All-inclusive resorts originated in the Caribbean in the 1970s, and there are now a variety of options across the region for travelers today. For traveling seniors, all-inclusive resorts can be a wonderful combination of luxury, serenity, and accessibility. As an added plus, vacationing at an all-inclusive resort can make it easier to stick to an established budget. Luxury all-inclusive resorts can take the stress out of travel, and hotel amenities and services can make it easier to explore your surrounding environs. Read on for the top 12 resorts for an all-inclusive Caribbean senior vacation.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
The luxurious Carlisle Bay resort offers a luxurious, all-inclusive experience along the gorgeous Caribbean Sea in Antigua. The 87-room resort offers both family and adult-only offerings for seniors looking to vacation with friends, solo, or with members of their extended family. This is a solid offering for seniors, as the amenities are unparalleled, with wonderful tennis courts, spas, fitness centers, and yoga pavilions. Additionally, the dining is extensive, with four restaurants and three bars. Located in Antigua's Saint Mary Parish, Carlisle Bay's all-inclusive packages cost roughly $700 per night.
Sailrock, South Caicos
If you're looking for a dream destination in the tropics, look no further than Sailrock in South Caicos. Unlike the more popular island of Providenciales, South Caicos is more remote and secluded—perfect for the senior traveler looking to get away from it all. The resort offers all-inclusive meal options, and visitors can travel via golf cart across the extensive property. Seaside villas often include luxurious swimming pools, and guests shouldn't be surprised to find a wild donkey or two strolling across the property at night. The All-Inclusive, All-Luxury package runs for about $439 per night.
Sugar Beach Viceroy, St. Lucia
Sugar Beach Viceroy was voted one of the 9 best luxury all-inclusive resorts by TripSavvy in 2020, awarded for having the Best View. Sugar Beach boasts one of the absolute best locations on the island, set between the Pitons and boasting two white-sand beaches. The resort is perfect for seniors, as well, as each cottage and villa comes equipped with 24-hour room service and butlers to attend to your every need. Check out the elegant dining options, tennis courts, and tree-house spa while visiting. There is currently a 30% offer on the all-inclusive offer at Sugar Beach Viceroy, and villas are roughly $1,300 per night, though pricing varies based on accommodations. Another option in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, is Ladera resort, which also features all-inclusive options.
Mount Cinnamon, Grenada
We're headed to Grenada for our next option, the luxury all-inclusive Mount Cinnamon Resort. The resort features gorgeous views of the island, and elegant dining options overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Additionally, the property features a beach bar, water sports, and lawn games. The tranquil environment is the perfect getaway, while the all-inclusive options provide convenience for senior travelers. Located on Grand Anse Beach in St. George parish, and rooms begin roughly in the $400 range (though the cost is higher during the holidays, and drops to about $300 in the off-season).
Cobbler's Cove, Barbados
Check into The Pink Lady, also known as Cobbler's Cove, located in Barbados. Barbados is famous for its charm and hospitality, and Cobbler's Cove does not disappoint. Voted the Best Caribbean All-Inclusive by TripSavvy, Cobbler's Cove is famous for its private beach and lush gardens. Plus, the chic interior makes visitors feel they're arriving at a particularly accommodating mansion rather than an impersonal resort. Located in Speightstown, in the parish of St. Peter, room rates are about $900, though they increase to $1,100 during the winter holidays and drop to roughly $500 during the off-season.
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Some all-inclusive resorts cater to families with children and focus on activities appropriate for an age mix of participants; others attract boisterous singles and younger couples looking for a party vacation with plenty of alcohol. To avoid those types of distractions, look for an adults-only property with the types of amenities and activities that most appeal to you. The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas offers the best of both worlds, with adults-only areas plus kid-friendly zones as well. Overlooking Great Bay, room rates begin at $980 during peak season, though price fluctuates based on the date of travel and type of accommodation.
Divi & Tamarijn, Aruba
Get two for the price of one when you check into Divi and its sister resort, Tamarijn, on the "One Happy Island" of Aruba. The resorts are perfect for the senior luxury traveler interested in cultural excursions, as the colorful downtown charm of Oranjestad is located minutes away. Rental cars aren't necessary as complimentary shuttles link both resorts, including transport to The Links, a 9-hole golf course overlooking the ocean. Plus, the Tamarijn has recently reopened after a five-million-dollar renovation, and there are currently savings of 50 perfect on all-inclusive rates. Through March 31st, travelers to Divi can receive up to 45% off resort packages, and rooms begin at roughly $470 per night for both resorts (Divi and Tamarijn).
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island, Bahamas
Head to Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan, an all-inclusive on Grand Bahama Island which boasts spacious rooms with gorgeous balconies, as well as unlimited golfing on the Reef Course. There are regular events for visitors, including beach barbecues. Another option is the Hotel Riu Palace, an all-inclusive resort that is located on the Bahamian island of New Providence, near downtown Nassau. Though there are enough activities, you may never feel the need to leave the resort.
Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
While some islands, such as Martinique, do not feature all-inclusive resorts, others, such as the Dominican Republic, have a variety of such resort offerings. The Excellence Punta Cana was ranked one of the 9 best all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic in 2020 by TripSavvy and was particularly noted for having the best beachfront. The adults-only resort along the northeast coast offers expansive beaches and sheltered dunes for privacy, with tropical forests extending from the coastline with a half-mile density in either direction. Additionally, the variety of cuisine and spa treatments will satisfy the indulgences of luxury-seeking senior travelers. Plus, the resort abides by the Punta Cana Promise, established to ensure maximal safety for vacationers in Punta Cana. Guests have the option of booking vacation packages that feature both flight and hotel costs, and the price for a room begins at about $1,1400 during the peak winter months. Another option in the Dominican Republic includes the Casa de Campo. The course at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic earns accolades as the Caribbean's best.
Fort Young Hotel, Dominica
Our next selection is perfect for senior travelers looking to explore a new part of the Caribbean without sacrificing luxury. Dominica's Fort Young Hotel offers an all-inclusive package and boasts waterside views that will remind travelers of the Amalfi coast (particularly the umbrella-lined pool overlooking the sea). The resort features various adventure and activity packages for travelers interested in exploring the Caribbean's "Nature Island." Life at the resort also includes weekly cocktail hours and gorgeous seaside dining. Plus, the hotel will also schedule activities and coordinate travel to said activities for its visitors who may be reluctant to brave the island's winding, vertiginous roads. Located in the capital of Roseau, Oceanfront room prices average at about $315 per night during the high season of the winter months.
Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica
The Couples Tower Isle in Jamaica has a wonderful, laid-back vibe for senior travelers looking for a peaceful vacation. The flagship property of all the Couples Resorts in Jamaica, the Couples Tower Isle has various health and wellness options, including tennis and aquatic fitness classes. The spa and Veggie Bar also establishes this destination as a wellness oasis. Located in Ocho Rios, the room price can vary at about $1,900 based on travel dates during the high season. Other options in Jamaica include the Couples Swept Away Resort, which attracts tennis lovers, and the Breezes Grand in Negril, Jamaica, which provides an array of fine-dining options.
Lions Dive Beach Resort, Curacao
Our next selection, in Curacao, is perfect for the senior traveler looking for an active vacation. Lions Dive Beach Resort is perfect for visitors looking to get their scuba certificate and is perfect for senior travelers up for an adventure. The resort coordinates your lessons and certification, and you will be studying Dive SSI training. Additionally, the resort's array of beach bars and restaurants are divine. Located in Willemstad, rooms begin at about $230 per night, though the price varies by the size of your accommodation.