Our favourite all-inclusive long-haul resorts

06 February 2019

For many travellers, going all-inclusive is the only way and if you’re flying halfway around the world, you’ll want to enjoy yourself without worrying about footing a hefty bar bill when check-out time rolls around.

Whether you’re a newcomer to all-inclusive or you’ve been doing it for decades, you’re sure to love these all-inclusive long-haul resorts.

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

'Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind' – it’s a powerful mantra from this wellness-focused resort and an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation sets it apart from other all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia.

Sat on a secluded cove of white sand beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia builds an experience based on the ideas of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and a positive diet.

Offering time-honoured body treatments and state-of-the-art therapies, its wellness centre was voted one of the world’s best spas by Condé Nast Traveler in 2017. Taking advantage of this award-winning facility is easy with BodyHoliday’s all-inclusive plan including a 50-minute spa treatment every day, while theme months like Jive June and October-Yoga, allow you to craft your ideal Caribbean getaway.

Ultimately, it’s down to you just how active or relaxing your time at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia is. It can be a hive of activity with mountain hikes and river gorge abseiling, or it can be a haven of peace and serenity with yoga sessions and frequent pampering.

There’s no shortage of things to do with the secluded Cariblue Beach, three freshwater pools and jacuzzi, skin and BodyScience clinic and meditation temple to ensure your relaxation. Meanwhile, you can get the blood pumping on the tennis court and archery range or out on the water sailing, kayaking, sailing or water-skiing. You can even get into the beat during one of the Caribbean dance classes.

“After taking part in a stretch class and an aqua-aerobics session, I quickly learnt that it doesn’t matter how fit you are - there was something for all abilities at BodyHoliday.”

Michelle, Travel Counsellor

Oblu Select at Sangeli

Newly opened in 2018 and situated on the north-western tip of Malé Atoll in the Maldives is Oblu Select at Sangeli – a four-star deluxe resort that offers discerning travellers an all-encompassing, hassle-free beach holiday.

After touching down at Malé International Airport, you’ll glide across glistening clear waters on a speedboat for 50 minutes before reaching this exclusive and luxurious island resort. It’s the only premium all-inclusive resort on Malé Atoll with some of the largest entry-level beach family suites in the Maldives. Most of the spacious standalone suites and villas here come with their own private pools, with the majority having direct access onto the beach and into the beautiful turquoise lagoons of Sangeli Island.

The Serenity Plan – the resort’s upgraded all-inclusive package – includes fine dining experiences at two speciality restaurants, unlimited consumption of select beverages and cost-free, in-villa mini bar replenishments. In addition, you’ll have access to non-motorised watersports at Atmosphere Aqua Club, snorkelling equipment, daily organised activities for children and young adults at the kids club, a sunset fishing session, and thrice-weekly music and DJ nights.

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Located on the north-east coast of the Dominican Republic, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana boasts boutique suites offering oceanfront views. This oasis for the mind, body and spirit delivers the kind of pristine white sands and clear waters everyone has come to expect from the Caribbean.

Upgrading to the Zoëtry Endless Privileges all-inclusive package means you’ll receive gourmet meal options dinner at four world-class restaurants, as well as unlimited top-shelf spirits, premium brand cocktails, special beverages, a fresh bottle of sparkling wine and a welcome bottle of rum.

In your suite, you’ll find fresh fruit and a complimentary mini bar that is refreshed twice daily. Endless Privileges guests can also take advantage of 24-hour private in-suite dining, a maid service, and a round-the-clock laundry service.

An all-inclusive stay at this luxury hotel also guarantees access to the spa with a 20-minute massage, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as aero yoga, meditation, polarity therapies and even a 45-minute horseback ride on the beach.

Outrigger Mauritius Beach

Nestled in the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve beside a pristine lagoon and coral reef, the five-star Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort sits on a tropical oasis in the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

With four luxurious pools, three world-class restaurants and a multitude of activities and facilities, this outstanding resort will impress even the most sophisticated travellers. Completely unwind with an indulgent treatment at the extensive wellness spa or enjoy a more active break by taking advantage of the various sports activities, with the Golf Du Chateau Bel Ombre 18-hole championship golf course mere minutes away.

The quality of culinary options is up there with the best too, with the stylish Edgewater Restaurant serving a full range of snacks, salads, charcoal-grilled seafood and fresh meats overlooking impossibly blue waters. At Mercado, guests can interact with chefs at exhibition kitchens as they prepare delicious meals. Guests can choose from one of the 181 spacious rooms and ocean-facing suites, designed in a contemporary style while retaining a true Mauritian feel.

“Outrigger Mauritius Beach offers great family-friendly facilities, a selection of pools and a superb beach. Families are well catered for here with nice touches like a kids-only seating area in the restaurant and excellent kids club facilities. If staying as a couple, it is worth upgrading rooms to allow access to the private club area for a more secluded luxury getaway.”

Jo, Travel Counsellor

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

This charming beachside resort in Ras Al Khaimah sits beside a 650-metre private beach with a wealth of shopping, restaurants and nightlife options nearby.

Guests can look forward to making use of seven outdoor heated pools, a 24-hour fitness centre fully equipped with top-of-the-line Technogym equipment, and two spas with nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. There is also a ladies-only spa and indoor pool.

On the beachfront, you’ll find the largest ‘Tarzan Boat’ in the UAE with two trampolines, two high-dive boards, a waterslide and large rope swing. Younger guests can be kept busy with the newly renovated kids club, outdoor playground and a pirate boat aqua zone with water slides.

Every room at the Doubletree Marjan Island comes with a balcony or terrace with direct access to the white sandy beach, and when mealtimes roll around, you’ll be spoiled for choice with 13 on-site bars and restaurants, including four speciality restaurants, an all-day dining venue, rooftop bar and night club.

 

Learn more about these or any other amazing long-haul all-inclusive hotels by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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