Seven luxury resorts that elevate the all-inclusive experience
If the words “all inclusive” conjure visions of warming tray buffets and nightly karaoke contests by the pool, you need to update your thinking. Some of the most highly-awarded luxury resorts in the Caribbean offer packages that bundle rooms, meals, activities and more at a fixed rate, providing guests with great values on a superior vacation experience. Here are seven of the best.
Belle Monte Farm, St. Kitts
The cottages, villas and farmhouse accommodations of this luxury eco resort are set within the Kittitian Hill community, which encompasses 400 acres of organic farmland on the foothills of Mount Liamuiga. Guests enjoy a range of adventurous activities, fresh, sustainable dining, and an immersion in the rich culture of the island and its agricultural traditions. The resort’s all-inclusive Farm-To-Table meal plan includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, soft drinks, house brand alcoholic beverages with wine and beer by the glass. In addition, guests will enjoy one communal FarmTable dinner during a week’s stay. Also included in the package is a visit to the Wellness Cottages for a complimentary Sampler Massage, as well as free unlimited rounds of golf. Learn more at www.bellemontfarm.com.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Located on a private 27-acre seaside plantation, facing a white sand beach, this Curacao favorite delivers the services and features North American travelers prefer. Amenities include a luxury spa, the Caribbean’s only Hydrogrid clay tennis courts, a water sports center and a top-ranked Pete Dye golf course. Santa Barbara’s All Inclusive option provides a choice of luxury accommodations, three meals per day at Medi Restaurant or Splash, the poolside eatery, one dinner per week at Shore, a fine dining restaurant, and unlimited drinks. Travelers can also enjoy the complimentary niceties available to all resort guests, including Wi-Fi, guided hikes, daily yoga and Pilates, iguana feedings and more. For more information, visit www.santabarbararesobrtcuracao.com.
Round Hill, Jamaica
Long considered one of the most beautiful and elegant resorts in the Caribbean, Jamaica’s Round Hill envelops guests in a 110-acre private enclave of luxury villas and Ralph Lauren designed oceanfront rooms perched in lush tropical foliage, and set on a hillside along a private bay of turquoise waters. Guests are treated to award-winning seaside dining, a full range of daily activities and upscale spa services. The resort’s all-inclusive Platinum Plan includes three gourmet meals daily, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by the glass, airport transfers, room service and a bottle of sparkling wine and gift basket upon arrival. The Platinum Plan is offered as an addition to accommodation packages. Learn more at www.roundhill.com.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic’s largest resort destination stretches across 7,000 oceanfront acres fronting the white sands of Minitas Beach, and includes three championship golf courses, a marina, polo grounds and numerous dining venues. Guests have access to a wide range of amenities and activities, and a variety of accommodation choices from upscale hotel rooms and suites to villas with private pools. The Casa de Campo Inclusive Experience includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and drinks by the glass at the resort signature restaurants or room service, use of a 4- passenger golf cart, unlimited horseback riding, one round of shooting sports, unlimited use of tennis courts, unlimited use of the fitness center and family program activities. Go to www.casadecampo.com.do.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Sitting on a white sand beach at the head of its namesake bay, this beach resort welcomes both families and couples, with separate areas for quiet relaxation or an active beach vacation. Guests are housed in a collection of spacious suites, each offering sitting rooms and private ocean view balconies and terraces with day beds and dining areas. Four restaurants provide a range of culinary experiences from casual beachfront dining on Caribbean favorites, to Italian comfort foods and upscale dining with an Asian theme. Guests enjoy complimentary water sports, daily yoga, group activities and access to a full service spa. The resort’s Carlisle Luxury All Inclusive option combines accommodations in garden, bay or beach terrace suites with all meals and beverages by the glass, fast track airport service upon arrival in Antigua, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Visit www.carlisle-bay.com.
Half Moon, Jamaica
With two miles of beachfront and 400 acres of garden like grounds, Half Moon is known as one of Jamaica’s premier resort destinations. A majority of individually appointed rooms, suites and villas have views of the Caribbean Sea, and all guests have access to an extensive collection of amenities, which include the largest award-winning spa oasis in Jamaica, an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, an equestrian center with 28 horses and the Sugar Mill, which has been awarded the designation of Jamaica’s best restaurant. With Half Moon’s Premium Package, guests receive a discount off the best available rate, three meals daily at the resort’s premier restaurants Seagrape Terrace, Sugar Mill Restaurant, Il Giardino and Moonchies, a daily beverage credit of $120, and round-trip airport transfers. The offer requires a three-night minimum stay. Learn more at www.halfmoon.com
Cap Maison, St. Lucia
St. Lucia’s top boutique resort provides a private setting on a secluded beach, but is also close to the trendy Rodney Bay area and adjacent to the St. Lucia Golf & Country Club. The resorts intimate villa suites are designed to evoke the feel of private residence, while also delivering all the conveniences of an upscale hotel. The family owned resort is a destination for food lovers, with two of St. Lucia’s best restaurants, the Cliff at Cap and the Naked Fisherman, along with one of the best stocked walk-in wine cellars. The Cap It All Inclusive package puts guests in a villa suite, with breakfast at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, lunch served at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant or the Naked Fisherman, and dinners from the Simply Maison menu or al la carte menu at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant or The Naked Fisherman. Also included are wines, spirits and other beverages by the glass. Go to www.capmaison.com.