You probably expect that your all-inclusive vacation will keep you fed, entertained, and well hydrated, but you might not realize how truly comprehensive some resorts are.
Park your wallet in your suite’s safe and dive right in to these luxury amenities that you’ve already paid for.
There will always be a well-stocked buffet on site, ensuring you can enjoy favorite comfort foods, you might be surprised to also find plenty of international cuisine, cooking stations, and possibly even al fresco dining with a sweeping ocean view.
You’re likely to have numerous a la carte restaurant options, with some properties offering unlimited reservation-free dining 24/7. Expect to choose between Italian, Moroccan, and Japanese sushi and ceviche restaurants. Steakhouses, poolside grills, dessert bars, and espresso cafes abound.
If you’re a wellness traveler, it’s easy to find properties that cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free diets with locally grown fare, sometimes from their own gardens. El Dorado Royale’s chefs source vegetables from the resort’s 76,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. If it’s all too overwhelming, just nest in-suite and dine from an extensive 24-hour room service menu.
Gorgeous garden or ocean views, terraces, balconies, and high thread counts make every precious moment of sleep all the better. You’ll find walk-in rainfall showers in sleek marble bathrooms, two-person hydromassage tubs, and dual sinks. Your room might even have mood lighting, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, or premium handcrafted hypoallergenic bed specially designed for your resort.
Another fun feature is the swim-up access to the main pool from your room, or private plunge pools on rooftop terraces. Expect the décor to be tasteful, whether it’s all-white minimalism or bright citrus tropical fruit fun. Enjoy your liquor dispenser and constantly stocked mini-bar.
You’re likely to have numerous a la carte restaurant options, with some properties offering unlimited reservation-free dining 24/7.
You may be welcomed to your resort with a bottle of tequila or rum, or at the very least, a champagne toast or frosty margarita.
Mexican resorts often have a specialty lounge that boasts 30 tequilas, or a wine list blessed with the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Expect liberal pouring of top-shelf liquors at many resorts. Thanks to the ever-present swim-up bars, you don’t even have to leave the pool to freshen your drink.
Royalton’s CHIC Punta Cana offers guests the chance to recover form jet lag, or a night of overindulgence, with recreational shots of oxygen at the Detox Oxygen Bar.
It’s not unusual to find a butler waiting to unpack your luggage. Shirts need some pressing? No problem.
You’re guaranteed to numerous pools from infinity edges to handcrafted waterfalls, and resorts take full advantage of their beauty, hosting themed pool parties in the evenings, be they circuses or barbecues. Live entertainment is standard, along with swim-up DJs, casinos, and discotheques.
Typically all of your non-motorized water sports are complimentary: sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing, and windsurfing. Depending on your resort, tennis lessons, volleyball classes, greens fees, and transfers to an off-site golf course may be included. Golf nuts can easily find a resort that boasts an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.
Massive health complexes with state-of-the-art gyms are common, and yoga, Pilates, and other group fitness classes are yours for the taking. Salsa lessons, Spanish lessons, and pizza-making classes are a small sampling of educational opportunities available to guests.
Resorts with an eco-tourism focus may sponsor a volunteer program in a local community, giving guests the chance to contribute to the vacation destination with their time as well as their dollar.
It’s not unusual to find a butler waiting to unpack your luggage. Shirts need some pressing? No problem. In the morning, he’ll fetch your newspaper, and at sundown, he’ll ready the private whirlpool bath out on your balcony.
While many resorts charge separately for spa services, some include one treatment per day. Look for a package that provides you with a luxurious seaweed, chocolate, or water lily body wrap and hot stone massage on daily demand.
Almost every all-inclusive resort that welcomes families has designated areas and supervised activities for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens. Children’s pools, splash pads, and on-site waterparks alongside playgrounds, mini theaters, and even mini-spa services keep the youngsters out of your hair for the day. And often into the night. Teens clubs frequently hold after-dark disco mixers and bonfires so restless offspring can hang with their peers.
While it’s easy to find an adults-only resort suited to every taste, even if your property does welcome children, some feature adults-only programs with private eating and drinking lounges, as well as a designated beach area, for big people only.