Beach Resorts in Puerto Rico All InclusiveAll Inclusive Resorts
This stylish, small hotel in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, offers big-resort amenities with a boutique sensibility. The self-proclaimed “first all-inclusive boutique resort, ” Azul, with just 90 rooms, offers sweet respite from its rowdier neighbors in nearby Playa del Carmen and Cancún. All-inclusive rates (which tally in taxes and fees, to boot) include food and drinks (including premium beverages) from four eateries and trio of lounges, champagne at check-in, 24-hour room service, live music and shows, and activities for kids and adults (think yoga classes, not limbo contests). After a morning Spanish class, snag a seaside cabana, and let a “Beach Butler” (he’ll be the one carrying the mineral-water vaporizer) take care of the rest at one of our top picks for all-inclusive resorts. Winter rates from $239 per person a night, based on double occupancy; www.karismahotels.com
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Copamarina, Puerto Rico
Showy large-scale resorts dot Puerto Rico’s shores, but few offer all-inclusive packaging, which makes the affordable Copamarina a particularly attractive, family-oriented home base. Its location on the south coast next to a UNESCO biosphere reserve lets guests leave the casinos and nightlife of well-trodden San Juan behind in favor of a tranquil oasis that features activities like hiking, bird-watching, and exploring La Parguera’s bioluminescent bay. Although package rates at the property don’t factor in those extra excursions, they do allow for access to non-motorized water sports like kayaking and pedal boating, as well as daily meals at Copamarina’s two restaurants, which both draw non-resort visitors for top-notch Caribbean cuisine like lobster tail in mustard and mango sauce. Guests who opt for the all-inclusive option can also sip on an unlimited supply of select alcoholic beverages. The resort’s 106 rooms each come with balconies boasting garden or ocean views; louvered windows provide privacy. Two pools (plus two kiddie pools), a duo of Jacuzzis, a small spa, and a dive shop round out the offerings at this all-inclusive beach resort. Winter rates from $192 per person, per night, based on double occupancy; www.copamarina.com
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Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
Set on the east coast of the Dominican Republic in Uvero Alto (about 45 miles from the Punta Cana airport), the secluded Dreams Punta Cana earns raves for its superlative, enormous swimming pool (complete with waterfall and a swim-up bar) and array of family-friendly activities, but this all-inclusive beach resort offers much more, too, with activities that run the gamut from introductory scuba lessons to yoga to cooking classes. Guests at Dreams are free to partake in a range of water sports (kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling), a dedicated kids’ club and teen zone, and evening entertainment like beachside movies and theme parties. The resort’s 620 rooms and suites – most with ocean views – feature four-poster beds, balconies or terraces, and well-stocked complimentary minibars. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, six restaurant options offer cuisines ranging from Mexican to Italian to Pan-Asian, while 10 bars and lounges provide premium alcoholic beverages for a poolside cocktail or intimate nightcap. Winter rates from $175 per person, per night, based on double occupancy;
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El Dorado Seaside Suites, Kantenah, Mexico
Shaded beach beds for two and three-course candlelit dinners served on the sand (though note a supplemental fee applies for the latter) call out the decidedly amorous vibe at this all-suite, adults-only resort lining the crystal-clear shores of Kantenah beach (about 45 minutes from the Cancún International Airport). Guests in the 280 rooms here can take full advantage of the hotel chain’s signature gourmet inclusive concept, which factors in premium beverages and à la carte meals at six restaurants, including La Carreta, where fajitas and enchiladas are paired with more than 30 types of tequila, some made in-house. Non-motorized water sports like kayaking and snorkeling are also on offer, while tennis matches and jaunts to the nearby Mayan ruins in Tulum provide dry land diversions (note extra fees apply for Tulum excursions). Even so, you’d be forgiven for succumbing to the joys of doing very little, as three freshwater pools and a winding lazy river welcome days spent lolling about in the sun at this all-inclusive beach resort. Rates from $207 per person, per night, based on double occupancy; www.karismahotels.com