Incredible All-Inclusive Resorts Of The Caribbean

While the term all-inclusive might conjure visions of iffy buffets, poolside DJs, and standard-issue accommodations, many of today's all-inclusive resorts offer a more elevated experience. When Club Med introduced the concept of all-inclusive in the 1950s, it was a way for travelers to make the most of their vacations and know the bottom line cost well in advance. Today, they remain a popular option with travelers due to their cost efficiency and ease of planning, though many assume you'll sacrifice quality for the convenience of staying at an all-inclusive resort. 

However, in the Caribbean, there is no shortage of all-inclusive vacation packages and resorts to choose from, including some extraordinary luxury options. Fine dining, award-winning spas, and bespoke service are just a few of the amenities you'll find at these incredible all-inclusive resorts. While many of them boast beachfront views and private plunge pools, others have extensive activity programs that include everything from guided nature tours to waterskiing lessons.

Jade Mountain Resort — St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort is a property that must be seen to be believed. Perched high above the ocean with stunning views of the Pitons, the resort is the only one in St. Lucia that boasts views of both the Piti and Gros Piton mountains. Accommodations at Jade Mountain are designed for complete communion with nature and are missing a fourth wall, opening the rooms to endless Caribbean views. Suites at Jade Mountain are categorized by Sun, Sky, Galaxy, Moon, and Star, depending on their views. Every accommodation has a private plunge pool or outdoor tub, Molton Brown products, and Frette linens. 

The resort's signature restaurant, Jade Mountain Club, features modern fusion cuisine by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Allen Susser. Resort guests also have the option of private dining in-room or dining at The Celestial Terrace, an elevated outdoor lounge and restaurant with spectacular mountain-top Caribbean views. For a taste of something sweet, head to Jade Mountain's Chocolate Laboratory, which hosts weekly tasting events, cooking classes, and demonstrations celebrating St. Lucia's cocoa production. 

When it's time to unwind, you can book a treatment at Kai en Ciel spa, either at the spa sanctuary or on your private plunge terrace. Activities at Jade Mountain include complimentary yoga classes, watersports, hiking, birdwatching, and beach excursions. Situated on more than 600 acres, Jade Mountain also shares amenities with its sister property, Anse Chastenet.

Jumby Bay — Antigua

Set on a private island of 300 acres, Jumby Bay in Antigua is an all-inclusive Caribbean destination for those willing to splurge on luxury. Standard suites have courtyards or terraces, outdoor showers, and private pools. Villas and private residences are perfect for groups, and range from two to eight bedrooms. The resort's four miles of private beach, three pools, and tennis facilities ensure that one never needs to leave the island. Guests are provided with bikes to get around, and the resort boasts a kids club, Jumby Explorers, that offers a rotating schedule of kid-friendly activities. 

Watersports include sailing regattas for the whole family, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, boat tours, and snorkeling. All drinks, snacks, and meals are included at Jumby Bay, so guests can indulge in one of seven dining experiences. The Veranda restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with ocean views, while The Estate House offers a fine dining experience in the resort's original 1830 plantation house. Casual options include The Pool Grille, The Beach Shack, and Genny's Bar, a tiki-style bar set directly on the sand.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas — Jamaica

Open since 1953, Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica retains a sense of old-world Caribbean glamor that continues to attract celebrities and famous faces. In fact, the resort is partially owned by Ralph Lauren, who also designed every room, suite, and villa. The crisp, white decor, four-poster bamboo beds, and louvered windows keep the focus on the stunning Caribbean views. This resort prides itself on details: French press coffee makers, Elemis bath products, and fully stocked minibars in every room. Private villas come with a housekeeper and chef who will cook breakfast to order each morning. 

While the resort offers three bars and private chef options, there is only one full-service restaurant, Seaside Terrace, that offers a rotating menu of Jamaican-inspired cuisine. Beach barbecues and Jamaican curry nights are also offered weekly, which are accompanied by music from local Reggae and Jamaican folk bands. Traditional afternoon tea is included in the rates and is served daily during cocktail bar. 

Round Hill offers a full-service spa, a fitness trail, and an abundance of complimentary daily fitness classes such as yoga, sculpting, and weight training. Tennis, pickleball, snorkeling, and kayaking are also offered on-site at no extra charge. If traveling with kids, the Pineapple Kids Club offers daily programming with activities such as jewelry making, painting, and scavenger hunts. Round Hill is also one of the few resorts in the Caribbean to provide personalized nanny services (at an additional cost).

Curtain Bluff — Antigua

Open since 1962, Curtain Bluff is a boutique resort in Antigua where personalized service and age-old traditions reign. Curtain Bluff has an unbelievable 65% return rate from guests, according to the resort, many of whom have been coming to the resort for generations. Standard beachfront rooms at Curtain Bluff have outdoor terraces steps from the sand with sweeping Caribbean views. The newly renovated Bluff Rooms and Suites have extensive living areas, dining nooks, and outdoor spaces with hammocks, while the Hulford Collection rooms have private plunge pools and expansive terraces. All accommodations at Curtain Bluff have rainforest showers and Molton Brown amenities. 

Curtain Bluff has two signature restaurants, The Sea Grape and Tamarind Restaurant, where meals are inspired by fresh seafood, Antiguan influences, and Italian cuisine. Afternoon tea is also included and served in The Library daily. While Curtain Bluff offers an impressive list of included activities, like reef snorkeling, sailing, yoga, and fitness classes, many visit the resort for the sole purpose of its world-class tennis programming. In fact, Antigua Tennis Week is held onsite each November. 

Ladera Resort — St. Lucia

With just 38 rooms on site, Ladera Resort is a boutique hotel set high in the mountains, 1,100 feet above sea level within the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rooms embody rustic elegance with four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting, wood furnishings, and handcrafted artisan accents. Some rooms are missing a fourth wall, and all come with private plunge pools, many with waterfalls and swings. 

An adults-only resort, Ladera Resort specializes in honeymoon packages and romantic experiences. Along with its intimate size and ideal location, the resort offers personalized service, including butlers for every room and suite. Dasheene is the resort's farm-to-table restaurant, which boasts an extensive wine list, a 2000-bottle cellar, and curated wine experiences. Since Ladera is perched high in the mountains, it is not located on the beach, but a shuttle service to nearby Sugar Beach is included. All-inclusive plans include food, drink, and airport transfers, though many activities like ATV tours and guided hikes come at an extra cost. 

Sanctuary Cap Cana — Punta Cana

One of the best all-inclusive in Punta Cana, Sanctuary Cap Cana is a stunning resort perched on the edge of the ocean and built into a castle, with Spanish Colonial-style buildings that house all 323 suites. Part of Marriott's Luxury Collection, Sanctuary Cap Cana is a five-star, adults-only resort. The all-suite accommodations are spacious, with the smallest suite measuring almost 700 square feet, while the incredible two-bedroom Castle Island Suite has large living and dining areas and three indoor plunge pools. All accommodations come with rain showers, outdoor terraces, espresso machines, and minibars that are restocked daily. 

Guests at Sanctuary Cap Cana can choose between five restaurants. Bluewater, the resort's signature seafood restaurant, is perched on stilts overlooking the ocean, while Capriccio is a fine dining restaurant serving Italian-inspired cuisine. Other dining options include a steakhouse, a sushi restaurant, and an international buffet. Just across the street from the hotel is Sanctuary Town, a hamlet of eight additional dining and drink options, including a burger bar, a sweet shop, and a Spanish restaurant. 

Sanctuary Cap Cana is renowned for its diverse range of activities, offering everything from Spanish language classes to kickboxing. Guests can choose to sign up for daily culinary experiences, water sports, or even dance lessons. Guests also have access to a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course, six pools, a fitness center, and a spa, while nightly entertainment and themed cocktail parties are also included in the stay. 

Kamalame Cay — The Bahamas

Located on a cay off the world's third-largest Great Barrier Reef, Kamalame Cay is a private island retreat in the Bahamas that welcomes couples, families, and four-legged friends. A boutique resort, Kamalame Cay is family-owned and comprises a series of bungalows, villas, and beach houses that exude barefoot elegance. Accommodations range from one to four-bedroom bungalows or beach houses and all have an airy ambiance with neutral decor, woven furnishings, stocked refrigerators, and outdoor showers. Larger villas come equipped with full kitchens, BBQs, and plunge pools. 

The resort's personalized service has evoked a loyal following of repeat guests who appreciate the resort's friendly traditions, like morning breakfast baskets and afternoon cookie delivery. Served at six on-site dining options, the cuisine at Kamalame Cay is focused on sustainable, farm-to-table dishes of fresh seafood and island-inspired creations. Kamalame Cay is also known for their wellness programs and annual beach yoga retreats

The Spa at Kamalame Cay, the only overwater spa in the Bahamas, offers a full menu of holistic treatments using organic OSEA products. The resort also features a certified dive center and facilitates kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing excursions. Guests can also venture to nearby Andros Island to participate in Captain Bill's Blue Hole Adventure, which explores Blue Holes National Park.

Anse Chastanet — St. Lucia

Sister resort to Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet is set right on the beach on 600 acres surrounded by lush greenery. Suites are set in either octagonal bungalows perched on the hillside or in beachfront cottages set right on the sand. All have outdoor showers, a terrace or patio, and Molton Brown amenities. Rooms also feature furnishings made of local wood, island-inspired artwork, and madras-cloth bedspreads that are indigenous to the island. 

With no phones or TVs, this is a resort for guests who want to completely unplug. Eight on-site restaurants offer vegetarian, Caribbean, and East India-St. Lucia fusion cuisine, and all the produce in the restaurants comes from the resort's organic farm. Activities at Anse Chastenet range from cooking classes and art classes to water sports, such as sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling, while hiking and biking enthusiasts will appreciate the 15 miles of nearby trails through the jungle.

O2 Beach Club and Spa — Barbados

Barbados has its fair share of all-inclusive resorts, but newcomer O2 Beach Club and Spa is a true all-inclusive where everything — from premium drinks to airport transfers to golf — is offered for one price. The all-suite accommodations are set within either an adults-only or family-friendly section of the resort. Luxury suites are one or two bedrooms, and amenities include nightly turndown service, complimentary beach bags, and continuously restocked minibars. 

O2 Beach Club and Spa offers curated daily activities, including "how to" masterclasses in everything from Bajan cocktail-making to playing dominoes. Guests are also provided with a credit toward the 5,600-square-foot Acqua Spa. Located on the eighth floor of the resort's main building, the spa boasts spectacular oceanfront views and, according to the establishment, offers the only hammam experience in Barbados. 

Six dining experiences include everything from Asian to Italian cuisine, and the resort even employs a culinary concierge who can arrange for various bespoke dining experiences and fulfill special requests. Seven bars, including two swim-up bars, are also on the property, as well as three pools. As an added perk, guests who stay for four nights or more can enjoy a complimentary round of golf at the Barbados Golf Club. 

Necker Island — British Virgin Islands

The most exclusive experience in the Caribbean isn't really a resort at all. Necker Island, a 74-acre retreat owned by Richard Branson, is a private island reserved exclusively for large groups of up to 48 people, though solo travelers and families can reserve during a period of "Celebration Weeks." Located in the heart of the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island is an unspoiled paradise for those with deep pockets. Balinese-style villas dot the sandy beaches and every accommodation is different, with some featuring private plunge pools. Interconnecting rooms are available for families, including bunk rooms stocked with toys and games. 

Samudra Spa offers a full menu of spa treatments in the open-air, beachfront treatment rooms utilizing Sodashi organic products. Necker Island employs its own tennis pro and yoga instructor who can arrange everything from advanced sunset yoga sessions to private tennis lessons. Water sports include kite surfing, wakeboarding, scuba, and snorkeling. Five infinity pools, multiple beaches, and three miles of hiking trails are also available. All dining, drinks, and activities are included in a stay at Necker Island, and dining experiences are tailored to individual tastes and settings. If renting a beautiful private island is on your bucket list, Necker Island is the ultimate splurge with rates to match.

Palm Island — Grenadines

Though it takes some effort to reach this resort set on a private island in the Grenadines, guests at Palm Island are rewarded with attentive service and spectacular beaches. The resort is mostly adults-only, except for a few weeks a year that are set aside for families. Accommodations range from garden-view rooms and suites to beachfront suites, all with soaking tubs, outdoor terraces, nightly turndown service, and fully stocked minibars. 

The most spacious accommodations are the three villas, ranging in size from 4,000 to 5,500 square feet. Villas come with golf carts and fully stocked kitchens. Activities at Palm Island include biking, fitness classes, tennis, culinary demonstrations, and even cricket. Along with access to three on-site hiking trails and beaches that provide beachfront snorkeling opportunities, guests can also take kayaks and Hobie Cat sailboats to explore the island. Palm Island also offers excursions via private launch to nearby Union Island, where guests can hike up Mount Taboi, the highest peak in the Grenadines, or explore the island's variety of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Ambergris Cay — Turks and Caicos

While Turks and Caicos only has a handful of all-inclusive resorts to choose from, Ambergris Cay is at the top of the list. Located on a private island, a 10-minute boat ride away from Provos, the resort features 17 beachfront suites and a handful of villas on its sprawling 1,100 acres. The resort started out as a private island community and has evolved into one of the Caribbean's most exclusive and private getaways. All service, dining, and activities are completely bespoke, tailored to a guest's every desire. 

Beachfront suites feature outdoor showers, terraces, and plunge pools steps from the sand, which may be ideal for couples, while families may prefer to book one of the hillside villas, ranging in size from three to six bedrooms. All villas come with ocean views, expansive living and dining areas, and private heated pools. Every accommodation also comes with a personal golf cart, and butler services can arrange anything from sunset cocktails to private beach picnics. Resort activities include yoga, tennis, snorkeling, kayaking, and bonefishing, and the island offers extensive biking and hiking trails. Dining is available at four restaurants, including three bars and the whimsical Hangover Bar, located on its own island just offshore.

Spice Island — Grenada

Set on the quiet side of Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, Spice Island is an award-winning boutique resort boasting some of the best beachfront views in the Caribbean. The resort's peaceful setting belies the fact that it is within walking distance of nearby shops, restaurants, and supermarkets, though you won't want to leave the peaceful eight-acre property. The 64 suites include beachfront suites, as well as pool suites with large private pools and gardens, while royal pool suites boast large sitting areas, pools, and private saunas. All accommodations feature Balinese-style furnishings, Frette Linens, and Molton Brown amenities. 

Oliver's Restaurant is the resort's upscale, fine dining restaurant and serves Caribbean-meets-Creole cuisine, while The Sea and Surf Terrace and Bar offers a more relaxed experience and regularly hosts beach barbecues. Activities at Spice Island include golf and tennis, as well as water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and Hobie Cat sailing. The award-winning Janissa Spa features outdoor rain showers, couples treatment rooms, and a full menu of spa services. Spice Island is family-friendly, and the resort's Nutmeg Pod activity center provides all-day programming for kids.

The Caves — Jamaica

There's no other resort like The Caves, an adults-only escape in Jamaica where rooms and suites are perched on top of sea caves and set into limestone cliffs. With only 12 rooms and suites, the resort provides an intimate, bohemian vibe. Standard garden-view cottages are surrounded by lush greenery and include brightly colored, Jamaican-style furnishings, while ocean-view suites are perched 40 feet above the sea and offer spectacular Caribbean views. For added luxury, the four-bedroom Clandestino Villa includes a private pool and butler service. 

Dining at The Caves relies on fresh produce and locally inspired dishes like saltfish, fried dumplings, and jerk chicken. The two intimate dining rooms at the resort retain an authentically Jamaican feel with open-air terraces and thatched roofs, but the standout of the resort is surely the romantic Blackwell Rum Bar. Reached by a coral staircase leading down to the sea, the bar is tucked into a secret cave just steps from crashing waves and is lit by candlelight each evening. While The Caves provides nightly live music, the resort is also in close proximity to some of Negril's best nightlife spots. After a night out, the resort's Aveda spa offers a full menu of treatments, including a Jamaican-inspired brown sugar scrub, while adventurous guests can participate in spearfishing, snorkeling, and cliff-diving outings.

Guana Island — British Virgin Islands

One of the remaining few undeveloped islands in the Caribbean, Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands is an 850-acre paradise with seven beaches, a farm, orchards, and expansive hiking trails. Guana Island is a low-key luxury escape for couples and families seeking serenity, as there are no commercial entities on the island. Unspoiled and only accessible by boat, the resort retains many of the original stone and coral buildings from when it was first established in 1934. Along with offering stunning ocean views, the resort's Sea View Cottages feature original artwork and traditional Caribbean textiles, while luxury villas range from one to six bedrooms and include private pools. 

Dining at Guana Island reflects the relaxed atmosphere of the resort, and internationally-trained chefs prepare farm-to-table dishes that rely heavily on the island's farm and five-acre orchard. While staying, guests have access to a number of recreational activities, including tennis, volleyball, and bocce, as well as watersports like snorkeling, kiteboarding, and kayaking. Guana Island features 12 miles of hiking trails, which include treks through the ruins of a sugar plantation and up the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, an 806-foot climb that offers views for miles. After a scenic yet rigorous hike, the full-service Hibiscus Spa provides a range of holistic treatments. While Guana Island offers plenty of amenities, the resort's natural setting with surrounding exotic wildlife — including a flock of resident flamingos — remains the resort's most appealing draw.