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. Most resorts in the United States that claim to be "all-inclusive," deserve a closer look into what is included. Are they really "all inclusive"? To examine this question, we must first look at what the term "all-inclusive" means.
The True All Inclusive
It’s commonly understood that all inclusive means that accommodations, a minimum of three meals daily, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), tips and taxes, daily activities and nightly entertainment are ALL included with the price of your stay. In addition, many times airport transfers are also included.
With that said, it’s possible to find vacation destinations in the U.S. that claim to be all inclusive, but when you examine what a hotel or resort offers, you will most likely find that alcohol and hotel taxes and gratuities have not been included. Or there may be other extra costs in the fine print. If you visit one of these vacation spots, you will still be liable for the taxes on your bill.
In addition, you will not want to forget to tip appropriately. For example, you will still want to leave a tip for wait staff at restaurants and for housekeeping staff.
Also, if you plan to consume alcohol, keep in mind that this bill could add up quickly as well. Either way, when purchasing an "all-inclusive" vacation in the U.S., it’s best to ask what is definitely included and what is not included. After all, who wants surprises while on vacation?
However, one place you won't get surprised with a multitude of extra costs that is located in the United States is at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay, which is north of West Palm Beach by about 30 minutes. This family friendly resort does include airport transfers between the airport and the resort (if you choose a Club Med package that includes transport); taxes and gratuities; a Club Room or a Deluxe Room accommodation; activities and amenities for adults and children; a new spa and completely renovated premium tennis, golf, and fitness facilities; world-class instruction from renowned professional coaches at the Club Med Tennis, Golf, and Fitness Academies; gourmet meals in buffet and a la carte format; a full open bar providing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; the Club Med Baby Welcome Program®; the new Kidz Village with a water splash park, a teen lounge and art center; and live nightly entertainment. So it is a true all inclusive resort with many great benefits, especially if you are seeking an active vacation that focuses on the family.
The Club Med Sandpiper is set on 393 feet of beach along the St. Lucie river, complete with a section of beach for lounging and sunbathing. Water sports, such as Aqua Zumba®, sailing, paddleboarding, and swimming are still options at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay, just as it would be on an ocean. And as the only true all inclusive in the United States, the location couldn't be better. It is within driving distance of all of the famous Orlando theme parks, Miami attractions, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Florida Everglades. These attractions can be scheduled through the resort, at an additional cost.
With all that in mind, if you are set on an all inclusive vacation in the United States, All Inclusive Outlet can assist with your plans! Call 888-403-2822 to speak with a travel consultant.
U.S. All Inclusive Vacations
One unique type of all inclusive vacation located in the U.S. is the guest (or dude) ranch experience. For those that love outdoor activities like horseback riding (and lots of it), hiking, swimming, and more, some ranches in the U.S. will offer as close to an all inclusive experience as possible. Since you are often in a more isolated area, it makes sense to have meals included with your accommodations, but Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO, also includes riding, skiing (seasonal), and other activities; beer, wine, and soda; nightly entertainment, excursions to shopping locations and much more. Service charges are not added to your bill, and tipping is not allowed. If a ranch vacation is for you, and you price a vacation at Vista Verde, please note that taxes are added at the time of checkout at 3.9%.
The Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado is an exclusive resort situated in the Colorado Rockies. It is a restored ghost town with several choices in luxury cabin-style accomodations. They offer vacation packages that include all meals, drinks (both alcohol and non), roundtrip airport transfers, complimentary use of snow-shoeing equipment, mountain bikes, cross country skis, fitness gym, natural hot springs and all common area amenities. It's located near Telluride. Tips should be considered addtional here.
The Inverrary Vacation Resort in Ft Lauderdale promotes their facility as all inclusive. They do have a choice of 3 vacation plans that include varying amenities. We do suggest that you visit TripAdvisor for reviews on this resort since the rating and reviews as of 6/3/15 would qualify as unacceptable to most travelers.
United States Virgin Islands
Yes, there are all inclusive resorts in the US Virgin Islands! The US Virgin Islands consist of St Croix, St John and St Thomas. This group of islands is an organized, unincorporated United States territory. You won't need a passport to visit there! Proof of citizenship is a must though. A state-issued photo id and a certified birth certificate will allow you to travel to and from this area. They are also in the Caribbean, which means great year round warmth! St Thomas is home to a completely all inclusive resort and newly named Dreams Sugar Bay. This is the former Wyndham Sugar Bay resort that has been updated to the Dreams family all inclusive concept. You'll find Unlimted Luxury with their all inclusive vacation plan! The Marriott Frenchmans Reef features an all inclusive option and the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is offers a great all inclusive option! St Croix is features the Divi Carina Bay Resort that provides the fully inclusive plan. St John does not currently offer this type of vacation plan.
Finding that All Inclusive Deal
While there are just a few examples of all inclusive vacations in the United States, there may be others, but a true all inclusive resort that includes accommodations, a minimum of three meals daily, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), tips and taxes, daily activities and nightly entertainment is going to get easier and easier to find in the coming years. This type of vacation is in high demand and many resorts are considering adding options to satisfy the needs of the modern day traveler.
"We know that the all inclusive vacation is very popular with our clients and they want to have that same experience in the United States and especially in Florida", said Tom Carr, President of All Inclusive Outlet. “We now can assist our valued clients by providing this type of all inclusive getaway if the Club Med Sandpiper is a good fit for what they are looking for. And more options are coming!"
"In addition, many people forget that the U.S. Virgin Islands are still part of the United States," continued Carr. "They are United States Territories, so U.S. citizens only need a photo ID and a certified birth certificate to travel there. No passport is required. We offer several great all inclusive resort options for the U.S. Virgin Islands for those who would like to stay within a U.S. Territory. Be sure to consult a travel professional to ensure that you are aware of the inclusions in any package that is promoted as an all inclusive in the USA."
Look for all inclusive resorts to enter Hawaii, Florida and the alpine skiiing market in the coming years! You heard it here first!