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The World's Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Food (Slideshow)

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Indulge in stress-free luxury with these all-inclusive resorts

One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef

This Australian getaway never fears a gastronomical risk featuring gourmet salt soaked and dried in cabernet sauvignon and even Meduse shisha pipe-smoked cocktails. We recommend grabbing some of the 20 seats at the coveted Chef’s Table or participating in one of their many events, especially the “Under the Stars Dining.”

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, Botswana

Uma by Como, Paro, Bhutan

Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

There’s only one way to take in the incredible view of St. Lucia’s famous Pitons (a UNESCO World Heritage Site): sipping on a world-class rum cocktail created by Cane Bar’s “rummelier.” And don’t forget to stop by their “Black & White Party” every Thursday featuring rum punch and chocolate truffles.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

This private island setting is made all the more luxe with the incredible dining options. Chef Claudio Melis is a certified star of the food world, having worked in six different Michelin-starred restaurants and now heading Jumby Bay’s The Estate House. The classic colonial house setting was built in the 1830s and maintains its old-school charm. Among the menu’s standouts: roasted butternut ravioli with truffle butter, Parmesan popcorn, and polpo e fagioli (octopus and beans). Be sure to pack an all-white outfit for the resort’s famed White Night Sunday barbecue and dance.

Grand Velas, Riviera Maya

Sandals Royal Plantation, Ochos Rios, Jamaica

There’s no lack of all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, but what makes the Sandals Royal Plantation special is its dining offerings. Whether you want to sample one of the five restaurants, enjoy sipping tea on a designated terrace, or opt for a private, dockside candlelit dinner for two, Sandals has you covered. Our favorite aspect of this location is the C Bar, Jamaica’s only caviar and champagne bar. It’s what vacations were made for.

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

This exclusive, beachside resort is known for its discreet nature and fantastic surroundings. Named after the island’s nickname, Spice Island features the acclaimed Oliver’s restaurant, which prides itself on being environmentally conscious and delicious. The upscale atmosphere has a few restrictions (no guests under five years old, elegant attire), but is worth it for the authentic island meal and live Calypso band. We recommend visiting the Grenada Chocolate Company nearby while on your trip.

Samabe Suite & Villas, Bali, Indonesia

Twin Farms, Barnard, VT

What this property lacks in size (20 cottages), it well makes up for in service and all-around accommodations. In fact, it’s one of the world’s smallest spaces to receive a 5-star rating. Savor the seasonal menu revolving around the hotel’s own garden and feel free to book a private event in the 26,000-bottle wine cellar. Breakfast can include treats such as lemon soufflé pancakes filled with fresh strawberries while dinner includes wine pairings and can be Maine lobster, grilled quail, or other delicacies.

Club Med Val Thorens (opening December 2014)

No one knows better than a local. That’s why we’re particularly excited to visit the Club Med Val Thorens ski location in the French Alps. Chef Éduardo Loubet was born in the area and has been honored with two Michelin stars. We look forward to indulging in his offerings at the soon-to-open Epicurious restaurant.


Eat Up: The Best Resorts for Foodies in the United States

For many, the term “resort food” conjures images of marginal, processed food served by the metric ton to indiscriminate budget travelers who value quantity over quality.

Thankfully, those days are (mostly) long gone. As the farm-to-table and sea-to-plate movements continue to sweep the United States, there are plenty of stateside resorts with world-class food options. Here are just four of the best resorts for foodies.

Shutters on the Beach (Los Angeles)

From the chic rooms to the sprawling, oceanfront grounds, Shutters on the Beach nails “beach luxury” in every way. The three on-site restaurants — Coast, The Living Room, and 1 Pico — all offer stunning Pacific Ocean views and extensive, locally sourced menus to boot. The Living Room is an excellent spot to grab coffee or afternoon tea 1 Pico is the property’s flagship dining room with a casual, understated elegance and seasonal market menu and Coast offers a relaxed, beachfront space for afternoon wine flights.

Don’t miss : it’s one of Santa Monica’s best hotel spots for celebrity sightings.

The Wauwinet (Nantucket, Massachusetts)

Even on the upscale island of Nantucket, The Wauwinet stands out. Every aspect of the 33-room property represents classic New England cottage luxury at its finest. With sweeping views of Nantucket Bay and a 1,450-bottle wine cellar, the sole on-site restaurant, TOPPER’S , is no different. The menu features an excellent, rotating selection of locally sourced entrees like oyster chowder and butter-poached lobster.

Don’t miss : the Retsyo Oysters on the half-shell are harvested just 300 yards away — it just doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Aria (Las Vegas)

Only within the past decade has Las Vegas evolved as a foodie destination in its own right. The city’s ubiquitous all-night buffets have been usurped by gourmet, celebrity chef-owned eateries. The modern and impossibly large (more than 4,000 rooms!) Aria is a foodie destination not only for the quality of its restaurants but for just how many are located under one roof.

Adjacent the lobby, Julian Serrano serves high-end tapas and traditional sangria at Sage, James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain offers up elegant dishes like Foie Gras Brulee, Golden Osetra Caviar, and Wagyu Filets and Bardot Brasserie (so named after the well-known actress) does French haute cuisine including Bone Marrow Au Poivre and Rack of Lamb Basquaise.

Don’t miss : Five50 Pizza offers an extensive craft beer menu and creative takes on East Coast pizza like Roasted Bone Marrow and Pork Belly.

Inn at Langley (Whidbey Island, Washington)

Washington state’s Inn at Langley may not be a “resort” in the traditional sense, but it provides everything most guests would want in a full-featured hotel. That includes a world-class, minimal “lodge chic” restaurant helmed by multiple award-winning Chef Matt Costello. Most entrees focus around locally sourced Pacific seafood — the braised crab meat with coconut, black garlic, cilantro, and peanuts is a particular favorite. The tiny dining room accommodates a limited number of guests and only one three-hour dinner is served nightly, so reservations are mandatory.

Don’t miss : in the chef’s own words, he enjoys “mess[ing] with guests’ minds,” so almost every course offers an unexpected twist.


The Best All-Inclusive Wellness Resorts

Picture a vacation where the green juice is bottomless, Pilates plentiful, and spa treatments happen daily. Ahhh… the peace of mind that comes from knowing your room, meals, and Zen-boosting activities are covered. That’s exactly what makes these all-inclusive wellness resorts so exceptional. From Austin to an archipelago off the Cambodian coast, here’s where to go for the ultimate and unlimited feel-good escapes. Here, 21 of the best all-inclusive wellness retreats in the world.

Picture a vacation where the green juice is bottomless, Pilates plentiful, and spa treatments happen daily. Ahhh… the peace of mind that comes from knowing your room, meals, and Zen-boosting activities are covered. That’s exactly what makes these all-inclusive wellness resorts so exceptional. From Austin to an archipelago off the Cambodian coast, here’s where to go for the ultimate and unlimited feel-good escapes. Here, 21 of the best all-inclusive wellness retreats in the world.

Wellness doesn&rsquot have to be contained within the walls of a spa&mdashsomething that&rsquos immediately apparent at Blackberry Mountain, an escape that sits on 5,200 acres and is basically a private national park. Hike, bike, and outdoor yoga your way to Zen. Rates include breakfast, dinner, snacks, morning wellness classes, and luxe Smoky Mountain lodging, like a Watchman Cabin.

Wellness doesn&rsquot have to be contained within the walls of a spa&mdashsomething that&rsquos immediately apparent at Blackberry Mountain, an escape that sits on 5,200 acres and is basically a private national park. Hike, bike, and outdoor yoga your way to Zen. Rates include breakfast, dinner, snacks, morning wellness classes, and luxe Smoky Mountain lodging, like a Watchman Cabin.

Ever finished a massage and wished you could stay at the spa all day? You can at all-inclusive Nihi Sumba when you add on a Nihioka Spa Safari. This unique experience starts with a morning hike to the resort&rsquos remote spa. Then, you&rsquoll spend the rest of the day snacking on fresh fruit, floating in the ocean or pool, and enjoying unlimited treatments including body wraps, hair smoothies, and massages.

Ever finished a massage and wished you could stay at the spa all day? You can at all-inclusive Nihi Sumba when you add on a Nihioka Spa Safari. This unique experience starts with a morning hike to the resort&rsquos remote spa. Then, you&rsquoll spend the rest of the day snacking on fresh fruit, floating in the ocean or pool, and enjoying unlimited treatments including body wraps, hair smoothies, and massages.

Live out all your private island fantasies at Song Saa, a secluded escape off the Cambodian coast. Spa retreat packages can be combined with all-inclusive meals so that you&rsquore covered for both dining and downtime. Enjoy a monk blessing ceremony, get a tropical fruit facial, and take advantage of the resort&rsquos night spa for treatments under the stars.

Live out all your private island fantasies at Song Saa, a secluded escape off the Cambodian coast. Spa retreat packages can be combined with all-inclusive meals so that you&rsquore covered for both dining and downtime. Enjoy a monk blessing ceremony, get a tropical fruit facial, and take advantage of the resort&rsquos night spa for treatments under the stars.

&ldquoWhere wellness meets the water&rdquo is a fitting tagline for Lake Austin Spa Resort. Arrive by water taxi and spend your days luxuriating in aquatic activities, like peaceful paddling, SUP yoga, and AquaFit (though the most beloved may be docktails&mdashhappy hour on the dock). And you won&rsquot have to stress over travel logistics, either. This serene escape is only 20 miles from downtown Austin.

&ldquoWhere wellness meets the water&rdquo is a fitting tagline for Lake Austin Spa Resort. Arrive by water taxi and spend your days luxuriating in aquatic activities, like peaceful paddling, SUP yoga, and AquaFit (though the most beloved may be docktails&mdashhappy hour on the dock). And you won&rsquot have to stress over travel logistics, either. This serene escape is only 20 miles from downtown Austin.

Whether your goal is stress reduction, weight loss, or you&rsquod like to develop healthier habits, VeraVia offers comprehensive experiences, from a few days to four weeks long, that inspire real change. Packages touch on four pillars of wellness&mdashfitness, nutrition, medical, and behavioral&mdashand can include five-star accommodation at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, farm-to-table dining, workshops, and a personalized fitness plan.

Whether your goal is stress reduction, weight loss, or you&rsquod like to develop healthier habits, VeraVia offers comprehensive experiences, from a few days to four weeks long, that inspire real change. Packages touch on four pillars of wellness&mdashfitness, nutrition, medical, and behavioral&mdashand can include five-star accommodation at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, farm-to-table dining, workshops, and a personalized fitness plan.

Ideal for solo travelers, Amansala offers retreats that&rsquoll let you focus on fitness while also making new friends&hellip all while visiting the jungle paradise of Tulum. For the most active escapes, consider Bikini Bootcamp or Beach Body Camp. Looking for something a little more laid back? Beach N&rsquo Bliss is all about yoga and Restore N&rsquo Renew will get you in a journaling mindset.

Ideal for solo travelers, Amansala offers retreats that&rsquoll let you focus on fitness while also making new friends&hellip all while visiting the jungle paradise of Tulum. For the most active escapes, consider Bikini Bootcamp or Beach Body Camp. Looking for something a little more laid back? Beach N&rsquo Bliss is all about yoga and Restore N&rsquo Renew will get you in a journaling mindset.

Wellness comes custom at Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute, a lakeside resort that sits on 47 acres with a yin-yang-shaped outdoor pool. Guests kick off their stay with an assessment in the At One Clinic before receiving a personalized plan for meals, treatments, and activities. But no matter the program, time spent at the spa&rsquos impressive hydrothermal circuit is a must.

Wellness comes custom at Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute, a lakeside resort that sits on 47 acres with a yin-yang-shaped outdoor pool. Guests kick off their stay with an assessment in the At One Clinic before receiving a personalized plan for meals, treatments, and activities. But no matter the program, time spent at the spa&rsquos impressive hydrothermal circuit is a must.

Glide on transparent acrylic paddle boards as fish swim below, take a poolside Pilates class, and dine on island-fresh fare like conch curry, red snapper with tamarind glaze, and papaya ice cream. It&rsquos all part of the all-inclusive offering at Malliouhana. Want to create a mini bootcamp with pals? The private residences can sleep up to 12.

Glide on transparent acrylic paddle boards as fish swim below, take a poolside Pilates class, and dine on island-fresh fare like conch curry, red snapper with tamarind glaze, and papaya ice cream. It&rsquos all part of the all-inclusive offering at Malliouhana. Want to create a mini bootcamp with pals? The private residences can sleep up to 12.

Private plunge pools and Jacuzzi tubs make many of the rooms at Grand Velas Riviera Maya feel like personal spas. Plus, yoga, Pilates, and zumba classes are part of the all-inclusive rate, as are fresh salads and ceviches at onsite restaurant Chaká. Treatments in the actual spa are extra, but concierge can help you curate a &ldquospa vacation&rdquo package.

Private plunge pools and Jacuzzi tubs make many of the rooms at Grand Velas Riviera Maya feel like personal spas. Plus, yoga, Pilates, and zumba classes are part of the all-inclusive rate, as are fresh salads and ceviches at onsite restaurant Chaká. Treatments in the actual spa are extra, but concierge can help you curate a &ldquospa vacation&rdquo package.

Surprise yourself by picking up a new skill (like surfing) or a fresh (more meditative) outlook during an Escape Haven retreat. These week-long, all-women wellness trips include meals, activities, spa treatments, and a stay in one of the sanctuary&rsquos bliss-inducing villas. Pick from packages that focus on surfing, yoga, fitness, detox, Pilates, or Ayurveda.

Surprise yourself by picking up a new skill (like surfing) or a fresh (more meditative) outlook during an Escape Haven retreat. These week-long, all-women wellness trips include meals, activities, spa treatments, and a stay in one of the sanctuary&rsquos bliss-inducing villas. Pick from packages that focus on surfing, yoga, fitness, detox, Pilates, or Ayurveda.

Yearning for European landscapes, but can&rsquot swing an international trip? Cal-a-Vie Health Spa looks like it could be tucked in the Tuscan hills or French countryside, but it&rsquos actually in northern San Diego County. Wellness programs are packaged as 3, 4, or 7-night stays and include meals, spa treatments, unlimited fitness classes, and even cooking demos and nutrition lectures.

Yearning for European landscapes, but can&rsquot swing an international trip? Cal-a-Vie Health Spa looks like it could be tucked in the Tuscan hills or French countryside, but it&rsquos actually in northern San Diego County. Wellness programs are packaged as 3, 4, or 7-night stays and include meals, spa treatments, unlimited fitness classes, and even cooking demos and nutrition lectures.

For a major dose of crystal healing, head to The Retreat Costa Rica, which sits on a quartz mountain in the rainforest. Wellness facilities here include a gratitude lounge, meditation deck, heated volcanic clay bath, and apothecary&mdashthe retreat grows medicinal herbs and makes its own tinctures, scrubs, and creams. Plus, the property has only 13 rooms (each named after a plant), making for an intimate oasis.

For a major dose of crystal healing, head to The Retreat Costa Rica, which sits on a quartz mountain in the rainforest. Wellness facilities here include a gratitude lounge, meditation deck, heated volcanic clay bath, and apothecary&mdashthe retreat grows medicinal herbs and makes its own tinctures, scrubs, and creams. Plus, the property has only 13 rooms (each named after a plant), making for an intimate oasis.

If taking a week to focus on yourself sounds like a luxury in itself, picture doing so on a 100-acre maharaja&rsquos palace estate&hellip at the foothills of the Himalayas. That&rsquos Ananda. Here you can choose your own wellness adventure, whether you&rsquod like to stay 5 nights or 21. Focused programs include holistic detox, yoga, improved immunity, and inner balance.

If taking a week to focus on yourself sounds like a luxury in itself, picture doing so on a 100-acre maharaja&rsquos palace estate&hellip at the foothills of the Himalayas. That&rsquos Ananda. Here you can choose your own wellness adventure, whether you&rsquod like to stay 5 nights or 21. Focused programs include holistic detox, yoga, improved immunity, and inner balance.

Lakeview rooms with rain showers set the tone for feeling good at YO1 Health Resort in the Catskills. The name YO1 comes from &ldquoyovan,&rdquo the sanskrit word for youth. After a week here of mindful meditation, reiki healing, hot tub lounging, and gourmet vegetarian meals, you&rsquore likely to rediscover plenty of youthful energy.

Lakeview rooms with rain showers set the tone for feeling good at YO1 Health Resort in the Catskills. The name YO1 comes from &ldquoyovan,&rdquo the sanskrit word for youth. After a week here of mindful meditation, reiki healing, hot tub lounging, and gourmet vegetarian meals, you&rsquore likely to rediscover plenty of youthful energy.

Becoming one with nature shouldn&rsquot be too hard at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa. The hotel&rsquos floor-to-ceiling windows show off the surrounding lush landscape, and daily meals make the most of the area&rsquos organic produce. Both yoga classes and spa treatments take place in open-air rooms, and the hydrotherapy facilities are inspired by ancient Buddhist meditation caves in nearby mountains.

Becoming one with nature shouldn&rsquot be too hard at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa. The hotel&rsquos floor-to-ceiling windows show off the surrounding lush landscape, and daily meals make the most of the area&rsquos organic produce. Both yoga classes and spa treatments take place in open-air rooms, and the hydrotherapy facilities are inspired by ancient Buddhist meditation caves in nearby mountains.

If our bodies (achy joints, stress-carrying shoulders, sore feet) could actually speak up and choose a vacation destination, Saint Lucia, with its warm weather and white-powder beaches, is probably right on the money. So go on and treat your limbs to a lavish stay at BodyHoliday, where all-inclusive rates come with international cuisine, fitness classes, and a 50-minute spa treatment every day.

If our bodies (achy joints, stress-carrying shoulders, sore feet) could actually speak up and choose a vacation destination, Saint Lucia, with its warm weather and white-powder beaches, is probably right on the money. So go on and treat your limbs to a lavish stay at BodyHoliday, where all-inclusive rates come with international cuisine, fitness classes, and a 50-minute spa treatment every day.

Two things that make Tia Wellness Resort stand out: Everybody gets a private pool in their villa, and breakfast lasts all day (hooray for a healthy retreat that includes sleeping in!). Guests can add on a wellness inclusive option that comes with spa treatments and master classes (about breathing techniques or tai chi, for example), and there&rsquos a full board plant-based meal plan as well.

Two things that make Tia Wellness Resort stand out: Everybody gets a private pool in their villa, and breakfast lasts all day (hooray for a healthy retreat that includes sleeping in!). Guests can add on a wellness inclusive option that comes with spa treatments and master classes (about breathing techniques or tai chi, for example), and there&rsquos a full board plant-based meal plan as well.

The desert has long been a wellness destination and you can see why at Miraval Arizona. Set in the Sonoran, the resort&rsquos rooms, suites, and villas are casita-style and come equipped with Tibetan singing bowls, meditation cushions, and guided meditation channels. Spend mornings hiking and biking the surrounding cacti-lined trails, then head to the spa for a hot stone massage with desert herbs.

The desert has long been a wellness destination and you can see why at Miraval Arizona. Set in the Sonoran, the resort&rsquos rooms, suites, and villas are casita-style and come equipped with Tibetan singing bowls, meditation cushions, and guided meditation channels. Spend mornings hiking and biking the surrounding cacti-lined trails, then head to the spa for a hot stone massage with desert herbs.

Private plunge pools, garden-to glass cocktails, meditation pods, and a soothing spa labyrinth ritual are all part of the experience at Casa Velas, an adults-only all-inclusive. Double down on health by booking a wellness suite. These two-level sanctuaries come with a private garden immersion pool, hot tub, fitness equipment, wellness consultations, and a massage on your suite&rsquos terrace.

Private plunge pools, garden-to glass cocktails, meditation pods, and a soothing spa labyrinth ritual are all part of the experience at Casa Velas, an adults-only all-inclusive. Double down on health by booking a wellness suite. These two-level sanctuaries come with a private garden immersion pool, hot tub, fitness equipment, wellness consultations, and a massage on your suite&rsquos terrace.

A healthy retreat doesn&rsquot necessarily need to be a dry one. Les Sources de Caudalie, a hotel that&rsquos surrounded by vineyards, proves that wine can be part of wellness, too. Book the Reinvigorating Getaway for four days of French well-being, which includes two half-day treatments at the Vinothérapie Spa where you can literally soak in a barrel with red vine extracts (it&rsquos good for circulation!).

A healthy retreat doesn&rsquot necessarily need to be a dry one. Les Sources de Caudalie, a hotel that&rsquos surrounded by vineyards, proves that wine can be part of wellness, too. Book the Reinvigorating Getaway for four days of French well-being, which includes two half-day treatments at the Vinothérapie Spa where you can literally soak in a barrel with red vine extracts (it&rsquos good for circulation!).

Anyone looking for release that doesn&rsquot come in the form of a massage or body scrub should consider Canyon Madness Ranch. About two hours from Santa Fe, this retreat sits on 14,000 acres and offers a true escape from humdrum life with its natural surroundings and unique all-inclusive activities, like sporting clay shooting, canyon horseback rides, and river canoeing.

Anyone looking for release that doesn&rsquot come in the form of a massage or body scrub should consider Canyon Madness Ranch. About two hours from Santa Fe, this retreat sits on 14,000 acres and offers a true escape from humdrum life with its natural surroundings and unique all-inclusive activities, like sporting clay shooting, canyon horseback rides, and river canoeing.


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Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

SUPERVISED KIDS' CLUB Newborn to age 16 DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT 1 hour LOWEST RATES April 5 through late summer (typically closed in early fall)

This 78-room Mediterranean-style resort in one of the island's most scenic areas isn't fancy at all, but it's so family- focused that guests swear that they don't miss the luxury amenities. The biggest perk: Each family receives its own nanny at check-in to help with the kids all day long (and at night too, if you pay an extra $9 per hour). They usually keep children busy at the small, protected beach, where they can feed fish and turtles, or in the kids' club with activities like shell hunts, jewelry- making, storytelling, and playing with the pet bunnies. Little ones also love rides in a glass-bottom boat or going down the small slides into the pool. Meanwhile, you can sprawl out on the larger stretch of beach, play tennis, or go kayaking. The food

is simple but satisfying: lots of fresh grilled fish, jerk chicken, and a kids' buffet with pasta, chicken, veggies, fruit, and other favorites.

Summer rates start at $170 per adult per night, $30 per night for ages 6 to 15, free for newborn to 5 fdrholidays.com. Scuba diving and spa treatments are an additional cost.


25 Ridiculously Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts

Complimentary butlers and champagne with breakfast are just the beginning.

When you hear the term all-inclusive, are you immediately skeptical? We get it. Places that offer "package deals" tend to conjure images of big box hotels, bland buffet food, and a seemingly unlimited flow of sugary frozen cocktails. But believe it or not, a handful of more, shall we say, refined hotels offer all-inclusive pricing that caters to well-heeled travelers&mdashand they don't come cheap. From unlimited spa treatments and butlers, to fine dining and yoga on the beach, here are the properties that do it best.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,500 per night, per couple

Nestled in the middle of a lush Vermont landscape, this hidden valley resort has four accommodation options and provides fine dining, wine, and spirits throughout your all-inclusive stay. Guests must be over 16 years of age, but dogs are okay so you're welcome to have your pet pampered too. The adult-only atmosphere and vacancy during all seasons makes Twin Farms the perfect honeymoon getaway or romantic retreat for two.

Book Now Prices starting at $3,360 per night, per couple

Located on its very own private island in the middle of the French Polynesia, you can't "getaway" farther than this. Pricing includes a beachfront villa, meals and alcohol, 24-hour villa service, one guided island excursion, one spa treatment, all beach equipment, and a bicycle. It may also include sightings of newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews who are currently here on their honeymoon. The only thing the rate doesn't include is the supplementary airfare to fly to the island.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,224 per night

"Paradise" doesn't cover the half of it. Upon arrival, you'll be introduced to your butler, who tends to all your needs&mdasheven if one of those needs is to babysit the young ones for a couple hours. Enjoy Tuesday cocktail parties, daily yoga sessions, and champagne with breakfast. The fare also includes a roundtrip speedboat transfer from the airport.

Book Now Prices start at $1,405 per person, per night

A wild, African escape with experiences ranging from Safari tours to river boat excursions. But for those less inclined to adventure, the resort is certainly nothing short of luxurious. With your stay you receive complimentary meals and alcohol, laundry, safari activities, and roundtrip airport transfers. And with six accommodation options, andBeyond is perfect for both honeymooners or families.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,081 per night

In the mountainous valley where the Inca first settled, you'll find Explora's Sacred Valley resort. And while some resorts claim to be "all-inclusive," Explora spares no expense for its guests. From guided landscape explorations to local Peruvian wines, South American cuisine, and airport transport, this all-inclusive resort provides it all.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,080 per night

This family-friendly, health-conscious resort runs things a little differently. You'll be allotted a set amount of credit to spend on whatever activities you choose, such as spa, sports, or health and healing services. So if you'd rather get a blowout than, say, meet with a spiritual therapist, the resort leaves it up to you. Additionally, you'll receive hands-on cooking classes, daily meals, guided hikes, and sunrise yoga, as well as airport transportation.

Book Now Prices starting at $890 per night

Song Saa uses its beautiful Cambodian surroundings to enhance wellness. With their "no walls" motto, you can hear the waves as your masseuse kneads your back, or relish the silence of the river during meditation with a reiki master. With so many spa options, there's no better place to connect with your spiritual side. Kids are welcome&mdashdepending on whether you enjoy trying to meditate with your child on the loose. You'll also receive unlimited snacks, three meals a day at the on-property restaurants, and unlimited spirits and wine. What more could you ask for?

Book Now Prices starting at $575 per night

If you're looking for a quaint getaway and are a die-hard animal conservationist, St. Simons is the place for you. On site there are seven "naturalists"&mdashequivalent to nature superstars&mdashwho lead guests on educational island tours twice a day. Also included in your stay are daily meals with alcohol served at lunch and dinner, as well as a roundtrip boat transfer from the airport to the island.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,255 per night, per couple.

Paws Up lets you customize your entire experience. Whether you enjoy camping or "glamping," a family trip or romance retreat, a three-meal-a-day protocol or unlimited meals, this resort has all the feels. With your stay you receive a base all-inclusive package, but you also have the opportunity to opt for another with more amenities, should you so choose.

Book Now Prices starting at $777 per night

Only fourteen villas reside in this slice of Sri Lankan heaven&mdashlocated in Yala National Park&mdashwhich makes it the perfect nesting location for honeymooners. You'll have access to morning and evening game drives, a daily re-stocked mini bar, laundry service, and three meals at Basses restaurant on site.

Book Now Prices starting at $2,473 per night, per couple

Choose from one of the hotel's 10 packages that all truly define the term "all-inclusive." Each option provides meals and alcoholic beverages, a 90-minute spa treatment per person, access to the in-room bar, nightly wine and cheese tastings, nightly drinks at Burma Bar, an excursion on the Mekong River, training with elephants, and round-trip airport transfers. Is that all? No&mdashdepending on your choice, an elephant ride, a visit to the Hall of Opium, or a visit to Myanmar may also be included in your package.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,657 per night

With a multitude of two or three bedroom villas to choose from, this resort is ideal for group retreats or family excursions. Fowl Cay provides you with everything a vacationer could ever wish for. With your own golf cart to travel the grounds, you'll also enjoy provided meals, swim gear, various games, and plenty island activities. The best part? Your villa comes with its very own boat to buzz around the island with.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,750 per night

In the midst of a six-million-acre park that stretches from upstate New York to Canada, the Point gives guests the ultimate "glamping" experience&mdashwith fancy log cabins in lieu of tents and black tie suggested as dinner attire on Wednesday and Saturday nights. For the most part this resort remains adult-exclusive, but children are welcome if a family buys out the whole property. Enjoy a woodside cabin or a waterfront boathouse, all with access to sports equipment and facilities. Also included are all meals, afternoon tea, and wines and spirits.

Book Now Prices starting at $4,800 per couple, per night

This Fiji resort is ideal for a relaxing, stress-free vacation&mdashand frankly, doing minimal activity. Bask on the yoga deck right outside your beachside villa. If you're feeling peckish, head to one of the five restaurants and bars on site. Fine dining can take a lot out of you so you might cash in on your included 90 minute spa treatment. If it's more of an active day, make use of the complimentary golf, tennis, horseback riding, and water sport amenities. With everything included and no trap doors&mdashplus free-flowing booze&mdashthis resort is the epitome of tranquility where the most strenuous activity you'll endure is getting through your airport terminal.

Book Now Prices starting at $694 per night

At Blanket Bay, each guest receives access to sports facilities and equipment, a daily cocktail hour, an a la carte breakfast, dinner, and one lunch throughout their stay. Which are fairly standard, as far as all-inclusives are concerned. However, Blanket Bay's sweeping mountain views are second to none. Honeymooners and families alike can enjoy the beauty of New Zealand and unique activities for supplementary costs such as trail rides, golf, heli-skiing, fly fishing, and more.

Book Now Prices starting at $438 per night

Time to leave the kids at home&mdashBlue Diamond is an adult-only spot. With two golf courses, three fine dining restaurants, a view of the crystal-blue Caribbean waters, and close proximity to Mayan ruins, this place is an adult luxury playground. Services across all rooms include meals, unlimited international calls, a snorkeling trip, and a Mayan Temazcal Session.

Book Now Prices starting at $550 per night

Tannenhof's cabin-chic suites all have private balconies that allow you to gaze at the beautiful Austrian mountains from sunrise to sunset. At this adult-only resort, its mountainous surroundings are its greatest appeal during any season, whether you're hiking rocky trails or skiing down the Alps. The rate covers breakfast, shuttle service into town, unlimited spa use, and a free Arlberg summer card that includes various activities, from golfing to the St. Anton museum.

Book Now Prices starting at $1,555 a night with a $390 fee per couple daily for the all-inclusive plan.

You'll never want to leave this veritable sanctuary. In addition to a spectacular view, Jade Mountain offers 28 open-air suites, an on-staff James Beard Award-winning chef, and private infinity pools. Guests also have access to a wide range of spa services, as well as water-sports and soft sand beaches.

Book Now Prices start at $642 per night.

Sanctuary Cap Cana, a sprawling Punta Cana resort, recently reopened its 30,000 tranquil acres after a $35 million renovation of its Spanish Colonial-style buildings and Caribbean-style villas. The property features five restaurants and pools as well as a large beach. In addition to the impeccable accommodations, there's also a world-class spa and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Book Now Prices start at $722 per night.

Located between the Caribbean and the wetlands peninsula in Mexico is the Excellence Playa Mujeres, a gorgeous adults-only resort situated on a two-mile stretch of white sandy beach. The property also sits near a Greg Norman golf course and boasts a world-class spa. Activities include water aerobics, scuba lessons, beach volleyball, archery, and so much more to fill guests' days and nights.

Book Now Prices start at $820 per night.

Put simply, the Caves is a cliff-side Jamaican oasis. Whether you want to go kayaking, snorkel nearby coral reefs, or nosh on meals highlighting local recipes, the 12 cottages on the property offer a perfect holiday escape. Plus, the rooms don't have TVs, so you have no choice but to disconnect and enjoy yourself. And of course, the famous Seven-Mile Beach is just a few minutes down the road.

Book Now Rates start at $536 per night.

Escape from the chaos of everyday life at an adults-only sanctuary located at the very end of the Los Cabos strip. The property includes five restaurants, beachfront swimming pools, and a full-service spa. But to up the wellness and relaxation game, there is also a whole range of activities including beach yoga and dance lessons.

Book Now Prices start at $839 per night.

This romantic hideaway in Mauritius offers 64 suites, 12 family suites, 12 villas, and a lavish "Princely" villa as lodgings for guests&mdashaccommodations that are both architecturally stunning and Global Green Certified. Between the intimate U Spa and the exceptional world class cuisine, visitors can reset in an intimate setting, or head to one of the resort's two 18-hole championship golf courses.

*This hotel offers all-inclusive and room-only rates.

Book Now Rates start at $1,420 per night.

Situated between two beaches, Curtain Bluff provides a tranquil vacation setting for the dwellers of its 72 suites. From alfresco breakfasts and candlelit dinners at the award-winning restaurants on the property, to the exceptional facilities such as the fully equipped water-sports center, the squash court, and the fitness center, there's no shortage of fun on the property. When it comes time to relax, there is the luxurious seaside spa, beach-side swimming pools, beach bars, and more. Bonus: with a few exceptions (Cuban cigars, vintage wines, and certain spa treatments) everything is included in the room rate.

Book Now Rates start at $1,638 per night.

This secluded Hermitage Bay property is almost worth visiting for its brilliant blue water alone. Add in the restaurant, which boasts a long, sweeping view, a Garden Spa that offers a whole range of wellness treatments, and adventure activities like ecological tourism, boating, fishing, hiking, and scuba diving, and guests will never want to leave.


All-inclusive Mexico resorts with the best food

Historically, all-inclusive resorts haven’t exactly been foodie destinations. They still have the reputation they developed in the ‘80s and ‘90s for cutting costs on their dining programs, offering buffets with weird ice sculptures, white dinner rolls, and spaghetti for the kids. But in the world of luxury travel, fatty steaks and shots of Smirnoff in tiny plastic cups are so thirty years ago. As Sally Smith of the travel agency The Travelsmiths says, “people want experiential travel and that includes food. You can hardly scroll through social media without seeing ‘food porn’ and many resorts have caught on to the trend.”

Here are four all-inclusive resorts on Mexican beaches with the most interesting and delicious dining programs.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

At Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Los Cabos, executive chef Octavio Hernandez, who specializes in cuisine from the Baja Peninsula, loves to share his culinary knowledge. That passion is one of the underpinnings of his dining program - the guests can help to prepare, and even procure, their own food. “Everything we teach you to make is practical and simple enough to make at home,” he says. If you participate in “Hook and Cook,” Hernandez will take you fishing and then show you how to turn your day’s catch into ceviche. (He’s the first chef I’ve ever seen use beet ink and carrot oil in his ceviche salsas.)

Guests can also check out the sunset clam bake on the beach, where Hernandez will demonstrate how to roast clams to perfection using wood and dry bushes, and then direct you to a garnish bar stocked with roots and cacti native to Baja. My personal favorite Pueblo Bonito offering is Hernandez’s cooking class, which he teaches beside the property’s organic garden. You’ll get to cut your own herbs and vegetables, including a fusion plant called lemon-basil (spoiler: it’s lemon and basil), and he’ll show you how to cook tuna using nothing but a river stone and a flame.

Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort

You know those fancy artisanal markets that have been cropping up in cities? The ones where you can buy all the best food from local venders and chefs, but you don’t because everything is so over-priced (hello, $30 jar of cashew butter!) that you can’t justify it? Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort, in the Riviera Maya, has Mercado de Dolores, an artisanal market built into their all-inclusive program. They’re not handing out $30 jars of cashew butter, but they are offering seven distinct cuisine options that all look and smell so good, you won’t be able to choose. (And you don’t have to.) The first aroma that will hit you is pizza baking in a stone oven, but if you’re not in a pizza mood, you can head over to the wok shop and have a stir-fry or pad thai made to order. If you’re craving something sweet, you can design your own crepe for the pastry chef to prepare. Everything I tried (and I tried a lot) was delicious.

Also full of delicious cuisine was Trattoria D’Gulio, an Italian fine-dining restaurant on Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach resort, the sister property (all restaurants on that property are available to guests at no extra charge) that serves homemade pasta and over fifty Italian wines. There’s also an adorable Italian café next-door to Mercado de Dolores where you can get the best cappuccino in Mexico.

Beloved Playa Mujeres

Every detail at Beloved Playa Mujeres, a luxury resort near Cancun, is geared toward your “wellness” - the idea that you should be not just physically healthy, but fulfilled in mind, body, and spirit. The wellness philosophy extends to the spa (when you finish your massage, you’re taken to a recovery room where you actually get into bed with hot tea and chocolate cake), your room (your pillows will be spritzed with a different essence every night before bed), and, of course, everything you eat. Have lunch overlooking the ocean at Isla Grill: Your waiter will hand you both the regular menu and the vegetarian menu. (Try the “tofu cheese” sandwich or the pepper stuffed with vegetables and tofu.) While you’re waiting for your meal, you can hit the salad bar that offers a rainbow of vegetables (every color pepper, purple cabbage, bright white jicama), fresh mussels, five different kinds of olive oil, and a variety of sea salts, including fennel salt. Later, have dinner at Lupita, the resort’s Mexican restaurant that offers dishes from all the regions of Mexico and a selection of Mexican wine. Part of “wellness” is enjoying our surroundings, celebrating where we are, and Beloved makes a point of incorporating Mexican traditions - at Lupita, during the Mayan ceremonies they host, and with live salsa music at night.

Grand Velas Los Cabos

The dining program at Grand Velas Los Cabos is among the most unique in the world of luxury travel - not just in Mexico, but internationally. This resort is the creator of the $25,000 taco (obviously not part of the all-inclusive price, but too compelling not to mention). The $25,000 taco generated quite a bit of buzz when the news broke last spring because, well, what is a $25,000 taco? I’m a 20-year vegetarian, but reader, I ate one. It’s pretty much every top-of-the-line ingredient you can imagine - langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, black truffle brie cheese - in a gold flake-infused corn tortilla. The resort also offers a taco bar for those of us who can’t shell out $25,000 for, um, anything - and yes, it’s included. Fill your tortilla with al pastor and roasted pineapple, Poblano peppers with corn, Cochinita Pibil, fried Baja fish, or octopus, and leave room for the Choco Vanilla dessert taco.

You should also make sure to leave room for the most interesting and impressive culinary feature of Grand Velas’s all-inclusive program: the fine-dining restaurant Cocina de Autor, headed by two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte, who prepares eight courses with wine pairings every night. Think red snapper served over mashed Tonka beans, garnished with oysters and lychee foam. Think goat cheese ice cream with hibiscus.

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7 Of The Best All-Inclusive Resorts Around The World

We love all-inclusive resorts because you can walk around without a wallet and have an excuse to eat as much food as your stomach can handle. But too often, these all-inclusive deals end up getting you nothing more than watered-down cocktails, a stale and generic buffet, and access to way-too-crowded beaches. Luckily, the seven all-inclusive hotels below actually deliver on the luxuries that they promise. Here you’ll find gourmet dining options with locally-sourced ingredients, complimentary guided excursions and actual peace and quiet.

1. Explora — Multiple locations in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina

Explora is a chain of all-inclusive resorts located in remote areas of South America. There are seven Explora resorts across Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, and there’s one situated near Machu Picchu. All of the resorts offer high-scale cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients and access to multiple hiking routes.

As part of the all-inclusive deal, paying a one-time fee at the beginning of your vacay at any of these resorts gets you transportation to and from the airport, accommodations, all meals plus snacks and open bar access, two half-day guided explorations or one full-day guided exploration, tickets to nearby nature reserves and archaeological sites, and access to pools and hot tubs. Now, that’s a deal we can get behind!

2. Club Med Cancún Yucatán — Cancún, Mexico

This all-inclusive, beachside resort is a far cry from the ones packed with drunk college kids that you might picture when thinking about Cancún. For a one-time fee, guests get access to three different restaurants, an open bar and snacks, unlimited water and land sports — including trapeze classes, scuba diving, sailing school and fitness classes — day and night entertainment, and a kids club.

3. Mango Bay Hotel — St. James, Barbados

Mango Bay Hotel

Looking to relax a little in the Caribbean? “Don’t worry, be happy” really is the motto of this all-inclusive resort in Barbados that has a spa, ocean-view rooms and Carribean-style cuisine. The resort’s all-inclusive offer includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel’s main restaurant, afternoon tea, access to cocktails and wine, and nightly entertainment. You can also take advantage of complimentary water sports that include water-skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding.

4. Hotel Adler Thermae Spa & Resort — Tuscany, Italy

Yes, all-inclusive resorts do exist in Italy, and you’ll definitely want to stay at this one. For a one time payment at the beginning of your stay, you can access the hotel’s wellness and sauna center that includes a thermal pool, all-day dining, daily guided outdoor hikes and/or bike rides, and daily yoga and other fitness classes. All-you-can-eat Italian food? Our stomachs are already grumbling at the thought.

5. Cocobay Resort — Johnsons Point, Antigua and Barbuda

Cocobay Resort

This waterside resort in the Caribbean is for adults only, so you know that it’ll be super tranquil and romantic AF. By taking advantage of the resort’s all-inclusive offer, you get airport pickup, a house bottle of sparkling wine in your room upon arrival, three complimentary meals a day and access to an open bar. If you’re looking to experience even more luxury, consider upgrading to one of the resort’s luxury bungalows for a claw-foot bathtub and a private plunge pool.


America's best all-inclusive resorts

Instead of flying to Cancún or Jamaica, the Pagnanis drive four hours from their Boston-area home to the 165-acre Tyler Place Family Resort, where rusticity meets elegance on the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont. The family-run resort was an early pioneer of the all-inclusive concept in the early 1950s and today enjoys a staggering 90 percent repeat business.

The best all-inclusive resorts offer a slew of activities in picturesque, get-away-from-it-all settings. Each has its own personality, from a luxurious ranch in Colorado, where guests can follow up a horseback ride with a soak in a private Jacuzzi, to the summer-camp vibe at affordable lakeside cabins in Minnesota.

Of course, affordable is relative, and the nightly price points at some of these resorts can raise eyebrows. “But think about the value,” observes Pagnani. “Think about the amazing children’s program — now that’s resource-intensive.” Tyler Place, for instance, separates kids into nine age-staggered groups, each with its own clubhouse, counselors and extensive schedule of activities from art workshops to hikes. Dinners are adults only — with babysitters provided — and include bistro-style meals with ingredients sourced from Vermont farms and food vendors.

Meals, many activities, and accommodations are included, and the advertised rates sometimes extend to alcoholic beverages, although almost never to private sessions like spa treatments. “Always read the fine print,” advises Scott Berman, who leads a practice of hospitality industry consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Miami. “In the end, you get what you pay for.”

At an all-inclusive resort, more than at most other lodgings, you know just what you’re paying for and can take care of all the arrangements well in advance — leaving you free to relax from the moment you arrive.

Or consider these other romantic all-inclusive resorts, if you’re looking for a decidedly adult escape.



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