Planning vacation? Consider an all inclusive resort – — 4 tips to help you choose.

by Karen on April 18, 2013

Everyone knows about the great all-inclusive vacations in the Carribbean, but have you ever considered those – other than Disney – in North America?  In my last post I wrote about scenic rail vacations, some of which are all-inclusive, and now I’m looking into other all-inclusive resorts in the US.

I’m thinking of vacations like that depicted in Dirty Dancing – a place in the mountains,away from the fast-paced world in which we live,  where there are activities for the entire family – but with activities geared to today.

                                Tyler Place Family Resort, VT

Or a place where you can be immersed in nature….

The Lodge at Little St. Simon’s Island


Or perhaps a ranch or a spa or a classic old hotel…

The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI


I’ve linked two articles to help you get started thinking about an all-inclusive vacation.  The 10 best all-inclusive family resorts and Travel + Leisure’s best all-inclusive resorts.

My idea of a great vacation is one where the participants have a great time, be they traveling companions or my children.  A great all-inclusive resort is one where I don’t have to think or plan anything – just be in time to eat and for the activities in which we choose to participate.  With that in mind I have the following tips as you plan such a vacation.

  • Setting : ocean or lake beach, mountains, desert, plains
  • emphasis of activities : horse-riding, water sports, mountain activities, traditional resort activities (croquet, badminton, craft classes)
  • Resort definition of all-inclusive:
    • Some, like the Grand Hotel are not truly all-inclusive, but do include breakfast and dinner
    • Some include every meal, every activity, but perhaps not alcoholic beverages.
    • Some include a limited number of activities, you get amenity $$ to spend as you wish
    • Check for variations
  • Age-appropriate activities and settings.  Some resorts have adults-only dinner with separate, supervised dinners for children.

There are as many variations as there are resorts, with some research, you may well find the best vacation you’ve ever had!

Along with the links featured above, I’ve also included a link from Resorts and Lodges — a  clearing-house for all-inclusive resorts where you can find more possibilities and make reservations.  You can also Find hotel deals at Expedia!  To search for all-inclusive resorts, click on Show Additional Options at the bottom of the search menu, open the drop-down menu for Accomodation Type and click on all-inclusive resorts.

If you visit any of these resorts, I’d really like to hear back from you regarding your experience.

Enjoy your vacation!

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