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How do I know if a hotel is all-inclusive? 

Funjet Vacations notes if a hotel is all-inclusive next to the hotel name. If a hotel is listed as “European Plan” or is not listed as “All-Inclusive”, this means that the hotel price only includes the room rate and does not traditionally include additional services and amenities such as meals, drinks or tips.  Hotels listed as “All-Inclusive Optional” means that you have the option of purchasing either an All-Inclusive or European meal plan as part of your vacation.

What is typically included in an all-inclusive resort/vacation? 

Although the definition of all-inclusive can vary from resort to resort, standard inclusions would be all of your meals, beverages, taxes, tips, room service, shows and entertainment and on-site activities such as non-motorized water sports. Items in your room such as bottled water, snacks, toiletries and mini-bar, items are almost always included at no additional charge. Check with your hotel for a full list of amenities and services as part of their all-inclusive plan. 

What types of amenities or services typically aren’t included with an all-inclusive hotel? 

 Included services and amenities will vary by hotel, but typically spa treatments, outside telephone calls, casinos/gambling, special occasion packages, babysitting services, and destination excursions are some exceptions that typically are not included in the all-inclusive vacation price. Unless you purchase a service or amenity at your hotel that is not part of the all-inclusive plan, you will not have to worry about any additional or hidden fees after paying for your initial reservation.

What activities are available as part of an all-inclusive plan? 

All-inclusive resorts are experienced at making sure you have enough options to be as active as possible. In addition to the non-motorized water sports that are usually offered (snorkeling, scuba lessons,  kayaks, etc.), many all-inclusive resorts also offer a variety of free daily activities such as tennis, exercise facilities, kids’ clubs and playgrounds, pool activities and more. Numerous all-inclusive resorts offer nightlife options from on-site discotheques to live shows and music that guests can enjoy free of charge.

What are the dining options available at an all-inclusive resort? 

Dining options at an all-inclusive resort are typically abundant and offer an array of cuisine ranging from local specialties to international gourmet dining options. Most all-inclusive resorts also offer at least one a-la-carte restaurant in addition to buffet options with frequently changing menu options and even theme nights. Depending on the resort, reservations may be required at some a-la-carte restaurants, so check with your travel agent or hotel for information on reservation requirements or options for special dietary needs you may have while on vacation.

How much cash should I carry? 

Leave your wallet in your room! Cash is not needed for meals, beverages & gratuities as these are included in the cost of an all-inclusive vacation. It is recommended to bring credit cards and a sufficient amount of cash for additional expenses such as spa treatments, telephone and internet services, special occasion packages or services, babysitting services, shopping, and destination excursions. Travel safety tip – bring multiple forms of payment (credit card vs. cash) and keep in more than one place! Most all-inclusive hotels also offer complimentary in-room safes where you can store your valuables.

Can I book an all-inclusive vacation last minute? 

Booking an all-inclusive vacation last minute has great benefits! Not only is this a fantastic way to find last minute reduced rates, but the planning is quick and easy as most details are included in one, upfront price.

Are all-inclusive resorts ideal for families? 

All-inclusive resorts can be the perfect option for the whole family since their broad range of activities and amenities have something for everyone. From kids’ clubs and playgrounds, kids’ activities, video games,  teen discos and even water parks to adults-only designated pools, nightly entertainment, and spa facilities most resorts are extremely diverse so you can do your own thing together or apart at the hotel. While some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, there are many great hotel chains that are family-focused


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