WHY STAY AT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT?

Reasons for an all-inclusive vacation include the convenience of one price. But it’s really about the experience. Resorts go above and beyond to provide you with excellent service—which can include butler service, 24-hour room service and more. Organized activities and kids’ clubs make them great destinations for families. And adults-only resorts or adults-only sections in others are great romantic getaways for couples.

CHOOSING AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT:

Look for which activities are included, whether there are resort credits and what those credits cover – many resorts include extras like golf greens fees, spa services, motorized watersports, scuba dives, and wireless internet. Where these aren’t included, you can often take advantage of promotions that offer free resort credits.

Look for rules on dining – A resort’s specialty or a la carte restaurants may require reservations, while others may include an extra fee. Modest all-inclusive resorts will tend more towards buffet dining, while higher-end resorts will include more al la carte options in the package prices. House wines and spirits will definitely be included in your package, but you may have to pay more or use resort credits if you want premium wine or spirits.

Taxes on accommodations and meals are included but you may have to pay them separately on items paid for with resort credit. Gratuities may be included, but still good to plan on tipping for good service—although some resorts have strict ‘no tipping’ policies.

Staying at an all-inclusive resorts means your accommodations, meals and beverages, as well as activities, entertainment, taxes and tips, are all included in one package price. Additional services and amenities may be included depending on the resort.

All-inclusive packages (AI) are different from ‘European Plan’ (EP) packages. These do not include meals, drinks, taxes or tips. Look for language like “stay at one, play at two.” These resorts offer exchange privileges and transportation between nearby properties, so you can enjoy their restaurants, activities and entertainment.

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