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Top-ranked all-inclusive resorts

January 2, 2013

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Big-game drives in South Africa, snorkeling in the Caribbean, local wines and food—it's all included at these posh retreats, which all scored high in our Readers' Choice Awards.

Jade Mountain
Soufrière, St. Lucia

About the resort: The sister property to Anse Chastanet, this resort boasts an even more over-the-top setting—and not just because it sits higher on the hillside. All 24 suites showcase panoramic views of the Caribbean from their private, glass-tiled infinity pools, and you can also spy the Pintons Mountains, which have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What's included: Guests can indulge in all the same activities offered by Anse Chastanet, plus yoga, a fitness center and trainers, and cooking classes with the resort’s chef. Meal plans, which include drinks as well, must be purchased separately.

Singita, Sabi Sand
Kruger National Park, South Africa

About the resort: Three well-appointed options (Ebony Lodge, Boulders Lodge, Castleton Camp) provide an elegant base from which to bask in the area’s natural beauty. Expect to see several varieties of big cats (leopards, lions, cheetahs), as well as elephants and other native species. Common amenities in the suites include private swimming pools, outdoor showers, and fireplaces.

What's included: Room fees provide for all the big-ticket activities (two guided Land Rover safaris each day, plus mountain biking, archery, and any desired nature walks with professional tracking staff). You’ll also be well-fed, with three meals a day and all drinks (with the exception of bubbly) included.

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
St. John’s, Antigua

About the resort: Taking its design cues from the region’s British Colonial era, this 300-acre oasis recently updated its facilities with a $28 million renovation, which provided for 28 new suites overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Two private beaches ensure ample room for sunbathing and swimming.

What's included: Rates here cover a breakfast spread, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and beverages (cocktails and house wine by the glass), plus access to water sports, two resort pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, a putting green, and a croquet field.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
Charlestown, St. Kitts & Nevis

About the resort: An 18th century plantation house lies at the heart of this Caribbean retreat. The accommodations have the same old-timey sensibility, while also affording guests modern comforts, such as a freshwater pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center (and, of course, air conditioning).

What's included:
The activities seem nearly endless: Snorkel, kayak, hang at the weekly beachfront BBQ (with live music and dancing), plus play croquet, bocce, horseshoes, tennis—all with complimentary equipment rental. You can also utilize one of the resort’s Flip video cameras for no extra charge. The regular rate provides breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, but there’s also an upgrade that adds lunch.

Anse Chastanet
Soufrière, St. Lucia

About the resort: Set among 600 acres of tropical woodland, this picturesque refuge contains 49 rooms, a dozen of which lie steps from the white sand beaches. Rooms don't have phones or televisions, which adds to the resort’s off-the-grid feel.

What's included: Though meals aren’t included in rooms’ base rates (they’re available through an add-on plan), there is an array of gratis activities at your disposal, including non-motorized water sports (snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking), tennis, and guided botany hikes.

Le Blanc Spa Resort
Cancún, Mexico

About the resort: This adult-only haven lies on a stretch of white sand between two translucent bodies of water: The Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Ocean. Aromatherapy bath salts and pillows are two of the thoughtful amenities that come standard in guest rooms.

What's included: You won’t have to spend a penny beyond the cost of your room to enjoy the five-star cuisine and beverages, all spa services, off-site archeological tours, Jack Nicklaus golf course, and personal training sessions in the fitness center.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Kruger National Park, South Africa

About the resort: Family-run for more than 80 years, this reserve helped pioneer the ecotourism industry. Five lodges, situated on nearly 35,000 acres of protected bushland, consist of modern, earth-toned suites with wooden decks and plunge pools.

What's included:
As with other properties within Kruger National Park, a booking at this compound guarantees all your game drives; meals and drinks will also be taken care of, in addition to trips into the surrounding community.

The Caves
Negril, Jamaica

About the resort: Nestled into the island’s cliffside, the 13 dwellings at this small getaway consist of one- and two-bedroom cottages, plus suites and a splurge-worthy four-bedroom villa.

What's included:
Non-motorized water sports (snorkeling, biking, kayaking), all meals and select drinks (house wines and spirits) come at no additional charge.

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