Where to send my parents for a special trip? Mid January, beach are the two requirements

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  1. GreekDeno

    GreekDeno Silver Member

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    You all have given me great location advice before so I'm asking again for my parents. It's my mom's 60th bday and I want to send them someplace nice. They've been to Aruba, Tahiti before and want to go someplace similar (beach, relax, not local, etc). They're looking mid Jan for a 5-6 day trip and are open to wherever I pick. They'd like a casino close by if possible, but that's not a must have. I ideally don't want to send them someplace that has a bunch of cruise ship people coming in daily. Points available are *A, AmEx, Hilton, Marriott for consideration, but that's not an absolute. I was thinking someplace in the Caribbean, but that doesn't narrow it down. The tops of what I've seen in my research so far are St Barts, St Thomas, St Martin or Nassau.
     
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    Nice of you to send your parents on vacation. I used to do that for mine and I wish they were still around for me to continue doing so. St. Barts is a great place, although it is certainly a bit pricey. I would probably avoid St. Thomas and Nassau for several reasons including safety in St. Thomas. If you do decide on Nassau, avoid Paradise Island and Atlantis, as it is not really very relaxing. We were there in February and it was okay, but I am not in a rush to go back. St. Martin is very nice, although I was not impressed with the casinos there. If they want somewhere relaxing that is also very beautiful, I would look into St. Lucia. I have traveled to almost every island in the caribbean and St. Lucia in my opinion is the most beautiful. The Dominican Republic also has some very nice resorts. We were there two weeks ago and had a great time. The water was very warm and the beaches were very peaceful and relaxing. Most of the resorts there are all inclusive which has it's advantages and disadvantages.
     
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    what about thailand? I know you didnt mention SPG in your point catagories; but LMKL, LMKS, Krabi are all C&P right now making it very affordable.
     
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    viguera Gold Member

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    How about Atlantis? The casino is decent and there's plenty of beach plus they can do some shopping.

    Or you can always do some kind of old people cruise. :)
     
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    Atlantis is too busy imo. They might disown me if I send them on an old people cruise! At least now. Maybe in a couple yrs...

    Thailand is probably too far from them for a short stay. Flying from DEN. But if you think it's realistic, I'll look into it more. I don't have any SPG points as my travels never take me to them.

    Thanks for the details. I hadn't looked into St Lucia, but will now. What did you not like about the casinos in St Martin? They just want to play some video poker and are not hard core gamblers. I'll look into Dominican Republic also. It's not something I had considered before. All inclusive indeed does have it's pros/cons, but I think they might like that. Safe to assume that most of the all inclusive resorts also have nicer dinners that you can pay for?
     
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    What about Puerto Rico then? The casinos are "meh" but immigration is not that bad... :)

    If they liked Aruba then they would like Bermuda as well, but that might be too small an island for a 5-6 day trip. I'd say Hawaii but that seems too common (like PR) unless they just want to cross it off the list.

    I don't know of any casinos in Belize or Turks and Caicos but that might be worth investigating as well.
     
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    Get the 30k SPG card;
    Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa 4800/$60
    Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort 2800/$45
    Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort 2800/$45
    The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket 2800/$45

    5-6 days is sort of short; considering 2 days will most likely be in the air. but 4 days in thailand would be something to remember. I believe HKT have intl flights; so you won't have to go into BKK first. From HKT you can hit up Westin Siray or Khao Lak.

    Looking @ HHonors you have Hilton Phuket Arcadia 25,000 HHonors; Marriott has 4 properties on phuket.
     
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    I was thinking SJU but PTY might also meet the desired characteristics. Seeing the Canal in operation is also an inspiring experience.
     

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