How to choose an all-inclusive resort

Image: Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica/Sandals

Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica/Sandals

All-inclusive resorts have become extremely popular throughout Mexico and the Caribbean for both honeymoons and destination weddings.  And it’s no surprise – for one price you pay up front, you get your room, meals, drinks, activities and entertainment.  You can relax and enjoy your stay without worrying about accruing a huge bill.

Choosing the right resort for your personality and style can be difficult, though. Below are several important things you should discuss with your partner, then let your Travel Consultant guide you to the all-inclusive resort that will fit you best.

Type of resort

Would you prefer adults-only, couples-only, or a family-friendly resort?  Decide if you want children around and if not, stay away from a family-friendly resort, unless it’s one that has an adults-only section.


Just as in any other hotel or resort, all-inclusives can range from moderate to luxury.  Use the star rating to determine the overall quality of the resort.


Are you a foodie?  If so, you should pay careful attention to the resort’s dining options. Restaurant types will range from basic buffet to gourmet.  What type of food do they serve?  Is there a wide variety?  Will you need to make a reservation? Think about the dress code.  Is room service a priority?  And do you have any dietary needs or restrictions?


Do you prefer active activities, such as water-sports, yoga or volleyball?  Or would you enjoy learning experiences, such as a cooking or mixology class, or learning how to do the Samba?

If watersports activities are your thing, check to see what type of motorized (jet-skis, Scuba) and non-motorized (kayak, sailing, stand up paddleboarding) activities the resort has and whether or not they are included.


Do you love nightlife, like stage shows and live music?  Or would you prefer to sit by the firepit with a few other couples?

A few other things you should consider:


Do you prefer a big or small resort?  Larger resorts offer more activities and restaurants, but may seem less intimate.

Is a spa important to you?  Treatments almost always cost extra, but if a spa-day (or week) is top of mind, check to see what options are available.

Which resort style do you prefer, tall highrise buildings, or something more spread out? Do you prefer something sleek and modern or a place with villa-style buildings that blend into it’s natural surroundings?

Beach or pool?  Where do you prefer to spend your time? Some resorts have amazing pools, others have fabulous beaches; some have both.

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About Melody Moser

Melody Moser is a Travel Expert & Travel Writer specializing in Europe, river cruises and romantic travel. Based in southern New Jersey, she spends her time traveling the world, writing about it, and helping others fulfill their travel dreams.