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Travel25 best all-inclusive resorts in the world, according to frequent travelers

25 best all-inclusive resorts in the world, according to frequent travelers

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers.

Listen up: All-inclusive resorts have changed for the better. We think it’s well worth considering a visit to one for a seamless vacation where you know exactly what you have to pay — upfront. Today’s best all-inclusive resorts no longer offer bland food, watered-down drinks and rundown accommodations in serious need of renovation.

Even better, the very best all-inclusive resorts truly span the globe, from the beaches of Mexico to the sandy deserts of Dubai and even a few great ones in the U.S.

From all-inclusive resorts perfect for honeymooners to something more family-friendly, our curated list has it all. Not to mention some beautiful luxury all-inclusive resorts that will take your vacation to the next level.

Even if you’ve been to an all-inclusive resort before, there are still common mistakes you should avoid. But the biggest mistake you can make is not giving all-inclusive resorts a chance in the first place.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Montego Bay, Jamaica


Best for: Couples searching for that Instagram-worthy overwater bungalow experience.

Why stay here: This adults-only haven is perfect for couples looking for a special getaway in an oh-so-romantic atmosphere.

Best way to book: For the best rates and availability, book directly through the Sandals website.

Staying in an overwater bungalow is at the top of many travelers’ must-experience lists, but did you know you don’t have to travel all the way to the Maldives or Bora Bora to experience it? You can actually stay in one at the all-inclusive, adults-only Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Not only do you get that dreamy overwater bungalow, but the bungalows are actually built into the shape of a heart on a private island off the main resort.

Beyond that, guests can enjoy food ranging from Thai to French and Indian to Caribbean at nine different restaurants on the property, as well as premium liquor at most of the on-site bars. Add that to top-notch pools, water and land activities like land chess and volleyball, live entertainment, and the option to get PADI scuba certified, and what else could you possibly need?

But if you do need more, guests can also access all the food and activities at the property’s sister resort, Sandals Montego Bay.

Rates at Sandals Royal Caribbean start at $277 per person per night.

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Impression Moxche by Secrets

Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Best for: Discerning travelers that long for a beautiful, kid-free environment that’s close to home (it’s an easy nonstop flight to Cancun from many U.S. gateways).

Why stay here: This exclusive resort-within-a-resort offers VIP access to several pools, a beach club, lounge and gourmet restaurants — plus you have access to the entire Moxche complex. One of the best all-inclusives there is.

Best way to book: Book with World of Hyatt points to get the best value. Otherwise, book directly for elite night credit and benefits.

Part of Hyatt’s new high-end all-inclusive brand, Secrets Impression Moxche, is one that our reviewer said might be the “best all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen.” It’s easy to see why when you look at the fact that this stunning resort only offers suites; those suites start at nearly 1,000 square feet and include options with outdoor hot tubs, beautiful views of the ocean and even a two-story penthouse that feels like it’s fit for royalty.

If you decide to leave your beautiful rooms, there’s plenty to do: Explore the resort’s hidden coves and cenotes, dance in a tucked-away speak-easy, go snorkeling to get face-to-face with exotic sea life, head to the spa for a relaxing treatment or just relax by the pool and soak up the sun. Just don’t forget to look at the entertainment calendar so you don’t miss live music, pool volleyball and more.

But what really sets this resort apart is its dedication to great food, which ranges from fine French dining to an open-fire grill and even a modern Japanese restaurant with teppanyaki tables. Just be sure to stop by Teodoro for a seven-course dining experience unlike anything you’ve had at an all-inclusive resort before. (Extra fees apply at certain restaurants.)

Rates at Secrets Impression Moxche start at $800 per night, based on double occupancy. As a Category F in Hyatt’s all-inclusive chart, award nights can be found between 42,000 and 58,000 points per night.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Big Sur, California, USA


Best for: Romantic weekends away or disconnecting in nature while surrounded by world-class amenities.

Why stay here: Alila Ventana Big Sur is arguably one of the best Hyatt properties in North America, perhaps even the world, thanks to its one-of-a-kind location in California’s coastal redwood groves and the value you can get from your Hyatt points.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike perks and on-property credits, or book using World of Hyatt points for one of the best redemptions in the program. It’s also available through American Express’ Fine Hotels + Resorts and Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, where you can get valuable perks like credits to use on the property, room upgrades and late checkout, depending on the program.

There are many reasons to love this adults-only, luxury Hyatt resort on the rugged coast of California. One major reason is that, back in 2020, it converted to an all-inclusive model. The 59 guest rooms and suites are chic and cozy. Each comes with a balcony or private deck, scenic views, a stocked minibar, a walk-in shower and a soaking tub. Many rooms even have fireplaces and hot tubs.

With Ventana’s inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy modern American meals at The Sur House, which uses local ingredients and organic produce grown on the property. Just note that alcohol is not included in the package. Guests can unwind with yoga, daily hikes or reserved access to indoor or outdoor wellness studios. Take the day to chill in the sun at one of the pools, slip away to the Japanese hot baths for some mountainside serenity or hit up Spa Alila — the first in the U.S. — for a Body Renewal Ritual starting at $330.

Rates at Alila Ventana Big Sur start around $1,300 per night for double occupancy, including all meals and various activities. World of Hyatt members can book this Category 8 property from 35,000 to 45,000 points per night.

Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Best for: Ziva is a great sunny beach retreat for families while Zilara is a chic destination for adults traveling as couples or with a group of friends.

Why stay here: This upscale Hyatt property is divided into two distinct resorts, the family-friendly Ziva and adults-only Zilara, both of which have a variety of restaurants and bars, stunning beaches and pools that make for a great use of World of Hyatt points.

Best way to book: World of Hyatt members can book using points for a solid award redemption using Hyatt’s new all-inclusive award chart.

At Hyatt’s sister Zilara and Ziva resorts in Cap Cana (an upscale, gated resort area in Punta Cana), adults can take advantage of both areas of the dual-branded property. Children are restricted to the Ziva side. Kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy the Canapolis Waterpark, which has a handful of adrenaline-inducing slides. Adults looking for something more relaxing can hit up the cenote-inspired spa.

The resort is truly massive, with more than 700 ocean-view suites split between Ziva and Zilara; these include swim-up suites, one-bedroom options and even rooms with direct beach access. There are almost more restaurants and bars than you can imagine. Some highlights are French-Polynesian restaurant Brando’s, an Indian restaurant in a trainlike setting and an Asian joint with teppan grills. There are also multiple buffets and coffee shops as well as beach, pool, sports and martini bars. Also, 24-hour room service will help with those late-night cravings.

Rates for Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana start at $539, based on double occupancy. As a Hyatt All-Inclusive Category E property, award nights are 35,000 to 45,000 points per night for double occupancy. Additional guests require an additional 17,500 to 23,000 points per person per night.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Best for: Travelers looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be thrilling, romantic, cultural and relaxing.

Why stay here: This desert resort offers luxurious accommodations and the perfect balance of relaxing moments and adventurous activities.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike benefits and on-property credits. Considered one of the best points redemptions in the Marriott Bonvoy program, members can book amazing entry-level rooms without the need to splurge on an upgrade with points. Or, receive guaranteed late checkout and a possible room upgrade by booking through American Express’ Fine Hotels + Resorts.

Dubai is known for its towering skyscrapers and over-the-top hotels. However, just 45 minutes outside of the overwhelming hustle and bustle is a desert oasis where guests can bask in the heat of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve or go for a sand-filled adventure. At this resort, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, each of the 42 suites features a plunge pool, a private deck and the utmost privacy. Plus, they come with the chance to see gazelles and Arabian oryxes roaming in the wild.

While visiting, take a camel ride through the desert, learn the art of falconry or go on a desert drive to see some wildlife. If you need to relax, opt for a specialized treatment from the Timeless Spa — just don’t forget that two desert activities are included with full board.

Don’t worry about going hungry — food is a serious business at Al Maha. Dining options are more gourmet than you might expect from an all-inclusive resort. Al Diwaan, the international restaurant, serves three meals a day with views of the reserve. Hajar Terrace Bar is the perfect place to sit back and take in the power of the desert, drink in hand.

Rates at Al Maha start around $960 a night for double occupancy or 94,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night.

Grand Velas Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Best for: Families, groups of friends or romantic escapes.

Why stay here: One of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Grand Velas Los Cabos has incredible food, great pools and beaches, and phenomenal ocean-view suites measuring over 1,000 square feet.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike perks and on-property credits. If you have access to Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts, you can score a $100 spa credit, guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout and room upgrades when available.

Grand Velas Los Cabos has a lot to offer guests spending a few nights in Baja California. It’s an all-suite property where every room has stunning ocean views, a spa-style bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a large terrace to soak up the salty air.

Outside the rooms, guests can enjoy delicious food from seven upscale restaurants. Options include a 10-course tasting menu of international flavors at Cocina de Autor; French, Mexican and Italian spots; and a buffet.

The resort also offers Mexican cooking classes, yoga and a kids club. Paid activities range from whale watching to off-roading on all-terrain vehicles to camel excursions on the beach. Undercurrents prevent swimming at the resort’s beach, but there are three infinity pools — including a family-friendly one — overlooking the ocean. At the 35,000-square-foot SE Spa by Grand Velas, a spa valet can make all your wellness dreams come true.

Rates at Grand Velas Los Cabos start at $1,295 a night, based on double occupancy.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Montego Bay, Jamaica


Best for: Families looking for a fun beach vacation without breaking the bank.

Why stay here: With a solid water park and a beautiful beach, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa has a lot to offer at an affordable price.

Best way to book: Book the Hilton Rose Hall directly through Hilton’s website for the lowest rates, whether you’re using cash or points.

When we sent a reviewer to Hilton Rose Hall in 2021, he was impressed enough to give it our “recommended” seal of approval — and it’s easy to see why. The property boasts a beautiful, well-maintained beach, free nonmotorized water sports equipment (like kayaks and water tricycles), tennis and basketball courts, a 24-hour fitness center and plenty of entertainment, such as karaoke and DJs.

A great resort for families, it has everything the kiddos could want, including a massive 280-foot waterslide at Sugar Mill Falls, the on-site water park (and one of the largest in Jamaica). Across its nine bars and restaurants, even the pickiest eaters are sure to find something they love; among the options are Italian fare, Caribbean classics and an American burger bar. For adults, a swim-up pool bar slings island favorites during the day, while an open-air cocktail bar is a great place to end the night.

Rates at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa start as low as $325 a night, based on double occupancy, while Hilton Honors members can book an award night starting at 74,000 points.

Castle Hot Springs

Morristown, Arizona, USA


Best for: A reenergizing weekend away, a romantic escape or a girls trip.

Why stay here: A tranquil oasis in the middle of the desert, this resort, which doesn’t require a passport to visit, is an all-inclusive experience rooted in the healing powers of mineral-rich hot springs.

Best way to book: For now, book through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts to receive a $100 property credit, guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout and room upgrades if available.

You might be surprised to learn that there are a handful of deluxe all-inclusive resorts in the U.S. Castle Hot Springs — a grand desert oasis about an hour north of Phoenix — is one of the best. Its 30 stand-alone bungalows and cabins are tucked away in a lush setting full of palm trees spread across 1,100 acres. Dating back to the late 1800s, the resort’s natural hot springs (which range from 86 to 106 degrees) have been helping people stay healthy and relaxed for decades.

Stays at Castle Hot Springs include breakfast, lunch and a five-course tasting menu for dinner each evening, all crafted with select ingredients grown at the resort. A $25 daily drink credit is available per guest. The rate also includes activities like yoga, meditation, farm tours, guided hikes and exclusive access to the hot springs. Additional experiences are available for a fee, including spa and wellness treatments; more adventurous options include UTV tours and the elevated adventure course and aerial walkway.

Rates at Castle Hot Springs start at $1,400 per night, based on double occupancy. Two- and three-night minimums are required for most dates and the resort is closed seasonally for most of July and August.

The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa

Playa Conchal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Best for: Active travelers who want to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

Why stay here: An inviting beachfront property with upscale amenities, superb service and manicured grounds.

Best way to book: Book directly with Marriott, and either pay cash or redeem points.

All-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica just hit different, thanks to the combination of beautiful beaches and tropical rainforests. At the Westin Reserva Conchal resort, you get the best of both. Set on 2,400 acres, the resort has a lagoon-style pool and access to a championship golf course, tennis courts and pristine beaches.

With 406 rooms — ranging from entry-level deluxe junior suites with a balcony to club-level suites (with access to the club lounge and private pool) and larger family suites — there’s plenty of room for the entire family to spread out. Families can take advantage of the kids club or go for a three-hour hike in the rainforest. The resort fields a handful of bars and restaurants, including a barbecue joint, seafood options and a steakhouse.

Rates at The Westin Reserva Conchal start at $522 a night while Marriott Bonvoy members can book an award night starting at 71,500 points, both based on double occupancy.

Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Best for: Families who want to enjoy a contemporary resort that breaks the all-inclusive mold.

Why stay here: This new upscale resort from Hilton is redefining the brand’s take on the all-inclusive model and has a lot to offer guests of all ages looking for a mix of fun and relaxation in Cancun.

Best way to book: Book directly through Hilton.

In Mexico, Hilton has been opening new hotels left and right, one of which is Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort. Each of the resort’s 715 guest rooms and suites has a balcony. Also, select premium suites offer swim-up pools and extra outdoor space. The crafts of local artisans inspire the rooms’ decor, which is full of modern touches like subtle pops of color and plenty of charging ports.

Activities abound at this Hilton. Guests can partake in arts and crafts, sports on the beach, nightly fiestas with music and themed parties. As a great resort for families, a kids club is available to occupy young children, as is a designated family pool with a splash playground. A teen club is available for the older ones, too. This resort shares grounds and some facilities with the new, ultraluxe Waldorf Astoria Cancun.

With 12 dining options, there’s a meal for every appetite. There is traditional Mexican food at Maxal, wood-fired pizza at Italian trattoria La Luce, a Southeast Asian-inspired menu at Auma, and unlimited ice cream and churros at La Churreria.

Rates at Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort start at $297 a night, based on double occupancy, while Hilton Honors members can book an award night starting at 85,000 points.

Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, New York, USA


Best for: Families wanting to explore the great outdoors, history lovers and couples looking for a unique but intimate experience.

Why stay here: Feel like you’re in Europe any time of the year at this charming and historic resort that offers more activities than you could possibly have time for.

Best way to book: Book directly through Mohonk Mountain House for the best rates.

Believe it or not, the Hudson Valley is home to a picture-perfect, fairytale-like castle that offers year-round fun for the whole family (or a dreamy romantic retreat). This all-inclusive resort sits just 90 minutes from New York City.

Mohonk Mountain House, which dates back to 1869, is set within 40,000 acres of forest. It offers ample space for hiking, horseback riding, learning archery or ax throwing, and canoeing on the lake (where you can bask in the faux Victorian castle’s beauty).

Guests at Mohonk receive three included meals a day (alcohol is additional) from an upscale buffet or one of the specialty restaurants. The Main Dining Room has breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains to accompany the farm-to-table dishes and wine pairings.

A treatment from the spa is not included, but worth the splurge. The 60-minute Mohonk Red massage treatment ($240), which uses the distinct “Mohonk Red” witch hazel growing on the property, is a highlight.

When you enter your room, you’ll immediately be transported back to the grand days of the past thanks to traditional decor; gilt wallpaper, sturdy wooden furniture, and views of the forest and mountains create a memorable ambience. The move here is to opt for a room with a balcony and fireplace, like one of the Victorian Rooms, so you can have a special experience. If you’re worried about getting the fire going, ring reception; they’ll send someone up to do it for you.

Rates at Mohonk Mountain House are typically over $1,000 a night, based on double occupancy. Kids under 12 stay and eat for free during select weeks each year (limited to one child per adult guest, two children maximum).

Nihi Sumba

Hoba Wawi, Sumba, Indonesia


Best for: Travelers of all types looking for a highly curated and customizable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation in a destination that feels like the ends of the earth.

Why stay here: Private luxury on a beautiful and unspoiled island where no request is too much.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elite-like benefits and on-property credits or reserve your room through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts to enjoy extra perks during your stay.

If you want a tailor-made luxe experience and one that’s all-inclusive, look no further than Nihi Sumba, one of the world’s dreamiest — and most talked about — resorts. It’s a little tough to get to (because it requires a trip to Bali and a connecting flight to Tambolaka Airport as well as a more-than-hourlong car ride or a private helicopter transport). Still, the jet lag quickly fades away once you settle in one of the resort’s 27 villas. Villas have a private pool, canopy beds, views of the Indian Ocean and even handmade chocolate waiting in the minifridge.

Guests who check into Nihi Sumba can eat at Ombak, an open-air, sandy-floored restaurant serving a la carte breakfast and dinner. Or, they can enjoy fresh-caught fish and pizza made with organic ingredients grown by the property at Nio Beach Club & Pool.

As for activities, it’s impossible to decide between swimming with horses, stand-up paddleboarding in the crystal-clear water, hiking to a beautiful waterfall and just lazing by the pool. Luckily, you don’t have to choose — the resort wants you to have it all (though some activities are an extra expense).

Rates at Nihi Sumba start at $1,075 during the shoulder season and $1,795 during the high season per villa, per night, based on double occupancy.

Miraval Berkshires

Lenox, Massachusetts, USA


Best for: Couples who simply need to unwind.

Why stay here: This luxury wellness retreat is the place to trade the fast pace of the modern world for a tranquil retreat … and use Hyatt points to do it.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike perks and on-property credits or book directly with Hyatt to earn or redeem points. Go through Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts for extra perks like guaranteed late checkout and a $100 property credit.

Hyatt’s wellness-centered Miraval brand has three locations across the country, and we’re big fans of all of them. We’re exceptionally smitten with the baronial outpost in the Berkshires, though. At this adults-only resort, focusing on yourself is the primary task of any visit. Rates include “life-enhancing wellbeing activities” such as yoga, hiking, aqua barre classes in the pool and nutrition classes. Paid experiences include pottery, archery and even therapeutic sessions with horses.

Accommodations at Miraval Berkshires range from spa-inspired guest rooms stocked with Tibetan singing bowls and meditation cushions to 600-square-foot suites with balconies. The resort’s newest offering, Wyndhurst Mansion, is a Gilded Age stunner with 10 rooms and suites named after famed writers. Rates include three meals daily at the health-conscious restaurant Harvest Moon or through in-room dining. For an extra fee, head to 1894 for a four-course prix fixe menu with dishes like black truffle risotto and dry-aged bison rib-eye served through an interactive experience.

Rates at Miraval Berkshires start at $1,386 per night or 57,500 or 72,000 points per night, both based on double occupancy. Note that every award booking includes a $175 resort credit per person.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Best for: Families, friends and couples looking for a good value at a great resort.

Why stay here: Right on the beach but also a 15-minute taxi ride from the city center, this large resort has a lot to offer, including balconies and ocean views from every room.

Best way to book: Book directly with Hilton to earn or redeem points.

If you’re looking to escape the party scene of Cancun, give Puerto Vallarta a chance — and book a great stay at this towering Hilton all-inclusive resort. It has 444 rooms and suites, each of which has a private balcony and ocean views. For an exclusive-feeling experience, book a club-level room to access a private check-in area, the club lounge and its daily happy hour.

Take a culinary trip around the world by visiting the resort’s Italian, Asian and Mexican restaurants, or grab a juicy steak at Seasalt steakhouse. Like all the best all-inclusive resorts, room service is available 24/7.

By day, catch some rays by the pool or on the beach; at night, hit up the sunset pool party for dancing or attend the evening fiesta for live entertainment. If you’d rather take it slow, visit the Eforea Spa to sweat away the day in the steam room or get a Hawaiian-inspired, deep-tissue massage.

Rates at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort start at $366 a night or 91,000 points per night, based on double occupancy.

Jade Mountain

Soufriere, St. Lucia


Best for: Enjoying tropical mountain views in a luxurious setting.

Why stay here: Jade Mountain offers an ultraromantic and high-end atmosphere with large private pools in open-air guest rooms that look out over the Pitons.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits; or reserve through American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.

St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and Jade Mountain — an independent resort offering all-inclusive pricing options — might be one of the most beautiful resorts. There are picture-perfect views of the island and its geological splendors from each of the 24 unique “sanctuaries,” or suites. Every accommodation (except for whirlpool suites) also includes a large private infinity pool, 15-foot-high ceilings and an open fourth wall to allow for unobstructed views of paradise.

Meals of “tropical cuisine” are served around an infinity pool at Jade Mountain Club, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser. At the Kai en Ciel spa, couples can indulge in “The Alchemy of Two;” it’s a 110-minute experience ($595) that unites the loving duo through massages, poetry and handcrafted chocolates. Couples who want to take their Jade Mountain stay to the next level can book the “Total Romance” package. It starts at $6,980 for a three-night stay, and it includes three meals daily, most alcoholic drinks, a bottle of Champagne, a snorkel trip, a scuba diving lesson, one-hour massages, jungle biking, a yacht sail and more.

Rates at Jade Mountain start at $1,795 per night based on double occupancy.

Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee, USA


Best for: Anyone who loves food, as well as couples and even larger groups looking for something special.

Why stay here: Fresh, delicious food is front and center at this farm-style resort near one of the country’s most popular national parks.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike benefits and on-property credits.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is a 4,200-acre estate that’s one part working farm, one part designer hotel and one part culinary destination that attracts visitors from all over the world to East Tennessee. Stays here include all meals, from dinner on the night of arrival through lunch on the day of checkout. Menus consist of “Blackberry Farm’s Foothills Cuisine,” made with local products and seasonal ingredients grown in the 4-acre garden.

There are just 69 accommodations. They range from Historic Rooms decorated with period pieces to Hill Cottages, which average 1,080 square feet and feature fireplaces, front porch rocking chairs and a personal golf cart.

For bigger groups, book a self-contained house that has three to five bedrooms. Beyond simply coming for the mouthwatering food, activities abound (many of which cost an extra fee). Go hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding or cycling, or do yoga. You can even try your hand at shooting sporting clays. There’s a spa with a slew of rejuvenating wellness treatments and even concerts with major headliners (like the country group Little Big Town) scheduled throughout the year.

Nightly rates at Blackberry Farm start at $1,045 per night and require a three-night minimum stay.

Excellence Playa Mujeres

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Best for: Travelers looking for an intimate all-inclusive experience that’s truly elevated.

Why stay here: This sleek adults-only property has a beautiful beachfront location and excels on all fronts, from the diverse culinary offerings to the luxe spa and spacious all-suite accommodations.

Best way to book: Book directly for the best deals and savings.

Booking an all-inclusive resort in Cancun can be tough because of the sheer number of options, but for an upscale all-inclusive experience, look no further than Excellence Playa Mujeres. Every room is a suite and includes picture windows, outdoor spaces, a romantic oversized Jacuzzi, a rainfall shower and natural design elements.

There’s even a club-level option that offers upgraded amenities like Bulgari bath products and top-shelf liquors (not to mention access to a private beach and pools, and the club lounge).

At the resort, dining options include The Lobster House, a restaurant specializing in juicy crustaceans. There is classic French fare at Chez Isabelle and bold Mexican cuisine at Agave. Stop at the lobby bar, Martini, for a stiff take on the eponymous classic or enjoy a handful of other bars dotting the resort.

With a total of seven pools and a beach, there are plenty of loungers to go around. For even more fun, borrow snorkeling gear, take a dance or Spanish lesson, or head to the theater (and its Stars bar) for a night of live entertainment. When you need some “me time,” head to the Miile Spa for a treatment.

Rates at Excellence Playa Mujeres start at $573 a night, based on double occupancy.

Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Best for: Romantic retreats or fun with friends.

Why stay here: This adults-only resort offers excellent value away from the overly touristy resorts in Cancun.

Best way to book: Book through Hilton to earn and redeem points.

South of Cancun in Playa Del Carmen, this Hilton adults-only all-inclusive resort checks all the boxes for travelers who want to show up and let the hotel take care of every detail for them. Thanks to the 14 bars and restaurants — including sushi at Asiana, multiple Mexican restaurants and even an outdoor tequila bar — there’s no chance you’ll go hungry. With an Olympic-size pool, live entertainment, a rooftop tennis court, dancing lessons and the Innan Spa, you’ll also never be bored.

When it’s time to retreat to the room, you’ll be comfortable no matter which type of room you choose. You can crash in an entry-level, 653-square-foot junior suite with a 55-inch TV, furnished patio and whirlpool spa, or a beachfront walkout suite that allows you to open your doors to the salty air and sounds of crashing waves. Even better, 24-hour room service and an in-room bar restocked daily mean you technically never have to leave the suite if you don’t want to.

Rates at Hilton Playa Del Carmen start at $223 a night or 51,000 Hilton Honors points, based on double occupancy.

Twin Farms

Barnard, Vermont, USA


Best for: Adults looking for an all-inclusive experience that’s cozy, rustic and quintessential New England.

Why stay here: At Twin Farms, you get exactly what you want thanks to staff members whose main goal is to make your every dream come true.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike perks and on-property credits.

Not everyone loves the all-inclusive spirit, but at Vermont’s Twin Farms, the experience is so unique that even the biggest naysayer will fall in love.

Guests can find seclusion in the 20 individually designed suites and cottages decorated with art that stands well above what you’d find in a regular hotel. The various design aesthetics look like they came straight from the pages of a fashion magazine. In addition to rooms, the all-inclusive experience includes meals, wines and spirits at the restaurant or in your suite or cottage. You can even order lunch to be served as a picnic anywhere on the 300-acre property.

Guests can take advantage of the resort’s long activity list, which includes canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, sledding and even skiing on Twin Farms’ private mountain — necessary equipment and instruction included.

At the fitness center, yoga classes and Peloton bikes are on offer. Meanwhile, the Bridge House Spa’s menu includes facials, massages and in-room rituals for an extra fee. To really let it all go, especially if you visit in the snowy winter, make sure to go for a soak in the Japanese furo — a unique experience that’s included with your stay.

Rates at Twin Farms start at $2,600, based on double occupancy.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico


Best for: Families wanting an upscale and memorable experience where everything is taken care of for you.

Why stay here: Hyatt’s Ziva brand is one of the best all-inclusive experiences money (or points) can buy.

Best way to book: Book directly with Hyatt to earn or redeem World of Hyatt points.

Hotels and resorts are a dime a dozen in the Cabo area, but Hyatt’s Ziva resort is one of the best all-inclusive options. Thanks to World of Hyatt’s generous points chart, it’s also one of the best places to burn some Hyatt points for a memorable vacation.

This Ziva has seven restaurants and seven bars to indulge at. Whether you’re getting dinner with a show at the Japanese restaurant Dozo or eating fresh grilled seafood at beachside Cortez, know you’ll go to bed full.

With 591 rooms and suites to choose from, guests can stay in a standard 584-square-foot master king or master double with a furnished balcony and hydro-massage bathtub, or they can opt for a club-level suite, which includes swim-up options, a private check-in area and access to the club lounge.

For families, the KidZ Club has a water park with slides and supervised activities. Meanwhile, parents can hit the adults-only pool and bar area. At the two-story Zen Spa, 19 indoor-outdoor treatment rooms are available for a moment of calm. You might need the relaxation after taking advantage of the resort’s “Olympics” beach games, dance lessons and live shows.

Rates at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos start at $520 a night, based on double occupancy. As a Category D all-inclusive resort in the World of Hyatt program, award nights cost 25,000 to 35,000 points per night, based on double occupancy. Additional guests require an additional 13,00 to 17,000 points per night, per guest.

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico


Best for: Adult travelers looking for a high-energy all-inclusive that knows how to party.

Why stay here: This resort wants to make sure guests have a good time in busy Cabo.

Best way to book: Book directly through Hyatt to earn or redeem points.

Some all-inclusive resorts are about sitting back and relaxing. Others, like Breathless Cabo, are designed to provide moments of tranquility but are also big on the party scene. Guests can enjoy a robust lineup of entertainment options, from bubble parties to carnival-themed Champagne pool parties — all with a live DJ. When it gets too much, guests can retreat to the quieter infinity pool overlooking the marina or visit the spa for a hot stone massage to work out all the knots.

All 169 rooms have either a private balcony or terrace with marina views. Expect chic design, stocked minibars, 24-hour concierge service and room service. You can upgrade to an Xhale club suite and get access to personalized check-in service, the club lounge with premium liquors and snacks, upgraded minibars and even a pillow menu.

There are seven bars and restaurants at this Breathless, including a contemporary tapas bar, Mediterranean and Italian options, and a beachside grill. Speaking of the beach, this resort has one of the few swimmable ones in the area.

Rates at Breathless Los Cabos start at $576 a night, based on double occupancy. As a Category D all-inclusive resort in the World of Hyatt program, award nights cost 25,000 to 35,000 points per night, based on double occupancy. Additional guests require an additional 10,500 to 14,5000 points per night, per guest.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Philipsburg, Montana, USA


Best for: Families, couples and everyone in between looking for a Western-style vacation that’s equally rugged and luxurious.

Why stay here: There’s no better way to experience the sheer wonder of Montana’s great outdoors than at this all-inclusive ranch with numerous activities and delicious food.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark for elitelike perks and on-property credits or through Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts for perks like a $100 property credit, guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout and more.

A trip to Montana’s beautiful, natural landscape should be on everyone’s must-experience list. At The Ranch at Rock Creek, you can have the best of it all without worrying about every little detail: The resort’s all-inclusive pricing means most of what you want to experience is already paid for.

Guests can choose from 29 accommodation options, which range from glamping tents and cabins to multiroom homes and even a historic barn converted into three suites that can be booked together or separately.

During a visit to The Ranch, guests can enjoy (upscale) cowboy-style food with various dining options for breakfast; they can tuck into lunch at the Buckle Barn and dinners with creative menus that rotate seasonally. For entertainment, there are summer rodeos with a barbecue, autumn dinners with barn dances and tasting menus organized by the chef.

For fun, learn the art of archery, go fly-fishing or try horseback riding. In the winter, enjoy sports like snowboarding and skiing, or simply take in the magic of fresh snow with a ride on a tube. A highly customizable experience, every reservation includes a “Ranch Ambassador” who helps plan every trip detail. All you have to do is show up and have the time of your life.

Rates at The Ranch at Rock Creek start at $2,000 a night, based on double occupancy.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Best for: Whale-watchers and Hyatt loyalists looking for a quick and easy getaway on points.

Why stay here: A smart, secluded resort with something for everyone at a great price.

Best way to book: Use Hyatt points and any free night certificates you have lying around.

Another entry from Hyatt’s Ziva brand, the Puerto Vallarta property is a force to be reckoned with. Home to five restaurants and five bars, the culinary experience here is a trip across the globe with stops at an Italian trattoria, a beachside East Asian restaurant and an outpost serving Mexican cuisine. The resort has five infinity pools, including an adults-only pool, two kiddie pools and even an infinity-style hot tub. Guests can enjoy live entertainment nightly as well as activities such as nonmotorized water sports, cooking demonstrations and daily fitness classes.

In the more than 335 rooms and suites, guests can expect ocean views, white marble bathrooms, large TVs and — in select rooms and suites — hydro-massage bathtubs and rainfall-style showers. Club-level rooms and suites are available, offering in-room upgrades, private check-in areas and access to the club lounge. For a really special stay, splurge on a swim-up suite so that you can access semi-private pools directly from your room.

Rates at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta start at $320 a night, based on double occupancy. As a Hyatt All-Inclusive Category C property, award nights are 21,000 to 29,000 points per night for double occupancy. Additional guests require an additional 10,500 to 14,500 points per person per night.

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Nassau, Bahamas


Best for: Couples who want a romantic getaway.

Why stay here: An adults-only resort designed specifically for couples, this Sandals outpost just went through a $55 million renovation.

Best way to book: Book directly through Sandals for the best rates.

From intimate dining venues to rooms with romantic soaking tubs, Sandals invites travelers into an all-inclusive wonderland designed specifically for couples. Its 10 restaurants appease all palates, and options range from a chop house with tables under an imposing chandelier to a dreamy seafood restaurant on a wooden pier above the water. For a truly romantic experience, the resort can arrange a private candlelight dinner as well.

The resort’s 404 accommodations run the gamut in offerings; there are swim-up suites, hideaway villas with private pools, honeymoon suites, and options that include butler service. All-inclusive rates at Sandals include water sports, a comprehensive diving program, pool and beach parties, live entertainment, and even a visit to Barefoot Cay, the property’s private offshore island with beaches, snorkeling and a beach club.

Rates at Sandals Royal Bahamian start at $335 per person per night.

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Best for: Adults who want to be lazy in the sun then turn it up with live music and DJs.

Why stay here: At Breathless, you get the perfect mix of a relaxing vacation with high-energy social elements.

Best way to book: Book directly with Hyatt to earn and redeem points.

At Breathless Punta Cana, your vacation can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to relax and be lazy, spend your days lounging on the beach. If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, enjoy pool parties and thumping music surrounded by new friends from all over the world at the multilevel Freestyle Pool. The property’s 11 restaurants range from French and Italian to classic buffets and a steakhouse. Its eight watering holes include a sports bar, multiple swim-up bars and a moody lobby bar.

There are 750 suites available, including the 554-square-foot entry-level Allure rooms that come with a furnished private balcony or terrace and a hot tub; there are also swim-up suites with direct access to the pool. On the Xhale club level, guests gain access to a private lounge with premium liquor and afternoon hors d’oeuvres as well as an exclusive restaurant and two pools. They also receive VIP host service and upgraded in-room amenities (like a premium minibar and a pillow menu).

Rates at Breathless Punta Cana start at $342 per person per night. As a Hyatt All-Inclusive Category B property, award nights are 17,000 to 23,000 points per night for double occupancy. Additional guests require an extra 8,500 to 11,500 points per person per night.

Finding the right all-inclusive

There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding what all-inclusive properties are the best, and the truth of the matter is that most of it comes down to personal preference and location.

For example, do you want to be at a resort with great beach access, or are you looking for an experience near Montana’s beautiful mountains? Do you want a nice experience that comes at an affordable rate or are you willing to splurge for an all-inclusive resort that has fine dining?

And — one factor that’s really important — do you want an adults-only experience, or are you OK with somewhere that’s family-friendly? If you’re unsure, there are plenty of incredible family-friendly resorts with secluded pools and restaurants for people without children (or offer babysitting services or kids clubs for an adult date night or spa appointment).

Knowing what you want from an all-inclusive resort will make it much easier for you to find the right property for your trip.


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