Best Tips on Making the Most of An All Inclusive Holiday

July 5, 2018

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Whether you work a lot or even travel a lot, the truth is, you eventually get really tired and that statement holds true for even myself. If you have never done so before, booking an all-inclusive trip is a great way to unwind and let go of responsibility for a short period of time, but if you’re like myself or my husband, you may get a little restless after a couple of days because you’re so used to always being on the go.

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While we spent a lot of time on the white sand beaches admiring the blue water from under the star huts and umbrellas, we actually took advantage of a huge amount of activities. On one of the evenings after I had been in the sun for most of the day, I showered and put on my this beautiful scarf print set, inspired by Dolce & Gabbana and went for a quick evening walk around the resort before going for dinner, a latin dance show at the resort theatre, late night karaoke and then a live concert out on the deck!


Being at a great all-inclusive hotel usually means there are plenty of activities and events. Below are my best tips on how to take advantage of your all-inclusive and non-all-inclusive facilities as much as possible:

Points & Upgrades
Always be kind and friendly to everyone, but when it comes to hotel front desk and reservations, it’s particularly helpful. Check to see if any hotel rewards offer free upgrades before you complete a booking. At check-in, you are sometimes able to score an upgrade. We’ve been very fortunate to get one on our most recent trip to our all-inclusive resort.

Airport Transfers
When I first visited Bali 8 years ago, my hotel offered free hotel transfers (even without it being an all-inclusive). Many luxury hotels and resorts offer this as a free service, and if not, they offer pick up for less – it’s certainly usually more convenient and more comfortable, especially in a country whose customs you may not be familiar with yet, so I recommend double checking with your resort.

Get the Activities Schedule
Most websites are not up to date with their weekly list of pool-side, beach and evening activities. Luckily for us, Hard Rock does list quite a few, but it’s always good to send an email to the resort manager in charge of the activities on property. This is how we found out about the foam pool party that so many of you guys loved on my Instagram Stories!

Check Restaurants and Hours of Operations
When your hotel has as many restaurants as ours (we had 9 restaurants and a couple of cafes), the best way to be a foodie on resort is to check the hours online and then reviews. Afterwards, book your reservations for the ones that are highly rated to ensure you have a spot before you leave. On our first trip we realized the restaurant we wanted to visit on our 2nd last day only opened in the evenings, but we already had reservations on the last day, so didn’t get to try out what we wanted. Avoid this mistake and check before you fly, or at least early on into your trip..

Obtain List of Facilities
At our most recent visit, the facilities included spa, nightly theatre shows, casino, night club, karaoke, bars, live concerts, escape room, arcade, gym and more! In the past, the 4 to 5 star resorts I’ve stayed at didn’t actually have nearly this much, but it’s good to check the list to see what things you might want to consider doing. Our theatre shows changed every night from latin dance, magic, acrobatic shows and more. We missed on our first trip due to wedding tasks, but made sure to catch them this time around.

Request the List of Excursions
On our most recent trip, we took a slingshot car out for a drive through Punta Cana. I’ve also done island hopping, ziplining and more at other resorts. Get in touch with one of the sales representatives for excursions and ask for the list of excursions available. This will help you plan your side trips and potentially how much cash or money you may want to budget for this portion of the trip. Some excursions only occur on specific days of the week at some resorts, so this will help you coordinate the nights you want to have that special dinner while being able to partake in the excursion you desire. There is no need to choose immediately. I recommend saving the brochures or emails to your phone or tablet so you can discuss or review while waiting for your flight at the airport or while you’re in the air with your travel partner.

I hope you enjoyed this tips. If you have some of your own, please share them below.

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  • Anika May July 5, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Love all the details here, and the photography is amazing! Great post 🙂

    Anika |

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Anika!

  • sharon wu July 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    all-inclusive holidays are the best, especially when there are buffets involved. sorta. LOL. i’ll pig out and then go swim it off, while getting my tan on! great tips for making the most of an all inclusive holiday darling! you always have the best travel pointers. thanks for sharing!

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Sharon!! So glad you enjoyed the post! I find myself pigging out all the time even when I don’t want to because I want to try all the different food! At a really nice resort with a great restaurant it’s so much harder. haha. Have a great week!


  • Atsuna Matsui July 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I’m all about booking all-inclusive trips for the holidays. I find planning really stressful and overwhelming so I lovee the convenience for all-inclusive trips. Thanks for sharing with us these tips!


    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      I love the convenienice too! 🙂 Have a great week!


  • Patinka July 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    beautiful! that dress is everything!!!

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Patina!!


  • yuka July 5, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    These are really great tips! all inclusive holidays are my fav kinds! hahah

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Haha so convenient right? This one was the largest I’d every been. A bit insane really. I realized how much I missed because there was so much going on the first time I’d been. >.< Have a great week! Xo, Miki

  • Simplement Lui July 6, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Interesting post as many forget about this … then a superb outfit and incredible pictures; the first one is superb! Have a lovely weekend xx

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks so much!! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the post and really appreciate the kind and thoughtful comment. 🙂


  • Heather Rowland July 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

    These tips are absolutely brilliant and I’m loving your outfit – that two piece is absolutely beautiful!!

    Heather xoxo

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks. I love that it’s separates. 🙂 Have a great week Heather!


  • Sofia July 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I loveeee the pattern on the clothes! So unique and fun!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂


  • Amy Arnold July 6, 2018 at 10:50 am

    What a gorgeous place and gorgeous photos. Good tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Amy!


  • Carmen July 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Oooh sweetie this is so so beautiful! Haha I’ve been on my first all inclusive holidays last year and I really was a bit overwhelmed and shocked at the same time – so many options! This is why I love this point of making a little schedule – I will definitely keep your thoughts in mind dear <3
    xx, Carmen –

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks babe. So glad you enjoyed the post. A big resort with a lot to do makes it so much more overwhelming, right? lol Have a great week!


  • Allie Mackin July 6, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Oh I love this look! I am so on board with the ruffle trend, I bought two dresses, a top and beach romper–all with ruffles hahaha. And you know I have never been on a trip like this but I have read a lot about them as I use to work at a bridal magazine. Maybe one of these days I will get to take a vaca like this. Hopefully we will see each other in Paris this year!

    Allie of

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      The two dresses sound so beautiful! I can’t wait to see them! I will be in Paris this year, but I’m on vacation in between fashion month so I’ll be arriving mid-week. Can’t wait. 🙂 See you there!


  • May July 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Girl! You are killing it in this outfit! Love your pictures as always.

    May ||

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks girl! Nothing like a great print, am I right? 🙂 Have a great week!


  • Nicole July 7, 2018 at 12:54 am

    That print is BEAUTIFUL! I personally can’t stand an all-inclusive vacation — I tried it before and I felt trapped and limited LOL.


  • Lily July 7, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Super cute Photos!

    Lily Loves |

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Joy July 7, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I have never experienced all-inclusive hotel, I think I definitely need to try


    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Yes – a really good one will have a lot to do. 🙂 I hope you find a great deal. 🙂


  • The Fashion Folks July 8, 2018 at 6:26 am

    these are great tips Miki! Hahah definitely need a week long of an all-inclusive resort asap. So much fun to make the most out of all the activities too and explore the surroundings. And yess to your D&G inspired outfit, so chic!! Xx

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks!! I hope you find an amazing deal to a fabulous location. The print is so good right? lol

  • Lovely July 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Adore this look Miki, the two piece is just so beautiful. Thanks for these great tips!


    • miki July 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Lovely! Enjoy your week babe.


  • Len Parent July 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    You look amazing!! I love these photos! Great styling as always babe!
    Happy weekend! :=)
    Much love, Len

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks babe! Have a great week!


  • Hadasah Love | Style To Love July 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I love your blog, thank you for sharing!
    xoxo, Hadasah

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Hadasah. Glad you enjoyed it! Have a great week!


  • Jalisa July 8, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Eddie and I LOVE Punta Cana! We stud at The Excellence and loved it, but have heard such great things about the Hard Rock, too! It was also an all inclusive and it was great not having to worry about doing anything and knowing that all the meals were included, as well as the amenities. But, like you said, we did begin feeling a little restless and ended up doing a few excursions as a result that were so much fun! I love your outfit by the way, so beautiful!



    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      I haven’t stayed there but also heard of it! Punta Cana is so beautiful right? I love doing excursions too. Usually I do 2 to 5 depending on where I am, but only had time to squeeze in one here. The resort is just so darn big. lol Have a great week!


  • l'ambassadrice July 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

    These pics are incredible and you look absolutely AMAZING in that outfit! I can’t wait to visit Punta Cana one day 🙂

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Oh you’d love it! Hope you visit soon. Thanks so much! 🙂 Have a great week!


  • Tina July 9, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Wow that hotel looks sooo stunning and relaxing – would definitlly go there right now 🙂
    usually I like to book flexible and not all inclusive but sometimes there is something so relaxing about not caring about anything – so I guess I do like to book both ways 😉


    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      For sure. I really personally don’t like small resorts because I get bored so quickly so I totally get what you mean. I really wanted to be relaxed and this is exactly what I needed since there was still so much to do! Definitely recommend a larger resort with a lot of extra activities and things to do if you get restless. Have a great week!


  • Yuliya Oleynykova July 9, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Well done on the tips and thank for telling people about the free transfers. Mostly, companies try to charge for that, but it’s so silly. Because most of the resorts collect their guests from the airport, give you a snack and water xxx

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      I totally agree and it’s so easily overlooked. Have a fab week!


  • Valeria Chizhova July 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    you look awesome and photos are amazing! ♥

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Valeria! Have a great week!


  • Nina Nguyen July 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Such great tips and you look stunning as always!
    xx- Nina

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Nina!

  • Jessica July 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Lovely tips dear, but not as lovely as your dress! That’s one fabulous dress you got there. Love the pattern, so colorful and pretty classic patterns!

    Jessica |

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks so much! I love the print too. 🙂 Have a great week.


  • From Luxe With Love July 11, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Love these tips babe! And I love your dress too! So perfect for a vacation! xx

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks! So glad you enjoyed them!

  • Lesley Kim July 11, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I love all these tips you gave. Best of all, you look amazing in your two-piece outfit!

    Lesley Kim

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Aw, thanks so much girl! So sweet of you. Have a wonderful week Leslie.

  • Naya July 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

    These are all fab suggestions, Miki! You look great as ever! xx

    The Party Parrot Blog

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Naya. You are so sweet. Have a great week!


  • Olivia Poncelet July 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

    OMG looks like amazing holidays!
    Amazing tips too 😀
    Lovely pics too <3
    Happy Tuesday! 😀
    Olivia Poncelet <3

    • miki July 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks! Had so much fun. 🙂


  • Meredith Christine July 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Love these tips! I went into my first all-inclusive without much preparation and definitely feel like I missed out on maximizing the experience!


    • miki July 12, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the post. It is so easy when the resort is huge, right?? I missed a lot the first time. Have a great week!