“All-inclusive” can be a scary phrase when you’re booking a vacation. Although we love to eat and drink with abandon, these food and beverage packages often come with mediocre choices and hefty price tags. But there’s an exception to every rule. We went in search of the best all-inclusive resorts that actually serve delicious cocktails, premium spirits and diverse food menus. If you’re looking to imbibe freely on your next tropical getaway, book a room at one of these five luxe resorts and sip unlimited cocktails in bliss.
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Situated on its own private island in the middle of the sparkling Indian Ocean, this resort is the ultimate break from reality. Not only does Constance Moofushi’s Cristal all-inclusive package include things like boat excursions and nightly themed gourmet buffets (think Mexican Monday and Sri Lanka Thursday), but your glass will never run dry. Enjoy everything from an international wine list with a special sparkling menu, to a mini bar that’s replenished daily, to drinks at tropical beach bar Totem, where you can dance to DJ beats late into the night with a cocktail in hand. Order a classic Bellini or opt for one of their signatures like the Moofushi Nasta Lemonade, made with bourbon, cucumber, mint and homemade lemon-ginger marmalade.
One look at this elegant Antigua resort and you’ll understand how the property got its name. Surrounded by the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, you’ll be living in complete tranquility when you escape to one of their tropical rooms or suites. In addition to a full English breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at one of the resort’s three restaurants, the all-inclusive rate is an imbiber’s paradise. When you’re not digging into the complimentary mini bar, enjoy signature cocktails and house wine at the open-air Pelican Bar or the poolside Veronica’s Bar, or dig your toes in the sand at Carolyn’s beach bar. Sip on something sunny like What a Mango, made with rum, mango juice, simple syrup, fresh lime and basil.
If you’re truly looking to escape the hectic modern world, book one of Jamaica Inn’s spacious suites or cottages, which come sans TVs, clocks and radios (we encourage you to ditch the cell phone, too). Opt for their all-inclusive package and fill your agenda with eating and drinking between trips to the pool and lazy hours spent on the secluded white sand beach. Enjoy a cocktail hour in the lounge before taking a meal on the veranda or indulging in a private beach dining experience. And you can’t leave without sipping a signature Dirty Banana cocktail from iconic beach bartender Teddy, who's been serving Jamaica Inn patrons for 58 years.
Culinary satisfaction is one of the main focuses at this lush West Indies resort. After you’ve spent the day lounging in your suite’s private infinity pool or exploring St. Lucia’s coral reefs and underwater wildlife, you’re in for a treat at Jade Mountain Club. James Beard award-winning chef Allen Susser uses vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs and spices from the resort’s organic Emerald Farm for his adventurous Caribbean fusion cuisine. You’ll never be without a refreshing libation in hand, like the signature Spicy Grilled Pineapple Margarita, made with tequila, celery bitters, chili-infused agave, grilled pineapple and lime juice.
Fairmont Hotels know how to do luxury right with simple, posh accommodations and amenities that make you wish you could live on their properties forever. Fairmont is known for their upscale food and beverage programs, and guests are welcome to go all in with the Premium Appetite for Luxury all-inclusive program. Not only can imbibers indulge in Fairmont’s Classics Perfected menu (which includes expertly-mixed twists on classics like a VSOP Boulevardier and a Pomegranate Paloma), they can also choose from an extensive list of premium wines and spirits, including more than 50 tequilas and 16 mezcals, in addition to pretty much anything else you can imagine. Signature cocktails and sustainable cuisine by chef Richard Sandoval ups the bar, and Mayakoba’s Mexican craft beer tastings keep brew-loving travel companions satisfied.