Saskatoon SKYXE Airport – Why You Should Consider their New Valet Option
I was travelling to Mexico very early January 1st with my husband and three young children. We were considering several options for getting to the airport and for parking.
- Taxi’s could be difficult due to departing early on New Years day and the New Years Eve crowd could still be tying up Taxi’s at 4am. We were also returning late at night and taxi queues can be long for those late flights.
- Jet Set Parking – while a good option in good weather, we weren’t keen on having to take a shuttle in the cold with the kids and there is the question of “what do we do with the winter jackets”?
- I had a 20% off promo code for Valet parking, which brought it to within $60 or so off the regular, standard parking lot at SKYXE and within $20 or so of the preferred parking lot. We decided to splurge and give it a try. The Valet meant we could pull up right in front when we were departing, they would store our winter coats and our van would be warm and waiting curbside when we returned.
We returned to Saskatoon at 130am, to -30 temperatures and fresh snow. Not having to run out to start a cold car and bring in cold jackets for tired, cranky kids, was definitely worth the extra in my books and we were so thankful we had decided to give Valet a try. I would urge you to consider adding the extra parking cost into your trip budget, especially if you have small kids, or are travelling during the cold winter months. You spend so much time and money planning the perfect vacation, why not have it end on a high note as well, instead of being left out in the cold?
Right now VALETXE has a promotion that’s too good to pass up!
Between January 15 – February 23, 2020 get 1 day of free ValetXE parking for every 2 days purchased. Discount will be applied upon checkout at the ValetXE desk. Not valid for online bookings.
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Prior to travelling to Ixtapa, we had several people recommend Ixtapa Island as a good excursions for families. We tend to stick close to the resorts with the kids when we travel as they are quite happy enjoying the pools and activities that the all inclusive resorts have to offer. However, by mid week away, we thought the kids would be up for a change of scenery and started looking at option for a trip out to Ixtapa Island. There were 13 of us all together, 6 adults, 7 kids aged 4-11.
Option1: We discussed the excursion with our Westjet Vacations rep. The cost was going to be $28USD per child and $40USD per adult (reduced from $45 USD if we paid cash and because we were a group). For my family of 5, that would be just over $200 CDN.
Option 2: Online booking is an option, but when checking Viator and Expedia they were a similar price of around $200 CDN for my family of 5.
Option 3: We could go on our own. The $200 CDN included transportation from our hotel to the water taxi, Roundtrip ferry/water taxi to the Island, lunch, one drink and reserved chairs. We were pretty sure we could do this on our own for quite a bit less and Ixtapa is a pretty quiet place that we were comfortable exploring on our own. The Taxi (15 minute drive) to the Ferry was $160 Pesos each way. The Ferry (10 minutes each way) roundtrip was $50 pesos per person. The restaurants will give you chairs/loungers/palapas for free if you are ordering food and drinks from them. We were there for about 5 hours and lunch and a drink worked out to be roughly $200 – $250 pesos per person. This was about $125 CDN for our family of 5 – almost half price of taking the tour.
It was very easy to manage on our own. Taxi’s are plentiful, as are the water taxis. There are several restaurants on the three main beaches and this way we were able to choose when we left and when we returned and we were more on our own schedule, which worked well for us. We went to Varadero Beach, which was great for little guys wanting to swim. It was very shallow and calm and the not quite as hot as the snorkeling beach as the sun took a bit longer to come around to that side. From Varadero Beach, you can walk about 500 feet, through the restaurant to the snorkeling beach. This beach wasn’t good for little guys to swim, but had tons of fish and great snorkeling for the older ones. The location was good here, being able to easily go back and forth. They had an outdoor shower and bathroom facilities and the food and drinks were good. We were at the Lili Cipriani restaurant.
We really enjoyed our time at Ixtapa Island and being able to swim in the ocean as the shore break was quite rough on the main beach of Ixtapa and made it hard for kids (and some adults) to go in swimming. I would definitely recommend spending a day of your vacation on Ixtapa Island.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen is split into two resorts. There is the adults only side, Paradisus La Perla and the family side, La Esmeralda. Having two resorts in one is a huge benefit when traveling as adults only, families and groups and here is why:
As an adult you have free range of most pools, restaurants, bars and other public areas in both resorts. An upgrade to the Royal Service on the La Perla side or Family Concierge on the La Esmeralda will give you full access to all areas including the pools, beaches and restaurants that are exclusive to these special room categories. As an adult you will have exclusive adult only spaces and restaurants. Even if you book on the family side you will be able to access these spaces but your kids cannot join you. This will expand your choices for restaurants, pool areas and beach sections. It is great to have the extra options. The rooms on the adult side are designed for romance. Be sure to take advantage of the bathtub that’s big enough for two!
The family side, La Esmeralda, still has many restaurant, beach and pool options. They also have some great inclusions for families. The water park is a great area for families to hang out. They have a large splash park that caters to both older and younger kids. There are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas so everyone in the family can enjoy themselves and hangout in the same area. Parents can take advantage of the baby, kids and teen clubs offered at this resort. There is a daily schedule of activities that the kids can enjoy to give the parents a break. Even at the main pool area they have a pirate ship play structure. No matter which area you would like to hang out for the day there will be something for the kids to be entertained. If your family upgrades to the Family Concierge your room will have upgraded kids amenities (such as mini robes and slippers), plus your family will have exclusive access to the Family Concierge beach section.
If you are planning a group trip or a destination wedding then this resort is perfect for you! Booking into either resort, you will be able to set up private events. Only two wedding can be scheduled in one day and they have a minimum of three hours between them. With both outdoor and indoor venues, your wedding will go off without a hitch, even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. The wedding gazebo on the beach is my personal favorite. The bride can also look into booking the bridal suite. This is an exclusive area to get ready for her big day! Romance by Paradisus also specializes in same sex ceremonies. The wedding packages are diverse and have many inclusions depending of what kind of ceremony you are looking for.
Where You Want To Be Married
As you can see, no matter what type of holiday you are planning the Paradisus Playa del Carmen is a diverse resort and would make an amazing vacation option!
If you have any questions about the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, Paradisus Cancun or Melia Cozumel please feel free to contact me at 306-955-1449 or email@example.com. I’m ready to help you experience paradise.
Cozumel is a major cruise port but have you considered it as a vacation destination? Or even a day trip? The island is full of great experiences and I would highly recommend checking it out. Here are my top three reasons you should put Cozumel on your list to visit:
It’s easy to get to
Cozumel has its own international airport, which means that you can fly to the island. Depending on which city you are departing from, flying may not be your easiest way to arrive. The alternative is taking a ferry from Playa del Carmen. It will cost you 22usd for a roundtrip ticket. The ferry will take about 20 minutes in one direction. The ferry is very easy to catch as it runs every 30minutes. There is a bar on board and music. You can sit inside or take in the views from the top deck.
Things to do
Once you are on the island there is plenty of things to do while you are there. Take in the shopping, bars and restaurants in the main town. Or if you are looking for a more active adventure, rent a car, scooters or 4×4’s and drive around the island. Cozumel is known for its water activities. If you love to snorkel or scuba dive then this is a perfect destination to visit. The island will also have kite-surfing, catamaran tours and fishing.
The beaches and water
Cozumel is a small island but there are plenty of beaches to check out. If you rent a car you can easily find a piece of paradise to set up shop for the day and have it all to yourself. You can find the calm turquoise waters to snorkel and feed the fish. I stayed at the Melia Cozumel where the marine wildlife is right outside your doorstep. I was able to be in waste deep water and have schools of colorful fish swim around me. Be sure to bring a banana if you really want to attract the fish.
The next stop on my trip around Mexico’s East Coast is Playa Del Carmen! I can’t wait to tell you all about my experiences there.
Check out more photos and videos from all of our team’s travels here.
When picking an all-inclusive resort, one of the most important factors to consider for myself is the beach. As a guy from the prairies, I need to experience the ocean, sand and sun. Visiting a beach is important to me and it brings so much happiness to my life. The Paradisus Cancun’s beach has exceeded my every expectation. Here are my top four reasons the Paradisus Cancun is a must do beach vacation:
From dawn until dusk, this is a beach that keeps you enthralled. If you are a morning person, this resort has stunning sunrises! You will be only one of a few people up at 7am but it is well worth it. I wasn’t ready to go down to the beach at this time, but I was in an ocean view room and could take it all in from my balcony. The sunsets from the beach are equally as beautiful as the sun sets over the pyramids of the Paradisus Cancun. If you are by the beach at night you can check out the stars. You do not get the city’s light pollution so you can see the constellations.
There is nothing worse than having to walk endlessly to the beach only to find that the nearest bar or food options are miles away from the beach. I would recommend springing for access to the Coco’S Beach Club. This exclusive area is centrally located, and the staff will truly take care of you. You can order food and drinks without having to leave your beach chair. The washrooms are also very close so you do not have to walk very far.
The Physical Beauty
If you are looking for white sand and turquoise waters than the Paradisus Cancun is for you. The powdery white sand doesn’t skald your feet as you walk along the seemingly endless beach to either side of the resort. The ocean itself is picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful. Be prepared for a photo shoot! The Caribbean side of Mexico has a bad reputation for sargassum, but at this resort there wasn’t even a trace of seaweed. As an added bonus, the resort has roped off beach areas. This means there were not very many venders pestering you on the beach, so you can really soak up the sun’s rays in peace and quiet.
Laying in the sun and reading a book can be a full-time job but sometimes you need a little extracurricular activity. Yoga is offered in the morning which can be a great way to start your day. While beach volleyball and soccer run periodically throughout the day. The waves along the beach are perfect for bodyboarding. If you are more of a thrill seeker you can pay to go parasailing or take a jet ski out for a rip.
No matter what your beach preferences are there is something for everyone at the Paradisus Cancun.
Follow along as I check out a few other resorts in the area!
Today we are talking food. I truly appreciate a good meal, and Le Blanc doesn’t disappoint. I don’t think I’ve been to a resort that has such amazing food options from around the globe. In less than 36 hours I’ve dined on Italian, Mexican, seafood, and Lebanese. The variety of food choices from all parts of the world is something that makes Le Blanc Spa Resort really stand out.
With 8 dining choices for only 373 rooms, you’ll never have to wait in line for a meal. Each location has its own head chef to make sure that the menu is curated to reflect each cuisine authentically. You’ll fall in love with the pasta choices at Blanc Italia, enjoy authentic Mexican chilaquiles and a great view on the open terrace of Blanc Ocean, or be treated to a unique and flavorful meal at the Lebanese restaurant Mezze.
If you aren’t in the mood to leave the comfort of your bed, there is always the room service menu just a click away on the resort app. On Sunday I ordered a mid afternoon snack, which arrived in a record 23 minutes. The service is supreme.
Room service in record time
With another 2 nights to go here, I hope I can find the time to enjoy the remainder of the dining venues. My waistband might not agree, but it’s hard to pass up such great food!
Sunrise from the room
Good morning from the Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos. I’m very excited to spend 4 nights here and to share some highlights with you.
I arrived Saturday afternoon, and Le Blanc surely gives an amazing first impression! Check-in was quick and painless, and I was escorted to my room by my butler! That’s right, each floor has a dedicated butler team to assist with all you’re needs. The butler went through the room with me, showing all the features such as the gorgeous soaker tub (that your butler will draw up for you), the fully stocked mini bar (complete with snacks) and the resort app (where you can order room service, aromatherapy, bath salts and more). I can truly say that anything you could want is just a quick call away.
As I settle in, unpack (which your butler will do if you wish) and recover from a long day of travel, I can’t wait to explore the rest of this stunning resort. If its even half as stunning as the view from my room, I may never come home! Stay tuned as my journey unfolds…