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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? To help, we rounded up the best all-inclusive resorts to make your honeymoon a memorable and romantic one.
Best Overall: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
It’s no surprise the rooms at Jade Mountain, dubbed “sanctuaries,” boast the very best views in the Caribbean—they only have three walls, and they’re practically hanging over a cliffside. These unique accommodations, as sexy, island-y and spectacular as they get, have private infinity pools, 15-foot ceilings and sweeping panoramas of the iconic twin Piton mountains – perfect for a romantic hike – and surreally radiant sea. Even the bathrooms are jaw-dropping, featuring chromotherapy whirlpool tubs mounted on pedestals to enhance the vistas, naturally.
The architecture throughout is as memorable as the experiences held within—think a chocolate Ayurvedic ritual using estate-grown cacao, sunset cocktails on the heavenly Celestial Terrace, tours of the onsite organic farm, interactive cooking lessons tapping into the James Beard-winning chef’s seasonal fare, and scenic treks courtesy of the Hiking Butler. It wouldn’t be an island getaway without beaches, and there are two, with flawless coral reefs for exploring.
Best Budget: Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The classic beach honeymoon is served up on a shiny platter at this Punta Cana resort where palm-fringed palapas shade lounge chairs up and down a postcard-perfect Caribbean beach. The waves couldn’t be more turquoise, nor the piña coladas more refreshing. Made up of only suites, the options—some with plunge pools, spacious terraces and/or balconies—are all vibrant and outfitted in bright blues and island-y accents to complement the sunny sky.
When it comes to another aspect of a dream honeymoon, romantic dining, the property has it figured out. There are nine restaurants spanning from northern Italian to haute French to one centering around lobster, plus a dozen bars, so both tummy and tastebuds are well taken care of during all waking hours.
If and when beach life ever gets old, there are plenty of other pursuits: whale watching, zip-lining in the jungle canopy and scuba lessons, to name a few.
Best Value: Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico
Known as leading the next generation of all inclusives, Grand Velas does things a bit differently at its $150 million beachfront resort in Los Cabos. It’s as if everything is bigger—take, for example, the 1,180-square-foot minimum suites, each with a bougainvillea-studded balcony—and more fabulous, like the three-story grand entrance perched 300 feet above sea level or 16–treatment room spa.
There are even wellness suites with in-suite juice bars, as well as plenty of exercise programs and classes for health nuts who wish to continue the pre-wedding fitness kick. Those who are thrilled to forget it can indulge in countless culinary encounters, from ceviche on the beach to a boozy daybreak Tequila Sunrise amenity to an exquisite 10-course tasting menu by a two–Michelin star chef paired with wines hand-selected by the master sommelier. Pulsing with life, there’s always something going on, from a mezcal tasting to stargazing to a wine-fueled art night.
Best Beach: Sandals Royal Barbados, Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbado has 272 luxurious accommodations, including Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites. There are infinity-edge pools that seem to melt into the turquoise sea beyond, and soaking tubs made for two. Butler service, 24-hour room service, and breathtaking ocean panoramas are standard issue.
Seven restaurants dish up international eats from seafood and steak to Asian fusion, French, and Caribbean, and Sandals’ first gourmet donut shop is on hand for sweet-tooth cravings—dubbed Sweet N’ Salty’s it serves a to-die-for White Chocolate Maple Bacon treats and coffee, too.
Along with the requisite scuba and snorkeling, boogie boards, paddleboarding, and boats, honeymooners can also sunbathe and snooze atop the first-ever Sandals rooftop pool and bar, a zero-entry glass stunner, sip brews at Lover’s Lane craft beer bar, or engage in a spirited bowling game in the four-lane alley.
Best Service: Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
If the West Indies sound endlessly alluring try an intimate beach resort that pays homage to the islands’ warm spice trade and laid-back demeanor. On a quarter-mile of golden beachfront, this chic resort has 32 suites facing the jewel-toned Caribbean, with another 32 boasting verdant garden views. All are crisp, bright and quiet, in a palette that echoes the spice theme, and many have sizable private pools.
A free-form pool creates all sorts of private-feeling coves and nooks for lounging, while the aquamarine sea is ideal for those with a little energy for going out in Hobie Cats, sea kayaks and paddleboards. (A resort partner offers scuba experiences in coral gardens, pristine reefs, and shipwrecks for an additional cost.)
Beachfront yoga and a soothing spa harnessing local herbs, chocolate, and spices for the dream-inducing treatments are perfect complements to the restaurants highlighting island flavors.
Most exceptional, however, are the staff’s smiles and genuine hospitality—couples aren’t a room number, they’re happily addressed by name and made to feel super-special.
Best for Adventure Lovers: The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Fly-fishing on a Blue Ribbon trout stream, galloping to the seeming top of the world, snowshoeing to a creekside yoga class, learning survival skills amid the dense forest, biking down a thrilling 1,000-foot descent, rodeo-watching, stagecoach-riding, and more. These adventures and so many more are at the core of every all-inclusive stay at this opulent Montana ranch, where each unique accommodation combines local artifacts and knickknacks alongside appealing features such as heated blankets and floors, fire-burning stoves and outdoor soaking tubs.
The spa offers countless ways to feel blissed out, but the elaborate culinary program—think oyster-laden social hours, gastronomic tasting menus, homestead supper clubs and Nordic Frost & Fire evenings (ice skating, aquavit and appetizers)—produce the desired effect, too. The Silver Dollar Saloon, with its saddle-topped stools, is open nightly for karaoke, dancing, bowling, and billiards.
Most Cozy: Twin Farms, Vermont
Romantic, woodsy and ultra-gourmet, Twin Farms, on 300 acres in rural Barnard, Vermont, is a nature lover’s dream. It’s set amid rolling hills of wildflowers and meandering trails on which to get lost with your sweetie or perhaps savor a picnic.
Wood-clad with just the right amount of rustic refinement, the 20 accommodations each feature their own unique furnishings and dreamy beds along with bits of the extensive and eccentric private art collection found throughout the property.
Honeymoons here are highly customized, and the seasons have a strong influence on the experience. Hikes through flaming foliage are the focus in fall, while winter offers cross-country skiing on private, groomed trails and ice skating on the pond followed by s’mores around a bonfire. Spring is all about lazy days spent out on blankets in the woods, and with summer comes fly-fishing, biking, and croquet over mint juleps.
No matter the time of year, fine wine and creative, colorful cuisine rule, and a perfect night usually wraps up in the pub with cocktail-fueled moves to the jukebox.
Best Cuisine: Helena Bay Lodge, New Zealand
Honeymooners seeking a natural immersion and edge-of-the-world vibes choose New Zealand, and there’s no more epic place on the North Island to experience both. Over more than two miles of virgin coastline there are four private beaches, and considering no more than five couples can stay at once in sumptuous suites overlooking the Pacific, they basically all have their own.
When not on the sand, however, the super King beds, Swiss-made robes, and fireplaces make the balcony-trimmed accommodations quite comfy. They’re stocked with Leica binoculars to view birdlife, whales, and dolphins, too. Hiking, diving, biking, clay bird shooting, and mountain biking are fun pastimes, and there’s even heli-fishing, allowing guests to fly over stunning aerial landscapes in search of snapper, kowhai and kingfish. Lord of the Rings fans? Experience glow worms in caves, a private tour of Hobbiton and wine-paired dinner on Waiheke Island.
The Michelin-starred Italian chefs serve up estate-to-plate cuisine informed by the 800-acre property’s extensive farms and gardens—wagyu cattle and three types of eggplant included—and even lead catch-to-table excursions on the private luxury yacht, Ruru, also a breathtaking setting for the ultimate romantic dinner.
Best for Active Types: Curtain Bluff, Antigua
Lush and beachy, this beloved romantic getaway speaks to beach bums as well as active couples who wish to work their bums via yoga, Pilates, tennis, squash, and even pickleball. The entire thing stretches along two beaches, where the Terrace Suite is the most perfect booking for newlyweds with its secluded elevated location atop a bluff with turquoise-toned panoramas. A massive terrace with a private infinity-edge plunge pool and daybed make it hard to leave the confines of its sea-blue upholstery and glowing woods. But beach barbecues accompanied by a steel drum band and top-shelf cocktails, plus tiki torch-lit Italian-Antiguan cuisine are compelling reasons to emerge.
So, too, are those sandy beaches and the many included activities available just off of them. Certified divers can indulge in scuba excursions in spectacularly clear water, while those without experience can opt for water skiing, snorkeling, Hobie Cats, kayaking, fishing, and windsurfers. The Beach Concierge ensures you hardly have to lift a finger.
Best Splurge: Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
There’s all-inclusive and then there’s Laucala, in a league of its own. The exclusive 3,500-acre private island in Fiji is where George Clooney vacations, so you know it’s the best of the best.
Inside each of the 25 villas, with indoor and outdoor bathtubs, free-form private swimming pools, and glamorous island-style decor, are actual bars—nothing mini about them. The price tag is steep, but you’ll get a wine fridge stocked with a dozen bottles ranging from bubbly to cab, a full selection of liquor, beverages ranging from kombucha to fresh-squeezed juices and Red Bull, plus ever-arriving edible treats.
The restaurants and bars, of which there are five including an ocean-view teppanyaki grill, stay open until whatever time you wish to eat. Or stay in your robes or swimmers and order room service from about a dozen menus at any hour. They even raise their own wagyu beef.
Laucala is also home to the world’s most Instagrammable pool, clear-sided for epic photos, and offers activities from horseback riding and golf to jet-skiing and submarine adventures.