Post # 1
My family has taken one before to the DR, and we LOVED it. I’m finally moving out of my apartment at school and therefore also “home” with my parents (where I spend breaks) to move in with SO, so my mom wants a last hurrah vacation as a “family”– not that we won’t be after I move, but it won’t be the same, I’m sure you know what I’m saying. Anywho.
Does any one have suggestions to a particular island or resort? I’d love to go back to the DR, but I’m wondering if we should try some place new? Also, I know many resorts are “adults only” but is that really just code for couples only? Would it be strange for a family (all 4 adults, my parents (50s) and my sister and I (20s) to go? Thanks!!!
Post # 3
Not really an all-inclusive, but I went on a “last hurrah” family vacation with my parents and sister on a cruise. It was really fun. We did Alaska, but you could do any cruise I suppose.
As for real all-inclusives, I think adults-only would be a lot of couples. I would probably feel more comfortable at another resort where there were other families (even if the kids were younger). I’ve only been to one in Jamaica. We stayed at the Sunset Grande in Ocho Rios – loved it!
Post # 5
Any of the Dreams / Secrets resorts are amazing! We have been to the Dreams Punta Cana and Secrets Montego Bay. Dreams was child friendly and Secrets was adult only. While there were a lot of honeymooners and couples at Secrets there were still a good number of people that were there in groups and even a “bachlor party” group. I think either way you will still have an amazing time! 🙂
Post # 6
you should consider what you would like to do on your vacation first (just lie by the pool/beach, tour the area, shop, adventure excursions, nightly entertainment/club). this will help you decide on the best destination and resort.
i have been to many, many resorts all over the carribean and mexico. i always pick my spots based on the above criteria and who i am travelling with. i find that DR, Jamaica and Cuba are nice for relaxing beaches and touring the area but for exciting adventure excursions and shopping, i go to cancun/mayan riviera/playa del carmen. (pm me if you have any questions)
sounds like fun, enjoy!
Post # 7
We are going to Secrets Capri in a week! I’ll post about it when we get back.
We were weirded out at first at the “adults only” aspect and read through reviews to make sure it wouldn’t be flooded with swingers. I read quite a few reviews about familys (grown up kids, obviously) who had gone to Secrets Capri and loved it. That’s what made us go with Secrets over other adults only resorts.
Post # 8
My favourite all inc destination is Mexico, as there is a huge choice of resorts with lots going on, but also plenty to do off-resort.
As far as adult-only hotels go, it depends on the resort. For example, the Royal resorts in Mexico (Royal Cancun and Royal Playa del Carmen) are popular with groups and wedding parties, and can be quite lively. We also find that most larger resorts offer different sections, and most have an ‘activities pool’ with swim-up where the entertainment team organise games which a lot of people get involved in; so you can easily make friends if you want to. The ones I would avoid are very small, intimate resorts like the Secrets Capri or El Dorado Seaside Suites, or the very exclusive ones like Le Blanc, as these tend to have a much quieter atmosphere so are largely couples-only as a result.
The DR also has a good range of resorts, and typically, they are more popular with groups and families. Several of the DR resorts offer adult-only ugrades within larger complexes, which means you can stay in an adult-only section, but also access the facilities and amenities elsewhere on the property. We’re staying at the Gran Bahia Principe in June, and they have a section called the Ambar, which is adults only, so you can use an adult-only pool, lobby bar, and buffet restaurant, but can also use the pools, bars and restaurants elsewhere on the complex, as well as the casino and night-club and sports/karaoke bar in the main complex.
Post # 9
I recommend Couples Swept Away in Jamaica for the best romantic experience. The Palace Resorts in Mexico are also very nice.
Post # 10
@mypinkshoes: Thanks! I think this vacation is definitely beach side relaxing vacation, maybe 1 or 2 excursions (When we were in the DR, we did snorkeling, nothing huge)… I keep looking at like, Costa Rice and Panama (if it’s in the family budget) it just sounds so off the beaten path, it’d be cool to go someplace that’s not so common, but I know nothing about it.
Post # 11
I realize now this was moved to the honeymoon board, which is fine, just didn’t want to confuse anyone, I’m asking about a family vacation (my parents and my sister and I), not a honeymoon! Thanks!
Post # 12
@MademoiselleL: I loved the Sunset Grande in Ochos Rios