Looking for a luxurious vacation where you can indulge in fine dining, exciting activities, and relaxation without lifting a finger? An all-inclusive could be for you. Gone are the stereotypes of sugary drinks, packed buffets, and screaming kids. Instead, you’ll find fine dining, thoughtful activities, and an emphasis on sustainability and local contributions. Here, we’ve curated a list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world.
Ikos Oceania, Halkidiki, Greece
Set on a hilltop on Greece’s stunning Halkidiki peninsula, Ikos Oceania is regarded as one of the country’s best all-inclusive resorts. Nautical-themed rooms feel fresh after a multi-million dollar refurbishment a few years ago, while amenities include a 1,100-foot-long private sandy beach, included water sports, and five different dining options. With its stunning location and exceptional amenities, Ikos Oceania is the perfect choice for a luxury getaway to Greece.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, Mozambique
While most travelers looking for all-inclusive luxury flock to the Maldives or the cerulean waters of the Caribbean, Mozambique, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, has a luxury resort that rivals anything you’ll find elsewhere. Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort has all of the typical all-inclusive offerings like snowy-white beaches and free-flowing tropical drinks, but guests can also arrange over-the-top experiences, like the resort’s “Dining by Design” dinner, where they work with the chef in selecting a special spot and menu for their dinner — think a deserted sandbank in the Indian Ocean or on a traditional dhow. As if Bazaruto Island wasn’t enough of a retreat, guests can also spend a day on a nearby deserted island, snorkeling, sunbathing, and enjoying a BBQ picnic.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
One of Mexico’s top all-inclusive resorts, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. Set amidst lush tropical gardens and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the resort offers guests a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern luxury, with spacious suites boasting private terraces, plunge pools, and breathtaking views. Guests can choose from eight restaurants, ranging from upscale French at Piaf to creative Caribbean and Mexican classics at Cocina de Autor.
The Brando, French Polynesia
The Brando, the brainchild of actor Marlon Brando and Dick Bailey, is a luxurious eco-resort on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. The Brando boasts 35 luxury villas, each with private pools and stunning views of the turquoise waters of the South Pacific. The resort also has a sustainability focus, using solar panels and deep seawater cooling as part of its commitment to preserving the island’s natural environment. Local produce, grown on-site, is used in all of the restaurants, which boast a French touch thanks to the talents of chef Jean Imbert, an alum of Paris’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Maison Christian Dior.
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Bill Bensley’s incredible all-inclusive luxury tented camp in Cambodia is perched on the edge of a river valley and surrounded by pristine wilderness — and getting there is an adventure unto itself. Guests arrive at Shinta Mani Wild via a 1,300-foot zipline into the camp’s Landing Zone Bar, where they are greeted by the general manager and an aptly-named “adventure butler.” In addition to unlimited spa treatments, Shinta Mani Wild offers guests a range of activities and experiences, including guided jungle treks, river kayaking, and wildlife spotting.
The Point, New York
Holding the distinction of the first Relais and Châteaux hotel in North America, this private, lakefront Adirondack escape was constructed as a camp for William Avery Rockefeller II in the 1930s. Now, The Point has 11 unique rooms spread across four original log buildings, giving guests a sense of “roughing it,” albeit in extreme style. The all-inclusive approach means that visitors can genuinely have a carefree stay, enjoying help-yourself beverages spread throughout the property, caviar tastings, boating and fishing activities, and seven-course black-tie dinners held on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Monchique Resort & Spa, Portugal
A true mountain haven for adventurous holidaymakers, Monchique is ideal for those focused on sport and wellness. Its location in the Algarve makes it a top destination for cyclists drawn to Serra de Monchique’s unique microclimate and incredible terrain. All-inclusive guests can enjoy meals at Serra, a gourmet restaurant inspired by the mountains, Cascata, a low-key pool bar, and the Mercado Culinario, a sprawling buffet available for breakfast.
Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
Set in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, Triple Creek Ranch’s cozy, luxurious cabins are the ultimate Western retreat. The adults-only resort takes activities to the next level — beyond the predictable horseback riding, fly-fishing, and mountain biking, visitors can try their hand at panning for sapphires or crosscut sawing. Book early if you’re planning a summertime visit, but the ranch is open year-round with plenty of adventures on offer.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
Set on a small island off the coast of Antigua in the Caribbean, Jumby Bay spans 300 acres of tropical paradise, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush greenery. The 40 suites and 14 villas each have their own charms, with amenities ranging from private pools to outdoor showers — and, of course, breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Intended to feel like your private island home, guests at Jumby Bay enjoy meals using produce from the island and surrounding sea, paired with a rum punch or a glass of Moët.