What’s an All-Inclusive Resort and what’s really included???

There aren’t many all-inclusive hotels or resorts in the US. Technically, there is just one, in Florida.  However, it is definitely a type of vacation that is very popular in Mexico and the CaribbeanAn all-inclusive resort is a hotel that provides you not just the room or suite, but included in the room rate, are all your meals throughout the day, your drinks—alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and your tax.  That is the most basic definition of all-inclusive hotels.    But many of them offer a wide range of other inclusions that gives you even more value for your money.  The quality of each aspect listed below makes one resort better than another.

  1. In all-inclusive resorts, there is usually a kid’s club on site.  Staff are usually screened and trained in taking care of children, keeping them happy, while mom and dad has a little free time for spa or golf or whatever they like. There is no extra charge.
  2. Some resorts can give you just 3 meals a day and call it all-inclusive. Most of them, though, do offer 24hr complimentary room service, snacks and drinks poolside and beachside throughout the day.   The main difference with an A+ resort vs. a lower rated one is usually the number of restaurants they have on site, the type of cuisines they feature at the restaurants, and whether or not there is a limit on how many lobster dinner you have!
  3. Some quality resorts will offer unlimited top shelf brands of liquors, while some don’t. The nice ones also stock your in room minibar with the very best.
  4. Activities and entertainment. Most resorts will include non-motorized water sports Some even give you a free boat to explore the islands. The luxury resorts such as Beaches and Club Med will include instructions for all kinds of sports, and golf and green fees.  One resort even includes a Cirque du Soleil acrobatic arts training program.  Imagine taking your children on vacation and have them learn how to waterski or kayak, or go scuba diving and explore the coral reefs and marine world, without additional cost.  This is what I feel sets apart one all-inclusive resort from another of less value. These activities, if you have to pay for item by item, can add up quickly. If you’re an avid golfer or scuba diver, you know you are saving a lot by visiting a resort with unlimited use.

Visiting an all-inclusive resort is a great way for your family to have a vacation of your dreams. But there are so many options and choices.  I am here if you would like me to match you up with the perfect resort.

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