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Valentin Imperial

If Disney built a tropical all-inclusive resort, The Valentin Imperial would be the blueprint. The theming of the property is reminiscence of a Spanish manor: Large, wrought iron chandeliers, peaceful water-features, mosaic tile, and lush vegetation. You immediately feel as if you're the special guest of a wealthy Spanish land owner. Beautiful marble tile floors and expansive, high archway welcome you to the one the most beautiful lobbies in the Cancun area.

Lobby Check-In Area

The expansive, well-landscaped property contains wide, stamped concrete walkways that make you feel like your hundreds of miles from civilization, yet all the meandering walkways make everything on the property conveniently located. 

Wide, stamped pathways lead the way to everywhere.

Night lights illuminate all the paths after sunset. Your morning and evening walks will be enjoyed with the subtle music being played through speakers that line each walkway.

The Valentin Imperial has the LARGEST pool of the 10+ all-inclusive resorts we've visited in Cancun. 

A second, quiet pool, is just steps away from all the amenities surrounding the large pool, yet somehow maintains its peaceful and relaxing feel. Trust me, this pool may look “plain jane" or boring but that's exactly what you want at the “quiet" pool. The palapas surrounding the pool provided welcomed shade, or you can pull your chair out into the sun – either way, this is a great place for “nap time".

My morning walk provided this great image of the quite pool.

Before I leave the pool conversation, I want to point out the only food available at the pool is from the Pool Bum Food Truck. But it offered plenty of variety. You could choose to eat at one of many tables under the shade or grub on your food of choice lounging poolside. 

What about the beach? Well, well, well…Valentin has one of the best beaches! Not only does Valentin Imperial have one of the largest (and nicest pools), they have a fantastic beach! Check out the walkway to the beach…subtle, yet it builds anticipation.

Early morning champagne in hand....beach time!

Just before you access the beach, the Sunrise Bar greets you on the left with a fantastic view and colorful drinks.

The Sunrise Bar is a great location to swing or sit at a table to enjoy a great ocean view or just to contemplate life…

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Or dare I say it….check emails! There's Tammy – always working.

Always checking on her clients!

We grab our drinks and head out to the beach. Wide, expansive, and plenty of palapas to choose from.

Cheers!

Let's visit the rooms. We were fortunate to stay in the Junior Suite Silver Superior building. When you first look at the property map you may think, “it's not close to the pool" or “it's not close to the beach" or “it's not close to the restaurants". On the contrary, this location was perfect…it may not close to any one particular area but it was super convenient to everywhere. Of course there wasn't a pool or beach view from our room but if location convenience is high on your priority list, this is a great option. 

Building 1 was surprisingly convenient to everything.

After a short golf cart ride, we make the quick walk to our room through the lush landscape.

Here we go! Time to tour some other rooms!

Astrid and Tammy leading the way!

Let's get to the good stuff. Welcome to the Junior Suites Emerald.

Now this is a walk-in shower...with a view!

Relax the day away with this view.

On our way to the Golden Pool area!

Walking along the Golden Pool

Not to be outdone, this next room is part of the Junior Suite Golden options. All the rooms in these buildings have either a view with quick access, or swim up access to the Golden Pool.

Great view of the Golden Pool

This would be your view for a swim up room.

And our room tour is complete! Thanks to Astrid for showing us around and answering all our questions!

Astrid rocked those high heels like a pro!

Food!

What about the food you ask? Well, there was plenty of it…and it was ALL delicious. We ate Mediterranean (L'Olivo), Mexican (LaHacienda) , Japanese (Ginger), and Surf/Turf (Mar y Tierra Restaurant) during our stay. We did not have time to visit L'Alsace (French Cuisine) or Taman Sari (Asian).

I'm just going to post these pictures below and let you delight in their presentation.

Ginger - Sushi

Ginger: Teriyaki Beef

L:apos:Olivo: Chicken Breast stuffed with mascarpone and saffron sauce.

If you have a someone in your family who just wants good 'ol fashion bacon, sausage, eggs, etc for breakfast, well, they have that too! Plus a crepe station for the more refined members of your family 😉

Oh! I almost forgot to mention our favorite after-dinner spot: Don Miguel Bar. What a beautiful, sophisticated bar. Elegantly decorated and home to several signature drinks. My fave was the Blackberry margarita.

Well, that brings us to the end of another trip report. I hope you enjoyed this quick look at The Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya. Here a quick summary of our Pros/Cons of Valentin:

Pros:

  • The resort has a soul, meaning you feel like family.
  • The roadway entrance is impressive, and the drive onto the property is very prominent and tropical. 
  • The Lobby (Majestic in all its grandeur)
  • Service
  • Food Truck – The Pool Bum
  • Ginger Restaurant
  • Ambiance
  • Don Miguel Bar

Areas for Improvement:

  • No restaurant directional signage
  • Lack of Beach/Pool Towels (You are provided one towel each in your room for the beach/pool)
  • Small Fitness Facility
  • No poolside pizza

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We look forward to sharing more resorts with you soon! Until then – cheers!

Why Use A Travel Agent?

I hear it time and time again, “I would never pay for a travel agent.” or “I don’t need one. I can do it myself.” or “I like having control of my own vacation.” Everyone has a reason for NOT using a travel agent, but most of these people may not actually understand how a travel agent works. So, let’s clear the air, shall we?

First and foremost, it’s FREE. Yes, you read that right. Using a travel agent is absolutely free to you. When you enlist a travel agent to help plan your vacation and take care of all the tedious booking, you don’t have to shell out an hourly fee or an upfront charge.

Secondly, you aren’t actually “losing control” of your vacation. If you book a cruise through me, you can still access your cruise planner account to choose your own excursions, buy your drink packages, sign up for specialty dining, etc. It’s all still right there, at your fingertips. You can access your Disney account to make dining and FastPass+ reservations or you can ask me to. Either way, you’re still in control. The only thing you must allow the agent to do is book the trip, make payments on the trip, and handle any changes/cancellations to the trip. And seriously, why would you want to call a 1-800 number just to be on hold for 45+ minutes when someone else can do that for you? This is about saving you the hassle, not taking away your control.

See, having a travel agent is similar to having an insurance policy (without the cost, of course). By booking through me, you’ll always have someone there to take care of things whenever something unexpected comes up. I’m looking at you, Hurricane Dorian. We plan our vacations far in advance. That’s the nature of the industry. But we can never really know for sure what’s going to happen when the time comes to take that trip. Will you have time to sit on the phone with Royal Caribbean or Disney or Sandals or any number of resorts if something suddenly changes? I will. I’ll figure out what your options are and present you with the best scenarios for adjusting your travel plans. You don’t have to worry about any of it.

If that doesn’t already have you sold on booking with a travel agent, don’t worry. What I’m about to tell you might just put you over the edge…

Travel agents get you the BEST deals. We have access to hundreds of suppliers that regular travelers don’t, meaning that there are deals out there you’ll never be able to find without booking through me. And I assure you, if it’s out there, I’ll find it. In fact, if I book your vacation with a great deal only to discover a newer, greater deal months later, I can automatically add the better offer to your vacation. Big corporations like Disney aren’t going to do that for you, but I can. Just like I can sometimes provide special perks like Onboard Credits for cruises, special group rates, and more.

As you can see, there are several reasons why using a travel agent to book your vacation is beneficial to you—and I haven’t even mentioned the wealth of knowledge we all have regarding destinations and activities—but to me, the most important reason to book through a travel agent is the simple fact that you’ll be supporting a small business. I’m not a multi-billion-dollar company; I’m a mom. I’m a mom who’s paying for her kids to go to college, to take dance lessons, to inevitably go over their cell phone minutes. I’m a mom who loves to travel hassle-free with her family, and I want the same easy, convenient experience for yours. That’s why you should book with me.

So, what do you say? Are you starting to see the perks of booking through a travel agent? If the answer’s yes, don’t waste any time waiting. Request a quote with me today!

Universal Dining Plan Options

Universal Quick Service Dining Plan

Universal has two different dining plan options, similar to Disney.  One is a quick-service dining plan which includes 1 Quick Service meal per day and 2 snacks (1 snack and 1 beverage).  One thing I love about Universal is that they do not require you to add the dining plan for your length of stay. You can add it for as many or as little days as you want.  Universal reports that the dining plan saves you 25% off the price you would pay at the park.  What I don’t like about the dining plan compared to Disney, is that it only works at certain locations, and doesn’t work at the resorts.  There are a lot of locations it does work at, so it’s not a deal breaker though.  You can find more information and what restaurants are included on the Quick Service dining plan here:  Universal Quick Service Dining Plan

Universal Dining Plan

 

Universal Full-Service Dining Plan 

The Universal Dining plan is equivalent to Disney’s Plus Dining Plan.  It includes 1 Quick Service meal (entree platter and non-alcoholic beverage), 1 Full Service meal (entree, Dining plan dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage), 1 Snack and 1 Beverage.   More information and dining locations can be found here:  Universal Full Service Dining

Royal Caribbean Dreamworks Characters

madagascar royal caribbean

Did you know that some Royal Caribbean cruises have Dreamworks characters such as Shrek and Madasgascar?  

If you are looking for a family friendly cruise with lots of activities for kids but don’t really want to pay Disney Cruise prices, Royal Caribbean may be a good option!  

Check out the flyer here:  RC Dreamworks Flyer