Photo Courtesy: Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa
5. No wallets!
Okay, this is slightly misleading. Someone’s gotta pay for something at some point, but you know what we mean. If you’re marrying at an all-inclusive, there’s no lugging that hefty (or not—who are we to judge?) sum around with you to the swim-up bar, casino or snorkeling excursion. Don’t bring it with you to the beach. Don’t bring it with you to dinner. But do bring it with you back home, with all the cash that you came with.
4. Your guests will love you.
This is partially because guests love reason #5, too. But furthermore, it also eliminates that awkward moment at a group event where everyone is scrambling/head-scratching over who is going to pick up the tab. Indeed, my friend, you get to look like the hero every time, even though you STILL haven’t opened said utensil of #5.
3. Better Value
Think about it: all-inclusives operate on a bell curve of utility. There will always be guests who don’t take full advantage of the resorts’ offerings, but they pay for it anyway. And there will always be people who use some of the amenities, within reason. What does that leave us with? You, of course, and your guests who insist on top-shelf liquor and wipe the water sport closet clean every afternoon. This approach, by the way, doesn’t make you a jerk. It just makes you savvy, and a recipient of an amazing bargain.
2. Never be bored
Remember back in the days when it was only kids on cross-country car rides in a Subaru that experienced dramatic onsets of ennui? Thanks in part to our digital boom, we know you social media addicts aren’t immune from it either. Still, you should be able to drum up enthusiasm and some zest for a vacation that comes standard with on-site casinos, nightclubs, cooking and dancing classes and more sports and activities than your local gym. In fact, you might even catch yourself explaining to the flower girl, “Back in my day…”
1. Eat and drink like royalty
Because what is a vacation without our favorite pastime of eating? More specifically, what is a vacation without so much food that you need to be wheeled from your beachside cabana? And we’re not just talking your run-of-the-mill buffets or bland cafes. The new face of destination weddings are in-house Michelin chefs, gastronomic dining programs (a la El Dorado Royale ) and cocktail menus that are significantly fancier than that hipster dive bar down the street from you. In short, it’s a foodies’ dream these days at an all-inclusive. Thankfully, you’re invited.