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Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:30

What Does All Inclusive Mean?

Written by Tom Carr

Are you looking to get the biggest "bang for your buck" for your vacation? Would you like to pay one price up front and then not have to worry about every little expense while on vacation? If so, then the all inclusive concept is for you. But what exactly does all inclusive mean?

When referring to all inclusive, the following would typically be covered with the cost of your vacation: accommodations, hotel taxes, meals, beverages, activities and entertainment, tips, and sometimes transfers to and from the airport. Additional services and amenities may be included and varies by resort.


Your Selected Accommodations, plus Hotel Taxes. It would be very rare to see a hotel tax that is not included up front.

At least three meals daily. This could mean a buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or there could be a variety of a la carte options included. For instance, some resorts, such as Karisma Hotels, focus on gourmet a la carte dining. At some all inclusives, the majority of meals are buffet-style. This is usually reserved for the budget-oriented resort. Be sure to do your research if cuisine is of a major concern. In addition, most all inclusives provide a beach grill or some type of late-night dining, or you can just order a meal from room service and have it delivered straight to your room. Either way, you will never go hungry at an all inclusive.

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). When we say the drinks are included, we mean it. The higher-rated resorts will provide premium international drinks from well-known brands, while the entry-level all inclusive may just provide domestic brands native to the destination. The mid-range all inclusives typically offer a mix of international beverages along with domestic types.

Daily activities and nightly entertainment. The inclusions vary from resort to resort, but you can rest assured that there will be plenty to do.

Gratuities (tips). Tips are not required at the overwhelming majority of resorts, since it is included in the price you pay up front. You do have the option to slip some bills to those resort workers that go out of their way, however, but that is totally up to you. Depending on where you go however, some resort chains have a strict "no tipping" policy.

Airport transfers. Some resort chains provide transfers to and from the airport while other all inclusive packages have the transfers added into the total price by the travel provider. For instance, when booking on AllInclusiveOutlet.com, just look for the information in the box when you receive your instant price quote.

Extras. Some resorts may provide extras like golf greens fees, spa services, motorized watersports, scuba dives, in-room WiFi, etc. This can vary by resort or by chain. If you pay for a more luxurious or upscale resort, you may find more included than if you are at a budget-minded resort. Extras that are typically not included tend to be things like laundry services, babysitting, spa services, excursions away from the resort, meeting facilities, etc.

These are just the key items that are included with your all inclusive price. Keep in mind that package inclusions vary by resort and may include restrictions not mentioned in this article. If you have questions about what may be included at your resort, please ask an All Inclusive Outlet Travel Consultant, especially if it is a particularly important service or amenity for you.

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