No one likes to be nickled and dimed, especially on vacation--and therein lies
the appeal of all-inclusive vacations. Knowing just what you'll spend during
your trip is a real positive. A real negative? Sharing that trip with the
Hideaways-style all-inclusives aren't the kind of
"the-gang's-all-here" mega-resort you know from those television ads. Many
smaller, more private getaways (like a boutique resort or a working ranch) are
all-inclusive to varying degrees—so leaving your wallet behind no longer means
you have to sacrifice peace and privacy.
Here are just a few gems we recommend that offer convenient all-inclusive
experiences, along with a high degree of personal service. We've broken them
into categories to help you determine which is best for you.
PRIVATE ISLAND RESORTS
If you've reached your idyllic private island retreat by boat, you're
something of a captive audience when it comes to drinking and dining. Unless
you charter a boat to a neighboring island restaurant, you'll likely be taking
all your meals at your chosen resort--which is why most private islands offer
an all-inclusive plan of three meals a day, perhaps wine and/or spirits with
meals, and non-motorized water sports.
Palm Island Resort
, St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Yes, it takes some effort
to get here. But once you've arrived, prepare for total relaxation, with no
phones or TVs to disturb you. Rates even include treats like a one-hour
captained Palm Breeze Hobie Sail, Wednesday night Beach BBQ, and weekly cooking
lessons with the chef.
Guana Island , BVI:
Settle in and enjoy; rates at this idyllic 850-acre private island
resort include most everything you'd expect, as well as an evening cocktail
hour with hors d'oeuvres, beach barbecues with live Caribbean music, Wi-Fi
access, use of fishing equipment, and limited wash-and-fold laundry service.
The Meridian Club
, Turks & Caicos: Take a 15-minute boat ride or arrive at
unspoiled Pine Cay by private plane, and you'll discover just 12 beachfront
suites and the privately situated Sand Dollar Cottage. No cars, no phones, no
TVs, just you and the dazzling white-sand beach. Rates include daily snorkeling
trips, weekly paddle-boarding classes led by Chef Shane, and transfers by taxi
Small and exclusive, this resort figures into the high end of the
all-inclusive spectrum, offering comprehensive meal plans, alcoholic and
non-alcoholic beverages, and a size-appropriate selection of activities and
non-motorized water sports. The beauty here is that you get the all-inclusive
experience in an upscale boutique setting, without the crowds.
Galley Bay Resort & Spa
, Antigua: Privacy is a given at this elegant island retreat
on 40 tropical acres, where rates also include afternoon tea, evening hors
d'oeuvres and cocktail parties, friendly snorkeling instruction, and impromptu
lessons in sailing and windsurfing.
Sivory Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: This small beachfront escape with only 55 suites is far removed from the behemoth all-inclusive resorts the DR is known for, in a tranquil setting perfect for romance and relaxation. As a result, chances are good you'll be eating most meals at their two restaurants.
It may take you awhile to get to these gorgeous hideaways, but the adventure
involved and time invested is well worth it. After all, the remoteness of these
resorts is probably what drew you to them in the first place. Each offers some
sort of all-inclusive meal plan, because you'll probably be staying put once
you've settled in.
The Resort at Paws Up
, Montana: Part of a 37,000-acre working ranch with amazing activities like
scenic wagon rides, fly-fishing, and even a day trip to a ghost town. Special
all-inclusive packages bundle all the fun into one price tag. The "Family
Glamping Package" gives you a taste of glamorous camping with 5 nights in an
uber-luxe tent suite, all daily meals, airport transfers, all taxes and
gratuities, and all kinds of memory-makers, including root beer floats prepared
by your very own Camp Butler.
Hacienda del Cerezo
, Santa Fe, New Mexico: The restaurants and shopping of Santa Fe are only a
20-minute drive away, but the peace and serenity of this hilltop hacienda will
entice you to stay right where you are. That's why rates include gourmet dining
with wines, plus complimentary tennis and horseback riding astride the estate's
own Arabian mares.
Lapa Rios Eco-Lodge
, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica: Take a flight from San Jose to the small airstrip
at Puerto Jiminez, and then a 45-minute transfer by resort car to Lapa Rios,
located on a private 1,000-acre nature reserve. Worth it? You bet! And that's
why rates include not only meals and non-alcoholic beverages, but also
intriguing naturalist-led rainforest hikes and birding tours.
, Botswana: Obviously, once you're out in the African bush, you're unlikely to
encounter any other restaurants. Not to worry, you'll be well-fed at Savute
Elephant Lodge, Khwai River Lodge, and Eagle Island Lodge. Rates are fully
inclusive of meals, inter-camp transportation, and all safari activities.
A number of premium and luxury cruise lines have come up with fares that
really do include most everything, so you won't suffer from sticker shock at
the end of your otherwise-wonderful vacation. The following lines easily set
the standard for all-inclusive cruising.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
: Clearly at the top of the all-inclusive luxury market,
Regent's fares include round-trip airfare, one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, all
alcoholic spirits and wine, dining in specialty restaurants, 24-hour room
service, on-board gratuities, Pilates and yoga classes, and free unlimited
: With another high standard in all-inclusive cruising, Silversea
fares include all wines and spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room
service, on-board gratuities, shore-side events on select voyages, guided shore
excursions when traveling aboard Silver Explorer and Silver
Galapagos, and transportation to town in most ports.
Enjoy the benefits of all-inclusive vacationing without the hassle of the
masses. Give your Hideaways Travel Specialist a call at 800-843-4433,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get to know your travel style so we can
personally match you with your best travel experience. Try getting that kind
of customized advice from a generic guidebook or travel website!