Photo: Courtesy of Biras Creek
An all-inclusive resort can feel like an easy way to simplify the honeymoon — you pay once, and all your meals and activities are included. But what if the food is your favorite part of any vacation? You'll want to choose your all-inclusive carefully then, since many focus more on quantity and options than on quality. Check out these exceptions to the rule:
Biras Creek, British Virgin Islands (above)
What's great about this small Tortola resort? It's not technically an all-inclusive, but it's remote enough to offer full mull plans. It's a great choice for couples who love boating, as well as those who like quality, but don't want to be hovered over. At the pool, for example, there's a phone — and a menu of services you can request, but no butler to spoil the privacy.
Eat It Up: The food is as exquisite as the silence: breakfast might be banana-stuffed French toast or eggs Benedict over Caribbean Johnny cakes; lunch might be a Jerk chicken sandwich with mango chutney or a shrimp salad; and dinner could include seafood chowder and shellfish linguine with lemongrass butter; biras.com
Photo: Courtesy of Curtain Bluff
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
This Caribbean private island resort has it all — a gorgeous beach lined with palms and hammocks, an elegant vibe, and great food. The atmosphere is preppy — picture tennis, a putting green, a bocce court and afternoon tea.
Eat it Up: There's a dress code at mealtimes, but the fare is worth the effort: picture house-made banana bread at breakfast and local grouper with tropical relish, local spiny lobster, and curried coconut soup at dinner; curtainbluff.com
Photo: Excellence Resorts
Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This adults-only resort plants you right in the middle of a Caribbean vibe — picture palapa-topped roofs and coconut palms — but the food is intriguingly international.
Eat It Up: The resort has nine different restaurants, serving everything from paella and tapas, to French bistro fare, to pizza and pasta; excellence-resorts.com
Photo: Courtesy of Club Med
Club Med, Cancún, Mexico
Sure, this resort on the Yucatan peninsula costs more per day than a lot of the chain's other properties, but the food is said to be the best in the brand. It was one of the first properties in the region, so it claimed one of the best beaches around and it's also just a short drive from spectacular Mayan ruins.
Eat It Up: Several different restaurants serve impressive local Mexican dishes, a couple have gorgeous outdoor terraces, and even the buffets have an impressive attention to quality; clubmed.us