Luxury

Find Your Paradise with a Luxury Villa

What's your favorite part of vacation? Is it the breathtaking views, high-end luxury resorts to call home or the delicious food & drinks you know you’ll enjoy? No matter what it is, there's no denying how wonderfully relaxing a getaway can be. Isn’t that why we take vacations anyway?

CheapCaribbean.com is excited to announce a new travel option that’s sure to be a vacation experience unlike any other. Our Luxury Villa program has just been released and you better be ready to experience it all. This travel option allows you a place where you, your friends and family can enjoy a luxurious vacation in an intimate setting with all the comforts of home.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional beach vacation experience, you’ll want to take advantage of this luxury villa options. Perfect for large families, weddings, honeymooners, corporate meetings and much more, CheapCaribbean.com offers villas in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, France, Italy and plenty of other global destinations.

For the Honeymooners:

If a private beachfront haven where you and your new spouse can truly unwind sounds like the perfect way to spend your first few days as a married couple, perhaps a 1-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom cottage in Barbados is for you. The Leamington Cottage is located near Speightstown, St. Peter and a beachfront property that has it’s own private driveway, spacious uncovered terrace with pool and great views.

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There’s also beautiful coral reef located right in front of the Leamington Cottage, which makes for ideal swimming and snorkeling, just a few steps from your villa. The Cobblers Cove Beach & Hotel is also just a five-minute beach walk, so you can get out and mingle with some of the locals too.

For the Destination Wedding:

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of getting married somewhere exotic. A luxury villa that can accommodate your closest friends & family might be the perfect way for you to achieve that dream. Depending on the size of your group, CheapCaribbean.com offers anything from 1-10+ bedroom villas.

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What could be more perfect than Hawaii as your dream-wedding destination? Better yet, how about the Kahala Beach Estate on Oahu, which has 7 bedrooms & 6.5 baths and is just a few minutes from Waikiki Beach. Located on the prestigious Kahala Avenue, this estate has two large pools, tennis courts and accommodations for 14 guests. It’s also located on Kahala Beach, which is a pristine private beach great for swimming, snorkeling and lounging.

For the Vacationers:

You may not have any special occasion you’re looking to celebrate – you just want to get away! There are plenty of villa options with something to offer everyone. For example, Villa Gabriela in Los Cabos, Mexico makes for a great vacation spot.

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This 2-bedroom condo is located in the new Blue Bay Development on the Pedregal Mountain. There’s a heated swimming pool onsite, as well as a spacious living area and patio, perfect for enjoying an afternoon cocktail with your fellow vacationers. And if you’re ready to experience Cabo, you’re just a short walk to downtown where there’s plenty of fabulous shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

As we said before, you don’t just have to love the beach to utilize one of these phenomenal villas. There are beautiful homes available for rent in Central America, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy & Spain, in addition to the Caribbean, Mexico & Hawaii. To see our villa options or to get more information, simply visit CheapCaribbean.com and find the option under our newest “Luxury” tab or click here to learn more.

So what luxury villa are you dying to check out first? Tell us where you’re headed in the comments below!

Brittany Innes is Manager of Social Media at CheapCaribbean.com. She's a travel junkie with a passion for trying new things and being spontaneous. 

Which Luxury Resort in the DR is right for you?

Did you get extra holiday cash to spend this season? Why not treat yourself to a trip loaded with superb service, the Caribbean Sea and lavish parties. You may never be royals, but you can live that fantasy in Punta Cana at two of the most luxurious resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Sister resorts Zoetry Agua Punta Cana and Breathless Punta Cana can both give you the royal treatment with impeccable service. What makes Zoetry and Breathless resorts stand out is that you don’t have to worry about restrictions like towel cards or reservation limitations. Plus, they don’t make you walk around wearing tacky wristbands either. You can just dine or grab a drink wherever you want, whenever you want and enjoy the unlimited pampering everywhere you look.

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Take on the hot Dominican Sun at party central Breathless Resort & Spa.

The big decision though, is which resort do you choose? You can party it up at Breathless Punta Cana, where the chic and trendy atmosphere will have you partying poolside during the day and dancing in the open-air nightclub into the wee hours of the night. Or, you can find your inner zen at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, where the peaceful ambiance and attentive service combine to give you an abundant fill of the leisurely good life.

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Unwind with a little "me" time at Zoetry Aqua Punta Cana.

It’s a new year and the perfect time to plan a trip to the beach. With either pick, you can rest assured knowing your upcoming trip will sweep you away to a sandy paradise.

Article by: Caribbean Jim 

Beach Foodie Favorites & Top Resort Chefs

Vacations are meant to be a time where you can indulge and live the good life. This often means hours spent hanging poolside, swimming in the ocean, relaxing at the resort spa and of course, eating. Your dining options often times are a deciding factor when planning your perfect getaway, especially if you’re considering an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico. So we’ll make it easy for you – here’s a handful of top-of-the-line resorts that are known to have it all, including fabulous, well-known dining options.

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, La Perla 

Playa del Carmen is known for having some of the clearest waters and softest sands in Mexico. And the 5-star Paradisus Playa del Carmen, La Perla is the perfect accessory to this incredible Mexico destination. Located near Playa del Carmen’s famous 5th Avenue, this adults-only resort offers a total of 11 restaurants and nine bars, including the full access you have at its sister resort, Paradisus La Esmeralda - so your options are limitless.

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In addition to the four swimming pools and beachfront location with a beautiful, swimmable beach, Paradisus La Perla has been made famous by Spanish, 7-Michelin-star winner, Martin Berasategui’s restaurant, Passion. With a touch of retro accompanied by elegant signature cuisine and dramatically decadent desserts, Passion is Berasategui’s interpretation of the perfect romantic evening for you and your special someone.

After a dinner you could only dream of, head over to the chic M Bar, with its stellar wine selection and martini menu. And end the night in your Royal Service Suite with an in-room aromatherapy treatment or a soak in your Jacuzzi. Don’t worry - your personal butler is on hand, should you need anything at all.

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, you can expect to find a lot of luxury resorts with an array of dining options and featured chefs. One of our top picks can be found at Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. This resort straddles the Condado Peninsula giving you a view of both the Atlantic and Condado Lagoon, as well as boasting a saltwater pool, freshwater pool, lap pool and two spa Jacuzzis. You’ll have no problem soaking up the rays at any of these water options or at the swim-up bar.

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And when the sun sinks behind the Puerto Rican horizon, slip into something a little more elegant and prepare yourself for a meal that can be described as “a fusion of exotic ingredients” from Puerto Rico, Africa and East Europe at Pikayo. Owned by true Puerto Rican chef, Wilo Benet this fine dining restaurant has been in business for 22 years and received honors from publications like Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Conde Nast Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, Miami Herald, and the New York Times. With a menu that often changes with the tastes of the season, sample things like Alaskan king salmon or truffle-cheese empanadillas. Finish out the night by trying your chance with lucky lady in the 24-hour casino on the premises.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Oranjestad

Perfectly placed in the center of downtown Oranjestad, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is an absolute paradise. A stay here comes equipped with access to Renaissance Island, a 40-acre island boasting two private beaches, Dive Center and Marina offering snorkeling and scuba diving adventures, two casinos, 24-hour entertainment and a long list of activities to keep your itineraries full of fun and excitement.

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But now onto why it’s one of our foodie favorites. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers eight restaurants including a signature tapas menu at Blue’s and L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House featuring Chef Edward Zievinger. Named after the late L.G. Smith, Vice President of Lago and the man responsible for turning a “useless” island by the Spainards into one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, this steak house offers juicy cuts of aged, USDA Inspected Certified Angus Beef among delectable appetizers and extensive list of signature desserts. Their boundless wine list is also a 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient, so no need to worry about what you’ll drink with dinner. The award-winning staff will be sure to provide you with the dinner of your dreams.

So if you're mouth is watering and begging you for a taste,  it's time to plan that much-needed and well-deserved Caribbean or Mexico escape. With these being just a few of our fabulous foodie favorites, you can check out more of our favorites here. And if you've got a favorite of your own, be sure to share with us below.

The Best Beach for Your Budget

Believe it not, there’s a white sandy beach and empty chair with your name on it. There’s a hotel bartender longing to concoct his signature beverage just for you. And there’s even plenty of cool breezes and warm sunshine that’s just drying to wrap around you. So what are you waiting for? A trip to the beach is calling…and the good news is you’ve got plenty of options, no matter your budget. Here are a few suggestions of fabulous vacations that will accustom every pocketbook.

Quick Weekend Getaways Under $700

Sometimes the perfect vacations are ones that happen spur-of-the-moment and allow you jet set out of town for a few days. That’s what a great weekend getaway is all about. And you’d be surprised to find out that a lot of these fab getaways run under $700 per person.

The first favorite of ours is 4.5-star Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun in Riviera Maya. This luxury resort offers Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive, which includes in-pool lounges, adult-only pool access, premium-stoked bars and seven five-star gourmet restaurants. Don’t worry; this feature comes standard at this 496-guest room resort tucked perfectly on 5,000 feet of the whitest sands and bluest waters in Mexico. Even better, three-night getaways start at $519 per person.

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Another nice quick getaway option comes to you from sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay is THE place if you’re looking for somewhere to spend some good quality time together. Better yet, kids stay and eat free here. This all-inclusive beachfront property comes complete with a half-mile, sugar-sand beach, Kidspree Vacation Club, Sol Mer Spa and adults-only swim up bar. With something for everyone, five-night getaways start at $599 per person (not including the kiddos who stay and eat free).

Just the Vacation You Had in Mind Under $1000

Vacations are supposed to be just that – vacations. You shouldn’t have to stress over all the details. That’s why these recommendations have it all and include airfare, food & beverage, as well as accommodations. Any of these great getaways should run you around $1000 per person and make it even more of an excuse for you to get away…

Punta Cana is the premiere hot spot in the DR and that means it’s surely not lacking. That’s the case for the all-inclusive, adult-only Barcelo Bavaro Beach. Indulge in the scrumptious gourmet dining options, hang out at the Bohio pool bar during the day and head over to Disco Bavaro for dancing and entertainment or see a Las-Vegas inspired show at Gran Teatro Bavaro at night. Prices start at $819 per person for four nights. And one extra perk – you’ll have access to its’ sister property, Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, making it feel like two vacations in one.

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In Mexico, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya is known for having it all. Located on the Playa Paraiso beach in Riviera Maya, this breathtaking resort is fully equipped with five pools, including one indoor pool and a Mayan palace-style wave pool, as well as a lazy river made perfect for floating.

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There’s Lucy's Miniclub for the kids and there’s also a “dine around” program, which allows you to venture to all the sister hotels’ restaurants and bars for limitless all-inclusive options. Five magnificent nights here begin at $869 for August through October 2013 travel.

Go Ahead…The Vacation You Deserve Under $1500

There’s no denying you work hard and deserve a serious break. So why not take the ultimate break with a luxury, top-notch vacation? With a starting price point under $1500 per person, one of our luxury favorites will be the best escape you’ve had to date.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice for a reason. It’s also been recognized as an esteemed AAA Five Diamond Resort for 2013, which is awarded based on service & staff. This resort lies along a 250-yeard beach of powdery white sand on Cancun Island’s eastern shore. Because you’re so deserving of a treat, stop by the spa which offers a full menu of treatments, 24 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and five outdoor couples suites, making it the perfect indulgence for you and your sweetie.

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With ample gourmet dining options, evening entertainment and even better service, you’ll enter such a state of relaxation you might never want to leave. And with travel dates through August, prices start at $1499 per person.

If you still want to shop around for the right vacation for you, make sure you take advantage of our Beach Budget Finder, which can be found on the right-hand side of our homepage. It’s the perfect tool to build the vacation of your dreams.

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Prices may vary and price points are based on Ft. Lauderdale, FL departures.