When you go on vacation, you have 2 options: go all inclusive or pay as you go. There are definitely pros and cons to each one and depending on who you are and what you enjoy doing, this will ultimately determine which option you should choose.
The only problem with going the all inclusive route though is that many vacationers pick the wrong place to stay at and end up paying more than they would have if they had just stayed at a regular resort.
In this post, I am going to show you the 3 things you need to take into account when picking an all inclusive resort.
3 Things To Consider With All Inclusive Resorts
You need to take into account the size of the resort you are planning to stay at. If it is on the smaller side, you can expect to find better service and food and less activities. The price may even be a bit higher.
On the flip side, a larger resort will have more activities and potentially lower quality food and service. Note I am not saying the food will be inedible, but the smaller resorts tend to have higher quality food.
For example, a few years ago, I stayed at a small all inclusive in Mexico. The price was great as was the resort, but there was no nightly entertainment. After the buffet dinner at 6pm, you were left to go back to your room. None of the resort bars were even open.
In another instance, I went to a very large all inclusive in Turks & Caicos and ended up having the best food ever. My point – do your research to make sure they have the activities you want and the food is on par with your expectations.
As with the above, you have to make sure you know what is included in the price and what is extra. Then you have to decide if any of the extras are things you will want to do. Many times, golf, the spa and motorized water sports are additional. It’s important to know this beforehand so you aren’t shocked when you plan to play golf every day and have to shell out extra money.
When I went to that small resort in Mexico, only non-motorized sports were included in the price, so kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boards, etc. This was fine by me as these are the activities I enjoy the most.
Many all inclusive resorts offer combo deals on the resort and airfare. It makes sense to look into this. Compare the price of the trip with and without airfare included and then price the airfare yourself. Many times you can save up to 5% on airfare by booking a combo deal.
Again, when I went to Mexico, I booked my flight through the resort and saved a ton. By doing the combo deal, I saved close to $400 on my flights.
When booking your vacation at an all inclusive, make sure you take the time to consider everything and not just focus in on the price. Depending on what you are looking for, it might be a better deal to pay for a more expensive all inclusive or even not stay at one altogether.
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