(Closed) Recommendations for All Inclusives (w/ NO reservations)?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@StrwbryBlnde:  I have stayed at multiple All Inclusives in the Dominican Republic which have been amazing and hassle free.    The Occidental Gran Bahia in Samana,  the Coral Hilton in Bayahibe,  the Coral Hilton in Boca Chica,  Barcelo Capella in Juan Dolio, I think the latter was the only one having a reserve only dinner but it was also one of 5 dinner choices and the rest were whatever and whenever.    If you want more info on any of the places or the country in general let me know!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Where are you looking at??  I have been to several places that only a very small select restaurants on site required reservations and they were always hassle free.  My most recent stay at the Catalonia Riviera Maya was by far the easiest.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We went with Palace Resorts and there was only one place where you had to make reservations. When we went Nov. 1 the resort and city was about 1/2 -3/4 empty and we never had to wait at all… 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@TrooUPnorthe: Which of these were your favorites? Any photos you might be willing to share? I hear Occidental is wonderful!

 

Not to hijack this thread but we are looking for the same. All inclusive with no hassles or tickets or reservations for food. We want to be able to eat when and where and what we want. We also want no kids… and lots of fun things included (ie snorkeling)

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Most all-inclusives have a buffet and at least one or two other restaurants that require no reservations. They may have 3-5 reservation only restaurants, but we have always been able to walk in for dinner on those nights when we didn’t want to plan ahead.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went to Couples Sans Souci and there was only one restaurant that you had to make reservations at and it was really easy. We went in August and never had to wait in line to make a reservation. We were actually able to call from our room and let them know what time we wanted to eat.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went to the Now Jade Resort in Mexico.  I thought it was really good! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@CindyRelly:  Honestly the favorite would depend a lot on what you want to do.   Boca Chica and Juan Dolio are close by bus or cab to Santo Domingo to see a lot of the historical and cultural things.    Bayahibe is the American vacation destination area (near Punta Cana) La Romana is close by with the beautiful Altos De Chavon but its mostly beach and beach activities.    Samana is a quieter beach scene,  still tropical but more serene, more European and with a few things to do nearby.

  Hotel itself – I thought Samana was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  Things to do at the hotel or nearby – either of the Coral Hiltons.   Cheapest – Juan Dolio.

I have a ton of pictures.  rather than pic heavy this thread up, do you want to message me an email or something?  I can specifically send you hotel pictures that I have if you want, or I have a shutterfly book of pictures from the Dominican but they are mostly scenery.  Let me know.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went to the Riu in the Bahamas (paradise island) and loved it.

They do have some restaurants where you have to make “reservations” but they also have a dinner buffet every night as well.

We did the restaurants two nights and the non-reservation dinner the 3rd night.

The buffet dinner was actually our favorite.

Fiance and I were only there 3 nights, but it was great.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing a gourmet all inclusive at the el dorado resort & spa in the mayan riveria mexico.  one reason we picked it was because none of the 7 a la carte restaurants require reservations!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you are looking for a very relaxing experience, we absolutely loved Cocos Hotel in Antigua.  It is all inclusive, and has just one restaurant (it’s also a very small resort–only 26 couples can stay there at a time, so you never have any trouble getting a table).  Each meal is only served during certain hours (I think breakfast was 7-9, lunch 11:30-1:30, afternoon tea snacks were served at the beach at 4, and dinner was 7-9, and you could show up at the restaurant at any time during those hours).  The food was absolutely amazing, and everything was plated (no buffet).  Alcohol was also all-inclusive, and they have a second bar down at the beach.  It’s not the right resort for everyone; they don’t really have much in the way of watersports (you can rent jetskis from local vendors and arrange snorkelling tours, but the resort itself doesn’t offer them), and like I said, it is very small and intimate.  We wanted a beach relax vacation, so the resort was perfect for us. 

http://www.cocoshotel.com/index.html

TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147243-d538172-Reviews-Cocos_Hotel_Antigua-St_John_s_Antigua_Antigua_and_Barbuda.html#REVIEWS

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are staying at Sandals Grand Riviera and it has 13 places to eat. Only 2 require reservations.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

We stayed at the Excellence Riviera Maya for our honeymoon and they had the most amazing food. We never wait for a table at any of the restaurants, and there was only one that required reservations. 

We also just went on vacation at Sandals Royal Bahamian and their food wasn’t up to par. Though only 2 of the restaurants required reservations, we waited over an hour every night at the ones that didn’t require them. We were less than pleased with our Sandals experience.

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