The Ten Best All Inclusive Resorts. The Travel Insider Picks Our Ten Favorite All Inclusive Resorts
Compiling our list from client trip reports and our own on site visits, the Travel Insider shares our 2013 “Top Ten All inclusive Resorts.” Once again we cheated this year because we have included all of Sandals Resort Chain’s resorts in our list. We couldn’t vote for just one. We were not alone. All of the Sandals resorts have been awarded Tripadvisor's certificate of excellence in 2012. That's right all of their resorts. They continue to grow with a recent acquisition in Grenada. They have opened Fowl Cay Resort in the Bahamas. At Fowl Cay every villa comes equipped with a boat for exploring Exuma beaches. Our favorites are compiled from client and our own on site trip reports, as well as other sources. Our list is updated annually. Remember it is purely subjective. We invite you to nominate your favorite all inclusive resort.
Click on the resort names for additional reviews of the properties from Tripadvisor.com.
The Sandals Chain
Sandals Resorts have been voted for the last 12 years, "World's Best", by travel agents worldwide. Sandals Resorts and Spas, started 27 years ago, when a savvy Jamaican business man, Gordon "Butch" Stewart, came up with an idea to create destination spots in Jamaica, and offer an all-inclusive environment. The idea was that once you arrive you can leave your worries behind. We think that Sandals does the all inclusive right over and over again. At Sandals everything is included with an emphasis on quality. The combination of location, top-class facilities and quality of service has made Sandals one of the most successful providers of all-inclusive holidays in the world. Each of the beachfront Sandals properties delivers a scope of activities, attention to detail and emphasis on luxury that results in the perfect holiday experience for couples or families.
One of our favorite Sandals resort is the Royal Bahamian with its off shore island, seven pools, eight restaurants, butler service and Rolls Royce airport pickup. We believe the resort meets the demands of even the most discriminating traveler.
Secrets Excellence Punta Cana
Secrets has earned high ratings from our clients. Secrets is located far from crowds in a forest of seven thousand palm trees on a remote stretch of Punta Cana’s Caribbean shoreline. Secrets Excellence offers moonlit horseback rides on the beach, live stage shows featuring Latin American dance and music, and a casino. Secrets Excellence provides the perfect playground with two giant pools including swim-up bars and pool side meals under palapas. The world-class spa and fitness center give guests an opportunity to keep up their workout schedules and pamper their bodies. The resort has seven different restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Our clients especially enjoyed seaside candlelight dinners. The property is all suites with a four post canopy bed. World class spa. Adults only. Perfect beach. Our favorite, hammocks for two.
Iberostar Bavaro Punta Cana
Another all suites resort in Punta Cana that earns high rating from our clients and the Travel Insider Staff. A huge skeleton of a whale carved from wood, a wall which transforms into a waterfall, an old Chevy car - all part of the visual delights you'll see within an array of buffet and a la carte restaurants throughout the whole complex. And to top it off, a disco which is in theme of an old DC6 airplane, with the cone as the DJ booth, the wings as the bar counters. Arguably the best beach in Punta Cana, Bavaro Beach, with white sand and turquoise waters. Villas are set in gardens of tropical flowers, lagoons, and palms. Nine restaurants. Small casino.
Royal Hideaway Playacar Riviera Maya Mexico
Notes from one Travel Insider staffer’s visit to the resort. “Small resort just 178 rooms. Full activities program. Absolutely a first class property. Six ala carte restaurants. Extensive concierge service and pool side attendants. Our favorite, the champagne at check in. We recommend this resort for decompressing. Stunning beach. Absolutely five star food service. Classy and relaxing. The entire family is welcome but caters to couples.” Absolutely a distinctive property earning a place on our top ten all inclusive resort list.
Sun Palace Cancun
This place has it all. The food was marvelous! The amenities were wonderful and the view was absolutely breath taking!
Beautiful lobby, friendly staff, delicious meals and immaculate, relaxing accommodations.
Adults only. Just the perfect little resort.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
Added in 2011 to our list of the ten best is the Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun. Why? Because it is consistently rated as the best luxurious resort in Mexico. Quiet. Relaxing. No pool side drinking games here. Great five star cuisine We can't wait to go back. Ranked Number One of all the hotels in Cancun by Tripadvisor. It is a Traveler's Choice 2012 award winner. Truly unmatched. Luxury and relaxation.
Couples Tower Isle Ocho Rios Jamaica
Shaken not stirred martinis. Romantic adults only resort. In fact the pioneer of this category. Top notch service. Become a certified scuba diver. Sunset catamaran cruises. Tower Isle is a smaller resort. Just 226 rooms. Exceptional food. Playground to Hollywood celebrities in the 1950s. The resort was one of the first built in Jamaica. In 2009 an extensive renovation was completed. In the Eight Rivers Restaurant the renovation included several murals painted in 1949 by the American illustrator John Pike. We loved the combination of a once a popular hangout for stage and Hollywood screen stars, sports and political figures with the romantic intimate top drawer resort amenities. Princess Margaret, Walt Disney, actress Eva Gabor, screen sensation Debbie Reynolds, movie star Errol Flynn, boxer Joe Louis and playwright Noel Coward stayed at the resort during its heyday. We encourage you to walk in their foot steps. Recently this resort was named a TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award winner as one of the top 25 resorts in the Caribbean.
Veranda Resort and Residences Turks and Caicos
One Trip Advisor reviewer said "run do not walk to this resort." We couldn't agree more. First the beach is perfect. Restaurant food choices endless. Top shelf liquor. Don't miss dinner at Coco Bistro. Spacious rooms. We encourage you to read the reviews because recent visitors say it better than we can. Truly a luxury all inclusive and deservedly one of the ten best.