Travel

Dream Midtown

Whether you live in New York City or you’re vacationing to the Big Apple, if you want to escape your realities then plan a stay at Dream Midtown. One Friday while scrolling through my Hotel Tonight App (book with my code: PGIBBS11 and receive $25 off your first reservation), I came across a deal for $112 for Dream Midtown. If you’re a New Yorker like me, you know $112 for a hotel in Midtown is a steal! Not including the fact that the hotel was also located three avenues away from my job. So of course purchasing the deal was a must! I needed to escape my realities and just enjoy a relaxing staycation.

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 Photo Via Dream Midtown Facebook

Upon entering the Dream, I was met with a beautiful fish tank. If you know a little about me, you know that my favorite place is the beach. So Dream Midtown in a way brought the beach to me. The fish tank is absolutely beautiful. Anyway, my room was exactly what I needed. The Bronze King Room was a tad bit small but very comfortable. The bathroom was quaint and the robes and slippers were a nice comfy touch. Of course you have the option to choose a bigger room, since then I’ve been eyeing their Gold and Platinum Suite.

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What’s even better about the Dream Midtown is that it’s located in the heart of everything! Meaning it is blocks from Times Square, Central Park and 5th Avenue. You pretty much have every major sightseeing location in New York City in walking distance from your hotel room. Not to mention some cool restaurants like STK Midtown, SerafinaHoley Cream and Eatery. I’m also patiently waiting for Dream Midtown to open their Rooftop Lounge in Summer 2015. I know this will be a hot spot for the summer and I can’t wait to make it my after work spot.

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If you really want to get a jump start on escaping your realities, Dream Midtown has two great offers that will save you some money! One is called “Sunday’s on Us.” When you book Friday and Saturday during the month of March, your Sunday night is on them! Make sure you enter the promo code “Sunday” on your reservation to receive this discount. The second offer is for 15% off your stay when you use the code “Social.” You really have no excuse, your escape is awaiting your arrival!

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ME Cancun

This year I decided there was nothing else I’d rather do, no gift I would rather want, no place I would rather be than on vacation for my birthday. Once this was decided, I chose ME Cancun because I had heard so many amazing things about it from friends. I always wanted to visit Cancun, Mexico and I knew it was an adults-oriented lifestyle resort. This probably was the best decision I could have possibly made because my experience was AMAZING! This is why…

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The entrance into ME Cancun is inviting and makes you feel exclusive. It’s purple carpet leads to double doors that open to a world of beauty and peace. The first thing you’ll notice once you enter is an alluring aroma. I really don’t know what the fragrance in the air is but it smells so good and is nothing I’ve ever experienced entering a resort. Once inside you are always greeted by a friendly staff and helpful people. That’s what I experienced all throughout my stay. The staff was extremely inviting and overall enhanced the experience.

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When I’m vacationing, the most important things to me are my room, the food and most importantly the beach and pool area. Overall I have to say the ME Cancun was immaculate! I stayed in the Aura Room, it was clean, comfortable and provided a beautiful view of Mexico. My favorite part was the shower which was an overhead shower head. The room is also equipped with a flat screen tv, radio, free snacks, a robe and slippers, a safe to lock up your important belongings, a couch and a cute table and chair area. The Aura Room is pretty much equipped with whatever you need.

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After you check in, I’m sure the first thing you want to do is eat right? Well this resort is all inclusive which means you eat nonstop and everything is included. What more can a blogging, eating nonstop girl ask for. ME Cancun has five restaurants, all included in your package. Every morning you can go down to Salt Restaurant for a buffet style breakfast that is delicious. It includes some of your normal breakfast dishes and also some Mexican specialties. The Beach House is where you’d want to go for more Mexican inspired dishes and a gorgeous view of the ocean. My personal favorite is the South American inspired restaurant called, The Water Grill. (I will be writing a separate post on this restaurant to explain how absolutely amazing it was.) So you’ve checked in, you’re done eating and now you’re wondering what to do next?

 

 

Maybe you want to head to the YHI Spa or the 24 Hour Gym and hey I think those are great ideas. Maybe you even want an after dinner drink at the Rose Bar and that’s great as well, but for me, I am running to the pool and beach.

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Now this is where ME Cancun has fully surpassed any of the resorts I’ve ever been to. Their pool and beach area is absolutely breathtaking, it’s more like a dream than a reality. They have two adult pools, one main pool and one infinity pool. The pools are surrounded by day beds and bali beds. The beds give the resort the relaxed and calm feel which enhances your Ying-Yang experience. The beach area is amazing. The water is warm and it’s a rainbow of different shades of blue. Honestly, there isn’t much more I can describe, the pictures can explain it much better.

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If you’re vacationing in Mexico, this is where you want to stay. ME Cancun is perfect for the adult couple who wants a mature, fun and peaceful experience. It’s also for friends who are looking to escape the realities of life and drift away to a fairytale land of beaches and unlimited booze. This resort is walking distance from the La Isla outdoor mall and about a 6 to 8 minute drive to Cancun’s main nightlife. ME Cancun is the true definition of the resort you want to stay at while on vacation and I’m so happy I celebrated my birthday here.

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Bahamas Celebration

The summer time is nearing and what better way to celebrate the change of weather but with a vacation! I recently experienced The Bahamas Celebration on a two day cruise to Freeport, Bahamas where I stayed at the luxury resort,  Grand Lucayan. The Bahamas Celebration is a great way to enjoy a short vacation with friends, family or your significant other. On the cruise is a casino, a spa and salon, fitness center, pool deck, kid club and adult lounges. Sounds like the perfect quick getaway doesn’t it?

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Luckily there’s more than just that. The Bahamas Celebration also has seven different restaurants and four of them are included in the cruise price. (The price does not include tax and tip.) In my eyes, a cruise is only as good as it’s food and entertainment. That’s pretty much what I look to experience. I was actually very pleased with the food on the ship. My favorite dining experience was at The Rock Grill which I described thoroughly in a previous post. If you decide to vacation on the Bahamas Celebration, you absolutely want to try this restaurant. I would also suggest the Crystal Dining Room where I had the Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans which was delicious and The Bull where I had the South of the Border burger which was good as well.

As far as the cabin accommodations, my room was very small but clean. I had an ocean view room which was perfect for two people. We really did not spend much time at all in the room, so the size of the room didn’t bother me at all. If you are looking to spend a decent amount of time in your room, you may want to opt for a bigger room accommodation.

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Now to the exciting part! I found an excellent deal for you for the Bahamas Celebration Cruise. How does $199 for a two night cruise for two on the Bahamas Celebration sounds? I think it’s excellent if you ask me. Click here: Bahamas Celebration Deal for further information! Please note that this does not include airfare and the Bahamas Celebration leaves from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Grand Lucayan

We all need a getaway once in a while. A place to go to escape that never ending cycle of work, responsibilities, stress and even sometimes people. So if you fall into that category and find yourself desperately needing a fun yet peaceful vacation I would suggest visiting the Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Bahamas. The Grand Lucayan is a resort that is literally all in one. This resort has an amazing beach, several pools that also include an in-pool bar, restaurants and other amenities such as tennis, golf and a Spa. As soon as I reached the resort, I checked my bags with the friendly staff and basically ran to the beach. The weather was gorgeous and just playing in the waves of the water relieved all stress and worries that I had. If you’re a person that loves being in the water like me, you’ll also enjoy the pools where they provide floats so you can lay back and let the pool carry you away.

Besides the fun amenities, the Grand Lucayan also has beautiful and clean rooms. If you stay at the Grand Lucayan please stay in an ocean view room. Why? Because the ocean view will change your entire experience. I sat on the balcony/ patio every day by myself. It was the most relaxing and relieving feeling of my whole trip. Maybe because I’m really big on views or maybe because it’s just a great way to reflect and find peace. I also had  a bird friend come join me, I guess he wanted in on the experience as well.

The Grand Lucayan is also in a great location. Directly across the street from the resort is Port Lucaya. Port Lucaya is an outdoor center with shops great for buying gifts and souvenirs, restaurants that will provide you a delicious taste of the island and bars/clubs for nightly entertainment. In walking distance from the resort is also the Treasure Bay Casino which is open 24 hours. Sounds fun doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to spend their day at the beach, eat until their stomach is stuffed and then try their luck at the casino all in one day and in one location. I know I would, would you?

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Planning to visit Brooklyn, NY or just looking for a nice getaway from your own home? I think Hotel Le Bleu would be the perfect place for you. I stayed there two nights for my birthday and had a great experience. The hotel staff was very friendly, the room was clean and cozy and they also provided complimentary parking and breakfast.

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My favorite part of the hotel room was the blue light that lit up the room when all of the other lights were off. I also liked the all glass bathroom. Both were a really nice touch and made the hotel room stand out from your average hotel.

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Another great thing about Hotel Le Bleu is it is in a great location. It’s less than a five minute drive from the Barclays Center and Atlantic Terminal. If the weather is nice, it is even okay to walk.

Hotel Le Bleu is offering a special from now to February 27, 2014 for 10% off your stay. Click here: Le Bleu Winter – Save 10% I suggest you take advantage of the offer.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is a huge resort in Maryland. I stayed there for a weekend for a friends birthday and was extremely impressed by this resort right in National Harbor, Maryland. Walking out to our balcony and overlooking the interior of the Gaylord and looking out into the water was beautiful. Only the pictures below can really explain. The room honestly wasn’t the most impressive but the view made up for it in my opinion. I wasn’t able to eat at the restaurants or use all of their amenities due to lack of time but I took a walk around and everything looked really nice. The indoor and outdoor pool, jacuzzi and lounge area was very relaxing after a night of partying. I also took a walk out to the boating dock and relaxed, which to me was one of the highlights. The Gaylord gives you a vacation feel, almost like you’re far away somewhere and not in Maryland. That’s what I liked the most about it. So if you need a vacation but don’t want to go far, the Gaylord is perfect.

Sugar Bay Resort and Spa- St. Thomas

It was Carnival time in St. Thomas and a few friends and I stayed in the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. The resort is beautiful, our room had a great view of the resort’s pool, beach and restaurant area. Our all inclusive package included unlimited drinks, unlimited food, access to all of the resorts amenities and a $100 spa credit. So of course, I ate and drank nonstop and ended my stay with a well needed manicure and pedicure. Pure heaven! The resort staff was overall very friendly and catered to our needs. (We did have a problem with housekeeping though, they were delayed on giving us new towels, cleaning the bathroom and changing our linen. After we spoke to them, this problem was solved.) Other than that issue, the bartenders were friendly and generous with the alcohol portions. That is extremely important when you are on vacation. My favorite part of this resort was the outside eating area that overlooked the water. I dragged my friend to eat with me outside as much as I could because it was absolutely breathtaking. Overall, I do suggest that you stay at this resort should you visit St. Thomas. I will be honest and say that it is not necessarily the best location if you are going for Carnival because it is far from all of the events in the village/town. If you don’t mind taking a cab (which could be anywhere around $10 each way depending on where you are going), or you are renting a car, or have a friend/family member with transportation then staying here would be okay during Carnival. Wherever you choose to stay, St. Thomas should be on your list of vacation spots to travel to. I promise, you will love it!

Georgia Aquarium

Wouldn’t you like to see a live dolphin show? If you are like me and absolutely love animals then the Georgia Aquarium should definitely be on your “To Do” list if you visit Atlanta, Georgia. They have thousands of aquatic animals including fish, frogs, sea creatures, whales and my favorite, dolphins!!! Please go see the dolphin show, I promise it isn’t just for kids and families. The Aquarium is for everyone who can appreciate the beauty of the world’s creatures.

What: Georgia Aquarium, Dolphin Tales

Where: 225 Baker St NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Ticket Prices: Adult $39.50 Children(3-12) $29.50

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