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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation that won’t break the bank, but also won’t leave you with miserable memories of a trip gone wrong, these best-ever bargain-priced all-inclusive hotels are sure to fit the bill.
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As the gorgeous beaches in the Bahamas are less than an hour by plane from Miami, not only can would-be visitors often score a cheap flight, but Breezes Bahamas provides a fabulous alternative to its many pricey all-inclusive resorts that average in the $500 and up range per night. With rates at less than half that amount per night, a ton of amenities, and no tipping allowed, it’s hard to beat the value when it comes to a tropical vacation. The resort offers three outdoor pools, a swim-up bar, and submerged seating, as well as direct access to the pristine white sands of Cable Beach. Activities like sailing, rock climbing, nightly entertainment, and even weddings are all included. Multiple restaurants offer an array of dining options, including a diverse buffet and a la carte options, while evening entertainment includes a piano bar and nightclub.
This value destination has an exhaustive list of inclusions: unlimited meals, snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), minibar service, beach and cocktail parties, aqua aerobics and dance classes, a kids club with supervised activities when you need a break from the little ones, and more – all at a very affordable price. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is set right on a mile-long white-sand beach overlooking Great Bay and the Caribbean and features multiple swimming pools, restaurants and bars as well as the Golden Casino with slot machines and Vegas-style products and Serenity Spa, which offers a menu of relaxing services like hot stone massage, couple’s massage, aromatherapy treatments, and detoxifying/de-stressing regimens like the green coffee cellulite treatment.
Despite featuring “liquor drips” with free tequila right in your hotel room, Hotel Riu Palace Mexico isn’t a place for spring breakers. There are no parties allowed in rooms, or wild spring break-like behavior on the property, however, this resort is definitely aimed to please the more low-key partying type looking to enjoy a good time at a budget price. One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, it is surrounded by tropical palms on a gorgeous white sandy beach. Its all-inclusive package includes unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day, a regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser, and all meals and snacks. Its buffet restaurant serves up a wide variety of dishes, and there are also themed international restaurants and live cooking shows. A beautiful freshwater swimming pool sits right next to the sea, while the Renova Spa offers various massages and treatments. Entertainment is offered daily and includes dancing, live music and shows.
Located on Banderas Bay, Samba Vallarta by Emporio Hotels & Resorts is an intimate Spanish colonial-style resort, at least when compared to the many huge hotels in this area. It offers a laid-back, friendly environment with fewer crowds to contend with at the beach and the pool. It enjoys a beautiful oceanfront location, facing a long, sandy beach that’s great for swimming right in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, with all meals, snacks, and beverages included. Guests also have free access to non-motorized sports like kayaking, boogie boarding, and sailboarding, as well as nightly entertainment, including live music shows. It’s an ideal place to choose if you’re looking for an all-inclusive but would rather not stay at one of the region’s mega-resorts.
One of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a massive all-inclusive beachfront property that sits on a stunning stretch of white sandy beach, featuring signature Hard Rock decor and paraphernalia throughout. While it does tend to attract partiers, it also draws couples and families, and even includes a kids’ club with a mini-golf course and arcade room for the younger ones. Though it boasts better amenities than many of the other resorts in the area, it tends to be more affordable. While it takes a while to get from place to place due to its sprawling size, a complimentary shuttle is available. Other amenities include a huge fitness center, an 18-hole golf course, the largest casino in the country, 13 pools (one with water slides for the kids), and surprisingly varied and tasty food options.
One of the smaller, more intimate resorts in Cabo San Lucas, the highlight at Solmar Resort is its location: beachfront and just steps from the marina and downtown, complete with awe-inspiring Pacific ocean views. While it only hosts a couple of restaurants right on-site, guests have access to a number of restaurants at other Somar properties, and luxurious suites even include full kitchens for those times you’d rather throw something together on your own. Enjoy swimming in the infinity-edge pool, sipping drinks at the swim-up bar, soaking in the sand and the sun on the private beach, and indulging in spa experiences too.
St. James Club Morgan Bay is a family-friendly property on beautiful St. Lucia along the shores of Choc Bay, which features multiple restaurants, swimming pools, a water sports pavilion and an impressive kids’ club as well as the lavish Tranquility Body & Soul Spa that overlooks the Caribbean. Treatments include massage and reflexology, salt glow scrubs, deep cleansing facials, and detox seaweed wraps. Yet despite all the amenities, its all-inclusive rates can’t be beaten anywhere on the island. Rates include food and drink at all of its eateries, along with a wide range of entertainment and activities. Each room includes a private balcony or terrace, and many boast full ocean views.
One of the best resorts in Antigua, CocoBay Resort is a gorgeous resort blends that perfectly in its West Indies surroundings, with tin-roof bungalows decorated with gingerbread trim providing jaw-dropping, unobstructed water and sunset views. Some include a claw-foot bathtub or a private plunge pool. An adults-only property, it’s especially tranquil and ideal for disconnected from the chaos of the world, unplugged without the blare of the television or the ringing of a phone. You will find beautiful infinity swimming pools, a picturesque white sand beach and an outstanding restaurant that sits atop a bluff along the sea.
Ideal for families with children, the Ocean Coral & Turquesa in Puerto Morelos, Mexico has a children’s pool with built-in chaise lounges complete with air jets so the kids can splash around while parents relax in the water with an exotic drink. Two side-by-side oceanfront resorts, they share a beautiful stretch of beach shaded by palapas that are framed by an azure sea that holds the second largest barrier reef in the world, along with multiple pools, a luxury day spa and an array of restaurants serving international cuisines.
One of the best all inclusives in Cabo, the Royal Solaris is one of the most popular options for families when it comes to affordability and perks. While you may have to avoid timeshare sales pitches, you’ll be able to enjoy dining in multiple restaurants, indulging in spa treatments, and swimming in the huge outdoor pool. Take advantage of everything from the four dinner shows each week to special themed nights and a kids’ club with water slides, kites, and dancing lessons so parents can relax while the younger ones play. The beach isn’t swimmable, but it’s an ideal place to relax with plenty of space and loungers underneath thatched umbrellas.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers luxurious amenities with affordable all-inclusive rates. It boasts a lagoon-style pool complex with the largest water park in Jamaica along with a diverse range of dining options. All food, draft beer, wine by the glass and non-premium brand liquor are included along with non-motorized water sports, activities, classes and a kids’ club. There’s a private beach to enjoy as well as evening music and shows after dark. All rooms have modern features and private balconies, some with sea views.
Located on remote, palm-lined Uvero Alto Beach in Punta Cana, Dreams Onyx Resort & Spa offers practically an endless list of amenities providing one of the best values around. There are two infinity pools with swim-up bars, a saltwater pool for the kids and complimentary non-motorized sports to enjoy when you aren’t relaxing on the beach. The property includes a long list of restaurants and bars, a spa, casino and nightclub. Rooms have balconies or terraces with hot tubs, upgrade to a suite and you may get an ocean view, direct pool access and/or a private plunge pool.
Windjammer Landing is not only affordable, but its rooms, tucked in the lush hillside, all boast gorgeous ocean views. A variety of options are available from 425-square-foot rooms to lavish four-bedroom Estate Villas with kitchens and private plunge pools, although the latter won’t come cheap. But even the basic rooms provide plenty of bang for the buck with mini-fridges, free bottled water, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. The property has its own secluded stretch of white sandy beach with calm waters for swimming, and there are six pools spread throughout. Non-motorized water sports like snorkeling, Hobie Cat rentals and windsurfing, are all included in room rates, and you can dine at your choice of different restaurants.
The Iberostar Royal Andalus is spread across a beautiful stretch of shoreline south of Cadiz above the sand dunes of La Barrosa Beach in Spain. It offers more of a boutique-like feel than that of a large resort, with many of the spacious rooms providing ocean views. Enjoy pampering treatments, a sauna and a relaxing Turkish bath at the spa as well as teeing off on an outstanding golf course. Relax at the outdoor swimming pools and visit the poolside bar, then choose from multiple dining options serving anything from fresh seafood to Andalusian cuisine.
The Explorean is an intimate all-inclusive with just 56 rooms, offering a great value with plenty of extras like balconies that overlook the dense verdant jungle. The all-inclusive rates come with full access to Fiesta American Resort next door which features a large pool area and swim-up bar. Arguably its best feature is the location, set along Uvas Beach, an undeveloped stretch of coastline while being just minutes from Mayan ruins and Chankanaab National Park.
At the Renaissance Curacao, enjoy budget-friendly rates right in the heart of colorful historic Willemstad overlooking the Caribbean. It has two gorgeous infinity pools, including a standout oceanside sandy, saltwater pool, an on-site casino, multiple restaurants (a steakhouse and a buffet-style eatery) and bars. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with international cable channels and most include balconies, some with ocean views. Do keep in mind that the low prices also mean that drinks are excluded from the all-inclusive rates.
Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico arguably offers the best value of the three classes of all-inclusive it has in Nuevo Vallarta, a planned resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico just north of Puerto Vallarta. The property features a large pool with a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers, while the sprawling grounds are immaculate with swaying palms and garden pathways. There are multiple dining options, including upscale specialty restaurants, along with a theater presenting nightly live shows. While rooms all come with view balconies, the view may include parts of neighboring hotels along with the pool and gardens and/or the ocean.
One of the top diving destinations in the Western Hemisphere, Cozumel is the place to go for those looking to experience its brilliant underwater world. For those who want to explore it without having to shell out an arm and a leg, El Cozumeleno, facing the Caribbean Sea directly on a white-sand beach, is an all-inclusive resort with simple yet spacious rooms that can help make that a reality. The rooms are no-frills, but you’ll probably be spending most of your time in the water. Not only is diving, swimming and snorkeling one of the most popular activities, but the outdoor pools are a highlight too, especially the one with the swim-up bar. Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy playing a round or two on a popular course right across the street.
Sunset at the Palms stands apart from Jamaica’s other popular family-friendly resorts, as it is an adults-only resort with treehouse-style cottages that feature private balconies and beautiful surroundings of palm trees, flowers and colorful hummingbirds. While you won’t find a vast pool complex, the more intimate lagoon pool includes a swim-up bar, while the beach awaits just across the street. For great all-inclusive rates without the rowdy vibe of a mega-resort, this property is ideal.
Hotel Riu Negril is a beachfront resort that offers a great value with inexpensive rates, three giant pools (one with a hot tub), plenty of umbrella-shaded loungers and solid dining options at multiple restaurants, including a steakhouse, authentic Jamaican barbecue at a beach bar, Asian and Italian fare. Rooms include complimentary minibars and liquor dispensers that are regularly restocked. During the day, when you aren’t on the beach or lounging around the pool, you can take part in all types of water sports, like diving, kayaking or windsurfing, or just enjoy relaxing at the Renova Spa. Catering to the whole family, you’ll find a wide range of entertainment programs for adults and children.