The only other all-inclusive I've been to is Beaches (part of the Sandals resort), so I'll speak to that one. Also, before choosing my first Club Med vacation, I heavily researched many other all-inclusive resorts. The facility is generally fancier...the rooms have nicer amenities, and the grounds are generally more decorated. There is more choice of dining options. In addition to the main buffet, there are several specialty restaurants and the quality of food is generally quite good. As far as sports...the Scuba is included in the price of your package...one dive per day including resort certification if you choose to partake. Those are the advantages.
That said, there is no place on Earth like Club Med. The wide array of sporting activities far outmatches anything offered by Beaches, and everywhere else I've researched for vacation options. The kids clubs are unmatched, although Beaches does offer nighttime babysitting in the room for a fee which is a real bonus, and at CM you have to use a group Siesta Club for nighttime babysitting...not the best option in my opinion. The food, while restaurant choices are more limited, is very good in most cases, and the white chocolate bread makes up for anywhere else it might be lacking. The rooms are spartan, but more than adequate. But be prepared...the beds are hard as rocks. The goal here is to be so exhausted by the time you hit the sack that it won't matter! The shows are amaturish (sp?), but fun to watch, with the exception of trapeze and circus which are always outstanding, and like nothing you will see anywhere else. But by far the best and most unusal thing about CM compared to any other resort, all-inclusive or otherwise are the GOs (code for staff). Anywhere else staff is staff and guests are guest and the don't mix. At CM, the GOs not only teach you, the play with you, and become your friends. It is fantastic. CM is also far more reasonably priced that most of the other all-inclusives, even with their recent move towards upgrading the product.
Hope this gives you a little of the help you were looking for.
Geri a.k.a. brianezra2
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