Flight Centre's travel blogger Sam Locke shares her thoughts on all inclusive holidays after her first hand experience enjoying the benefits while she was in Mauritius. After her stay with Beachcomber hotels, Sam seems to have become an advocate for all inclusive holidays.
If you're not familiar with all inclusive holidays, at a glance you may get a fright when you see the price tag. Compared with the usual prices we see of a simple airfare, or airfare and accommodation, the all inclusive rate can seem a bit daunting. On my recent trip to Mauritius where most of the hotels offer all inclusive packages I learnt the real value in all inclusive deals. The price tag is extremely reasonable for the entire price of a holiday. It also allowed me to do extra activities that I wouldn't necessarily do if I was dishing out the cash.
Picture this scenario. You arrive at your destination, rush to your room and drop off your bags. You have a quick look around the room and your eye catches the mini bar. You don't take anything because as everyone knows mini bar items add up on the room bill.
You head down to the pool or beach front and it's time for a cool drink. You decide to splash out on a nice exotic cocktail before being sensible and opting not to tick up too much of a bill so early on the trip.
The kids spot water skiing and really want to have a go, it's $60 for every attempt... the kids will fall off a lot. You send them snorkeling instead.
Dinner time arrives and the menu is of course offering amazing options at prices that reflect the quality of the food. After dinner you notice the resort entertainment and balmy evening and wouldn't mind ditching the kids to go and socialise. Baby sitting is expensive and there is a minimum four hour charge...
Now imagine that same scenario and being able to indulge in everything that crosses your path knowing that it has already been paid for AND the average guest spends less money on the all inclusive package than they do paying per item. So not only are you saving while you indulge, you don't need to have a calculator in your back pocket to make sure you're not spending the kid's uni fund.
Shandrani Resort and Spa is a fully all inclusive hotel. By all inclusive, they mean all inclusive for example they include;
- All meals and snacks, including room service
- All beverages including premium options and French champagne
- Mini bar
- All water sports, including water skiing
- Kids club facilities
- Tennis courts
- 9 hole pitch and putt
- Live entertainment
- and they even throw in a free 45 minute massage.