All-inclusive resorts make for fun vacations. Nobody is telling you guacamole costs extra, you don’t have to hand over a credit card to take paddleboards out into the azure blue waters and your wallet won’t scold you for having an afternoon beer and an evening tiki drink.
But beyond the expected (unlimited booze, meals and beachfront yoga classes), many all-inclusives offer some unexpected amenities to wow vacationing guests. Here are nine extraordinary extras you can find at certain all-inclusive resorts.
1. Designer Handbags On Loan
Didn’t have room in your suitcase for your designer purse? Or maybe you forgot it? Or maybe you’re like me and most of your purses are from Target? Well, I’ve got just the resort for you.
Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta — a boutique, adults-only all-inclusive — has a “handbag bar” so guests can borrow from a collection of 13 different designer handbags, including a “murse” (aka man purse) from Mont Blanc. On loan are handbags from designers like Purificación Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Pineda Covalin, often called the “Hermes of Mexico.”
Rates start at $280 a night per person based on double occupancy.
2. Hydrotherapy Circuit
Just outside of party-hard Cancun is quieter Costa Mujeres. Palladium Hotel Group’s TRS Coral Hotel is an all-inclusive wonderland in the Costa Mujeres stretch of the Mexican Caribbean, and the resort has a knack for pampering guests.
Guests here have unlimited access to a hydrotherapy circuit in the spa, which includes thermal baths, saunas, steam rooms, a salt cave and, if you need a cool down, a frigid snow room. Sure, golf carts can zip you around the property, but you can also board a gondola shuttle and explore the hotel’s grounds via its canal system. TRS Coral Hotel also has a sexy, on-property Chic Cabaret & Restaurant that includes a three-hour show with choreographed dances spanning the decades all the way up to Beyoncé hits.
Rates start around $400 per person a night based on double occupancy.
3. Circus Training
No need to run off and join the circus. Just slip away to the Dominican Republic and book a stay Club Med Punta Cana. Guests here can add “cirque skills” to their resumes after learning the art of aerial, flying trapeze and tightrope walking through the resort’s exclusive Creactive by Cirque du Soleil experience.
Rates start at $116 a night per person.
4. Foam Pool Parties
Do you miss your Spring Break party days? Or, maybe you never got a proper Spring Break while you were in school. Either way … you can enjoy fun, themed pool parties in this next chapter of adulthood by heading to Hotel Riu Palace Baja California in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Guests at this all-inclusive resort can dance inside a foamy pool during the hotel’s over-the-top pool parties. There are rotating themes, like a Neon Party that illuminates the pool with fluorescent lights. Worth noting, there are daytime parties, too, in case you’ve got to be up early to go whale watching.
Rates start at $155 a night per person.
5. A Private Island
Dream vacation alert: The Castle Island Suite at the all-inclusive, adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic comes with your very own private island. Swoon, right? To access the island from your Spanish-style castle, you’ll cross a backyard moat. Plus, the suite comes with three indoor plunge pools. Of course, these kinds of amenities don’t come cheap …
Rates start at $1,387 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
6. A Bar On A Bike
Set on a private, 2-mile island in Belize, Thatch Caye already earns “oohs and ahhs” with its overwater bungalows that look out at the Caribbean. Upping the ante is the resort’s “bar on a bike,” which a bartender peddles around the resort, serving guests fruity daiquiris and or a local favorite, Belikin beer. So, yeah, no need to move from that hammock.
Rates start at $405 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
7. FlowRider Surf Sessions (And Lessons)
Surfs up at the Royalton Bavaro, an all-inclusive in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The hotel has a FlowRider surf machine that churns out endless waves that you can shred. (Surfers will rejoice because you don’t have to paddle out to catch waves and there’s no crowded surf line-up. Rad, right?) Don’t know how to surf? No problem: The hotel has surf instructors who will teach you exactly how to catch waves, whether you want to bodyboard or stand up.
Rates start at $295 per night, per person based on double occupancy.
8. A CPR-Trained Nanny
When you and your family arrive at Franklyn D Resort & Spa in Jamaica, you’ll be greeted by your “vacation nanny.” She’ll participate in family activities with you or keep the kids entertained while you and your partner slip off to go kayaking, play golf or simply enjoy dinner together. Many families create long-lasting relations with resort’s nannies and request the same nanny year after year. The CPR-trained nannies are dedicated to just one family at a time.
Rates start at $325 a night per person.
9. Fender Guitars On Loan
Every vacation needs a soundtrack. At Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Mexico, the “Picks” program allows guests to have one of 20 Fender guitars delivered to their room. It also comes with headphones and an amplifier so you can rock out in your own in-room studio. For amateur guitar players, tune in to the in-room TV for complimentary guitar-playing lessons.
Rates start at $380 per night based on double occupancy.
Who is ready for an all-inclusive getaway?