Give me your best all-inclusive resort recommendations!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ChicoryCreek:   I would highly recommend Sanctuary Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! My DH and I took our honeymoon there, and it was fantastic. Not technically adult only, but there is very little for children to do there, so there were next to none when we were there.

I would go back in a heartbeat, the food was pretty great all around, they had a seafood restaurant that was open air and on stilts over the ocean! Also had an Italian restaurant, an Asian restaurant (with live hibachi cooking shows), a steakhouse and a buffet restaurant. Each night around 3 different restaurants were open, and they were typically a la carte style, but you didn’t have to make reservations like you typically do for a la cartes at all inclusive resorts.

They have a ton of different rooms to choose from, including some luxury ‘royalty’ villas. We just had the most basic room, Junior Oceanview Suite, and it was perfect for us, though we wouldn’t have turned down an upgrade!

The beach was nice, a little small and rocky, but fully functional. Right next to the resort, there is a ‘public’ beach, less than 5 minutes walk, but it’s in a gated resort community so it is very safe. It is about 1.5 kilometres (I think that might be about a mile) long, and pinkish white, soft sand.

There are 5 different pools to choose from, one with a swimup bar, which is where we spent most of our time. The resort was supposedly at full capacity while we were there, but it is laid out in such a way that it never feels overcrowded.

Good luck deciding! In case you aren’t aware of Trip Advisor, you should definitely check it out, they have tons of reviews for every resort out there. That’s primarily how I make my decisions! LOL








Post # 5
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My fiance and I have gone to Dreams Punta Cana, the staff was great the food was wodnerful and the beds were comfortable.  We each spent about $1400 with airfare adn flights but this was 4 years ago.  We are about to book our honeymoon at Excellence Playa mujeres, our friends are staying in teh regular rooms (about 2k a piece) and we are staying in the two story terrace room (About 2500 a piece) for 6 days.  Our travel agent went there adn she said it was great.


Post # 6
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Rui Las Americas was where we stayed for our honeymoon back in October. It was AMAZING and you can go to any of the other Rui resorts (which are literally right next door) and eat their food and use their amenities. It was $2500 for hotel/flight for 7 nights. We are planning on going back next October. 

Post # 7
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re going to Excellence Playa Mujeres. It had great reviews and we have a private rooftop pool!

Post # 8
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ChicoryCreek:  I LOVED Negril. I stayed at the Riu Negril with my friends. It wasn’t adults only, but there really were not very many kids around and we went during a school break because we were both teachers. It wasn’t expensive and it was a really nice resort. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

Post # 11
1959 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Check out The Royal Playa del Carmen in Mexico.  We honeymooned there and it was AMAZING!  Adults only, top notch food/restaruants and right near 5th Avenue/shopping district. Can’t recommend it enough.  

Post # 12
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We went to Sandals Negril for our honeymoon and IT WAS AMAZING!!! They have a lounge at the airport, take care of your transport to/from the resort, greet you with fruity drinks, food is free any time you want it, as well as good, top shelf alcohol (hello Jamaican rum). I highly recommend a Butler suite if you can afford it (though don’t get the 2 story one. We ended up spending so much time out of our room the extra cost of the extra space wasn’t worth it in the end).

We want to go to a different Sandals every other year now. Loved it!

ETA: Sandals are all adults only. Beaches is their sister resort, and that is “family friendly.” The Beaches in Negril is about a mile walk on the beach from Sandals, and as a Sandals guest you can go there, eat and drink at their bar, etc., for free. They have waterslides and stuff. Also, as a guest of Sandals, no matter what resort you are staying at, you can go for free to all of the other resorts. So if you want to go to a nightclub in, say, Montego Bay, for a day, they will take you there on their shuttle for free and you can eat/drink there for free. IT’S THE BEST.

Post # 13
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Haven’t been yet, but we booked our honeymoon at Excellence Playa Mujeres.  I’ve heard nothing but good things.

Post # 15
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana. It’s where DH and I got married and honeymooned. It’s not exclusively for adults, but there are areas designed for children and others for adults. Plus, I find that resorts with children are more quiet, since families tend to turn out early instead of partying all night.

Anyway, it’s a wonderful resort with great dining (I really love food and I am gluten intolerant but never once had trouble eating at one of their 14 restaurants). yes. 14!!

Post # 16
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ChicoryCreek:  We got married & honeymooned at Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. It’s about a 20 min boat ride from Cancun so it’s pretty easy to access and is gorgeous! The island itself is only about 5 miles long but is packed with wonderful sweet ppl, delicious food, and great shopping. Lots of bars and activities as well. The whale sharks hang out in the area around July-Sept so you can also go swimming with the whale sharks. There is also a sea turtle reserve where they hatch them and try to preserve as many as possible before their release. If you go at the right time they will let you ‘release’ them too! 

The Privilege Aluxes was awesome. It’s not adults-only but we were there for a week and a half and only saw one kid. They purposefully just don’t offer much that would appeal to a kid. It’s pretty small at under 200 rooms- some even have rooftop balconies with plunge pools, others with jacuzzi’s. The pool was great, had a swimup bar and all. The beach by far was the best thing about it though. They have a restaurant right on the sand and you can grab a beach bed or lounger and the waiters will come to you and take your food/drink orders and bring it all to you. We never had a problem getting a beach bed, and they could be very private if you wanted as they had curtians all around. The water was great, the beach was super soft sand that didn’t seem to get super hot. The hotel is right around the corner from playa norte which is super popular but for some reason ppl stay there and don’t walk around the corner so the beach at the hotel isn’t too busy. The service was amazing, the waiters and bartenders got to know us by name and remembered our favorite drinks- made us feel like family! 

The rooms were nice and looked modern, had a fully stocked mini fridge and free 24hr room service (unlimited if you have a suite). The beds were comfy, we never had any issues with theft even though we stupidly left our our macbooks & expensive camera a few times and room service came through. We felt very safe on the island, even stumbling around at midnight wasted trying to figure out how to get back to the hotel. Everyone there was extremely kind and chatty- we’re already planning a trip back for your anniversary!

I second looking at the resorts on tripadvisor- the reviews, guest photos, and forums were all amazingly helpful in making our decision!

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