15 Best Cheap All-Inclusive Resorts
All-inclusive resorts allow you to leave your wallet in the room and enjoy food, beverages, activities, and amenities on an unlimited basis as part of a vacation package. Most are perfect for family getaways, allowing you careful control over the vacation budget in advance.
Many affordable all-inclusive resorts are located throughout the Caribbean on some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Mexico also has a lot of cheap, all-inclusive resorts, and many resorts around the world offer vacation packages that can include your food and beverages.
In most resorts, all-inclusive means three meals a day, plus snacks and all beverages are included. Many resorts have a main buffet restaurant along with additional a la carte restaurants offering a specific menu or food style. Some offer premium dining options for a surcharge, and others require reservations for certain a la carte dining options.
All-inclusive also usually means unlimited use of non-powered water sports gear, from snorkeling equipment to kayaks and rafts. It also normally includes land sports like tennis, basketball, volleyball, and more.
Find out where to stay on your next vacation with our list of the best cheap all-inclusive resorts.
1. Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas
This beachfront, all-inclusive, affordable resort in Nassau offers two key benefits: On-the-sand rooms and an "Ultra-Inclusive" policy that really does include everything. There are no resort fees, no surcharges, and the resort even has a no-tipping policy. Breezes is not adults-only, but children must be over the age of 14.
Breezes Bahamas is on Cable Beach, and it has a huge private area dedicated to hotel guests. Activities include the full range of beach and ocean fun, from kayaks to pedal-boats, as well as land activities, including tennis courts (with free lessons), a climbing wall, and even a trapeze setup.
There are five restaurants to choose from, including buffets and a la carte dining. The a la carte restaurants (Italian, Asian-fusion, and Continental) rotate, with a different one open each night. There's also a snack bar. One romantic dining experience not included in the Ultra-Inclusive plan (but worth doing) is the private beach dinner.
Accommodation: Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas
2. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, St. Maarten
This cheap, all-inclusive beach resort on the Dutch side of St. Maarten covers 10 acres. It's perfect for couples, singles, or families, with a wide range of accommodations and a seemingly endless list of activities for adults, teens, and kids. It's on Maho Beach, the famous beach that planes fly low over as they land at the airport.
Kids will love the Beach House Kids Club, which has day and night supervised activities focused on creativity and group interaction. Also available is 24-hour babysitting (for an extra charge). The Teen Zone hangout area has video games plus cool stuff like DJ turntable decks and GoPro filming experiences. There are also movie nights and live entertainment. Kids and adults will enjoy the small water park.
When you get hungry, there are five restaurants plus a pizzeria and lobby café, all included in your all-inclusive experience.
Accommodation: Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
3. Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
Skip the name-brand resorts and get everything for less at the Vista Sol Punta Cana Resort & Spa. It's a big resort, over 500 rooms and suites, with three different pools to swim in and six different restaurants to dine in. It's right on Bavaro Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. It offers the full, white, powdery soft-sand beach with turquoise water experience.
There's also nightly entertainment (musicians and live performance shows) and a disco. For families, there's a kids' club with daily supervised activities. You can enjoy a massage or treatment at the full spa (there is a charge for treatments) or work out in the big fitness center.
Dining options include a buffet, an Asian restaurant (sushi, Chinese, and Japanese); an Italian restaurant; and a gourmet, white-tablecloth option. Other than the buffet, reservations are necessary, and a three-course dinner is included in your all-inclusive package.
Accommodation: Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa
4. Samba Vallarta, Mexico
This cheap all-inclusive resort in Mexico is about 30 minutes outside downtown Puerto Vallarta in an area called Nuevo Vallarta. It has all the amenities and beach of the downtown resorts at a lower price.
Rooms come with or without a terrace and face the pool or the garden. Suites face the pool or the garden, and ocean view suites are also available. In addition to separate living areas, suites have kitchenettes and sofa beds.
The Samba has a kids' club with supervised activities and nightly entertainment along with live music throughout the resort. The Samba Vallarta has five dining options, two with seatings that are adults-only. The two non-buffet restaurants have three dinner seatings each night for which reservations are required. Late-night munchies can be satisfied at an all-night diner-like café. It's all included with your stay.
All your non-motorized water sports are included (motorized rentals are available for a fee). This includes rafts, kayaks, boogie boards, and snorkeling gear.
Out of the water, you can play volleyball, basketball, ping pong, soccer, and other individual and organized sports.
Accommodation: Samba Vallarta
5. Swandor Cam Ranh, Vietnam
The beaches of Vietnam are beautiful and wide with soft, white sand and warm, deep blue water. The Swandor Cam Ranh is a large, cheap, all-inclusive resort set right on Bai Dai beach just south of the resort city of Nha Trang.
This is a family resort with all kinds of activities for kids. The accommodations are also family-friendly, with a lot of family rooms that can comfortably accommodate four people. There's also a huge playground area and a supervised kids' club program, where kids can be left while mom and dad enjoy themselves.
Rooms are basic but clean and modern, and all of them come with a sea view (some have partial views; some face the ocean directly). All the rooms have balconies or terraces.
When it's time to relax, there are multiple pools and the usual range of free beach activities. For adult fun, the resort has Xone, a concert space and outdoor nightlife area.
The resort's ultra all-inclusive system really means everything is included-all food and beverages. The café restaurant is even open 24 hours. You can choose from a casual buffet restaurant called Puppy or an a la carte seafood restaurant called Ocean.
Accommodation: Swandor Cam Ranh
6. Spice Hotel & Spa, Turkey
Antalya is one of Turkey's main resort areas, offering miles of beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean and lots of golf courses. The area is also filled with many Roman ruin sites, allowing visitors to enjoy some history with their beach vacation. Belek is the newer resort area of Antalya, home to beachfront resorts and golf courses. The Spice Hotel & Spa is a large, all-inclusive, value-priced beachfront resort.
Rooms and suites come in all sizes and levels of luxury but even the cheapest, standard rooms have their own terraces and are quite nice. Villas are also available, grouped in their own VIP section. The Lockhum Kids Club has all kinds of activities and its own play area. There's also an aqua park with waterslides and other attractions.
The main buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and meals there are included with your room rate. There are several themed restaurants, which are available on an a la carte basis. For nighttime fun, there's a a full-size cinema.
Accommodation: Spice Hotel & Spa
7. Hotel Riu Negril, Jamaica
This cheap, all-inclusive, Jamaica beachfront resort gives you a lot for its reasonable price tag. The 400-plus room resort is right on Negril's Bloody Bay Beach, an easy drive from the airport. The C-shaped resort surrounds several pools and a beachfront snack shack.
All the rooms at the Riu have furnished balconies or terraces. Some have sea views, some partial, and some face the pool and garden. Junior suites are also available.
When you leave the room, there's a huge list of things you can do on the property. In the water, you can go kayaking, boogie boarding, windsurfing, or even sail a little catamaran. Snorkeling gear is free, and the resort even offers one free scuba lesson in the pool (you can then pay to go scuba diving).
On sand and land there's volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts. There's a kids' club and a nightly entertainment schedule with shows and live music performances.
The Riu offers a nice array of dining options, both in experience and cuisine. Their old school American breakfast buffet is considered one of the best on the island. You can eat the included buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are several optional restaurants, an Italian place, an Asian place, a nice gourmet restaurant, and a steakhouse. Another added value item is resort-wide free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation: Hotel Riu Negril
8. Solmar Resort, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is a Mexican resort city at the tip of Baja California, which is a quick, three-hour flight from LAX. The Solmar Resort is a value-focused, all-inclusive resort at Land's End. If you walk a little, you can save a lot, as the resort is at the end of Land's End Beach, about a 10-minute walk from the downtown area where most of the other resorts are located. Visitors should note that there are eight different Solmar properties in Cabo-the Solmar Resort is the value-priced option.
Accommodations are all suites; smaller studio suites with kitchenettes; and full, one-bedroom suites. Marble floors, free Wi-Fi, whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms, and furnished terraces or patios add to the comfortable experience.
Choose from two different restaurants or grab a bite at the poolside beach bar and snack shack. There's also a sushi bar.
Accommodation: Solmar Resort
9. Iberostar Royal Andalus, Spain
This large, value-priced, all-inclusive beach resort is in the city of Cadiz, one of Spain's (and Europe's) oldest cities. The port city, on the Atlantic Ocean, is on Spain's southwestern coast. The Royal Andalus is on Barrosa Beach, which offers over three miles of soft-sand beach.
Rooms and suites at the Royal Andalus all have furnished balconies or terraces. The resort has a spa, a big main pool, and a children's pool with aquatic play areas. Starcamp is the resort's kids' club with supervised activities. You get five different restaurants to choose from, and other than the beach club, the restaurants all have a dress code for dinner (no shorts).
It's a great destination for golfers, as the resort includes the Iberostar Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club with two par-72 courses, both designed by Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros.
Accommodation: Iberostar Royal Andalus
10. Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
This affordable, beachfront, all-inclusive hotel is in the Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen, across the bay from Cozumel. The Hotel Riu Palace Mexico is part of the Riu chain of affordable all-inclusive resorts.
During the day, you can enjoy seemingly endless activities on land, sand, and in the water. All non-motorized water sports are complimentary.
Families will love all the kids' activities and programs. At night, the resort offers music and entertainment for families in the early evening, and more adults-only dancing and music later into the night.
The hotel is one of five Riu resorts all in a single, giant complex. You get reciprocal privileges at each and can enjoy some restaurants and amenities at the other properties.
Accommodation: Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
11. Holiday Inn Resort, Aruba
This affordable beachfront resort is on a perfect quarter-mile of pristine, powdery, soft-sand beach, part of Palm Beach. It's also close to L.G. Smith Blvd., which has lots of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and other fun things to do.
Accommodations are modern and nicely sized. Cheap, no-view rooms are available, as are direct oceanfront rooms and junior suites as well. This is a large resort with close to 600 rooms and suites.
You can dine in the main buffet restaurant, have a burger at the Oceanside Grill or maybe enjoy some pizza at Pizza Now! The resort also has pop-up dining specials like barbecues and taco night.
Organized activities like aqua golf, aqua aerobics, and pool volleyball happen each day. Non-motorized water sports are complimentary, as are bicycle rentals.
For kids, there's a kids' club and activities center with morning and afternoon supervised activities.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
12. Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, Curacao
This affordable, all-inclusive resort is on the Dutch island of Curacao in the Caribbean. There are two Kura Hulanda properties: the Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club is on the sand. The Kura Hulanda Village & Spa is in downtown Willemstad, created from a series of restored 18th- and 19th-century Dutch Colonial buildings.
At the Lodge & Beach Club location, rooms and suites are inside a series of two-story buildings. Some have garden views, some face the pool, and premium units face the ocean.
When you get hungry, there's a main buffet restaurant called Watamula and a cliffside terrace restaurant as well. There's also a beach grill open for lunch.
The beach has bright, soft sand and deep blue water. There's a natural reef right offshore making it perfect for snorkeling. The resort has a large fitness center and a small spa. A larger spa is located at the Village location.
Accommodation: Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club
13. Iberostar Costa del Sol, Spain
This Mediterranean resort is in Estepona, the heart of Malaga, Spain's largest resort destination. The all-inclusive property ticks all the boxes for a fun-filled yet budget-minded vacation. You get the ultimate sunny location, beachfront convenience, lots of dining options, and a ton of stuff to do without ever leaving the property.
Rooms comes as doubles, triples, suites, and family rooms for four. Go for one with a shared, private plunge pool. There are several large pools, a big fitness center, and a spa with a full aqua-circuit-equipped pool.
There's a large buffet restaurant that focuses on local Spanish cuisine while also presenting a good array of international favorites to keep everyone happy. There's also a summer-only seafood restaurant with terrace dining overlooking the sea.
Accommodation: Iberostar Costa del Sol
14. Cocobay Resort, Antigua
This romantic, adults-only resort is on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The beautiful island is in the West Indies, and it was one of the first places visited by Columbus, in 1493. Highlights include a beach shack spa and a focus on wellness with group walks, yoga classes, and spiritual meditation.
Accommodations at Cocobay are all cottages. The cheapest accommodations face the garden but have large front balconies and walls of sliding glass windows that open. Mosquito nets are on the bed, so you can sleep with the doors open. Premium cottages face the ocean and/or have private plunge pools.
Rafters is the main restaurant, with terrace dining, serving a buffet breakfast and lunch, with an a la carte dinner. Sheer Rocks is their cliff-mounted beach and tapas bar serving food all day. It's the perfect place to enjoy the sunset. There's live entertainment and music six nights a week.
This romantic resort specializes in proposals, weddings, and honeymoons with a range of special amenities.
Accommodation: Cocobay Resort
15. Coral Costa Caribe, Dominican Republic
This affordable, all-inclusive beach resort is in the Dominican resort town of Juan Dolio, midway between Punta Cana and the capital of Santo Domingo. It has the same white sandy beaches and incredible turquoise water as Punta Cana without the big crowds or mega resorts. There are 400 rooms on the property, either with an ocean or a garden view.
The Coral Costa Caribe offers an affordable all-inclusive experience with all the meals available in the three buffet restaurants. There are several other themed restaurants for which reservations must be made. For late-night munchies, there's also a snack bar, which is open all night.
Kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and windsurfing are all free to do, as is miniature golf, tennis, and volleyball. The resort has a kids' club for kids aged four through 12, and presents nightly entertainment with live shows and music.
Accommodation: Coral Costa Caribe
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