8 Amazing All-Inclusive Caribbean Resorts
How does an all-inclusive resort for under $100 a night sound? Now, imagine eight of them along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where infinity pools and swim-up bars meet the ruins at Tulum and the glittering, warm Caribbean. We rate them, you pick the one that best suits your style.
THE SPA RESORT: GRAND SIRENIS RIVIERA MAYA
To say the Spa Grand Sirenis is tech-forward is an understatement. Innovative services such as chromotherapy, saltwater flotariums that mimic the density of the Dead Sea, aromatherapy showers, and cocoa-and-caffeine wraps can be purchased individually-or buy a Spa Pass ($25) to use the blue-tiled hot and cold hydrotherapy pools. Then sip complimentary orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and green juices. Pro: Three vast beaches rim the property, and three adults-only pools ensure a slice of tranquility. Ask about perks like the free yoga classes and an hour of free snorkeling and kayaking each day. Con: There are roped-off areas for VIP "premium travelers." (sirenishotels.com, from $84 per person per night)
THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESORT: SANDOS PLAYACAR
Quirky American perks like a cupcake shop, a creperie, a bagel shop right on the beach that offers 20-plus varieties, and a teens club with a ping-pong table, pool table, and foosball make the large Sandos Playacar resort a good option for both kids and adults who want a large-resort feel with the comforts of home. The adults-only Select Club section, on one side of the resort, is separate from the families on the other. Pro: Like other Sandos resorts, this one is eco conscious: The trash is sorted and the organic matter composted. Con: Aside from the expansive beach, the resort can feel like it's in the States rather than Mexico. (sandos.com, from $94 per person per night)
THE ECO RESORT: SANDOS CARACOL
Swim in a cenote—or just do yoga next to it—at a resort that prides itself on environment-focused features like a windmill; animal habitats for deer, donkeys, and monkeys; gluten-free menu options; and trails you can bike for free. Tours point out flora and fauna including rubber trees, mangroves, peacocks, and macaques-and you'll take a dramatic walk across the resort's suspension bridge! Kid-friendly activities include an indoor jungle gym and a kids' nightclub. (Adults-only facilities are ideal for couples.) Order excellent fajitas and chilaquiles a la carte from La Jungla restaurant. Pro: The 80-minute massage incorporates props like giant mollusk seashells, cinnamon cream, and long feathers. Con: Rooms are spare, but each has its own whirlpool tub and modern bathroom. (sandos.com, from $75 per person per night)