Scrolling through Facebook, the question of what are the best all-inclusive resorts pops up frequently. It’s a great question, and the poster is usually flooded with information and opinions. Reading through the comments and suggestions, I was shocked at what some consider “BEST.”
Are the opinions of your Facebook friends REALLY the best?
Jason Bateman’s Vacation Wisdom:
Jason Bateman was featured on a podcast and was talking about a trip he took to Cabo San Lucas. Upon arrival, he checked into his accommodations, quickly checked back out, and went home. WHY? Because the accommodations were less than what he was accustomed to. Jason made a statement that has stuck with me: “Why would I take a vacation to a place with fewer comforts than I have at home?”
Do Your Friends Know You Well Enough?
Do your Facebook friends or those in the group where you asked for advice on where to stay on your upcoming trip know you well enough to know what you prefer? Do they know what YOU need? It may be that you require fantastic coffee in the morning, 600 thread count sheets, or that you have dietary restrictions. Or perhaps you’re looking for somewhere that is LGBTQ friendly or where clothing can be optional.
The Importance of Personalization:
A mom recently called me to tell me that her daughter and boyfriend, soon-to-be fiancé, was looking to go to Mexico. She wanted to know, in my professional opinion, what resort would be best for them. I think I may have shocked this mom as I inquired about her daughter’s needs in an all-inclusive property and asked my standard questions. Mom was stumped…… and maybe a bit mortified when I asked my first question below. I explained that to point someone in the right direction, I would prefer to speak directly to my clients to better qualify them.
Resorts Are Not One-Size-Fits-All:
Resorts are not one-size-fits-all. Some larger resorts have different areas and atmospheres that accommodate both a party or chill crowds, but not all do. If you’re searching for a resort to suit your particular needs, then seeking a professional to assist you in planning your vacation is the best advice I could ever give you.
Questions I Have for Clients:
- Are you looking for a clothing-optional property?
- How important is it to you to have good food and alcohol?
- Do you prefer a beach or pool?
- Do you like the party atmosphere?
- Do you like quiet and romantic vibes?
- Do you want access to tours?
- Do you want to be close to a town?
- Are you ok with a transfer over an hour from the airport?
- Is an excellent spa on property essential?
- Are you looking for a boutique property or a larger resort?
- What is your budget?
This is by no means an exhaustive list of questions. However, these are not asked or answered in any Facebook post I’ve ever witnessed. If you’re looking for the best all-inclusive resort, why not talk to an expert and find the perfect choice for YOU, which may or may not be that of your Facebook friends?