All-Inclusive Resorts Maintain Popularity

Remember the old Club Med Days? Club Med was one of the first to offer all-inclusive properties and usually the first resort group that people thought of when considering this option. Now there are a number of resorts that are all-inclusive. The popularity of the option has continued due in part to the demand for cruise vacations, but mostly to the timeshare industry whose great success with the concept has contributed to the staying power and growth of all-inclusive vacationing. 

Timeshare a Natural Match for All-Inclusive Vacations

Timeshare's "home away from home" atmosphere is a natural match for all-inclusive service. Not only can the vacationer relax in a large, comfortable space in a beautiful setting, but an all-inclusive package also takes the hassle out of vacation planning with offerings of planned activities, special VIP services such as early and late check-in, access to concierge services and preferred accommodations. There’s also the freedom to experience many different cuisines from buffets and specialty restaurants as well as opportunities to try a new activity and enjoy nightly entertainment. Often tips and taxes are taken care of too. All you have to do is relax and enjoy. It's obvious why all-inclusive has stuck around.  

Defining All-Inclusive?

Merriam Webster defines all-inclusive as: "including everything; especially: sold for one price that includes charges and fees that are often added separately."

Generally, the "everything" Merriam Webster refers to includes meals and snacks, all beverages (usually domestic alcoholic drinks, but some resorts may include premium brands), daytime activities, and nighttime entertainment, plus taxes and gratuities. 

Don’t assume that all-inclusive means everything. The vacationer needs to check with the resort to find out the specifics of what is and what is not included in your package. Is it all the amenities of the hotel, or are certain things excluded? Guests may pay extra for spa services, specialty activities, off site excursions and other such things. Some resorts even offer different levels of all-inclusive. So ask about them all. The resort is not trying to deceive you, you just need to be an astute buyer, so there will be no surprises when you reach the resort. 

Occidental Vacation Club - One of the First in All-Inclusive Resorts

Occidental Vacation Club (OVC) was one of the first in the timeshare industry to fully embrace the concept of all-inclusive. All OVC holidays include unlimited meals and snacks, a la carte dining in specialty restaurants including unlimited alcoholic beverages; sports (including tennis on a lighted court, water polo, aqua aerobics and kayaking), use of the fitness center and more. Daily entertainment and a supervised Kids Club (ages 4-12) is part of the package where available on site, as well as nightly shows, live entertainment and all taxes and gratuities.

Says, President Luis Namnum, "at many OVC resorts guests will find everything they need from fine dining to quick snacks, a great bar and lounge area, art gallery, hair salon and even bank services. Our club is known for its high quality all-inclusive experience and we are pleased to offer that possibility to members who stay with us."  

Other Hospitality Groups Feeling the Trend

A recent article in reports that hotels are experiencing a resurgence of all-inclusive properties. Though long a trend in the industry, all-inclusive hotels are proliferating boosted by the emergence of high-end, all-inclusive resorts.  Apple Leisure Group Executive VP/CSO, Javier Coll, was quoted, "fifteen years ago there was a mixture between the all-inclusive and the traditional resort. Now 99 percent of our customers choose to stay in all-inclusive resorts."

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