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Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Terry’s Travels

JULY 17, 2023

4 Best Places You’ve Never Heard Of

Haida Gwaii

Here are four others that might pique your interest!

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii If you’re craving a break from busy-ness and noise, Haida Gwaii will give you the silence you’re longing for. A 180-mile-long archipelago off the coast of British Columbia is the ultimate getaway for nature lovers. May-September is the summer season, with more tourist services available, and a greater chance of seeing spectacular wildlife like the Orca migration. But if you’re into surfing, try October-May for the best waves.

The Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

To get a feel for what life was like for the Vikings, hop a ferry from Denmark or Iceland and check out the Faroe Islands. Located about 400 miles off the coast of Northern Europe and accessible by flights and ferries year-round, the Faroe Islands are ringed with dramatic green cliffs that plunge into the ocean, sparkling bays, and breathtaking Nordic scenery. In the city of Gjógv, stay in an authentic sod-roofed hotel and take hikes up into the mountains with a spectacular view of the gorge below. Go in July or August for mild temps and long days

Via Dinarica

Via Dinarica

A hidden travel gem lies in the Western Baltics, which is already a somewhat-unknown region that is brimming with breathtaking scenery and a proud cultural heritage. The Via Dinarica is a year-round adventurer’s wonderland. Love gorgeous summer hikes and biking tours? May-September, this trail stretches through 1,200 miles of varied terrain and eight different countries. If you’re into skiing and snowshoeing, hit the Via Dinarica from January to mid-March for a pristine wonderland. Stay in remote mountain shelters, or immerse yourself in centuries-old tradition by staying with local host families.

Via Dinarica

Koyasan Japan

Koyasan Japan

We see a lot of Japan’s bustling cities, its towering skyscrapers, its industry, its bright lights. But if you’re interested in reclining into the contemplative heart of Japan, seek out Koyasan, a pristine monastic complex two hours south of Osaka by train and the seat of Japanese Shingon Buddhism. Many temples here offer guest rooms, and you can get a feel for what monastic life is like in the lush, misty mountain interior. Savor the simple flavors of clean Buddhist eating, take in morning rituals, or hike by lantern and moonlight along winding green mountain paths. After the intense and amazing sensory experiences that the large urban areas of Japan provide, Koyasan really is the perfect retreat into silence, simplicity, and mystery.

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There is an endless debate about where the best beaches in the world are to be found as there are so many to chose from.

The tiny islands of the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean have many beautiful beaches to explore. Railay Beach in Thailand has three main powder sand beaches where you’ll find coral reefs, steep cliffs and lush jungle–with caves to explore too!

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The 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Mexico

All products and services featured are independently selected by Forbes Vetted contributors and editors. When you make a purchase through links on this page, we may earn a commission. Learn more Meagan Drillinger, Contributor Forbes Vetted

With thousands of miles of coastline and world-famous beach towns bookending both sides of the country, Mexico regularly draws travelers from around the globe seeking sun, sand and relaxation. It’s no surprise, then, that the country has perfected the art of the all-inclusive. In Mexico, all-inclusive resorts have evolved to match the modern-day traveler; rather than offering the same cookie-cutter experience at hotel after hotel, the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are so thoughtfully curated, it’s impossible not to find a property that feels tailor-made for you.

Whether you're seeking a hushed romantic hideaway or a wellness experience complete with sound baths and vegan cuisine, Mexico has an all-inclusive resort to match. Our top overall selection is Excellence Playa Mujeres, an all-suite resort on an idyllic beach in Playa Mujeres. For luxury lovers, it’s hard to top Grand Velas Los Cabos, with its incredible ocean views and fine dining. And for those with little ones in tow, a family vacation at Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Rivera Maya is bound to be unforgettable. Below, we’ve rounded up the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico for every type of 2023 trip, all of them prime for unplugging, rejuvenating, or dialing up the energy.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico Overall: Excellence Playa Mujeres

Excellence Playa Mujeres swim-up suite.

Courtesy of Excellence Playa Mujeres Excellence Playa MujeresReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Fun-loving foodies who appreciate an all-suite resort on a picture-perfect beach All-Star Amenities: More than a dozen restaurants and bars, oversized suites; spa; one of the best beach fronts in the Mexican Caribbean What Not to Miss: An Excellence Club worth splurging on due to its upgraded perks and amenities Location: Playa Mujeres

It's difficult to choose just one all-inclusive resort in Mexico to be the best of the best, but Excellence Playa Mujeres is an undeniable contender thanks to its ability to score outstanding marks in almost every single area. Sun worshippers will swoon over the powder soft stretch of bone-white sand. Wellness gurus can tap into a menu of revitalization at the Miilé Spa, complete with a hydrotherapy circuit and steam rooms. Foodies have their pick of more than a dozen restaurants and bars, including cuisine from Italy, Mexico, India, Thailand, and beyond. It's not only a resort that has a little bit of something for everyone, but it's a resort that does that little bit of something exquisitely. No matter what your vacation vibe is, Excellence Playa Mujeres certainly lives up to its name, and the dreamy, idyllic Playa Mujeres community just north of Cancun is what a Mexican Caribbean dream is made of.

Best High-End All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico: Grand Velas Los Cabos

Grand Velas Los Cabos outdoor dining.

Victor Elias/Victor Elias Photography Grand Velas Los CabosReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Low-key couples and families who love a stunning pool scene, spacious rooms, and fabulous food All-Star Amenities: 35,000-square-foot spa; Champagne butler What Not to Miss: A sensorial dining experience at Cocina de Autor Location: Los Cabos

It’s hard not to feel like a VIP the minute you check into Grand Velas Los Cabos, an all-suite resort that truly pays attention to the details. A Champagne butler greets you with a complimentary glass to toast your arrival before leading you to one of the property’s 1,100 square foot suites boasting ocean views and private terraces. For those looking for next-level opulence, the property’s Grand Class Corner Suites in particular boast a jaw-dropping panoramic ocean view along with private plunge pools on the terrace.

It’s not an all-inclusive vacation without some pampering, and the 35,000 square foot SE Spa is the perfect place to do just that. One of the largest spas in the region, it includes a seven-step water ceremony as well as a menu of locally-inspired body treatments, massages, facials, and educational workshops. Guests won't want to miss the cuisine at Grand Velas Los Cabos, either. Dinner at Velas 10 is unforgettable, but the meal not to miss is the eight to 10-course tasting menu at Cocina de Autor. Make sure to nab a reservation.

Best Boutique All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico: Mahekal Beach Resort

Ocean views at Mahekal Beach Resort.

Courtesy of Mahekal Beach Resort Mahekal Beach ResortReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Those who don’t want to choose between a beach vacation and the energy of downtown Playa del Carmen All-Star Amenities: Prime beachfront in Playa del Carmen; Beach House King Plunge Pools What Not to Miss: An alfresco dinner at Fuego Restaurante Y Cantina Location: Playa del Carmen

Mahekal Beach Resort gives guests the best of both worlds: not only is it perched on one of the longest stretches of beachfront in Riviera Maya, but it is also just a few steps from the buzzy energy of Playa del Carmen. The boutique all-inclusive resort features a collection of palapa-topped bungalows in different settings, from beachfront to poolside and jungle, as well as Beach House King Plunge Pools that guests will never want to leave.

The resort is fully all-inclusive, but guests do have the option to opt out of the plan if they would rather make room to enjoy the lively restaurant and nightlife scene of Playa del Carmen, which is just around the corner from the resort. Still, the walls of the resort create an oasis-like atmosphere that feels worlds away from the non-stop action of the city. It's the perfect boutique all-inclusive resort for visitors to enjoy the luxuries of beach living, as well as soak up the energy of downtown Playa.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico For Families: Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Riviera Maya

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya Pineapple Suite.

Courtesy of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Riviera MayaReserve At Expedia Who Will Love It: Energetic families with a love for character encounters, waterparks, and lots of entertainment All-Star Amenities: All oceanfront, swim-up suites and the largest waterpark in Mexico What Not to Miss: The six-acre Aqua Nick water park with seven water slides, a Lazy River, and plenty of character encounters Location: Puerto Morelos

Meet every child's dream come true: a real-life escape into the world of Nickelodeon—slime, SpongeBob, and all—combined with plenty of opportunities for parents to relax and enjoy as well. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya is a wonderful all-inclusive resort for families, with prime Riviera Maya beachfront access and an interactive, highly immersive family fun energy. The all-suite resort takes the Nick extreme to the max—think Patrick-shaped chairs, Ninja Turtle graffiti, and the official Nickelodeon Place hub, complete with a signature Character Breakfast and the official Club Nick.

The star of the show at the resort is Aqua Nick, the largest water park in Mexico with seven waterslides and a lazy river, with unlimited entry included in the room rates. Families also flip for the Main Stage, where a weekly roster of shows and performances bring families together, all inspired by the famous game shows from Nickelodeon—yes, you may even get slimed. Adults can catch a break of their own behind the doors of the tranquil Náay Spa, a 4,200-square-foot oasis of tranquility, including a couples suite, sauna, and steam rooms.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico For Romance: Beloved Playa Mujeres

Junior suite with ocean view at Beloved Playa Mujeres.

Courtesy of Beloved Playa Mujeres Beloved Playa MujeresReserve At Expedia Who Will Love It: Couples looking to disconnect from the world to reconnect in blissed out luxury All-Star Amenities: Couples-only suites; three swimming pools and four Jacuzzis; a sprawling spa What Not to Miss: An oceanfront dinner under the stars at El Mar Location: Playa Mujeres

Beloved Playa Mujeres was created exclusively for romance. The couples-only resort sits on a sugary stretch of sun-bleached sand in the quiet, dreamy Playa Mujeres area just north of Cancun. Aside from the spacious suites with in-room jacuzzis or outdoor plunge pools, the powder soft sand and oceanfront dining, or the tranquil (and spacious) spa, what's wonderful about Beloved Playa Mujeres is that couples can be as active and engaged, or secluded and private, as they desire.

Active couples can choose from wellness workshops and yoga classes to paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, and cooking classes. And for those who prefer to stay low-key and one-on-one, the resort's spacious suites include either in-room jacuzzis or private pools—perfect for alone time. Guests have a selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, but one of the best is the oceanfront, toes-in-the-sand experience at El Mar. And, of course, couples should plan to book a day at The Beloved Spa for its famous hydrotherapy circuit and menu of treatments and rituals.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico For Groups: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Pool at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Courtesy of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Hyatt Ziva Los CabosReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Groups of friends or families whose interests run the gamut All-Star Amenities: Seven restaurants; swim-up suites; floating fire pits; the KidZ Club & Water Park What Not to Miss: An on-point pool scene with a vibe that suits everyone in the party Location: Los Cabos

Group travel can notoriously be difficult to plan, with so many different personality types to please. But with nearly 600 suites overlooking the legendary Playa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is the resort to book for travelers that need a little bit of everything. This all-inclusive does its best to make sure that everyone in the party feels like they're coming home—plus a few added surprises for flair and panache. The hub of activity at the resort is undoubtedly its pool scene, from the massive freeform pool practically strewn with lounge chairs to the adult-only swim-up bar and the sprawling KidZ pool and mini water park with five slides and two water dump buckets. For those whose ideal vacation involves bringing it down a notch, a day of reprieve at the two-story Zen Spa, with 15 treatment rooms and a salon, is just what the doctor ordered. And when it comes time to pick an afternoon activity, your group will have plenty to choose from: the property has a robust fitness and sports program, with volleyball and basketball courts, lap swimming, a fitness center, workout classes, and yoga.

Best Spa & Wellness All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico: Palmaïa, The House of AïA

Suite view at Palmaïa.

Courtesy of Palmaïa, The House of AïA Palmaïa, The House of AïAReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Spiritual seekers and wellness worshippers craving a secluded, sanctuary-style retreat All-Star Amenities: Oceanfront swim-up suites; a jungle-shrouded spa; plant-based menus; private beach; therapies for the body and mind What Not to Miss: A series of in-house retreats with various themes centered around wellness Location: Playa del Carmen

There are spa and wellness resorts, and then there is Palmaïa, The House of AïA, a premiere spa and wellness resort that takes well-being to the next level. Much more than a resort with a great spa, Palmaïa, The House of AïA incorporates wellness—both body and mind—into every aspect of its design and purpose. The word of the day here is intention, and travelers will have no problem setting one at this tranquil hideaway with numerous classes, ceremonies, and rituals to partake in, including yoga underneath palm trees, drum circles, sound healing, group meditation, tarot, and more.

Alongside its commitment to wellness, the 234 thoughtfully designed suites at Palmaïa are cruelty-free, meaning they are free of any animal and animal-tested products. The resort also uses zero plastic bottles and solar panels, as well as other renewable forms of energy. The spa at Palmaïa, The House of AïA is much more than a menu of treatments: it's an entire journey. Featuring glass walls in a jungle setting, you can take in the lush views during your treatment, then take an invigorating swim in the on-site cenote.

Best Beachfront All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun

Birdseye view of Live Aqua Cancun.

Courtesy of Live Aqua Cancun Live Aqua Beach Resort CancunReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Travelers for whom without a beach, there is no vacation All-Star Amenities: Aqua Club for elevated amenities; Harmony Spa What Not to Miss: Succulent ceviches and fish tacos at the beachfront; toes-in-the-sand Sea Corner Location: Cancun

With more than 5,000 miles of coastline in Mexico, it's difficult to narrow down the very best beachfront all-inclusive. But if what you're looking for is a consistently perfect stretch of beachfront (plus all the trimmings), Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is certainly at the top of the list. Kissed by lapping, turquoise-colored waves and peppered with languidly swaying palms, this beach is the stuff Mexico postcards are made of.

Add to that an intimately sized luxury all-inclusive with several pools and more than 10 restaurants and bars, and this is much more than a beautiful slice of real estate. The resort has 371 rooms, all with ocean views, as well as Aqua Club rooms, which come with additional privileges and considerably more space. The thoughtfully curated spa has teamed up with luxe skincare line Natura Bissé and features 12 indoor treatment rooms and four outdoor rooms, as well as steam rooms, saunas, jacuzzi, and a Temazcal.

All-Inclusive Resort With The Best Views In Mexico: Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Views at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Lareto.

Courtesy of Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Lareto Villa del Palmar at the Islands of LoretoReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Travelers looking for luxury and seclusion All-Star Amenities: Five outdoor pools; 18-hole golf course; a 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center What Not to Miss: Hike up to the 17th hole on the golf course for one of the most jaw-dropping views in Baja Location: Ensenada Blanca, Baja California Sur

A cult following of loyal devotees have been singing the praises of this stunningly beautiful all-inclusive resort for years. Limited direct flights into Loreto means that this resort is usually only known to people along the west coast, as well as southwestern U.S. cities. But it's high time they share the wealth of beauty this resort has to offer, because the views truly are that incredible.

The 4,500-acre resort is within a gated community surrounded by slate-colored mountains, overlooking the indigo-colored Sea of Cortez. Perched overlooking the Bay of Danzante, the views from Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto are a mix of towering mountains wrapped in puffy clouds, and a bay speckled with conical-peaked islands as far as the eye can see. The remote atmosphere of the resort, coupled with its all-inclusive amenities, are what make this one of the most unique all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. A new $42 million renovation at the resort resulted in the addition of 158 new rooms, as well as a new penthouse and oceanfront suites that overlook the bay.

Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort In Mexico: UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya

Terrace views at UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya.

Courtesy of UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera MayaReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Design lovers All-Star Amenities: A stunning spa with hydrotherapy rituals What Not to Miss: Brunch & Bubbles at the 20.87 signature restaurant Location: Riviera Maya

Halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, tucked on its own curve of beautiful white sand beach, sits the adults-only palatial playground UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya. This beautifully designed resort with roughly 400 rooms, all of which boast ocean or partial-ocean views, is the perfect balance of sleek and rustic. Rooms on higher floors are blessed with deep soaking tubs, while those on the ground floors are all swim-up suites. No matter the room, each one features two of the most deliciously comfortable bathrobes—an amenity totally worth the mention.

Guests can choose their own adventure at UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya. Those who want a party atmosphere will have a blast by the pool, where DJs spin daily during the many different afternoon parties. And for adults who want to lay low, the resort has plenty of quiet corners to steal away to, including the spacious suites, the decadent spa, or the quiet stretch of beach.

All-Inclusive Resort With The Best Amenities In Mexico: Hotel Xcaret Arte

Exterior of Hotel Xcaret Arte.

Courtesy of Hotel Xcaret Arte Hotel Xcaret ArteReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Travelers who never want to be bored All-Star Amenities: Round-trip airport transfers; unlimited theme park access; on-property art workshops What Not to Miss: A treatment in the cavernous spa, with secret cove treatment rooms and plunge pools tucked in cenote-themed caves Location: Playa del Carmen

All-inclusive resorts are not short on included amenities, but certain resorts take that concept to the next level. One of those resorts is the impressive Hotel Xcaret Arte. This sprawling, all-inclusive, adults-only resort has 900 rooms, a seemingly endless selection of restaurants, and a strong emphasis on both relaxation and activities—all of which are included. With so many different things to do and places to play, this expansive resort never feels overwhelming.

Guests stay in one of five distinct "casas," all of which serve as mini boutique hotels-within-hotels. In addition to the multitude of restaurants, pools, and art-themed workshops included in the rate, Hotel Xcaret Arte also includes round-trip airport transfers, an in-room mini bar, and unlimited access to any of the theme parks under the Grupo Xcaret umbrella. These theme parks include everything from zip lining and water parks, to cultural shows, fire performances, sensory experiences, and much more.

All-Inclusive With The Best Pool: Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes Resort, Golf And Spa

Pools at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas.

Courtesy of Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes Resort, Golf And SpaReserve At Priceline Who Will Love It: Couples and families seeking relaxation All-Star Amenities: Swim-up pool bars; infinity pools and hot tubs; outdoor movie nights; activity lagoon What Not to Miss: The Tamma Wakoe Couples Massage at the spa Location: Cabo San Lucas

Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes Resort, Golf And Spa is an all-inclusive resort that takes its commitment to guests’ pool time seriously. Its oceanfront infinity pool, complete with a palapa-topped swim-up Tide Bar, a selection of in-pool dining tables, and stunning beachfront views, is perfect for families. A second, adults-only pool offers much more tranquility, featuring in-pool chaise lounges and a front-row seat to explosive purple and orange Pacific Ocean sunsets. Adult guests can dine at the property’s adults-only Sunset Bar, which serves cocktails, wine, and a decadent sushi menu.

The heart of the action happens at the activity pool. This lagoon-shaped pool is perfect for active travelers; it’s large enough for both kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. A rope swing and water slide provide endless entertainment for kids—and maybe even an adult or two. Whether you choose to spend your time at Grand Solmar swimming or just lounging by the water, there’s no better place for a poolside getaway.

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About Meagan Drillinger, Your Mexico All-Inclusive Resorts Guide

Mexico has been more than a beat to me over the past 10 years—it's been, quite literally, a second home. My adventures across Mexico have taken me from northern Baja to southern Chiapas, from remote beaches to pulsing cities, from dusty backpacker routes and hostels to the high thread counts and Champagne bars at the best resorts in the country. Today I call Puerto Vallarta my second home when I'm not off on assignment. My life as a travel writer has also taken me beyond Mexico and across the borders of Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and Australia. I spend more than half the year on the road, with my passport and my carry-on as my most prized (and only) possessions. In addition to writing for Forbes Vetted, I am also a contributing Mexico editor for Travel Weekly magazine. You can find more of my work in Travel + Leisure, Afar, Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and others.

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The 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Punta Cana

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With its many buttery sand beaches, it’s impossible not to relax in the Dominican Republic, and Punta Cana is an ideal location to take advantage of turquoise Caribbean Sea, near-perfect weather and an everything-at-your-fingertips atmosphere. From classes celebrating Dominican food and culture to impressive hydrotherapy spas and seemingly endless dining choices, the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana offer travelers the chance to have it all without having to pull out a credit card while they’re on vacation.

Couples will love the candle-lit bubble baths and nightly petit fours at the Excellence Punta Cana, while kids will love the character sightings and “slime” at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana. Sports fanatics will find an endless array of things to do, from a sports bar to free pickleball lessons, at our top pick, Majestic Elegance, while beach bums will love the prime access found at Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana. Below, we’ve selected the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for all types of travelers.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana Overall: Majestic Elegance

Pool area at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana.

Majestic Excellence Punta Cana Majestic EleganceReserve At Who Will Love It: Everyone from families with young kids to adults looking for a beachfront escape All-Star Amenities: Included minibar replenished daily; separate door for room service; in-room jacuzzi What Not To Miss: The pickleball court with free group lessons Location: Playa Bávaro

Step onto the sand and into the sun from underneath one of the grass palapas at this beachfront oasis, which has something for everyone. Majestic Elegance caters to everyone, from adults who want kid-free time to families of all ages, with both a family section and the 18+ Elegance Club. For families, there are multiple restaurants and unlimited snacks, a children's club, and a games area for teenagers (complete with pool tables, table tennis, darts, and more). Adults looking for a quieter escape can relax at the adults-only pool or decompress with a spa day set amongst a mangrove swamp.

The resort takes all-inclusive to the next level with more than a dozen bars and restaurants ranging from Italian to teppanyaki, as well as free golf green fees, tennis courts, a free in-room minibar, aromatherapy room service and more. The rooms are split into two sections: a family section, which comes with either a jacuzzi or swim-up option, and the adults-only section, which comes with butler service and a bottle of sparkling wine and premium liquor.

Best High-End All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Secrets Cap Cana Resort And Spa

Suite at Secrets Cap Cana.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort And Spa Secrets Cap Cana Resort And SpaReserve At Who Will Love It: Travelers who want everything at their fingertips yet don’t want to compromise on luxury amenities All-Star Amenities: Minibar refreshed daily; soaking tub; some rooms with swim-up access What Not To Miss: The “Sip, Savor & See” program, allowing guests to access complimentary dinner, drinks, and live entertainment at nearby resorts Location: Cap Cana

Set across a sprawling estate with gorgeous views of turquoise water from the edge of an infinity pool, this AAA Five Diamond resort offers every luxury a traveler could imagine. From top-shelf spirits and seven à la carte restaurants (plus a few extra casual spots) to a romantic dinner on the beach or free dance and Spanish lessons, there’s always something to do. Learn how to dive with a free introductory scuba lesson in the pool, relax at night with a cocktail and a big screen movie on the beach, or learn how to aqua pole dance to work up a cool sweat.

The resort features 457 suites, including rooms with swim-up pool access, decorated with natural woods, organic live-edge benches, and rich textiles. The property also offers the option of a Preferred Club, which steps up the luxury with private plunge pools, upgraded minibars and a private club with afternoon hors d’oeuvres. While all of the rooms are gorgeous, the real gem is the Presidential Suite, featuring more than 2,000 square feet of space with a bar and kitchenette (and refrigerator refreshed daily), two oceanfront balconies, and a plunge pool.

Best Boutique All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Suite at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana.

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana Zoëtry Agua Punta CanaReserve At Who Will Love It: Luxury travelers seeking more sun than crowds All-Star Amenities: In-suite minibar refreshed twice each day; maid service three times a day; Bulgari bath amenities What Not To Miss: The 20-minute complimentary spa treatment Location: Playas Uvero Alto

Arrive in style to this 96-suite resort with a private helicopter transfer, flying over the rolling waves and pristine beaches of the Dominican Republic. Once there, travelers will enjoy the property’s location with a coral reef just off shore and 200 yards of gorgeous beach as well as endless included activities, from snorkeling and heading out on a catamaran to beach horseback riding, cigar rolling classes, cooking classes and more.

As a smaller property, each suite at the Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana feels like an oasis in itself with cane-thatched roofs, rich teak furniture and a warm Caribbean breeze wafting through from a private terrace. The property, which is geared toward adults but allows children, doesn’t have set check-in or check-out times, so the entire vacation feels truly personalized. For those seeking an ocean view, the Junior Suite Deluxe Oceanfront is a great bet, featuring a private terrace and plunge pool overlooking the water from which travelers can enjoy complimentary bottles of sparkling wine.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana For Families: Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Punta Cana

Nick Swim-up Flat Suites.

Courtesy of Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Nickelodeon Hotels And Resorts Punta CanaReserve At Who Will Love It: Families with kids of all ages All-Star Amenities: Kids’ swim floaties; in-room toddler equipment available; 24-hour room service What Not To Miss: Character meals with favorites from SpongeBob and the Paw Patrol pups to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (an extra charge applies to these meals) Location: Uvero Alto

Kids will feel like they’ve stepped inside their TV and into their favorite cartoons at this over-the-top family playground. Start the day hanging with your favorite characters from Marshall, Chase, and the rest of the Paw Patrol gang or Dora the Explorer herself, or head to Club Nick for endless hours of fun complete with a ball pit and kids’ program. The fun continues outside at the resort’s water park where kids (and kids at heart) can grab orange tubes and float along a lazy river, participate in an interactive game show, or even get “slimed.”

The Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana features more than 400 suites, villas, and swim-up rooms with amenities for all ages, including strollers, bottle sterilizers and toddler bathrobes for little ones, as well as kid-sized beach chairs for soaking up the beautiful Dominican Republic weather. To really take a vacation to the next level, book the Pineapple Villa, a two-bedroom, three-bath loft-style villa inspired by none other than SpongeBob himself. Get transported to Bikini Bottom complete with SpongeBob’s signature chair, an outdoor patio and infinity pool and private butlers at the ready.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana For Couples: Excellence Punta Cana

Pool at Excellence Punta Cana.

Courtesy of Excellence Punta Cana Excellence Punta CanaReserve At Expedia Who Will Love It: Couples who want a quiet, adults-only escape All-Star Amenities: In-suite premium liquor and stocked minibar; free calls to the U.S. and Canada; Bulgari toiletries in some rooms What Not To Miss: Stock up on souvenirs at the small but cute on-site shopping galleria Location: Uvero Alto

Like many all-inclusive resorts, Excellence Punta Cana offers an endless array of activities, from snorkeling and beach volleyball to dance lessons, tennis, and just lounging around on the beach sipping from a coconut embossed with the name of the resort. But where the hotel really shines is in its celebration of honeymoons and anniversaries, with packages available to toast your partner in style. Think Champagne breakfast in bed, petit fours with turndown service, a private romantic beachfront dinner, candle-lit bubble baths and more. And for couples who really want to pamper themselves, the resort’s spa is ready with couples treatment rooms and even a couple’s spa suite.

The adults-only resort features 461 suites separated into regular rooms and the elevated Excellence Club, which includes a private check-in area, a private lounge, private restaurant, an upgraded minibar, two private pools and jacuzzis, fresh flowers and sparkling wine upon arrival, not to mention a pass to the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit. To take a stay to the next level, couples will love the Excellence Club honeymoon suite with a private pool overlooking the picture-perfect Caribbean sea.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana For Groups: Sanctuary Cap Cana

Exterior of Sanctuary Cap Cana.

Courtesy of Playa Hotels And Resorts Sanctuary Cap CanaReserve At Who Will Love It: Adult groups, both large and small All-Star Amenities: Pillow menu; furnished patios; butler service; luggage unpacking/packing service in some room categories What Not To Miss: Nightly Dominican epicurean events featuring ingredients like cacao and rum Location: Cap Cana

Solo trips are great, but there’s something special about sharing a luxury vacation with friends, and the adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana makes that even easier with group specials and an endless array of included activities offering something for everyone. Groups will love the 13 different bars and restaurants, a night club, six pools, yoga lessons, bike tours, access to the nearby Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship golf course, and more. And those planning even larger getaways will love the palm tree-lined pool terrace that can hold dinners for 35 people and the resort’s private island and suite, which can host up to 120 guests for a cocktail party. To make a group getaway even more special, friends can take advantage of a complimentary upgrade to the next highest room category through the end of 2025.

The large resort features 324 very spacious suites—the smallest starts at a whopping 646 square feet—with tropical rattan furnishings, coral bathrooms, and furnished terraces. The most impressive is undoubtedly the Castle Island Suite, which clocks in at 5,500 square feet and sits on its own private island featuring two bedrooms, butler service, luggage packing services, three indoor plunge pools and unbeatable ocean views.

Best Beachfront All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana

Aerial view of Margaritaville Beach Resort Cap Cana.

Courtesy of Margaritaville Resorts Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap CanaReserve At Who Will Love It: Beach bums seeking a relaxing time All-Star Amenities: Balconies with hammocks, Adirondack chairs, or daybeds; customizable in-room refreshment center What Not To Miss: A dip in the “polar pool” at the St. Somewhere Spa, which is kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation Location: Cap Cana

It’s always 5 o’clock at this beachfront all-inclusive resort, which takes full advantage of Playa Juanillo’s white sand and calm waves. Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana hosts a variety of events on its beach, offers sports like beach volleyball, has relaxing beach hammocks on hand, and will even plan a romantic beachside dinner. Beyond the sand, the resort has several pools (complete with DJ pool parties), offers pickleball and cornhole tournaments, puts on flip-flop Olympics, and keeps the little ones entertained with the Parakeets Kids’ Club.

The resort welcomes travelers with 519 rooms and suites, including 40 villas, and features an adults-only area—named Hammock—for those seeking extra serenity. Each guest room amplifies the surrounding Caribbean atmosphere with blue ocean-inspired tiles, turquoise-colored walls and private balconies to welcome sea breezes. The Island Reserve Villas, which come with private pools and swim-up suites that boast direct access to the resort’s pools, are a major highlight.

All-Inclusive Resort With The Best Amenities In Punta Cana: Breathless Punta Cana Resort And Spa

Suite at Breathless Punta Cana Resort And Spa.

Courtesy of Breathless Punta Cana Resort And Spa Breathless Punta Cana Resort And SpaReserve At Who Will Love It: Vacationers who value access to sports equipment; travelers with pets All-Star Amenities: Minibar refreshed daily; small dogs welcome What Not To Miss: The many fitness classes from paddle yoga to beach zumba Location: Playa Uvero Alto

Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa takes care of it all, offering travelers anything and everything they need so they can truly relax. Each of the resort’s 750 suites welcomes guests with private terrace hot tubs and minibars refreshed each day. There are 10 different restaurants and an endless parade of nightly themed entertainment, from a masquerade party to black light pool parties. The resort also provides many included activities like sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing lessons, tennis, and beach yoga, and features an on-site casino so travelers can make their vacation a little more interesting.

Guests who want to really pamper themselves should book an xhale club suite, which comes with higher-end amenities like afternoon hors d’oeuvres, an upgraded minibar, a pillow menu and access to two exclusive pools. Beyond human travelers, the resort welcomes small dogs with adorable amenities like dog beds, food and water bowls, a rope toy, small plastic bones and more.

Best All-Inclusive Resort For Spa And Wellness In Punta Cana: Finest Punta Cana

Exterior of Finest Punta Cana.

Courtesy of Finest Punta Cana Finest Punta CanaReserve At Expedia Who Will Love It: Travelers whose idea of relaxing includes spending hours at the spa All-Star Amenities: Stocked minibar and in-suite premium liquor; pillow menu; service box for 24-hour room service What Not To Miss: Hanging with the resident flamingos who roam the property; hurtling down the giant flamingo-shaped slide Location: Uvero Alto

Relaxation is goal of any all-inclusive vacation, and Finest Punta Cana does it right by offering one aqua hydrotherapy session per person included in all Finest Club and Excellence Club rooms. Stepping into the ONE spa is a study in serenity thanks to its airy, double-height ceilings, natural greenery and minimalistic design. Head to the holistic bar to pick out your own essential oils, salts, and other natural ingredients, or work your way through the hydrotherapy circuit complete with Swedish saunas, an ice fountain, hot and cold plunge pools, a steam bath, and more. The resort, which has areas for both adults-only and families, doesn’t leave kids out of the spa experience either with a kid-friendly salon and treatments for younger guests like the “I love fruits” manicure using scrubs and masks with scents like strawberry or mango and topped off with fun glittery polish.

When not spending time at the spa, enjoy one of the resort’s 455 rooms and suites separated into three categories: regular suites, Finest Club suites, and Excellence club suites. All rooms are modern and bright with tile floors, framed glass rain showers, and plush daybeds to soak up the Caribbean sun. Finest Club or Excellence Club guests will also be treated to Bulgari toiletries, a private beach area, private pools and private restaurants.

All-Inclusive Resort With The Best Pools In Punta Cana: Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort And Spa


Courtesy of Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort And Spa. Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa And CasinoReserve At Who Will Love It: Travelers whose idea of a good time is beach views from the pool All-Star Amenities: Swim-up suites available; room service included What Not To Miss: The Boulevard shopping complex with a casino, bowling alley, arcade, restaurants, and more Location: Bávaro Beach

This large resort has something for everyone with more than 1,000 feet of beachfront offering top-notch Caribbean views, a bowling alley, an arcade and more than a dozen bars and restaurants. But it’s the resort’s pools where the property really shines. Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort and Spa has seven different freshwater pools on offer, including a 30,000-square-foot two-level infinity pool that leads right onto the beach. Kids can also splash around in the 16,000-square-foot on-site water park complete with multiple slides, a giant water bucket and a shallow splash pad.

The hotel is one of the largest in the area with 1,042 different rooms featuring sea glass-colored walls, airy terraces and touches of rattan. The overwhelming majority of rooms are considered junior suites, which offer either queen or king beds or swim-up access. But it’s the “Unique” rooms that truly offer the best amenities, including waiter service on the beach and a private pool complete with hammocks for the ultimate relaxation.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana For Foodies: Iberostar Grand Bávaro

Pools at Iberostar Grand Bávaro.

Courtesy of Iberostar Iberostar Grand BávaroReserve At Who Will Love It: Travelers whose ideal vacation includes great food and cool bars All-Star Amenities: Pillow menu; daily minibar service; no single-use plastic What Not To Miss: The coral laboratory, where guests can learn how to maintain the diversity of local coral Location: Playa Bávaro

Order up a refreshing mojito or a crushed cocktail from the Cala Esmeralda Bar, which is built into a replica of a Spanish galleon ship and sits anchored in the lagoon at this unique Playa Bávaro resort. It’s just one of the many bars and restaurants on hand at the Iberostar Grand Bávaro, which offers everything from Japanese teppanyaki to Dominican cuisine. Two of the resort’s restaurants even feature sustainable fishing certificates for those craving dishes like crab tartar and shellfish bouillabaisse. Guests can also access restaurants at three of the resort’s sister properties where they can taste Cajun flavors, Mexican dishes and more.

The adults-only hotel features three pools, a golf course and its own coral nursery, where guests can learn how to protect the local coral. The hotel continues its commitment to sustainability in its suites, which are completely free of single-use plastic and offer unlimited purified water. Each suite comes with access to the spa’s hydrotherapy area and whirlpool baths, while some offer in-room butler service and semi-private pools.

Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

Pool chairs at Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana.

Courtesy of Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana Hyatt Zilara Cap CanaReserve At Who Will Love It: Travelers who want a kid-free escape on a gorgeous beach All-Star Amenities: In-room minibar; private balconies What Not To Miss: The 14,000-square-foot fitness center with two cardio areas, spinning, TRX training, Pilates, and more Location: Juanillo Beach

The adults-only all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana has everything travelers would want or need in a kid-free escape, from six different restaurants and seven bars and lounges (with unlimited cocktails, of course) to more than 40 acres of oceanfront, beach butlers, a nearly 27,000-square-foot spa and daily activities like cooking classes. Hang out at one of the infinity pools or head over to the all-ages Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana on the same grounds to splash around in the Canapolis Water Park, complete with a lazy river with grotto cascade, water cannons and five slides.

The resort’s 375 suites feature ocean views or swim-up access with in-room minibars stocked each day with water, sodas and beers. If you’re looking to splurge, book the Presidential Suite, which pampers guests with sweeping ocean views, a luxurious soaking tub, butler service, a private check-in and check-out area, private access to the Club Pool and more.

About Alison Fox, Your Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resorts Guide

I am a journalist who focuses on travel news and features and has visited over 50 countries. Born in Brooklyn and a lifelong traveler, I developed a love for exploring at an early age, and one day hope to visit every country in the world. For me, Punta Cana represents the ultimate relaxing vacation, and my time in the Dominican Republic taught me the value of slowing down and living in the moment—a valuable lesson to bring to everyday life. Aside from Forbes Vetted, you can find my work in Travel + Leisure,, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

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