28 Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts for a Stress-Free Vacation

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Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
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Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on healthline.com and parents.com.
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Oct 31, 2023
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Planning a vacation a la carte sounds great in theory—and it can be a great way to customize a vacation. But it takes time. When planning a romantic getaway, some couples want help ensuring they meet the moment with all the trimmings. The best adults-only all-inclusive resorts around the world provide those trimmings and then some.

In addition to food and beverage credits and the coziest of beds, these resorts have extra perks for couples, like bubbly at arrival, chocolate goodies and spas with ample menus of their own. It makes them ideal for honeymooners or couples celebrating an anniversary or simply needing a chance to relax and reconnect.

Perhaps the best perk? The serene ambiance provided by age minimums. Sometimes adults simply want to enjoy a pool, a swim-up bar and five-star dining experiences without those (usually) adorable giggles from kids. Once you've decided on an all-inclusive, adults-only experience, the only question is: Where is the tide taking you? Are you headed for a white-sand getaway at one of the many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean? Or, is a fuss-free, globe-trotting escape to Africa on your radar? Couples can also find all-inclusive resorts in the US. To help you decide, we compiled a list of the top all-inclusive resorts for grown-ups in the world based on customer reviews.

The Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts by Region:

    The Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in the US

    Bungalows Key Largo, Florida

    Bungalows Key Largo room
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    As the name implies, couples will stay in one of 135 furnished bungalows with outdoor soaking tubs and private verandas at this Florida resort. Some offer lush garden views or waterfront ones—after all, Bungalows Key Largo is located near 1,000 feet of ocean shoreline. All-inclusive means meals, wine and spirit tastings, and welcome drinks are included, too. Ditto for access to cruiser bikes, entertainment and water sports equipment. For some relaxation, the resort's appropriately named Zen Garden Spa has daily yoga classes, facials and massages.

    99010 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Alila Ventana Big Sur, California

    Alila Ventana Big Sur front enterance
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    Alila Ventana Big Sur is a Pacific Coast, adults-only paradise offering couples comfort and romance. Set on 243 acres off the famous Pacific Coast Highway, the half-mile distance from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park makes it easy to visit a renowned site but also allows you to retreat from the crowds. That retreat has a rustic-chic, woodland ambiance seamlessly blended with modern luxury. Think cozy fireplaces, hot tubs and tech gadgets like flat screens and Wi-Fi for couples not looking to unplug completely.

    48123 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Florida

    Little Palm Island Resort and Spa beach view
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    Another Sunshine State escape for couples, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is on a private island along the iconic Florida Keys coastline. The glistening sea provides a stunning backdrop to a vacation that's truly an escape from everyday life—rooms don't have TVs or phones, and the resort is only for the 18+ crowd. What couples do get is access to a white-sand beach. A culinary indulgence package offers daily meals (including a three-course lunch and four-course dinner) with only a two-night minimum stay, making it ideal for mini-mooners and busy couples.

    28500 Overseas Hwy, Little Torch Key, FL 33042

    4.6 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

    Lake Austin Spa Resort living room area
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    Upscale meets casual at Lake Austin Spa Resort, an all-inclusive hideaway located 23 miles and a world away from the bustling downtown Austin area. Rooms have garden or lake vistas that feel like anything but a concrete jungle. Three daily meals with locally sourced ingredients, daily paddle clinics and yoga classes are among the array of perks for couples. While kids aren't allowed, well-behaved pups are welcome for pet parents hoping to enjoy a family getaway (they'll even get a spa bed to lounge on).

    1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

    Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana

    Sanctuary Cap Cana resort
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    When couples peruse all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for adults only, waterfront vistas are often top of mind. Sanctuary Cap Cana's all-inclusive accommodations include stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Guests have access to a private white-sand beach, a literal handful of outdoor pools (five), unlimited drinks and nightly entertainment. Not in the mood to leave the room? No worries. Ditch FOMO by sharing quiet time on a private balcony or terrace or by soaking in whirlpools, which are available in all suites. Punta Espada Golf Club is less than five miles away.

    Boulevard Zona Hotelera, Punta Cana 23302, Dominican Republic

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Punta Cana

    Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana pool view
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    Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana opened its doors in 2019 and immediately made a splash in the crowded Punta Cana resort scene—literally. The adults-only, all-inclusive Caribbean retreat is set in an exclusive gated community along the shores of Juanillo Beach. It also boasts a waterpark, lazy river and swim-up bar, so couples can soak up their celebratory or just-because getaway however floats their boat. The all-inclusive deal includes unlimited drinks, dining at six restaurants and five bars, and beach butler service.

    Playa Juanillo, Blvd. Zona Hotelera, Punta Cana 23302, Dominican Republic

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Hammock Cove Resort and Spa, Antigua

    Hammock Cove Resort and Spa, room with ocean view
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    Hammock Cove Resort and Spa's sprawling property gives way to lush views of Devil's Bridge National Park (three miles away) and the Atlantic Ocean. Though it's a sight to behold, a stay here is a multi-sensory experience for couples, who can indulge in breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and light bites, as well as Sommelier-curated wine recommendations. The white-sand beaches are soft and serene, and the three-tier infinity pool offers another way to wade in calm waters.

    St. Phillip's North Willikies St. Philip Adjacent to Devil's Bridge National Park, Antigua & Barbuda

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Serenity at Coconut Bay, St. Lucia

    Serenity at Coconut Bay room with pool
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    Serenity at Coconut Bay in St. Lucia is a top-rated, five-star resort that lives up to its name. It genuinely offers a fuss-free vacation. Its location less than two miles from the airport leaves couples with plenty of time to unwind and settle into airy rooms with white walls and posh four-poster beds. Some upgraded suites have in-room plunge pools. Unlimited wine, spirits, craft cocktails (which can be brought to you poolside) and beach cabanas are among the amenities couples can indulge in.

    Eau Piquant, St. Lucia

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica

    Excellence Oyster Bay, pool and ocean view
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    You're always on island time at Jamaica's all-inclusive resorts for adults only, and Excellence Oyster Bay is no exception. Enveloped by glistening turquoise waters and mangrove lagoons, Excellence Oyster Bay feels like paradise from the moment couples arrive. Italian, Asian and seafood restaurants are among the options for couples looking to wine and dine without leaving the resort. Beach villas come with an exclusive stretch of beach and an intimate dinner for two. A spa offers couples pedicures, massages and a ritual that includes a scrub.

    Oyster Bay Peninsula Coopers Pen, Falmouth, Jamaica

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

    Hilton Playa del Carmen, an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort

    Hilton Playa del Carmen, grounds
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    The Riviera Maya resort is teeming with an abundance of all-inclusives and adults-only resorts, but the newest player is Hilton Playa del Carmen. The all-inclusive property features 14 restaurants and bars on-site, as well as a wellness center and two pools. The best part about Playa del Carmen is naturally the pristine strips of beaches that make couples feel as though they've landed on some remote island, despite easy access to nearby Cancun and Tulum.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Excellence Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres

    Excellence Playa Mujeres, pool
    Photo: Excellence Playa Mujeres

    Consistently lauded as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico for adults, Excellence Playa Mujeres dots every "i" and crosses every "t" for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Beachfront surroundings epitomize Cancun's gorgeous setting, and a spa has treatments designed for couples, like massages and pedicures. The Mayan ruins are less than three miles away and perfect for an off-resort excursion for couples who love a good History Channel binge-watching session.

    Prolongación Bonampak S/N Mz. 1 Lt.10 Sm. 3 Condominio Playa Mujeres Sm. 3 Condominio Playa Mujeres, 77400 Q.R., Mexico

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Cancun

    Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, pool
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    Nestled on the lauded and secluded Maroma Beach, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is a white-sand sanctuary for grown-ups. Everything is included in your stay—no wristband needed (goodbye, tan line). The pool and beach wait service lets couples kick their flip-flops off and focus on one another for a while. Gourmet à la carte restaurants don't require reservations, but dinners are included—ditto for top-shelf spirits and natural fruit juices. Speaking of natural—the ocean views are perhaps the biggest perk of all.

    Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 306.5Km 306.5 Playa Del Carmen, 77710 Quintana Roo, Q.R., Mexico

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta

    Casa Velas, garden + pool
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    Nestled among tropical gardens and designed for adults only, Casa Velas' all-inclusive benefits include three à la carte meals at on-site restaurant Emiliano, a relaxed yet gourmet spot serving food inspired by its Mexican locale. A table on the romantic outdoor terrace is a must on a balmy night. Táu Beach Club is also part of the deal. Some upgraded suites offer private balconies, whirlpool tubs and plunge pools, where couples can soak up their time together in peace.

    C. Pelícanos 311, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Iberostar Grand Paraíso, Riviera Maya

    Iberostar Grand Paraíso, poolside view
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    A five-star, adults-only paradise situated on a white-sand beach, Iberostar Grand Paraíso is set in upscale digs. But the atmosphere is warm, literally and figuratively. Rooms blend white with brown hues for a refined but homey look, and each one has a private balcony, setting it apart from other resorts. Room service includes a 24-hour menu, though there are plenty of a la carte dining options, from Japanese to Mexican. A daily hour of non-motorized water sports, like snorkeling or kayaking, is included. When the sun sets, all-inclusive guests can attend a nightly entertainment show. Though there's plenty to do on property, the resort is about 50 miles from Tulum—home to the ancient Mayan archeological site—for couples hoping to venture off the grounds for a day.

    Avenida del Sol 309, Playa Paraiso, 77710 Riviera Maya, Q.R., Mexico

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe

    TUI BLUE Adriatic Beach, Croatia

    TUI BLUE Adriatic Beach, view of resort
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    All-inclusive resorts on the beach aren't just located in Mexico or the Caribbean. TUI BLUE Adriatic Beach's property is right on a sandy beach by the Adriatic Sea. The sea's stunning blue and turquoise waters are surrounded by forests, and couples can take it all in from their airy rooms with large windows and balconies. Meals at the hotel's two restaurants and three bars are included with all-inclusive bookings, and TUI BLUE adds theme twists to some, like galas and romantic sunset dinners, making meals a unique experience and not just a chance to eat.

    Porat 136, 21329, Živogošće, Croatia

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Secrets Sunny Beach Resort and Spa, Bulgari

    Secrets Sunny Beach Resort and Spa, evening view of pool area
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    One of the newest all-inclusive, adults-only resorts in Europe, Secrets Sunny Beach Resort opened in 2023 across from the Black Sea. Terraces and balconies give way to views of the sea and UNESCO World Heritage Site Nessebar, the cobblestone Bulgarian city with a truly old-world feel. In the hotel, modern luxury reigns supreme. Spacious rooms are furnished and include a coffee maker, a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. Water sports and yoga classes are part of all-inclusive packages. Couples can spend savings on additional activities like boat excursions that make "us" time all the more memorable.

    Sunny Beach, 8240 Burgas, Bulgaria

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Greece

    St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, main pool
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    The eastern shore of Crete is home to Mirabello Bay, home to an important prehistoric settlement and the largest bay along the Greek islands. There, in the charming town of Agios Nikolaos is a discreet and upscale resort known as St. Nicolas. With its own private beach (both rocky and sandy options), as well as an adults-only, freshwater infinity pool, the property isn't the traditional adults-only all-inclusive resort, but couples can certainly make it so with a full-board option. It's also a short 10-minute drive away from Elounda if you plan to spend your afternoon and lunchtime away from the resort, exploring the glittering shores of Spinalonga and beyond.

    Thesi Nissi, Ágios Nikolaos 721 00, Greece

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Mayia Exclusive Resort and Spa, Greece

    Mayia Exclusive Resort and Spa, overview of grounds
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    A five-star luxury resort on Greece's largest Dodecanese Island, Rhodes, Mayia Exclusive Resort and Spa is a sprawling adults-only paradise with a private beach and three pools. Couples can lounge on the beach or by one of the three pools by day and dance at the club each night. Live music performances and dance shows also provide weekly entertainment, and dancing, cooking and mixology classes allow couples to shake things up. Some of the stylish rooms, which go heavy on tranquil light hues, have sea vistas.

    Κιοτάρι 851 09, Greece

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Hotel Vibra District, Spain

    Hotel Vibra District, pool
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    A hop, skip and three-minute walk from San Antonio Beach, Hotel Vibra District invites relaxation and exploration. The adults-only resort has plenty to do on the grounds, including a dazzling swimming pool and restaurants. But it's also near Sant Antoni de Portmany's bustling streets, where couples will find plenty of eateries and shops. However, meals at the buffet-style restaurant are part of the all-inclusive accommodations—ditto for rooms with balconies that let couples take it in on their own time.

    Av. Portmany, 1, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    TRS Ibiza Hotel, Spain

    TRS Ibiza Hotel, pool
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    TRS Ibiza is set on the Balearic island of Ibiza, a Spanish archipelago known for its stunning sunsets and lively nightlife. But you don't need to leave TRS Ibiza Hotel's grounds to get a taste of that. The adults-only, all-inclusive deal includes gourmet cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Those aforementioned sunsets can be taken in from a rooftop infinity pool, one of three spacious pools on the property. Couples also have direct access to Cala Gració from the grounds. Personalized butler service gives couples the royal treatment.

    Camí del Portixol, 1, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa - Hyatt Inclusive Collection, Spain

    Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa, pool
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    While Tenerife and Grand Canary Island tend to get the most recognition among the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is notably quieter, lesser developed, and just as beautiful as its Canarian counterparts. Located near the Corralejo Sand Dunes National Park, this adults-only (ages 16 and up) all-inclusive resort mixes service, quality dining options all against the unspoiled beauty of the island, a Biosphere Reserve. Couples can start their mornings with a copious breakfast buffet, followed by relaxation along the beach or pool. Afternoons are best spent in the spa, which includes steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools to let the stress completely melt away. Plus, it's a unique location for an all-inclusive, considering the Canaries are located across the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa.

    Av. Corralejo Grandes Playas, 103, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura Spain

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Africa

    Meraki Resort, Egypt

    Meraki Resort, lounge area
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    Set along the Red Sea, Meraki Resort allows couples to blend relaxing days with lively nights. Some rooms and suites have private pools, jacuzzis and sea views. Meals and snacks at various restaurants (including pizza and burger joints) are part of the all-in concept, as is free entertainment. Boat trips, scuba diving and other water sport activities can also be enjoyed at a pair's leisure, perfect for making new memories and exploring together. At night, four trendy clubs allow you to put your dancing shoes on and party like it's your wedding day, regardless of whether that was yesterday or 10 years ago.

    El Cornish Road EL Dahar – Down Town, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    The Palms Zanzibar, Tanzania

    The Palms Zanzibar, villa
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    The Palms Zanzibar's opulent offerings and oasis-like ambiance make it one of Africa's most sought-after spots for jet-setting couples. Situated on a private beach surrounded by palm trees, the resort has only seven villas for a truly peaceful experience. Enjoy the ocean views and private plunge pools while listening to the sounds of waves and birds chirping. When the time is right, indulge in locally inspired cuisine at the restaurant with a thatched roof. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are among the inclusions. Adventures to Jozani Forest, a spice farm, and other places can also be arranged.

    Bwejuu Beach South East Coast Paje Michamvi Road Dongwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Leopard Hill

    Private Villa with private dining area
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    Going on safari is an all-inclusive experience in both the traditional sense and beyond. At Leopard Hill, couples and all guests are treated to three meals a day (a breakfast in the bush, anyone?) as well as daily safari game drives facilitated by a Maasai guide. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a special place for both safari first-timers and repeat travelers. Set in the savannah, the region surrounding the property is home to majestic lions, elusive leopards and all different species of wildlife thriving within their natural habitat. It doesn't get more exciting than a night game drive or stargazing in bed beneath the retractable roof of the tent.

    Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100 Kenya

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Ambre Mauritius, Mauritius

    Ambre Mauritius, pool view
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    Ambre Mauritius is set beside the Indian Ocean—a true bucket-list site for many wanderlusting couples. Nearly 300 rooms have various views, from the garden to the waterfront. Some have luxurious soaking tubs. A spa gives couples glimpses of both the garden and the water, though it's understandable if pairs are too busy enjoying one another (and a rejuvenating treatment) to notice. A couple's spa package gives pairs two massages, a facial and a tropical scrub within a three-day span.

    Coastal Road Palmar MU, 41604, Mauritius

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Oceana

    Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

    Royal Davui Island Resort, villa
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    Royal Davui Island Resort is set on its own secluded island in Fiji, giving a stay in these parts the rightful air of a truly one-of-a-kind escape. An all-inclusive package includes everything under the sun, from meals to nightly entertainment, sure to make your stay a 24/7 splash. Guests stay in spacious, private villas or bungalows with island-inspired decor, whirlpool tubs and heated plunge pools. Some face the South Pacific Ocean, where the sun sets each night.

    Royal Davui Island, Fiji

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Namale the Fiji Islands Resort and Spa, Fiji

    Namale the Fiji Islands Resort and Spa, villa with pool
    Photo: Namale the Fiji Islands Resort and Spa

    Namale truly feels like paradise found. This stunning escape is nestled on over 500 acres of land, surrounded by coconut trees, rainforests and beaches. Wood-and-straw huts lean into the island vibe, but they're more than humble abodes. Ocean or lush garden vistas, private plunge pools and natural stone showers are among the amenities in some. No two are alike, offering pairs a truly unique stay. Hand-crafted cocktails by the sea, snorkeling or treatments at the on-site spa are some ways couples can make the most of their romantic getaway.

    Vanua Levu, 1 Hibiscus Hwy, Savusavu, Fiji

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Bedarra Island Resort, Australia

    Bedarra Island Resort, view looking at ocean
    Photo: Bedarra Island Resort

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    A tropical hideaway in a rainforest with jaw-dropping views of the Great Barrier Reef, Bedarra Island Resort is a haven for couples seeking quality time off the grid. Unlike large resorts, Bedarra Island has 12 villas for a maximum of 24 guests, and all must be adults. You'll feel truly remote and not of the work-from-home kind. Some villas are steps from the beach. Candlelit dinners are on the table, and couples who want to get a little movement into their days can access water sports equipment. Snorkeling is highly recommended, given the Great Barrier Reef location.

    Mission Beach QLD 4852, Australia

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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