Say goodbye to bland buffets and hello to a new era of all-inclusive luxury. Modern travelers, especially the younger and more discerning crowd, crave boutique design and top-notch gastronomy as part of their all-inclusive experience. The concept of high-end all-inclusive resorts, once synonymous with the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, is now making waves in Europe, with upscale brands like Marriott, Hyatt, and Wyndham jumping on board.
Ikos Andalucia, Spain – A Gastronomic Paradise
Ikos, known for its Greek presence, has ventured beyond to create an all-inclusive haven in Andalucia, Spain. With Michelin-starred chefs crafting the menus, premium drinks on tap, and a myriad of activities like paddle-boarding and yoga, Ikos Andalucia sets a new standard. There are nine restaurants, two of which boast Michelin stars, offering culinary journeys spanning Greece, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Plus, a “dine out” program lets you explore local restaurants in Marbella and Estepona at no extra cost.
Club Med Val d’Isère, France – Alpine All-Inclusive Extravaganza
Club Med, the French resort brand, has raised the bar by introducing its Exclusive Collection in stunning destinations worldwide, including Val d’Isère, France. Beyond its exceptional ski experiences, Val d’Isère offers a summer escape free from coastal humidity and crowds. The resort boasts a sizable spa, pristine lakes for swimming, biking and hiking trails, and even yoga classes. Kids aged 4-17 can enjoy complimentary club access, filled with adventurous activities. The food is a highlight, with a focus on local Savoie and Italian ingredients, and an array of wines from local Alpine producers.
TRS Ibiza Hotel, Ibiza – An Adults-Only Oasis
For an adults-only escape on Ibiza, TRS Ibiza Hotel is the place to be. This chic resort, launched in 2022, takes all-inclusive to the next level with its Signature Level category. Guests in this tier can dine at select Ibizan agroturismos, enjoy VIP areas, spa access, and premium beverages. The resort offers various dining options, from Latino-Iberian grills to beach club-style menus. DJs provide entertainment by the infinity pools, and the rooftop pool and cocktail bar offer sundowners with live music.
Hillside Beach Club, Turkey – The Pioneer of Smart All-Inclusives
Hillside Beach Club pioneered smart all-inclusives on the Turquoise Coast of southern Turkey. This 330-room resort, nestled into forested cliffs, has been praised for its high rate of return bookings. It offers a wide range of complimentary sports and activities, including age-ranked children’s clubs. The dining options are diverse, with al fresco Italian, Turkish, and Mediterranean restaurants, as well as plenty of healthy choices.
Cap Maison, St Lucia – Caribbean Culinary Excellence
St. Lucia is a Caribbean treasure for gourmet all-inclusive resorts, and Cap Maison stands out for its hacienda-style charm and culinary excellence. This boutique resort offers just 49 rooms, suites, and villas, making it feel exclusive. Guests can enjoy French-Caribbean fine dining and contemporary seafood dishes, all against a backdrop of stunning sea views. With an executive chef at the helm since 2008, culinary excellence is guaranteed.
Palmaïa, Quintana Roo, Mexico – Wellness and Vegan Paradise
Palmaïa, just outside Playa del Carmen, offers an elegant wellness retreat with a focus on vegan cuisine. The Architects of Life program includes beach and rainforest rituals, meditation, and outdoor activities for children. All four restaurants feature plant-based menus, and sustainable practices are a priority, from biodegradable bathroom products to leather-free furnishings.
Kudadoo, Maldives – Ultimate All-Inclusive Bliss
In the Maldives, Kudadoo sets the gold standard for upscale all-inclusives. Guests enjoy unlimited spa treatments, private yoga sessions, and gourmet dining. The resort’s private butlers ensure a five-star experience, and even children are pampered with activities and tailored food menus. The overwater villas offer luxury and seclusion, making it the epitome of all-inclusive bliss.
These resorts redefine the all-inclusive experience, offering not just convenience but also exceptional quality and unforgettable memories. So, pack your bags and get ready for an all-inclusive adventure like no other!