Jewel Runaway Beach and Golf Resort is Jamaica's premier foliage-tucked, ocean-framed island retreat. Complete with an 18-hole championship golf course and miles of sandy beaches, Runaway Bay is ideal for the traveler with the "pay and don't think about it again" mentality. Included in your fees is all meals and snacks; and you have six different eating establishments to choose from. Five bars will serve you unlimited premium drinks, all non-motorized water sports and your green fees are complimentary, and free transfers will shuttle you to and from the airport. Daily activities, weekly dive-in movies, and volleyball, basketball, and tennis round out the roster of all-inclusive options.
Surrounded by a lush palm grove, Playa del Carmen's Riu Tequila is the ultimate in relaxing atmospheres, where the only thing you're obligated to do is put your feet up. This all-inclusive offers guests complimentary shuttles to and from the beach, four restaurants, three bars, two swimming pools and a kids club. But what lands Riu Tequila on this list is the access you get to the resort's sister properties, Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar. This add-on opens up seven additional restaurants, nine more bars and five swimming pools to your daily agenda. For a weeklong vacation you literally don't have to eat in the same restaurant or swim in the same pool more than once.
All-inclusive digs on the island of Aruba are hard to come by unless you're in a towering, chain resort where the number of rooms exceeds the number of beach chairs. Manchebo Beach Resort is the answer to that conundrum. With just 71 rooms, this two-story boutique hotel offers an unrivaled all-inclusive package featuring a deluxe garden or ocean view room. Breakfast is served poolside, lunch is a tantalizing mix of Caribbean, American, Asian and European cuisine and dinner is served at French Steakhouse, a fine-dining establishment that focuses on locally sourced meat and seafood. In between meals, enjoy a premium open bar that includes cocktails, beers, liquors, smoothies and wines.
Set on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, The Iberostar Costa Dorada is best known for its ample offerings of sports—scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, archery and basketball. But the scenery is no slouch either. A winding sunny beach beckons guests out of their rooms and the towering tropical gardens keep them there. Live music is performed nightly and there are an assortment of bars and restaurants on property to cap off the moonlight.
The one-time-rulers of Tulum built spectacular cities out of just stone and mortar. Luckily the designers behind the Catalonia Royal Tulum had a little more to work with. This 288-room, adults-only resort is framed in lavish views provided by the Caribbean coastline. A sleek and secluded beach gives way to the ornately green forest that protects the exterior of the resort. And though it’s hard to ever be in anything manmade while in such opulent natural settings, they’ve got that covered too. Seven restaurants, four bars, a spa and health club complete the list of amenities at this well-rounded resort.
Located just minutes from the Sangster International Airport, the Royal Decameron Montego Beach Resort feels worlds away laid out amongst stunning white-sand beaches and sparkling blue waters. All-inclusive guests can partake in meals from the resorts two restaurants, PassaPassa and Souk. They also offer a plethora of activities to keep the most active family busy—windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and a mini diving course in the pool. Ping Pong, the Trampoline Sea and a Kids Club for the kiddos, while adults take advantage of unlimited drinks at the disco bar.
The Dominican Republic is famous for its geographically diverse landscape and stunning beaches. Along the hundreds of miles of coastline sits the Majestic Elegance, a resort that holds up to its name. This five-star, all-inclusive home-away-from-home is one of the island’s finest with six restaurants, eleven bars, a lagoon-style pool and a two-story fitness center.
A grand, ornate lobby with marble floors, huge windows, and glittering chandeliers—among other luxury details—gives the Majestic Elegance Hotel Resort in Punta Cana a distinctive edge over other all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. Despite its breakable-looking elegance, this resort is family friendly, and offers on-site babysitting (not part of the all-inclusive package) as well as entertaining activities for kids like kayaking, sailing, a water sports center, and more.
Located in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, ClubHotel Riu Merengue is surrounded by the lush greenery and towering mountains that make the island unique. Your all-inclusive stay here includes all meals and snacks, as well as unlimited drinks 24 hours a day. Staying entertained isn’t a problem at the Riu Merengue—choose from table tennis, water polo, a fitness center, billiards, beach volleyball, tennis, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, body boarding and snorkeling. Your all-inclusive membership includes an introductory SCUBA lesson in the pool as well.
Pastel-painted villas at ClubHotel’s Riu Merenge in Puerto Plata are set amidst the riches of the Dominican Republic—tropical gardens, the glittering coast, emerald mountains and hillsides—but without the royal cost. Even a sea-view room or suite isn’t a wallet-buster, but it’ll feel like one with its covered balconies and terraces, satellite television, liquor dispenser, and soft, colorful furnishings, including a separate seating area in the suites that leads out to the terrace.
Sitting amongst the historic ruins on the Mayan Peninsula, Catalonia Riviera Maya keeps to the charm of the area with bright, colorful décor inside and miles of beautiful beaches and swaying palms outside. There are five swimming pools, four restaurants and five bars to keep the occupants of the 526-room resort basking in the cool Caribbean air 24-hours a day. To soak up the sunshine, hit the links at the resort’s nine-hole golf course while the little ones play in the supervised Kid’s Club.
The five-star beach resort, Iberostar Domicana, is one of Punta Cana's most prestigious vacation rentals. It houses everything one needs to escape into a tranquil retreat—an 18-hole golf course, eight gourmet dining establishments and two beachside bars, and a casino and nightclub. As always, there is an endless array of watersports to choose from, but the real key is to grab a spot under a beach umbrella and watch the waves come in with the assistance of a 24-hour staff there to serve you.
Turquoise pools curve around lush modern landscaping at the Iberostar Dominicana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic—a great place to sink into cooling water with a rum and pineapple cocktail, part of the resort’s all-inclusive package. Tucked deep into an abundance of tropical greenery, Iberostar Dominicana has a secluded, jungle feel, but with just a few steps, you’ll reach the azure coastline opening to the endless Caribbean.