By Amy Drew Thompson
The glee-filled moments leading up to an all-inclusive vacation are universal. Who doesn’t get giddy at the thought of hopping multiple restaurants, indulging in spa treatments and lazing — in your bikini — at a sumptuous swim-up bar? Adonis Tulum Riviera Maya Gay Resort fulfills the fantasy on all counts — and even one more: It’s gay-friendly.
What makes an all-inclusive – or any resort, for that matter – LGBT-welcoming? More than anything else, says the resort’s E-Commerce sales executive Fernando García Castro, it’s a palpable sense of comfort and an atmosphere where guests feel free to be themselves.
Adonis Tulum offers sanctuary and luxury in the form of 94 elegant suites, myriad activities and its own nightspot — Spirit *– where suggestive cocktails complement DJ-spun beats and guests make their evenings as intimate and romantic or outgoing and adventurous as they choose. Spa treatments (not inclusive) expand the experience with rejuvenating treatments and massages for individuals and couples. Wedding packages are available, as well.
Curaçao boasts ethnic diversity largely unparalleled in the Caribbean, helping to breed an atmosphere that welcomes LGBT tourism. Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club isn’t gay-exclusive, but it’s extremely gay-friendly and in fact, gay-owned – with all-inclusive options at its beach resort and sister property, theHotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino. The latter’s Santai Spa offers the gamut of treatments, plus gaming and downtown Willemstad nightlife. The Lodge’s poolside pavilion has a smaller spa menu (massages are no less relaxing), but many guests prefer its coastal amenities: a beautiful beach, diving and access to the Indian Caves, with ancient Arawak-Taino art and spring waters said to contain healing properties.
With nine bars (including disco, piano and swim-up) and seven restaurants — casual to romantic adults-only– the Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Spa Resort brings you the Dominican seaside magnificence of Punta Cana with IGLTA-certified gay friendliness. Traveling with kids? Take note, this property’s Family Concierge program boasts a host of amenities (mini-water park, private beach) and activities (sushi-making, anyone?) just for kids — which will afford you a little one-on-one couple time if you’re keen.
Freelance travel writer and former PLAYGIRL editor Amy Drew Thompson is certifiably gay-friendly. Check out some of her LGBT-relevant work at www.amydrewthompson.com.