Merely a gleam in a
Frenchman's eye twenty years ago, all-inclusive resorts, as
pioneered by Club Med, have become a popular family travel
option. A recent survey reveals that 52% of American travelers
are interested in all-inclusive offers. Why? It's the
cruise-ship concept on land, allowing the traveler to relax and
not worry about the details. The security of knowing that one
price covers everything, with none of those nasty surprises that
can blast a hole in any family's travel budget. All meals,
entertainment, activities and sports, as well as airfare and
accommodations, are generally included in one price.
One benefit of the
all-inclusive resort is that the single up-front price covers
unlimited activities. You and the kids don't have to limit your
adventures due to budget restrictions, a fact that automatically
reduces vacation stress and whining! Bobby doesn't have to
choose between a windsurfing lesson or a jet ski rental, and
Marie can go horseback riding and scuba diving. Mom and Dad are
free to do nothing but lounge by the pool, if that's your
preference! At an all-inclusive resort, everybody can do it all.
For most families, one week is about the perfect length of stay.
On the down side of
all-inclusives, some folks get a bit weary of dining in the same
restaurant night after night, though most resorts are
imaginative with theme nights and special meals to vary the
fare. When packing for an all-inclusive stay, it pays to know
what theme nights are planned so you can pack your jeans for
Western Night! Since rooms may be smaller than standard hotel
rooms, you'll want to pack on the light side. And remember that
you don't need to haul a lot of gear--it's all provided.
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