#SummerTravel: The Top 10 Hottest All-Inclusive Resorts
Club Med in Martinique. (Courtesy: Club Med)
It’s no wonder all-inclusive resorts are so popular: Sometimes, we just don’t have the desire (or time or mental bandwidth) to plan an entire vacation. These hot spots take care of the planning for you, which lets you focus on relaxation — and the best do it so seamlessly that you couldn’t sweat the details if you tried.
Yahoo Travel’s most-searched names when it comes to all-inclusive resorts reflect the priorities of today’s world-weary travelers: make our vacations fun and easy, please.
(Note: prices are rack rates per room, assuming two people in a room. You can save a lot by checking ahead for special deals, especially if your travel dates are flexible.)
(See also: Best Affordable Beach Hotels for Summer)
1. Club Med
The granddaddy of them all, Club Med originated the all-inclusive concept, focusing on luxury and giving the idea cachet from the start. Founded in France in 1950, it originally centered on sunny Mediterranean locales but quickly spread to tropical and winter destinations. After trying out new strategies to attract a younger and more budget-focused clientele in the 1990s, Club Med recently renovated many of its older resorts, returning its focus to affluent, active families looking for upscale amenities. The worldwide resorts are known for laid-back atmospheres and a cornucopia of outdoor activities, including dining and dancing, that encourage mingling with fellow guests.
Resorts: 71, most in beach or ski areas
Caters to: Upscale, sociable families
Rates per room: $300-$600/night and up, with lower rates for club members
Sandals resort in Antigua. (Courtesy: Sandals)
Sandals is the king of the Caribbean, with 15 resorts scattered around Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, Barbados and Grenada. If you’re single or have kids, look elsewhere: Sandals is a couples-only operation. Focused on romance, this is the place to spend a week having breakfasts in bed, drinks on the beach, and maybe a round of golf with your sweetie. Scuba diving and some other water sports are included, but you can also pay extra and get a spa treatment or arrange an adventure tour.
Resorts: 15 throughout the Caribbean
Caters to: couples looking for romance
Rates per room: $500/night and up