Get to know the resort:
- Make sure to do your research (either beforehand or via the front desk)
- Find out which activities, meals, drinks, entertainment and more are included.
- Take advantage of the amenities and activities on property before venturing offsite.
- Knowing your onsite options helps prevent you from retroactively getting FOMO (fear of missing out)
Befriend the concierge:
- Make sure to chat with the concierge and find out what resources the hotel offers
- Often, they can hook you up with a shuttle, connect you with tour companies or simply direct you toward the best local attractions
- Take advantage of their knowledge — that’s what they’re there for!
Make dinner reservations:
- Many of the non-buffet, higher-end restaurants get booked up quickly for reservations, so make them, and make them early
- Don’t end up scrounging for chips and guacamole at the pool bar
Take your food to-go:
- Ask if the restaurant will package the food up to go, and have a picnic on the beach.
- Taking the meal to go will make for a romantic night, and it’s a good way for not changing out of your bathing suit.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want:
- Don’t be nervous to ask for what you want (or need).
- These resorts are committed to providing a truly all-inclusive experience
- So don’t feel bad asking for things you might not be sure are available. The worst outcome is they won’t have this available
Indulge in room service:
- If it’s included in the “All-Inclusive” experience, then why not eat breakfast in bed or chips and salsa while watching late-night TV? This is the kind of stuff vacations are made of.
Figure out the tipping policy:
- Tipping can be a tricky business at All-Inclusive resorts, and unfortunately there is no “best practice” as it differs at each property
- Some, employees aren’t allowed to accept tips, and at others they are appreciated but not expected
- If you’re not able to find information on the hotel’s policy beforehand, the guest reviews will often mention how it’s handled onsite
- Feel free to ask the front desk or observe other guests once you’re there.