The New Face of the All-Inclusive Resort

Forget the buffet lines of the past, these all-inclusives have award-winning cuisine and plush amenities

Barceló Playa Langosta

Take everything you think you know about all-inclusive resorts and file it away. If you envision giant camps for children with never-ending buffet lines filled with ravenous patrons, think again. While the all-inclusive resort priced for those on a budget still exists, there are a variety of options out there that don’t include karaoke and communal dining. Instead of maneuvering through the crowds in search of a lounge chair, you’ll be pampering yourself in full-service spas, kicking up your feet in a private plunge pool, or perfecting your wine tasting skills in an award-winning restaurant.

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The new generation caters to everyone from families and couples to adults-only. The new resorts come in all shapes and sizes, from boutique to mega. With personal service and fine dining of paramount importance, these resorts are exquisitely designed with luxury bedding and glistening pools, some garnering the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. Butlers answer to your beck and call, staff are friendly and helpful, and some resorts have raised the bar with designer amenities and Michelin-starred restaurants.

While once confined to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, they’ve migrated and multiplied into Mexico and points beyond.  It’s a new day for the all-inclusive; they’ve arrived and are not going away. These 10 standouts deserve a standing ovation when it comes to pampering clients. So the next time you’re considering a vacation, whether for a family getaway or a romantic interlude, check into one of these resorts for an all-exclusive and delicious trip of a lifetime.