The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

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The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

Lots of resorts tout themselves as "all-inclusive," then charge extra for everything from an afternoon on the tennis court to after-dinner drinks. So we went on the hunt and found 10 resorts where you can lock your cash away and never have to see a bill. All of the prices listed include meals, drinks from soda to liquor, tax, and gratuities. Even better: Prices at these one-rate-for-all resorts go as low as $87 per person, per night, plus some throw in usually pricey extras like cooking lessons and spa treatments.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $362 per person, per night;

Club Med is considered the first all-inclusive chain in the world, and this Florida hotel 30 minutes from West Palm Beach is one of the few genuinely wallet-free resorts in the States. Guests spend days sunning by the five pools or hopping over to the public beach (20 minutes away). And don't forget to take a turn on the flying trapeze (a Club Med signature). When you need to refuel, the resort has two restaurants to choose from, plus a full bar.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $121 per person, per night;

If you are looking for something more intimate than a sprawling, oversized resort but still want a cash-free trip, book the Grand Pineapple. The low-key 65-room boutique property on Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach has one restaurant and one freshwater pool and is tailor made for couples looking to get away from it all without breaking bank. The rooms are housed in 14 pastel cottages and have either beach or garden views (some even have balconies or terraces) and are pretty basic. But who needs fancy with prices like these?

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $87 per person, per night;

The D.R. is known for its cheap sleeps, and this one-price-includes-all escape directly on Bavaro Beach is no exception. When not playing in the ocean's turquoise-blue waters, guests fill up on Caribbean, Mexican and steakhouse cuisine and top-shelf drinks at the five restaurants. At night, the stage at La Pergola is alive with a band playing merengue and salsa, so you can put the steps you learned at the free classes to good use. The only time you'll need cash is at the casino, but with all the money you've saved you won't mind a bit if lady luck isn't on your side.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $112 per person, per night;

St. Lucia's quiet south coast is away from the tourist track, but there is plenty to do right on the resort's 85 acres. And unlike many of this island's hotels, which are a hair-raising drive up and through the island's mountainous terrain, Coconut Bay is only minutes (and a free transfer) from the main Hewanorra airport. Unless you book island excursions, most of your vacation will be spent playing in the three swimming pools, exploring the hiking trail or bellying up to the swim-up bar. The Atlantic Ocean is at your feet, but it's is pretty rollicking so you are better of heading to the onsite water park's lazy river and waterslides. Evening brings Caribbean nights and a live steeplan band.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $270 per night for two adults;

There aren't a ton of activities at this small cottage hotel, so go here if the most strenuous thing you want to do all day is lifting your arm to signal for another cocktail. And that's just the way they like it on Antigua, which claims to have 365 beaches (one for each day of the year). If you are feeling adventurous, take a drive past mango groves and old sugar mills to the historic Nelson's Dockyard National Park and museum. The village-like area's marina is rife with dinghies and tall ships and shops sell naval memorabilia. Back at the resort you can raise your glass at sunset and watch as another boat sails by.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $235 per person, per night;

The Spice Island is pretty well seasoned when it comes to providing an upscale vacation experience and LaSource offers a great deal. The rate is a bit higher than others on this list, but that's because it includes extras not seen anywhere else. Book a tee time at the nine-hole golf course for no extra charge, plus you can head to the spa for a gratis treatment every full day of your stay The water sports available are impressive as well. Certified guests can take a free SCUBA dive per day (non-certified can do a "try dive") and even waterskiing is on the oversized activities menu. Gourmet meals are served at the four dining spots and premium-liquor is poured from the happy-go-lucky barkeeps.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $328 a night for two;

This resort is on one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean, where the sand is blindingly white and trade winds provide the breeze pushing dozens of windsurfers around in the sea. Tamarijn's oceanfront rooms are island casual and have balconies or patios, but most guests at this family-friendly spot spend their time outside in the sun (be sure to pack lots of sunscreen). Nine restaurants serve everything from burgers to grilled Mahi Mahi and glasses stay full for as long as you want. When the sun sets, take the free shuttle to the nearby Alhambra Casino or head over to Tamarijn's sister property, the Divi, to dance the night away. On an island that's notoriously pricey due to its hurricane-free position, this is a bargain and even more of a steal if you are bringing the kids. Two children 17 and under can stay, play and eat free, bringing the price down to $82 per person for a family of four.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $202 per night for two adults;

There are few swimmable beaches in this part of Mexico due to the Sea of Cortez's undertows, but luckily the Meliá has a piece of coastal property that's safe for snorkeling. Still, pool culture reigns supreme and the recently remodeled resort boasts the area's largest (there's also a 10-person oceanfront Jacuzzi). When you are ready to get out of the water, take a turn on the rock climbing wall or the beach zip-line. There are also four restaurants and three bars serving unlimited guacamole and margaritas, so you'll never go hungry or thirsty.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

From $239 per person, per night for two;

Eco-friendly doesn't mean spare at the Paradisus, a 2,400-acre luxury resort area in the middle of a nature preserve. All rooms are suites and come with a stocked mini bar in case you don't get your fill at the nine restaurants serving everything from Asian to Mexican cuisine. Tennis, kayaking, and even sushi-making classes are among the on-site activities, and the beach is a short walk away. The resort is family-friendly and has a kids club, in-room game consoles, plus there's a milk-and-cookies turndown service. If you are leaving the kids at home, book the adults-only Royal Service section. This is a hotel within the resort and very adult with its own butlers, restaurant, and a private pool with sexy Bali beds.

The Real Deal: Ten All-Inclusive Summer Resorts

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August 21 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How in the world do you fing the names and the pricing on these "all inclusive" deals? It doesn't do any good, and is pretty annoying to look at "pretty pictures" and then NOT be able to find the resorts! Come on AOL - This is just an annoying tease! I think it's time to change "search engines!"

August 28 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would go to the carribean, but I say give your money to our country, Florida is wonderful, Keys are beautiful. You will love it. Plus you know the laws and will be safe. Going to Mexico, or SA you must have a death wish. Talk to people that have seen their children end up in jail for a minor traffic violation, people that were subjected to stealing, or worse. You would need your head examined to go into Mexico in my opinion...and CA and SA is not a lot better. You are subjected to their laws, the corruption in police is widespread, and the drug cartels love stealing wealthy people (and they look at all Americans as wealthy). You may be very lucky for a long time, but you need to educate yourself. BVI is fine, and the carribean is fine and safe, but the Keys and Key West are beautiful, by far, and you are SAFE people. STOP being a statistic, and then moaning and groaning that you were wronged. Why invite the trouble into your life?

June 20 2010 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Right on the money. I tell people all the time. Just working hard will never make you wealthy. NOT buying that pair of shoes or that big screen TV, and saving, saving, saving....will. If you start when you are young, and I don't care if its 5 or 10.00 dollars a payday....when you are 50, you can become very wealthy. Buying that purse or dress and shopping all the time will just make you poor. SAVE, SAVE.

June 20 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bummed :(

ummm... i think i might be missing something here,,, i can only see the pictures .. is there any information on these resorts other then the comments?
i was hoping to find a list of the 10 resorts mentioned in the comment below the photos

June 20 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will NOT go to Mexico, nor Costa Rica, I will not go into that country. If you are ok, then you are lucky. I am not going to any South American or Central American country. Too many things can go wrong, and you are SOL. Bend over and kiss your rear goodbye. Give your money to Florida, LA, AL, and MI. They need the money. Key West is beautiful, and the water is incredible. Go to the Keys and Key West. Keep me in America. Prefer living with our laws. When you travel to another country, you have to abide by their laws, and often corruption in police, and drug cartels. You may be ok, and you may not be ok. Its not worth the chance.

June 19 2010 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

" AT"....please tell me there's a journalism major somewhere on your staff>

June 19 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, one is in Florida, but at $362 a night, rather high I think.

June 19 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are there none of these places in the United States?

June 19 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am surprised that Sandals Resorts aren't listed. They are all-inclusive and have resorts in Jaamaica, the Bahamas, St Lucia and Antigua. I have been to four of their resorts and can attest to the fantastic treatment, food and accomodations.

June 19 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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