Many all-inclusive resorts come with rowdy pool scenes and boisterous kid-friendly activities, but there are plenty that offer a more subdued atmosphere geared toward a romantic getaway. For honeymooning couples, or families that prefer a more laid-back vibe and options for adult time, we've rounded up the most romantic all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.
1. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is one of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, providing incredible Piton views amid an extraordinary design. The 29 enormous suites have an open fourth wall, which allows for sea views from the entire room -- from the canopied bed, raised whirlpool tub, and (in all but the entry-level category) private infinity pool. Although guests can skip a meal plan, most argue the all-inclusive option is the best choice, covering all organic, delicious meals and most drinks. Visitors can expect peace and quiet throughout (there are no TVs or children), but there is no beach. Still, guests can take a short shuttle ride or hike down to use the two beaches, free water sports, and dive center at sister property Anse Chastanet.
2. The Caves, Jamaica
The Caves is considered to be one of Jamaica's most romantic escapes, with a spectacular cliffside setting and intimate vibe. The unique, colorful, and private cottages sit along garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs carved with steep stairways down to the water and into incredible grottos. Couples have their pick of a clifftop bar, grotto bar, and private candlelit cave dining. Top-notch food incorporates local ingredients, while a small pool, Aveda spa, and cooking classes provide leisure activities. The scene is laid-back and bohemian, as well as romantic, partially because the resort does not accept children under 16 (due to the precarious location along Negril's cliffs).
3. Beloved Playa Mujeres, Cancun
The 109-room Beloved Playa Mujeres eschews the party-hearty vibe of Cancun with its sexy boutique feel and luxurious offerings. Situated on a beautiful, long white-sand beach, this adults-only all-inclusive is located in the Playa Mujeres region just north of Cancun. Guests can make use of three chic outdoor pools with food and drink service, an expansive spa with an impressive hydrotherapy circuit, and four excellent a la carte eateries. However, many guests may be tempted to just stay in their stylish and huge (starting at 960 square feet) rooms that have big whirlpool tubs and private balconies -- many with ocean views and some with plunge pools.
4. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Spice Island is a serene oasis amidst the bustling Grand Anse beach area in Grenada. This luxury, beachfront resort is one of the most elegant and well-regarded hotels on the island. The 64 posh suites have contemporary decor, separate living rooms, and jetted tubs, plus many have private pools. There are two upscale restaurants and premium liquor is part of the all-inclusive rate. A beautiful spa, a variety of activities, and a kids' club to keep the little ones busy make this an excellent pick for both couples and families. An outdoor pool area is quiet and private, but the beach -- though beautiful and clean -- is shared by locals and guests of nearby resorts.
5. Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
Seclusion and an intimate vibe draw well-heeled travelers to Fowl Cay Resort in the Bahamas, as it occupies its own private island where a maximum of 28 guests are allowed at a time. Visitors have access to 50 acres and three uncrowded beaches, as well as personal boats for daily excursions, free kayaks and snorkeling gear, and a small pool. All-inclusive rates cover all meals and top-shelf liquor, and the six spacious villas (ranging from one to three bedrooms) come with fully stocked kitchens and wet bars. This property is a standout gem in the Exumas.
6. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun
With an adults-only policy, stunning beachfront setting providing gorgeous sunset vistas, and luxury service, the Excellence Playa Mujeres is one of the most romantic and best all-inclusive properties in all of Mexico. The 450 modern, elegant rooms are huge and have big whirlpool tubs and balconies -- some with ocean views. Certain categories have swim-up access or private plunge pools. Seven pools and a high-end spa provide relaxation, while nine restaurants and 11 bars ensure guests never have to travel far to get a cocktail. The secluded location is part of the appeal for many, though numerous activities are also on offer, including kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, paddleboarding, scuba lessons, water polo, yoga, and Spanish classes.
7. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
The luxury Ladera Resort, also an adults-only property, is set on a forested ridge overlooking the Pitons. The resort's 32 rooms have rustic-chic decor and are completely open to the elements on one side. Private plunge pools and two-person swings facing the mountains provide an undeniably romantic atmosphere. Although not automatically an all-inclusive, guests can purchase meal plans and dine at the wonderful on-site restaurant. A clifftop pool is available for those looking to get out of their room, as is a spa with outdoor mineral pools. There's no beach on the property, but the resort provides free shuttle service to nearby Sugar Beach.
8. Pepes Hideaway, Manzanillo
Oasis and haven are a couple of words that come to mind when describing Pepes Hideaway. Located in a private community, the hotel -- with just six bungalows -- is indeed a relaxing, peaceful hideaway. Each bungalow has a gorgeous thatched roof, furnished balconies with hammocks, stocked mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and robes. Try to snag Bungalow 2 or 3 for the best views. All three delicious meals are prepared each day by chef Speedy, and beer, wine, and margaritas are available 24/7. There's an on-site pool with an adjacent whirlpool, and a private beach is a 10-minute walk away, or staff will drive guests there. There aren't any TVs and kids are rarely present, making it a wonderful retreat for couples.
9. Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
Easily one of the most impressive resorts in Jamaica, Round Hill Hotel & Villas is a luxurious property set a 30-minute drive from Montego Bay. Along the property's edge, shallow patches of soft beach lie between gnarled tree roots and coarse rock cliffs, and all rooms face the ocean. The resort consists of 27 hillside villas (divided into 74 suites) and 36 rooms that were designed by Ralph Lauren, featuring white decor, outdoor spaces, bathrobes, and sitting areas. As a la carte meals are pricey, the all-inclusive rate is a better value and covers three meals, round-trip airport transfers, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by the glass, and a bottle of sparkling wine, gift basket, and tropical fruit plate upon arrival. Although families are frequent guests, the atmosphere remains peaceful.
10. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, San Jose del Cabo
The Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf &Spa Resort is a 500-suite, adults-only resort that opened in late 2014. Manicured grounds are sprawling (expect to walk often) and offer great views of the Sea of Cortez, especially from the two pools and golf course. All-inclusive rates are among the highest in the area, even for a luxury hotel, but the six bars and eight restaurants provide guests with plenty of food and drink variety. Rooms have modern amenities and playful, romantic touches, plus some are swim-out or have hot tubs on their terraces.
11. Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Dominican Republic
The D.R.'s classiest, most famous resort since 1974, the Casa de Campo hotel is part of a massive, 7,000-acre resort community that includes three world-renowned golf courses, an immaculate beach, a marina, 454 elegant rooms, the quaint "town" of Altos de Chavon, and numerous other on-site activities. An all-inclusive option covers all meals, including room service, cocktails and drinks at the included restaurants, bars, and lounges, unlimited horseback riding, tennis, and non-motorized water sports, and kids' daytime activities.
12. Verana Hotel, Yelapa
Verana is an adults-only boutique resort nestled in a hillside high atop the bay of Yelapa, a small village that's 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta and only reachable by boat. The property has just eight uniquely designed, rustic houses that include open-air rooms perched out over the jungle. Some rooms have private pools, though there's also a lovely main infinity pool. While facilities are limited, the secluded jungle experience -- which includes a quality restaurant (all-inclusive packages available), romantic spa, and classes such as yoga and cooking -- is popular among couples looking for a nature-filled retreat.
13. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Set right in between the Pitons -- St. Lucia's famous volcanic spires -- and on a beautiful white-sand beach, the luxurious Sugar Beach has a breathtaking setting. The 79 rooms are minimalistic, chic, and mostly white, and all come with private plunge pools, butlers, and 24-hour room service; the larger villas and cottages offer living rooms and huge bathrooms (some with outdoor showers and hot tubs). The romantic tree-house spa is popular for decompressing, while a family-friendly pool, tennis courts, and free water sports provide options for the more activity-minded. The resort's restaurants and bars are pricey, albeit delicious, and all-inclusive rates are available to help guests keep costs in check.
14. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Puerto Morelos
The 90-room Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a luxury boutique with an attractive beachfront location, about 20 minutes by car from Puerto Morelos. All-inclusive rates come with an array of freebies, such as private chauffeured airport transfers and a round of golf. Also covered are meals at the three restaurants, which include spicy fusion cuisine and a sushi/ceviche bar, and top-shelf liquor at the three bars. A large outdoor pool and Thalasso therapy center with seawater treatments are offered. Plus, all rooms are striking oceanfront suites with elegant decor and modern amenities.
15. Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta
The adults-only Casa Velas houses 80 spacious, posh rooms inside the gated Marina Vallarta community, surrounded by a golf course. It's one of the area's top options and stands out for its personalized service (staffers often know guests by name) and truly peaceful vibe. The huge rooms have tasteful Mexican style, impressive bathrooms, and espresso machines, plus some have private hot tubs or plunge pools. Property features include a large freeform pool with a swim-up bar, a second pool at the private (off-site) beach club, two restaurants (gourmet Mexican cuisine and Asian fusion), a nice spa, and golf privileges at Marina Vallarta Golf Club.
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