The tropical islands of the Caribbean are known for their relaxed cultures, amazing beaches, and abundant sunshine. To truly lean in to the chill Caribbean vibe, book an all-inclusive resort. That means you won’t have to think about how much you’re spending on meals, alcohol, and — often — a variety of activities. However, we’ve seen hundreds of Caribbean all-inclusive resorts, and we can tell you that some properties are definitely a cut above the rest. If you’re after the absolute best all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, and Turks and Caicos, read on and start planning your Caribbean getaway right now.
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Looking out over the iconic Pitons in St. Lucia, the Jade Mountain Resort is a far cry from some of the all-inclusive mega-resorts found elsewhere in the Caribbean. It also happens to be one of our favorite boutique all-inclusive in the world. At Jade Mountain, you'll find only 29 suites (dubbed “sanctuaries”) — all with open walls and incredible sea views (and most with their own private infinity pools). Highlights of this adults-only resort include free escorted tours, free water sports, and access to the dive center and beach at nearby sister property, Anse Chastanet. The open-plan restaurant offers organic cuisine and the resort has an optional all-inclusive package that covers meals and drinks. It's one of the most romantic, splurge-worthy resorts in the Caribbean — and the entire world — and is easily one of the most peaceful escapes you can book.
Situated on a quiet, remote beach, Le Sivory Punta Cana by PortBlue Boutique is an adults-only all-inclusive with a laid-back, peaceful vibe. If you're looking for the beer-and-shot crowd found in Punta Cana, you should look elsewhere. Le Sivory Punta Cana is popular with couples seeking quiet and romance, and the overall vibe is relaxed and casual, with lush grounds and plenty of outdoor seating. The spacious rooms are a highlight, and many include outdoor whirlpool tubs or their own private pools. The all-inclusive package covers meals and drinks at all four restaurants, along with room service, yoga, and nightly entertainment. You'll also find a lovely stretch of secluded beach that makes unwinding in the lap of luxury easy to achieve.
Situated in a secluded area outside of Montego Bay, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is a quiet, country club-style property set on 110 acres of former pineapple plantations. Ralph Lauren is on the board of directors and designed all of the rooms himself. Expect a classic vibe in all units — all of which look out over the sea — and those on the lower level have furnished outdoor areas. Amenities at Round Hill Hotel and Villas include a cliff-side infinity pool and a lovely outdoor spa surrounded by tropical greenery. The Round Hill Villas all-inclusive package is optional, but well worth the prices, as it covers all meals and drinks, room service, airport transfers, a welcome bottle of bubbly, and even a rafting trip.
Excellence Oyster Bay is a sleek, adults-only all-inclusive resort well east of rowdy Montego Bay, Jamaica. While it’s a far cry from a party hotel, there’s still plenty of entertainment along with a generous all-inclusive package that includes premium drinks, lobster, and top-shelf liquor. The vibe is upbeat, without being unruly. The lovely main pool is surrounded by plenty of loungers, and the white-sand beach is a beauty, running almost the entire length of the property. Travelers who book Junior Suite Oceanfront units can stare right at the sea from their own private balconies. Other Excellence Oyster Bay Rooms of note include the Junior Suite with Private Pool (which, as the name suggests, offers its own private pool), while Excellence Club Rooms come with upgraded amenities and access to private facilities, beach areas, a separate pool, and exclusive restaurant.
Stretching out over a beautiful white-sand beach just north of Punta Cana, Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa is a luxury all-inclusive that's packed with all sorts of amenities. With over 700 rooms, the atmosphere can feel busy, though numerous restaurants, pools, and kid-friendly spaces — including a water park — provide space for everyone. Rooms are elegant and understated, with lots of natural light, and many come with sea views. There are a variety of places to swim all around the Royalton Bavaro, from a fine-sand beach with free non-motorized water sports and a range of pools, including a huge lazy river. Dining options include restaurants (seven of which are a la carte), nine bars, and round-the-clock room service. Guests of the higher-end Diamond Club portion of the resort get access to an exclusive beachfront restaurant and premium alcohol.
The Excellence El Carmen -- sister property of the Excellence Punta Cana -- is a luxury adults-only resort that has amazing suites, including top-floor options with private rooftop terraces and plunge pools. The vibe at the resort is young and hip, but the Uvero Alto location in Punta Cana is more relaxed than more central parts of this strip. The Imperial Suite in particular scores you luxurious upgrades, though Excellence Club upgrades are also worth the splurge. These include private lounge and restaurant areas, plus rooms that are even sharper than the rest. Rates for all guests include meals at 11 restaurants (including a taco truck, French fine-dining, and fresh juice bar) plus 24-hour room service and activities like snorkeling. Extra charges apply at the full-service spa, but the ultra-luxe guided thermal suite experience is free and there's also free personal training sessions at the gym.
Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, the upscale, adult-only The Caves has a bohemian vibe and 11 private cottages and suites along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with the resort’s signature cocktail, the Cliffhanger, and for the remainder of their stay they’re free to indulge in one of Jamaica’s best all-inclusive liquor selections. Dining is also included in the Caves' room rates; while offerings are limited given the hotel’s small-scale, guests consistently rave about the quality of meals. Local, seasonal ingredients dominate the creative menu, which can be enjoyed in a breezy lounge during breakfast and lunch, in the cliffside restaurant for dinner, or -- for no extra cost -- by candlelight in a private cave (five courses; reservations required). It's one of the most popular resorts in the Negril area, and worth every penny for travelers seeking a romantic escape.
This elegant family-owned resort in Grenada more than fulfills its promise to be “a place of unpretentious luxury.” At Spice Island Beach Resort, you'll find effortlessly chic decor, immaculately kept grounds, and 64 posh suites dotting a quarter mile of beachfront. Many of these have their own private pool, only upping the exclusive vibe. Spice Island Resort all-inclusive rates include all meals at two restaurants, fully stocked minibars, premium drinks (bottles of wine are extra), free Wi-Fi, and activities such as golf, tennis, sailing, and kayaking. Entertainment is provided a few nights a week. There’s also a children’s activity center and a lovely spa. The nice pool area is quiet and private, yet the beach -- though beautiful and clean -- is shared by locals and guests of nearby resorts.
Situated in the middle of Samana Bay, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is a one-of-a-kind all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. It also happens to be one of the only private islands in the country, requiring a ferry ride from the mainland to reach. That means private beaches that can feel less crowded than those elsewhere in the Dominican Republic. In addition to those private beaches, there are also two pools, six restaurants, and four bars. The Bahia Spa is also a hit with previous guests, and activities on-site are numerous. Rooms are spacious and have a classic look, and rates include all meals, transportation to and from the Samana Peninsula, drinks, and 24-hour room service.
Overlooking an uncrowded stretch of private beach, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a luxurious all-inclusive that’s best suited to couples looking for quiet relaxation. You won't find the party scene typical of Punta Cana's all-inclusive resorts here. The spacious Zoetry Punta Cana rooms feature local artwork, plush four-poster beds, and private balconies, some with fantastic ocean views. Generous all-inclusive packages include top-shelf liquor, 24-hour room service, and a la carte dining across four restaurants along with a number of other perks. We particularly like the free yoga classes and horseback riding. The Zoetry Agua Punta Cana spa is striking, with a free-to-use indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy circuit and treatments ranging from couples’ massages to body wraps (the latter do come with fees or can be added on as packages).
The snazziest of three resorts situated on the sprawling Iberostar resort complex in Rose Hall, the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall offers large, stylish rooms with Edwardian-style furnishings, marble bathrooms, and jetted tubs. Though it’s the Iberostar Rose Hall all-inclusive packages that really make this spot stand out. The Iberostar Grand Rose Hall all-inclusive package covers top-shelf liquor along with access to a la carte and buffet restaurants, free non-motorized water sports, and a round or two of golf at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Not only do guests get access to all of the facilities at the Grand Rose Hall, but they can also head to the other two Iberostar resorts next door to dine, swim, or hang out.
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is one of the most popular all-inclusive resorts in the world. Things are still looking fresh after a 2017 renovation, and you'll find a generous all-inclusive plan here that's available at relatively reasonable rates when stacked up against the regional competition. The resort is split into a family-friendly side and the adults-only Colonial Club side, though keep in mind that the latter can get a little wild. There are twice-weekly foam parties, after all. The 658 suites are attractive, with marble floors, jetted tubs, and ocean views in some. Dining is diverse and gets high marks, ranging from buffets and theme nights to a great sushi spot. A massive lazy river-style pool forms the core of the resort, and there are always available sun loungers here, though the beach does get crowded.
Antigua's Cocobay Resort is all about charm and authenticity. It exemplifies a relaxed, low-key Caribbean vibe, but still maintains a super-cool, even hipster edge -- with rustic rooms, a specialty cocktail list, and young and trendy clientele. Situated on a bluff overlooking the sea, this all-inclusive boutique resort features 57 separate cottage-style rooms -- the best of which have private plunge pools. The all-inclusive package covers food and drinks in the two restaurants and three bars, including a specialty cocktail list and tea service every afternoon. Guests also receive access to non-motorized water sports at one of the three white-sand beaches below the property. If you need even more ways to unwind, Cocobay has a gorgeous spa with open-air treatment rooms.
Year after year, Sanctuary Cap Cana continues to be one of the nicest and most popular all-inclusive resorts in the Punta Cana region. Set on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, it looks more like a sprawling hacienda, or even a castle, than an all-inclusive luxury resort. Expect to find beautiful terra-cotta structures topped with Moorish-inspired domes and elegant grounds complete with an expansive waterfall feature. Highlights of this romantic property include six pools, a massive spa, and a solid assortment of restaurants, with Italian, Asian, buffet, and steakhouse options. Sanctuary Cap Cana is also right on the beach, and many of the rooms have ocean views, swim-out pool access, or even their own private plunge pools.
Overlooking the sea in Punta Cana's Uvero Alto area, Nickelodeon Punta Cana is a family-friendly beach resort offering a ton of activities for kids (and a few for adults, too). As the name suggests, this all-inclusive resort is themed after the Nickelodeon cable TV channel and the likes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make regular guest appearances. Nickelodeon's all-inclusive packages include food and premium alcohol at a variety of restaurants, from the massive Sugarcane buffet to the poolside Fresco. However, a few dining options cost extra, such as weekend character breakfasts and the upscale Kitchen 23, which offers a gourmet menu only at dinner. Other perks include a spa, a well-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, and a dance studio. Perhaps it goes without saying, but the Nickelodeon Punta Cana water park also scores high marks with the families that stay here.
With a 45,000-square-foot water park, shopping center, beautiful beach, and spa complex, the family-friendly Beaches Turks and Caicos is one of the biggest resorts in Turks and Caicos, and 2018 renovations gave it a fresh, modern style. Guests can challenge themselves to eat at all 20 restaurants, drink at all 12 bars, and relax at all six pools before their vacation is over. Of course, in those 20 restaurants, you might not find one that truly wows with its cuisine, but you will have the opportunity to eat brick-oven pizza, jerk chicken, sushi, and creme brulee all in one day, should you be so inclined. In addition to all meals and drinks, the all-inclusive rates cover free water sports (kayaks, windsurfers, snorkeling equipment, aqua bikes, Hobie Cats), and free unlimited scuba diving.
Spread out over 17 acres in southwestern Grenada, Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa offers a romance-focused getaway designed with vacationing couples in mind. There's a wide range of room types, many with outdoor soaking tubs. The all-inclusive package covers access to 10 restaurants, along with a variety of activities, including water sports, tennis, and even unlimited scuba diving. There are also five lovely pools spread across the property along with a small sectioned-in area in the sea for safe swimming.
On its own stretch of private beach on the southwestern coast of Barbados, a short walk from the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, this all-inclusive resort offers a romantic stay, with three pools, 13 restaurants, and plenty of on-site activities. Sandals Barbados' rooms are geared to couples, and some have terraces with soaking tubs or swim-out access to a gargantuan river-style pool. Kayaks, paddleboards, and even glass-bottom boats are freely available for guest use and, in the typical Sandals fashion, unlimited scuba diving is included in the all-inclusive rates.