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Top 26 All-Inclusive Resorts You Should Visit In 2020

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Check all the All-Inclusive Resorts and write reviews of the best.

The result is 26 of the best All-Inclusive Resorts you should visit in 2020.

Anastasia Hamurari

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An ambitious writer with a thirst for content creation through storytelling.

Imagine this: it’s early in the morning, the birds are chirping, and you’re about to go for a swim in the pool. The only decision you have to make in the next hour is whether you’ll have orange juice or coffee with your breakfast, or even, perhaps, both. The scenario represents merely 5% of what some of the best all-inclusive resorts have to offer.

The luxurious stays with hefty price tags can be tempting, and we don’t blame you.   Who wouldn’t want to leave their anxious selves at home, and be wined, dined and entertained in a picture perfect setting for a stress-free week or two?  

You may be thinking, “Of course I’d like that, but where do I even start? I have so many questions:

  • What exactly does an all-inclusive vacation actually comprise of, and how do I know if it’s worth it?
  • What’s the best time to go on an all-inclusive vacation?
  • How do I get the best deal on an all-inclusive package?
  • Is it even possible to find cheap last-minute vacation packages?

You most certainly don’t want to fall into the trap of booking the wrong experience. So, do yourself a favor, and skim through 26 of the most refined properties we found worthy of adding to your next year’s vacation wish-list.

To help you choose between great and greatest, here’s our round-up of the best All-Inclusive Resorts.

Top 26 All-Inclusive Resorts In 2020

hermitage bay, antigua and barbuda

Located on the west side of Antigua, Hermitage Bay is a beachside resort composed of Caribbean-style dark wooden suites that sit on top of the hill. Guests choose to stay at this place for the revitalizing activities and an impeccable service it offers.

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You can do morning yoga, Pilates, and acquire skills in one of the motor-less water sports with the guidance of the resort’s professionals. For a more relaxed activity with elements of spirituality, there is an on-site spa with an emphasis on Dorissima rituals that help to balance chakras. 

Be it an evening workout in the fitness center, an afternoon garden tour, or a cookery masterclass, chances are you will relish your time here. 

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European dishes served at the resort have Caribbean influence, which is observed in the local garden-grown produce that is always fresh and nutritious. From green smoothies to eggs benedict and sautéed shrimp pasta, there is something for everyone. 

Lunches can be had at the bar, while dinners are accompanied by the live music played by the local musicians. And, when in the mood for a drink, you can help yourself with a Mojito or a more sophisticated cocktail of your choice.

The cost of double rooms ranges between US$1200 – $1880 depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 855 596 2747; info@hermitagebay.com

isla palenque, boca chica, panama

When exploring Central America, the 400-acre private island resort known as Isla Palenque should definitely make its way onto your itinerary. Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui offers an upscale experience on the coast of the Pacific Ocean for those wanting that fly-and-flop vacation. 

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The tree-house-like accommodation has plenty to propose: fishing, birdwatching, and kayaking are just a few of the activities to sign up for. You can do yoga at the beach in the morning and learn how to create the most sought-after cocktails in the evening. 

With a pool swimming session and in-room massage being the real options, you are not confined to the same activities on a daily basis. Grab a drink from the local bar and relax in the rope swing while waiting for the sun to set.   

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You’ll be able to satisfy your every craving with the gourmet Panamanian meals like tostones and European-style french toasts, fruit platters, and chia puddings. There are tacos, burgers, coconut fish curry, and stuffed eggplants too if you get hungry from the busy day of kayaking and spiritual practices.  

The cost of casitas ranges between US$780 – $980 depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 855 679 4364; info@islapalenque.com 

explora lodge, patagonia, chile

For exquisite views that will quite literally take your breath away, Explora Lodge in the South American gem Patagonia is your best pick. Located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park by the shore of Pehoé Lake, the all-inclusive accommodation will give you the much-needed peace you are looking for.

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Nothing will distract you from taking in the alluring Patagonian landscape – all 49 rooms are exempt from Wi-Fi and TVs, and are, in turn, facing nature. To explore all that the destination has to offer, the lodge provides dozens of varieties of hikes, boat trips, and horseback rides. 

You get access to the pool, hot springs, and even a private observatory. If stargazing at night and discovering the vast biodiversity of our planet is your thing, you will get the most from the experience.

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Devour the gourmet Chilean cuisine for lunch and dinner and a cold buffet consisting of pastries, fruits, cheeses, eggs, and hot and cold beverages for breakfast. Although the foods are not heavy, make sure you don’t overeat before embarking on the locally offered excursions.

You can enjoy some wine and other alcoholic drinks included in the package after your excursion is over. The bar at the lodge is also a great place to socialize with like-minded nature explorers.    

The cost of double rooms ranges between US$2709 – $3462 for 3 nights minimum stay depending on the season. 

Contact: +56 2 2395 2800; recpatagonia@explora.com

nekupe, nandaime, nicaragua

Translating to English as ‘heaven’ from the Chorotegan ‘Nekupe’, the resort was created for the exact purpose of providing guests with a lavish experience amidst the evergreen panorama of the Mombacho volcano. Having started as a retreat for two philanthropists, it has since grown to become an environmentally-friendly holiday destination with elements from the feng-shui architecture. 

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You will hardly ever get bored with 6 (!) staff members always at your disposal who make an effort to learn your personal preferences. You will get introduced to mountain biking, hiking, and clay pigeon shooting; and less intense activities like spa pampering, pool lounging, and tennis playing. 

When you start craving some off-site adventures, a city tour to Granada or a climb on the local volcano Cerro Negro are your real options.    

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The resort serves Nicaraguan cuisine with a modern twist which you are bound to enjoy regardless of your culinary preferences. From pancakes to gallo pintos and weekly BBQ, there is something to satisfy the demand of omnivores and vegetarians alike. 

If you’re feeling like learning how to cook a new dish, enroll in one of the cooking classes offered by the resort. There you will quickly master the Nicaraguan traditional pork and rice under the guidance of the professional chefs.

The cost of junior villas ranges between US$900 – $1450 depending on the season. 

Contact: +(505) 7826-2800; reservations@nekupe.com

travaasa experiential hana, maui, hawaii

The ‘Heavenly Hana’ lives up to its name – it sits on the 66 acres of the untouched island Maui with its 70 cabins surrounded by jasmine, ginger trees, and frangipani. The small beaches along with the serene views of the Kaihalulu Bay make it a yearned-for destination for a honeymoon or an exotic weekend getaway.

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You can learn the art of lei making, take ukulele lessons, and meditate in the morning, all without leaving the resort. Paddleboarding, outrigger canoeing, and horse riding are also your possibilities when resting by the pool gets tedious. 

The resort has a hot tub, a tropical spa, and a tennis court for entertainment purposes. With the leisure-like Hawaiian lifestyle, there is no way you won’t return from your holiday well-rested and replenished. 

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The popularity of the resort stems not only from the picturesque landscapes of the wild island, but also from the foods prepared by the country’s best chefs. Sophisticated meals like seafood stew are served alongside the more familiar granola, kale salad, and french toasts. 

If you dare to venture out from the comforts of the resort and drive for a couple of minutes, you will be in for a real treat. The many food trucks of Hana don’t leave anyone indifferent, with their specialty tacos, Thai curries, and freshly fried fish. 

The cost of junior suites starts at US$700.

Contact: +1 808-359-2401; hana@travaasa.com

twin farms, vermont

For an adult getaway in a chic style at any time of the year, look into the Twin Farms resort in Vermont. Situated in the countryside of Barnard, this 1795-built farmhouse incorporates tasteful furniture and an even more refined dining experience. 

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Set in the forestry area, the resort aims to provide its guests with tranquility – the exact thing they are lacking during their busy working days back home. 

The outdoor activities are designed to be combined with leisure time indoors: downhill skiing and badminton by the Copper Pond by day, and spa relaxation and games galore by night is the usual timetable of guests who come here. 

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When you book your stay at the resort, you are asked about your dietary preferences straight away. This approach helps to customize the gourmet dishes for your particular needs and free your mind from deciding what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

To say the culinary experience at the resort is Michelin-restaurant-like is an understatement. Lemon ricotta souffle pancakes for breakfast and a five-course feast featuring fresh herbs and dairy from the nearby gardens and farms and scrumptious lobster agnolotti is an ordinary example of the extraordinary skills of the resort’s chefs.  

The cost of double rooms ranges between US$1600 – $1900 depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 802 234 9999; info@twinfarms.com

jade mountain, saint lucia

Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia was designed by the architect and the co-owner Nick Troubetzkoy, who transformed it into the James Bond-type of a honeymoon destination. It occupies a scenic spot on a hillside overlooking the country’s Pitons and Soufriere Bay.

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The three-walled rooms enable the guests to sit back and relax in the infinity pool with a view without leaving the accommodation. Talk about living in luxury.

The establishment has its own spa and gym, leaving the rest of the facilities to the nearby Anse Chastanet resort with an out-of-this-world dive center. You can take a mountain bike trail, explore nature with a guide, and tour the chocolate-making laboratory located at Jade Mountain.  

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You have the option to choose where to eat – meals are served both at the open-air restaurant at the top of the property, and straight to your room. When evening comes, rooftop drinks at the Celestial Terrace are also an option.

Devour the healthy and nutritious à la carte breakfasts consisting of tropical fruit and juices. After some time, explore the many lunch and dinner options made up of the food items derived from contemporary fusion cuisine.

The cost of suites ranges between US$1332 – $1886 (breakfast not included) depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 800 223 1108; jademountain@ansechastanet.com

mohonk mountain house, new paltz, new york

The classy Mohonk Mountain House is set in the Shawangunk Mountains, just a two-hour drive from New York. Some call it the Hogwarts of hotels, others give it a ‘family-friendly’ description – either way, it is indeed a ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of a resort.

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From the gorgeous antique interior with the Hudson River paintings, to the private lake at the side of the hotel, everything screams ‘American Paradigm’. You can have the taste of it when playing nine-hole golf or tennis in one of the six courts, and when going on a guided bike tour. 

The estate’s schedule boasts the finest activities like art events and lectures alongside the more laid-back pastimes like movie nights. It all can be enjoyed without children too – the on-site kids’ club can take good care of them.

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You know the food is exquisite when food critics rave about it – Mohonk House takes special pride in serving this type of food. We believe that the sourced from the Finger Lake and Hudson Valley farms ingredients used for creating the meals played a part in it.

Here you will find the typical American food consisting of pancakes and bacon for breakfast along with the sandwiches and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner that are cooked by the renowned chef Jim Palmeri. Beyond that, there are lobsters and steaks that can also be had throughout the second half of the day. 

Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available.  

The cost of standard rooms starts at US$900.

Contact: +1 855 274 4020; mohonkvacations@mohonk.com

little palm island, florida keys

The freestanding bungalows with thatched roofs hidden in the midst of palm trees of all sizes and shapes belong to Little Palm Island, a luxurious resort situated on the Florida Keys island. You can get there by a charming little ferry that departs every hour from Little Torch Key hospitality lounge.

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Expect a welcome cocktail served to you once you arrive at the resort, the gesture that sets the mood for the entire stay. In the upcoming days, you will see how it unravels and makes the holiday a true-by-definition tropical getaway. 

Take a paddleboard and drift away from the shore in the afternoon, and book a couples’ massage for the evening. Or, sail to meet the sunset after a long day of fishing and diving. The choice is yours.

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The chance of you becoming fed up with the same food is extremely low – the chef and his team make sure to change things up and serve new dishes day after day. A five- and a seven-course tasting menu is a normal practice at the resort as it provides you with the countless meal options in one go. 

Even the pickiest eaters will find the tropical menu thrilling: spiny lobsters and chateaubriand for dinner are just as delicious as the drinks created at the poolside tiki bar are refreshing. 

The cost of suites ranges between US$690 – $1499 (breakfast not included) depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 305 684 8341; getlost@littlepalmisland.com

the brando, tahiti, french polynesia

It doesn’t get any more exotic than French Polynesia – the Tahiti resort called ‘The Brando’ is the embodiment of that. Located on a pristine private island amidst the turquoise lagoon, it combines the tranquil luxury with the eco-conscious style. 

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Only a helicopter flight away from the Faa’a International Airport, the resort comprises 35 villas built with thatched roofs and equipped with a castaway ambiance. You are guaranteed to have a memorable stay here where snorkeling, diving, and kayaking is encouraged.

Leave your kids at the Lagoon School operated by the resort’s staff and head out to explore the wild waters of the Pacific Ocean. While your offsprings are busy playing, you can enjoy the on-site hammam or spa treatment after spending hours discovering the flora and fauna of the ocean.

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The Beachcomber Cafe serves à la carte breakfasts that consist of fluffy croissants and locally grown tropical fruits. Honey lovers can have it with the Polynesian nectar collected from the island hives.  

For lunch and dinner, Les Mutinés restaurant offers guests delicacies like mahi-mahi with ginger sauce and salt-baked scallops. The dishes are cooked by the team guided by the two-Michelin star chef at the Parisian Le Grand Véfour Guy Martin.

The cost of double rooms starts at US$3864. 

Contact: +689 40 866 366 ; reservation@thebrando.com

soneva jani, mehufary island, maldives

Soneva Jani offers the modern-day Robinson Crusoe type of adventure that is hard to find anywhere else. This bucket-list destination in the Maldives is the ultimate dream of many, and it’s easy to see why.

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The massive white cluster of wooden villas residing in the middle of the Indian Ocean is packed with daytime and nighttime activities. With a rented bike, you can get from your accommodation to the resort’s gym, spa room, and the kid’s area within 15 minutes or less. 

Visit the local outdoor observatory that employs the best telescope in the region, and spend a night or two watching films in the overwater cinema. Alternatively, you can stay in your villa that incorporates a water slide and a hanging swing chair, and not leave the place for days on end. 

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Chances are you won’t get hungry at any point during your stay here – the 4 restaurants and a bar have plenty of food and drink options to indulge in. Truffle pasta, lamb burgers, sashimi, and homemade ice-cream are just some of your options.

The cost of one-bedroom villas ranges between US$1943 – $5022 depending on the season. 

Contact: +91 124 4511000; reservations@soneva.com

sailrock, turks & caicos islands

If the idea of a remote getaway excites you, Sailrock resort in Turks & Caicos can provide you with that peaceful solitude, and the lush outdoors you are seeking. The tropical resort with 35 private rooms is nestled along the unspoiled beaches, where you can witness picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean all day long.

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Each room has a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and a bath, thus making it unnecessary to leave the apartment if you don’t feel like it. Grab a cup of coffee and relax while watching your favorite TV-show and feeling the breeze from the ocean.

In case you decide to venture out of your room, you can engage in diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, which are all extremely popular in the area. 

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From the in-room dining to the on-site restaurants and beach bars, there is a plethora of meals and beverages available to you. Vegan blueberry pancakes for breakfast, golden conch fritters for lunch, and Caribbean lobster tail for dinner is an example of a typical menu at the resort. 

The extensive drinks menu features classic cocktails like Mai Tai and Frozen Daiquiris alongside more sophisticated cocktails created by the local bartenders and other spirits.      

The cost of the suites starts at US$1283.

Contact: +1 800 929 7197; reservations@sailrockresort.com

southern ocean lodge, kangaroo island, australia

Situated in the south-western region of Kangaroo Island in Australia, Southern Ocean Lodge is, in its nature, the best escape from cosmopolitan business. It encompasses 21 on-cliff suits that overlook the vast waters of Hanson Bay.

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The modern design of the suites located in the scenic place alone will tell you plenty about the kind of experience you are about to get. In this case, every stay at the lodge is supplied with the Seal Bay stroll in the company of sea lions, a guided walk at the top of the coastal cliff, and a sunset excursion to watch the wallabies and kangaroos graze. 

Some of the island’s other highlights to witness include the Remarkable Rocks and the Admirals Arch with its colony of fur seals. For an extra fee, you can embark on a marine tour and go on a supervised hike too.

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Fresh produce that is in season is the main focus when creating wholesome dishes for the guests. You get to choose between a wide variety of meals including zucchini and haloumi fritters, grilled tofu, slow-cooked pork belly with caper dressing, and Spencer Gulf prawns among others. 

The cost of suites ranges between AU$1250 – $1650 depending on the season. 

Contact: +61 2 9918 4355; https://southernoceanlodge.com.au/

kamalame cay, the bahamas

The Jamaican family-owned resort Kamalame Cay is a gem of the Caribbeans – those choosing to spend their time away from work in tropical luxury will become loyal guests here. The island the resort is on can be reached either by ferry, helicopter, or seaplane, which makes the destination that much more exciting.

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The activities at the resort are just as laid-back as the island itself. A typical day will consist of hanging out in the swimming pool, playing tennis, and relaxing at the bar with a cocktail in hand. 

When sunbathing at the beach gets tiring, you can get pampered at the overwater spa located at the edge of the ocean pier. You’ll be able to fully relax while getting a massage and perhaps even start thinking about what to have for dinner. 

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The gourmet meals served at the resort are inspired by Asian cuisine. So look forward to having the finest sushi and stir fry you have ever had.

When you are not having Asian food, you are most likely having homemade cookies, pastries with jam, fresh tropical fruits, and juices that come straight to your door, in a picnic basket each morning. Now we know what ‘all-inclusive’ actually means. 

The cost of beach rooms ranges between US$500 – $595 depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 800 790 7971; info@kamalame.com

andbeyond sandibe okavango safari lodge, botswana, southern africa

To experience the African wildlife in all its glory is possible by booking a ‘design-centric luxury camp’ also known as andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. This jewel of the Kalahari is located in the heart of Delta, in Botswana, where the organic construction of the property merges with the canopy of palms and fig trees.

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When you come to a place like this, the first mandatory thing to book is the 4WD drive. There you will be able to observe lions, leopards, and wildebeests, among other animal species which calls Botswana their home. 

Beyond a safari, you can spend your time birdwatching in pursuit of hornbills and kestrels (Swarovski binoculars are included). If you get lucky, some of the local fauna will find you at your accommodation itself. 

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This is not your typical camp when you’re cooking the fish you just caught on a campstove – rather, it’s an elevated fine dining experience eating at individual tables. Your choices include grilled Botswana beef, locally grown fresh produce, and the guests’ favorite, Kudu burger.

The cost of the suites starts at US$1140.

Contact: +27 11 809 4300; safaris@andBeyond.com

bluefields bay villas, Jamaica

At the Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica, the home-like feeling is combined with lavish scenery. This creates an atmosphere filled with authenticity and serenity that is hard to find these days among a large number of loud and fully-booked resorts.

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The six villas are sheltered near the Caribbean Sea, whose crystal-clear waters call for sea-kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. To immerse into the untouched environment of the island, go on a hike up the mountain, dare yourself to try zip-lining, or take a boat tour. 

The Jamaican Southern Coast is not spoiled by the commercial packages just yet, so take full advantage of it and meet locals who will show you the best spots for the sunset and the fishing places with an abundance of the marine species. 

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Here you can taste gourmet meals cooked by the personal chef who takes into consideration every single one of your preferences. The dishes may include a bowl of pumpkin soup and a fillet mignon with jerk gravy, unless, of course, you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

When relaxing by the pool, the staff might offer you a tropical cocktail and a fresh fruit platter. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sip your favorite Banana Daiquiri while watching the sunset.  

The cost of villas starts at US$3596 for 4 nights minimum stay depending on the season. 

Contact: +1 877 955 8993; reservations@bluefieldsvillas.com

kokomo private island, fiji

‘Home away from home’ is the perfectly applicable motto for the Kokomo resort located on a  remote tropical island in Fiji. From the first glimpse of the Yaukuve Levu island from above, to the first time your feet touch the Fijian sand, you will have a hard time coming to peace with leaving this paradise.

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You are greeted with the staff singing the Fijian welcoming song to you, which already sets the mood for the rest of your stay. The nine-room spa treatments, yoga classes and workout with a personal trainer that follow are merely the bonus.

Design your vacation any way you want – take a class to learn about the local culture, go snorkeling in the pristine waters of the South Pacific Ocean, or enroll in a cooking masterclass. 

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The mastermind behind the exquisite cuisine served at the resort is the chef Cory Campbell. Together with his team, he makes sure to wow guests with fresh fruits grown on the island’s 2.2-hectare farm and multi-course lunches and dinners.

With daily changes in the menu, you are bound to try a wide variety of dishes you wouldn’t otherwise get to sample. Fijian fish curry with the fresh catch of the day and homemade coconut ice-cream is there at your disposal.

The cost of one-bedroom villas ranges between US$1938 – $2900 depending on the season. 

Contact: +679 776 4441; reservations@kokomoislandfiji.com

pikaia lodge, santa cruz, galapagos islands

Set on top of the inland hill where the extinct volcanic caldera was, the small yet mighty Pikaia Lodge overlooks the 31 hectares of forests and fields. This Ecuadorian treasure is a much sought-after alternative for palm-trees-and-white-sand-beaches that caters to the minimalists with a sweet spot for nature. 

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Galapagos has never seen a resort with such a tremendous emphasis on eco-conscious service that continues to sustain itself year after year. The on-site sauna and an infinity pool go hand in hand with the hot tub and spa freely available for guests.

The bicycle rental enables guests to explore the area by themselves, which helps to connect with the National Park, that the Galapagos actually is.

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The vast distance between the lodge and the mainland is not an obstacle to an impeccable dining experience. The daily supply of locally grown ingredients allows the kitchen staff to create delicious meals like gazpacho, a rice pudding with fruit, and a seafood salad. 

To loosen up at the end of the day, the barman offers flavors cocktails made at the pool bar.    

The cost of double rooms starts at US$4680.

Contact: +5934 371 1670; info@pikaialodge.com

maia, anse boileau, seychelles

Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, MAIA is set on the southwest coast of Mahé where breathtaking sunsets meet the temperamental winds. The relaxing sanctuary this place is, it offers the perfect secluded getaway couples who have had enough of their corporate routine. 

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For your convenience, there is a butler assigned to each villa, whose ultimate aim is to please the guest. So, besides getting pampered at the Balinese-style spa, you don’t have to lift a single finger to get the attention of your steward.

On days when you feel full of energy, you can try out scuba diving, attempt a morning yoga, and even get a mani and pedi. 

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Unless you want to dine in your villa alongside your butler, there is an on-site Tec-Toc restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There you can have a taste of Asian, Mediterranean, French, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Creole cuisines. 

The 300-items list of vintage wines makes your stay at the resort just that much more sophisticated – the sommelier can organize a private tasting just for you.   

The cost of villas ranges between EUR€2055 – €2835 depending on the season. 

Contact: +248 4 390 000; maia.reservations@tsogosun.com

the datai langkawi, malaysia

The Datai Langkawi resort in Malaysia offers one of the best, if not the best, luxurious experiences in the whole of Asia. Enveloped by the wild rainforest, it blends with the diversified fauna presented by the dusky leaf monkeys, flying lemurs, and dozens of birds and butterflies species.    

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While the accommodation is merely the complement to the faultless setting, the service and facilities are definitely the stand-alone elements. Starting from the well-furnished gym and ending with the woodland-clouded spa and a yoga pavilion, there are plenty of ways to diversify your stay here.

For the curious minds, there is a Nature Centre filled with mini laboratories that showcase the resort’s commitment to sustainability while also educating guests about ecology.

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You will find plenty of Asian staples including Malaysian dishes served at the resort’s Gulai House restaurant. The Pavilion, an open-air Thai restaurant, is another location where you can savor some of the mouthwatering meals the staff prepares.

For European food, head over to the on-site Beach Club and Bar, and the Dining Room. There you will get to try the freshly baked pastries, salads, pizzas, and cold-press juices that are so familiar to the international visitors.

The cost of double rooms ranges between MYR2750 – MYR5940 depending on the season. 

Contact: +60 4 9500 500; reservations@dataihotels.com

blanket bay, otago, new zealand

The stylish decor and the accommodating staff make the Blanket Bay an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, this lodge-style retreat welcomes families from all over the world without exceptions.  

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Whether it is a sunny or rainy day, there are multiple ways to enjoy your stay here. Take a canoe tour down the lake, stroll on a bike through the town, or relax in the game room at the resort. 

Feeling adventurous? Go horse riding in the sheep fields, try heli-skiing at one of the local mountains, or take a helicopter trip overlooking Milford Sound. 

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The resort is not short of intricate dishes that are served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Several versions of eggs, citrusy salads, lamb mains, and dozens of other delicacy meals are all available to you on a daily basis. 

Based on the courses you select, you will be offered wines that complement those dishes. The atmosphere of a low-lit dining room with a scorching fireplace, a secluded wine cave with stonewalls, or an outdoor terrace with the warm fire make your dining experience just that much more refined.

The cost of double rooms ranges between NZD$1000 – $1675 depending on the season. 

Contact: +64 3 441 0115; information@blanketbay.com  

viceroy los cabos, baja california sur, mexico

For minimalistic vibes that transport you straight into the future, book Viceroy Los Cabos resort in Mexico. Set in the Baja California Sur region, it comprises interconnected buildings that are circumvented by the waterways and three pools.

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To investigate the rich waters of the North Pacific Ocean, go scuba diving, snorkeling, or sunset sailing. When it gets exhausting, consider setting out on a camel safari or embarking on an electric bike beach adventure.  

Even the smallest explorers will find things to do at the resort – the Generation V Kids’ Club will allow their imagination to run wild when playing with toys or reading books. 

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The dining experience at Viceroy Los Cabos is known for its authenticity and abundance. Classical Mexican dishes are served at the Casero Restaurant and NIDO, whereas the late-night drinks at the Nudito Beach & Poolside Bar, Otro Bar, and the Cielomar Rooftop.   

Alternatively, it is possible to dine in the comfort of your own room – the staff will deliver breakfast, lunch, and dinner to your door from as early as 7 in the morning to as late as 10 in the evening.

The cost of guest rooms starts at US$525.

Contact: +52 624 104 9999; viceroyloscabos@brandmanagency.com

constance prince maurice, mauritius

Named after the Indian Ocean’s spice trade pioneer Prince Maurice Van Nassau, the resort has become a popular favorite among those looking for a peaceful getaway in the tropical jungles. It is sheltered on the northeast coast of Poste de Flacq where far away mountains melt into the mangroves and vanilla-colored beaches. 

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You can expect to get the best pampering experience from your stay at the resort – the two staff members at your disposal are there to make it a reality. Besides their careful attention to your preferences when it comes to drinks and room decor, you are also entitled to anti-aging spa treatments by Sisley, and mani and pedi devised by the celebrity podiatrist Brice Bicham.

For making the most from everything the island has to offer, go water skiing, paddle boarding, or kitesurfing. Even if you are a beginner, you will enjoy learning how to maintain stability on the water and how to be one with the wild waves. 

  • TO EAT

If dining at the floating seafood restaurant sounds exciting to you, get ready to experience it first-hand at the Constance Prince Maurice resort. This perfect for the sun setting in the mountains spot serves exquisite dishes that are accompanied by wine from the island’s best wine cellar. 

The cost of junior suites ranges between GBP£309 – £551 depending on the season. 

Contact: +230 402 36 36; info@mauritiusattractions.com

anantara al jabal al akhdar resort, oman

Situated on the edge of a canyon with the view of the robust Hajar Mountains, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar embodies the treasure of the Middle East where people come to rejuvenate. The sleek rooms have balconies with breathtaking landscapes and the villas have private pools – your stay will be memorable in either one of the accommodations.

  • TO DO

As per the best local traditions, there is a spa with hammam, thermal suites, indoor pools, and refreshing treatments that incorporate rose and pomegranate ingredients. A day spent getting pampered will certainly benefit your physical and mental health in the long run.

Apart from the common activities like hiking, mountain biking, and morning yoga, the resort offers a few unique experiences featuring landscape painting and cooking classes. While the former is great therapeutic leisure, the latter gives you insights into the techniques behind Oman dishes like the seafood soup ‘paplou’ and spiced rice with beef ‘qabuli’.

  • TO EAT

The Italian chef from Sicily is responsible for the authentic Italian cuisine served at the poolside Bella Vista restaurant: wood-fired pizzas and classic kinds of pasta will leave you licking your fingers. 

The food at the location is not limited to Italian only – there is a Morrocan tapas lounge, an international Al Maisan with all-day dining options, an Arabic restaurant, and a shisha lounge.

The cost of junior suites ranges between OMR150 – OMR230 depending on the season. 

Contact: +968 2521 8000; reservations.aaja@anantara.com

secrets maroma beach riviera cancun, mexico

Tucked away in the southern part of the Punta Maroma, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera resort is the true unlimited-luxury paradise. The pure white sand beach intertwines with the widely-stretched shore of the Caribbean Sea that gives that feeling of tropical heaven where time stands still.

  • TO DO

The non-motorized water sports along with diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing are all at your disposal. You can create an itinerary where you explore the rich biodiversity of the sea during the day, and take a cooking or a dancing class in the evening – this way you will get the best of both worlds. 

The resort hosts beach and pool volleyball games, tennis tournaments, and water aerobics too. If you come with your friends and family, you can elevate your stay by competing at the local golf club.     

  • TO EAT

Feel free to indulge in a wide array of international meals cooked by the best chefs of Cancun. Pick from the buffet venue, 6 á la carte gourmet restaurants, or a grill and a cafe – there is no need for prior reservations.

On top of that, the 24-hour dining allows you to enjoy the early morning snacks as well as the late-night bites without leaving your room. 

The cost of junior suites starts at US$199.

Contact: +52 984 877 3600; info.semrc@secretsresorts.com  

BUYING GUIDE 

1. What does all-inclusive mean?

Whenever someone reads ‘all-inclusive’, he or she automatically assumes that everything is indeed included in the package. In reality, however, this is not always the case. While some resorts will take care of the airport transfer, accommodation, meals, and entertainment for a single payment, others will only provide you with accommodation and meals for the same sum. 

More often than not you will have to pay for spa treatments from your own pocket, excursions, and adventurous activities. So, be prepared and bring some cash if sunbathing at the beach or chilling by the fireplace are too passive a pastime for you. This way you will have options and feel more accomplished by the time you get back home. 

2. Is all-inclusive worth it?

An all-inclusive vacation is worth it for some travelers and is a complete waste of time and money for others. Paying a one-time fee prior to departing to your holiday destination is an ideal option for those who don’t have time to do thorough research and create an itinerary of their own. These types of travelers prefer to book a trip that doesn’t require any planning. Instead, they rely on the resort to have plenty of food to choose from, a wide array of on-site and off-site activities to take advantage of, and a permanent room/apartment/villa to chill in.

On the other hand, all-inclusive resorts will not be a money-saver for those spontaneous travelers who don’t like staying in one place. They would much rather go out and explore their surroundings, eat in local restaurants, and get to know the local culture through real-life conversations with the locals. Hopping from one hotel, or even hostel, to another, is their idea of the perfect holiday, and they can quickly get bored with the same scenery. For them, an all-inclusive resort is off the table.    

3. What is the best time to go on an all-inclusive vacation?

It goes without saying that the time of the year for an all-inclusive vacation can either make or break your overall experience. Choose the wrong week of the month and you are stuck with ruined plans that force you to stay inside. Talk about money well spent! To avoid these mishaps, it’s advisable to check the reviews of travelers who have already been to your resort and maybe even personally contact the resort for their advice. 

Depending on what part of the hemisphere you are planning on visiting, it makes sense to check what the weather is like in that particular place. For instance, August through October is known to be the hurricane and tropical storms’ time on the Caribbean Islands. While it might mean that you can score a better deal on the otherwise expensive package, it also means that you are running a risk of a canceled vacation. If you want to play it safe, choose a time period between December and April when the islands are less humid and the possibility of nasty weather is low.

4. How do I get the best deal on an all-inclusive vacation?

We all want that 50% discount on an all-inclusive vacation we have always dreamed of. How do we find it? Well, there are 5 basic rules to follow that might just secure you the best holiday yet. 

The most obvious one goes like that – book during an off-season. All-inclusive resorts tend to have good offers for those times of the year so that more people book with them. For the Caribbeans and Mexico, it’s May through October, whereas for Africa, it’s September through November. Take into consideration public holidays in the country you are planning to visit as the prices tend to skyrocket during those times.

The second rule goes hand in hand with the first one – take advantage of the early booking benefits. The earlier you plan for your vacation, the more you will be able to save on your all-inclusive vacation. This is particularly important for traveling with kids since a big number of resorts tend to offer significant discounts for early booking for families with small children.

The not-so-obvious advice sounds like this – choose a less expensive holiday destination. Unless you want to visit a new country every time you travel, going for a more low-key area can save you quite a lot in the long run. The Dominican Republic and Cuba are some of those destinations you might want to look into if spending more days under the sun is your priority. 

Going the last-minute route is more common among all-inclusive travelers than you would think. Those hot deals are often discounted down to 50-70%, which is a steal. Surely, it helps if you don’t have children and your work schedule is flexible, but you can also win the jackpot if the odds are not in your favor.

Kid-friendly destinations are another budgetary option for those looking to lower their vacation costs. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, you can find plenty of deals where kids can stay and even eat for free. Browse Tripadvisor and similar platforms where travelers happily share their advice on what places make these offers.       

5. Where can I find cheap last-minute vacations?

If you are on a hunt for a last-minute all-inclusive vacation deal, check out the following websites: 

  • LastMinuteTravel is a perfect place for finding all-inclusive hotels, flights, car rentals, and transfers;
  • CheapCaribbean allows you to save money on a tropical getaway of your choice to any Caribbean Island and Mexico;
  • Gate1Travel has hundreds of vacation packages, including those for last-minute bookings.     

6. Are you supposed to tip at an all-inclusive resort?

Although tipping at all-inclusive resorts is considered to be an optional gesture, you might want to consider tipping those who are providing you with a personal service. This includes bartenders, wait staff, housekeepers, tour guides, and masseuses. They are the ones transforming your stay into a luxurious experience, which is definitely worth a reward. By tipping them, you show your gratitude and encourage a better quality of the service in the future.  

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