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All inclusive vacation myths busted

All inclusive resorts have come a long way in the past decade. However, many people still have outdated notions about the concept of all inclusive vacations, whether it be about room options, price or meals. Read on as we bust five of the biggest myths about all inclusive vacations and set the record straight!

Large luxurious suite with ocean views
Myth: Large families can’t vacation together at an all inclusive

Reality: Many resorts offer rooms that sleep families of five or more

There are lots of convenient options for large families travelling together at all inclusive resorts. While bigger families may think it’s hard to find resort accommodations where everyone can stay together comfortably, there are plenty of resort options to choose from that offer rooms that sleep five or more and many resorts also offer connecting rooms. Plus, with Sunwing’s Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals at select resorts, it’s never been easier to take your family vacation budget even further, with up to two kids aged two to 12 years staying free and special pricing for teens.

Where to stay: The whole family can stay together comfortably at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica. This top-rated family resort has several room options that are ideal for families – including the Smile Kids Free Luxury Junior Suite. There are also plenty of suite options for families of five or more like the Luxury Family Suite Ocean View and one, two and three-bedroom suite options.

Zest restaurant with unique Mediterannean-style decor
Myth: There are nothing but buffet restaurants

Reality: Most resorts offer specialty restaurants

This common myth couldn’t be further from the truth! While most resorts do offer classic international buffet options, many resorts that offer varied delectable dining experiences at specialty and à la carte restaurants. Choose a resort that offers unlimited reservation-free dining – like Royalton Luxury Resorts or RIU Hotels & Resorts – to try out a wide range of cuisines and dishes throughout your stay. With so many different options, the only problem you’ll face will be choosing what delicious meal to start with.

Where to stay: Dining is anything but boring at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana! This family-friendly resort is home to a wide range of dining options that guests of all ages will love. The kids will have a blast dining with their favourite Nickelodeon characters at Zest, while the whole family can dine on out-of-this-world cuisine at the astronaut-themed Spacewalker restaurant. Plus, you can enjoy access to all the restaurants at the Gourmet Village at Sensatori Resort Punta Cana next door, serving a wide range of cuisine from gourmet burgers to Asian specialties.

Champagne breakfast served by the pool
Myth: There are lots of hidden costs

Reality: Everything is included and more!

Another common misconception of all inclusive vacations is that there are hidden costs and you’ll end up spending more than you thought – not true! When you book your Sunwing all inclusive vacation package, everything is included, from your round-trip flights on board Sunwing Airlines (with checked baggage) to your hotel accommodations, airport transfers, and meals and drinks at the resort. Plus, most resorts include kids clubs, non-motorized water sports, evening entertainment, ice cream and on-site water parks. With all the little things included in your vacation package, you’ll end up saving versus if you had a staycation!

Where to stay: In addition to the regular inclusions of your vacation package, you can look forward to a range of additional perks when you stay at the newly-renovated Riu Palace Tropical Bay. Sunwing exclusively offers a slew of extras so you can make the most of your stay at this beachfront property! Enjoy RIU-topia amenities like welcome cocktails upon arrival, in-room liquor dispensers, unlimited reservation-free dining and select spa credits; and RIU Palace inclusions such as 24-hour room service, poolside wait service, champagne breakfasts and more. Or choose a resort with its own water park on-site, like Grand Memories Splash, where your stay includes unlimited access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean.

Group of people doing yoga on the beach
Myth: Active vacationers will be bored

Reality: Resorts have lots of included activity options

While some travellers’ ideal vacation may include lounging by the pool or the beach all day, others want to stay active and busy on vacation. Active travellers may be hesitant to book an all inclusive vacation because they think there won’t be enough to keep them active and engaged and they might miss out on their usual fitness regime. That’s not true! There are lots of exciting activities at resorts that you can try out and the majority of resorts also have fitness centres. Lots of resorts offer extensive fitness programs, like RiuFit, Viva Fit and Royalton Fit™. Based on your chosen resort, you can try out a range of activities like catamaran rides, beach volleyball, aqua-fit, dance lessons and fitness classes.

Where to stay: There’s never a dull moment at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina in Roatan. Located on its own 21-acre private island, the resort has plenty of activities for active travellers to try out. There’s a 5 star PADI dive centre on-site where you can explore the deep blue and some of the world’s most famous dive sites, with several dive packages to choose from. Other activities include snorkelling, kayaking and beach volleyball!

Two little kids playing ball at the kids club
Myth: Parents will always be watching over the children

Reality: Most resorts offer complimentary kids clubs

Plenty of parents may think that their precious vacation time will be spent chasing after the kids instead of relaxing themselves! However, the majority of all inclusive resorts offer complimentary supervised kids clubs, so grown-ups can spend some worry-free time sunbathing and lounging while the kids have a blast making new friends at the kids club. Plus, if you want to enjoy a romantic date night, just the two of you, some resorts offer extended kids club hours like at Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa or babysitting services at an extra cost.

Where to stay: Kids will have a blast at the Memories Varadero Beach Resort kids club in Cuba. Mini-vacationers can enjoy a wide range of activities and games for different ages; including beach parties, carnivals, pajama parties, cooking classes, movie nights and so much more. Plus, kids can play with beloved characters Toopy and Binoo™ who will visit them at the kids club and around the resort! While the little ones are busy, parents can enjoy some well-deserved time soaking up the sun.

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