1. There are plenty of non-chain, boutique hotel options
There are a few very popular all-inclusive chains, but if you’re looking for a one-of-a- kind resort, there are also intimate boutique options. For instance, Antigua’s Hermitage Bay is set on 140 acres of undeveloped hillside and white sand beaches, with just 25 suites carved out of sustainably harvested wood. Book a Hillside Pool Suite with a wraparound deck and private plunge pool. Turtle Island, a solar-powered resort off the coast of Fiji, has only 14 cabins (or bures), and each has a “Mama” to make sure your every want—like a private sunset champagne toast—is met.
2. They aren’t all beach vacations
All-inclusive doesn’t necessarily mean sun, sand and frozen cocktails—although we love that option! Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, offers in-room massages, candlelit dinners in its wine cellar, fireside s’mores and six private ski trails. Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, is a perfect pick for couples who aren’t big drinkers (alcohol isn’t served but you can bring your own for your room). Instead of booze, their package includes healthy meals and a credit for activities like cooking classes or spa services. Book the detoxifying Herbal Wrap for Two and wedding planning stress will seem like it was a lifetime ago.
3. Many are kids free
Even if you love children and can’t wait to have your own, you might not want to see or hear any on your honeymoon. AMResort’s new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort has 500 rooms, each with a romantic private balcony—and all are adults only. Another kids-free resort, Sandals Grande Rivera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, recently underwent a $60 million renovation. Every mountainside villa comes with your own personal butler to stock your fridge. Honeymooners receive a complimentary bottle of chilled sparkling wine (along with a rose petal turndown service).