5. All-inclusive resorts come in many varieties.
Some are geared to families; others attract couples or singles exclusively.
“I’m outdoorsy, so I love all the outdoor activities, and my kids have learned a lot of their outdoor skills, like kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing, at all-inclusive resorts,” Slawoff says.
The Beaches Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica offers activities for all ages, including beach volleyball, tennis, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and waterskiing. The resort has a range of family suites in addition to other accommodations.
At the adults-only Sandals Grande St. Lucian on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia—a resort that caters to couples—you and your loved one can stay in an over-the-water bungalow with a glass window in the floor, so you can watch the underwater sea life from your bedroom. The mile-long beach offers plenty of room for social distancing from other guests.
At Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, an adults-only resort in Mexico, you can snorkel in waters that are home to green sea turtles or you can go deep-sea fishing. La Huasteca–style embroidery art decorates the rooms, which have private balconies or terraces and whirlpools for two.
At the family-friendly Dreams Vista Cancun Golf and Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico, you and the kids can scale a climbing wall, ride the waves in a surf pool, or play in a water park. At night, you can watch movies at the outdoor theater. You can even bring along your small dog. Stay in a family connecting suite for convenience.
For an affordable option, consider Hotel RIU Bambu on Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Children can join the RuiLand kid’s club for programmed activities, and teens have their own club, RIU4U. You can swim in any of five pools or just relax on a partially submerged chaise lounge at the water’s edge.
With such a range of options, you should be careful to choose the resort that meets your needs. “If you want a romantic vacation, stay at an adults-only property, so you’re not bothered by kids splashing in the pool,” says Covey.
But don’t put off booking for too long. “We have seen an absolute surge in travel demand since mid-February, as soon as the vaccinations started becoming more widespread,” says Richards. “People have been cooped up for a year. When people get vaccinated, the first thing they’re doing is booking a trip to get out of town.”
Slawoff, in fact, is planning to head for an all-inclusive resort as soon as she’s fully vaccinated, saying: “I can’t wait to go.”