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 2020 Islands All-Inclusive Awards.
For many, overwater bungalows are the be-all-end-all vacation accommodations. They are what people imagine when they think of paradise, and they offer an experience unlike anything you’ll find at any “ordinary” resort. It also doesn’t hurt that overwater bungalows provide the perfect settings for the best Instagram photos you’ll ever share.
The only thing that makes an overwater bungalow better? When it’s located at an all-inclusive resort. These overwater bungalows take things up a notch by eliminating the need to plan, well, anything. They truly are among the best of the best.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Club Med’s Exclusive Collection Finolhu Villas
For a true oasis of peace and privacy, Club Med’s Finolhu Villas are surrounded by natural beauty. Whichever one you pick, these stilted bungalows are carefully placed against the backdrop of their own unique natural beauty, such as a blue lagoon or shores filled with white sand. For couples who love the elegance of nature, these eco-friendly residences are especially an ideal getaway.
Along with these stunning bungalows, the all-inclusive resort offers a personal plunge pool, staircases outside that lead straight into the ocean and a dedicated butler that will cater to your every need.
From the resort, you can enjoy pampering spa treatments, stunning scenic views, gourmet dining and chic cocktail parties. Off-site, you can take part in everything from scuba diving to sailing, all under the careful supervision of Club Med staff.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica
Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica boasts bungalows that are innovatively designed to offer both modern luxury and traditional palapa-influenced architecture. Nestled over the Caribbean’s turquoise-blue waters, these bungalows have expansive, suspended patios with a swim-up platform, along with a two-person soaking tub, an over-the-water hammock and outdoor shower.
Inside, you can watch the ocean life unfold through the see-through glass floors along with a king-size bed, and spacious bathroom inspired by the finest spas. Of course, you’ll also have your own personal butler trained to the rigid standards held by the Guild of Professional Butlers to ensure unmatched service and attention to help you relax.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Komandoo Maldives
Built on stilts atop a lagoon, the Jacuzzi Water Villas at Komando Maldives will afford you an unbelievable view of the Indian Ocean. Each bungalow is placed discreetly along the coast with a large wooden deck and staircase that leads right down to the ocean to give couples their own private slice of paradise.
Designed as the perfect romantic getaway, the decor of the adults-only resort is reminiscent of traditional Maldives, while the tranquility of the roomside lagoon comes along with a private jacuzzi. There, you can take a spa bath while gazing out over the horizon of the ocean, or take part in a range of leisure activities to ensure you’re making the most of your romantic retreat.
Winner, Readers’ Choice: Six Senses, Laamu, Maldives
The Six Senses Laamu bungalows are stylishly sustainable, built facing a lagoon, and artfully hidden between the lush tropical vegetation to offer you absolute privacy. With the beach just a short stroll from your front door, the sun loungers on the private patios are carefully placed for the ideal mix of sunshine and shade alongside the sparkling waters of the hideaway retreat.
You can relax in the open-air branch-encircled shower or in the outdoor bathtub, or feel free to take in the scenery of the private garden area, complete with day beds. There’s also a treetop deck with a sitting and dining area with a stunning view of the island wherever you look.
Along with the turquoise waters of the lagoon, you can enjoy private access to the beach, in addition to the resort’s restaurants, lounges, and any of the unique, exciting excursions nearby.