Are you getting ready to plan your first trip to the island of Jamaica? If so, you will soon see that all-inclusive resorts and inclusive travel packages come highly rated and recommended. You usually get a better trip, it is easier to make your travel plans, and you should get a better value for your money. All-inclusive travel packages sound great, don’t they?
Since this is your first-time traveling to Jamaica, you may wonder what all-inclusive resorts and travel packages include. What do you get? A lot. Although these resorts and travel packages do vary, there are many common inclusions. They should and are likely to include:
Your Room or Suite
Of course, a stay at an all-inclusive resort includes your overnight accommodations. Luckily, you get more than just a traditional hotel room. All-inclusive resorts are classified as luxury resorts. More money is usually spent on décor and upkeep. Many travelers report feeling like royalty, even when staying in a standard room. However, you can upgrade if you would like. All resorts have luxury suites available for a reasonable fee. It is very easy to upgrade your all-inclusive travel package.
Your Food, Snacks, and Drinks
Most all-inclusive resorts will include the cost of your food and drinks. Great resorts will include your snacks too. The key to getting the most out of this inclusion is to pick your resort wisely. In terms of food, large resorts are best. They should have more onsite restaurants, snack bars, and drinking bars to choose from. A Jamaica hotel or resort with only one onsite restaurant is likely to cost you more money in the long-run. You may get bored with the choices after the second or third day. This boredom may cause you to eat elsewhere, where you must pay for your food. Unfortunately, your travel package already included food, meaning you pay for your dinner twice. Avoid making this mistake.
Tipping is considered standard practice at many vacation resorts and hotels. It is also common practice in the Caribbean. However, some all-inclusive and super-inclusive resorts take care of this for you. Many include tipping in with the cost of your stay. What does this mean? It simplifies the process of planning your trip. It also makes it easier to stay on budget. You shouldn’t have to pay cash for your dinner and since you prepaid for the tip, you can leave your wallet back in your room safe. At some resorts, tipping is optional. In these cases, you should provide a small tip when it appears that an employee went above and beyond to help.
Land Based Activities
The uniqueness of all-inclusive resorts and inclusive travel packages is the activities that are included. To examine these activities, we will start with land based activities. The land based activities available to you depends on the resort in question. What facilities do they have available? A Jamaica resort with an onsite golf course should include the cost of green fees in with your stay. A Jamaica resort with an onsite tennis court and fitness center should let you use these facilities without paying extra. When examining land based inclusions, look for fees. Certain extras, like a massage at the spa, will cost extra.
Water Based Activities
To make use of water based activities, you should opt for a beachfront resort in Jamaica. This opens up a world of opportunities for you. Of course, most resorts have onsite swimming pools. In fact, it is common to find floating or nearby bars. What you want to look for is water based activities in the ocean or along the coastline. It is common for all-inclusive and super-inclusive resorts to include the cost of snorkeling, scuba diving, and windsurfing. If these are listed as inclusions, and not just available activities, all rental fees are waived, as they were actually included in the cost of your stay.
As you can see, a lot is included with a stay at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica or when booking an all-inclusive travel package. So, what are you waiting for? Do you want to get the best value for your money, simplify the process of planning your trip, and have the Caribbean vacation of a lifetime? If so, inclusive is the way to go.