Home » Summer Getaway: All-inclusive Resorts Just One Flight Away
IF WINTER WEATHER HAS YOU DAYDREAMING OF A GETAWAY TO THE TROPICS, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. IT’S PRIME TIME FOR PLANNING SUMMER VACATIONS, AND WARM SANDS AREN’T FAR OUT OF REACH. TROPICAL RESORTS ABOUND, BUT FOR THE SAKE OF SIMPLICITY, WE WONDERED: WHERE CAN YOU GO IN JUST ONE FLIGHT, WITH HARDLY ANY EXTRA EXPENDITURES ONCE YOU ARRIVE? IT TURNS OUT THERE ARE DOZENS OF CHOICES! HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST-LOVED ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS THAT ARE ONLY A DIRECT FLIGHT AWAY FROM WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
El Conquistador and Las Casitas Village
This Waldorf Astoria property on Puerto Rico’s east coast, set atop a 300-foot bluff, offers an all-inclusive package for a relaxing, stress-free trip. Included are dining, water park admission, a pool cabana, kids’ clubs, and access to all property amenities, such as the private, 100- acre Palomino Island with mini-golf and other activities. Guests also enjoy spa discounts, waived tennis court and greens fees, and free foot golf after 4 pm on the championship course designed by Arthur Hills. Best of all: no passport needed!
With five resorts surrounded by lagoons and aquariums, this destination reimagines the mythical city of Atlantis. Set on Paradise Island 20 minutes from the Nassau airport, Atlantis has an elaborate water park, a dolphin park, a shark tank, and the largest open-air aquarium in the world with more than 50,000 aquatic animals. The resort offers all-inclusive packages that cover dining and drinks, entertainment, tennis, admission to the water park, and more.
Travelers seeking romantic getaways often flock to the legendary adults-only Sandals Resorts. In Nassau, Sandals Royal Bahamian offers an impressive collection of cove beaches, restaurants, full-service bars (including three swim-ups), and pools. Emerald Bay, located in the exotic Bahamian Out Islands, boasts a championship golf course, as well as multiple restaurants, bars, and pools.
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana
If your kids want a fun environment and you want stylish accommodations, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana offers the best of both worlds. This new resort combines elegance with kid-friendly themes for a luxury family experience. Find world-class dining, oversized suites (some are swim-up!), and amenities for everyone. Adults will love the gourmet dining, spa, and upscale details, while children will keep busy with the Aqua Nick water park, Nickelodeon character appearances, and kids’ clubs. (Be on the lookout, the resort is opening another location in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in late 2017).
Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana
Fun abounds at this vibrant, music-themed resort. With 15 pools, 9 restaurants, 17 lounges, a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, daily entertainment, water sports, a music lab, and a kids’ club, there’s never a dull moment. Family amenities include “rock star mini golf,” while a casino and nightclub provide nightlife amenities for adults.
Club Med Punta Cana
Pristine beaches, a turquoise lagoon, and sports not enough? This resort adds something different with the CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil experience, where guests can try out a trapeze, tightrope walking, juggling, and more. Couples and others seeking quiet time will love the Zen Oasis, an adults-only pool, beach, and bar.
Iberostar Grand Bavaro
A Greco-Roman design gives this colorful, adults-only resort a unique look. Vast pools, a nightclub, sports, shows, and golf (for an extra fee) keep guests busy, while five restaurants provide a way to recharge—if you can pull yourself away from the white-sand beaches, that is.
Dining options abound at this family-friendly resort in Punta Cana with 12 international restaurants. Other key features include botanical gardens, a lagoon-style pool, tennis, water sports, a casino, and unlimited golf, as well as nightly shows, an adventure park, and mangrove tours.
The adults-only Sandals Resorts have a strong presence here: there are eight located on this Caribbean island, and Sandals provides roundtrip transfers from Montego Bay airport to each of them. At Sandals, “all-inclusive” means unlimited top-shelf drinks and premium wines, and even fun activities like scuba diving.
These sister resorts to Sandals provide luxury getaways for families. Unlimited activities include land and water sports, as well as access to water parks. Tots can enjoy camps and Sesame Street characters, while older children have programs of their own. Beaches has resorts in Ocho Rios, set on 22 acres of lush tropical gardens with a private beach, and in Negril, along the island’s famed 7-Mile Beach.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
This Riviera Maya resort is big on nature and water-based fun. Its large water park boasts 29 slides, and nature lovers can explore the resort’s dense jungle and mangrove forests through eco-tours and river rides. Adults will appreciate the grown-ups-only areas, supervised kids’ club, and teen programs, and everyone can enjoy the Xcalacoco Experience activities and shows highlighting Mayan and Mexican cultures. The resort is expanding its Family Section with 92 rooms designed exclusively for multigenerational travel: for example, Signature Eco Junior Suites have “personal plunge pools” for tiny travelers.
Praised for its beach, pools, 18-hole golf course, and fantastic views, it’s easy to see why Iberostar Cancun earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for service. The resort caters to all ages, with amenities including a large water park, youth clubs, and professional shows.
El Dorado Royale Cancun
The Karisma chain makes all-inclusive “gourmet inclusive”—included in your stay are gourmet meals and premium alcohol. Named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Hotels in the world, this adults-only resort also has swim-up suite