The all-inclusive vacation experience hardly has to be price-exclusive. From the French Alps to Bali, we’ve found nine incredible bang-for-your-buck resorts where your dollars go the distance with food and beverage inclusions as well as extras like water sports and even ski lift tickets. Get packing.
Antigua's adults-only Cocobay, right around the corner from the tranquil Ffryes Beach on the island's stunning southwest coast, puts an intimate spin to the all-inclusive experience. Pastel-colored cottages cascading down the hillside all have private verandahs where, depending on the direction you face, you can gaze over tropical gardens or the sea while sipping on morning brews and sundowners. Splurge on a premium waterfront suite to add a private plunge pool to the mix. Bonus: there are two more beautiful beaches within a few minutes’ walk of your cottage.
Club Med Bali, Indonesia
Club Med Bali's enviable location fronting Nusa Dua Beach in southern Bali puts it within easy access of the surfer-favorite Bukit Peninsula—making it a go-to sleep for worldly vacationers seeking the brand's energetic atmosphere and signature brand of fun. You’re close to temples, Bali’s iconic rice paddies, and big-wave beaches here, but there’s so much to do at the resort that it’s just as easy to stay put. Try your talents on the trapeze; soak in the adults-only Zen pool, which is shaded by palm trees; or feast on authentic Asian food in the floating restaurant.
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Iberostar Royal Andalus, Spain
This Iberostar's low-rise layout, which spills onto a tastefully developed stretch of coastline south of Cadiz, feels far more boutique than all-inclusive—making it a favorite pick for couples and families seeking a stylish base to explore the south of Spain. When you’re ready to see the sights beyond the property's pampering spa (complete with a relaxing Turkish bath and sauna) and top-notch golf course, easy day trips include visits to Seville (just an hour and a half away) and sherry-tasting tours in nearby Jerez.
Gloria Palace San Agustín Thalasso & Hotel, Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands, off the northwestern coast of Africa, have long been on the radar of Scandinavian tourists seeking a warm winter escape. For an all-inclusive vacation that mixes beach time with a relaxing spa vibe, you can’t beat a stay at this four-star property on Gran Canaria. The hotel’s thalassotherapy facilities—they're Europe’s largest at over 75,000 square feet—highlight marine-inspired therapies (such as algae body wraps), there’s a rooftop pool in addition to two adult pools and a separate kid's pool, and you’re just a 15-minute walk from pretty Playa de San Agustín. Basque and international cuisine are served in the onsite restaurants; if you plan to be out exploring during the day, you can opt to forgo the all-inclusive plan for a half-board option that includes just breakfast and dinner.
Abano Grand Hotel, Italy
Another excellent all-inclusive European wellness hotel awaits less than an hour west of Venice in Italy's Padua province, in the tiny town of Abano Terme known for its healing volcanic muds and mineral-rich waters. This hotel, surrounded by olive groves, is the only true luxury option here. All-inclusive packages can be tweaked for half or full-board, and while drinks are excluded, you do get full access to the property’s three healing thermal pools, spa, sauna, and Turkish hammam. It’s worth paying extra for a fango (mud) treatment—the region’s signature therapy.
Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort, Italy
Any time of the year is a good time to visit the Dolomites, a mountainous region in northern Italy with UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes and a distinctive culture steeped in Germanic influences. This cozy, slope-side resort at the base of the three peaks of Lavaredo is a favorite with both winter and summertime guests, who come for the area’s phenomenal hiking and mountain biking trails. The hotel, however, is its own destination. Two reasons to spend time inside: the restaurant features fresh seafood and a huge antipasto spread each evening, and the serene spa has an indoor and outdoor heated pool, Turkish bath and saunas, and a healing sulphur grotto.
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Sunset at the Palms, Jamaica
Jamaica houses more than its fair share of all-inclusive resorts—in fact, the concept is said to have started on this lush and culture-rich island—but the low-key vibe at Sunset at the Palms, in Negril, manages to set it apart from the massive resorts lining nearby beaches. At this adults-only sleep, guests stay in wooden treehouse-style cottages surrounded by palm trees and jewel-toned hummingbirds and, in lieu of a sprawling pool complex, there’s an intimate lagoon pool with a swim-up bar. You may not have direct access to the sand, but the beach is right across the street. Order up some seafood tacos at the grill before taking a spin on a house paddle-board or Hobie Cat.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao
With the gently lapping water of Spanish Bay on one side and the deep blue Caribbean Sea on the other, this Dutch Antilles resort on the island of Curaçao offers all the amenities active vacationers love. We're talking clay tennis courts, a Pete Dye–designed golf course, and an onsite water sports operator that can arrange scuba diving lessons and outings for certified divers as well as snorkeling and sailing excursions. The all-inclusive rates include all meals and beverages as well as complimentary use of snorkels and kayaks for exploring the resort’s beautiful perimeter.
Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, Val Thorens, France
Located at the heart of the largest ski terrain in all of Europe (France’s Les 3 Vallées), this ski-in/ski-out Club Med wraps in so many inclusions that a winter vacation in the Alps suddenly seems within reach. Lift tickets are woven into the all-inclusive rates, as are lessons and gear for guests under six years old. Local Savoyard valley cuisine stars at the property’s excellent restaurants, where you can even enjoy a tasting menu prepared by a Michelin-rated chef.