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    You’ve only got to take a look at a #nocarbsbeforemarbs status, or the bill from a holiday-wardrobe shopping spree to know that we all want to feel our best on holiday. Going All Inclusive with First Choice lets you say yes to the things the budget-conscious you might turn down. And luckily, at Hard Rock Hotels, you’ll feel like an A-list rock star from the minute you check in. This group of rock ‘n’ roll themed properties offer guests the VIP treatment, combined with little twists that are inspired by each destination. We’ve put a spotlight on two of our favourites in the collection.

    IN RESORT CREDIT OFFER – Book a stay at Hard Rock Riviera Maya Hotel or Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel before 23rd December 2018 and travel by 23rd December 2018 and you’ll receive up to $3,600 in-resort credit. Spend your credit on selected tours and excursions, salon and spa treatments, Woodward Activity Park, special dinners and much more*.

    Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Whether you’re holidaying as a family or a couple, you’ll be treated like a celebrity at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico. Step out onto a catwalk of cotton-white sand on the hotel’s private beach, or take a dip in the natural lagoons nearby. And, wherever you look, you’ll be met with tropical views and quirky music memorabilia.

    With a setting like this, you can expect some of the finest entertainment around – we’re talking West End-style shows, live bands, and floor-thumping DJ sets in the Club Heaven nightclub. Thrill-seekers will love Woodward Activity Park, too. Indoor dry slope skiing and Snowboarding, BMX, Parkour – it’s all on offer. But for days when you want to take it slow, the Rock Spa’s 75 treatment rooms offer rest and relaxation by the suitcase-load. Therapies range from traditional massages and facials, to chocolate wraps that’ll leave your skin feeling practically edible. Then there are the Rhythm and Motion treatments, where therapists work out your kinks to expertly created playlists. Plus, you can pay for the spa and Woodward Activity Park sessions using in-resort credit.

    Start your day with a fresh cup o’ Joe from your in-room coffee maker – they come as standard – as well as LCD TVs, a well-stocked mini bar, a Jacuzzi® bath and 24-hour room service. Upgrade to a Diamond Deluxe room and you’ll get an aromatherapy and pillow menu, plus nightly petit fours – they’re bite-size goodies from the kitchen, in case you didn’t know. And for even more luxury, there are the Rock Royalty Deluxe rooms, which come with a 25-minute couple’s massage, a premium minibar, and a Personal Assistant – because every rock star needs one, right?

    An around-the-world buffet and eight à la carte restaurants means every night you can dine like royalty. Local cuisine’s showcased in the Mexican diner, things get spicy in the Brazilian, and then there are the Italian and Japanese options to choose from. If you’re worried about piling on the pounds and losing that A-list physique you’ve worked so hard to achieve, there’s a full activity programme available, including rock climbing, aqua aerobics and yoga. You’ll even get unlimited access to Robert Von Hagge’s 18-hole golf course and free use of a golf buggy.**

    Find out more about Hard Rock Riviera Maya here.

    Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    If there’s one thing rock stars are good at, it’s splashing the cash. So, it’s handy that the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana boasts the biggest casino in the Dominican Republic. Whether you win big on black jack or you take a spin on the roulette wheel, you can celebrate – or commiserate – your results in the onsite Oro nightclub. As well as big-name DJs, there are also film screenings and pyjama parties for families in the entertainment line-up.

    This hotel’s got every right to drop the mic, thanks to its 13 luxurious pools – with swim up bars and water slides – and 18-hole championship golf course. And that’s before we even mention the dining options. Take your pick from nine – that’s right nine – restaurants. Sip breakfast cocktails at Cafetto, and choose a different restaurant every night, whether it’s the Brazilian, Italian pizzeria, or steakhouse.

    With so much going on at this VIP pad, you’ll need a comfy place to rest your head. Room-wise, things here are pretty suite – all come with Hydro Spa tubs, private balconies or terraces and free Wi-Fi, so you can keep up-to-date with all your fan mail. And if you want to fall asleep to the sound of the waves, you can upgrade to a room nearer the beach.

    Check out dates and prices for Hard Rock Punta Cana here.

    Terms and Conditions

    *If you book before the 23rd December 2018 and travel by the 23rd December 2018, you’ll receive in-resort credit. You’ll be able to use credit for selected Tours and Excursions, at the Rock Spa® and POSH Beauty Salon, special dinners, Rock shots photo package®, tequila and wine tasting, Woodward Riviera Maya Activity Park, on a upgraded wine lists & bottles of champagne, plus much more. The amount you’ll receive depends on how long you stay in resort with a minimum stay of three nights required. Stays of 7-8 nights receive $1,800, 9-11 nights receive $2,000, 12-13 nights receive $2,500 and 14 nights or more receive $3,600.  Restrictions apply and a 20% service fee. See www.firstchoice.co.uk for full details.

    **Unlimited golf is included as part of the package at Hard Rock Punta Cana and Hard Rock Riviera Maya and includes transportation, green fees, buggy hire, food and drink. The offer is subject to a 20% local tax and service fee.