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Today’s all-inclusive resorts offer options for families and couples

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No shoes? No shirt? No wallet? No problem. The pros of booking an all-inclusive resort are the same as they’ve ever been. Bundling rooms, activities and food under one rate means no menu prices to peruse, no tip calculations to agonize over, and no worries about leaving your wallet on your towel while you swim. You’re buying instant R&R.

But what has changed are the cons. Responding to digs about standardization, boring buffets and lack of contact with the outside world, many all-inclusive resorts have adopted the boutique hotel model, offering style, customization and unique activities and dining venues while hanging onto the transaction ease at the heart of operations.

Today’s all-inclusive resorts offer options for families and couples. To get the most out of it, plan in advance by first picking the right resort, then by personalizing your stay. Be in the know with these useful all-inclusive resort tips.

all inclusive resort tips include visiting the great Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá

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What’s right for you?

For couples, Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group “Adults Only” in Cancún, Mexico, keeps things intimate with just 109 suites. Despite the resort’s small size, guests nonetheless have three swimming pools, four hot tubs, four restaurants and four bars to choose from, whether they want social time or alone time. Amenities—which include a Greg Norman-designed golf course, a yacht marina and a full-service spa—exceed expectations. Take a snorkeling excursion to nearby Isla Mujeres, and explore the great Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá.

All inclusive resort tips for a stay at Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group "Adults Only"

Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group “Adults Only”

For families, the new Dreams Dominicus La Romana lies on a pristine beach in the southeastern Dominican Republic. It boasts three pools and more private plunge pools adjacent to some of the rooms. Eco-excursions visit nearby National Park of the East and the beaches of Saona Island. Eight restaurants ensure each dinner is different. Kids’ club programs elevate playtime with treasure hunts and campouts, while a teen club offers video games and nightly socials.

all inclusive resort tips include having the hotel pack a picnic for the beach

Saona Island in the Dominican Republic

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How can you customize your stay?

Consider your wants and needs, whether you crave privacy or off-site immersion. These all-inclusive resort tips add a personal touch.

  • Remember that all-inclusive resorts are full-service hotels. Eat breakfast in bed, or a club sandwich after a full day in the sun. Use room service at Dreams Dominicus La Romana or Beloved Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group “Adults Only.” It won’t cost more.
  • Make friends with the concierge. The concierge specializes in special touches, like arranging a surprise turndown service of bed-strewn rose petals or planting a dining table in the sand or securing babysitting for the evening. Like room service, concierge service is included.
  • Get away from your getaway. Book day trips to secluded beaches and offshore cays. Have the hotel pack a picnic, and play explorer for the day.
  • Book tours and day trips in advance. If you know you want to spend a day exploring Mexico’s ruins, reserve your tour ahead of your trip. Plan your excursion for after your second day so you can rest and recharge before exploring.
  • Pack purposefully. The beauty of all-inclusive resorts is that you can live in your bathing suit during the day and don heels at night. Dining options range from barefoot beach grills to fine French affairs, so pack with variety in mind.
  • Consider traveling when others aren’t. Sure, winter is high season in the Caribbean, but the weather is warm year-round. Vitamin D and uncrowded beaches await in the off-season.

The expert Travel Counselors at AAA can help you plan a perfect all-inclusive resort vacation. Call 877-396-7159 or visit your local branch to learn more. Be sure to ask about exclusive Members-only benefits and savings.

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Heidi Kazemi, AAA Travel Counselor, Roseville, Calif.

Customization is always my top priority when planning a client's vacation. I ask about their family and where they've been before. Their preferences guide our planning so the vacation is perfectly tailored for them.

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