Let's face it -- all-inclusive vacations really take the worries out of travel. No matter the destination where you're heading on your all-inclusive getaway, it's nice to know that once you get there, everything will already be taken care of; that is, as long as you pick a top-notch spot that won't shock you with any unwanted surprises. During our travels, we've discovered that there are all kinds of all-inclusive resorts, from adults-only to budget-friendly, from family-focused to downright unusual. But we must say, "luxurious" may be our favorite. Take a look at our 12 favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts around the world.
-- Alex Creange, Oyster.com
Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat, Turks and Caicos
Set on a private island accessed via a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales, Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat offers a level of privacy and intimacy unavailable anywhere else in Turks and Caicos. With an incredible infinity-edge pool, world-renowned COMO Shambhala Spa, waterfront Balinese-style villas, doting service, and more than three miles of pristine beaches, Parrot Cay is easily one of the most luxurious hotels in all of the Caribbean. You'll be pampered by personal butlers, wined and dined by incredible restaurants and bars, and will certainly leave your vacation feeling refreshed -- especially if you indulge in treatments at the exclusive spa.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Opened in 1961 on the golden sands of Grand Anse Beach, Spice Island Beach Resort is still one of the most elegant and well-regarded resorts on Grenada. After undergoing a complete renovation in 2013, the resort's immaculately kept grounds, bright and breezy rooms, and effortlessly chic decor fulfill its promise to be "a place of unpretentious luxury." Here, the all-inclusive rates include all meals at the resort's two restaurants, fully stocked minibars, premium drinks, and free Wi-Fi. Though there are a variety of on-site activities, peace and relaxation are also easy to find.
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
The Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa offers a welcome departure from the typical all-inclusive scene. You won't find any annoying bracelet programs, tired buffets, or tacky staff performances here. Instead, the Hilton offers name-brand liquor, exceptional food, and classy live music performances. Rooms are impressively large, and immaculately clean, even if the decor is a bit bland. All rooms have balconies, and some suites feature gorgeous private plunge pools with incredible ocean views. Adults and children will be equally happy here: with an excellent spa, free kayaks and snorkel gear on the beach, and a three-tiered pool with a swim-up bar, there is certainly no shortage of on-site entertainment.
andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp isn't just a hotel, it's an experience. This ultra luxurious safari lodge in the middle of Botswana's Okavango Delta is a place where guests can get up close and personal with all kinds exotic wildlife. Here, everything, and we mean everything (excellent Pan-African food, guided excursions, game drives, river cruises, bush walks, etc.) is included in the price of your stay. The nine safari tents feature big soaking tubs, indoor/outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and four poster beds, with a sleek decor and water lily motif inspired by the delta region.
Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas, Maldives
Renovated in 2015, the all-inclusive Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas offers some of the most affordable overwater villas near Male. This sub-resort shares a private island with Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, which means guests can take advantage of the larger resort's amenities, including a pool, fitness center, spa, tennis court, and five bars. The hotel's spacious overwater bungalows feature private decks with direct access to the turquoise waters below. All have large bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads, beautiful canopied beds, and fully stocked minibars. Adaaran Prestige is also one of the best hotels for surfing in the Maldives, and personal butlers can arrange all sorts of water-related excursions and activities.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya -- set on over 80 acres of mangroves that meet a postcard-perfect beach of white sand and turquoise waters -- is one of Playa del Carmen's most sophisticated properties. It features 491 top-notch suites spread out in three different buildings (two family-friendly, one adults-only), all with their own stunning pool complexes, gyms, and restaurants. Discerning travelers will appreciate Grand Velas' exceptional butler service, incredible spa, outstanding cuisine, and eco-friendly practices.
The Village Coconut Island, Phuket
Only accessible by water taxi or helicopter ride, The Village Coconut Island has a feeling of exclusivity and seclusion. Here, huge contemporary villas and suites come equipped with full kitchens or kitchenettes, and some even have plunge pools with spectacular views of the gardens or the gorgeous Phang Nga Bay. There are three on-site restaurants, and a cooking school where guests can learn to make traditional Thai cuisine. The hotel's two beautiful infinity-edge pools are real highlights, but guests can also enjoy the hotel's private beach and water sports such as kayaking and sailing.
Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
Crowded beaches are unheard of at Fowl Cay Resort, a private island retreat where a maximum of 28 guests have free range of 50 acres and three beaches. Each spacious villa comes with free use of its own personal boat and golf cart, fully stocked kitchens and wet bars, and jaw dropping island views. All-inclusive rates are just that--everything from top shelf liquor to water sports equipment is included in the price of a villa rental. However, some of the villas feature outdated decor and worn furnishings that seem inconsistent with the resort's high nightly rates.
Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa
A chic oasis with Moroccan flair, the Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive hotel with a little something for everyone. The resort shines with its activities for children -- multiple outdoor pools, mini-golf, a kids' club, petting zoo, and giant trampolines are all on-site. On the other hand, adults will appreciate the decadent spa with a traditional hammam, the exquisite dining options (including a restaurant serving traditional Moroccan fare), and the comprehensive all-inclusive rates. Rooms are large with modern design features and private balconies or patios. Though it's a bit removed from town, the hotel offers free shuttle service should guests choose to venture off the property.
The Hatzilazarou Family -- self-described as "obsessed" with hospitality -- built the Princess Andriana Resort & Spa, overlooking Kiotari beach, in 2011 to impress their primary clientele: couples and families. And let's just say they achieved their goal, as this places is impressive. An upscale resort, Princess Andriana features a modern design with bold architectural features and a crisp, clean color palette. The massive pool is where most guests spend their days, but there are lots of other entertainment options for kids including archery, tennis, a playground, and watersports rentals on the beach. Rooms are serene and stylish, and some even have balconies with private plunge pools. However, the property is far from both the airport and Rhodes town.
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
The D.R.'s classiest, most famous resort since 1974, Casa de Campo is part of a massive, 7,000-acre resort community that includes three world-renowned Pete Dye golf courses, an immaculate beach, a marina, the quaint "town" of Altos de Chavon, and numerous other on-site activities. Sleek rooms have varied decor, and come with all the modern amenities a traveler could want -- flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Wi-Fi, separate showers and soaking tubs, and private balconies. Excellent food is served from over a dozen restaurants, including an outpost of Le Cirque. And of course, like most Caribbean resorts (just kidding), there is also an equestrian center and a shooting range.
Part of a small luxury hotel chain originating in the Italian Alps, the Adler Thermae Spa and Relax Resort is a Tuscan retreat nestled in a small thermal village in the Siena countryside. This resort makes the most of its natural setting, offering indoor and outdoor thermal pools and serving locally grown food, but its modern decor sets it apart from other properties in Tuscany. Rooms are spacious and feature modern bathrooms with soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. There are all sorts of amenities for a relaxing or active escape, with miles of hiking and biking trails, along with bike rentals, and a kid's club with supervised activities for children.