While traveling I tend to look into spending as little as possible for a decent place to stay. I do so by mixing up stays at hostels, local hotels, using Airbnb and using hotel points.
Generally speaking, all-inclusive’s are really not my thing. My thoughts on the topic are that if you’re spending a lot of money to stay at an all-inclusive, you’re less likely to leave the resort to experience the food and activities in the area.
I feel that if you’re paying for the amenities, you might as well take advantage of them…
Now of course all-inclusives might make sense at some destinations but it usually isn’t a factor where Kim, Lucas and I tend to travel.
Through all of my travels I can only think of a couple of times that I’ve ever stayed at an all-inclusive.
Years back, before really doing much travel, a couple of friends and I wanted to go to Club Med (the destination was secondary for us). After looking into Turks & Caicos, we settled on Cancun due to better flight times and prices. While there, we didn’t venture out of the resort for any meals or activities. If this was today (or in the last 15 years, I would’ve definitely looked into taking a day trip to Chichen Itza which is a couple of hours away).
My other all-inclusive experience was last year. Our trip to the Dominican Republic was only booked due to a super cheap Cyber Monday deal. While the resort was best described as OK (decent looking property, crappy food unless you went to one of the average restaurants), we still had a really good time. This was only due to the fact that Lucas had such a fun time playing in the pool for the first time more or less. Our experience had much less to do with the resort. Again I didn’t leave the property. This was due to two factors- not much to really see or do in Puerto Plata and the high costs to hire a taxi to do so.
After thinking about my thoughts towards all-inclusives, I feel that a similar case could be made as to why I do not like cruises. Oh and the fact that I happen to get really bad sea-sickness!
How do you feel about all-inclusive resorts? Do you feel that they lessen your desire to want to get out and see the area or do they make sense for most of the locations they are found in?