Not Your Average All-Inclusive
Recent trend reports show the rising popularity of all-inclusives, but it’s no secret that travelers (especially brides and brides to-be) are seeking more offbeat, out-of-the-box, experiential hotels that go beyond your traditional all-inclusive with high-end room product, amazing F&B, curated experiences…you get the idea. There a handful of hotels in or near the Caribbean that aren’t traditional all-inclusives, but offer an all-inclusive booking option so couples can get more bang for their buck and take advantage of an easy, breezy vacation that’s still worthy of bragging rights back home.
The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama City
Couples seeking the ultimate relaxing getaway can make their way to The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, perfectly situated on a mile long stretch of beach and surrounded by lush tropical rainforests. Couples can enjoy multiple oceanfront swimming pools, the expansive Clarins Spa, and award winning international restaurants. When they’re not busy lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand or indulging in spa treatments, couples can take a quick fifteen minute drive to explore Bustling Panama City – one of Latin America’s most thriving, cosmopolitan destinations. All-inclusive option available.
El Mangroove, Autograph Collection, Costa Rica
Tucked between a tropical forest lined with virgin mangroves and one of the best beaches in Costa Rica’s coveted Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangroove offers a tranquil escape for honeymooners who want a front row seat to the area’s incredible natural surroundings. Located just 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport,The 85-suite boutique hotel features a bohemian-inspired design with indigenous decor influences and touches like a gorgeous pool stretching over 130 feet with sweeping backdrop views perfect for a couples’ photo, two on-site restaurants, a state of the art spa with 4 private outdoor bungalows overlooking the jaw-dropping outdoors, and in-room hammocks positioned right in front of windows where lover birds can curl up with their favorite drinks or watch howler monkeys hanging in the trees. When couples aren’t taking advantage of the resort’s amenities, they can opt for a sunset tour on one of the resort’s private boats that takes guests to a secluded beach for some R&R. For the more adventurous lovebirds, they can opt for a snorkeling sunset session and swim among wild dolphins and marine life. All-inclusive option available.
The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
Situated on the shores of Rodney Bay along one of St. Lucia’s most celebrated and secluded beaches, The Landings Resort & Spa exudes a sense of luxury and timeless elegance ideal for a passionate couples’ escape! Complete with beautifully decorated one, two and three-bedroom villa suites soaring above the resort’s private yacht marina or the lush mountains the island is known for, couples are invited to bask in opulent island living. The spacious accommodations offer plenty of room to sprawl out – think private balconies featuring plunge pools and enough room for 12 party guests – or just the perfect amount of privacy to cozy up for a romantic en-suite dinner for two. All-inclusive option available.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao
Situated on a private 27-acre plantation, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers unparalleled accommodations ideal for romance travelers seeking luxury and relaxation. Couples looking to be immersed in upscale romance on vacation can enjoy a full-service luxury spa, four Hydrogrid clay tennis courts (the only of this kind in the Caribbean), three resort-style pools, a Pete Dye-designed golf course (just rated No. 1 in the Caribbean by USA Today), and a long stretch of pearly white sandy beach and crystal clear water that provides a private slice of paradise. This island-within-an island-escape has everything honeymooners could want without having to leave the property (think local CurAloe shower products, iPod docking station, US-style plugs and strong WiFi). All-inclusive option available.
Marriott Cancun Resort, Mexico
Perfectly situated on the coast of the Mexican-Caribbean, the Marriott Cancun Resort invites guests to submerge themselves in the best of Mexico. Boasting newly renovated guest rooms, seven on-site international restaurants, and three pristine tropical pools, this property is the perfect getaway for lovebirds who can’t sit still. Discover a tropical paradise hand in hand with some of the world’s most magnificent beaches as your backdrop. All-inclusive option available.
Images courtesy of respective resorts:
1-2: The Westin Playa Bonita, Panama City
3-4: El Mangroove, Autograph Collection, Costa Rica
5-6: The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
7-8: Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao
9-10: Marriott Cancun Resort, Mexico