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All-Inclusive Resorts Making A Comeback

    March 26, 2014
    Lacy Langley
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All-inclusive resorts are making a big comeback from the days of simple accommodations, mediocre food, and long buffet lines. Today’s all-inclusive can be anything from an adult-only spa themed resort to a family-centered playland with waterparks and babysitters. And luxury is not hard to find.

Back in the 1950s, when all-inclusives had their start with Club Med, the focus of the industry was on singles, young couples and honeymooners on a shoestring. But now, that is not so at all.

“Historically, there has been a stigma attached to this industry — that it is limited to middle-market consumers,” says Scott D. Berman, a principal at PwC and leader of the firm’s U.S. hospitality and leisure practice.

Now, Berman and other experts can agree that the face of the all-inclusive vacation has changed for the infinitely better.

The rebounding all-inclusive concept is therefore quickly growing in popularity, according to Forbes. Studies show that the percentage of travelers flocking to all-inclusives has risen from 8% to 14% in just the last three years, and is reportedly the fastest growing segment of the travel industry.

Why the sudden reappearance on the radar? Well, some feel it is due to the economic downturn in our recent history. Now more than ever people just want to know up front what their trip is going to cost and want to avoid surprises. People also like the feeling of not having to carry a wallet or purse everywhere. It takes some of the care out of the way so that you can truly relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Do you really save money going with an all-inclusive? That depends on the circumstances. No one has ever formerly done studies on the difference in cost involved, “But guests paying for inclusive packaging have the perception that they are spending less [at an all-inclusive],” says Berman. “There is a psychological comfort in knowing they aren’t going to get a bill with pages of itemized resort charges.”

Although you may not save all that much, knowing everything up front can go a long way to helping you relax and enjoy your very precious days of leisure.

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  • steve turner

    I took my first all inclusive in 2007 to cancun. we loved it. For 50cents you can caught the bus to take you anyway. Some of the excursions are expensive and usually an all day trip.. The liquor is watered down badly. Restuarants are ok. Get in the specialty one, usually have to make a reservation, but its worth it. Breakfast buffet is usually the best. The trips are getting more expensive , that comes from air fares.. In 2007 I paid 1500.00 for 2 people for a week, the same trip at the same hotel booked thru the same people is now 2300.00.
    Check with different travel companies, Try Apple vacations, but you can find deals on the computer.. don’t book on line always call first. the travel people often have specials that are not on line.
    have a good time, I am going back in Oct. 2014 just came back from Jamaica..
    Do your homework it pays off

  • Name

    Spending less at an all inclusive? Not me.
    I’ve been vacationing with my family in Cancun every summer for years. Recently our resort began offering an optional all inclusive package. It is roughly $100 per person per day on top of the room costs. According to resort mgmt, this is competitive with other all-inclusives.
    The math is easy for my family of 6. We typically spend about $1,000 for the WEEK on food and drinks. And we’re not denying ourselves. However, we don’t over indulge either.
    IMO the all-inclusives simply encourage people to eat and drink everything in sight so they can feel like they are “getting a deal”.
    No, thank you. I’ve ruined enough vacation days by eating and drinking myself into a stupor (then blaming it on the bad water!).

  • Capt Ank

    My wife and I have vacationed in Jamaica four times in the last ten years at the Couples Tower Isle all inclusive resort. It has always been a magnificent venture with the additional offerings provided. The food is wonderful and the accommodations are very comfortable. I agree that it is best to spend the money upfront and then just lay back and relax enjoying the vacation.

  • Awtrey

    AI encourages patrons to benave badly. Many will drink excessively and alter their behavior accordingly, becoming obnoxious guests. I’ve watched guests at the pool bar maintaining their spot, pounding down booze for hours exhibiing enourmous bladder capacity. Many will eat dinner from the top of the menu and end up leaving half on their plates. AI discourages patrons from leaving the resort and venuring inot the local restaurants “outside the walls” and experiencing the good things in the culture they are pupotted to be visiting.

  • Awtrey

    AI encourages patrons to benave badly. Many will drink excessively and alter their behavior accordingly, becoming obnoxious guests. I’ve watched guests at the pool bar maintaining their spot, pounding down booze for hours exhibiing enourmous bladder capacity. Many will eat dinner from the top of the menu and end up leaving half on their plates. AI discourages patrons from leaving the resort and venturing into the local restaurants “outside the walls” and experiencing the other good things in the culture they are supposed to be visiting

  • NolaTexan88

    where would you reccomend to stay in punta cana. We are planning a girls trip and we rang in out early to mid 20’s. do you have any options? It does not have to be party related environment but a club onsite would not hurt. Oh and we definitely enjoy good food.

    • bill gus

      ive been to 5 different resorts there, Ilove the palladium ,ben there 15 times it’s big with lots to do ,the beach is perfect the cho cho train drives you all around the resort,so you don’t have to walk.if you go do not forget to take a trip to the mountains,it what I look forward to the most,very beautiful country.

    • dc

      punta cana is the worst dump ever! stay away! brown-outs weekly, terrible food, dangerous conditions..you have been warned.

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  • Donald Corky Leffler

    All inclusive resorts or How to kill the local economy