The best all-inclusive resorts in the world for your next luxury summer staycation

From a luxury safari lodge in South Africa to an eco-conscious hideaway in Indonesia, these are the best all-inclusive resorts in the world to book in summer 2022.
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Image: Courtesy NIHI Sumba.

Let’s admit it, after all that chaos that drained our body and mind over the last two years, we are all desperately in need of a good vacation. And with good, I mean, a truly luxurious one — where the mini bars of our suites are always stacked, our itineraries are always brimming with super fun adventures and excursions, and our glasses are always topped up, without asking, with bottomless champagne. Of course, we are talking all-inclusive vacations!

Why all-inclusive, you ask? Because it means getting yourself bespoke services, pampering touches, and unlimited luxuries all wrapped into a single-pay package, while you get to leave all your worries (and wallet) at home. Find the perfect getaway for your summer staycation with our pick of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world.

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6 best all-inclusive resorts in the world

Ikos Dassia, Greece

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Did someone say a big, fat Greek holiday? Image: Courtesy Ikos Dassia.

If you have been eyeing at top all-inclusive resorts in Greece, chances are you have had stumbled upon Ikos Dassia. On the gorgeous island of Corfu, contemporary Mediterranean style meets traditional Greek hospitality in the tranquil surroundings of the resort. Add to it fragrant woodland, the award-winning ‘Infinite Lifestyle’ concept, and dazzling views of the turquoise Ionian sea. Each element of this island getaway exudes luxury. Think eight onsite restaurants offering it all from Michelin-starred menus to finest local cuisine, 10 bars, two holistic spas, a number of indoor and outdoor pools, and an open-air theatre! Each of the 411 rooms, suites, and villas spread across 25 acres of verdant land at the beachfront come with spacious balconies, private gardens, and plunge pools. There’s also a kids’ club, water sports centre, and daily entertainment to keep your whole family indulged.

Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico

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A coastal paradise for the perfect summer getaway. Image: Courtesy Excellence Playa Mujeres.

Privately placed on one of the most idyllic coastlines of the Mexican Caribbean, Playa Mujeres is the perfect getaway. Set on it along a gorgeous stretch of sugary white sand by the turquoise waters, is the five-star, adults-only, all-suite resort of Excellence Playa Mujeres. Redefining the Cancun luxury with its elegant service, effortless style, sprawling suites, an award-winning spa, and world-class culinary offerings (it has 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges!), the resort is popular for its seven swimming pools, four hot tubs, and lazy rivers weaving around the resort’s tropical gardens. Expect your suite to feature oversized jacuzzi, spacious private terrace, spa-like bathroom, rainfall showers, and impeccable in-suite service. Book one of the Excellence Club Suites and get private access to a lounge, dedicated beach area, and a restaurant only opened for the members! Design your day as per your mood with resort’s leisure offerings including water sports, private yacht excursions, yoga sessions, cooking classes and what not.

Royal Malewane, Kruger Park, South Africa

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Be ready for the ultimate African safari experience! Image: Courtesy Royal Malewane.

Certainly one of the top safari lodges in South Africa, Royal Malewane lies amid the lush environs of Thornybush Game Reserve, bordering the spectacular Kruger National Park. Wildlife takes centre-stage at the resort while an old-world colonial elegance runs through its elements. There are three accommodation options for you to pick from – The Lodge which is more classic and traditional in style; The Farmstead which is more intimate and contemporary; and Waterside which is a spacious sanctuary elevated above the banks of a bustling watering hole. At The Lodge, expect your suite to come complete with Oriental rugs, antiques, thatched roofs, and four-poster beds. Outdoor showers and plunge pools on expansive decks make sure you feel one with the nature in true 1sense. Pick from morning and evening game drives (or better yet, go for both!), rejuvenate at the award-winning Bush Spa, and enjoy seasonal menus with exceptional food and wine pairings.

NIHI Sumba, Indonesia

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The eco-luxury ethos peeps through each element at the resort. Image: Courtesy NIHI Sumba.

If there was one luxury resort that had its place fixed in this list, it was NIHI Sumba. Nestled away in a nature reserve on the remote island of Sumba, this eco-conscious surfing retreat has earned a reputation for one of the world’s most coveted waves. White sand, cool ocean breeze, and glorious sea views come complimentary with the stay at one of the 33 tropical villas featuring soaring thatched ceilings, spacious living rooms, private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and impeccable butler service. You can even reserve the unique three-story treehouse if there are kids in the family! Tear away from your breathtakingly beautiful hideaway, if you can, and head straight to the beach for a diving or fishing session, horseback ride, village excursions, mountain biking, a Land Rover safari, and more. There’s also a day-long Spa Safari with holistic treatments and healthy meals to pamper you after a long day.

Hermitage Bay, Antigua

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Soak in the simplistic Caribbean luxuries. Image: Courtesy Hermitage Bay.

Nestled in a quiet corner of Antigua on the hillside of a hidden sandy bay, Hermitage Bay offers Caribbean luxury blended well with the nature’s extraordinary offerings. The luxury boutique resort comprises of 30 eco-luxury suites situated in a secluded bay. Natural reef, delectable cuisines, impeccable service, exciting activities, and glorious sunsets make sure you always have something to look forward to. Spend lazy mornings tucking into meals prepared fresh with the ingredients from the resort’s organic kitchen garden — enjoy breakfast at the beachfront restaurant, lunch under the shade of the parasols in the poolside lounge, and your afternoon cocktails and canapés at the deck as the sun goes down. If you wish to relax, there is an on-site spa with an emphasis on Dorissima rituals that help balance chakras. Go fishing, take a farm tour, discover the island’s historic sites, explore some of Antigua’s 365 beaches on a catamaran cruise — there’s never a dull moment here.  

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, The Maldives

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Live the Maldivian dream! Image: Courtesy Lily Beach Resort & Spa.

Any list on luxurious all-inclusive getaways is incomplete without the mention of a Maldivian resort. And Lily Beach Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes! Offering the overwater luxury paired with unlimited fun, the resort on Huvahendhoo Island in the Maldivian archipelago is blessed with a thriving coral scene and some of the best diving sites. Pick from the overwater or beachside villas fixed with sleek contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences like home theater systems, flat-screen satellite TVs, and outdoor bathrooms with hot tubs. There are family villas with interconnecting rooms for couples who wish to make sure the kids are safe but also wish to enjoy some privacy. Curl up on a hammock with a book at your beach villa or take a peak into the underwater world from the glass flooring of your overwater villa! Enjoy authentic Chinese, Indian, and Thai flavours, and then move on to fusion, teppanyaki and themed buffets as you pick from a variety of dining venues. Water activities reign here, of course, giving you ample options from scub diving to snorkelling to motor sports and what not. Unwind at the over-the-water Tamara Spa. The optional all-inclusive plan offers excellent value and includes unlimited food (buffet-style and limited a la carte) and drinks, activities, and daily excursions.

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