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5 Things to Take Advantage of at All-Inclusive Resorts

When you book an all-inclusive resort, you want to be impressed. You want delicious food, bottomless drinks, endless sands, and exciting activities. But despite their all-encompassing title, all-inclusive resorts vary in the types of inclusions. In order to make the most of your stay, we’ve made a list of the five amenities select all-inclusive resorts offer that you need to take advantage of. After all, they’re all included.

Seafood All Day, Every Day

One of the great advantages of an all-inclusive vacation is the unlimited meals and nearly endless options of gourmet cuisine. Whether you’re looking to fill up at the buffet or crave international delicacies from one of the á la carte restaurants, chances are your resort can satisfy your hunger.

But you’ll definitely want to fill up on the fresh seafood; you are, of course, situated right along the coast. Where a lobster dinner might cost you upwards of $20 at home, meals starring this delicious creature are already included in the price of your stay at many resorts. At select properties with The Excellence Collection in Mexico and the Caribbean, you’ll find The Lobster House, an entire restaurant dedicated to your indulgence of delicious seafood specialties.

Unique Water Sports

At most all-inclusive resorts, the essential water sports are included, such as kayaks, snorkeling, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailboats, and Hobie Cats®. But at select all-inclusive resorts, you can enjoy even more, such as an introductory scuba diving lesson, water aerobics, WaveRunners®, and Jet Skis®.

At Hyatt Ziva and Zilara properties, you’ll enjoy an exciting game of water volleyball or water polo in the pool, and at Sandals Resorts, you can participate in an introductory PADI Resort Certification scuba program. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the water parks! Talk to your travel agent to find out which park in paradise your little ones will enjoy the most.

Butler Service

You want a carefree vacation, and at select all-inclusive resorts, you’ll also receive the attentive service of a butler. This means you’ll enjoy a wide range of inclusions, such as private check-in, unpacking services, pool and beach services, restaurant reservations, and other conveniences. Sometimes, this is a resort-wide service or only available in certain categories, and your travel agent can help you select the all-inclusive getaway with the perfect level of pampering service for you.

Cultural Activities 

You go to the Caribbean and Mexico to experience the culture of these destinations, and though many all-inclusive resorts offer authentic cuisine from the local culture, they also impress with activities inspired by their location.

At Moon Palace Cancun, see a Mayan show and fire dancers, and at Hotel Xcaret along the Riviera Maya you’ll get to indulge in All-Fun Inclusive® amenities, an innovative approach to the all-inclusive. This is a true tribute to Mexico, featuring eco-adventures with full access to the Xcaret parks to immerse you into the stunning natural beauty and to showcase ancient ruins – transportation included. At the parks, enjoy wild adventures, cultural shows, and relaxation amidst the natural landscape.

Resort Credits

While most activities are included at all-inclusive resorts, such extras like spa treatments and golf, and certain gourmet offerings, have a surcharge. Here is where your resort credits come into play. These are coupons you can use toward these enhanced activities, and they are generally offered as part of your vacation package deal. Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts even feature Limitless Resort Credits with certain promotions. Plus, enjoy exclusive perks and special amenities like resort credits at no additional cost with My Time, available only at your travel agent with a GOGO Vacations package.