10 of the best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for all budgets

August 17, 2021

By Tamara Hinson

All-inclusive pretty much comes as standard in the Caribbean. With easy access to fantastic facilities, brilliant dining options and the bliss of knowing that everything – from food to watersports – is included, this dreamy part of the world ideal for a hassle-free holiday.

So, whether you’re planning a winter sun getaway this autumn or simply checking out the options for a bucket list-worthy adventure next year, consider these all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

Please note: The destinations below are currently on either the green or amber list, but this may change. Remember to check the FCDO website for the latest travel advice for your destination both before your book a holiday and in the lead up to your trip.

Best budget resorts in the Caribbean

1. Barbados: Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels 

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One of the best resorts in Barbados for watersports fans, Crystal Cove is a family-friendly paradise in St James, on the island’s west coast.

It feels incredibly spacious, with three large pools and beautiful surrounding gardens that are perfect for romantic sunset strolls. Travelling with children in tow? There’s a brilliant kids’ club and your little darlings can also burn off some energy by signing up for one of the many complimentary activities on offer, including water-skiing and sailing.

There are plenty of dining options and gorgeous bars too. Try the Beach Bar for delicious cocktails in a spectacular setting, or dive under the resort’s waterfall to enter the swim-up Cave Bar.

2. Grenada: Spice Island Beach Resort 

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This often-overlooked Caribbean island is ideal for travellers keen to avoid the crowds, and for a little budget luxury, the Spice Island Beach Resort is perhaps one of the best on the island.

Nestled on Grenada’s spectacular Grand Anse beach, the resort has 64 beachfront suites tucked between clusters of lemon, almond and sea-grape trees. There are two restaurants, a beautiful spa (we recommend the chocolate body wrap, which uses Grenadian chocolate) and a beachfront yoga pavilion.

Getting hitched? Spice Island is one of the few resorts in Grenada where you can get married, and there’s a fantastic honeymoon package, too.

Note: Spice Island is currently undergoing a huge refurb and will reopen on October 1, 2021, which makes it ideal for travellers seeking some winter sun.

Best mid-range resorts in the Caribbean

3. Barbados: Waves Hotel & Spa 

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A laidback resort in St James, Waves Hotel and Spa has just 70 guestrooms, all of which have fantastic views – either of the beach or the lush, landscaped gardens.

There’s an entire adults-only area, so it’s perfect for couples, who can sign up for a huge range of activities, whether it’s mixology masterclasses, art lessons or snorkelling sessions. And it’s not just the food, drink and activities which are included – every guest gets a complimentary spa treatment, too.

4. St Lucia: Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa 

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This four-star hotel in St Lucia is wonderfully easy to get to, and is just a five-minute drive from the airport. The facilities are fantastic: there’s nine restaurants, seven bars, five pools, a fitness centre, tennis and basketball courts and the largest waterpark in St Lucia.

It’s also one of the most popular spots for weddings in St Lucia – there are several wedding packages available, alongside vow renewal and honeymoon packages.

If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’re also in luck. The resort is on one of St Lucia’s best kitesurfing spots and lessons and equipment can be booked at the Surf Shack, Coconut Bay’s on-site water sports centre.

5. Antigua: Curtain Bluff

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This is another resort reopening in October 2021, but we guarantee it will be worth the wait. Regarded as one of Antigua’s finest all-inclusive resorts, Curtain Bluff has 72 suites and rooms, all of which offer spectacular views.

Although there are just two restaurants and one bar, the resort is famous for its fantastic food: Antiguan-Italian cuisine at Sea Grape, delicious seafood and enormous steaks at Tamarind, and a choice of more than 4,000 wines at the Wine Cellar (make sure you request one of the tours of the cellar itself).

6. Jamaica: Beaches Ocho Rios 

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This family-friendly, five-star property in Jamaica is a Beaches resort – the family-friendly arm of the Sandals brand. It’s a place that screams fun from the get-go: its 22 acres contain five swimming pools, seven restaurants, a golf course (there’s even a dedicated golf programme just for kids) and one of the best water parks in Jamaica.

We also love the huge choice of room types. Opt for a beach or garden view, and a patio or balcony. In addition to the sports (choose from kayaking, scuba diving, aqua trikes and paddleboarding), there’s plenty of land-based fun, including shuffleboard, croquet, tennis and lawn chess.

Best luxury resorts in the Caribbean

7. Antigua: Jumby Bay 

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It doesn’t get more luxurious than this – a private island resort just off the coast of Antigua. It’s an all-inclusive for travellers who like the finer things in life, such as Taittinger (the resort’s house champagne) and private pools (several of the suites have them, along with most of the palatial villas).

There’s a packed calendar of activities covering everything from tubing to nature walks, and dedicated activities for kids aged 3 to 17. Fancy a night off from the little ones? Book the resort’s nanny or babysitting service. Or, you could just leave them at home…

8. St Lucia: Windjammer Landing 

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A beautiful resort tucked into a cove on St Lucia’s northwest coast, Windjammer Landing’s sheltered position has made it especially popular with families – the water’s wonderfully calm, and the accommodation options include secluded luxury villas with fully-equipped kitchens. There resort itself is packed with amenities, and you’ll find six swimming pools, tennis courts and a huge spa, as well as five restaurants and four bars.

Planning on tying the knot and wondering where to get married in St Lucia? Look no further. At Windjammer couples can say “I do” on the beach, in the gardens or in a hilltop gazebo, and opt for either an outdoor or indoor reception.

9. Barbados: Sandals Royal Barbados

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You’ll have ridiculously high standards for all future holidays in Barbados if you bag a room at the Sandals Royal Barbados, where perks include balcony hot tubs, butler service and the island’s largest pool.

It’s almost hard to know which praise to sing first, because all of the 18 restaurants are worth a visit, and we’re equally impressed by the roster of activities included as standard. This includes scuba diving sessions, which typically cost extra when on offer at all-inclusive resorts.

And don’t make the mistake of assuming the best rooms are the beachfront ones – bag a Crystal Lagoon room and you’ll have direct access to one of the Caribbean’s largest pools.

10. Anguilla: Malliouhana

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Say hello to one of Anguilla’s best resorts – a five-star retreat where every room, suite and villa has an amazing view, where activities include night-time stand-up paddleboarding sessions and where guests gather around a beachfront fire pit to roast s’mores as the sun sets.

We’re huge fans of the resort’s quirkier amenities and activities, including the Blue Heron cart, which will deliver a cocktail straight to your poolside sun-lounger, and the Catch ‘n Cook experience, during which you’ll enjoy a sea-fishing masterclass before handing your catch over to the chef to prepare what will probably be the freshest seafood dinner of your life.

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