All-inclusive resorts can make for a wonderful vacation. Most popular in Mexico and the Caribbean, these vacations represent a great value with the ability to do as much or as little as you would like. While there are all-inclusive resorts all over the world, here we are focusing on Mexico and Caribbean properties.
What exactly is an all-inclusive? Different resorts include different amenities, and most include unlimited food and drinks, as well as gratuities, and entertainment. Things most often not included are spa treatments, items from the gift shop, and optional excursions.
As with every vacation, we discuss your specific needs and match you to a resort that fits your wish list.
All-inclusive resorts can be family friendly or adults-only. Beaches, swim-up bars, and sunshine are the norm. The following options are just a few of our top picks. When you are ready to plan your all-inclusive vacation, just give us a call and we will find the perfect resort for you.
A few of the top resorts for families include:
Hotel Xcaret. This property is, in a word, ridiculously amazing. (OK, that was two words.) The hotel itself boasts ten restaurants, more pools than I can count, and access to eight parks and several tours. This is the property for you if you want to see and do as much as possible on your vacation.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Upscale, child-friendly luxury awaits you at Grand Velas. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids engaged – from outdoor painting classes, to indoor play time and beyond. One of the things that separates Grand Velas is the quality of the dining. With many restaurant choices, you can enjoy gourmet meals throughout your stay. Note that the kids club is open late enough for parents to enjoy a quiet dinner while the young ones are looked after.
The Grand at Moon Palace. They have a full on water park. And bowling alley. And a 1,000-seat theater. That’s just a few of the things on offer at the Grand. The resort is huge, so while you may get lost at first, you certainly won’t get bored. Spacious rooms and excellent service add to the appeal.
Some of the top adults-only resorts:
Le Blanc Cancun. Every room comes with a jacuzzi tub and butler service. This is a small resort, by Mexican standards with about 230 rooms. The food and service are excellent, as are the hand-painted chocolates delivered to your room each evening. Look for minimal activities, and three beautiful pools in addition to a lovely beach. There is another, equally fabulous Le Blanc property in Cabo San Lucas.
Jade Mountain. Often noted as the best resort in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean. While not strictly all-inclusive, adding the inclusive package to your reservation is worthwhile. Suites start at 1400 square feet, and the majority of the rooms boast a private infinity pool with views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
Secrets (many locations and resorts). If a day of lounging poolside with nothing to do but enjoy the company of the person you are with sounds, well, boring, you will want to choose a resort with more activities. The Secrets properties are larger properties and offer many dining choices, as well as a selection of poolside and evening entertainment. you can spend some time relaxing, but still find yourself with things to do every night.