On our trip to Cancun last weekend, Harrison and I stayed at an all-inclusive resort for the first time.
It was an interesting experience to say the least, especially as we saw the forecast called for a tropical storm. If that was true, we would be spending a whole lot of time at this place.
Well fortunately the weather cleared up, which was a good thing since I quickly learned that there’s not a whole lot to do at an all-inclusive resort.
But it definitely has its pros and cons– don’t let my negative tone distract you from the good things resorts can provide.
We stayed at a three/four star resort (depending on where you look), the Flamingo Cancun Resort, and all in all, I’d say it was a three star experience.
Here’s a review what you can expect when visiting an all-inclusive resort in Cancun this summer.
The food has its pros and cons to be sure.
Pro: you’ll never go hungry.
Con: you have to search for the quality food.
The best way to make the most of the food is to find the quality food, not the quantity food.
Here’s what I mean by that: if you’re at the buffet, don’t be surprised if there’s a whole bunch of mediocre food.
The good thing is there’s usually an upscale restaurant that is also included in the “all-inclusive” aspect of these resorts.
At the Flamingo Cancun, the Albatros restuarant requires reservations, but definitely has better food than what you’ll find at the buffet.
It’s made to order, so you’ll find much fresher options.
If you order food poolside or at one of the cafes, that food tends to be better as well.
On our last day at the Flamingo Cancun, we discovered the pizza shop where your pizza is fired in a brick oven and is completely fresh. It was amazing!
And of course, you can’t forget the bars, where there is also unlimited alcohol!
Harrison and I aren’t big drinkers, but we definitely appreciated the mojitos and pina coladas offered at the resort!
(You can tell it had been raining when this picture was taken- the bar is another place we visited to entertain ourselves while it rained!)
The customer service
Pros: they do their best to accomodate you.
Cons: You might be surprised to learn that not all of the staff speaks English.
Harrison had quite a difficult time trying to make a reservation at the restaurant. Even with my limited/almost conversational Spanish, we barely got by!
But the staff were sweet and the majority spoke English.
We did have a really confusing conversation where all we wanted was an extra two water bottles in our room.
We literally had to talk to three different people when finally they understood what we needed.
(Oddly enough our room didn’t come with water bottles, but don’t worry, I’ve heard that most resorts do.)
The activities & amenities
Pros: there are plenty of places to explore at the resort
Cons: activities can be limited.
On the day it rained, we were cooped up at the resort. Fortunately, were entertained by a performance at the pool, even though it only lasted for a short while.
Regardless of length, there are usually daily activities at these all-inclusive resorts, such that you won’t be bored if the rain comes in.
But the great thing about being at these places is that you’re often there with friends, family, or your significant other. EIther way, you’re bound to find a fun place to hole up in if it rains.
(There’s also the hot tub, which keeps you warm rain or shine!)
And when the sun comes up, these resorts really start to show off all they have to offer.
Most resorts have multiple pools, multiple bars, and beachfront access.
Our resort was really quite beautiful, with hammocks for relaxing, little bridges across the pool, a swim up pool bar, and pool beds for an extra comfy way to relax by the pool.
And no matter where you stay in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, you’re bound to be near a bus stop that can easily take you to downtown, a different beach, or a restaurant if you get sick of resort food.
All-inclusive resorts do make life easier– you don’t have to budget for food or alcohol when it comes to travel. But I hope this post keeps your expectations from going too high.
And who know, you might just book an amazing resort that goes above and beyond! Either way, find peace in the fact that no matter what your resort offers, you’re bound to be right by the beauitful ocean, so enjoy it!