Affordable all inclusive getaways aren’t just a dream. Here’s how to do it.
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
It’s impossible to really relax on vacation if, in the back of your mind, you’re constantly worrying about how you’re going to pay for it. All inclusive resorts, of course (which bundle your room, food, drinks and activities) eliminate the departure-day surprise. So when you find an all-inclusive that offers extraordinary value, it would be foolish to stay home, right? Right. Which is why we’ve corralled the best all inclusives under $300 per person per night right here.
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua For a starting price of just $89 per person per night guests can save (big time!) while they savor this west-coast hotel’s simple pleasures, the highlight of which is that mile-long stretch of sand at Jolly Harbour.
Riu Republica, Dominican Republic This adults-only resort in Arena Gorda beach feels more chic that cheap, with 1,000 sleek suites; a pair of pools, a beautiful sweep of sand and a lively yet laidback atmosphere that makes it perfect for girlfriend getaways and other group vacays. How’s that for rates starting at around $100 per person per night?
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia What’s to love about this all-inclusive? Let’s start with the fact that its really two hotels in one (an adults-only and a family-friendly side) and that it’s set on a mile-long sweep of beach only five minutes’ drive from the airport. Oh, and let’s not forget the rates, which begin at around $160 per person night.
Divi Aruba Resort Rates at this 203-room Divi Beach playground offer excellent value, largely because they also include unlimited access to sister hotel Tamarijn Aruba resort and kids under 12 (with grownups, of course) stay and eat free year-round.
Riu Palace St Martin With rates that start at $240 per night, this Spanish-owned resort on the island’s French side packs in the perks, including four restaurants; a huge beachfront infinity pool; free WI-FI; and a surprisingly subdued and sophisticated vibe.
Riu Reggae, Jamaica A mere seven minutes after touching down in Montego Bay, you could be enjoying this chain’s newest Jamaican resort, where above-and-beyond service meets diverse dining options (including plenty of local fare) and exchange privilege privileges at Riu Montego Bay. Rates that start at $130 per night make this one of the island’s best all-inclusive values.
Breezes, Bahamas Presiding over Nassau’s famed Cable Beach, this classic all-inclusive has all the essentials of a carefree Caribbean holiday: 391 comfortable rooms and suites; five restaurants; three pools; and a seaside spa. And the rates – starting at just under the $300 per person per night mark – mean you’ll stay carefree, even after the credit card bill arrives.