The popularity of all-inclusive resorts has skyrocketed in the past five years. They offer programs for everyone including families, couples, and singles. All-inclusives come in all shapes and sizes, from ultra-luxurious mega resorts to quaint, boutique style hotels. But everyone always wants to know…Do they really include EVERYTHING?
The answer is yes… and no.
Here’s what’s usually included (ask about your particular resort to be sure):
- All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and most alcoholic beverages
- Some activities, depending on what your resort has available, such as tennis, golf, diving or snorkeling, other non-motorized water sports, and workouts.
- Gratuities are included but it doesn’t hurt to tip a bartender or room attendant every now and then if you feel they are doing a great job. In fact you will most likely get extra service if you do so but you don’t need to.
- Nightly entertainment – shows, dancing, karaoke and more
- Room service – some resorts include 24 hr room service. This is good to double check on.
Here’s what’s usually NOT included:
- Airfare and airport taxes (except with Delta Vacations’ package where your airfare is included)
- Spa treatments (massage, facial, etc), but access to facilities is usually included
- Off-site tours
- Phone calls
- Items purchased at the gift shop
A couple notes on “inclusions”:
- You will get the “included” wine with your dinner, but you can, many times, purchase a specific wine. Also, sometimes only domestic or local liquor is included, so if you’re in Mexico for example, you may have to pay extra (if available) for a Miller beer instead of a Dos Equis or Pacifico or Corona.
- You may have to make reservations for your meals at select restaurants onsite. And sometimes, if you don’t make the reservation, your options may be limited. You also may be restricted to how many times you can eat at some of the nicer restaurants at the property. So make your reservations when you arrive.
Where are all-inclusive resorts available and a good option?
Some questions to ask yourself before choosing an all-inclusive resort:
- Am I looking for a vacation where I want very little outside influence, just want to relax and not be bothered with where to go to eat dinner or what to do?
- Do I want to see something and do something different every day?
- Are there enough activities at this particular resort, and are the restaurants suitable to my taste?
What’s your favorite all inclusive?