Any kind of “top 10” list is bound to be subjective. There’s no way around it. It is impossible to account for everyone’s tastes and address every possible variable of a vacation and a resort. However, the following “Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations” turn up again and again in listings on the Internet and in travel magazines, too. To make sure you are making the right choice, you should talk to as many people as you can who have actually been to the resort you are considering.
The idea of all-inclusive vacations is not that old, but it has caught on like wildfire because it takes much of the worry out of trip planning. It is not likely you could put together a vacation package for less than the “all inclusives” charge, but not everyone goes this route to save money. The high-end resorts of the all-inclusive variety are pricey, but there are also some bargains to be bad if you do not expect five-star amenities at three- or four-star prices. The following are not in any particular order, but many are clustered in the Caribbean because of its longstanding popularity.
1. Goldeneye Resort, St. Mary, Jamaica: James Bond fans have made the Goldeneye a top pick in many resort listings. This Jamaican retreat was built by Bond novelist Ian Fleming in the 1950s and he is said to have written 14 of his “007” thrillers there. The “short report” on Goldeneye is that it is “a magical place” that provides simple luxury along with carefree, casual comfort. Many celebrities flock to this spot for the privacy, and Goldeneye’s main beach is clean, uncrowded and private with fluffy white sand and warm, crystalline waters. The 007 cachet, great privacy, good food and fabulous grounds combine to make Goldeneye a favorite all-inclusive resort.
2. Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas: As a chain, the Sandals Resorts have been voted “World’s Best” for the past 10+ years by travel professionals worldwide. Many longtime travel agents, who should know, believe that Sandals does “all-inclusive” better than anyone, and they should – they invented it. Sandals does everything with an unsurpassed emphasis on quality, so it is by no means a “budget” destination. This particular Sandals resort – with its offshore island, eight restaurants, seven pools, valet service and Rolls-Royce airport shuttles – will meet the demands of the most discriminating travelers.
3. Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua: Situated on Dickenson Bay, the island’s premier (and most famous) beach, this is the chain’s “romantic getaway.” It offers Caribbean village charm plus the refinement and luxury of a world-class, all-inclusive resort, and was voted the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort” for four straight years. Crystal clear air and winding paths welcome you to hidden hammocks for the happy twosome.
4. Secrets Excellence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Situated far from city crowds on a remote portion of Caribbean shoreline – in its own palm tree forest, no less – Secrets Excellence has everything from live stage shows, hot …