There are three words that we love to see together: luxury, all-inclusive, and beach. It's even better when they're describing a picture-perfect resort in the Caribbean. We set out to find the best of the best when it comes to luxurious all-inclusive resorts along the beach in the Caribbean. From Montego Bay to St. Lucia, here are our top 15 picks.
For a beachfront all-inclusive that also tacks on romantic and luxurious to its list of qualities, look no further than Fowl Cay Resort in the Bahamas. It occupies its own private island, where a maximum of 28 guests at a time have access to three beautiful beaches. The 50-acre resort offers personal boats for daily excursions, a chic outdoor pool, and a plethora of free activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, and tennis. The six spacious villas, ranging from one- to three-bedroom units, all have fully stocked kitchens, furnished terraces, and outdoor showers.
Occupying 140 tropical acres on the island’s western shore, Hermitage Bay is a relaxing retreat in Antigua. There are 30 individual cottages, done up with elegant decor, terraces, outdoor showers, and deep soaking tubs. Chic hillside suites have private plunge pools and panoramic sea views. On-site features consist of an infinity pool, spa and modern fitness center, and open-air restaurant. All-inclusive rates cover meals, drinks, yoga and cooking classes, water sports at the gorgeous white-sand beach, and airport transfers. And although the property welcomes kids ages 14 and up, it has a distinctly adult-centric vibe.
The 64-suite Spice Island Beach Resort is an elegant luxury hotel dotting a quarter-mile of beachfront in Grenada. Units have a contemporary Caribbean look, sitting areas, jetted tubs and separate showers, and outdoor spaces. Some have ocean vistas or private pools. Aside from its pretty beach, top features here include a lovely spa, secluded pool, two restaurants — all meals and premium drinks are covered — and free water sports.
The 388-room Half Moon is a popular oceanfront property with two beautiful beaches outside of Montego Bay in Jamaica. Although it offers non-all-inclusive rates, most opt for the package as it’s a better value — it covers all meals, minibars, and drinks (premium liquors and Champagne included), and airport transfers. Rooms are a mix of modern and traditionally decorated units, but all come with living areas and balconies with ocean, pool, or garden views. Extensive amenities include a huge spa, three restaurants, multiple pools, and a kids’ club.
The 454-room Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is easily one of the most elegant properties in all of the Dominican Republic. The hotel is part of a massive, 7,000-acre resort community that includes three world-renowned golf courses, an immaculate beach, a marina, and the quaint “town” of Altos de Chavon. Spacious rooms are fashionably sophisticated and come with a golf cart for guests’ use and separate showers and soaking tubs. The all-inclusive package is worth it for most, as it covers all meals and drinks, unlimited horseback riding, water sports, and kids’ activities.
Having undergone a 45-million dollar renovation in 2017, the adults-only Excellence Punta Cana is now one of the best luxury all-inclusive properties in Punta Cana. Its peaceful beach, two outdoor swimming pools, and two-story spa with a hydrotherapy circuit are highlights, as are the 10 gourmet restaurants and whopping 12 bars. Stellar all-inclusive rates cover lobster and premium alcohol. The 450 contemporary suites all have jetted tubs, outdoor spaces, and minibars with free liquor bottles.
The 301-room Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort is a couples-only all-inclusive property with a lovely setting on a peninsula adjacent to Pigeon Island, a historic landmark in St. Lucia. An outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and ocean views acts as the hotel’s centerpiece, plus there are three other pools, free water sports (including unlimited scuba diving), a spa, and 12 restaurants. Rooms have a colonial-influenced Caribbean style and either balconies or patios, four-poster beds, and well-stocked minibars.
Opened in November 2013, the 750-suite Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a luxurious adults-only property on a gorgeous and peaceful white-sand beach. This massive resort houses numerous pools with swim-up bars, whirlpools, and lazy rivers, water sports such as snorkeling and sailing, a gorgeous spa and modern fitness center, and 11 dining options that offer Lebanese, Italian, French, and Asian cuisines and are covered by the all-inclusive rate. Plus, all units have balconies with private whirlpools.
The 554-room Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort has a stellar beachfront setting a 20-minute drive from the airport. Rooms have classic decor, sitting areas, and furnished outdoor spaces. A large pool with a swim-up bar and whirlpools, Asian-inspired spa, and various daytime activities keep guests busy. The resort is perhaps best known for its charismatic service and standout food and beverage program, which offers impressive international buffets and a la carte restaurants (one from a Michelin-starred chef).
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has arguably the best location on St. Lucia, as it’s set on a white-sand beach right in between the famous Pitons. The 79 minimalist rooms are decorated in mostly white, and have private plunge pools, butlers, and 24-hour room service; some add outdoor showers and hot tubs. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a romantic tree-house spa, and free-to-use water sports. The well-regarded restaurants and bars are pricey, but all-inclusive packages keep costs in check.
One of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, the massive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has everything any traveler could need. A whopping 13 pools — including one for adults only and another with waterslides — an 18-hole golf course, 13 restaurants and nearly double the amount of bars, and a huge spa and fitness center are all found here, in addition to a beautiful beach, large casino, and daily activities such as concerts. The 1,790 rooms are large and stylish, each with a whirlpool tub, terrace, and free liquor dispensers.
The 352-room Royalton Saint Lucia is a swanky all-inclusive resort located on the attractive northern coast of St. Lucia. Both adults and kids are catered to, thanks to two outdoor pools with swim-up bars and ample loungers, a spa with a hydrotherapy circuit and indoor pool, and kids’ and teens’ clubs with organized activities. Ample restaurants offer Italian, West Indian, and Asian cuisines, plus all-day buffet spreads. Softly decorated, elegant rooms have stand-alone whirlpool tubs, sofa beds, and furnished terraces.
Designed to resemble a Spanish castle, the 174-room Sanctuary Cap Cana by Playa Hotels & Resorts is a stunning and romantic adults-only property. All-inclusive rates cover meals at all restaurants — steakhouse, Chinese, and seafood among them — drinks at the six bars, and daily activities. The multiple pools, pleasant spa, and gorgeous beach are all top-notch. Rooms are similarly impressive, with rustic-chic decor, bathrooms with both showers and tubs, and minibars that are refreshed daily.
Set far from the hustle of Punta Cana, the 96-suite Zoetry Agua is one of the most luxe and tranquil all-inclusives in the Dominican Republic. A peaceful stretch of beach, sleek pool with a swim-up bar, and fabulous spa provide ample opportunities to relax, while free horseback riding, yoga, and snorkeling liven things up. Spacious suites all come with butler service, free locally made beach bags, and deep stone tubs. The resort prides itself on its all-inclusive offerings, which consist of limitless top-shelf liquor, laundry service, four gourmet a la carte restaurants and a cafe, and 20-minute massages.
The 226-room, couples-only Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is a laid-back luxury property with a fantastic location along the largest private stretch of Negril‘s famous Seven Mile Beach. Other features include a main pool with a swim-up bar and daily activities, a full spa with free-to-use saunas and steam rooms, free water sports, and daily entertainment. For dining, guests can choose between an all-day buffet and several a la carte eateries, such as Italian and Teppanyaki restaurants. Meanwhile, five bars serve unlimited premium liquor. Rooms range from classically elegant to modern, but all have rainfall showers, king-size beds, and furnished terraces.
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