By Lindsay Tigar
Updated: June 17, 2019
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All-inclusive and luxury don't have to be mutually exclusive, especially when you book a stay at one of these standout properties that have managed to combine the ease of an all-inclusive with the gold standard of a five-star seal of approval.

From packages that include safaris through the African bush to over-the-water bungalows that feature tasting menus from award-winning chefs delivered right to your door, these luxury all-inclusive resorts will surprise even the most seasoned of high-flying travelers. 

Here, a look at 10 of the most impressive all-inclusive resorts in the world that will allow you to indulge in style without the worrying about the fine print.

Hurawalhi Island Resort – Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island, Maldives

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When you imagine the Maldives, a beautiful bungalow oasis in the middle of the Indian Ocean is likely what filters through your mind. A 40-minute seaplane flight from Male Airport, guests at Hurawalhi Island Resort are tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the kind of blue you can’t create, even with an Instagram filter. Here, you can choose from 60 ocean villas or 30 beach villas, each of which include king-sized beds, private terraces, and for those over water, access to the waves. All meals and alcoholic beverages are included within the nightly rate, with the option to upgrade to more fine dining options if your getaway calls for a celebration. Each villa also receives a bottle of champagne, a sunset dolphin cruise, and access to kayaks, windsurfing boards, yoga classes, and more. 

andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge – Botswana, Africa

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As one of the top safari destinations on nearly every traveler’s passport bucket list, Botswana offers an incomparable glimpse into the heart of Africa. This luxury all-inclusive is located on the renowned Okavango Delta in the northern region of the country. As the song goes, when it rains over these massive, grassy plains, animals flock to the area, creating the opportunity to see rhinos, giraffes, lions, and more. To elevate your experience, andBeyond doesn’t disappoint with included safari and river boat tours, as well as meals, drinks, and roundtrip airport transfers. 

Isla Palenque – Boca Chica, Panama, in the Gulf of the Chiriquí

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If you’re accustomed to luxury lodging, you’ve likely stayed at one of The Cayuga Collections' properties throughout Central America. One of their most beloved — and high-end — experiences is situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui in Panama. Marrying the serenity of seven beaches along the Pacific Ocean with the intrigue of the surrounding jungle, this 400-acre private island gives unlimited access for you to take in the scenery. In addition to all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, travelers who stay at Isla Palenque can also book a wide selection of tours. Whether you venture out to witness native wildlife — including dolphins and whales, to source local coffee beans, or to go island hopping, your all-included vacation will surely keep your senses occupied. 

The Singular, Patagonia – Puerto Bories, Chile in Patagonia

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After successfully completing any of the strenuous hikes of Patagonia, it is worth the splurge to check into luxury resort to recuperate. And if you’d like to go big, book a stay at The Singular, Patagonia, which lies deep in Southern Chile, overlooking the iconic Fjord of Last Hope. Set on 30 acres, the site was once the Bories Cold Storage Plant in the early 1900s, serving as a focal point for the sheep farming industry. Today though, it features 57 meticulously designed rooms that’ll have you at ease from the moment you enter. The nightly rate includes all food and alcohol, as well as daily excursions such as horseback riding, kayaking, and more local activities. And if you need to soak away the soreness from travel and hiking, every guest has access to the spa facilities for the duration of their stay, as well.

Tongabezi – Simonga, Zambia

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The border between Zambia and Zimbabwe is home to the legendary Victoria Falls, which is twice as high as Niagara Falls and is often considered among the most powerful — and jaw-dropping — natural wonders in the world. Though this beautiful work of Mother of Nature is enough of an attraction for many travelers, when you stay at this five-star wonder in southern Africa, you have many other unique experiences to choose from, too. Think: an early morning game drive to see lions, hyenas, or elephants to a sunset cruise or a traditional Sampan dinner floating on the Zambezi River — these are just a few of the inclusions Tongabezi offers. You can also test your courage by water rafting, taking a microlight or helicopter flight, or even go bungee jumping at Victoria Falls. No matter how you’d like to spend your African vacation, your private valet can arrange it all, allowing you to relax and savor more of this one-of-a-kind getaway. 

Palafitos-Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma by Karisma – Riveria Maya, Mexico

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As the over-the-water bungalows become more and more Instagram famous, oceanside resorts around the world are finding ways to recreate the virality generated in The Maldives. For a much shorter flight but an equally luxe experience, this five-star resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico is the only to offer these seaside chalets in the country. Far from the party in Cancun, 30 modern and pristine suites are perched over the seagreen waters of Maroma Beach, a private sandy stretch of 500 acres that’s often considered a hidden gem of Mexico. Each of these suites include glass-bottom floors, outdoor showers, private infinity pools, indoor jacuzzis, and direct ladder access to the water. With the nightly rate, you'll enjoy a gourmet dining experience — complete with 24-hour room service — and access to an overwater authentic Mexican restaurant. 

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand – Golden Triangle, Thailand

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Where the countries of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet, golden memories are made, allowing ambitious travelers to cross off three countries simultaneously. For those who want the star-studded experience on the Thailand corner of the  triangle, a stay at this beloved Four Seasons property is a must. Depending on what you seek out of your vacation, there are 10 packages to choose from, all inclusive of various activities. Each option offers guests meals and alcohol, as well as a 90-minute spa treatment per person, elephant encounters, and round-trip transfers to the nearby airport. Because of its proximity to other southeast Asian countries, some excursions could include trips to Myanmar or Laos, giving you more time to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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For certified scuba divers or those who prioritize seclusion during vacation, why not stay away from the mainland on an island all to yourself? Make that an all-inclusive resort on the storied Great Barrier Reef all to yourself. With 24 beaches and 40 luxury suites, you can channel your inner Adam or Eve at Lizard Island during your vacation with practically endless options for exploring some of the most stunning natural wonders of the planet. Seafood lovers take note: nearly all of your meals include creative culinary takes on the catch of the day. Many activities — from snorkeling to stand-up paddleboarding— offer a unique perspective of this tropical oasis, all for no additional fee. 

Fairmont Mayakoba – Mayakoba, Mexico

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Though its not an all-inclusive in the traditional sense, the Fairmont Mayakoba's "premium appetite for luxury" dining package will give you unlimited access to all of the restaurants and most alcoholic beverages at the resort. Unlike many more crowded parts of Mexico, Mayakoba offers a private and serene getaway in the Playa del Carmen region. As the largest resort of this eco-luxury destination, Fairmont gives guests the chance to not only explore the fine dining options — from an Asian fusion restaurant to an impressive a la carte breakfast menu at the beachside Brisas eatery — but also an ecological immersion, too. When you’re not pool hopping or riding bikes through the winding paths of the property, you can take a boat tour to learn about the local wildlife and brush up on your botany knowledge, too. And if you’d like to test your cooking skills, book a class at the El Pueblito culinary school, with classes ranging from taco and enchilada-making to take-home, DIY face masks, and other courses. 

Bluefields Bay Villas – Bluefields Bay, Jamaica 

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Another step away from the concept of an all-inclusive, this collection of six luxury villas provides a villa with all of the bells and whistles built in. On the southern coast of Jamaica, where the vibrant countryside meets the blue Caribbean sea, your family or group of friends can choose from two- to six-bedroom homes, all featuring private pools, a butler, maid service, chef, and access to the beach nearby. You can work with your staff to create personalized menus based on your preferences, or you can choose to try the local fare, including Whitehouse snapper, callaloo, pimento-smoked lamb chops, and more. Also included: paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, hiking, and other activities. If you want to make your vacation even fancier, they make it easy by offering private helicopter transfers, rum or cigar tours, and other memory-making excursions. 

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