After weeks of waffling, you finally decided to vacation at an all-inclusive resort. Fantastic! These resorts offer the visitor a little bit of everything: good food, water sports, golf and most importantly, relaxation.
But as soon as you start looking at properties you begin to realize that there are way too many choices. How do you know which region to go to or which resort to pick? These tips should help you quickly narrow down your choices so you can start relaxing faster.
1. Get advice! Be it from a friend, website or travel agent, you need to hear and read some opinions on the various resorts. Although they may seem similar, they all have their differences. A travel professional can help you in this process as they are intimately familiar with all of the resorts.
2. Type of resort. Are you traveling as a family or as a couple? Believe it or not, it makes a difference. Several resorts, while catering to everyone, have some outstanding kids programs. Other resorts, however, specifically cater only to couples. It really is a matter of preference, but you don’t want to be on a romantic honeymoon only to have a bunch of kids doing cannonballs in front of your beach chair. If you are traveling with kids, spend a little time learning what specific programs each resort offers and which one would be the best fit for your family.
3. Location, location, location! What type of getaway are you looking for? Caribbean paradise? Cultural tours? Active pursuits? There’s something for everyone, but make sure to look at the resort location when booking. Things to take note of are proximity to an airport, stores and restaurants off property and nearby attractions. It’s not bad if the resort is not close to anything, just be aware of it before you go.
4. Food & Drink. You’ve chosen an all-inclusive, so the quality of the restaurants and bars is key. Not only is it important to learn about the quality of the food, but the type of food offered is important too. Are there specialty restaurants? If so, is there an extra fee associated with them? Is the food service primarily buffet or something else and what sorts of beverages are included? If you have kids, you want to make sure that the resort has dining options that will appeal to them as well. Five-star dining is great, but not if your seven year-old makes faces when the entrée is brought out.
5. Activities. After a few days of sunbathing, you might want to explore a little. There are plenty of activities in the Caribbean and Mexico, but decide first the types of things you would like to do and then select the best location. Many resorts offer complimentary kayaking, sailing and canoeing, but personal watercraft or parasailing may be an extra fee. Also, if you’re a diver then you will need to make sure there is a good diving location relatively close by. If cultural and archaeological tours are for you, then be aware that there are certain areas that have better access to these than others.
The best tip though is to just enjoy this exciting trip.