What is an all-inclusive resort vacation?

It's a vacation where all the things you need are included in one, upfront price. Flights, resort, airport transfers, meals, beverages, entertainment, watersports and much more packaged into one price. You will not have to dig out your wallet around every corner, like on a cruise ship.


An all-inclusive vacation removes the mystery of what the total price will be. With other types of vacations, you will not know the entire price of the trip until AFTER you take it. Those added 'extras' really add up fast! Not so with the upfront pricing of an all-inclusive resort vacation!



How does an all-inclusive vacation compare with a cruise?
Mainstream ocean cruise lines often 'nickel and dime' you with onboard fees, selling extras like alcohol, soda, water-sports, specialty dining, luggage service, room service, internet, gratuities and a host of other things. By the time you get home, you have a $800-$1,500 bill to pay! With an all-inclusive resort or cruise, you know, UP FRONT, what the entire vacation will cost. Easy saving, no surprises.

At first look, a cruise can "appear" to be a better price, but make sure you are looking at the overall cost of your entire trip cost. Those extras add up quick!

The slideshow below contains photos I took at Sandals Whitehouse European Resort & SPA in Jamaica 2012.

Sandals is an ADULT ONLY resort chain. We are Certified...Sandals Resort Specialists! (CSS)

Jolly Mon's Advice:  

I tell clients- if you want the cheapest vacation- you may find a "supposed deal" online, but it's buyer beware!
You get what you pay for and if it sounds too good to be true, check the attached strings! If you want true value for your money and an experience to match, that's where I can help.

Contact me today!
pete@jollymonvacations.com
218-779-3050

Family Resorts:
A family all inclusive resort is the ideal vacation for the family. As specialists in resorts and destinations, we understand which resorts fit each family's vacation criteria. As a rule, family all inclusive resorts can include fully staffed children’s programs with: kids-only pools, game rooms, supervised indoor and outdoor activities, interactive programs and special nightly entertainment for the little ones and the teens. 'Top' all inclusive family resorts not only cater to the children but provide a wide variety of activities for the adults. All-inclusive family resorts combine accommodations, meals, snacks and drinks, family entertainment, taxes, gratuities, and most non-motorized land and water sports, all included in the price at a family all inclusive resort. And we will make sure your transportation is done right.


Adult or Couples Resorts:
Adult or couples-only all-inclusive resorts do not come in 'one size fits all.' They each have their unique qualities and cater to different clientele. As specialists in resorts and destinations, we can match the specific resort to the client's vacation criteria. Adult or couples-only all-inclusive resorts fit this description perfectly. Everyone must be 18 years old or older and most adult all-inclusive resorts specialize in honeymoons, anniversaries, romantic vacations or that special group of adult friends that just want to get away and relax. 


These make a great place to get married on a tropical beach, either alone or with family and friends. Resorts will host the wedding, provide a wedding planner, and the whole thing is packaged up and customized to your liking. Then, you can stay and spend your honeymoon together, or we can move you to another resort for complete privacy from your guests.

Package Deal- Major Components
•Airfare
•Round trip airport to resort transfers
•Resort accommodations
•Travel insurance

Things that are included in a true all-inclusive resort:

A true All-Inclusive resort package includes: Flights, accommodations, meals and snacks, unlimited drinks, transportation to and from the airport, gratuities, taxes, entertainment, snorkeling, water sports, swimming pools, hot tubs and fitness centers, Other amenities may be included depending on the resort and the room category such as Wi-Fi, room service, golf (greens fees), off-site tours, SCUBA diving, powered water sports and departure taxes. 

Do all-inclusive resorts offer the same amenities and inclusions? Are all packages the same?

No, they are not! Comparison shopping is difficult for many reasons:

  1. The packages offer or exclude different items. One may include airfare while the other doesn't. One may include gratuities and taxes while the other may not. Some may include premium alcohol and some have limited selections and well drinks/house liquor. (or, egads...watered down liquor!)
  2. Facilities and service levels are all different. Old, new, large, small, modern, ancient, clothing optional, family, couples-only, party resorts, quiet resorts...you get the idea.
  3. Websites and brochures lead you to believe that they are all paradise. Guess what...they all aren't what they seem. Here at Jolly Mon Vacations, we visit, inspect and stay at most of the resorts we recommend!
  4. Some 'all-inclusive resorts' should really be called - 'semi-inclusive' resorts! You'll pay extra for things that you THOUGHT were included...so be careful when you compare.
  5. Or, much better, book through specialists like us. We know the differences and assist you in finding the right deal, package and resort. It's what we do...and we do it for you....FREE!

We are All-inclusive Resort Specialists!

Our complimentary vacation service includes:

  • We expertly match a vacation to fit your travel style.
  • Assistance from an experienced, certified consultant and traveler that's BEEN THERE.
  • Best possible pricing from award winning vendors with NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
  • We take care of all the details, making it completely stress free for you!
  • We advise you on the current destination safety, passports, visas, vaccinations, documents, insurance, problems, claims, weather, payment deadlines, promotions, tours, money saving options and more. 
  • Start to finish, we act as your advocate which brings peace of mind and helps make it an experience to remember.

I took this at Sandals Whitehouse on the South Coast of Jamaica. Over 2 miles of secluded white sand beaches.

"Comparing Resorts: Different inclusions can be confusing. Value is sometimes deceptive and hidden with some resorts, making us even more important to you!"

Why should you book through us?

  • Resorts look pretty on the internet, but pictures can be staged or old. We visit, stay in and inspect resorts ourselves so we KNOW what they are really like.
  • By booking online, you risk getting musty smelling rooms, seaweed on beaches, lousy food, dangerous areas, construction noise, watered down liquor, theft, unexpected tipping, fees, and no support. Whyrisk having a bad vacation experience? 
  • We advise and recommend resorts you can trust for a safe and happy vacation. We use trusted vendors for the best price and value and can even score you some great amenities or free room upgrades!
  • We take the mystery out of the different locations, room categories and explain everything.
  • Our experience and training helps us expertly match you to a resort, ship or destination that fits YOUR TRAVEL STYLE.

I took this photo at Secrets Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico.