- 1 For Money's-No-Object Group Planners: Coco Prive Private Island, Maldives
- 2 For Eco Adventurers: Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Alaska
- 3 For Honeymooners: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji
- 4 For Couples Who Just Want to Chill: Cayo Espanto, Belize
- 5 For Solo Travelers: The Explorean, Cozumel, Mexico
- 6 For Families with Little Kids: Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun
- 7 For Adults Only: Sanctuary Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
- 8 For Adventure-Seekers: Aurora Safari Camp, Sweden
- 9 For Skiers: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, France (Opening December 2018)
- 10 For Multi-Gen Travelers: Winterlake Lodge, Alaska
The Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Every Type of Traveler
If you think all-inclusive resorts aren’t for you, it’s possible you just haven’t found the right one for your travel type. No matter what kind of getaway you're best suited for, however, one thing is universal: nothing screams "vacation mode" more than never having to pull out your wallet. From the wilds of Alaska to the remote islands of Fiji, one of these 10 top all-inclusive resorts is bound to have your name on it.
For Money's-No-Object Group Planners: Coco Prive Private Island, Maldives
Is the dollar amount simply not a deciding factor when it comes to planning your private escape to paradise? The $45,000-per-night price tag at Coco Privé, in the Maldives, covers 12 guests and an army of staff (butlers, chefs, excursion guides) that await your every beck and call. We're talking transfers by luxury yacht, tailor-made seaplane excursions, and private snorkeling tours with resident marine biologists. As if that wasn't exclusive enough, because the property is available for private hire only, you and your entourage will have the entire island of Coco Privé (including the master residence and the five guest villas) all to yourselves.
For Eco Adventurers: Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Alaska
Occupying a bucolic slice of land in Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, this newly built lodge was made for eco-adventurers who appreciate basking in nature as much as they do tackling it. A 12-mile boat ride drops you at one of eight waterfront cabins sandwiched between a forest and an oceanside pebble beach, where you might spot sea lions and humpback whales frolicking a short distance away from your deck. Guided kayaking trips are part of the all-inclusive rate, but if ever the activity schedule starts to feel limited, other luxurious excursions (like glacier cruises) are available for an additional splurge.
For Honeymooners: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji
Keep the glow from your nuptials going in Fiji, now a convenient non-stop flight from San Francisco or Los Angeles. The tropical vibes are in wondrous effect at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji, where just 25 traditional Fijian bure accommodations have spacious wooden decks overlooking Savusavu Bay and the Koro Sea. In addition to a spa hut on the beach, the resort has a separate dining area just for couples and adults; for the ultimate romantic evening, book a candlelit dinner on the private pier, then spend the rest of your days snorkeling or kayaking in the lagoon or visiting local villages and farmers markets.
For Couples Who Just Want to Chill: Cayo Espanto, Belize
For those looking to disconnect and enjoy some serious downtime together, Cayo Espanto, off the coast of Belize near San Pedro, is the off-the-grid escape couples crave. There are only seven villas, the most romantic of which is built out over the water. Wherever you opt to bed down, all can enjoy the island’s private beaches fringing coral reefs and non-motorized sports (windsurfers, catamarans, kayaks, and more) in the all-inclusive rate.
For Solo Travelers: The Explorean, Cozumel, Mexico
An all-inclusive might not seem well-suited for a solo traveler, but you’d be surprised how appealing the experience can be if it's got the right amenities. At the Explorean Cozumel, guests can mingle with other like-minded travelers during social excursions like nighttime kayaking and stargazing tours, snorkeling trips, and visits to a temazcal—all of which are included in the rate. What's more, Explorean guests can also access all restaurants and bars (and the solo traveler/singles scene) at the adjoining Fiesta American Cozumel, known for its especially lovely waterfront ceviche restaurant.
For Families with Little Kids: Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun
With not just one but two dedicated water parks for kids (including one fronting the ocean), the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is go-to getaway spot for families traveling with kids. While the little ones are out putting on a talent show or doing arts and crafts in the kids’ club, adults can go for a quiet lunch at the excellent onsite Mexican restaurant or chill with a cocktail at the lagoon pool’s swim-up bar.
For Adults Only: Sanctuary Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Planning on getting away as soon as it hits New Year's? Mark your calendar for the January 2019 re-opening of Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, reborn after a $35 million renovation. In addition to two new towers and 140 suites, the refreshed adults-only property looks better than ever—all the sweeter for those looking to escape the kiddie crowds. Expect oceanfront views, 20 tropical acres, themed bars, and even a food truck among its excellent dining options.
For Adventure-Seekers: Aurora Safari Camp, Sweden
Remember that old adage, "There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing"? Bundle up right and you'll have yourself a true adventure in Swedish Lapland at the remote Aurora Safari Camp. Owned by photographer Fredrik Broman, the property sits near a river at the base of a small mountain, where red fox, roe deer, and reindeer roam. While daylight hours are best spent snowmobiling across the snowy landscape or learning to drive a dog sled (both included in the rate), come darkness, it’s all about turning your eyes skyward for a chance at seeing the elusive Aurora Borealis in person.
For Skiers: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, France (Opening December 2018)
This December, Club Med's newest ski resort debuts in the popular Savoie region of the French Alps. Set in the snowy Tarentaise Valley, the all-inclusive rate at Club Med Les Arcs Panorama includes direct access to the family-friendly Arcs 1600 ski area as well as daily lift tickets and group ski and snowboard lessons. Other standard Club Med amenities you can count on here include complimentary child care and kids clubs, excellent French fare, and an energetic après-ski scene. Don't miss an afternoon at the Cinq Monde wellness area, where you can relax after a day on the slopes in its Turkish bath and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
For Multi-Gen Travelers: Winterlake Lodge, Alaska
It’s rare that a property can be all things to all ages, but the sublime Winterlake Lodge, located along Alaska’s Iditarod Trail, is that all-inclusive unicorn. This is as remote as it gets: access to the lodge’s location at the western edge of the Alaska Range is via seaplane in the summer or ski plane come winter. Spread the gang out between its six individual guesthouses and the main lodge, then convene for fun activities that might include (depending on the season) wildflower hikes, glacier visits, cooking classes, or sauna sessions.
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