The 11 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusives on the Beach

If an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink beach getaway with your honey sounds like your idea of a vacation, then we've got some great resort picks for you. These all-inclusive resorts are not only among the best in the Caribbean and Mexico., they're also adults-only -- so you can enjoy some R&R without getting interrupted by squealing tots. 

1. The Caves, Jamaica

Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves' 12 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (the location is on the sea, but the "beach" is not of the traditional variety). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive.

2. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Mexico


With only 90 suites, the Zoetry Paraiso offers a romantic, wellness-centric boutique experience in the Mayan Riviera. The unique layouts of the suites offer different experience options for guests, including Terrace Suites with small bath-side indoor gardens, and Plunge Pool Suites with small personal outdoor pools. Even though the warm, Mediterranean style is a bit different in each room type, all are spacious with comfortable furnishings and Bulgari toiletries. The pool area and beach are relaxed with double-wide lounge chairs (perfect for couples), and the on-site dining keeps the resort's wellness theme alive with delicious, healthy meals. Included amenities not standard at most all-inclusive resorts, such as a "welcome" bottle of tequila, daily bottles of champagne, a one-hour Catamaran sunset sail, three-times-daily maid service, and private chauffeured airport transfers for each room, make this resort a standout among Puerto Morelos' finest properties (though expect the price to reflect that).

3. Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Jamaica


The sprawling Secrets Wild Orchid is one of the more luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay, and has a laundry list of property features, including eight restaurants (one buffet-style) and five bars (as well as three swim-up bars), and a host of activities: a theater, a spa, a water sports and dive center, a shopping center, and a casino. Note that the resort shares virtually all of its amenities with the next-door Secrets St. James, and some of the best amenities and freebies are reserved only for the VIP guests staying in "Preferred Club" suites.

4. Couples Swept Away, Jamaica


Restricted to couples ages 18 and up, this large (though quiet) 312-suite all-inclusive is on one of Jamaica's best beaches. Modern rooms with Wi-Fi and iPod docks, quality food, and a low-key atmosphere are all nice perks, but Couples isn't as intimate as the Sunset at the Palms or The Caves. Still, rooms are elegant and modern, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks - -a step up from the rustic cottages at some Negril resorts.

5. Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua


The relaxed, tranquil environment of this adults-only (no children under 16) boutique resort is a major part of its appeal. This isn't Antigua's fanciest property, but it doesn't need to be: Simple Caribbean style (think: thatched roofs, stone, and rattan), a truly gorgeous beach, and all-inclusive food that's better than average for the island make for a winning combo. Non-motorized water sports are also included in the rate, but the ocean here can get a bit rough so guests shouldn't count on being able to swim in it every day.

6. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Mexico


With a minimum guest age of 18, here anyone looking for a romantic getaway can find one; the 441-room Secrets Silversands Riviera is without rambunctious kids or noisy families. The spacious, clean suites have crisp, modern decor with flat-screen TVs (though no iPod docks) -- but be on notice that the Junior Suite Swim-Ups are actually a short walk and then swim up. The beach is smaller and rockier than many hotels in Cancun, but the incredible pools that sprawl the entire property offer ample swimming space (think lazy river meets infinity pool). Just don't plan on venturing out too much: The hotel has a fairly remote location -- which is a perk if you want to avoid the tourist-party mecca of the Hotel Zone.

7. Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico


This adults-only resort lives up to the Excellence name, offering the standard amenities of the luxury chain: multiple attractive pools, numerous dining options, dozens of activities, and a solid spa with beachside treatment huts. The abundance of marble and columns throughout the property might be a bit too ostentatious for some, but it's definitely impressive -- as are the rooms. The rooms feature whirlpools and open bathrooms, which shouldn't be a problem for most visitors choosing an adults-only resort. All have terraces or balconies, and a gorgeous stretch of beach is right outside the door.

8. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia


Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely. Expensive? For sure. Although Jade Mountain doesn't sit directly on the beach, through an innovative, open fourth wall, each of Jade's 24 enormous "pool sanctuaries" overlooks the sea from a private infinity pool. There are also five sky jacuzzi suites which have jacuzzis for two but no private pools. Getting to Jade Mountain can be tedious, even nauseating, but its organic cuisine (available through an optional all-inclusive plan), doting service, unwavering silence (no TVs, radios, or children), and extraordinary design make the long journey worthwhile. Guests can reserve an a la carte package, or opt for the "all-inclusive" package (which includes breakfast and dinner).

9. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun


This luxurious all-inclusive is set in the heart of a private resort community to the north of Cancun. Modern, luxurious rooms are huge and have big whirlpool tubs; certain categories have swim-up access or private plunge pools. All the features expected for this caliber of resort are here, including seven pools, 10 restaurants, 11 bars, and a high-end spa. The secluded location is part of the appeal for many, but may be too isolated for some -- and the white-sand beach, while tranquil, isn't as impressive as those in the Hotel Zone. This is one of the top luxury options in the Cancun area, and is for adults only; families may want to consider the neighboring and similarly luxurious Beloved.

10. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


The all-inclusive, adults-only Pueblo Bonitio Pacifica Resort is a tranquil, upscale resort on a gorgeous beach. It feels removed and secluded from the Cabo nightlife, though it's only about a 10-minute drive away. Amenities are plentiful; there are beautiful pools, tennis courts, five restaurants (including a sushi option), three bars (no well liquor here), a large fitness center, and a full-service spa. All 154 rooms feature understated, contemporary beach decor with dark woods, Mexican accents such as local artwork and floor mosaics, and soft yellow and white bedding. All rooms also have ocean-view balconies and free Wi-Fi.

11. Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


There are neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta that feel like Palm Springs or Beverly Hills, and the all-inclusive Casa Velas inhabits one of them. Lush, manicured gardens and streets, high-priced, terra cotta tile-roofed houses and condos, and the green grass of a well-tended golf course define the locale. The 80-room adults-only hotel is perfectly situated amidst this quiet luxury. With a gated entry, a friendly, (mostly) bilingual staff, and gorgeous public spaces and rooms that more than meet the challenge posed by the posh ambiance, Casa Velas is a great pick for those who like it luxe but informal.

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