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Is an All-Inclusive Vacation Right for You?
As pandemic conditions have lifted, the refrain I’ve heard most frequently from my clients is, “After the year that I’ve had, I just want someone to serve me cocktails at a resort somewhere!” If you’re feeling similarly, you might be ready for an all-inclusive vacation. All-inclusive vacations include all of the essential aspects of vacation travel up front in the booking price: accommodations, food and drinks, and activities and entertainment. Because there are no surprise costs and because resorts are securely gated and extremely private, many travelers find all-inclusive vacations to be the simplest and safest way to travel these days. When you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you can really indulge. You may ask for whatever you like because you’ve already paid for it! All-inclusive resorts differ from other types of resorts because they cover almost everything in one price, making it easy for you to budget. A la carte vacations, on the other hand, allow you to choose which amenities and services you’d like to access for an additional cost. Self-catering vacations expect that you’ll cook your own meals in the kitchen provided in the accommodations. And half-board and full-board vacations often cover some or all of your meals but may charge extra for drinks and snacks. Keep reading for more information that will help you decide if all-inclusive vacations are right for you.
What’s Included (& Not Included)
While all-inclusive vacations include all of the essentials, not all all-inclusive resorts are the same. I can help you assess their quality and clarify the fine print on what’s provided at each resort. Some key items to look out for when you’re considering this type of vacation: roundtrip airport transfers, premium alcoholic beverages (especially wines and liquors), 24-hour food and beverage services (meals, room service, and anytime snacks), the number and type of restaurants available, the presence of an in-suite minibar or full wet bar, free WiFi throughout the property, and taxes and gratuities for resort staff. Most all-inclusive resorts will charge additional fees for premium wines, off-resort tours and excursions, and spa offerings. You may also want to budget for some cash to bring along for additional tips for your favorite resort staff members.
Activities & Entertainment
When choosing an all-inclusive vacation, you’ll want to know what activities the resort has on offer and which are included in the booking price. Many all-inclusive resorts provide access to water sports equipment and training, including for water skiing and tubing, snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. They may also have land sports opportunities such as beach volleyball, basketball, tennis, billiards, shuffleboard, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. At many all-inclusive resorts, an entertainment team will publish a schedule of daily activities, which may include beach parties, live bands, musicals, comedy shows, and theme nights. At kid-friendly resorts, you can expect age-appropriate camps featuring sports, music, and arts and crafts, as well as access to private childcare. Some all-inclusive resorts for families also boast a waterpark with slides, lazy rivers, and splash pads.
If you’ve decided an all-inclusive vacation may be right for you and your loved ones, please drop me a line! I can help you choose the best resort for you based on its location, amenities, and guest demographics. I can also advise you on the right time of year to travel to avoid bad weather. Let’s get that cocktail in your hand on a beach somewhere sometime soon! As always, I’m wishing you all of the relaxation an all-inclusive vacation can bring.