The Caribbean is home to hundreds of all-inclusive resorts, and while there are many independent and unique properties, a large number of Caribbean all-inclusives have familiar brands like Couples, Beaches, and Sandals, or are part of one of the several families of Spanish-run chains like Riu, Melia, and Barcelo. Each of these all-inclusive chains has their fans, and all of them lay out special perks and deals for loyal return guests, so if you're shopping for your next Caribbean vacation by brand as well as the destination, you've come to the right place!
Club Med helped invent the all-inclusive concept, but the French chain's resorts have undergone a transformation from bare-bones and budget-oriented to offering a full-range of amenities and catering to families as well as singles and young couples. In the Caribbean, there are Club Med resorts in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Turks and Caicos. There's also a Club Med in the Riviera Maya, along Mexico's Caribbean coast.
The Dutch Caribbean -- notably Aruba -- is home to most of the eight Divi Resorts, most of which are all-inclusive properties. In Aruba you'll find the Divi Village Golf Resort, the Divi Dutch Village, and the Divi Aruba Phoenix; Bonaire has the Divi Flamingo, and St. Maarten boasts the Divi Little Bay. There also are a pair of Divis in Barbados and the Divi Carina in St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Elite Island Resorts is a small, Caribbean based resort group of unique, intimate and upscale properties, including several all-inclusive resorts -- Galley Bay in Antigua, LaSource in Grenada, and Palm Island in the Grenadines. If you want to pay one price for high-end accommodations and all of your meals and other amenities, these properties are a great choice.
The Spanish Sol Melia chain operates Caribbean all-inclusive resorts under a number of brand names, including Melia, Gran Melia, ME by Melia (an urban boutique hotel concept), and Paradisus -- the latter being the most upscale. Melia's Caribbean resorts are mostly in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
All but one of Palace Resorts' dozen all-inclusive properties are located in Mexico's Riviera Maya, including five hotels in Cancun alone. The chain also made a big splash in the Dominican Republic by opening the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, the world's first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel.
Family owned Riu Resorts has its roots in Spain but has undergone an ambitious expansion across the Caribbean region, opening resorts in such far-flung destinations as Aruba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, and the Mexican Caribbean.
Sandals and Beaches resorts are among the best-known all-inclusive brands in the Caribbean, with properties in the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Antigua. Appealing to a wide range of interests and budgets, most of the Sandals resorts offer three classes of accommodation, up to and including butler service. Beaches resorts are more family oriented, while a pair of Grand Pineapple resorts (in Negril and Antigua) are oriented toward budget-minded travelers.
SuperClubs is best known for its Jamaican all-inclusive resorts but also has hotels in the Bahamas, Curacao, Panama, and Brazil. Couples, singles, and families are welcome at the Breezes resorts -- three in Jamaica alone -- while the famously naughty Hedonism II in Negril is strictly for adults. A pair of Rooms hotels in Jamaica is geared toward adventure-minded travelers looking for a small hotel experience with all-inclusive amenities, while the chain's new Super-Fun Beach Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay boasts a wide array of included amenities.
As you might guess, Couples resorts are romance-oriented all-inclusives for newlyweds and lovers of all types. The chain's four Jamaican properties are located in Ocho Rios and Negril.
Wyndham Hotel Group -- which also includes brands like Ramada, Super 8, Howard Johnson, and Planet Hollywood properties -- has six all-inclusive Viva Wyndham resorts in the Caribbean. Properties can be found in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas (Freeport), and the Mexican Caribbean (Playa del Carmen).
The up-and-coming luxury all-inclusive chain now has a dozen resorts across the Caribbean and plans to add more. Hotels operate under the Royalton, Hideaway, and CHIC brands and are located in Jamaica, Cancun, St. Lucia, and the Dominican Republic. About half of the properties are adults-only; others are family friendly, including amenities like water parks.