Best New All-Inclusive Resorts

Travel+Leisure takes a look at a new generation of all-inclusive resorts, where one price covers just about everything.

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Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Photo: Courtesy of Sandals

When massive all-inclusive resorts, some with 2,000 rooms, began to pop up on beaches in the 1950s, they quickly earned a bad rap; their names became synonymous with booze cruises, bad buffet restaurants, and anything-goes behavior.


These days, the industry is renovating not only its properties, but its image. Adam Stewart, son of Sandals Resorts founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart, is transforming what was recently a Four Seasons into an all-villa, all-suite resort. “We could have stopped after we added three restaurants, a patisserie, and a swim-up bar, but we didn’t,” he says of the latest addition to the 22-property chain. “But we’re also upgrading the service, introducing white-gloved butlers, and adding indoor-outdoor showers.”


Sandals Resorts is just one of the brands—from Turks and Caicos down to Barbados—introducing luxurious amenities to appeal to travelers with high expectations. At the best new all-inclusive resorts, you can treat yourself to a horseback ride on the beach or a second helping of steamed lobster, no extra charge.



Sandals Royal Plantation

Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Number of Rooms: 74


Entry-Level Rate: $845 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Butler service; greens fees.


The Vibe: Don’t want to think for yourself? At this super-luxe spot, the butler does it for you.



Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Photo: Courtesy of Couples Tower Isle

Couples Tower Isle

Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Number of Rooms: 226


Entry-Level Rate: $350 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Snorkeling; scuba certification; sunset catamaran cruises.


The Vibe: Calling all social butterflies: the party is on the beach.


Veranda Resort & Residences, Turks and Caicos
Veranda Resort & Residences, Turks and Caicos
Photo: Whitney Lawson

Veranda Resort & Residences

Turks and Caicos


Number of Rooms: 123


Entry-Level Rate: $420 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Kite-surfing; 24-hour concierge service; top-shelf liquor.


The Vibe: For style-seekers who think all-inclusive is a dirty word.


Now Jade Riviera, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Now Jade Riviera, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photo: Courtesy of Now Resorts & Spas

Now Jade Riviera Cancún

Riviera Maya, Mexico


Number of Rooms: 550

Entry-Level Rate: $220 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Bungee jumping; watersports; activity program for children ages three–12.


The Vibe: An adventure for all ages.


Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancún, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancún, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photo: Courtesy of Secrets Resorts

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancún

Riviera Maya, Mexico


Number of Rooms: 412


Entry-Level Rate: $351 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Sailing; greens fees at nearby Playa Paraiso Golf Club.


The Vibe: Swim-up bars—and swim-up suites—it’s an aquatic paradise.


Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Grace Bay
Grace Bay
Photo: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

Grace Bay


Number of Rooms: 615


Entry-Level Rate: $386 per person, double


Unexpected Inclusions: Diving excursions; wind surfing; a Martha Stewart craft center.


The Vibe: Is that the entire cast of Sesame Street dancing on the sand? Yes, yes it is.



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