5 Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Your All-Inclusive Vacation

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Disclosure: Dream Resorts provided an all expenses paid trip to Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa including travel, accommodations and activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #MomsEscape #ad 

Pool - Hotel in Background

My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to spend an amazing four days in Mexico! I’ve been to Mexico before but this was the first time for my daughter. Of the times I’d been there, this time was special.  Why? Because of where we stayed – the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. This was the first time I tried an Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive. Have you ever traveled to an all-inclusive location?

Beach - enjoying a drink under the palapas cucumber mojito

Here are a few tips on getting the most out of an all-inclusive vacation.

Beach - looking in from water at wedding area

1. Try New Things

One of the first restaurants we went to at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa was the Pan Asian. I love Pan Asian food, but it’s reserved for special occasions.  And a teppanyaki table? I’ve only experienced that once in my life.  Well at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, you can sit at a teppanyaki table or enjoy a flaming prepared-at-your-table dessert or try a new kind of sushi at (you’re guessing what I’m going to say, right?) no extra charge.  I ordered this amazing dessert – watch the video.  I’d never seen this before!  Oh, and it tasted as delicious as it looks!

An all-inclusive vacation is the time to try new things.  If you order something and don’t like it, no worries.  Order something else.  I have to admit though, when I saw the smoothie bar at the breakfast buffet, I had to create my daily favorite.  Before we left home, I was regretting that I wouldn’t be able to have my healthy, green smoothie.  Wrong!  Not only could I continue that habit, but I didn’t even have to make it myself.  Just point to the ingredients I wanted and a lovely staff member of Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, blended it for me.

Food - Green Smoothies

2.  Use Expensive Services

Room service is always a “discussion” (meaning argument) when my husband and I travel. He thinks it’s overpriced and never, never worth the money. I think room service is pampering and the very essence of v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n is to have breakfast in your room. AND at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, there is no extra charge for room service. You heard me! NO EXTRA CHARGE. No “discussion”.  And the coffee was steaming hot!!

Food - Room Service Hot Steaming Coffee

Have you stayed in a resort or hotel with a mini-bar?  Have you had to tell your kids over and over, don’t touch the $10 Pringles?  Been there, done that.  But, at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, not only is there a refrigerator and mini-bar, but you can actually use it… wait for it… at no extra charge!  It is restocked daily with things like Pringles, Peanut M&Ms, juice, beer, and more.

Room - Mini Bar

When you are at an Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive resort, this is the time to try a spa.  Try kayaking.  If you love it, you can keep going.  If you hate it, nothing lost.  (Can’t imagine hating it, but you never know!).    Here are some pictures from the spa at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.  (My biggest oohs and ahs were when I saw the showers.)

Spa - Hydrotherapy

Flowers - Fushchia


Spa - Massage Closeup


Spa - Outdoor Shower

Although I am not a big drinker, I love cocktails. I think mixed drinks are delicious! But because I don’t like to feel the effects of drinking too much, I often order virgin cocktails. All the flavors of a drink, without the effects. Unfortunately no-alcohol drinks also have almost all the price of an alcohol drink. Virgin Bloody Marys are my favorite. Even my daughter loves a Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. And on vacation, in a beach location, you want to stay hydrated, hehehe, right? Some resorts I had been to, the pool or beach drink service was rare and always very high priced. Add a tip and ouch! At Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa? Nope! The pool and beach servers were always around and the drinks, whether alcohol creations or not, were served at no extra charge! No charge! Seriously. Our favorite was the no-alcohol cucumber mojitos. MMMMM, refreshing, delicious, and did I mention there was no extra charge?

Food - Bloody Mary Bar

3.  Participate in Activities

Hotel - Activities and Entertainment

At Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, I was reminded of a cruise when it came to activities.  Each evening, the housekeeping staff came to do a turn-down and dropped off a newsletter with the next days activities.  Whether you like cooking classes, beach volleyball, or salsa dancing, there was truly something for everyone – even those who just like to lounge in their beach chair and watch!  Entertainment is something that is also included in the Unlimited-Luxury®   all-inclusive Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.  There was something different every night, from an acrobat show to a female vocal trio.

Hotel - Night Entertainment

4.  Indulge in Luxury

Room - Best Patio Jacuzzi

There were so many “touches” that created an atmosphere of luxury at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.  Things like the soft, cozy, thick white robe.  But Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa always seemed to even go one further.  Not only did you get that luxurious robe, there were even soft white slippers to match!  Not only were there large (no skimpy little bottles) or luxury bath products, at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa there were toothbrushes and amenities you don’t usually find at hotels.

Room - Amenities

A Jacuzzi tub is a must-have for a luxury room you say?  Well the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa had one in the room… and one on the patio!  Above and beyond.  When you walk in a nice hotel, someone greets you.  When my daughter and I walked into Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, someone said, “Welcome home”, handed us wet hand towels, gave me a glass of champagne and my daughter a fruity drink.  Above and beyond.  Truly, dreams come true.

Hotel - Lobby


Hotel - Welcome Champagne

One of the many things that stood out as unique at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, was the octagonal shape of the room.  It was very large and comfortable.  My daughter had fun creating this tour of the room.  I hope you have fun watching it!

5.  Leave your stress behind

When I was preparing to write this post, I googled “Reasons why people fight on vacation”.  It’s surprising how many of the things that cause stress on a vacation are eliminated with an Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive resort like Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.  And after all, isn’t that the reason you want to take a vacation?  You want to relax, renew, and leave your stress behind.

Beach - best of enjoying a drink under the palapas cucumber mojito

Food - Desserts

A common reason people fight on vacation is because they want to do different things.  Maybe you have a lot of stress at home and make major decisions on a regular basis.  Your idea of a vacation is to have the biggest decision be a win-win choice of, “beach or pool”.  But your partner is looking for exciting things to do and to pack every minute with an activity.  An Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive resort like Dreams Riviera Cancun has the options for both.  Spend a beautiful morning, waking up to that gorgeous ocean-view.  Have breakfast in bed, or on your large patio listening to the waves breaking on the beach.  Then go your separate ways and meet up again later in the day for a few hours at the spa.  Head on separate adventures for the afternoon, then meet for dinner at a romantic restaurant.  Everyone wins.

Food - Breakfast Chef

Another common reason people argue on vacation is because they are spending too much (or too little) money.  At Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive resort like Dreams Riviera Cancun, you should leave your wallet in the in-room safe.  On the last day, take it out to buy gifts, but the rest of the time, don’t even think about money, you don’t need to!

Hotel - Explorers Club

Families argue on vacation because they spend too much time together.  Whenever I travel, I consider safety, but especially when I am traveling alone with my daughter.  Let’s face it, we could be seen as a target.  While you have to be aware and have common sense anywhere you go, I felt very safe at Dreams Riviera Cancun.  Everything we needed was there.  We stayed at the resort the entire time.  There is also a place for kids to be entertained and taken care of without having a parent present, called the Explorer’s Club.  Children are checked in and secure with a fun place and activities to keep them happy and safe while you enjoy some alone time. (and… there’s no extra charge!)

Pool - Ping Pong Table w Text

But, you say, those kind of vacations are expensive.  I have a great tip for you – book early.  We are going back to the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa in January.  By booking now, we save up to 55%!  And my plan is to save every week from now until then so our entire vacation will be paid for by the time we travel.  Another idea is to use that tax return!  Cancun in January?  Escape from winter?  Recover from the holidays in sunshine?  Sounds like Dreams to me!  Click here to see Special Offers like Early Bird Booking.  When you get to “Let’s Get Started” if you have any difficulty (my browser was not cooperating), click on “Unlimited Luxury + Airfare” even if you are not booking air.  You have the opportunity in the next screens to choose, “Hotel Only” and re-enter your dates.  Or call, but be sure to tell them Kelly sent you!

I hope your Dreams come true!


  1. 1
    Julie Lundstrom says:

    This looks so relaxing. I love sitting under the umbrella taking it easy. Looks like a nice place to take a vacation.

  2. 2
    Lily M. says:

    Wow that looks amazing :) it would be great to go on a vacation like that :)

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    Judy Thomas says:

    That is my idea of heaven! You are so lucky :)

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    Janet W. says:

    These are great ideas! You definitely have to participate in different activities to get the most out of your trip!

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    Natalie says:

    I would definitely take advantage of the expensive services like room service!

  6. 6

    These are great tips. I’m stayed in one all inclusive and we didn’t use room service. I would if we could have.

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    Michelle says:

    This looks amazing.

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    Kimberly R says:

    Your vacation looked amazing, I have never tried taking an all inclusive one.

  9. 9

    These are great ways to improve your all inclusive vacation.

  10. 10

    Awesome tips, Kelly! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Diana Corlett says:

    Great tips for a memorable vacation! I’m more of an armchair traveller nowadays, but there are many places I wish I had visited in the past. This one looks fabulous!

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    Lynda Del says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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    Marti Tabora says:

    This definitely seems like a fantastic stay. I love the way you were still able to get your smoothie, that’s fantastic. Now I definitely want to go. Thanks for sharing all the great pics too.

  14. 14

    This is absolutely beautiful. It makes me want to go on a vacation again. We’re going to have to wait until next year though. We splurged on our vacation this past January.

  15. 15

    These are all great tips. Thanks for sharing them.

  16. 16

    What an amazing place! I would love to visit Mexico one day. Thanks for the tips!

  17. 17

    Love the idea of trying new things and there sure were a lot of things to try at that resort. We’re looking for a place to go with our family and this place has been added to our list. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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    Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks like my kind of vacation! I would love to visit!

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    Kathy Davis says:

    That’s so great that room service is not an additional fee.

  20. 20

    Great tips! My husband really needs to abide by these! :) He can’t let his stress go, even in paradise.

  21. 21

    I am surprised there is no charge for room service!

  22. 22

    helpful tips

  23. 23
    Laurie P says:

    I’ve never been on an all inclusive vacation so this was a great post for me to catch today :)

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    Melissa P. says:

    Looks amazing! Great tips. :)

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    mrsshukra says:

    #5 is the hardest thing to do!

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    Cindy Merrill says:

    Holy smokes, all that FOOD, 24/7. Do they have anything for those of us on diets?

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    Elle Styles says:

    I want vacations like that!

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    Hope Brooks says:

    I neeeed it!

  29. 29

    I’ve only ever done all inclusive cruises. I would love to try an all inclusive vacation like this one one day so I don’t have to be tied to a ships schedule

  30. 30

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing and glad you had a great time!
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  31. 31

    Looks & sounds amazing! All-inclusive would be ideal for my family. However, with a family of 7, it’s almost impossible to get a package that accommodates us all.

  32. 32

    Looks like a great place. Good food and lots of things to do. Loving the ping pong table in the pool!

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    Patricia F says:

    This is a great post with great pictures. I am sure you are inspiring many people to book an all inclusive vacation!

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    Sharon Braswell says:

    This is a beautiful place to vacation, with all the activities,spa, food,beach, pool, and wonderful pampering service! I can’t believe all the freebies either, like fruity drinks, cocktails and room service! I have never traveled to an all-inclusive location, but it looks like yours was a little bit of heaven! Thanks for the mini vacation for me!

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    courtney hennagir says:

    I seriously want to pack my bags right now! I have always wanted to book an all inclusive vacation and after reading this,I am going to talk to the hubster and figure out a time to go.Thank you! Also,I don’t know what that dessert was but I need it in my life,lol!

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    Jerry Marquardt says:

    I appreciate the tips and pointers on staying on track when it comes to an all inclusive trip.

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    Hannah C says:

    Sounds like it would be a wonderful time with these great tips. I would love to go on a vacation.

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