A First-Timer’s Guide: What to Expect at an All-Inclusive Resort

Bahamas Paradise Island Resort

If you’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort, the thought of planning your first all-inclusive resort vacation can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. For starters, planning your vacation with us puts you ahead of the game because we will guide you through all the ins-and-outs of the all-inclusive resort world. If you’re one of the millions who like to do their own research, we have a guide below where we lay out everything you can expect, from accommodations to activities and meals – all to help you have the ultimate vacation experience.


What's Included?

Before we get into the different aspects of the all-inclusive resort experience below, we want to touch upon what you get for your money when you reserve an all-inclusive resort vacation. Individual resorts may vary but, by-and-large, your cost covers accommodations, all meals, all beverages, resort activities and entertainment, and non-motorized water-sports (if you’re at a beach resort). While there may be some activities and/or restaurants on the property that will carry an additional fee, for the most part, you can put your wallet or pocketbook in your room’s safe when you arrive and keep it there for the duration of your stay – and still have an amazing time.



Bora Bora

All-inclusive resorts offer a variety of accommodations, ranging from standard hotel rooms to private bungalows, and luxury villas. There are also adult-only options. When booking your vacation, it's important to determine what kind of room you want for your stay. If you're traveling alone, you may opt for a single room or share a room with a friend. Couples or families may prefer a suite or a villa, which may come with separate living spaces, bedrooms, and even private chef services.


Food and Beverages

All-inclusive resorts offer several dining options. These can include buffets, sit-down restaurants, in-room dining, and grab-and-go stations when you’re hanging by the pool or the beach. Most resorts include drinks in their packages, but it's important to note what's included before booking. Some packages may include only non-alcoholic drinks. Some may include alcoholic beverages, but not top-shelf liquors. Lastly, others will feature a full range of alcoholic beverages. If you’re an early riser, know that coffee is typically only available once breakfast starts.



One of the most exciting things about staying in an all-inclusive resort is that many of the activities and events are included in your vacation package. This can range from daily yoga classes or volleyball tournaments to evening entertainment such as concerts, dancing, and comedy shows.



Cancun Resort

All-inclusive resorts offer a wide range of amenities, depending on the resort's size and location. Common amenities include kids’ areas, swimming pools, hot tubs, spa services, fitness centers, tennis courts, golf courses, and water sports activities. Some resorts also have on-site shopping centers, casinos, and even theaters.

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If you're looking to explore the local area beyond the resort's borders, most all-inclusive resorts offer excursions or tours with a guide. Activities may include island hopping, visiting cultural sites or local markets, and outdoor adventures, such as zip-lining or ATV tours. These excursions are often an additional expense, so read up on the options when booking your trip.


Tips and Tricks

  1. Research the resort and read reviews before booking to ensure it meets your needs.
  2. Check what's included in your package and what is considered extra. Knowing this beforehand will help you budget for any additional costs.
  3. Be mindful of the dress code, as some restaurants or activities may require certain attire.
  4. Take advantage of the activities and events offered through your resort. They may be included with your package, and it's a great way to meet new people and try new things.
  5. Don't be afraid to ask for help or recommendations from the resort's concierge or front desk staff. They can provide valuable information about the area and the resort's amenities.
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You may be thinking that going on your first all-inclusive resort vacation will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But, after you return, you will soon find yourself wanting to go back! By knowing what to expect beforehand, you can fully enjoy all the amenities and activities that your resort has to offer. Be sure to do your research, budget accordingly, and take advantage of everything this kind of trip has to offer. With these tips and tricks, you'll be able to make the most of your first all-inclusive resort vacation.