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8 all-inclusive resorts perfect for honeymooners

Feb. 20, 2022
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Your wedding is one of the most special days of your entire life, but for a lot of people, the best part is the honeymoon afterward when you and your new life partner get the chance to leave it all behind for a few days of beautiful bliss.

If you're totally exhausted from planning a wedding, you probably want to opt for a honeymoon where you don't have to lift a finger or worry about one single detail. If that rings true for you, it might be time to consider an all-inclusive resort for your first big trip as a just-married pair.

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Sure, you might have heard that all-inclusive resorts are totally kitschy, with watered-down drinks and mediocre food, but that's not always the case. In fact, major hotel brands like Hilton and Hyatt are doubling down on their all-inclusive portfolios and raising the bar for this type of experience.

At many all-inclusive resorts, you can get world-class spa treatments, eat top-notch food at a variety of restaurants and even book special romance-themed packages for your honeymoon that include beachside dinners under the stars, couples massages and more.

From a new luxurious all-inclusive resort in Cancun where you can earn and burn Hilton Honors points to an all-inclusive in the Caribbean with overwater bungalows, here are some of the best all-inclusive resorts you should consider for your honeymoon.

Royalton Antigua, Autograph Collection

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In Antigua, there's only one place you can find overwater bungalows — and that's at the Royalton Antigua, an Autograph Collection all-inclusive resort where you can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points.

If you book a Chairman's Overwater Bungalow you get a beautiful infinity plunge pool over the water, Bulgari amenities, one free movie a night, a one-hour mixologist service in the evening, complimentary snorkeling equipment and more. For your honeymoon, add on the $399 "Romance Package" and you'll also get a beachfront dinner, a bottle of Champagne, a couple's massage, rose petals, massage oil and more, plus all the other perks of this all-inclusive resort.

How to book: Award nights at this Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy resort can be found between 70,000 and 100,000 points per night. Cash rates start around $462 per night for a couple in a standard room. For a Chairman's Overwater Bungalow expect to pay close to $3,000 per night.

Hilton Cancun, All-Inclusive Resort

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Not many new all-inclusive resorts have made waves in Mexico quite like the Hilton Cancun, All-Inclusive that opened last year south of the main Hotel Zone. With an atmosphere that's more upscale than other Hilton-branded resorts, almost like a Conrad, this all-inclusive offers 12 different bars and restaurants, it doesn't charge a resort fee and it's just a 15-minute drive to the airport.

The resort also offers a special package for honeymooners that includes dinner under the stars, discounted spa prices, a reserved pool or beach cabana and more — all of which can be booked by contacting the resort directly.

How to book: Cash rates start from $500 per night and award nights in a standard room will set you back 95,000 Hilton Honors points.

Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

(Photo by Tanner Saunders/The Points Guy)

The Dominican Republic is the land of all-inclusive resorts. That said, it's easy to get lost in the sheer number of options, but one you can count on to be a great spot for a honeymoon is the Hyatt Zilara by the beautiful turquoise waters of Cap Cana. Zilara is the adults-only side of a two-resort property, the other being Hyatt Zilva, but unless you decide to take advantage of the amenities that are shared (like the waterpark) there won't be a kid in sight.

At Zilara, there are more dining and drinking options than you can probably have the chance to enjoy, including an upscale French restaurant called Brando's where you sit in giant, Instagram-worthy baskets; Shutter's, a beachfront restaurant perfect for breakfast; and a martini bar where you can end the evening and make new friends.

Honeymooners can find romance during candle-lit string and French horn concerts, while having a private meal on the beach or simply by reserving a cabana in the massive pool and letting the days pass by in paradise.

How to book: As a Category 6 World of Hyatt resort, you can book a massive, beach-facing room with a balcony for 25,000 points per night. Cash rates start around $724 per night.

Palm Island Resort, the Grenadines

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While most all-inclusive resorts are pretty large, there are still plenty scattered around the world that are on the smaller side. One of those is Palm Island, with just 41 suites and three villas tucked away on an idyllic private island in the Grenadines where the water is bright turquoise and the beaches are beautiful white sand.

Honeymooners can take advantage of the "Romance the Senses" package that comes with a ride on a 37-foot classic sailboat; a spa treatment that includes a hibiscus oil-infused soak for the couple then a body scrub, massage and facial; a private dinner from the resort's executive chef next to a tree that grew into the shape of a heart and more.

The resort also offers two restaurants, unlimited nonmotorized water sports, rum tastings, movie nights, crab races and more.

How to book: This five-night, all-inclusive package starts at $7,000 for a Superior Beachfront room when using the code PALMSENSES while booking via email or phone between now and Dec. 10, 2022. Regular rates range between $600 to $750 based on double occupancy.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

(Photo by Tanner Saunders/The Points Guy)

For an all-inclusive resort with truly excellent cuisine, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya should be at the top of your list. This luxury all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen has a ton of restaurants ranging from modern Italian to Mexican, Asian-fusion and beyond.

If you visit for a honeymoon book in the Grand Class Suites section of the resort for ocean views, a private plunge pool on the terrace and plenty of room to spread out. With a handful of pools, it's easy to spend the days sipping margaritas before getting dressed up for a fancy dinner at one of the five à la carte restaurants that make this resort so special.

And, if you're a fan of the hit Netflix show "Love Is Blind," a trip to Grand Velas Riviera Maya may cause flashbacks because it's where they filmed the Mexico portion of the show.

How to book: Cash rates for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya start at $1,192 per night for double occupancy.

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

(Photo courtesy of Zoetry Agua Punta Cana/Facebook)

With Hyatt's recent acquisition of Apple Leisure Group, the brand has added dozens of new all-inclusive resorts to its mix, including the Zoetry brand. Perfect for a honeymoon, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a 96-room boutique resort with room types for various budgets, including many with plunge pools or soaking tubs; restaurants and swim-up bars; nightly turndown service and no set check-in or check-out times.

With the resort's "Art of Romance Honeymoon Package," you and your spouse can enjoy a ton of perks like having your clothes unpacked and pressed on arrival, breakfast in bed, a so-called "lavish chocolate" turndown service, a romantic dinner on the beach with live music, a couple's massage and a special in-room bath service with rose petals, scented oils and drinks.

How to book: Unfortunately, most of the AMR all-inclusive resorts Hyatt acquired aren't yet in the World of Hyatt system, meaning you can't book them with points — yet. But stay tuned, because we'll let you know as soon as that changes. For now, you can book rooms at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana starting around $251 per person, per night. The Art of Romance Honeymoon package requires a seven-night stay in a Junior Suite Oceanfront category room or higher, which starts around $428 per person, per night.

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Spa & Resort

If waking up next to yachts, gorgeous water and the stunning physical landscape of Baja, Mexico, sounds like an ideal honeymoon, take a trip to Cabo and get yourself a room at this adults-only Breathless resort. With a perfect location on Medano Beach, this resort has beautiful rooms that are modern, stylish and have floor-to-ceiling windows.

Enjoy the party atmosphere with live music and DJs at the pool or turn it down a bit and hit up the spa for a couple's massage. For food, there are seven restaurants and four bars that have a community-focused vibe so you know you'll leave this honeymoon with new friends that will last for a lifetime.

How to book: Another resort that will soon be available to book with World of Hyatt points, this resort currently starts at $550 a night.

The Brando — French Polynesia

(Photo courtesy of The Brando)

A true dream honeymoon, there are hardly any places as beautiful as the islands of French Polynesia. But one big drawback of getting down to paradise is that it's far, expensive and all-inclusive resorts are hard to come by.

Thankfully, The Brando, a truly beautiful resort on the Tetiaroa Atoll about 30 miles Northeast of Tahiti, has all-inclusive packages that include pretty much everything you need: food, drinks, select spa treatments and daily activities. The exact benefits are based on the type of villa you book (one-, two- and three-bedroom villas are available) but you really can't go wrong with a trip here, from swimming with sharks to taking a traditional dance class and everything in between.

How to book: The Brando is not cheap, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (hopefully like your wedding!). An all-inclusive one-bedroom villa package starts around $4,200 per night during the low season (April 1 to June 30, Nov. 1 to Dec. 20 and Jan. 6 to March 31) and about $4,800 per night during the high season (July 1 to Oct. 31).

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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