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NEW ALL-ENCLUSIVE RESORTS FOR THAT LAST MINUTE VACATION

NEW ALL-ENCLUSIVE RESORTS FOR THAT LAST MINUTE VACATION

When massive all-inclusive resorts, some with 2,000 rooms, began to pop up on beaches in the 1950s, they quickly earned a bad rap; their names became synonymous with booze cruises, bad buffet restaurants, and anything-goes behavior.

These days, the industry is renovating not only its properties, but its image. Adam Stewart, son of Sandals Resorts founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart, is transforming what was recently a Four Seasons into an all-villa, all-suite resort. “We could have stopped after we added three restaurants, a patisserie, and a swim-up bar, but we didn’t,” he says of the latest addition to the 22-property chain. “But we’re also upgrading the service, introducing white-gloved butlers, and adding indoor-outdoor showers.”

Sandals Resorts is just one of the brands—from Turks and Caicos down to Barbados—introducing luxurious amenities to appeal to travelers with high expectations. At the best new all-inclusive resorts, you can treat yourself to a horseback ride on the beach or a second helping of steamed lobster, no extra charge.


Sandals Royal PlantationOcho Rios, Jamaica

Number of Rooms: 74

Entry-Level Rate: $845 per person, double

Unexpected Inclusions: Butler service; greens fees.

The Vibe: Don’t want to think for yourself? At this super-luxe spot, the butler does it for you.


Couples Tower IsleOcho Rios, Jamaica

Number of Rooms: 226

Entry-Level Rate: $350 per person, double

Unexpected Inclusions: Snorkeling; scuba certification; sunset catamaran cruises.

The Vibe: Calling all social butterflies: the party is on the beach.


Veranda Resort & Residences

Whitney LawsonVeranda Resort & ResidencesTurks and Caicos

Number of Rooms: 123

Entry-Level Rate: $420 per person, double

Unexpected Inclusions: Kite-surfing; 24-hour concierge service; top-shelf liquor.

The Vibe: For style-seekers who think all-inclusive is a dirty word.


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Article by HEIDI MITCHELL, Yahoo! Travel | Read full article here