Your All-Inclusive Vacation Questions Answered

The following questions and answers regarding All-Inclusive Vacations are compliments of our tour operator partner Funjet Vacations.  With so many All-Inclusive resort options out there in Mexico and the Caribbean, our travel agents will work with you to create a custom package that meets your travel expectations and interests.

How do I know if a hotel is all-inclusive?
Fox World Travel and Funjet Vacations notes if a hotel is all-inclusive next to the hotel name. If a hotel is listed as “European Plan” or is not listed as “All-Inclusive”, this means that the hotel price only includes the room rate and does not traditionally include additional services and amenities such as meals, drinks or tips.  Hotels listed as “All-Inclusive Optional” mean that you have the option of purchasing either an All-Inclusive or European meal plan as part of your vacation.

Where are All-Inclusive Resorts and Hotels?
Typically you’ll only find All-Inclusive resorts and hotels in popular vacation hot spots, such as Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.  The most popular regions for All-Inclusive Resorts are: Riviera Maya, Mexico; Cancun, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Los Cabos, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Punta Cana, DR, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Negril, Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Rica; Panama, and various other islands in the Caribbean and cities in Mexico.  You will not find an All-Inclusive resort that includes alcoholic beverages and all meals in the U.S.  You will find some that are “inclusive” though and might include a meal plan.

What is typically included in an all-inclusive resort/vacation?
Although the definition of all-inclusive can vary from resort to resort, standard inclusions would be all of your meals, beverages, taxes, tips, room service, shows and entertainment and on-site activities such as non-motorized water sports. Items in your room such as bottled water, snacks, toiletries and mini-bar, items are almost always included at no additional charge. Check with your hotel for a full list of amenities and services as part of their all-inclusive plan.
What types of amenities or services typically aren’t included with an all-inclusive hotel?
Included services and amenities will vary by hotel, but typically spa treatments, outside telephone calls, casinos/gambling, special occasion packages, babysitting services and destination excursions are some exceptions that typically are not included in the all-inclusive vacation price. Unless you purchase a service or amenity at your hotel that is not part of the all-inclusive plan, you will not have to worry about any additional or hidden fees after paying for your initial reservation.
What activities are available as part of an all-inclusive plan?
All-inclusive resorts are experienced at making sure you have enough options to be as active as possible. In addition to the non-motorized water sports that are usually offered (snorkeling, scuba lessons,  kayaks, etc.), many all-inclusive resorts also offer a variety of free daily activities such as tennis, exercise facilities, kids’ clubs and playgrounds, pool activities and more. Numerous all-inclusive resorts offer nightlife options from on-site discotheques to live shows and music that guests can enjoy free of charge.
What dining options are available at an all-inclusive resort?
Dining options at an all-inclusive resort are typically abundant and offer an array of cuisine ranging from local specialties to international gourmet dining options. Most all-inclusive resorts also offer at least one a-la-carte restaurant in addition to buffet options with frequently changing menu options and even theme nights. Depending on the resort, reservations may be required at some a-la-carte restaurants, so check with your travel agent or hotel for information on reservation requirements or options for special dietary needs you may have while on vacation.
How much cash should I carry?
Leave your wallet in your room! Cash is not needed for meals, beverages & gratuities as these are included in the cost of an all-inclusive vacation. It is recommended to bring credit cards and a sufficient amount of cash for additional expenses such as spa treatments, telephone and internet services, special occasion packages or services, babysitting services, shopping, and destination excursions. Travel safety tip – bring multiple forms of payment (credit card vs. cash) and keep in more than one place! Most all-inclusive hotels also offer complimentary in-room safes where you can store your valuables.
Can I book an all-inclusive vacation last minute?
Booking an all-inclusive vacation last minute has great benefits! Not only is this a fantastic way to find last minute reduced rates, but the planning is quick and easy as most details are included in one, upfront price.
Are all-inclusive resorts ideal for families?
All-inclusive resorts can be the perfect option for the whole family since their broad range of activities and amenities have something for everyone. From kids’ clubs and playgrounds, kids’ activities, video games,  teen discos and even water parks to adults-only designated pools, nightly entertainment and spa facilities — most resorts are extremely diverse so you can do your own thing together or apart at the hotel. While some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, there are many great hotel chains that are family-focused.
Can I plan my wedding and/or honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort?
Most all-inclusive resorts offer fabulous wedding or honeymoon packages. Check with your hotel for information on wedding packages and services offered in addition to free inclusions for honeymooners.
What are the major all-inclusive hotel chains and where are they located?
  • Barceló Hotels & Resorts
    • Over 100 total properties
    • Destinations worldwide
    • Funjet Vacations offers select Barceló Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Beaches
    • 4 total properties
    • Jamaica, Turks & Caicos
    • Part of Sandals family
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Beaches properties!
  • Couples Resorts
    • 4 total properties
    • Jamaica
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Couples Resorts properties!
  • Excellence Group Luxury Resorts
    • 3 total properties
    • Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Excellence Group Luxury Resorts properties!
  • Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts
    • 2 total properties
    • Jamaica, Antigua
    • Part of Sandals family
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts properties!
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
    • Over 100 total properties
    • Destinations worldwide
    • Funjet Vacations offers select Iberostar Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Karisma Hotels & Resorts
    • 8 total properties
    • Riviera Maya
    • Brand family includes: AZUL, El Dorado
    • Funjet Vacations offers most Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Oasis Hotels & Resorts
    • Over 30 total properties
    • Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, Canary Islands, St. Vincent & Grenadines
    • Funjet Vacations offers select Oasis Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Occidental Hotels & Resorts
    • 19 total properties
    • Aruba, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya, Spain, Canary Islands
    • Brand family includes: Allegro, Occidental Grand, Royal Hideaway, Occidental Hotels
    • Funjet Vacations offers most Occidental Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Palace Resorts
    • 12 total properties
    • Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, Dominican Republic
    • Funjet Vacations offers most Palace Resorts properties!
  • Real Resorts
    • 5 total properties
    • Cancun, Riviera Maya
    • Brand family includes: THE ROYAL, Gran, Real
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Real Resorts properties!
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts
    • Over 100 total properties
    • Destinations worldwide
    • Funjet Vacations offers select Riu Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • Royal Plantation Collection
    • 3 total properties
    • Jamaica, Bahamas
    • Part of Sandals family
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Royal Plantation Collection properties!
  • Sandals
    • 13 total properties
    • Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua
    • Funjet Vacations offers all Sandals properties!
  • Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts
    • Over 100 total properties
    • Destinations worldwide
    • Brand family includes: Meliá, Grand Meliá, ME by Meliá, Paradisus Resorts, and more
    • Funjet Vacations offers select Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts properties!
  • SuperClubs
    • 13 total properties
    • Jamaica, Curacao, Bahamas, Panama, Brazil
    • Brand family includes: Breezes Resorts & Spas, Hedonism Resorts, and Rooms
    • Funjet Vacations offers most SuperClubs properties!
*Property count and information current as of January 2010.

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