Nothing beats a beachy vacation. Once you’re under the hot sun near the lapping waves, all your stress simply melts away. However, making travel plans yourself can take a lot of time and energy. But there’s an easier way to get there.
Whether you’re with your family, significant other or friends, an all-inclusive getaway in the Bahamas, the Caribbean or Mexico is one of the best and easiest vacations to take. Just pay a flat fee for the room, meals and even entertainment so you don’t have to worry about budgeting once you get there.
While some all-inclusive resorts can have sky-high prices, there are plenty within reach for those looking to save money—especially if you’re open to off-season travel, which in these locations usually still means warm, sunny weather. Read on for some of our favorite affordable all-inclusive resorts. (Note that most all-inclusive resorts include accommodations, food, beverages and entertainment—like a DJ at the pool or a live band in the lounge in the evening—in the nightly price. Things like spa treatments, beauty services and golf usually cost extra.)
Money-saving tip: Did you know that you can save up to 50% on travel when booking with NEA Vacations? And, if you have any NEA Vacations Travel Dollars—earned from previous travel purchases or just by signing up and getting some bonus Travel Dollars—you can use them to reduce the cost of your next NEA Vacations purchase. Visit the website, click on the "Hotels" tab and search for all-inclusive hotels in your favorite destination. We've noted several resorts below that offer discounts to NEA members.
Occidental Caribe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Facing the crystal-clear waters of Playa Arena Gorda, this large all-inclusive resort (previously known as Barceló Punta Cana) has 798 rooms, seven restaurants offering cuisines from Italian to Mexican, a variety of bars, two lagoon-style pools and one just for kids.
If you’re bored of the beach, it’s easy to find something to do with the wide variety of included aquatic and sports activities such as kayaking, volleyball, tennis, basketball, a climbing wall and a theater with nightly entertainment (and even one for adults only). Kids will keep busy with a fully equipped playground, water park and kid’s club. There’s also a fitness center available. Join the resort's free loyalty club, My Barcelo, to get free Wi-Fi included. Rooms are available with a king or two double beds and all include a balcony.
NEA Vacations has partnered with the resort to offer special VIP savings. We compared rates at Expedia ($140 per night) with the rate offered by NEA Vacations ($114 per night). That's a 19% savings. If you book via NEA Vacations and stay for a week, you'll save $182.
Take it up a notch: While accommodations, meals, beverages and entertainment are included in the fee, there are some extras you can add on. For example, spa treatments and golf outings to nearby courses cost extra.
Rates: From $114 per room, per night (plus taxes and fees) when booked through NEA Vacations
Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
Warwick Paradise Islands, Nassau, Bahamas
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Warwick Paradise Island is another resort you can book through NEA Vacations to net savings around 20% per night, depending on when you travel. Guests must be at least 16 years old here, preserving a more laid-back and secluded atmosphere on the south shore of the island that makes it perfect for couples or groups of friends. The resort has a private harbor, white sandy beach, lagoon pool with plenty of lounge chairs and five dining outlets, from the casual Verandah or Chickcharnie’s Pizzeria & Grille to fine dining at Abbiocco or Edgewater Grill. After dinner, grab a drink (or two) at the Rum Cay Lobby Bar. There’s even a complimentary excursion to the famous Cabbage Beach that includes food and drink. Rooms are bright and cheerful, with original artwork and a yellow and teal color palette.
Rates: From $300 per room, per night (plus taxes and fees) when booking through NEA Vacations
Fly to: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)
Sunset at the Palms Resort, Negril, Jamaica
This all-inclusive adults-only resort—an NEA Vacations partner hotel—is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, with yourself and with your loved ones. And, as an NEA Vacations partner, you can score some really good savings here. Eighty-five treehouse-style rooms and suites are spread out in 10 acres of Architectural Digest-approved landscaping, and a tropical garden ambience provides the intimacy and serenity vacationers crave. A nearby stretch of sandy beach offers opportunities to try out various nonmotorized water sports (included in the rate), such as snorkeling and kayaking. You can also have fun with complimentary daytime activities (including a nature walk with the resort’s resident gardener), evening entertainment (such as reggae music) and a resort-hosted cocktail party. All meals, beverages and cocktails are included in the nightly rate. Don’t miss the Chef’s Showcase Under the Stars, where the executive chef serves up local cuisines with a Mediterranean twist using produce from the resort’s gardens, and the Blue Mountain Coffee served in Blue Coffee Cafe. Bookings also include Wi-Fi, nightly turndown service and Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind amenities.
Tip: Check in online at least 24 hours before arrival to receive priority check-in and room assignment and a 15% discount on spa treatments, as well as a chance to prebook excursions and tours, and arrange for any special occasions.
Take it up a notch: An extra-fee spa has a menu of massages, facials and beauty salon services.
Rates: From $259 per room, per night (plus taxes and fees) when booked through NEA Vacations
Fly to: Sangster International Airport (MBJ)
Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos All Inclusive, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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Located between the white sandy beaches of San José del Cabo and the Sierra de San Lázaro Mountains, this family-friendly resort is just 15 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport and 25 minutes from the jovial town of Cabo San Lucas and the picturesque Natural Arch. While the beach closest to the hotel is not swimmable (which is typical of many beaches in the area), there’s an activities section with a big pool, a family section with a pool and playground, and a quiet adults-only area to get away from it all. The property also has two restaurants, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center, and the Chiqui Kids Club for children ages 5 to 12. Nightly live entertainment shows and drinks at the hotel’s multiple bars are also included in the fee. Spacious rooms include blackout shades, a desk and a pullout sofa bed, while suites include separate living and dining areas. Lanai suites on the first floor have private terraces with hammocks.
Tip: If you’re not already a member, join IHG Rewards Club for discounted member prices. You can also use points to pay for your room if you have them.
Take it up a notch: Spa treatments are not included in the rate and cost extra.
Rates: From $145 per room, per night, including taxes and fees; children 19 and under stay free; kids 12 and under also eat free
Fly to: Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
Viva Wyndham V Samana, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
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This adults-only waterfront resort north of Santo Domingo is perfect for groups of friends looking for fun and couples hoping to relax. Rooms feature natural wood with bright touches, comfy beds and many have patios. Bungalows even include private plunge pools. All meals and snacks, unlimited beverages, cocktails and wine are included, and there are six outlets to choose from. Also included in your stay is use of the stunning beach, infinity pool with cabanas, tennis courts, fitness center, free yoga classes, extensive hiking trails and a selection of land and water sports. A spa is available as well, with treatments for an extra charge. There's a party every night, with theme nights, entertaining shows and karaoke, all included.
Rates: From $168 per room, per night, including taxes and fees
Fly to: Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Spanning 400 lush acres between the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, this all-inclusive resort is ideal for families who want to do it all—affordably. A full host of activities for every member of the family is included in the price, such as sliding through the hotel’s Sugar Mill Falls Water Park (one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean), dancing the night away at one of the Cricket Club’s karaoke nights and lounging on the 2,500 feet of private white-sand beach. There are also six tennis courts, a swimming pool, kid’s club and teen zone. For an extra cost, a spa, golf course and off-site excursions are available. Bookings include unlimited food and drinks at the nine on-site restaurants and bars, which offer everything from Italian cuisine to Jamaican barbecue to an interactive chef’s table. Here, even entry-level rooms include balconies and are available with two queen beds, so it’s easy to fit the whole family in one room—or rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available. Children 5 and under always stay and eat for free.
Tip: There are sometimes "kids stay and eat free" packages available for children under 5 when booking directly with Hilton.
Rates: From $328 per room, per night, including taxes and fees
Fly to: Sangster International Airport (MBJ)