The 50 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean from The 50 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean Gallery
The 50 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean Gallery
Courtesy of Riu
The 50 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean
If you're looking for a truly relaxing vacation, an all-inclusive resort is probably the best answer. Once you've booked your rooms, packed up your things, made the trip there, and checked in, you don't have to worry about much. Food, drinks, spa, and other activities are included in the price, so you can fully enjoy everything the resort has to offer without going back to your wallet. (This can really come in handy when you're a foodie who enjoys culinary indulgence.)
Of course, the best place for all-inclusive resorts is the Caribbean. Gorgeously clear waters, an amazing climate, and stunning views all offer even more relaxation in addition to the luxuries that all-inclusive resorts typically supply. We believe that staying at an all-inclusive resort is one of the best vacation options out there, and we know that the Caribbean is one of the most popular spots to do it — as well as the place with the most all-inclusive opportunities. Some resorts are great for the whole family, whereas others are perfect for an adults-only getaway if you'd prefer to enjoy a more grown-up environment. Whatever it is that you're looking for, you're likely to find it at these 50 best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Don Ramey Logan/Wikimedia Commons
Atlantis Paradise Island (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
Atlantis Paradise Island truly is heaven, offering the best of the Bahamas all in one spot. Enjoy four miles of beautiful beaches, an oceanfront golf course, a water park, casino, and nearly a dozen pools to swim in. The resort is also home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat.
Beaches Negril Resort & Spa (Negril, Jamaica)
Renowned as one of the best in the world, Negril’s seven-mile beach is the main attraction at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica. Guests have access to nine specialty restaurants, unlimited premium spirits, a waterpark, water sports, and a scuba diving program that offers unlimited diving. There’s fun for the entire family here, with plenty for the kids to do, including a supervised camp, a teens-only game room, and a Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands)
The Beaches resort chain also offers an oasis on the Turks & Caicos Islands, known for its amazingly clear ocean. With five villages, the resort also includes access to a 12-mile beach, a gigantic waterpark, and activities for all ages. The waterpark has recently added food trucks with creative concepts involving favorites such as mac and cheese and ice cream.
Courtesy of Sunswept Resorts
BodyHoliday (Cariblue Beach, St. Lucia)
St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday is aptly named, as this all-inclusive resort is focused on relaxation and restorative beauty through spa, exercise, and diet. The resort’s Wellness Centre offers all kinds of body treatments, while its five-star restaurants offer dishes that include locallysourced foods and ingredients straight from BodyHoliday’s organic garden. Activities guests can enjoy include abseiling, biking, golf, sailing, scuba diving, tennis, and fitness and yoga classes.
Casa de Campo (La Romana, Dominican Republic)
Casa de Campo is a 7,000-acre resort located in the Dominican city of La Romana. Home to the top ranked course in the Caribbean, Casa de Campo offers great golfing with three championship courses, as well as polo facilities, tennis courts, and a huge marina. The resort lies on the private white-sand Minitas Beach, and offers plenty of outdoor and historic excursions, as well as entertainment, including live music and other performances.
Courtesy of COMO Parrot Cay
COMO Parrot Cay (Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands)
Set to reopen mid-December, COMO Parrot Cay has been redesigned to include a Shambhala gym, a children’s activities space, and with improvements to its rooms, beach club, and Lotus restaurant. Located on its own private island, the resort lies on 1,000 pristine acres and along a mile-long beach. In addition to amazing food and drink, as well as spa services that include massage and beauty treatments, guests are also offered water activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, a kayak safari, diving, light tackle and fly fishing, sailing, and a snorkeling eco-tour, among many others. You can also experience local culture through the resort’s Plantation Trail or an eco-tour of North Caicos.
Courtesy of Couples Resorts Jamaica
Couples Sans Souci (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
As its name implies, Couples San Souci is the perfect couple’s Caribbean getaway. Located in beautiful Ocho Rios, this Jamaican resort has a private au naturel beach, its own mineral grotto, and mineral spring pool. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining 24 hours a day, unlimited spirits from premium brands, and a customized mini-bar in their room. All-inclusive here truly means all-inclusive, and couples can also enjoy the resort’s golf and tennis facilities, as well as unlimited PADI-certified scuba diving. Take a ride in a glass-bottom boat or a trip to Dunns River Falls or Margaritaville, as well as a popular sunset bar nearby. Also included are hydrobikes, kayaks, pedalos, paddleboards, and other area excursions such as a hobie cat sailing, knee boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing, or a sunset catamaran cruise.
El Dorado Seaside Suites (Kantenah, Mexico)
El Dorado Seaside Suites is made up of two sections, called Palms and Infinity, respectively, which offer an award-winning Riviera Maya experience to remember. The Palms provide coconut plantations, a white sand beach, and buildings—showcasing beautiful Mexican architecture—facing the peaceful water and gardens of the resort. The Infinity, on the other hand, has an oceanfront view and features swim-up suites that are connected to the main pool, as well as balcony pools on every floor. Guests have access to unlimited drinks and delicious food at 10 different restaurants, and are attended to by beach and pool butlers, a personal concierge, and the largest spa in the Riviera Maya.
Excellence Playa Mujeres (Playa Mujeres, Mexico)
Excellence Playa Mujeres is an adults-only oasis located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, right along a two-mile stretch of a beautiful white sand beach. An inland marina is nearby, giving you the option of deep sea fishing, yachting, or just taking a boat tour. The 18-hole golf course, Miilé Spa, 10 restaurants, and 11 bars offer all kinds of relaxation, and the resort has an array of water and non-water sports and classes, professional shows, bicycle tours, games, and even Spanish dancing and cooking classes.
Courtesy of Excellence Resorts
Excellence Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
One of Punta Cana’s best resorts, Excellence Punta Cana is a romantic five-star luxury destination full of adventure. In addition to unlimited drinks and nine dining options with food from around the world, a buffet, and a beach snack grill, guests are also spoiled by waiter service at the beach and by the pool, plus 24-hour room service. The Millé spa also offers a range of therapies both indoors and outdoors. A fully-equipped fitness center is also at your disposal, along with activities such as zip-lining and whale watching offered every day, plus snorkeling gear and scuba diving lessons.
Courtesy of Excellence Resorts
Excellence Riviera Cancún (Puerto Morelos, Mexico)
Not far from its sister resort in Playa Mujeres lies Excellence Riviera Cancún. While the two resorts are quite similar in their splendor, Excellence Riviera Cancún offers access to the nearby towns of Puerto Morales and Playa del Carmen. Riviera Cancún is a more isolated and exclusive location, but the resort is actually a bit more affordable than Playa Mujeres.
Courtesy of Galley Bay Resort
Galley Bay Resort (St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda)
Galley Bay Resort’s beach runs three quarters of a mile, and 98 guest rooms make up the 40-acre secluded resort. Amid tropical gardens and white sandy beaches, guests can take part in non-motorized water sports included in their resort package. The resort has three open-air restaurants and three lounges where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and evening snacks along with drinks. Galley Bay Resort also notably has a natural bird sanctuary where guests can visit beautiful creatures residing on the island, such as herons, pelicans, and frigate birds.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
There are countless resorts in the Riviera Maya, and Grand Velas Riviera Maya shines due to its luxurious suites and bathrooms, private terraces with plunge pools, and views of both jungle and sea. There’s also the amazing Mexican cuisine overseen by Maître Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France) Michel Mustiere. This is the only family-friendly all-inclusive in the Mexican Caribbean to get a Five Diamonds rating from AAA, so this is definitely a destination everyone can enjoy. There is, however, an adults-only section of the resort for those looking for a quieter retreat. A host of recreational activities both in and out of the water, as well as a 42-suite spa await you at this heavenly resort.
Hacienda Tres Ríos (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
Hacienda Tres Ríos is not just a resort and spa; it’s also a nature park. The resort is located within the 326-acre Tres Ríos Nature Park, a tropical rainforest park home to 120 species of plants and 131 species of animals, as well as 10 cenotes and three freshwater rivers. Tours for biking, kayaking, and snorkeling can help you discover exactly what kind of natural beauty the park has to offer, and there’s even a Sense Adventure Experience, in which guests are blindfolded to appreciate every aspect. Of course, an all-inclusive tropical vacation means plenty of entertainment for the entire family, a beach club, swimming pools, and even unlimited meals and snacks.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun (Cancún, Mexico)
Possibly the best all-inclusive resort in all of Mexico and Central America, the family-friendly Hard Rock Hotel Cancun offers a rock star lifestyle for the duration of your stay. The all-inclusive package means you have access to nine first-rate restaurants, endless cocktails, limitless tee time at the 18-hole golf course, and fantastic nightlife entertainment. There’s so much more to this package that makes it worth it, but especially worth noting is the personal liquor dispenser right in your room.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Puerto Aventuras, Mexico)
Hard Rock also brings one of the best all-inclusive experiences to the Riviera Maya. Guests get a private, pristine beach, exclusive snorkeling areas, and beautiful views in addition to the dining, drinking, golfing, and other entertainment privileges present at all other Hard Rock resorts. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has a whopping 1,264 rooms, and for those looking for an adults-only experience, there’s a section literally called Heaven. For those that aren’t: Until December of 2018, kids stay free!
Courtesy of Riu
Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Start your all-inclusive day at Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica with a full American breakfast and live cooking stations, and enjoy a hot and cold buffet as well as more live cooking stations for lunch. For dinner, the resort’s main restaurant has even more buffets and live cooking stations as well as themed buffets three nights a week, and in addition, guests also have the option of eating à la carte at various other restaurants with cuisine from around the world. Guests also have access to unlimited beverages, both local and imported, as well as drinks service at the resort’s beautiful infinity pools. This resort is adults-only, but if you’re a college student looking to have some Spring Break fun here, you’re out of luck — Spring Breakers are explicitly not allowed.
Hyatt Ziva (Cancún, Mexico)
This Cancún resort from the multi-national Hyatt is a great family destination in one of the world’s most popular vacation spots. Suites at Hyatt Ziva are the epitome of luxury, complete with balconies from which you can drink in the sight of the white sand beach and clear blue ocean. Eight restaurants and three lounges are at your disposal, featuring local Mexican cuisine as well as cuisine from around the world. For lovers of drink, six bars also have a presence at the resort, including a microbrewery. Three infinity pools also have a great ocean view, as does the Zen Spa where you can receive your choice of many different massages, body wraps, and facials — some even catered to the kids!
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro (Punca Cana, Dominican Republic)
Stay at least three nights at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro, and you’ll get a complimentary round on the resort golf course as well as access to the oceanfront spa’s wet areas. All-inclusive packages here include a personal butler to tend to all of your needs, and every room at the resort has a Jacuzzi as well as your choice of selections in the minibar and other top-of-the-line amenities including your preference of pillows. Multiple beautifully decorated restaurants offer world-class international cuisine, and the resort also has two Jacuzzis and two lake pools in addition to the gorgeous waters of Bávaro Beach.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
One of the best spots to enjoy Jamaica’s famous Montego Bay is Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall. The resort’s gorgeous architecture is complimented by the Caribbean backdrop of beach and island. Spa treatments by the sea and Turkish and Roman baths mean you’ll go back home utterly relaxed, and the dining and golfing here are superb as well.
Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus (Bayahibe, Dominican Republic)
Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus is a resort catered to everyone, with a range of entertainment and activities for all ages. In addition to nightlife for the grown-ups, there’s even a discotheque for the kids, as well as a kids club, painting, sports, sand castle building, and more. Adults can take part in different physical activities or lessons, learn Spanish, join the aqua gym, enjoy live music, or even try their hand at riflery on the beach. Hit the spa before enjoying a meal at one of the four restaurants on site: you have your choice of Mexican, Japanese, or gourmet food, as well as a steakhouse.
Courtesy of Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
Family-owned for over 50 years, the Jamaica Inn is an intimate and luxurious retreat that has hosted some of the biggest names, such as Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, and Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond series. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller chose to spend their honeymoon here, and it’s not hard to see why. With only 48 suites and cottages, the resort is quite exclusive and romantic. It has a beautiful view of the beach, where guests can go have a romantic private dinner or go sunfish sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. A truly impressive amount of spa treatments are offered, as well as beauty salon appointments.
Courtesy of Jumby Bay Resort
Jumby Bay Resort (Jumby Bay Island, Antigua & Barbuda)
On its own private island two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay Resort is a very exclusive hideaway that offers the best of the Caribbean. With 40 rooms and luxury villas — some of which come with their own soaking tubs or pools — spread out across Jumby Bay Island, the exclusivity of this resort only serves to heighten the romantic and serene atmosphere. Many water sports are available, as well as a tennis club and a gigantic golf course. Spa treatments abound, and the resort even has spa journeys, which make sure to relax you in every way possible.
Le Blanc Spa Resort (Cancún, Mexico)
Le Blanc Spa Resort may be yet another all-inclusive resort in Cancún, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an exceptional vacation. Le Blanc takes luxury to a whole new level with a personal butler for each group of guests, ready to serve you in any way, including but not limited to making reservations or calling 24-hour room service for you, drawing you a bath, or even unpacking your bags once you arrive. The cuisine here is world-class — make sure you try out the Guacamole Le Blanc, one of Mexico's most popular recipes — as are the six bars, two of which are pool side and another one is located at the beach. Nineteen treatment suites make up the BlancSpa, and treatments include the holistic hydrotherapy services. A beauty salon is also on the property for all your beauty needs.
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samaná, Dominican Republic)
This 268-room Dominican resort has six restaurants, four bars, and two pools — and starting May 2018, it’ll go from being an adults-only destination to a place for the whole family. Towel and waiter service is available at both pools and on the resort’s beach, and guests also get a free hour every day to go kayaking, paddle surfing, snorkeling, play tennis, or hire a catamaran. Scuba diving lessons can be given in one of the resort’s pools, and aerobics and dance lessons are available as well. Make sure you pack your fancier threads, as formal dress is required at the à la carte restaurants, where dinners are unlimited.
Luxury Bahia Principe Samana (Samaná, Dominican Republic)
Luxury Bahia Principe Samana has a fantastic location next to the beach, where hotel guests receive exclusive bar service. Guests can also, however, choose to take the daily shuttle service to the Cayo Levantado public beach. You can also enjoy personal butler service for the duration of your stay, if you so choose, as well as your choice of pillows from a pillow menu. Take merengue classes or play bocce ball on the beach, among plenty of other activities and sports available. The resort also has a spa, called WE Wellness Experience, which has three types of therapies: sports therapy, harmonic senses therapy, and relaxing spa therapy.
Courtesy of Meliá
Meliá Braco Village (Rio Bueno, Jamaica)
With multiple dining spaces, outdoor pools, and Jacuzzis, there’s no end to the enjoyment at Meliá Braco Village. Basketball courts, a soccer field, and a gym provide active opportunities, and while children are welcome, you can always drop them off at babysitting or the Kids & Co. Children’s Club. Make sure you check out the new adventure park, which contains an intense obstacle course, zip-lining, rock climbing, and huge trampolines designed to make you soar in the air.
Courtesy of Meliá Hotels International
Meliá Cayo Coco (Cayo Coco, Cuba)
Recently reopened and ready to receive guests after Hurricane Irma, Meliá Cayo Coco is meant for guests 18 yeas of age and older. Home to a flock of wild flamingos, Cayo Coco has a beautiful beach and is linked to the Cuban mainland by the first stone causeway to be built in the nation. The luxurious rooms and suites are built on stilts over a natural saltwater lagoon, giving guests a stunning view of the sea. Check out the nearby Sitio La Güira, a former settlement of coal workers, where you can enjoy horse riding trails and rural festivals among evergreen and mangrove forests, as well as inland lagoons. Visit Cueva del Jabalí, a natural cave where you can take tours, attend a barbecue, and even dance when it turns into a nightclub at night.
Courtesy of Meliá
Meliá Las Dunas (Caibarién, Cuba)
We can think of at least 12 reasons you should visit Cuba, and you should do so soon before there’s a travel ban put in place. For an all-inclusive experience, Meliá Las Dunas is the perfect destination, with separate sections for families and those looking for an adults-only vacation. An impressive 925 rooms make up this resort, full of luxurious amenities. You’ll also be near the Escambray Mountains, the Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial, and multiple historic towns and villages among so many other attractions.
Courtesy of Meliá Hotels International
Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa (Holguín, Cuba)
Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa lies within Cuba’s Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park, along Playa Esmeralda. This adults-only eco-resort is exclusive to guests 18 years and older, and it has a wide variety of dining options as well as plenty of luxury services. In addition to towel and waiter service at the pool, as well as 24-hour room service, guests can opt for Royal Service, with an array of personalized amenities, an exclusive pool, beach, and beach bar, as well as spa services and more. A diving center is also available for guests of Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa, with a diving zone full of all kinds of surfaces to explore.
Courtesy of Sunswept Resorts
Rendezvous (Cariblue Beach, St. Lucia)
Rendezvous is a couples resort with a fantastic all-inclusive package in the capital of St. Lucia. Receive personal instruction in scuba diving and motorized water sports, or play unlimited tennis with an on-site tennis professional. There’s no limit to your use of all of the resort’s facilities, and no end to the delight you’ll experience upon tasting the exquisite and varied cuisine. In addition to an utterly relaxing spa where the team was trained at the aforementioned BodyHoliday resort, tai chi and Pilates classes are also available, as is a fully equipped gym.
Courtesy of Meliá Hotels International
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is a fantastic place for families, who receive special treatment right upon arrival with an exclusive reception area. A family concierge will be at your service, just a phone call away by a free mobile phone provided by the resort, and ready to take care of all of your needs as you stay in a luxury family suite and take part in special family activities. Families get preferential booking here at the resort’s restaurants and 2,200-square-meter spa, and can take part in countless activities, including a PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, or Wii console in their room if they so choose. The mini-bar includes kid-friendly drinks, and the kids also get their own bathrobes and slippers to enjoy the full luxury of staying at The Reserve. In addition to the main large swimming pool, there is also a children’s pool (complete with water slides) and even a paddling pool for the littler ones, as well as 725-square-meter Kids Zone.
Courtesy of Meliá Hotels International
The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana offers much of the same wonderful features as its sister resort, but what’s also notable is their dedication to the preservation of the impressive flora and fauna surrounding them. The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana is therefore also an eco-reserve. Not only can guests enjoy the fantastic views as they lounge on the beautiful Punta Cana Beach, but there are also plenty of activities specially meant to enjoy the area’s biodiversity, such as eco-bike rides or mangrove tours.
Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
Royal Hideaway Playacar is an adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen of the Riviera Maya, complete with 200 rooms, six restaurants, six pools, a spa, and fitness center, in addition to a multitude of activities in and out of the water. Earn a certificate of attendance to Las Ventanas Chef’s Table, where you will be treated to a six- or 12-course tasting menu full of gourmet dishes accompanied by explanations and anecdotes from the head chef and his kitchen.
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria (Cayo Santa María, Cuba)
Located on a resort island, Royalton Cayo Santa Maria offers an adults-only vacation for guests 18 and up. Wake up to a coffee or tea station right in your suite and have a gourmet breakfast served right to your room. Enjoy the culture and cuisine of Cuba with reservation-free fine dining, eating whatever you like from any of the resort’s restaurants wherever you like on-site. Relax at the Royal Spa, where you can experience the hydrotherapy circuit in addition to a range of spa treatments.
Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa (Varadero, Cuba)
As with its sister resort in Cayo Santa María, Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa is an adults-only resort that offers much of the same all-inclusive dining with world-class cuisine. The thatch-roofed resort is full of fountains, bridges, and beautiful flora that make for a picturesque scene at this Cuban destination.
Sandals Emerald Bay (Great Exuma, Bahamas)
A mile-long beach and 500 acres of tropics surround Sandals Emerald Bay, a Bahamian destination worth traveling to. Unlimited fine dining, premium fine wines and spirits, a golf course, live music, sports, scuba diving, and entertainment shows are included at all Sandals resorts, as is a personal concierge for all your resort needs. There are also plenty of excursions you can add on, most notably swimming with the adorable local pigs of Exuma.
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa (St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda)
The world’s only five-star luxury resort will be re-opening mid-December and is home to Antigua’s most protected beach, Dickenson Bay. Two separate and distinct villages, Caribbean Grove and Mediterranean Village, make up this resort, giving you a two-for-one experience. Considering Antigua & Barbuda is the one of the most Instagrammable destinations, this destination is sure to make your friends and family back home envious.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort & Spa (Gros Islet, St. Lucia)
The over-water bungalows of Sandals Grande St. Lucian distinguish it from its sister resorts. Each includes a sun deck with a swim-up platform, glass floors, a hammock over the water, and a tranquility soaking tub that fits both you and your beloved. There’s even an over-the-water wedding chapel to serve as a venue for the free wedding option available at all Sandals resorts. If you’d rather not be over the water, the seaside Rondoval Suites are also an option. These beautiful round villas feature a plunge pool on the private patio, as well as a dining area, outdoor shower, hammock, and whirlpool
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa (St. George’s, Grenada)
Four villages make up Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa: Pink Gin, South Seas, Lover’s Hideaway, and Italian Village. Each has its own distinct vibe, but all of their guests have access to the resort’s three freshwater pools and two river pools. World-class dining is also included at the resort’s ten restaurants, one of which is the first Sandals resort steakhouse. The award-winning “Skypool” suites each feature an infinity-edge plunge pool with an awe-inspiring view that makes you feel as if you’re suspended in the air.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (Nassau, Bahamas)
One of the things you must do if you visit Nassau, is stay at the Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island. The former King Edward VIII and his controversial American wife Wallis Simpson, whom he abdicated the English throne for, once frequented this Bahamas resort, known for its elegance and European-style luxury. The offshore island here has two exclusive beaches that you can enjoy in various ways depending on whether you’d prefer to relax or explore, as well as a beach club that contains a restaurant, whirlpool, and swim-up bar. Back on the resort, dive into your choice of seven beautiful pools, two of which are right by the ocean.
Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Montego Bay’s Sandals Royal Caribbean also stepped up their game last year with over-the-water villas, and it’s part of the Sandals Play at 3 Program, an exchange program that allows you to increase your dining options to 20 restaurants by giving you access to two more resorts: Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Inn. Guests can also take a five-minute trip on a dragon boat to a private offshore island, giving them the luxury of a resort within a resort. The Tahitian-style pool and Balinese-style beach cabanas create the ultimate romantic getaway, complete with a swim-up bar, cocktail parties, live music, authentic Thai cuisine, and the exclusive Red Lane Spa.
Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios is the only all-butler and all-ocean-view Sandals resort creating a feeling of true luxury. Trained in the standards of the very strict Guild of Professional English Butlers, a personal butler will there to attend to guests at every step without getting in the way. An all-access pass will also provide access to a total of 21 fine dining options between the Royal Plantation and the neighboring Sandals Ochi. A Red Lane Spa and a nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club provide spa therapies and tee-times to all guests, which have included many big names such as Ian Fleming and Noel Coward. Sandals Royal Plantation also has access to two beaches; the calm East Beach is perfect for watersports, while West Beach is your go-to spot for lounging in the sun. Sandals Royal Plantation is also home to the only Champagne and caviar bar in the country.
Secret Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun/Yelp
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (Cancún, Mexico)
The all-inclusive package at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is called “Unlimited Luxury” and for good reason. In addition to the usual unlimited food, drinks, and mini-bar service, guests are allowed endless activities and entertainment as well as total access to the resort’s many bars, venues, and theme parties. This resort is also one of the best places in Cancún to explore ancient Mayan culture and history by joining a Temaczal spa ceremony or visiting sites like the nearby Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World.” Guests can also get married in a traditional Mayan ceremony, a package offered by all AMResorts, Secrets’ parent company. The resort’s lodging options include 412 suites, each with either two double beds or a four-poster king-size bed, as well as whirlpool, private terrace, and more. There’s also a whirlpool outdoors, as well as an open-air theater, tennis clinics, and a golf course nearby. Watersports are available on the beach, as are a total of 13 swimming pools on-site, and a gorgeous ocean view infinity pool.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
The Unlimited Luxury package at Secrets St. James Montego Bay includes unlimited access to gourmet dining options, to top-shelf local and international drinks, fruit juices, and soft drinks, and even to the next-door sister resort Secrets Wild Orchid. Enjoy the Jamaican beach, state-of-the-art fitness center, 15,000-square-foot spa, and shows at the open-air theater.
Secrets the Vine (Cancún, Mexico)
Not far from Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets the Vine offers much of the same world-class luxury as its sister resort. Rooms here are a bit chicer and sleeker, characterized by teak wood and Italian porcelain. As at all Secrets resorts, the Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers a full menu of spa, salon, and massage treatments. Stay here any time during July and December and you can take part in the Turtle Release Program, where you can witness baby sea turtles heading back to the sea after hatching.
Spice Island Beach Resort (St. George’s, Grenada)
The six-star Spice Island Beach Resort is the only place in Grenada to receive the AAA Five Diamond Award. Sports in and out of the island’s clear blue waters are abundant, as are tours and excursions, such as a trip to the Sunday Market or an adventure through the rainforest. Go for the casual dining option Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar for lunch, while enjoying breakfast and a five-course dinner at the more formal Oliver’s Restaurant. Janissa’s Spa is a full-service spa center on-site with hair and spa services that also offers an exotic tea menu. The resort is also undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation project which will result in a new Yoga Pavilion being opened this season right along the Grand Anse Beach.
Courtesy of Viceroy Resort
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (Soufrière, St. Lucia)
Sugar Beach is located on the site of an eighteenth-century sugar plantation right in the middle of the Pitons, mountainous volcanic plugs that are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fantastic natural setting here provides plenty of opportunities for tours on sea and land, such as zip-lining, jungle biking, deep sea fishing, and more. The resort is surrounded by 100 acres of rainforest, serving as a fantastic view for its luxurious rooms and fine dining experiences. Seven treehouse treatment rooms make up just part of the fully-equipped and luxurious Rainforest Spa, with all kinds of holistic services provided.
Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
The Endless Privileges program at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana truly is endless. In addition to the multiple gorgeously decorated and delicious restaurants and bars on site, guests also receive 24-hour private in-suite dining, a mini-bar that’s refreshed twice daily, and maid service not once, not twice, but three times a day. Stay in one of 96 cane-thatched luxury suites, and visit the extraordinary spa and fitness centers. In addition to the usual sports, swimming, and water activities, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana also provides classes in pranayama and meditation, stretching, dancing, cigar rolling, painting, as well as lessons on how to kite surf and make cocktails. Each guest also receives a complimentary 45-minute horseback ride and 20-minute massage.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Puerto Morelos, Mexico)
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya has the same Endless Privileges program as its sister resort, but it also includes excursions such as a Wahu Express boat tour to Isla Mujeres and a catamaran sunset sail, as well as a thalassotherapy spa and aqua gym. Guests can also participate in a traditional Temazcal ceremony. Ready to hop on a plane to one of these destinations? Make sure you check out our essential island vacation checklist (also good for other beach destinations).