The beauty of all-inclusive resorts is that everything is included in one attractive package: travel, accommodations, dining, sight-seeing, and entertainment. No need to worry about anything. Just pay the money and enjoy your vacation. Although there are many pros of all-inclusive resorts, there are also a few cons of which tourists may not be immediately aware.
- Extra Fees
All-inclusive resorts usually have a wide variety of activities, such as dance and cooking lessons or massage and spa services. However, not all services may be included in the price of your package. Airfare must often be purchased separately. Read the fine print to find out if the activities of your choice are included. In most cases, alcoholic beverages, server and housekeeper tips, spa services and local attractions will cost extra.
- Feeling Trapped
Some tourists may feel like they cannot leave the resort because they have already paid for the services, such as dining and entertainment. In this case, they will be missing out on trying the authentic cuisine or to absorb the local culture. If the package doesn't include tours of the local attractions, they will spend some money to hire a taxi and a tour guide.
When you book an all-inclusive vacation, you are committed to staying in one resort. If you don't like it there for any reason, you cannot just pack up and leave. Unless you want to waste your money, of course. Needless to say, pictures can be deceiving. Some resorts, especially the ones with 3- and 4-stars, may not be up to par with their amenities and services. You may need to thoroughly research the resort of your choice before booking the trip. Internet will be a great resource on finding pictures and honest reviews from tourists.
- Bang for Your Buck
When looking at all-inclusive resort packages, you will find that some are much cheaper than others. The difference may be due to location, star rating, or the variety of services offered. While you may be tempted to purchase the less expensive one, consider all aspects of the package. Those resorts that tend to be cheaper don't offer a variety of food and activities. If you are a person who wants a new experience every day, you may quickly become bored there. This type of all-inclusive resort would be perfect for those tourists who are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach or those who like to get out on their own and explore the local culture.
Most all-inclusive resorts have several buffet-style restaurants to choose from. When faced with an unlimited food of wide variety, many people tend to consume too much of it. Tendency to overeat may also be affected by the fact that the food has already been paid for and one has to eat his money's worth. Same goes for alcoholic beverages. If you must watch your calorie intake or abstain from certain foods or alcohol, all-inclusive resort may not be your best choice.
Before booking an all-inclusive vacation, consider these and other aspects that are important to you. Compare prices, look at pictures, and read the reviews to find an option that suits your needs the best.