What “exactly” does All-Inclusive mean?
All-inclusive packages are what some of the larger resorts in Cancun offer, where you will pay ONE fee that covers your entire stay. In other words, your room, your meals, your drinks, and all of the hotel amenities are usually included in one flat fee. (Exceptions to that are VIP sections, pools, restaurants at some resorts. More info below.)Why has this concept gotten so popular? Well, it can be very appealing that all the details are taken care of for you and you have very little to worry about! Booking an all-inclusive is a great way to totally unwind if you live a hectic, fast-paced lifestyle.
The following is what is generally included in the All-Inclusive plan:
All-you-can-eat at the buffet(s) [breakfast, lunch, dinner]
All-you-can-eat at any and all snack-bars
Meals at the specialty restaurants
All beverages* at the buffets, hotel bars and entertainment facilities
Free use of snorkel gear
Free use of kayaks, boogie boards, etc.
Free use of training gym
Free use of beach chairs
Access to children’s clubs
Scuba diving introductory lesson
*pop, juice, milk, slushies, water, beer, mixed drinks, coffee, espresso, tea, wine
**dance lessons, Spanish lessons, volleyball, soccer, bingo, games
The following is not generally included in the All-Inclusive plan and has an additional cost:
*Kids Clubs are free while they are open.
Most hotels have more than one restaurant for you to dine in as part of your package; however some hotels also have a “special” restaurant which costs extra if you wish to eat there.
Most specialty restaurants also sell expensive wines if you are not satisfied with the house brands. You can also take your own bottle in with you if you desire.
There are usually different levels of guest packages (example: silver, gold, platinum). Depending on what level you pay for, that will determine the quality of alcohol you are served.