On your romantic getaway, you want nothing less than the utmost luxury, unlimited delicious meals and cocktails, and fabulous fun activities. That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of the 25 best 5-star all-inclusive resorts in the world.
Read on to choose your favorite and start planning the ultimate dreamy escape.
Sandals Grenada Resort and Spa
Out of the entire Sandals collection, Sandals Grenada Resort and Spa is probably the best overall. Situated in lush landscaping on glorious Pink Gin Beach, the intimate adults-only all-inclusive resort offers just 225 villa-style accommodations. Even the least expensive rooms include private patios and hot tubs, while the ultra-glam Skypool Suites feature private infinity plunge pools, outdoor dining areas, and butler service.
There are 5 pools spread out around the beautiful resort grounds plus 10 gourmet restaurants to choose from including a steakhouse and a sushi bar. You’ll be able to take advantage of a wide variety of complimentary activities on land and sea, including snorkeling trips that get you up close and personal with the colorful coral reefs that surround the island. You can also go on tours of The Spice Isle, as Grenada is also known.
The Maldives are known for world-class luxury resorts, but Kurumba Maldives on the island of Vihamanafushi was the first to welcome guests way back in 1972. It’s accessible via a short speedboat ride from the Male airport and close enough to the city to make for an easy commute. Although with world-class service and enough activities to keep you busy every day of your stay, there really is no reason to venture off the property.
The building features modern decor and facilities. Rooms are spacious, airy, and bright, showcasing wood and white accents. Many include private outdoor showers and bathtubs. The Beachfront Deluxe Bungalow is set in a romantic coconut grove and offers stunning views of the ocean and direct access to the beach. Eight restaurants offer something for everyone from Asian food to Western grub, vegetarian or Halal, and the shisha bar offers six flavors of Hookah.
Of course, you can’t visit the Maldives without getting in the water for some unreal snorkeling and scuba diving. Treatments at the Veli spa offer therapies inspired by traditional Maldivian herbal medicine called Dhivehi Beys. If you’re traveling with kids, Kurumba also offers child and teen programs to keep them busy while you enjoy some R&R.
Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica
Sandals Royal Plantation is rated one of the most luxurious resorts in Jamaica. Situated in Ocho Rios, it has only 74 rooms, each one featuring ocean views and private butler service. In order to maintain its peaceful atmosphere, it has fewer onsite activities than some of the other resorts in the Sandals collection, but you can take a quick (free) shuttle ride to the nearby Sandals Ochi to enjoy the amenities there.
Royal Plantation has one main pool, one whirlpool, and one wading pool, perfect for relaxing with a drink in hand, and chairs are easy to find. The private beaches, serviced by resort staff during the day, have clear, warm water perfect for snorkeling. The five dining options provide a variety of culinary offerings, including French cuisine as well as a full English tea and pub grub reminiscent of the island’s colonial past.
Sandals Royal Plantation is perfect for couples who want a peaceful, private, ultra-luxe getaway.
Tamassa Resort, Mauritius
Tamassa, the Creole word for “party”, is located in Bel Ombre, Mauritius. Like many of the island’s resorts, it is world-renowned for its outstanding customer service. The rooms are clustered in small groups and all offer views of either the ocean or the garden.
The resort’s Joyful Experiences offer unique outings like an escape to your own private island, a road trip followed by overnight camping, or a trek into the mountains to reconnect with nature. There are two restaurants to choose from, buffet and a la carte, plus a food truck serving up delicious burgers and an ice cream parlor.
There are 3 pools plus a wading pool in the spa. During the day, relax poolside at the B Bar. The nightly entertainment features traditional Mauritian dance and music, or hit up Jalsa, the resort’s nightclub. Tamassa Resort makes evenings special for couples by offering a private candlelit dinner on the beach.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia
Often called “little Hawaii,” the Caribbean paradise of St. Lucia offers the same dramatic, lush scenery as its Pacific Ocean counterpart but at lower cost. Sandals Grande St. Lucian, located on the northern tip amidst the calmest water the island has to offer, features idyllic overwater bungalows just like Bora Bora, another pricey and far-flung honeymoon destination.
Guests of the adults-only all-inclusive Sandals Grande also have easy access via free shuttle to the other Sandals St. Lucia resorts, Regency La Toc and Halcyon Beach meaning they can enjoy almost 50 restaurants and bars plus 11 pools and 2 golf courses.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers 9 Over-the-Water Honeymoon Bungalows that come with 24/7 private butler and room service, stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, a free minibar, and a private sundeck with loungers and an oversized soaking tub. There are 12 restaurants that serve fresh seafood and Caribbean fare plus dishes from France, Italy, Asia, India, and England. Six bars include a piano bar and a beach bar, and there is plenty of nightly entertainment.
During the day, enjoy free activities on land and in the sea like beach volleyball, tennis, croquet, waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and scuba diving.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located in Quintana Roo, just a short distance from other mega-popular holiday destinations like Playa Del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum. This Mexican resort sits on a stretch of private beach that’s perfect for admiring the amazing sunsets over the Caribbean Sea.
There are three tiers of accommodations, called “experiences,” so that every traveler can have the vacation that’s perfect for them. The Grand Class experience is made for couples, offering private pools and Jacuzzis in their 90 oceanfront suites. There is even space for massage treatments, so you can enjoy services together in the comfort of your room instead of heading to the Zen Grand Spa.
Choose from eight gourmet restaurants that serve up a blend of delicious dishes from around the world. Frida, so named for the country’s famed painter Frida Kahlo, delivers authentic Mexican dishes like mole, tacos, and desserts that showcase delicious Oaxacan chocolate.
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
One of two stunning locations in Mexico (the other is in Cancun), Le Blanc Spa Resort in Los Cabos is one of the most luxurious and highest-rated resorts on the Baja Peninsula. Honeymooners are given the royal treatment from the second they walk through the door, including special access to their own private beach and butler service on every floor.
The vibe is calm and relaxing thanks to it being an adults-only resort, and there are plenty of areas where couples can enjoy each other’s company in private like secluded treatment rooms at Blanc Spa. All-inclusive packages here are generous and include free use of the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit and premium spirits.
Guests rave about the delicious gourmet meals offered at each of the property’s seven international restaurants. And, because your health never takes a vacation, the resort’s fitness center offers professional-led classes and personal training sessions. If you feel like an off-site excursion, 24-hour concierge services can arrange fun activities in Los Cabos like whale watching, private dinners, and sunset sails.
Ikos Olivia, Greece
The Ikos Olivia is a quaint 5-star all-inclusive resort in the heart of Gerakini, Greece, a small fishing village in the Halkidiki region. The 22-acre resort grounds are chic and modern, shaded by olive trees and offering direct beach access.
All-inclusive fares include delicious dinners prepared by Michelin-star culinary geniuses that showcase the flavors of the Mediterranean. Guests even get complimentary use of the resort’s Tesla for getting out there and exploring the picturesque villages scattered throughout the countryside.
The Deluxe Collection of suites is set in a separate area of the resort, and this exclusive upgrade grants guests access to private pools and designated stretches of sandy beaches, plus secret menus and select spa services free of charge. A family-friendly resort, the staff goes above and beyond to make sure that children’s activities are immersive and entertaining, guaranteeing to keep kids busy so parents can enjoy a leisurely lunch or spa day.
Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Set on the romantic Caribbean island of Antigua, Hermitage Bay is where couples go for the utmost luxury, intimacy, and peace. Only 30 small cottages stand on an otherwise remote beach on the island’s west coast, guaranteeing sensational views as the sun sinks into the sea. Guests can take in the sunset from their private deck or from the resort’s main infinity pool. Some suites even come with private plunge pools.
The use of watersport equipment like paddleboards and snorkels is complimentary, and amateur chefs can learn the secrets of Caribbean cooking with free culinary classes. The spa is located on a quiet hillside so you can listen to the soft sounds of nature as you sink into your massage. The restaurant features open-air dining and a rotating menu that blends Western influences with the flavors of Antigua using the island’s cache of fresh ingredients.
Explora Lodge, Patagonia
Nestled beside the shores of Pehoe Lake in Torres del Paine National Park, Explora Lodge is the perfect place for travelers who want to appreciate the rugged beauty of Patagonia without roughing it in a tent. The remoteness of the resort means no Wi-Fi or cable, but guests are treated to awe-inspiring vistas day in and day out from the comfort of their rooms, of which there are only 49. Yet the lodge itself is surprisingly modern, with chic furnishings and sleek wooden accents.
Onsite stables house the resort’s horses, and guests can saddle up for guided trail rides through the mountains. Guided hikes and mountain ascents are also offered. Guests can relax in the pool or hot springs during downtime or gaze up at the stars in the private observatory. Included in your stay are three delicious Chilean meals per day, drinks, and over 40 exciting adventure options.
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Jade Mountain Resort is perched along a cliffside in the jaw-dropping Piton Mountains of scenic St. Lucia. You’ll be getting plenty of fresh air at this beautiful property, which features 29 suites–or sanctuaries, as they call them–with a unique 3-walled design and stunning views of mountains in the distance and Anse Chastanet beach below.
While there is no direct beach access, a free shuttle service transports guests to and from the Anse Chastanet Resort, where guests can use the beach area and facilities. There is also a dive center nearby. As if that wasn’t enough, the Jade Mountain Resort also offers honeymoon packages that include bonus free nights.
The Brando Overwater Bungalows, Bora Bora
Five overwater bungalows rise up from the turquoise atoll of Tetiaroa to form a dream honeymoon destination in Bora Bora. One of the most exclusive places in the world, this incredible 5-star all inclusive resort is reachable only by private plane and has just 35 villas.
Each villa has direct private beach access and its own private plunge pool. Other amenities at The Brando Overwater Bungalows include tennis courts, a main pool, a garden, a spa, a library, and a research station where guests can learn about the diverse marine and bird life of the area.
Shallow peaceful water is perfect for snorkeling and paddle boarding. Gourmet restaurants are the vision of world-class chefs and feature the best of French Polynesian and Japanese cuisine. Plus, couples can enjoy the ultimate romantic seaside picnic complete with signature cocktails.
Sailrock Resort, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is close enough to the U.S. for a quick getaway, and Sailrock Resort has everything you need for the ultimate all-inclusive romantic long weekend. Nestled in the southern islands, this spectacular 5-star all inclusive resort offers tranquility and seclusion.
Rooms and villas are sunny and feature bright accents in tropical colors. The Ridgetop Suites offer stunning views of the shore, while the resort’s collection of Beachfront Villas place guests just steps away from one of the two shorelines.
Honeymooners will especially enjoy the peace and privacy provided by the Peninsula Resort Villas. Free activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and paddle boarding excursions are available at your pleasure, and the resort has free bikes to use for some island exploring. You can also just wander around the beach and make friends with local donkeys that call the beach home. The resort’s 2 restaurants offer up delicious seasonal menus that showcase the catch of the day amid other Caribbean favorites.
Kokomo Private Island, Fiji
In a sea of coral reefs, you’ll find Kokomo Private Island, a Fiji luxury resort with only 26 rooms. Accessible solely by private seaplane, it truly is in a league of its own when it comes to luxury and exclusivity. Villas have thatched roofs made in the island’s tradition; the elegant accommodations feature a modern blend of stone and wood with local abstract art.
Check in on your neighbors, the sea turtles, rays, and whales that call the South Pacific home, from the comfort of your private terrace and jump right in the water for a swim along the Great Astrolabe Reef.
There is instructor-led yoga every morning and evening, plus tennis and basketball courts as well as personal trainers for guests who want to keep active. If you’d rather relax and indulge, the spa has five separate treatment rooms. You can also order services directly to your villa. In any of the resort’s three restaurants, you can feast on delicious Fijian fare which, of course, includes plenty of locally sourced seafood in addition to produce grown right on Kokomo’s 5.5-acre farm.
Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands
Not a lot of honeymooners consider the Galapagos Islands a romantic destination, partly due to the strict ecological rules set in place to preserve the flora and fauna. However, the Pikaia Lodge, the first of its kind, is out to change people’s perspectives of this Ecuadorian haven by offering 3-to 7-night all-inclusive packages.
Built on a hilltop far from the hustle and bustle, the resort springs up from the serene Galapagos forests, which offer a stunning backdrop in any direction. The buildings have been thoughtfully designed to make as little of an impact on the environment as possible without skimping on the glitz and glam.
Guests will enjoy the fleet of three luxury yachts available for day tours around the nearby islands. For more pampering, relaxing massages can be ordered to your villa or enjoyed side by side in special couples’ massage rooms. The resort’s only restaurant offers fine Ecuadorian meals with international flavors thrown in, and the expansive wine cellar is fully stocked with some of the finest wines produced in South America.
Anantara Maia Seychelles
Named one of the best hotels in the world, Anantara Maia Seychelles sits on Anse Louis beach amidst a lush garden of flowers and aromatics. With only 30 villas, the resort has a secluded and intimate feeling to it that’s great for honeymooners. Personalized round-the-clock service guarantees that your Seychelles getaway will be everything you want it to be.
Guests can choose between a villa set just steps from the Indian Ocean or nestled amongst the trees. Each one includes a private sun deck and a private pool. Take day trips to nearby islands, wander through the botanical gardens, or climb aboard a helicopter for a romantic sunset flight. The Balinese-style spa offers calming Hatha yoga and Qigong classes alongside relaxing massage and facial treatments.
Dining is available at your leisure in the resort’s restaurants, wine cellar, or the privacy of your villa. To make your meal extra special, the staff will even set up a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach. Of the several all-inclusive packages offered, the Beyond All Inclusive package is the best and includes personalized meals prepared by the resort’s award-winning chef.
Potters Resorts Hopton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Set on the lovely Norfolk Coast in the United Kingdom, Potters Resorts Hopton-on-Sea is a 5-star all-inclusive resort that offers affordable all-inclusive packages for guests who want the resort experience without the heat of the Caribbean or South Pacific.
What’s more, flights between the U.S. and England are frequent and affordable, making this lovely seaside resort a perfect choice for a European holiday. All-inclusive 3-or-4-night stays here include a spa treatment, nightly live entertainment, a wide range of activities for kids and adults, drinks, a full English breakfast, and 3-course meals for lunch and dinner plus a late-night snack.
Comfortable, modern bungalows come standard, but upgrades to deluxe rooms or the penthouse suite are as little as 30 pounds per night.
Concord De Luxe Resort, Turkey
Located near the Mediterranean Sea in the Lara region of Antalya, Turkey, the Concord De Luxe Resort provides guests with a luxurious holiday in modern accommodations. Ultra-all-inclusive packages provide a wide range of spa and salon treatments (including Turkish baths and Hammam treatments), private beach access, 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, a disco, live shows, and all the food you can eat.
Seriously, this place takes the cake (pun intended) when it comes to food options. There are 19 dining options to choose from, including a buffet restaurant and a food court where you can sample cuisines from all around the world in addition to Turkish delicacies.
A free shuttle transports guests to and from the city center, and the resort’s prime location is less than 20 km from some of the area’s best landmarks. Some popular destinations include the Kursunlu Waterfall and Nature Park, the Antalya Museum, two golf clubs, The Land of Legends Theme Park, and the Terra City Shopping Mall.
Vivosa Apulia Resort, Italy
The Vivosa Apulia Resort in southern Italy is an upscale hotel located on a stunning nature preserve. A 10-minute walk down a peaceful path through the woods takes you to a private beach overlooking the Ionian Sea. There are also a few other spectacular beaches just a short drive away.
The 333 rooms are large and decorated with muted tones of coral, cream, and granite. Each one comes with a private balcony. The common areas are equally as elegant with contemporary furnishings. There are 4 pools throughout the resort including a relaxing spa pool and a children’s pool.
Speaking of the spa, the award-winning Vivosa Organic Spa provides unique treatments like Tibetan sound massages and Lomi Lomi soul massages native to the islands of Hawaii. The Via Appia buffet restaurant has something for everyone, and options rotate daily. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from the resort’s own eco-farm.
Stella Island Resort and Spa, Crete
An enchanting 5-star all-inclusive resort located on the island of Crete in Greece, Stella Island Resort was built around one of the largest lagoons in all of Europe. This lends a tropical vibe to the grounds with contemporary flair.
The Island Villa, the resort’s finest accommodation, comes with a private pool, sundeck, Jacuzzi, and personal concierge service. Let the resort staff organize your perfect honeymoon or romantic vacation package, which includes personal food and drink service. The resort’s two restaurants offer views of the pool or garden and specialize in Greek fare with other Mediterranean choices available for dinner.
Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa, Dominican Republic
Built on the shoreline of Bavaro Beach, Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa in Punta Cana has it all: white sandy beaches, a lush garden right on the grounds, and heaps of amenities to take advantage of during your stay at this Dominican Republic 5-star all-inclusive resort.
It’s actually part of a sprawling Grand Palladium complex, and guests can use all the facilities and restaurants at the other properties (8, to be exact), plus 18 bars and a casino. Free shuttles are available to help you get around the sometimes confusing compound.
Rooms at the Palace offer either garden or beachside views, and Junior Suites include either a swim-up pool or a hydro massage bath. At the Zentropia Spa and Wellness Centre, you can enjoy a hydrotherapy circuit or a relaxing massage while the sounds of the ocean melt your stress away.
JA The Resort, Dubai
For couples after the ultimate luxury experience, JA Palm Tree Court is the most glamorous. Each suite comes with a private sundeck, and guests of the Residence Suites will enjoy personal butler service and outstanding food and drinks at the Premium Lounge.
Nine other dining options at Palm Tree Court include a sports bar, an international restaurant, and a luxury buffet. Activities like watersports, horseback riding, golf, and scuba diving are available throughout the resort. There’s even a shooting range and aviary, plus a jaw-dropping 800-meter private beach.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
One of the most famous hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay offers fun, luxury, elegance, and hopefully a bit of luck during your stay. The suites are stunning and provide beautiful views of the Strip or the mountains through massive floor-to-ceiling windows. That being said, there’s so much to do in Vegas that we doubt you’ll be spending much time in your room.
There are multiple dining options available 24 hours a day, so many bars to choose from, fun pool parties at the Mandalay Bay Beach, and live entertainment every night. At 30,000 square feet, the spa is the perfect place to relax before hitting up Sin City’s world-famous nightclubs.
Klahoose Wilderness Resort, Canada
Imagine waking up between the Salish Sea and the Great Bear Rainforest on your Canadian honeymoon to the sounds of bird calls and orca whales as your alarm clock. Klahoose Wilderness Resort on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast is an all-inclusive eco-resort unlike any other. They offer peaceful, luxurious retreats on the edge of civilization including immersive experiences that teach guests about the ancient culture of the Indigenous Klahoose people.
This small and intimate 5-star all-inclusive resort has just 4 lodge rooms and 3 private cabins. All accommodations provide amazing views of the Pacific Ocean set against Canada’s mountain ranges. Three or 4-night all-inclusive packages include accommodation, meals, and experiences including wildlife viewing, Indigenous storytelling, nature walks, hikes, guided foraging expeditions, stargazing, and more.
Meals are hearty and prepared with sustainably sourced local ingredients. Optional tours like helicopter adventures, glacier walks, and fishing expeditions to Desolation Sound are available during certain parts of the season for an extra cost.
Lizard Island Resort, Australia
Lizard Island is a luxury resort on its own private island off the shores of Jack River National Park in Far North Queensland, Australia. Skirting the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, it’s the country’s only resort offering guests direct access to this world wonder, and its tranquil private beaches and luxury accommodations make it even more special.
A private seaplane takes you there, offering one-of-a-kind sky views of the reef as you descend. Rooms, suites, and villas are elegant with a white color palette accented by dark blue hues and wood and marble finishes.
During your romantic Australian getaway, you’ll enjoy unlimited premium alcoholic drinks, gourmet meals and the use of motorized and non-motorized water sports equipment. The romance package comes with all that plus champagne on arrival, a 60-minute spa treatment, a sunset cruise, and a private romantic dinner for two on the beach.
Now that you’ve read our picks for the 25 best 5 star all inclusive resorts, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.