You can attribute it to the economic downfall of 2009, or to Mexican resorts' looking to pull all stops to fill beds in the wake of drug wars that have tainted the country's image or simply to listening to the demands of its guest.
But whatever the reason is, we don't expect the trend to slow down anytime soon.
Last week, Solmar Hotels & Resorts announced that its Hotel Quinta del Sol was the latest resort to convert to an all-inclusive property, following major renovations in 2011.
Perhaps the resort that started the all-inclusive-conversion frenzy was Sol Melia in 2010.
The ME Cancun’s all-inclusive business model, dubbed “Complete Me," launched on January 1, 2010. There is still be an EP aspect to the hotel, however. ME Cancun's 419 rooms now allow its guests to choose from an array of packages as part of the new "Complete ME" concept. The hotel's basic offering focused on traditional amenities found at all-inclusive resorts, such as unlimited food and beverage, complimentary pool access, YHI Spa's fitness center, WiFi and all in-room amenities including iPod docking stations and more.
Shortly after, Live Aqua Cancun introduced a new all-inclusive concept, Live Aqua Unlimited, that includes such luxuries as “fine cuisine, rich ambiance and refined service,” according to the resort.
In January, La Amada Hotel in Playa Mujeres converted to an all-inclusive property. The resort added an all-inclusive option in November of 2010. Roughly 50 percent of all guests chose the all-inclusive option since it was offered. Since representatives of the resort expected that number to continue to rise, they felt it made more sense to convert to a full all-inclusive.
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