Are All-Inclusive Vacations Worth It?

Many people wonder if all-inclusive holidays are really worth the money. The answer is that it depends. You want to do some research to know what things cost in order to decide if you want to go all-inclusive, or “a la carte”. You will also want to watch out for any hidden fees.

It is most important to note that all-inclusive holidays vary substantially depending on the type of holiday, time of year, and destination you are traveling to.

Air, Hotel and Car Rental Combinations

Booking all three in just a few clicks can seem convenient, but there can be all sorts of surcharges including airport fees, car insurance, gas surcharges and more. So, as a result, the price you see on your computer screen isn’t necessarily the price you’ll pay. A travel advisor will make sure that everything is included in the final price you pay for your dream vacation.

Research your holiday both separately and together. check out the different types of accommodations available. You may decide you’d do better with cheap airfare and an Airbnb rental. Weigh the difference between car rental and public transportation. If your destination offers good public transit, you likely won’t need the car. On the other hand, if you’re going to a remote area, get the car.

Some hotels offer breakfast each morning, and others offer free happy hour and early dinners. So be sure to check that out as well.


Club Med paved the way for resort vacations, but all-inclusive doesn’t have the same meaning as it used to. For example, a surcharge could apply to get international brand drinks rather than locally produced drinks. Extras like spa treatments can be very spendy. Therefore, it’s important to read the fine print to find out what extras you’ll have to pay for.

If your resort is very remote, check for transport to and from the airport, and what tours and excursions are included in the price. If they’re not included are the prices acceptable or are there other options?

Check out the food. The buffet may sound great for the first day or two, but, it might start to get dull. There may be other restaurants on the property, but you might have to pay for the privacy of a more cozy setting than a huge dining hall.

Check out the equipment and activities and facilities for the children. Make sure there is lots to do and watch out for hidden fees like childminding fees, lesson fees, and equipment rental.

Research the activities, equipment and facilities for the kids at the resort. You’ll want to make sure there are plenty of activities, and look out for hidden fees like babysitting fees, lesson fees, and equipment rental.


Cruises, for the most part, should be all-inclusive, but watch out for port fees and taxes, service/gratuity fees at bars and restaurants, excursion fees and equipment rental fees.

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