What to Know About All-Inclusive Resorts Before You Go

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When will cruise ships start sailing again in 2021, and will they be able to sail at capacity is still an unanswered question? All-inclusive resorts growing in popularity prior to the pandemic provide an experience equaling that of cruises. The attractive allure of both vacation options is that they save you chiefly time and money, while providing almost unlimited dining, entertainment, and activity choices. Luxurious accommodations for guests range from entry level suites to villas and presidential suites with private plunge pools. In almost all resorts once you have checked in, there is no need to leave the property.

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What Can I Expect at An All-Inclusive Resort?

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There is a wide range of all-inclusive resorts catering to the traveling public, and most include things like meals, drinks, airport transfers, gratuities, entertainment, and activities, but not airfare. Many travel agents can identify promotions which may include airfare or special offerings, such as a free night stay, resort credit or room upgrades upon arrival. Plus, travel agents have relationships with resort representatives, providing a bonus level of service. Some common amenities not included, can be spa treatments, purchases at the resort shop, off-site excursions, and some premium activities, but with resort credits a certain amount can be used toward each amenity not included.

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What Is Included With an All-Inclusive Resort?

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All-Inclusive Resorts Are Great for Active Couples, Romance, and Families.

What is included, are accommodations and meals, plus all-inclusive resorts customarily include a slew of on-site activities ranging from fitness classes, tennis, paddle boards, snorkeling and beach volleyball. All-inclusive resorts combine most of the trip costs into a single price paid prior to travel. With relatively few hidden fees, and many even include tipping. You could almost leave your wallet at home and still live like royalty. This type of hassle-free spending is appealing, because on a vacation you should not have to think about anything stressful, least of all costs.

Turks and Caicos Resorts

Which All-Inclusive is Best For Couples or Families?

With so many all-inclusive resorts, deciding which is best suited for your needs can be bewildering. Therefore, using a travel agent provides professional insight to qualify what accommodations, endless activities, and great food is your best match.

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In general, couples looking for romance and quality time together will want to consider adults-only chains like Sandals, Secrets, or Couples. Families will be interested in Beaches, Grand Velas, or Sunscape, while fun-seeking singles can party till dawn at Royalton Chic or at the clothing-optional Hedonism II or at certain Club Med properties. Chains like Riu, Club Med, and Iberostar offer a range of options for all ages.

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How Do I Find the Best All-Inclusive Packages?

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All-inclusive chains like AMResorts, Karisma, Palace, Riu, Sandals, Bahia Principe, Barcelo, Royalton, Club Med, Couples Resorts, Excellence Collection, Iberostar, La Coleccion Resorts, Melia Hotels, Palladium, and Playa Resorts offer their own packages, but most are land-based (some include the option of air for an extra cost). Travel Agents study, visit, and attend webinars offered by all-inclusive resorts to knowledgeably sell vacation packages making it easy, convenient, and often not much more or even less expensive than booking the air and hotel elements individually.

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Best Way to Save Money Booking A Vacation?

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Read reviews of the resort by past guests on sites such as TripAdvisor so you know what to expect. However, it is possible to get an amazing—and legitimate—deal, especially if you are traveling at a less popular time of year, such as Caribbean hurricane season. Look for deals. Most resort websites have a “specials” or “deals” section that includes promotions such as free nights, credit toward flights or resort spending, or discounts for military personnel. Know what you are getting into. Check to see what is included in the price, so you do not incur any additional costs that you are not prepared to pay.

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Do All-Inclusive Resorts Hide Charges?

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What is Included For Your Budget

Read the fine print of your package before booking and find out what is included. If you are paying for unlimited scuba diving (an activity quite pricey on its own), take advantage of it—you are paying for it anyway. The same goes for food and drink. Do not book an all-inclusive if you are not planning on eating or drinking your way through the week. If all-you-can-eat buffets and top-shelf liquors are key to a good time, make sure your package includes them. If not, they can increase your price considerably. Always have a way out. Ask about cancellation policies, and investigate travel insurance, especially if you are booking through an online agency.

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