The Directory: Caribbean all-inclusive resorts

Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel.
Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel.
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Costa Mujeres (Mexico)

TRS Coral Hotel

Costa Mujeres is a few hours south east of the bohemian coastal enclave of Holbox, and about 30 minutes drive north from Cancún on Mexico's Caribbean coast. It's a more tranquil alternative to Cancún's Hotel Zone and more contemporary than the resorts of Playa del Carmen.

Palladium Hotels has built a new, self-contained resort here including the exclusive, 469-room adults-only TRS Coral Hotel.

TRS Coral Hotel.

TRS Coral Hotel. / Andrew Forbes

This 'Leading Hotels of the World' property with a Caribbean beach of white coral sand, is raising the bar for all-inclusive in the Caribbean. Guests not only have access to the hotel's exclusive à la carte bars and restaurants, but also to all the facilities, services and dining options of the Grand Palladium Resort & Spa. It's also adjacent to the new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre which are all part of the same Costa Mujeres resort.

The hotel promises 'Infinite Indulgence' all-inclusive - if you want lobster for breakfast, just go-ahead and order!

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

The new 673-room family-friendly Grand Palladium is an upscale resort that is particularly well-suited to families.

Grand Palladium Hotel Spa, Costa Mujeres.

Grand Palladium Hotel Spa, Costa Mujeres. / SUR

The resort village has a range of leisure, dining, entertainment and shopping options - and there's even a church for destination weddings.

Come sundown, there's a little corner of Vegas in this beautiful part of Mexico too - at the impressive show dinner at the Chic Cabaret Restaurant.

The property features nine restaurants, four swimming pools, one of them exclusively for children.

In addition, the resort offers impressive spa facilities with the Zentropia Spa & Wellness centre. This resort includes the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre Costa Mujeres with eight clay tennis courts, a football pitch, a padel court and gym.

Cancún (Mexico)

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún

With almost 30 kilometres of beaches, Cancún's Hotel Zone is typically the first choice for visitors looking for Caribbean resorts close to upscale boutiques, restaurants and a lively nightlife.

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún is an adults-only 'sensorial lifestyle resort', where everything has been designed to indulge the senses, from the aromatherapy menu in the guest rooms and the award-winning spa, to the seven different swimming pools and vast choice of cuisines in the restaurants.

There's an Aqua Club floor with premium rooms, offering access to a private lounge with upscale food and drinks throughout the day. The hotel has its own nightclub too.

The property has direct beach access and is close to designer shopping at Luxury Avenue, and leisure entertainment at the Fashion Harbour mall.

This is a resort for couples and friends that want style, fun and superb facilities.

Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel

The 5-star, 528-room adults-only Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel & Spa on Bavaro Beach near Punta Cana has recently undergone a make-over, restoring its status as one of the flagship properties for Bahia Principe. New for 2019 are swim-up pool suites, and the new Escape Experiences from Bahia Principe -signature gastronomy and cocktails.

Costa Mujeres.

Costa Mujeres. / Andrew Forbes

Bahia Principe also has its own excursion company offering opportunities to explore the Dominican Republic. Guests of the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel also have access to select facilities across the seven-hotel Bahia Principe Bavaro resort complex.

Fantasía Bahia Principe

An impressive 512-room 5-star resort built in an enchanting style with fairytale castles and themed facilities. This is a superb resort for youngsters, offering water sports, three fantasy castles, and a kids club with costume workshops, crafts and even cooking.

Teenagers will be wowed by the new 'Teens Club' with a gym, private cinema, video consoles and traditional games like pool, table football, and ping-pong.

For the adults, expect six fine-dining restaurants and upscale bars - and plenty of relaxed places for families to be together.

Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Comprehensive family-friendly resort that includes Pirates of the Caribbean-themed kids club and the Castillo Del Pirata mini club (for kids from 4 to 12). For bigger kids, the 'Black and White' Junior Club is for teenagers and young adults from 13 to 19.

Cap Cana (Dominican Republic)

TRS Cap Cana Hotel

TRS Cap Cana Hotel is an upscale adults-only, seafront resort on Cap Cana. Just 15 km from the better-known Punta Cana, this area is well-suited for golfers as it has one of the finest courses in the Caribbean, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada golf course.

The TRS Cap Cana property is by Playa Juanillo beach, one of the most picturesque on the island. Guests can choose from 115 luxury suites, 39 swim-up junior suites, and nine ocean view suites. The hotel also includes the TRS signature 'Infinite Indulgence' all-inclusive with upscale dining and various bars.