TPG’s guide to the best all-inclusive points resorts — including new options from Hyatt and Marriott

Aug 23, 2021

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All-inclusive resorts make vacationing easy.

You simply book your lodging, show up and then practically everything is included. You can have as much or as little food and drink as your heart desires — without signing the check at every meal.

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A meal at Al Maha Resort
Al Maha Resort. (Photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy)

In the past, all-inclusive properties may have gotten a bad rap for sacrificing quality in order to provide an all-inclusive experience while still turning a profit. And, for years, there weren’t many options to use points for an all-inclusive resort stay.

Now, all that’s changing. While it’s still not a terribly large number, notable high-end properties around the world have made their entire luxury experience all-inclusive or at least offer packages as an option for guests. And, large chains have made a play at all-inclusive properties, too, with Marriott making the most recent move by acquiring numerous properties across the Caribbean to convert them into Marriott-branded all-inclusive hotels.

All-inclusive points properties present a type of “Goldilocks” solution for picking a hotel: You get the traditional aspects of an all-inclusive hotel, with unlimited food, drink and more (depending on the property), but also can receive elite recognition and benefits (though those likely won’t go too far at a place where food and drinks are already included) and earn points for stays.

On top of it all, you can use your hard-earned points for the all-inclusive accommodation, meaning, in theory, you could go on a trip for the cost of the flights (unless you use points for those, too, of course) and the taxis from the airport to the hotel and back, ultimately increasing the value of the hotel points you’ve earned.

(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Here’s a look at which all-inclusive points properties are worth saving up for — and how you can redeem to stay there.

World of Hyatt’s top all-inclusive contenders

Hyatt Hotels dropped some big news about upcoming all-inclusive acquisitions Aug. 15 when the hotel giant announced it was buying Apple Leisure Group.

Expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, the acquisition will add 100 hotels and resorts across Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America to Hyatt’s portfolio–including all-inclusive resorts from AMR Collection brands like Secrets Resorts and Spas, Dreams Resorts and Spas and Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (all have properties in the Caribbean and Mexico).

In an interesting statement of foreshadowing, the hotel brand said, “Once the acquisition is completed, Hyatt will offer you the largest collection of all-inclusive luxury resorts in the world — including many new markets such as Acapulco, Curacao, the Canary Islands, Menorca, St. Martin and more.”

And while there’s no official news yet on when the new properties, once acquired, will join World of Hyatt and how many points will be required for reward nights, TPG will update that information as soon as it’s available.

If you’re ready to book a Hyatt all-inclusive stay right now, the brand already has a range of all-inclusive properties in its portfolio — from beach resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to wellness retreats in Massachusetts. And, you can use points for all of them. Rates vary by property, but remember it’s easy to earn World of Hyatt points, especially because Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.

Miraval Berkshires. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Alternatively, you could sign up for the World of Hyatt Credit Card, which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 60,000 bonus points: 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within your first three months from account opening, plus up to 30,000 more points by earning 2x bonus points total on purchases that normally earn 1x bonus point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Situated in one of North America’s most naturally beautiful locations, Alila Ventana Big Sur has become one of the crown jewels in Hyatt’s portfolio and just recently became an all-inclusive resort.

Ventana Big Sur Meadow Pool
Ventana Big Sur Meadow Pool. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

It is a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, so base rooms cost 30,000 points per night, though note that there are very few base rooms in this hotel, so you’ll likely pay more for a suite.

3 Miraval resorts across the country

Hyatt’s small but expanding lineup of Miraval wellness resorts has proved to be a popular option for redeeming World of Hyatt points. With properties in Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, the Miraval brand provides a place to get away from the stresses of everyday life in abundant style. In addition to most food and beverages, you’ll get yoga, workout and meditation classes, hiking and more included in the price of a stay.

Miraval Austin. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Speaking of the price, Miraval resorts don’t fit into the current World of Hyatt award chart. They’re priced separately at 45,000 points per night for single occupancy and a steep 65,000 per night for double occupancy. Often, though, rates exceed $1,000 per night, making this a solid use of points, especially considering what the experience is.

Miraval Berkshires. (Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)

Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva in the Caribbean and Mexico

For a more “traditional” all-inclusive resort experience on the beach, look no further than Hyatt’s Ziva and Zilara brands. Often — but not always — co-located at the same spot, Ziva caters to families while Zilara is reserved for adults 18 years or older only.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

You’ll find family-friendly Ziva properties in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic; Rose Hall, Jamaica; Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Meanwhile, adults-only Zilara properties can be found in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic; Rose Hall, Jamaica; and Cancun, Mexico.

Hyatt Zilara / Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Award nights at Ziva and Zilara hotels cost between 20,000 and 25,000 World of Hyatt points for double occupancy, and additional guests can be added at a rate of 10,000 or 12,500 points per night, all depending on which property you select.

Hyatt Cap Cana in Punta Cana. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Marriott’s fantastic Dubai option and more all-inclusives on the way

Marriott’s long had one of the most-coveted points redemption for award travelers, which happens to be an all-inclusive property in the middle of the desert in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Maha Dubai. (Photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy)

But recently, it’s begun to expand its all-inclusive offering closer to home, buying up several properties in North and Central America to integrate into its portfolio.

 Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai

As we mentioned above, Al Maha is one of the most desirable properties in Marriott’s entire portfolio, located just outside Dubai.

Villa at Al Maha
A villa at Al Maha. (Photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy)

As you’d expect, it’s a top-tier Category 8 property in the Marriott Bonvoy award chart, meaning free nights will cost 70,000 during off-peak availability, 85,000 during standard and 100,000 during peak availability.

However, along with the price of your room, you’ll receive full board (meaning breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two desert activities.

(Photo by Ethan Steinberg / The Points Guy)

Children must be at least 10 years old, no upgrades are available at the all-villa property and finally, you’ll be charged a “tourism fee” of 20 AED (~$6) per night.

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Riviera Nayarit, an All-Inclusive Resort

Part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, Delta Hotels by Marriott announced the opening this summer of another all-inclusive addition to Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.

The Delta Hotels by Marriott, Riviera Nayarit, an All-Inclusive Resort debuted Aug. 9, 2021, atop a hillside in the fishing village of  La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, about 15 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR).

A Marriott Bonvoy Category 7 rewards property, reward nights here will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night, depending on dates and availability. The 117-room hotel is both Delta Hotels by Marriott’s first all-inclusive and the brand’s first foray into Mexico.

While not on the ocean, the property has two pools, rooms with private balconies and mountain views and a free shuttle that can bring you to the beach club in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, about 10 minutes away.

Along with the price of your room, all meals and snacks are included at the hotel’s main restaurant (it’s also–for the time being anyway–its only restaurant), which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also included during your stay, as well as all snacks and beverages at the hotel’s beach club.

There are plans for a Japanese restaurant to open at the hotel down the road, but time will tell if that will also be included in the all-inclusive rates.

Marriott’s all-inclusives in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica

In the past, Marriott has had a limited portfolio of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. One of the top options has long been the Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort and Spa in Costa Rica. A Category 8 property, award nights cost either 70,000, 85,000 or 100,000 points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.

The Westin Reserva Conchal in Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Earlier this year, Marriott signed a deal that increased its all-inclusive footprint dramatically, acquiring Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts, with properties located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Costa Rica. Some of the more notable additions include several Planet Hollywood sites as well as Royalton properties in places such as Cancun, Punta Cana, Montego Bay and St. Lucia.

The House Barbados
The House Barbados, Now Part of Marriott. (Photo courtesy of Elegant Hotels)

Reward categories at these properties range between Category 7 or 8. It’s best to find the properties through Marriott’s website to find out which reward category they are, because that info doesn’t seem to be fully integrated yet for all of the properties on the Royalton and Planet Hollywood sites.

For example, the Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua properties have all been assigned a Category 8 rating.  And the Planet Hollywood Costa Rica All-Inclusive Beach Resort is a Category 7, as is the Royalton Splash Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort & Spa.

It’s likely that other properties — if and when they’re announced — will fall into similar categories.

10 Hilton all-inclusive offerings

Hilton has a small portfolio of 10 all-inclusive properties in locations all around the world. In addition to hotels in expected all-inclusive destinations like the Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Resort Hotel; the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Jamaica; Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort in the Dominican Republic; and the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, Hilton has all-inclusive properties in destinations much further afield, such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Bodrum Isil Club Resort in Turkey and the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort in Egypt.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort Jamaica
Hilton Rose Hall Resort Jamaica. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Since Hilton doesn’t maintain a fixed-rate award chart, be aware that points rates can change dramatically from night to night, so be sure to take advantage of Hilton Honors‘ flexible dates option to find times with more agreeable rates. Also, note that you can receive free-night certificates earned with certain Hilton cobranded credit cards, including the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.

The information for the Hilton Honors Aspire card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Hilton Playa del Carmen. (Photo by Madison Blancaflor/The Points Guy)

This is why you need Choice Privileges points

An often-overlooked program, Choice Hotels has a number of all-inclusive properties in very desirable destinations around the Caribbean and Central America at which you can redeem your Privileges points.

(Photo courtesy of Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Jamaica/Facebook)

Choice has numerous properties in Mexico, including in areas including Cancun, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and more. Elsewhere, you can book an all-inclusive stay at resorts such as the Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay in Jamaica; Secrets St. Martin Resort and Spa; Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa and Casino; Zoetry Agua Punta Cana and more.

(Photo courtesy of Zoetry Agua Punta Cana/Facebook)

The majority of these properties fall under the brand’s Ascend Hotel Collection and award nights start from 25,000 Privileges points but can increase significantly from there.

Bottom line

More than any point in recent memory, the major hotel chains are getting in on the all-inclusive resort party. This is great news for anyone sitting on hotel points, as the inclusion of food and drinks (as well as other activities) in the award rate stretches your points much further and means you can spend very little cash on your next vacation.

Featured image of the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Hyatt

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