All-Inclusive resorts can conjure images of bad buffets, cheap booze and wild partying within the resort walls. There’s as much variety among all-inclusive resorts as there is among hotels, and it’s up to you to find the right one for you.
“All-inclusive” generally means you pay one price for their rooms, all food and drink (including select alcohol brands) and some other activities. Package prices can vary, depending on the size and location of your room.
For all but the most upscale resorts, premium alcohol brands, motorized water sports, spa treatments and off-site excursions are generally not included.
It’s not always cheap. While packaging may yield significant savings, you can easily spend a bundle depending on your choice of budget versus elegant all-inclusive, which country you visit, the time of year you’re traveling, room size and room location (ocean versus garden view). And off-site excursions and spa treatments add to the tab.