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5 Reasons to Choose a Vacation Rental over an All-Inclusive Resort

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Christine Larose in Roatan Travel tips

Travelers making the decision to book a vacation rental for the first time rather than an all-inclusive resort or hotel, often find themselves wishing they’d chosen the option for past holidays. As an ideal alternative to an often impersonal four-walled box known as a hotel room, vacation rentals offer the peace and tranquility that is hard to find in establishments where guests are packed in with only thin walls in between.

Why should you choose a vacation rental?

Best value

Hotels and resorts typically charge extra per person fees if more than two people will be staying while vacation rentals are priced by the week when at least four people are staying. You’ll save big when bringing a group of divers or your entire family, and it’s often a great way to split expenses, allowing for even more savings.

An all-inclusive package through a hotel or resort typically includes perks you’ll pay for but never use as well as being limited to eating meals and using services at just one location throughout your trip.

All of the vacation rentals offered through Island Rose Roatan offer fully-equipped kitchens allowing you to save by preparing your own meals. Just one trip to the grocery store can provide amazing meals for the entire week at a fraction of the cost of eating out.

Fantastic cuisine

A typical all-inclusive hotel or resort includes meals; however, often times they either don’t fit into your diet requirements or offer fare that is sub-par. When you choose to go elsewhere, you’ve already paid for your meals once – and will be stuck paying again.

How often have you visited an all-inclusive resort only to find you just can’t stomach yet another average (or worse) buffet meal? Part of the fun of international travel is experiencing a variety of the local cuisine, and with so many fantastic and affordable eateries on the island, ordering your meals from a few of them and bringing them back home with you is another great option with a vacation rental.

If you enjoy the convenience of not having to worry about cooking or arranging your own meals, this is yet another possibility with a Roatan vacation rental. Depending on the specific rental you may choose to have your meals cooked for you in the comfort of your own home or benefit from an all-inclusive package that includes meals and/or other activities such as diving.

Connecting with the local culture

Staying in your own private property affords the opportunity to better connect with the Island life. Here you won’t be “locked-in” to what’s provided at the resort, instead you’ll have plenty of contact with the locals by dining at their restaurants and participating in activities at a variety of different places – in this way, you’ll become a part of authentic Island life.


While hotels are cramped and often uncomfortable, vacation rentals provide the feeling of a getaway with all of the comforts of home. In addition to the fully-equipped kitchen they offer air conditioning, internet, cable television, and even kayaks.

There is really nothing like waking up every morning in the comfort of your own peaceful, relaxing Caribbean abode. With our vacation rentals, there are no doors slamming down the hall at 6 a.m. or loud partiers returning in the middle of the night to interrupt your sleep.

Doesn’t that sound more like a vacation should be?

Catering to your needs

A standard all-inclusive is unlikely to go out of their way to make sure you have the getaway you’re dreaming of, but by choosing our vacation rentals all you need to do is tell us what your needs are and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you get the package right for you.

If you want to feel the true Island life along with the right price, services and amenities that you want and deserve, vacation rentals are the best way to make it happen.

For more information, visit IslandRoseRoatan. We’ll be happy to answer any lingering questions you might have in order to make your adventure an extraordinary one.


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