All All-Inclusives Aren’t Alike

Do you find yourself overwhelmed which all-inclusive to take your next precious vacation? You probably do, given the number of different properties available that include the words all-inclusive in their name.

Buyer beware though. Many of the resorts have different vibes, ranging from family-friendly to risqué. Here are some comparisons to make you aware how extensive this range could be.

Family-friendly could mean they have a kids club and, if so, what ages do these clubs take in. Is there a section of the property that includes other entertainment such as water slides, park-like setting or miniature golf. Are there shows solely for the entertainment for children? Room occupancy–the resorts think the typical family consists of four persons however we know that just isn’t true. What properties accommodate families larger than their typical family of four. What room amenities are there for the kids? Does the resort brand partner with a specific character brand?

Adult-only. At what age is someone considered an adult. Some properties consider a 16 year-old an adult while others might consider an 18 or 21 year-old an adult. Some resorts will require that someone over 21 or 25 be in the room with younger adults. Some resorts will not allow Spring breakers and those that do typically include a surcharge for insurance. What type of liquor is offered–top shelf? How many ala cart restaurants are there. Are you required to make reservations at the ala cart restaurants? Are there any surcharges when ordering lobster, steak et al? Are you required to wear a band identifying that you’re a guest at their resort? What type of adult entertainment is offered? What type of vibe is at the resort (ex. foam parties, loud DJ). Is there a quiet section at that property? What VIP clubs are offered and if so what do they include?

Besides all these questions, some others of importance would be the resorts proximity to beach–does it sit right on a beach? Or is it some distance where walking or a ride is required to get to the beach. What amenities are offered on the beach such as chairs/towels/wait service. Is there are VIP section that is roped off for those purchasing into this room category where special amenities are offered? How large is the property? Will I have to take a cart to move about the property? How many pools are there and how many have a pool bar? Is the resort more about wellness or fun in the sun.

As you can see the list of comparisons go on an on. While most resorts provide comprehensive websites, it can be difficult to have all your questions answered. And, even then, you really can’t be guaranteed that all your preferences are checked off.

It is important then to understand which resort(s) might meet most of your preferences and what better way is to work with a professional travel consultant. One who is hell-bent on keeping current by visiting those destinations their clients travel to, attend trade shows and meet regularly with suppliers who are there to assist, should a guest have an issue when they check into the resort. Sure, you can check the Internet but are you absolutely certain that the resort you choose is the one for you and your traveling companions?

Why not use the services of someone who is not only in the know, but keeps abreast of current events/situations and has access to those resources to help you decide which resort will best meet your needs/preferences.

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