So-called all-inclusive in Mexico have been popular with American travelers for decades. But in recent years, resorts with similar features in the U.S. have also gained popularity, offering guests everything they need under one roof, including meals and drinks at any time of day.
Of course, you can still find plenty of resorts states, where you’ll experience personalized service and a luxurious getaway, helpfully complemented by options like room service and spa treatments. But the all-inclusive model offers travelers this kind of deluxe experience at an affordable price – not to mention it’s often easier for first-time visitors to navigate.
Whether you’re considering a family vacation or looking to spend your honeymoon in style, here are 10 of the best resorts throughout America that offer everything you need under one roof:
The Inn at Dos Brisas – Washington County, Texas
The Inn at Dos Brisas is located about 90 minutes from Houston in Washington County, which means guests won’t have any trouble finding beautiful scenery thanks to the vast farm surrounding the resort. And though there are plenty of on-site activities to enjoy, from a golf course and tennis courts to hiking trails and guided horseback rides, you can also sit back and relax knowing that your every need will be met at the resort’s all-inclusive rate (and even if you don’t want to pay for meals with your lodging package, there are plenty of quality restaurants only a short car ride away). For more information or to make a reservation at The Inn at Dos Brisas.
The Peninsula Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
Just because The Peninsula Chicago is located in one of America’s most bustling cities doesn’t mean its guests won’t be able to experience total relaxation: In addition to spa services and fine dining venues, the hotel offers an extensive list of complimentary activities, including bicycling and walking tours, cooking demonstrations and classes and even a concierge to help plan day trips. For more information or to make a reservation at The Peninsula Chicago.
Shell Vacations Club – Los Angeles, California
Located right in Santa Monica, Shell Vacations Club is surrounded by shops and restaurants but has easy access to miles of picturesque beaches (so guests can easily spend their days lazing on the shore instead). In addition to rooms with ocean views and balconies – which come with full kitchen facilities for longer visits – each guest can take advantage of all-inclusive rates that include daily breakfast; lunch; dinner; local beverages ( including wine and beer); snacks; outdoor activities (think bike rentals, paddle boating, and kayaking); equipment rental fees; in-room WiFi for up to three devices per room; dedicated customer service line; preferred tee times at local golf courses (if guests are interested), among other perks.
Hotel Galvez & Spa A Wyndham Grand Hotel – Galveston, Texas
Located along the Seawall in Galveston’s historic district, the Hotel Galvez & Spa A Wyndham Grand Hotel is situated on two miles of pristine shoreline. Plus, guests can explore nearby attractions like Moody Gardens or catch an afternoon movie at the theatre in town. At the all-inclusive resort itself, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guests will find a full-service spa and top-notch restaurants like La King’s Confectionary and iconic seafood eatery Gaido’s.
Alpine Mountain Resort – East of Poconos, Pennsylvania
Tranquil Alpine Mountain -The resort is located in the Poconos Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania and offers vacationers a truly all-inclusive experience: The price for an overnight includes accommodations, meals, and most resort activities. Guests can choose from one- to three-bedroom suites equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes. Onsite amenities include three indoor pools (one at each building), an outdoor pool, a sauna, a fitness center, and a tennis court. There are also two restaurants on site, along with two bars.
Alpine Mountain Resort is only open during ski season, Nov. 26 through April 2, 2018.
Wisp Resort – West of Cumberland, Maryland
Just west of the Appalachian Mountains in western Maryland is Wisp Resort, an all-inclusive resort that opened in 1999. Onsite amenities include indoor and outdoor pools (heated May 1 to Oct. 31), hot tubs, and tennis court and fitness center; there are also three full-service restaurants onsite (The Grille at Wisp, Fireside Grill & Mountain Bistro) which serve family-style meals for breakfast and dinner daily. The local area offers many biking trails, tubing runs, and golf courses. The hotel’s ski school (rates vary) is for kids ages 3 to 12; learn-to-ski packages are also available.
The Lodge at Woodloch – North of Hawley, Pennsylvania
The Lodge at Woodloch in northeastern Pennsylvania is an adults-only resort that opened in 2000. Onsite amenities include indoor and outdoor pools (heated May 1 to Oct. 31), hot tubs, fitness center and tennis court; There are three full-service restaurants onsite that serve breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet Monday through Friday, and dinner nightly with reservations (additional dining available at nearby restaurants). Additional amenities include a complimentary grocery store, gift shop, and cigar bar.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park Resort – Osage Beach, Missouri
Lake of the Ozarks State Park Resort is an adult resort with lots of water fun thanks to year-round activities on Grand Glaize Bay, including swimming pools (3), hot tubs (2), and poolside food service; plus a fitness center with golf course views. The onsite restaurant serves buffet breakfasts Monday through Friday, and buffets or a la carte items on Saturday and Sunday. The resort is 15 minutes from downtown Osage Beach, where guests can find dining options including casual bars and fine-dining steakhouses.
The Little Nell – Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
In Aspen Snowmass, travelers will find exceptional food at all five of the restaurants at this mountain retreat located two miles from Aspen Mountain; many of them have been awarded by Wine Spectator for their extensive wine lists. The resort also provides daily afternoon tea, cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Studio, and alfresco meals at Peaks 6 & 7 Terrace. Its spa has nine treatment rooms, an outdoor heated pool, and whirlpools, plus full-service fitness facilities.
Eagle Rock Resort – Shawnee National Forest, Illinois
This wilderness resort is located in Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest near Lake Murphysboro and Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. The all-inclusive rates include upscale accommodations in lodge rooms, cottages, and villas; three daily meals; drinks served with all meals; fees for an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson Jr.; access to the resort’s two swimming pools, fitness center, tennis courts, and game room; supervised programs for kids ages 4-14; hiking trails; mountain bike rentals; fishing on-site (the property has its own trout lake); plus craft activities, evening entertainment and live music.
The resort also offers suites with wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens, and private decks. Three-bedroom cottages are available to rent by the week or month year-round. For guests who want to stay active while they travel but still have the option of dining out every night, the Country Inn & Suites offers all-inclusive resort packages.