All-inclusive holidays provide rooms, meals, drinks and entertainment in one package and the most lavish of these add extravagance, comfort and elegance to the experience. Here are eight of the very best luxury all-inclusive holiday resorts in the world.
Constance Moofushi, Maldives
The cluster of beautiful thatch-roofed luxury huts styled with natural colours and textures and raised on stilts above the shallows of the crystal-clear sea on the white sand beaches of the Maldives make Constance Mafooshi a truly unique destination. The romantic setting is accompanied by beach sports including windsurfing, kayaking and volleyball plus an entertainment area. The restaurant offers fresh seafood and fine wines while the Manta Bar has drinks and a dance floor to keep the party going through the night.
Rixos The Palm, Dubai
Located on the east crescent of Palm Jumeirah, is ideally placed to offer magnificent views of the lagoons within the man-made archipelago as well as Dubai Marina and the Persian Gulf. The luxury resort has 231 sumptuous suites each with tasteful dark wooden furniture, elegant cream and gold décor and parquet floors. The colour theme is continued throughout the hotel complex which includes spacious restaurants, lounge, salon, spa and outdoor seating areas.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana
in Botswana’s Okavango Delta offers authentic African safaris in Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Linyati Marshes. The camp of eight thatched wooden cottages hidden beneath the canopy complement their natural surroundings of wild palms and fig trees. The cedar-clad suites and main lodge feature natural hide rugs, wooden furniture, glass lanterns, copper basins, a wood-burning fire and forest decorations. A bush walk, Land Rover drive or helicopter ride to see the wildlife is available daily followed by dinner under a star-lit sky.
Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
Each of the six villas on this relaxed island resort in the Bahamas comes with its own motor-boat for exploring the 365 islets of the archipelago. Paddle boarding and snorkelling equipment is also included along with a fully-stocked larder and a golf buggy for getting around on-shore. Fishing, swimming and plenty of pristine beaches are on offer as well as Hill House restaurant’s Caribbean-inspired menu which includes grilled guava sea scallops and fire roasted mahi-mahi. But the most surprising attraction is the colony of feral pigs that live nearby on their own island of Big Major Cay.
Melati Beach Resort & Spa, Thailand
Located on the island of Ko Samui and with seventy-seven luxury suites is one of the world’s most impressive resorts. Surrounded by the natural beauty of a tropical landscape including seven waterfalls it’s location is equally outstanding. Most of the accommodation areas have their own private swimming pools and the two main pools come complete with a bar and magnificent views across the sea. As well as the spa there are also two restaurants and a gym. The beautiful gardens, stunning sunsets and dinner on the beachfront add to the romantic atmosphere.
Royal Hideaway Playacar, Mexico
An exclusive adults-only resort positioned on the beaches of the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. With two hundred rooms in a group of colonial-style villas each decorated with latticed millwork, dark wooden furniture, ceiling fans and marble baths the Royal Hideaway offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era. The complex boasts six restaurants serving a range of international cuisines, six pools and organised scuba-diving trips to nearby coral beds.
Uga Chena Huts, Sri Lanka
The fourteen spacious thatch-roofed and air-conditioned forest villas of Uga Chena have luxurious interiors and their own private plunge pools. The cabins, spa, Basses beachfront restaurant and bar are inter-connected by boardwalks. This resort located in the Yala National Park has safaris available twice a day to see Sri Lanka’s rich variety of wildlife such as elephants, sea turtles, leopards, tropical birds, wild boar and sloths. Secluded beaches and beautiful blue sea add to the tropical paradise feel of this unique holiday destination.
The Brando, French Polynesia
Situated on one of the twelve islands which make up Tetiaroa atoll in French Polynesia and named after the Hollywood actor, is a popular destination for the rich and famous. The environmentally-friendly palm tree-covered resort offers unspoiled natural views and is powered by coconut oil generators and cooled by seawater air conditioning. It includes thirty-five luxury thatch-roofed villas, a tree-top spa and a restaurant, Les Mutines, which serves dishes created by celebrity chef Guy Martin.