These are the top 10 spots for a worry-free island getaway. (Photo by iStock. Design by Lauren DeLuca for Yahoo Travel.)
Planning a vacation can be stressful. But you just want to get away as the winter sets in, not worry about details. That’s when an all-inclusive resort can help melt away the cold-weather blues. Check out some of Yahoo’s most-searched regions for all-inclusive vacations.
10. Cozumel: An Island Full of Fun
Courtesy: Secrets Aura Cozumel Resort
Just 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, the island of Cozumel is popular for its beaches, diving, sailing, and fishing. But that small island manages to pack a punch with over 300 restaurants and plenty of hotels and resorts (and two dolphinariums). If you’re looking for an adult-only experience, try the Secrets Aura Cozumel Resort, with its Unlimited Luxury package of endless drinks and a 24/7 concierge. Or, for the whole family, right in downtown and near the second-largest reef in the world, is the Cozumel Palace.
9. Fiji: Seclusion on the Sea
Courtesy: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Fiji is made up of more than 300 small islands, which means when you’re deciding where to stay there are a lot of options—though the majority of people live on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. While there are family-friendly resorts, most people come to Fiji for the seclusion and romance. (It’s a popular spot for honeymoons.) Stay in huts right over the water at the couples-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Or scuba dive at the Matangi Private Island Resort, where you can stay on the beach or in a luxurious treehouse. Food, drinks, tours, snorkeling, and kayaking are all included in your $950 per night. To get extremely away from it all, try the Nukubati Private Island Resort, which sits right next to the Great Sea Reef. You can even rent out the whole island for 14 guests for just $38,500 a week.
8. Bali: Vacations for Everybody
Courtesy: Club Med Bali
Part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest biodiversity of marine life in the world, Bali is known for its amazing oceans. But it also has breathtaking mountains and a wide range of tourist attractions. Both the Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort and Club Med Bali offer luxurious all-inclusive resorts with multiple pools, activities, restaurants, and options for the whole family. A little farther out of the main resort area, Samabe Bali has a private beach, villas to sleep in, and a romantic cave for special dinners. You can also opt for a tour with Intrepid Travel, which includes most meals and all accommodations, if you want to do it all: climb Mt. Batur, cycle the countryside, and snorkel in the reefs.
7. Puerto Rico: A Little Bit of Everything
Courtesy: Wyndham’s Rio Mar Beach Resort
A Caribbean territory of the U.S., Puerto Rico is a popular tourist destination because of its rich culture, ease of travel, and unique geography. Along with its white beaches, it is also home to mountain villages and rainforests, like the El Yunque National Forest. In between El Yunque and the ocean is Wyndham’s Rio Mar Beach Resort, where you can opt for the package that includes food from 11 bars and restaurants, water sports, and discounts at the spa and on activity packages. On the south shore of the island, the Copamarina Beach Resort has swimming pools, tennis courts, paddle boats, and the Guánica State Forest, a U.N. biosphere reserve, right in its backyard.
6. Cancun: Beachfront Beauty
Courtesy: The Beloved
While Cancun can be a party spot at certain times of the year, it’s also well-known for its Mayan historical sites, like Tulum, and fascinating attractions, like the Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm. There are countless all-inclusive resorts in the hotel zone, but among the best are the adult-focused ME Cancun—famous for having one of the best beach bars—and The Beloved, just north of town. At the high end of your budget is the Nizuc Resort and Spa, with luxurious villas spread out over the private 29-acre tropical property.
5. Hawaii: Remote or Right in the Middle of Tourist Heaven
Courtesy: Travaasa Hana, Maui
While there are eight islands that make up the Hawaiian chain, the majority of visitors head to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the big island. Although their are impressive resorts spread out all over the state, the high-end luxurious Travaasa Hana on Maui tops the list. Do yoga on the cliff side or ride a horse down the beach. Pick your all-inclusive package from a number of styles: adventure, culinary, fitness, or culture. On Kauai, check out the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, which sits on 50 acres near Shipwreck Beach. If you plan to stay in Honolulu and hit up the famous Waikiki Beach, the large and popular Hilton Hawaiian Resort has a number of packages to enjoy the classics of the island without any worries.
4. Punta Cana: Coconut Groves in the Dominican
Courtesy: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana
On the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has more white beaches, coconut groves, and resorts than you could visit in one trip. Start at the zen Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, which includes a 45-minute horseback ride in its all-inclusive package. It’s all about the wellness here. Then visit the 30,000-acre Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol, a castle right on the water that’s going adults-only by the end of the year. If you’re looking for a good deal in the Dominican, head to the Iberostar Bavaro, which allows you access to the resort’s other nearby properties as well.
3. Belize: Caves, Jungles, and Diving
Courtesy: Isla Marisol Resort
Belize is home to 450 off-shore islands, jungles, massive caves, and the Belize Barrier Reef. Plus, its official language is English—making it an appealing spot for American visitors. Most of the all-inclusive resorts in Belize are just regular resorts that also have all-inclusive packages, so simply decide if you want a romantic getaway or a family trip. The Placencia Hotel, in southern Belize, offers jungle river trips and snorkeling. The Isla Marisol Resort has some of the best diving in the country. Or stay at the Coco Plum Island Resort, on a private island, with lots and lots of snorkeling included in your visit.
2. Costa Rica: Central America at Its Finest
Courtesy: Barceló Langosta Beach Resort
Raft down whitewater rapids, hike through rainforests, or surf the perfect Costa Rican waves. In recent years, the country has also become known for its eco-tourism and wide array of wildlife. On the west coast, the five-star Barceló Langosta Beach Resort in Tamarindo is right next to the Playa Langosta beach and near the Las Baulas National Park. Up the coast, the all-inclusive Secrets Papagayo has luxurious adults-only accommodations.
1. Jamaica: Real Island Living
Courtesy: The Caves
If you’re looking for real island living, take a trip to Jamaica, where you can swim at Doctor’s Cave Beach or raft down the Martha Brae River. Then, stay at any of the dozens of all-inclusive resorts. The most luxurious and perhaps the most famous is the adults-only The Caves, with cottages on a cliffside near Seven Mile Beach. In a cove near Montego Bay, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is more private country club than large resort. Or, head to the wild south shore, where the Sandals Whitehouse has butlers available for its highest-end packages.
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