The best all-inclusive resorts in the world

Nothing is more relaxing than knowing you can enjoy yourself to the fullest at these all-inclusive resorts.

All-inclusive resorts give you the chance to relax without having to worry about anything. Image credit: Laucala
All-inclusive resorts mean you don’t have to worry about a thing. Image credit: Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

We all like to indulge on vacation, so being able to have all food, beverages, and a wide variety of activities included in the package price provides excellent value. Satisfy all your holiday desires, with everything else being taken care of, in these best all-inclusive resorts in the world.

5-star adults-only all-inclusive resorts – once in a lifetime experiences

There are times in our lives when a 5-star adults-only all-inclusive resort holiday seems to be the only choice to be able to enjoy some time out.

Maybe you just need to unwind after a hectic and busy period and get in touch with your inner self.

Or you and your partner yearn for romantic alone time to celebrate your love, an anniversary, or a milestone in life.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique

Built on a private islet, the Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort spans around the northern coast of Mozambique and is part of the protected Quirimbas Archipelago. With only 12 beach villas, this 5-star adults-only all-inclusive resort is the ultimate dream escape for couples and honeymooners.

Enjoy a picnic on a private island. Image credit: Anantara
Enjoy a picnic on a private island. Image credit: Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

The resort’s secluded setting assures privacy and untouched natural beauty, giving you the chance to completely unwind.

The ocean’s shades of aquamarine offset the powdery white sands, which stretch for more than a mile when the tide goes out, leaving incredible array of intact corals and shells onshore. Tropical palms complete the postcard-perfect scene.

Enjoy your private slice of paradise in villas where thatched-roofs meet vibrant African prints, and views of the ocean can be seen from every angle.

Spend sunny days on your deck taking in the changing hues of the ocean and cool off in your plunge pool or in the shade of a cabana.

Surrounding Medjumbe Island, Quirimbas National Park boasts an impressive number of pristine coral reefs that attract an abundance of marine life, making it one of the world’s best snorkeling and scuba diving destinations, as well as a prime haven for dolphin and whale watching boat trips.

The turtles, which are frequently sighted in the water, also come ashore to lay their eggs – often right in front of Anantara’s beachfront villas.

Water sports range from water skiing to wake and knee-boarding. Honeymooners and other romantics can travel by dhow, a local sailing boat, to picnic on a deserted island or set off at dusk for a Champagne sunset cruise.

After a long day’s diving, soothe your tired muscles with a sensual massage at the award-winning Anantara Spa and then recharge with a sumptuous meal at one of three world-class restaurants on the island.

Add a dash of extra romance to your stay with a bespoke Dining by Design experience, a genuinely memorable event. This concept invites you to create your personal one-of-a-kind menu with the help of a private chef while your butler for the occasion perfects each and every detail.

Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort, Mexico

The luxury of tranquility and privacy is a reality at the Royal Hideaway Playacar.

This 5-star adults-only all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya features 201 magnificent rooms surrounded by lush gardens, six pools, a spa, and gym.

Royal Hideaway Playacar's pool area. Image credit: Royal Hideaway Playacar
Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort’s pool area. Image credit: Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort

The complete all-inclusive program and private concierge service at the Royal Hideaway Playacar means you won’t have to worry about a thing during your stay.

Enjoy endless amenities, unlimited meals, and premium brand drinks in any of the resort’s exclusive and elegant six restaurants or three bars.

The top level has a large bedroom with a king-size bed, fully equipped bathroom, and a large terrace with a hammock and sun-loungers, where you can enjoy incredible views of the beautiful hotel gardens.

5-star all-inclusive resorts for families – exciting and stress-free

It’s vacation time with the family. Don’t spend hours looking for ways to entertain the children picking a restaurant in the vicinity of the hotel for you and the family.

Consider booking a five-star all-inclusive resort for families. Get everything you need right at the resort. All you have to do is lounge by the pool and let the staff bring you whatever your heart desires.

Take a look at these two family resorts that cater to your and your child’s every need, from tots to tweens to teens.

Beaches Resort, Turks & Caicos

Beaches Resort offers vacations where kids and grownups alike can do as much or as little as they want. The perfect getaway awaits at this 5-star all-inclusive resort for families at the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The resort caters to the needs of all generations, with 21 gourmet dining possibilities, 15 full-service bars, 10 pools with four swim-up bars, nine waterslides and surf simulator, one train, and six amazing kids programs including Sesame Street characters and an Xbox Play Lounge.

A bird's eye view of Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort. Image credit: Beaches
A bird’s eye view of Beaches Resort. Image credit: Beaches Resort

If the children get tired of the 45,000 square-feet water-park, which would seem impossible, head to Grace Bay Beach together and play on twelve miles of sweeping white-sand beach. Located on the best stretch of the ocean shore, the resort is lapped by the calmest and clearest turquoise waters which are perfect for every level of swimming skills and type of water sport.

Choose from five great villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean, and Key West.  

Martinhal Sagres Algarve, Portugal

Stylish and design-orientated, Martinhal Sagres offers families a luxury beach holiday experience with high-class family-friendly accommodation, restaurants, bars, and leisure services that put families first.

The resort overlooks Martinhal Beach and is set within a protected nature park, featuring a five-star hotel and a selection of luxury family villas located at Sagre, the extreme western tip of the Algarve in southern Portugal.  The region is known for dramatic scenery, towering cliffs, and golden beaches just waiting to be discovered.

From “Story Time” to “Let’s Make Music”, the Crèche at Martinhal Sagres will keep little ones from six to 23 months entertained. You can relax and enjoy your holiday, as the smallest guests are taken care of by Martinhal’s trained and experienced teams.

Two to five-year-olds are encouraged to be like little foxes, or “raposinhos” in Portuguese, in the Raposinhos Club. Toys, games, and puzzles will keep their little minds occupied during a program of indoor and outdoor supervised activities.

Like Raposinhos, Fox Club is supervised by Martinhal’s dedicated and experienced Kids Club team. Activities are carefully chosen to spark the interest of six to nine-year-old children. Toys, games and puzzles will have them reluctant to leave.

There is also plenty to keep your 10 to 14-year-olds entertained at the Explorer Club, which runs special outdoor activities like windsurfing, surfing, dolphin watching, diving experiences, and biking, alongside indoor fun like mocktail contests and T-shirt painting.

Older teens will love the chance to try something new on their holiday and meet new friends. Blast Club will help create lasting holiday memories for your teens with surf lessons and bike tours of the area.

Book a comfortable and spacious Blacklane Business van in Lisbon to take you to the Algarve. It’s the perfect family choice for any extra luggage.

Luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world – ethereal and truly unique

Whether you’re searching for a range of activities from relaxing to adventurous, or a choice of accommodations from secluded tranquility to glamourous buzz, there is a variety of luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world just waiting to be discovered.  

Laucala Island Resort, Fiji

There aren’t many luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world that unite dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of privacy as well as Laucala Island Resort does.

Set over 1,400 hectares, this private island refuge in the South Pacific epitomizes the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago and its residents are renowned for.

Relax on a deck overlooking the ocean, knowing everything has been taken care of. Image credit: Laucala
Relax on a deck overlooking the ocean, knowing everything has been taken care of. Image credit: Laucala Island Resort

No expense has been spared at this exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches, and atop the island’s volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle.

A wide variety of watersports on offer introduce you to Fiji’s azure waters, while rainforest walking tours, farm visits, and horseback riding are exhilarating ways to explore the island.

Style and sustainability go hand-in-hand at this 5-star all-inclusive resort, from the natural fibers and woods used in the resort’s design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms.

At Laucala, organic amenities and serene settings work together to create a unique spa experience.  Treatment villas are surrounded by palm trees and water features create a relaxing environment to embrace traditional Fijian therapies.

In the garden, herbs, spices, flowers, and fruits are picked to create Laucala’s four signature scents which are incorporated into the resort’s spa amenities, including lotions and massage oils. Choose between Molikaro (native citrus), Wainimate (medicinal herbs), Senikau (tropical blooms) and Qele (indigenous roots, woods, and spices).

Or you can pick your own spices, including vanilla, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, ylang-ylang, pepper and ginger to create your very own signature essential oil, soap, or lotion in the Spa Kitchen, where a coconut press produces oil in small batches.

Treatments begin in a relaxation lounge fitted with daybeds and an open fireplace, followed by a footbath with a hibiscus, honey, and sugar-crystal scrub and a gentle massage.

Signature experiences range from Fijian hot-and-cold stone therapy to body scrubs using volcanic soil from the island, and mineral crystal therapy.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, USA

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers unique year-round vacations on an authentic 19th-century homestead, which balances Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities.

As the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch in Montana, the property truly stands out from the pack.

Stay at one of these unique lodges during winter. Image credit: The Ranch at Rock Creek
Stay at one of these unique lodges during winter. Image credit: The Ranch at Rock Creek

Start the day by learning to fly fish on a Blue Ribbon trout stream. Experience awe-inspiring views from the top of the world on horseback or drift off to sleep in a bespoke glamping tent under the Big Sky.

Test your skills as a modern-day adventurer by setting off into the wild Montana frontier. Try your hand at target shooting, and snowmobiling with a survivor skills lesson, before enjoying a Granite Spa treatment and the most exquisite food, spirits, and starlight the Montana Rockies have to offer.

The Granite Lodge features nine rooms which bring luxury, style, and authenticity into your adventure. Equipped with custom-made furniture, woven textiles, frontier antiques, and lavish linens, the Granite Lodge rooms find design inspiration in regional themes.

The 5-star all-inclusive resort rate structure is a cornerstone of The Ranch at Rock Creek travel experience.

Farm-to-table meals, a robust year-round outdoor activities program, experienced staff,  and top-of-the-the-line gear mean this 6,600-acre property will become your playground exclusively for the length of your stay.


Petra Loho

Petra is a freelance writer and journalist from Austria currently based in Hong Kong. She is an avid traveler who loves exploring Asia. She captures her travel and cultural experiences across the globe both in writing and with her camera.