Learn the Lingo: The Ultimate All-Inclusive Glossary


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After what’s likely a year (or two!) of making decisions and really dialing into the details for the picture-perfect Big Day, your requirements for a honeymoon are fun, sun, and — pretty please with a tequila chaser — no more choices. Enter the all-inclusive resort. Most often located on a made-for-the-feed sun-kissed strand, these retreats offer the unparalleled allure of only having to decide what time you prefer to enjoy breakfast and maybe what kind of cocktail is best enjoyed at the swim-up bar. Of course, before you get to that step, you’ll need to decide which slice of paradise is right for you. We’re partial to Isla Mujeres, a serene island off the coast of Mexico; we also love lively Punta Cana in the festive Dominican Republic — the chic boutique property group Finest Resorts has dazzling spots in both locales. Beyond location, knowing some key terms will streamline your honeymoon. Now all you need to do is check in, and check out the amenities.

A La Carte: Eateries that are not buffet-style. Many all-inclusive resorts offer a host of à la carte options.

Club Category: This is a special term found at Finest Collection Resorts that signifies exclusive access to select amenities and services.

Gratuities: Tips are generally included in the package rate. Speciality services and restaurants are not usually covered and should be accounted for separately.

Greens Fees: The pricing for golf. At Finest Collection, the greens fees include cart rentals.

Land Sports: Activities such as beach volleyball, tennis, lawn chess, and even billiards are generally referred to in this manner. And they are all included in the price tag.

Non-Motorized Watersports: These sea-fun activities, which — you guessed it — don’t require motors are generally included in the single tariff.

Plunge Pools: Smaller in size than typical pools, these private places to make a splash are often located on spacious suite or villa decks.

Premium Liquors: Also referred to as top shelf, these encompass pricey brand-name spirits. Some properties include them in the overall fee, others may sell them as an add-on package. Similar packaging can occur for wine.

Resort Credit: A set amount that can be used to purchase additional experiences including spa, golf and scuba.

Specialty Restaurants: Sushi, steakhouses, Italian — oh my! Similar to à la carte eateries, these are menu-first outposts. Dining at one of these will incur an additional charge.