Frequently Asked Questions
We have gathered a list of the Top 25 most commonly asked questions about All-Inclusive Vacations:
What is an autism-friendly all-inclusive vacation?
An autism-friendly all-inclusive vacation is a vacation package that is designed to accommodate and support the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Are all-inclusive vacations suitable for individuals with autism?
Yes, all-inclusive vacations are suitable for individuals with autism, especially if the resort or package offers accommodations and support for special needs and a kids club.
How can I find autism-friendly all-inclusive vacations?
Our certified autism travel professionals can help you identify all-inclusive resorts offering autism-friendly services, such as sensory-friendly activities, trained staff, and inclusive facilities.
What accommodations can I expect on an autism-friendly all-inclusive vacation?
Autism-friendly all-inclusive vacations may offer sensory-friendly spaces, designated quiet areas, trained staff familiar with autism, and adapted activities.
Can I request special assistance or accommodations for my family member with autism during the all-inclusive vacation?
Yes, most all-inclusive resorts are willing to accommodate special requests and provide assistance for individuals with autism. It’s best to communicate your needs in advance, or ask our travel concierges for assistance.
How can I prepare my family member with autism for an all-inclusive vacation?
To ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation, take these essential steps to prepare yourself and your family. First, utilize visual schedules, social stories, and open discussions to help everyone understand what to expect during the trip. Make sure to familiarize yourselves with the resort and its amenities in advance. And don’t forget to explore our specialized FTPP program, specifically designed to get you ready and excited for your upcoming trips. Your preparation is key to making the most out of your vacation experience.
Can I bring sensory tools or comfort items for my family member on the all-inclusive vacation?
Yes, you can bring sensory tools, comfort items, and familiar objects for your family member’s comfort during the vacation.
What should I do if my family member experiences sensory overload during the all-inclusive vacation?
Inform the resort staff or your travel concierge about the situation and seek a quiet space to allow your family member to self-regulate and calm down.
Are there age restrictions or requirements for participating in activities during the all-inclusive vacation?
Some activities at the resort may have age restrictions or specific requirements. Check with the resort to ensure they are suitable for your family member.
What are the main features of an all-inclusive vacation?
An all-inclusive vacation typically includes several key features and amenities that are covered in the upfront cost of the package. While specific offerings can vary between resorts and destinations, the main features of an all-inclusive vacation often include:
- Accommodation: The cost of your stay in a hotel room, suite, or villa is included in the package.
- Meals and Drinks: All-inclusive vacations usually cover all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and snacks throughout the day. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also provided, both at designated bars and restaurants within the resort.
- Activities and Entertainment: Many resorts offer a range of included activities and entertainment options, such as water sports, beach games, poolside activities, live shows, themed parties, and more.
- Resort Facilities: Access to the resort’s amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers, spa facilities, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities are typically included.
- Children’s Programs: Some all-inclusive resorts have supervised children’s programs with activities specifically tailored for different age groups.
- Land and Water Sports: Many all-inclusive packages provide access to non-motorized water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and land sports like volleyball, tennis, and more.
- Excursions: In some cases, all-inclusive packages may include off-site excursions to local attractions or nearby points of interest.
- Tips and Gratuities: Some all-inclusive resorts include gratuities in their packages, ensuring you don’t need to worry about tipping during your stay.
- Airport Transfers: Depending on the resort, airport transfers to and from the property may also be included.
It’s essential to check the specific details of each all-inclusive package as inclusions may vary. Some resorts may offer additional premium services or exclusive amenities that might not be covered by the standard all-inclusive package. Learn more about our all-inclusive vacation experiences.
Can I find autism-friendly activities or kids' clubs at all-inclusive resorts?
Some all-inclusive resorts may offer autism-friendly activities or kids’ clubs with trained staff. Inquire with the resort about available options, our let our travel concierges assist you.
Can I request specific accommodations, such as dietary preferences, at the all-inclusive resort?
Yes, all-inclusive resorts often accommodate dietary preferences or restrictions if informed in advance.
What safety measures are in place for individuals with autism at the all-inclusive resort?
All-inclusive resorts prioritize the safety of all guests, including individuals with autism. They will provide appropriate support during emergencies or drills.
Can I bring medications or medical documentation for my family member on the all-inclusive vacation?
Yes, it’s essential to bring necessary medications and relevant medical documentation for your family member’s needs.
Are there any family-friendly shows or entertainment options at the all-inclusive resort?
Many all-inclusive resorts offer family-friendly shows and entertainment options that can be enjoyed together.
Q: Can I request a private or sensory-friendly vacation experience at the all-inclusive resort?
Some all-inclusive resorts may offer private or customized experiences to cater to specific needs, including sensory-friendly options. Inquire with the resort about available choices.
How can I handle changes in the resort itinerary or unexpected disruptions during the vacation?
Use visual aids to explain the changes to your family member and practice coping strategies to help them adjust to unexpected disruptions, or ask our travel concierges for assistance.
Can I access resources or support groups for parents of autistic individuals at the all-inclusive resort?
While resorts may not have specific support groups, you can connect with other guests right here at our online community to share experiences and advice.
What steps can I take to ensure a successful and enjoyable all-inclusive vacation for my family member with autism?
Let our sensory travel specialists to assist you in selecting a resort that is specifically designed to accommodate individuals with autism. They will help you effectively communicate your family member’s needs to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable vacation. Don’t forget to bring along comfort items and maintain familiar routines to enhance the travel experience for your loved one.
Are there any trained staff or programs to assist individuals with autism at the all-inclusive resort?
Some all-inclusive resorts may have trained staff or programs to assist individuals with autism. Beaches Resorts offers certified staff to assist you and your family members.
Can I communicate with the resort staff about my family member's sensory preferences and triggers?
Yes, it’s essential to communicate your family member’s sensory preferences and triggers to our travel concierges or resort staff in advance. This allows them to plan accordingly and ensure a positive experience.
Can I find autism-friendly all-inclusive vacation options for international destinations?
Absolutely! There are international all-inclusive resorts that provide autism-friendly services and accommodations. We are here to assist you in discovering the perfect all-inclusive resort for your desired destination. Let us help you find the ideal resort that caters to your specific needs and ensures a fantastic vacation experience for you and your family.
Name a few all-inclusive resorts with onsite autism programs.
Beaches Resorts: Beaches Resorts, a family-friendly all-inclusive resort brand, partnered with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to become Autism Certified. They provide trained staff and offer specialized services to cater to the needs of guests with autism.
- Dreams Resorts & Spas: Some Dreams Resorts & Spas have offered autism-friendly programs and services, including trained staff and dedicated activities for children with autism.
- Nickelodeon Resorts: Nickelodeon Resorts in Punta Cana and Riviera Maya, Mexico are also Autism Certified. The friendly staff will be willing to go above and beyond to make sure your stay is as perfect as it can be.
Melia Resorts: Some Melia Resorts, such as Paradisus Resorts, have partnered with My Time, an autism program that offers support and resources for families with autism during their stay.
Can I bring personal snacks or dietary items for my family member with autism at the all-inclusive resort?
Yes, you can bring personal snacks or dietary items for your family member’s comfort and needs during the vacation.
Can I find all-inclusive vacations that offer special programs or activities for individuals with autism?
Some all-inclusive resorts may offer special programs or activities designed for individuals with autism. Inquire with the resort about available offerings.