These 10 hotels offer top-notch all-inclusive experiences at prices that won’t steal all your money from the bank.
Surrounded by towering palms trees on a gorgeous white sandy beach, the 400-room Riu Palace is like luxurious tropical eye candy in a grand colonial style. You’ll feel old world luxury throughout, from pristine, palm-lined paths to the soaring lobby complete with a rotunda and chandeliers.
Its all-inclusive package includes five restaurants, unlimited local and imported drinks 24 hours a day, a fitness center, a beautiful freshwater swimming pool, and a kids center. Entertainment is offered daily and includes dancing, live music and shows.
For those who are planning family trips, honeymoons and romantic escapes, the St. James Club at Morgan Bay is the best choice. As one of the most amenity-rich resorts on the island, it offers six restaurants, six bars, four swimming pools, a fitness center and an extensive water sports pavilion offering surfboards, paddle boards and kayaks. All 335 units in the resort have private balconies or terraces, many with full ocean views of the tranquil, glass-clear sea.
Set across 27 acres of protected nature preserve, with its soft sandy beach and a protected swimming area, The Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort is the very definition of “getting away from it all.”
Due to its special location, this resort boasts three lovely pools overlooking the sea, a gorgeous 18-hole golf course, and unique activities like meditation hiking and paddle boarding. There are also four restaurants on site, including the fine-dining Shore Restaurant, which serves the fresh catch of the day paired with outstanding wines in a covered outdoor area that allows guests to dine while enjoying the breathtaking Caribbean vistas.
Located on a gorgeous stretch of white-sandy beach, the massive, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel has numerous interesting activities not only for families and couples, but also partiers. While it takes some time to get from place to place due to its sprawling size, a complimentary shuttle is available.
On-site amenities include a huge fitness center, an 18-hole golf course, the largest casino in the country, 13 pools, and fantastic food.
Set around the clear, aquamarine water and powder-soft beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the resort has 148 guest rooms, each featuring a patio or balcony, in low-rise adobe buildings clustered along the water’s edge.
Both sophisticated and kid friendly, this all-inclusive resort has plenty of adult features including a bar dedicated to tequila, live music, menus with adventurous eaters in mind, plus those breezy beds on the sand – but it’s important to know that it also welcomes families and has a daily kids’ club and children’s food choices at its five restaurants.
Would-be visitors to the Bahamas can often score a cheap flight as they are less than an hour by plane from Miami. With rates at less than half $500 per night, a ton of amenities and no tipping allowed, it’s hard to beat it for value when it comes to a tropical vacation.
The resort offers three outdoor pools, a swim-up bar and submerged seating, as well as direct access to the pristine white sands of Cable Beach. Activities like sailing, rock climbing, nightly entertainment and even weddings are all included. Five restaurants feature a diverse buffet with à la carte options, while the four bars include a piano bar and nightclub.
One of the smaller, more intimate resorts in the region, the highlight of this reasonably priced property is its location: On the beachfront, just steps from the marina and downtown and complete with awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean views. While there are just a couple of restaurants on site - one serving sushi, and the pool bar and snack bar serving light bites - guests have access to a number of restaurants at other Somar properties, and luxurious suites even include full kitchens for those times that you want cook your own food.
Enjoy swimming in the infinity edge pool, sipping drinks at the swim-up bar, soaking in the sand and the sun on the private beach, and indulging in spa experiences too.
Fronting a beautiful stretch of Cardiff Hall Beach on Jamaica’s Runaway Bay, this adults-only resort offers you all the wining and dining that you can take at its seven restaurants, piano lounge, dance club, plus its assortment of outdoor and swim-up bars.
The nightly entertainment it offers includes live music and outdoor movie screenings. You can get gratis access to a host of activities and excursions, like golf at the nearby Runaway Bay Golf Club, snorkeling, scuba diving, a glass-bottom boat tour and a trip to Konoko Falls. There’s also beachfront service and plenty of tranquil tropical scenery to soak up if you want to escape from all the activities.
The lively adults-only resort was once the Balmoral Club, a chic spot for the British upper class in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.Today the resort offers eight bars (including a throwback English pub), two 24-hour pools and a fire pit for visitors to enjoy themselves.
Of course no Caribbean vacation would be complete without a white sandy beach - and the Royal Bahamian has a nice one – It also boasts day trips, a private island with its own beach, plus a bar and a restaurant. Other amenities include 10 restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, water sports, tennis courts, a fitness center and a spa.
Guests at the CocoBay Resort know that they’re in the West Indies. The individual bungalows, painted in soft pastels, have tin roofs, gingerbread trim, and spectacular, unobstructed sunset views. The hotel has furnished the cottages with hard-carved beds and antiques and decorated them with colorful local art. This is a perfect place for you get away from the noisy modern world, as there are no phones or televisions at the resort.