Why Couples Rave About All-Inclusive Resorts
Gone are the days when the word “all-inclusive” made everyone think of low-budget travel, tasteless buffets and bargain booze. Today’s all-inclusive resorts have revamped their packages to offer sophisticated travelers high-end experiences that focus more on quality and flexibility and less on pricing. These programs often cover à la carte gourmet dining, premium brand drinks and a wide range of activities and entertainment, in addition to your accommodations. With destination weddings on the rise, many all-inclusive resorts even provide free nuptials with a certain number of days or rooms booked. Some sweeten the deal with special gifts, a complimentary honeymoon or free nights when couples return for their anniversary.
Another bonus for wedding couples: most all-inclusives employ at least one full-time bridal consultant—a dream maker and problem solver who knows the property inside and out—so that you stress and, likely, spend less on your big day. Speaking of spending, with an all-inclusive stay, you know upfront what the whole trip will cost, as do your guests. With no tipping or nickel and diming to fret over, you can all concentrate on each other. And you’ll have plenty of incentive to do so since most all-inclusives encourage guest interaction by offering a variety of free group activities.
So, which all-inclusives bring you the most bang for your buck? AM Resorts, creator of the Dreams, Secrets, Zoëtry, Now and Sunscape brands in the Caribbean and Mexico, gives couples the choice of two distinct lodging experiences, “Unlimited Luxury” and “Endless Privileges.” Some of its resorts cater to families and some are reserved for adults. Sandos Hotels & Resorts sticks to its motto of “all-inclusive done right,” perhaps most apparent in the newly opened Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort, while Sandals Hotels & Resorts promises a couples-only, luxury Caribbean holiday where “love is all you need, because everything is included.” A few other resorts whose all-inclusive packages stand out are Jamaica’s Couples San Souci, Turtle Island Resort in Fiji and Meliá Cozumel All Inclusive Golf & Beach Resort, Mexico.