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But just in case you still are, here are some answers to our most common questions about All-Inclusive Resorts.
How do I know if a hotel is all-inclusive?
If you are a looking at brochures or other websites, most place will list if a hotel is all-inclusive next to the hotel name. You may also see some properties or hotels listed as “All-Inclusive Optional”. This means that you have the option of purchasing either an All-Inclusive or European meal plan as part of your vacation.
What is the European Plan?
If a hotel is listed as “European Plan” or is not listed as "All-Inclusive", this means that the hotel price only includes the room rate and does not traditionally include additional services and amenities such as meals, drinks or tips.
What is typically included in an all-inclusive resort/vacation?
Although the definition of all-inclusive can vary from resort to resort, standard inclusions would be all of your meals, beverages, taxes, tips, room service, shows and entertainment and on-site activities such as non-motorized water sports. Items in your room such as bottled water, snacks, toiletries and mini-bar, items are almost always included at no additional charge. Check with your hotel for a full list of amenities and services as part of their all-inclusive plan.
What types of amenities or services typically aren’t included with an all-inclusive hotel?
Included services and amenities will vary by hotel, but typically spa treatments, outside telephone calls, casinos/gambling, special occasion packages, babysitting services and destination excursions are some exceptions that typically are not included in the all-inclusive vacation price. Unless you purchase a service or amenity you will not have to worry about any additional or hidden fees after paying for your initial reservation.
What activities are available as part of an all-inclusive plan?
All-inclusive resorts are experienced at making sure you have enough options to be as active as possible. In addition to the non-motorized water sports that are usually offered (snorkeling, scuba lessons, kayaks, etc.), many all-inclusive resorts also offer a variety of free daily activities such as tennis, exercise facilities, kids’ clubs and playgrounds, pool activities and more. Numerous all-inclusive resorts offer nightlife options from on-site discotheques to live shows and music that guests can enjoy free of charge.
What dining options are available at an all-inclusive resort?
Dining options at an all-inclusive resort are typically abundant and offer an array
of cuisine ranging from local specialties to international gourmet dining options.
Most all-inclusive resorts also offer at least one a-la-carte restaurant in addition
to buffet options with frequently changing menu options and even theme nights. Depending
on the resort, reservations may be required at some a-la-carte restaurants, so check
with your travel agent or hotel for information on reservation requirements or options
for special dietary needs you may have while on vacation.
Can I plan my wedding and/or honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort?
Most all-inclusive resorts offer fabulous wedding or honeymoon packages. Check with your Latitudes Agent and they can help you get things started with great information on wedding packages and services offered in addition to free inclusions for honeymooners.
Are all-inclusive resorts ideal for families?
All-inclusive resorts can be the perfect option for the whole family since their broad range of activities and amenities have something for everyone. From kids’ clubs and playgrounds, kids’ activities, video games, teen discos and even water parks to adults-only designated pools, nightly entertainment and spa facilities. Most resorts are extremely diverse so you can do your own thing together or apart at the hotel. While some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, there are many great hotel chains that are family-focused, and even have an Adult Only Section to keep everyone happy. Ask your Latitudes agent for our recommendations for family vacations. How much cash should I carry?
Leave your wallet in your room! Cash is not needed. It is recommended to bring credit cards and a sufficient amount of cash for additional expenses such as spa treatments, telephone and internet, special occasion packages or services, babysitting services, shopping, and destination excursions.
Can I book an all-inclusive vacation last minute?
Yes, most of the time you can, be careful during peak travel times & holidays. In Fact, booking an all-inclusive vacation last minute has great benefits! Not only is this a fantastic way to find last minute reduced rates, with one, upfront price, which makes deciding easier. Great deals exist if you have a sense of adventure too. Sometimes there a Mystery vacations that Guarantee Quality but you won’t know your resort until the last minute, sometimes not until your at the destination hotel!