All inclusive resorts are becoming more popular in the United States. Mexico and the Caribbean have been offering inclusive resort and spa retreats for years and more recently the states have joined in with many fine destinations.
CLUB MED SANDPIPER BAY – Port St. Lucie, Florida
Club Med Sandpiper Bay (from $350 per night for two adults and two children) Activities include a sailing school, paddle-boarding, circus and trapeze school, bocce ball, sand volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and several swimming pools. Teens and tweens have their own “club” Latitude 27. The resort also offers an infant and toddler care for babies 4 to 23 months old for an additional fee.
GRAND HOTEL – Mackinac Island, Michigan
The Grand Hotel is a 390-room resort, accessed by ferry through the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac Island is a car-free island off the coast of Michigan. Grand Hotel is known for its 660-foot-long front porch, which is the world’s largest. All-inclusive packages vary, but they all include full breakfasts and five-course dinners. Evening wear is required at the dinner service.
WOODLOCH RESORT – Hawley, Pennsylvania
Set on more than 1,000 acres on Lake Teedyuskung, Woodloch Resort (from $311 per night for two adults and two children). In summer there’s biking, water skiing, hiking, and zip-lining. In winter, there’s ice-skating, snow-tubing, and snowshoeing, as well as an indoor pool, Wii center, and gym. Also offered are a miniature golf course, climbing wall, go-carts, and bumper boats.
TRAVAASA HANA – Maui, Hawaii
Travaasa Hana (from $925 per night for two adults and two children) is both a romantic couples getaway and family destination. Activities for kids include hula, ukulele, and lei-making lessons, swim in the family pool, or fish with a bamboo pole at Hana Bay. The ocean-view resort isn’t set on the beach, but nearby Hamoa Beach has good swimming and facilities just for resort guests.
CANYON RANCH – Tucson, Arizona
Canyon Ranch is set on former cattle ranch grounds where everything is taken care of, including fine meals, activities, fitness classes and more. The fine cuisine is focused on healthy and clean eating. Included activities are bird walks and a high ropes course. The ranch offers workshops on maintaining mental balance and specialty services that provide therapy and healing for stress relief.
LODGE ON LITTLE ST. SIMON ISLAND – Little St. Simon Island, Georgia
The Lodge on Little St. Simon Island (from $1,050 per night for two adults and two children) allows only 32 overnight guests at a time on this exclusive 10,000-acre island. Once you arrive by boat you can grab a kayak, canoe, or motorized skiff to explore
the island’s marshlands and maritime forests. Or relax by the saltwater pool. Activities for kids include a junior naturalist program. The lodge supplies fishing tackle, and will cook your catch for dinner.
BLACKBERRY FARM – Walland, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm, is a 63-room resort on 9,200 acres at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. The staff includes a butcher, a beekeeper and a cheese maker. The wine list includes 166,000 bottles with rare and fine wines from around the world. Plan ahead, accommodations sell out a year in advance.
RANCHO DE LOS CABALLEROS – Wickenburg, Arizona
Rancho de los Caballeros (from $610 per night for two adults and two children) was founded as a family destination in 1948. This is an authentic dude ranch located on 20,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert. Morning and evening kid’s programs change daily, so kids can go swimming, play tennis, or take a hayride to a campfire.
SUGAR BAY RESORT AND SPA – St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
St. Thomas’s only all-inclusive resort, Sugar Bay Resort and Spa (from $540 per night for two adults and two children), is set atop 31 lush acres, with expansive views of the island’s northeastern side. All guests can enjoy the three interconnecting pools (and hot tub), access to kayaks, Sunfish sailboats, snorkeling equipment, mini-golf, and a secluded beach. Kids ages 4 to 12 can attend the Kids Klub for a half-day each day, while adults can take advantage of one of only two casinos on the island.
TWIN FARMS – Barnard, Vermont
Twin Farms is Vermont’s premier all-inclusive resort that offers 20 accommodations set in and around the former estate of Nobel-prize winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. Activities range from yoga to fly fishing to picnicking. All accommodations have a wood-burning fireplace. Twin Farms prides itself with first class service and quality. It sources its farm-fresh meats, cheeses, and fruits from the best of Vermont.