St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Date: November 14, 1999
Author: GIG GWIN
Photo by Gig Gwin

Within the last 10 years, all-inclusive resorts have become a trend in leisure travel. Jamaica was the cradle for this new style of vacations.

After a long hotel recession, several bankrupt Jamaican hotels converted to an all-inclusive payment package. Sandals Resorts became the pre-eminent resort chain, and the concept quickly spread to several islands in the Caribbean.

What is an all-inclusive? It is a way to buy your leisure vacation with one check and allow most travelers to leave their wallets in their pockets. It takes the worry out of exchange rates and foreign currency. Travelers love the self-contained restaurants and water activities.

Sandals in particular has developed an ultra all-inclusive program. These packages include airfare, hotel, transfers, all meals (plus several gourmet restaurants), water sports (including scuba lessons) and world-class spa facilities. Only personal options such as massage and hair-styling are extra.