What do a private island in Tahiti, a game reserve in Kenya, and an elegant country estate in the mountains of Vermont have in common? They are all home to luxurious all-inclusive resorts.
Whether these resorts lie in the Caribbean or Kenya, they all offer personal service, pampering touches, and all-inclusive rates so that you can leave your worries — and your wallet — at home.
Find the perfect high-end hideaway with our list of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Eco-conscious and extraordinarily beautiful, the former surfing retreat of Nihi Sumba Island scores top billing on lists of the world’s best beach resorts. It presides over a wild and pristine palm-fringed slice of coast on the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia, about a one-hour flight from Bali.
For the ultimate in pampering, embark on a day-long Spa Safari with multiple treatments and healthy meals. Free daily yoga in a sea-view pavilion is also offered.
Rates include all meals, snacks, and some beverages and activities. Children are welcome, and some of the profits from your stay support the Sumba Foundation’s community projects, providing fresh water, medical care, and communal farms for local villages, so you can live in the lap of luxury and feel good at the same time.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Surrounded by a world of water in mesmerizing shades of blue, Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers over-the-water luxury and family-friendly fun. The resort lies on Huvahendhoo island in the Maldives, a coral island ringed by thriving coral reefs and some of the best dive sites in the world.
Guests can choose from several different dining venues serving everything from fusion cuisine inspired by Chinese, Indian, and Thai flavors to teppanyaki and themed buffets.
Water sports reign here and with a flourishing reef not far from shore, the snorkeling is fabulous. You can also swim at the two pools, play volleyball and tennis, tone at the gym, or indulge at the over-the-water Tamara spa.
The all-inclusive plan is optional. It offers excellent value and includes food (buffet-style and limited a la carte); beverages; and two excursions per person per stay, such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, village visits and fishing.
Jumby Bay Island – An Oetker Collection Hotel, Antigua
On a palm-studded private island in Antigua rimmed by dazzling beaches, Jumby Bay is tropical elegance at its best. One of the top luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Jumby Bay offers all the expected luxuries and modern conveniences of a 5-star resort but in a peaceful pocket of paradise. The entire island is car-free, but you can explore it on a bike and soak up the relaxed pace of life.
When you’re not basking under rustling palms on the beach, you can work out at the gym, swim in the infinity pool, play tennis or golf, or succumb to a pampering session at the spa.
Eco-conscious guests will also appreciate the recycling program and conservation projects, such as the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program.
Children are welcome at this 5-star all-inclusive resort, and customized adventures keep them entertained.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
If your idea of paradise is an Asian wilderness adventure, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is an excellent choice. As Four Seasons’ first all-inclusive property, this camp bordering Burma and Laos caters to adventure seekers and nature lovers.
You can soak up some culture, too. Hillside bicycle tours travel through rice paddies and pineapple plantations, and you can also take a day trip to sacred temples or explore neighboring Burma, among other adventures.
Feel like some pampering? Relax with a mountain botanical treatment at the open-sided jungle spa tucked within a tranquil bamboo forest.
Guests leave feeling like they’ve taken a luxury safari but they don’t have to travel to Africa.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
One of the top safari lodges in South Africa, Royal Malewane, is for travelers who want to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most discerning and wealthy wildlife lovers. The lodge lies in Thornybush Game Reserve bordering spectacular Kruger National Park which offers some of the best wildlife-viewing on the planet.
Two-bedroom Royal Suites are perfect for families, and for even more exclusivity, groups can reserve Africa House, a six-bedroom villa with a private chef.
Daily activities revolve around the morning and evening game drives when expert trackers and guides deliver you to National Geographic-worthy wildlife action. You can also relax at the award-winning bush spa and tone at the gym in your spare time.
Children of all ages are welcome in the Royal Suites and Africa House but they must be older than 10 to stay in the luxury suites.
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