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The allure of an all-inclusive is simple: Pay once, and then don't think about money again. It's especially appealing for honeymooners who are using wedding money for the honeymoon and trying to figure out their budget in advance, as well as those receiving the honeymoon as a present, and couples who just haven't planned a lot of vacations and want to keep things simple. So how do you know if this holiday-made-easy is right for you? Ask yourself these four questions before you plunk down your money:
1. Do you both drink ... a lot?
One of the best value aspects of an all-inclusive resort is the fact that alcohol is almost always included throughout the day. So, if you're the kind of couple who loves your bellinis or bloodies at breakfast, your frozen drinks poolside, wine with dinner, and cocktails or beer as you dance the night away, you may just find that you've gotten a lot of value out of the package.
2. Are you active?
One of the other great aspects of the "one rate" concept is that a lot of activities are included. This could include yoga on the beach, kayak rentals, snorkeling trips, whale watching tours, and even dance classes. That said, if you picture yourselves only getting up off of your lounge chairs to apply more sunscreen, you may be paying for options you're not taking advantage of on this trip.
3. Are you a foodie?
Like many types of all-you-can-eat situations, the attention to detail is not always there, and a lot of all-inclusive resorts focus more on quantity than quality. (Of course, there are exceptions to this rule!) So, if that's not appealing to you, reconsider this choice. However, if your guy loves his seconds and thirds, this may be a perfect fit.
4. Are you social?
While not true of all all-inclusive resorts, many of them are social, where like minded couples meet up at the pool bar and end up having cocktails later or even spending a lot of their trip together. If you prefer to just be left alone, ask a lot of questions about the atmosphere of the resort before you decide it's right for you. That said, social butterflies may find they make friends they keep in touch with for years to come, and even return to the property together in the future. And that could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.