The 10 Best All-Inclusive Honeymoons
Organizing a honeymoon can sometimes feel just as stressful as planning your wedding. Take the logistics (transfers, reservations, activities) out of the equation by booking an all-inclusive stay. Unfairly associated with dated hotel rooms, tacky details and so-so food options, today’s all-inclusive resorts have been reimagined to deliver a sophisticated, hassle-free vacation. Star-chef restaurants and overwater bungalows are just a few fixtures at our favorite inclusive beach resorts. And while adventure lodges don’t use the word “all-inclusive,” their rates seem like a steal when you consider hikes, horseback riding, skiing, gourmet meals, wine pairings and more have been factored in. Here are 10 ideas for stress-free, everything-included honeymoon escapes.
Troll Peninsula, Iceland
Why: This remote, 13-room lodge is part of the Eleven Experience portfolio, a collection of hotels that excel at both adventure and the finer things in life. The surrounding landscape looks arctic, but inside, fireplaces, sheepskin rugs and wooly throws keep guests cozy.
Best Time to Visit: Heli-ski season (March through June) promises untracked summit-to-sea runs, or if you travel between September and mid-April, you could catch the Northern Lights. In summer months, you’ll have your own playground to hike, fat bike, fish and sea kayak.
Not-to-Miss Experience Spa time should be savored at Deplar Farm. An indoor-outdoor saltwater pool, steam room, two hot tubs and skilled masseuses are the antidote to sore muscles. By the time you leave, you’ll have mastered the Nordic bathing ritual: Get sweaty in the in-ground sauna, cool off with a cold plunge, relax in the thermal pool, repeat.
What’s Included: Meals, house alcohol (like craft beer from local brewers), round-trip airport transfers, two adventures per day and pre-trip planning with a personal adventure concierge are all part of the package. Bonus: Each group gets their own personal guide.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Why: Prices for safaris, particularly in Botswana, have sky-rocketed to as much as $2,500 per person per night. Natural Selection, the brainchild of Colin Bell, one of the founding fathers of high-end safari tourism, delivers a more affordable, but no less spectacular, wildlife experience at camps like Sable Alley. Best of all, the property prides itself on sustainability.
Best Time to Visit: The Okavango Delta floods with water during Botswana’s winter (May through August), making mokoro (a dugout canoe) and boat safaris possible. The temperatures are pleasantly mild: warm days and cool nights.
Not-to-Miss Experience: The truly wild at heart should tack on a night at sister property Skybeds, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. You’ll sleep under the stars on a tree-house-like platform elevated three stories off the ground with elephants drinking just a few feet away.
What's Included: Sable Alley’s 12 palatial tents enjoy sweeping views of wildlife-rich floodplains, and the camp’s locale on a 495,000-acre private reserve guarantees you’ll never have traffic on complimentary morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Walking and boating safaris are also included, as are meals, house drinks and, of course, sundowners (aka happy hour).
Triple Creek Ranch
Why: Tucked away in western Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range, this upscale dude ranch boasts both working cowboys and an award-winning wine cellar. Private hot tubs boost the romance factor of the Western-themed one-bedroom log cabins.
Best Time to Visit: The adults-only policy means long, sunny summer days are kid free, and the wranglers are in full swing. Winter remains the ranch’s best-kept secret. Snowy fun awaits outside, and inside you can cuddle up by your roaring fire.
Not-to-Miss Experience: From June through September, experienced riders can go on an old-fashioned cattle drive and help wranglers move up to 800 head of cattle.
What’s Included: A Relais & Chateaux stamp of approval means every meal (and wine pairing) will be memorable. In summer, rates include horseback riding, fly-fishing, nature safaris, guided hikes, sapphire panning and archery. During winter, go ice fishing, snow tubing, skijoring or skiing. Rentals and lift tickets are included and a complimentary shuttle takes guests to a nearby ski resort and Nordic trails.
Paradisus Los Cabos
San José del Cabo, Mexico
Why: This recently renovated resort has everything you need for the perfect vacation, including an oceanfront locale on one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo. Every room has its own terrace, and the adults-only Royal Service area comes with butler service and a restaurant.
Best Time to Visit: There’s really never a bad time to visit Cabo. November through April coincides with the humpback and gray whale migration, and you can often spot their sprays from your terrace.
Not-to-Miss Experience: A meal at Gastro Bar is worth the extra money. Chef Martin Berasategui has a whopping eight Michelin stars. Expect dishes such as black smoke tuna tartare and a delicious twist on seafood rice.
What’s Included: Activities, like beach volleyball and yoga, as well as workshops, including mixology and sushi making, tempt guests off the beach. Seven restaurants and bars offer Italian, Asian-fusion and various cuisines. Royal Service guests receive one complimentary dinner at adults-only Gastro Bar; other guests must pay a fee.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Why: The resort’s 30-mile stretch of palm-lined, sugar-white beach is reason alone to book a stay. Fresh off a $45 million renovation, the adults-only, all-suite resort delivers five-star luxury at a fraction of the cost. Couples who book for six nights are treated to a honeymoon package (normally $600) that includes romantic perks like champagne and breakfast in bed, and a private beachfront dinner.
Best Time to Visit: Year-round highs are in the 80s. March through May is less crowded, while August through early December is hurricane season.
Not-to-Miss Experience: The resort can arrange a day trip to Isla Catalina, an uninhabited nature preserve, and snorkel fans won’t want to miss the marine life surrounding Isla Saona.
What’s Included: You won’t find any hidden extra fees here. Even taxes and gratuities are built into the pricing. Guests can eat their way around the world with 11 dining options (alcohol included) and if you want a romantic night in, room service is also complimentary. All activities—even scuba lessons—are part of your stay.
Bungalows Key Largo
Key Largo, Florida Keys
Why: The first ever all-inclusive stay in the Keys made its debut last summer and is already a hit. The adults-only resort gets the details right with thoughtful touches like soaking tubs, cruiser bikes and wide hammocks strung between palm trees outside of each spacious bungalow.
Best Time to Visit: March through May is quieter than the busy winter season, and has similar temperatures and just as much sunshine.
Not-to-Miss Experience: On Wednesday and Saturday nights, the hotel hosts lively beach parties with themes based on the whim of the chef (think: pig roast or fish fry featuring the day’s catch).
What’s Included: A personal island host is at your beck and call to prep your sun lounger or mix a sunset cocktail. Guests have access to bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards. All meals and drinks (including top-shelf spirits) are included with dining options that range from Mexican fare to casual conch fritters served from the resort’s food truck. Foodies can partake in free cooking and mixology classes.
Nimmo Bay Resort
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Why: You won’t have any trouble unplugging at this family-run floating lodge. Only accessible by air, the nine cabins are immersed in pristine wilderness. After a day of adventures at old growth forests or fly-fishing at a secluded nearby river, return to plush resort amenities, like a hot tub nestled next to a cascading waterfall, or a private cabin dinner.
Best Time to Visit: May through late October is the optimal time to observe wildlife.
Not-to-Miss Experience: Save up so you can really splurge and spend a day exploring the wilds of the Great Bear Rainforest from your own private helicopter. Get dropped on an alpine ridge line for a guided hike, then transfer to a secluded island for a picnic with champs. End the day taking in the sunset from atop Mt. Stephen.
What’s Included: Guided activities and adventure gear are covered. Kayak and paddleboard tours offer a chance to see dolphins up close. Spot humpback whales 30 minutes from
the lodge on boat tours through the Broughton Archipelago. From July through September, pods of orcas are fixtures in Blackfish Sound. Guided hikes with resident grizzly experts are a specialty here. All house alcohol and meals, like family-style crab boils and gourmet picnics, are part of the stay.
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Why: Sandals has changed the mind of many all-inclusive skeptics, raising the bar with luxury options like butler service and allowing guests to dine off-property at its sister resorts. The brand’s Royal Caribbean property has overwater bungalows with glass floors that rival anything you’d find in the Maldives.
Best Time to Visit: The island is blessed with great beach weather year-round,
though October can be rainy.
Not-to-Miss Experience: The resort’s private offshore island is just a five-minute boat ride away, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Southeast Asia. Balinese-inspired beach cabanas dot the sand, and a temple-inspired restaurant serves excellent Thai food. Lounge on one of the overwater hammocks set up over the sea, or sip cocktails at the pool’s swim-up bar. The island even has its own spa. Massages are one of the few experiences not included, but are definitely worth the splurge.
What’s Included: Sandals has thought of it all and then some: airport transfers, unlimited land and water sports including PADI-certified scuba diving, green fees at its golf resorts, meals at eight on-property restaurants—plus 13 additional restaurants at nearby Sandals Resorts—and premium spirits like Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines are available free of charge at five different bars.
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
Why: The all-inclusive concept is still novel throughout most of Southeast Asia, but this adults-only sanctuary on Bali’s northeast coast offers a special rate when guests book directly. You’ll be welcomed with a foot bath and shoulder massage. And don’t let the word “spa” fool you—cocktails and fries are served poolside.
Best Time to Visit: Bali’s dry season runs from May through October.
Not-to-Miss Experience: Book a Couples Wellness Day, which includes sunrise meditation and a massage tutorial to learn how to help each other de-stress.
What’s Included: With only 31 rooms, one restaurant and one pool, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali offers a more intimate all-inclusive experience. All meals and resort activities (cooking classes, yoga, weaving) are part of the Blissful Stay rate. The package is an unbelievable value, considering it includes a 50-minute spa treatment for two every night of your stay, plus a evening of star gazing and your choice of a sunset cruise or bicycle tour to Les Waterfall.
Why: Camping is even more fun when someone else is pitching your tent and preparing campfire meals. Under Canvas, a glamping outfitter specializing in national parks, takes it to the next level with accommodations and amenities that rival boutique hotels. Its Moab outpost, encircled by deep canyons and towering plateaus, puts Canyonlands and Arches National Parks minutes from your tent door.
Best Time to Visit: The camp is open from March through late October. September to October is the sweet spot. Summer months are less crowded, but midday temperatures can reach 105 degrees. Spring days are often cloudy.
Not-to-Miss Experience: A morning flight over Arches and Canyonlands is a highlight of the Moab package. You’ll take in a bird’s-eye view of the Martian-like wonders below.
What’s Included: Breakfast and lunch is covered (and unlimited s’mores of course), plus daily set activities in or adjacent to the national parks. Itineraries include white-water rafting down the Colorado River, a naturalist-led hike in Canyonlands, canyoneering in petrified sand dunes and, after all of that action, a well-deserved massage on the final day of your stay.