Post # 1
We’re leaving for our honeymoon in about 8 weeks and are starting to think about what we need, mainly clothes. We’ve been on tons of cruises but I’m thinking this will be a bit different. We plan to eat at the restaurants every night (6 nights) and they all have a dress code:
Dinner Dress Code: Casual Elegance For Gentlemen: Long pants, dress shirt.
For Ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse.
Casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn. T-shirts, tank tops, shorts or beach sandals are not allowed.
I’m assuming ladies could wear dresses as well? I’m going to buy a few dresses and nice sandals. FI though farms and doesn’t have many nice clothes so we’re going to go buy him some. I’m thinking like 3-4 pairs of nice pants and 4-5 nice button up shirts and a nice pair of shoes.
We have a pool on our suite so we’ll likely hang out there most days or the beach. Thinking 4-5 suits each, t shirts/tops, shorts, sandals, etc.
Am I forgetting anything? Do people tend to get really dressed up at AI’s for dinner like formal nights on a cruise or is it just like khaki pants and button up shirts? Does FI need to bring some ties? Or any other advice, thanks!
Post # 2
MrsN14: Most all inclusives have one restaurant that is more elegant than the rest. You will find that “dressing up” is minimal in most of the restaurants and definitely at the buffet. The food outets where you will eat breakfast and luch are much more casual.
Remember that almost all of them have a laundry so you don’t have to take so much clothes. Check the website.
You will live in your bathing suits and a coverup. Yes, dresses are great. A maxi dress can do triple duty as a coverup, a day dress , and a dressier dress with the right accessories.
Post # 3
A lot of people also bring thermos cups for drinks in luei of the little plastic cups they serve you in.
Post # 4
At mine they were not super strict about the long pants. Jeans were acceptable as were my (nicer) flip flops. Sundresses were totally fine. Polo shirts were fine. No ties were needed, or suits. Khakis and polos/button ups are safe.
During the day you’ll be in a bathing suit, bring a cover up that can double as a dress and covers appropriately.
If you think you might do any excursions, like ziplining, hikes, ATVs, etc, bring sneakers!!
Bring bug spray and sunscreen!
Post # 5
Don’t worry too much about it. Just make sure you have enough swim suits! I have been to a lot of all inclusives, mainly Dreams type resorts, and they are pretty lax about the dress code. They just don’t want you showing up to dinner in your swim suit and cover up. I would bring a maxi dress and a shorter dress and that should be fine. I wouldn’t bring my fanciest dress! Men usually get away with khakis/chinos and a polo and short sleeved button down. I’ve even seen a t shirt and shorts at the good restaurant at Dreams! Don’t do that though, please! I just wouldn’t over think the dress code and go crazy and buy tons of clothes neither you nor your husband will wear again.
Post # 6
For 6 nights on-resort (ie no excursions) I would bring:
2-3 cover-ups (eg casual maxi-dress)
3 evening outfits
1 pair of pool/beach sandals (usually something easy to slip off and on, that I don’t mind getting wet/sandy)
1 pair of heels
Clean underwear for each day, and appropriate bras
1 beach bag
1 evening bag
I would then travel in flat smart sandals, linen pants, a top, cardigan, jacket and pashmina.
For 6 nights my OH would bring:
3 pairs swimshorts
6 casual T-shirts (to wear during the day)
2 pairs long pants
3 smart shirts
1 pair pool/beach sandals
1 pair espadrilles
1 pair deck shoes
Clean underwear for every day.
I like to pack fairly light, while still having options. Your OH will definitely not need 3-4 pairs of trousers; 2 (in a dark colour and a light colour, for eg) will be more than sufficient.
Re the above post about dress codes being lax: don’t bank on it; it depends where you go. The resorts we’ve been to have always enforced the dress code, and we saw people being turned away. Now obviously some people just have very poor taste so manage to look sh!t even when they’re adhering to it; but the resorts we’ve stayed at have def enforced the dress codes.
Post # 7
I would say that the packing is similar to a cruise, except there won’t be any truly formal nights (so no evening wear or suits needed). For dinner, I think most ladies wear sundresses. Your husband can get away with some nice khaki pants and even nice shorts at some dinner places. Since he’s only going to be wearing his pants for dinner, he can even re-use them for 2 nights if needed. Polo shirts or casual button downs are fine.
Don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen! If you forget or run out, the resort charges a fortune.