All-Inclusive Resorts: Hitting the Easy Button
ndulge in as much or as little as you like; where everything is taken care of, and nearly everything is included. Accommodation, meals, drinks, and activities are all paid upfront, making it easier to manage the budget and put better use to time pre-spent analysing bar and restaurant cheques.
All-inclusives have previously endured the stigma of being uninspiring, inauthentic or, in some cases, hedonistic party spots. But with an exceptionally high level of product hitting the market, and with brands like Hyatt, Marriott, Melia, Club Med, and Hilton joining all-inclusive-only brands like Ikos, Sandals, and Exclusive Resorts, pressing the ‘easy button’ looks more attractive than ever.
We’ve selected our best all-inclusive resorts in the world.
Ikos Aria, Kefalos, Greece
Ranked global #1 All-Inclusive Resort by TripAdvisor, the 5-star Ikos Aria is quite simply luxury at its finest. Situated in the beautifulcoastal resort of Kefalos on the Greek Island of Kos, the Ikos Aria boasts a beachfront location, exceptional service, and a sleek, modern style. Alongside access to four outdoor pools, four tennis courts, a fitness centre, a spa and wellness centre, guests can make use of ‘Local Discovery’; a specially craftedcuration of complementary local experiences, allowing guests to fully exploreand enjoy the magnificent area surrounding the resort, during their stay. Options include a local drive adventure to top places of interest, the option to dine out at local restaurants and unique destination activities, all at no extra cost.
Coco Plum Island Resort, Coco Plum Cay, Belize Cayes
Coco Plum is an exclusive, adults only, all inclusive, romantic sixteen-acre private island resort located off the coast of Southern Belize with 18 ocean-front cabanas offering a completely unique island experience. One of Travel+Leisure's 15 Best All-inclusive Honeymoon Resorts in the World, the resort is locally owned and managed by Belizeans providing guests with an authentic Caribbean Island experience. Guests choose from a variety of island activities including swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and spa services. Additionally, all-inclusive package add-ons incorporate trips to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins, zip-line/ repelling above the Belize rainforest and Cave Tubing. A true all-inclusiveprivate island paradise.
Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
Saffire Freycinet, a jaw-dropping luxury lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast, adjacent to Coles Bay and overlooking the Freycinet Peninsula, famed for the iconic Wineglass Bay. Delivering sophisticated and intimate style and an inspirational experience, this Tasmanian accommodation blends mankind and nature with breath-taking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, this five-star plus luxury lodge experience is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes, and abundant wildlife.
The Palms, Zanzibar, Bwejuu, Tanzania
Located on the peaceful south-eastern coast of Zanzibar, lying on an untouched award-winning beach, "The Palms" is the ultimate All-Inclusive getaway retreat, providing a stunning recluse for the discerning traveller. It is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquillity; a place to stimulate the senses, and to experience the very best of this magical island. The six private villas are beautifully designed creating an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance.
Hermitage Bay, Saint Mary's, Antigua
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2021, and 2018, 2017, and 2015 Gold List. The independently owned,all-inclusive Hermitage Bay is comprised of just 30 eco-luxury suites tucked into a secluded bay, featuring a 1200 ft natural beach and reef, on the west coast of Antigua. With a laidback style and promise to deliver barefoot luxury on the beach, Hermitage Bay is an escape for the soul; a retreat for those seeking rest, relaxation, and an authentic Caribbean experience. Each of the nine Beachfront and four Seaview Garden Suites features a spacious split-level loungeand patio, while the 17 Hillside Pool Suites offer large wrap-around decks and private plunge pools and sunbathing areas. Daily changing a la carte menus offer vegan and vegetarian options and feature freshly squeezed local juices, locally grown produce, and organic ingredients. Free Wi-Fi is included as are private round trip airport transfers with 'meet and greet' and a fast-track service through immigration and customs for guests staying 3 nights or more.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Huvahandhoo Island, Maldives
Located on the private island of Huvahendhoo in South Ari Atoll, Lily Beach Resort& Spa has been awarded Best All-Inclusive Resort in the Maldives and in Asia in 2019 and 2020 by TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards and #11 in the World. With its extensive Platinum Plan, the resort continues to reinvent culinary offerings to stay abreast of trends in dining experiences, beverages,and presentation. Additionally, the island enjoys a renowned character for its pristine beaches, lush tropical vegetation, and the unspoiled house-reef just a few meters away from its shores.
Palmaia - The House of AiA, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Set between the tropical jungle foliage and the picturesque turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea sits the quintessence of a sustainable all-inclusive luxury resort. A secluded sanctuary with swim up suites, jungle spa, plunge pools, infinity pool, swim up bars, butler service, gourmet restaurants, private beach, and 24-hour room service sets The House of AiA apart from other luxury resorts in Mexico. The House of AiA offers a level of seclusion and tranquillity often associated with far-flung island resorts. As the sun sets over the white sand beach, the pink horizon transforms into a star filled night sky becoming an overwhelming impulse for a romantic stroll through soft sands and lapping waves. The exquisitely designed ocean front suites, complemented by stunning ocean views, elegant decor, and holistic amenities are unlike anything else in the Riviera Maya.
Salinas Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi, Brazil
One of the best resorts in north-eastern Brazil, Salinas Maragogi All Inclusive Resort features 236 rooms on 66 square meters, with recreational options forthe whole family get in tune with nature.
Heitance Aarah, Meedhoo Island, Maldives
With its talcum-white sand, swaying palm trees andintensely blue water, Heritance Aarah ticks all the boxes for a family-friendly, all-inclusive Maldivian escape. There’s an excellent choice of dining, top-notch facilities (featuring the Maldives’ first medi-spa) and a range of accommodation including over-water and interconnecting villas.
Club Med Marrakech le Riad, Marrakech, Morocco
Hiddenaway in Morocco's oldest palm grove, Club Med Marrakech la Palmeraie reflects the intimate atmosphere of Marrakech’s medinas with tranquil courtyards, scented gardens, and a warm welcome. This exotic all-inclusive resort is perfect for exploration and relaxation with family and friends in Morocco. Wander the souks of Marrakech, challenge yourself on the driving range, float in the palm-lined pool and enjoy refined Moroccan cuisine in an idyllic olive grove.
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