Is an all inclusive resort right for you?
If you are looking for a pre-planned hassle free relaxing beach location then an all inclusive may be right for you. Unpack your bags grab a drink and relax by the pool. Ideal for individuals that may want to enjoy a few excursions but your main agenda is to just chill out, read, spend time by the pool or at the beach, enjoy a few (or more) cocktails, have optional dining experiences without having to make reservations in advance. With an all inclusive everything is taken care of for you, including most of your expenses paid in advance. Many resorts promote a week to a two week long stays. Personally I prefer an extended weekend, for me that is plenty of time to let the stress go and to be pampered. Or even better I will add it to the end of another travel trip that is filled with local culture, activities and planning. Ending your busy trip with a two day stay at an all inclusive allows on your way home is all you need to come home fully rejuvenated. As a single traveler you will find that all inclusive resorts are very safe and easy to navigate (but they do charge a premium price for solo travelers).
Pricing of All Inclusive Resorts
When looking at the total price of an all inclusive at first it can seem quite pricey. But when you factor in not only your room stays, restaurants, cocktails, activities and transportation to and from the airport they really can be price competitive. In addition in many cases the flight is included at a lower price than when booking separately. Be sure to read the fine print not all of these services are guaranteed. In addition certain resort activities may not be included in the prepaid price including but not limited to; premium alcohol, golf and spa services, water craft activities. Most do include tipping but not always and there may be an assumption to leave more than what is designated. Family Friendly All Inclusive Resort Suggestions Planning a family vacation can be stressful, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. By booking accommodations that include everything from beverages to meals to activities to childcare, you’re ensured a stress-free holiday packed with fun – and some adult time!
Family Friendly All Inclusive Resorts
C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado-luxury
Unleash your inner cowboy and leave the technology at home.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan-luxury
Included are unlimited land and water sports including trapeze, waterskiing, snorkeling, tennis.
The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont-affordable
Lakeside resort with activities like wine tasting, mini golf, water trampolines. Open mid-May through mid- September.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, The Bahamas-affordable
26 acres of nature and activities including kayaking, snorkeling and a robust kids club.
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic-luxury
Pros and cons of all inclusive resorts:
Pros: Almost everything is paid in advance which allows you not to have to travel with credit cards & cash and stay on budget. Kids can stay busy all day with activities. Private beaches. Amazing well groomed and maintained properties. Multiple restaurants to choose from. Great for traveling alone.
Cons: Most individuals find that the food is not great. But honestly I find that in just about any large quantity dining situation-think banquets, cruises etc. Unless you add outside excursions you are not experiencing the local culture. If you are not happy with your chosen resort there are no refunds and you will incur additional expenses if you want to venture out. If you are not a big eater, not planning on enjoying resort activities, or drink alcohol the cost may not be worth it. Be aware of hidden fee’s.
13 Mistakes to avoid at all inclusive resorts
–enjoy the full article Assuming everything is included, choosing the wrong resort, traveling at the wrong time of year, not reviewing all travel options, failing to bring reusable cups-who knew?!, and obvious mistakes like not packing the right clothing (more formal dining experiences), drinking/eating too much, not taking advantage of resort activities. For the full article by the points guy
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