There’s no worse travel bummer than constantly having to tabulate your expenses or coming home to a surprisingly big bill. That’s why all-inclusive resorts can be a saving grace, particularly when traveling with a large group with various needs.
These often-sizeable properties encompass everything you’d ever want out of a vacation, from windsurfing and kayaking to a sparkling beach to non-stop entertainment in the form of karaoke and live performances. The food, drink, and activities are all folded into one convenient rate, and tips are already included, so that you can relax and have fun without distraction. Coordinating with friends and family is virtually effortless, too; with all the activities on site, it’s easy for the group to break out and reconvene at will.
On this list are Caribbean hideaways with amenities and activities that stand out from the usual inclusions, like a resort with a circus school in the Bahamas (perfect for a quick weekend escape), a remote estate with standalone suites in Antigua (so you can have quiet time whenever you need it), and a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel that offers an especially robust roster of activities in the Dominican Republic (because it doesn’t always have to be about the beach). There are also a few notable resorts along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, like a Cancun hotel with its very own microbrewery and a Playa del Carmen palace with the only all-inclusive restaurant to earn an AAA Five-Diamond award in a century.
Our focus is on what makes each of these resorts the best of the best, but rest assured that they all offer the usual trappings of a great all-inclusive: water sports, yoga classes, tons of dining and room service options, and yes, alcoholic beverages. And since we’re well into the 21st century, complimentary Wi-Fi access has finally and thankfully become standard—so you can Instagram as many drinks by the pool as your heart desires. Cheers to a hassle-free vacation.