You want a great vacation filled with amenities and luxuries — it is vacation, after all — but you don’t want the annoying tacked-on charges that can deflate a travel budget. Often, all-inclusive resorts include food, drinks, entertainment, and great service. Resorts continue to raise the bar for the amenities they offer their guests. Ready to start picking out your all-inclusive resort? Here’s a list of some of the best to help get you started.
1. Azul Beach Resort
The resort can be found in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and has 148 guest rooms with patios or balconies included and resides near the water. But, the best part of staying at Azul is the perks. Think tequila, live music, creative food menus, and plush lounge chairs spread throughout, according to Travel + Leisure. Want immediate access to a pool? Try one of the resort’s swim-up suites, which gives occupants direct pool access from the terrace. Want to know what to expect for pricing? Rooms vary, but double rooms can start from $313 per day during high season, writes Travel + Leisure.
2. Oasis Tulum
“An infinity pool and a swim-up sushi bar add to the sleek feel of this resort’s recently renovated exterior. Even the buffet offers gorgeous sea views through full-length windows. Two resorts exist here: the Oasis Tulum and the slightly more expensive Grand Oasis Tulum,” according to Fox News. You can also expect high-end restaurants and bars, a VIP roof bar, and private outdoor Jacuzzi tubs if you’re a Grand Oasis guest. Rooms start from $71 per night at this Riviera Maya, Mexico resort.
3. Sandos Caracol
According to Fox News, the Sandos Caracol resort is an environmentally friendly, all-inclusive resort. There are animal habitats for deer, donkeys, and monkeys; gluten-free menu options; and multiple biking trails. There are tours available that let visitors take in the rubber trees, mangroves, and peacocks. Most rooms have their own whirlpool tub, and rates start around $75 per night.
4. Barcelo Langosta Beach
This hotel is perfect for anyone hoping to spend their vacation surrounded by nature. In Tamarindo, Costa Rica, you can easily spot howler monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, butterflies, hummingbirds, and parrots on your walk to the beach or pool, says Travel + Leisure. Double rooms start around $278 per night.
5. Twin Farms
Forbes describes this resort as “a boutique resort in Vermont that is consistently among the highest rated on earth.” A Zagat Survey ranked this hotel as the No. 1 small hotel in the U.S. The resort is on 300 acres of private countryside in Vermont, with most of the lodging in the form of luxury homes. Each home has a theme and is decorated with museum-quality art. Looking for gourmet food and excellent wine pairings? Twin Farms provides both, along with exceptional activities.
In the winter, you can downhill or cross-country ski, and in the summer, you can hike, fish, or enjoy other recreational activities such as tennis. Twin Farms finds other ways to separate itself from competitors — try a champagne picnic lunch delivered to you on your hike. Rates for two start at $1,300.
6. Melia Caribe Tropical
Found in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, this resort is so sprawling that a mini-train shuttles guests around. If you upgrade to a royal treatment, you can experience the resort’s dedicated butler service, a private restaurant, pool, and beautiful stretch of beach. What’s more, the activities are endless, including golf, a climbing wall, windsurfing, 10 pools, tennis, and a casino, Travel + Leisure writes. Junior Suites in the Royal Service wing start out at $458 per night.
7. Hotel Portillo
“One of the most surprising is Portillo, Chile, the only all-inclusive destination ski resort in the world. Portillo is Chile’s premier ski mountain, high in the Andes, with world class terrain and deep annual snowfalls, and many national ski teams and Olympians train here,” Forbes writes. Since there isn’t really anything near the resort, it operates similar to a cruise ship with different options such as week-long package stays, which include lodging, lift tickets, and four meals a day. There’s also yoga, a hotel theater, and sky and boot valet. For a seven-night all-inclusive stay, expect to pay $1,790 per person.
8. CocoBay Resort
Found in Antigua, CocoBay, guests will be surrounded by peace and quiet. There are individual bungalows with gorgeous sunset views. Cottages are furnished with “hard-carved beds and antiques and decorated them with colorful local art. The mood at the resort is tranquil, informal, and unplugged: no phones or televisions — and no kids under 12,” according to Travel + Leisure. Double rooms start at $320 per night.
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