Planning a 5-star all-inclusive vacation
Life is busy; we barely have time to finish one task before having to start another one. This doesn't leave a lot of time for vacation planning, but why sacrifice a wonderfully planned vacation because you're too busy to research and book all elements of your trip? Enter the all-inclusive vacation: everything is planned for you! All you have to do is show up and enjoy all the wonderful things your chosen vacation region has to offer.
Luxury vacations take a lot of planning and money, if you're really committed to making the most of your time away from home. If you're willing to trust your travel agent, however, and if you have time to do a bit of research yourself, you can plan an all-inclusive holiday that will allow you to get the most out of your dream destination. Resorts in the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico and a long list of other sun-soaked destinations routinely offer these packages.
What to Expect from All-Inclusive Vacation Packages
"All-inclusive" is a broad term; sometimes it's not clear exactly what you do and don't get out of your package. Typically, an all-inclusive package will definitely include your hotel stay, at least some of your meals and, usually, your alcoholic beverages. Many resorts will also include nightly entertainment, exercise classes and on- or off-site activities.
An all-inclusive vacation package does not always include activities like golfing, spa services or off-site excursions. However, all-inclusive resorts will frequently allow you to book excursions and spa services through them at a discounted price. They may even offer their own tours of local attractions that can be optioned into the all-inclusive package price. Tips for hotel employees are also sometimes, but rarely, included in the package price. Check with the hotel you're staying at for gratuity suggestions.
Also, ensure that you thoroughly research the resort you want to stay at so that you're not unpleasantly surprised upon arrival.
Pros and Cons of Booking with All-Inclusive Hotels
If you don't have a lot of time to plan a vacation, or aren't really sure what to expect from the area you're going to, booking all-inclusive vacations will allow you to experience the best of the area without having to pony up to meet travel, accommodation, food and entertainment costs individually. As well, all-inclusive resorts pride themselves on providing their guests with the best possible experience. Their employees will make every effort to ensure that you have a great time, wherever you go, and experience the best the region has to offer.
However, there are a lot of conditions that can come with an all-inclusive vacation, and it's up to you to know the limits of what you've paid for. All-inclusive holidays are usually based outside major cities or away from major tourist destinations, so if you want to be close to the action, the isolation of the resort may become a thorny issue. You also need to make sure you have extra money for activities and items that not included in the price of your vacation.
All-inclusive resorts are a great way to spend your vacation and get in some relaxation. With careful research, you'll be all but guaranteed a great time.