The 10 Best All-Inclusive Luxury Resorts to Visit in 2022
A few decades ago, the term “all-inclusive luxury” might seem like an oxymoron. But that’s how the all-inclusive space has changed, especially in the Caribbean – where all-inclusive has become a term much more technical than qualitative.
And at the region’s best all-inclusives, luxury abounds, from truly gourmet cuisine to cutting-edge design and world-class service.
It means things like champagne breakfasts on the beach. Your own plunge pool overlooking the ocean. A room that opens onto the sand. Your own private fully gassed boat.
Luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean range from tiny all-inclusive resorts to larger, more “traditional” resorts; but wherever you choose: two main things remain constant: you never have to search for your wallet and you will have everything your vacation needs.
Here are our favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts to try in 2022.
Hammock Cove, Antigua This is the quintessential luxury all-inclusive resort, located on one of Antigua’s most majestic bays. But the bigger story at Hammock Cove is the design: Each room has its own private plunge pool and entertainment deck, which means no matter where you stay, you’ve got your own mini resort. The food is exceptional, as is the drink and cocktail program, which even includes an all-inclusive rum bar showcasing some of the area’s best aged expressions.
Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos The ultimate in all-inclusive Turks and Caicos Islands, this private island getaway features 10 oceanfront one-bedroom suites and 20 more self-catering villas. Beachfront Suites all have their own private pools facing the sand, plus touches like Nespresso machines and outdoor showers. And then there’s the all-inclusive deal, which also includes 24-hour room service, free ‘Desert Island Catering Lunches’, free bone fishing, and even a $ 30 free spa treatment. minutes – every day.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Granada It’s not only the best all-inclusive in Granada, it’s the island’s premier resort, where the Hopkin family have cultivated their vision of Grenadian hospitality for decades. There are 64 suites here, some with their own private pools, some opening directly onto the beach. And then there’s Janissa’s Spa, a modern wellness destination that blends perfectly with the resort’s sleek, retro feel.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and Barbuda This private island destination off the coast of Antigua has been making all-inclusive luxury an art form for years; but it experienced a significant boom four years ago, when the Oetker collection, the most famous for Eden Rock St Barth, took over. Now it’s better than ever, with 28 quaint suites and a plethora of villas, with a dining program hard to match, from an impressive wine list to unlimited Moet & Chandon. The all-inclusive offer is also wide, with rum tastings, cooking classes, boat trips and snorkeling, and a great kids’ club.
Fowl Cay, Bahamas Six villas, 50 acres. This is the kind of density many luxury travelers dream of. The ultra-exclusive Fowl Cay is located on a private island in the heart of the Exuma cays, surrounded by the most beautiful water in the world. But everything you need is here: well-equipped kitchens, a tennis court, a pétanque court, a wonderful pub, a swimming pool and, of course, unlimited meals and drinks, picnics prepared by the chef at four-course meals at Hill House. And yes, each villa comes with its own private motorboat, giving you the chance to explore the endless turquoise of a true natural sanctuary.
Palm Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines It’s hard to imagine greater luxury than having your own private island filled with beaches in the heart of the Grenadines. For many, Palm Island is the ultimate expression of Caribbean fantasy: just you and the beach, an island in the sun, channeling Robinson Crusoe. But there is nothing crippling about the experience here, where exceptional food and drink abound and each day is its own water-filled adventure, from snorkeling to afternoon tea.
The House, Barbados It’s kind of its own private club, a sought after retreat tucked away on the platinum coast of Barbados. Everything here seems romantic and rarefied; the torch-lit drawbridge at the entrance, the beachfront bar, the daily champagne breakfast, the dinners on the terrace in Positano. And it comes in an intimate, adults-only boutique package with just 34 rooms, a mix of junior and traditional suites.
Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas This is the last Sandals in the region to undergo a complete makeover, making it one of the most innovative and entertaining resorts from a brand that has set trends in the all-inclusive space since Caribbean legend Gordon “Butch” Stewart founded the company in 1981. This Cable Beach Stunner has just about it all, including new swim-up suites, 10 different dining concepts, a terrific Red Lane Spa, his own private offshore island and new touches like three different food trucks.
The Caves, Jamaica It’s the only Island Outpost resort to offer an all-inclusive package, which makes it pretty good. There are 12 rooms here on the mystical Cliffs of Negril, each with a unique design. And here, luxury is immersed, with the sights and sounds of the cliffs, and, above all, with Jamaica. The island is savored and revered in every corner of the resort, from its splendid nighttime entertainment to glorious local cuisine (and rum) and even at the spa, where the Jamaican Brown Sugar Body Scrub is a house favorite.
Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Located in Uvero Alto on the edge of Punta Cana, this 96-suite property has one of the most serene settings you’ll find at any Caribbean resort, luxury or otherwise. The aesthetic of the thatched roof immediately sets the tone upon your arrival, and this extends to every corner of the Zoëtry: vast suites with vaulted ceilings and bathtubs or outdoor swimming pools; the exceptional eponymous spa; the excellent collection of restaurants, where you never have to make reservations. But it all comes down to property and motives; you feel good here, like you are in a very special place.