Forget what you think you know about all-inclusive resorts. The newest batch of hotels have evolved to attract discerning travelers with top-notch food choices, state-of-the-art amenities, and stellar off-site excursions—for no extra cost, of course. A couple choices for Vacationists to consider now: the romantic Veranda, an adults-only escape in St. Philips, Antigua, or Beqa Lagoon Resort, on 10 tropical acres in far-flung Fiji. In case you’re wondering, there won’t be a wristband in sight.
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Beqa Lagoon Resort - up to 41% off
Beqa Island, Fiji
Nestled in greenery on the shores of Fiji's Beqa Island (40 minutes by boat from Viti Levu), this all-villa property caters to honeymooners as well as families looking to unwind in the South Pacific. Tiki torches and fragrant flowers line the perimeter of the nearly 10-acre resort, while a new spa and newly renovated bures (or villas) lure travelers who prefer modern amenities (Wi-Fi; air-conditioning) to complement their remote island escape. During the day, vacationing urbanites unwind in private plunge pools or surf the infamous Fiji Pipeline on the island's southwestern barrier reef, but the property's location, just a few feet from one of the most distinctive and robust underwater barrier reefs in the South Pacific, means that just as often, swimsuit-clad visitors are below the aquamarine surface, exploring underwater shipwrecks and ribbons of coral lagoon. Don't just look to the water, however—you'll also have the opportunity to spot golden and orange doves, collared lories, and bright scarlet blue parrots on birding tours and kayak trips. (Sale ends in 6 days.)Verandah Resort & Spa - up to 35% off
St. Philip, Antigua and Barbuda
At the all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa, two tiers of island-style cottages fan out over a rocky point overlooking a quiet bay. It's here, on 30 white-sand beachfront acres and adjacent to the Devil's Bridge National Park on Antigua's northeast coast, that kids and teenagers can keep busy with their own activity centers, Mom can lose herself in the on-site spa, and Dad can hit the isle's greens with complimentary golf club rentals. A bonus? The bucolic setting is far from the maddening crowds. Ceiling fans dangle beneath wood beams, antique-style street lamps glow around the main pool at night, and old-fashioned pastel-colored porch chairs encourage horizon viewing and day dreaming. If this is the next generation of Caribbean all-inclusives, count us in. (Sale ends in 7 days.)
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