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The world is a stressful place; the last thing you need is a stress filled vacation. Stress can’t necessarily be completely avoided, but one vacation that promises to minimize your stress is staying at an All-Inclusive resort. All-Inclusive resorts are certainly not for everybody. They are typically one of the least adventurous types of vacations you can take. In fact, when staying at an All-Inclusive resort you never even have to leave the property if you don’t want. Still, the number of US travelers who stay at an All-Inclusive resort is on the rise. According to PhoCusWright, in 2010 8% of all US travelers stayed at an All-Inclusive resort. In 2012 that number rose to 14%.
So why are All-Inclusive resorts gaining in popularity? I believe it is because people are finally starting to see past the old misconceptions. The fact is, there is an All-Inclusive resort option for every kind of traveler. And as an added bonus, with an All-Inclusive resort there is no second guessing your budget. Unless you choose to go off-site or get a spa treatment, you will know upfront exactly how much your vacation will cost. And here at Adventures With Anthony, we can easily package your resort and airfare into a single purchase, saving you even more.
All-Inclusive resort packages are cheaper than you might think
When you figure in all the various costs of any vacation, an All-Inclusive resort can become an excellent deal. When you book an All-Inclusive resort through us, the price includes round-trip airfare, transportation to and from the airport, and the resort itself. At the resort all of your meals and drinks are included, as well as a number of on-site activities. Price can vary based on location, time of year, and specific resort, but it is not unheard of for a 4 night package to be as low as $500 per person from select US cities.
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to snag one of these special deals, the regular price of our packages are extremely reasonable. For example, a 6 night package in a 4 and a half star resort from Salt Lake City to Punta Cana in August is only $1,239 per person. That’s $2,478 for two people to fly internationally, spend 6 nights in a suite, and have all meals and drinks included. If you were to book this trip separately, the airfare alone would cost $1,594. That is for the same exact JetBlue flight included in the package. The resort itself, the Grand Palladium Bavaro, starts at $239.70 per night. That’s a total of $1,438.20 for the entire 6 night stay. The transfer from Punta Cana airport to the resort would normally cost an additional $20 per person. That puts the grand total of the vacation when purchased piecemeal at $3,072, almost $600 more than booking one of our packages.
Even when compared to a more traditional hotel, the value of an All-Inclusive stands out. A typical 4-star hotel will run around $100-150 per night. Lunch at a fast food restaurant for 2 can be around $20-30, and dinner for 2 can range from $60 to well over $100. Alcohol is harder to budget, depending on your personal habits, but two cocktails or glasses of wine with dinner could easily add another $25. That would mean on the low end you could spend $180 per day on food and lodging, up to $300 or more. For this same 6 night vacation, avoiding an all-inclusive would cost between $2,674 and $3,394.
You aren’t trapped at the resort
While many resorts have plenty of activities to keep you occupied, you are free to explore if you want. It will cost extra, but you can book transportation to local sights or even book an off-site excursion. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic offers trips to Saona Island, snorkel and scuba trips, a canopy zipline, and the famous Coco Bongo nightlife experience. Cozumel is close to 6 different Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza which was recently named as a world wonder. You can book these excursions in advance, although I would personally recommend waiting until you arrive at the resort. That way you will have a better idea of how much time, if any, you want to spend away from the resort.
There is a resort for everyone
When many people hear All-Inclusive, their mind tends to jump to a couples retreat. A romantic getaway to a Sandals or a Beaches resort. Something expensive and reserved for a very special occasion. Your honeymoon or a milestone anniversary, perhaps. That, however, is just one type of All-Inclusive resort. There are also resorts that cater more towards the hard partying Spring Break crowd. There are elegant, 5-star resorts with fine dining and private golf courses. If you are traveling with kids, there are family friendly resorts complete with an entire on-site water park. There is even a Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana, and a second one under construction in Riviera Maya.
It doesn’t matter if you want an adults only or a family friendly resort. One that has less than 100 rooms or more than 1,000. Budget or extravagant. Reach out and we will be happy to help find the perfect resort for you.
Occasionally companies may offer special promotions that can be a great deal for future adventures. Currently Wyndham Rewards is offering a promotion for one free night at any Wyndham hotel after staying just two separate times. Wyndham Rewards is already a great value because of their flat redemption options. With just 15,000 points you can stay for free at any hotel under the Wyndham brand. Normally, you earn 10 points per dollar spent at a Wyndham property, with a minimum of 1,000 points per stay. That means that normally it takes 15 stays to earn a free night. With this promotion cutting that down to only two stays, the value is amazing.
In fact, the value is so great that you may even want to consider making a mattress run to get these points before the promotion expires.
What is a Mattress Run?
You may have already heard of a Mattress Run, or the somewhat related Mileage Run. If you are not familiar, a Mattress Run is when you reserve a hotel that you don’t need just to earn loyalty points. While it might seem like a waste, there are times where the value of the points earned can be higher than the cost of a hotel room. Wyndham Hotel Group is a perfect candidate for this, especially with the current promotion. Wyndham includes a wide variety of hotel brands, including some budget offerings such as Days Inn and Super 8. Depending on your location you can often find a budget hotel under the Wyndham umbrella for under $40 a night. Even if you don’t need a hotel right now, for only $80 you can earn 15,000 points and get a free night at any Wyndham hotel worldwide.
In order for the stay to count you have to actually check in, so you can’t just find a random hotel clear across the country and reserve a night. The easiest way to complete a mattress run is to book the cheapest hotel close to your house, check in, leave the key in the room, and then go home.
The Wyndham Rewards Promotion
As mentioned above, the promotion just requires two stays at a Wyndham property during the promotion period. Your two stays must be completed before June 30th, 2018, and must be two separate reservations, not just two nights. You also have to have a Wyndham Rewards account and register for the promotion.
Registering for the Promotion
To register for this promotion you must first have a Wyndham Rewards account. This account is free to create at the Wyndham Hotels website. Once you have an account and are logged in, go to the promotion page and register for the promotion. Once that’s done you are good to go and are free to start booking your stays.
You must have a Wyndham Rewards Account
You must register for the promotion on Wyndham Hotel’s website
There must be two completed stays at a Wyndham property by June 30th, 2018
The room must be booked directly through the hotel. You can book:
Online at WyndhamHotels.com
Online at the specific chain’s website
Via phone to the hotel or Wyndham’s Toll Free reservation line
No shows do not count; you must actually check in to the hotel
Getting the Most out of the Promotion
In order to maximize the value of this promotion, you should focus on two points. First, minimize the cost of your two stays. If you were already planning on staying at a Wyndham property you don’t have to worry about this, but it is particularly important for Mattress Runs. Mid-week stays at budget properties will usually offer you the best prices, but it can vary depending on your geographic location. Days Inn, Super 8, and Travelodge are often the cheapest options, but it’s a good idea to search all Wyndham properties via the Wyndham website to get the best deals for your area.
The second part of the equation is deciding where to spend your free night. Wyndham Grand resorts often offer the best redemption value, although Ramada and a number of Las Vegas casinos, including Harrah’s, Caesar’s Palace, and the Rio can also offer an amazing value. Wyndham has also recently added vacation homes and condos to their offerings, adding even more amazing redemption opportunities. Peak season rates at some of these properties can start at $300 a night. That means that for about $80 you can earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points and get a free night valued at over $300. Without the promotion, it would take 15 stays to earn a free night, which would cost you at least $600. This represents an amazing value and an excellent opportunity to splurge at a resort you may otherwise never get to experience.
Wyndham Hotel Group has over 7,800 hotels across 19 brands throughout the world. They also have partnerships with Caesar's Entertainment and 6 different Vacation Clubs, which add a wide array of homes, cottages, villas, and resorts to their network. The Wyndham Rewards program works with all of these properties, and it has an amazing flat rate redemption policy. 15,000 rewards points will get you a free night at any of these locations. Every stay at a Wyndham property, even the most budget friendly options such as a Super 8 or Days Inn, earns at least 1,000 points, and occasionally they have a special promotion where you can earn the necessary 15,000 points for only two stays.
Start the slideshow to see 10 of the best properties you can book for free with just 15,000 points.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Qingdao
Location: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Average Nightly Cost: $120 (745 Chinese Yuan)
The Wyndham Grand Qingdao is an upscale beach resort on China's eastern coast, about halfway between Beijing and Shanghai. The hotel has 518 rooms and suites with options to overlook the city skyline or the beach. The suites can be quite pricey, and do not qualify for award stays, but even the Deluxe King rooms offer stunning views in a city often regarded as the most beautiful in all of China.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $460
The Wyndham Grand Riverfront is one of the best locations available for a hotel downtown Chicago. Within easy walking distance to Millennium Park, the Loop, and River North, this hotel is centrally located for both business and leisure travelers. All rooms and suites have views of the city skyline or the river and offer rainforest showers, in-room massages, and an award winning on site Bar and Restaurant, Hoyt.
No matter what you are looking for in a Caribbean escape, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar has it. Located 20 miles away from San Juan and bordered by El Yunque Rain Forest and the ocean, this resort boasts 1 mile of pristine beach, 500 acres of land, 10 restaurants, 2 championship golf courses, 2 ocean front pools, and an on-site casino. Puerto Rico is an amazing destination, so the only downside with this stunning property is you may never want to leave the resort and explore the rest of the island.
Hotel: Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $240
This newly built boutique "hotel in a hotel" is located inside Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. As part of Wyndham's recent partnership with Caesars Entertainment, you can earn and redeem Wyndham Rewards points at most Caesars properties in Las Vegas. The Nobu hotel is arguably one of the better redemption values because of the concierge service, and the fact that the rooms are new construction. Many of the well known hotels on the Strip are relatively dated, including the main Caesars Palace, unless you opt for an upgraded room. Nobu, and the nearby Cromwell which is also included in the Wyndham partnership, do not have that problem. All the rooms are upgraded.
Hotel: Wyndham Bali Kai Villas
Location: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $329
These villas on Kauai Island, also known as the Garden Island, are actually 1, 2 or 3 bedroom condos available through Wyndham Vacation Club. These are technically timeshares and there are a limited number of units, so the availability can be very poor. If you can find open availability, the property is family friendly with two pools complete with waterfalls, a kiddie pool with a reef, and an on-site beach for building sand castles. Kauai Island is an extremely beautiful island and is not as tourist heavy as Oahu, so this would be a prime property for a true tropical escape.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Location: Orlando, Florida, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $274
This resort in Orlando sits on 500 wooded acres and includes a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Walt Disney World. After spending a full day at the park you can return to your Mediterranean styled suite and enjoy the resort's lagoon style pool, spa, and jogging trail. Even if you aren't planning on visiting Walt Disney World, the resort offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of Orlando.
Hotel: Viva Wyndham Azteca
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Average Nightly Cost: $216
Viva is Wyndham's brand of All-Inclusive resorts with locations in Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. All-inclusive resorts aren't for everybody, but if you have the 15,000 points, staying (and eating and drinking) for free really can't be beat. The Viva Azteca in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is one of Wyndham's highest rated all-inclusive resorts and also gives all guests access to the amenities of the sister property, Viva Maya. Playa del Carmen is near magnificent white sand beaches, Mayan ruins, mangrove swamps, and jungles. This resort has something for everybody, from families to romantic couples, all with food, drinks, and entertainment included.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Average Nightly Cost: $220
This property is one of Wyndham's newest hotels in Europe and offers stunning views of the city and the river. Istanbul is an excellent mix of the old and the new and is Turkey's economic, cultural, and historic center. The Wyndham Grand Levent is located right on the subway line giving you unfettered access to all the sights of the city. The hotel also offers an amazing spa, and there are deluxe rooms available with extra space and kitchenettes.
Hotel: Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $282
The Mills House in historic Charleston, South Carolina is not like most other luxurious hotels. This is a much smaller, boutique-style hotel that was first opened in 1853, and despite updates and modernization it maintains it's relaxed, old world charm. The hotel's location is ideal for exploring the historical city, and when you return to your room you can enjoy the outdoor pool or the elegant, but still very relaxed, on site Barbadoes Room restaurant.
Hotel: Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Average Nightly Cost: $300
The Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort is another timeshare/condo resort with hard to find availability, but if you can land a reservation you will not be disappointed. The resort has two pools that are designed to seamlessly blend in with the tropical surroundings, and a pool side bar to keep you fully refreshed. While the rooms do offer kitchenettes, there are also outdoor picnic and BBQ areas so you can soak in as much of that Hawaiian sunshine as possible. Hawaii's Big Island is filled with activities, and the Wyndham Kona resort is ideally located for access to the beaches and the volcanoes that make the island so popular.