Resort Dining Tips for a Newbie

Although our BeachMasters have visited countless resorts throughout the Caribbean & Mexico, whether its their 7th trip to tour resorts or taking their yearly vacation time with their significant other, they are all still blown away by the amount of luxury & service found at these resorts.

One of our favorite aspects of our trips is the dining aspect.

Most resorts feature up to 9 different restaurants with various types of food and all at your fingertips at any time of the day.

For those maybe traveling for the first time or for any eager foodies out there, prep your palate before stepping foot on resort.

Here are some dining tips to consider as you plan your next All Inclusive vacation:


Some resorts, like the Secrets Resorts & Spas, don’t require that you have reservations. This can be a great thing if you want to walk right off the beach and sit down to a meal. On the other hand, if many people show up at once to the same restaurant, you may find yourself waiting in line to get in, especially at peak times.

Others, like Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, require reservations at some of their restaurants. This is a great thing to consider and plan when deciding which resort to choose. Before you travel, take a look at the a la carte dining options and make reservations as close to check-in at the resort as possible so you get into the restaurants you’ve been salivating over.



A dress code is a common thing to discover at many of these beach resort restaurants.  Many times, when this is the case, business casual dress is appropriate. Guys, especially for you, don’t forgot to pack a pair of slacks. You’ll learn the hard way in the resort gift shop to the tune of approximately $100 for a pair of dress pants (Yikes!). Don’t make that mistake! Also some resorts require closed toed shoes at A La Carte restaurants. Be sure to check ahead of time just to be safe.



Wine Selection

When a resort is listed as All Inclusive it does mean that all of your food and beverages will be complimentary with your stay. However, you may be surprised upon dining at your first restaurant for an evening meal that wine sometimes has a price, and often a lofty one, if you desire anything other than the complimentary house red or house white wines. Find out before you go if the wine selection included in the package price is vast or limited for those that consider themselves wine connoisseurs.



Dining Schedules

Some guests get in a position where they freak out when they realize not every single restaurant is open for every meal 24/7. Don’t worry, there is always a buffet open & room service is definitely a thing. View your resort’s dining schedule for those specific restaurants that are only open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Resorts like Now, Secrets, and Dreams have snack shops (called the Cocoa Cafe) open as well for those in between hankerings. We always recommend avoiding getting “hangry” on your beach vacation.

Dining schedules also vary dependent on low or high travel season. On lower seasons, fewer restaurants may be open at once depending on the occupancy at the resort. To help be in the know, make sure to ask the front desk of the resort for information regarding dining the week you are there.
Remember, not every All Inclusive is created equal.
Restaurant exceptions are always dependent on that specific resort. Many times you get what you pay for with both drink and food selections. So if food is a big deal for you, make sure to tell your BeachMaster at time of booking to help narrow down your resort fit. At certain resorts, elegant gourmet cuisine is their jam. At others, it’s calories to fuel a day of beach bummin’, and for many that’s enough. Moral of the story – it’s not one size fits all so check with your BeachMaster if you have any questions.

Want to hear more about the mouth watering cuisine options at your upcoming resort?

Call your BeachMaster for some more tips of the trade. 

And for those seasoned All Inclusive-ites, we want to hear from you! What have been some of your BEST All Inclusive food tricks of the trade?