By Jen Lewallen
Do you hear that? Warm weather is calling, and that means it’s time to escape on an amazing all-inclusive getaway. With so many fabulous options, we’ve put together a go-to-guide to the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The superstar treatment and over-the-top amenities will have your whole family feeling like rock stars at this resort. Nestled on the best beach in the Dominican Republic, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana spoils guests with spacious suites fit for a celebrity, complete with Hydro Spa tubs, in-room liquor dispensers, and plush bathrobes and slippers. Your rising stars will love staying in a Family Suite with kid-friendly minibar and Xbox. Music and entertainment are in abundance here, and you’ll have a chance to really rock out with a guitar or DJ mixer of your choice delivered to your room. Plus, earn up to $1800 in limitless resort credits you can use towards spa treatments, golf, and tours.
Melia Nassau Beach, The Bahamas
The Bahamas are a popular Caribbean destination due to their close proximity to Florida. The island of Nassau in particular draws visitors with beautiful beaches, ease of mobility, and down-to-earth locals. Melia Nassau Beach is nestled on the warm sands of Cable Beach and offers an affordable escape without sacrificing service and class. Activities for all ages guarantee relaxation for adults while kids play the day away. Indulge in international and regional cuisine at one of their six restaurants and catch a show after dinner. Rest up in one of their classic rooms, or treat yourself to a stay in The Level with rooms that have sea views and VIP amenities such as an elite lounge and private check-in/check-out service.
Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Romance and luxury embody this resort on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. Couples can escape to this adults-only paradise for a few days (or hopefully longer) of pure bliss. Natural soothing tones follow you through the resort to the rooms, creating a sense of harmony. Stay in an Excellence Club suite for an extravagant experience with VIP amenities and personalized touches. Go on a culinary adventure every night with nine world-class restaurants where reservations are never needed. You’ll never have to leave your Bali bed from the pool or beach with wait service ready to fulfil your cocktail wish, but be sure to grab some snorkel gear and cool down in the crystal blue sea.
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Beaches Turks and Caicos
When it comes to family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, Beaches Turks and Caicos takes home the gold. Besides the stunning white sand and the clearest turquoise water you have ever seen, this resort will have you feeling like you never want to leave. Four distinct villages offer over fifty accommodations to suit the needs of all travelers and families of different sizes. Everything is truly included with your stay from the anticipated premium cocktails and decadent meals to thrilling activities including both non-motorized and motorized watersports, which is unique for an all-inclusive. Even scuba diving is included, and they provide lessons right at the resort.
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The newest member of Jamaica’s family-friendly resorts has found its home on the Ocho Rios coast and already earned a AAA 4-diamond award despite only being open for a little over a year. Treat your family to a memory-making trip that goes above and beyond their expectations. A wide array of fine dining, superior snacks, and 24-hour room service will keep everyone satisfied. The Moon Palace Playroom and Wired Teen Lounge supply endless activities, so parents can escape to the spa or adults-only Noir nightclub. Moon Palace also spoils guests with up to $1500 in resort credits that can be used towards the spa and enhanced experiences. Worried you might not use all of it? Moon Palace lets you roll the remaining balance over to your next stay at any of the resorts in their brand.
Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This resort has a luxurious feel with an abundance of top-of-the-line entertainment and amenities, making it the perfect choice for friends, couples, and families. Become a wine sommelier at a tasting, or show off your new moves after a salsa or merengue class. Age-appropriate activities are available for kids and teens of all ages, and they’ll love meeting new friends. World-class chefs have transformed eight eateries into a foodie paradise. Feel like the Royal Family when you stay in The Reserve section. Pre-arrival forms are sent out, so your personal butler can make sure your room is filled with your favorite drinks and snacks, and so they can make reservations at the restaurants you are dying to try.
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Secrets Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana is no stranger to world-class all-inclusive resorts, but Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa undoubtedly stands out. The adults-only haven delights adults and couples with the brand’s signature Unlimited-Luxury® featuring gourmet dining and premium wines and liquors. Exceptional suites mesmerize with deluxe amenities including fully-furnished balconies complete with soaking tubs. Upgrade your romantic retreat by staying in a Preferred Club suite which grants you elite status that includes a private check-in/out, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Preferred Club Lounge, and access to a private pool and beach area.
Zoëtry Montego Bay, Jamaica
Balance your mind and body at the serene Zoetry Montego Bay. This boutique-style 49-suite resort provides vacations with your wellbeing in mind. Opulent rooms aim to relax and rejuvenate with eco-inspired décor that blends seamlessly onto a balcony or terrace with a whirlpool from floor-to-ceiling sliding doors offering tranquil views of the Caribbean Sea or plush tropical gardens. Not only are all food and drinks included at this resort, but Zoetry’s patented Endless Privileges® experience includes daily fresh fruit and sparkling wine, maid service three times daily, 24-hour in-suite dining, and wellness activities such as yoga and meditation. Indulge in decedent dishes made from organic and locally sourced ingredients at reservation-free restaurants. And no visit to Zoetry is complete without a relaxing treatment in the renowned spa.
No one does romantic Luxury-Included® vacations like Sandals, and their newer Sandals Barbados resort is more than living up to the brand’s high standards. Accommodations vary from the modest but refined Caribbean Village Deluxe with mahogany furniture and a four-post king-sized bed to the magnificent Ocean Village Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suites with its separate living room and bedroom with ivory Patika tiles. Couples can enjoy fire pits at the resort, Sandals’ signature swim-up bar, and an expanded Red Line Spa. Sandals Barbados also hosts elegant ceremonies in their exclusively-designed wedding garden or on their shimmering beach.
Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Now you can at Karisma’s brand new Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort in colorful Punta Cana. The eccentric action-packed atmosphere combined with Karisma’s flare for luxurious all-inclusive amenities has made Nickelodeon a world-class nostalgic retreat for Nick Kids of every generation. Not only will you receive superior service, but all-inclusive at this resort entails Karisma’s stellar Gourmet Inclusive Experience. From cooked-to-order feasts at Sugarcane to space-age suppers at Spacewalk, you’ll enjoy top quality ingredients and local flavors at every meal. Nickelodeon might be full of laughs, but their amazing accommodations are no joke. Contemporary suites feel like home with enough room for five guests and up, plush beds, a living area, and spacious bathrooms brightened by touches of Nick’s signature orange and slime green. Plus spend a night in Spoungebob’s chic abode, a two- bedroom three-bath villa with a private pool.
Whether you know what resort sounds best for you, or, understandably, you’re having a hard time picking just one, your local travel agent will find you the ultimate all-inclusive escape to paradise!