We know what you are thinking- this is an oxymoron, right? When most of us think about all-inclusive resorts we picture cattle-calls for sub-par food, jam-packed beach space, entertainers leading the Macarena with bullhorns, cheap booze and the bare minimum of room amenities. But that is not necessarily the case anymore.
These days you can find all-inclusives that cater to a more luxury crowd. Few can be considered truly 5-star but Petron and Dewars can be found at the bar, spa-quality amenities are popping up in the guest rooms and excellent food is being prepared by celebrity chefs. What’s more, some hotels that are traditionally "European plan" properties have gotten in on the game. Ritz Carlton and Melia Hotels, for example, have recently began to negotiate group contracts with all-inclusive pricing.
This trend does seem to specific to the Caribbean and Mexico, however. The US and Europe may never embrace all-inclusive pricing so it seems that a luxury version is an extremely distant possibility. Nonetheless, the trend certainly is great for individuals and groups wishing to travel to better Caribbean properties on a fixed budget.
Here are a few of the higher-end all-inclusives we think are worth a look:
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