What do a private island in Tahiti, a jewelery reserve in Kenya and a fine rural estate in the Vermont mountains have in common? They are all home to all-inclusive luxury resorts.
Most of these destinations include accommodation, meals, drinks and activities. Many are high impact eco-destinations, with sustainability and conservation at its heart. Others pamper guests in luxury villas on some of the world’s most beautiful islands, from overwater bungalows on one of Fiji’s best islands to eco-chic nature resorts in Indonesia. Some are among the most expensive destinations in the world, while others offer excellent value for money – with everything, even activities, included
Whether these destinations are in the Caribbean or Kenya, they all offer personalized service, pampering touches, and all-inclusive rates, so you can leave your worries – and your wallet – at home.
Find the perfect high end retreat with our list of the world’s best luxury all-inclusive resorts.
1. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Eco-friendly and breathtakingly beautiful, Nihi Sumba’s former island surfer’s haven is at the top of the world’s best beach resorts. He presides over a wild and pristine stretch of palm-fringed coastline on the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia, about an hour’s flight from Bali.
It’s a fitting place considering that the philosophy of the destination is “The Edge of Wildness”. The resort is nestled in a nature reserve and over 2.5 kilometers of white sand beach lurks beneath the cliffs below, with superb surfing, fishing and snorkeling. You won’t find televisions here, just cool ocean breezes, island adventures, warm and friendly staff, and great ocean views.
The 33 air-conditioned villas perfectly capture the essence of this tropical retreat, with high straw ceilings peppered with palm trees and sweeping views of the oceans. Configurations range from one to five bedrooms and include features like large living rooms, private pools, outdoor showers, and impeccable butler service. Families can book a lovely three-story treehouse.
If you can tear yourself away from the villa and beach, with its excellent surfing, diving and fishing, you can ride a horse on the beach (the resort has a riding center), sign up for visits to nearby villages, exploring hidden waterfalls, mountain biking, going on a Land Rover safari, visiting a chocolate factory or relaxing at the beach club and pool.
To get the hang of it, start a day spa safari with a number of healthy treats and meals. Free daily yoga is also offered in a pavilion overlooking the sea.
Rates include all meals, snacks and some drinks and activities. Kids are welcome, and some of the proceeds from your stay support Sumba Foundation community projects, providing fresh water, medical care, and communal farms to local villages, so you can live in luxury and feel good at the same time.
2. The Brando, Tahiti
If you dream of a tropical Tahitian paradise with an eco-sensitive, low-impact approach, the Brando is for you. Situated on a new private island embracing a three-mile lagoon, this carbon-neutral resort is the ultimate luxury.
The resort was founded by screen legend Marlon Brando to conserve the island’s beauty and biodiversity and serve as a sustainability model: solar power, ocean water conditioning systems and other renewable energy technologies power the entire island.
It is no wonder that nature lovers will be in heaven here. Green coral reefs sparkle in the lagoon, birds flock to the shores, whales swimming in their annual migrations, and turtles nesting on the wettest beaches.
Away from the beach, the thatched villas look sensual at stands of pandas and palm trees. Modern furniture and fixtures mix effortlessly with local recycled building materials such as straw, stone and wood.
Villas include private pools, outdoor soaking tubs, and media rooms with TVs and Wi-Fi. The two-bedroom villas add kitchens and dining areas, and the spacious three-bedroom villa is perfect for large family reunions. All villas have bikes, so you can explore the island by pedal power.
Combining French, Polynesian and Eastern and Western styles, the cuisine is divine and incorporates fresh produce from the island’s organic gardens. Local seafood is at the center of the stage, and fluffy, crumbly breakfast croissants for breakfast are guests’ favorites. Vegan options are also available.
As you would expect, activities revolve around the water, and the resort provides you with all the equipment you need to paddle board, snorkel, dive and kayak in the crystal clear waters . If you would like to learn more about the ecology and conservation of the island, you can visit the eco-station and talk to the researchers.
The resort also offers lectures on Polynesian culture and history. Lagoon School keeps the little ones busy, and tennis, deep sea fishing, dance and fitness classes are more active options.
All-inclusive rates are optional, but all island activities and holistic treatments at the soul spa are covered under this full board plan.
3. South Ari Atoll LUX, Maldives
Are you planning a dream honeymoon on a tropical island? Look no further than Lux South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Imagine the perfect getaway on a new island, with silky-white sandy beaches and translucent turquoise waters. Imagine thatched bungalows on the sparkling sea, with private pools – you’ll find all this and more at LUX.
Perfectly situated on the beach and the sea, each of the 193 villas features a “chic house beach” decor, with sun-bleached forests and crisp white linen, all of which offer the modern luxuries you would ‘ n expect them from a 5 star resort.
Families are also welcome here. The kids club will entertain your little ones throughout the day and the eight restaurants will satisfy even the smartest palates.
As for things to do, the options are endless. Diving with whale sharks or turtles? No problem. The luxurious South Ari Atoll presides over a protected marine area, with over 50 dive sites full of excellent fish and snorkeling. Pop-up movies on the beach? Floating breakfast in your private pool? Spa treatments? Tennis? You can subscribe to all of this and more.
Elegant and quiet, LUX South Ari Atoll is the perfect retreat for couples seeking romance or anyone wanting to relax on a private island paradise.