June 14, 2024

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16 Best All-inclusive Resorts in the USA

When you picture yourself escaping to an all-inclusive resort, you likely imagine flying to Cancún, Jamaica, or maybe even the Maldives. And, of course, retreating to a far-flung destination where the swim-up bar drinks are included and your daily itinerary is created for you is pretty delightful. But here’s the thing: you can find all of those perks right here in the U.S. — perhaps even within driving distance of your home.

When you take an all-inclusive vacation, meals, accommodations, and many activities are included, and the advertised rates often extend to alcoholic beverages. While private sessions like spa treatments are rarely included, it’s easier to factor in extras because you know exactly how much you’re spending upfront. With that in mind, here are 16 of the best all-inclusive resorts in the U.S.

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

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This lodge, which can be reached only by boat and hosts a maximum of 32 guests, feels like a true hideaway. Built in 1917 as a private hunting lodge, it opened to the public in the late 1970s. You’re in for VIP service, fresh seafood meals, and animal encounters. The property is located within an 11,000-acre sanctuary full of roaming wildlife, including more than 250 species of birds. Rates include meals, non-alcoholic beverages, naturalist-guided excursions, boat transfers to and from the island, and unlimited access to island activities and recreation gear.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado

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Located in the backwoods of Colorado, Vista Verde Guest Ranch offers everything you could ever want on a luxury ranch vacation. Here, rates include meals and all beverages; horseback riding; guided hiking, biking, and fly-fishing; kids’ and teens’ programs; evening barn dances and rodeos; and shuttle service to and from Steamboat Springs. After an activity-filled day, enjoy dinner on the ranch (some meals are upscale multi-course affairs, while others are served in a backyard-BBQ style). Then, retreat to your cozy log cabin, wrap yourself in the provided spa robes, and slip between the Italian linen sheets.

Castle Hot Springs, Arizona

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At the Sonoran Desert retreat that is Castle Hot Springs, you can expect the ultimate in relaxation thanks to the resort’s three luxurious soaking pools. You’ll also find an on-site farm and greenhouse, and a wealth of activities for guests ages 16 and older including yoga, meditation, farm tours, and guided nature hikes. Dine at the resort’s in-house restaurant, Harvest, or sip on a farm-fresh craft cocktail at Bar 1896. “The all-inclusive menu is great — think extravagant, five-course meals every night, with ingredients plucked from the on-site farm,” Maya Kachroo-Levine, T+L senior editor, said after a 2021 visit. “The grounds are unreal — the three-tiered hot spring pools are some of the hottest in the world. And perhaps the most exciting part of this World’s Best Award–winning hotel is the via ferrata course, which can help even the heights-averse traveler summit an Arizona mountain.”

The 34-room boutique property is set on 1,100 stunning acres in Arizona, with an all-inclusive rate covering your daily meals, a $25 beverage credit per person per night, accommodations, most activities, access to the hot springs, and gratuities. Note that alcoholic beverages, massage services, and certain activities such as horseback riding as well as the gratuities you’d pay for such services, will cost you extra.

Bungalows Key Largo, Florida

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One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Florida, this adults-only zen-inspired property is located within a lush botanical garden by the beach, offering private bungalows that come with your own veranda and an outdoor shower or soaking tub. Rates at Bungalows Key Largo include access to several pools and Jacuzzis, poolside cabanas, daily yoga classes, cruiser bikes, a courtesy car to take into town (based on availability), a fitness center featuring Peloton bikes, and most on-property dining (reservations at Bogie & Bacall’s, its fine dining restaurant, require an extra fee).

Alila Ventana Big Sur, California

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About three hours from San Francisco (or 5.5 hours from Los Angeles), adults-only Alila Ventana Big Sur is a destination in itself. The toughest part will be choosing your accommodations, which range from plush guest rooms featuring fireplaces to suites sporting outdoor showers and hot tubs to super-luxe private cottages. The inclusive rate covers all your meals, amenities like keepsake water bottles and snacks, concierge services, and access to free picnic and hiking supplies at the Excursion Outpost, so you can make the most of your Pacific Coast getaway.

“I’ve been to all three Alila hotels in California, and overall, this one was my favorite because of the incredible natural setting,” Nina Ruggiero, T+L digital editorial director, reported after an August 2022 stay. “You’re wedged between redwood forest and ocean — the perfect example of California’s diverse beauty. My room had a hot tub and hammock on its deck, overlooking the forest. The Sur House restaurant really makes the most of the view, and it’s worth going for that alone, but the food is also fresh and local and it has a nice wine selection. There’s great wellness programming (yoga, hikes) and Japanese baths which are an incredible place to stargaze.”

Fair Hills Resort, Minnesota

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This affordable old-fashioned summer camp, built in 1906 on Minnesota’s Pelican Lake, earns rave reviews from families who return year after year, generation after generation. The no-frills resort is decidedly unpretentious — and that’s exactly what devotees love about it. Guests stay in rustic lake cabins and come together for a wide array of activities, from fishing and scavenger hunts to swimming, tennis, and golf.

Skytop Lodge, Pennsylvania

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Sprawled across 5,500 acres, this historic mountain resort has been luring guests high into the Poconos since 1928. Book a room in the grand stone lodge or at the inn that opens right onto the championship golf course. As for all-inclusive plans, Skytop Lodge offers a Modified American Plan for the whole family, which includes breakfast and dinner at the lodge’s eateries.

The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

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At the northeast corner of Lake Champlain, this all-inclusive resort has accommodated guests on its 165 acres of private shore each summer for five generations. Here, you’ll find a mix of cottages and suites, as well as a slew of amenities geared toward family vacations, such as a pool complex, field house, sports fields, art workshops, hiking trails, and bike rentals. Intimate dinners are for adults only and include bistro-style meals with ingredients sourced from 75 New England farms and food vendors; kids’ programming is provided during dinner.

Miraval Resorts & Spas in Arizona, Texas, and Massachusetts

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Miraval Resorts & Spas now has three U.S. locations — Austin, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Lenox, Massachusetts — plus a luxury spa experience at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California. The brand offers an immersive wellness experience with a program that focuses on healthy elevated eating. Guests can attend cooking classes to take these good habits back home, and there are plenty of included yoga and cardio classes. Miraval also gives guests nightly credits as part of its all-inclusive package to be used toward a host of treatments and packages, including facials, massages, and Reiki sessions.

Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

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About 45 minutes from Knoxville, Blackberry Farm is picturesque with ribbons of white fences, a pond stocked with fish, and houses constructed from Tennessee fieldstone. Set on 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry’s 68 rooms are spread throughout the main house, one-bedroom cottages, and six guesthouses. The all-inclusive package includes lodging, snacks, and three meals a day. A plethora of activities are also available to be added on to your stay.

Grand Hotel, Michigan

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This colonnaded 19th-century summer resort, complete with lawn games and after-dinner dancing, is majestically set on a bluff on Mackinac Island overlooking Lake Huron. Every couple of years, the legendary 1887 Grand Hotel unveils an addition, such as the Gate House restaurant, where gentlemen can finally dine sans coat and tie. Each room is unique, creating a custom experience for every guest who walks through the door. There are a variety of packages to select from depending on when you visit and which events (such as jazz, murder mystery, or wine appreciation weekends, among other themes) are taking place. Choose one with a full American plan to include daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or a modified American plan to include daily breakfast and dinner (but not lunch).

Mohonk Mountain House, New York

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Mohonk Mountain House is a 251-room Victorian castle in New Paltz with a well-planned kids’ program and 21st-century perks like high-speed Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, and plush in-room toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames. Your nightly room rate also covers three farm-to-table meals, curated by the hotel’s executive chef and culinary team and made with locally sourced ingredients. The outdoor fun includes hiking in the surrounding Shawangunk Ridge (AKA the Gunks, a famous rock-climbing locale) and, in the winter, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating on the resort’s own rink.

Twin Farms, Vermont

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Just north of Woodstock in southeast Vermont, Twin Farms is an all-inclusive resort set on the former estate of Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson. Surrounded by woodlands and wildflower meadows, the 300-acre resort has 10 suites — most of which feature American folk art and wood-burning fireplaces — and 10 private freestanding cottages. The cottages are individually decorated and may include stone terraces, 18th-century limestone floors, and living rooms with fireside hot tubs. Twin Farms also provides customized meals with wine pairings, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and downhill skiing on private trails.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

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It’s a 100-mile drive from Missoula International Airport to this 6,600-acre property in Philipsburg, but the posh high-mountain pampering is worth it. At The Ranch at Rock Creek, the water is full of trout, each of the 29 rooms comes with well-stocked fridges, and spa treatments are tailor-made for two. The ranch also offers farm-to-table meals and a selection of outdoor activities to take in the Montana scenery.

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

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Triple Creek Ranch, just 90 minutes from Missoula, is a stunning Relais & Châteaux property that seamlessly blends the luxury ranch lifestyle with the resort’s rustic surroundings. Dining is a big draw here, with ever-changing dinner menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are also included in the rate, as are handcrafted cocktails at the rooftop lounge, and house wine, spirits, and beer. Guests have access to a range of activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, yoga, meditation, guided forest hikes, geocaching, and artisanal soap and candle making, among others, so you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

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Two hours from Denver, C Lazy U Ranch offers an all-inclusive escape for the whole family, designed to help everyone from the tiniest toddlers to their parents and grandparents embrace the dude ranch life. Open year-round since 1919, the ranch has everything from horseback riding (for kids and adults), cattle pushing clinics, and a weekly rodeo to archery, hatchet throwing, fly fishing, hiking, yoga, and paddle boating, among a ton of other seasonal activities. Guests also gain access to the game room, tennis courts, a 24/7 fitness center, swimming pool, and hot tub. After a big day out, retire to one of 38 luxury cabins, which sleep anywhere from two to eight people depending on the style.