School’s out for summer! Four words that strike fear into the hearts of parents the world over, and bring joy to the ears of kids everywhere, as they are stripped of the confinements of school and college. Glorious summertime – when friendships are made, first romances blossom, and of course, when it’s VACATION time!
‘Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about. John Mayer.
The livin’ is easy…
Yes. It’s finally here. Summertime means the realization of that planned and booked vacation. All those months of hard work, it’s time to pack light and get going. For parent’s of younger kids, it’s the ultimate break, especially when they have booked an all-inclusive vacation at one of the world’s best resorts. For college kids, it’s the time to get together with their mates, and party on! So, depending on who you are and your requirements, where are those best spots?
The price – and choice – is right
Firstly, find an all-inclusive resort and vacation to fit your budget. This is especially important if you’re a family with young kids and things are a little tight, or equally, if you’re a poor student, and the bank of Mom and Dad is already stretched with college fees. Ideally, with young kids you’ll want somewhere with visitors with similar interests, the children can make friends, enjoy the play parks, and you can relax. College kids tend to be louder, to put it mildly, and they don’t want to be tripping over families or be unable to relax and let loose. We have searched on your behalf, and come up with a list of the best all-inclusive resorts for your summer vacation.
Hotel Xcaret – Riviera Maya
Looking for adventure? Then head to Hotel Xcaret down Mexico way for a fun, adrenaline-filled trip. In particular, take a look at their all fun inclusive concept, which will appeal to college kids who are also into eco-tourism. This is billed as “combining the comfort and luxury of a unique resort with an eco- integrative architecture, and full access to Xcaret parks, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours. In addition to food and beverages, transportation between parks and airport shuttle.” Walk the Xensatorium that will take you through different ecosystems in total darkness. Experience high zip lines, aquatic, terrestrial and aerial activities, a secret underground world, and jungle trails await the intrepid traveler! Enjoy more than 50 incredible attractions including underground rivers, an immersive aviary, and a one-of-a-kind Coral Reef Aquarium – there’s just so much to see and do.
Hard Rock Hotel – Cancun
Kick it Cancun-style, and party like a celebrity guest at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. There are seven bars and lounges, and live DJ entertainment. Bling up at the Rock Shop, which stocks tees, hoodies, hats, shot glasses, all branded with the Hard Rock logo. Then spend the evening at the Smash Bar, with a handcrafted signature cocktail. Love that vacation soundtrack? Then indulge in The Sound of Your Stay® program, “an exclusive audio experience that puts guests up close and personal with the music. Whether you want to rock out or just tune in and listen, we’ll hook you up for free through our tracks.®, wax.®, and picks.® amenities. Every life has a soundtrack. What’s yours?” But…please, please, let it NOT be Despacito again this year!
Breathless – Cabo San Lucas
This all-inclusive, all adult, mix and mingle resort – Breathless – is heaven for a vacation with friends, and no kids in sight. The socially sophisticated in-crowd will lap up and love the high energy, hip resort. Luxurious rooms, fabulous food and high-end dancing, shows and bars with top shelf drinks. The night is looking bright at our Neon party! A true feast for your eyes with neon paint, neon lights, LED performances and a fire show, plus live DJs. Feeling hungry? Try the international cuisine, rock up to eat at Kibbeh, Spumante and The Nook, all have communal tables where you’re encouraged to meet new people and have the best summer vacation of your life!
Dreams – Playa Mujeres
Dreams at Playa Mujeres is one of the top all-inclusive resorts when it comes to families on summer vacation. There’s the Explorers Club for little ones, teens will love the Core Zone Teen’s Club with its array of varied activities to keep them busy, and even nature gets a look in. There are several pools, including dedicated children’s pools, and a waterpark. The Delphinus® Dolphin Habitat at Dreams Playa Mujeres features a world-class interactive program allowing resort guests to observe dolphins close-up, right in their natural habitat of the ocean. Delphinus® offers guests various programs, which include swimming and interacting with these highly intelligent and friendly creatures. They are a socially responsible company committed to the welfare of the dolphins under their care, and this is an amazing experience for kids and adults alike. Later on, for adults who want a quiet evening, there are also babysitting services for a small extra charge.
Hyatt Ziva – Cancun
Billed as a playful family escape, the Hyatt Ziva in Cancun is perfect for families with kids. Clear sea, white sand, and plenty to keep the kids occupied. Three infinity pools overlook the sparkling ocean. There’s a spa for you, with a host of holistic treatments, and lots of choices later on when it comes to food and drink. The rooms are amazing, with lots of space for everyone to stretch out in. The Kidz Club is next to the kid’s pool, and is open from 9am to 9pm, leaving you plenty of free hours to relax and rejuvenate.
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