Last month, we shared all about cruises and why they’re a great choice for winter vacations. But as nice as cruises are, not everyone is up for a voyage at sea. For those not interested in cruising, but who still want the benefit of minimum planning, all-inclusive resorts are a wonderful option. So this month we’re looking at how to find the best all-inclusive resorts for seniors.
With so many to choose from, you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect all-inclusive resort for your preferred vacation style. These havens of leisure take the guesswork out of travel planning, provide everything you need in one place and come in all different sizes, styles and price points. But, with so many options, how do you know which is the right resort for you?
Even with their convenience, there are a few things every senior should know before booking an all-inclusive resort. Here’s how to find the all-inclusive resort for a perfect getaway.
Adults-only or family-friendly?
If you’ve never stayed at an all-inclusive resort before, you may not even realize adults-only is an option. And don’t worry, you won’t be limiting yourself if you only consider adults-only properties. There are several beautiful adults-only resorts offering great experiences and activities.
Even if going to an adults-only resort isn’t important to you, do check to see if the resort in which you’re interested has a quiet pool, just in case you change your mind and want to escape the hubbub of loud children and families.
Accessibility and healthcare
Whenever you’re traveling, whether in the United States or abroad, access to quality medical services is important. So take the time to check the area around the resort to make sure you know where the nearest hospital is. You should also be aware of whether or not the resort keeps medical personnel on staff. Since you never know when a health emergency may occur, you’ll want to be near a good medical facility should the need arise.
Handicapped guests should easily find a resort meeting their needs. If you’re in need of handicap facilities, call head and confirm your room is handicap-accessible. Also ask if the common areas are handicap-friendly, too.
Activities and dining
One of the best parts of staying at an all-inclusive resort is the many activities available to you. Whether you’re interested in outdoor sports, beachfront fitness classes, cultural excursions, spa treatments or evening entertainment and shows, there’s truly no end to the fun and excitement awaiting you.
Do be sure you fully understand what the resort includes in your package, though. Yes, most activities, like fitness classes and evening entertainment are included, but spa treatments and most off-site excursions usually cost extra. Thoroughly examine the resort’s website to learn what is and isn’t included in your stay before you purchase.
Fortunately, dining and drinking are usually fully covered, and you’ll be glad they are! With most resorts having multiple choices for restaurants, 24-hour room service and well-trained baristas and bartenders, you’ll be hard-pressed to end your days hungry (or thirsty).
Finding the best all-inclusive resort for you can be a challenging task. There are quite a few options, and your first priority should be knowing what you want to get out of your trip. Then determine the best place to accommodate those desires at a competitive price.
There are several hotel chains around the world offering discounts for seniors. Best Western Hotels and Resorts, for example, offers 15 percent off stays for guests aged 55 and older. Marriott Hotels and Resorts offer the same discount for guests 62 and older. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts offers a similar discount for guests aged 60 and older.
All-inclusive vacations can get pricey, which is why travel insurance is so very important. Protect your investment, and don’t book a trip without first securing travel insurance. Learn more about plans that can work for you here.
Going on an all-inclusive vacation is a truly wonderful experience! With preparation and know-how, you’ll be well on your way to making memories that will last a lifetime.