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Vacation Questions and Answers

Q: Do I need a passport to leave the United States for my trip?

A:  In most cases the answer is yes.  The only places that you can go outside of the US without a passport are Puerto Rico and St. Thomas as both of these are part of the US.

Q: Do I need a passport to go to Hawaii or Alaska?

A: No, as both of these are part of the US.

Q: Can I stay in touch with my friends and family while I am on my Vacation?

A: Yes, in many ways.  Make sure to let your cell provider know where you are going and they can provide you with global roaming service to most of the destinations we serve.   Most resorts will also have WIFI that you can pay for.  In some cases resorts and cruise lines now include WIFI as part of their all inclusive.

Q: Why should I book with Vacationeeze instead of booking directly with the resort or with one of the online travel sites?

A: The key reasons are customer service, helpful expert travel concierges that know the resorts, great pricing and the fact that we don’t charge a fee for our service and can provide all of the help you need.  If you call the resorts directly they will not provide you any comparison between their resort and others you have interest in.   They will also typically not provide you both the PROS and CONS of their resort.  Our goal is to help you select the right resort for your dream trip.  We can help you evaluate the various destinations and the resorts in each destination.  We can also provide you a turn key trip including airfare, resort stay, transportation between the airport and resort as well as help you select interesting tours and activities in the destination.  In most cases we can beat the prices of the resorts directly!

Q: Where are the top beach destinations?

A: Travel Industry sources report: #1 is Riviera Maya/Cancun, #2 Jamaica, #3 Hawaii, #4 Punta Cana  #5 St. Lucia.   Other top places include Tahiti, The Bahamas, Costa Rica.  In Europe the top spots are Italy, France, Spain and Greece.

Q: Will going to an “all inclusive” resort save us money?

A: The answer is not so simple.  If you are a couple who likes to be active, eat 3 meals a day, have a few drinks and have a snack then the answer is yes.  If you are a couple that just wants to lay on the beach then probably not.  We tell our clients that most of the time all inclusive are the way to go as they include all your meals, drinks, room, snacks, activities and gratuities.  In many cases the only other cost would be Spa service and tours outside the resort.  So the bottom line is most of the time you do save money at an all inclusive resort.  What is more important is to let us find you the right all inclusive resort.  There are resorts at all prices and some for families, adults only and couples only.

Q: How far in advance should I book our vacation?

A: We typically suggest booking 4-7 months in advance to get the best prices and availability, but have helped clients 1 week before they wanted to travel as well.   Most airlines increase their prices the closer you get to departure.  We are also seeing resorts that are selling out 1-2 months in advance.  

Q: Do I have to pay for my trip in advance?  Can I make monthly payments?

A: In most cases no.  Most of the resorts and cruise lines we work with require you pay  a deposit to secure your trip and the balance is due approximately 60 days prior to departure.   If we are booking your airfare for you the airlines sometimes require full payment within 24 hours of the reservation.   You can contact us as often as you like to make payments on your trip.

Amazing All Inclusive Resorts in the Riviera Maya

If you are looking for some great resorts for you next beach vacation here are some of our top choices in the Riviera Maya area of  Mexico.  All of our picks are 4 to 5 star all inclusive resorts.

1. Family Resort-Azul Sensatori-Riviera Maya Mexico

Located less than 30 minutes from Cancun airport Azul Sensatori offers over 1500 feet of beach front.  Rooms are large with plenty of space for 4 or 5 in the room.   The resort will also provide cribs, strollers, bottle warmers and even food for infants.  There are 6 a la carte restaurants as well as a buffet.   They also feature 24 hour rooms service.   There is a full kids program and an amazing splash zone for family fun.  The resort also has a partnership with Nickelodeon so you might just see Sponge Bob or the Ninja Turtles.

2. Boutique Resort-Zoetry Pariso De La Bonita

Located less than 30 minutes from the Cancun airport the resort only has 98 rooms and all are very large.  All rooms are ocean front and feature amazing bathrooms.   Service and food are the feature at this resort.  They are rated 5 diamonds by AAA.   The resort is not just all inclusive, but offers ENDLESS PRIVILEGES such as; maid service 3 times per day, Bvlgari bath amenities, private mini bar refreshed twice daily, catamaran sunset sail, complimentary greens fees, private chauffeured airport transfers and Mexico’s only Thalasso therapy spa.

3. Upscale Adults only-El Dorado Seaside Suites

Located approximately one hour from Cancun airport this adults only resort has much to offer.   All rooms are ocean front and when you walk out your back door you have an infinity pool even though you are 20-80 feet in the air.   The resort has over 10 restaurants to choose from.  El Dorado prides itself on being “Gourmet Inclusive” and the food will not let you down.  There are two large beaches to choose from and never a shortage of beach beds or chairs.  There is always something going on at this gorgeous resort.

4. Resort full of Activity-Hard Rock Riviera Maya

This resort is approximately 1 hour from the Cancun airport and offers a family side and an adults only side.   If you are into music then you will enjoy the resort.  There are plenty of great restaurants to choose from.   The resort has an amazing spa and one of the largest fitness facilities in Mexico.  The resort also provides up to $1800 in resort credits per room that you can use for excursions, room upgrades, golf and the spa.  All rooms have large jacuzzis right in the room.

5. Upscale Adults only with Golf-Secrets Playa Mujeres

The resort is located approximately 30 minutes from the Cancun airport.  The resort is located on an amazing white sand beach with turquoise water.  The resort offers guests free greens fees at a Greg Norman par 72 golf course.  The resort has 6 a la carte restaurants plus a beach bar, 24 hour room service and Coco Cafe for your cafine fixes.  All drinks are made with top shelf brands.  Most rooms are ocean view.  Some rooms are beach front with their own private pools.  The resort has an amazing spa and gym to keep you fit during your stay.

6. Large Resort with Something for Everyone-Moon Palace

This resort is located less than 20 minutes from the airport.  It has over 3000 rooms.  All rooms have jacuzzi’s right in the room.  This is a family resort and it has plenty of activity for everyone.  There are over 12 restaurants and bar, 24 hour room service, 4 snack huts, and even a creperie and an ice cream shop.   The resort sits on over a mile of beach.  There are several pools to choose from and even a Flo Rider to try your surfing skills.  There are kids clubs, teen clubs and activities all day long.   There are even dolphins for you to swim with.  The resort provides each room with $500 to $1500 in resort credits that can be used at the spa, salon, tours and room upgrades.



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