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Get away and get warm: 5 cheap all-inclusive getaways

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

warm beach chair

It’s cold outside. Unbearably cold, really. So cold there’s no other option than to migrate south, to a place so perfectly tropical it makes you warmer just thinking about it.

All-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean have made it easy even for those of us still a little cash strapped from Christmas spending to find affordable getaways. And with the packages they offer – which often include airfare and a three- or four-night stay – getting time off work shouldn’t be much of a barrier.

Check out our list of five affordable and blissfully warm all-inclusive getaways, but first, here are a few tips to remember before you book:

  • Check around when picking your travel dates and see if the resorts are offering any promotions that could save you some cash. CheapTickets offers a new promo code for hotel discounts every week.
  • Book your reservations and flight at the same time for an even better deal.
  • Factor some extra excursions into your budget. Although some packages do include tours of the area, some excursions you might regret missing out on cost a little extra.
  • Double check which drinks are free and which are included. Typically, you have to pay extra for the more high-end alcoholic beverages.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

Sunrise in Punta Cana. Courtesy of Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee.

Sunrise in Punta Cana. Courtesy of Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee.

On the eastern-most point of the Dominican Republic lies Punta Cana. There, the sea breeze rustles the leaves of the long skinny palms, which reach out high and far over the Caribbean. It’s an oasis of resorts surrounded by the rich culture of the Dominican Republic, and packages at the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance Punta Cana incorporate both aspects of the area. Adventurers can explore nearby semi-deserted islands, visit the historic city of Santo Domingo or traverse the several natural parks that are close by. If venturing out isn’t your thing, there’s really no reason to have to leave the resort. There are six restaurants, nine bars and 24-hour room services. There are rooftop bars with panoramic views of the beach and cabanas to escape under if the sun gets too hot. The resort hosts fashion shows and beach parties some nights, and if guests need a reprise from the salt water, they can take a plunge in the resort’s Turkish baths.

Rooms average $354 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Riu Negril – Jamaica

Riu Negril in Jamaica. Courtesy of Channone Arif.

Riu Negril in Jamaica. Courtesy of Channone Arif.

The Caribbean water is so clear in Negril, you can see what color your toenail polish is beneath the calm waves. One of Jamaica’s go-to beaches, Negril is nestled between coves on the west side of the island. Riu Negril resort has three restaurants and five bars (three of which are poolside), and they’re open 24 hours. The restaurants are themed – there’s a gourmet restaurant, steakhouse and Italian restaurant – but we recommend trying the local flavors. You’ll never taste jerk sauce like you will in Jamaica, and a taste of that is almost worth the trip itself. Of course, the other all-inclusive perks at the resort don’t hurt. There’s a club (a discoteque, as they call it), with admission and all drinks included in the package (try a Red Stripe, you won’t regret it). Venturing out of the resort is a must as well, with rich Jamaican culture at hand and mountain activities available. From the resort, you’ll have a view of Booby Cay, known for its birds and wildlife. Just up the beach, Rhodes Hall Plantation offers horseback rides along the beach. And don’t forget, Montego Bay is just over an hour’s drive away, teeming with markets and Rastafarian culture.

Note: The wifi in the room is not included in the package. But all that time online can probably wait until you’re back in the cold north, right?

Rooms average $341 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Omni Cancún Hotel and Villas – Cancún, Mexíco

A beachfront in Cancún, Mexíco. Courtesy of Ricardo Diaz.

A beachfront in Cancún, Mexíco. Courtesy of Ricardo Diaz.

Not only is it warm in Cancún, relaxation is part of its culture. That’s evident in the atmosphere of this ocean-front resort. Tiki huts on the beach mingle with palm trees swaying in the wind. Most rooms offer private, ocean-view balconies with views of the Mexican sunrise. Surrounded on water on two sides, guests can stay in the hotel or in a villa at this Mayan-inspired resort. Three pools connected by waterfalls flow into each other at the resort and are open 24/7. (And there’s a separate pool for the kids). There’s a jacuzzi bar guests can swim to and sit in while imbibing in a drink. The resort has a spa and beach cabanas that can be reserved for the day. The Cancún sands have become home to four of the eight species of sea turtles, and guests can witness their nesting season May through September. Female turtles migrate from feeding areas and lay an average of three nests per season. Cancún’s turtle program keeps guests at a distance safe enough for the turtles, but close enough for the experience.

Rooms average $265 per night when booked through CheapTickets. 

Barcelo Maya Beach – Riviera Maya, Mexíco

Barcelo Maya Beach. Courtesy of kartfamily.

Barcelo Maya Beach. Courtesy of kartfamily.

On the shores of the Yucatán, about an hour’s drive down the coast from Cancún, lies Playa del Carmen. The area was a port for ancient Mayans pilgrimaging to Cozumel, a sacred island with a shrine to the goddess of fertility and childbirth. It is the capital of the Riviera Maya, where open-air restaurants and shops mingle with Mayan ruins. Nearly everything about this resort, located just south of Playa del Carmen, was inspired by the ancient Mayans. The three restaurants and three bars, which were recently renovated with Mayan-inspired architecture, serve Mayan-inspired food, along with other international cuisines. Guests can get a Mayan spa treatment at the resort’s spa. The sand is white and the water is clear – so clear guests can see the stunning coral reef separating the mainland and Cozumel. And on a clear day, guests can see the island so many Mayans visited in their search for fertility.

Rooms average $332 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Royal Solaris Los Cabos – San José del Cabo, Mexíco

Royal Solaris Los Cabos. Courtesy of Michael Allen Smith.

Royal Solaris Los Cabos. Courtesy of Michael Allen Smith.

San José del Cabo is located on the southern most tip of Baja California, near where the Gulf of California blends in with the Pacific Ocean. If guests get bored of staring out at the Pacific Ocean, they can turn around and enjoy a backdrop of the Sierra de San Larazo Mountains. Touristic growth has remained on the outside of the San José del Cabo town center. Guests venturing out of the resort to experience the Baja culture can see the cobblestone streets, adobe houses and a square that sits in front of a church from the 1700s that remain in the town center. The resort itself is kid-friendly, with a waterpark and an ocean-view hot tub. With Baja being a favorite getaway for American celebrities, you may spot a star among all the tropical beauty.

Rooms average $201 per night when booked through CheapTickets. 

 Story by Ally Marotti

Cheap Caribbean vacations: Why I love Barbados

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The cliffside Crane Resort tempts with historic hotel rooms, private residences and plenty of pools.

By Vince Font

There’s something that’s always drawn me to Barbados. Maybe it’s the fact that you really can’t get any further east without actually exiting the Caribbean and finding yourself already halfway across the Atlantic to Africa. Or maybe it’s the local culture, and the fact that everyone there speaks English so I don’t have to feel as if I’m coming off like another annoying tourist (which I am, let’s face it). But looking over the bevy of cheap Caribbean vacations that I found online recently, I realized that I might just be in love with Barbados because it’s so darn cheap to vacation there. If you think that’s silly and that maybe I need to perform a reevaluation of my priorities, check out the two  cheap Caribbean vacations I found below and then tell me I’m crazy. (more…)

Top 5 Utah ski vacation steals

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah.

By Vince Font

There’s good reason Utah ski resorts lay claim to having “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” but I’ve always found it’s best not to believe everything you hear until you’ve had a chance to find out for yourself. It’s a great excuse to travel, right? You’ll find my top picks below at or near top-notch Utah ski resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon:  Solitude Mountain Resort and Brighton Resort. Both are perfect for families, more intimate than crowded, plus Brighton offers night skiing Tuesday -Saturday, with kids under seven skiing free.

If you’re ready to bundle the fantastic Utah powder with a cheap ski vacation getaway, don’t look further than these top five Utah ski vacation steals:


Maui is for lovers (and penny pinchers!)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

By Nina Kokotas Hahn

Maui sunset enjoyed from our hotel balcony

Maui sunset enjoyed from our hotel balcony

Whether you’re planning an exotic honeymoon or simply dreaming up a romantic getaway, there’s one special beach destination that seems to cross every lover’s mind, at least a dozen times: Hawaii. Oh yes, I’m talking about the much-coveted Hawaii vacation –and more specifically, the island of Maui. With its idyllic beaches, off-the-charts seafood and tropical cuisine, and breath-taking natural beauty, Maui is the place for anyone couple needing to reconnect and inspire some good lovin’.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy two Maui vacations with my husband; the first time we celebrated a two-week honeymoon (boy, those were the days), and the second time we brought our then 2-year old daughter. Now that it’s said and done, here’s what I can share: Maui is definitely for lovers (and less so for parents with young children in tow). I can also say that despite what you’ve heard, a cheap Hawaii vacation to the island of Maui can be had with no major setbacks. It’s an incredibly diverse island with so much to explore and experience, and all for much less than you may think.

Say Aloha to a cheap Maui activities

Maui  has no shortage of cheap (and incredible!) activities and dining options for couples on a budget. Here are six of my favorites:


Cheap vacation: Up to $400 off Bahamas packages

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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Bahamas (Photo: PhotoDisc)

You already know that CheapTickets is your place to find cheap vacations. Now you can save up to $400 more on a cheap Caribbean vacation to the Bahamas when you stay at participating hotels. Our cheap Bahamas travel deals offer up to $400 savings on flight + hotel vacation packages to the Bahamas, based on your state of origin. Here’s how it works:

  • For travel from California, Oregon or Washington: Get $400 off cheap vacations of 4+ nights. Promo code CTIXWEST2
  • For travel from Florida: Get $200 off 3+ night vacations. Promo code CTIXFL2
  • For travel from all other states: Get $300 off cheap vacations of 4+ nights. Promo code CTIXMID2

You can choose one of more than 20 participating hotels in Nassau or on Grand Bahama island for your cheap Caribbean vacation, including: Atlantis Royal Towers, Atlantis Beach Tower, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Our Lucaya Reef Village, Radisson Our Lucaya Resort and Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. Check out the full hotel list on our cheap Bahamas travel deals page.

This cheap vacation deal is good for travel April 19 – December 22, 2010, but you must book your travel by May 10.

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2 days only: 55% off 5-star adults-only, all-inclusive resort

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Here’s a perfect excuse to burn those vacation days:

For two days only, CheapTickets is offering 55% off the adults-only, all-inclusive Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun and a $200 resort credit.

Trade the laundry, cooking and cleaning for long walks on white-sand beaches, free golf on lush greens, blissful massage treatments, and gourmet meals in 6 distinct restaurants.

Cheap all-inclusive resorts are great when you’re working with a budget too: One price includes all meals, snacks, beverages, activities, entertainment, taxes and tips. No nickel and diming here.

But don’t just take our word on the Secrets experience. This resort has earned high praise from CheapTickets guests:

  • “The service was impeccable and the entertainment was fantastic. We can’t wait to go back!” – Staweiss, Nov. 1, 2009
  • “For our first trip to Mexico, Secrets Capri was a great hotel. Most helpful and very friendly staff and the food was wonderful!” — Honeymooners, Oct. 31, 2009
  • “Best vacation my wife and I have enjoyed in a long time“ — captin joe, Oct. 12, 2009

Again, this offer is available only on CheapTickets and expires 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

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Cheap Florida vacation packages

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Cheap vacation packages

Newport Beachside Resort

Cheap Florida vacation packages can have you enjoying sun and fun in no time. Whether you want to soak up Miami’s nightlife or visit Orlando attractions, there are plenty of travel options. Check out these sample deals on cheap Florida vacation packages:

Miami: The three-star Newport Beachside Resort puts you right on Miami Beach, with amenities including Wi-Fi, fitness room, pool bar and two restaurants. A two-night stay Oct. 26-28, with round-trip airfare from Atlanta, starts at $272 per person.

Orlando: The Point Orlando Resort is just one mile from Universal Orlando, three miles from SeaWorld and eight miles from Disney World. This four-star, all-suite resort offers free parking and fitness center usage. As part of a cheap Florida vacation package, you get a two-night stay Oct. 26-28, with round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C., starting at $212 per person.

Tampa: For a cheap vacation package to Tampa, try the four-star Intercontinental Tampa, with its rooftop pool with views of Tampa Bay, free Internet and 24-hour room service. A two-night stay Oct. 26-28, with round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C., starts at $249 per person.

You can also find cheap vacation packages to Fort Lauderdale and Daytona, so pick your favorite city or beach and go!

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Cheap vacation packages

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
cheap vacation packages

(Courtesy: Brand X Pictures)

Looking for a cheap vacation package? We’ve got them. You know you can save even more when you book a cheap flight and cheap hotel together. Now here’s a deal that’s even better: vacation packages under $500. See if these sample cheap vacation packages inspire you to get away:

  • San Diego (from Milwaukee) – $474
  • San Francisco (from Denver) – $467
  • New York (from Detroit) – $408
  • Las Vegas (from Seattle) – $368
  • Orlando (from Philadelphia) – $362
  • Chicago (from Fort Lauderdale) – $432
  • Boston (from Washington, D.C.) – $485
  • Denver (from Austin) – $426

Sample prices are per person and include flight plus a two-night hotel stay.

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Weekly travel deals: Save to New Orleans, California

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
The Island Hotel Newport Beach

The Island Hotel Newport Beach

This week’s travel deals include cheap California vacation packages and a cheap New Orleans hotel. For example:

Cheap California vacation packages: Head to sunny California and save when you book cheap flights and cheap hotels together.

  • Stay at the five-star Island Hotel Newport Beach. A two-night stay August 24-26 plus round-trip flight between Phoenix and Orange County starts at $371 per person.
  • Or head to Santa Barbara. The three-star Inn at East Beach offers complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access. A two-night stay August 24-26, plus round-trip flight from Phoenix starts at $320 per person.

Cheap New Orleans hotel: Iberville Suites is a four-star, AAA four diamond hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. This Ritz-Carlton managed property gets a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from previous guests, and it may feel like a cheap hotel when you save 30% on stays through December 31.

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Cheap all-inclusive vacation packages

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Riu Negril All Inclusive

Riu Negril All Inclusive

Cheap all-inclusive vacation packages may be the ultimate in relaxation. With everything paid for in advance, you not only save money, but you’re free to eat to your heart’s content and enjoy as many — or as few — activities as you want, with everything right at your fingertips. Check out these travel deals for cheap all-inclusive vacations:

Cheap Jamaica all inclusive: With activities for all ages, Riu Negril All Inclusive can offer a cheap all-inclusive vacation for couples or families. The three-star resort has supervised programs for children, four restaurants, spa services and snorkeling, kayaking and other land and water activities. A three-night stay September 14-17, with round-trip flight from Miami, starts at $475 per person.

Cheap Bahamas all inclusive: Paradise Island Harbour Resort All Inclusive has a private beach, snorkeling lagoon and 250-foot boardwalk. A three-night stay September 14-17, with round-trip flight from Miami, starts at $455 per person.

Cheap Mexico all inclusive: Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa All Inclusive is a four-star resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, close to Playa del Carmen and the ruins at Tulum. During a cheap all-inclusive vacation here, you can enjoy five restaurants, a full-service spa, a variety of water sports and supervised activities for kids. A three-night stay September 14-17, with round-trip flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth, starts at $524 per person.

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