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The 7 Best Boutique All-Inclusives in St. Lucia

All-inclusive resorts are often accused of phoned-in decor, mediocre food, and a one-size-fits-all approach to service. We’ve certainly encountered such cons at our share of all-inclusive stays, which is partially why we’ve fallen so hard for boutique-style all-inclusives. Such properties have the perks of the fixed-rate system, but are generally smaller, more cuisine- and service-driven,…

The 7 Best Boutique All-Inclusives in Barbados

We’ve seen a lifetime’s worth of beachfront all-inclusives. But intimate, boutique-style all-inclusive resorts on the beach? Those are another story altogether. The boutique all-inclusive is a rare bird, but trust us, they’re out there. We’ve cast a wide net to find the best ones throughout the Caribbean, and picked up some favorites along the way…

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Caribbean All-Inclusive Resort Club Upgrades

The best part of booking an all-inclusive vacation is that everything — food, drinks, activities, and accommodations — is supposed to be included in the rate. But have you ever checked into an all-inclusive resort and noticed that some guests have access to otherwise restricted restaurants, premium alcohol, luxe pools, more comfortable beach chairs, and…

The 11 Most-Loved Hotels on Oyster

There are tens of thousands of reviewed hotels on Oyster, but certain properties are consistently popular with our readers. We took a look at the hotels that received the most favorites (the heart icon next to the hotel name, which allows travelers to save it to their profile), and decided to share them with you.…

Mexico’s Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

A Mexican all-inclusive is a top vacation choice for honeymooners and college-age spring-breakers, but families with kiddos have lots to look forward to as well. With activity-packed kids’ clubs, water sports, and other child-approved amenities (picture a swimming pool with a pirate ship replica), the following all-inclusives — all on Mexico’s Caribbean side — are…

6 All-Inclusive “Free” Perks That Are Really Rip-Offs

Aerial View of Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort/Oyster Vacationing at an all-inclusive resort is one of the best ways to truly relax. With food, drinks, tips, and activities included in the room rate, guests are free to leave their wallets behind and take it easy. It’s exciting to scroll through an all-inclusive resort’s…

7 Best Boutique All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

Your vacation needs are simple: You want to relax and swim in Jamaica’s teal waters, but you don’t want to share the beach or pool with college kids sporting all-you-can-drink wristbands. You’re down to pay a flat rate up-front (who wants to waste precious vacation time logging every travel expense?), but the thought of staying…

5 Fun Rainy-Day Activities for an All-Inclusive Vacation

There’s one thing no one can control on vacation and that’s the weather. You’ve probably planned every last detail of your all-inclusive holiday and have grand visions of days spent lolling by the pool, swimming in the ocean, and gathering your family around to watch the sunset while sipping a margarita. But if the sun…

The Best Swim-Up Bars at All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

A Mexican beach vacation is all about the water: snorkeling in the ocean, finding a favorite corner of the pool complex, or maybe even cooling off in your room’s private pool. Swimming up to the hotel’s in-pool bar — a literal watering hole, where the dress code consists of your bathing suit, sunglasses, and some…

Best Boutique All-Inclusives in the Dominican Republic

If you’ve never personally experienced an all-inclusive vacation in the Dominican Republic, your impression of one might hinge on long buffet lines and lip-synched Michael Jackson shows. It’s true that big, booze-happy all-inclusive resorts are quite popular, especially in Punta Cana (the country’s tourism hub), but they’re far from the island’s only hotel option, or…