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Luxury Escapes' Guide to the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time 

Ariel view of an island resort, one of Luxury Escapes' Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes

Sometimes there's nothing more tempting than a fly-and-flop with everything you could want at your fingertips. These are the luxury resorts that do it best.

Gone are the days when all inclusive and full board resorts peaked at run-of-the-mill, all-you-can-eat buffets. While the same basic principle still applies – a one-off room cost incorporates meals and often drinks, activities and transportation – the experience has evolved to emphasise local gourmet cuisine, wellness treatments routed in ancient healing practices and once-in-a-lifetime adventures. 

Read on to discover the best full board and all inclusive resorts worldwide.

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Fiji: Dolphin Island

A bure at dusk on Dolphin Island, Fiji surrounded by palm trees and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time  - Luxury Escapes
Devise your own menus, prepared exclusively for your group at Dolphin Island.

Available on an exclusive-use basis for groups of up to eight only, Dolphin Island offers unbridled seclusion off the northern tip of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu. All inclusive menus are personalised, often centering on seafood caught that morning and presented for selection by local fishermen who dock on the island’s soft sand shores. The drinks are free flowing and include standard cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. This remote utopia of thatched-roof, open-air, lantern-lit bures beckons guests to azure Bligh Waters, perfect for taking advantage of included kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling gear. Personalised trips to nearby waterfalls and local sights can be arranged.

Vibe: Ultra-luxurious, children welcome.

Canada: Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

An outdoor fireplace at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Daily changing menus feature foraged or sustainable ingredients at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge.

Colossal conifer forests and glacier-fed, salmon-saturated waters abound in the untouched expanse that is Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island. This remote British Columbian playground is home to Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, renowned for luxury, safari-style tent accommodation and all inclusive gourmet dining inspired – and predominantly sourced – from the immediate surroundings. The lodge is accessible only by boat or plane, and all inclusive guest itineraries feature a half-day, adventure-packed wildlife-spotting tour by 12-seater sea vessel, a selection of premium drinks, canyoning and hiking, plus massages and use of saunas and hot tubs. On request: glacial plunges, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Vibe: Ultra-luxurious, children over six years permitted.

QLD, Australia: Mt. Mulligan Lodge

The outdoor pool at Mt. Mulligan Lodge, a rural lodge in Queensland, Australia and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Seasonal fare, prepared to order, showcases the best of the region at Mt. Mulligan Lodge.

Working cattle station meets boutique luxury at Mt. Mulligan Lodge: a rural retreat deep in Queensland’s backcountry, where the lodge’s namesake mountain towers over rugged eucalyptus territory and reflects in crescentic billabongs. Guests may join all inclusive guided tours to the eerie Tyrconnel Gold Mine and ATV adventures through Hodgkinson Valley. Kayaking and barramundi fishing are available on the weir, while hikes across the 28,000-hectare property offer insight into the traditional custodians of the land, the Djungan People, who have lived here for 37,000 years. Park your electric buggy at day’s end and dine under the stars from an all inclusive menu rich with plum-infused kangaroo, coral trout ceviche and wattle seed sourdough, with quality Australian wines, beers and house spirits included. 

Vibe: Ultra-luxurious, children welcome.

Discover Taste the Outback with All-Inclusive Dining at Mt. Mulligan Lodge, QLD.

Bali: Meliá Bali

An aerial shot of the beach and pool at Melia Resort, Bali, Indonesia and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Whatever you want, whenever you want it: it's Meliá Bali.

Meliá Bali brings Meliá's renowned ethos of “satisfying every customer, every time” to the clean white sands of Nusa Dua, long considered one of the Indonesian island’s most luxurious locations. Rambling grounds give way to a fresh-water lagoon-style pool and hectares upon hectares of larger-than-life frangipani-filled gardens. A midnight snack, cocktails by the pool or a multi-course feast – nothing is too much to ask at Meliá Bali, where you can have whatever you want, whenever you want. This indulgent beachfront sanctuary takes the idea of all inclusive luxury to a new level, with five restaurants and three bars offering delicious dishes and free-flowing drinks all day long. Nourish body, mind and soul with yoga classes and make the most of complimentary snorkelling gear. Children aged between two and 11 enjoy a 50% all inclusive discount, with the onsite kids’ club providing workshops and leisure programs – ideal for adults who need a moment of reprieve at YHI Spa (treatments not included).

Vibe: Luxurious, family friendly.

Discover Meliá Bali: Could this be Bali’s Best All-Inclusive Resort?

Mexico: Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa

The outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Mexico and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
From tapas to tacos, it's a flavour fiesta at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Mexico.

Occupying prime real estate along the southern tip of the ethereal Baja California peninsula, this Mexican oasis is more than just a golf lover's dream, offering nine gourmet restaurants, six bars, six pools and premium entertainment for the whole family. All inclusive by name and nature, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa includes all food, drinks, room service and products in the minibar, as well as cooking, dancing and Spanish classes and the Fiesta Kids’ Club. The onsite SOMMA WineSpa, meanwhile, is the only spa in Mexico that incorporates the healing benefits of wine in its treatments, accessible for an additional price. Naturally, the resort’s world-class 18-hole golf course, which ascends, wave-like, from the Sea of Cortez, is thrilling (use of golf course not included). Premium food and drinks not included.

Vibe: Luxurious, family friendly.

Vietnam: Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang

Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang showcases the best of modern Vietnam, with the nation’s fusion of traditional and contemporary values gracefully reflected in Indochine architecture and dining that takes liberally from multiple food spheres. The sprawling campus on Hon Tre island categorises and bundles experiences into age demographics, with specific inclusions offered for couples, families or getaways with friends. Room packages available to book include bed and breakfast, half-board, full-board and packages with an array of additional inclusions (think access to museums, water parks or golf courses).

Vibe: Family friendly.

Maldives: Pullman Maldives Maamutaa

Underwater window inside the Aqua Villa at the Pullman Maldives, Maamuta and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Escape the everyday beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean in the resort's Aqua Villa.

There are virtually no rules at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa. An all inclusive package allows you to eat what you want, when you want, from onsite restaurants Melange, Souq Oven and Phat Chameleon, and savour unlimited, premium drinks from The Hub, Sol Rising and Saffron Affair – a particularly noteworthy bar with overwater dock hammocks. A resident marine biologist is on hand to ensure your all inclusive, flop-and-drop break includes culture, with educational talks and demonstrations. The more adventurous may like to participate in complimentary guided snorkelling trips, nature walks, sunset cruises and Maldivian fishing experiences. Others can enjoy the marine life from the comfort of their Aqua Villa, home to the resort’s signature ‘submerged’ bedroom. 

Vibe: Romantic, honeymooners. Children permitted.

Discover What to Expect from a Stay at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa.

Fiji: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

An aerial shot of Likuliku Lagoon Resort, including the ocean and overwater villas, Fiji, Asia and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Expect freshly-prepared picnic hampers, the finest seafood and tropical fruits at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.

From a distance, the overwater bungalows of Likuliku Lagoon Resort – the first of their kind in Fiji – look like a natural extension of the rocky surrounds, almost as if the cliffs left a smattering of sea stacks as they eroded and receded over millennia. A closer look reveals 10 luxury huts, with several equally impressive beachfront bures peeking from the shore. This adults-only wilderness retreat offers a full-board service from an ever-changing Indo-Pacific menu (drinks not included) and unforgettable excursions to neighbouring villages and islands. Take to the sea with complimentary non-motorised equipment: kayaks, windsurfing boards and snorkels.  

Vibe: Romantic, honeymooners. Adults-only.

Discover Why a Stay at Fiji’s Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a Must.

Thailand: Cape Panwa Hotel

A shot of Cape Panwa Hotel over the water in Phuket, Thailand, Asia and one of the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes
Discover all inclusive indulgence and bygone elegance outside the bustling city of Phuket.

A world of tranquility and quiet elegance awaits at Cape Panwa Hotel, a five-star retreat set just far enough from the animated ambience of party-town Phuket. On the hillside of a former coconut plantation, you’ll find modern suites and villas, a private beach, two pools, The Cape Spa Phuket and a multitude of high-end eateries. Each package includes daily breakfast, welcome drinks and complimentary use of non-motorised watersports, with guests able to select additional Thai buffet lunches and dinners, airport transfers, massage discounts and day trips. 

Vibe: Romantic, family friendly.

All resort inclusions mentioned are subject to change and based on package selection.

Feature image: Meliá Bali.

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About Madeleine Keck
Journalist and travel writing aficionado: Madeleine has visited six continents and worked throughout four. At home in Melbourne, you'll find her reminiscing on past solo backpacking journeys, dreaming of the next adventure and wishing she lived in a continuously warmer city.

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