All-Inclusive Resort Tips

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.