An All-inclusive holiday to the glittering islands of the Caribbean is undoubtedly appealing, who can resist the temptation of ‘leave your wallet at home’ and the promise of ‘everything taken care of’? But after the fourth night of buffet dining and using up your allowance at the water sports centre, you may wonder how else to spend your precious holiday time. We invite you to rid your preconceptions of all-inclusive and, with Destinology, open your mind to lavish comforts, delectable dining experiences, sensational sports, and a few extra surprises.
The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
A holiday with a twist, The BodyHoliday promises more than just uncompromising luxury, spectacular St. Lucia scenery and exquisite Caribbean cuisine, emphasising wellness and health with their pledge ‘give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind’.
As part of their endeavour of total relaxation, they offer an extensive all-inclusive which covers everything from your delicious dining sourced from the organic gardens, to water sports, yoga and dancing! But your journey to well-being begins before you’ve even set your toes in the pristine sands, with a chance to chat directly to one of the health specialists about your treatments and activities when you visit. Logging on to the web-room, you’ll be able to select your preferred treatment times, discuss which therapies and remedies can be personalised to best suit you, and consider what you’re looking to get out of your holiday – whether it be weight loss, anti-aging, detox or stress relief.
Upon your arrival, you’ll receive a draft schedule tailored to you, with daily 50-minute sessions that include full body massages, hydrotherapy, body wraps and scrubs, and even nurturing massages for expectant mothers. With over 170 body cares and more than 50 sports and activities to choose from, The BodyHoliday redefines the concept of the over-indulgent all-inclusive.
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa, Antigua
Dive in and discover the multi-hued, underwater world surrounding Antigua with Sandals, where your Luxury Included® holiday will excel all expectations. Catering from complete beginners to master divers, the Sandals Scuba Diving Programme offers guests the chance to experience thriving coral reefs, exciting undersea sites and vibrant marine life in some of the world’s most remarkable waters. Highly experienced PADI® certified staff will be on hand for both introductory classes, taking you through the key skills and diving orientation, to exploring the exciting depths of the master dive sites. Top of the line equipment ensures you’re well looked after, while the lavish state-of-the-art Newton boats will take you out to find unique spots and thrilling sites.
Jettias Wreck is a favourite with novice divers, where the wreck of a 19th Century French freighter lies 28ft below the surface, teaming with vibrant coral formations, scattered with tiny coloured fish and greeted occasionally by large barracuda. Roads is an exotic reef in narrow stretches, a great spot for clocking sea turtles, while Chimneys Reef is reserved for the master divers. This challenging site is hidden at a 100ft depth, where a daunting hole in the rock face is home to Blackjacks, angelfish, and nurse sharks who rest in the chimney.
Once back on land, enjoy everything that this Luxury Included® resort has to offer. Dine in one of their 11 restaurants, pick up a cocktail (or two!) at one of their 7 bars, take advantage of the facilities on offer at the Red Lane® Spa…and the list goes on.
Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica
Famed as the home of Marley’s music and the birthplace of Bond, Jamaica’s jerk-shack lined streets beg to be explored. Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica offers a comprehensive all-inclusive which includes 24-hour dining, a personalised in-room minibar, premium beverages and even free scuba diving - once a day for certified divers, and once per stay for beginners! It’s azure waters and secluded tropical gardens can tempt you into tucking yourself away and simply soaking up the island sun, but the Ultimate Excursions included in your holiday price often have guests rushing out without need for persuasion! Discover Jamaica’s cultural gems, its post-colonial style architecture and exciting excursions with Couples’ exclusive tours, just make sure you reserve your place at least 24 hours in advance!
Grab reggae CDs and local ceramics in Ocho Rios, pose for a perfect photo opportunity climbing the cascading waters of Dunn’s River Falls or experience the ‘Best. Day. Ever.’ at Margaritaville. And when we say ‘Best. Day. Ever.’, expect a lively atmosphere that doesn’t stop when the sun goes down; sample Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya, fly down the 100-foot slide into the sparkling pool or sip a tropical cocktail with world-renowned DJs.
Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, Turks and Caicos
An all-inclusive for all ages, Beaches Turks and Caicos satisfies grown-ups with unlimited Gourmet Discovery Dining and Premium Brand Drinks, occupies teens with an Xbox Play Lounge, and entertains your youngest entourage with an impressive 45,000 square foot waterpark!
Pirates Island is a swashbuckling water adventure filled with huge geysers, shooting water cannons and exhilarating water slides – and it’s all included in your family holiday! Tackle the waves on the SurfStream® surf simulator, or sail gently down the 650-foot meandering lazy river. Tots just learning to walk can still have a paddle in the zero-entry pool, while those who’d rather stick to dry land can unwind in the rainforest games room. There’s no need for the watchful eye as staff are always on hand to help, and budding Jack Sparrows will be kept fed and watered with self-serve ice cream, a kids’ swim up bar and a funky 50s-style diner.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
Owned and managed by Grenadian Sir Royston Hopkin and his family, Spice Island Beach Resort is nestled on the golden sands of Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, offering charming accommodation, personal service and an all-encompassing, all-inclusive offering. As a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World network, no detail is overlooked including gourmet dining, premium spirits and fine wines, but it’s the sport and activity schedule here that captures the enthusiasm of guests. On site, perfect your serve on the floodlit tennis court, hop on your bike with cycling available throughout the lush resort and surrounding areas, or complete a flawless swing at Grenada’s Golf Club.
Your holiday includes automatic membership and greens fees at the scenic golf club, where coastal winds and stunning sea views might just be a cause for distraction! Built in 1936, the course offers 9 holes at a distance of 2,673 yards, with golf pro Ronny Felix available if you’re not an experienced player, and sloping greens still presenting a nice challenge for avid golfers. But don’t get too confident, as snakes are known to lurk in the rough should you strike a wayward ball!