When it comes to vacations, sometimes it’s just better to pay one large bill. The best way to do that? An all-inclusive resort, of course. Take it one step further and make sure it’s an adult-only property — you’re golden.
“The number one benefit of an all-inclusive resort is the ‘getting-home-factor’ and not seeing extra charges on the credit card you didn’t account for on your vacation. It happens to the best of us!” Angela Adto Tepper, founder of AZA Luxury Travel, told the New York Post. “The benefits of a resort being adults-only is not having to experience an unruly child crying near you as you dine or have kids cannon-balling into the pool right next to you, amongst other things.”
As you’d expect, at an adults-only all-inclusive resort, all activities are geared towards those who are 21+ and the properties tend to be a bit more luxurious.
If you’re looking for some peace and quite but don’t love the price tag of many adults-only all-inclusives, Shaiy Howard, CEO of Travel by Shaiy, recommended a work-around. “There are some resorts [that] may not be adults-only but have adults-only areas, which are not bad either as you can save a little on these types of options.”
On the flip side, if budget is top of mind and you’re traveling with a larger group, traditional all-inclusive resorts can be a great option.
“Everyones budgets may not be the same [so] this way guests can pay for their vacation and don’t worry about the cost of meals, drinks, entertainment or anything like that,” Howard said. “[Since] so many all-inclusive resorts have different room levels, guests who are not budget conscious can spring for that oceanfront corner suite while others who are budget conscious can get the run of the house but everyone can come together and enjoy each other.”
Ahead find our top selections for all-inclusive adults-only resorts by location in 2023 and beyond. Check out our FAQ section at the bottom of the article to get more information on your top questions about all-inclusive resorts, answered by experts.
For a “Yellowstone”-esque vibe, the Triple Creek Ranch property in Montana is a fabulous vacation spot, according to Tepper, who recently booked a trip there for a client.
“It’s a Relais and Chateaux property with lodges spread across a great vast view of raw wilderness. My clients went horseback-riding, dabbled in archery, painting, yoga, and spa sessions,” Tepper said. “They raved about the wine and cuisine, which was not surprising because of Relais and Chateaux’s focus on great gastronomy and drinks. It’s a great place for adults to rejuvenate and immerse in nature.”
Stacy Claydon, personal travel designer at Travel Edge also recommended this resort. “Experience rustic luxury with amazing scenery and outdoor activities. Choose from a luxurious log cabin or ranch home, depending on what space you need. This ranch experience features a long list of outdoor activities and fresh contemporary cuisine.”
This mountain hideaway features seven different cabin styles that offer a variety of luxury cabin accommodations. Rates are specific to each cabin style and inclusive of meals, beverages and most activities, and are designed for two people.
Note: Relais & Châteaux is an association of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, known for their luxurious all-inclusive properties.
Ever dream of wearing a ballroom gown in the mountains? Now you can! The Point stands as the very first Relais & Chateaux property in North America and is so luxurious that they host a black tie, 7-course dinner and a wine-pairing with each bite on wednesdays and saturday evenings.
“Located on Saranac Lake in upstate New York, it’s utterly charming with 11 guest rooms. My clients love the intimacy of this property, and often say it feels like ‘a home away from home,’ Tepper said.
Enjoy 75 acres, superb cuisine and world class service during a romantic getaway or a holiday celebration in the winter.
If you’re looking for some R&R, Miraval Resorts are the way to go.
“Miraval Resort [are] an all-time favorite, and in fact, today, I booked a stay for four women (repeat Miraval-goers) at the Berkshires property. I’ve [personally] been to all three properties — Tucson, Austin, and Berkshires. This is a favorite amongst travel-goers, not only of the all-inclusive and adults-only (minimum age is 18) factor, but the strong focus on spa, wellness, and fitness programming,” Tepper said.
The Miraval Berkshires wellness property features exclusive spa treatments, nourishing cuisine and world-class wellness specialists — intended to create a life of balance through mindfulness.
The 1894 mansion is the centerpiece of the resort and has housed some of Massachusetts’ most preeminent industrialists, writers, musicians, golfers and more and the 380 surrounding acres were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind New York’s Central Park.
Another great all-inclusive to get a recharge is none other than the Red Mountain Resort in Utah.
“This is a true wellness retreat with a focus on healthy eating and wellness activities. They offer a hiking and yoga program, daily seminars, a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a state of the art gym,” Claydon told The Post. “Located just outside of St. George, the stunning scenery really sets this resort apart. Hike in Zion National Park or Angel’s Landing, take a yoga class in Snow Canyon, go on an art tour in St. George, or borrow a bicycle from the resort and go for a ride, surrounded by mountains.”
The hotel’s vacation packages include accommodations, daily guided hikes, bike rentals, three meals a day, fitness classes, lifestyle classes, personal discovery activities and Wi-Fi.
If an Alaskan cruise is not your vibe, consider a fun-filled experience on land at the Salmon Falls Resort where you can do some of the best fishing of your life.
“This is a seasonal resort, with a focus on fishing, shrimping and adventurous activities. You can choose a standard room or a suite — all come with modern amenities (Keurig machine, premium linens, premium bath products). In addition to fishing, they also offer cooking classes, kayaking, biking, hiking, zodiac, zip-lining, float plane tours and yoga,” Claydon explained.
Available to book from June to September every year, the Salmon Falls resort is located in the southern entrance to the Behm Canal in Ketchikan. While the resort has grown and added a catalogue of Alaskan activities for visitors to enjoy, the resort was originally built by Steve Sealy in 1986 and was envisioned as a fishing paradise, helping skilled and first-time anglers alike catch world-class fish — which has remained true over the years.
If Big Sur is on your 2023 travel list, this all-inclusive resort with incredible views is the way to go.
“Set in a unique landscape, this resort focuses on nature and serenity. Dine in your room, poolside or at the resort restaurant. Activities include yoga, medication, tai chi and hikes. Choose from 54 rooms, suites and villas – all well appointed with luxurious and modern amenities, and all with a view of either forest or ocean,” Claydon said.
Enjoy three meals daily, the opportunity to drive a classic car down Highway, a spa and fabulous lodging that goes above and beyond with private decks, fireplaces, outdoor showers, private hot tubs, spa-inspired bathrooms and much more.
“300 acres with 20 unique cottages and suites with many wellness and adventurous activities — all included, along with meals, fine wines and spirits. All packages are customized/personalized for each guest,” Claydon said.
This all-season resort that is just an hour and half outside of Burlington and five hours from New York City, the perfect all-inclusive option to enjoy for a romantic getaway, a holiday celebration and more. Enjoy meals in the dining room, private dinners in your room or even intimate picnics in the forest. Ski the resort’s private mountain in the winter and bike private trails in the spring.
Caribbean & Mexico
This all-inclusive in St. Lucia must be good if both Tepper and Claydon recommended it!
“What stands out the most about this exclusive resort are the unique accommodations. Each of the 24 individually designed sanctuaries has a private infinity pool as well as both ocean and mountain views,” Claydon said. “These suites are truly extravagant and are both open to nature and private at the same time. The resort caters to romance, offering private dining options, in-room spa treatments as well as weddings, honeymoon packages and vow renewals.”
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front of Anse Chastanet Resort, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating the island’s stunning scenic beauty.
Enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of Jade Mountain with all of sister resort Anse Chastanet’s restaurants, bars, boutiques, art gallery, spa, scuba, bike and water sports facilities as well as two soft sand beaches available and easily accessible to Jade Mountain guests by foot or resort shuttle at all times.
“Jade Mountain in St. Lucia is popular among honeymooners, babymooners, and couples looking to get away,” Tepper agreed. “It’s set in the lush mountains and the property can have a ‘treehouse-like’ feel to it. While they are not located beach-side, the plethora of infinity pools offers quite the sanctuary.”
A treehouse resort? We’re in!
“Le Blanc Resort in Los Cabos is a popular option, because not only does the setting exude relaxation, but they offer a hassle-free all-inclusive and adults-only atmosphere. It’s perfect for clients who like to be catered to as they offer butler service, yet in comparison to other resorts in this destination they are competitively priced,” Tepper said.
Enjoy luxury accommodations, fabulous services, a spa to quiet your mind, a selection of indoor and outdoor fitness activities, whale watching, and much more.
“This resort features 12 unique cottages and one villa. The cliffside location, above sea caves and just minutes from the famous 7-mile beach of Negril — really sets this resort apart. Culinary options include private cave dining experiences, authentic home cooking, local jerk flavors, as well as 5-course dinners and made-to-order breakfasts,” Claydon raved.
Each room at The Caves hotel is completely unique with character and incredible coastal views atop some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world. The on-property cuisine is made with authentic Jamaican jerk barbecues and fresh local produce. In addition to incredible views and food, take advantage of included activities like snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and some time at the spa.
“[An] upscale 5-star resort with luxurious resort and room amenities (room service, pool and beachside beverage and snack service, a celebrity chef-run restaurant, personalized mini-bar, etc). The Mayan Riviera offers interesting and adventurous daily excursions, so this is a great option for adults wanting to explore outside of their resort,” Claydon recommended.
Set on the stunning white beaches of Riviera Maya, UNICO 20°87° immerses guests in the culture of the region, from the locally-inspired cocktails and cuisines to the art in the rooms. Three unique pools and holistic spa and wellness center drive home a sense of relaxed luxury, while exciting pop-up events insert a touch of spontaneity into the experience.
“The focus of this brand-new resort is relaxation. Barbados does not have a lot of all-inclusive accommodations, so this is a great addition to their portfolio. A wide variety of adult-focused activities is available for those who like to be busy – including cooking classes, sporting lessons, games, and workshops,” Claydon said.
Enjoy live music every afternoon and night, including local bands and DJs, plus a world-class spa, luxury dining, premium drinks, masterclasses, incredible suites and more.
If you’re interested in visiting Cancun but don’t want to be at a crowded spring break hotel, this Beloved property is the way to go.
“This beautiful boutique-style hotel is set on a remote beach, away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun. The spa offers elevated experiences, with healing rituals and hydrotherapy. Most of the elegant suites include a private plunge pool and ocean views. This resort is couples-only and the romantic vibe extends throughout,” Claydon said.
7. Marquis Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico
When it comes to Cabo, Claydon recommends the Marquis location for extreme luxury.
“The Marquis is a top choice for discerning adults wanting both luxury and a focus on wellness, in a high-end location. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this resort checks every box – beautiful suites, amazing gourmet dining options and an exquisite spa,” Claydon said. “The location in the Tourist Corridor allows easy access to nightlife, art galleries, shopping, and swimmable beaches.”
The property overlooks the Sea of Cortez, the all-inclusive hotel features 209 suites and 24 casitas, a 13,000 square foot spa, five fabulous restaurants, and the opportunity to enjoy sailing, golf, private photoshoots and more.
South America & Asia
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, look no further than Estancia Cristina in El Calafate, Argentina where you can see the jaw dropping beauty of Patagonia.
The property features five casas (named Montaña, Estepa, Bosque, Río, and Familia) surrounding the main lodge where you’ll eat. Each one features four private suite rooms with a bow window and the chance to connect with the natural strength of a breathtaking view — thousands of acres of wilderness. Set in a glacier valley, the lodge is protected by the winds, lakes, mountains, and astonishing views that remain fully present through panoramic windows.
Available activities include horseback riding, hiking, riding a 4×4, fishing and more.
“This seems to be a great option for travelers who are looking to explore this amazing distant region with a ‘choose your own adventure’ program. Ideal if interested in complete privacy in a house-like environment as meals take place in a separate building,” Tepper said.
Deep in the jungle is this unique Four Seasons property, located on elevated ground near the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers. It’s in the heart of the Golden Triangle and overlooks three countries simultaneously: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
The all-inclusive property features 15 luxurious, full-air conditioned tents that are positioned away from each other for privacy and one main lodge to provide guests with all the amenities they would expect from a five-star property. Tents feature hardwood floors, mosquito nets, a king-size bed, a two-person hand-hammered copper bathtub, a sundeck with a daybed and two massage beds, as well as an outdoor rain shower.
24-hour in-room dining, complimentary and premium Wi-Fi, spa treatments, a five-star restaurant, bar and wine cellar are all at your fingertips.
For an incredible trip to the Maldives, Komandoo Resort will not disappoint. With overwater and beach villas available (most with private hot tubs) the all-inclusive gold package includes three meals a day (plus snacks and one romantic dinner on the beach), unlimited drinks, one spa treatment, a windsurfing lesson, free use of non-motorized water sports and snorkeling equipment, one sunset cruise, access to the gym, one bag of laundry per stay and more.
For another incredible all-inclusive, luxury stay in Argentina with a completely different change of pace is the Awasi Iguazù property. The Relais and Chateaux hotel is built on stilts for minimal environmental impact, 14 villas are spread throughout the jungle for privacy among guests but within easy distance of the main lodge.
Each villa has a private plunge pool and a spacious living area. While most guests come here to enjoy the outdoors and seclusion, if you’re looking to socialize, you can do so at the bar and restaurant located in the main lodge.
Enjoy fabulous meals with state-of-the-art gastronomy, your own private guide and a 4WD vehicle to explore the region at your own place. Excursions include visiting the 18th-century Jesuit ruins, hidden waterfalls (as well as the famous ones), kayaking through the jungle, bird watching, and more.
“I’m a big fan of this brand, because Relais and Chateaux hotels are boutique and have a strong focus on gastronomy, two important details many of my clients desire when considering accommodations,” Tepper said of Awasi properties.
Middle East & Africa
1. Singita Pamushana Luxury Lodge in Malilangwe Reserve, Zimbabwe
If you’re ready to check off “African safari” on your bucket list, the Singita Pamushana Luxury Lodge in Zimbabwe is a hotel stay you’ll never forget.
“I can’t recommend Singita enough, having just visited three of their outstanding properties recently in Zimbabwe, Sabi Sands, and Kruger National Park. These are truly all-inclusive stays where absolutely everything is included,” Tepper said. “While this is a family-friendly property, it’s a popular safari experience for our honeymooners. At Singita’s Kwitonda Lodge in Rwanda, they too accept families at the lodge, but the minimum age to trek with the gorillas is 15-years-old.”
Singita’s Pamushana Luxury Lodge is perched high on a sandstone ridge overlooking the expanse of the Malilangwe Dam. The property’s eight elegant suites (all with private plunge pools) draw inspiration from the rich tribal history of ancient Zimbabwe.
Enjoy a cliff-top firepit, a bar-deli overlooking the dam, alfresco dining, personalities itineraries that include game drives, community visits with locals, wine experiences, guided safari walks, fishing, sunset cruises and much more.
“Al Maha, a tented desert safari experience located in the desert beyond Dubai’s city limits, is a popular honeymoon spot for our newly-weds. While they do accept children above the ages of ten, the tented camp layout offers a great deal of privacy. This is an all-inclusive property offering multiple of interesting activities you can partake in, everything from sand-boarding, riding camels, archery, dune-driving, and much more,” Tepper recommended.
From personal experience, I can attest just how special the Imbali Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park is.
The property features 12 spacious suites that come with a complimentary mini-bar with selected beverages, as well as tea and coffee at your suite, plus a Victorian-style bathtub and a walk-in shower. Two daily safaris in a 4×4 land cruiser are included in all rates where you can spot Africa’s Big Five — the lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, African bush elephant and African buffalo.
Enjoy incredible cuisine in the main lodge, an infinity pool to cool off after an exciting safari ride and exceptional service.
While it’s been many years since I’ve visited the Imbali Safari Lodge, watching a family of friendly elephants pass by while I’m munching on my breakfast, is an experience I’ll never forget. The staff was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, always put our safety first and made every safari outing better than the last.
FAQ on adults-only all-inclusive resorts, answered by experienced travel experts
How much should I spend on an all-inclusive resort?
“I would say $200-$250 per person per night is a good starting point not including airfare. Obviously it can vary but I would not advise paying for something [that seems] ‘too good to be true’ because it probably is and not a quality resort,” said Lauren Doyle, President of The Travel Mechanic.
“There are many factors that come into play with the total price: location, cost of airfare, room categories, amenities, age of the resort, etc. One thing to keep in mind is that when you choose an all-inclusive resort you will have very few costs in destination so you can allocate the full amount of your budget to the initial cost,” Claydon said. “Adults only resorts tend to include more amenities, such as airport transfers, more on-site activities, all brands of spirits, wine and beer, room service and concierge service. The overall value is significantly better than a family resort. There is no need for these resorts to spend money on kid’s clubs, child caregivers and family-friendly activities which allows for more amenities included for adults.”
What to look for when booking an all-inclusive resort
Ahead, Claydon listed some valuable tips to use during your booking process:
- If there are amenities that are extremely important to you, check to see if you can make advanced reservations. Spa appointments, restaurants, excursions, private cabanas — many of these can be booked in advance.
- Look at the different room options before booking. I think booking a room with an ocean view is imperative to having a wonderful Caribbean travel experience, but it really comes down to what room features are most important for each traveller. Some resorts allow you to book specific floors as well as specific views. It’s important to know what to expect, to avoid any disappointment.
- Check out upgrade options, such as a “preferred club” or similar. Sometimes these VIP amenities are amazing and sometimes they are not worth it so do research before you automatically go for it.
- Book private airport transfers. If the transfers are included in your package, double check that they are private and not shared. It can be frustrating to wait for other travelers once you have arrived in destination. A private transfer is more comfortable and more efficient than a shared bus.
Advice for an all-inclusive first-timer
“If you have never gone to an all-inclusive, consider location and star level, I highly recommend nothing less than 4-stars. Also, you don’t want to be limited to anything so always go for the Preferred Club Level at an all-inclusive,” Howard said. “Check the reviews in terms of the service, quality, food, etc. If you drink a certain type of alcohol, check with the resort to ensure they have it or have your travel advisor check. Generally, when you book a Club Level it is more VIP and generally you get top shelf alcohol. You may also get a personal butler and/or concierge service. This is always [nice] when it is your first time.”
Tepper also noted the importance of knowing what type of “experience” you’re getting from a given resort.
“Are they solo-traveler friendly or are they couple focused? Does it have a relaxing vibe or is it party central? Ask the resort what constitutes [‘adults-only’] to them. Every property is different. While the age could be 21 for some, it may be 16 or a different age for another resort,” Tepper said. Also, for an all-inclusive, you should inquire if they are truly an all-inclusive property where all activities are included.”
“It is a great value if you don’t want to think too much on vacation since everything is included,” Doyle said.
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