20 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.
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Controlled costs & everything you need on-site
Few things can ruin a vacation more quickly than stressing about the constant charges being added to your room bill: every morsel of food you put in your mouth, activity you participate in, and umbrella drink you sip seems like a great idea while in vacation mode—but seeing the final tally on check-out day can be a rude awakening. Of course, eliminating surprise costs is only one reason all-inclusives are such a relaxing vacation type. For instance, everything you could ever need (and more!) is right there at your fingertips. There’s no need to spend the weeks leading up to your vacation painstakingly planning a detailed itinerary because the property you’re staying with already offers a wide array of experiences on-site. Finally, having everything you need at the resort means you’ll have minimal interactions with the outside world—a big relief if you’re trying to maintain a socially distanced bubble. However, if you are itching to explore beyond the property line, you can always do that, too.
While there are many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean to choose from, there’s something to be said for staying closer to home these days. All-inclusive resorts in Hawaii are always a great choice, as is the following list of all-inclusive resorts in the USA—from Alaska to Florida. Simply brush up on the new air travel rules you need to know about if you’re planning to fly and start packing.
Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
Long before the term “social distancing” became part of our daily lexicon, Tanque Verde Ranch was serving up wide-open spaces to Tucson travelers looking for an authentic and luxurious dude ranch experience. The property sits on 60,000 acres with sweeping views of Arizona’s stunning desert landscape, nestled among the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park. There are nearly 200 horses on-site for use in a variety of activities, from a leisurely “walk ride” to a team penning competition. The all-inclusive package includes three hearty meals each day; a supervised children’s program (ages 4–11); horseback riding and trail lessons; scheduled breakfast rides and cowboy cookouts; and unlimited mountain biking, fishing, guided hikes, nature programs, yoga, and more. If an all-inclusive isn’t a requirement for your trip, check out these coronavirus hotel deals you can still take advantage of.
Salmon Falls Resort, Ketchikan, Alaska
Cool off this summer with an outdoor adventure in The Last Frontier, since Alaska happens to have some of the most spectacular all-inclusive resorts in the USA. Salmon Falls Resort is an intimate waterfront property located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage—aka the Salmon Capital of the World. The all-inclusive package includes three meals a day, fishing gear, airport transfers, accommodations, and fish processing, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Sign up for a floatplane fishing adventure, try a salmon roe and wine pairing, step aboard a wildlife-watching boat safari, go bear watching with expert guides, soar above the Misty Fjords in a floatplane, hike a rainforest trail, and explore the waters of Clover Passage by kayak.
Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California
There’s something for everyone at the rustic Coffee Creek Ranch, located 72 miles northwest of Redding in northern California. This 367-acre family–owned and operated ranch offers pretty much everything you can think of: a trout stream for fly fishing; gold panning (yes, you get to keep the gold!); inner tubing; a heated swimming pool and oversized Jacuzzi spa; archery and rifle ranges; bonfires; square and line dancing in the summer; a beer and wine bar; volleyball, horseshoes, trapshooting, Bingo, and badminton; horseback riding; mountain bikes; and a game room outfitted with a pool table, darts, and foosball. Your all-inclusive stay includes a private cabin adorned with handmade quilts, garden-to-table meals cooked from scratch using family recipes (all dietary needs can be accommodated), and most of the aforementioned activities (private fly fishing lessons, river rafting, ammo, drinks, and snacks are extra).
Bungalows Key Largo, Key Largo, Florida
If a romantic, adults-only getaway is just what the doctor ordered, then set your sights on Bungalows Key Largo. This is the first and only all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys, and it’s located on the northernmost island (Key Largo). With only 135 private bungalows spread over 12 acres, you’ll enjoy plenty of solitude along with an oversized soaking tub, outdoor shower garden, and your very own bougainvillea-covered veranda. Spend your time exploring the property on Huffy beach cruisers, enjoying a nautical happy hour aboard one of two floating tiki boats, sightseeing during a sunset cruise aboard Lady B (a 56-foot catamaran), relaxing in the spa, and indulging in multi-course meals at fine dining venues or beachside eateries.
Hilton Head Health, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Not all vacations need to be filled with endless baskets of chips and salsa and bottomless margaritas—sometimes your time away from home could benefit from an emphasis on health and wellness instead. Hilton Head Health is an adults-only, all-inclusive wellness and weight loss retreat that helps guests jumpstart a healthier lifestyle by removing all the distractions that derail your efforts at home. You’ll spend your days focused on your physical and mental well-being by participating in healthy cooking demonstrations, outdoor adventures, fitness classes, meditation, interactive nutrition lectures, sunrise walks and yoga on the beach, stand up paddleboarding, and pool fitness classes. Each day offers more than 20 different options and three Mediterranean-inspired meals that are heart-healthy and delicious.
Civana, Carefree, Arizona
Looking for a tranquil escape from reality that’s focused on self-care? It’s no wonder that Civana Wellness Resort and Spa decided to open its doors in the aptly named town of Carefree (just north of Scottsdale). Here, you’ll spend your days enjoying daily complimentary wellness experiences—such as mindfulness, movement, personal growth, outdoor adventures, and creative arts—swimming in the main resort pool, playing tennis or pickleball, enjoying the miles of nearby hiking and biking trails, and enjoying your luxuriously appointed room decorated in natural materials. Plus, don’t forget the unlimited food and beverages (excluding alcohol) to keep you fueled and a $200 spa credit for each adult to further indulge in relaxation.
Stillpoint Lodge, Halibut Cove, Alaska
There’s so much to see and do in Southcentral Alaska (from whale watching and glacier lake kayaking to ocean fishing and bear viewing), so let the Stillpoint Lodge be your base camp throughout all your adventures. Located at the foot of Kachemak Bay State Park (and a short boat ride or floatplane flight from Homer), this seaside property offers ten comfortably appointed private cabins—each with views of the ocean and mountains this region is known for. Watch for puffins, sea lions, bald eagles, moose, bears, whales, and otters in between activities, and make sure you leave time for spa treatments, on-site water sports, yoga, ax-throwing, and evenings spent around the campfire. The all-inclusive package includes many of the aforementioned activities, plus locally sourced and sustainable meals, local well drinks, and craft beer and house wines.
Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, Dubois, Wyoming
Deep in the Wyoming backcountry of the Shoshone National Forest (near Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole) lies Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, a luxury wilderness camp that only hosts a maximum of 36 guests per night—one of the most intimate all-inclusive resorts in the United States. The package includes meals ranging from hearty Western-style breakfast and afternoon tea to farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine and a saloon-style bar; horseback riding scenic trails; fly fishing in trout-filled rivers and lakes; hiking through the wildflower-covered mountains surrounding the lodge; canoeing on the peaceful Brooks Lake; and target practice with on-site archery. Because this area is free from city light pollution, you’ll be treated to nighttime stargazing and astronomy lessons. If you choose to visit in the winter, activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. No matter the season, you’ll appreciate the terry cloth spa robes, on-site spa, enormous hot tub overlooking the Rocky Mountains, and serene atmosphere.
Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, Callicoon, New York
Escape to the Catskill Mountains in southeastern New York for an unforgettable all-inclusive getaway at Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. Highlights include an 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, paintball, murder mystery events, nightly entertainment, and themed weekends throughout the year. Bring the whole family, because your package comes complete with breakfast and dinner daily and access to a bowling alley, bounce houses, and racquetball courts; indoor and outdoor heated pools with a water slide; outdoor tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard; an arcade room; bumper boats; go-carts; a fishing pond; a fitness center, and more. If you find time to leave the property, there’s no shortage of hiking trails, rivers, and lakes to explore.
Little St. Simons Island, St. 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 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; and round-trip boat transfers.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Like summer camp for families, the only Club Med in the continental United States sits 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, adults-only exclusive Zen pool, and 6,000-square-foot Club Med Spa by Sothys, while kids will dig the three waterfront pools, nightly shows, and award-winning kids’ clubs (organized by age group, with such customized activities as cooking classes, pool parties, and scavenger hunts). Condo-style accommodations are spread out across lush tropical gardens, giving the waterside resort that sprawls across 50 acres of land a village-like feel.
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, known for its galleries and restored pioneer-era buildings, is 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. If you want to travel outside of the States, try out these great all-inclusive vacations.
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 of 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. 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. There’s even an oversized chess set. 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 and formal dinners, but no booze. It’s known for its ban of motorized vehicles, so 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. Like its sister properties in Tucson, Arizona; Lenox, Massachusetts; and Las Vegas, Nevada, the California Canyon Ranch is centered around wellness. De-stress 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, like 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 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 and 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. It’s no wonder U.S. News & World Report named this one of the top ten all-inclusive resorts in the USA.
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 the fall 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 zip line 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.