Best New All-Inclusive Resorts
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
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
Number of Rooms: 123