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Palace resorts are alluring, beachfront retreats located along Mexico's Riviera Maya, in or near the coastal towns of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. In Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resort is kids-free while Sun Palace and Isla Mujeres Palace are specifically geared toward couples.
Iberostar offers numerous options in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, plus three resorts in Jamaica. They provide relaxing atmospheres in well-preserved natural settings, with spacious pools, lush gardens and sandy beaches. In some locations, several Iberostar hotels are in one complex, and guests have exchange privileges at neighboring properties.
Hard Rock Hotels brings its unique brand of entertainment and hospitality to its all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Among the included features is "The Sound of Your Stay," which provides musical amenities like in-room DJ equipment, the loan of a Fender guitar and free downloadable playlists. They welcome guests of all ages, but the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has a kids-free section called Heaven, with separate pools and beach.
Hyatt recently entered the all-inclusive market with two new, distinct brands: Hyatt Ziva, for vacationers of all ages, and Hyatt Zilara, which provides kids-free environments. Three new Hyatt all-inclusives are scheduled to open in Jamaica and Mexico this November and December.
Palladium was founded more than 40 years ago. Its brands include the Grand Palladium properties in the Caribbean and Mexico, with pools, spa treatments, age-appropriate kids' activities and restaurants from Spanish to Brazilian to Italian. The Royal Suites by Palladium are kids-free retreats with an intimate ambience and personalized butler service complemented by full access to the services, dining venues, bars and activities of the adjacent Grand Palladium resorts.
Occidental is comprised of three distinct brands: Allegro, Grand and Royal Hideaway. Allegro Resorts in Costa Rica and Mexico are moderately priced, with upbeat moods and a broad array of daytime activities followed by lively nighttime entertainment. Occidental Grand Resorts in Aruba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are a notch above. Dining options are more upscale and varied, and some accommodations feature the additional perks of the Royal Club, such as private check-in and an exclusive restaurant and lounge. Occidental also operates the Royal Hideaway Playacar in Mexico's Riviera Maya; it has six restaurants, a dinner theater, spa, six pools and a kids-free atmosphere.
Riu has dozens of all-inclusive options, mostly in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico, plus two options each in Costa Rica and Aruba and one property each in the Bahamas, Panama and St. Martin. Often three or four Riu properties are located in one large complex, where guests enjoy exchange privileges at the sister resorts.
Karisma has all-inclusive resorts along Mexico's Riviera Maya and in Negril, Jamaica. It includes four kids-free El Dorado resorts and four family-friendly Azul properties. Azul Fives is a nice option for large family groups, with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens. The Generations Resorts feature all-suite accommodations (including two- and three-bedroom options) and butler service.
Three of our Excellence properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic offer an elegant, kids-free atmosphere. Each has a multitude of restaurants, bars and lounges, plus 24-hour room service. In March 2015, the company will open its newest resort in the Cancun area, Finest Playa Mujeres, which will have the same upscale experience as other Excellence properties but will be geared to guests of all ages: families with young kids, couples, multigenerational groups and friends traveling together. Excellence also offers The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, a 109-room, family-friendly option north of Cancun.
The Sandos hotels in Mexico provide guests with an array of diversions, from water sports and tennis to a daily activities program and live entertainment at night. Its Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort in Playa del Carmen emphasizes Mayan culture and the natural surroundings of mangroves and jungle (you might spot a macaw or spider monkey).
Oasis Resorts in Cancun and Tulum offer value-packed vacations. Most Oasis properties are great for families, while one is kids-free. Each hotel offers multiple restaurants, bars and activities.
The all-inclusive properties of Melia Hotels International are found in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico. The company operates three brands, and all properties are rated 4 to 5 stars. The Paradisus hotels feature all-suite accommodations and include Royal Service rooms with butler service and additional amenities. Melia resorts offer a well-rounded tropical escape with a variety of restaurants, bars, water sports, pools and kids' programs. Meanwhile, ME Cancun is a stylish, contemporary spot offering exciting nightlife and a sophisticated ambience.
Club Med is a pioneer in the all-inclusive resort industry. Of the 11 Club Med properties we represent, one -- Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos -- offers a kids-free setting. Club Med also has the only all-inclusive resort in the U.S., Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Barcelo has all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. One is kids-free -- Barcelo Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana at the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic.
Dreams resorts are family-friendly getaways in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Explorer's Club for young guests ages 3 to 12 has weekly beach campouts and sand castle competitions, and the Dominican Republic properties have Core Zone Teens Clubs.
Secrets provides upscale, kids-free experiences in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and on both coasts of Mexico. They offer elegant decor, multiple restaurants and lounges and 24-hour room service.
If you're seeking an intimate, couples-only atmosphere, check out the Sandals resorts in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia, or the four Couples resorts, all in Jamaica.
Finally, families might consider a vacation at Beaches in Jamaica or Turks and Caicos, where younger guests can participate in supervised, age-appropriate programs at the Kids Camp -- like Sesame Street-themed activities and treasure hunts for little ones, or glass-bottom boat rides and beach volleyball for tweens. Teens can try out the Xbox Play Lounge or Scratch DJ Academy.
10 Most Popular Resorts
We would like to highlight 10 of our best-selling resorts. In no particular order, these are some of the most popular choices among Travel All Inclusive customers based on recent reservations.
They are located along the beaches of the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. All are all-inclusive, which means that accommodations, meals, snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and many sports and activities are included in the price paid upfront.
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- The beach at this 5-star resort is protected by a coral reef, making for a calm sea that's perfect for trying out the kayaks and snorkeling gear. Choose from 11 restaurants, including Japanese, French, Mexican and Italian venues and international and Dominican buffets. A 1,400-guest theater hosts live performances. The Barcy Water Park for kids has castles, slides and waterfalls, while the Xone Nightclub provides teens with music and nonalcoholic drinks.
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica -- Five pools (including a kids-free pool) and a beautiful beach on Jamaica's north coast beckon guests to unwind at this 4-star property. It shares facilities with neighboring Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, and guests are free to take advantage of the amenities at both properties. Three buffet restaurants are supplemented by seven a la carte eateries, and 13 bars are spread throughout the complex. Recreational features include catamarans, kayaks, paddle boats, tennis and basketball courts and, for kids ages 4 to 12, a supervised children's club.
Melia Caribe Tropical, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- This is a family-friendly, 5-star resort, about 20 minutes from the Punta Cana airport. Flintstones-themed activities keep kids entertained, while parents can indulge in therapies at one of the two spas, which have indoor and outdoor treatment areas. There are three buffet-style restaurants and 10 specialty restaurants, like The Pagoda for Thai fusion, Capri for seafood and The Guarapo for traditional Dominican cuisine. Fourteen bars and 10 pools dot the property, and an 18-hole course and golf academy are across the street at the Cocotal Golf and Country Club.
Breezes Resort & Spa - Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas -- The sugar-white sands of Cable Beach are the star attraction of this property, but vacationers also have access to a 30-foot climbing wall, karaoke bar, a flying trapeze, "bouncy boxing" facilities and other unique attractions. This 4-star resort is just 10 minutes from the airport and five minutes from the duty-free shops of downtown. It's open to guests ages 14 and up, though no guests under 18 are allowed from March through May, unless accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
Hotel Riu Guanacaste, Guanacaste, Costa Rica -- Surrounded by gardens and backed by lush, green hills, this 5-star Pacific Coast haven offers an array of land and water sports, like beach volleyball, tennis, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing. Take scuba diving lessons in the pool, or indulge in a hot stone or shiatsu massage in the Renova Spa. A kids' program caters to young guests ages 4 to 12, and there are day-to-night activities scheduled for adults, too.
Excellence Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- A 5.5-star property that wraps dance lessons, archery, snorkeling, bicycle tours and yoga classes into its all-inclusive vacation package, the kids-free Excellence Punta Cana is a favorite among active couples looking for an engaging getaway. Two expansive pools, eight a la carte restaurants, 10 bars, a spa and cardio-conditioning facility round out the list of on-site amenities.
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica -- This 3-star, all-inclusive property is particularly family-friendly. The youth staff at the KidSpree Vacation Club organizes activities for ages 6 months to 3 years, ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12. KidSuites feature a partially separated section for your young travelers, with bunk beds and a child's desk or play table, providing children their own space and parents a bit of privacy. The buffet restaurant includes a kids' corner and pizza bar.
Crown Paradise Club Cancun, Cancun, Mexico -- With family suites that accommodate up to seven people, this 4-star, all-inclusive resort is another good choice for a vacation with the kids. Supervised activities are scheduled throughout the day for young guests in the children's program, which is divided into three tiers: 18 months to 3 years, 4 to 12 years and 13 to 17 years. There are even nightly themed shows just for kids. Adults can indulge in the spa, play golf or tennis or enjoy the paddle boats, Hobie Cats and snorkeling gear.
Hotel Riu Santa Fe, Los Cabos, Mexico -- This 4.5-star property is located just a couple of miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It's a large resort, with 902 rooms, four specialty restaurants, seven bars, a spa, nightclub, conference rooms and gym. Daily activities and nightly shows entertain guests around the clock.
Iberostar Cancun, Cancun, Mexico -- This sprawling, 5-star resort opened in December 2011 after a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding. Top draws include seven pools, an 18-hole championship golf course, a supervised children's area with water playground, a teen club and a spa with a secluded relaxation garden. Suites have private hot tubs on their balconies. Dining options range from a casual poolside snack bar to four gourmet restaurants. Iberostar Cancun is about 15 minutes from the city's airport.