If you’re thinking that an all-inclusive resort sounds like the perfect vacation for you, but you’re not sure where to start because let’s face it, the planning stage can be a little daunting, you aren’t alone. And we’re betting that’s why you’re here. Today we’ll be discussing what all-inclusive resorts entail and the pros and cons of booking one. We’ll also share with you our top three all-inclusive resorts!
First things first, the million-dollar question: what’s included in an all-inclusive resort? Though it varies, you can typically count on the following amenities being included in your stay:
- Your room
- All meals and snacks + beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Access to the gym and pool on the property
Access to spas and golf courses, even wifi, may cost you an additional amount during your stay. Since amenities vary so much from place to place, believe us when we say: do your research! This way you won’t have any surprise expenses when you arrive.
Let’s talk pros and cons before committing to an all-inclusive resort
- All-inclusive resorts are gorgeous and the sole purpose of them is to make you feel like you are truly on vacation. If you get to your resort and you don’t feel like you’ve literally walked into paradise, then that resort has not done it’s job.
- All-inclusive resorts are a great travel option for larger parties or those on a budget. Think about it, the major expenses of a trip are lodging, food, and drinks and all of those things are taken care of if you opt to stay at an all-inclusive resort.
- If you tend to stress about dinner reservations or itineraries, an all-inclusive option may be just what you’re looking for; the only major life decisions you’ll be pondering will be should I sip my cocktail by the pool or on the balcony?
- Sometimes the food isn’t exactly gourmet. Because food is included, travelers have complained that it’s nothing special. This is another one of those ‘do your research’ moments before you book!
- If you’re looking for a ton of adventure, an all-inclusive resort won’t offer that. These resorts are designed for maximum chill, so if sipping cocktails by the pool isn’t really your thing, we say skip the all-inclusive resort.
Alright, we understand what an all-inclusive resort is all about and we’ve looked at some pros and cons surrounding them, let’s talk about our favorite resorts.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado
Rates include meals, beverages, horseback riding, guided hikes, fly fishing, separate itineraries for kids and teens, barn dances, rodeos, and a shuttle service to Steamboat Springs.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
Guests can choose from four all-inclusive packages, all of which cover three meals per day, access to the lake, a number of fitness activities, in-room wifi, free parking, and access to events hosted by the resort.
Travaasa Hana, Maui
All-inclusive rates include three meals a day and a daily resort credit for spa treatments, fitness classes, or cultural experiences. As a bonus, most rooms are free of radios, clocks, and TV, so if you’re looking for a place to unplug, this is it!