We are naming 2015 "The Year of the All Inclusive". All inclusive vacations are fast becoming the preferred method of travel! With over 400 resort offerings and more converting every day to this type of plan, we want to provide you with some guidance on the top hotels around the world! Every year we compile a list of the best of the best all inclusives. "All inclusive" is growing beyond the land-based resort vacation and entering into all facets of travel. You'll find that all inclusive river and ocean cruising is one of the fastest growing areas in this niche. We'll provide a few recommendations for all inclusive cruising but the main focus is still our Top All inclusive Resort Picks for 2015!
Not going on a honeymoon, anniversary or family vacation this year? It doesn't have to be a special occasion to get together with your girlfriends! Michele Peterson offers her take on celebration travel. Check out three very different options for Great Girlfriend Getaways!
Ready to take the kids on the adventure of a lifetime? Looking for that perfect eco-friendly and diverse destination to create lasting family memories? If you can imagine your children venturing into a world of tropical rainforests, combined with inviting coastal waters, then Costa Rica is the locale. And Costa Rica is for kids! Explore one of the top all inclusive hotels in the region in this exclusive article from award-winning travel writer, Michele Peterson!
Choosing a top location for a multigenerational family trip can be daunting. With so many all inclusive options, sound advice from a professional is required. Learn about the top choices in Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the latest article from Irene Levine, award-winning travel writer!
It used to be that a trip to Cancun, Mexico meant tequila shots and buckets of Corona beer. Now, the new flavor on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is all about the country’s flourishing craft beer scene. From brewpubs to tasting events at all inclusive resorts, here are some top spots in Cancun and the Riviera Maya to sample Mexican craft beer.
Although Mexico has long been a nation of beer lovers--its tradition of beer making dates back to 1542 when Emperor Carlos V of Spain granted a permit to Don Alfonso de Herrera to establish a cerveceria in the Americas--in modern times, giant producers have dominated the beer industry. Big labels such as Modelo, Sol and Victoria have become synonymous with good times. Although brewery giants still dominate the market, there’s growing interest in small-batch, craft beer.
Why the interest in artisanal beer?
It goes almost without saying that every vacationer has his or her own expectations when it comes to the ideal all-inclusive resort stay.
Yet what do the people whose job it is to create those experiences think? What do the top all-inclusive resort operators themselves consider to be the primary elements necessary to create the perfect all-inclusive experience?
I spoke recently with executives at four leading all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico to find out what they think the best all-inclusive resorts should offer in terms of amenities, facilities and services...
Are your New Year’s resolutions starting to slip? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us begin the New Year vowing to make changes in our lives. But by February many of those plans are wavering.
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, “losing weight” topped the list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2015. If you plan to spend your winter holiday at an all-inclusive resort, sticking to that New Year’s Resolution can be tough. From unlimited buffets to tropical cocktails, temptations abound. In fact, several studies report that the average Brit gains 7.4 pounds during a one-week stay at an all-inclusive Caribbean resort. I suspect we North Americans aren’t too far behind.
But help is at hand. A new generation of all-inclusive resorts is transforming the vacation experience so guests return home feeling healthier instead of sporting a bigger waistline. Offering programs once found only at luxury weight-loss camps, these visionary retreats offer nutrition training, cooking demonstrations and custom menus, but without the intensity of a health clinic regimen. If your New Year’s goals include losing weight or getting savvy about fitness in time for spring, consider these resorts:
Travelers over the age of 50 can't be easily pigeonholed: Not only do they differ in age from one another but they also differ in interests, energy levels and lifestyles. And like a badge of honor, they pride themselves on deciding where, when and how they want to travel.
Boomers have helped redefine the landscape of travel. Some seek opportunities for activity and adventure; others favor relaxation and solace. Some want to travel solo; others prefer traveling as a couple or with family or friends. The growing portfolio of all-inclusive resorts offers diverse options to satisfy all of these travelers.
By midlife, travelers are generally experienced enough that they share some universal needs: They demand flexible but sophisticated dining options, comfortable accommodations with amenities, and friendly, professional service...
The numbers of people traveling alone are growing, as many remain single longer and others increasingly opt to travel independently. According to the U.S. Travel Association, solo travelers—those who travel without companions—account for nearly 11 percent of adult leisure travelers.
There are many perks for the solo traveler: People who travel alone can set their own schedules and travel where, when and how they choose. They don’t need to worry about jockeying for time in the bathroom or sleeping in a room with someone who snores; early risers don’t have to conform to the schedule of night owls. Last-minute getaways become more feasible when they don’t have to be coordinated with other travelers.
Family vacations often include older children whose needs and interests are consistently overlooked. The typical kids club caters to 4-12 year olds! What happens with the 13-17 year old set at an all inclusive resort that cuts off the program at 12? We think it's only smart to provide a teens club! And we are ready to point you in the right direction for the "Best All Inclusive Teen Clubs". And there are even activities for those 18 and 19 year olds at these resorts! Let's take a look...
Brian Major has had the opportunity to travel far and wide during his last 25 years in the cruise and all inclusive vacation industry. His vast knowledge of travel makes for an interesting read and we at All Inclusive Outlet are honored to have him as a travel contributor to our site. Being a travel writer really has its perks! You'll find three of Brian's favorite resorts right here...
By now, if you have been looking at an all inclusive vacation, you're probably wondering about tips and and other incidental costs that might come up while traveling. Tipping is a subject that surfaces in conversation with our travel consultants on a regular basis! Are you required to tip? Do others tip? What is the etiquette? Aren't tips included? Since I have stayed at all inclusive resorts over 200 times, I should be able to answer this question for you! Is it an easy answer? Hmmmm.....
Today, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is home to dozens of deluxe all-inclusive resorts. Yet when the region was launched as a vacation destination in 1969 by American labor lawyer Theodore Kheel and Dominican businessman Frank R. Rainieri, the region was little more than a 19 square-mile jungle with white-sand beaches, thousands of coconut trees and no access roads.
Like Punta Cana, the all-inclusive category has flourished in recent years. Travelers clearly love the fabulous facilities, deluxe dining and amazing amenities and services found at the best of these resorts. Even better under the all-inclusive format everything is available for one, up-front price.
Wellness. By definition it is simply "the quality or state of being healthy". Taken a step further, Dr Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute developed "The Six Dimensions of Wellness". This nonprofit organization devoted to global wellness further defines the state of wellness. "Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. It is mulitdimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. Wellness is positive and affirming". The Six Dimensions of Wellness are Emotional, Occupational, Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual and Social. So where would you find a great all inclusive wellness program? A wellness getaway of sorts? I found some perfect places for you to experience!
All Inclusive Vacations have never been defined properly! It's my goal with this article to help set your expectations and provide a guide to finding the best resort setting for your needs!
All inclusive can mean many things….and I mean MANY things! What you want to find is the “traditional” all inclusive.
The traditional all inclusive vacation consists of a minimum of three meals daily, all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), tips, taxes, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and your chosen accommodations. With this plan, you’ll know the overwhelming majority of potential costs are included! It’s stress free knowing you can pop your wallet or purse in a safe and start enjoying the resort unconditionally.
Some travelers who want to visit popular vacation destinations such as Hawaii or Key West, might try searching for all-inclusive resorts in these areas. However, this could be harder to find than you think. A few options for all inclusive vacations in the USA exist. But are they really "all inclusive"? To examine this question, we must first look at what the term "all-inclusive" means.
So you’re ready to plan that perfect vacation, but there is an ongoing debate about which is better: an all inclusive vacation or a cruise. Either option can offer up fun, but we here at All Inclusive Outlet would like to make a case for the all-inclusive resort. The reasons we have given below are based on attributes of the majority of all inclusive resorts and the majority of cruises. We realize that with the wide range in options for both types of vacations, one article on the topic could never apply to all available options.