The way we see it, there are two kinds of vacations: the kind where you’re running around sightseeing and scouring the internet for tips on where to go and what to eat, and the kind where you don’t have to make any plans because everything is taken care of. If you're in the market for the latter, an all-inclusive getaway can be a great option. Especially if you want to go into it knowing exactly how much the whole trip will cost.
Of course, places like Mexico and Jamaica offer excellent accommodations, but you don't necessarily have to venture that far. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite all-inclusive resorts where Americans don't need a passport to visit. From Austin to Palm Springs to the U.S. Virgin Islands, consider your next trip planned.
Photo: Courtesy of Travaasa Hana.
Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii
This little slice of paradise is exactly what we need right now. It’s situated on the eastern tip of Maui, amid palm trees and rolling fields. The all-inclusive package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and unlimited access to a host of activities including yoga, coconut-husking classes, and ukulele lessons. Each guest also gets a daily $175 resort credit that can be used toward private classes and spa treatments. Pack your sun hats, but leave your leis at home — they’ll teach you how to make them once you arrive.
Photo: Courtesy of El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
El Conquistador has
going for it. To start, it’s in lush and sunny Puerto Rico — which feels like a far-flung tropical island, but is actually a territory of the United States, meaning you don't need a passport to visit. In addition to three meals a day plus drinks (in selected restaurants), the nightly rate also covers access to the hotel’s private island by ferry, and complimentary daily entry to nearby Coqui Water Park. If you can't remember the last time you enjoyed a water slide and an infinity pool in the same day, this one's a no-brainer.
Photo: Courtesy of Smoke Tree Ranch.
Smoke Tree Ranch, Palm Springs, California
For such a beloved vacation destination, Palm Springs is surprisingly devoid of all-inclusive resorts. Luckily, there's Smoke Tree Ranch, which harks back to a time when life was simpler (hence its tagline, "Experience a touch of yesterday, with the amenities of today"). The rate includes all meals, a cozy private cottage, access to hiking trails and tennis courts, and, wait for it: an Olympic-size swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Photo: Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas
Austin is one of our favorite cities, but staying at a luxury spa — versus, say, couch-surfing during SXSW — is an entirely different way to experience it. Lake Austin Spa Resort occupies one of the prettiest slices of Texas Hill Country, just a little over 20 miles from downtown Austin. The all-inclusive package covers three meals a day (including a five-course gourmet dinner plus snacks and beverages), unlimited fitness classes, and loads of other activities (daily hikes, kayaking, canoeing, and more).
Photos: Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
Personally, I’ve dreamt about visiting Montana ever since I read Jennifer Lowe-Anker’s amazing memoir,
Forget Me Not
, in which she paints a surreal and beautiful picture of the landscape. So when I heard about Rock Creek, I was in. Not only is this dude ranch (yes, really) extraordinarily gorgeous, the all-inclusive package here is a
The rate includes unlimited drinks, all gourmet meals, and 6,600 acres of property for you to explore during your stay. There are daily guided activities, and complimentary cruisers and mountain bikes for guests to use — plus a private movie theatre, bowling lanes, and outdoor bonfires (s’mores!). We could keep going, but if you've made it this far, just trust us and go there already.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
The natural beauty and adorable quirkiness of the Florida Keys can’t be beat. With this beautiful hotel’s inclusive package, you'll stay in a suite that has a veranda overlooking the ocean and a private outdoor shower. It also comes with a daily spa credit, plus a welcome bottle of Champagne, so you can start your vacay off right. Even better, the resort is located on a tiny island called Little Torch Key, which might be the cutest name we've ever heard.
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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
You didn’t think we were going to forget about the USVI, did you? It's not one of the 50 states, but Americans can go there without a passport. Reasons we love this spot include its scenic private beach, pool with swim-up bar, luxe spa services, and seriously awe-inspiring views. And, of course, you’ll be on a Caribbean island, which means mangos, coconuts, and palm trees for days. The resort rate includes pretty much everything: meals, drinks, use of (non-motorized) water sports equipment, and more. If you need us, we’ll be hanging poolside.
Photo: Courtesy of Villa Vosilla Resort.
Villa Vosilla Resort, Catskills, New York
Looking for a place to live out your
fantasies? Villa Vosilla — which bills itself as "an authentic Italian Catskills resort" — is the place to do it. The fact that the plan includes three Italian meals a day doesn't hurt, either. It’s located just 120 miles from NYC, making it perfect for a long weekend getaway. There's plenty to do in the Catskills in the summer (hiking, sailing, swimming, and sunning, for starters). But winter is also a great time to visit, as Villa Vosilla is close by to Hunter Mountain and other ski resorts.
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Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts are synonymous with culture and nature, and the area also happens to be chock full of luxurious spas. Among the best spots to relax and rejuvenate is Canyon Ranch in Lenox. And when they say it's "all-inclusive," they really mean it. The celebrated resort prides itself on having no hidden fees. Staff will pick you up at the airport or train station when you arrive, and you’ll continue to receive this level of hospitality and attentive service throughout your stay. Your package also includes a credit to use towards facials, massages, nutritionist consultations; healthy and delicious meals; and daily activities such as yoga, knitting, and hand-dipped candle-making classes.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Mountain Resort.
Red Mountain Resort & Spa, Ivins, Utah
Southwest Utah is known as color country, and it's easy to see why. It offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes anywhere in the U.S. Highlights include Zion and Bryce national parks, but really, everything here is next-level stunning. This hotel bills itself as a "world-class adventure retreat," and it fully delivers, with an adventure concierge (yes, please), more than 50 weekly fitness classes, a full spa and salon, indoor and outdoor (seasonal) swimming pools, whirlpools, cooking demos, guided hiking and biking, and nutritional guidance. It's as close to perfection as we can imagine.
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The Royalton, St. Lucia
This Carribbean paradise will blow you away. With gorgeous waterfalls, palm-shaded beaches, and an expansive rainforest, St. Lucia is a dream destination to take in the marvels of Mother Nature. Rejuvenate yourself at
, where unlimited reservation-free luxury dining and around-the-clock concierge are included. The hotel boasts the DreamBed, a trademarked foam mattress handcrafted to achieve the best sleep ever. Having your breakfast on this bed is about as good as it can get.
(Note: You'll still need to carry a Government-issued photo ID to enter St. Lucia if you're not bringing your passport.)
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Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Fort Myers, Florida
This all-inclusive resort had a humble origin as a single beach cottage back in the '50s, and has since evolved into a 12-acre property with a full-service spa and marina. You can't beat the location of the hotel: It's got incredible views of both the Matanzas Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. The kitschy decor, with its oversized octopus statue and fake tiki huts, evokes the old-school American beach towns at their best.
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Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
This countryside haven offers something different than your average sunshine and beach escape. Spanning 4,200 acres, the Farmstead provides travelers with an opportunity to be close to all the wonderful resources nature has to offer — while feeling replenished in the comfortable surroundings of the cottages. Tours and educational experiences are available on the farmland and gardens, and after a long day of foraging and harvesting, the best rewards comes in the form of a farm-to-table feast at The Barn, the venue's renowned restaurant.
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Sirata Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida
Just steps away from the beach, this sunny retreat offers an impressive view of the Gulf of Mexico. The all-inclusive option will provide you with free-flowing drinks and meals at the resort's three grills and bars. The hotel's commitment to sustainability is another reason to book: It operates a number of green initiatives, from using eco-friendly lighting to organizing regular clean-ups on the beach.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida
All-inclusive resorts are usually a good place to decamp in front of the beach and do nothing, but at this expansive resort, you'll be able to do so much more. Booking a seven-day package at Club Med will give you unlimited access to its many facilities and fitness classes, from kayaking to sailing school to flying trapeze classes. You'll be able to stay active on an indulgent holiday.
Woodloch Resort, Pennsylvania
This family-owned getaway is consistently rated as one of the best family all-inclusive resorts in the country. Over 30 activities are available on the expansive property daily, from rock climbing to go carting to comedy shows, with a special add-on option for zip lining to river rafting. The kid in you will be dying to come back.
Lodge On Little Street, Simons Island, Georgia
Nestled in a private island, this lodge takes the concept of the "all-inclusive" to the next level. The nightly rates cover food and drink and a variety of outdoor excursions, from owl spotting tours to guided hikes. The stunning wildlife on this 10,000-acre kingdom spans 280 species of birds and rare reptiles.