13 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the United States
From tropical oases and mountain hideaways to dude ranches and desert escapes, you don’t need a passport to visit these all-inclusive resorts in the United States.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay Port St. Lucie, Florida
Like summer camp for families, the only Club Med in the continental United States is nestled about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach on the St. Lucie River—just ten minutes from some of the Sunshine State’s most beautiful beaches. From sailing and tennis lessons to a flying trapeze school, there’s plenty to do both on the water and on land, and it’s all included in the daily rate. Parents will love the 18-hole golf course and L’Occitane Spa, while kids will dig the three waterfront pools, nightly shows, and the award-winning kids club featuring cooking classes, pool parties, and scavenger hunts. Condo-style accommodations are spread out across lush tropical gardens, giving the waterside resort a village-like feel. It’s certainly on par with these best-all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah
Perfect for fitness-minded travelers, Red Mountain is set among the red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, about a two-hour drive from Las Vegas. Whether you’re taking advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness facilities, indulging in a gourmet meal, or lounging on one of the pool decks, you’ll have stunning views of the Southwest landscape. Adventure seekers can try rock climbing, rappelling, or canyoneering. If you prefer a leisurely pace, complimentary bike rentals make exploring on two wheels easy. The nearby artsy town of St. George is known for its galleries and restored pioneer-era buildings perfect for exploring on foot or bike. Daily guided hikes, three daily meals, cooking demonstrations, and a slew of fitness classes are all included with each stay. Upgraded packages may include spa treatments and day trips to nearby Zion or Bryce Canyon national parks.
Travaasa Hana, Hana, Maui
Perched over Hana Bay on one of Maui’s most secluded coasts, Travaasa Hana is the first resort on the island to welcome the daily sunrise. Spread over nearly 70 acres of lush tropical gardens, the resort offers an incredible ocean view pool, tennis courts, and a number of outdoor activities, including stand-up paddling, coconut husking, and throw net fishing. Choose from spacious suites or luxury cottages but don’t expect distracting TVs—this resort is made for peaceful relaxation. All-inclusive rates include three meals daily, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a sizable resort credit per person per day, which can be used toward spa treatments and private classes. The hotel is set in the tiny settlement of Hana, with the famous Road to Hana and its cascading waterfalls, legendary beaches, and these other sites that make Maui the best Hawaiian island just a few minutes away by car.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is a stunning working farm hotel in a secluded setting. Perfect for both foodies and nature lovers, guests enjoy stunning mountain views and true farm-to-table dining experiences (most of the produce is picked right from the farm’s garden). Spend an afternoon at the tranquil spa or swim laps in your choice of two pools. You can also go fly fishing on Hesse Creek, take a nature hike, sign up for archery lessons, or explore country roads on a mountain bike. Accommodations feature your choice of luxury cottages or farmhouse rooms. All-inclusive rates include meals and access to stocked pantries, though spa treatments and some activities are not included.
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
Nothing says vacay like the gentle sway of a rocking chair on one the world’s longest porches (660 feet!). Located just off the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and overlooking the beautiful Straits of Mackinac, the family-owned Grand Hotel first opened its doors back in 1887. Its long history of catering to families has made it one of the most kid-friendly, all-inclusive resorts in the United States. Swimming pools, tennis courts, and the chance to play golf, croquet, and Bocce ball are part of the fun here—there’s even an oversized chess set. So is dressing up for dinner, as young men are expected to wear a coat and tie and young ladies are expected to wear dresses. Choose from 385 rooms with names like the Lincoln Suite and the Hollywood Suite (it’s easy to see how it’s one of 10 hotels where history-making moments took place). All-inclusive rates cover breakfast, lunch buffets, and formal dinners, but no booze. Known for its ban of motorized vehicles, getting around historic Mackinac Island is part of the charm of the place thanks to the horse-drawn carriages ready to whisk you wherever you want to go.
Canyon Ranch Woodside, Woodside, California
Escape the daily grind with a visit to Canyon Ranch Woodside, opening fall 2019. Like its sister properties in Tucson, Arizona, and Lenox, Massachusetts, the newest Canyon Ranch is centered around wellness. Destress with a relaxing massage or breathe deep during an ayurvedic treatment designed to balance both body and mind. Challenge yourself in a fitness or dance class or while away an hour or two in the resort’s saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpool tubs. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the California Redwoods during a hike, or sip tea on a treehouse deck under a canopy of ancient redwoods. With only 38 rooms, there’s ample space to stretch out and claim your space when you need a break from the dozens of daily activities, fitness, and art classes available during your stay. All-inclusive rates include all daily activities, healthy meals, and airport transfers, plus a $160 daily resort credit for premium activities like spa treatments and one-on-one-consults with nutritionists.
The Ranch at Rock Creek Philipsburg, Montana
Rugged luxury is the name of the game at this stunning luxury dude ranch where cowboy culture is everywhere. Set across 6,600 acres, the Ranch at Rock Creek offers all the outdoor fun you’d expect from a Montana homestead, such as horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing—plus nightly entertainment at—what else—the Silver Dollar Saloon. Ropes courses, geocaching, and stagecoach rides round out the list of must-do Montana experiences, but that’s certainly not all there is to do. Your kiddos can learn a thing or two about ranch life at the Little Grizzlies Kids Club, where educational experiences are centered around Montana’s forests, wildlife, and watering holes. In the meantime, you can indulge at the spa or take a leisurely walk for a peek at ranch life. Room rates include meals and drinks, activities, and round-trip airport transfers. Find even more unique places to stay the night.
Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
About 80 miles southeast of Burlington the 300-acre Twin Farms offers an adults-only getaway with 20 luxury cottages and activities that change with the seasons. Visit in the fall to take in the incredible New England foliage while canoeing on the resort’s tranquil pond or biking along leaf-covered pathways. Winter is perfect for cross-country or downhill skiing, or simply curling up fireside with a good book. Spring and summer are ideal for tennis, fishing, and swimming. Rates include all activities as well as three farm-to-table meals daily, and packed snacks for picnics. The only thing not included is a trip to the spa.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas
Just 20 miles from downtown Austin the 40-room Lake Austin Spa Resort is a sanctuary for wellness and relaxation spread across 19 lakeside acres. Three sparkling pools, a full calendar of fitness activities, and free use of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, pedalboards, hydro-bikes, and sculling boats are all included in your daily rate, as are three gourmet meals, snacks, and daily events. Explore the Texas Hill Country by bicycle then return for a spa treatment or meditation class before settling down in a shaded hammock with a cold drink. Foodies will love the chef-led cooking classes and tours of the organic gardens.
Little St. Simons Island, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Imagine having 11,000 acres and more than seven miles of beaches practically to yourself—that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. Privately owned and accessible only by boat from St. Simons Island (the big sister to Little St. Simons), this idyllic island on the southeastern coast of Georgia is surrounded by marshland and moss-draped live oaks, earning it a spot on our list of 15 gorgeous hotels for nature lovers. Accommodations range from charming guest rooms to cozy cottages, but with a daily guest cap of 32, expect plenty of space to find peace and quiet. Island naturalists lead twice-daily trips via foot, kayak, bike, or skiff to see bald eagles, alligators, and other wildlife. From fishing to bird-watching, nature lovers will never run out of things to do here. Sip a glass of wine on your screened porch or wrap-around deck or join the social hour every evening for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Rates include all meals, naturalist-led excursions, use of the island’s bicycles, fishing tackle, motorized skiffs, and kayaks, plus roundtrip boat transfers.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Clark, Colorado
If you really want to unplug, the 500-acre Vista Verde Guest Ranch, a working cattle ranch in a scenic mountain valley just north of Steamboat Springs, is the place to do it. With no phones, TV, or Internet, you’ll have no choice but to enjoy authentic ranch experiences, such as horseback riding and fly fishing, as well as some you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find, like rock climbing and photography workshops. All activities are included and cover gear, equipment, and instruction. Visit during the warmer months and take a dip in the swimming pool, check out the indoor riding arena, and sign up the kids for a ropes course. During winter stays expect sleigh riding, tubing, and skiing. Adults-only weeks in September and October are the perfect time to make the most of autumn’s splendor.
Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania
Perfect for families, the 5,500-acre Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains offers an air of sophistication in a scenic mountain setting. Stay in the Colonial Dutch–style main lodge or if you prefer more privacy, at the inn and cottages with golf course views. Challenge the kids to a little friendly competition on the 33-foot rock-climbing wall, paintball course, or treetop Zipline and ropes course. Summer visits mean splashing in the indoor and outdoor pools or boating and fishing on nearby lakes. Winter is for ice skating, ice fishing, and roasting s’mores by the fire. Round it all out with a visit to the Nest, where spa services and relaxation lounges await.
Miraval Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
One of Oprah’s fave places to unwind, Miraval is a haven for wellness against a stunning desert backdrop. Cacti and waterfalls surround luxury villas with views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Take advantage of health, fitness, and spiritual wellness classes as well as complimentary yoga, horseback riding, spa treatments, and daily lectures by experts in a variety of fields. Hands-on culinary workshops provide an inside look at the resort’s nutritious gourmet fare. Packages include accommodations, all meals, unlimited smoothie bar, and snacks as well as over 120 wellness activities, lectures, and fitness classes. Shared airport transfers are also free. Itching to leave the country? Then check out these best all-inclusive resorts around the world.
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