Our editors and writers scoured the globe to find the best all-inclusive resorts based on standout offerings, from top-notch dining options and cool bars to over-the-top suites and white-glove butler service. We also asked our readers to vote for their favorites in each category. We’re proud to present the winners of the 2019 Islands All-Inclusive Awards.
Today’s all-inclusive resorts offer entertainment that rivals Vegas and, yes, even Broadway — only there’s no extra cost. Your evening on property doesn’t have to feel cliché or forced, as many acts fold in local culture as spectacular as a night out on the town. From hypnosis acts to Vegas-level dinner shows, the entertainment at these resorts are designed to keep you out late.
Winner, Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Riviera Maya never quits pulsing with nightly entertainment, whether it’s live concerts by Usher, Duran Duran, Credence Clearwater Revival or pop-up acts like Cirque Eloize iD, where high-energy performers are as graceful as ballet dancers, using chairs, silk wraps and bicycles as props.
Nothing here is boring or mundane when it comes to entertainment. Karaoke contests give guests a chance to take the mic and there’s guaranteed to be at least one theme party during your stay (pack accordingly).
Illusionists’ tricks will make you believe in magic and the hypnosis show is definitely enthralling. And if you haven’t stopped mourning the King of Pop, don’t miss the Michael Jackson tribute. And the kids will especially love the dancing flame-throwers paired with African drumming.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
What’s better than witnessing Cirque du Soleil acrobats whip through the air? Learning how to do it yourself. Club Med Punta Cana offers Club Med CREACTIVE, an all-ages experience staffed by professional circus performers for a new twist on fitness.
Live out all your circus fantasies, from flying on a trapeze to walking a tightrope to aerial silk performances. But even if you’re not quite ready for heights, there are seating areas to watch, along with tamer activities like face painting and juggling. Bonus: there’s no extra fee for CREACTIVE, which is open daily, so long as you’re a lucky guest.
Need to refuel after hours of jumping on the trampoline? The resort offers three restaurants and four bars to choose from. And if you’re feeling sore from the all the Cirque activities, book a treatment at the Spa by L’OCCITANE.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: TRS Yucatán Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
At adults-only TRS Yucatan Hotel, rooms come with extras like plunge pools, personal butlers and minibars stocked with top-shelf spirits.
But we were especially blown away by the Vegas-caliber dinner-and-dance spectacle at the CHIC Cabaret & Restaurant. Seating is in a clubby environment with low-to-the-floor chairs and tables designed for two. Sexy and sparkling, the performers’ voices, outfits and acrobatics are the perfect pairing with streams of colorful light and a steady bass that will get your heart pounding.
Music spans many genres, from 1950s classic rock to today’s hottest Latin grooves. The experience kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a welcome drink followed by dinner (and curtain time) at 8:15 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night