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Resort Newsletter Dated June 26, 2017

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Each week, I receive hundreds of e-mails from our customers with questions about tropical vacations. Today, I'll share a few inquiries and answers.

Q: What is -- and isn't -- included in an all-inclusive resort package?

A: The upfront price of an all-inclusive resort stay covers your accommodations, meals, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, nonmotorized water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, entertainment and resort staff gratuities (though see the next question for further exploration of tipping at all-inclusives).

Many activities at the resort are included, too, from beach volleyball, yoga sessions and tennis to cooking demonstrations, dance lessons and beginner's scuba instruction in the pool. Supervised children's club activities are included, but baby-sitting generally is not (although it's usually available for an additional fee).

The following generally are not included: Spa treatments, tours that go to attractions off the property (such as to Mayan ruins in Mexico), rounds of golf and motorized water sports like scuba diving and water skiing. There are some exceptions. Sandals includes scuba excursions at its resorts in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, Melia Caribe Tropical in the Dominican Republic offers unlimited green fees at a nearby golf club, and BodyHoliday Saint Lucia provides one 50-minute spa treatment per day to its guests, for example.

Most popular beach destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico now are dominated by all-inclusive resorts. The airfare to get to these destinations is additional. Our Find A Deal tool at ResortVacationsToGo.com makes it easy to price a resort stay with airfare. Simply choose your preferred travel dates, select your departure airport and click "Search Hotels & Flights."



Q: I've been getting conflicting opinions from friends on whether or not tipping is required at all-inclusive resorts. I'm hoping you can answer my question once and for all: Is tipping required?

A: The short answer is no. Gratuities are included in the all-inclusive rate that you pay upfront. But the reality is that tipping is common at all-inclusives, and while it's not expected, it is much appreciated by the resort staff. Many guests will leave small tips for the housekeeping staff, bartenders and restaurant servers.

Sandals and Beaches prohibit tipping, however, and employees are not allowed to accept a gratuity.



Q: At all-inclusive resorts, how does the reservation system for specialty restaurants work? I've heard that you can't make reservations in advance.

A: Many all-inclusive resorts do require guests to make reservations in person on the same day that they plan to dine at a particular a la carte restaurant. Typically, this is done during set hours in the morning at a designated area in the lobby, such as the concierge desk. This means that if you want to sample four specialty dining venues over a weeklong stay, you'll be heading over to the lobby on four separate mornings to get in line and make that evening's arrangements.

Those who enjoy trying different types of cuisines and restaurant settings while on vacation may find this to be worth the effort. Others may be content with buffet-style restaurants, which are common at all-inclusive resorts and don't require reservations.

If you book a higher room category that comes with the services of a butler or concierge, he or she can take care of all of the restaurant reservations for your stay.

Some resort brands have adopted a no-reservation policy for their specialty restaurants. For example, at the properties of AMResorts (its brands include Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Zoetry, Now and Sunscape), guests arrive at the restaurant of their choice whenever they like. If a table is not available, you'll be given a beeper that will alert you when a table does open up (most restaurants have a nearby bar where you can linger).

Riu, which has more than three dozen all-inclusive resorts, recently introduced a no-reservations dining system as well.



Q: Do you sell any other types of vacations?

A: Yes! In addition to representing more than 1,300 tropical hotels and resorts, Vacations To Go is the largest seller of oceangoing cruises. To find cruises discounted by up to 82%, visit VacationsToGo.com.

We also are the world's leading seller of river cruises. Check out RiverCruise.com for sailings along the Danube, Rhine, Yangtze, Mekong, Mississippi and other famed waterways.

In addition, we are among the top sellers of escorted tours, which are packages that include accommodations, guided sightseeing, some meals and transportation between destinations. Go to TourVacationsToGo.com for escorted tours to all seven continents.

Finally, you'll find a huge selection of African safaris at AfricaSafari.com. These vacations provide unforgettable, close-up encounters with wildlife in the parks and preserves of Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Rwanda and Uganda.



Here are this week's Top Tropical Resort Deals, our favorite picks during the next 90 days at the world's most popular destinations. To obtain air-inclusive quotes from US and Canadian gateways, simply click on any FastDeal # below, select your airport city and click "Search Hotels & Flights." All prices are based on double occupancy.

Top 30 Resort Deals

1) $43 per person, per night for 7 nights at Casa Mexicana Cozumel, a 3-star resort in Cozumel, Mexico, FastDeal #R10150

2) $55 per person, per night for 7 nights at Be Live Collection Punta Cana, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10177

3) $81 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hotel Riu Lupita, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10154

4) $90 per person, per night for 4 nights at Ocean Spa Hotel, a 3-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10167

5) $90 per person, per night for 7 nights at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, FastDeal #R10259

6) $92 per person, per night for 7 nights at The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium, a 5.5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10308

7) $97 per person, per night for 7 nights at Sunscape Bavaro Beach Punta Cana, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10271

8) $104 per person, per night for 7 nights at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10286

9) $110 per person, per night for 7 nights at All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10299

10) $126 per person, per night for 4 nights at Hotel Riu Cancun, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10293

11) $130 per person, per night for 7 nights at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10234

12) $141 per person, per night for 7 nights at Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa Hotel, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, FastDeal #R10222

13) $143 per person, per night for 7 nights at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10239

14) $150 per person, per night for 4 nights at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, FastDeal #R10249

15) $154 per person, per night for 7 nights at Club Med Cancun, a 3.5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10220

16) $155 per person, per night for 7 nights at Couples Tower Isle, a 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10198

17) $158 per person, per night for 7 nights at Gran Caribe Resort, a 3.5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10226

18) $159 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10230

19) $160 per person, per night for 4 nights at Breezes Resort & Spa - Bahamas, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Nassau, Bahamas, FastDeal #R10302

20) $171 per person, per night for 7 nights at Paradisus Los Cabos, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, FastDeal #R10306

21) $171 per person, per night for 7 nights at Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive, a 4-star all-inclusive resort in Nassau, Bahamas, FastDeal #R10300

22) $172 per person, per night for 7 nights at Barcelo Maya Palace, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, FastDeal #R10182

23) $175 per person, per night for 7 nights at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10310

24) $187 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, FastDeal #R10303

25) $192 per person, per night for 7 nights at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10312

26) $195 per person, per night for 7 nights at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, FastDeal #R10305

27) $195 per person, per night for 7 nights at Excellence Riviera Cancun, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, FastDeal #R10309

28) $197 per person, per night for 7 nights at Cozumel Palace, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, Mexico, FastDeal #R10304

29) $198 per person, per night for 7 nights at Beaches Ocho Rios - a Spa, Golf & Waterpark Resort, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10188

30) $204 per person, per night for 7 nights at Moon Palace Jamaica, a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, FastDeal #R10307

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-998-6925. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-998-6925. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

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Please email me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@resortvacationstogo.com and I will respond the same day.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go



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