All-inclusive resorts aren’t necessarily expensive when you add in everything that you receive for the prepaid rate. The question is how much value are you getting for your money.
Take a hotel room for 2 people in a city where you may vacation in the U.S. , say Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Denver. Any of these would cost you minimum of $150 per night plus tax and probably much more.
So take the $150 plus tax and you have roughly $175 per night. Now add on all of the food, room service, alcohol, beer, wine, bottled water or anything else that you would have in a day while on vacation. That could easily be $60 to $150 per person per day. So we will take the low end of $60 per person.
Now add on a beach, lounge chairs, tropical weather, sunshine, music, activities, friends, family – can you picture it? Okay, that is worth something, correct?
And don’t forget to add on a premium for the time of year. Getting out of winter is going to come at a higher price.
So now we have the room at $175 per night, food at $120 minimum per day for two people, and ambiance which is pretty much priceless. The total for 2 people at the low end would be $295 per night. If you are spending roughly $150 to $200 per person on an average resort for all-inclusive that seems really fair. If you are at a luxury resort such as Hard Rock, Palace or an adults only resort, you really need to add to the budget. Hard Rock and Palace offer a very large resort credit that you can use for spa, golf, excursions, etc. and that really adds to the value.
Instead of looking at an all-inclusive as expensive, look at the value you are receiving and compare to what you would spend in the U.S. on a similar vacation. Many of my destination wedding groups have never traveled to an all-inclusive but when they return they are ready to plan their next vacation! It’s easy, it’s relaxing, it’s a great value.
Please email me with questions – Cherie@IslandVows.net