Looking to book the perfect all-inclusive vacation? Look no further. Our guide covers everything you need to know, from budgeting to finding the cheapest flights to the sunny destination of your choice.
How to Book an All-Inclusive Vacation
Follow these steps to book the all-inclusive vacation of your dreams—without breaking the bank.
- Determine your budget
- Pick your destination
- Decide what’s important to you
- Find out what is included
- Find the cheapest flights
- Research resorts you’re interested in
- Bonus: Our top all-inclusive resort picks
- Book your all-inclusive vacation
Determine Your Budget
Before you start planning your all-inclusive vacation, it’s a good idea to have a budget in mind. All-inclusive resorts don’t have to be expensive. These vacations can be rather inexpensive, depending on how flexible you are.
Up-and-coming all-inclusive destinations tend to be cheaper since they’re trying to establish themselves. Travelling during the “shoulder” or off-season can save you a fair amount as well. High season for Caribbean destinations typically runs from the last week of December through to April.
Pick Your Destination
What kind of all-inclusive traveller are you? If you’re up to rent a car and explore outside of the confines of the resort, learning about the country destination should be a top priority. If you’re just looking for sun and sand, other destination details may be low priority.
However, regardless of your preferences, it’s important to check the weather of your destination. For example, Caribbean destinations have plenty of great resorts, but you should probably avoid travel during hurricane season.
Decide What Is Important to You
Before booking you’re all-inclusive vacation, spend some time thinking about what you’re looking to experience. Are you looking for an enormous infinity pool with a swim-up bar? Or perhaps you’re looking for family-friendly resort with a waterpark for kids? Maybe you’d like a place that has rave reviews for their cuisine or outdoor activities.
Choose two-to-three things that matter most to you. Doing so will help you find a resort that fits your style. But stay flexible. It’s unrealistic for a resort to meet all your requirements, so try to have an open mind.
Find Out What Is Included
All-inclusive vacations typically include accommodations, meals, alcohol, and light activities. There’s a good chance that you’ll have to pay extra for things such as airport transfers, premium restaurants, heavy water equipment, day trips, and spa services. Always find out what’s included so you can make an informed decision.
Keep in mind that paying extra for things is pretty normal, you just need to decide what you’re willing to pay for and how much you want to spend.
Find the Cheapest Flights
Some all-inclusive vacations include the flight, but many do not. With our flight search engine, we scan our 1,200+ partners so you’re guaranteed the lowest price every time. You can even monitor flight prices with our price alerts. Simply pick your destination and dates, and we’ll send you price updates directly to your inbox.
If you’re flexible with your destinations, we also have a daily flight deal to help you save.
Research Resorts You Are Interested In
Once you’ve narrowed your top resorts, do a little more research. How many stars does the property have? We recommend sticking with those rated four-stars and up.
Read reviews on sites like Skyscanner to see if travellers are reporting positive things about the resort. No resort will have perfect reviews, so don’t expect your choice to be acclaimed by everyone. If you’re still having trouble deciding, ask a friend for a recommendation or read below for our top picks.
Our Top All-Inclusive Resort Picks
These our the all-inclusive vacation resorts that are creating a splash with travellers in 2019.
Moon Palace Cancun
A 15-minute drive from Cancun International Airport, Moon Palace Cancun is located on the south shore of Cancun in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With unlimited golf passes, a kid’s Playroom, and onsite nightclub NOIR, there’s something for every type of all-inclusive vacation traveller. Suites include 24-hour room service and whirlpool bathtubs, which are ideal for unwinding after a day surfing the FlowRider Double Wave Simulator or finding balance with paddleboard yoga. But if you’d rather munch on something poolside, Moon Palace staff will deliver right to your lounger. If you’re looking for luxury, consider upgrading to The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun.
What Skyscanner travellers say about Moon Palace Cancun: “The Moon Palace resort is a one stop shop for your vacation: as an all-inclusive, everything you could ever need is right there! Staff is friendly, the hotel and grounds are immaculate!”
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives offers private 132 villas above the turquoise waters or perched atop the emerald green jungle. Your all-inclusive vacation here includes daily breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner, as well as an unlimited selection of wine, beer, spirits and selected cocktails. Enjoy several watersports, a nine-hole round of golf, and Kandu Boli Ritual, the signature treatment at CHI, The Spa. Board Horizon, a luxury sailing yacht, for lunch on the equator, or take a guided bicycle tour of nearby islands.
What Skyscanner travellers say about Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa: “Excellent family hotel. Good for sightseeing and has a beach nearby. Fantastic service. Beautiful beach.”
The Caves Hotel, Jamaica
Located on the white sand beaches and limestone cliffs of Negril, Jamaica, this all-inclusive vacation resort is ideal for those looking for a romantic hideaway. With only 12 cliffside cottages, and an adults-only policy, The Caves offers more intimacy and privacy than the typical mega-resort. The property includes a sea-view spa, and two-dining terraces, but its signature experience is a private dinner in the caves, followed with drinks at the cavernous Blackwell Rum Bar. For activities, check-in with the on-site water-sports director and cliff-diving expert.
What Skyscanner travellers say about The Caves Hotel: “A beautiful little hotel, very welcoming with clean bright rooms, friendly helpful staff and a great view. How about those Caves huh? Simply stunning!!”
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Located on the Vanua Levu in Fiji, this all-inclusive vacation resort is especially popular with families thanks to its nannies and buddies. That’s right, the family package includes a nanny for every kid under six and a buddy for older kids in groups of five. The Bula Club for kids also offers a number of complimentary activities from junior chef training—with a visit to the resort’s organic garden, to zipline and trampoline fun. Meanwhile, adults can find zen with a Fiji yoga session, a day at the spa, or relaxing poolside.
What Skyscanner travellers say about Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort: “Unbelievable place to travel with kids. The hotel comes with (not extra) a nanny for *each* kid. Our girls were happier with the nanny than with us! :)”
The Singular Patagonia Hotel, Chile
This five-star hotel located just outside of Puerto Natales, Chile, is truly singular in its appeal. Designated a national heritage site in 1996, the refurbished, twentieth-century storage facility includes an on-site museum in addition to 54 guestrooms. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase spectacular views of Fjord of Last Hope Sound, Torres Del Paine National Park, and the Andes Mountains. Activities include cooking classes and guided horseback rides through the rugged Patagonian landscape. Follow them up with a dip in the pool, a trip to the spa, and dinner at one of two award-winning restaurants.
What Skyscanner travellers say about The Singular Patagonia Hotel: “Seriously. The Singular Patagonia is truly one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed in.”
Book Your All-Inclusive Vacation
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