All inclusive Food – Opinion
If you include Cruise ships, my wife and I have only been on 4 all inclusive vacations. Three cruises and one true AI in Mexico. Here are my thoughts on it:
Quantity: There is an endless amount of food at any AI. It can range from simple burgers, hot dogs and pizza to a sit down meal with lobster. A buffet is what a buffet is. Most items at a buffet are the typical items you would find on a buffet anywhere else in the world. Fried foods, meats, pasta, bread, salad, deserts and that sort of thing. If you want quantity be sure to saddle up the a buffet but don’t complain when you get home and find that you gained weight.
Quality: the higher end the resort is the higher end the Ala Cart’e meals will be. But keep in mind these are AI resorts and not Nobu in New York city. The food will be very good but you should not expect Wolf Gang Puck to come to your table and cook it for you. What it will be is better than you would get back at home when at the Olive Garden, TGI Fridays or Chili’s. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those restaurants. They all serve quality meals at a budget friendly price. My point is that the meal at the AI will be somewhere in between Chili’s and Nobu. If you manage your expectations you will e pleased with what you get. The food is well presented, high quality, fresh, hot and tasty. That is a quality meal.
Choice: There is always something that you will enjoy. If you don’t see it, ask for it. These resorts rely on repeat and word of mouth business. They want you to enjoy yourself. They don’t want to you leave disappointed that you could not find anything you liked to eat. Again, if you don’t see it, ask for it. Chances are they will make you just about anything that you want. The choice is yours.
Be Careful: Lots of people get sick when at an AI or on a Cruise. Most people assume it is the drinking water or due to being at sea. The sad reality is that most of the time it is due to over indulgence. During the normal course of your day to day life you don’t tend to have 3 plates of food for breakfast, start drinking at 10:00AM and then drink and eat all day long while sitting in the hot sun. Most of us are not 22 and can no longer do that without repercussions. Pace yourself and you may have a better time. For me, my vacation time to too precious to spend it sick. Losing a single day to being sick is almost a 20% time loss for a week’s vacation. 20% is a lot!!