Choosing an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is not an easy feat, but the Bahamas’ Tiamo Resort really stood out to us: Set on the island of Andros and surrounded by thousands of square miles of wilderness, this stunning eco-resort combines luxurious comfort with that down to earth island feel. Tiamo is a favorite among celebrities looking to get away from it all, but you don’t have to be an A-lister to enjoy this paradise island and indulge in some vacation nirvana.
The Caribbean conjures up images of turquoise waters, pristine nature, and lazy days. But there are also the sailing clubs, sunset cocktail parties, Creole food, reggae music, historic harbors, water sports…we could go on and on. The point is that the Caribbean is incredibly diverse and a great destination if you’re looking for adventure, culture, or simply tropical bliss.
So if friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and delicious food are your thing (how can they not be?) a vacation in the Caribbean should be on your bucket list. With cheap frequent flights from almost anywhere in the U.S., you can take an exotic break without heading to the other side of the world.
What makes a vacation even easier? A stay in one of our best all-inclusive resorts, of course! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Adventure is great, but nothing beats having everything taken care of, from cocktails to spa sessions. Take a look at our deeply researched ranking and book your all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.
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Best Overall: Tiamo Resort
Surrounded by a lush forest with mangrove wetlands on one side and a pristine beach on the other, Tiamo offers unparalleled peace and tranquility. Completely immersed in nature, our favorite all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean is perfect if you just want to rewind and enjoy the simple life — with a touch of luxury, of course.Read Full Review
Best for Families: Beaches Turks & Caicos
If you’re traveling with the whole gang, it really doesn’t get much better than Beaches in Turks & Caicos. Set on one of the world’s best beaches, this resort boasts a thrilling waterpark, stage shows, and endless water and land sports. No wonder it has been voted one of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the World by TripAdvisor.Read Full Review
Best for Romance: Jade Mountain
St. Lucia was recently voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination at the World Travel Awards. Add Jade Mountain’s breathtaking views, private infinity pools, and unforgettable stargazing terrace, and you have yourself one very romantic spot indeed.Read Full Review
Nothing recharges your batteries quite like a beach vacation. Take a nap by the pool, a stroll along the beach, do a bit of snorkeling, and have a cocktail or two (or six) at sunset. But there is no denying that organizing a vacation can get stressful, and booking flights, organizing hotels, and converting currency all can take their toll.
If you’re looking for a seriously stress-free vacation, an all-inclusive resort is the way to go. These resorts get a bad reputation because of their quantity over quality image, but there are plenty of excellent alternatives. The Caribbean is replete with great options, from quiet and romantic to vibrant and fun. You could spend a lifetime exploring them all — who wouldn’t want to?
But why do we (and the rest of the world) love the Caribbean so much? Here is a non-exhaustive list to whet your vacation appetite:
The Caribbean includes almost 7,000 islands — yes, you read that right — all with different climates, cultures, and environments. You can climb a volcano, go scuba diving, laze on the world’s best beaches, get a luxurious massage, or party at one of the world famous carnivals — all in one vacation!
The Caribbean might feel like a million miles away, but there are numerous direct flights and vacation packages that make it pretty easy to get to from the U.S.
The Caribbean is one of the most multicultural places in the world, combining elements from African, Indian, Chinese, and European cultures. You can feel all these influences through the music, dancing, and festivals. Not to mention the food, which brings us to our next point…
Food and drink
Rice and peas, fried plantain, jerk chicken, seafood, fresh fruit, fragrant coffee. Need we say more? Oh yes: Rum!
Caribbean islands offer fun activities for all ages, from golf, fishing, partying, and spa sessions for the grown-ups, to children’s clubs and water parks for the young and young at heart.
Caribbean Carnival, like those in Rio and New Orleans, is a loud, colorful, vibrant party that goes until the early hours. Each island nation has its own version, often on different dates, so make sure to look at the calendar before you book your all-inclusive resort and you just might catch one!
Island hopping in the Caribbean is as easy as it gets, thanks to cheap airlines and ferries linking the main islands to their neighbors. If you have a sense of adventure and deep pockets, you can rent a boat and explore to your heart’s desire.
Snorkeling and diving
The Caribbean islands are a paradise for scuba divers: The warm, crystal clear waters are home to thousands of species of fish and coral, while the deeper waters give you the opportunity to swim with bigger creatures if you’re brave enough!
We saved the best for last. Maybe it’s obvious, but the Caribbean has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Palm-fringed, sandy white beaches extend for miles around, lapped by warm turquoise waters. Truly the stuff of dreams.
When to visit the Caribbean
The Caribbean is known for having some of the best weather around, with temperatures staying between 75° F and 85° F year round. It never gets too cold and rarely gets too hot, meaning you won’t have to spend any time indoors hiding by the AC.
However, the weather does vary depending on the time of the year. December to April is cooler than usual, and it generally stays dry and is not so humid, so it’s a very popular tourist season. May to November can be wet and rainy, and hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking in August, September, and October.
But don’t let hurricane season put you off, as the chances of your vacation being ruined by extreme weather are pretty low. The southern Caribbean islands — such as Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Bonaire, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago — and the western Caribbean rarely ever get hit by hurricanes.
However, in 2017 the Caribbean was hit hard by bad weather. Hurricanes Irma and Maria in particular caused widespread destruction, and several beloved resorts were forced to shut down. Thankfully, the majority of these resorts are back up and running, with several more set to reopen in late 2019 and early 2020. So what are you waiting for? Check out our ultimate Caribbean all-inclusive resort ranking and choose the perfect one for you.
With so many fantastic options for all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, putting together this ranking was not an easy task. It took us weeks of conversations with customers and hours of online research, triangulating websites such as CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure, and many others to finally choose our favorite all-inclusive resorts.
We looked at several aspects during our research, such as:
- Value for money
- Overall style and sophistication
- Variety of packages and deals available
We built this mammoth ranking based on these variables, choosing the best three all-inclusive resorts in each of nine Caribbean countries.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the British Virgin Islands
Guana Island ResortLocation: Guana IslandKids allowed?: Yes
Think of the stereotypical all-inclusive resort: Long queues for the buffet, cheap booze, staff attending to your every whim. Now, think of the opposite — DIY cocktails, tranquil grounds, roaming wildlife — and you’ll get a pretty good idea of Guana Island.
This resort is the kind you come to if you want to be immersed in nature, snorkel around the reefs, and stroll barefoot. The rooms and villas are simple but luxurious in their own way, offering total privacy, breathtaking views, and private pools. We love the way they are designed to make the most of the cool, tropical breeze too.
You can choose between one of Guana’s charming rooms and one of their decadent private villas. Or, if you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can even rent the whole resort and have the run of the island. Nature lovers will be delighted with the island’s rich flora and fauna, which include dozens of species of birds and other animals, such as the rare Anegada rock iguana.
But you won’t have to give up on luxury to experience this natural paradise: Guana is renowned for its incredible locally sourced cuisine, which is impeccably prepared by award-winning chefs in the resort’s stylish restaurant.Pros
- Immersed in nature
- Fine dining
- Can rent the whole resort
- Not a party resort
Anegada Beach Club
One for the “Castaway” fans, Anegada Beach Club offers gorgeous thatched huts nestled between the sand dunes with unforgettable views of the ocean. These little cabins are cleverly built to make the most of the cool ocean breeze and don’t scrimp on creature comforts like en suite bathrooms, hammocks, and the all important WiFi.
Anegada offers a plethora of activities for adults and children above the age of six, from kite surfing to kayaking, fishing, and cycling. After all the excitement, you’ll be glad to relax with an ice cold rum punch at Anegada’s poolside restaurant.
Originally named after the seasonally nesting trunkback turtles, Valley Trunk is a family residence sitting on 19 acres of lovely, swaying palms and manicured gardens. Miles of garden paths wind their way through the grounds and around spectacular water features and otherworldly rock formations.
Eight individual bedroom suites are housed within several villas, and all of them are positioned to ensure privacy and take advantage of the incredible views and lush gardens. Some of the islands’ most popular attractions such as The Baths, Villa Gorda Harbour, and Spring Bay Beach are just minutes away.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US Virgin Islands
Gallows Point ResortLocation: St JohnKids allowed?: No for young children
Located in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gallows Point Resort offers incredible food, cozy private villas, and exceptional views of the bay. Although it is set in a lush five acre peninsula, Gallows Point is actually just a five minute walk from Cruz Bay town, which boasts a whole load of vibrant bars and restaurants.
Not that you’re likely to ever make it off the resort, since Gallows is not short on delicious food or things to do. Locals and tourists both love the on-site restaurant Ocean 362 for fresh seafood, and the resort offers en-suite spa sessions and snorkeling. But if you can tear yourself away, there is a whole world to discover out there.
St. John is a great little island to explore. You can hike through the Virgin Islands National Park, which makes up over half the island, or rent a boat and go fishing and scuba diving. St. John is also a great jumping off point for island hopping due to its proximity to St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands.
It’s perfect if you love sailing, sipping on chilled wine, and taking it slow.Pros
- Great for island hopping
- Close to town
- Virgin Islands National Park
- Rocky beach
- Can be noisy
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Bolongo Bay’s rooms literally couldn’t get any closer to the beach — just a few steps and your toes are in the water! This family-owned St. Thomas resort has a casual, fun feel to it, and is great for families. Kids will love the beach and a whole array of water sports, activities on land, and adventurous day trips.
On the other hand, parents will be thankful for the cold beers at Bolongo Bay’s popular beach bar, and for the tasty food served up at Iggies Oasis restaurant, which is popular among guests and locals alike.
Emerald Beach is a budget hotel that is easy to get to thanks to its proximity to the airport. But there are other reasons to choose this resort: Emerald Beach sits right on the lovely Lindbergh Bay, and all the rooms feature an oceanfront balcony or patio, perfect for sipping on that rum punch at sunset.
The resort is only a few minutes away from shops, restaurants, bars, and historic attractions in nearby Charlotte Amalie. But if you’re here for adventure, the resort can arrange all kinds of water sports for you, from Jet Skiing to snorkeling and kayaking.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Bahamas
Tiamo ResortLocation: South Andros Island, Out IslandsKids allowed?: Yes
Jet-setters and influencers around the world love our favorite resort in the Caribbean, and it’s no surprise. Tiamo Resort excels in low-key sophistication and personalized service, combining relaxing island vibes with decadent touches of luxury. Refined little cottages are laid out along the beach, each with their own private porch, while spacious luxury villas come with their own pool and stretch of sand.
This resort is for you if you love privacy, but also enjoy nature and exploration. You can join Tiamo’s nature team on a trek through the lush grounds, looking for herons, egrets, and ospreys, as well as dozens of gorgeous orchid varieties and tropical plants. You might even spot a dolphin or a sea turtle!
You can get PADI scuba diving certifications at Tiamo Resort, which is great since the reef runs parallel to the coast of Andros Island, and its edge is only a 10 minute boat ride away. After a day of diving and sailing, you can recharge at Tiamo’s excellent restaurant, which offers sophisticated Caribbean fusion cuisine.Pros
- Incredible location
- Attentive staff
- Great food
- Not easily accessible
- Alcohol not included
Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own private island? We have news: You don’t have to be a billionaire or a stowaway for your dream to come true. Fowl Cay is a resort spread across a 50 acre retreat in the Exumas, surrounded by wilderness and ocean, all for you to explore!
You can learn how to sail or have a local guide show you around. Colorful, vibrant reefs make this location extraordinary for snorkeling, while the surrounding islands offer a variety of adventures, from hanging out with friendly pigs to swimming with sharks.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
Sometimes we just love uninhibited luxury, and that’s exactly what Sandals Royal offers. Known as the Balmoral Club in the 1940s, this resort was favorite among British royals and celebrities. The regal legacy is still visible in the frescoed ceilings, opulent chandeliers, and impeccable service.
The Red Lane Spa is famously one of the best in the Bahamas, and the resort’s 10 restaurants offer a variety of tantalizing cuisines. As if all of that weren’t enough, you can hop on a free boat and go to the resort’s own private offshore island with two secluded beaches and a seafood restaurant.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Dominican Republic
Zoëtry Agua Punta CanaLocation: ZoetryKids allowed?: Punta Cana
When you get to Zoëtry, you’ll know immediately why it’s our favorite resort in the Dominican Republic. This property’s extensive grounds are impeccably maintained and bestow a rustic and natural feel to the place. But don’t be fooled by the lush jungle and thatched roofs: This resort is very luxurious, boasting high quality amenities and great service.
The spa is a highlight, so be sure to book a massage, facial, or wellness treatment before heading off to the resort’s splendid private beach. Or, you can relax in the pool, which snakes its way through the grounds. Some of the newer accommodations include swim-out suites and ocean view rooms.
There are four restaurants on-site, meaning you can choose between creative twists on Dominican food (recommended), European style, or fusion delicacies. There are no all-you-can-eat buffets here, but gourmet à la carte dining and organic ingredients instead, with a focus on healthy and local food. The resort is close to Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay, so it is a great option for golfers.
Zoëtry does allow children, but it isn’t particularly kid-friendly, except for offering babysitting and childcare at an extra cost. Head elsewhere if you’re planning a family vacation.Pros
- Not crowded
- Great spa
- Great cuisine
- Not much to do at night
- Not great for kids
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
Luxury Bahia Principe is on the idyllic island of Cayo Levantado. In fact, it occupies most of the island, which is good news if you want to relax on your own private beach and don’t like crowds. You have to take a ferry to get here, which we think adds to the magic, but isn’t great if you’re in a hurry.
This tropical paradise was only open to adults until recently: As of May 2018, little ones are welcome, too. In fact, the resort hasn’t wasted time in organizing beach games, crafts, and other activities to keep children entertained.
Barceló Bávaro Beach
Barceló Bávaro Beach is an adults-only hotel that sits right on one of the best beaches in the world. This resort is great if you like to have fun, as there is an on-site casino, nightclub, golf course, and spa. Perfect for couples looking to get away from it all!
You can work up an appetite by kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing — the resort owns tons of complimentary equipment for guests to have fun with — and then head back to one of Barceló Bávaro Beach’s three restaurants.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica
The Caves NegrilLocation: NegrilKids allowed?: No
Naomi Campbell loves this place, and we’re not about to argue with her. The Caves is a quaint and exclusive resort sitting atop a cliff and overlooking the crashing blue waves below. It doesn’t get much prettier than this, so it’s no surprise that this resort is consistently voted one of the best in Jamaica.
Despite its popularity, The Caves maintains an under the radar charm. The resort so effortlessly blends with its surroundings, and the charming wood cabins are practically at one with the cliff face. You can reach the turquoise waters by climbing down ladders or simply diving in — although the 30 foot dives are probably better left to the pros.
Negril is a pretty popular location, but The Caves are removed from the busiest part of the coast, so you won’t be surrounded by crowds. You can walk down the beach to bars and restaurants, but we doubt you’ll want to, as the food here is exceptional and the rum cocktails are some of the best in Jamaica.
Service at The Caves is legendary and much more personal and friendly than most all-inclusive resorts. We’re sold on this place.Pros
- Spectacular setting
- Exceptional food
- Cliff jumping!
- No sandy beach
- Small saltwater pool
- Can be noisy
Another celebrity favorite, Roundhill was built in 1953 and has since welcomed the likes of John and Jackie Kennedy, Alfred Hitchcock, and Adele Astaire through its doors. The resort has maintained its timeless elegance over the decades, inviting guests to experience award-winning dining and famous spa treatments. The whole place has a comfortable feel to it, despite the luxurious touches.
Guests especially love the boutique oceanfront rooms and private villas, all nestled in Roundhill’s incredibly lush grounds and a few steps away from the ocean’s crystal clear waters. We hear the food is mouthwatering, too.
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
With its sleek, contemporary décor, the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an adults-only hideaway that offers “service from the heart,” a laid-back atmosphere, and memorable views. Nestled between Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountains and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the Hyatt boasts an incredible 12 restaurants, not to mention bars and cafés.
If you feel like you need to make up for all the drinking and eating, don’t fret: You can hike, swim, or play volleyball, tennis, and basketball to sweat it all out. The fitness center and Zen Spa will also help you get back into shape, just in time for the next delectable meal.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Antigua
Jumby Bay IslandLocation: Private Island off AntiguaKids allowed?: Yes
If you truly need to get away from it all, try an escape to Jumby Bay Island in Antigua. The resort is only reachable by boat, and its remote feel, elegant décor, and luxurious villas offer a unique way of experiencing the Caribbean. First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, this ancient coral reef takes its name from “jumbie,” which means “playful spirit” in Antiguan.
All that separates this 300 acre private paradise from Antigua is a 15 minute boat ride, but it seems like a world away. Winding bicycle paths snake their way through the resort, guiding you through the grounds to Jumby’s infinity swimming pool, dedicated yoga and meditation pavilion, and impressive fitness center. The open air spa is also a guest favorite.
A true haven for nature lovers, the island is home to dozens of wild bird species, and is also a protected nesting site for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle. If you want something more challenging than a nature walk, you can try your hand at water skiing, or you can simply idle the hours away snorkeling and boating.
This resort is great for families, too. The good folks at Jumby developed a creative children’s program to keep the young ones busy all day long.Pros
- Private Island
- Great for children
- Nature haven
- Not a party resort
- Can feel too remote
Galley Bay Resort & Spa
This adults-only resort is nestled between one the best beaches in Antigua and acres of lush tropical grounds. Galley Bay Resort is charming and unpretentious, and its bohemian thatched canopies are perfect for sipping on a cocktail while watching the sun set. Although there are 98 rooms, the Galley feels small and friendly, and is perfect for a romantic getaway.
If you’re looking for total privacy, splurge on one of their Gauguin Suites, which are made for romance with private pools and secluded patios. And why not treat yourself to a pampering session at the Galley’s spa?
St James Club
On the southeast coast of Antigua, tucked away on a green peninsula, St. James Club is an all-inclusive resort loved by families, couples, and singles alike. The resort offers a host of activities for all ages, from paddle boarding to kayaking to sailing. There are six different swimming pools, as well as four tennis courts and a fitness center.
Young guests will be entertained all day long with activities organized by the kids club, while teenagers can hang out in their very own beach retreat. That leaves mom and dad free to wine and dine at any one of St. James’ five distinctive restaurants.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Turks & Caicos
AmanyaraLocation: ProvidencialesKids allowed?: Yes
The short drive from the airport to Amanyara resort is a treat of its own, like a mini Caribbean safari though miles of pristine nature, finally opening up to a picture perfect white beach and crystal clear waters. Built on the secluded coves of Providenciales, this resort overlooks Point Marine National Park, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs for you to explore.
If you’re a keen diver, this is a great base. You can easily visit famous dive spots such as West Coast Provo on half- or full-day boat trips. If you prefer easygoing snorkeling, all you have to do is walk a few steps onto the beach and into the turquoise water.
We couldn’t talk about Amanyara without mentioning their famous spa, which is a sprawling collection of pools, treatment rooms, and relaxation spots. Asian inspired treatments and a holistic approach to wellness will leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated, just as a vacation should. There are five treatment pavilions, perfect for couples who want to enjoy the spa together.
If you’re really riding the wellness train, you can always join one of Amanyara’s outdoor yoga classes. And don’t worry about the kids, because they’ll love exploring the Nature Discovery Center and playing at the club house.Pros
- Incredible spa
- Great for diving
- Very expensive
- Not a party resort
Beaches Turks & Caicos
A true family vacation destination, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort is a dream come true for children and teenagers. No one can get bored when there is a full water park and an endless list of activities, from team sports to crafts and games. And did we mention that Sesame Street characters can often be seen at this all-inclusive resort?
Teenagers love the Xbox Play Lounge and teen discos, while the whole family can enjoy the gorgeous beach and seemingly endless bars and restaurants — there are 20! At this resort, quantity is matched by quality.
COMO Parrot Cay
A 30 minute boat ride away from Providenciales, this stunning all-inclusive resort is set on private island Parrot Cay. If you love extravagant vacations — think chauffeur driven golf carts and over the top service — you’ll love COMO Resort. It’s no wonder celebrities are often seen here, enjoying the privacy and peace this resort offers.
The infinity pool is a favorite spot for drinks at sundown, while the alfresco Lotus restaurant serves up tantalizing Asian and Caribbean specialties with a twist. The magnificent COMO Shambhala Spa is all you need to complete your perfect couples getaway.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in St. Lucia
Jade MountainLocation: Anse Chastanet BeachKids allowed?: No
If you’re looking for a honeymoon spot or simply want to reignite that passion, you can’t get much better than St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain all-inclusive resort. Featuring 28 suites, this boutique resort is actually a resort within a resort: It’s part of the famous Anse Chastanet Resort, but feels completely unique.
The décor, which combines clay tiles, different types of wood, and vibrant colors, is unusual and modern. Sophistication characterizes every aspect of this resort, from the fine dining to the candlelit terraces.
We absolutely love the room design too, which combines bedroom, living area, and infinity pool, creating an otherworldly platform that seems to be floating above the ocean. And then, of course, is the pièce de résistance: breathtaking views of the island’s twin World Heritage Pitons.
If you can tear yourself away from lounging, there is a 600 acre estate to explore, including two beautiful sand beaches and lush forest. There are also natural coral reefs and lots of incredible diving spots.Pros
- Ultimate romantic destination
- Private infinity pools
- Unusual décor
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
This luxury resort stands on an 18th century sugar plantation site and is surrounded by 100 acres of pristine rainforest running all the way down to a bright white sand beach. On one side of the property, the silhouettes of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pitons rise dramatically into the sky.
You can choose between hotel rooms, cottages, and villas, all of which are very elegantly decorated with white on white interiors and private plunge pools. The amenities are memorable, but the spa, which includes eight treehouse treatment rooms, is out of this world.
Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
This adults-only resort is set on a dramatic cliff top on St Lucia’s west coast, overlooking the glistening Anse Cochon beach. As far resorts go, Ti Kaye is blissfully peaceful and has a rustic, barefoot feel throughout. That doesn’t mean the resort lacks comfort though, and the whole place is characterized by touches of low-key luxury.
Ti Kaye organizes tours of the island, from the famous sulfur springs to Rodney Bay in the north, as well as whale watching, fishing, and sailing trips. As it’s a little out of the way, Ti Kaye is suited to the slightly more adventurous types who like to explore.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Barbados
The SandpiperLocation: Saint JamesKids allowed?: Yes
If you like to have restaurants, bars, and shops right on your doorstep, consider staying at The Sandpiper, one of the most awarded luxury hotels in the country. In gorgeous Barbados, that’s really saying something. Despite being close to town, the resort’s lush tropical gardens create a peaceful atmosphere and a feeling of utmost exclusivity.
The resort has two swimming pools, a water sports center, a well equipped gym, and two tennis courts where you can join frequent tennis classes. If you want to relax and unwind, the Sandpiper provides free transfers to the state of the art spa in the Coral Reef Club, their bigger sister resort 10 minutes up the coast.
The Sandpiper was opened by its current owners all the way back in 1970, so it definitely has a family feel. Many regular guests can be found wining and dining at the scenic beach bar, or in the resort’s excellent outdoor restaurant, a charming wooden structure set among tropical gardens.
Limegrove shopping mall is only a short walk from the Sandpiper, and Holetown, a vibrant upscale town on the west coast, is close by as well.Pros
- Excellent food
- Close to shops and restaurants
- No on-site spa
- Small pool
The Club Barbados
One of Barbados’ few adults-only resorts — you have to be 16 or older to be a guest here — The Club is a peaceful yet vibrant all-inclusive resort on the west coast, close to Sunset Crest and Holetown shopping areas.
There are several bars and restaurants, offering up a mix of fiery local cuisine and international dishes. The Rum Shop Bar is an especially fun and colorful spot, full of Caribbean character and rhythm. It’s hard to refuse the tasty rum drinks when the bar staff is so friendly! You can always sweat it all out at The Club’s state of the art spa.
Island Inn Hotel
This boutique hotel was constructed in 1804 as a rum storage facility for the British Regiment, and it has maintained its historic look and feel without appearing tired. In fact, the Island Inn Hotel offers all the contemporary trappings without losing its classic Old World allure.
The Garrison Historic District site is a short walk away from the hotel, and includes the Barbados Museum and famous Garrison Savannah. Although the Island Inn is not on the beach itself, the gorgeous Pebbles Beach, which despite its name is in fact a strip of glistening white sands, is just around the corner.
Why should I choose an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean?
There are many ways to travel, all of them suited to different experiences, people, and places. However you choose to do it, taking a trip is always eye opening and can be burned into your memory forever.
But sometimes all we need is a good break. If you’re looking for a true vacation and don’t want to stress about finding hotels, restaurants, and things to do, choose an all-inclusive resort. Sure, the price can seem daunting at first, but when you travel independently, costs can add up. With an all-inclusive resort, you know exactly what you’re getting.
Though it varies, all-inclusive rates typically include accommodations, meals, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), use of sports facilities, and non-motorized water sports. Spa treatments are often not included, but use of spa facilities (such as steam room and sauna) sometimes is. If you are traveling with children, make sure there are free activities included in the rate, too.
People sometimes worry that all-inclusive resorts are tacky, crowded, and impersonal. But they have come a long way, and while they haven’t completely shaken their stereotypical image, many resorts are as stylish and classy as any normal hotel. The Caribbean in particular boasts some of the best all-inclusive resorts around. Take a look at our ranking to discover our favorites.
Which Caribbean Island should I choose for my all-inclusive vacation?
There are hundreds of islands scattered across the Caribbean, and they are remarkably diverse. With different climates, history, and geographical locations, they all have very distinct characteristics, expressed dazzlingly through music, food, drink, and dance.
Deciding where you want to spend your vacation can be tough, since all of the Caribbean islands are stunning. The Bahamas, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are all easily accessible, with frequent and inexpensive flights. Other islands, such as the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, and Barbados, are a little more further afield, but still reachable.
The Bahamas are popular with families, party lovers, and divers, and Jamaica is for people who want to be immersed in a warm, colorful culture, from spicy food to reggae music. The U.S. Virgin islands offer mega-resort style vacations as well as cultural and natural attractions.
St. Lucia is a paradise for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic escape, while the resorts on Turks & Caicos are great for fun-loving families.
Despite their differences, most islands boast both natural and cultural attractions, as well as water sports and unparalleled diving opportunities. We can guarantee that whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Do I need a passport to travel to the Caribbean?
The Islands of the Caribbean include independent countries, as well as territories of France, the Netherlands, Britain, and the U.S. American citizens need passports to travel to most of the independent territories, as well as territories colonized by European countries.
U.S. citizens can travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico without a passport, but a valid ID, such as a driver’s license, is necessary. However, if you do not have a passport, make sure you are traveling directly to either of these places, because you will require one if you are passing through other territories. Call your airline if you are unsure.
If you are traveling with your passport, make sure it’s valid for at least another six months, since that is a common requirement for most countries.
Which is the best all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean?
It took us weeks of researching and aggregating data from dozens of trusted travel and review sites to come up with our best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean ranking, which includes 27 top-tier all-inclusive resorts across nine countries.
It was a close call, but the incredible Tiamo Resort in the Bahamas came out on top, thanks to its harmonious relationship with the surrounding environment, luxury accommodations, and overall exclusive feel.
But there are lots of equally amazing all-inclusive options in the Caribbean, so take a look at our ranking to choose the perfect one for your vacation.
Okay, we did say that booking an all-inclusive resort takes care of your every need. But there are some essentials you should always take with you on vacation. Here are our picks:
- Lonely Planet Travel Guide ($13): The islands are calling, and you must go. Before you do, though, be sure to get yourself one of Lonely Planet’s Caribbean guidebooks.
- Caribbean: A Novel by James A. Michener ($8): Through his signature magnificent prose, Michener captures the essence of the Caribbean islands, their rich history, and culture.
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion ($13): We love a good deal here at RAVE, but when it comes to your skin, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. Neutrogena is known for its high quality products and gentle ingredients, so it’s a RAVE favorite.
- Natural Wood Sunglasses ($50): Protect your eyes and look oh so cool with these stylish wood sunglasses. They’re available in dark tint or mirror varieties, too.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: 1-4 Boxed Set ($25): A classic movie series to get the kids (okay, not only the kids) excited about the upcoming Caribbean adventure.