All-Inclusive Resorts: A Vacation of Gluttony, Tourists, and No Soul, Or Just What the Doctor Ordered?

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All-Inclusive Resorts: A Vacation of Gluttony, Tourists, and No Soul, Or Just What the Doctor Ordered?

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My girlfriends and I have been on some incredible trips together using credit card rewards points.  We’ve been to Croatia, Cuba, and Portugal, but haven’t taken a trip together in a while.  We recently decided to make it an annual habit to take one trip together, just the 4 of us.  So when I asked the question “Where do you all want to go?”, all I heard was silence.

My Friends and I Have Had Some Amazing Trips Together!

It’s taken weeks to try to decide based off people’s budgets, schedules, and travel preferences.  And we are all just so busy, we haven’t even had time to think about where to go or how we want to get there.  So the article about a janitor who got a dream trip to Jamaica inspired me.  What if we booked a 4 night stay at an all-inclusive resort?

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Will an All-Inclusive Be Our Next Vacation?

Usually, my friends and I prefer to go to far off places like Europe, stay at Airbnbs, and walk around the city exploring.  But this time, I just want an escape with some pampering at an all-inclusive resort.  It’s been a year since I had my baby, and this momma wants a break.  Anxious to hear what my friends would think (too boring? too remote? too vanilla?), I posed the question to them.  To my surprise, it was utter applause and enthusiasm.

I was relieved, and now I am excited for us to pick a date.  Have you stayed at an all-inclusive resort?  What’s your take on it?

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All-inclusives certainly have their place, but they do get boring. I find that I can’t spend more than 4-5 days without going insane at them! And you certainly need to plan at least one thing away from the resort.
We have a 4 day vacation coming up at an all inclusive but we will be scuba diving during the day and taking advantage of the amenities in the mornings, late afternoons, and nights!


This is what I am most afraid of: boredom. I figure it’s worth trying again, now that I’m a mom and in need of some time to relax. I think if I’m with my girlfriends, it doesn’t matter where we are because we have fun wherever we go! 🙂

To each their own! But for me, I think I’d need some sort of variety or as you mentioned, at least a day away from the resort to mix things up a bit.


Agreed! I can only do so much pool/beach time!

I once stayed in an all-inclusive in Ixtapa. Ixtapa Is very blah – but Xijuatanejo was a 10-minute city bus ride away so there was somewhere cool to explore. There were also many interesting beaches nearby (that you had to get to via water taxi).

If your just lounging around the resort and not leaving – 4 days would be perfect for me. After that I get bored.

Good luck!


Oooh, that sounds like a nice middle ground! Sometimes the price of taxis are insane (~$20-30 per outing!!), but it sounds like it’d be cheaper in Ixtapa. I appreciate the feedback!

All-inclusive are ok but they do get boring. The food is ok but somewhat risky since they put the buffet back in the fridge at the end of the day. There was also that alcohol poisoning thing going on a while back. I’ll stay at one but I want to get out and see things instead of sitting around.


The boring factor is what I’m afraid of. I went to the Caribbean a couple of years ago and I’m ashamed to say, I got bored. I think if I’m with my girlfriends, we would have fun together, even if every day is spent at the beach or pool.

I think that one you have children things change. Boredom is something you’ll appreciate more as a mother than you did before!


Yes, I am craving a few days to “do nothing” and sleep in! 🙂

I haven’t done an all inclusive resort yet, but I’ve been on a lot of cruises. I got hooked when I was in the throes of motherhood also by someone else cleaning my room twice a day, never having to think about a meal but having delicious and varied food, warmth from winter and turn down service with a chocolate on my pillow. Yes, please! There are times when you don’t want to spend the brain power to plan a trip making every single decision like where to go, what car to rent, what to see, where to eat every meal, etc. These kind of vacations are actually restful!! Enjoy!


I have never been on a cruise, but who knows, maybe after an all-inclusive I would try a cruise. Thanks for the feedback!

We did Sandals Negril in Jamaica for our honeymoon and I loved it. That was a while ago, but I would definitely go back to a Sandals just based on that stay. We also did an all inclusive in Riviera Maya a few years back and it too was excellent. Definitely recommend them.


Thanks for the tips! The older I get, the more I want an all-inclusive, haha 🙂

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