I too am curious how folks who have used all inclusive deals have found them?
My way of thinking is we love to get out and learn of the local cuisine more than feel like we must eat all our meals in the hotel or where ever the meals are packaged together in the package. Now I can see if the now famous jerrycoin "prescribed meds" are all part of the package THEN I am able to see the advantage of an all inclusive trip.
I have never used the all inclusive at Marriott hotels because frankly I wasn't impressed with them. The price is much higher and you still have the issues with not including parking fees, resort fees, etc. on the ones I looked up.
I have gone on two all-inclusive vacations at other properties that are set up for those type of deals and it was awesome! Unlimited access to all drinks during the entire stay, both soft and prescribed which is a great savings in itself it you hang around the beach or pool alot. One can still go outside the resorts to eat but food is always there if you want to just relax at a place for a few days. The food was excellent in all cases, breakfast, snacks, lunches, dinners. A great variety is served daily. It is sort of like a cruise ship in that regard. Most all inclusive packages I have ran across include access to all resort events. I believe golf is extra but there are snorkeling equipment, towels, boating activities included depending upon the resort. Each is different but to me well worth it as you don't have to worry about anything. These types of vacations are great when you just want to hang out like IAHFLYR in Scrub Island. Just mho
Great info madmax, even though we didn't do an all inclusive at Scrub Island it was still full of just "hang out" time for sure, and loved cooking in the kitchen for sure!
I don't know about an upgrade to all inclusive, but I have booked a room in London on points for several nights later this year, and am paying to upgrade to a studio suite with lounge access. I rang the hotel, and they sorted it out for me and gave me a price for the upgrade, which was very reasonable.