All-inclusive resorts typically offer a variety of room types, from standard guest rooms to suites and villas. Your package will include your accommodation for the duration of your stay, with daily housekeeping and other basic services.
One of the biggest draws of an all-inclusive resort is the dining options. Most packages include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day. Many resorts also offer 24-hour room service.
All-inclusive resorts also include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in your package. This can include everything from beer and wine to specialty cocktails and top-shelf liquors. Some resorts also offer in-room mini-bars daily re-stocked with a selection of drinks.
To keep guests entertained, all-inclusive resorts typically offer a range of activities and amenities. This can include things like fitness centers, pools and water parks, tennis courts, golf courses, and more. Some resorts also offer non-motorized water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as organized activities like yoga classes or beach volleyball.
Many all-inclusive resorts have a packed schedule of entertainment and events, from live music and theater shows to dance parties and themed nights. Your package should include access to all of these events, as well as to a limited number of additional activities like cooking classes or mixology workshops.
For families with children, all-inclusive resorts often have a kids’ club or childcare services available. Some of these kid’s clubs have an amazing array of facilities and activities – they can almost be like mini resorts themselves. Children can have the time of their lives while parents get plenty of time to relax and not have to worry about them.
While not always explicitly stated, many all-inclusive resort packages include gratuities for staff members like housekeeping, restaurant servers, and bartenders. Some may be flexible if guests want to tip more, and some like Sandals, will have a strict no-tipping policy except for private butlers and spa staff. Read more here.
Some all-inclusives may have additional inclusions or restrictions. For example, at certain resorts there may be one, particularly swanky, restaurant that is pay-as-you-go only, or some other resorts may limit the number of alcoholic drinks per day, or limit it to certain hours.
This is definitely not the norm though, in the vast majority of Caribbean and Mexican all-inclusives the only things non-all-inclusive are spa treatments, non-motorized water sports, and outside trips and excursions.