5 Things We Learned From Staying at An All-Inclusive Resort

Can you feel the heat? Maybe not, but I sure can. Let me explain...

I've just returned from a beautiful few days in Cancun, Mexico, where I posted up at the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara resorts. Aside from tanlines, I gathered a few other snippets of information that I'd like to share with my fellow travelers.

As you plan your summer vacations, you may be weighing your options: all inclusive vs. non-all inclusive? cruise or backpacking trip? The choice can be overwhelming, but allow me to help.

Click ahead to see why you'll never not do an all-inclusive again.

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1. Cancun: drinks

The drinks are flowing — and age means nothing.

Let's start at the most important location: the bar. Probably the most talked-about characteristic of an all-inclusive is access to all the booze, at all the bars, at any time of day. At the Hyatt resorts, the drinks were a'plenty, and the people flocked to them night in and night out.

You may assume that these bars were filled with 20-somethings like myself, but I was surprised to see that it was the older folks who were found at the pool bar, or at the on-site brewery for hours on end. Age is but a number, as they say.

2. Cancun: food

Where there is air, there is food.

When looking into all-inclusives, it's important to note the culinary options you'll be given.

At the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, for instance, the varieties are extensive — from Asian to burgers and fries to French and more — so you won't be chowing down on endless tacos, as you'd expect.

3. Cancun: service

Expect to be waited on hand and foot.

Your all-inclusive experience will make you feel like the prince or princess that you always dreamt of being.

At both Hyatt resorts, the employees dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to all of your needs. Even more detailed, you may notice that the resorts' employees will put their hand over their heart when passing them by in the hallway, a sign of genuine passion to cater to all their guests.

4. Cancun: Beach

The amentities are hard to pass up.

Chances are, most all-inclusives have a never-ending list of activities and things to do, from water sports to site seeing and so much more. But when you're not participating in some ping pong competition or doing Zumba on the patio, you'll learn (just like I did) that sitting poolside or at the beach is second best.

5. Cancun: Kids

Kids can come, too.

Though some may be looking to escape the chaos, others may just need to bring the whole family along.

If so, the Hyatt Ziva offers the perfect setting for kids to enjoy, complete with their own mini water park and all-you-can-eat dessert bar. If it happens to be just you and your boo, the adults-only Zilara is a tiny slice of heaven right in the very heart of Mexico.