(Closed) Half Board vs. All-Inclusive

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think that it might depend upon how easy it is to find alternative food options.  Some all-inclusives are in the middle of nowhere and have significant security details because there may be a lot of crime.  Many of their guests do not venture out of their all-inclusive.  

My last vacation was to an all inclusive like this in Jamaica.  I had excellent experiences leaving the resort to try some amazing jerk chicken and visit beautiful waterfalls, but other tourists at my hotel went shopping in the main city, and they felt harassed and upset.  It was a 10-15 dollar cabride to go anywhere, and I think that might add up if you needed to take a cab for each meal.  Other resorts may be located closer to safe towns, where your guests can easily and safely walk to restaurants.  So I think the answer will depend upon how safe the country you are planning to get married is, and how close the resort is to local food options. 

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Some resorts offer the option to get just the room (sometimes called a European plan) or the all-inclusive option.  I think you will have the most flexibility with that type of resort.

Post # 6
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d say go All Inclusive for sure! Then you don’t have to worry about carrying around money for dinner, drinks, etc… You can eat as much food as you want and if you don’t like something, you don’t eat it.

Post # 7
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I prefer all-inclusive because it takes some of the planning out of the way and is also pretty cost-effective, In My Humble Opinion. When I went to Cancun and stayed all-inclusive it was nice because we could eat out if we wanted to, or we could stay at the hotel and not worry. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on top of all the alcohol we drank (hey, it was Memorial Weekend!) would have cost MUCH more than we paid. (We priced other options and it turned out a/i was chepaest).

AND a/i includes room service (which can be quite expensive!!!) so that was a nice plus. Being able to come back and order food after being out all night is awesome!


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