All-Inclusive Resorts – What’s Really Included?

Today I’d like to discuss some frequently asked questions about all-inclusive resorts and what’s really included when you there.

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Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas

1. What’s really included at all-inclusive resorts?

Typically most all-inclusive resorts include all meals, beverages including alcoholic drinks, tips and taxes. Premium alcohol may be more. You also get use of the resort gym, pool, non-motorized water sports, accompanied tours and entertainment. So take advantage of the resorts’ snorkeling equipment and kayak. If you want to ride a jet-ski or boat, you’ll have to pay for those. Also the resort may have a high-end restaurant that is not included in your package. Use of the resorts babysitting services may cost extra too.

2. How much cash should I bring?

You’ll be able to shop at the resort gift shop or pay for spa services via room charges, so $200 should be plenty.

3. Do I need to tip?

Not necessarily, but I do think it’s a good idea to tip for baggage handlers, maids, room service etc.

3. Do I have to dress up for dinner?

You most likely won’t be able to wear your swimwear and many all-inclusives do have a dress code for dinner. It varies by property.

4. Do I need an electrical converter?

Most properties don’t need one, but occasionally you will. Check with the resort before travel.

5. Should I bring a towel?

No, they resorts supply them.

6. How do I get from the airport to the resort?

Travel agents can arrange pre-paid transfers to your resort for you. This can save a lot of headache of trying to find a trustworthy cab driver. Don’t chance it, get the transfers!

7. Are there any family-friendly all-inclusive resorts?

There are all-inclusives specifically for couples – those are great for honeymooners or anniversary trips. But there are lots of family friendly properties too. ┬áMost include kid or teen clubs and pools.

Give me a call to discuss your next vacation.

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