Editor’s Note: Some of the information below may be out-of-date. The U.S. Virgin Islands were heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Please visit caribbeantravelupdate.com or the specific hotel’s website for updates.
What’s your style? Family vacations in Florida? Mountain majesty in Montana? Maybe a Caribbean beach with no passport required. Regardless, we’ve got the all-inclusive resort for you, located right here in the Land of the Free.
Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Located at the end of Maui’s famed Road to Hana, 70-room Travaasa Hana immerses guests in Hawaii’s ancient, peaceful culture with classes in hula and throw-net fishing, historic tours of Hana, and horseback rides along the coast. Tech-free rooms, which are modeled after traditional plantation houses, have high ceilings, hardwood floors and overhead fans. Natural beauty surrounds Hana — 400-foot Waimoku Falls, the black-sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park and the gorgeous cascading pools of Oheo.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Barefoot ambience rules at Bolongo Bay: The resort’s 62 rooms are set within a sun-splashed palm grove that ends on a perfect curve of Caribbean beach. At night, Iggie’s, the island’s ultimate beach bar, welcomes revelers from all over St. Thomas for toes-in-the-sand dinners and great music. The all-inclusive honeymoon package includes a couples massage, a $50 resort credit, a romantic sunset sail around Charlotte Amalie harbor, and a half-day, swim-with-the-turtles snorkeling trip.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Phillipsburg, Montana
At The Ranch at Rock Creek, days are spent horseback riding through pristine meadows, fly-fishing, skeet shooting, hiking and mountain biking. Come evening, guests return to luxurious tent or cabin lodgings with amenities like claw-foot soaking tubs, Frette linens and cedar saunas. Glampers favor the resort’s private luxury canvas cabins, which have real walls and a canvas roof. Another option, the Trapper Cabin, sits on the riverbank and has its own hot tub.
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Perched on a Caribbean cliff overlooking the Atlantic on the north side of St. Thomas, Sugar Bay offers easy access to the restaurants and shopping at Red Hook Marina. Rooms, some with ocean views, have balconies and Balinese-style furnishings. The star of the show is the pool, which has a waterfall and a cave area. Hop a ferry at Red Hook and spend the day hiking and sunning on St. John, the smallest and least-developed of the three U.S. Virgin Islands.
Travaasa Austin, Austin, Texas
Texas Hill Country comes to life at Travaasa Austin. Guided hikes meander through the 210-acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, and farm-to-table meals feature produce from the resort’s own fields. Also onsite: a stable, Texas-two-step lessons and rooms with private balconies overlooking Lake Travis. Adrenaline junkies can take on the Challenge Course and mechanical bull; there’s yoga, tai chi and breath work for serenity seekers. Lose yourselves in the spectacular countryside scenery, or take in Austin’s food and music scene, which is less than a half-hour away.
Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Spread across a quiet beach on St. Croix’s secluded west end, this budget-conscious Caribbean low-rise all is an ideal playground for scuba divers — the resort offers free lessons — and laid-back loungers. Breezy rooms have balconies or terraces with sea views; there’s also a casino onsite. Book an excursion to nearby Buck Island, an uninhabited isle where you can snorkel, hike, swim and sunbathe on a golden beach.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Families can’t get enough of this sprawling bayside resort where the rate includes golf, tennis, yoga, Zumba and sailing for all ages. Childcare starts at 4 months; older kids love the cooking classes and circus school. Deluxe family rooms have separate spaces for parents and children; there’s also a 24-hour supply room stocked with necessities. An adults-only pool and L’Occitane spa ensure you get plenty of couple time too.