One of the advantages of going to an all-inclusive resort is that it’s easy to stay on budget. You can eat and drink as much as you want without worrying how much the bill will be at the end of your stay.
There are lots of all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya and we often book a night at one — especially during the low season when the rates are better.
Why a Single Night?
For the budget-conscious retirees living on a fixed income, this option definitely gives us the most bang for our buck. Although we’re only staying a single night, we’re really getting two days at the resort because we show up early the first day and leave late the second.
When resorts say that their check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM, they’re referring only to your access to your room, not the property. From the moment we arrive until we leave, we’re permitted to eat, drink and enjoy the facilities.
When we check out the next morning, we always ask the front desk how long we can hang around and the answer usually falls somewhere between 5:00 PM– 9:00 PM. That’s plenty of time to enjoy a second day at the beach.
Maximizing the Savings
We have found that hotel reward programs through booking sites like Expedia and Orbitz, are the best way to get the most bang for our buck. These programs don’t cost you anything; however, they award you points every time you book a trip through the site. Those points can be used to save you money on future trips.
On Friday, we used our points to book a basic room at an all-inclusive resort about 15 minutes from our condo. The room was $227 a night (total for two adults) but we redeemed some of our reward points and got it for $31.97 USD.
Another advantage of becoming a member of a booking site is that it often gets you free perks and upgrades. Once we arrived at the resort, we were upgraded to a nice suite which had a separate living room and two bathrooms.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Living on a strict budget in Mexico doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy life to the fullest — we just have to be smart about how we spend our money.
Although our annual income is only a fraction of what it used to be when we were both working, our quality of life is far superior. We would never be able to live this well and do all the things we do on our income if we had stayed in the United States.
Here are a few pics from our latest trip to an all-inclusive (Barceló Maya Palace). You can click on the thumbnail to see the full size image.