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Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, babymoon, or just a getaway with your significant other, all-inclusive resorts can be the way to go—especially if you’re craving a stress-free escape or if you're sticking firmly to a budget. After all, once you’re there, all you have to do is kick back and relax.
Of course, all-inclusive resorts don’t always come cheap, but for couples who are on a budget, there are several excellent options around the world. Many feature amenities that you wouldn't expect from a wallet-friendly hotel, like unlimited golf on-site. Read on for nine of the best budget all-inclusive resorts, from the sandy beaches of the Caribbean to a European ski resort.
Best Overall: Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Although this hotel—located along Mexico's western coast in the city of Puerto Vallarta—is at the pricier end of our list, it's more than worth it. Rooms feature a sunset color scheme, and they're incredibly comfortable and clean. They also come with robes, slippers, a pillow menu, 24-hour room service, and restocked-daily minibar. Also included? Premium liquors and wines at the bars (including a swim-up one), meals in the hotel's gourmet restaurant, membership to the hotel's beach club, and free golf—which, for some, might justify the price alone. And, just in case you don’t have quite the right accessories for your dinner outfit, this hotel has a designer handbag menu, so you can borrow the perfect bag to top off your evening.
Best Location: Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, Val Thorens, France
Sure, a warm-weather vacation means there's plenty to do in the water, but it’s far more rare to find an all-inclusive in the opposite climate: fresh mountain snowfall. Couples who love winter sports—or adrenaline rushes—should head to this Club Med outpost at Europe’s highest-altitude and largest ski resort. Lift tickets and group lessons are included in the hotel's nightly rates, as is all-day dining (at both its gourmet restaurant and its casual French spot) plus an open bar for after your last run of the day is done. Rooms are relaxing and minimalist, with light wood floors, clean lines, and handy under-bed storage for extra gear. Plus, even standard rooms come with a tub for a soak after the slopes.
Best Food: Iberostar Anthelia, Tenerife, Spain
When it comes to exceptional food at a bargain price, it’s hard to beat this five-star Iberostar location on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The property’s Zeus restaurant exceeds expectations for resort-buffet fare, or head to the à la carte restaurants for dinner instead. There’s also a great barbecue restaurant, perfect for lunch near the pool, plus an excellent sushi restaurant. Drinks here are also included, including premium wine and liquor (like Grey Goose). Each room has its own private terrace and is designed with calming white, beige, and pink tones. If you want to splurge, book a Salome suite: they’re larger and have a private entrance, pool, and dining terrace—plus, a butler to oversee a perfect experience.
Best Atmosphere: Sunset at the Palms, Negril, Jamaica
This four-star, adults-only resort in Jamaica is a winner for its romantic atmosphere with beautiful, Asian-inspired architecture across 10 lush acres of landscaping. Its four restaurants and bars, offering Jamaican cuisine as well as a range of international dishes, are highlights, but the Lotus Leaf is especially great. If the pool and swim-up bar isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of room to sprawl out on the sand: the resort has access to over two miles of white sand beaches. Back in the hotel's 85 bungalow-style guest rooms, the furnishings include lots of linens, natural fibers, and dark wood. Amenity-wise, they have free Wi-Fi and four-jet, two-shower-head showers—plus, refrigerators are restocked daily with soft drinks, water, and beer. The on-site Ginger Lily spa is also a highlight, though treatments aren’t included in your nightly rate.
Best Luxury: Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, Dominica
The prices are almost too good to be true at this luxury resort on the Carribean island of Dominica. Rates here include a pillow menu, butlers who will draw romantic bubble hydromassage baths, a regularly re-stocked minibar, fitness classes, boogie-boarding, and food. There are five restaurants on-site, including a buffet that offers lobster and meat and does theme nights; 24-hour room service is also available. Plus, if you feel like kicking up your heels, there’s a disco. Spa services are not included but worth the additional fee; if you're there with a significant other, make sure to book a couples massage in the gazebo. The only downside of this property is that it’s quite far from Santo Domingo Airport—it might be best to rent a car for the 2.5-hour drive.
Best Nightlife: Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Iberostar makes the list again for this incredible resort, located 10 minutes from the town of Puerto Plata. With 516 rooms, the hotel is very large but still charming: the buildings are colorful and have thatched roofs. The party scene, however, is very lively and usually continues until 2 a.m. at the on-site club, Route 66. Conveniently, the hotel’s buffets stay open for the post-dance cravings. The drinks here are top-shelf, too; forget the house rum—the bars serve imported premium brands like Tanqueray and Stoli in the all-inclusive package, and minibars in the rooms are free (and restocked). In the morning, head to the soft sand beach to lay in the sun or hang out at the massive pool. Do note, however, that there’s nothing within walking distance of this hotel (though there are organized tours to coffee plantations and the local school), and that Wi-Fi is only available in common areas.
Best for Golfers: Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Travelers who love to golf will be in heaven, here. This 350-room resort, which offers an all-inclusive package, is home to a highly-regarded course designed by the award-winning golf course designer Pete Dye, who also oversaw TPC Sawgrass, among others. There are also plenty of other active options on-site, too: couples can play a match on the clay tennis courts, take scuba diving lessons (or go on a dive if they’re certified already), go snorkeling, or head out on a sailboat. Not all of this is included in the rate, but if you don’t want to spend anything extra, snorkels and kayaks are free for guests to use—or, you could just keep it low-key at one of the property's three beautiful pools. Three meals a day, as well as drinks, are part of the all-inclusive rate; we recommend the on-the-beach barbecue and paella dinners.
Best for Athletic Couples: Cavo Spada Luxury Resort and Spa, Greece
Couples who want to keep up their workout routine should look no further than the Cava Spada Luxury Resort and Spa. Sports-lovers will enjoy taking advantage of the open-air (but discreet) gym, tennis courts, and even an exercise area on the beach—plus a huge pool. After working up a sweat exercising, head to the spa, which features a sauna, steam room, and heated pool, in addition to a treatment menu. There are many dining options, including a hot breakfast with an extensive buffet, an Italian fine-dining restaurant, a beachside spot for lunch, and a dinner buffet. This hotel has all-inclusive rooms plus an extra all-inclusive package that incorporates spa treatments and the minibar. Overall, it's an intimate boutique stay, with modern architecture and a view overlooking a pebble beach.
Best for Romance: Cocobay, Antigua
This laid-back all-inclusive resort on Antigua is perfect for couples looking for an intimate escape from everyday life. Rather than a room, you’ll stay in one of the property’s 57 cottages; each has a private balcony (some have private pools), plus a hammock and Adirondack chairs. The cottages themselves are sophisticated and comfortable, with mosquito-net canopies over beautifully made beds. Plus, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of sparkling water and a mini-fridge stocked with water, beer, sodas, and local spirits. Just keep in mind that rooms don’t have TVs. This resort isn't the cheapest our list, but it's still a very good value given what’s included: all gratuities, all meals, beers, house wine by the glass, and non-premium spirits.