Go All-Inclusive and Finally Relax

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To avoid sticker shock at the end of a trip, try turning to all-inclusive resorts, where meals, drinks and activities are included in the rate. You can vacation at a world-class hotel and still get a terrific value for your money. 

Most all-inclusive resorts’ pricing is all rolled into one price that’s lower than the total cost of the individual components. When you’re on vacation and have to pull out your wallet every five minutes, you end up in a foul mood! Pre-paying for all the food, drinks and relaxation you can buy can actually help you have a more enjoyable getaway because you don’t have to keep thinking about the money you’re spending.

Somehow there is the perception that if you already paid for it, then it feels free. Otherwise once the vacation has ended you are thinking that you will have to pay for the vacation when you return. Since pre-paying lets you know exactly how much you are spending ahead of time, there is little nickel and dime-ing after the fact. Also, you can avoid the awkwardness of now knowing how much and when to tip, since tips are also pre-paid in advance. 

Your all-inclusive vacation typically includes your room, at least three meals a day, in some cases room service, land and water based activities and gratuities. Some resorts also include alcoholic beverages, tours, entertainment and more expensive activities such as scuba diving. 

All-inclusive vacations are widely recognized as one of the best travel options for families, couples and singles. Many resorts are now designed specifically for families, with kids-only facilities, counselors, daytime activities and nighttime babysitting. Children of all ages are welcome at most resorts. 

All-inclusive properties are also very popular with single travelers, and many resorts offer programs to help singles meet and mingle. Some resorts offer single guest rooms, and most offer either a single supplement rate or a single share program that places you with another same-sex single at the double occupancy rate. A few all-inclusive resorts are for couples only and do not accept singles. 

This type of vacation is also very suitable for weddings and meetings. 

Upscale versions of traditional beachfront all-inclusive resorts have cropped up across Mexico and the Caribbean, from the modern Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic to the super deluxe Royal Hideaway in the Riviera Maya.

Romantic Couple’s Getaway

Royal Bahamian Spa Resort, Bahamas

Sandals Royal Bahamian, winner of the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award, stands alone as the premier destination for couples that demand only the very best. From their offshore island — a veritable resort within a resort — to world-class dining in eight gourmet restaurants; from rooms and suites, ranging from the merely sumptuous to the over-the-top lavish, to Versailles-like gardens filled with stunning statuary, you’ll know, beyond a doubt, that you’ve discovered paradise.

It is unsurpassed luxury amid island sunshine.They will even pick you from the airport in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benz. Every detail here meets the most exacting standards. Your slightest whim is catered to.With the current Sandals promotion of 50 percent off and depending on the season, prices start at approximately $1,000 per person for a four-night stay at this all inclusive, couples only deluxe resort. 

Royal Hideaway, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar luxury resort, with the convenience of everything included, offers guests everything under the warm tropical sun for the perfect dream vacation. In addition to gorgeous beaches, unparalleled personal attention and exceptional service, Royal Hideaway Playacar features an oversized cascading infinity pool and relaxation pools around the property, as well as bi-level oceanfront solarium decks for indulgent sun lounging. As with many resorts at this time, they are offering the promotion of a fourth night free. 

A Single’s Getaway

Turkoise, Turks & Caicos

ClubMed has a number of properties that cater to the single traveler. One of the more popular properties is Turkoise in Turks and Caicos. A four-night stay, depending on the season, would cost a little more than $1,000 for a four-night all-inclusive vacation. The Resort of Turkoise is in Grace Bay, which is in the north-eastern corner of the main island, Providenciales. Colorful bungalows mingle with the hibiscus trees along the edge of a beach of pearly sand, stretching as far as the eye can see. 

The Resort is for adults only, so guests can devote their energy to their favorite sports all day long, and then dance the night away. Family Resort 

Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With special suites designed with amenities and services for the entire family, Paradisus Palma Real is ready to take care of everything you may need on your all-inclusive family vacation.When you choose to stay at one of the Family Concierge Suites, you are treated to several amenities, including private family check-in, a Paradise Kids Beach kit upon check-in, all-day assistance of a family concierge, and walkie-talkies for all-day communication. 

You also have access to exclusive family vacation activities and sports and privileged access to Gabi Beach. Meetings or Family Gatherings 

Meetings or Family Gatherings

The Ritz Carlton, Rose Hall, Jamaica

The Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay is an idyllic escape, and Rose Hall Plantation is the jewel in its crown. 

Located on 5,000 picture-perfect acres in Jamaica’s exclusive RoseHall,The Ritz- Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica is a Montego Bay resort offering 427 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or terrace; 18-hole championship White Witch Golf Course; five exceptional dining establishments; more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space; and easy access to luxury shopping at The Shoppes at Rose Hall.

Wedding Destination

Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Because the entire setting of Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita is so intimate and sensuous, it adds a special atmosphere to the romance of a wedding and honeymoon. 

This all-inclusive deluxe resort offers a wedding package that includes the assistance of an on-site wedding planner responsible for planning all the wedding details, private airport transfers for the bride and groom with a glass of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, room upgrade for the bride and groom (based on availability), and a romantic dinner for the bride and groom during their stay on the pier on their suite’s terrace. 

A bride’s bouquet, a boutonniere for the groom, hour-long photography services and the service of a judge or non-denominational minister is also included, as well as several other amenities.This package is complimentary when booking eight rooms at the group rate for a minimum of three nights each. This package also applies for a vow renewal ceremony. 

With all price ranges available and some bargains to be had, an all-inclusive destination is one of the best travel options. Lounge by the pool, get a massage, experience fine dining or play a round of golf — regardless, you are bound to have a most enjoyable getaway!

Most all-inclusive resorts offer the following amenities:

• Welcome champagne & cool towel upon arrival
• Accommodations as selected
• Six a la carte specialty restaurants and a dinner theatre
• Unlimited meals and snacks
• 24-hour in-room dining featuring light menu fare
• Unlimited top shelf alcoholic beverages, natural juices & soft drinks
• Two lighted tennis courts
• Six pools including infinity pool & three relaxation
• Private concierge service in each villa
• Daily activities program
• Evening entertainment
• Land sports including shuffleboard, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, table tennis and bicycles
• Water sports featuring SCUBA clinics, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, aqua aerobics and boogie boards
• Fitness center
• DVD library
• Wireless Internet
• Complimentary Internet access in Business Center
• Taxes and gratuities