Should You Go to an All-Inclusive Resort for Your Honeymoon?

Discover the positives and negative to these properties.

pros and cons of all-inclusive resorts for your honeymoon
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Deciding on where to go for your honeymoon can be full of excitement, or it can be another layer of stress on top of wedding planning. There are endless types of vacations that newlyweds can take, from relaxed to adventurous, a chance to experience another culture or to embrace romantic seclusion. Once you select a destination, you need to decide where you want to stay. Most honeymoons are held in locales known for tourism, and as a result there are numerous accommodations to choose from. All-inclusive resorts are a popular option, but they aren’t always the best choice for every couple. Read the pros and cons below to find out if these properties are right for you and your future spouse. 

Pros:

- Convenience. When your vacation is all-inclusive, you don’t have to worry about planning once you book. Most resorts will handle transportation from the airport, and the property will have everything you might need.

- All you can eat and drink. Buffets for each of your three meals, as well as poolside snacks, bars, and more are at your fingertips. Even room service is included at most resorts!

- Provided entertainment. The property will have its own personal nightlife, as well as daytime activities. Even if it rains multiple days of your trip, you won’t be short on things to do. Off-site excursions can be recommended at the front desk if you want to get a little more adventurous. 

Cons:

- Less authentic. Generally, you won’t leave the resort, and if you do it will take some time and mileage before you reach local neighborhoods instead of more resorts. The provided food is meant to cater to tourists, which is helpful if you’re picky, but does not give you a chance to truly experience the culture. 

- Paying for extras. Those aforementioned off-site excursions are not part of the inclusive package, and usually cost more than if you were booking separately. Their may be a spa onsite, but expect it to be quite a bit more expensive than your average treatment. If you run out of toiletries or other basics, those will likely be marked up as well.

- Not as intimate. All-inclusive resorts are popular tourist destinations for the pros listed above, and they tend not to have a true off-season. This means the pools and beaches are often quite crowded, and it can be hard to carve out time for yourselves as newlyweds… aside from your room. 

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Authored by: Emily Lasnier