Post # 1
Curious what some of the best affordable all inclusives out there are?
Either from personal experience or from the research you may have done – would love to benefit from some of the hard work I know many on this board do in terms of research!
Anywhere in the Americas is okay for location; season isn’t definitively set yet, so if there are better times of year, I’m open to hearing it!
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I’m really curious about this. Tagging and bumping!
Post # 4
It seems like there are some really affordable and beuatiful places in Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen or Punta Cana areas! I’ve heard good things about the Excellence Resorts, or the Iberostar. We’re staying at the Grand Velas, although it’s definitely a splurge for us!
Post # 5
whats the budget and length of time ill have a think? do you have any set requirements? eg adults only are often a bit more luxurious but also more expensive. small or big place? lots of restaurants or you’re happy with fewers
youll definitely get the best deal if you combine hotel with airfare via a travel agent (online or in ‘real life’). there are a lot of nice ones in playa del carmen. i live about a 90 min flight from there so we tend to go there over other further locations!
ill happily search for you, i quite like looking for holidays. strange but true!!
Post # 6
5 days including travel… Just a long weekend really. Adult only OR family friendly with adult only areas…. I really want a swim up bar, haha. We are okay with fewer restaurants, more looking for a bit of an escape than lots of luxury.
Thank you all so much!
Post # 7
This is a great idea for a thread, bumping to follow!
Post # 8
@QuietOne: It won’t be one specific resort that is cheaper. But typically DR,Mexico, Cuba (if you are Canadian), Jamiaca are the cheapest.
It also depends on when you go. Sept/Oct are always cheap because of Hurricane season. April/May are also cheap, because weather is warming up at home, and kids are still in school, yet it’s past the March Break/Spring break peak.
Also depends how many people are going, and when you can book. The larger the group, the sooner you will need to book to ensure you are all on the same flight. Charter flights typically offer one or two flights a week to the same place.
The closer you can wait until the date the cheaper your price typically.
I have been on 20+ AI holidays, and I can tell you that the resort does not matter. As long as you are picking something in the 4-5 star range will be almost exactly the same. They will offer food and drink, have a la carte restaurants, offer non-motorized water sports and have a lovely beach.
The biggest tip I can give you is to book last minute, and not stress about the reviews or be set on one specific resort. Also shop the agregating websites every day to see what’s out there. I have been on some really cheap AI trips. The best deal I’ve ever gotten was 297+ tax for a 5 star in Pto Vallarta (including flight).
Post # 9
We stayed at the Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana. It was gorgeous and really affordable. The resort had really nice pools, the beach was great, good food, and decent entertainment. And it had a swim up bar 🙂
Post # 10
@QuietOne: I went to Riu Negril in Jamaica. It was a great hotel & really fun time. The food was pretty good & the beaches in Negril are gorgeous. One of the best.
Post # 11
Check out cheapcaribbean.com
Post # 13
We went on our honeymoon in April to Costa Rica, we stayed at the brand new RIU PALACE and it was amazing! 5 stars, and got a great deal because we booked before it was open. RUI has much better rates than Sandals.
Post # 14
Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun!
Post # 15
Well I think it’s only a good deal if it’s the right resort for you. You can have two resorts at the same price point, but each will have it’s own personality, and draw a certain kind fo clientelle. So based on your lifestyle, it could be perfect, or completely wrong for you.
I would likely start with an adult only, all-inclusive. Even in September, you’ll still see children at some of the more family friendly resorts.
Also, some all-inclusive resorts restrict the number of nights you can eat in the upscale restaurants, top-shelf liquors, and more.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable I would try Secrets The Vine or Secrets Silversand, Couples Tower Isle in Jamaica, or the Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana.
No matter where you end up, have a wonderful trip!
Post # 16
Thanks to all who offered suggestions! Much appreciated.