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  • Sherri & Allan Collier

All-Inclusive: The way to a stress-free tropical vacation!

An all-inclusive resort is a type of vacation accommodation where you pay a single upfront fee that covers a wide range of amenities and services. These resorts are popular in various tourist destinations, such as beach destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and other tropical locations, as well as in some urban and wilderness settings. The key features of an all-inclusive resort typically include:

  • Accommodation: Guests are provided with a room or suite, often with various options to choose from, such as standard rooms, suites, beachfront or private villas

  • Meals and Beverages: The all-inclusive package usually covers all meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Some resorts also include alcoholic beverages in the package, while others may charge extra for them. The Riu does not charge extra for alcoholic drinks.

  • Activities: Many all-inclusive resorts offer a wide range of activities and entertainment options, such as water sports, fitness classes, live shows, and recreational facilities like tennis courts and golf courses. These activities are often included in the package.

  • Kids' Clubs: Some resorts have supervised programs and activities for children, making them family-friendly destinations.

  • Spa and Wellness: Access to spa facilities, treatments, and wellness activities are usually not part of the all-inclusive package at some resorts. This is an extra fee.

  • Excursions: Some all-inclusive resorts include off-site excursions or tours in their packages, allowing guests to explore the local area or take part in activities like snorkeling, hiking, or sightseeing. Most of the time these are an extra fee as well however the resort usually allows you to use their kayaks without a cost.

  • Transportation: In some cases, airport transfers to and from the resort may be included in the package. Become a member of the Resort which is free and almost all the time this is included and could save you a lot of money.

  • Gratuities: is not required but I encourage it. We usually go to the bank before our trip and get a lot of $1.00 bills. If an employee goes above or beyond I usually tip more. They work hard for their money.

The goal of an all-inclusive resort is to provide guests with a hassle-free vacation experience, where they can relax and enjoy various activities and amenities without constantly worrying about additional costs. It's important to note that the specific offerings and inclusions can vary widely from one resort to another, so it's essential to carefully read the details of what is covered in the package before booking. Additionally, some upscale resorts offer a premium "ultra all-inclusive" experience with even more luxurious amenities and services included.

Our family usually vacations at an all inclusive resort on our spring break. I work at a school and my break is generally in the middle of March. My first choice is the Caribbean or Mexico, due to the weather being warm. The past several years we have been traveling with at least 12 family members or friends. Not having to make a reservation for dinner for that many people is a plus. After dinner we usually attend a show that starts at 9pm and then off to bed for the old folks (my husband and I) while the younger lads head to the disco- night club. I would recommend this type of vacation for large groups of people. My favorite all inclusive resort chain is the RIU.



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