The 11 Most Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts in the World

These vacations really take the worries out of travel.

ByABC News
September 25, 2016, 4:14 AM
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

— -- intro: Let’s face it -- all-inclusive vacations really take the worries out of travel. No matter the destination where you're heading on your all-inclusive getaway, it’s nice to know that once you get there, everything will already be taken care of; that is, as long as you pick a top-notch spot that won't shock you with any unwanted surprises. During our travels, we’ve discovered that there are all kinds of all-inclusive resorts, from adults-only to budget-friendly, from family-focused to downright unusual. But we must say, "luxurious" may be our favorite. Take a look at our 11 favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts around the world.

quicklist: 1title: 1. Constance Moofushi, Maldivestext: The five-pearl experience of Constance Moofushi all-inclusive resort starts with one of the best private airport lounges around, establishing a luxe vibe before guests even board the seaplane in Male to reach the small, private island. Ideal for diving enthusiasts with money to spare, this chic -- but still comfortably casual -- resort is within 30 minutes of oodles of the world's best dive spots and has an excellent house reef. The 110 rustic-chic rooms are sophisticated, artistic, and well-equipped with premium minibars, top-notch entertainment systems, and stunning sea views -- some are even directly over the water. Along with an idyllic beach, a stay here comes with snorkeling and water sports, high-quality food and drink, and lounging by the 42332512

quicklist: 2title: 2. The Royal Hideaway Playacar, Playa Del Carmentext: The Royal Hideaway is a member of exclusive hospitality consortium Leading Hotels of the World, and as such is one of the most luxurious properties in the area. It features upscale rooms with high-end amenities, a full-servicespa with great treatments, several pools, and the best food around. The beautiful grounds, overall sophisticated vibe, adults-only policy, and beautiful beachfront location a short drive from shopping on Playa’s Fifth Avenue make it one of the most attractive options for couples in 42332069

quicklist: 3title: 3. Samabe Bali Suites & Villastext: The Samabe Bali is an ultra-luxurious beachfront resort located atop a cliff a five-minute drive from central Nusa Dua. Its 81 suites and villas are elegant and stylish, with a gorgeous blend of contemporary and traditional Indonesian decor, top-notch amenities, and balconies offering expansive ocean views. Villas have private infinity pools and up to two bedrooms. With a private beach, a wonderful spa, two excellent restaurants, a gorgeous infinity pool, a kids’ club, and tons of daily activities, there is little guests can’t do on-site. Plus, all-inclusive rates cover everything from free daily spa treatments to cultural tours to beachside yoga classes. Those looking for something a little cheaper may want to compare rates at Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & 42332011

quicklist: 4title: 4. Blackberry Farm, Tennesseetext: This gorgeous farm hotel is a secluded, serene haven for foodies and nature lovers. Guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Appalachians by enjoying the venue's 4,200 acres of land and all the various activities offered. The restaurant, The Barn, offers a true farm-to-table dining experience as a majority of the produce is picked from the property's garden. There's also a stunning, tranquil spa and two pools that visitors can enjoy. Guests can stay in luxurious cottages or in a charming room in the Main 42332455

quicklist: 5title: 5. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenadatext: Opened in 1961 on the golden sands of Grand Anse Beach, Spice Island Beach Resort is still one of the most elegant and well-regarded resorts on Grenada. After undergoing a complete renovation in 2013, the resort’s immaculately kept grounds, bright and breezy rooms, and effortlessly chic decor fulfill its promise to be “a place of unpretentious luxury.” Here, the all-inclusive rates include all meals at the resort’s two restaurants, fully stocked minibars, premium drinks, and free Wi-Fi. Though there are a variety of on-site activities, peace and relaxation are also easy to find. media: 42331920

quicklist: 6title: 6. andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, Botswanatext: andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp isn’t just a hotel, it’s an experience. This ultra luxurious safari lodge in the middle of Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a place where guests can get up close and personal with all kinds exotic wildlife. Here, everything, and we mean everything (excellent Pan-African food, guided excursions, game drives, river cruises, bush walks, etc) is included in the price of your stay. The nine safari tents feature big soaking tubs, indoor/outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and four poster beds, with a sleek decor and water lily motif inspired by the delta region. media: 42332331

quicklist: 7title: 7. Grand Velas Riviera Mayatext: The Grand Velas Riviera Maya -- set on over 80 acres of mangroves that meet a postcard-perfect beach of white sand and turquoise waters -- is one of Playa del Carmen’s most sophisticated properties. It features 491 top-notch suites spread out in three different buildings (two family-friendly, one adults-only), all with their own stunning pool complexes, gyms, and restaurants. Discerning travelers will appreciate Grand Velas’ exceptional butler service, incredible spa, outstanding cuisine, and eco-friendly practices. media: 42332217

quicklist: 8title: 8. The Village Coconut Island, Phukettext: Only accessible by water taxi or helicopter ride, The Village Coconut Island has a feeling of exclusivity and seclusion. Here, huge contemporary villas and suites come equipped with full kitchens or kitchenettes, and some even have plunge pools with spectacular views of the gardens or the gorgeous Phang Nga Bay. There are three on-site restaurants, and a cooking school where guests can learn to make traditional Thai cuisine. The hotel’s two beautiful infinity-edge pools are real highlights, but guests can also enjoy the hotel’s private beach and water sports such as kayaking and sailing. media: 42331828

quicklist: 9title: 9. Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamastext: Crowded beaches are unheard of at Fowl Cay Resort, a private island retreat where a maximum of 28 guests have free range of 50 acres and three beaches. Each spacious villa comes with free use of its own personal boat and golf cart, fully stocked kitchens and wet bars, and jaw dropping island views. All-inclusive rates are just that--everything from top shelf liquor to water sports equipment is included in the price of a villa rental. However, some of the villas feature outdated decor and worn furnishings that seem inconsistent with the resort's high nightly 42332569

quicklist: 10title: 10. Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spatext: A chic oasis with Moroccan flair, the Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive hotel with a little something for everyone. The resort shines with its activities for children -- multiple outdoor pools, mini-golf, a kids’ club, petting zoo, and giant trampolines are all on-site. On the other hand, adults will appreciate the decadent spa with a traditional hammam, the exquisite dining options (including a restaurant serving traditional Moroccan fare), and the comprehensive all-inclusive rates. Rooms are large with modern design features and private balconies or patios. Though it’s a bit removed from town, the hotel offers free shuttle service should guests choose to venture off the property. media: 42332126

quicklist: 11title: 11. Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldivestext: Reopened in 2009 as a five-pearl property, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is a romantic and family-friendly spot with a true all-inclusive plan that covers meals, drinks, and activities. The stylish and spacious rooms have outdoor bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, outdoor decks with direct ocean or beach access, and amenities from suntan lotion and aloe vera to stocked minibars to large flat-screen TVs. Family-friendly features include a kids' buffet, pool, and activity club. Active guests can make use of the land and water sports available, while couples have plenty of romantic options and privacy. The only downside is the narrow beach. Those who don't want a mandatory all-inclusive package could consider the comparable Dusit Thani Maldives, where it's optional. media: 42332274