There’s nothing more easy-breezy than an all-inclusive holiday in the Caribbean. Resorts that put rooms, meals, drinks and amenities right at your fingertips make your vacation less stressful and more laidback. When you let someone else do the planning, all you have left to do is enjoy yourself!
Some folks may shy away from the allure of all-inclusiveness because it’s true that it sometimes comes with a whopping price tag. However, in the Caribbean, all-inclusive resorts rule. This makes finding accommodation within your price range a snap. In fact, the options can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve given you a head start and brought you the five best bang for your buck all-inclusive resorts that you can book in the Caribbean right now:
Grand Oasis Cancun Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is an obvious choice, but for good reason. This Mexican resort city provides budget travelers the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry on its gorgeous beaches — for a price even college students can stomach. Although there are many affordable resorts in Cancun, we picked Grand Oasis for several of its stand-out features. One of those is its mile-long swimming pool (the longest in Cancun) which winds through the ground’s lush tropical gardens. You’ll also find three swim-up bars located along the water’s edge. The 11 other bars on the premise often host themed nights and parties with animators and entertainment and — since alcoholic beverages are included in the $266 per night price — every night is a party.
Whether you’re in the mood for Mediterranean, Japanese or Tex Mex, with a choice of 18 international restaurants it’s possible to eat a different cuisine every night. All-inclusive guests can work off all those food and drink calories in the on-site gym and fitness center or with leisurely swims in the Caribbean, just a stone’s throw away.
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Oranjestad, Aruba
What’s better than access to a private 40-acre island with pristine beaches and overwater hammocks in Aruba? Verdict: Pretty much nothing. That’s exactly what Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers every one of its guests. Renaissance Island, an 8-minute boat ride from the resort, offers sugar-sand beaches, a private spa, restaurant and beach bar with thatched roofs. The twinkling blue water and the wild flamingos splashing in the shallows complete the whimsical atmosphere.
The most affordable all-inclusive room deals start at $360 per night and boast superior rooms decorated with natural woods and creamy off-white tones accented with bright aquamarine blues. Days are spent beach lounging, kayaking, or scuba diving and evenings pass while feasting on burgers, tapas, sushi and local fare. Late-night fun commences at the resort’s stylish bar, Blue, and the adults-only after-hours lounge. And if all that isn’t enough, there’s also an on-site casino.
The Explorean, Cozumel, Mexico
This island resort just off the coast of the heavily populated Cancun offers visitors a more intimate all-inclusive experience. Starting at $272 per night, this deal snags a cozy yet modern room with rustic touches and views of the Mayan jungle just outside a private terrace.
Dining takes places in a covered veranda next to the lushly shaded pool. The menu is decided upon spontaneously and the expert chef creates daily masterpieces from fresh ingredients found at the local market.
If you can tear yourself from the gentle grip of this resort’s tranquility, you can take advantage of the daily guided excursions including jungle trekking, kayaking and horseback riding. Or explore the Mayan Ruins which are just 10 miles away.
Bonus: The all-inclusive deal at this resort also allows pool and restaurant access to the sister hotel next door, Fiesta Americana.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
This hotel promises the best week of your life starting at just $215/day. Located on 85 sprawling acres on St. Lucia’s southern coast, the beachside Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa provides endless entertainment with its all-inclusive package. Amenities at your disposal include 5 pools, non-motorized watersports and a mile-long beach to frolic on.
The resort boasts a mighty 250 rooms, nine restaurants and seven bars with all meals and alcoholic beverages included. The diverse menus offer everything from Creole, Asian fusion, and American cuisine.
Take your pick of daily activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, yoga & Pilates classes, beach volleyball and reggae dance lessons. Nightly entertainment is provided by talented local musicians and themed parties like Caribbean Night and Country and Western Night keep evenings interesting.
Tropical Princess Beach Resort & Spa, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
A Caribbean getaway to the Dominican Republic has never been more affordable and fun thanks to Tropical Princess Beach Resort & Spa. Rates in April start at $112 per night, which includes all meals at the resort’s three restaurants and unlimited drinks at its seven bars. Free drinks and access to the on-site discotheque is another all-inclusive guest privilege.
A good night’s sleep awaits in the comfortable and colorfully decorated rooms, each with a private balcony, minibar and satellite TV. The resort provides much more than a prime location on a long sandy beach lined with dancing palm trees and thatched-roof cabanas. Guests are also free to access the gym, sauna, two swimming pools, bicycles and tennis courts as well as partake in non-motorized water sports.