The 9 Best U.S. All-Inclusive Resorts of 2019

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The Rundown

01 of 09

Best Boutique: Twin Farms (Vermont)

Twin Farms (Vermont)

 Twin Farms (Vermont)

Set on 300 secluded acres in Vermont, Twin Farms is ideal for a boutique, all-inclusive stay no matter what time of year you visit. Activities such as fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, swimming, or tours of the farm’s apiary to see how its honey is produced are all included. In the winter there’s sledding, ice skating, and skiing, and guests can experience the healing spa or Japanese Furo. And the billiards room makes a great place to unwind by the fireplace after a day of activities. 

Meals, wine pairings, and cocktail hours are also covered in the rate. Food is centered around locally grown vegetables, so meals are seasonal. The chef doesn’t use a traditional menu, simply serving what he believes are the freshest ingredients around, making every dish a surprise. The resort’s massive collection of 15,000 wines is paired with its unpredictable meals to create truly unique dining experiences.

Several types of accommodations are available, ranging from individual rooms averaging 600 square feet to sprawling private cottages. All are individually decorated with antiques or handmade rugs, while many have fireplaces, hot tubs, or porches.

02 of 09

Best Ranch: The Ranch at Rock Creek (Montana)

The Ranch at Rock Creek

 The Ranch at Rock Creek

Perched between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, The Ranch at Rock Creek combines luxury with nature and is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts. The five-star resort has 29 accommodations that vary from hotel-style rooms with Western décor and antiques to private cabins, two-story homes, and even a re-imagined barn that’s great for larger groups.

The ranch is home to an award-winning spa, a ropes course, and a weekly summer rodeo. All rates include activities such as horseback riding, yoga, archery, stagecoach rides, a rifle range, photography workshops, and kid’s activities. Plus, farm-to-table cuisine for three daily meals and snacks, as well as unlimited beverages (even alcoholic!) are covered. With four different dining venues, including Northwest BBQ and a Chef’s Tasting Menu in Granite Lodge, there are a lot of options.

03 of 09

Best City Break: The Lodge at Woodloch (Pennsylvania)

The Lodge at Woodloch

 The Lodge at Woodloch

The Pocono Mountains are just a few hours’ drive away from New York, D.C., Philadelphia, and other East Coast hubs, making The Lodge at Woodloch a perfect all-inclusive city break. With a serene mountain setting, the focus at Woodloch is about getting back to nature with a range of outdoor activities such as archery, fishing, hiking, kayaking and classes like yoga, medicinal herbs, foraging, and music.

Rates include three meals daily, and culinary options include the TREE Restaurant and Bar, which uses farm-to-table produce grown right at the lodge’s Blackmore Farm for the most organic and sustainable meal possible, with dishes like a roasted branzino with butternut squash and cranberry salad, or a Maine lobster pasta with broccolini.

On top of that, the resort provides activities and workshops for outdoors skills, cooking demos, use of indoor and outdoor whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas, while full-service spa treatments are additional. 

Rooms and suites are a minimum of 400 square feet, with marble baths, forest décor, and views of the gardens or lake. 

04 of 09

Best Waterfront: Bungalows (Florida)

Bungalows (Florida)

 Bungalows (Florida)

The Florida Keys are known for having a laid back vibe, making the islands perfect for travelers seeking sun, sand, and solitude. In 2019, the Bungalows in Key Largo debuted as the Florida Keys’ first all-inclusive resort, and it combines just the right amount of wellness activities with a stress-free getaway.

Get out on the sparkling ocean waters by paddle boarding, kayaking, taking a tiki boat out for a spin, or unwinding with some yoga or in one of the poolside cabanas. The property also boasts the Zen Garden Spa, with a steam room and Himalayan salt treatment room (additional charges apply).

Dining and drinks are included, whether it’s in one of several outdoor restaurants, like Fish Tales, which provides fresh and local seafood and serves lobster bisque, clam chowder, and conch fritters, or the Hemingway Bar, which serves top-shelf, elegant cocktails, or in the privacy of the luxurious bungalow rooms. 

An in-town shuttle is also available, should you want to get off the resort’s grounds to explore a bit.

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05 of 09

Best Off the Grid: Travaasa Hana (Hawaii)

Travaasa Hana

 Travaasa Hana

If you’re seeking to unplug and surround yourself with nature, head to Maui’s Travaasa Hana for a luxurious all-inclusive stay. The resort places emphasis on new experiences for guests and escaping from modern distractions, so there’s a roster full of activities such as trail riding, paddleboarding, culinary lessons, and yoga. In addition, guests can dive into Hawaiian culture with Lei Making and Ukulele lessons, bamboo pole fishing, and throw net fishing. 

The spa also incorporates Hawaiian traditions into treatments by using local herbal extracts and Hawaiian Lomilomi massage techniques, giving you a relaxing spa treatment while providing the most authentic experience possible. 

Meals are included at the open-air restaurant overlooking beautiful Hana Bay, and the Preserve Kitchen + Bar focuses on locally sourced organic ingredients to highlight the flavors of the Hawaiian Islands, like a Pohole salad, made from an indigenous fern, or classic Hawaiian Poke with kukui nut.

Rooms include private outdoor seating areas with excellent views of the ocean and ceiling fans to keep you cool – but no air conditioning, radios, clocks, or televisions.

Interested in Maui? Check out our guide to the best hotels on the island.

06 of 09

Best for Families: Fair Hills Resort (Minnesota)

Fair Hills Resort

Fair Hills Resort

If you’re looking for that quintessential lake house experience to share with the entire family, then Fair Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is just that. Founded in 1906, the resort has a long history as a family “summer camp” on the lake, with a full schedule of activities. 

These activities are sure to get the kids and parents involved together Expect games such as “Capture the Flag,” treasure hunts, tubing on the Otter Tail River, family lake cruises, and talent shows. Kids clubs have arts and crafts and cooking lessons, while grown-ups can check out golf scrambles and cocktail hours.

The “American Meal Plan” is the resort’s all-inclusive rate package that covers accommodations in rustic cabins, amenities, and three meals daily. 

07 of 09

Best Spa: Lake Austin Spa Resort (Texas)

Lake Austin Spa Resort

 Lake Austin Spa Resort

Interested in de-stressing at an award-winning spa? Book a stay at the Lake Austin Spa Resort. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, the 40-room resort has an array of wellness programs and activities ranging from yoga to kayaking, as well as a lavish spa that blends Eastern medicine into treatments.

Several all-inclusive packages are available including the “Spa Refresher Package,” which combines a $160 spa credit with the use of the spa steam rooms, whirlpools, and saunas with three meals and snacks daily and land and water activities. 

Three daily meals, which feature local and organic ingredients are also included in the rate, so you’ll never have to leave the resort if you don’t want to. Try dishes like the beetroot tartare with spring onion, hazelnut, and cranberries, or saffron chicken with cauliflower rice and Middle Eastern tomato sauce.

Airy, vibrant rooms include perks like scenic lake views, access to private gardens, or outdoor hot tubs. Choose a room with its own private garden or an outdoor hot tub to relax and get closer to nature.

Find some more high-quality getaways in our roundup of the best boutique hotels in Austin.

08 of 09

Most Historic: The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

For a journey through the past, the opulent Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island gives a taste of classic American culture: with afternoon tea, an evening dress code, and artistic, Victorian décor in 397 different rooms. Since 1887, the Grand Hotel has been an iconic summer destination that welcomed guests to car-free Mackinac Island, where carriages and bicycles are the main form of transportation.

The hotel has family activities, including lawn games like bocce and croquet, floats in the 220-foot pool, and a daily children’s program. The Full American Plan includes three meals daily in the main dining room, while the Modified American Plan provides for breakfast and dinner, so it’s a great choice if you’re planning on exploring the island during the day.

The resort is also home to a salon, spa and live music, which are all included in the rate, so you won’t have to worry about modern comforts and amenities, despite the historical theme of the resort.

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09 of 09

Best for Active Types: Club Med Sandpiper Bay (Florida)

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Club Med Sandpiper Bay 

Consider the Club Med Sandpiper Bay located in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, if you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation in the U.S. that’s packed with activity. Here, fitness and wellness take the spotlight with sports academies such as volleyball, soccer, tennis, and golf, plus water activities, including water-skiing and sailing. 

The resort is also home to a fantastic kids’ club with special activities geared to children of all ages. Rates include accommodations, daytime activities for adults and kids, meals at three different dining venues, unlimited adult beverages, and evening entertainment with a roster of shows from cabaret to circus performances.

Most accommodations are designed with families in mind, and many have separate rooms for kids, lounge areas, private balconies and extra space for little ones to roam.  

Take a look at some other great Club Med resorts with this handy guide to the best in the chain.

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