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Hard Rock Resorts All Inclusive Mexico & Dominican Republic-Ultimate Guide & Reviews
How Hard Rock does it different, and 5 Reasons Why Hard Rock Makes a Great Vacation
1) Gourmet Food 🎸 2) Great Mixology 🎸 3) Beautiful Beaches 🎸 4) Pool Vibes for All 🎸 5) Rockstar Accommodations 🎸 hard rock hotel punta cana, hard rock hotel riviera maya, The Hard Rock Hotels cover the above, but then they add in what Hard Rock considers some brand pillars:
Free-Spirited - Hard Rock guests just want to have fun, and no age requirement high or low to do so 🥳
Unique - we deliver a one of a kind world class experience from the memorabilia to the musical influence the vibes are endless 😎
Energetic - coolest job in the industry (Vibe Manager): controls the guest vibe and experience from morning wellness to afternoon rock bands, they gauge the guests and respond accordingly 🤩
Consistent - the destinations may change but the quality and standards are across the board, just choose the resort and destination that fits your personality 🙌
Hard Rock Resorts All-Inclusive
The all‑inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic are guaranteed to rock your world. With service that knows no limits, we took all the awesome of Rock & Roll and made it a vacation that has to be experienced to be believed. Live it up in stylish digs decked out with fully stocked liquor dispensers, hydro spa tubs, and wall-to-wall awesome. Sip limitless luxury from the top shelf, wine and dine like a boss, and feast on decadent views from Riviera Nayarit to Punta Cana.
Now Let’s Break it Down Even More with Each Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos: The first ever Hard Rock built from the ground up. Features a beautiful foot print in Diamanté with ocean views and a long flat beach to roam, just no getting into the ocean water, please. No worries - many pools are oceanfront, so you can enjoy water and the views. Short 20 min ride to downtown to explore but the resort features so much for everyone you may never leave. Modern designs with lead in rooms being ocean view, spacious and featuring adult only areas as well. Perfect hotel for a combination of relaxation and escape to views, but also find the fun from a poolside DJ, and amazing cabanas, to night time entertainment, and a lounge to take the after party to. All types of travelers will enjoy this oasis, no matter the age. ( Secret Insider Tip: The rock suite swim up oceanfront is one of the best suites around, oceanfront plunge pool, and a fire pit vibe at night, thank me later!)
Resort at a glance: Over 8 dining outlets, 7 bars and 2 lounges, indulgence comes standard. Relax at the legendary Rock Spa® or hit a few rounds on, not one, but two championship golf courses, while the kids chill at the Roxity Kids Club™. 32,000 square foot Rock Spa® – 36 rooms. Over 60,000 square feet of meeting and outdoor space to work with to ensure your event steals the show time after time.
More information: Two world class golf courses, designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. Head to either the Sunlight Bar, Moonlight Bar, and Moonlight Lounge, equipped with Hard Rock's very own bowling alley, where you’ll find all of your top-shelf favorites on deck. Get a taste for traditional Mexican flavors at Los Gallos, opt for exotic Brazilian at Ipanema, or enjoy a premium steak at Toro, with 8 phenomenal restaurants to choose from, satisfy each and every craving during your stay.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya: A long resort style hotel with two dynamic sides; hacienda open to all ages and Heaven adults only. Newly remodeled pool and common areas and updated Heaven side with new swim up suites and new Heaven pool is sure to please all guests. Located 90 mins from the airport in a true resort experience surrounded by beautiful Beach areas and the Mexican jungle. Featuring lagoon style beach coves which boast green flags for water activities and wildlife where kids and adults can both see right from in the cove (🎸the fish love French fries 😉). This is Vibe central from quiet escapes on the mini coves to relaxing pool areas to the main activity pool with live music and fun. This getaway combines the beat of every vacationer’s needs such as the spa, excursions, fun, nightlife, dancing, singing, romantic dinners, and much more! Perfect for couples, honeymoons, adventurous and active guests, families with smaller kids, and all ages looking for fun and relaxation. Music connects this resort for all ages as does a beautiful walk way to get across the hotel by Oceanside. ( Secret Insider Tip: new experiences add a lasting memory such as beach camping and tequila tastings)
Resort at a glance: Woodward, premier action sports experience in paradise, 6 sprawling pools, water park, private and protected white sand beach, 9 first class restaurants, 9 bars and lounges, championship golf. Water park features 3 attractions with over 20 slides, a snack bar, an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar and more. Roxity Kids Club™, splash parks. 91,556 square feet of meeting and event space, Club Heaven. Enjoy a reserved adults-only section of Hard Rock's naturally protected private beach, 3 adults-only pools, and the POSH® Beauty Salon & Boutique.
More information: A private balcony, double hydro spa tubs, and wall-to-wall extras. From Family Suites to luxurious third floor Sky Terraces and everything in between. 393 ultra posh rooms and suites exclusive to adult guests, Heaven features some of the most boutique and stylish amenities your vacation has ever known. Enjoy a private balcony, double hydro spa tubs, a fully stocked mini bar, and unique décor exclusive to Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. From the Deluxe Gold rooms to the two-bedroom Rock Star Suite, nothing can compare to a stay at Heaven.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: The true definition of something for everyone, called a cruise ship on land, the Vegas of the Caribbean. 1700+ room resort with 13 pools, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and activities for every age, and then some. You pick your suite here by if you’d rather be closer to day time action by the main pools and beach, or closer to night time fun and the boulevard - which boasts some of the best bars, restaurants, stores, casino, gaming areas and entertainment.
🐳Waterpark🐳 OPEN! This incredible Rockaway water park features 26 slides varying in heights - great for all ages, a dry and wet bar, a food truck area, mini market store, family pool and bali beds! 🍴 Restaurants🍴 🍝 Ciao REOPENED With 200 seats available, Ciao offers an exceptional contemporary Italian cuisine a la carte for dinner, offering antipasti, fresh pastas made to order or a 'dolce' treat for dessert. 🥩 Toro REOPENED Toro offers exceptional international cuisine for breakfast. At night it becomes a steakhouse offering Premium cuts grilled to perfection & an extensive wine list. 🥗 New Vegan Restaurant Coming soon! the Pizzeto restaurant is now closed. It will be replaced with a vegan restaurant as well as a burger restaurant (name still pending). 🌮 Los Gallos closed for renovation Will reopen as Los Gallos Restaurant reservations will no longer be required at Hard Rock Hotel All Inclusive properties as of May 15, 2022🍴 Newly renovated rooms and suites boast incredibly spacious and welcoming modern vibes with Hard Rock twists. Great dining selections and mixology to go with it. Entertainment is a plenty for all ages. Perfect for family vacations with active kids, honeymooners and couples looking for a gorgeous beach resort with lots to do, friends groups, destination weddings are a huge hit here, and extended family trips. ( Insider Tip: you won’t do it all but find your 3-4 go to pools and beach spots to enjoy)
Resort at a glance: On 121 acres of beachfront, 23 top-shelf bars, 9 amazing restaurants, Casino restaurant, Monserrat Manor, which is not included as part of the all-inclusive offering. Features on-property championship golf, the legendary Rock Spa®, thrilling action at one of the Caribbean’s largest casinos, endless nightlife at ORO Nightclub, and even fun for your little rock stars at the Kids Club. 60,000 square feet of event space.
More information: 13 amazing pools it takes you straight to the edge of opulence. The perfect way to chill, there’s no shortage of awesomeness thanks to a lazy river, swim-up bars, a breathtaking beach, family-friendly and adults-only pools, and amazing kids-only waterslides — all with full food and drink service, live events, and yeah, all the luxury you can handle.
Hard Rock Cancún
Hard Rock Cancún: High Energy high rise perfect for that gorgeous beach vibe, views for days, infinity pool with views and live music, compact for experiencing all the hotel offers, close to shopping, nightlife and local attractions. Perfect for long weekends remember land at 10am on beach by noon! Ideal clientele is high energy adults, friends, couples, singles, and parents with teens. ( Secret Insider Tip: the cabanas on the beach and a romantic beach dinner are worth every 💵)
Resort at a glance: 601 luxury packed rooms, in-room service, top-shelf drinks, and free Wi-Fi, 4 stellar pools with 2 swim-up bars and 2 outdoor hydro spas, an on-site amphitheater and live entertainment, world-class shopping, and all taxes and gratuity included.
More information: A 12-story monument to all things awesome in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun takes the Caribbean to a whole new level of sophistication straight to the edge of opulence. That means access to unforgettable tours, live entertainment, and an amazing nightlife. Enjoy unparalleled dining at 6 restaurants and 5 bars, championship golf, the legendary Rock Spa®, and even Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ for your young rock stars. Perfect for any event, this all-inclusive headliner boasts 29,272 square feet of meeting space for your next get-together and ultra-chic wedding inspirations for the ultimate display of romance and love.
Hard Rock Vallarta
Hard Rock Vallarta: this gem of a boutique style small hotel is located in one of the most classic and historic parts of the pacific Mexican side. Close to the airport and downtown Vallarta but also close to historic striding towns and cultural escapes. This hotel features beautiful golden sand and calm waters but also very service focused due to its size. Perfect for honeymoon couples wanting a place to be pampered and relax but enjoy the Hard Rock touches of music. The location makes it central to explore the pacific coast of Mexico and meet locals from fishing towns to surf towns explore away. Also perfect for adventure seekers and families who enjoy spending time together and connecting on vacation and showcasing history to their kids. ( Secret Insider Tip: Salyulita is a must visit and of course Hidden Beach)
Resort at a glance: 362-rooms, 6 restaurants, 5 amazing bars, access to world class golf courses, Roxity Kids Club™ for your young rock stars, the Cavern Teens Club, and the legendary Rock Spa®. Enjoy amazing tours, live music, endless parties, and more in the heart of paradise. Take your meeting to the top of the charts with 24,132 square feet of meeting space, Flamingo Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72-course only 15 minutes away from the hotel.
More information: Rock Spa® is the perfect way to cool with an aromatherapy massage or charge up with an antioxidant facial. With 13 treatment rooms for both individuals and couples alongside a setlist of top-rated WE’VE GOT THE REST treatments, there’s no better way to indulge your inner diva. I hope these help give you some minor insight into these fabulous hotels!
Hard Rock Offers So Much More!
Destination weddings, groups, meetings, corporate incentive trips, there is so much more to experience with Hard Rock Resorts!
With Hard Rock's beautiful beachside locations, world-class dining and top-shelf cocktails, business at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels feels more like an indulgence than work. Learn more about how Hard Rock's properties can take your meetings to a whole new level of luxury and sophistication.
ALL-INCLUSIVE MEETINGS THAT ROCK
Planning a conference at one of the new all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Dominican Republic couldn’t be easier. You control the costs at your next meeting or incentives event and we do all the rest. Trade in the expense report hassles and constant up-charging for top-notch service and world-class amenities. It’s the luxury you deserve without the nickel-and-diming.
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Medical insurance protection is now available for purchase. We’ll be here to take care of all the details so you can work hard and pause hard with ease of mind. Book your meeting, incentive trip, or group at one of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Dominican Republic starting April 1, 2022 through December 15, 2023 for travel until December 15, 2023, and purchase My Travel Assistance Basic medical insurance protection for $10 USD per person to cover up to 10 nights due to convalescence and medical expenses such as doctor, medication and hospitalization. Upgrade to My Travel Assistance Plus for an additional $20 per person for the entire trip.
Destination Weddings/Beach Weddings
Begin your happily ever after in the heart of paradise. Whether you’re searching for timeless elegance or something a little more edgy, Hard Rock's ultra-luxurious resorts have all the world class amenities you need to make your wedding dreams come true.
ALL-INCLUSIVE HARD ROCK HOTEL WEDDINGS
Your love is not shy; your wedding day shouldn’t be either. Whether you are wedding planning, renewing your vows, or honeymooning, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Riviera Maya, Cancun, Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Punta Cana will help make it the day you’ve always envisioned.
Get in touch with Michelle Finney
Over the last 20 years, I have traveled all over America and parts of the world! I have always taken great pride in planning the perfect vacation for my family, and in 2021 I made the leap to start planning vacations for others too! In the last 10 years I have traveled to many wonderful domestic locations such as NYC, Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Colorado, Florida including Disney World & The Keys, and some beautiful beaches on both the East and West Coasts. I also visited San Juan, and St Thomas and St John in the USVI. Internationally, I travel frequently to the Riviera Maya, including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and Ireland! Additionally I have been to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Later this year I have plans to visit some new and exciting destinations, starting with Punta Cana and Rome!! I love all things travel, and would love to help you get where ever your heart desires to take you!
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Hard Rock Resorts All Inclusive Mexico & Dominican Republic-Ultimate Guide & Reviews
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Over the last 20 years, I have traveled all over America and parts of the world! I have always taken great pride in planning the perfect vacation for my family, and in 2021 I made the leap to start planning vacations for others too! In the last 10 years I have traveled to many wonderful domestic locations such as NYC, Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Colorado, Florida including Disney World & The Keys, and some beautiful beaches on both the East and West Coasts. I also visited San Juan, and St Thomas and St John in the USVI. Internationally, I travel frequently to the Riviera Maya, including Cancun,... Read More >>>
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Michelle booked our Vegas vacation. We had a great time!!! We will use her to help plan all our future vacations. Thanks Michelle! -Lana Campman
Solo Trip to Costa Rica
Michelle was a great help! First international traveler and she was able to answer my questions and make traveling easy with step by step guide. She will be my agent for further destinations. -Destiny Howard
Family Getaway to Punta Cana
This was my families first abroad trip. We were nervous about traveling that far but Michelle made it easy for us with her detailed travel plans itinerary. She also checked in on us while we were there to make sure we had everything we needed. The resort that we stayed at was amazing and the perfect recommendation for us. Thanks Michelle, we are ready to travel the world with your help of course 🙂 -Charissa Penrod
Michelle was a huge help with our trip! She planned every detail of our vacation and gave us perfect instructions for everything we needed to have a relaxing, stress free week down to the most minute details. -Weston Foote
Dream Family Vacation to Punta Cana
Michelle is the best!! She is amazing! She was really friendly and easy to work with. We had the best time in Punta Cana. She was very detailed and patient, she answered all my questions as soon as possible. She helped us pick out resorts and provided a lot of options within our budget. When we were in the resort, she called checking on us to make sure everything is fine and reminded us to contact the transportation team. We traveled in a group with 8 adults and 2 toddlers and we were so satisfied with our dream trip thanks to Michelle. We would like to work with Michelle again on our next trips. Highly recommended!!!! -Quynhanh Pham
Honeymoon in Paradise
We had the absolute best time on our honeymoon!!!!! It was beautiful and having Michelle set everything up for us made it so easy for us to enjoy our honeymoon!!! The resort was simply beautiful! We would definitely book with Michelle again!!!! -Lillie Fuller
Birthday Trip to Mexico!
Michelle was wonderful! She was the first travel agent I’ve worked with and she made our trip to Mexico seamless. She prepped us for our departure. Told us exactly what to expect, what to pack, and what we needed while we were there. Michelle made sure we had the best time! I will for sure book our next trip with Michelle! -Kady Coleman
Dream Trip to Ireland
Update: We just returned from our 4th trip Michelle has planned for us! She worked so hard on a dream trip to Ireland for us & it was perfect! She listened to every hope & request we had & did not disappoint. She also planned an Alaskan cruise for us that was amazing! I highly recommend Michelle & Vincent Vacations. My first time out of the country went so smooth because of Michelle. She even gave us a detailed description of what to do & expect when we got to the Punta Cana airport. That was so helpful. She bent over backwards for us & answered so many of my questions I would have at all kinds of random times! Our honeymoon was a blast & have already had Michelle book our next dream trip! -Michelle Capehart
Stress Free Destination Bachelorette Party
Working with Michelle made planning my bachelorette trip very easy. We traveled with a large group which can be stressful. I was impressed by her timely responses, attention to detail and overall personality. We will be working with her in the future! -Toreasha Grandberry
20th wedding anniversary to Greece!
We used Michelle with Vincent Vacations to book a trip to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. She presented us with a multitude of options within our budget. We chose a cruise leaving from Athens, making various ports in Greece. Michelle took care of every detail, answered every question and was always readily available to help. We enjoyed a stress-free vacation at every stage. She went above and beyond!! -Nathan Newman
Sometimes when you watch movies you get a glimpse of far away places. I recall watching scenes of rolling green fields, gray stone walls, lively pubs with good music and company, ancient castles, and friendly people with an accent and a welcoming smile. I had a chance to visit Ireland recently, and what I experienced was all of that…and so much more.
Our journey started in Dublin, where sociable people bustle around the gray stone streets, lined with shops and restaurants and pubs. The city sits on the River Liffey, which divides the city North from the South. The first day in town, we walked the streets to see as much of the city as we could fit into one day. We visited the Guinness Brewery, only to learn we needed to make reservations days in advance! So we changed pace and broke for lunch and a perfect draft beer at a local pub, before visiting places like Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College.
The neighborhood of Temple Bar served for our next stroll, until we wandered into another local pub. They welcomed us in with hours of entertainment such as folk music and dancing. Once I grew weary from my long day of traveling, I enjoyed a quiet walk alone back to our hotel along the river, and never once felt unsafe as I navigated the dimly lit streets of Dublin. Everyone I encountered was welcoming and helpful.
The next day we traveled southwest toward the little town of Kilkenny. Free-roaming sheep and ponies dotted those idyllic rolling hills I’d previously only dreamed of visiting, everything already vibrant green in the early Spring. We visited The Lyrath Estate, which is a beautiful property that hosts a school of falconry on site. Here we learned a lot about the extremely intelligent species of bird, as well as how they are raised and kept. The hotel restaurant served us a delicious lunch of freshly steeped tea, homemade Irish soup, and sandwiches. The hotel manager escorted us around the property, excitedly spinning tales for us of this beautiful and historic property.
After lunch, we visited the Smithwick’s Experience in Kilkenny. The knowledgeable guide schooled us in the history of brewing, immersed us in the aromas and tastes of the draft ingredients, and the entire brewing process. Then we sampled the product! This was such a fun activity! I would definitely recommend this as a stop on any adventurous itinerary.
Later that evening I stole a few minutes to walk around the quaint town of Kilkenny alone, wandering into local shops, sampling homemade sweets, exploring the grounds of the Kilkenny castle, and capturing photos outside of a picturesque cathedral holding service on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Within walking distance of our hotel, we dined at Kyteler’s Inn. This hidden gem has a dark, ghostly history with a humorous twist. (No spoilers, you’ll have to find out the story for yourself!) You can enjoy both spirits and spirits (if you know what I mean) when you visit this inn. They served us Irish coffee at the end of a superb meal, and then we enjoyed live music and plenty to drink. As we walked back to our hotel, another local pub drew us in with the temptation of more incredible music and dancing! Happy people welcomed us into their rich culture at each place we visited.
The next morning we continued our adventure from Kilkenny to Killarney, but not before making a brief stop to take photos of the majestic Rock of Cashel. Located about forty-five minutes south of Kilkenny, it sits regally distant atop a hillside. The 1981 movie Excalibur was filmed there! You can visit the Rock of Cashel for 8 euros per person, but this time we just admired her from afar.
Our route carried us alongside more rolling green fields scattered with livestock, old farm houses, and a sprinkle of antiquated stone structures, some that looked like they’d been there for hundreds of years. We stopped for a quick lunch and shopping in the cute little town of Kenmare, and as I walked back from the shops to the bus, a light rain began to fall from the sky. I pulled up the hood of my jacket to keep me dry and smiled at the realization that I was walking the streets of Ireland in the rain. It still feels surreal, like something out of a fairytale.
From Kenmare we continued on toward Killarney, taking part of the Ring of Kerry Route. Beautiful landscapes of hills and valleys, sprinkled with ancient rocks and herds of sheep, passed us by. We traveled along the coast and made a stop at Lady’s View. We even witnessed a rainbow cascading down from the mountains into a valley! Call me silly, but I wonder if there was truly a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. On our way into Killarney we stopped at the Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle, both worthy of your time.
In Killarney we strolled the streets in the rain, where little shops and cafes beckoned us in. One charming sweater shop, Aran Sweater Market, even offered to ship our souvenirs back home for us! And would you believe that my beautiful knitted Irish blanket was waiting on my doorstep when I made it back home? More mysterious alleyways and towering cathedrals rested among the stone streets, making this a memorable stop on our journey.
Following a welcoming reception at our hotel, we made our way to Harrows for dinner. Hearty choices like lamb chops and beef ribs filled our bellies while we enjoyed great company, with plenty of ale and wine to go around. We spent the evening reminiscing about all we had seen the last few days. I was quickly becoming great friends with all of my travel mates.
In the morning we ate a filling Irish breakfast of eggs, beans, and mushrooms, then set out for our next destination. We stopped at the lovely Great Southern Killarney Hotel. This historically rich hotel was built in 1854 as part of the city’s preparation for the Queen’s visit. The charming structure rests on six acres of beautiful gardens.
Next we visited the Aghadoe Valley, where the panoramic view of hills, valleys, lakes, and streams is breathtaking. It reminded me of an idyllic scene from a puzzle you would spend weeks assembling. The snow capped mountains in the distance were just a picturesque addition.
Then we moved on to the Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company. This brand new building is home to one of the most modern breweries in the country. They toured us through the warehouse, explaining the entire brewing and bottling process. The rooftop views boast an incredible panoramic view of the valley we had just visited earlier that morning. Once again, we were treated to a beer tasting. I even discovered a brew I enjoyed! What an enlightening experience!
From there we continued to the small town of Adare, where we visited the Woodlands property. Owned by several generations of the Fitzgerald family, I quickly felt like I belonged in such a majestic place! They served us a tasting platter, which was a robust sampling of the wonderful dishes served in their dining room. On the property is Mary’s Organic Garden, where they grow vegetables for their own hotel kitchen. Mary is the matriarch of the Fitzgerald family, as well as the interior decorator for all the rooms. A quaint area called the Treehouse harbored little huts where you can spend an afternoon immersed in lively music and dining at fancy food trucks. The whole family is integrated into the operations of this homestead, and I could feel that they put their heart and soul into everything they do.
From Adare, we rode over to Limerick, where we were treated to a guided tour of King John’s Castle. Situated on the River Shannon, this castle dates back to the year 1200, and is one of the best preserved castles in Europe today. Our tour guide was so pleasant and animated, I wanted to put him in my suitcase!
After checking into The Strand, which also sits on the River Shannon, we asked some locals where we should eat and were kindly pointed down the road to some local restaurants and pubs. Amazing food and friendly service seems to be the norm in Ireland, since I didn’t have a meal I didn’t love or service I wouldn’t brag about.
Making our way back toward Dublin, we stopped in Birr. We visited Birr Castle, another property with beautiful gardens, a science center and the home of The Great Telescope which was built in the 1840s. This beautifully preserved property is so rich with history, it makes you feel small in comparison.
Just up the road from there is Kelly’s, a bustling pub serving delicious food and surprise serenades from local Irishmen. The owner and his son treated us to sandwiches and drinks, and then we were treated to Irish folklore songs that made us smile from ear to ear. What an amazing treat!
On our final night in Dublin, we spent our evening at The Merry Ploughboy. The Irish Dancers, a mesmerizingly talented four part band, entertained us for hours with traditional Irish tunes, humor and stories. The food and stout were plentiful and the atmosphere was so entertaining! We rounded out our fun back in the Temple Bar area, where we listened to more Irish music and danced until they kicked us out!
What a wonderful week we had in Ireland. From the landscape, to the castles, to the people, Ireland is so rich in culture and history.
I truly believe that traveling to far away lands enriches your life. Getting to see and experience what the rest of the world has to offer makes you appreciate what you have that much more. Don’t live your life just seeing these places in movies, get out there and visit them in person! You won’t be sorry you did!
Everyone’s heard of a Disney cruise, right? Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has been sailing childrens’ dreams around the world since 1998! If you’re a parent, I’m sure your kids would love to meet their Disney favorites while also enjoying a poolside (in the middle of the ocean) vacation. And maybe you’ve even considered investing in the family experience.
…But what if I told you that this time you should leave the kids at home? Take the kiddos on your next Disney cruise, because the six reasons I’m about to give you will have you booking your and your spouse’s tickets right away!
Disney isn’t just for kids—they planned for grown-ups to come aboard!
Every Disney ship is equipped with several Adults Only areas, perfect for chilling in the hot tub with a tasty drink in your hand, or sunbathing on the deck while you read the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. Some of them even sit alongside a bar! With the amazing chair service provided to you by the incomparable Disney staff members, you’d never have to leave your seat!
In addition to private sundecks, pools, and hot tubs, they also offer Adults Only dining, several lounges and nightclubs, fitness areas, and spas! Grab a fancy bite to eat at one of their fine dining restaurants, such as Palo and Remy, or listen to a talented violinist serenade you while you sip on the Captain’s Mai Tai (which—trust me—is delicious).
These are all generally quiet and peaceful areas…with the exception of the nightclubs of course, where the music is good, but the beer is better! Participate in many dance parties, karaoke nights, and more adult-friendly activities onboard the ship. Take your pick, because DCL offers them all. Spend a quiet day sunbathing on the private deck with a book in one hand and a daiquiri in the other, calm yourself down jamming to the soft lull of a piano player’s melodies, or dance until your feet hurt while the bartender keeps the drinks comin’. The adventure is yours to decide!
Find peace and solace in dedicated private areas.
For those who prefer absolute serenity away from prying eyes, there are even places for you. Senses Spa & Salon boasts a private exercise room and several self-care services such as massages, acupuncture, and facials, but the pièce de résistance is by far the Rainforest Room. The interior design of the Rainforest Room depends on the ship you’re on, but on each of them you can expect to enjoy a selection of various saunas (did you know there were different types of saunas?!), followed by a few rounds in the geographically-themed showers (Cool Mist and Thunderstorm are lovely) with varying water temperatures, heated stone loungers (for soothing these old bones), and private (and I mean truly private) hot tubs. On the Disney Dream, you can expect these hot tubs to be located in an exterior room at the front of the ship, with an open window letting in the salty breeze and providing you with the most stunning views of your upcoming path through the ocean.
In addition to the spa, there is also an adults-only coffee cafe, an idyllic lounge offering specialty drinks and coffees for the most coffee-snobbish of travelers! For those who purchase the internet package and need to get some work done, the Cove Cafe is a delightful place to caffeinate in peace while you work (but quit working, you’re on vacation!).
PRO TIP:If you love the peace and quiet but aren’t a fan of other people sitting nearby, book a stateroom with a veranda. Sitting on the balcony, curled up with a good book and the ocean breeze singing your name is just the alone time your soul called for!
DCL designated a private beach, just for you.
In 1996, two years before their first ship (the Disney Magic) set sail, Disney’s cruise company purchased a private island in the Bahamas and named it Castaway Cay. They spent $25 million designing the island to be the perfect getaway for castaways (get it?!) of all ages. The path directly off the port leads you to the family-friendly beach, where the youngsters can play and swim to their hearts’ content. But the best part of the island—especially for us old folks—is tucked away on the opposite end of Castaway Cay, and is only accessible by a long walk or bike ride, or catching a tram across the island, courtesy of Disney!
Serenity Bay (aptly named) is Castaway Cay’s Adults-Only private beach, where the water is as clear as a chlorine pool and the silence is as valuable as a pirate’s gold!
And for those who want to take advantage of the Adults-Only goodies even though you brought your kiddos, you’re in luck! Castaway Cay boasts a KIDS-Only area called Scuttle’s Cove, which is manned and supervised by Disney’s own counselors. If you have little ones between 3 and 12 sailing with you, you can rest assured they will have a grand ol’ time playing in Scuttle’s Cove while you enjoy an idyllic beach just a few miles away. (And for those with older children, there’s also a teen beach where you can abandon them for a few hours! Ha!)
Want the true spa treatment? Book one of Serenity Bay’s open-air massage cabanas. The extra money you’ll dish out for this amenity is worth it—a Disney staff member will personally shuttle you from the tram to your cabana, where you’ll find a spacious room with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a music system, snacks and cold drinks, sunscreen, a freshwater showering area, private hammocks, and a stocked mini fridge! The booking also comes with free snorkeling equipment AND a complimentary bike rental, which you can use to sport around the island, or just mosey a few yards down to the BBQ restaurant private to Serenity Bay. If you’re feeling too relaxed to do either, just press the call button inside your cabana and a concierge will present themselves shortly, ready to shuttle you over to Serenity Bay BBQ to eat to your belly’s content, then right back to your cabana, fat and happy! And yep, you can book an oceanside massage in your private cabana. This extra purchase is perfect for adult guests traveling in groups—the smallest cabana can comfortably seat up to 10 people. But if this sounds like the cabana of your dreams, book it ASAP—there are only four cabanas on Serenity Bay (out of the total 24 on the island), and usually around 3000+ guests disembarking onto Castaway Cay the same day you are. Snag your spot before they sell out!
Disney Cruise Line knows adults like to do fun things, too!
All Disney cruise expeditions offer a long list of excursions that guests can book prior to (and sometimes while on) their trip, but a lot of them are kid-oriented because, well, Disney is kid-oriented. But that doesn’t mean they forgot about us mature (ahem, “old”) pathfinders.
Each cruise line offers different adventures—from snorkeling tropical reefs in crystal clear waters, to touring historic sites in Ireland. From dining under the stars, to rum-tasting in foreign countries… there is something for every connoisseur of unique experiences. Expect to spend extra on these escapades, though!
There is no customer service team in the world like Disney’s top-of-the-line staff.
I personally have never been so well taken care of or catered to like I have been on a Disney cruise ship. All of their personnel is highly trained, kind, understanding, and friendly.
Your dinner seating time determines your catering staff, and they travel with you for the rest of your trip. Your waiters serve you at every single dinner (unless you choose to dine at one of the private restaurants), and they quickly learn your name, your preferences and your tastes. I’ve seen a waiter discover a guest likes a lot of ice in their water, and always brought an extra glass full of ice with each meal just for them. Remember—these waitstaff are servicing dozens of other guests at the same time as you. But they make a point to create a magical, warm experience for you no matter what.
The guest help desk team are some of the kindest, most patient humans on the planet, and will help you in whatever capacity they can.
You can also expect turndown service every single night from your mousekeeper (yep, I said it), who is also the same person throughout your trip and will take especially good care of you and your room.
But let’s be real: we’re all kids at heart!
The truth of the matter is I can spout facts about Disney’s Adults-Only features all day, but when we really look at it, we’re all going on a Disney cruise because it’s Disney. We all grew up fantasizing about Prince Charming coming along and marrying into royalty, flippin’ our mermaid fins with a crab for a best friend, pretending to be a beautiful native princess when the wind caught our hair just right… And don’t deny it—we all just want to be Elsa.
The beauty of a Disney Cruise Line adventure is that we can enjoy all of the lovely adult experiences they have to offer. But we also get to meet our childhood heroes, rewatch our favorite classics on a live stage (with phenomenally talented casts), wear silly mouse ears and for once, just for one week…we get to be a kid all over again. And that’s where the magic of Disney truly lives.
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