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. We've found the best all-inclusive vacation spots for couples. In the following article we are revealing our top 8!
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.
Number 8: Los Altos de Eros, Costa Rica
If you're looking for a romantic couples vacation, no kids, 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.
Number 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.
Number 6: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera, Mexico
Secrets 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.
Number 5: Iberostar Varadero, Cuba
A lot of Cuban all-inclusive resorts make guests feel far removed from anything resembling Cuban history or culture, but Iberostar is different. The hotel is modeled after the colonial style of Cuban architecture and incorporates Cuban culinary traditions into its restaurants using local ingredients. Guests can sample the world-renowned Cuban cigars and dance to the music of the island nation.
Of all the resorts on this list, Iberostar is the most family friendly. There is a playground, day camp, and a children's pool, so keep that in mind if you prefer a couple's getaway. For these reasons, and more it's got the number five spot.
Number 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.
No children under 16 are allowed, so this is a good couple's destination. You can enjoy a meal in a dining gazebo and a private cave. 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 if just the place you've been dreaming about.
Number 3: Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
If your idea of a great vacation includes an amazing journey, this resort in Thailand should be at the top of your list. It's set in the jungle and accessible only by boat! That doesn't mean the resort or accommodations are rustic though.
You have the option of staying in a tent or in a lodge, but these are not the tents you remember from Scouts. These are "glamping" (glamorous camping) tents that have all of the luxuries of a traditional resort hotel room.
The Four Seasons also has all the things you expect in an all-inclusive resort, including a pool, spa, and guided expeditions. Great ameninities and an adventurous vibe rank this Four Seasons resort at number three.
Number 2: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Dominican Republic
If you want to party while you're on vacation, hit up the Hard Rock. It's an enormous resort with 1,775 rooms located on 121 acres of powder white sand beaches. There is a spa, a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and a casino to rival those in Las Vegas.
There is a nightclub, 11 pools (four with swim-up bars), a children's pool, lazy river, and nine restaurants. With multiple places to lounge poolside and a 24/7 party vibe, this resort secured the number two spot.
Number 1: 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 amenenities make for a one of a kind experiencing. That's why it tops our list!
The resort is adults only, and 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.
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!