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Old Jun 8, 2005, 8:30 pm
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All inclusive resorts [merged]

I have a few question regarding Intercontenental hotels that are all inclusive:
#1 are there any out there?
#2 Are we able to redeem points for a stay at the hotel?
#3 has anyone that frequents the forums done so?

I am planning a vacation sometime in the next 3 months, and with all of the bonuses and such, I have roughly 220k of points to use, and an all inclusive resort would be great any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old Jun 10, 2005, 4:44 am
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Your best bet is to search the forum for "Sunspree". This will give you a list of threads about HI Sunspree A/I resorts. The search will give you threads such as this one ->http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showt...light=sunspree


Originally Posted by The Technician
I have a few question regarding Intercontenental hotels that are all inclusive:
#1 are there any out there?
#2 Are we able to redeem points for a stay at the hotel?
#3 has anyone that frequents the forums done so?

I am planning a vacation sometime in the next 3 months, and with all of the bonuses and such, I have roughly 220k of points to use, and an all inclusive resort would be great any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old Jun 14, 2005, 8:09 am
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I, too am interested in all-inclusive locations, but the referenced thread above didn't seem too helpful. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem that all Sunsprees are all-inclusive.

I did find one for sure in Jamaica..."After a multi-million dollar renovation the All Inclusive Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Hotel-Montego Bay Jamaica, is open."

Has anyone stayed there? What are the food and drinks like?

Any other all-inclusive location feedback would be appreciated!
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Old Jun 14, 2005, 8:28 am
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Cabo San Lucas, oh my! We stayed at the Crowne Plaza there last fall, and it was lovely! Spotlessly clean, attentive staff and decent food. We did not use points, and also did not use the all inclusive option. On looking at the Priority Club website, it seems like you can't get all inclusive with points. But even if your stay is paid with points, you are saving lots of money.

There is also an InterContinental there, right down the beach from the Crowne Plaza, but we did not check it out.

Both of these hotels are located at the San Jose del Cabo end of the Cape, which is quieter and more restful than Cabo. But you can always go to Cabo if you want a little action.

American Airlines has all inclusive vacations that can be booked there at several resorts using AA miles.
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Old Jun 14, 2005, 3:17 pm
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After a little bit of searching, I ended up booking a week at the intercontinental presidente in Cabo, for next month. I used points for my reservation, and will let everyone know if a reservation with points is actually all inclusive or not.
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Old Jun 14, 2005, 5:00 pm
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Please do let me know if you like it. We are going back to Cabo this fall and are trying to decide if we would stay at the Crowne again or try the Presidente.

We really enjoyed an afternoon we spent just wandering around San Jose del Cabo, checking out the stalls in the market and the local restaurants.
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Old Jun 15, 2005, 5:48 am
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Originally Posted by The Technician
I have a few question regarding Intercontenental hotels that are all inclusive:
#1 are there any out there?
#2 Are we able to redeem points for a stay at the hotel?
#3 has anyone that frequents the forums done so?

I am planning a vacation sometime in the next 3 months, and with all of the bonuses and such, I have roughly 220k of points to use, and an all inclusive resort would be great any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
The sunspree resorts in the caribbean, aruba - jamaica - bahamas, are all inclusive. If you read over the explanation of point redemtion you will notice that there is a 10K point addition to the room for all inclusive benifits for 2 guests in the same room. As you may know the upper rate for HI resorts is 25K per night, but the all inclusive resorts come back at 35K per night.
I verified this by calling in and also found the rate for additionals in the same room which was not available with points, only cash. The rate was lower for kids, but I were checking for our younge adult children and the rate was $75 per day for each of them in aruba.
If I were you I would call about Cabo to see if their resorts are all inclusive, for points of course, as well.

Hope that helps.
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Old Jun 15, 2005, 7:55 am
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Sent the good 'ol email to PC, and here's the reply (didn't ask about the award redemption, however):

"Please find below the list of our All-inclusive hotels:

Holiday Inn Aruba Beach Resort and Casino
Rate includes full use of all activities and children's programs, all
food and house brand beverages. (Additional charge for 3rd person is : 18
years and up $75.00 ,12 years and up $45.00, under 11 free)

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica
Rate includes all standard features plus all meals, drinks, disco,
airport transfers, and a shopping trip to downtown Montego Bay (Additional
charges for 3rd person is : 13 years and up $60.00, 12 and under free)

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas
Rate includes all meals and snacks, cocktails, domestic beer and wine,
unlimited activities and daily entertainment, resort course scuba and
tennis lesson by a pro. (Additional charges for 3rd person is: adult 17 years
and up $85.00 ,13-17 years $65.00 , kids 4-12 years $35.00 , and under 3 years free)"

I would guess that the availability at the Aruba location might be a little higher than normal these days...
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Old Jun 15, 2005, 9:26 am
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..availability at the Aruba location might be a little higher than normal these days...
<OT> For anybody who's actually been there -- how are you dealing with the urge to strangle those smack-talking TV 'reporters' ?? Jeeze, what a bunch of pompous jackals.

All Inclusives Why do folks see that as such a plus, especially in a place like AW? No imagination or adventure spirit? -- on a cruise, OK. Or your honeymoon with 100% room service , maybe.

The LAST thing I'd sign up for is being locked into a hotel's concept of 'the best there is', be it food, entertainment or activities. (Admittedly spoiled by too many years of Amsterdam Manor and Dutch Village ^ )
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Old Jun 15, 2005, 10:31 am
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For people on a budget, all inclusives are very nice. They prevent you from overspending on a vacation. I remeber when I took my family to Cabo (stayed at the hilton), the hotel charged like $7 or $8 for a drink, and $13 for lunch and $4 for a pepsi. So a lot of times we didn't drink or eat because it was too expensive. We really wished we would have done an all-inclusive pay a little extra, and not worry at all about costs during the whole trip. Even though you try not to worry about costs when you travel, you can't help but notice the prices when you order something.

Also for people with say a million points, they might just want to use those points and have everything included. I know Coral by hilton offers all-inclusive for 40k points a night in the carribean and that is very nice if you have over a million points, and just want a completely free vacation.

Cheers

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Old Jun 15, 2005, 11:08 am
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Why use all inclusive? At the Crowne Plza in Cabo, we noticed that the folks who had the all inclusive option just showed bracelets, and got anything they wanted. Drinks, snacks, etc. Every time we wanted a drink or snack at the pool, we had to sign another tab.

We are going to go back there next year with our extended family, to celebrate the parental units' 50th. All those kids running around, and they can get another hot dog or coke without going to mom, getting money, etc.

Very convenient!

One piece of advice, tip the staff personally in cash, when you add tips to your tab the staff never sees them. For relatively few pesos spread around we got superior service.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 5:03 pm
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update- comments on recent visit to IC Presidente

We just returned from our 1 week visit to the Intercontinental Presidente at San Jose del Cabo. I was able to book 5 nights at the hotel with points at 40,000 points per night. This included the all inclusive option, as soon as my girlfriend and I arrived, they gave us bracelets that allowed us to access everything the resort had to offer. The resort is beautiful, several swimming pools, and there are 4 restaurants that are included in the all inclusive package. The hotel also has 24 hour room service for a $2.50 US fee, no matter how much you order, $2.50 flat fee, we severely abused the room service while we were there The hotel is approximately 19 miles from cabo, where all of the bars are, so if that is in your plans, I would advise renting a car, because taxi prices are outrageous- $35US one way plus a $10 per person charge for parties more than 4. All in all, the resort was great, and my total bill from a 1 week stay was $45 US. not too shabby for an all inclusive resort.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 9:52 pm
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I don't know if the Cancun location is AI, but I have stayed there before and it's a joke, but it has a beach. I wouldn't call it a resort - resorts have features.
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Old Jul 26, 2005, 8:39 am
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Originally Posted by The Technician
We just returned from our 1 week visit to the Intercontinental Presidente at San Jose del Cabo. I was able to book 5 nights at the hotel with points at 40,000 points per night. This included the all inclusive option, as soon as my girlfriend and I arrived, they gave us bracelets that allowed us to access everything the resort had to offer. The resort is beautiful, several swimming pools, and there are 4 restaurants that are included in the all inclusive package. The hotel also has 24 hour room service for a $2.50 US fee, no matter how much you order, $2.50 flat fee, we severely abused the room service while we were there The hotel is approximately 19 miles from cabo, where all of the bars are, so if that is in your plans, I would advise renting a car, because taxi prices are outrageous- $35US one way plus a $10 per person charge for parties more than 4. All in all, the resort was great, and my total bill from a 1 week stay was $45 US. not too shabby for an all inclusive resort.
Thanks much for the update! I thinkwe may split our time between the IC and the CP when we go back this fall.
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Old Jul 26, 2005, 9:15 pm
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Advice Please!

Advice please!

I have a 1 week vacation booked completely on points coming up at the IC Presidente, Cancun.

I have RA status and the hotel has already confirmed they have upgraded me to a Club Level room with balcony for the stay.

However, I have just noticed there is an "All Inclusive" rate at this hotel.

I assume this means I could spend the extra 10 g points a night and get this rate according to the T & C's?

Assuming this is correct, would it be advised to go all inclusive at this IC?

I know there have been mixed reviews regarding this resort, but they seem to be leaning positive and I am really all about relaxaing this vacation, and this seems to be one of the best places there to do so.

Advice?

Thanks!
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