Remember those long summer days with the sun beaming down on your bare skin and not a cloud in the sky? A distant memory, right? Well it certainly doesn’t have to be. Break up the monotonous winter months and give yourself something to look forward to by treating yourself to one of these incredible all inclusive Caribbean holidays this winter and enjoy a taste of paradise. Just call it an early Christmas present…to yourself.
5* Moon Palace Grand, Cancun, Mexico
Peacefully situated on a 1.5 kilometre stretch of beautiful, white sandy beach, the Moon Palace Grand is the perfect base to recharge your batteries in one of its spacious suites with a double whirlpool bath, 24 hour room service and unlimited free Wi-Fi. It is a tranquil retreat within the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort but offers guests unlimited all inclusive access across all areas of the main resort. Guests also benefit from reservation-free gourmet dining at any of the 13 restaurants across the resort and up to $2,500 Resort Credit per room, which can also be exchanged for unlimited golf at the hotel’s 27 hole championship course.
4* Hotel Playa Pesquero, Holguin, Cuba
Perfect for both families and couples, the Hotel Playa Pesquero offers the perfect blend of excellent European standards in a traditionally Cuban style. The hotel is a spacious complex with two large swimming pools, impressive facilities and a perfect location, right on a white sandy beach. There’s a great choice of activities to keep people entertained, from scuba diving (including an introductory taster) and kayaking to horse riding, beach volleyball and even Spanish classes. Rooms are spacious and feature air conditioning, satellite TV, a CD player and a balcony or terrace. As part of your all inclusive package, you will get to enjoy six à la carte, seven bars, a beer garden, an ice-cream parlour and a great coffee bar. All this plus an unlimited amount of drinks served 24 hours per day!
3* Royal Decameron Montego Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Situated just one kilometre from the resort centre of Montego Bay, the Royal Decameron Montego Beach overlooks a beautiful sandy beach, meaning that you can wake up to stunning sea views every morning of your holiday. The hotel offers a great choice of dining options, including a buffet restaurant, beach grill and a Jamaican à la carte restaurant. There are frequent daytime activities to take part in as well as great evening entertainment. Get involved in dance classes, pool games, aqua aerobics, snorkelling, tennis and much more. You will also have the opportunity to book onto a variety of incredible excursions from the hotel, including a trip to the breath-taking Dunn’s River Falls. All of this can be enjoyed in average winter temperatures of 28⁰C.
5* Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro is part of the larger Grand Bahia Principe complex in Punta Cana and boasts an incredible location directly on a stunning, white-sand beach. Guests benefit from having full use of all facilities throughout the complex, including two swimming pools, a buffet restaurant, five à la carte restaurants (where guests get three reservations a week) and a staggering 16 bars! You can also dance the night away in the disco at the entertainment centre, which is open until 2am. After a long night of partying, you’ll be in much need of some rest and recuperation, so take advantage of the hotel’s magnificent spa facilities offering the most exotic Caribbean treatments. De-stress in the spectacular hydrotherapy area with three different kinds of sauna, therapeutic sensation showers, a Vichy shower, bubble beds and much, much more. Maybe you’ll even want to splash out and book an exotic VIP cabin with its own private whirlpool…
4* IBEROSTAR Quetzal Playacar, Cancun, Mexico
Part of the Thomas Cook Style Collection, the IBEROSTAR Quetzal Playacar is surrounded by gorgeous, tropical scenery and enjoys a prime location on Playacar’s stunning stretch of beach. The centre of Playa del Carmen is just 2.5 kilometres away and Playacar’s shopping mall and golf course are just 500 metres away, making it the perfect situation for a memorable Caribbean escape. If you’re travelling as a couple and want to enjoy some quality time together, the hotel has a nightclub and swimming pool with a waterfall swim up bar, exclusively for adults. The hotel is part of a shared complex with the IBEROSTAR Tucan, so guests are able to advantage of all the facilities across both resorts, including five à la carte restaurants where you can have three reservations per week.
4* Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, Varadero, Cuba
The impressively designed Ocean Varadero El Patriarca only opened its doors in 2012, but has made quite an impact in that short time. It rests on the gorgeous, soft white sands of El Patriarca, which is famous for its giant cactus. This stylish hotel offers guests an adult-only Privilege section with an exclusive beach, lounge, pool and bar areas. There is also a luxury spa with hydrothermal therapy, an ice fountain, salt grotto and an herbal sauna. Other facilities around the resort include swimming pool, a whirlpool, an impressive seven bars and three à la carte restaurants to choose from. No matter what you are looking for in your dream Caribbean escape, the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca will prove to be an unforgettable experience and you’ll be counting down the days before you can make a return. Take a look at the rest of this beautiful resort in our Varadero destination guide.
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