12 Best Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts in the World

Written by Karen Hastings
Sep 14, 2020

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What do a private island in Tahiti, a game reserve in Kenya, and an elegant country estate in the mountains of Vermont have in common? They are all home to luxurious all-inclusive resorts.

Most of these resorts include accommodation, meals, beverages, and activities. Many are high-end and low-impact eco-resorts, with sustainability and conservation at their core. Others cosset guests in luxury villas on some of the most beautiful islands in the world, from over-the-water bungalows on one of Fiji's best islands to eco-chic nature resorts in Indonesia. A couple are among the most expensive resorts in the world, while others offer excellent value — with everything, even activities, included.

Whether these resorts lie in the Caribbean or Kenya, they all offer personal service, pampering touches, and all-inclusive rates, so you can leave your worries — and your wallet — at home.

Find the perfect high-end hideaway with our list of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia | Photo Copyright: Nihi Sumba Island

Eco-conscious and extraordinarily beautiful, the former surfing retreat of Nihi Sumba Island scores top billing on lists of the world's best beach resorts. It presides over a wild and pristine palm-fringed slice of coast on the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia, about a one-hour flight from Bali.

It's a fitting location considering the resort's philosophy is "The Edge of Wildness." The resort nestles within a nature reserve, and more than 2.5 kilometers of white-sand beach beckons beneath the cliffs below, with fantastic surfing, fishing, and snorkeling. You won't find TVs here, just cool ocean breezes, island adventures, warm and friendly staff, and glorious sea views.

The 33 air-conditioned villas perfectly capture the essence of this tropical hideaway, with soaring thatched ceilings that peek out among the palms and sweeping ocean views. Configurations range from one to five bedrooms, and they come with features like large living rooms, private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and impeccable butler service. Families can reserve a delightfully quirky three-story treehouse.

If you can tear yourself away from the villa and beach, with its fantastic surfing, diving, and fishing, you can go horseback riding on the beach (the resort has an equestrian center), sign up for visits to nearby villages, explore hidden waterfalls, mountain bike, take a Land Rover safari, tour a chocolate factory, or relax at the beach club and pool.

For the ultimate in pampering, embark on a day-long Spa Safari with multiple treatments and healthy meals. Free daily yoga in a sea-view pavilion is also offered.

Rates include all meals, snacks, and some beverages and activities. Children are welcome, and some of the profits from your stay support the Sumba Foundation's community projects, providing fresh water, medical care, and communal farms for local villages, so you can live in the lap of luxury and feel good at the same time.

Accommodation: Nihi Sumba Island

2. The Brando, Tahiti

The Brando, Tahiti
The Brando, Tahiti | Photo Copyright: The Brando

If you're dreaming of a Tahitian tropical paradise with an eco-sensitive, low-impact approach, The Brando is for you. Set on a pristine private island embracing a three-mile lagoon, this carbon-neutral resort is the ultimate in laid-back luxury.

The resort was established by screen legend Marlon Brando to preserve the island's beauty and biodiversity and serve as a model of sustainability —solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other renewable energy technologies power the entire island.

Not surprisingly, nature lovers will be in heaven here. Flourishing coral reefs shimmer in the lagoon, birds flock to the shores, whales swim by on their annual migrations, and sea turtles nest on the bone-white beaches.

Set back from the beach, the thatched villas peek out unobtrusively from clusters of pandanus and palms. Modern furnishings and fixtures mix effortlessly with recycled and local building materials like thatch, stone, and wood.

Villas include private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs, and media rooms with TV and Wi-Fi. Two-bedroom villas add kitchens and dining areas, and the spacious three-bedroom villa is perfect for large family gatherings. All the villas come with bicycles, so you can explore the island with pedal power.

Fusing French, Polynesian, and East-meets-West styles, the food is divine and incorporates fresh produce from the island's organic gardens. Local seafood features prominently, and the fluffy, flaky breakfast croissants are a guest favorite. Vegan options are also offered.

As you would expect, activities revolve around the water, and the resort provides all the equipment you need to paddleboard, snorkel, dive, and kayak in the crystal-clear waters. If you'd like to learn more about the island's ecology and conservation, you can visit the eco-station and chat with the researchers.

The resort also offers talks on Polynesian culture and history. Lagoon School keeps the little ones busy, and tennis, deep-sea fishing, dancing, and fitness classes are more active options.

All-inclusive rates are optional, but all island activities and holistic treatments at the soulful spa are covered by this full-board plan.

Accommodation: The Brando

3. LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives

LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives
LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives | Photo Copyright: LUX South Ari Atoll

Planning a dreamy tropical island honeymoon? Look no further than Lux South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Imagine the perfect, pristine island escape, with silky-soft white-sand beaches and translucent turquoise water. Picture thatched bungalows perched over the shimmering sea, with private plunge pools — you'll find all this and more at LUX.

Perfectly positioned over the beach and sea, all 193 villas feature "beach house chic" decor, with sun-bleached woods and crisp white linens, and all offer the modern luxuries you might expect of a 5-star resort.

Families are also welcome here. The kids' club will keep your little ones entertained throughout the day, and the eight restaurants will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.

When it comes to things to do, the options are endless. Diving with whale sharks or sea turtles? No problem. Luxe South Ari Atoll presides over a marine protected area, with more than 50 fish-rich dive sites and superb snorkeling. Pop-up movies on the beach? Floating breakfast in your private plunge pool? Spa treatments? Tennis? You can sign up for all this and more.

Stylish and serene, LUX South Ari Atoll is the perfect escape for couples seeking romance — or anyone who just wants to relax at a private island paradise.

Accommodation: LUX South Ari Atoll

4. Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel, Antigua

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua | Photo Copyright: Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel

On a palm-studded private island in Antigua rimmed by dazzling beaches, Jumby Bay is tropical elegance at its best. One of the top luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Jumby Bay offers all the expected luxuries and modern conveniences of a 5-star resort but in a peaceful pocket of paradise. The entire island is car-free, but you can explore it on a bike and soak up the relaxed pace of life.

Jumby Bay is known for its doting staff, who provide impeccable service with a warm smile. World-class cuisine infused with tropical flavors stars at the fine-dining restaurant, but you can also dine by the pool and beach.

Despite the remote feel of the setting, you can still stay connected to the outside world. The 40 air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and villas come with all the modern conveniences, including large flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems, Nespresso coffee makers, and Wi-Fi. But they also have timeless romantic features that couples love, including four-poster beds dressed in Italian linens, wraparound terraces, and private outdoor gardens with rain showers.

Red-roofed villas and houses add extra luxuries, like private chefs, personal butlers, and swimming pools. No wonder this is one of the best luxury resorts in the world.

When you're not basking under rustling palms on the beach, you can work out at the gym, swim in the infinity pool, play tennis or golf, or succumb to a pampering session at the spa.

Eco-conscious guests will also appreciate the recycling program and conservation projects, such as the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program.

Children are welcome at this 5-star all-inclusive resort, and customized adventures keep them entertained.

Accommodation: Jumby Bay Island - an Oetker Collection Hotel

5. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle | Photo Copyright: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

If your idea of paradise is an Asian wilderness adventure, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is an excellent choice. As Four Seasons' first all-inclusive property, this camp bordering Burma and Laos caters to adventure seekers and nature lovers.

If you think "tents" can't be luxurious, think again. Peeking out from hillsides wrapped in lush jungle, these palatial safari-style tents evoke an elegant 19th-century feel with authentic Thai touches. Handcrafted furniture, clawfoot tubs, and sumptuous netted beds are typical features, and the outdoor showers and rustic textures, such as bamboo and local hardwoods, complement the stunning natural surroundings.

Dining is also an adventure. Pluck fresh produce from trees on the property on a foraging walk and let the chef conjure a mouthwatering meal, or take a Thai cooking class.

Animal-lovers will be in heaven here. You can walk through the wilderness with rescued elephants and their mahouts, or look for other wildlife as you cruise down the Ruak River.

You can soak up some culture, too. Hillside bicycle tours travel through rice paddies and pineapple plantations, and you can also take a day trip to sacred temples or to explore neighboring Burma, among other adventures.

Feel like some pampering? Relax with a mountain botanical treatment at the open-sided jungle spa, tucked within a tranquil bamboo forest.

Guests leave feeling as though they've taken a luxury safari, but they don't have to travel to Africa.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

6. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia | Photo Copyright: Jade Mountain Resort

St. Lucia is known for its dramatically beautiful scenery, and Jade Mountain Resort capitalizes on it with spectacular views of the ocean and St. Lucia's twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons. This is one of the best all-inclusive adults-only resorts in the Caribbean.

Clinging to a cliffside, the resort encompasses a series of open-sided rooms and common areas that embrace these breathtaking vistas, so you always feel like a part of your surroundings. Despite their sweeping views, the suites offer total privacy, making this a favorite hideaway for honeymooners.

Called "sanctuaries," the 24 open-sided guest rooms here feel spacious and airy, with 15-foot-high ceilings, large living rooms, and plenty of local stone and tropical hardwoods. Typical features include private infinity pools; four-poster beds; Frette bathrobes and towels; 24-hour butlers ("Major Domos"); and jalousie windows, so the tropical breezes can flow freely. SKY suites come with hot tubs instead of the private pools.

Wi-Fi is available at the resort, but you won't find TVs and telephones here, just the sounds and sights of the sea.

Cuisine at the Jade Mountain Club captures fresh island flavors with plenty of produce from the resort's organic farm, and you can also dine at Anse Mamin or Anse Chastanet, the 600-acre sister resort on a silver-sand beach below.

Free time can be as active or relaxed as you like. Swimming, sailing, kayaking, and diving, are all popular things to do along the shores of Anse Chastanet beach, a steep walk from the resort or a shuttle ride away.

You can also hike and bike on the resort's 600-acre plantation; go bird-watching; practice yoga; swim in the resort's infinity pool; or take tours of the botanical gardens, volcano, and sulphur springs. A fitness center and spa are also on-site.

The all-inclusive rates are an optional but great-value choice here — especially as the hotel lies in a remote location.

Accommodation: Jade Mountain Resort

7. Royal Malewane, South Africa

Royal Malewane, South Africa
Royal Malewane, South Africa | Photo Copyright: Royal Malewane

One of the top safari lodges in South Africa, Royal Malewane is for travelers who want to follow in the footsteps of the world's most discerning and wealthy wildlife lovers. The lodge lies in Thornybush Game Reserve bordering spectacular Kruger National Park, which offers some of the best wildlife-viewing on the planet.

Old-world colonial elegance sets the tone here, and animals take center stage — especially the relatively large number of resident lions.

Eight impeccably decorated, air-conditioned suites recall the grand old days of Hemingway. Oriental rugs, antiques, thatched roofs, and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting are typical features. Outdoor showers and plunge pools on expansive decks merge with the wilderness, where elephants and other wildlife are part of the views.

Two-bedroom Royal Suites are perfect for families, and for even more exclusivity, groups can reserve Africa House, a six-bedroom villa with a private chef.

Daily activities revolve around the morning and evening game drives, when expert trackers and guides deliver you to National Geographic-worthy wildlife action. You can also relax at the award-winning bush spa and tone at the gym in your spare time.

Children of all ages are welcome in the Royal Suites and Africa House, but they must be older than 10 to stay in the luxury suites.

Accommodation: Royal Malewane

8. Twin Farms, Vermont, USA

Twin Farms, USA
Twin Farms, USA | Photo Copyright: Twin Farms

Snuggled amid 300 acres of bucolic Vermont countryside, about a three-hour drive from Boston, Twin Farms is one of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the USA. This is the home-away-from-home of your wildest country-estate fantasies. Whimsical art from the owner's private collection adorns the 1795-era main house, where crackling fires, and picture-book views greet guests.

Personal service is taken to a whole new level here, and the pampering spa treatments and exquisite culinary creations maintain the resort's high standards.

Created by esteemed architects and designers, the 20 uniquely decorated accommodations range from cozy guest rooms to log cabins, multi-level Scandinavian-style cottages, and mid-century hideaways. Fireplaces, antiques, custom art, and stone hot tubs add to the homey feel in many, and all have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

All meals are included in the rates, and the culinary creations emphasize healthy, fresh flavors with customized personal menus and a farm-to-table focus. The lemon souffle pancakes with Vermont strawberries are breakfast favorites.

Activities change with the season here. In the warmer months, you can hike and bike among the forests and flower-flecked meadows, play tennis, fly fish, swim, or paddle upon tranquil ponds. The incredible display of fall colors in Vermont make it one of the best seasons to visit. In winter, you can skate, snowshoe, and ski on the resort's private groomed trails and slopes.

If you can bear to leave the resort, you can tour a working farm, shop for antiques, visit nearby artisans and historical sites, or take one of the resort's BMW sedans for a spin. A fully equipped gym is also on-site.

Guests must be 16 years or older, except during the resort's two annual family weeks, and dogs are welcome in some of the cabins for a fee.

Accommodation: Twin Farms

9. Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort | Photo Copyright: Liluliku Lagoon Resort

Adults-only Likuliku's lays claim to the only over-the-water bungalows in Fiji, which might be reason enough to stay here, but this much-loved resort offers so much more. Gracing the idyillic shores of Malolo Island in the sublime Mamanuca Islands, Likulike is also known for its warm and friendly hospitality, authentic Fijiian vibe, and romantic ambience — this is the perfect hideaway for couples.

Local materials such as thatch, wood, and stone feature prominently in the bungalows (or bures), making the resort feel totally at one with its lush, tropical surroundings. Forget TVs and telephones. Instead, guests here tune into the relaxing pace of island life, snorkeling over kaleidoscopic reefs and chatting with the friendly staff.

Honeymooners love the 10 light-filled over-the-water bures, with large outdoor decks, separate bathing pavilions, air-conditioning, and lagoon views from egg-shaped soaking tubs. Many guests also like the beachfront bures, with their cheaper price point, plunge pools, large daybeds, and private outdoor showers. These bures also offer direct access to the ocean, which is sometimes not available from the over-the-water bures when the tide is low.

The food is fabulous here and spotlights fresh seafood, as well as luscious tropical fruits and produce from the island's organic hydroponic farm. Daily canapes delivered to your room give you a hint of the delectable dinner dishes that await.

In your spare time, you can enjoy a Couples Indulgence package at the spa, trim and tone at the gym, learn how to weave palm fronds, or sign up for village visits and island-hopping cruises.

Rates include accommodation, non-motorized water sports, meals, filter coffee, tea, and water, but other beverages incur an extra fee.

Accommodation: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

10. Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp, Kenya

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp
Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp | Photo Copyright: Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

On a 6,000-acre private game reserve in Kenya near the border of Tanzania, Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp oozes Out of Africa elegance. The camp borders the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve, two of the best game reserves in Africa, but because it sits on private land, you can skip the crowds of these famous parks.

Cottar's is also one of only 10 accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world, thanks to its commitment to sustainability and projects that help the local community.

Don't be put off by the word "camp." The luxury tents are a world away from those on your typical family camping trip, and the attentive staff make you feel like royalty. The expert Maasai guides and trackers are some of the best in the business, delivering you to classic African "big-five" wildlife action starring lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants. You can also witness the wildebeest migration from July through November.

Strategically flung far apart to maximize privacy, the 10 palatial tents allow you to feel at one with nature, without sacrificing any luxuries. While propped in your billowy four-poster bed, you can gaze out at zebras and giraffes, and fall asleep to the whoop of hyenas and the distant roar of lions echoing through the night.

Antique furnishings, oriental rugs, candelabras, and steamer trunks add to the nostalgic Hemingway feel, and the ensuite bathrooms come with flushing toilets and hot showers. But if you really want to get back to nature, you can opt for the unique experience of a safari bath or shower in the middle of the savannah.

Family tented suites come with two bathrooms, and living rooms with fireplaces. You can also reserve a honeymoon suite or the Cottar's Bush Villa, which sleeps 10 and has its own 25-meter pool.

The chef crafts culinary creations from fresh food grown right in the camp. Meals are usually served communal style in the huge dining tent or at breathtaking wilderness locations.

In addition to the excellent game drives and walks, you can visit a Maasai village, swan around in the pool, or enjoy pampering spa treatments. Children of all ages are welcome.

Accommodation: Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

11. Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives | Photo Copyright: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Surrounded by a world of water in mesmerising shades of blue, Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers over-the-water luxury and family-friendly fun. The resort lies on Huvahendhoo island in the Maldives, a coral island ringed by thriving coral reefs and some of the best dive sites in the world.

Perched over the water or strung along the beach, the air-conditioned villas come with sleek contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences like home theater systems, flat-screen satellite TVs, and outdoor bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Beach villas snuggle amid palm trees along a beautiful stretch of powder-white sand, while the water villas offer more privacy and direct access to the hypnotic sea.

If you're traveling with children, the family villas, with interconnecting rooms, are perfect. Deluxe over-the-water villas boast glass floor areas, so you can peer into the crystal-clear sea below, and the sunset suites also come with private plunge pools and 24-hour butler service.

Guests can choose from several different dining venues serving everything from fusion cuisine inspired by Chinese, Indian, and Thai flavors to teppanyaki and themed buffets.

Water sports reign here, and with a flourishing reef not far from shore, the snorkeling is fabulous. You can also swim at the two pools, play volleyball and tennis, tone at the gym, or indulge at the over-the-water Tamara spa.

The all-inclusive plan is optional. It offers excellent value and includes food (buffet-style and limited a la carte); beverages; and two excursions per person per stay, such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, village visits, and fishing.

Accommodation: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

12. North Island, Seychelles

North Island, Seychelles
North Island, Seychelles | Photo Copyright: North Island, Seychelles

Wanna-be Robinson Crusoes love this exclusive back-to-nature eco-resort, nestled between soaring granitic peaks on a remote island in the Seychelles. But with the bevy of attentive staff here, you'll never feel stranded.

"Barefoot luxury" is the island's slogan, and conservation is key. The owner's mission is to restore the island back to its natural state, and guests are welcome to participate in the conservation programs and learn about the unique ecology of this far-flung isle. You can choose from two different picture-perfect beaches, where turtles nest on the shores.

Constructed of local materials harvested during the island's ongoing restoration, the eleven private open-plan villas rim a beautiful stretch of beach that bristles with coconut palms. Sophisticated beachy chic best describes the decor, which incorporates plenty of textural elements and natural materials. Plunge pools in large decks, netted beds, and deep soaking tubs are typical features, and doors fold back to let the outdoors in.

The sumptuous Villa North Island at the far end of the beach is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway.

Cuisine captures fresh creole flavors using the island's latest harvest, and butler service allows you to eat anywhere you like. A full range of water sports, guided walks, and excursions to other islands top the activity list, as well as yoga and holistic treatments like the "barefoot ritual" at the spa. Bicycles and electric golf carts provide transport.

Kids can keep busy with customized children's programs offering activities like treasure hunts and pizza-making lessons.

Accommodation: North Island, Seychelles

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