Let’s face it: It can be difficult to properly budget for a vacation, especially when you factor in the (unknown) costs of essential elements like meals and entertainment. Enter the all-inclusive vacation! While the cost of most standard accommodations cover only the room itself (and certainly not what’s in the mini bar), an all-inclusive vacation means the price you pay includes much more than where you put your head at night.
All-inclusive options at some hotels, resorts and even cruise lines run the gamut from including just a few things to including absolutely everything (yes, even what’s in the mini bar). With so many choices, you can rely on us to help you identify exactly which will work best for you. To get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning an all-inclusive vacation.
Know What’s Included—and What’s Important to You
You’ll want to be prepared when planning an all-inclusive vacation by finding out what’s included in the price, like:
- Dining options (like number of restaurants and bars, how many meals and types of beverages are included as well as dining restrictions, if any);
- Number and types of activities;
- Number and location of pools (and if there are separate pools for kids and adults);
- Kid’s programs (including age ranges, available times and additional costs if any);
- Room types and location of rooms—all-inclusive resorts and hotels can be quite large, so the location of your room (in the back, right on the beach or near the pool) is an important element to consider ahead of time; and
These are just some of the specifics to consider when choosing an all-inclusive. We can work with you to find out what’s most important to you, and where you can find your best match.
Know Where To Go
All-Inclusive resort vacations are predominately located in Costa Rica, Mexico and the Caribbean. You will find optional all-inclusive supplements at resorts in Belize, Tahiti and Fiji. There are also upscale all-inclusive cruise lines with all meals, beverages, gratuities and even shore excursions included!
Know the Policies—and What to Expect
It’s important for you to be clear on what is included in the policies. As an example, spa treatments, off site tours and motorized water sport equipment are often available only at an additional charge. Trust us: You’ll want to know if you’re going to be charged for all sorts of incidentals, like renting snorkel gear! Some places offer enhanced amenities for certain rooms, so you should look for “club” or “preferred” room types—keep in mind that these rooms are usually in a more desirable location on the resort and come with additional perks and benefits.
Know If It’s Right For You
All-inclusive vacations tend to appeal to North American and European travelers, and can range from moderate to upscale, and from family friendly to adults only to a party scene best for singles. To make sure you get what you pay for—and you get exactly what you want—contact us to plan your all-inclusive vacation.