How to Choose the Best All-inclusive for You

How to choose the best all-inclusive for you

The great thing about an all-inclusive property is that you aren’t constantly wondering how much everything will cost. Instead, you’re free to spend your time doing the very thing you went on vacation for in the first place – enjoying yourself. But not all all-inclusive resorts are going to offer the things you’ll want most. How are you supposed to choose?


Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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The best way to figure out which is best for you is to try them all – one bathing suit at a time. Haven’t got that kind of time or cash? Try starting with our guide below.

The spot: Beaches Ocho Rios Resort and Golf Club

The location: Jamaica

Who you are: A family with  kids  trying  to keep everyone happy

Why you’ll love it: Whether you’re travelling with babies, toddlers or teens, the resort offers activities to keep everyone entertained – together or apart. The resort’s unique partnership with Sesame Street would be reason enough to bring little ones. Add to that a 27,000 square foot water park, an included learn-to-dive program and complimentary golf and you have the makings of an everyone-is-happy vacation. Teens will love the DJ academy and Xbox gaming lounge. You’ll love the Red Lane Spa you can wile away in while they’re having fun.

The Spot:  Grand Velas

The location: Mexico

Who you are: You like your all-inclusives to feel more condo than resort.

Why you’ll love it:  Spacious rooms and decadent dining options will leave you feeling pretty posh. Left the kids at home? Opt to stay on the adults-only side and you can avoid the families at the pool and focus on  quiet and calm overlooking the white sand beach of the Riviera Maya.  Seal the deal with a a trip to a spa that has to be seen to be believed, or a hands-on culinary experience that works across generations.

The Spot: Blue Jack Tar Condos and Villas

The location: Dominican Republic

Who you are: A couple who enjoys spending time together … and apart

Why you’ll love it:  This three star property has a little bit of everything. He wants to golf and you want to shop? No problem.  He wants the beach and you’ve got your eye on the pool? That’s doable too.  Both of you ready to try your luck in the casino? Go for it.  Something for everyone –  including doing nothing at all.


Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya
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The Spot: CuisinArt  Golf Resort and Spa

The location: Anguilla

Who you are: A foodie who also loves the beach.

Why you’ll love it: Anguilla is a food lover’s paradise. Top chefs abound everywhere from food carts to posh restaurants to beachfront stalls. But if you’re looking for the top of the culinary chain you’d be missing out if you didn’t include Cusinart. The white buildings onsite house gorgeous rooms and all face the stunning beach. When you’re not eating, get out and see the island. It’s an easy drive, a safe location and the locals will have plenty to suggest to round out your culinary experience.

 Your turn: What’s the best all-inclusive spot you’ve visited and what made it the right fit for you?

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Heather Greenwood Davis

Heather Greenwood Davis is the award-winning writer behind Her photos, writing and personality are frequently found in international publications, radio programs and television shows including National Geographic Traveler (she's the FamilyTime columnist), O Magazine, Canadian Living, The Toronto Star, NPR, Canada AM and more. In 2012, Heather returned from a yearlong trip around the world with her husband and two sons (29 countries on six continents) and was named among National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s first “Travelers of the Year.” When not in an airport or on Twitter, Heather can be found in Toronto, Canada fighting for sunshine one travel itinerary at a time.


  1. We enjoy cruises, which are also all-inclusive and we’ve found that different cruise lines have different personalities, like the resorts you’ve recommended. We’ve been considering an all-inclusive resort instead of a cruise next time, so we can have more room to spread out and more time to explore our destination. Thanks for the tips!


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