One way to ensure a stress-free vacation is to head to an all-inclusive resort where you don't have to reach for your credit card every time you want a cocktail or burger with fries. And if you really want to up the relaxing vibe of a vacation, limit the possibility of kids running around the property or splashing in the pool by booking an adults-only stay. We found the best of the best adults-only and all-inclusive resorts for a booze-filled trip -- whether you're looking to party at the pool or relax on the beach.
1. The Caves, Jamaica
Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, the Caves' 12 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there's no beach, although guests can go swimming along the cliffs). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive. From the moment they arrive, guests are welcomed with the resort’s signature cocktail, the Cliffhanger, and for the remainder of their stay they’re free to indulge in one of Jamaica’s best all-inclusive liquor selections.
2. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya
Though not technically adults-only, the Zoetry Paraiso labels itself as adults-oriented, since it lacks kid-friendly features and families are rare. The 90-suite property is undoubtedly romantic, featuring a relaxing pool area and beach with double-wide lounge chairs (perfect for couples), and on-site dining that keeps the resort's wellness theme alive with delicious, healthy meals. Included amenities not standard at most all-inclusive resorts -- such as "welcome" bottles of tequila, daily bottles of champagne, one-hour Catamaran sunset sails, three-times-daily maid service, and private chauffeured airport transfers -- make this resort a standout among Puerto Morelos' finest properties (though expect the price to reflect that).
3. Hyatt Zilara Cancun
The appearance of the 307-room adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun goes against the often bad reputation all-inclusives have gained. Suites appear updated and buck traditional room layouts with a centrally located bed and spacious balcony (some are even swim-out). The bathrooms boast massive walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs with killer views. The quality of the food is surprisingly good and varied, including the convenient 24-hour VIP lounge. But like many all-inclusive properties, basic amenities can get crowded fast: Expect to fight for chairs by the pool or for dinner reservations at a decent hour. The vibe is also slightly older, so young couples or spring breakers may want to consider staying elsewhere. And families, of course, steer clear (no guests under the age of 16 are allowed).
4. Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort and Spa
Out of the four Princess properties in Punta Cana, this 263-room all-inclusive is the pricier, adults-only option. Sometimes the resort can feel like an adult party, especially considering the afternoon pool scene, lobby entertainment, and 24-hour beach bar. Those looking for a quieter experience can hit the beach, snag a day bed and have drinks delivered from a server.
5. Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica
One of the island’s first resorts and a former playground for 1950s Hollywood A-listers, this 226-room, 19-acre Ocho Rios all-inclusive is still a sophisticated option. The pools are unexceptional, though they do have ocean views, and one has a swim-up bar. The gorgeous spa, robust all-inclusive offering, beachfront location, and mellow vibe are the highlights here. Of particular note is Couples’ all-inclusive booze policy, which includes top-shelf liquors in addition to the usual beer, wine, and rum punch.
6. Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua
The relaxed, tranquil environment of the Galley Bay boutique resort is a major part of its appeal. This isn't Antigua's fanciest property, but it doesn't need to be: simple Caribbean style (picture thatched roofs, stone, and rattan), a truly gorgeous beach, and all-inclusive food that's better than average for the island make for a winning combo. All meals, alcoholic beverages, and water sports are included in the rate.
7. Komandoo Maldive Island Resort
Popular among European couples, this adult-only resort is small and romantic, and a great value for the Maldives. Highlights include a beachfront infinity pool, nice on-site reef, excellent food, and plenty of free perks. There are two all-inclusive options available, but both include booze -- although you'll have to pay extra for premium liquor with both. Komandoo’s biggest drawback is its location (a 45-minute flight from Male Airport), which occasionally translates into long layovers; however, it’s significantly less expensive than competing resorts near Male.
8. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort
This grandiose adult-only resort that opened in late 2014 outside of San Jose del Cabo is practically a destination unto itself. Manicured grounds are sprawling (expect to walk often) and offer great views of the Sea of Cortez, especially from the two pools and golf course. All-inclusive rates are among the highest in the area, even for a luxury hotel, but the four bars and eight restaurants provide guests with plenty of food and drink -- including top-shelf liquor -- variety. The 500 suites have modern amenities and playful, romantic touches -- some are swim-out.
9. Desire Pearl Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya
The Desire Pearl is a couples-only, clothing-optional, all-inclusive resort located on a beautiful white-sand beach right outside quiet Puerto Morelos. It draws a range of young and middle-aged couples looking for some adult fun in the sun. For dining, options are more limited than at other nearby resorts, but the food is more than decent and reservations aren't required. Drinks are included in the all-inclusive package, and guests can grab a cocktail from the lobby bar, two swim-up bars, or the racy nightclub that opens after dinner. In addition to a welcome drink, snacks are available throughout the day, and the minibar gets restocked daily. If you want room service, though, there is a delivery charge.
10. Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Jamaica
The best of the three Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, this 295-room all-suite hotel is light years beyond its neighbors in terms of decor, food, and features. While some facilities remain shared with the lesser Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, guests at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall get the pick of the litter with free access to many of the other resorts' restaurants, bars, pools, and beaches. The rates might be higher, but for good reason.
11. Palladium Hotel Palmyra, Ibiza
The 116-room Palladium Hotel Palmyra is an upper-middle-range all-inclusive hotel located directly on a long sandy beach within walking distance of Sant Antoni’s nightlife. Popular with couples of all ages, this adults-only hotel features contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, balconies, and air-conditioning. With padded loungers, direct beach access, and a snack bar with shaded seating, the outdoor pool is the highlight here. The hotel also offers a well-equipped fitness center and daily entertainment.
12. Club Med Turkoise, Turks & Caicos
As the island's first resort, the 290-room, mid-range Club Med Turkoise has lost a bit of its original sex appeal. But even though its small rooms (with no balconies) are slightly dated, and have begun to show some signs of wear and tear, the hotel's bar still throws some of the island's liveliest parties. The village-sized property stays packed, thanks to the stretch of pristine beach just off the back of the hotel, the nightly live entertainment, and the huge variety of water and land activities offered (including trapeze sessions and scuba diving). All food and drinks are included in the all-inclusive rates.
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