All-inclusive hotels and resorts can get a bad rep. Maybe it’s the image of spring breakers drinking as many margaritas as possible on the beach or the thought of waiting 15 minutes in a buffet line that makes people think twice before going to an all-inclusive resort. But the reality is that there are so many amazing all-inclusive properties that debunk any of those myths. From top-notch cuisine to exceptional service to beautiful accommodations, these properties set the standard for a relaxing vacation where you don’t have to worry about every meal, drink, and activity adding up. We debunk 5 common myths about all-inclusive resorts below.
Myth 1: Food is Horrible
Reality: Speaking of the food, all-inclusive resorts don’t simply stick guests with mass-produced dishes and unhealthy meal options. In fact, travelers will find themselves with more choices than they can probably explore at many resorts. The Dreams Riviera Cancun, for just one example, offers a seven restaurants 1 buffet and a cafe. Your options include a Japanese teppanyaki and sushi bar, French cuisine, Italian and Mediterranean, authentic Mexican and fresh seafood. So can you indulge every night, at no additional charge, if that’s what you want?
All-inclusives are making local sourcing a priority, too. At Karisma properties such as Generations Riviera Maya, Azul Beach and El Dorado Royale, fresh herbs and produce are sourced from Karisma’s 76,000-square-foot greenhouse. And to take advantage of the natural surroundings, guests can opt to dine on the ocean pier for a private breakfast, lunch, or dinner, too.
Myth 2: It’s A Party
Reality: Sure, there are some properties geared toward partying, but everywhere else people don’t go overboard just because alcohol is included. Top quality resorts include everything so you can relax and not worry about the bill…not so it feels like college spring break. And what better way to enjoy your vacation than with a crisp glass of mimosa whenever you feel like it?
Myth 3: Service is Mediocre Everything is included so it won’t be personalized or exceptional.
Reality: The staff is caring and wants to make your trip special. Your room might be stocked with a variety of beverages, but when housekeeping sees you only drink Diet Coke, you’ll find the fridge stocked with your preference. Plus, your travel advisor will let the property know your preferences ahead of time as well!
Myth 4: Staying at an all-inclusive resort will feel cheap.
Reality: This unfortunate misconception is likely fueled by other myths about food and lack of amenities that we’ve just corrected. The reality is that there are all sorts of all-inclusive resorts. Yes, there are budget-friendly options that are more basic, and family-friendly ones that keep costs low for the clan. But you’ll also find plenty of sophisticated properties catering to families and/or couples that focus on luxury. If you’re looking for superior quality, Secrets, Dreams, Excellence, Hyatt Ziva and Karisma properties are great options They take the all-inclusive concept to the next level. The key, again, is doing your homework.
Myth 5: I’ll Be Around People I Don’t Want to Be Around
Reality: Each property is different and draws a different clientele. Some boast a private, romantic experience and thus get honeymooners or couples. Others are bursting with activities that families will love. This is where it is so important to use a travel advisor. Your advisor will discover your preferences and needs and make recommendations based on those. Often the advisor has been to the properties and has personal on-property contacts, so you can travel knowing that you’re taken care of and your needs are heard.
So there you have it — you CAN find the same white-glove service, relaxing setting, and gourmet cuisine at some all-inclusive resorts that you would at a luxury hotel or resort. I can help you discover which properties have those options as well as which one is best for you!
Myth 6: You’ll be tempted to be unhealthy if you stay at an all-inclusive resort.
Reality: Here’s another general trend happening — brands are helping guests achieve and maintain good lifestyle choices more than ever. At many all-inclusive resorts, you’ll find a roster of opportunities to work off the indulging. Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, for one, has held wellness-related Zumba and Yoga theme weeks to encourage guests to truly focus on fitness, all while having fun. They offer juicing stations that with a range of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, many of which are hyper-local, too.