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  • All About All-Inclusives, Part 1

    9/18/2020 1:38:52 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    One of our clients’ favorite vacations is to an all-inclusive resort in a tropical destination. There are so many advantages to staying at an all-inclusive resort. We thought it would be fun to highlight some information about this popular way to travel, for those who haven’t yet tried an all-inclusive resort.


    What exactly is included in “all-inclusive”? At a minimum, it includes accommodations, 3 meals a day, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), activities, entertainment, and gratuities. Some resorts include premium activities such as golf and motorized sports, airport transfers, and private butler service. When booking an all-inclusive vacation, make sure you understand exactly what is included.


    What are the accommodations like? Just as in any resort, there are a variety of room categories available, such as standard view, ocean view, ocean front, pool view, and even over-water bungalow. Amenities often vary based on the room category. For example, higher categories might come with butler service, individual plunge pools, swim-up access, or complimentary mini-bars. Accommodations are often spacious and luxurious to ensure a superb experience.





    What is the dining experience like? All-inclusive resorts generally offer multiple dining options for guests. Not only are all meals included, but snacks are also available. There will often be a buffet, quick service/snack options, and at least one nice table service restaurant. There may be specialty dining options, such as a chef’s table or themed meals, which may be included or may come with a small additional charge. Most resorts cater to guests with both local dishes and international cuisine. Beverages are also one of the inclusions at an all-inclusive resort. This will include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, but know that some premium alcohol may require a surcharge.



    What is there to do at an all-inclusive resort? Each resort will offer different activities, some of which are based on the resort’s location. Most resorts offer non-motorized water sports such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. There are often cultural activities, such as cooking demonstrations and dance lessons. You’ll also often find fitness options, like classes, a gym, or organized sports. Some resorts may offer enhanced activities for an additional fee; in other resorts, these premium activities may also be included. Examples of premium activities are golf, scuba diving, motorized water sports, and local excursions.  




    Now that we’ve reviewed what is included in an all-inclusive, next week we’ll look at some more details about what you can expect at an all-inclusive resort so that you can determine if this might be a good vacation style for you to try.



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