The beauty of the all-inclusive is not having to whip out your wallet for every cocktail, snack and activity—and despite what you may think, not all of them are located in the Caribbean. These 9 best all-inclusive hotels in the US make you feel as carefree as you did on that childhood trip to Club Med—without the need for a passport.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
Scarlett Johansson deemed this high-mountain lodge worthy of her 2014 nuptials, and we can see why. The nightly rate includes everything you could need to vacation in a Ralph Lauren catalogue sprung to life: rustic-chic cabins, horseback riding across 6,600 acres, and standout meals like smoked oysters in Calabrian chili, cast iron fried chicken and Alaskan salmon. Don't miss cocktails in the gazebo at sunset (we love the French 75, made with Missoula's own Quicksilver vodka).
Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah
If "wellness" is a part of your daily vocabulary, Red Mountain Resort is your next vacay: where else are guided morning hikes, trips through nearby Zion National Park and cardio classes like Booty Beats included in your retreat rate? It's worth splurging a little extra for a post-work-out Himalayan hot stone massage.
Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii
This is the Hawaii you dream about when winter is giving you the blues: there's outdoor yoga (or lei making, or 'ukelele playing) on a palm tree-studded bluff overlooking Hana Bay, ocean-facing bungalows with hammocks for long afternoon naps, and 2 glorious outdoor swimming pools (Bonus: Red Sand Beach and Hamoa Beach are just a short walk away). Did we mention inclusive packages include daily spa credits, and warm banana bread on arrival?
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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
If vacationing in a too-beautiful-to-be-believed screen saver is your ideal, head straight for Little Palm Island. Hidden off the Florida Keys, the hotel is only accessible by private boat or sea-plane (and yes, they'll arrange your transport). You won't find TVs or phones here, but what you will find are gorgeous powdery sand beaches and six acres of tropical gardens to explore. For ultimate privacy, arrange a romantic dinner (say, peppercorn-seared Ahi tuna and butter-poached lobster) in your thatched roof bungalow.
Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
There's no tipping at this dream-like desert hideaway, though the top-notch, friendly staff deserve praise at every turn: when you're handed your morning smoothie, or a frozen mint lemonade by the al fresco pool, for instance, or after a Hawaiian lime sugar scrub spa treatment in the outdoor tent, or even when you're driven to the Tucson airport for your return flight. For an extra fee (and the most 'grammable photo op of the year), guests get to paint the ranch's horses different colors---it's a can't miss experience if you ask us.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas
If you’d rather Keep Austin Calm than Keep Austin Weird, book a stay at this pampering resort set on 9 lakefront acres. What to expect? Organic facials in the 25,000-square-foot spa, feng shui lessons with master Billy Yamaguchi, and stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, to name just a few on-site activities. Or you could just hang out in the comfort of your shabby-chic cottage and do absolutely nothing. We won't judge.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The three glorious words that come to mind when it comes to all-inclusives? No service charge. What you see is what you get at this sprawling ranch dotted with cozy log cabins in a National Forest. Morning trail rides on quarter horses into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, kayaking the nearby Eagle River, mountain biking and fly fishing are all on the agenda. Plus, the meals are just as good as any Michelin-starred restaurant: think potato gnocchi with short rib ragu.
El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
What we love most about Puerto Rico? It's almost guaranteed to be a quick and easy flight to what feels like a tropical paradise. Pick the inclusive package at this luxe resort and enter a vacationland too fun for the mainland—everything from golf green fees to fireside s’mores to tickets to Coqui Water Park is included in your rate. And yes, there’s a swim-up bar among the seven ocean-front pools…did you even have to ask?
Smoke Tree Ranch, Palm Springs, California
This 1930s ranch was a vacation hot spot even before the Rat Pack descended on Palm Springs. Its 375 acres are pure desert bliss—complete with clay tennis courts, golfing, horse back riding trails, and an olympic-size pool. The 49 cottages are as charming as ever, with plantation shutters and wood-burning fireplaces, but it's the timeless dining traditions that truly wow: every day, guests consult a chef to pick their dinner before going for evening cocktails by the pool, just like Sinatra would do.