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There is something about spending time at an all-inclusive resort that just doesn’t compare to other vacation experiences. First and foremost, you go there to relax, and the best all-inclusive resorts know this very well. The all-inclusive resorts on this list, however, also know that you will settle for nothing less than excellent dining. Here are the Caribbean’s 16 best all-inclusive resorts.
The Daily Meal ranked these resorts based on the strength and prestige of their dining programs, their legacy, the number of amenities included, and recommendations by industry experts. We expanded on our previous list of the 12 Best All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts, including resorts that our writers have come back from with rave reviews, such as the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort in St. Croix.
Once you’ve arrived at these resorts, let the staff handle the rest. In ultimate rock star style, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana features complimentary 24-hour room service and a top-shelf liquor dispenser, and all food and beverages are included. The Cayman Islands’ Pirates Point Resort is owned by a cookbook author who has studied with the likes of Julia Child and James Beard. She even hosts a weekly Champagne cocktail party at her home to which guests are invited. After a few days at one of these resorts, the only question that you’ll be dwelling over as you lounge beachside is, "Piña colada or margarita?"
All-inclusive resorts have enough of a bad rap that there have been essays penned in defense of them, but ultimately, they provide a hassle-free environment where you can relax on the beach without sweating the small stuff. Click through our slideshow to see all of the 16 best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts, offering everything from stunning beach views to top-quality food.
Additional reporting by Nikkitha Bakshani and Emily Scher
#16 The Meridian Club, Turks & Caicos
The Meridian Club
This resort is located on a private island in Turks & Caicos that’s its own slice of paradise. Each of its beachfront rooms comes with a screened-in porch, outdoor shower, and thatched hut. Visitors can leave the outside world behind, as there are no televisions, telephones, or even car traffic here. Activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing are included, too. Ocean-view dining, candlelight dinners, poolside barbecues, island picnics, and dining by private beach are all available. Standout dishes here include pan-seared scallops with smoked tomato broth, kale salad, Cheddar potato soup, and specialty mac and cheese.
#15 The BodyHoliday LeSport, St. Lucia
The BodyHoliday LeSport
Travelers whose chief concern is wellness will love St. Lucia’s The BodyHoliday. In addition to meals and alcoholic beverages, every guest at this resort receives a daily 50-minute spa treatment. A variety of activities are also available — ranging from yoga to scuba-diving — so guests can stay fit during their vacations. When it comes to food, the BodyHoliday delivers, too. Award-winning TAO is located here, as is the on-site Cariblue Restaurant. Oenophiles will appreciate the on-site Wine Salon. Here, they can taste wine often paired with a complementary side of cheese, fruit, and pizzas from the stone oven in the resort's on-site Pavilion.