There’s nothing quite like going on an all-inclusive holiday. Everything is taken care of for you (we mean everything), so you can sit back and relax for a week or two with zero responsibilities. Your flights and accommodation are covered, alongside full use of your resort’s facilities, but, arguably, the most notable benefit of our all-inclusive packages has to be limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining options, without so much as a reservation required. Oh, and did we mention access to top-shelf spirits, too?
We’ve rounded up five of our best dining all-inclusive holidays available at The Holiday Butler so you can live the life of luxury, without the hefty price tag.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
Secrets The Vine Cancun is the perfect place to indulge your passion for wine, by the calming ocean. Located in the beating heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, this contemporary and all-inclusive AAA Four Diamond resort certainly knows how to host a first-class retreat in the Yucatan Peninsula, courtesy of its Unlimited-Luxury offering. That’s right, Secrets Resorts & Spas have elevated (or should we say catapulted) the all-inclusive experience to a whole new level providing guests with the very best in Unlimited Dining, Unlimited Drinks, 24-hour Room Service, Pool & Beach Wait Service, Wi-Fi, Best-in-Class Service and Endless Entertainment. Indulge in the resort’s nine sumptuous restaurants serving up an array of local and international cuisine, including five a la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a grill, and a café. There’s something for everyone whether you fancy fine-dining or casual luncheons on the sand.
Our recommendation: Dine in Olio Restaurant for a medley of exquisite flavours from Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Spain paired with views over the Nichupte Lagoon.
Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
Nestled amid the idyllic palm-fringed Uvero Alto beach in Punta Cana, the aptly-named DREAMS Punta Cana Resort & Spa really is a place where dreams are made of. This corner of the Dominican Republic coastline is simply gorgeous, making it a perfect choice for romantic getaways and honeymoons.
The resort’s free-form pool is a major drawer (plus it’s the largest in the Dominican), while the spa and wellness centre are also popular pastimes for guests seeking ultimate R&R. Activities include diving, snorkelling, horse riding, windsurfing, and the on-site tennis courts are all available for your entertainment – and when you’ve worked up an appetite, the resort’s eclectic dining options will satisfy rumbling stomachs. DREAMS Punta Cana has six international restaurants and 10 lounges to relax in, featuring a variety of mouth-watering cuisines including Mexican, French, Pan-Asian, and Italian, plus a spectacular seafood offering. Hang out at Oceana Bar, indulge in French delicacies at the a la carte Bordeaux Restaurant, or enjoy an alfresco setting in the Italian-inspired “ristorante” la Trattoria.
Our recommendation: Arrange with the concierge and take advantage of the Unlimited-Luxury Sip, Savor & See dining option, which includes a complimentary dinner, drinks, and live entertainment at one of the participating nearby resorts.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay
Surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Secrets St. James Montego Bay offers guests a taste of paradise. This all-suite, AAA Four Diamond Resort does luxe well, with everything from the swimming pools to the guest suites oozing opulence and sophistication.
Romance is on the cards at this adults-only resort, with quality facilities to ensure a first-class stay is had by all. The resort’s elegant rooms and suites boast British colonial décor and contemporary fabrics, plus a private balcony to unwind on after a day of soaking up the sun. Guests will also have free flow access to Secrets Wild Orchid next door, while those upgrading to a Preferred Club Suite will gain exclusive added privileges, including the party at nearby Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa. Whether you want a star-lit dinner on the beach, fine-dining at one of the gourmet restaurants, or simply fancy a light bite at the pool and beach bar – your meals can be as luxurious or laid-back as you like.
Our recommendation: Watch the sunset while you experience the freshest seafood at Oceana, served in a quiet and romantic ocean view setting.
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Sitting pretty on a private coral-white sandy bay in the Gulf of Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica provides the ultimate luxury all-inclusive experience to couples. With an infinity pool that stretches out towards the shoreline, guests will feel worlds away from everyday life back home, as they sink into the calming waters – perhaps with a cocktail in hand – surrounded by rich flora and fauna. What a backdrop.
When you’re not in the pool or wandering miles of unspoilt Pacific Coast beach, why not explore the beauty of the area from the treetops?! Costa Rica is known for being an adventurer’s paradise, after all. Brave an adrenaline-pumping zipline ride with a canopy tour, try your hand at scuba diving, whip up something tasty in a traditional cooking class, go mountain biking, or make a splash with water sports. If you prefer a slower pace, hit the world-class Spa By Pevonia for unparalleled pampering, with heavenly treatments including facials, soothing hydrotherapy, and relaxing couples massages as you listen to the lapping waves on the shore. Foodies will be in their element here, with five fine-dining restaurants, plus a handful of casual eateries and lounges to enjoy too. The Market Café is a fantastic venue if you’re not sure what cuisine you fancy, since it features international fare, themed stations, and live show cooking experiences – the options are endless.
Our Recommendation: Head to the resort’s beach and pool bar, Sugar Reef, and delight in a variety of delicious tropical cocktails as the sun goes down, before dinner.
Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa
As cheesy as it may sound, Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa really will take your breath away. Elegantly sandwiched between the tropical jungle and twinkling ocean, this adults-only resort is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquillity in the beautiful Dominican Republic.
There’s something for everyone at this all-around resort, whether you like to start your day with a relaxing yoga session underneath swaying palms, or plan on heading straight to the multi-level Freestyle Pool, complete with a live DJ and curated cocktails from the swim-up bar. Next door you’ll also have access to the Dreams Onyx Resort & Spa, where you can make use of all their facilities including the Unlimited-Luxury experience. Entertainment is always on tap, here. You won’t go hungry either, as this resort has no less than 11 gourmet dining venues to sample (that’s one for every night), including eight a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a grill on the beach, and a café. In addition to Dreams Onyx Resort & Spa’s dining scene too, of course. Book a romantic table for two at Sofrito, Spumante, or Picante for first-class Mexican, Italian, and Latin Criollo cuisine, or why not head to a communal table and mingle with the other guests for a more laid-back evening?
Our recommendation: Enjoy a sophisticated dining experience in Sofrito Restaurant, serving up delectable Latin Criollo cuisine, before heading to the vibrant Xhale Club Lounge and Bar serving premium spirits (available to Xhale Club members only).
Whether you’re a foodie, like to indulge in the local cuisine, or simply enjoy escaping the washing up on your holidays, you’ll be hard struck to find a more elite list of resorts for all-inclusive dining than these.
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