If you’re planning an all inclusive vacation in the Caribbean, there’s no doubt that you’ll be imagining immaculate white sand beaches, turquoise shores, and clear blue skies. But with thousands of resorts across the Caribbean, choosing the perfect all inclusive resort for your dream vacation can be quite the challenge. So to help you plan a vacation that you will remember forever, browse our hand-selected top five Caribbean resorts, and discover why these all inclusive vacations are worth your consideration!
Owned and operated by the Spanish Melia group, this hotel is known for excellent service (which is not always a given in the Caribbean) and peaceful surrounds. The resort is beachfront and located in the Dominican Republic’s east coast destination of Punta Cana; the local beach is Bavaro Beach. With 554 rooms and suites, this resort is a decent enough size to provide plenty of entertainment day and night.
The all inclusive extends to non-motorised watersports, a terrific children’s club, golfing facilities (but this doesn’t include equipment hire), and a spa. With nine restaurants and twelve bars as well as nightly entertainment, you won’t be bored by the food and drink by day! If you are traveling on a honeymoon, the hotel has an adult’s only wing entitled the Royal Service Suites. Rooms start at around $300 out of season (in months like June and September).
Arguably the best known all inclusive hotel group in the Caribbean, no list of favorite resorts would be complete without one Sandals property. We have chosen this adults-only resort (all Sandals resorts are adults only) not just because it is located on the romantic island of St.Lucia, but also because it is one of ‘those hotels’ that exudes something special.
With 300 rooms, perhaps it is the size of the hotel that gives it an edge – it’s not too big or small. Offering peace, tranquillity, and a holiday tailored to even your most minor details, Grande St. Lucian is definitely a one of a kind choice when it comes to all inclusive vacations. When you stay at a Sandals resort all inclusive really does mean all inclusive – and the quality of what’s offered is consistently excellent.
This resort has eight restaurants and bars, five pools, a beachfront location on Pigeon Point, a spa, golf facilities (at a sister property), and evening entertainment. What’s more, premium brand drinks add to the value for money. If there’s one other aspect that might add to the resort’s appeal it’s the sociable nature of this property: there are plenty of places to get to know your fellow guests. Rooms start at around $600 out of season (in September for example).
Although quite a mainstream choice and lacking the solitude of other Caribbean resorts, we feature this property as a favorite because of the overall value for money and its appeal to those looking for a livelier Caribbean vacation. The 4* resort is directly on Palm Beach in Aruba, and has other resorts as neighbors on both sides – which makes for a bustling beach! It’s an ideal choice for a group of friends traveling together or for larger families.
The all inclusive is not quite as comprehensive as some resorts offer (for example, bottles of wine are not included), but it still features a terrific choice of dining with seven restaurants. There are also six bars, a nightclub, and a casino. Furthermore, activities included in the price are non-motorised watersports, tennis and snorkeling. We like that gratuities are always included in the price of your room at this property too. Rooms start at around $450 out of season (in June & September as an example).
Jamaica is a long time favorite with American beach seekers so our favorite picks had to include a resort in Jamaica and this was an easy choice. A couples only resort, this one stands out from the crowd: not all resorts offer the romantic vibe of Tower Isle. It’s an older resort (it opened originally in 1949) that has had plenty of time to get it right, and we think it’s a combination of the resort’s charm and quality that attracts so many returning guests.
Although the resort has just 218 rooms, it packs a punch when it comes to the dining choices and activities on offer. There are six restaurants and five bars including a beach bar on the resort’s private offshore island. Activities in the price of the all inclusive deal are as broad as sailing, kayaking, tennis, golf, and snorkeling. The hotel has a highly acclaimed spa too, but treatments will be at an extra charge. If you aren’t a sand lover (like our Travel Editor) you’ll particularly enjoy the beachfront pool – you’re at the ocean but without the sand beneath your toes and in every crevice! Rooms start at around $400 in the off-season months, like June.
This flagship Sandals resort is a stunning beachfront beauty located on Emerald Bay in the Bahamian Exuma Islands. The resort sits on a one mile stretch of pristine white sand beach. There are a wealth of resorts to choose from in the Bahamas but, in our opinion, this resort beats them all out. The fantastic value of Sandals all inclusive is something we always take into account, but we also love that all of the rooms at this property face the ocean.
Though slightly pricier than others, this 249 suite all-inclusive resort offers a wide array of activities to make up for this. Romance lies at the essence of the Sandals brand so, as you’d expect, the resort’s appeal is centered around delivering a wonderful couples experience. There’s a spa, 18-hole Greg Norman golf course, dive school for all levels of diver, nightly entertainment, seven restaurants and six bars.
All inclusive at Sandals covers pretty much everything on offer, and some of the noteworthy features of this include free wifi throughout the resort, all gratuities included in the price of your room and premium brands of alcohol – including a choice of Robert Mondavi wines. Whilst included at Sandals, these are not a given with all resorts! For anyone on the East Coast the Bahamas is a short flight; even New York is just a 3-hour trip. Rooms start at around $700 out of season (for September travel dates, for instance).
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