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5 Things you should ask before booking your All Inclusive Resort

All inclusive resorts are great options for people who are looking for a one price vacation. It’s easy to budget. There’s no end of vacation surprise bills. If you ask these questions before you book your all inclusive vacation you can make sure you can relax the rest of the time.

1. Is this an adults only or family resort? Nothing is more stressful than waking up to screaming kids at the pool when all you want to do is sleep in. Make sure you tell your travel advisor that you want an adults only resort or at least the adults only section of the resort. This is especially important if you are traveling during spring break or summer vacation.

2. What is the dress code at dinner? Not only do most upscale resorts require pants, collared shirts and closed toe shoes to dinner but most also require reservations. You don’t want to get down to the resort only to forget your dinner clothes. Women can wear sundresses and sandals.

3. What’s the entertainment schedule? This is important if you are looking for more of a lively resort that doesn’t close down after dinner. Some resorts have dancing, shows and parties and others have theme nights and dinner shows.

4. Which water sports are included? The Caribbean all inclusives have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Most resorts include snorkeling, kayaking and tubing. Others also include scuba diving and sailing.

5. What’s the tipping policy? Not all resorts have tips included in their price. The locals are usually paid very low and depend on tips as a part of their income. Some all inclusives automatically add 10% at check in. Some have a no tipping policy. It’s important to know how you are charged.

6. Are the minibar and room service free? It’s worth asking. You don’t want to be surprised at the end of the trip. Most resorts such as, RIU, Secrets, and Couples, include liquor dispensers, wine bottles and a fully stocked mini fridge. Some resorts it’s only included based on your room category. Room service can also vary from resort to resort and room category to room category.

Make sure you talk to your travel advisor. Let them know what you like and how you travel. Upgrading your room or resort may save you money in the end.

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