When I think of all-inclusive resorts I think of the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. I think of exotic frozen cocktails served to me poolside and basking in the sun with the sounds of the ocean nearby. What I DON’t think of are snowy Swiss Alps or trekking through the jungles of Africa.
All-inclusive resorts are found all over the world and the laid-back beach vibes of the Caribbean are only a fraction of the options that are out there. Below is a list of 10 of the most unusual all-inclusive resorts in the world. From the mountains in Colorado to the shores of Hanuman Bay, Thailand and everywhere in between. I hope you enjoy reading about these exotic destinations and if you have any to add to the list please leave a comment below, I would love to hear about it.
known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden grasslands that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos and home to a large variety of birds like the Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Andean Condors, black-necked swans, and Chilean Flamingos just to name a few. Patagonia is one of the truly breathtaking places in the world. Located in the midst of all this beauty is The Singular. Extreme sophistication, incredible history, and the highest level of personalized service make this resort really stand out. Booking your stay as the full board program will give you an all-inclusive experience like few others. Included in your stay are all meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), roundtrip transfers to and from the Punta Arenas airport (with a minimum 3-day stay), use of the spa, and (what rates this resort in our top 10 list) a selection of daily expeditions unparalleled to its competition. Mountain climbing, Kayak tours, horseback expeditions, museum tours, Condor watching, just to name a few.
An all-inclusive resort disguised as an 1800’s ghost town? That’s right! Nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies sits the Dunton Hot Springs Resort. Located about 30 miles from Telluride, CO this intimate resort offers 12 unique, private log cabins (ranging in size from 1-5 bedrooms), and one luxury tent. All meals are included along with an endless list of activities. Take a picnic lunch out to a scenic mountain view, soak in one of 5 natural hot springs, go mountain biking, hiking, or in the winter months enjoy some ice skating, snowshoeing, ice hockey, or get your groove on in the dance hall. Don’t let the rustic appearance fool you, high-speed wifi is still available throughout this resort if you want to check in with the world outside. If you have a big family go ahead and rent the entire resort and make this a truly one in a lifetime trip. Dogs are welcome in some of the cabins but must be discussed in advance as some size and breed restrictions do apply.
With only nine air-conditioned tents (which include private plunge pools; secluded salas (large room or hall) ideal for relaxing massages; outdoor and indoor showers) this camp offers an all-inclusive experience steeped in wonder and magic. Nestled deep in the heart of the game-rich Okavango Delta. This all-inclusive offers a beautiful Botswana safari experience. Enjoy luxurious solitude on Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672,125 acres) exclusive wildlife concession. Game drives, bush walks, scenic helicopter flights and horseback safaris allow you to explore this beautiful area from different perspectives. See Exceptional wildlife, including elephant, large buffalo herds, hippo, lion, leopard, African wild dogs, antelope and 450 different species of birds. Botswana is an exclusive safari destination and tourism is strictly regulated.
This 10,000-acre ranch melds the spirit of the old west with the seductive charms of a modern all-inclusive resort. Just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara sits the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. With 73 suites or studio rooms outfitted with authentic western décor and wood-burning fireplaces this resort is keeping things true to a traditional western-themed ranch and does not include TV’s or phones in guest rooms. Don’t panic, Wifi is available. You will find endless ways to unwind and relax with 50 miles of riding trails, a 100-acre spring fed lake, 2 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pool, and a spa. Plus, you are only minutes away from the charming Danish village of Solvang and 75 renowned vineyards and wineries. Included in your stay is daily breakfast and dinner, one 60-minute Swedish massage, a professionally guided bike tour of the Santa Ynez Valley, bait and tackle for fishing, horseback riding, golf fees, and wine tastings. Giddy up!
Voted the #2 all-inclusive resort in Europe and the #3 all-inclusive resort in the world You know you are going to be pampered when you arrive at this ultra-luxury resort. Situated amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with its own private beach beauty awaits you at every turn. What makes this resort unlike its more traditional cousins? Not only can you dine at its famed restaurants, but you can also choose to go off property and dine at one of the local hot spots and the cost is still INCLUDED in your stay! Not only that but this resort also offers some unique activities such as Greek dancing lessons, mountain biking, squash, diving lessons, beach soccer, and water polo.
I feel like the name alone can either attract or discourage many visitors. Lizard Island? Yikes! Yes, it was originally named this because of all the lizards that were spotted by its first visitors. However, don’t let the name scare you off. This luxury resort is the only resort on a 1,013-hectacre National Park and it is located literally on the Great Barrier Reef! A truly secluded location this resort offers only 40 suites and villas and has 24 private beaches. That’s your own private beach for every couple! Not only that, this all-inclusive experience also includes all meals and alcohol, deluxe picnic baskets for romantic lunches on your private beach, access to a motorized boat to explore the many beaches, clear view kayaks, snorkeling gear, paddle boats, and several guided or self-guided tours of the inner and outer reefs. You won’t run out of things to do at this secluded resort.
On the shores of the beautiful Hanuman Bay, you will find this lush beachside resort. Each of this resorts 52 intimate suites and villas comes with its own plunge pool and sun deck perfect for relaxing in private. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Don’t worry, they have you covered with a wide array of fun activities. Snorkel at the spectacular coral reef only 40 meters offshore, go on a jungle safari, take a Thai cooking class, take a day trip to Ang Thong National park (A beautiful archipelago of 42 islands surrounded by breathtaking rock formations), take a Thai boxing class, unwind with yoga or Pilates classes, or take a sunset sail. The choices seem endless and the beauty will take your breath away.
What about an all-inclusive resort for all the winter sports lovers out there? Club Med has you covered with this gorgeous Swiss mountain resort. The resort sits at an altitude of 5,740 feet (1750 meters) and is located not far from some amazing ski slopes and a lake. This resort offers guests a wide range of unique activities including, horse racing, polo, and the famous Cresta Run on the nearby frozen lake. If you have never heard of the Cresta Run it is one of the few skeleton bobsleds runs in the world. A winter sliding sport which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. Of course, it goes without saying, that you can also partake in some amazing skiing and snowboarding. Sledding is also a highlight. St. Moritz is one of the oldest and most renowned ski resorts in the world so if you are coming to ski it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed. Looking to relax after a long day on the mountain? The resort also offers a spa with saunas to warm you up and an indoor pool and hot tubs.
Vermont’s only luxury, five-star resort is located about 3 hours from Boston and 5 hours from New York City. This Adults only 300-acre farm offers 20 uniquely designed accommodations and features a whimsical and eclectic art collection throughout the resort. What really sets this resort apart? Each stay is customized just for you. That, and the two BMW 750i sedans that are included for you to enjoy. Want to take a drive along the picturesque roads of Vermont? Just say the word and the staff will hand over the keys. What else does Vermont have to offer? Bicycling, canoeing, skiing, sledding, fly-fishing, swimming, that’s just to name a few of the activities you can experience at Twin Farms. Fine dining and wine tastings are also offered and after a hard day at play, you can relax in the 104-degree waters of a Japanese Furo. All meals, wine pairings, and spirits are part of your all-inclusive rate.
This 695-room resort has 7 pools, a water park, 8 restaurants, 5 bars and a spa. What makes this resort special is its location. Sitting on the Nabq Bay of the Red Sea with stunning views of the Gulf of Aqaba and Tiran Island this resort is a snorkeling lover’s dream. The resort prides itself on the nightly entertainment and superior guest service. A large menu of daily activities will keep you and your family busy. Camel rides on the beach? Not included in the price but offered at an extra cost.
If you are looking for information on more traditional all-inclusive resorts you may enjoy my other posts, such as How to choose an all-inclusive resort How to get the best deals on an all-inclusive vacation or Top rated all-inclusive resorts
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