by Alex Palmer | March 05, 2015
Meeting and incentive planners considering all-inclusive resorts for their next event now have a handy reference to consult when deciding which property would be best. The new Meeting Planner Review of All-Inclusive Resorts, from Dallas-based incentive house Spear One, offers reviews of 36 all-inclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. 

Available for download here, the e-book offers reviews of each property by individual members of Spear One's team, including a score that ranges from one to 100. For example, the 424-room Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort received an 87 rating, with high points for its ballroom that "is high-tech with great built-in A/V features." Live Aqua Cancun earned a score of 92 for its "spa-like" feel and focus on smell "with incense burning in the sleeping rooms."

"With varied cuisine options, meeting planners can easily create dine around events on property, which eliminates transportation costs and simplifies planning," said Mike May, president of Spear One, in a statement. "Additionally, the CEO hosting the President's Club trip appreciates that the recognized employees never pull out their wallets."  

The e-book also includes Spear One's overall review of many of the major all-inclusive brands, such as Palace Resorts, Hyatt Zilara, and Melia. 

The top all-inclusive properties, according to Spear One's ratings, were the Grand Velas Riviera Maya (with a rating of 97 for "the most exquisite food you will find in Mexico), Le Blanc Spa Resort (earning a 96 for its "minimalist, contemporary" style and in-room Jacuzzis), and Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (with a 94 for complimentary décor for group functions, among other offerings).

"Groups impact resorts differently. They arrive in big waves, so the resort needs a group arrival desk to process arrivals quickly.  Receptions and dinners occur in large groups, which can tax an AI, if it is not prepared for mass service in a small time period," said May.