily basis. If you don’t have time for this, delegate or outsource.

Budget Family Travel

The first thing you need of course is a daily budget. You want to decide exactly how much you’re going to spend every day for such things as gas if you are driving, hotel, tipping, taxi fare if you are not driving, meals, and spending money. Once you figure out how much you want to spend every day try to stick to it. If you spend a little less one day and you will have a little bit more to spend the next day.

Plan to travel off season. If you plan a vacation during the summer, budget family travel will be a lot harder to accomplish. What you want to do is try to plan your vacation at a time when the kids are normally in school. This is when you will usually find the best deals including excellent package deals and hotel discounts. Airfare will most likely be cheaper as well.

If you are planning to vacation in an area where there are theme parks which you want to visit, consider purchasing an annual pass instead of daily tickets. Usually these passes are about the equivalent of a couple of days worth of tickets. So if you’re going to be there for more than two days an annual pass is usually the least expensive route.

Consider renting an apartment or condo if you plan to stay for an extended period. A month-long stay in a hotel will be quite a bit more expensive than renting an apartment, so your savings will be substantial.

All-Inclusive Heritage Resort

Look for off season deals

You won’t get great deals during holidays. It is a known fact that prices are quite high during peak seasons. You may get up to 50 percent discount during off season.

Book as early as possible

It is better to book all-inclusive heritage resorts as early as possible. There are people who book resorts almost a year in advance. They look at the rates and book during the sale season, wasting no time.

Read the agreement thoroughly

Look for extra charges as well as hidden charges. And to get to know all these details, you must read the fine print thoroughly. You must be aware whether they are charging extra rates for telephone and internet. See whether alcohol is included as part of the package. If you do not want to laze around, instead would like to engage in activities like salsa, pottery making or visit heritage sites, you must check whether the resort is providing these classes or trips free of cost.

Service and quality

An all-inclusive resort should be booked based on good service and quality. They might be offering great deals, but if their service is not good then you won’t be able to enjoy your vacation. If it is a family vacation, you must check whether the resort is offering activities for people of all ages. Also check the occupancy rules. If there are young children, you might even need child care. All-inclusive heritage resorts are value-friendly options for travellers. If you are too choosy when it comes to food, then it is better to purchase la carte vacation options. Take all these factors into consideration.

Do your research

To get all-inclusive heritage resort deals, you must do a little bit of research online. There are websites that offer discounted packages. Most of these sites have guest reviews. Read them. This will make your job all the more easy.

Call a travel agent

It is not easy to make out the list of room categories, but a travel agent can easily find out if it’s worth to book a room with a view. They can even get you good deals. They may even have the contact to get you upgrades and other discounts, which you may otherwise miss out. A travel agent can sometimes save time and money.

Information of Tipping in Punta Cana

Arriving at the airport:

It all begins when you arrive at the airport in Punta Cana. You will be greeted by friendly porters/bellboys who are ready to help you locate and carry your luggage from the baggage claim to the car or bus that will take you to your resort. The porter expects to receive USD 1 per suitcase, or a bit more if your luggage is very heavy or if you have lots of it.

At the resort:

When you arrive at the resort, you may tip the driver if you feel that he has been driving well, has been friendly and you generally feel satisfied with his services. Normally, you should tip 10-15% of the price for the trip, which in most cases would be approx. USD 3-5 if your resort were located in Punta Cana or Bávaro (within 10-30 minutes from the airport).

When you arrive at the resort, a bellboy, who will assist you with your luggage, will greet you. You may tip him USD 1 per suitcase if he brings your luggage to your room.

It is always a good idea to tip the maid, who cleans your room, either at the beginning of your vacation or during. Normally, you should tip the maid about USD 2 per day and leave the money on the bed where she is sure to find it.

Sometime during your vacation in Punta Cana, you will most likely need the assistance of the concierge – e.g. to make dinner reservations. A tip of about USD 5-10 for his/her assistance will go a long way, and you may experience that a table at the restaurant, which was originally full, is now available for you at the hour you desire. You may also experience that something, which was completely impossible for you to obtain all of a sudden, becomes “no problemo”.

Waiters and bartenders will for sure appreciate your tip. You can either leave a larger tip of approx. USD 10-20 at the beginning of your vacation (then they will surely never forget you) or smaller tips throughout your vacation (e.g. USD 1-2 every time you get great service).

On an excursion or at the golf course:

If you are going on an excursion during your vacation in Punta Cana, it is recommendable that you bring money for tips to the tour guide. He/she will typically share the tips with the driver and/or other staff on the excursion. If you have had a good time, you can easily leave USD 2-3 on a half-day excursion and USD 5 on a full day excursion. If you have gone on a private excursion with a private driver or tour guide, you should leave a larger tip, e.g. USD 10.

If you are a golfer and are going to play one of the courses in Punta Cana or Casa de Campo where caddies are mandatory (Punta Espada, Corales or Teeth of the Dog), you must typically pay a caddie fee of USD 25-30 for the caddie. Normally you will need to have one caddie per golf cart with 2 persons. Apart from the caddie fee, a tip of USD 15-20 per person is expected, depending on how satisfied you have been with the caddie or how well you have played… and how great your mood is after the round.

If someone cleans your golf clubs and/or shoes after the round, you should tip this person USD 3-5.

Right Business Hotel To Consider

1. Internet connection – Check that high speed Internet connection is available and where in the hotel is it accessible. Is it free or included in your hotel fee? Is Wi-Fi available in your room? Is it only available in public areas?

2. Conference /Meeting Rooms – The best hotels boast several top-notch conference rooms which are available for their clients’ use. Depending on if you will need a meeting your or not, make sure you book your room ahead of schedule. These rooms are usually furnished with tables and chairs and either wired for Ethernet service or have Wi-Fi access.

3. Location – Location is key and the best hotels are usually located close to or in the major business districts. They are strategically located close to transportation centers, restaurants and entertainment complexes. The business hotel of choice would be fairly close to the airport, many times offering free airport shuttle and within a 20-25 minutes commute and still has the ambiance of a five star hotel.

4. Restaurants – The location of your hotel should be near places that are accessible to eat. You may need to take some clients out for a meal, or simply feed yourself! But, either way, make sure it is conveniently located near restaurants or make sure there are several options inside the hotel that you are staying.

5. Excellent Customer Service – Check -in and check-out should be seamless. Staff should be well trained and efficient as this reduces the stress factor associated with long flights and a packed business schedule. Make sure to look at online reviews to see other peoples experiences with this particular hotel.

6. Business Centre – Make sure the business hotel that you choose has a fully equipped business centers that has PCs, printers and fax machines – you never know if you may need it. If you are going to need secretarial help, check with that specific hotel if such service is available from their business center.

Info of Great Hotel Experience

1. Location – The more convenient a location is, the more is the chance you will be paying more. Therefore, it is a battle between convenience and price.

Less accessible areas means lesser rates so you will have to ask your self whether the inconvenience is worth the price. This would be less of an issue for you if you know the area pretty well. However, keep in mind that traveling in an unfamiliar place and staying in an inconvenient location is not such a good idea.

2. Schedule – Remember what your economics teacher taught you about the basic law of supply and demand? It is highly suggestible for you to recall that since it is pretty much applicable with hotel rates.

During peak season, hotel rates shoot up as much as three times even on cheap hotels. This certainly is a reason good enough to make your reservation for off-peak seasons.

3. Amenities – One of the reasons why some hotels are pricier is because of the amenities they provide, which are sometimes useless to some. It is advisable to look for cheap hotels that do not provide some of those amenities that you can live without to cut back on your expenses.

4. Negotiate – Never hesitate to seek advice from front desk personnel on getting better deals. Try a little negotiation and see if it works to give you discounts.

Ask if they have an ongoing promo that you can take advantage during your stay. Also, check if they can give you lower rates for longer stays if you are to stay for a week or so.

5. Search online – Thanks to the power of internet, it is now much easier to find cheap hotels, compare rates, location, amenities, and user reviews of the hotel. This will give you an idea on what to expect with from the hotel.

Calan Bosch Menorca Family Resort

Arenal den Castell

This resort lies above a horseshoe bay with an almost enclosing headland on the horizon. It also means, the water here is shallower, calmer and warmer due to the very shallow fall of the fine sandy beach into the water. All this making this just about the most photographed resort beach on the island. Located mainly (500m) behind the beach Arenal den Castell caters to package holiday Hotel guests while the independent holidaymaker will find most of the Villas in the newly developed headland of Punta Grossa with its easy access to the beautiful beach.

The beach is backed with sand dunes, rising to higher ground on which the resort sits – giving a natural backdrop when you are on the beach.

Cala en Bosch

Cala en Bosch is the closet thing the island has to a ‘large’ purpose built holiday resort – the resort probably has the biggest offering of package holiday hotels and apartments. Cala en Bosch melts into Son Xoriguer each having its own ‘house beach’.

As such Cala en Bosch offers the most childrens entertainments on the island. There is an Aquapark, karting track and extensive ( for Menorca standards) varying childrens entertainments, indoors and outdoors. Boats from the attractive Marina offers trips along the south coast so mums can experience a little bit of beach paradise too. The quieter areas to the west of the Marina have holiday villas and a commercial area serving these self caterers.

Cala en Porter

Cala en Porter has probably THE best beach for children on this island. Set in a large beautiful inlet the beach is protected and you can walk out many many meters on the fine sandy bottom. It has fantastic views from beach as it is set in a nature reserve. And with rocks fringing the entire length of the inlet snorkel fans will have hours of fish watching fun. The resort caters for a mix of packaged and independent holidaymakers. In the centre there is a small fun park for younger children. Being close to Mahon it also offers excursions into the capital for lots more to see and do.

Binibeca

Binibeca is distinctly relaxed with most accommodation in private holiday homes. There is just a single low rise hotel and a few smaller private hotels. Appealing to families with younger children and couples with a dreamy picturesque deep beach in a headland protected cove. The well known mock fishing village at Binibequer Vell is an attractve visit and also offers relaxing bars and restaurants for lunch and evening enjoyment. The emphasis here is on relaxed!

The Restaurant, bars and commercial areas are at the resorts two ends. Binibquer Vell and Binibeuer Nou which blends into neighbouring Cala Torret.

Mexican Luxury Resorts

Tahéima Wellness Resort And Spa

Talk about one of the best luxury Mexican resorts, this spa located in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico falls nothing short of glory in fulfilling your every inner-connection need. Some of the biggest standouts about this resort would have to be the Spa experience of the bathrooms (which are fortresses of oasis) in addition to the private pools. Many people love the vibrant as well as spacious suites with huge windows everywhere, allowing you to inhale the stimulating gusts of fresh coastal air from over the Pacific Ocean. This resort even offers packages that are ideal for romantic get always. From the extraordinary views of the Pacific to the romantic stroll through Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, loved ones cannot help but to align as one in the perfect setting.

This resort will aid you in finding peace as well as becoming whole. Enjoy your very own personal assessment to focus on rejuvenation with, yoga, tai chi & Tai Bo classes. On the other hand, you can visit the spa to relax while getting a deep massage to melt away the tension topping it off with a natural therapy session. From the Culinary lessons that gives you tips on how to become an expert chef quick, to the zip line ride in the jungle canopy the Tahéima wellness resort and spa is without a double one of the top rated Mexican resorts.

Ceiba Del Mar Beach And Spa Resort

Located right off the shores of the beautiful Caribbean Sea you will find yet another one of the best Mexican beach resorts the Ceiba Del Mar Beach and Spa resort. In a place where the spirit of Mexico’s Mayan history is remotely near there will be many other amenities that certainly will not fail in capturing your attention. With intuitive activities like Bicycling, Kayaking, Tennis, Pilates, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Yoga, & Yachting this would be a resort that you will never forget.

If you just want to relax for your stay at this luxury Mexican resort, maybe a 60- minute massage would put you on cloud nine. Unlimited access to resort activities and facilities, luxury every where you focus your eyes this is the perfect place to go in Mexico.

Cheap Luxury Hotels

The ubiquitous presence of online hotel portals has made it much easier than ever before to rack up great savings on luxury accommodation, with just a bit of invested time and effort. This in effect makes experiencing both affordability and an ultimate pampering stay a reality. I shall now offer some guidance in how to secure fantastic deals for cheap luxury hotels.

Before you make a decision to stay in a luxury hotel and start to find discounted rates for it, do contemplate what you are trying to get from your hotel stay. Do you seek the most luxurious treatment from your hotel while you pamper yourself in a decadent setting? Or do you just crave for a good night’s rest before you set out on your business in your destination in the morning?

If you choose the former, then a stay in luxury accommodation would be suitable for you. You may also want to consider if you would be able to make full use of your luxury stay by enjoying the wide range of amenities and services on offer.

Searching for the most value for money deals for your luxury accommodation has gotten more efficient with the Internet. Many online travel agencies and luxury hotel chains operate hotel booking websites which readily offer you information about which luxury hotels can be found in your chosen location. You may also be able to find numerous deals on luxury accommodation to lure travelers but do bear in mind that these deals often vary from website to website, hence knowing where to find the most attractive deals is important.

Online travel agents are thus an ideal booking resource as they often manage to secure specially-negotiated rates which are among the most competitive online. You will also be able to compare the various luxury hotels in your chosen location using criteria such as rates, inclusions, services and facilities. This will assist you in making a wise decision in selecting the hotel which you feel will give you the most value for your budget.

Before you make your decision regarding which hotel to book, do also take into account the prices of the different room categories which typically vary to fit different tastes even within a luxury accommodation itself. You can thus get the best savings by going for the more reasonably-priced room categories. These rooms still offer amenities that are comparable if not more luxurious than the best rooms in cheaper hotels, while allowing you access to the numerous plush amenities and services of a luxury hotel.

Avoiding Dreaded Hidden Charges

Another aspect of the hotel room that can hike up one’s total tab is the telephone bill. Some hotels charge a premium even for local calls, and even some more for international calls. There might even by charges for supposedly toll-free 1-800 hotlines.

Usually, there will be phone rates indicated somewhere in the room. Should there be no notifications in sight, then a simple inquiry to the front desk will let you know how much the hotel charges for particular types of calls. That is a good way to avoid finding out too late that your phone costs jacked up your hotel bill.

In this day and age of the mobile phone, however, this should not pose as much of a problem. After all, the cellphone is one of the most indispensable tools nowadays, and there is little chance one will be using his or her hotel room’s land line anyway.

A popular hotel service is, of course, room service. It is pretty convenient, and you would be surprised at the number of people who want to book at a hotel just to try ordering room service at least once in their lives. Still, this unnecessary convenience can be very taxing on the budget. Many hotel personnel live on the service charge-simply because service charge is quite hefty. By getting room service dinners, you will surely hike up that tab on service charge alone.

The last item on our list is technically not a hidden charge: Tipping. We have mentioned this before; you might want to tip the guy in valet parking or the room service guys. The bottom line: everybody knows tipping is an optional thing.

Still, many think it will look bad if one does not tip. Heck, the bell boys might not be so accommodating next time you request help with your luggage. You are just securing a smooth stay, or you could be showing some form of generosity. Either way, be careful-tipping too much (especially with service charge already factored in some of the bills) can lead to excessive spending at hotels.

Discounted hotel rates or no, one will end up with a bloated hotel bill upon checkout if one does not watch the hidden charges mentioned above. Always ask for the details, and make sure you get what you pay for. With diligence and care, you would not have to spend beyond what you really need or want.