Want an All-Inclusive Vacation? Here’s what that means

If you weren’t quite sure what an “All-Inclusive Vacation” actually means, think relaxation. The ultimate goal of an all-inclusive package is to allow you the simple pleasure of  hopping on a plane to your ideal destination with as few financial worries as possible.

It’s a ‘leave your wallet at home’ plan.

We frequently get asked, “does an all-inclusive plan mean that all food and drink is covered?” YES! Want a drink (or three) from the bar? Just ask. Enjoy coffee in the morning? It’s free! Looking for a great meal after a day on the beach? Simply pick a restaurant and go. Hungry for some fish tacos back in your room? Call room service!

Be treated like royalty, it’s all covered in your package price.

Here’s what’s included in your Apple Vacation:

- Roundtrip airfare
- Your Hotel Stay
- Roundtrip transportation to and from the airport and your hotel
- An Apple Representative, in resort, to assist you no matter what your need
- All taxes and tips
- Meals, snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages
- Non-motorized watersports at most resorts
- Daytime activities, nightly entertainment
- All Tips

But aside from endless food and drink, where an all-inclusive package earns its keep is in the little things that vacationers often don’t budget for — taxes, tips and transportation.

Our packages get you to and from the airport and already include the extra tax fees tacked onto your bill. Although many vacationers choose to tip on their own for exemplary service, gratuity is covered in your initial charge and is not necessary.

If you would like more information on all-inclusive packages, click here — http://applev.ac/1o57qk3

The 5 things I LOVED about Dreams Puerto Aventuras

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As told by Liz Bondelid, Apple Vacations E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator

When March rolls around, it seems like it’s time for the brutal cold to start letting up. Philadelphia had other plans, with snow days and wind chills in the first week of March this year. Leaving my coat behind as I left for the airport, I wondered what it felt like to be warm again. By the end of the day, I had sand in my toes, saltwater in my hair, and a margarita in hand.

From beginning to end, I was blown away by everything I encountered at Dreams Puerto Aventuras – and no, I never mentioned to anyone that I work for Apple! If I have to narrow it down, let me give you a taste of my favorite things there.

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Escape the Chill with Apple Vacations Spring SuperSale

Want to save up to 40% on you next vacation to Mexico or The Caribbean? Well you are in luck, because Apple Vacations Spring SuperSale is on!

We have all “chilled out” enough this winter and more snow is in the forecast for many states this week. There is no better time to head south to the warm and sunny beaches of Mexico & The Caribbean and start the spring thaw.

Apple Vacations is offering some great pricing to Mexico & The Caribbean. Here are 5 helpful hints to help you navigate the sale and get the best deal possible during our Spring SuperSale.

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Now is the Time for Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

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As told by Stephanie Diehl. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @TravelDesigned or at TravelDesigned.com.

Tic toc!

Time is wasting to visit Puerto Vallarta during whale-watching season.

While just about anytime of year is nice in Puerto Vallarta, RIGHT NOW is prime time to view the humpback whales in their natural habitat. Tours can be booked through your travel agent or with your on site Apple Vacations representative at the hotel. The humpback whales are expected to be in Puerto Vallarta this year until the latter part of March when they will move up the coast to Alaska for their summer feeding.

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Bring Romance Back: Top 3 Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of traditional romance. Or so Hallmark says. But what’s romantic about boxed chocolate? Do cartoon hearts and supermarket flowers create that spark you are looking for?

Romance needs a comeback.

If you want true romance, a wide-eyed rekindling of love — an experience that your relationship will draw back to time-and-time again — throw out the chocolate hearts already and check out one of these three incredibly romantic getaways that are fighting to bring authentic romance back.

Secrets Maroma Beach – Riviera Maya (http://applev.ac/1gvoSX3)

Secrets Maroma is the ideal romantic location planted firmly on one of the most famous beaches in Mexico. Voted the world’s most romantic beach, six-golden apple Secrets Maroma is best known for it’s peaceful and exclusive setting. Private cabanas on the beach and private swim-out pools help make this Riviera Maya location and prime spot to create a connection.

Secrets Maroma has a spa and spa garden, offering outdoor and indoor treatment and a complimentary anniversary, which features a romantic breakfast in bed with mimosas, 15% discount on all spa treatments and bottle of sparkling wine.

Zoetry Punta Cana – Punta Cana (http://applev.ac/1fpWFkf)

When it comes to romance, Zoetry gets it right. Especially the lush and secluded six-golden apple Zoetry in Punta Cana. Take full advantage of this resort’s exclusive oceanfront setting by lounging underneath the lush palms on an amazing beach or swimming in the azure ocean. Both occur in almost total privacy. You can also visit Zoetry Punta Cana’s full-service spa and take couple’s serenity to the next level.

French doors, ocean-view terraces and an extensive international wine cellar, push Zoetry Punta Cana to the top of the romance charts.

Secrets Vallarta Bay – Puerto Vallarta (http://applev.ac/1fhsEB8)

With a stunning ocean and mountain background, Secrets Vallarta Bay sets the ultimate scene for love and romance. Selected rooms come with a soaking tub that the accommodating staff will transform into a bubble bath at your request. Swim-out rooms give you the option of reaching the pool in private fashion.

Romantic horseback rides and couples massages top the list of activities at this Secrets location. And if it’s your anniversary, you can indulge in a complementary private dinner on the beach and sparkling wine in your room.

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When You Shop Vacations, Compare Apple’s to Apple’s

We understand that travelers are looking for the best value for their dollar when making a vacation purchase. We know, because not only are we working with package prices all day, but we compare pricing when we vacation ourselves. That’s how we know that when you compare package price to package price you are getting THE best deal!

Sometimes saving up to 40%

When you look are purchasing a “complete vacation package” from Apple Vacations, it typically includes round-trip airfare, hotel  accommodations,  transfers to and from the resort and all taxes and fees. When you package everything together you get the best price with Apple Vacations.

If you take each component of that vacation and price it individually, and add each item together, the price will be more. The value is when you put it all together in a package. When we run a sale or a special, the sale is also typically based on package pricing.

For example, I just now priced 2/15 for 7 nights from Philadelphia to Cancun at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes, the rate is $4,668.00 for 2 people. However, the package (featuring the exact same date, hotel, transfer, taxes) is on sale, and it equals $3,098.00.

That’s for the same exact inclusions.

Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes for JFK to Cancun on 2/22 for 7 nights, the rate is $4,798.00 for 2 people at Now Sapphire Rivera Cancun. But again, the exact same date, flights, hotel, transfer, taxes is on sale at the package price of $3,198.00 — for the same exact inclusions!

Which price would you want to pay?

Why is this? It could be for many reasons. A hotel may offer a “special rate” that only applies to packages. The airline could be doing the same. And when they both do it at the same time, you really save!

The value is in the package price! So when you are making your vacation purchase, do yourself a favor and price the entire package together. Make your hard-earned dollar go further and get the BEST vacation you possibly can.

Contact your favorite travel agent or visit www.applevacations.com and pick out your vacation package right now!

  • Prices sampled were per person, based on double occupancy and available on 1/28/14 via Apple Vacations leisure flights. Cancun flight from Philadelphia was on Frontier Airlines 1/15. JFK was on JetBlue Airways 1/22.  Prices included government taxes and fees. 

Ready to Book Your Cancun & Riviera Maya Apple Vacation? Wait no more!

Did you ever see a game show where the contestant waits until the last minute to make a decision or hit the buzzer, and they wait so long they wind up with nothing?

I LOVE game shows and have found myself on more than one occasion screaming at the screen, “push the button!” or “take the deal!”

Many people wait to book their vacations, and yes, sometimes it works out and they catch a Last Minute Special – especially if they are very flexible. But that is not always the case.

I recently returned from my vacation in Cancun’s Riviera Maya. I was pleased to see that my resort was almost 100% full. And it was not the only one.

With this current cold weather, polar vortex, snow and ice across the US, people want to see the sun. And with Cancun being such an easy flight, the resorts I spoke to were doing very well.

Especially because of the cold, friends and family call me and asking, “when are the really low prices coming out?” and “when is the next big sale?” I keep telling them that if they want to book, go ahead and book now.

Don’t wait.

We have some amazing rates to Mexico (and the Caribbean of course) right on our website www.applevacations.com. If you hesitate, the dates and resort you want might not be available for long. And prices can go up.

I was pricing out a vacation the other night and by the next morning, the same package price was $200 more per person! The hotel had sold all of the “sale rooms.”

So, thank you mother nature for making my job just a little bit easier right now. And go ahead and book that vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean right now, or you could truly be left in the cold.