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8 Ways to Make the Most Out of an All-inclusive Resort

The first thing many people think of when you say “all-inclusive resort” is food. Or maybe money. But they can be the perfect way for a family or a couple to vacation. Especially if you’re going somewhere you’ve never been or you just want a very relaxing holiday. Unfortunately, if you don’t make the most of the all-inclusive resort, you might leave feeling a little let down. So let’s make the most of it, shall we?? Here are 8 ways to make the most out of an all-inclusive resort.8 ways to get the most out of an all-inclusive resort

1. Try foods you wouldn’t normally eat. That’s right. Get out of your comfort zone here. Chances are, your resort has 3-5+ different restaurants with different types of foods. So try the local cuisine, try everything they have to offer! 

In Jamaica, you'll eat plenty of Jerk Chicken. But make sure you try the other local cuisine as well!

In Jamaica, you’ll eat plenty of Jerk Chicken. But make sure you try the other local cuisine as well!

2. Have a few daytime drinks. Leave the alcohol out, if you prefer, but relax and enjoy those icy drinks they’re serving. Ask them about the local specialties.

When in Jamaica, sip a Bob Marley poolside.

When in Jamaica, sip a Bob Marley poolside.

3. Visit the spa. No, the spa won’t be included in the price, but you’re on vacation! Get a facial or a massage!

This hot tub was at the beachside spa at Hyatt Zilara in Jamaica.

This hot tub was at the beachside spa at Hyatt Zilara in Jamaica.

4. Leave the resort. Your resort will have a desk that gives you tons of excursion options. Choose one of the touristy ones, or ask if there’s a way to get a “local tour” to find out more about how the locals live. When I was just in Jamaica we hired a driver to drive us around and give us a little mini tour. We got to see parts of the city that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Shop at a local handcraft market. Interact with the local artisans and get to know a little of the culture!

Shop at a local handcraft market. Interact with the local artisans and get to know a little of the culture!

5. Spend time by the pool without your devices. I know, I know. It’s hard to just BE STILL anymore. But you’ll be so glad you took a break and listened to the sounds of the water, the birds and the thumping music by the pool.

Spend plenty of time poolside at your all-inclusive resort. This pool at Hyatt Ziva was awesome.

Spend plenty of time poolside at your all-inclusive resort. This pool at Hyatt Ziva was awesome.

6. Get up before the sunrise. If there’s anything magical about a holiday, it’s enjoying a perfectly peaceful morning, watching the sun rise. Grab your coffee, a journal and a friend, or just go alone and enjoy yourself. 

Watch the sunrise while you're on vacation at least once!

Watch the sunrise while you’re on vacation at least once!

7. Enjoy the activities and nightly entertainment. You’ll see shows of all types at all-inclusive resorts. While I was in Jamaica I saw an interesting Michael Jackson show (lots of Michael Jacksons!), a water and fire show, a fashion show, lots of bands and even one cute little dance show put on by some pretty young kids. It may not be broadway quality but have fun anyway! 

Many all-inclusive resorts have fun activities at night. Take advantage of those! This table was set up under a mosquito net for a private beach dinner.

Many all-inclusive resorts have fun activities at night. Take advantage of those!

8. Join in on the poolside fun. You only live once. Dance in your swimsuit, compete in the volleyball game. Join in on the trivia. Just have fun!

All-inclusive resorts have lots of poolside entertainment and activities. Join in! Here, three dancers are teaching the guests to dance like a local!

All-inclusive resorts have lots of poolside entertainment and activities. Join in! Here, three dancers are teaching the guests to dance like a local!

It really doesn’t take much to have fun at one of these resorts. Just enjoy yourself! What’s your favorite thing about an all-inclusive resort?8 Ways to Make the Most of an All-Inclusive Resort

Comments

  1. says

    We’ve been to a couple of all inclusive resorts and had loads of fun. You are so right, experience as much as you can! I don’t drink, but I love to try the fruity drinks.

  2. says

    I’ve never been to an all inclusive resort, and yes food is the first thing I think of! These are some great tips. It can be difficult to unplug, but it is always so worth it.

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