While planning the perfect vacation can be fun, it's also a lot of work. What's the best neighborhood to stay in? Which attractions and restaurants aren't tourist traps? You can trawl through internet travel review forums to do your research, but they're not always honest or reliable.
You can avoid all this hassle and make your whole vacation process what it's supposed to be, a vacation, by choosing an all-inclusive spot. If you've just spent months planning a wedding, all this goes double.
The CardGuru team reviewed hundreds of all-inclusive resorts and selected 8 for the Best All-Inclusive Couples Resorts Award. To ensure our list includes only resorts that provide the best all-inclusive experiences for couples, we narrowed it down based on the following qualifications:
- No children allowed
- Most meals included
- Close to the water
The resorts that met all 3 of the above requirements were then individually analyzed. Our picks reflect resorts that we believe provide the best overall experience. So let's get to it. Here's our list of the top 8 All-Inclusive Vacation Spots for Couples:
All-inclusive resorts are the fantasy version of real-world places: the bed is always made, meals are always prepared for you, someone else is arranging your activities.
8. Los Altos de Eros, Costa Rica
If you're looking for a romantic couples vacation, this adults-only resort is for you. It's in a rather remote location, which is ideal for those looking to get away from everyday life. You're surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, which is perfect for hiking. That's why it makes our top 8.
Still, if a good hike isn't your idea of relaxation, there is a full-service spa, gym, swimming pool, and yoga classes. A shuttle to nearby beaches is also available for those who like to lounge around on the sand.
7. Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
If you like powdery sand beaches and clear blue water, this resort will exceed your expectations as it's situated on one of the DR's most picturesque beaches. The resort is just three years old, so everything is state-of-the-art, including the golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The resort has a luxurious spa, infinity pool, and daily activities like snorkeling, fishing, and dance classes. Nightly entertainment options include theme nights and movies on the beach. Eating is the best part of vacation, and at Secrets dining, including room service, is available 24 hours a day.
6. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera, Mexico
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is not only in a secluded area, it's on a private beach, too, so if you hate feeling like you're on vacation with 10,000 other people you'll appreciate this level of privacy. There are lots of romantic options for couples, including private dinners and couple's spa treatments on the beach.
The resort offers six gourmet restaurants, a buffet, grill, and cafe, so no matter what you're craving, you can find it. If you feel the need to burn off some of those calories, there are lots of activities available, including snorkeling, dance lessons, tennis, and water polo. It's hard to get better than this private getaway, which is why it edges in at number 6.
5. Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
Located on a private island in Fiji, Royal Davui Island Resort provides a luxury escape like no other. There are only 16 villas in this resort, each with their own private pool, sun deck and dining deck. Speaking of dining, every meal is included in the daily rate.
Guests staying at the resort can enjoy a variety of activities, including treatments at the spa, diving the Beqa Lagoon, and other off island activities and excursions. But the most romantic and popular of all is a remote picnic, where guests are taken on a 7-minute boat ride to reach a small land surrounded by shallow waters. There, you and a loved one can spend a few hours enjoying a meal under the sunshade, then cool off in the refreshing shallow tide pools.
4. The Caves, Jamaica
The Caves is a bit cozier than a lot of all-inclusive resorts because guests can stay in private cottages, some of which offer amenities like outdoor showers, kitchenettes, private swimming pools, and butler service.
How many couples destinations let you enjoy a meal in a dining gazebo and a private cave? In addition to a private cave experience, the resort has a spa, private hot tubs, and saltwater swimming pool. If you're looking for a romantic hot spot to get away with a loved one, number four on our list is just the place you've been dreaming about.
3. Spa Village Resort, Bali
For those truly looking to get away from it all, the Spa Village Resort might be just what you’re looking for. Located in Bali, the resort advocates the absence of cellphones in public areas and there are no TVs in the guest rooms, so you can really take in every moment in this paradise. The resort features a beautiful infinity pool with views of the ocean, a spa, and a boutique with Balinese crafts.
At Spa Village guests are not only treated to a daily healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also daily deluxe 50-minute spa treatment. How can you beat that? If you do end up going there, don’t miss the the captivating Kecak dance performance at night.
2. Tadrai Island Resort, Fiji
This is another all-inclusive for those of you who want an exotic locale as part of your vacation. The resort is located in the Mamanuca Islands, and guests stay in private beachfront villas with perfect views of the sunset and crystal blue waters. At the Tadrai Island Resort in Fiji, romance, privacy, adventure and amenities make for a one of a kind experience. That's why it's at the top of our list!
Guests can partake in activities like kayaking, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, and sailing. There is a full spa, and the food is local, Pacific Rim, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant, privately in your villa, or packed up for a picnic on the beach.
1. Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel, Mexico
If luxury is what you’re looking for, look no further than Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel. This hotel is surrounded by 36 acres of tropical jungle, peaceful river waterways and white sandy beaches. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a balcony or terrace.
The “all-inclusive” in this resort includes much more than all meals and premium beverages. Guests can choose from a variety of complimentary activities, such as wine tasting, cooking classes and snorkeling tour. You are also greeted to your room with a chilled bottle of champagne, and your personalized mini-bar is restocked every day with premium beverages. Talk about luxury!
We work hard, and most of us have a lot of responsibilities in our day-to-day lives. That's why all-inclusive vacation destinations are so appealing. Are you "seeing how the locals live?" No, but they probably live a lot like you when you're in your everyday life.
All-inclusive resorts are the fantasy version of real-world places: the bed is always made, meals are always prepared for you, someone else is arranging your activities. Isn't that what a vacation is supposed to be, a fantasy break from real life? Nothing wrong with that. Bon voyage!