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Why Your Next Vacation Needs to Be at An All-Inclusive

Photo of a resort with a pool
Design: theSkimm Photo: Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa
June 8, 2022

What’s better than taking some time off from work and going on vacation? Doing it with your friends or family. Whether it’s been a minute since you’ve had a real break or you want to take your weekend brunch plans to the Bahamas, it’s time to get some sun and a little bit of R&R. 

But planning a trip can be tough — especially when you have to worry about keeping track of who’s paying for food, hotels, drinks, transportation, flights and more throughout your vacay. Luckily, an all-inclusive vacation makes it as easy and stress-free as possible to take care of all of your planning ahead of your trip, so you can start relaxing the minute you set your OOO message

Wait, what does all-inclusive mean? 

It means everything is included. From food to drinks to hotel and sometimes even flights, everything is paid for upfront in one total cost. Sometimes you even get transportation to and from the airport thrown in too. 

What’s the catch? 

Because everything is paid for, you may feel like you can’t leave which might be a downside if you like to explore the city or town you’re in. Keep in mind, though, that all-inclusive resorts usually feature tons of amenities — which can be great for a group with a bunch of different personalities.  

And when everything is bundled together at a pre-fixed price, you might get a better deal than what you’d pay a la carte. Since you’re paying for everything upfront, there are no surprise costs, which makes for a worry-free vacation. 

What are some popular all-inclusive destinations?

All-inclusive trips typically come in the form of resorts and are most popular in tropical locales like the Caribbean and Mexico. You can occasionally find all-inclusive resorts in other parts of the world, like the U.S and Europe — but they seem to be more common in locations that are warmer and beachier. Some hot spots might include:

  • Ochos Rios, Jamaica

  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  • Cancun, Mexico

3 must-visit all-inclusive adults-only resorts

Because if you're leaving your own kids at home to go on a trip, we're guessing you might not want to spend your whole vacay around someone else's kids. These resorts are perfect for getting some little one-free peace and quiet. 

Resort overlooking a pool
Design: theSkimm Photo: Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa

Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa (Rhodes, Greece)

You won’t find as many all-inclusive resorts outside of the Caribbean, so be sure to give this place a try if your friend group has always dreamed of going on a  European vacation together. This luxury resort overlooks the Mediterranean Sea from the gorgeous Rhodes Island. You have the choice between taking a dip in the pool or the beach. If you do head to the pool, you can take advantage of the pool bar and all-you-can-drink cocktails and wine at this upscale adults-only spot. Room rates start around $290 depending on the dates you choose.

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Design: theSkimm Photo: Moon Palace Jamaica

Moon Palace Jamaica (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)

Do you love the spa? Then get ready for a relaxing vacation at Moon Palace. Lounge on the beach? Check. Nap on a pool floatie? Check. Spend the day at the full-service Awe Spa, aka the largest spa in Jamaica? Double and triple check. Spa services will be an additional fee — but the pool, beach, and unlimited food and drinks? All included. Room rates start around $390 depending on the dates you choose.


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Design: theSkimm Photo: Warwick Paradise Island

Warwick Paradise Island (Nassau, Bahamas)

Paradise is right. Not only is this the perfect place for foodies with its five renowned restaurants, but if you like to let your hair down and party, there’s a bar right in the lobby that gets spicy at night. Means you can dance the night away and then head to one of the restaurants for a french fry nightcap. Room rates start around $250 depending on the dates you choose.

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3 must-visit all-inclusive overwater bungalows 

You’ve probably seen these luxurious locales on Insta. But no need to be jealous of the influencers who get to relax and post pics from these aesthetic accommodations. Because you can, too.

Bungalows on a white beach
Design: theSkimm Photo: Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa (Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives)

The Maldives might be the most famous place to stay in an overwater bungalow, so of course, we had to add this resort to our list. They offer world-class dining, luxury spas, and even a gym overlooking breathtaking cerulean waters. In addition to sunbathing and relaxing in your bungalow, you can also check out the resort’s movie nights, greenhouses, and beach volleyball.  Room rates start around $375 depending on the dates you choose.

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Design: theSkimm Photo: Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (Banana Island, Qatar)

Experience the natural beauty of Qatar, all from the private island that this luxury resort is located on. Ride around the island by bike and take full advantage of its amenities, from a bowling alley to a tennis court and beyond. Then retreat back to your bungalow for some peace and quiet (or party time) with your friends. Room rates start around $370 depending on the dates you choose.

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Design: theSkimm Photo: Palafitos Overwater Bungalows

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

Hotel? We don't know her. These glass-bottom bungalows with crystal clear ocean views put just about all other beachfront accommodations to shame. You and your girls can even soak up the Mexican sunshine from your own private infinity pool. From glass bottom floors you can see the ocean through and private infinity pools, this is the perfect place for your squad to get away from it all. Room rates start around $1,000 depending on the dates you choose.

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3 must-visit all-inclusive family resorts

Prefer to bring your fam along for the fun? Here are some of the best family resorts. 

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Design: theSkimm Photo: Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort 

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort (Soufriere, Saint Lucia)

Nature meets luxury at this world-class resort. Not only do you have amazing views of the Caribbean sea, you’re also surrounded by 100 acres of rainforest. So if you guys get sick of swimming and snorkeling, you can always go for a refreshing hike to connect with the great outdoors. Room rates start around $530 depending on the dates you choose.

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A pool and patio overlooking a lake
Design: theSkimm Photo: Woodloch Pines Resort 

Woodloch Pines Resort (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

Located near the Poconos, this is a great spot for anyone looking to stay a bit closer to home (read: no passport required). There are so many activities to choose from. You can spend the day playing in the pool, go kayaking on the lake or work up a sweat going climbing. Room rates start around $440 depending on the dates you choose.

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Design: theSkimm Photo: Beaches

Beaches (Providenciales, Turks, and Caicos)

This spot is definitely a winner and worth your coin. The best part about it is that it has all the glitz and glamor of some of the other locations on this list but it's also super affordable. There are 21 high-class restaurants, 12 miles of beach, and fun activities for everyone. Whether you like to club or like to spa. Room rates start around $400 depending on the dates you choose.

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You need a break. And what better way to relax and have fun than to do it with friends or family — especially when you don’t have to worry about splitting checks along the way? So pack your sunscreen, and head to any of the gorgeous all-inclusive resorts on this list.

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