12 best all-inclusive resorts that are not in Mexico

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Caribbean all-inclusive resorts offer some of the best vacation experiences, allowing visitors to enjoy pristine beaches in luxury. Many travelers turn to Mexico because resorts there have better brand awareness and are slightly easier to get to. These other destinations are also worth exploring for a different point of view and culture. Below are a few places to check out, in alphabetical order.

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Aruba

Hotel Riu Palace Antillas

Located on Palm Beach, this adults-only resort (18 years and older) has many ocean view rooms. You will receive sparkling wine as a welcome gift. Other amenities at Hotel Riu Palace Antillas include a buffet restaurant, golf course, water activities, hiking trails, casino and nightly entertainment. Couples can also request a romantic open-air dinner as an optional supplement.

Tamarin Aruba

The Tamarijn Aruba is part of the all-inclusive resort brand Divi. It’s on the cozier side, making it easier to avoid crowds, but it’s also family-friendly. All rooms are oceanfront and located on the ground or second floor. Each room is also literally steps away from the water.

In-room amenities include a Nespresso machine, bedside USB charging stations, daily maid service and a mini fridge. Guests can enjoy the lighted tennis courts for evening play and spa and visit the Divi resort for the casino and golf course.

Cayman Islands

The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

Enjoy beach access at Seven Mile Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, which is part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. This resort, which recently underwent a 2021 beautification project, features the kid-friendly Starfish Cay water park and family-friendly eco-adventure programs.

In addition, there is a spa, several restaurants, a public art collection and the largest ballroom on the island. Unfortunately, this property does not have as many all-inclusive amenities as other leading resorts.

Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman

Couples and families will enjoy many amenities at the Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, located on the East End of the island. Scuba diving is a popular activity, plus there are three swimming pools and a spa. You can also participate in water sports and special tours.

The standard all-inclusive package includes three daily meals, non-alcoholic beverages and house brand spirits by the glass. You also get one hour of free water sports every day.

Dominican Republic

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

There are plenty of activities for adults and children at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. Adults can play in the casino and enjoy evening entertainment. In addition to beach access, there is a Kids Club with an exclusive water park and weekly activities. Hotel parking is also free if you rent a car to explore the nearby area.

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

The family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is located in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic, which can easily be overlooked as other neighboring islands are more popular. This resort is located just 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport. You may also prefer this destination because it is part of the World of Hyatt loyalty program. You can redeem hotel points to book award nights.

Resort amenities include all-you-can-eat dining, endless drinks, non-motorized water sports and an infinity pool. There are also six on-site restaurants and seven bars, which is more than several Caribbean resorts.

Jamaica

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is family-friendly and an idyllic way to visit Montego Bay. You can enjoy unlimited international dishes and dinners. Recreational activities include snorkelling, non-motorized water sports and beach volleyball. It is also possible to book swim-up suites or enjoy oceanfront fire pits. In addition, the property has several swimming pools, including one especially for children.

Sandals Montego Bay

Interestingly, Sandals Montego Bay has the honor of being the brand’s first-ever all-inclusive resort. This location is on Jamaica’s largest private beach and you can enjoy all the amenities of the Montego Bay and Royal Caribbean resorts.

Some of the best perks include unlimited fine dining at 12 restaurants, premium liquors and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines. You can also enjoy scuba diving, seven pools, live shows and round-trip airport transfers.

St Lucia

Windjammer landing

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort brings the Mediterranean villa experience to the Caribbean. Couples and families can book rooms ranging from one-bedroom villas to four-bedroom ocean-facing villas. Enjoy many water sports, activities and dining options during your stay. This resort can also be an excellent option for weddings.

Zoetry Marigot Bay St. Lucia

Zoëtry Marigot Bay St. Lucia offers all-you-can-eat food and premium drinks. Guests can also enjoy a bottle of St. Lucian rum as a welcome gift, plus the option of daily fresh fruit and sparkling wine. Guests can upgrade to a variety of optional enrichment experiences, including spa packages and afternoon tea, among others.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Ambergris cay

Travelers who really want to get away from the world (or at least imagine owning a private island) have that opportunity to do so at Ambergris Cay. Opened in 2019, this private island resort is located in the bottom corner of the Turks and Caicos Islands. There are ten suites and seven villas for guests to hide out in. Complimentary inclusions include a la carte meals, premium drinks, non-motorized water sports, guided nature walks, and more.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Islands

To stay on Providenciales, Beaches Turks & Caicos offers plenty of options, as the property has five all-inclusive villages. Each village has a different regional and European architecture, such as Key West, France and Italy. You can also enjoy a 45,000 square foot water park, 12 miles of beach access and 21 restaurants. There are many themes that can provide great fun for families looking for variety on their trip.

Final thoughts

Consider these all-inclusive resorts an alternative to a Caribbean cruise now that international travel restrictions are minimal. It is possible to enjoy the pristine waters for snorkeling and other water sports. Many locations offer ongoing land activities and nightly entertainment for adults and children.

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