Top 15 All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts
British Virgin Islands: Guana Island
Guana Island, refreshed and reopened after the 2017 hurricanes, is unique among Caribbean all-inclusive resorts because it's as much a place to learn as to relax. For decades, the resort has been home to an internationally-acclaimed conservation program that not only draws researchers and scientists to study local plants, wildlife, and marine ecosystems, but also engages guests in hands-on education programs. Rates start at $795.
Dine: Touring the orchards and greenhouses that supply the resort kitchen is a wonderful prelude to cocktail hour and the nightly four-course dinners laid out by Chef Xavi Arnau.
Don't Miss: The resort hosts a maximum of 32 guests at a time, so it's easy to feel like you truly have this private island to yourself as you hike the 12 miles of trails to mountain peaks, a hidden flamingo pond, and the island’s seven secluded beaches.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Petit St. Vincent
Another luxury all-inclusive that puts a premium on privacy, Petit St. Vincent is a 115-acre pearl in the necklace of the Grenadines, with just 22 one- and two-bedroom cottages widely scattered across the island. Secluded doesn't mean neglected, however: just hang a yellow flag outside your cottage if you need a snack, drink, massage, or pretty much anything else, and roaming staff members will be at your door in a snap. Rates start at $1,250 per night.
Dine: In addition to on-demand room service, the resort has hillside and beachside restaurants serving local seafood and fruits and vegetables grown on-island. Wines are drawn from a 4,500-bottle cellar, and the weekly beach barbecue includes grilled steaks and fresh lobster.
Don’t Miss: The Grenadines have some of the world's best sailing and diving, which PSV guests can experience on a day sail aboard the 49-foot Windward Islands sloop Beauty and dive outings to the nearby Tobago Cays with the resort's Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Diving Center.
Montego Bay, Jamaica: Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall
Hyatt might not be the first brand that comes to mind when you're thinking of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but these sister properties in Montego Bay strike a perfect balance between luxury hotel-quality amenities and generous inclusions. Set on the beachfront of the historic Rose Hall Great House property, they diverge not in quality but focus: the Ziva caters to families, while the butler-served swim-up suites at the Zilara are for couples only.
Dine: The two sister resorts share access to 13 restaurants, including the requisite Jamaican jerk stand, Barefoot Jerkz, skewers of grilled meat and vegetables served yakitori style at the Ziva's FuZion Asian Grill, and French cuisine and table-mixed martinis at Zilara's Petit PariZ Restaurant.
Don't Miss: Head Pastry Chef and resident "Chocolgist" Wouter Tjeertes' chocolate making class, held Mondays and Thursdays at Sweet Bitez in Rose Hall Village.
Grenada: Sandals Resort and Spa
Grenada is known for its luxury beach resorts, and the takeover of the La Source resort by Sandals in 2014 has only enhanced that reputation. Accommodations at the Pink Gin Beach include Sandals' patented Love Nest Suites—elevated, butler-served rooms with private, infinity-edge plunge pools—and a spa and beach cabanas are luxury add-ons to the resort's vast array of included activities and amenities. Rooms from $557.
Dine: Food quality varies widely among all-inclusive resorts—sometimes even within the same chain. The dining options at the Sandals Grenada Resort and Spa in Grenada, for their the ambiance and Italian cuisine at Cucina Romana, rank among the best you'll experience in Caribbean.
Don't Miss: Scuba diving is part of the resort's all-inclusive package, including dive trips to Grenada's Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park.
Jamaica: Bluefields Bay Villas
Looking for a different kind of all-inclusive experience? Bluefields Bay has a laid-back Jamaican vibe with six oceanfront villas facing a protected marine sanctuary and meals served in your private quarters by an on-staff chef. Nannys for children, caregivers for elderly guests, and staff-guided tours to YS Falls and other nearby attractions are all included in the price of your stay. Rates from $600.
Dining: Jamaican fusion cuisine, focusing on locally-grown vegetables and herbs and wild fish from nearby waters, is served on fine china in each villa. Afternoon appetizers like tuna ceviche and callaloo tarts are on the menu, along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Don't Miss: Deep-sea fishing with Herman, a local fisherman—a non-touristy, kid-friendly experience where you'll drop lines eight miles off of Jamaica's South Coast and bring back fresh mahi-mahi, tuna, and red snapper for dinner.
Antigua: Hermitage Bay
On Antigua's west coast, this resort feels like a Caribbean Bali Hai. Along the white-powder shore, chaise lounges and umbrellas invite relaxing days. Although most guests never stray from the property, the resort is only 10 minutes from Jolly Harbour's lively marina and shops. Rates start at $1,200.
Dine: Here, the five-star dining revolves around locally-sourced ingredients interpreted in Indian, Chinese, and Jamaican-kissed fare: spiced king fish with jasmine rice and jerk chicken wontons with mango chutney? So awesome.
Don't miss: Learn how to make some of your favorite dishes from the resort in a cooking class. It's pure fun hanging out with the chef in the alfresco kitchen, using organic vegetables from the garden and Caribbean spices. (Book in advance; the class fills up fast.)
—Marion Laffey Fox
St. Lucia: Calabash Cove
The entrance of the open-air, Bali-style reveals endless water views. The resort's intimate spaces are ideal for couples looking to relax; 13 Sunset Junior suites overlook Mosaic Beach with private hot tubs, and four Swim-Up Junior suites have lanais that lead to the resort's infinity-edge pool. Nine Water’s Edge Cottages have their own plunge pools and swaying deck hammocks. Rates start at $300.
Dine: All meals are served in Windsong (although the swim-up bar serves a casual lunch menu) or via room service; the menu has an Asian twist, but still draws on local produce and island flavors like the smoky St. Lucian crab backs with mango mojo on organic leaves, and the local octopus tempura with tart pickled ginger and fresh spicy chili seaweed.
Don't Miss: The swim-up bar is the place to be at sunset with a drink in hand. (Try the Lucian Mama, a sweet concoction of orange juice, banana, cacao Creole, and dark rum.) Then watch the golden sun disappear into the sea from the edge of the infinity pool.
Antigua: Jumby Bay Island
Jumby means "playful spirit" in Antiguan patois, and that's a good description of the vintage surfboards and straw-leaf worked into the 2018 renovation of the resort's common areas, including the beach pool and spa, directed by Brazilian design firm Anastassiadis Arquitetos. Rates start at $1,550.
Dine: The Verandah, the buzzy matrix of the resort, has been reimagined as an Italian trattoria with a nautically inspired contemporary interior, including by a wooden canoe built in native Arawak style in the 1920s.
Don't Miss: Book a stargazing night on Pasture Bay Beach, where the staff will set up lounge chairs for you to spot brilliant constellations and will fill a basket with gourmet treats and champagne.
St. Lucia: The BodyHoliday
The BodyHoliday has a slight edge when it comes to all-inclusive packages: spa treatments. Each day, one 50-minute treatment (from hydrotherapy to massages) is held at the hillside, coliseum-style Wellness Centre. And although the word "spa" conjures feelings of zen, this freshly renovated property is buzzing with energy, from the sleek, white reception area to the sandy Cariblue Beach and a new pair of luxury villas. Rates start at $900.
Dine: The open-air Cariblue Restaurant is your not-so-typical buffet for breakfast and lunch with an extensive fresh salad bar and made-to-order dishes. The Deli and Clubhouse serve casual meals and drinks, but it's TAO restaurant that takes dining to a new level. The romantic location on a second-tier balcony offers a Pan-Asian menu including tender flat-iron steak with bok choy and a smoky eggplant puree. Enhancing the Tao experience are a new outdoor deck, wine cellar, and an expanded menu of organic dishes.
Don't Miss: The piano bar is an old-school blast: Cozy up under soft candelabra light with a dry martini or scotch on the rocks and enjoy music from the baby grand piano.
Antigua: Curtain Bluff
The curved, white-roofed buildings of Curtain Bluff ascend a rocky promontory like clouds floating between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Here, all 72 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows for ultimate water views. The breezy interiors are Caribbean-chic, with white, coral, and shades of blue against pale marble flooring. Rates start at $840.
Dine: Breakfast and candlelight dinners are served in the breezy Tamarind Tree restaurant. Seagrape is a more intimate dining experience, with a Italian-Antiguan menu designed by Chef Rodrick Beazer. Barefoot buffet lunches are far from ordinary, with plump barbecued shrimp and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches served in the open-air Beach Café & Bar.
Don't Miss: Just a few minutes from the property is Nelson's Dockyard, a national park—the working marina is a great place to spend the afternoon admiring gleaming yachts and ships. It's also home to a collection of 18th-century structures that now house great boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
—Marion Laffey Fox
Grenada, West Indies: Spice Island Beach Resort
A home-away-from-home experience keeps 55 percent of Spice Island Beach Resort's guests returning year after year. Indulgences are well within reach in the AAA Five Diamond resort's 64 contemporary suites spread across eight acres. Closest to the pristine sand and the calm, swimmable waters, Sea Grape suites are the most popular room option. Grenada’s fragrant herbs and spices suffuse treatments at the Janissa Spa and the breezes flowing through the new yoga pavilion on Grand Anse Beach. Rates start at $1,145.
Dine: Local spices and ingredients are woven into every dish, from cream of breadfruit (a locally sourced starch) soup to nutmeg ice cream (exotic flavors made from scratch daily), served in open-air dining areas.
Don't Miss: Shop the nearby market for native spices, such as cloves and cinnamon, and hand-woven baskets. For an adventure, drive 20 minutes for a rain forest hike that leads to dramatic waterfalls and natural pools suited for swimming.
—Amy Lowe Mitchell
Dominican Republic: Paradisus Palma Real
Despite Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort's rather large footprint (it boasts 554 suites), the resort's guest-centric philosophy makes it feel like everybody knows your name—and if you're staying in one of the 200 rooms designated as Royal Service, the staff is trained to do just that. As a Royal service visitor, you'll be granted access to a private pool, bar, natural juice stand, and (kid-free) beach, where your butler can reserve your own covered Bali bed during the busy season for no extra charge. Rates start at $367 per person.
Dine: Six à la carte restaurants and eight bars offer good variety for all palates. Try a light lunch at the resort's Naos buffet to leave room for an indulgent dinner at the Royal Service-exclusive Palazzo restaurant—the beef tenderloin truly shines thanks to a delightful, flavor-rich herb au jus.
Don't Miss: Head over to the Red Lounge or Gabi Beach for after-hours entertainment. Gabi Beach is a nod to Miami, with all-white lounges and tables right on the sand. During high season, the resort hosts daily dance parties that last well into the night. If you want to forgo the dancing and hole up in one spot, Red Lounge is a great alternative. Scarlet walls, crimson furniture, and ambient amber lighting give the place a cozier feel. The bar scene not your thing? Head back to your room early and ask your personal butler for a pillow menu to find the perfect pad for your weary head.
—Brielle M. Ferreira
Jamaica: The Caves
The limestone-and-coral walls and patios of The Caves sit atop Negril's craggy West End cliffs as if thrust out from the sea along with the volcano-formed cliff face itself. There's no beach here, but you won't miss it: The rustic, romantic getaway trades sand grains for cozy grottoes. Rates start at $490.
Dine: The Caves bypasses the typical buffets and instead serves fresh, organic food grown on local farms. Order the "combo" so you can try everything. The banana pancakes and the Jamaican jerk chicken are musts.
Don't Miss: Go underwater with the resort's outdoors guide, who will take you snorkeling in caves (including a bat cave!). Reserve the private hot tub at sunset for a fab view.
—Jennifer Brunnemer Slaton
Dominican Republic: Sanctuary Cap Cana
Not so long ago, the 30,000 beachfront acres approximately 10 minutes south of Punta Cana International Airport that make up Cap Cana were nearly untouched. And while a host of resorts and hotels have popped up all along thecoast since then, walking on the Sanctuary's sprawling oceanfront property still gives you the impression of having stumbled upon a hidden paradise. Rates start at $344 per person.
Dine: Restaurants here specialize in five different cuisines, but if you're feeling a little homesick, you can still fill up on a full American breakfast in bed, complete with bacon and eggs, thanks to the Sanctuary's stellar room service. Just be sure to make it over to the resort's signature restaurant, the Blue Marlin, for lunch or dinner during your stay to get a taste of the incredible grilled tuna, caught daily by local fishermen.
Don't Miss: If you decide to spend your stay in one of the resort's exclusive Monarch Villas, you'll be able to watch the daily pink-and-purple sunsets from your own private porch on the beach, where the pristine white sand is nearly always deserted save for the occasional romantic wedding ceremony. If you find yourself in the mood for a tad more action, nearby Juanillo Beach is where the locals go to catch some rays.
—Brielle M. Ferreira
When the scenery along the bumpy ride from the airport changes from sugar cane stalks and rum shacks to Louis Vuitton and Cartier storefronts, that's how you know you've arrived in swanky Holetown, Barbados. Mango Bay hotel's restaurant, bar, and guest rooms all wrap a palm tree-lined pool like a horseshoe, with the west-facing beach (a prime spot for sunset watching) front and center. Rates start at $550.
Dine: All meals are served at Mango Bay's beachfront restaurant, where local produce and Barbados's signature breaded-and-fried flying fish are menu favorites. At the bar, try the deliciously fruity (and potent) Mango Bay Special rum cocktail.
Don't Miss: Sign up for a Catamaran Cruise (included) to get a tour of the island's west coast before snorkeling with sea turtles; a guide feeds them while you swim in the turquoise water with your new friends.