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hey all i was wondering if i could recieve any feedback on a choice im gonna be making in the next few months

im planning a week of fun in the sun to well lets say.....relax. Plain and simple its like a treat to myself after over 5 years in the ARMY 2 years in korea, 15 months in iraq and a few months in egypt. So basically ive narrowed my choices down to two resorts. Im going the couples only resort route as ive noticed throughout my vacationing that these resorts are most relaxing. the last thing i need to worry about on my first vacation in 5 years is side stepping little kids while im boozed up at 2 in the afternoon haha. seriously i love kids but you can definately notice the difference at couples only resorts. itll be myself and my gf of a few years, and may be made into a family affair as her and my parents my go with us, along with her sister and fiance. so here goes my choices, anyone thats been to or have come across in their travels, i would really appreciate your feedback and opinions.

Sandals grande in Antigua, St Johns.
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Sun Palace resort in cancun.

both are great i would just like to know if anyone is a fan of these resorts as they are both part of pretty popular all inclusive chain resorts. the first being sandals and the second a palace resort. thanx for your help guys.

ps im leaning sun palace as all palace resorts have had great reviews on customer service and pampering to the max.:bouncy:
 

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Club Orient or Royal Islander Club la Plage in St Martin.
 

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Virgin Islands ALL THE FREAKIN' WAY over Cancun.
i hear ya, ive been to a few carribean islands myself and love the atmoshphere, but im not sure if im going that route yet, but definately an option which is why i had the sandals in antigua listed as an option.

Cancun is just where this resort chain has their resorts, so its not like im going to take in cancun, (been there done that) just going to take in the accomodations of the one of many palace resorts.
 

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Palace Resorts are excellent. I've been to the Xpu-Ha Palace and it's REALLY very nice.. The service here was the second best service I've ever had - and I've heard the place has improved much after hurricanes wrecked it a few years ago. So it should be even better than I remember...

However, if you want the Best of the Best, you'll want to go to the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island. Here, you will be treated like a King. I'm almost positive this is an Ultra-All-Inclusive resort (it was when I went). Meaning tips are NOT allowed. You never carry a wallet. You can eat and drink anything you want all day and night 24/7 without ever pulling out your wallet.

What's special about THIS particular Sandals (and which makes it the Best Sandals) is there is a LOT to do. If you're going with a girlfriend or a Wife, there are more activities like snorkeling and water-based things - more restaurants - more bars, etcetera.. There's just More to do. If you're going alone, than I'd be willing to bet that ANY Sandals will do.

You will not get better treatment anywhere than Sandals. They earn their raises on how well they treat you. No matter how many people may be there at the time, you will feel like a King.

edit: Yes, Ultra All-Inclusive: http://www.sandals.com/general/specials.cfm?rst_code=SRB
 

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You're headed entirely the wrong direction. You need to have a fishple in your hand on the Alaska peninsula. You'll forget all about boozing in the afternoon when you're trying to land a 25lb. rainbow trout or a three hundred pound halibut.
 

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Far be if for me to tell you how to vacation, but are you familiar with the Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC)? Basically, the military has negotiated a deal with RCI (one of the largest, if not largest, timeshare resort conglomerates) to give military members and their families access to any resort not being used. The vast majority can be rented fo $299/week.

I use them 3 or 4 times a year, everywhere from Lake of the Ozarks and Hot Springs for local getaways to Black Forest, Germany; Waikiki, Cancun, Mazatlan, Italy, Greece, St Croix, and Ocho Rios to name a few - all weeks were less than $300. I checked their listings briefly for this summer (I'm personally headed for Antartica via Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile) and they have a multitude of all inclusive resorts in Cancun all summer long.

AFVC also has access to additional resorts RCI calls "high demand" which could cost up to $1500/week but are more along the lines of the 'ultra all-inclusive" that I've never bothered with cause I've always liked the 4 & 5 star resorts I've stayed at. A word of warning learned on my last trip to Australia via Hawaii - if they offer you a "studio" -- run, run fast, run far :thehand: (I was stranded by a hurricane last year and had no choice but stay in a studio for three days in Hawaii - bad deal all around).

Look them up on the net at http://www.afvclub.com/vacationrr_spacea.asp
- its one of the few perks for the military that I actually continue to use and highly recommend.
 

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Thanx LC seems like your quite the resort vacationer yourself.

I am very interested in the palace resorts as noted before and this may end up being my choice. Ive changed it once again though haha from the sun palace to the aventura palace.

The sandals in the bahamas with the off shore island was actually my first choice in the first week or so i was planning my trip. But when it came down to the nitty gritty it seemed like it was quite the upscale event every evening. I mean dont get me wrong this is a 5 star resort within a respected resort chain but i think i only saw maybe 1 of the restaurants werent elegant evening attire. I mean im all about it, but i think this vacation is gonna be flip flops and board shorts haha. I dont need to worry about an extra suitcase for elegant attire. This also attracted me to the aventura palace resort as the evening restaurants are about 50-50 with casual attire to elegant evening attire. But overall that sandals is definately on my list to get to in the near future.

Also the aventura palace resort is definately your ultra all inclusive. Top shelf liquour, 8 or 9 restaurants, swim up bar, with a few lounges, nightclub, 24 hour room service, and the fridge is even stocked with domestic beer (dos equis) and theres a liqour dispensor in your room!!!! haha im all about it. sounds great to me all included.
 

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You're headed entirely the wrong direction. You need to have a fishple in your hand on the Alaska peninsula. You'll forget all about boozing in the afternoon when you're trying to land a 25lb. rainbow trout or a three hundred pound halibut.
haha does sound great, but the boots are coming off and its shades, board shorts, and flip flops for me for a week.

Ill see ya in my travels in the future KOZ, ill make it up there sooner or later, i find alaska fascinating by all means as I was born and raised in new england and cant get enough of the outdoors.
 

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Far be if for me to tell you how to vacation, but are you familiar with the Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC)? Basically, the military has negotiated a deal with RCI (one of the largest, if not largest, timeshare resort conglomerates) to give military members and their families access to any resort not being used. The vast majority can be rented fo $299/week.

I use them 3 or 4 times a year, everywhere from Lake of the Ozarks and Hot Springs for local getaways to Black Forest, Germany; Waikiki, Cancun, Mazatlan, Italy, Greece, St Croix, and Ocho Rios to name a few - all weeks were less than $300. I checked their listings briefly for this summer (I'm personally headed for Antartica via Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile) and they have a multitude of all inclusive resorts in Cancun all summer long.

AFVC also has access to additional resorts RCI calls "high demand" which could cost up to $1500/week but are more along the lines of the 'ultra all-inclusive" that I've never bothered with cause I've always liked the 4 & 5 star resorts I've stayed at. A word of warning learned on my last trip to Australia via Hawaii - if they offer you a "studio" -- run, run fast, run far :thehand: (I was stranded by a hurricane last year and had no choice but stay in a studio for three days in Hawaii - bad deal all around).

Look them up on the net at http://www.afvclub.com/vacationrr_spacea.asp
- its one of the few perks for the military that I actually continue to use and highly recommend.
im actually not to familiar but thank you for the information. This would be great to take advantage of but is it offered to veterans or just active duty?? at the time of my trip i would have already put my boots in the closet and hung up the ACU's one last time so if it only applies to active duty im out of the loop. This is my treat for myself to celebrate my 5 and a half years of service.
 

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im actually not to familiar but thank you for the information. This would be great to take advantage of but is it offered to veterans or just active duty?? at the time of my trip i would have already put my boots in the closet and hung up the ACU's one last time so if it only applies to active duty im out of the loop. This is my treat for myself to celebrate my 5 and a half years of service.
I believe its for veterans. I know active and retired for sure. Website says:
"You are eligible to participate if you are a:

* Member of the Uniformed Services or an adult dependant (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy; active duty and both active and inactive reserve and National Guard)
* Foreign exchange service member on permanent duty with the DoD
* Retired Member of the Uniformed Services or an adult dependant (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy)
* Civilian employees of the DoD (appropriated, non-appropriated, or retired) or an adult dependant
* American Red Cross personnel serving overseas with the U.S. military
* DoD Dependant School teacher or an adult dependant
* Disabled American Veteran @ 100% with 2765 ID Card"

I think you would qualify as inactive reserve, give them a call and see.
 

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I work closely with a VERY large travel company. :D

Either Palace or Sandals, you'll come home happy no matter which you choose.. And while the Sandals resort I told you sounds too "dress-up", it really isn't. I'm TOTALLY not a suit and tie kinda guy. I'm WAY the opposite.. I can dress nice if I have to, but I like being comfortable. I'd be an "Adam Sandler" type celebrity, if you know what I mean...

My first choice is Sandals - But you can't go wrong with Palace..
 
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