12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean
Looking for your next all-inclusive vacation? From cooking classes and rum tastings to trapeze lessons and water parks, you won’t believe what’s included at these 12 all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Best all-inclusive resort for nature lovers
The adults-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua is surrounded by lush tropical gardens on a sprawling 40-acre property. At one of the best all-inclusive resorts n the Caribbean, you’ll enjoy beachfront rooms and suites boast plantation-style decor, soaking tubs, and ocean views. If you can, splurge on the Gauguin Cottages and you’ll have access to private plunge pools and charming walkways that link your indoor and outdoor rooms. Spend your days trying out the water sports included in your rate—snorkeling, kayaking, and catamaran sailing, to name a few—then catch the sunset at the oceanfront TeePee Bar. Cool off in the lagoon or the grotto pool, take a nature walk through a bird sanctuary, or while away a few hours at the resort’s Indulge Spa. Tucked into the trees, everything from the treatments to the decor incorporates natural elements. Here are more of our favorite all-inclusive vacations around the world.
Best all-inclusive resort for a mix of chills and thrills
Both adrenaline junkies and beach bums alike love Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten, a stunning all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean on a private peninsula between Little Bay and Great Bay. Hilltop suites come with full kitchens and large living rooms perfect for families, and both suites and guest rooms have sweeping bay views. Activities include kayaking, scuba diving, shopping the on-site promenade, or swimming in your choice of three freshwater pools. Whatever you do, you’ll be treated right. St. Maarten is known as the friendliest of the Caribbean islands. Phillipsburg, the charming Dutch capital, is an easy drive from the resort.
Best all-inclusive resort for families, especially those with sensory sensitivities
At the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, kids are greeted at check-in by a cast of characters that might include SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ground-floor swim-up suites have direct access to a shared pool so Mom and Dad can relax on private patios and swim while little ones nap. Swank plunge pool suites and the ultra-cool pineapple suite, inspired by the home of Sponge Bob SquarePants that looks like the fruit on the outside and Bikini Bottom on the inside, are so cool and unique they’re worth the splurge if your family can swing it. Aqua Nick’s water park and splash pad features a lazy river, water slides, and a tipping bucket that’ll make you kids squeal each and every time. Don’t miss the mass sliming poolside every afternoon—it’s a signature Nickelodeon event. A Sports Hub is home to basketball courts, a soccer field, and an indoor clubhouse with Xbox gaming. And unlike most other resorts, the spa here has age-appropriate treatments for kids as young as five. But one of the truly unique aspects of this family-friendly resort is the special training the staff receives on how to welcome guests on the autism spectrum or those with sensory sensitivities.
Best all-inclusive resort for active families who love the outdoors
Courtesy Club Med Cancun Yucatan
With not one, but three, powder-white beaches and the world’s second largest coral reef at its door, Club Med Cancun Yucatan stands out for its mix of activities and stunning location on the tip of the Riviera Maya. Families love the newly expanded Aquamarina, a relaxing oasis featuring 60 oceanfront rooms, a pool dedicated exclusively to families, and a slew of water games and all-day entertainment designed with little and big kids in mind. With schools dedicated to tennis, archery, windsurfing, and even flying trapeze (the latter a Club Med signature), it’s impossible to ever run out of things to do. Parents can escape to the new L’Occitane Spa, an indoor/outdoor sanctuary filled with tropical plants, handwoven fans, and wood accents. Reunite with the family to explore the ancient archaeological sites in nearby Tulum and Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Best all-inclusive resort for water-loving families
The top-rated all-inclusive Caribbean resort, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa hooks kiddos with its 45,000-square-foot water park, Pirates Island. Kid favorites include a sky-high SkySlide—the tallest of its kind in Turks and Caicos—six swimming pools, a kids’ club, an Xbox Play Lounge, and a teen nightclub. Families can sprawl out in the seaside villas and suites and with nearly 20 restaurants to choose from, even the pickiest eater can find something to eat. The property boasts five distinct villages, each one featuring architecture inspired by a different destination, such as Italy, France, and Key West. Then there are the 12 miles of pristine beaches perfect for swimming, lounging, or trying out a bevy of water sports. Beaches Turks & Caicos is the only Caribbean resort to offer a comprehensive scuba program—and it’s included in your daily rate. Turks and Caicos is also one of the best all-inclusive vacations to help you beat the winter blues.
Best all-inclusive resort for daredevils
Courtesy Club Med Punta Cana
There aren’t many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean where you can “join the circus,” but at Club Med Punta Cana, that’s exactly what you’ll do at Creactive by Cirque du Soleil, a playground for adrenaline junkies where adults and kids alike can hang from aerial silks, jump on trampolines, and pretend to be acrobats on a flying trapeze. Water lovers can try out the resort’s giant stand-up paddle boards designed for two or sign up for sailing school. Rooms are spacious and modern with crisp white linens, dark wood accents, and pops of bright coral. The Zen Oasis, a tropical hideaway for adults, includes its own beautiful stretch of powder-white sand with canopied daybeds. The must-do here is indulging in a massage under a palapa, a traditional thatched-roof beach hut. Perfect for a quick getaway, this tropical oasis is just ten minutes from the airport.
Best for cultural immersion
Courtesy Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma
Situated on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach, Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma, an all-inclusive Caribbean resort, stands out for its one-of-a-kind swim-up suites where all you have to do is step out onto your patio to take a dip in the pool. Even if you don’t opt for swim-up accommodations, the entire property features beachfront suites with private balconies or patios, so you’ll have water views no matter what. Unique activities include rum tastings, Jamaican cooking classes, Caribbean dance lessons, and spa services tailored just for kids. Adults can indulge in beachfront “sky massages” on an elevated deck with ocean views. A whopping 18 gourmet restaurants and bars serve everything from Jamaican specialties to Mediterranean cuisine. New experiences at the Azulitos Playhouse gives toddlers to teens a chance to do some DIY ice cream making, sand sculpting, and more.
Best for lovers of design
Courtesy Jade Mountain
You won’t find children, TVs, or a plethora of guests vying for lounge chairs by the pool at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, but you will find peace and quiet (St. Lucia has been called one of the least-crowded islands in the Caribbean). The resort’s one-of-a-kind, tropical modern architecture by famed architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy is unlike anything else you’ll find in the Caribbean; Jade Mountain is perched on a cliff above its sister property, Anse Chastanet, and features a unique series of al fresco bridges that connect its pools, restaurants, gardens, and accommodations. Consistently ranked one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain’s 29 spacious suites each have floor-to-ceiling views of the Caribbean sea and St. Lucia’s Piti and Gros Piton Mountains (it’s no wonder the suites are referred to as sanctuaries). Canopied beds, whirlpool tubs, and infinity pools in most rooms are just of the luxury touches that make this resort stand out. Hike the gentle path down to the resort’s two beaches or let the hotel shuttle whisk you away to Anse Chastanet, where Jade Mountain guests can take advantage of a plethora of free water sports, in addition to restaurants and a boutique spa.
Best for tropical seclusion
At the southern tip of the Grenadines archipelago, Grenada is known as the Island of Spice because of its fertile soil, so expect a bounty of plants, herbs, and spices as you get to know this tropical paradise (Grenada is the world’s second-largest producer of nutmeg). The family-owned Spice Island Beach Resort oozes Caribbean charm across its eight acres with a picture-perfect setting on Grand Anse Beach, the island’s two-mile-long marquee shoreline. Unique accommodations include Seagrape Suites with breezy patios as well as Private Pool Suites that come with their own secluded terrace, gardens, and swimming pool. Indulge your taste buds at the Friday night Caribbean buffet set to the sounds of a steel drum band. Non-motorized water sports, unlimited greens fees at the sprawling golf course, and unlimited tennis are included with each stay.
Best for three resorts in one vacation
The family-friendly, all-suite Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Aruba offers oversized studios as well as one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens perfect for longer stays. Tee off on a nine-hole golf course, take a dip in your choice of three freshwater swimming pools, or hop on the complimentary shuttle to try your luck at the Alhambra Casino nearby. The all-inclusive program shares amenities with neighboring Divi Resorts, expanding guest access to water sports, restaurants, and entertainment significantly.
Best for beachin’ and chillin’
Only a year old, the Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa in Punta Cana is the ultimate family retreat nestled on the shores of one of the most-visited beaches in the world. Kids and adults can test their skills on the FlowRider wave riding machine, float along a 1,200-foot lazy river, tee off on a miniature golf course, or choose from an array of non-motorized water sports. Families can bond over a Dominican cooking class or paddle boarding adventure and when the adults need a break, there’s a casino and a spa to indulge all the senses. Accommodations include unique swim-out family suites, plus there are a whopping eight restaurants to ensure everyone in the group can find something they like.
Best for luxury travelers with an adventurous spirit
“Luxe island living” is how guests of the Landings Resort & Spa in St. Lucia describe their vacation on travel review sites. Perfect for families large and small, there are one, two, and three-bedroom villas filled with bamboo and rattan furnishings, including four-poster beds. Private terraces provide incredible views of the resort’s luxury yacht marina and Rodney Bay. The spa’s serene vibe and hydrotherapy terraces are impossible to resist, so it’s a good thing the kids club has so much to offer little ones. From picnics to nearby Pigeon Island to beach cricket, lawn games, and sand sculpting, the kids will be just fine as you indulge in an al fresco couples massage. Play a round of golf at the prestigious St. Lucia Golf Club, take a guided hike up St. Lucia’s signature volcanic spires, or take the family zip lining for a totally different viewpoint. Adventure seekers can also drive right into the crater of St. Lucia’s La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano and walk between the bubbling sulfur springs and steam pools. Here are 13 more active volcanoes you can actually visit.
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