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Tips for "all-inclusive" travellers

  • When you purchase a vacation package which includes airfare, the destination transfers (between the airport and the resort) are included in the package price. Upon arrival, you clear customs and claim your baggage and exit the airport Terminal. Locate the representative from your tour operator, he/she will show you which bus transports you to your resort.
  • Check in times at most resorts is 3pm. Many charter flights arrive at your destination before noon. When you arrive at your hotel’s registration desk, your room will not be ready for check in. If you can gain access to your swimsuit and sandals, you can change into your beachwear on arrival. The hotel staff will lock up your luggage so you can go to enjoy the pools, restaurants, bars and public areas. We recommend that you make good use of your first few hours – we do not recommend that you sit in the lobby to wait. Instead, use this valuable time to relax and get familiar with your new surroundings.
  • Most tour operators offer an information seminar on Day 2 of your stay. A lot of important information concerning restaurant reservations, optional tours, currency conversion and other important items will be featured. Be sure to enquire on arrival, so you don’t miss out.
  • Tipping is not required, however, more and more tourists seem to offer tips to the hard-working staff. In any country, a tip reveals your appreciation. You will benefit from the improved service. It is best to tip in the local currency. Your housekeeper should be tipped early in the week or on a daily basis to encourage her to give you even better service. Your restaurant servers will appreciate a small token at the end of a meal too. A small tip, goes a long way.
  • Bring an “Insulated cup”, like the ones we have for Tim Horton Coffee. The bartenders can fill them with your favorite beverage, and you won’t have to use the thin and small plastic disposable cups offered in the Caribbean and Mexico. Not only does your drink stay cold, but you have a lid that keeps out the sand.
  • Most resorts offer a variety of A La Carte or Specialty Restaurants….. Men must wear long pants and closed shoes for most of the “a la carte” restaurants.
  • Be sure to purchase cancellation, trip interruption and medical coverage. You can never quite tell what might happen. Injuries can happen, so it is best to be protected.

If your flight departs late, on the last day of your vacation, you will have to vacate your room at 12noon even though your transfer won’t depart till much later…. You can use the pools, bars, restaurants to enjoy the day. The staff will lock away your luggage, until it is time to depart for the airport. If you wish to change clothes and shower before heading to the airport, many resorts offer a "hospitality room" for this. Just enquire with the front desk and they will tell you the details.

 

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