Discover the 10 best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts adults only

Don’t let us tell you how to live, but all we want and need right now is a vacation in the Caribbean. Tempting us with its azure waters and typecast beaches, the Caribbean is a total show-stealer, out to give travellers the adults-only retreat of a lifetime. Go west to Jamaica or east to Antigua, revelling in easy, all-inclusive luxury in any direction. Whatever your demands – a poolside piña pronto or remote R&R – the best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts are ready and waiting below.

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1. Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica

Perfect for pairs, the Couples Sans Souci resort in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, is a love-in of epic proportions. Set across 35 acres of jungle, spotted with waterfalls, rocky outcrops and lakes and fronted by its own beach, Couples Sans Souci heads up the all-inclusive Caribbean resorts adults only trend. Included in your booking are daily breakfast buffets from as many as five restaurants, free drinks from the minibar or swim-up bar, as well as a number of fun activities on and off-site. Try tennis lessons and reggae dance class or venture out on an excursion to Dunn’s River Falls and Margaritaville, otherwise, you can simply rest beside any of the four outdoor pools, indulging in intimate spa treatments and beach bonfires after dusk.

2. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico

A nice distance from the busy vacation spot of Cancun, Excellence Playa Mujeres brings a supreme sense of seclusion along with wide sandy beaches that look out over the Caribbean Sea. The resort comes as part of the upscale Playa Mujeres community, beating its rivals thanks to a multitude of facilities, including 10 restaurants, 11 bars, seven pools, a 24-hour fitness centre and full-service spa. Some of the rooms even come fitted with their own balcony whirlpools while others are labelled ‘swim-up suites’ for their proximity to the pool. Additional benefits include free use of ‘Hobie Cat’ catamarans, kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear, with Spanish lessons and nightly entertainment on the side.

Playa Mujeres | Photo: Christian Lambert

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3. Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua

A top choice while in Antigua is Galley Bay Resort & Spa, based on 56 acres of land and made all the more tranquil with its adults-only premise. Mature yet modern, Galley Bay Resort offers boutique stone cottages (some complete with ocean-view balcony and garden) in walking distance of the central waterfall pool, beachfront bar and rum shack. Stay busy by day taking on non-motorised water sports, a tennis match or yoga class, getting equal parts toned and relaxed between the fitness centre and open-air spa. Nightly entertainment ensures all guests want for nothing, whether it’s dining in a quiet candlelit cabana or a Caribbean barbeque to the sounds of live steel-drum music at Sea Grape restaurant.

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Adding to the Romance are in-room infinity pools and dedicated butlers who ensure guests are properly hydrated at all hours

4. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Next, we’re on the island of St. Lucia to be endlessly pampered by Jade Mountain Resort, named as one of the most romantic retreats around thanks to its hillside position between the Piti and Gros Piton mountains in view of the Caribbean coast. Adding to the romance are in-room infinity pools and dedicated butlers who ensure guests are properly hydrated at all hours, whether with all-inclusive cocktails on the sky deck or unlimited wines at the award-winning restaurant. While it’s all too easy to drink the day away, Jade Mountain can also offer you its stock of shared bikes, snorkels, kayaks and paddleboards, just a short distance from a shared dive centre and no less than two private beaches.

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5. The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

Complete with its own crescent-shaped beach bay upon 42 acres of tropical land, The BodyHoliday is another of St Lucia’s best bets, offering next-level R&R by way of a holistic approach. All-inclusive at The BodyHoliday means daily spa treatments and equine therapy alongside an inexhaustive range of fitness and meditative classes. Choose from pan-Asian fare at TAO, sushi from the deli or afternoon tea in the garden, starting the day with a buffet breakfast feast at the main beachfront restaurant. The sociable atmosphere across the resort makes it easy to join activities in the clubhouse or communal meals, though it’s also easy to escape into the hillside surrounding for golf, cycling and more.

6. Sanctuary Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Sanctuary Cap Cana, another of our favourite all inclusive Caribbean resorts adults only offerings, puts Punta Cana on the map for its elegant thatched-roof suites designed to make you feel like royalty on tour. Enjoy ocean views from your private hot tub, departing from the crowds across the resort’s own moat to the Castle Island Suites, where silk robes and domestic beers await. From your suite, you’ll have easy access to the area’s best beach as well as 30,000 acres of idyllic Dominican countryside beyond the Sanctuary grounds. If that wasn’t enough, arrive back by late afternoon to find a full-service spa, a choice of five restaurants and even dance classes to help prepare for a little late-night merengue.

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7. UNICO 20.87 Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico

Another Mexican liaison stealing the Caribbean’s thunder is UNICO 20.87 Hotel Riviera Maya, one of the newer Caribbean adults-only resorts to provide upscale experiences between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Though the party is never far away, UNICO brings peaceful vibes throughout its high-end rooms, private beach and a total of three pools. Lounge by the water or take one of the resorts many activities, including mixology workshops, dance classes and tequila tastings, ending the afternoon in the hydrotherapy spa, fitness centre or salon. If you want for more, the 24-hour butler service has all ends covered, wherever you lay.

8. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico

Slap bang in the midst of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Le Blanc Spa Resort is one of the more central offerings on this list, providing guests with all of the white sand and luxury level service they could wish for, alongside a number of swim-up bars, a state-of-the-art gym and on-site spa. Whitewashed in minimal décor, Le Blanc keeps it sleek and simple with its smoke-free and child-free policies across five acres. Diverse dining options include French-fusion, Italian, Japanese, Thai and Chinese options, while organised tours will take you away from the complex towards top sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xcaret and the wide-open jungle.

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Swim-up to your suite or go landward to any of the resort’s man-made beaches (some of which are clothing-optional)

9. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Jamaica

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort is a model of the Royal Caribbean brand; an all-out luxury property moments from Jamaica’s Montego Bay. Across the resort, you’ll find glass floors and plunge pool extravagance through its overwater bungalows that will have you feeling like you’re floating at the edge of the world. Swim-up to your suite or go landward to any of the resort’s man-made beaches (some of which are clothing-optional), making time for treatments at Red Lane Spa, a blowout at the salon or a sweaty session at the fitness centre. Sandals attract a more mature crowd thanks to the intimate atmosphere made fun with nightly shows, free water sports (even scuba diving!) and a diversity of fine dining options, from Thai food to British pub bites.

10. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Last but not least of the best Caribbean resorts is the so-called Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, a resort that breathes tranquillity across its 400+ suites on the Riviera Maya. The resort’s private beach comes lined with loungers and cabanas, but there’s also 13 outdoor pools to lounge beside and seven different international restaurants to try. Most rooms come kitted out with a whirlpool, minibar and terrace, though it’s the shared facilities that are the real draw, inclusive of a full-service spa, six bars and a daily activity schedule of yoga, dance, archery and snorkelling. After making friends on the beach volleyball court, you’ll be ready to take on Cancun nightlife (30 minutes’ drive) or simply relax on-site for nightly live music and performances.

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