The Evolution of the All-Inclusive
We’ve spoken about all-inclusives in many of our newsletters, reporting on some of the brands and what they include. Today’s resorts are designed for a wide range of travelers–couples, single travelers, luxury travelers, adventurers, adults only, and families. And they range from small boutique resorts to a large all-inclusive.
The evolution of the all inclusive resort has taken it from budget to all inclusive luxury. For many years, the all-inclusive resort segment has provided travelers with great convenience and value, but that’s only part of the story. While this concept packaged all meals, all beverages (including alcohol), accommodations, and entertainment into one price, these properties have evolved to encompass an array of custom-designed amenities, facilities, and services designed to appeal to a wide range of travelers—some of whom are very selective.
Today, contemporary all-inclusive resort companies include properties that are designed for many types of travelers as mentioned above, but the deluxe or luxury resorts offer many more amenities.
“It’s quite remarkable to see some of the changes in the all-inclusive business,” said Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Playa Resorts, adding that all-inclusives were once known for offering resort stays for travelers who were extremely cost conscious. Today this market has been raised to where the most successful companies are delivering five-, five-star plus amenities.
Here is an update on the latest all-inclusive trends.
Accommodations at all-inclusive resorts have taken a giant leap, with a changing design of guestrooms and suites that have become more deluxe and multifaceted. A case in point is Sandals Resorts, whose overwater bungalows and villas are at the forefront of these new accommodations. Once available primarily in South Pacific destinations, the suites provide Caribbean destinations with an entirely new class of accommodations. The suites also feature exclusive guest services, including in-room dining and room service menus, personal airport greeting and expedited immigration services, plus private luxury transfers and welcome gifts.
It’s just a whole different vibe.
This segment is one of the hottest in the all-inclusive resort sector, with Caribbean and Mexico resorts expanding the format with new properties. These resorts cater to adults wanting quality time without the kids as well as groups of singles traveling together. The destination wedding and honeymoon market is also a big part of this segment.
Many new adults-only resorts opened within the past year in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, and Mexico. Of course, family friendly resorts are located throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. And don’t forget the fabulous islands in the Mediterranean. They also feature swim-up pool accommodations.
Check with us with questions about a new or favorite all inclusive anywhere in the world.