All-Inclusive Resorts 101
Posted on 08/15/2017
All-inclusive vacations are extremely popular among travelers, for good reason.
Everyone is budget conscious these days, and knowing upfront exactly how much you can expect to pay for your stay alleviates a considerable amount of stress related to vacation planning.
It’s important to do your research before making reservations, though. Here are some helpful things you should and shouldn’t do before and during your resort stay:
Do Make the Most of it
If you are accustomed to the traditional pay-as-you-go vacation structure, it may be an adjustment to get used to the all-inclusive system at first. You may instinctively reconsider ordering extra food or drinks, or getting those spa services because you are worried about an escalating bill.
Remind yourself that you are free to get as much as you want—so maximize your stay with no worries!
Don’t Make Assumptions
The term all-inclusive is now casually tossed around by hotels to make their properties sound more appealing to guests. But the specifics about what’s actually included can vary widely.
Be sure to read the fine print closely, or ask questions before making your reservations.
Do factor in All the Numbers
When comparing your vacation options, be sure you aren’t comparing apples to oranges. If a resort isn’t all-inclusive (or uses that term in a misleading way), you may end up with lots of extra charges that cause your bill to soar.
Don’t Think all Resorts are the Same
Even within the all-inclusive space, you have a wide range of options. There are some that are family-friendly, while others are strictly adults-only.
Locations and amenities also run the gamut. This means you are sure to be able to find a place that offers the perfect choice for you, no matter what you seek in an ideal vacation spot.
Do Watch Out for Resorts that Cut Corners
Hotels will commonly claim to be all-inclusive, but then limit your options in certain areas. For example, they will charge extra for premium drinks or restrict you to the less expensive dining options.
Don’t Forget to Check Out the Reviews
Anyone who has ever made travel arrangements online knows that you cannot always rely on what the property or resort tells you. These claims can often be exaggerated or misleading.
Check out what people who have actually stayed at the location have to say. Best of all: ask your travel agent.
PHOTO: Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas aerial view. (photo courtesy of Breezes Resort & Spa)