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"The value is determined by the group or individual's needs," notes Richard Khan, president of Kahn Travel Communications. "If a group would need a more simple approach to how they want to compose their meeting then an all-inclusive resort might not be the best choice of venue. However, if a group or family wanted to experience it all for less, then an all-inclusive is right down their alley." What is so shocking is that with the exception of a few specialized attractions per individual resort, almost all amenities and activities that are paid for in an all-inclusive resort are present at a conventional resort as well. It's just that most people spend a lot of their money for the meeting or vacation necessities and have less to spend on what is considered extra at a conventional resort.

Paradisus Resorts are sophisticated, upscale resorts owned and operated by the Spanish brand Sol MeliĆ” Hotels & Resorts, one of the most successful hotel companies in the world. The brand has four properties in the Caribbean, one in Costa Rica, one in Mexico and two in the Dominican Republic. Three of these properties are members of the Leading Hotels of the World, and the brand prides itself on the no-hassle, premium service, upscale vacation experience.

Each resort is elegantly designed with spectacular architecture, world-class cuisine and premium service. All of the properties reflect their surrounding environments and are set amid an ambiance of lush tropical gardens, chic restaurants, lavish suites, world-class spa and golf, pristine beaches and large, stylish swimming pools.

The attention to detail and personalized treatment that is practiced at all Paradisus Resorts gives guests the opportunity to experience ultimate relaxation in a stress-free and upscale environment, with the luxury of not once having to reach for a wallet. Paradisus Resorts are a new iteration of the all-inclusive. Breaking the mold of all that have come before, these resorts provide only the finest offerings. In addition to meals and beverages, many other components of the resort, such as wine tastings, flower arrangement courses, cooking lessons and more, are included in the all-inclusive price. For more information on Paradisus Resorts, visit Reservations can be made by calling (800) 33-MELIA, or the nearest Sol MeliĆ” Reservation Center.

It is easy to see that all-inclusives are definitely more economically sound than standard resorts during these financially tough times. If you are planning an event or just a family getaway this year, an all-inclusive resort might have just what you are looking for. Shop around for resorts that offer activities and amenities that are of interest to you and your group. Make sure to look and see what is offered and what your nightly rates will be. Check to see which amenities and services are included in the daily rate. Since all-inclusive resorts have different themes and atmospheres, you have the opportunity to pick exactly what you want or close to it. That's the beauty of an all-inclusive resort. Happy traveling!