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 some people, a pool is… well, it’s a pool. It’s a body of water used for fun in the sun, relaxation and, of course, swimming. But for others, a pool is the centerpiece of a tropical vacation. It is a foundational source of entertainment that can be just as crucial as a gorgeous beach or vibrant nightlife, and, so, when it comes to choosing the right all-inclusive property, guests are often in search of the best pools.
What makes a pool the best? Design, size, cabanas, bars, waterslides and lazy rivers—a lot goes into determining the best of the best. But these all-inclusives do it a little better than most.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Velas Riviera Maya has a few pools for guests to choose from, including the main, three-level infinity pool located right on the beach. While the resort is family-friendly, adults can indulge in a special exclusive infinity pool.
For those who really like to vacation in style, the all-inclusive Grand Class Suites come with their very own plunge pool right on the patio, so you can overlook the ocean while enjoying the ultimate in privacy and relaxation.
When you’re lounging around in the infinity pool, you’ll still receive the same five-star service by the staff, but all the aqua-related fun isn’t limited to the resort itself. Nearby, you can take a plunge in a number of nearby swimming holes, lagoons and crystal pools that even let you swim alongside the dolphins.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: The Palms Turks and Caicos
A beautifully sculpted serpentine infinity pool is at the heart of The Palms Turks and Caicos resort. Regarded as one of the best pools in the Caribbean, every detail was designed to provide you with the calmest and relaxing environment while you’re on vacation. As an added comfort, it comes with its own full-service plunge bar, so you can enjoy a drink or a light snack without getting out of the water.
While hanging out poolside, you can dig into a number of other amenities, including sun pods with complimentary umbrellas, afternoon fruit kabobs and WiFi. You can also take advantage of the sunken dining terrace surrounded by a tranquil waterfall and garden. You can even enjoy the menu of food and drink options whether you’re by the pool or at the beach to help you make the most of your stay.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Paradisus Palma Real Resort
There are a few swimming pools for you to choose from at the Paradisus Palma Real. There’s a private pool for Royal Service guests, a different private pool for The Reserve guests and a third that’s designed especially for children. Both the main pools boast panoramic views of the sea along with submerged lounge chairs so you can enjoy the gentle Caribbean breeze after a refreshing swim.
The suites all come with their own whirlpool tubs, and if you opt for the Royal Service stay, you’ll also get access to butler service as part of its private lounge, private pool and even a private beach area. As an added bonus, each pool also has easy access for the disabled, so everyone can soak up the sun and the surf.
Winner, Readers’ Choice: Sandals Royal Barbados, Barbados
There are two distinctly different infinity pools for you to choose from at the Sandals Royal Barbados resort, and both are intricately designed to be as inviting and relaxing as possible. The main pool is nestled along the beach, offering a swim-up bar and a serene ocean view mere steps from the main resort.
The second is located on top of a roof, providing stunning views of the island in every direction. This zero-entry glass infinity pool comes alongside its own bar and restaurant, not to mention a four-lane rooftop bowling alley, all of which are firsts for Sandals resorts. Even if you’re not feeling like a swim, it’s the ideal place to relax while taking in the unique, 360-view of the island.