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Top Things You Should Know Before Booking An All-Inclusive Island Resort

About booking all inclusive resorts.

I have booked may people at various all-inclusive resorts.  Most of the people like to stay in Mexico or the Caribbean islands.   Prior to booking any client I want them to know every all inclusive resort is the same.  Here are the “Top things You Should Know Before Booking All Inclusive Resorts”

Not All Islands Have The All Inclusive Options.   I have had many all-inclusive resorts requests for Hawaii.  Too bad Hawaii doesn’t have the all inclusive options.  There are many islands and destinations that do not have the all-inclusive option.  The top destinations where you will find a variety of all-inclusive options are Cancun, Mexico area, Jamaica, and The Dominican Republic.  There other islands that may have all-inclusive resorts but not as many options at the aforementioned destinations.

Top Shelf Alcohol Is Not At Every All-Inclusive Resorts.   The complimentary alcohol option at all-inclusive resorts is a big plus for some people.  If you plan to take advantage of this option, you need to know what type of alcohol your resort offers.  Some all-inclusive resorts only provides local brands and have a limited option while other resorts will have the premium brands with a touch of local flavor.   The best thing is to ask your travel agent in advance so there will be no surprises.

Dining Choices One of the top questions I hear at all inclusive resorts is “How is the food?”.   Every one has different taste so what I think is a good steak dinner , you may think is horrible.   To counter attack the food dilemma  is to have a lot of options.  If an all-inclusive resorts has many dinning options, it’s usually will have a resturant that will satisfy your palate.  Some of the top all-inclusive options will serve a variety of cuisine such as: French, Italian, Japanese(Hibachi), American, Mexican, etc.  Also, a good all-inclusive resort will have 24 hour room service to satisfy that late night craving.

Activities  Not everyone goes on the vacation just to lay on the beach and to gain a few pounds at the buffet.  If you are an active person, find out what type of activities are offered at the all-inclusive resorts.  Most all inclusive resorts offer non motorized water sports like kayaking.  Some all-inclusive resorts include complimentary golf  and scuba classes.  If you are fitness buff, make sure that your resort has a gym and find out what type a fitness classes are offered.  Some of my clients took their first Zumba class while on vacation.  If you have children, find out what type of activities are included.  Some all-inclusive resorts offer children activities from toddlers to teens. The children activities can include everything from hanging out with their favorite cartoon character to learning how to DJ like a professional.

Night Life   Night life is different for everyone so make sure you find out what is provided.  Some all-inclusive resorts will have live bands, comedy performance, Vegas style shows or local entertainment.  Some couple resorts will have entertainment specific for those who are on a romantic getaway.  There is also the casino option for those who want to hit it it big.   Night life doesn’t have to be at the resort.  Find out if there are any local bars, restaurants or night clubs that you can visit that are close to the resort.

All Inclusive resorts can be very enjoyable if you pick the right resort.  It is important that you discuss your plans with a travel agent prior to making your first deposit.  Proper planning will make your all-inclusive vacation a dream getaway with many memories.

Belvin Baldwin – Travel Consultant – http://www.showtimetrael.com – (770) 495-8855 Showtime Travel Blog

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