If you’re single and looking to mingle, or want to stick to your vacation plans for one, then going to an all-inclusive resort is a great way to go! Paying for an all-inclusive vacation could help you save money in the long run, which is important for many solo budgeters. Staying at an all-inclusive resort, especially for younger, more inexperienced traveler can also provide a great sense of security and safety when visiting a foreign place. Many travelers think that resorts are for couples and families, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great for solo travelers too. A huge perk of going to a resort alone is that you have your needs, and your needs alone, to keep in mind. All you need to worry about is when to eat, drink, sleep, and lather on that sunscreen again!
Looking to meet people?
Be sure to ask upon check-in of any events specifically for solo travelers. Some all-inclusive resorts offer special welcome receptions for solo travelers, while others host specific “Happy Hours” for singles only. You may even find events and activities for one, ranging from local experiences to excursions. Your resort should be the best experts on which events are perfect for solo travelers.
Try going to the buffets and on-site restaurants when they’re the busiest. During peak eating hours, you may be asked to share a table with fellow travelers. This is a great way to meet people, break the ice (or bread in this case), and make new friends. Who knows? They could end up being great travel buddies while you’re there, or potential dinner/drink partners for later in the evening!
In our experience, the swim-up bars at all-inclusive resorts are the place to mix and mingle! Don your swimsuit, re-apply that sunscreen, and then swim your way up to the bar. Since everything is already included in the price you’ve paid, the only thing you need to worry about is which cocktail to order first.
Looking to enjoy as much “me” time as possible?
Be sure to ask upon check-in where the quietest places in the resort are. Often, an all-inclusive resort will have an “adults-only” pool, hot tub, or deck area to limit the noise and kids’ distractions. You may even learn where the best beach cabanas are, and what times you’re more likely to get one all to yourself. While learning where the quietest places are, you may also discover where the most action takes place. It’s very helpful to learn about these areas when checking in so that your vacation can be exactly what you want it to be.
Try going to the buffets and on-site restaurants when they’re the least busiest. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a table for one, and you’re almost guaranteed to get more privacy when eating during the slowest times of the morning, afternoon, and evening. You’re also likely to have more waitstaff attending to your every beck and call, as there will be far fewer patrons dining alongside you. Talk about being pampered!
Speaking of being pampered, take some time to enjoy the activities that are perfect for a solo traveler. Try booking that much needed massage appointment at your resort’s spa, or treating yourself to that facial you’ve been eager to get, but never had time for back at home. Have you been meaning to read that book you packed? Why not take it down to the beach and spend as much time as you want reading while soaking up the sun’s rays?
Whether you’re hoping to meet new people, or just want a new spin on your “me” time, going solo to an all-inclusive resort can definitely be an enjoyable experience. If you want to be where all the action is and leave with more new friends than you can count, then go for it! If you want to relax and do some personal reflecting, then you can do that, too. We recommend giving yourself a little of both. If you’re constantly out and about with people, don’t forget to take a moment for yourself and catch your breath. On the other hand, if you need a break from your own company, try soaking in a hot tub at night. It’s a great, low-key, way of meeting others.
Be aware, however, that most all-inclusive resorts appear to charge an additional fee for the solo traveler, as their prices are per double-occupancy. This means that the room rate is the same whether one or two people are staying in the room. You can try calling the resort directly to negotiate a better deal for your solo adventure.
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