A sandy beach, a cool breeze, canopies hanging from tree to tree—nothing beats a good resort stay when enjoying a long awaited vacation. There is no right or wrong way to travel, but each holiday style has its own advantages and disadvantages. It depends on what your tastes are. Plan the vacation ahead of time to know the resort you’re heading to. Here are the things you should consider:

Food. So the view’s great and the resort’s a paradise but then you find out that the food’s bad. If you’re someone who’s particular about food quality, better look at the resort’s food reputation. Picky foodies, light eaters, wine connoisseurs and those who want to just lay around on vacation may want to purchase a la carte vacation options. Another problem may be food service. It isn’t always available. Some resorts offer them but others don’t. This can be an issue to some so take time to know if it’s available.

Activities. You can get the best deal if you plan carefully. There are many things you can do in a resort such as banana boating, island hopping, jet skiing and many more. At a resort catered to families, you may find a waterpark, mini golf, playground, and games room. At a resort focused on romance, you may find activities like wine tasting, couple’s massages, and dance lessons. Find out which watersports are included. Usually non-motorized water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding are available free of charge for an hour per day. Snorkeling can be done too. Scuba diving is typically extra and requires training in the pool. Compare brands and destinations to make sure you’re getting the deal that’s right for you.

Service. The hotel staffs’ attitude can affect the reputation of a resort. They may give complimentary drinks, towels, magazines and sunscreen during your stay. Good service is prompt, attentive, efficient, and kind. Employees know guests by name, know their drink orders, accommodate special requests, and offer services like concierge and pool and beach butler service. It’s important to have a sufficient staff-to-guest ratio to ensure exceptional service. Bad service occurs when there are long line ups, negative attitudes, unaccommodating staff, overbooking rooms, slow service for drinks, and other wait times. The service you get is related to the amount paid for it.

Location. Choose a destination that interests you. Do you dread long transfers from the airport or not mind it at all? Do you want to be at the center of the town and explore the city square? Certain activities are more celebrated in certain places, for example, if you’re searching for superb golf or scuba. Or, you may want to book your trip around a local festival or concert.

All-inclusive vacation is certainly not something you experience every day. It might not offer you the chance to explore so much, the flexibility to dine when and where you want, or that sweet freedom that makes you a traveler, but it offers you many advantages such as relaxation, safety, or great value for money. Most people in this world crave these things, so for them, an all-inclusive holiday might be a slice of heaven. Know how to pick an all-inclusive holiday package by noting the tips above.