Ice Hotel, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Quebec, Canada

The Ice Hotel is located for the 1st time on the site of Village Vacances Valcartier in St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, north of Quebec City, in the Province of Quebec, Canada. It is designed each year entirely in ice and snow with beautiful scenery. There are themed rooms and suites with beautiful sculptures. It is a unique concept hotel where you can spend a magical night and enjoy a cocktail in one of its famous ice glasses. This is a non-smoking hotel with an inside fireplace, a reception room, meeting, conference, a common lounge, sauna and indoor spa with free outdoor parking.

Tips

To get there, you have a shuttle service from Quebec City. Take it at the Place d’Armes. You will get a discount if you buy your ticket at the same time as the entrance to visit the hotel. You must buy it online on the Old Quebec Tours site.

If you go with your family, there is a family pass (2 adults, 3 children). There is also a discount for age 55 and over and children under one meter  enter without paying.

There are also  interesting packages: visit with a guided tour or not, guided tour with a cocktail or visit ‘Backstage’ in which in addition to the guided tour you will discover the secrets and procedures for the construction and maintenance of the hotel, visit the workshop where you can make your ice glass with which you will end the visit to the hotel bar drinking a cocktail served in your own glass.

 

Whala!bávaro, Punta Cana

Whala! Bávaro is an all-inclusive hotel located 25 km from Punta Cana International Airport, Los Corales, El Cortecito, Bavaro, Punta Cana. It is a small hotel complex of 263 rooms only, divided into 5 different sections being the number 1 building the only one directly on the beach, inaugurated in 2018 with building number 2; there is a small street that separates the 2 buildings with oversight all the time to cross but there is very little traffic because it is not a main street, just a passage to join other properties. There are 5 swimming pools, a small children’s corner, a buffet and an à la carte restaurant, a sushi restaurant, a snack bar (next to the beach), 3 bars and a sky bar located on the 5th floor facing to the sea. You can choose between 5 room options that can accommodate up to 4 people. There are garden, pool or sea view rooms, standard or superior. All rooms have a small fridge, safe, flat screen TV with a wide selection of local and international stations, air conditioning and fans. Free wi-fi arrives everywhere in the complex. There are different activities offered during the day (yoga, step, board games, volleyball, etc.). In the evening you will find various performances and you can also dance with lessons of Latin rhythms on the spot. The hotel tries to protect the nature so you will find two bottles of water in your room upon arrival and you will be asked to keep them and refill them on the water tanks that you will find everywhere. The staff is very kind and smiling.

Tips

If you are a family with 3 children, on request, they will be able to add an extra bed for the third child.

It’s ok to book with a minimum of one or two months of anticipation due to the hotel’s capacity and the large amount of frequent guests.

You will find souvenir shops, pharmacy and small stores right next to the hotel.

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Varadero, Cuba

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is a resort of formula all inclusive, located in Varadero, Cuba. For adults, this hotel offers a natural setting, thanks to its proximity to the white sandy beaches and sapphire blue sparkling water of the lush tropical gardens. Thanks to its fresh water swimming pools, its wedding packages, restaurants of specialties, its care and its European treatments at the spa, as well as its land, and water sports, this hotel promises an unforgettable holiday. You have the choice of several restaurants and bars and a different show in the evening if you are staying a week. The staff is very courteous and friendly.  

Tips

Do not you forget to take an adapter/transformer of 220V if the current of your country is different.
If you you go there for the golf, remember that you must pay the transport to go to there and even the buggy rental golf. You must also register in advance for the days you want.
The internet service is not good then do not count with him if you really need it.
If you want to go around a bit, there is a shuttle bus which departs from the hotel to visit the old Varadero and its craft market. There are also other optional excursions and a full tour of the peninsula by bus that you can godown and take again so many times as you want with the same ticket.

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