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3 Great Things About All Inclusive Vacation Resorts


Booking a Mexican or Caribbean vacation this winter? Considering an all-inclusive resort option? Here are my top three reasons to go for it!

In This Resort Tourism Article You Will Discover:

  • How to Travel With A Large Group
  • How to K.I.S.S.
  • How to Score a Travel Bargain

Last week we explored three reasons not to visit an all-inclusive vacation resort. Now we’re turning the tables!

Unpopular with seasoned travellers and swarmed with tourists and screaming kids, all-inclusive vacation resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean have garnered a seriously bad reputation over the years. While these resorts won’t always fit the bill, there are three very good reasons to go all-inclusive for your next trip:

You’re Getting Married, Or…

…you’re planning a family reunion. Or a corporate retreat. Or you’ve just got a large group of friends travelling with you. In any case, if you’ve ever tried to organize something even as simple as a night out at a local pub, you know getting everybody to the same spot at the same time and keeping them happy all the while is like herding cats. Now imagine you’re charged to organize a unique itinerary for a dozen people — all coming from different cities, all with different tastes and different requests. Solution: book an all-inclusive resort and tell them when their flight departs. And that is all. In this case, no choice equals no hassle. They all will arrive at the same hotel. They all will have rooms near one another. Everybody will eat at the same restaurant(s) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everybody meets at the same bar for after-dinner drinks. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid.) If you want a headache, try to organize a dinner meet-up at an agreed-upon restaurant at an agreed-upon time amongst relatives staying in hotels scattered up and down a sunny coastline. Then after it all falls apart, tell them all you’re booking an all-inclusive — next time.

Your Complicated Life Demands Simplicity

I will admit my life is not incredibly complicated (except when I try to bake). However, there are many of us whose day-to-day is a balancing act of hectic family life… kids, spouse, soccer practice, PTA meetings; and others who have board-meeting after board-meeting and whose everyday job security ebbs and flows with the chaotic stock market; and still others who toil and labour harder than I ever have to earn their keep. Vacation, for some, needs to be easy. Easy peasy. Easy with a capital E. Easy like Sunday Morning. Prerequisites are a sandy beach, a warm pool and ample alcohol. Enter the all-inclusive resort. Pick a date. Pick a duration. Show up. The rest is taken care of. Sure, there’s no adventure, no risk, no surprises — and for many, that must sound like absolute paradise.

Shop the Sales!

I will admit, there have been times I’ve looked into all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and Cuba simply because I couldn’t fly there and find a hotel for cheaper. Some of the special deals are just that good. I’ve seen online specials hovering around the $600 mark for one-week all-inclusive in Mexico, departing Canada. Six-hundred! I can barely do a weekend at Whistler/Blackcomb for that! In a nutshell, if you find yourself with a week to kill and $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than jetting off to Puerto Vallarta or Mazatlan, Mexico, for seven days. Best thing — if the time-off comes unexpected, you can take advantage of last-minute deals (as long as you can depart on particular days and with little notice). It’s true — while flight tickets will get progressively higher in price as the departure date approaches, vacation packages almost always get cheaper. I know friends who have purposely left their vacation time unplanned — they simply booked a week off work and set forth to take the cheapest last-minute deal that pops up during that time. It’s about the riskiest thing you could do in this inherently un-risky form of travel, and a virtual surefire way of getting poolside on the cheap.

So there you have it You’ve read last week’s entry, you’ve read this week’s. Now it’s up for you to decide. Are these sun-drenched, super-simple, super-touristy all-inclusive vacation resorts the right choice for you — or not?

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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  • Actually having this as a retreat and reserving an inclusive hotel vacation, is a great idea for the coming summer. Every Vacation i cannot remind myself to have a inclusive reservation for a vacation, for the reason of nothing. LOL just a forgetful one.

  • Angelina Dec 2, 2010 Link

    Your blogs arouse my interests in travelling !

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