The New Face of the All-Inclusive Resort Slideshow
January 26, 2012
Royal Hideaway: Playacar, Mexico
The first adult-only, all-inclusive resort to earn the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, the Royal Hideawaysits on a beautiful stretch of beach just outside of Playa del Carmen. Check out the unique Chef's Table program at their signature restaurant, Las Ventanas, and be sure to try the mushroom and lobster gratin… heaven. The Royal Hideaway is perfect for a honeymooning couple or others looking for a romantic getaway.
Curtain Bluff: Antigua, West Indies
With one of the most expansive wine cellars in the Caribbean, a staggering 25,000 bottles, it's hard to beat this resort when it comes to wining and dining. With 72 rooms and suites, Curtain Bluff sits high with panoramic views of the sea. Midafternoon hunger pains are satisfied with the resort's daily high tea service. The resort is perfect for families and couples, although the elderly may be challenged due to its setting on the rocky bluff.
Spice Beach Resort: Grenada
Winner of the AAA Four Diamond award, Spice Beach Resort is located on the famous Grand Anse Beach. Grenada itself is reason enough to love this resort. Lemon trees and the natural beauty of this island surround the property, which houses an elegant spa hidden in the tropical gardens. Friday nights come alive with a Caribbean buffet featuring live steel band entertainment.
Grand Velas: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Why do we love the Grand Velas? Maybe it's the open-air lobby, tri-level infinity pool (each with a different water temperature), the Five Diamond AAA award, or their restaurant, Frida, hailed as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the region. The Grand Velas is perfect for families and located on the beautiful shoreline of the Riviera Nayarit. Consider a visit in November during the Riviera Nayarit's yearly gourmet food festival.
Palm Island: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Whenever a resort is also a private island, it can only be a good thing. Palm Island is secluded and the perfect place to get "off the grid." With only 14 guest rooms, the staff will pamper you, if you ever emerge from the emerald green waters. Be sure to try their signature cocktail, The Palm Sling, a potent concoction of white rum, cherry brandy, Cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup. This is island living!
Marival Residences and World Spa: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Private infinity pools, luxury suites, and fine dining are just some of the reasons to head to the Marival Residences and World Spa. You'll be so mesmerized by the nearby Sierra Madre Mountains that you'll have a hard time choosing between a snooze by the pool or a zip line through the jungle. For nightlife, their rooftop Insú Sky Lounge becomes the place to be, with hot music pumping and cool margaritas and martinis on offer.
Barcelo Playa Langosta: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Surf's up at Barcelo Playa Langosta, an all-inclusive resort set along a stretch of powdery white-sand beach on the Pacific Ocean. The grounds themselves are playground for a multitude of wildlife, from hummingbirds to howler monkeys. Perfect for both couples and families, this resort is near the center of town, in case you want to break away for some fun nightlife. The new Miyako restaurant adds a nice touch of Japanese specialty dishes to their already impressive dining options.
Paradisus La Perla: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
It's new, it's luxurious, and it's adults-only. Paradisus La Perla is a sparkling hidden gem on the Riviera Maya. The resort boasts Passion restaurant, the first restaurant in North America by Michelin-star awarded Spanish chef Martin Berasategui, praised for his innovative Basque cuisine. La Perla sits in the Yucatan, offering perfect opportunities for day trips to the nearby Mayan ruin of Tulum.
Kamalame Cay: Andros, Bahamas
What's to do on the private island resort Kamalame Cay? Nature walks, romantic sunset cruises, diving, fishing, snorkeling… the list continues. And, of course you'll want to pamper yourself in their 2,000-square-foot over-the-water Balinese-inspired spa. Too tired to get out of bed for breakfast? No bother, they deliver a scrumptious breakfast basket of fresh pastries and muffins to your room each morning.
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Pampering and luxurious, the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall resort sits near Montego Bay in Jamaica and has a swimming pool to die for. This adults-only, 295-suite resort is housed in a colonial-style complex and with four themed restaurants, from Italian to Japanese, nightly dining options are never a problem.