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Old 11-15-2016, 07:12 AM
 
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I am looking for a destination all-inclusive resort vacation for the summer of 2017. I am in nursing school and it will be MUCH needed! It will be myself, husband, 21 daughter and her boyfriend, 14 year old daughter, and 12 year old son. That being said, since there are 6 of us I need a place that will not break the bank. My total budget I would like to keep at $5000-$6000. We want a place where everything is there at our fingertips and we don't have to travel around a lot. (Boring I know.. but with a family of 6 it would be crazy paying for taxi's every night.)

Please recommend a safe place that the adults can relax but we can also do fun things with the 12 and 14 year old. Is Atlantis really expensive?

Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I used to work this industry (travel, mainly AI resorts) and I think Atlantis is a terrible value. They nickle and dime you at every turn. The room costs are anywhere from slightly high to through the roof. Then you pay for the meal plan on top of the room costs, to the tune of about $175 per person per day. And there is a resort fee. And various other fees and service charges. They sometimes run an "all-inclusive" package that includes room and meal plan, but read the fine print! If you book under this "deal" you are a second-class guest with access to a limited menu at the restaurants.

If I were you I would take a look at Melić Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana. It's pretty affordable and my clients always had wonderful things to say about it. The NOW resorts are also a solid value option, with three hotels in Mexico and three in Punta Cana.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Thank you for your reply! Yes that is what I figured about Atlantis since it is so commercialized. Thank you for the feedback on that. I will check out the other recommendations you mentioned.
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Old 11-15-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Just as a thought experiment, you might look at cruises. All inclusive, unpack once, most of the ships have teens' and kids' activities, and they can be excellent value.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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I'll second the cruise idea. Great bang for the buck.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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LOVE cruises!! All food is included, tons to do for everyone and you stop at 3-5 destinations depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean in my opinion is best for families!! www.RCCL.com
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:48 AM
 
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I'd also look at the Domincan Republic. lots of AIs and good value for the money.
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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Mexico, Belize. As above mentioned a cruise is a great idea! Dominican
Republic or Costa Rica too. I'm headed to Punta Cuna myself for the first time next June. I have heard lot of great things about it and it is affordable!
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Left coast
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just to chime in on the cruise idea- I was blown away after grandpa insisted we all take a family cruise together- really really nice, not a dull moment, and the kids have their own programs- the adults get to truly relax and the food options were amazing- to everyones taste--

we did the Celebrity Millennium Cruise to alaska - really fun daily options (like ride a dog sled, etc, whale watching through the portholes, ) while the nightly after dinner musicals were really top notch- so glad to have experienced it!
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Old 11-16-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Since so many other people have suggested a cruise (which I agree is an excellent option), I'll throw out a more unusual suggestion: a dude ranch vacation. Some of them can be pretty fancy! Dude Ranches & Guest Ranch Vacations - Dude Ranchers' Association
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