All-inclusive resorts were once the “budget inns” of travel. Images of a rowdy crowd drinking in the Jacuzzi, bland food, forced group activities and limited entertainment was the norm. Today, the all-inclusive concept has expanded to unlimited activities such as golf on a championship golf course, gourmet meals, and more upscale and intimate resorts.

Vacationers are looking into all-inclusives for two reasons; time and value.

Travel experts say that pre-paying for all the food and drinks ahead of time allows you to have a more enjoyable getaway because you don’t have to think about how much you are spending and you don’t have to worry about carrying your wallet around the resort. Think of it as a no-hassle, stress-free vacation.

An all-inclusive resort usually include:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Room service
  • Drinks including wine, beer and spirit
  • Daily activities
  • Entertainment
  • All tips and gratuities

It’s best to choose the resort that has the activities and atmosphere that best matches your interest. Kid-friendly or romantic hideaway? Beach or snow? Whatever’s your fancy, there is one just for you.

Moms appreciate all-inclusive resorts. All-inclusive family resorts have everything for everyone, young and old. Some of the most popular resorts are located in Mexico and the Caribbean. Great beaches, fun watersports and awesome age appropriate kids program.

In addition to the “normal” inclusions, you can also expect the following at most family all-inclusives:

  • Family/connecting accommodations
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Only Dining Room
  • Teens Only Club
  • Organized games and activities
  • Family activities
  • Kid-friendly pools and waterparks
  • Themed character activities such as the gang from Sesame Street

“When I am looking to steal away with just the hubby, you bet I’m going to hit one of the upscale hideaways,”  says Lee Boughan, travel consultant at Apopka Cruise Planners. “The upfront sticker price may be a shock at the beginning, but when you do the math, it is all worth it. Plus, not having to think about pulling out the credit card and tipping the attendant every single time is, well, what a vacation is all about. Not a care in the world!”

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Are all-inclusives worth it? Yes! More than ever.


  1. I wonder if the new Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville being built along I-4 corridor is an all-inclusive resort? I have been by there, and it looks like it is going to be appealing. I think it was along I-4 near Poinciana, can’t remember exactly. Sounded good, probably couldn’t afford it or probably couldn’t get away, but hey, doesn’t hurt to think about it.

  2. It actually, according to my husband, was at 429 and 192 close to Disney of course, whatever that area is called, where they are building Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort.


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