Despite that modern technology was intended to make life easier and allow for more leisure time, in many ways life these days has become infinitely more stressful. Daily demands of family – often with both parents in the workforce, home maintenance, issues at work, and even social expectations all leave the average person longing to take a break. Thankfully, vacations can provide much-needed time out from the daily grind of your regular schedule.
Planning and saving for a vacation can be the tricky part as the two don’t always go hand in hand. But if you are lucky enough to have the time and money in sync, the big question then becomes “where to go”. If plenty of rest and relaxation is the goal, then there’s really only one clear choice as to what kind of getaway you need… an ALL INCLUSIVE holiday.
An all-inclusive experience gives you time to sleep in, swim, go for a walk, or just curl up on a lounge chair and people watch, leaving your cares behind. With so very many resorts catering to the all-inclusive holiday, it’s the ideal solution for families, couples, a girl’s or guy’s getaway and also provides the perfect combination for weddings and honeymoons, popularly referred to as ‘weddingmoons’.
Here are some of Been Here Done That’s reasons for choosing an All Inclusive Holiday:
Value – All-inclusive resorts tend to be less expensive than independent travel, and with so many promotions and last minute deals being offered through travel agents and online outlets, you can grab a week’s vacation without breaking the bank.
Convenience – You don’t have to separately plan and budget for flight, hotel, meals, entertainment, and activities because it’s all wrapped up in one neat little bow and paid up front so you don’t have to worry about it after you arrive. Keep your wallet in your hotel safe and simply ENJOY!
Resort Options – All inclusive destinations come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. While some are touted as family friendly, there are others that are adult-only for travelers truly looking to get away from it all. This is an option that regular hotels simply cannot offer. And while some resorts are geared toward guests that are in need of keeping costs down, others provide pure luxury and indulgence that is reflected in the price. And then there are those that lie somewhere in between. The options for your all-inclusive vacation are wide-ranging so chances are excellent that you’ll find one that matches your needs and budget.
Mealtime Options – Since all inclusive destinations frequently include more than one on-site restaurant, one of which is almost always a buffet that includes a few kid-friendly foods, there’s something to keep everyone in your party happy at mealtime without having to go off-property. Dinner time at home is often a topic of contention since it is difficult to please several people at once. The options available at an all-inclusive quickly solve that problem, leaving you free to enjoy your meal.
Exercise – If life is so rushed and stressful at home that you don’t have time to exercise – or, even if you do – all inclusive resorts are famous for including fully equipped on-site gyms, and usually a myriad of watersports that will get you up and moving if you are so inclined. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing are among the most popular water sports offered, And, of course, there is swimming, either in the hotel pool or in the ocean, as well as walks along the beach or around the resort.
Water Remedy – Speaking of water, research has shown that the human brain is geared to relax whenever it is close to water. The color, the sound, and the fluid motion all come together to create a sense of serenity. This explains why housing developments are more in demand when they include water views, why cottages are built on or near lakes, and why the most popular tourist spots are on a waterfront. All-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Hawaiian and Polynesian Islands fully understand that water equals tranquility, and therefore offer the most beautiful poolscapes imaginable along with memorable ocean views. Nothing will soothe you faster.
Sun Remedy – For people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (often referred to as SAD), during the winter months due to fewer daylight hours and a lack of natural Vitamin D, a week on a sunny beach is just what the doctor ordered. Even if you don’t relate to SAD, a warm and relaxing getaway in the sun is a nice pick-me-up that helps the winter months to pass by just a little bit faster. But it doesn’t have to be fall or winter to enjoy an all-inclusive holiday. They’re fun and relaxing any time of year, great for spring break or a summer refresher.
Golf – As is the case of being near water, golf courses are also known to offer a calming setting and relaxing experience. All-inclusive resorts know this, which is why so many of them have golf courses on site or are located very close to one or more, with the ability to arrange tee times for their guests. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love to play with palm trees swaying and the sound of waves crashing in the background. The tranquility might even improve your game.
More to Enjoy – All-inclusive resorts are about much more than just sun and sand – they offer a chance to savor new and different foods via local dishes and often feature special evenings to add fun to the dining experience, such as Caribbean Night, Polynesian night, etc. Many include on-site spas, discos, and entertainment such as live bands and comedians. Some even include a casino. There are also interactive experiences like dance and fitness classes, learning to snorkel in the pool, treasure hunts, and kids clubs to keep the little ones fully engaged and happy.
Extras – All-inclusive destinations recognize that, despite as much as they have to offer, guests frequently find their batteries recharged after a few days and are ready to do even more. That’s why so many resorts offer concierge services that are at your disposal to plan and book activities offered nearby. Depending on the destination you have chosen for your all-inclusive experience, these activities can include eco-adventures, horseback riding, jet ski rentals, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, fishing expeditions, exploration of ruins and/or landmarks, and interactive animal and marine life experiences such as swimming with dolphins or whale sharks. Although these activities are usually off resort property so they are at a cost over and above the all-inclusive experience, your resort concierge can often offer discounts that will help you to save money.
These are our ten reasons, but perhaps you have a few more. If so, feel free to share them with us, either by posting a comment, or sending us an email at email@example.com