The 16 Most Luxurious All-inclusive Resorts Around the World (Video)
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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 overwater bungalows and resorts that feature tasting menus from award-winning chefs, these luxury all-inclusive resorts will surprise even the most seasoned of high-flying travelers.
Here, a look at 16 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, Maldives
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 (like a visit to the Champagne Pavilion), if your getaway calls for a celebration. Each villa also has access to sunset dolphin cruises, catamaran sailing, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, yoga classes, and more.
andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana, Africa
As one of the top safari destinations on nearly every traveler’s 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. 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 round-trip airport transfers.
Isla Palenque, Boca Chica, Panama
If you’re accustomed to luxury lodging, you’ve likely stayed at one of the Cayuga Collection’s properties throughout Central America. One of their most beloved — and upscale — experiences is situated in Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui. Marrying the serenity of seven beaches along the Pacific Ocean with the intrigue of the surrounding jungle, this 400-acre private island offers unlimited access for taking in the scenery. In addition to all-inclusive 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), practice yoga every morning, or unwind on one of Isla Palenque’s seven beaches, your all-inclusive vacation will surely keep your senses occupied.
The Singular, Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile
After successfully completing any of the strenuous hikes of Patagonia, it’s worth splurging on a 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 “Complete Experience” 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
The border between Zambia and Zimbabwe is home to the legendary Victoria Falls, which is twice as high as Niagara Falls and often considered among the most powerful — and jaw-dropping — natural wonders in the world. Though this beautiful work of Mother Nature is enough of an attraction for many travelers, when you stay at this five-star property 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, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, or a guided tour of the falls — these are just a few of the experiences Tongabezi offers. No matter how you’d like to spend your African vacation, when you stay at this property, home to only nine over-the-top houses and cottages, your private valet can arrange it all.
El Dorado Maroma, A Spa Resort by Karisma, Riviera Maya, Mexico
As overwater 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, El Dorado Maroma’s Palafitos-Overwater Bungalows were the first oversea chalets on the Riviera Maya. Far from the party in Cancun, 30 modern and pristine suites are perched over the seagreen waters of Maroma Beach, a private stretch of powder-white sand 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
Where 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 various all-inclusive packages to choose from. Each inclusive option offers guests meals and alcohol, as well as one 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
For certified scuba divers or those who prioritize seclusion during vacation, why not stay away from the mainland on an island all to yourself? Actually, make that an all-inclusive resort on the storied Great Barrier Reef. With 24 beaches and 40 luxury suites, you can channel your inner Adam or Eve at Lizard Island, which offers practically endless options for exploring some of the most stunning natural wonders on 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, Mexico
Though it’s not an all-inclusive in the traditional sense, the Fairmont Mayakoba offers an all-inclusive package that gives you access to all of the restaurants and most alcoholic beverages at the resort. Unlike many more crowded parts of Mexico, Mayakoba provides a private and serene getaway in the Riviera Maya region. As the largest resort of this eco-luxury destination, Fairmont gives its 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. And if you’d like to test your cooking skills, book a class at the El Pueblito culinary school, with courses ranging from taco- and enchilada-making to take-home, DIY face masks.
Bluefields Bay Villas, Jamaica
Bluefields Bay Villas is home to a collection of six all-inclusive luxury villas with all the bells and whistles built in. On the southern coast of Jamaica, where the vibrant countryside meets the Caribbean Sea, you can choose from two- to six-bedroom homes, all featuring private pools, a butler, maid service, a chef, and access to the beach nearby. You can work with your personal chef to create delectable meals suited to your palette and preferences. Also included: paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, hiking, and other activities. If you want to make your vacation even fancier, Bluefields Bay can arrange for luxurious add-ons like private helicopter transfers.
Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
A luxurious retreat nestled in the Vermont mountains, Twin Farms is an adults-only culinary destination. At Vermont’s only five-star, all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux resort, guests enjoy meals by chef Nathan Rich and his team, who create innovative daily menus with the state’s best produce — sourced from the property and top local and regional vendors. Make sure to pamper yourself during your stay, with a facial, massage, or seasonal treatment at The Bridge House Spa. And while you can’t choose incorrectly when selecting your lodging at Twin Farms, we’re partial to their 950-square-foot cottages, which come with a fireplace, woodstove, and stone hot tub.
Kokomo Private Island, Fiji
Fiji’s most exclusive resort, Kokomo Private Island, is set on the otherworldly Great Astrolabe Reef. The inclusive offerings range from water-based activities and tennis court access to restaurants serving island-grown and locally sourced produce. A 45-minute seaplane or helicopter ride from Nadi, Kokomo sits within Celestial Kadavu Island Group. The five-star, 140-acre property is a haven for couples and families, and is a perfect spot for a multi-generational family retreat. Guests can sign on for shark diving, waterfall hikes, manta ray swims, and even coral reef restoration with Kokomo’s on-site marine biologist.
Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Hawaii
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and well-being company Sensei recently partnered to develop Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, which opened in November 2019. The 96-room, all-inclusive hotel focuses exclusively on wellness retreats. An inclusive, minimum three-night stay provides an entirely customizable wellness program for each guest, which features meals by Nobu and a personal Sensei Guide for each guest.
Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
Off the coast of Ecuador in the Galapagos Islands, travelers will find Pikaia Lodge, a luxury all-inclusive catering to active and adventurous types. Built entirely from recycled materials, the property is 100 percent carbon neutral and sits between two inactive volcano craters on Santa Cruz Island. It features 14 gorgeous suites set on a private giant tortoise reserve. As for activities here, guests can participate in small group guided marine programs, which explore neighboring islands and notable wildlife sites in Galapagos National Park while on board the lodge’s 105-foot luxury yacht.
Birkenhead House, Hermanus, South Africa
When you visit Birkenhead House, you're welcomed to the ultimate beach house, adjacent to the Cape Winelands region of South Africa. Guests can post up at the cliffside pool and watch surfers chase the waves and, even better, see southern right and humpback whales breaching. All meals and drinks are included here, and there are plenty of activities to choose from, like treatments at the Birkenhead House Spa, mussel picking with the hotel’s chefs, and spotting the “Marine 5”: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins.
BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
On a secluded cove of St. Lucia, BodyHoliday is an all-inclusive well-being resort. Each full day on the property, guests can enjoy one 50-minute included spa treatment. The property is known for their Wellness Center, which features an Ayurvedic Temple, a detoxing far infrared therapy facility, and a thalassotherapy pool. Guests can also take part in more than 40 included activities, such as guided meditation and vinyasa yoga. Wellness is at the forefront of their dining options, and it even seeps into their sleep-optimized room design — whether you’re staying in a luxury ocean-view room or an oceanfront suite, you’ll choose your preferred pillow from the pillow menu for a better night’s sleep.