Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

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The tropical islands of the Caribbean are known for their many all-inclusive resorts that include all meals, alcohol, and a variety of activities in their rates. But some properties are definitely a cut above the rest. Check out our picks for the absolute best all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, and Turks and Caicos, and start planning your Caribbean getaway.

  1. Incredible Piton views and extraordinary design make Jade Mountain in St. Lucia one of the most romantic resorts not only in the Caribbean, but in the world. The 29 enormous suites, called "sanctuaries," are hands-down the highlight; through the innovative, open fourth wall, each has a view of a sea from the entire room -- from the canopied bed, raised whirlpool tub, and (in all but the entry-level category) private infinity pool. Organic cuisine is served in a chic open-air restaurant, and guests can expect unwavering peace and quiet throughout (there are no TVs or children). Though there is no beach, guests can take a short shuttle ride or hike down to use the two beaches, free water sports, and dive center at sister property Anse Chastanet. There are multiple trails on the resort's 600 acres and surrounding area for hiking, walking, jogging, and biking. Daily escorted tours are led by Resort Guides, and are free with the exception of those that include transportation. All in all, Jade Mountain is well worth the price -- especially for guests who opt for the all-inclusive package (which includes meals and drinks).

  2. One of the most luxurious and tranquil all-inclusive resorts in the D.R., Zoetry Agua boasts lush grounds, pristine pools, an uncrowded white-sand beach, and one of the top spas in the country. The all-inclusive rates cover unlimited top-shelf liquor and tasty a la carte meals at the hotel’s four restaurants. Guests can also opt to order from the 24-hour room service menu, and enjoy craft cocktails at the three (decidedly calm) bars. Other included amenities are yoga classes, laundry services, and even one horseback riding session per guest. Zoetry Agua lacks the loud music and activities of many all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic (there's no nightly entertainment here), but that’s just what makes it an ideal choice for those seeking a romantic and relaxing getaway.

  3. Round Hill is easily one of the best resorts in Jamaica. The hotel's rooms, suites, and villas -- all designed by Ralph Lauren -- feature balconies or patios, coffeemakers with local coffee, pillow menus, and bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and rainfall showers. Round Hill's superlative features include a 24-hour infinity pool (built into a cliff edge) and a spa with an outdoor hydrotherapy area surrounded by tropical foliage. The three restaurants are exquisite, but their high prices are a strong reason to consider Round Hill's all-inclusive package, which includes all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and room service, plus airport transfers, a Great River rafting trip, and a welcome fruit plate and bottle of sparkling wine.

  4. Crowded beaches are unheard of at Fowl Cay Resort, a private island retreat in the Exumas, where a maximum of 28 guests have free range of 50 acres and three beaches. Each spacious villa comes with amazing island views, a personal boat and golf cart for daily excursions, and an expansive kitchen and wet bar -- fully stocked with food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks and replenished daily. However, some of the villas feature outdated decor and worn furnishings that seem inconsistent with the resort's high nightly rates. Nonetheless, Fowl Cay's intimate vibe and plethora of extras lands it high on our list. All-inclusive rates cover everything from meals and beverages (top-shelf liquor, wine, and beer) to watersports equipment and a host of other activities. 

  5. One of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, the upscale and romantic Palma Real is a good choice for those who never thought they would stay at an all-inclusive resort. Its breathtaking setting; jaw-dropping courtyard, pools, and beach; and charismatic service are all highlights, but it's Paradisus' standout food and beverage program that will likely impress even the most doubting and discerning of all-inclusive resort-goers. There are quality international buffet spreads for breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte restaurants (one from a Michelin-starred chef) that will appeal to adults and honeymooners. Paradisus' 554 suites are decorated with classic mahogany furniture and marble tile floors, and have coffeemakers; free Wi-Fi; and minibars with snacks, sodas and beer (stocked daily). 

  6. Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, the upscale, adult-only Caves has a bohemian vibe and 11 private cottages and suites along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs. The moment they arrive, 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). Blackwell Rum Bar occupies another grotto at the base of the cliffs, while the clifftop bar offers outdoor imbibing and authentic jerk-barbecue nights. 

  7. After undergoing a complete renovation in 2013, this elegant family-owned resort in Grenada more than fulfills its promise to be “a place of unpretentious luxury,” with effortlessly chic decor, immaculately kept grounds, and 64 posh suites dotting a quarter mile of beachfront. Here, the all-inclusive rates include all meals at the resort’s 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. The nice pool area is quiet and private, yet the beach -- though beautiful and clean -- is shared by locals and guests of nearby resorts.

  8. Couples won’t lack for activities at this luxury all-inclusive, thanks to five beautiful pools, an excellent spa and fitness center, tennis and water sports, and 10 dining spots, including a beachfront seafood restaurant. It even offers unlimited scuba diving, which is almost never included in the price of all-inclusive packages elsewhere. However, it's the romantic touches -- fire pits, gazebos, and swinging chairs overlooking the ocean -- that make the property distinctly Sandals. The 225-room resort is spread over 17 acres on the southwestern tip of the island of Grenada; waters are rougher here, so the beachfront area is limited and ocean swimming is reduced to a roped-in cove.

  9. This 176-room romantic all-inclusive luxury resort looks like a Spanish castle town and is perched on a cliff by the ocean in the still developing Cap Cana complex, near the airport but a bit far from the main resort area. As are the six beautiful pools and 2,000-square-foot spa, the restaurants here are among the D.R.'s best. The multiple all-inclusive dining options include a terrific seafood bar and grill that's composed of a series of thatched-roof huts sitting over the ocean (reservations aren't required for any of the restaurants). This is one of the best resorts in Punta Cana in this price range; other top options such as Eden Roc, Tortuga Bay, and the Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real tend to cost more.

  10. Located in the heart of Ocho Rios’ resort district, Sandals Royal Plantation is an excellent oceanfront luxury resort. This all-inclusive property offers some of the best amenities of any hotel in Jamaica, including a secluded beach, an elegant spa, and all meals served a la carte -- meaning there's no mediocre buffets to suffer through. The 74 sophisticated, colonial-style rooms feature spacious, multi-room layouts with canopied four-poster beds, minibars, and private butler service -- some have balconies with beautiful sea views. The hotel even offers a free airport shuttle, a rarity in this part of the country. Sandals Royal Caribbean is another great pick for a Jamaica all-inclusive; it's a short drive from both the airport and downtown Montego Bay, but airplane noise is an issue throughout the Royal Caribbean property.

  11. This 295-room all-suite hotel in Montego Bay has all-inclusive rates covering all meals and drinks, including top-shelf liquor. Restaurant reservations aren’t difficult to get here (unlike at some all-inclusives), room service is delivered promptly by a butler, and a la carte and buffet restaurants alike serve excellent fare that generally exceeds expectations for an all-inclusive. Nonmotorized water sports are also covered in the rates, as is a free round of golf at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course (two free rounds for longer stays). Guests also get free access to all restaurants, pools, beaches, and amenities at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites.

  12. A posh resort with world-class golf courses and pristine beaches, the Casa de Campo has been the D.R.'s classiest and most famous resort since 1974. Almost everything here is pricey -- from the restaurants to the tennis court fees to the room service. However, an all-inclusive option is available that some may want to consider. It includes all meals (including room service); cocktails and drinks at the included restaurants, bars, and lounges; unlimited horseback riding, tennis, and nonmotorized water sports. It also covers one round of 25 shots of skeet or trap shooting at the shooting range. Children's rates include kids' daytime activities. Guests should be aware, however, that the all-inclusive plan still comes with plenty of additional fees -- including a delivery charge for room service, surcharges on certain menu items at the restaurants, and fees for minibar items. Plus, only hotel-run restaurants are included, which limits dining options.

  13. Set on a private stretch of Dover Beach on the island's southwest coast, the lushly landscaped, couples-only Sandals Barbados is an upscale, all-inclusive resort that opened in 2015. Some of the hotel's 280 rooms offer swim-out access into a river-style pool, or terraces with free-standing soaking tubs. The resort's three pools, 13 restaurants, bars, spa, and numerous recreational amenities make for plenty to do on property, but those needing an escape can easily access the nightlife of nearby St. Lawrence Gap. The hotel also boasts a manicured stretch of breezy white-sand beach lined with rows of cushy loungers, but the area of the island is prone to odorous seaweed and noise from nearby construction. As with the other Sandals on this list, unlimited scuba diving is included.

  14. While some all-inclusive island resorts can feel generic and staged, Antigua's Cocobay 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 with a Caribbean color scheme (pinks and blues) and exposed wood beams; some have private plunge pools. The open-air Rafters restaurant provides buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and a la carte dinners overlooking the bay. Guests can also order sandwiches for lunch, for a lighter option, from the bar next to the beachside pool. The chic, modern bar and lounge across from Rafters features a specialty cocktail list, included for all-inclusive guests, and hosts a tea service every afternoon. It is a posh adult-only property catering to couples, wedding parties, and honeymooners -- but it offers a much more intimate atmosphere (albeit fewer features) than massive couples-only resorts like Sandals.

  15. With a 45,000-square-foot water park, shopping center, and spa complex, the family-friendly Beaches is clearly the Turks and Caicos resort with the most features. 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. Many of the rooms could use an update and the romance factor is virtually non-existent, but an all-inclusive resort with this many amenities -- all with a no-tipping policy -- is enticing. 

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