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Macer 15.07.2015 13:27

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Have you considered clubmed? www.clubmed.ch They have an office in Lausanne so you could drop in and tailor your holiday face to face. They are not cheap though.

Until we had the kids, we would never have considered a package holiday like this. But, we have been twice now, and the whole family had a great time.

AH, I just saw that this is recommended as an option by another member.

JanieCH 15.07.2015 13:36

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Many thanks for all of the above messages. In terms of my original question (clearly not well enough explained despite its wordiness), these two posters hit the nail right on the head:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trollemor (Post 2419335)
If I understood you correctly, what you want is to be able to get to an AI resort where family members from Canada will be flying to from Canada, not just to any AI resort, am I right? In which case it's actually not always that simple, since many travel suppliers book entire hotels for tourists from a given country/region.

This is indeed exactly my problem. We learned during our one and only Dominican holiday that this is how these all-inclusives work -- tour companies book entire sections of a hotel and bring people in and out by the planeload a couple of times per week. So yes, the challenge is to find a resort that is serviced by one or more companies that have flights from Ontario, Saskatchewan, BC and Switzerland, or at least 2 or 3 of them and the others can get a connecting flight somewhere.

Though I think you might be right that it would be easiest for the Canadian contingent to find something that works for them, and then we book a room at the same hotel and flights separately.

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Originally Posted by Chemmie (Post 2419370)
For those who are a bit confused about the request: In Canada, All-Inclusives are for many, the only way to travel. With limited vacation days, a week in Cuba, Dominican, or Mexico is very ideal when you pay once and don't have to worry about flights, food, ALCOHOL!, hotel, getting to the hotel etc.

Plus if booked correctly, a week stay with unlimited alcohol (swim up bar :) and food in a 4 star resort can be booked for under 300$. This is cheaper than staying at home! Hence the popularity of such packages

You are right to point out that not everyone shares this bit of our "culture" and might not understand the stakes :) This is why I was looking for a package deal. Our one-week trip to the Dominican in 2010, booked super last minute through the travel agent next door to us, cost about $900 for a week including airfaire and the "luxury treatment" (better room and drinks, etc.) at our five-star hotel. There's no way that you'd get a better price than that if you booked everything separately. Plus since we are all travelling with small children now, the connecting flights, airport shuttle, etc. etc. will make the experience much easier.

I will take a look at the British companies and ClubMed like a few people suggested but I'm getting the feeling that it might be too hard for us to get the package deal from Europe (even if ClubMed ends up being cheaper for us, it likely won't be for my family in Canada).

Thanks again for all the help!

Bonhomme 15.07.2015 13:36

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
-you relatives buy a package and add your name/room, no flights.
-you book your flights and meet them

Anjela 15.07.2015 16:48

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
I'd just like to compliment you and yours on the thoughtfulness towards your mother and her 'big' birthday.

I'll turn 60 next April and know full well my kids won't plan anything at all to help me celebrate. It's not that they're not lovely kids, but I've clearly missed out a life lesson or two in the Taking Care of Mum section of their education.
Thinking of dragging myself off to a spa for the duration..... on my own!

aSwissInTheUS 15.07.2015 16:51

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Kuoni ?

moggy 15.07.2015 20:02

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
I have been fasinated by this thread since you started it yesterday & been educated by replies.

One important thing you missed out, What month?

Neither did you mention how long, though not sure that make much difference to the whole party. But maybe if you are traveling further, you might prefer it to be longer for your family.

Financial it does seem more sensible to go somewhere that the mass of people will find more economical.

This poster has suggested something that if possible seems like a good idea:-

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bonhomme (Post 2419529)
-you relatives buy a package and add your name/room, no flights.
-you book your flights and meet them

So maybe ask the Canadians if they are able to do that without confirming anything.

You will need to know what airport they arrive into, so then you can look into where it might be possible for you to fly from at a viable cost?

I have not yet been to the Caribbean (but do dream to visit one day) but Jamaica comes to mind as a large island, so hopefully more flights from different destinations.
That is what you perhaps need to research flights, perhaps back to front.

Noticed you mentioned in your first post Portugal/Spain in your 1st post, by one of your final posts & have to agree with you, rather extravagant for Canadians, when their only port of call is there & for Fully Inclusive, they would probably be disappointed with the extra costs of flights.
If you had asked in the context of all Europeans, then I would have said that Faro airport, Algarve, Portugal has a number of flights from varying airports, it is particular a favourite for UK, as served by various airports from UK both charter and economical airlines many months of the year.

Once you get it sorted, no doubt both your mother and siblings will have a great time together.

ps the month is important

JanieCH 15.07.2015 21:04

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anjela (Post 2419626)
I'd just like to compliment you and yours on the thoughtfulness towards your mother and her 'big' birthday.

I'll turn 60 next April and know full well my kids won't plan anything at all to help me celebrate. It's not that they're not lovely kids, but I've clearly missed out a life lesson or two in the Taking Care of Mum section of their education.
Thinking of dragging myself off to a spa for the duration..... on my own!

Thank you for your kind comment! My mom was widowed very young and still managed to raise her four children (ages 3 to 9 when my dad passed away) into model citizens despite having little help from family and very limited financial means. We owe her A LOT, it's really the least we could do.

Aside from this one exception, though, we're really not big on birthdays. Every family expresses their love in their own way, maybe your kids will surprise you :)

JanieCH 15.07.2015 21:15

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moggy (Post 2419714)
I have been fasinated by this thread since you started it yesterday & been educated by replies.

One important thing you missed out, What month?

Neither did you mention how long, though not sure that make much difference to the whole party. But maybe if you are traveling further, you might prefer it to be longer for your family.

Financial it does seem more sensible to go somewhere that the mass of people will find more economical.

This poster has suggested something that if possible seems like a good idea:-



So maybe ask the Canadians if they are able to do that without confirming anything.

You will need to know what airport they arrive into, so then you can look into where it might be possible for you to fly from at a viable cost?

I have not yet been to the Caribbean (but do dream to visit one day) but Jamaica comes to mind as a large island, so hopefully more flights from different destinations.
That is what you perhaps need to research flights, perhaps back to front.

Noticed you mentioned in your first post Portugal/Spain in your 1st post, by one of your final posts & have to agree with you, rather extravagant for Canadians, when their only port of call is there & for Fully Inclusive, they would probably be disappointed with the extra costs of flights.
If you had asked in the context of all Europeans, then I would have said that Faro airport, Algarve, Portugal has a number of flights from varying airports, it is particular a favourite for UK, as served by various airports from UK both charter and economical airlines many months of the year.

Once you get it sorted, no doubt both your mother and siblings will have a great time together.

ps the month is important

I purposely neglected to mention the month because my mom's birthday is in August. Ideally we'd be together for her birthday but we will be flexible because it's not the best time to be in the Caribbean. This is also why we're getting organized early.

As for the length of the trip, the family portion will be one week but we have friends who would like to come down for a second week to make it more worthwhile. Thankfully we will have lots of good company, as two weeks in an all inclusive would be unbearable otherwise ;)

Medea Fleecestealer 15.07.2015 21:37

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
I think you're going to struggle to find a tour company that can deal with both countries and get you a good deal. What you could think of doing is hiring a villa for that period in the location of your choice and then you'd have to organise the separate flights to get there for everyone.

Another possibility would be to take a cruise around the Caribbean out of Tampa or Ft Lauderdale for a few days and then spend the rest of the trip back on land in the US.

Anjela 15.07.2015 22:44

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JanieCH (Post 2419732)
Thank you for your kind comment! My mom was widowed very young and still managed to raise her four children (ages 3 to 9 when my dad passed away) into model citizens despite having little help from family and very limited financial means. We owe her A LOT, it's really the least we could do.

Aside from this one exception, though, we're really not big on birthdays. Every family expresses their love in their own way, maybe your kids will surprise you :)

Ha, I sincerely doubt it, they (and husband) even managed to forget my birthday twice! Does that technically mean I'm two years younger than I think I am?!!

Hope you get something sorted out, your mum will be thrilled to see all her children together in the same place, I just wish I could have done the same for mine....similar story but there's only three of us.

Now.... back to the plot.

JanerMacP 15.07.2015 22:51

Re: Getting to an all inclusive in the Caribbean from Switzerland/France
 
www.selloffvacations.com is a really popular Canadian travel site where you can book the same hotel out of multiple locations, including flights. I would book the trip around your Canadian guests and then organize your flights separately from Europe - wherever you can get the best deal.


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