With winter fast approaching, many of us will be traveling south to warmer climates. One of the most popular ways to travel is to visit all-inclusive beach resorts. We’ve taken the top 25 resorts according to TripAdvisor
and examined them ruthlessly. Below you’ll find the best rated all inclusive resorts in regions from all around the world. They are sure to help you find the perfect winter getaway this holiday season.
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province, Cuba
Royalton resorts have been known for some time as being a cut above. This particular resort was the 2014 winner of TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards and for good reason; it’s reputation is stellar. Conveniently located a short way from the Santa Clara International Airport, the resort is an adults only romantic getaway that promises to enrich and rejuvenate your senses by indulging you in every possible luxury that can be offered at a resort. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation or one that’s rich in activities, this might be the pick for you. Let’s hope you can fly to Cuba from the U.S. soon!
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa Paraiso, Mexico
Part of the Grand Collection set of hotels and resorts by Iberostar, this is one of the top rated resorts in the Riviera Maya. It’s home is a majestic enclave in the middle of nature. Another adults only resort, this one is all about activities and events. On any given day there are a variety of sporting activities to partake in, as well as beach parties and foodie events at one of its restaurants. If you’re looking for an active holiday that’s steeped in luxury, this might be the resort for you.
Kurumba Maldives, the Maldives
This enchanting resort is available by boat access and offers accommodation in a choice of either a pool villa or beach bungalow nestled deep in the lush tropical gardens of the Maldives. Linked to a variety of dining venues and entertainment options, this resort is a richly charismatic destination that’s perfect for the couple looking to rekindle their romance. As a guest, the resort aims to inspire you with Maldives culture, art, dance and local food in its eight different restaurants. It offers vibrant entertainment each night and many watersports in its protected lagoon and reef.
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Rated the number one adults only resort in Cancun, Le Blanc is a spa lovers getaway. From golfing to relaxing pool side with a drink, this exquisite getaway offers the finest in luxurious resort amenities and services with a variety of cuisines to choose from at one of the many restaurants. The sparkling waters of the Caribbean and the service level offered by the exemplary staff has consistently received high reviews from a global network of travelers. If you want to stay in one of the highest rated all inclusive’s in the world; this is a great pick.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa Maroma, Mexico
This resort is a AAA Five Diamond rated resort right in the heart of one of the world’s most pristine and well regarded beaches. Focused on harmony and luxury, this incredibly lavish resort offers some of the most elegant accommodations you can find at an all inclusive, as well as a plethora of spa and relaxation packages that can be taken advantage of in room, at the spa or on the beach overlooking the water. One thing that really separates this resort is that it’s incredibly private. Even the pool offers private cabanas in lieu of regular pool side seating. With lush tropical gardens and winding paths and pools, the resort is really very quiet and private making it easy to get away from other guests while remaining in the public entertainment areas.
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection, Samana Province, Dominican Republic
If you can’t afford to rent your own private island, this is the next best thing. Tucked away on a private 1.5km island is this exquisite resort and its private dream beaches. With a focus on absolute luxury, the resort is decorated with some of the most lavish and comfortable furniture you’ll ever see. The staff is focused on catering to the guests and will do just about anything to make your stay pleasant. It’s a uniquely tranquil environment that’s ideal for couples who are looking to share an unforgettable experience in the most pristine tropical environment.
Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Another Iberostar resort, the Grand Bavaro Hotel in Punta Cana is a glorious resort bathed by the waters of the blue Caribbean sea. Designed exclusively for tourists seeking the ultimate luxury experience, the focus at this hotel is memories and tranquility. The attentiveness of the staff is sublime and those with a passion for gastronomy will be well taken care of by the in house chef. This hotel doesn’t serve your typical “all inclusive” food, but instead offers a unique eating experience that is sure to amaze you.
Galley Bay Resort, St. John’s, Antigua
Galley Bay is one of the most intimate hideaways you’ll find in Antigua. It’s surprisingly unpretentious but offers a refined, relaxing atmosphere nestled against the glimmering seascape and its lush tropical gardens. For those looking to decompress and get away from the hectic world you call everyday life, this is a great option for you. Since the resort stretches a full forty acres, guest accommodations are spread out and provide a unique sense of privacy many other resorts can’t offer. Tucked deep into the landscape along the white sand beaches and hidden amid the gardens, the cottages offer unique views and completely concealed private plunge pools perfect for relaxing with your partner in. There are three restaurants on site, all of which offer different daily menus. In the end, the resort really is an escape for the senses.
Rixos Sharm El Sheikh Resort, Nabq Bay, Egypt
A mesmerizing and contemporary resort in the heart of one of the world’s most ancient lands, this particular resort is highly rated for its attention to detail and incredible selection of restaurants and activities. There are two main restaurants on the resort, but an additional eight a’la carte restaurants as well as a selection of bars and lounges. The spa is well known for its Turkish bath and there’s a club center specifically for children. This is a great family destination that offers a sense of history with the amenities of today.
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres, Mexico
This resort can only be described as an oasis. Set on an untouched peninsula nestled between the Caribbean and a wetlands preserve, the dramatic setting offers spectacular views of the ocean and tropics. Just 30 minutes from the airport, this adults only resort has a stunning Greg Norman signature golf course, a world-class spa and nine international restaurants that will take your tastebuds on an adventure. This is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway from the world.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Rose Hall, Jamaica
Another five star resort by Iberostar, the Grand Hotel Rose Hall is a premium family resort right on the coast. A quintessential Jamaican getaway, it offers almost every activity and amenity available for guests young and old. If you’re looking to vacation in Jamaica, this is one of the top rated resorts in the region and it’s worthy of your consideration.
Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
This lively, contemporary and chic resort framed by the waters of the Riviera Maya coastline is one of the top rated resorts in all of Mexico. A AAA Four Diamond rated hotel, it offers adult guests a sensual retreat for the senses. Focusing on sophisticated sexiness, the resort is a playground for those adults seeking a rarified, yet romantically charged getaway.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is all about unforgettable family vacations. A sumptuous and exquisite resort, it takes family travel to a new level offering services and activities for everyone from baby to dad. Located in a thriving shopping community, guests have access to pools dedicated based on their age. There’s the main pool, but the hotel also offers a children pool and a paddling pool for infants. That of course is in addition to the children’s center which offers activities for kids of all ages. For the adults there’s a full spa, golf course and other relaxing activities. It may not be the most luxurious resort on the list, but if you want to be guaranteed a great vacation for the whole family, this is an excellent place to spend time with the kids.
Sultan Gardens Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
One of the top rated resorts on the Red Sea, this award winning, eco friendly resort is a great choice for those looking for a contemporary Egyptian vacation. With 220 meters of private beaches and an unrivaled view of Tiran Island, this resort can only be described as picturesque. Again, it’s not the most luxurious resort, but it’s incredibly well reviewed and one of the highest rated resorts in the region.
Salinas do Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi, Brazil
One of the best rated hotels in all of Brazil, this all inclusive resort is another perfect family getaway for those looking for the quintessential tropical vacation. The resort is a sprawling mass of activities and relaxation hotspots amid lush, tropical gardens and pristine white sand beaches. Notable for its incredible array of sporting activities, there is something for everyone here. World renowned restaurants hallmark this exquisite family resort as pools and entertainment venues grace each part of the property. This truly is a spectacular resort if you’re looking for a fun and engaging getaway with the family in Brazil.
Andilana Beach Resort, Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
This is just about everything you could ask for in a resort. Deep in the heart of Madagascar, this resort takes the outside and moves it in. Gloriously sandy beaches flank the main property as guests are invited to relax in complete harmony. This multiple award winning resort has amassed a level of fame throughout Africa that is normally unseen by one resort. Coupled with its renowned restaurants and daily schedule of activities, there is no better place to visit when you’re looking for a contemporary safari in the great outdoors.
Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive, Cancun, Mexico
This subtly enchanting resort in Cancun is a feast for all your senses. Focused on resorting your balance and maximizing your relaxation, it’s a cosmopolitan, and yet serene environment where even the aromas are controlled in an effort to make your stay as relaxing as possible. If you’re looking for elegance in Mexico with personal service that’s unsurpassable, this is the resort you want to stay at.
Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa, White House, Jamaica
Sandals is well known as the Holiday Inn of resorts. The great thing about staying with them is you know what you can expect, regardless of where in the world you’ve decided to travel. Thankfully, they’re a lot more elegant than the standard Holiday Inn hotel. This particular resort is something quite special. It’s a majestic beachfront getaway on a 500 acre nature preserve. It’s really taken an, almost, cruise like mentality with its grand piazza that’s linked with bistros, cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. A city within the resort, it’s easy to forget you’re in the Caribbean with it’s uniquely European flair. It features Jamaica’s largest pool and offers extravagant beach bonfires every night which only add to the glow of this already enchanting destination. There’s a reason this Sandals resort is so highly rated.
Cozumel Palace, Cozumel, Mexico
Geared specifically towards water enthusiasts, this resort is a world to discover. It offers some of the best scuba diving in the world with incredible underwater beauty you have to see to believe. The resort is family based with lots to do for children. It has the second largest coral reef in the world and is really a worthy contender if your family enjoys exploring the underwater world.
Melia Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey, Cuba
One of the most romantic resorts in the world, this all inclusive is located right on the beach but driven into a natural seawater lagoon that’s home to a colony of pink flamingos. The serene environment is, of course, an adults only locale that is ideal for honeymoons, weddings and anniversaries. In fact, the resort is so romantic, that they don’t typically recommend coming for any other reason. Everything is specifically designed around love and the resort is consistently ranked high among the world’s top luxury resorts.
Oceania Club, Nea Moudania, Greece
Located in a private bay, the Oceania Club offers serene sea and mountain views from rooms that are impeccably decorated in traditional Greek style. As one of the highest rated resorts in Greece, it offers a plethora of activities and services that one comes to expect from a luxury resort. From the world renowned Greek spa to daily excursions into the mountains, this Greek retreat is a great option for those looking to visit what is truly one of the most beautiful regions of the world.
The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Reserve is self described as an all inclusive boutique resort that is specially designed for family vacations. One of the highest rated resorts on TripAdvisor, it is a multiple award winning hotspot in the heart of the Dominican. With both adult and children activities, there’s a full water park, kid zone, a private golf course, fully equipped gym and some of the most remarkable dining you’ll find at any resort in the Dominican Republic. This is a masterful resort that’s absolutely worthy of your attention when you’re looking for a new location to globe-trot to this winter.
Secrets the Vine Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico
Yet another Secrets resort, this particular resort almost defines the word luxury. If you’re looking for a resort that you need your dinner jacket at, this is it. The chic and cosmopolitan adults only haven takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula and provides all of its services and amenities with elegance as the theme. Fine dining, private spa treatments and catered services are standard at this resort. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a getaway in the most elegant way possible.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
If you’re seeking an escape to the wild this might be the resort you’re looking for. In the middle of the Mayan jungle and right on the coast of white sandy beaches, this resort is one of the most spectacular destinations you’ll find that’s all inclusive. It’s a jungle sanctuary that will awaken your senses. From the inspirational soul food served in its restaurants to the healing spa, this is a prime location if you’re looking to really get away from it all.
Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
This five star resort is another great family destination. A little less formal and elegant than the other Iberostar resorts listed, this resort still offers the same level of service Iberostar is known for, in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual holiday with the family this is probably your pick.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this primer on the top rated all inclusive resorts. Be sure to check out our guides of the top small luxury hotels and chains. If you do end up visiting any of them this winter please tell us your experience. Or if you happen to know of another resort worthy of being recommended, fill us in. It might just appear in a future article.