Best Included Amenity at an All-Inclusive Resort: Islands 2020 All-Inclusive Awards

These all-inclusive resort amenities go above and beyond the typical turndown service. The best part? They don’t cost one penny extra.

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Read on for our 2020 All-Inclusive Awards winners.Islands staff

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.

When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, certain things are expected. The all-you-can-eat meals, fine wine and cocktails and engaging activities are available almost everywhere. Some resorts, however, have gone above and beyond with one-of-a-kind amenities that make them stand apart from the rest.

From a playground inspired by Cirque du Soleil to a rock camp designed exclusively for children, here are some of the best, and most unique, out there.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil

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Club Med’s CREACTIVE by Cirque du SoleilClub Med

This circus-inspired playground is a collaboration between Club Med and Cirque du Soliel, which is loaded with unique activities inspired by the wondrous and unexpected world created by the Montreal-based contemporary circus. Included in a Club Med CREACTIVE stay, it’s created with the whole family in mind with events designed to learn new skills, and maybe even find some hidden talents.

Under the expert supervision from the folks at Club Med, you can participate in over 30 different events, including a tightrope walk, juggling and acrobatic bungee games all spread across the massive space. If you’re not feeling the trapeze, there are also plenty of low-key options, like learning what it takes to be a clown, mask-painting and several unique attractions that will capture the imagines of kids and adults.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Occidental at Xcaret Destination—Unlimited Xcaret Xperience

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Occidental at Xcaret DestinationOccidental

A resort surrounded by the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya, the Occidental at Xcaret Destination is part of the all-inclusive package that puts you in the midst of natural river formations, seven swimming pools and a private bay adorned with white sand. There’s also a dolphinarium that’s open for daily visits.

Additionally, the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience package will give you unlimited access to Xcaret Park for the duration of your stay, which happens to be located right next door. Along with the trips to the park, you can enjoy complimentary amenities, as well as an exclusive check-in with a special Mayan welcome. It’s the ideal marriage of comfort and luxury that’s inspired by the rich cultural history of Mexico.

Winner, Editors’ Choice: Hard Rock Cancun Roxity Kids’ Club

The Hard Rock Cafe made its name celebrating the legends of rock ‘n’ roll, and now they’ve turned their attention to the next generation of artists. The Hard Rock Cancun Roxity Kids’ Club is filled with activities, games, crafts and music, so kids have a place to hang out, create and maybe even form the next chart-topping band.

Along with music-making, the theme days will keep kids engaged with dance lessons, video games, sandcastle-building, arts and crafts and everything in-between. It also can give parents some much-needed time for themselves while knowing your children are under close supervision while they’re busy making music—and memories.

Winner, Readers’ Choice: Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Jamaica, Bahamas, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Turks & Caicos—Scuba Diving

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If scuba diving is your thing, then the Sandals & Beaches Resorts have you covered. Several of the resort’s locations offer some of the best, PADI-certified scuba diving out there as part of their all-inclusive package. This also grants access to a selection of spectacular dive spots where you can witness vivid marine life and thriving coral reefs beneath the calm, clear ocean waters.

If you’re new to the underwater world of scuba diving, fear not. The resort offers two introductory dive programs that will allow you up to two dives a day. Along with the proper prep course, once completed, you’ll have access to top-of-the-line equipment and dive boats, all under the careful supervision of their certified staff.