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.
“You get what you pay for.” If you’re the type of traveler who whispers this mantra before booking your trip, then you know the difference between budget-friendly and luxury. More importantly, you know that your expectations should be higher for luxurious accommodations, and the best all-inclusive resorts in turn understand that they should exceed your expectations at every turn.
From private pools and butler service to otherworldly cuisine and views so majestic they’ll bring a tear to your eye, luxury is constantly redefined by these all-inclusive resorts, and the result is hopefully the vacation of a lifetime.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Sanctuary Cap Cana
Where luxury meets style, the suites and villas at Sanctuary Cap Cana are influenced by Spanish Colonial architecture, featuring rich wood accents, tropical rattan furnishings and beautiful coral bathrooms. No matter where you stay, the suites and villas come with furnished balconies or terraces, along with all the posh conveniences like flat-screen televisions, espresso machines, silk bathrobes and slippers and bathrooms with double vanity sinks.
Along with the lush amenities found throughout your room, there are activities day and night for you to take part in. Take a swim in any of the five swimming pools, including a saltwater pool. There’s also live music, dance lessons, beach volleyball, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship golf course and a shopping galleria all for your enjoyment.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Beach Villas with Private Pool at Excellence Oyster Bay
The five Beach Villas at Excellence Oyster Bay come complete with a living room, private bar, bedroom with a walk-in closet that boasts awe-inspiring oceanfront views, and an opulent spa-like bathroom. There are also the little touches to make your stay even more relaxing, from an exclusive room service menu to a complimentary cigar kit and food and drink service to your private beach and pool.
Outside, you can enjoy an outdoor jacuzzi built for two in a private courtyard garden, your own private beach and an exclusive pool. To help ensure a worry-free stay, you’ll have a full-service butler to help you take advantage of all the activities offered at the resort, from private romantic dinners, daily happy hours, and a one-of-a-kind private bioluminescence tour of the Glistening Waters Lagoon.
Winner, Editors’ Choice: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
With a refreshed new design, Jumby Bay Island in Antigua offers one of the most desirable and luxurious retreats you can find in the Caribbean. Billing itself as a haven of carefree pleasures, you can stroll barefoot along any of its three, stunning white-sand beaches while you can feel revived in the lush landscapes in and around the resort.
The 40 tastefully decorated rooms and luxury villas are spread carefully across the private island, making each one its own private oasis where you can gaze out on the ocean. Together, they’re carefully designed to bring both the beauty of nature and the tradition of elegance together with its inspiring surroundings and simple, elegant sophistication.
Winner, Readers’ Choice: Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia
A bold, organic architectural design that both celebrates and complements Saint Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty, Jade Mountain rests gently against the 600-acre beachfront of Anse Chastanet. Without a fourth wall, the resort’s sanctuaries provide a stage-like setting where you can bask in the wonder of Saint Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.
As far as amenities, the resort boasts a wide range of spa services that you can enjoy in the privacy of your own sanctuary or at the boutique spa and fitness studio, complete with a dedicated resort team that ensures outstanding service, day or night.
The nearby sister resort Anse Chastanet’s offers everything from restaurants, bars, boutiques, art galleries, and of course, beaches covered in soft sand. All of these are easily accessible to you, either by foot or the resort’s round-the-clock shuttle service.