From Polo to Prepaid Vacations
The concept of all-inclusives came from an unlikely source: Olympic swimmer and water polo player Gerard Blitz. In April of 1950, he founded Club Med, an association of prepaid "vacation villages" where instead of paying with cash, guests traded colored beads for items such as bar drinks and souvenirs.
What to Expect on Your All-inclusive Honeymoon
So, why are all-inclusive resorts so popular among honeymooners? One big reason is the savings. All-inclusives can cut as much as 25 percent off the price of a do-it-yourself honeymoon -- which is nothing to sneeze at when you consider that the average weeklong honeymoon costs a gulp-worthy $3,400, according to the Condé Nast Bridal Group.
Another incentive for choosing an all-inclusive is the relief of knowing exactly how much your honeymoon is going to cost up front. If you're feeling a little burned by all the unexpected expenses associated with a wedding, it's a relief knowing your honeymoon will stay well within a predetermined budget.
You do, however, have to watch out for hidden extras and "upsells," such as premium liquors or more expensive menu items, such as lobster. And while sports like golf may be covered, you may have to shell out cash for club rentals or a golf cart. Spa services may be extra as well, or it may be only the first treatment that's free. The secret is to find out ahead of time exactly what's covered and what's not.
Honeymooners also like the fact that some all-inclusives have honeymoon registries. That's right, your wedding guests can donate toward the cost of your honeymoon as their gift to you. All-inclusive resorts are also popular choices among airline-sponsored packages that let you pay for both your airfare and accommodations with frequent flier miles -- which wedding guests can also contribute toward your cause. For instance, Delta Vacations offers all-inclusive options like the Hotel Riu Palace in sunny, palm-riddled Aruba and the Paradisus Playa Conchal situated just minutes from Costa Rica's famed Playa Grande Marine Turtle National Park.