Over The Top All-Inclusive Vacation Amenities

All-inclusive vacations are undeniably easy; all you have to do is show up and every need is catered to, without you having to open your wallet. Typical amenities include endless buffets and drinks but it can indeed go beyond that. Follow along as we explore 10 over the top all-inclusive amenities you don’t want to miss!

10. Fireplace Butler, New Mexico

Having a fireplace in your hotel room is one of the most romantic touches, but lighting that fire and getting it to stay lit can quickly kill the mood. Luckily for the guests at the Four Seasons Resort Ranch Encantado in Santa Fe New Mexico, there is a fireplace butler. All guests need to do is request a visit from this expert and your butler will arrive at your door dressed in outdoor gear and a red flannel hat, making sure he looks the part. The fireplace butler will go on to light the fire for you and serve you hot chocolate or steaming apple cider in charming camping mugs. And you thought you had heard of every kind of butler.

Photo by: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Photo by: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

9. Complimentary Porsche, California

If you feel like going for one heck of a joy ride, make sure to head over to Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in California where you can take out a Porsche for the cost of nothing. Through an exclusive partnership, the resort is able to offer guests a complimentary vehicle for the day. The concierges are well versed in suggesting where to take this powerful car and feel free to keep it until the evening. For those high rollers who actually fall in love with the car, there is a Porsche certified concierge on site to speak with about taking one of these bad boys home. Whether you’ve got the kids, want the convertible or just need an excuse to test one out, this resort has you covered.

Photo by: Rancho Valencia
Photo by: Rancho Valencia

8. Extensive Rare Book Collection, Kenya

For any book lover out there, the chance to see an extensive manuscript collection from some of the finest writers is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Fortunately there is one resort in Kenya that not only offers an incredible eco-safari adventure but also a library full of unpublished letters, diary entries and unique photographs. Guests at the Segera Retreat will discover artifacts from Charles Darwin, Theodore Roosevelt, David Livingstone, Ernest Hemingway and more. This unique conservation retreat belongs to German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz who stocked the library full of these priceless artifacts, as well as filling the resort with his personal art collection and vintage antiques. Nightly rates start at $1,070 per person per night and include meals, drinks, retreat activities and access to these rare and priceless books.

Photo by: Segera Retreat
Photo by: Segera Retreat

7. Cirque de Soleil Experience, Club Med

Club Med and Cirque de Soleil have teamed up to bring resort goers the opportunity to fly high at their new fitness program titled Creactive. This dream-like playscape is a program where guests of all ages can try their hand at a variety of artistic and acrobatic activities. Activities include trapeze, tight rope, aerial silk, trampoline, juggling and more. There will be no jumping through hoops to sign up for this program as it is included with the room rate at Club Med in Punta Cana. This one of a kind circus experience is under the direct supervision of dedicated trainers and the activities are inspired by the 20 plus productions that take place all over the world. Dedicated to bringing circus and happiness to the world, if you have ever wanted to fly high, this is the place to do so.

Photo by: Club Med
Photo by: Club Med

6. Extensive Wine Collections, Singita, Africa

Singita is the proud operator of 12 lodges and camps, in five regions across three countries in Africa and is at the forefront of luxury safari experiences. Therefore it should come as no surprise that their wine collections are both incredible and tailored to match each and every dish. The brand’s wine collection in fact may just come in second, perhaps only to seeing the incredible wildlife in Africa. For each lodge the selection is handpicked and although every wine on the list in included in the price; one won’t go wrong trusting the daily pairings. Lodges offer the majority of their red wines at five years and older and there certainly won’t be any typically house chardonnay on the menu. Sommeliers are on hand at each lodge, not only picked for their wine knowledge but also their travel experience, personality and love for the African bush land. Guests won’t find a more incredible experience, complete with outstanding wine anywhere else in the world.

Photo by: Singita
Photo by: Singita

5. Baby/Family Concierge, World Wide

More and more all-inclusive resorts, especially smaller boutique ones are getting on board with including a baby or family concierge with the packages. These personal concierges are devoted to your family’s needs including walkie-talkies to keep in constant touch with one another, cookies and milk turn down service and specialized activities for your family. Some resorts offer play pens, bottle warmers, customized “kids” mini fridges in the rooms, cribs, change tables, baby bath robes, strollers and more. The Paradisus Resorts even offer private pools and beach areas with valet service, a VIP lounge with private check in and a bath time fun program before bed. If you are looking to have all the help you can want, make sure to check out the resorts that really offer it all in terms of childcare.

Photo by: Paradisus by Melia
Photo by: Paradisus by Melia

4. Tennis Academy, Club Med

Club Med has once again stepped up their game in terms of the amenities offered in their all-inclusive packages by offering the Club Med Tennis Academy at select resorts. Guests of all ages will have access to daily, weekly and full-time tennis programs all year round, run by top coaches. At Sandpiper Bay guests will have access to morning and/or afternoon sessions, with a focus on skills, weight training, stroke productions and match play. Players also get the chance to train with the best players and play full-length matches against one another. From kids to adults, beginners to experts, there is a tennis activity for anyone at Club Med.

Photo by: Club Med Academies
Photo by: Club Med Academies

3. Cooking Classes, Karisma Hotels and Resorts

Karisma’s all inclusive resorts are ultra luxurious and offer incredible personalized service to each and every guest. A favorite amenity of guests here are the cooking classes that are included in your holiday. The focus here is on seasonal cuisine and local produce and this educational experience is meant to teach guests about the joys of food and cooking. Guests will work together with experienced chefs to create incredible tasting dishes. At the end of each class guests are invited to enjoy the dishes they created as well as sipping on complimentary wine. If wine is more your style, be sure to check out the wine tastings that are offered by the knowledgeable sommeliers, or take an interactive tequila tasting class where you will learn the history and basics of tequila. With resorts located across Mexico, it is easy to find your perfect cooking vacation.

Photo by: Karisma Hotels
Photo by: Karisma Hotels

2. A Temporary Closet, Berlin

If you have forgotten that little black dress and you happen to be at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin, there is no need to go out and buy another one. That is because this hotel offers Schumacher designer dresses at no extra charge. The Schumacher shop is located just a few minutes away from the hotel and in the snap of a finger; a private shopping trip will be arranged for you. Guests should be aware that they will have to return the dresses, and hopefully no red wine will end up on it. Whether it is a cocktail dress, evening gown or something more elaborate, Schumacher has got you covered. This is one amenity that we think other hotels and resorts need to get on board with!

Photo by: Hotel de Rome
Photo by: Hotel de Rome

1. Private Submarine Rides, Fiji

It might just be the absolute coolest hotel perk and guests of the Laucala Island Resort in Fiji can have the chance to experience a ride in the resorts personal submarine. What cost a guest $2,000 a few short years ago is now included in the price of an all-inclusive package. The futuristic two-seater submarine called DeepFlight Super Falcon is capable of diving up to 1,500 feet down. This winged submarine flies through the water more like a sea creature than a boat and features 360-degree viewing capabilities through its acrylic domes. Guests of the resort can enjoy a one hour trip with the pilot of the sub where they can expect to see an abundance of coral reef and marine life including clown fish, turtles and leopard sharks. Room rates here start at about $4,600 a night and include not only a submarine ride but spa treatments, golfing, butler service and other extreme amenities.

Photo by: Laucala Island
Photo by: Laucala Island

Party Time: 10 Best Spring Break Destinations

Spring break is a rite of passage. Each year, tens of thousands of college students flee their dorms and head for sunnier locales. They are planning to blow off some steam – leaving classes, teachers, and homework far behind. It is the perfect time to hang out with friends, do a little partying, and just relax and recharge after a long winter. The biggest choice these college students want to make is where to go for Spring Break.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” right? Las Vegas offers a wide variety of activities from amusement park rides to the Eiffel Tower or a gondola ride on a Venice Canal. For those looking to try their hand at gambling, each hotel has its own casino. There are a wide variety of nightclubs and shows to visit in the evening as well.

Las Vegas

2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas is a great Spring Break location. It is renowned for its extreme outdoor sports and pristine beaches. Spend an afternoon relaxing on Lover’s Beach. In the evenings, there is always a party during the week of Spring Break in one of the glamorous hotels.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

3. Nassau, Bahamas

Consider taking a cruise to Nassau, where the nightlife is vibrant and varied. Nassau is the largest city in the Bahamas with plenty of beaches, culture, and, of course, drinks (with umbrellas!). Under the Caribbean moon there are plenty of nightclubs where the rum is cheap and the music is loud. After an evening of partying, spend the day relaxing on one of the many pristine beaches.

Nassau, Bahamas

4. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay enjoys a reputation as a Spring Break hotspot. Each March, Montego Bay hosts the Brit-Jam. This party blends American and English music with the music and culture of Jamaica for a unique party experience. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, splashing in the waves or simply recovering from the previous night’s party.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

5. Acapulco, Mexico

There is always a party in Acapulco. During the day, enjoy one of Acapulco’s many pool parties. In the evening, it is time to head out to one of the many nightclubs. Acapulco combines plenty of stunning beaches with countless clubs, making it a top pick for Spring Breakers. Be sure to stop by Palladium, a club on the cliffs that offers breathtaking views of Acapulco Bay.

Acapulco, Mexico

6. South Padre Island, Texas

The Lone Star state has become an up and coming hotspot for college students enjoying Spring Break. South Padre Island offers white sandy beaches, blue oceans, and plenty of Spring Break parties. It’s also easily accessible to students who live in Texas – or one of the other states in the Southeastern United States.

South Padre Island, Texas

7. Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach is known as the Spring Break Capital of the World. It is easy to see why with MTV sending camera crews to film the festivities and choosing it as the best party. They roll kegs of beers out on to the beach, so they can party in the sun or under the moonlight.

Panama City Beach, Florida
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8. Miami Beach, Florida

No, the South Beach Diet is not beer, tequila, rum and repeat. Here in Miami’s South Beach, there is a variety of nightclubs and entertainment. During the day, the beaches of Miami seem to go on for miles. With its Cuban influenced flavors the food is outstanding. Dance the night away in Miami!

Miami Beach

9. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana offers a variety of inclusive resorts that provide a wide array of activities for students. From lazing on the beach to snorkeling to parties at the clubs, there’s no shortage of things to do here. Only in Punta Cana can you take the president’s crown. If you are able to drink more of the country’s beer (Presidente), than the president, you get his crown. The number to beat? 42 and counting.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

10. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun offers pristine beaches, sparkling water, and of course plenty of parties. In the evening, choose between a club with a water slide and one that offers bungee jumping. Under the Mexican moon, the party never ends!

Cancun, Mexico