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All-inclusive holidays offer a number of benefits. As soon as you arrive in your resort, you should have no further need for your wallet or purse, so you can concentrate on winding down and making the most of your precious time away.

All-inclusive holidays generally include the majority of their services in one price, including accommodation, snacks, meals, drinks, activities and even extras such as beach towels and loungers.

However, there are differences from one resort and even hotel to the next, so it makes sense to do some thorough research before booking. While some hotels may offer a buffet service, for example, another might provide a choice of several restaurants and waiter service.

The first thing you will want to consider is location. If you fancy travelling outside of Europe and are looking for a great price point, you might want to consider Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or Mexico.

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could also add Costa Rica and Nicaragua to your shortlist. Europe is awash with all-inclusive resorts, so the best thing to do if you want to go short-haul is to identify your top three destinations and narrow down your search from that point.

If you are looking for the best price, you should do one of two things: either book as far as possible in advance or at the very last minute. It makes sense to have decided where you want to go well ahead of time; you can then keep an eye out for any relevant deals or other offers that are offered. While you may get a very good offer when travelling last-minute, you do need to bear in mind that the price might be low because it is a package others have rejected. However, if you are not bothered by location, you may be able to pick up a great bargain, particularly if you are flexible about your dates of travel.

One top tip is to read the small print at least twice before setting off on your holiday. Items such as alcohol, tips, Wi-Fi and transfers may all be charged separately, so you need to factor this in when comparing deals. Some resorts are strictly ‘no tip’, whereas others are flexible. It’s important to have a handle on this before you arrive to avoid any embarrassing situations.

In many cases, all alcohol is included in the day rate; however, others only offer locally produced beers and wines as part of the all-inclusive package and may charge separately for other choices. Occasionally, alcohol is not included at all, and this could push up the cost of your holiday significantly if you don’t notice before booking.

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