Resorts for the ultimate summer vacation
From keeping the kids entertained to steep gas prices and eating out, there are lots of hidden costs when it comes to planning a staycation back home in Canada. When you plan your summer getaway at an all inclusive resort, you can take your vacation budget further. Everything you need is included, from the accommodations to the meals and the entertainment – and then some!
To help you plan the ultimate summer vacation in the tropics, we compiled some of our favourite resorts that offer incredible on-site amenities and activities to take your getaway to the next level. With action-packed water parks, world-class golf courses and exhilarating zipline circuits, these resorts offer something for everyone.
Days spent as a family on vacation are often treasured memories for years to come – and what better place to vacation than on the sparkling white-sand shores of Riviera Maya? Barceló Maya Caribe offers plenty of action-packed activities that everyone in the family will love in a picturesque tropical setting. Kids who can’t get enough of the pool will have a blast at the Barcy Water Park while thrill-seeking teens can fly through the sky on one of seven ziplines at the on-site Ventura Fly & Ride Park. After a day full of adventure, retire to spacious rooms or suites – including options that sleep families of five or more.
There’s never a dull moment at the breathtaking Barceló Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this beachfront resort offers non-stop activities and entertainment on the shores of world-famous Bavaro Beach. Sports lovers can kick off on the full-sized soccer pitch while baseball players can practice their swing at the resort diamond. Golfers can tee off with discounted green fees at the resort’s on-site course designed by legendary architect P.B. Dye and less-experienced golf enthusiasts can try for a hole-in-one at the mini-golf course. Finish off the day with a round of laser tag before rolling the dice at the adults only casino!
While relaxing on a beachside lounger is certainly a staple of any tropical getaway, there’s so much more to explore in your destination! Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos overlooks the beautiful coast of Los Cabos and is conveniently located just steps from the picturesque town of San Jose del Cabo. This lively town features 18th century colonial architecture, a vibrant nightlife scene and fascinating local art galleries which you can discover during the city’s popular “San José Art Walk” events that take place every Thursday night between November and June. When you’re not exploring town, you can sip on refreshing margaritas at the resort’s Sky Bar with panoramic ocean views or indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine at Las Jicamas Mexican Bar and Restaurant.
Searching for the perfect spot for your next romantic getaway? The adults only Royal Hideaway Playacar in gorgeous Riviera Maya is the ideal destination for romance – it’s even a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World organization. Spend your days lounging by the glamorous oceanview infinity pool or treating yourself to a pampering couples massage at The Retreat Spa. Afterwards, you and your special someone can indulge in a fine-dining experience at Las Ventanas, an AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant, before retiring to lavish suites with 24-hour room service (perfect for romantic breakfasts in bed).
You can relax on one of the world’s most renowned beaches – Palm Beach – when you stay at Barceló Aruba. Known for its pristine white-sand shores and calm crystal-clear waters, this legendary beach in Aruba is the perfect spot for vacationers seeking some quality rest and relaxation in paradise. Snag a beachside lounger and admire picturesque views of the sparkling coast, before trying out a range of complimentary water sports like snorkelling, sailing and kayaking. In the evening, indulge in fresh seafood and local cuisine on the outdoor terrace at the Aruban Seafood & Beach Club restaurant with breathtaking sunset views.
Nature lovers can stay in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle at Occidental Papagayo. Surrounded by lush landscapes overlooking the bay, this adults only resort in Costa Rica offers plenty of opportunities for eco exploration. Embark on an organized nature trek down trails lined with tropical vegetation, keeping an eye out for exotic species and birds that call the area home. Plus, plenty of Costa Rica’s attractive natural landmarks are just a quick excursion away! Afterwards, you can head down to the resort’s golden-sand beach and ride Costa Rica’s famous waves on a paddle board or boogie board.
Located in some of the most beautiful destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, Barceló Hotel Group offers spectacular resorts with luxurious amenities, world-class service, spacious accommodations and decadent dining options.