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Best Overall: The Brando – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"This now carbon-neutral resort serves as an example of how best to use sustainable solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other kinds of renewable energy."
"In the furthest region of northern Thailand, this resort also straddles the border of Laos and Myanmar and is only accessible by private boat."
Best for Foodies: Blackberry Farm – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The on-site restaurant, The Barn, is the epitome of farm-to-table dining as the produce is picked straight from the property’s garden."
"With one of the best locations on the island, this resort is set between the Pitons and on not just one, but two white sand beaches."
Best Caribbean: Cobbler’s Cove – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"On its own private beach backed by lush gardens, arriving here is more like being welcomed into a mansion home than a large resort."
"After an hour game drive transfer to the lodge, guests will finally reach an Okavango Delta paradise of grassy plains, where they'll have the privileged opportunity to see rhinos, giraffes, lions, and more."
Best Design: The Singular – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The site used to be used for the Bories Cold Storage Plant in the early 1900s, but since has been converted into an architect’s dream stay."
Best Diving: Lizard Island – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"A stay at Lizard Island resort lets guests snorkel, dive, or stand up paddle in one of the most exclusive spots within the reef."
Best Overwater Bungalows: Hurawalhi Island Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"All villas come with king-sized beds, sprawling terraces, and private access to the water."
Best Overall: The Brando (Tahiti)
It does not get more luxurious than escaping to your own private island. Marlon Brando bought this island after filming “Mutiny on the Bounty” there, and it is now home to 35 private villas, all with plunge pools, bicycles to explore on, and direct access to vast stretches of white-sand beach. This now carbon-neutral resort serves as an example of how best to use sustainable solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other kinds of renewable energy. All-inclusive perks include meals from a Michelin two-star chef, a daily treatment at the holistic spa, and activities like exploring the three-mile lagoon in a Polynesian outrigger canoe, deep-sea fishing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. All rooms have outdoor bathtubs and media rooms with a TV, Wi-Fi, and the two- and three-bedroom villas have kitchens and dining areas. The food served up incorporates fresh produce from the island's organic gardens and the freshest local seafood (vegan and vegetarian options are also offered).
Best Jungle: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Thailand)
Nestled in the verdant jungle overlooking the Ruak River of Southeast Asia’s famous Golden Triangle, this Four Seasons is one of the most unique in the luxury hotel brand’s portfolio. In the furthest region of northern Thailand, this resort also straddles the border of Laos and Myanmar and is only accessible by private boat. Transfers to Chiang Rai’s airport are included in your stay, as are the Jeep shuttles around the property. The complex is made up of 15 tents, but this is far from camping. All rooms have massive antique-style bathtubs, outdoor rainfall showers, and unlimited champagne. There are 10 different packages to choose from, including wildlife excursions (many focused on elephants) and educational experiences. Each package comes with a 90-minute spa treatment per person.
Best for Foodies: Blackberry Farm (Tennessee)
While Tennessee may not be first on travelers’ minds when it comes to an all-inclusive luxury trip, this gorgeous farm hotel on 4,200 acres of land in the Appalachian Mountains is the ideal serene getaway for foodies and nature lovers.
The on-site restaurant, The Barn, is the epitome of farm-to-table dining as the produce is picked straight from the property’s garden. There’s also a renowned spa and two pools. Guests can choose to sleep in private cottages (the largest have 3-5 bedrooms to accommodate families or couples traveling together) or in a charming historic room right in the Main House. Gourmet meals, soft drinks and wine tastings are included in the rate, but most alcohol is not. While some guests come to just unwind on the farm, others fly fish at Hesse Creek, hike, play paintball, mountain bike, practice archery, or even wake surf. A romantic option for couples is a sunset carriage ride.
Best View: Sugar Beach Viceroy (St. Lucia)
While many traveling to St. Lucia for luxury end up at the well-known Jade Mountain Resort, the more lively Sugar Beach Viceroy is a bit better suited for families. With one of the best locations on the island, this resort is set between the Pitons and on not just one, but two white sand beaches. All of the modern rooms have private plunge pools, butlers, and 24-hour room service. The bigger villas and cottages have living rooms and massive bathrooms (some with outdoor showers and hot tubs). Parents will enjoy the family-friendly pool, and all active guests will appreciate the gym, tennis courts, and free water sports. You can't leave without visiting the romantic tree-house spa, one of the best on an island known for its great spas.
Best Caribbean: Cobbler’s Cove (Barbados)
With just 44 suites, this is all-inclusive on a smaller scale than most. Prioritizing the personalized service that keeps many guests coming back year after year, Cobbler’s Cove is a colonial-styled boutique hideaway which perfectly mixes British elegance and Caribbean chill. On its own private beach backed by lush gardens, arriving here is more like being welcomed into a mansion home than a large resort. Camelot, the on-site restaurant, is one of the most coveted restaurants on the island, and activities include free water sports like water skiing and afternoon tea in the Great House. After swimming with sea turtles or boat cruising, evenings can be spent with a glass of wine lounging on the shady veranda on cushiony chaise lounges. Book the Ocean Front Suite if you like the sound of the sea just steps away from your front door.
Best Safari: andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Botswana)
This place is for adventurous travelers who really want to get off-the-beaten path. Guests can reach the resort by flying from Johannesburg or Cape Town in South Africa to Maun, Botswana, and then by taking a chartered flight to the Chitabe airstrip. After an hour game drive transfer to the lodge, guests will finally reach an Okavango Delta paradise of grassy plains, where they'll have the privileged opportunity to see rhinos, giraffes, lions, and more. The resort is adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve and includes safari and river boat tours, meals, drinks, laundry facilities, and round-trip airport transfers. There are 12 air-conditioned suites, and an additional family suite, all with fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, and private plunge pools overlooking the Okavango Delta. Other amenities include an open-air restaurant, a library, fitness center, and a spa that specializes in massage services. To cinch its status as a luxury lodge, all guests receive use of Swarovski binoculars for game sightings.
Best Design: The Singular (Chilean Patagonia)
While not fully an all-inclusive hotel, a package that includes all food and activities is available. Deep in southern Chile bordering the famed Torres del Paine National Park and overlooking the Fjord of Last Hope on the shores of Señoret Channel, this property set on 30 acres could not be more breathtaking. The site used to be used for the Bories Cold Storage Plant in the early 1900s, but since has been converted into an architect’s dream stay, with 57 meticulously designed rooms and three suites that highlight the stunning natural beauty seen from floor-to-ceiling windows. The nightly rate includes all food and alcohol, as well as daily excursions such as horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. After an active day, guests can unwind by means of the large spa, a heated pool, sauna, or steam room. A breakfast buffet is based around gourmet omelettes, and lunch and dinner usually means fresh fish and seafood ceviches, Patagonian hare, king crab, and interesting uses of local produce like white strawberries and various seaweeds. On site there’s a library and reading room for winding down in the evenings before stepping outside to gaze at the stars.
Best Diving: Lizard Island (Australia)
For snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, the Great Barrier Reef is a bucket-list item. A stay at Lizard Island resort lets guests snorkel, dive, or stand up paddle in one of the most exclusive spots within the reef. On an island 17 miles off the coast of northern Queensland that encompasses over 1000 hectares of national park. The island can be accessed by an easy one-hour flight from Cairns. It has 24 beaches to explore and the resort has 40 spacious suites to choose from. The restaurant menus revolve around the catch of the day, and secluded gourmet picnic lunches or sunset dinners by the beach can be arranged. Included in the room rate are meals, beverages (including wine, basic spirits, and champagne), picnic baskets, the use of motorized dinghies, stand up paddle boards, and transparent kayaks. After a full day of activities, guests can look forward to unwinding with a massage at the Essencia Spa.
Best Overwater Bungalows: Hurawalhi Island Resort (Maldives)
The Maldives has no lack of beautiful, waterfront all-inclusive resorts, but the Hurawalhi Island Resort goes above and beyond. A 40-minute seaplane flight from Male Airport helps guests unplug from their daily routine and the stress starts to melt away on first sight of the location, a bungalow oasis in the bright blue Indian Ocean. There are 60 ocean villas and 30 beach villas to choose from, but all come with king-sized beds, sprawling terraces, and private access to the water. All meals and alcoholic beverages are included and the resort does offer the option to upgrade a package that includes more gourmet dining choices. Each villa is gifted a bottle of champagne, a sunset dolphin cruise, and access to kayaks, windsurfing boards, and yoga classes.