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Vacations can be expensive.

That’s why finding a resort that is all-inclusive is on many people’s radars when planning for vacation.

What does “all-inclusive” mean when it comes to resort vacations?

All-inclusive resorts include everything that you will need to enjoy your vacation at no added cost. That means all food is included. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages are also included as well. In many high-end luxury resorts, alcoholic drinks come with the price of your stay. You can also enjoy all entertainment available at the property. You can take part in recreational activities if offered on the property such as golf and scuba diving. And, of course, your rooming is included in the price.

As you can see, there are many advantages to staying at an all-inclusive resort. So in this post, we want to talk about the different kinds of all-inclusive resorts you can enjoy. This way, you can pick the type that will make your vacation special.

The 6 Types of All-inclusive Resorts

Depending on where you search on the internet, you may find answers different than ours. To keep things as objective as possible, our list will be limited to specific things that these resorts offer that make them unique.

  • Adults only
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Golf
  • Mountain
  • Ski

We’ve narrowed it down to these 6 categories because we think knowing what is offered will make it easier for you to plan your vacation.


resort room looking out to pool and beach
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Adults-only all-inclusive resorts are just what they sound like.

No children are allowed in these resorts. There may be entertainment or activities that take place at the resort that you may not want your children to see.

These types of resorts also tend to draw a younger crowd. So if loud music and partying isn’t what you want during your vacation, some of the others on this list might be more to your liking.

These resorts also tend to fall into the category of beach resorts.


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Who doesn’t like the beach?

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Beach resorts are the most popular all-inclusive resort destinations because they are located right on the beach.

Some resorts have their rooms right on the beach like the one in the image above.

If you choose to stay at one of these, you can walk right out your door and onto the beach. On these properties, your “door” is a floor to ceiling, wide, sliding glass door. This allows you to enjoy seeing the waves no matter what time of the day or night.

And, of course, you get pampered with all the luxury that comes with an all-inclusive beach resort.


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As the name implies, these resorts cater to families. Particularly families with small children.

Many of the activities that are offered at and near the resort will be something that even smaller children can enjoy. If adults-only all-inclusive resorts aren’t your thing, then a family-friendly all-inclusive resort is probably for you.


Family-friend all-inclusive resorts are also commonly located at the beach.


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If your perfect vacation is waking up to beautiful surroundings, enjoying a delicious breakfast followed by a few holes on the green, then an all-inclusive golf resort is for you.

Many resorts have courses designed by famous golfers. Staying at one of these properties will challenge your skills.

At the same time, you’ll be pampered in luxury that you’ll experience from your rooming to your dining and casual relaxation.


chair next to resort pool with lake and mountains in background
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Mountain resorts attract a certain kind of traveler.

These tend to be those who want to be close to nature and may have an interest in eco-tourism.


You’ll still get all the pampering you’d expect at a beach or golf resort. The difference is your surroundings will be mountains, lush vegetation and wildlife.

While you may still get a pool like at a beach or family all-inclusive resort, your activities will be different because of the surrounds. Activities like whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing, etc. are what await you in an all-inclusive mountain resort.

In some rare instances, you can get the best of both worlds – being in the mountains while being close to the water, like the image above shows.

Just remember, different doesn’t mean bad or better. In fact, for one vacation you might try a mountain resort and a beach resort for the other.


two skiers coming down fresh powder with snow capped mountain in background
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If hitting the slopes and being active describes the perfect vacation for you, then an all-inclusive ski resort has a room waiting for you.

Much like mountain resorts (many ski resorts are mountain resorts in the spring and summer), you get an experience that will be quite different from beach resorts.


Yet, those differences are what make all-inclusive ski resorts so popular. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider – all the drinks and foods that make being in the cold cozy is what you can expect at an all-inclusive ski resort.

You can also expect saunas and cold baths.

Enjoying all that a fresh snowfall offers while being pampered at every turn is what will make you want to stay at an all-inclusive ski resort.

Always Know When an All-inclusive Resort Has a Promotion

As you can see, you really can’t go wrong with these all-inclusive resorts.

One of the great things about these resorts is that they are always running specials throughout the year.

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