All-inclusive vacations promise the benefits of a well-planned holiday but none of the stresses of planning it. Whether you are a busy parent looking for an all-inclusive package for your family, a couple looking for a romantic and distraction-free weekend away, or a group of friends who want to simplify splitting the tab, Travel + Leisure can help.
Many, but not all, all-inclusive holidays are by the water. Some are nestled in the Australian mountains, or deep in New York’s Adirondacks. Where some all-inclusive ranch-style resorts offer visitors a taste of the American west, others don’t even take place on solid ground: try a luxury train ride across Scotland’s highlands or a pre-paid cruise through the Caribbean. The first ever all-inclusive resort was Club Med—short for Club Méditerranée, a French company founded by Belgian water polo player and prominent yoga practitioner Gérard Blitz—which opened in Majorca in 1950. With its stress-free ethos, it’s no wonder all-inclusive holidays caught on.
The best all-inclusive packages are truly all inclusive. Why deal with the hassle of paying more for motorized water sports or navigating a menu of drinks, not knowing which are included and which are not? Read up on the details before you buy to find out what is extra. Resorts with tiered pricing plans (or ones that require an additional payment for certain premium drinks or specialized activities) promise a more economical trip for travelers who know exactly what they want—and don’t want. Resorts with a single flat price are often a little more expensive, but they require that much less thought.
Looking for a family beach vacation that meets your budget? Eager to travel to a distant destination but nervous about navigating a new culture or language? Dreaming of a glamorous railroad journey across the Highlands (or to Hogwarts)? All-inclusive vacations can provide the ideal solution for these and many more types of travelers. Take a load off and let T+L help you find the all-inclusive holiday that best suits your needs.