- 1 Constance Moofushi, Maldives
- 2 Royal Hideaway Playacar, Mexico
- 3 andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana
- 4 Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
- 5 Explora Patagonia, Chile
- 6 Twin Farms, Vermont
- 7 The Brando, French Polynesia
- 8 Song Saa, Cambodia
- 9 The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
- 10 Uga Chena Huts, Sri Lanka
The World’s Most Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts
The world's best luxury all-inclusive resorts combine style, comfort, and all-out opulence—private plunge pools, champagne cocktail hours, personal motorboats, and Michelin-starred restaurants—into one seriously impressive package.
Jen has been a staff editor at Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Afar, and Elle Decor. When she's not snowmobiling in the French Alps or tasting scotch straight from the barrel in Scotland, she's at home in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Constance Moofushi, Maldives
You’d be hard-pressed to find whiter shores than the ones at Constance Moofushi, in the Maldives. The resort's romantic overwater bungalows draw plenty of honeymooners, but there’s a bit of a party scene here as well thanks to a roster of activities that range from beach volleyball to windsurfing; an entertainment lounge where group bonding happens over games of billiards; and Manta Bar, a beachy watering hole where beautiful people dance under a disco ball into the wee hours.
Royal Hideaway Playacar, Mexico
In a region known for its less-than-luxe all-inclusives, the colonial-style Royal Hideaway Playacar is a decidedly grown-up alternative. This adults-only refuge facing Mexico’s Caribbean Sea has 200 airy rooms outfitted with latticed millwork, mahogany furnishings, and eye-popping Carrara marble baths—not that you'll be in them for long. There are six pools and just as many restaurants (don’t miss the pan-Asian cuisine at Azia), along with a gorgeous white-sand beach. Playa del Carmen is known as one of the world’s best scuba sites, and the resort’s PADI diving center offers classes and organizes excursions to explore the area’s rich coral beds.
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andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana
An eco-conscious resort whose design was inspired by an endangered African anteater hardly seems luxurious enough to warrant inclusion on this list, but andBeyond's Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge has earned its place. Located in a private concession near Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, its 12 earth-toned suites bring the beauty of the savannah indoors with natural hide rugs, copper sink basins, and vanities made from felled tree trunks. The same is true of the curvilinear, cedar-clad main lodge, where guests begin the day before setting out on a bush walk, game drive, or helicopter ride to see the big five. Follow up your days' safaris with an in-room massage and dinner under the stars.
Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
A 90-minute flight southeast from Fort Lauderdale, Fowl Cay was named after the chickens that once called this Floridian islet home. Now, it’s a luxe yet laid-back private island resort with six full-service villas accessible via personal motorboat and stocked with groceries, snorkeling and paddle boarding gear. Your private water cruiser especially comes in handy for exploring the secret beaches on Exumas' 365 cays, trawling for grouper and snapper, or swimming with the island's famed ocean-loving pigs. Back on shore, your designated golf cart can bring you to Hill House restaurant, where guests dine on a Caribbean-infused menu that includes dishes like grilled guava-marinated sea scallops and fire-roasted mahi mahi.
Explora Patagonia, Chile
Few landscapes are more stunning than the ones you’ll see out your window at Explora Patagonia, a five-star luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Pehoé in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Backed by the region’s turquoise glaciers and snow-capped mountains, its 39 Scandi-rustic guest rooms reflect their setting with crisp white linens, blonde wood accents, and patterned Mapuche-inspired fabrics--and they're a soothing respite after days experiencing the more than 40 hikes and horseback tours included in your stay.
Twin Farms, Vermont
You’ll find the ideal nature retreat in Twin Farms, an 18th-century farmhouse in southeast Vermont that was the onetime home of Nobel Prize–winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. The resort is hidden on 300 rolling acres of wildflowers and pine and maple trees, where 20 individually appointed cottages and suites provide the ultimate hideaway for travelers who like to disappear for a while. But the real draw here is dinner, a gourmet experience that begins with a champagne cocktail hour and launches into a multi-course feast made using locally sourced ingredients as well as produce from the farm itself. Just be clear about your dietary preferences at booking, since there are no set menus and chef Nathan Rich changes up the dishes each evening.
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The Brando, French Polynesia
Named after the Hollywood icon who once called this idyllic spot home, The Brando has enough star power to light its own electric grid: newlyweds Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are just two honeymooners who holed up in one of its 35 thatched-roof villas. The private island resort is an eco-friendly haven thanks to air conditioning that cools using seawater and generators fueled by coconut oil, but the place is anything but granola. A treetop spa with earth-hued treatment rooms was positioned to maximize the palm-dotted vistas, and the garden-sourced dishes served at Les Mutinés come courtesy of chef Guy Martin, who honed his culinary chops at two-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant Le Grand Véfour.
Song Saa, Cambodia
It takes a four-hour drive and 45-minute speedboat ride to transport you from the bustling streets of Phnom Penh to the remote sanctuary of Song Saa, a private island in Cambodia’s pristine Koh Rong archipelago. Trust us, the effort is more than worth it. Inspired by the traditional fishing hamlets that dominate the country’s coast, the resort’s 24 soothing villas are crafted with wood from recycled fishing boats and hidden within a landscape of untouched rain forests, tropical coral reefs, and postcard-perfect beaches. Start your day with a sunrise yoga session, then choose between adventure or relaxation: you can kayak through mangrove swamps, meditate with a reiki master, visit a local village, or fill up on Khmer-inspired culinary specialties in the waterside restaurant.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Paws Up might be located on a 37,000-acre cattle ranch in the heart of Montana’s Big Sky country, but guests who stay at this luxury resort aren’t exactly roughing it. Its 36 safari-style tents have set the standard for modern-day glamping with their rustic-chic interiors—think en-suite baths with slate showers, wooden floors, and king featherbeds—while the property’s 28 cabins up the ante with stone fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs. Also included in your stay: designated camping butlers, who can help organize everything from fly-fishing excursions along the Blackfoot River and post-hiking massages (desperately needed after hours spent exploring the property’s 100 miles of trails) to high-altitude rides in the resort’s on-site hot air balloon.
Uga Chena Huts, Sri Lanka
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming name. Inspired by the tree dwellings of local farmers, Uga Chena’s 14 thatched-roof residences feel more like palaces than huts, with 1,100 square feet of air-conditioned space, hardwood floors, and private plunge pools. Connected by a series of boardwalks, the suites sit on nearly seven acres within Sri Lanka’s wildlife-rich Yala National Park, where you’ll have the chance to spot elephants, leopards, and sloth bears during twice-daily game drives. If white sands and turquoise waters are more your speed, your beachside neighbors may be nesting sea turtles and tropical birds. Trade nature stories over Sri Lankan curry at Basses, the beachfront restaurant, or sundowners at the bar.
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