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Ready for a Caribbean vacation? These are some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts that offer easy trips for family vacations, romantic getaways and last-minute fun.
This off-the-beaten-path, private island resort is blissfully quiet thanks to its adults-only status. Five white-sand beaches spread out on 135 acres mean a secluded spot on the sand is always available, so honeymooners, this could be a top contender. Days here are spent sipping on rum punches (they are bottomless, after all) or exploring the lush interior hiking or biking on the various trails. Then it's back to your island loft (on stilts!) to gaze at the ocean-view from the comfort of your private deck.
Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica
This Ocho Rios couples-only all-inclusive resort boasts six new restaurants, 20 new rooms, and a new pool and spa, plus a private island for sunning in the buff.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
Jumby Bay is an all-inclusive luxury resort that is accessible only by boat. This legendary 40-room, 16-villa resort presides over a 300-acre island two miles off the Antiguan coast. Fresh from a multimillion-dollar renovation, it boasts a new spa, restaurant, beachfront suites and oceanfront infinity pool.
Grand Velas, Riviera Maya
Grand Velas is a 493-suite property comprising of three discrete resorts, an adults-only oasis with sleek ocean-facing suites, a two-story spa, plus all the amenities one would wish for at an all-inclusive luxury resort.
Riu Hotels and Resorts, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic
This Spanish-owned chain brings continental flair to its 23 Caribbean outposts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas. Riu Classic hotels stretch guests’ dollars with gourmet cuisine and prime beachfront locations.
The former Four Seasons on Great Exuma reopened as the jewel in the Sandals crown, offering couples Barefoot by the Sea beachfront dining and the services of a butler to draw scented bubble baths for two in your private two-story villa. The main draw? A half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle.
Inspired by traditional haciendas, this all-inclusive, 540-suite adults-only Playa del Secreto resort offers nine restaurants, a spa and, in premium room categories, complimentary massages. Private check-in, free Internet and 24-hour room service are additional conveniences.
Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
The living is luxe on this all-inclusive, 50-acre private Exuma outpost, which accommodates just 30 deep-pocketed guests in six one- to three-bedroom villas, each with a butler, its own golf cart and a motorboat.
The Beaches resort on Provo is an all-inclusive enclave that’s a virtual theme park set on one of the Caribbean’s most amazing stretches of sand, Grace Bay beach.
Coconut Bay Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
This 85-acre south coast spread is two all-inclusive resorts in one: an adults-only oasis on one side and a family resort with the island’s largest water park and only paintball facility on the other.
Both of Divi’s all-inclusive Aruba properties now offer a great incentive for families – two kids under 18 traveling with mom and dad can stay, eat and play for free. Give windsurfing a whirl, too, with the included Learn to Windsurf beach clinic.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas
The family behind this more than 30-year-old casual beachfront all-inclusive resort knows what it takes to keep everyone entertained, from sailing and snorkeling to a la carte dining and diving.
Iberostar Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Four hotels share the all-inclusive Iberostar complex, from the no-expense-spared Grand Hotel Bávaro to the budget-friendly Punta Cana. At this resort expect to stay comfortably, eat heartily and be well-entertained without skimping or ever signing a check.
Some of the resort chain’s half-dozen hotels in the Bahamas, Curaçao and Jamaica cater to families, and others are exclusive to guests 16 and older. Sporty types might try Jamaica’s Breezes Runaway Bay, where there’s an 18-hole PGA golf course.
Set on the Negril cliffs, this secluded all-inclusive boutique retreat has just 22 rooms and four ocean-view villas, many with private veranda hot tubs.
At this all-inclusive resort, cooing couples promenade to and from on one of the Riviera Maya’s finest shorelines. The 500-acre adults-only spread boasts lavish suites equipped with four-posters, whirlpool tubs and hot tubs on ocean-view balconies.
While parents chill out on the 2,000-foot beach (bonus: you have PLENTY of space to yourself), tots to teens join supervised activity programs, which include everything from finger painting to circus school to video-editing lessons.
Sugar Ridge's signature style — spare and modern, with a dollop of contrasting natural elements — weaves throughout the resort's 60 guest quarters. Rooms and villas with private plunge pools are the cherry on top to an already perfect stay.
As Caribbean expert Becky Strauss wrote in Caribbean Travel + Life magazine about Secrets St. James and Wild Orchid: "We head straight for the spa. We visit the steam room, sauna, whirlpool and finally, indoor pool, a gleaming oasis lit from below and lined with shimmering stones."