Okay, let's face it: Weddings are awesome, but they can be a wee bit stressful to plan. If you're looking for a honeymoon where the only decision you have to make every morning is "pool or beach?" an all-inclusive honeymoon may just be for you. So what exactly does all-inclusive mean? Well, your room rate will include everything, from the daiquiris you sip on the sand to the soda you grab from your minibar to the steak dinners you order each night. It also means that you won't have to reach for a tip every time a waiter brings you another Red Stripe or beach towel. But with more and more all-inclusives out there, how do you choose which one is right for you? First, figure out where you want to go. (A ton of amazingly romantic destinations have them — including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Bahamas and even St. Lucia and Grenada.) Then check out this list to see which all-inclusive chain meshes with your vibe. So go on, mix up a pre-honeymoon daiquiri, and start dreaming.
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With resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Riviera Maya, this Mexican all-inclusive chain has a rep for amazing service and seriously mind-blowing spas. Casa Velas, a boutique outpost in Puerto Vallarta, is adults only, while Grand Velas Riviera Maya has an adults-only wing (children 12 and over are allowed); Grand Velas.
Zoëtry Wellness Resorts
We love a place with no check-in or check-out time. And that's not the only way that Zoëtry's outposts — one in the Dominican Republic and two in Mexico, with a third opening in Isla Mujeres later in 2014 — work to create a stress-free zone for honeymooners. Beyond the pools and beach, you'll find yoga classes, wine tastings, and dancing lessons. Just gone vegan or gluten free? No problem. The chef will create a custom menu just for you; Zoëtry Wellness Resorts.
These couples-only properties take the term "all-inclusive" very seriously — so much so that, unlike most chains, golf, motorized water sports, and diving are wrapped into the room rate. With the recent addition of its Grenada resort, there are now 15 Sandals scattered across the Caribbean, with additional locations in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados; Sandals.
Secrets Resorts & Spas
The adults-only sister brand to wellness-focused Zoëtry (#2) and family-friendly Dreams (#7) has 13 escapes in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Rooms are huge, and in some properties, you can book one with swim-up access to the pool; Secrets Resorts & Spas.
When honeymooners arrive at one of these four adults-only Jamaican resorts, they're treated to a 25-minute couples massage to work out any coach-seat kinks. In the evening, step onto a catamaran to watch the sun set into the Caribbean before doing dinner for two; Couples Resorts.
Excellence Group Luxury Resorts
Only three of these sexy adults-only properties exist, and all are set on gorgeous Caribbean beaches, with locations in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana. Always wanted to learn to dance, cook, or play tennis? Take lessons here, then show off your skills back home; Excellence Group Luxury Resorts.
Dreams Resorts & Spas
These 12 resorts, with locations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, welcome children, making them a great pick for a family-friendly destination wedding — or a even a honeymoon for newlyweds who've gotten married for the second time and want to spend their first married escape with their kids; Dreams Resorts & Spas.
With more than 100 properties to its name, this chain can be a great pick for budget-minded newlyweds — or for those who want to honeymoon a bit farther afield. In addition to their Jamaican, Mexican, and Dominican Republic outposts, you can also find Iberostars in Brazil, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, and other exotic hot spots;Iberostar.
Karisma Hotel & Resorts
This Mexican chain puts an emphasis on inventive food and even more inventive cocktails. (Think tequila tastings and dozens of variations on the mojito.) Couples rave about the adults-only El Dorado hotels, where many rooms come with Jacuzzis and some even come with outdoor showers; Karisma Hotel & Resorts.
Riu Hotels & Resorts
Riu has dozens of properties across the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and even Europe and Africa. Many are family friendly, but there are also adults-only outposts, including the Riu Palace Jamaica, which just opened its doors near Montego Bay last year; Riu Hotels & Resorts.