Over the last four-five years I’ve managed to squeeze in quite a few holidays. When staying in a hotel I’ve never had a particularly preference for whether I go all-inclusive or self catering. I enjoy both for each of what they stand for, so when recently asked what it is I do like about going all-inclusive it got me thinking. I guess some people are the ‘all-inclusive people’ type and some people just wouldn’t go near it. Some people love the convenience and the extravagant buffets that come hand-in-hand with being all-inclusive along with the stress free relaxation and not having to take your purse whilst you roam around the resorts eating and drinking to your
hearts tummies content.
Full disclosure – I’m just going to get it out there; I’m an all-inclusive fan when staying in a hotel or resort. There’s just something about free cocktails, free food and literally just being able to order a drink or an ice-cream whenever you fancy. For me it’s total switch-off, slow down heaven.
I think there’s also a bit of a misconception that when you go all-inclusive you never leave the resort but I totally disagree. Read my Mexico holiday post just to see how much we adventured outside of the hotel. You can still eat authentic food and mix with the locals, being all-inclusive doesn’t hinder this, it just makes it easier!
I mean come-on… an endless supply of fresh coconuts whilst laying on your lounger looking out to sea with a good book in your hand – you can’t beat it. Right?
Another thing, all-inclusive holidays are usually an affordable holiday option and they’re great if you’re really busy and don’t have the time to be researching flights and hotels or things to do. Have you ever booked one and compared the self-catering option price to the all-inclusive price. There’s not a lot of difference usually.
So, here are my reasons why I think all-inclusive holidays are worth considering:
Everyone wants to know what the total cost of their holiday is going to be when they book, and with all travel, accommodation, food, drinks and sometimes activities included in the price, you don’t have to worry about going over budget whilst you’re away. Everything is produced in mass, from the tours and entertainment to the food, and this keeps prices low. You know exactly what to expect and you can choose your accommodation based on the restaurants and bars it offers as well as its facilities.
Convenient and easy to book
With everything having been taken care of for you, all you have to worry about is relaxing and enjoying your holiday. All expenses have been paid, and it’s all very easy to book and confirm with Holiday Gems. Fill in a few boxes, check the flights work and the hotel suits. Done!
The last time we went on a hotel family holiday and weren’t all-inclusive I lost count of the amount of times I was digging around for cash by the pool so my son could buy his 10th choc-ice of the day. The he’d want some water or a snack. Not such a big deal really but having all-inclusive package removes this. It means your children become familiar with what they can have and where they can get them. Slushy – no problem, a snack at 11am – easy, midnight hot-chocolate watching a Caribbean thunderstorm – check! I think you get my gist.
There’s something for everyone
There really is. Luckily we’ve stayed in resorts that haven’t been over-run or too busy. Our Mexico hotel had around 8 different themed restaurants and we could take it turns depending on what we fancied. Variation is always good in my experience.
You can eat whenever you want
It’s always mealtime somewhere on an all inclusive resort; breakfast rolls into lunch, lunch rolls into dinner, and then there are also likely to be snack bars dotted throughout.
Have you been on all-inclusive holiday before? What did you think? Would you do it again and what did you like the most about it?