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April 16th, 2016 at 7:44:54 AM permalink
This is a GREAT deal!! I'm diamond from the Founders Club. (Best $300 I've ever spent) If you like to know more about my experience with the Founders Club and/or a promotion code, PM me.

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April 16th, 2016 at 11:49:48 AM permalink
What is the founders club. I am 7 star but just wondering
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April 16th, 2016 at 1:08:34 PM permalink
Eta: not sure if you even went yet. If not maybe you all know some of these answers. I will also do some research.

That you for posting this. I may seriously look into it. I have some follow up questions if you don't mind answering.

1. Was there an extra charge for a 2nd person or even bringing kids?

2. How much were any extra nights if you did any?

3. Any other fees and how much, like how cruise ships give a free cruise but there is a fee?

4. Is there a way to get cheap flights there? Not sure if any discount carriers fly to thst area. On that note, is a passport required?

AXEL, I may need to add this to my trips this year. How else am I going to stay poor.
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April 16th, 2016 at 1:18:56 PM permalink
I just did a mock booking on their site and 4 nights is $1049 and resort fees and room taxes are $449. I am curious what the actual out of pocket ends up being for diamonda 4 nights.
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April 16th, 2016 at 2:38:34 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I just did a mock booking on their site and 4 nights is $1049 and resort fees and room taxes are $449. I am curious what the actual out of pocket ends up being for diamonda 4 nights.

Do weekends vs weekdays make a difference? I saw something in the fine print about 'extra guests'. I think my kids might be 'extra guests' unless you were in a suite or something, or rented another room.
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April 16th, 2016 at 3:41:58 PM permalink
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Do weekends vs weekdays make a difference? I saw something in the fine print about 'extra guests'. I think my kids might be 'extra guests' unless you were in a suite or something, or rented another room.



My mock booking was monday thru thursday. I just assumed the weekends would be more.
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April 16th, 2016 at 4:11:23 PM permalink
18.25% taxes and $54 per night resort fees are killer. For something that prices out at $950 or so to balloon up almost 50% is insane. Take note with the resort fee... you've got to pay a fee (VAT) to pay a fee.

So it looks like you will be paying $400 minimum in taxes and fees with this deal unless otherwise noted (some packages void the resort fee). I would presume you get taxed on the comped room, but I have no reason to believe that other than my own skepticism.

Edited out something about 12 being the "adult" age. Main website has (18+) next to "Adult".

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TAXES, SURCHARGES & RESORT FEE

Guests of Atlantis, The Cove Atlantis, The Reef Atlantis and Harborside Resort are subject to a 18.25% charge on room rate that includes VAT and other taxes and surcharges, the Paradise Island Tourism and Development Association levy, the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board levy and compensation for servicing your reservation.

In addition, guests of Atlantis, The Cove Atlantis and The Reef Atlantis (but not Harborside Resort) will be required to pay a resort fee of $49.95 plus a $3.75 VAT charge per room per night, totaling $53.70 per room per night. The resort fee will include the following services:
Wi-Fi in guest rooms and lobby areas for up four (4) devices
Access to Aquaventure, a one-of-a-kind 141 acre waterscape
Access to the Fitness Center: Up to 2 persons per day per room
Fitness center access entitles guests to complimentary use of the cardio studio, universal and free weights only. Tennis, fitness classes and personal training sessions are not included.
Two (2) 12 oz. bottles of water daily per room.
Unlimited local phone calls
Access to the Atlantis Movie Theater
Resort Shuttle Service
In-Room Coffee and Tea
Casino Lessons
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April 16th, 2016 at 4:57:42 PM permalink
I figured. It is still a great deal but certainly not free. I was thinking about booking 2 nights with my wife's platinum that we got because of the credit card. Then buy the founders and book the other 4 nights with diamond.

The platinum nights would be about $80 a night with taxes and resort fees. The diamond nights would be run about $120 for the 4 nights because resort fees are waived. That is assuming there is no additional charge for our then 3 and 5 year old. I think $300 for 6 nights would be a pretty good deal. However I haven't looked into the other costs such as food. I bet the nail you on those since it's not like you can just drive down the road to mcdonalds
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April 16th, 2016 at 5:46:38 PM permalink
I guess I will keep posting on here about atlantis in case anyone cares about my research. I like to do vacations on a strict and tight budget. It is really the only way we can afford to do so much.

Food is super super expensive from what I read.

Once you fly in you have to take a taxi to the resort. Taxis are $33. From what I read you can pay the driver an extra $15 to drive to town to the grocery store. They will wait for you to shop and take you to the resort. Great way to save some money for bottle water, snacks, and small meals.

Right now atlantis has a dining deal on sale. I am guessing these are on sale quite often . It is $48 per person per day including tax and tip. This includes your breakfast and dinner. Lunch is not included. Kids under 6 eat free with a paid adult.
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April 16th, 2016 at 6:01:02 PM permalink
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Food is super super expensive from what I read.

Once you fly in you have to take a taxi to the resort. Taxis are $33. From what I read you can pay the driver an extra $15 to drive to town to the grocery store. They will wait for you to shop and take you to the resort. Great way to save some money for bottle water, snacks, and small meals.



Check out www.instagopher.com for grocery delivery to the hotel.
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April 16th, 2016 at 6:45:22 PM permalink
14 day cancelation window is pretty weak.
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April 16th, 2016 at 7:16:32 PM permalink
The Founderrs Card is a membership in an organization targeted to Entrepreneurs, Founders, Presidents and CEO's. I do happen to have my own company and it's a great networking organization with a lot of perks. I have referred my cousin and sister who are business people, they are not CEO's President's etc. and have joined. I have seen many who have joined who are not in those high level corporate positions.

Some of the benefits are with membership are: immediate Diamond with CET, immediate Gold with Hilton Honors, with 2 qualifying segments earn Mosaic with Jet Blue, plus so much more.

Here's a link to some of the benefits, look on the left side of the page under lifestyle for CET Diamond status but also check out travel and business. I've used many of those perks too.

https://founderscard.com/browse_by_category/Business?sort=Popular

It's paid for itself in time and money 10x over for me.


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April 16th, 2016 at 8:40:19 PM permalink
Seeing this seems to be the NEW trip did I just miss out on my free trip including flight to any Caesars property in the USA ? The one that was off of last years card level
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April 16th, 2016 at 9:47:07 PM permalink
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Seeing this seems to be the NEW trip did I just miss out on my free trip including flight to any Caesars property in the USA ? The one that was off of last years card level



Found the link guess the 2015 one is still good different bonus all together

https://www.totalrewards.com/content/cet-tr/en/overview/aspirations/rules.html
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April 17th, 2016 at 4:03:07 AM permalink
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Seeing this seems to be the NEW trip did I just miss out on my free trip including flight to any Caesars property in the USA ? The one that was off of last years card level



This offer has nothing to do with the free yearly trip to any CET property.
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April 17th, 2016 at 4:13:37 AM permalink
I'm not trying to be flip here but this is not the type of vacation to do on a "tight" or strict budget, it's not free or near free by any means but it is a great deal if you were thinking of this type of a vacation anyway.

I've done all-inclusive or a cruise on a tight budget, you know pretty much what your getting up front for your budget and other than drinks or excursions on a cruise, the price is pretty much locked in.

The Atlantis is a beautiful property, with lots to do and wonderful restaurants. Oh and did I say there's a casino on property, lol? It used to be thousands to go and every little thing was an added amenity that you had to pay for and it really added up.

This is a great deal as I said, if you were thinking of a 4* or 5* resort type vacation.

I think it would be best to call the VIP number find out more specifics and see if it is within your liking and budget.





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I guess I will keep posting on here about atlantis in case anyone cares about my research. I like to do vacations on a strict and tight budget. It is really the only way we can afford to do so much.

Food is super super expensive from what I read.

Once you fly in you have to take a taxi to the resort. Taxis are $33. From what I read you can pay the driver an extra $15 to drive to town to the grocery store. They will wait for you to shop and take you to the resort. Great way to save some money for bottle water, snacks, and small meals.

Right now atlantis has a dining deal on sale. I am guessing these are on sale quite often . It is $48 per person per day including tax and tip. This includes your breakfast and dinner. Lunch is not included. Kids under 6 eat free with a paid adult.

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April 17th, 2016 at 5:25:13 AM permalink
Quote: MrsHeartRN

I'm not trying to be flip here but this is not the type of vacation to do on a "tight" or strict budget, it's not free or near free by any means but it is a great deal if you were thinking of this type of a vacation anyway.

I've done all-inclusive or a cruise on a tight budget, you know pretty much what your getting up front for your budget and other than drinks or excursions on a cruise, the price is pretty much locked in.

The Atlantis is a beautiful property, with lots to do and wonderful restaurants. Oh and did I say there's a casino on property, lol? It used to be thousands to go and every little thing was an added amenity that you had to pay for and it really added up.

This is a great deal as I said, if you were thinking of a 4* or 5* resort type vacation.

I think it would be best to call the VIP number find out more specifics and see if it is within your liking and budget.



My wife has wanted to go here for years now. We priced it out a few years back and it was going to run something like 6k without any gambling. If we can do it for 2500 then it may be a go. We aren't looking at getting it free but a huge discount is always the key for us.

I am not sure if I would prefer spending 2500 on this or getting the "free" cruise. Spent around $1500 last year on our "free" cruise and we had the time of our life.
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April 17th, 2016 at 5:29:29 AM permalink
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Found the link guess the 2015 one is still good different bonus all together

https://www.totalrewards.com/content/cet-tr/en/overview/aspirations/rules.html

Coilman, note the 4 night trip and $750 airfare has be booked by May 31, and trip completed by June 30. Better start packing....
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April 17th, 2016 at 6:27:36 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I guess I will keep posting on here about atlantis in case anyone cares about my research. I like to do vacations on a strict and tight budget. It is really the only way we can afford to do so much.

Food is super super expensive from what I read.

Once you fly in you have to take a taxi to the resort. Taxis are $33. From what I read you can pay the driver an extra $15 to drive to town to the grocery store. They will wait for you to shop and take you to the resort. Great way to save some money for bottle water, snacks, and small meals.

Right now atlantis has a dining deal on sale. I am guessing these are on sale quite often . It is $48 per person per day including tax and tip. This includes your breakfast and dinner. Lunch is not included. Kids under 6 eat free with a paid adult.



Food in Atlantis is expensive, like Disney expensive. Food outside of Atlantis, in Nassau, is reasonable. Atlantis' Johnny Rockets is the cheapest dinner, and costs about twice a mainland Johnny Rockets. The Atlantis buffet is comparable to an average casino buffet, at high line buffet prices. On Nassau, restaurants serve better than average meals at slightly below mainland US prices. Props to Montague Gardens: call for a reservation and they will arrange the cab to and from the restaurant, and the food is quite good.

DO NOT EVER use Knowles Tours for ANY transportation. This is important because that is the company with the official tie to Atlantis. They are slow, rude, often late, and unreliable. They have been this way for years I've heard, relying on official connections to maintain contracts, so I've heard. You are better off hailing a cab. Nassau is connected, you can reach cab and jitney operators through the Internet.
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April 17th, 2016 at 7:49:55 AM permalink
I didn't realize Nassau was that close. For some reason I thought Atlantis was all by itself. I just looked at a map and saw that it really is pretty close. Other than maybe some cheaper food, is there another reason to leave the resort?
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April 17th, 2016 at 8:15:25 AM permalink
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I didn't realize Nassau was that close. For some reason I thought Atlantis was all by itself. I just looked at a map and saw that it really is pretty close. Other than maybe some cheaper food, is there another reason to leave the resort?

The hookers may be cheaper off Paradise Island? I cannot vouch for that, or the quality in either locale ;-)

The Blue Lagoon ( I think that is the name ) is a pretty cool place, but the beach itself is no better than at Atlantis. Yes, it's a tourist attraction, they sell encounters with Dolphins, etc. but they got ALOT of Dolphins everywhere, many multiple interconnected holding areas that are nestled very nicely in a mostly natural looking setting. You can watch them all over the place for free, up close. Also seals, I think they were seals ;-) cute buggers. And you get a boat ride to get there, bout 20-30 minutes each way. It's a nice shore excursion off a cruise boat, particularly if you've already paid before for an experience at Atlantis. If I were staying at Atlantis, I'd probably pass on it, well unless you're really ino Dolphins and seals. My sons really like playing on the floating obstacles/playground set-up, and the little lunch they serve is decent. Burgers and fries, and chicken, and salad.
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April 17th, 2016 at 9:20:39 AM permalink
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The hookers may be cheaper off Paradise Island? I cannot vouch for that, or the quality in either locale ;-)

The Blue Lagoon ( I think that is the name ) is a pretty cool place, but the beach itself is no better than at Atlantis. Yes, it's a tourist attraction, they sell encounters with Dolphins, etc. but they got ALOT of Dolphins everywhere, many multiple interconnected holding areas that are nestled very nicely in a mostly natural looking setting. You can watch them all over the place for free, up close. Also seals, I think they were seals ;-) cute buggers. And you get a boat ride to get there, bout 20-30 minutes each way. It's a nice shore excursion off a cruise boat, particularly if you've already paid before for an experience at Atlantis. If I were staying at Atlantis, I'd probably pass on it, well unless you're really ino Dolphins and seals. My sons really like playing on the floating obstacles/playground set-up, and the little lunch they serve is decent. Burgers and fries, and chicken, and salad.



We've really liked Blue Lagoon both times we've visited. The second time it was almost deserted, maybe a hundred people total, and we had the far side of the island completely to ourselves. It's a great place to lay back in a hammock and let the time slip by, if you like that sort of thing (we do).
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April 17th, 2016 at 10:11:52 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I didn't realize Nassau was that close. For some reason I thought Atlantis was all by itself. I just looked at a map and saw that it really is pretty close. Other than maybe some cheaper food, is there another reason to leave the resort?



Well, you are in the Bahamas, there are other fun things to do!

Shopping in Nassau is either cheap junk (the Straw Market, avoid this place) or luxury goods (Swarovski, Rolex, etc) that are advertised as duty free but that are still full retail price. Aside from Montagu Gardens, we didn't eat anywhere else, so my advice would be no better than a Google search.

Atlantis is fun, but it really isn't a bargain, and doesn't try to be. There is a kindle book called Fly Me To Atlantis that has a lot of great tips; the hotel next to Atlantis is much cheaper, and includes water park privileges, for example. It might be a worthwhile $4. For us, Mrs Mosca would rather go full fare and half as often, and when Mrs Mosca is happy, Mosca is happy.
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April 17th, 2016 at 10:12:34 AM permalink
So 50-60 a night in taxes, 50 a night in resort fee, 80-100 per adult per night in food. Am I missing any extra costs? I feel like I saw some forced fee for housekeepers somewhere, but that's probably small.
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April 17th, 2016 at 11:48:55 AM permalink
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We've really liked Blue Lagoon both times we've visited. The second time it was almost deserted, maybe a hundred people total, and we had the far side of the island completely to ourselves. It's a great place to lay back in a hammock and let the time slip by, if you like that sort of thing (we do).

Speaking of the far side of the island (still talking the Blue Lagoon attraction here, not part of Atlantis), the first time I went, on that ocean side the water was closed due to big surf, they still had a lifeguard posted and the beach was still open, and totally empty. Just me and lifeguard, we chatted. Last time the surf was more reasonable and I ventured into the water, over on the left side, and out along the rocky point on the left to a point I could see beyond, farther to the left. Another lovely looking cove in that direction, beautiful beach. I was walking barefoot and the bottom was rock or coral, and treacherous, left my sandals back on the other side. I don't know why they don't have a second developed pathway from one side to the other that goes to that cove/beach. Maybe almost no one uses the first one I guess. The snorkeling looked better in that direction, if you don't mind snorkeling in the surf. Nothing much to see in the lagoon itself snorkeling, but totally protected from any wave action.

And yes, a couple dozen nice looking hammocks, most shaded, over on the main side of the attraction.

Tried a quick search for pricing, try approx 65.00 per person for visit to island by boat with modest lunch included. Stay 3-6 hours depending on schedules, longer may be available. It costs extra to mate with the Dolphins, and some other activities ;-)
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April 18th, 2016 at 4:49:01 AM permalink
I've stayed at all inclusives in the Bahamas, the Riu, Wyndham and the Radisson Cable Beach. All were fine and with our budget very limited (we all had young kids at the time).

I always wanted to stay at the Atlantis since each time we did a vacation in the Bahamas, we ended up At the Atlantis at least one night either for dinner or to try the casino. Once we were in a position to upgrade our vacation, that was the place we wanted to go and we were not disappointed.

Now what I spend during a "free week" in Vegas I could probably go on a cruise to Europe! lol
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April 18th, 2016 at 7:54:33 AM permalink
Funny story.
Back before Sparkles and I married, ( we dated for years cause I scared her a little ),we flew several times to the Caribbean for long weekend type getaways, Aruba, Bermuda, and last time Bahamas. AirTran had a deal going, someone else had another deal going, Sparkles booked us a trip to Freeport to a very nice resort, except she flew us into Nassau. I wasn't paying attention, she is very good at taking care of all the detailed stuff so I figured she had it all down pat. So now we are in Nassau trying to arrange ground transportation to our resort, our resort we discover is on a different island!

So we are a bit confused, to say the least. 2F takes over, checks to we both got Amex cards on us, walks to the big Atlantis welcome booth at the terminal and inquire about available rooms, totally sold out ( maybe they didn't like the looks of me ). I'm hungry, and bewildered, so we go get a bite of lunch somewhere, somewhere overlooking a beautiful beach and bay, Cable Beach maybe? And there is a casino, and I stopped at a BJ table, played like 3 or 4 hands and won a hundy. Then back to the business at hand, I should mention that poor Sparkles is in tears cause she screwed this up, literally tears. And she is not the type that cries much.

So with a little more enquiry we find that Bahamas Air has flights to Grand Bahama, from the 'locals' terminal down the street. So we drag our bags thru the blazing sun to The terminal down the road that felt like it was at least twice as far away as we thought, bought tix, and flew to Grand Bahama. There weren't really goats and chickens in the cabin but it was a very 'local' crowd that we flew with.

Arrived at where we supposed to be bout 6 or 8, maybe 10 hours late, fixed the return tix to show the correct airport of departure, and had an good weekend fom that point on. 'twas an interesting beginning for a trip. I hadn't thought about that in a long time, was over 15 years ago. I may mention to Sparkles that I told the story here today. I may not ;-) 2F
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April 18th, 2016 at 11:14:26 AM permalink
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Funny story.
Back before Sparkles and I married, ( we dated for years cause I scared her a little ),we flew several times to the Caribbean for long weekend type getaways, Aruba, Bermuda, and last time Bahamas. AirTran had a deal going, someone else had another deal going, Sparkles booked us a trip to Freeport to a very nice resort, except she flew us into Nassau. I wasn't paying attention, she is very good at taking care of all the detailed stuff so I figured she had it all down pat. So now we are in Nassau trying to arrange ground transportation to our resort, our resort we discover is on a different island!

So we are a bit confused, to say the least. 2F takes over, checks to we both got Amex cards on us, walks to the big Atlantis welcome booth at the terminal and inquire about available rooms, totally sold out ( maybe they didn't like the looks of me ). I'm hungry, and bewildered, so we go get a bite of lunch somewhere, somewhere overlooking a beautiful beach and bay, Cable Beach maybe? And there is a casino, and I stopped at a BJ table, played like 3 or 4 hands and won a hundy. Then back to the business at hand, I should mention that poor Sparkles is in tears cause she screwed this up, literally tears. And she is not the type that cries much.

So with a little more enquiry we find that Bahamas Air has flights to Grand Bahama, from the 'locals' terminal down the street. So we drag our bags thru the blazing sun to The terminal down the road that felt like it was at least twice as far away as we thought, bought tix, and flew to Grand Bahama. There weren't really goats and chickens in the cabin but it was a very 'local' crowd that we flew with.

Arrived at where we supposed to be bout 6 or 8, maybe 10 hours late, fixed the return tix to show the correct airport of departure, and had an good weekend fom that point on. 'twas an interesting beginning for a trip. I hadn't thought about that in a long time, was over 15 years ago. I may mention to Sparkles that I told the story here today. I may not ;-) 2F



That's a good one. We had a similar thing happen on our first trip to Hawaii. Tickets read PHL/LAX/HNL, with ground transportation to Kona. I verified that it was a flight from HNL to KOA, and we got boarding passes, but our luggage didn't get the message and sat in HNL, showing up at the hotel the day before we were to leave. We did get a generous clothing and essentials allowance from the airline, I don't remember which airline or how much though. Maybe $200 per person? That was 2001.
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August 30th, 2016 at 9:07:18 AM permalink
Has anyone taken advantage of this TR "Free" Atlantis vacation? The Platinum package didn't seem very appealing, but now that I am Diamond, it has piqued my interest.

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I guess I will keep posting on here about atlantis in case anyone cares about my research. I like to do vacations on a strict and tight budget. It is really the only way we can afford to do so much.

I'm with you, GWAE. Maybe not always a "tight" budget, but I certainly want to stretch my vacation dollar as far as I can. I'm curious how cheaply we can eat at the resort.

Also, I looked into the Beach Tower, and it looks like there is no microwave or fridge (they don't even mention a coffeemaker), so any grocery items we would want to bring/shop for have to be prepared and non-perishable. So, it seems like we would be limited to snacks & beverages.

Fortunately for our finances, Mrs. Joeman can be even more frugal than I. She would be perfectly happy bringing her teapot and packets of instant oatmeal for breakfast. In fact, she would enjoy it even more knowing that she was saving $35 by not eating the buffet.

I've searched for menu prices, and didn't find much for the casual restaurants. I know prices will be high, but does anyone know what I can expect as far as specific dollar amounts for meals? Also, are there any costs other than food & transportation we should consider?

Btw, GWAE, I appreciate the research you have put into this! I was about to post another page full of questions, but saw that you answered most of them up-thread. Thanks!
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September 1st, 2016 at 6:20:08 AM permalink
We really wanted to take advantage of this but it is not in the cards for us this year. If we chose to do this then it would have to be our only trip of the year. Even with it free, there would be a lot of expense. We would prefer to do 6 or 7 small trips next year. But things can always change.
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