How to get the most out of an all-inclusive resort

Are you planning a holiday? That’s half the fun, but for your next trip away why not take advantage of endless food, drinks and activities by mastering the art of the all-inclusive resort?

James Smith from Travel Lingual unveils his blueprint for an unparalleled all-inclusive vacation adventure.

Don’t skip the research

“Not all all-inclusive resorts are cut from the same cloth,” Mr Smith says.

“Reading unbiased reviews from previous guests is crucial to ensure you’ll get the most for your money.”

Each property offers an array of unique experiences, from sprawling pool complexes to serene beachfront paradises, so it’s also crucial to take the time to match your preferences with the resort’s offerings for a tailored experience. You may love having kids around, but for others, an adults-only resort is a must.

Find out if you can elevate your stay with VIP upgrades, unlocking exclusive privileges such as private lounges and beach access. Embrace luxury and tranquility amidst the resort’s bustling atmosphere. Be on the lookout for deals or cheaper upgrades you could take advantage of as the date of your holiday draws closer.

Pre-plan your dining

Avoid disappointment by securing reservations for coveted dining spots before you arrive.

Private romantic beach sunset dinners are beautiful, but they are also in demand.

“Remember that famous eateries may have lengthy waits or even no space at all if you don’t book in advance,” James says.

And make sure you know what your food package covers; for some resorts it may be only breakfast and dinner, so you will have to budget for lunch and snacks.

Recognise exceptional service

We get it, Australians hate tipping. But the hard reality is if you are travelling to a country without a decent minimum wage, the difference a tip can mean to your service staff can be immense. Recognise outstanding service with gratuities if they are allowed.

Take advantage of sister properties

Discover the expansive offerings of resort complexes by exploring sister properties.

“Many all-inclusive hotels have sister properties nearby, sometimes right next door, and your all-inclusive pass to one hotel will allow you to sample the amenities in all the interconnected hotels. Just remember to check what is and isn’t allowed in each hotel.”

Don’t be afraid to go on an adventure

Of course, it’s fantastic to relax and unwind by the pool, but don’t be afraid to unleash your adventurous spirit by partaking in complimentary activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding. The activities are there for you to take advantage of, so don’t be shy!

Explore the local community

If you stay in your resort your whole trip, you may miss out on discovering a new culture or an experience that could be the highlight of your trip.

You will also be helping to boost the economy of the resort’s community by venturing beyond the tourist areas, tasting the local cuisine, and shopping for deals. Just make sure to heed any safety warnings and keep an eye on your purse. 

Have you been to an all-inclusive resort? Could you add to these tips? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.

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Jan Fisher
Jan Fisher
Accomplished journalist, feature writer and sub-editor with impressive knowledge of the retirement landscape, including retirement income, issues that affect Australians planning and living in retirement, and answering YLC members' Age Pension and Centrelink questions. She has also developed a passion for travel and lifestyle writing and is fast becoming a supermarket savings 'guru'.
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