Sometimes, good enough just won't do — extraordinary occasions call for extraordinary surroundings and amenities. For those times when luxury is a must, here are eight 5-star all-inclusive resorts that offer everything from water parks and private beaches to butler service and 24-hour room service.
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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Jamaica
Occupying its own peninsula just steps from Montego Bay's shores, this AAA Four Diamond resort gives sunseekers exactly what they came for: access to more than a mile of private beachfront, upscale spa experiences and superb dining at seven a-la-carte restaurants and an international buffet.
Not one to dine at traditional hours? The resort has just introduced 24-hour dining, either at the World Cafe (always open) or Coco Cafe (open until 2:30 am). Hardcore foodies will love hopping over to explore dining options at sister resort, Secrets St. James, located right next door.
Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in the Dominican Republic
Set along the glittering southeastern shores of La Romana in the Dominican Republic, the 7,000-acre Casa de Campo Resort is synonymous with uninhibited leisure. For one thing, it's home to Teeth of the Dog, the No. 1 ranked golf course in the Caribbean, plus two other championship courses, a marina, tennis courts and seven upscale dining establishments.
Out-of-this-world Minitas Beach is your private white-sand sanctuary, and postcard-perfect Catalina Island and Saona Island are a mere boat ride away. While complimentary breakfast and use of a golf cart are included, rooms and villas are not automatically all-inclusive. Book an inclusive package to have all of your bases covered.
Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun
Some of Cancun's coziest corners can be found at this 5-star all-inclusive retreat, which rubs elbows with other high-end properties along the Hotel Zone's exclusive coastal sliver. Each room is bathed in cream-colored marble and features all the ingredients for an unforgettable night for two: a double whirlpool tub, 24-hour room service, a French balcony, and most importantly, an Apple TV with apps such as iTunes and Netflix.
When the time inevitably comes for you to reemerge from your private oasis, Asian, Mediterranean and French-fusion options await you at the resort's four restaurants. Head to BlancSpa for a next-level de-stress session at one of five couples suites complete with ultra-soothing hydrotherapy tubs.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
If Playa del Carmen's spirited downtown area isn't enough to lure you to Mexico's Riviera Maya, the luxurious suites at this all-inclusive 5-star resort will have you dusting off your suitcase pronto. Suites boast private terraces, plunge pools, 42" plasma TVs, 24-hour room service, and spectacular views of the ocean or the jungle.
Save room in your beach-bliss itinerary for a session at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa, where a clay room, an ice room and an experience pool make up the spa's unique hydrotherapy circuit. And for dinner? That'll be a tough choice, given the expertly crafted menus from acclaimed chefs at everything from casual family eateries to candle-lit gourmet restaurants.
Sandals Royal Barbados
Couples lucky enough to stay at this 4-star gem will see for themselves how much there is to do at this jaw-dropping Caribbean beach. And so much more is included beyond accommodations and unlimited meals at 10 restaurants — you also get access to 6 bars(including a swim-up bar), unlimited premium liquors, and live entertainment day and night.
Located in picturesque St. George's, the resort boasts an expansive list of water sports, from wind surfing and paddle boarding to snorkeling and scuba diving, all with top-of-the-line equipment and professional instruction.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
Nestled on Grace Bay Beach's famed sugar-sand curve, this family-friendly resort's water-based amenities will give the Atlantic Ocean a run for its money. The 45,000-square-foot waterpark, complete with two massive waterslides, provides hours of splashing, while six swimming pools await for those content just to soak endlessly (five swim-up bars will certainly make that task easier).
And as if the Caribbean's inimitable version of paradise wasn't sufficient, the resort features five themed villages — including a laid-back Key West-style quarter and a breezy Mediterranean town — to up your level of escapism. More than 20 dining options make meals an adventure unto themselves.
Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana
Located along Punta Cana's serene northernmost border, this posh all-suite property is a standout among the area's 5-star all-inclusive resorts. With the Zoëtry's "Endless Privileges" concept, guests are treated to more than just meals, drinks and activities. They also get minibars refreshed twice a day, Bvlgari® bath amenities, in-suite dining any time of day or night, a bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit delivered every day, a complimentary 20-minute massage and free WiFi and international calling.
And while Punta Cana's lush, tropical environs enchant even the snobbiest beach connoisseur, there's good reason to stay holed up in your suite: Each accommodation is decked out with hardwood and cane accents, plus French doors that open to your own private ocean-view heaven.
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Not content to stay put on one paradisiacal island? At the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, you'll have access to a second sun-drenched coast — that of exclusive Sandals Island, located a mile from the resort and reachable by complimentary ferry. Aquatic life is yours to explore at your leisure — unlimited scuba diving and water sports are part of the deal.
Book a swim-up suite for zero-entry access to the Zen Garden river pool right outside your door. Satisfy your culinary cravings at 10 fine dining restaurants, and complement your meal with unlimited premium spirits. For one-of-a-kind star treatment, opt for butler service, which includes transfers in a Rolls Royce or Mercedes.
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