Nickelodeon’s Newest Resort is Surprisingly Luxurious

The following post is written by Jennifer from Boscov’s Travel within Boscov’s in Camp Hill.  Jennifer recently visited Nickelodeon Resort on a FAM trip. In the travel industry, FAM trips – better known as familiarization trips – help travel agents learn what’s available for their clients in destinations across the globe. Jennifer traveled on the FAM in October 2016. 

I had the opportunity to visit the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana – WAIT, don’t stop reading because I said Nickelodeon…hear me out. While there are nods to the characters especially in the Kids play area (Just Kids), the water park and the character breakfast (additional charge) this resort has so much to offer families and adults alike.

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It’s on a beautiful stretch a beach with a gorgeous infinity pool, some ocean front restaurants and well located wedding venues.  Does that sound ‘kiddie’?  The water park is quite literally across the street – but very easy to get to with an under the roadway access and golf carts or walking paths to get there.  This is also where the ‘Just Kids’ playhouse is and the sports hub with tennis courts, soccer play area, running track, pool and video games. The sports hub is a great place for teens to hang out. This entire area is separate from the lobby, courtyard of dining and shops and the rooms.

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The Nickelodeon resort shares amenities with the Karisma resort Sensatori but these rooms are only available in the Canadian and European market. There is even an adults-only section at Sensatori and yet the amenities like restaurants, pools, spa, etc are shared. This area is a large courtyard walking area almost like a planned communities shopping area. There was family appropriate but non-branded entertainment going on in the courtyard at night. A violinist, a juggler, a mime (who hired the mime?!?) and a popcorn cart. This is an indicator that the ‘Nickelodeon’ element of the resort by the same name is really only an aspect of it. You just need to look at the pictures to see what I mean. Yes there are touches of Nickelodeon orange, shadows on the buildings of characters and a lone pineapple villa (aka Spongebob’s House) done tastefully and kind of minimalist. Let me tell you it’s a pretty spectacular villa!!

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What is more expected of the brand are the numbers of swim up suites and rooms with plunge pools on the second and third floors, spectacular restaurants with an upscale feel, and entertainment that has nothing to do with Nickelodeon themes. My friend just took her daughter here (age 9) and her favorite thing was the swim up suite. Most of the room categories have a safety gate at the sliding glass door to prevent little ones from having access to the pool without assistance.

Nickelodeon is a family friendly LUXURY resort with as much for the parents as the kids… the name sells the kids but the luxury will convince the parents. This resort would be a great tropical follow up to an exhausting Florida theme park for families looking for a more relaxing vacation.

If you’re ready to learn more about Nickelodeon Resort, email travelrequest@boscovs.com, DM Boscov’s Travel on Facebook, or call 800-755-8020.

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Planning a Summer Vacation?

Planning a summer vacation can become stressful. How much should you budget? What’s the availability of the rental? Will there be activities for the kids? Do you need to bring towels and bedding? Will you cut your vacation short to avoid the traffic? How far away do you want to be from the beach?

One of the benefits of booking an all-inclusive vacation is that the planning is done for you! Costs are upfront, so there is no need to budget above the initial price.

If you’re thinking about a vacation to the shore this summer for you and your family, now’s the time to consider ‘The Shore Without the Chores.’ With Boscov’s Travel and Apple Vacations, the vacation for you and your family to Mexico or the Dominican Republic may be less than half the price of a trip to the shore. With no cooking, no cleaning, and no laundry, it’s worth comparing an all-inclusive vacation to what you’d spend at the shore!

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Ready to book your vacation? Visit Boscov’s Travel located within select Boscov’s including Pennsylvania (Camp Hill, Colonial Park/Harrisburg, Easton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Neshaminy/Bensalem, Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Pottsville, Scranton, Selinsgrove, Wilkes-Barre), New York (Binghamton), New Jersey (Atlantic City and Moorestown), Delaware (Wilmington), and Maryland (Salisbury).  View our locations here. If you live a little further away, book over the phone by calling us at 800-755-8020. Learn more at boscovstravel.com or view more Apple Vacation packages here.

A Traveler’s Perspective: One of the Best Resorts in Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is an all-inclusive luxury resort boasting a 6+ Global Apple rating from Apple Vacations (basically, the place is ranked at the very top of the chart). Two of our clients recently visited the resort and provided insider-access into one of the most beautiful Punta Cana hotels we’ve ever seen!

Stacy and Tyler, avid travelers and repeat Boscov’s Travel customers, were looking for an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Having booked several trips for them in the past, Boscov’s Travel Camp Hill Travel Specialist Amy Bressler knew the amenities that Stacy and Tyler preferred, what type of atmosphere they gravitated to and what resort would provide the best vacation experience for them. They ended up on a different island all-together and settled on Zoetry Agua resort in Punta Cana.

Below, Stacy gives us her perspective on the resort (they had their own private butler!), why she recommends using a travel agency and why travel continues to be one of her favorite hobbies.

Why did you choose the particular resort?

Amy, our Travel Specialist, most definitely steered us in the right direction. She found an awesome deal at the Zoetry Agua Resort and once she showed us the resort, we were sold!

What did you like about the accommodations at the resort? (It looks like your room had its own private pool, too!)

I loved everything about this resort and our accommodations. The resort was a smaller resort with fewer rooms than most of the other resorts we have been to (96 to be exact). This made for a nice, quiet, and relaxing vacation. We had our own butler that took care of everything. He made our reservations for our spa appointments, set up transportation and tee times for two golf trips, and found us on the beach and by the pool just to make sure we had fresh drinks and beach towels.

Our room at the resort was amazing; it was bigger than some apartments. There was a “yard” with a small private pool to cool off along with lounge chairs. There was a separate sitting room with a couch and a dining table to enjoy room service. We had an open air bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and rain shower.

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The beach and pool areas had plenty of available lounge chairs, umbrellas and natural palm trees for shade. The wait staff at the resort was top notch. They took very good care of us, our drinks were never empty, they paid great attention to detail, and they knew our names. The staff really made us feel that we were a priority and the only ones at the resort!

How were the food and drinks?

The food was excellent and the drinks were always well made. The variety of menu options was great, I don’t eat seafood and there were more than enough choices from which to choose. The steaks were probably the best tasting and well prepared steaks I have ever had on a vacation like this!

Do you have any stories from the trip that stand out?

I honestly loved everything about this trip. It was by far the nicest resort we have been to. Two things that stood were the service and the staff. From the beach and poolside staff, to the wait staff at breakfast, lunch and dinner, to our butler and even the staff at the spa, everyone was just fantastic. The resort was gorgeous, clean, and quiet – it just had such a relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone who wants to be taken care of and truly relax on their vacation!

So how did you learn about Boscov’s Travel?

I had been familiar with Boscov’s Travel for quite some time, my mother worked for Boscov’s department store for several years so I was aware Boscov’s had a travel division. At the time I booked my first trip through Boscov’s Travel, I did so because I was traveling with a group and Boscov’s Travel was the travel agency the group was working with. I met my travel agent Amy when booking that first trip and we have been planning vacations with her for four years now!

What makes you continue to choose Boscov’s Travel when you want to plan a vacation?

There are many reasons Boscov’s Travel is our go-to travel agency to book a vacation. We love our travel agent, Amy! She is the best and I recommend her to anyone and everyone who is looking to plan a trip. She is quick to return my calls and emails, she answers any and all questions, and makes us feel confident we are getting a great price at a perfect location with all the amenities. We also love Boscov’s Travel because of the prices they are able to offer. I have researched booking a vacation at the rate Amy has quoted us and it is definitely impossible.

Since you have been on a few trips with us and seem well-traveled, why do you choose to continue to travel?

Travel and adventure is a passion of mine. I grew up going on family vacations to Florida, cruising up and down the east coast, to the Caribbean and Canada and taking weekend trips to cities like Baltimore, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. I even took a school trip to Europe. I absolutely love to travel, visit new places, explore new cultures, or just relax on the beach or poolside with a fruity umbrella drink. That is what I love about traveling – the possibilities are endless. In one trip you can be RV-ing through the jungle in the Dominican one day and the next laying by the beach and eating a traditional Dominican dinner.

Any advice to other travelers?

My advice for other travelers: if you want a worry free vacation beginning to end, book your vacation through a travel agent. We have never had to worry about how we are getting from the airport to our resort or back to the airport from the resort, we have never had any surprise fees or other unexpected expenditures. We have never had to spend hours paging through resorts, comparing prices, and trying to find flights. Our vacations are truly vacations because we let our travel agent do all the work for us so all we have to do is show up, order a drink, and relax!  Aside from that, don’t over pack and relax – you are on vacation.

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Thanks to Stacy for sharing her vacation experiences! If you’re ready to book a vacation, visit Boscov’s Travel located within select Boscov’s including Pennsylvania (Camp Hill, Colonial Park/Harrisburg, Easton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Neshaminy/Bensalem, Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Pottsville, Scranton, Selinsgrove, Wilkes-Barre), New York (Binghamton), New jersey (Atlantic City and Moorestown), Delaware (Wilmington), and Maryland (Salisbury).  View our locations here or call us at 800-755-8020. Learn more at boscovstravel.com

Traveling with Dietary Restrictions

Clients often ask us where they can travel while accommodating their dietary needs. In the past, options were very limited for travelers on diets due to medical reasons or by choice.

As hotels become more in tune with the needs of their clients, they are offering different options to cater to vacationers. From resorts which pride themselves on healthful selections, to hotels which offer meals designed to accommodate those with celiac disease, vacations can be enjoyed by almost any traveler.

If you’re a gluten free eater, there are plenty of resorts that offer gluten free choices during your time away.  You can now spend your time relaxing instead of worrying about what you can’t eat at your next meal. View the list of hotels that offer gluten free fare by viewing Apple Vacations’ recommendation of resorts to visit perfect for the gluten free eater below or view the list here – Gluten-Free.

If you have a question regarding the best resorts for you to stay to accommodate your dietary needs, email us at travelrequest@boscovs.com

ARUBA

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Riu Palace Aruba

BAHAMAS

Riu Palace Paradise Island

CANCUN

Beach Palace

Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

GR Caribe by Solaris Deluxe Resort

GR Solaris Cancun

Great Parnassus Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

IBEROSTAR Cancun

Isla Mujeres Palace

Live Aqua Cancun

ME Cancun by Melia

Royal Solaris Cancun

Sun Palace

COSTA RICA

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Hilton Riu Guanacaste

COZUMEL

Cozumel Palace

CURAÇAO

Curaçao Marriott Resort & Emerald Casino

Hilton Curaçao

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel Catalonia Bavaro Resort

Hotel Catalonia Gran Dominicus

Riu Palace Punta Cana

Melia Caribe Tropical Resort

Ocean Blue

Paradisus Palma Real

Riu Bachata

Riu Bambu

Riu Merengue

Riu Palace Bavaro

Riu Palace Macao

HAWAII

Fairmont Kea Lani

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Halekulani

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Sheraton Kauai Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Turtle Bay Resort

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

IXTAPA

Barcelo Karmina Palace Deluxe

JAMAICA

CocoLaPalm a Seaside Resort

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Secrets Monetgo Bay

LOS CABOS

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Golf & Spa Resort

Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort

ME Cabo

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa

Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Grand Spa

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa

Villa La Estancia

PANAMA

Trump Ocean Club Panama

PUERTO RICO

San Juan Condado Plaza

RIVIERA MAYA

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

Playacar Palace

Riu Palace Riviera Maya

Riu Tequilla

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Valentin Imperial Maya

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita

  1. LUCIA

Anse Chastanet

  1. MARTIN

Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin

  1. THOMAS

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

VALLARTA

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta

Resort & Spa

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta

Melia Puerto Vallarta

Riu Jalisco

Riu Palace Pacifico

Riu Vallarta

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center

Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach

Villa La Estancia

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa

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List provided by Apple Vacations. While this information was correct at time of publication, Apple Vacations recommends confirming any dietary restrictions with the hotel, just in case. AD6593 8/12

Resort images from Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.