Picking up the subject from another post in the forum, I am going to expand a bit on our family's particular problem, hoping that some of you may have suggestions.
Our family of 11 often travels together at Christmas/New Years with the grandparent picking up the tab. We have cruised most often and twice vacationed all inclusive in Aruba.
The family is looking for something "different".
For us a group of timeshare units or even a villa (maybe too close quarters?) as solely an accommodation would be MUCH cheaper than 5 hotel rooms or cruise ship cabins, but that does not solve our food and beverage consumption.
We could easily vacation poolside at the grandparent's home or head to the beach a mile away, BUT NO ONE has to cook, clean up afterwards or clean house. Besides in December the Caribbean is always warmer!
Call it lazy, call it spoiled or just call it vacation.
In that it is a vacation, and not wanting to eat fast food or budget restaurants every night, and a group with healthy appetites and more expensive taste than pizza and one or two cocktails plus wine every night make for EXPENSIVE dinners.
Just throwing it out there for anyone with ideas or suggestions...
During the day, everyone goes their own way. The grandparent who foots the bill requests that the family dine together at dinner each night.
In the past, to satisfy everyone, when we have gone all inclusive staying at the Tamarijn, we usually rotate restaurants nightly. There is one restaurant there which the younger folks in the family enjoy more than the rest so it is worked into the rotation only once and not repeated. I imagine if it were a favorite of the person "footing the bill" we would eat there more than once
I hear the Turks & Caicos are terrific (in laws are there now), but we are afraid of "cool" weather at that time of year. Another reason NOT to say in Florida