Experience a taste of the exotic, from the colourful culture of Mexico to the lush landscapes of the Dominican Republic.

Going all inclusive means you can save your money to spoil yourself on days outside of the resort if you wish. Visit some of the local Mayan ruins, wander around the shops and soak up all the colourful Mexican culture.

Going all inclusive means you can concentrate on saving a few spends to spoil yourself on days outside of the resort if you wish. If you're heading off to Mexico, some off-resort highlights include the Mayan ruins and the opportunity to soak up the vibrant soul of Mexican culture.

Relaxing on the Riviera

There is something ever so enchanting about Mexico's Riviera Maya region. With numerous all-inclusive resorts sprinkled along this glorious section of coast, what better way to wake each morning than with the gentle hush of the sea? Your own soundtrack for contentment, better still, you don’t have to worry about a thing, as food and drinks at your hotel are paid for.

Outside your hotel room door, the Riviera Maya has so much to offer. Combine your chill out time with some spa sessions and some laidback local attractions to extend the relaxed holiday vibes.

A step back in time

Chichén Itzá is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and is a real treat to witness.

Chichén Itzá is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and is a real treat to witness. Book a guided tour and you can find out all about the Mayan people and their history.

First up has to be Chichén Itzá - one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Book a guided tour and discover how the ancient Mayan civilisation lived.

Sacred to the Mayan culture, the stepped pyramids and temples reveal much about the Mayan people's perception of the universe.

The Mayans were great astronomers and built the imposing Temple of Kukulkan with 365 steps - one for each day of the year. Visit during the spring or autumn equinox to witness the shadow of a serpent’s body work its way down the temple to join the stone head at its base.

To experience the Temple of Kukulkan in all its glory, visit during the autumn and spring equinoxes when the shadows cast by the sun and the shape of the building create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid.

To experience the Temple of Kukulkan in all its glory, visit during the autumn or spring equinoxes when the shadows cast by the sun and the shape of the building create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid. Amazing.

An urban trade hub for centuries, Chichén Itzá met a mysterious end when its inhabitants moved into the jungle, leaving behind magnificent wonders for us to cherish today. Rather mythical, the experience leaves you to draw your own conclusions.

Mark the perfect end to a perfect day by discussing your own theories over a tropical cocktail or two, and get those fanciful ideas flowing.

Beachy keen

There are a huge variety of beaches to choose from in the Riviera Maya, fringed by calm and inviting waters.

Beach options are endless. Playa Parasio Beach is a great option if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the scorching sun in peace.

Mexico's beach options are endless. Playa Paraiso Beach is a good choice if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sunshine in relative solitude.

Close to the Mayan ruins is Paraiso Beach, a better option for avoiding the crowds. Relax under a palapa, armed with a good book and a refreshing drink, and admire the cobalt blues and aquamarine scenes where the clear skies meet the Gulf of Mexico.

Mamitas Beach plays host to the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival every November.

Mamitas Beach plays host to the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival every November. The event is free, so it is worth attending to appreciate some incredible music and entertainment.

If you like a little more buzz, Mamitas Beach is your best sandy option with lots going on, particularly in November when it hosts the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. You'll find an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants to escape the midday heat, or simply find a place to relax with a sundowner before dinner back at your resort.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an unmissable event if you're a music fan. Running since 2003, some of the biggest Jazz musicians have graced the stage.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an unmissable event for music fans. Running since 2003, some of the biggest jazz musicians have graced the stage. This year the event takes place from 29 November to 1 December, the line up is still to be announced but with headline acts in previous years including the Steve Gadd Band and Bill Evans, event goers are assured of a memorable event once again.

Playa del Carmen is a tourism hub, thanks to its many bars, restaurants, shops and fantastic scuba diving opportunities.

Magic of the Mayan

A world-class spa experience awaits you to boost the chill out factor. Spa treatments here use ancient Mayan rituals featuring indigenous herbs and healing therapies. To really revive yourself, a temazcal (a traditional Mayan steam house) should come top of your list. It's a vigorous two-hour treatment but with some staying power, you will reap the rewards of rejuvenation.

A traditional Mayan steam house - a temazcal - is not for the faint-hearted, but if you can last the tough two-hour session, it will leave you feeling calm, refreshed and rejuvenated.

A traditional Mayan steam house - a temazcal - is not for the faint-hearted, but if you can last the tough two-hour session, it will leave you feeling calm, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Practised for centuries, the temazcal promotes physical and mental wellbeing. You enter a darkened stone igloo which is filled with fragrant herbs, including rosemary and peppermint to aid relaxation.

With the chanting sounds of a shaman (a member of the Mayan community), you are eased into a state of total calm, with herbal tea providing much-needed refreshment. After your two-hour session, you will leave feeling revitalised, invigorated and lighter in mind and body.

Situated on the shore of Banderas Bay, Club Velas Vallarta (2688) is the perfect Mexican escape. With an on-site spa to languish in after some tee time on the 18-hole golf course which is in walking distance, it is a fantastic all-inclusive resort.

De-stress in the Dom Rep

It may seem impossible to follow up anything as marvellous as Mexico, but the Dominican Republic (DR) has a bountiful treasure chest of gems waiting to be discovered within its lush landscapes.

Most all-inclusive hotels offer indulgent spa experiences which are a much-needed cure after a day of exploration. To blend bliss with your sense of adventure, book an intensive spa experience onboard a boat with Ocean Adventures Punta Cana.

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa (C552) boasts an incredible pool which starts in the lobby and travels down to the beach - incredible. This all-inclusive resort is one of the best in the DR, with a stunning spa and even a flamingo park situated in the gardens of the resort. Add this resort to you're must-visit list!

Completely pampered and enveloped in the cool breeze from the spray and ocean air, spa goers are invited on board the double-decker boat for three hours of rejuvenation, including lunch. A place where you can literally get away from it all, treatments include a full body massage, a pilates session, foot exfoliation and a floatation experience out on the ocean.

During the unusual experience, natural fruit juices and snacks are served to boost the wellness effects, along with a well-deserved glass of chilled wine at the end of the trip. Pure heaven and a world away from dry land!

Historical Gems

To really get the most out of a trip to Santo Domingo Colonial quarter, a Chu Chu 45-minute History Tour should be on your list of things to do.

To really get the most out of a trip to Santo Domingo's Colonial Quarter, a Chu Chu 45-minute history tour should be on your list of things to do. The knowledgeable tour guide provides an overview of the city's enthralling history.

Explore the historical offerings of Santo Domingo with the Chu Chu 45-minute history tour for a bite-sized taste of the city.

The atmospheric Colonial Quarter is brought to life by your tour guide, uncovering 500 years of history in and around the quaint cobblestone streets. From the impressive architecture to stories of the region’s most interesting inhabitants, the history of the European city of the Americas will open your eyes and heart to the island’s heritage.

A sedate yet rich introduction to your sightseeing, once the tour ends, explore your favourite spots on a leisurely stroll, before a spot of lunch and shopping.

Santo Domingo's Colonial Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's clear to see why.

Santo Domingo's Colonial Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's clear to see why. From the beautiful cobbled streets - the Calle Las Damas is the world's oldest paved street, dating from 1502 - to the imposing buildings - it is a fantastic destination to visit.

Santa Domingo is a beautiful place to explore with over 500 years of history, beautiful architecture and plenty of restaurants to sample the delicious cuisine.

Santo Domingo is a vibrant place to explore with over 500 years of history, stunning architecture and plenty of restaurants to sample the delicious local cuisine.

A show of colour

You have seen the postcards, only now you get to star in them with a day relaxing on Playa Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana. Powder white sands stretch for miles, interrupted every so often by slender swaying palms. This is a place you can safely call paradise.

Playa Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana is like a real-life postcard with powder white sand, palm trees and waves rolling onto the shore.

Playa Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana is like a real-life postcard with powder white sand, palm trees and crystal clear waters.

If sun worshipping is not your thing, take to the water with a spot of snorkelling to observe the superb coral reefs up close or book a boat trip, as there are a few kiosks along the beach to entice you with their water sports offerings.

This part of the world boasts some of the most incredible coral reefs in the world, so head under the waves and experience everything it has to offer.

This part of the world boasts some of the most incredible coral reefs in the world, so head under the waves and experience everything it has to offer.

For a finale of colour, the Bravissimo Show at Ocean World in Puerto Plata reaches a whole new level of vibrancy. Dazzling dancers perform to Caribbean lilts and you will be drawn into the flamboyance as you journey through the cultures of the world. With dinner, unlimited rum, beer and wine, plus a casino and a disco, prepare for an unforgettable experience.

Whether you select the golden glow of Mexico or the dazzle of the DR, there will be a heady cocktail of colours waiting to be discovered.

This part of the world is colourful, exciting and full of interesting cultures. Make sure you try the local cuisine while you're there as all-inclusive resorts tend to cater for most tastes.

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