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11 Off-the-Beaten-Path All-Inclusive Resorts to Visit This Year
Enjoy meals, activities and accommodations rolled into one flat rate at these underrated resorts.
Slip away to these under-the-radar spots.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
While St. Thomas and all inclusive don't typically go hand in hand, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, which sits on the island's southern end, offers a traditional stress-free experience and packaged rates coupled with striking scenery and genuine hospitality. Plus, the all-inclusive pricing includes a la carte dining options, nightly entertainment and cocktails. And with St. Thomas sitting squarely on U.S. territory, you can leave your passport at home. Though the resort is currently closed, it will reopen on Oct. 1, 2016. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Newly refurbished, the Waves Hotel & Spa recently reopened after a major transformation. Guests can enjoy the island nation's calm waters and partake in spa treatments and water sports before noshing on healthy dishes from the wellness-inspired menus at the property's three on-site restaurants. And kayaking, sailing, water skiing and golf are just a stone's throw away, as is the world-class spa, which is adjacent to the property. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, recently unveiled expanded all-inclusive offerings. With this new package, families can enjoy a vacation that includes three meals daily, select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, admission to the on-site Coqui Water Park and access to property amenities, including the resort's 100-acre private isle, Palomino Island. Nightly rates at this Waldorf Astoria property start at $399, with additional charges for all-inclusive accommodation options.
Smith Fork Ranch
Built into the side of the Rocky Mountains, Smith Fork Ranch is far from a typical all-inclusive resort. Instead of relaxing on a beach all day, you might search for wild mushrooms, take advantage of the retreat's famous "Cocktail and Horseback Riding Experience" or go fly-fishing. And instead of the traditional all-inclusive fare served at outposts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you'll enjoy gritty homemade favorites using locally harvested ingredients. The property can accommodate up to 28 guests per week, and nightly room rates start at around $300.
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
While Costa Rica is a go-to spot for adventure-seekers and beach lovers alike, the area's diverse regions aren't known for their all-inclusive offerings. Still, Dreams Las Mareas sits in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region and offers all-inclusive rates that cover top-notch dining, drinks and entertainment. Relax at the resort's free-form pool, take a nap under a palapa (a thatched-roof structure) on the shore or ceck out one of the property's famous bars. Special packages with airfare are available, and nightly rates start at around $400.
The Landings Resort and Spa
St. Lucia likely conjures images of spectacular mountains, crystal clear waters and the world-famous Pitons. The Landings Resort and Spa offers a taste of everything St. Lucia has to offer, with breathtaking views, a magnificent beachfront and fine dining options. And at the on-site 7,000-square-foot Soleil Spa, you can break away from the beach for some pampering. What's more, the all-included rate covers Wi-Fi, access to the fitness center and nonmotorized water sport activities. Nightly rates start at around $350.
Wyndham Reef Resort
The Wyndham Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is situated on the eastern end of the island, far removed from the heavy crowds of Seven Mile Beach. Yet, this all-inclusive resort serves as a hidden paradise for many. With snorkeling on-site, along with a private beachfront and plenty of dining and activity options to choose from, there are a wealth of diversions well suited for a variety of age groups and interests. At the Wyndham, nightly all-inclusive pricing starts at around $400.
Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino
St. Croix has just one all-inclusive resort, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino. This property features 400 guest rooms, on-site entertainment, a kids club, access to water sports equipment such as sailboats and kayaks, three restaurants (and a cafe) and proximity to some of St. Croix's most historic landmarks. When you tire of dining, gambling and sightseeing, escape to nearby white-sand beaches. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $280.
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
Sandals LaSource, an adults-only all-inclusive property located in St. George's, Grenada, features picturesque views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Here, you'll have access to five pools, 10 restaurants and round-the-clock concierge service. In addition to taking in the beautiful tropical scenery and romantic ambiance, you can splash around turquoise waters or enjoy indulgent spa treatments. Nightly rates run at around $1,000 and up, though prices vary according to season, current promotions and availability.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch
If your ideal vacation involves a slide into the Old West, Vista Verde Guest Ranch could be exactly what you're looking for. This far-flung property offers just the right amount of nature coupled with a rustic experience you can only find at an authentic dude ranch. Here, you can bunk down in a beautiful cabin, enjoy cooking lessons and wine classes and partake in rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing in summer and autumn and snow tubing and skiing come winter. Bring the kids along for an experience they'll never forget. Rooms start at around $1,700 per person, per week.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino offers sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, an on-site 4,000-square-foot water park and all-inclusive amenities such as a la carte menus, nightly entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi, daytime activities like water aerobics and premium cocktails. In other words, it offers something for everyone and an experience you'll never forget. Nightly rates start at around $250. And if you're looking for a quiet and romantic affair, book a room at the adjacent adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.
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