Wellness Travel and All-Inclusive: Think They’re Mutually Exclusive?

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In our connected world, we all long for a little time to retreat, refresh, and recharge, but we still crave the carefree ease and pampering of an all-inclusive package. Healthy all-inclusive resort features have evolved to satisfy this desire, stepping up their games in big and exciting ways to allow you to replenish and rebuild vitality during their getaway.

You can find many of these options at any all-inclusive, but they’re even more pronounced when you opt to go for an adult-only resort like CHIC Punta Cana to escape this spring.

Healthy food choices, and plenty of them

You’ll still find a daily buffet or two at most all-inclusive resorts, typically for breakfast. But you can also expect equal focus to be placed on a bounty of regional, fresh fruits right alongside the heavier options.

Be prepared to make difficult choices at lunch or dinner when faced with numerous a la carte dining options. Because the fresh fish option will look every bit as tantalizing as the burger, the good news is that both are almost always available!

It’s not uncommon to find close to a dozen luxury restaurants included in a package at adult only resorts like The Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. You’ll be dazzled by authentic international cuisine that includes classic Italian, French countryside, Tex-Mex, tapas, Asian fusion, Indian, and good old American steakhouse fare. And lots of seafood. Did we mention seafood?

Decadent desserts are plentiful, and 100% guilt-free, since you’re so active, of course. You might even find an organic dessert, wine, and coffee bar! Many properties are happy to cater to specific food allergies, and with advanced notice will provide gluten-free, kosher, vegan, or vegetarian meals for guests.

Abundant alternatives to alcohol

There is no shortage of adult beverages at all-inclusive resorts, with a beautifully appointed bar at nearly every corner. Sports bars, cigar bars, martini bars, and some bars that don’t even require you to get out of the pool — the beyond-convenient swim-up bars.

For non-imbibers, the list of non-alcoholic cocktails concocted from frozen fruits and other healthy juices is as long as the fortified drink list.

The Chic Punta Cana boasts not only unlimited natural fruit juices in its package, but gluten free options and plenty of vegan of vegetarian meals. Of course there’s also the 5246 sq ft gym and tennis courts to keep you moving.

Many properties provide you with your own in-room mini-bar, stocked daily with purified water and juices.

Ultra-luxurious spas soothe jangled nerves

All-inclusive resorts pride themselves on their spa offerings with full menus featuring an abundance of specialty services and exotic ingredients. The RIU Palace Bavaro spa provides close to a dozen different massage styles to unwind from Swedish to hot stone to tense legs ritual.

You can also enjoy a head to toe treatment with a special collagen plus facial treatment, a moonlight aromatherapy session for two or a special after sun treatment.

Fitness fun for every kind of sports nut

Pack your workout gear, because a fitness center overflowing with state-of-the-art equipment is standard. In addition to the traditional weights, machines, and aerobic classes you’d expect to find, look for:

  • obstacle course
  • yoga hut
  • spinning room
  • Pilates classes
  • bilingual bicycle tours
  • jogging trails
  • beach bootcamp
  • sunrise yoga

Bike rentals and multiple onsite tennis courts are the norm, Greg Norman-designed signature golf courses are common, and several swimming pools with a multitude of outdoor Jacuzzi’s and whirlpools are customary.

Resorts near water (which is most of them!) offer tons of non-motorized water sports. This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find at the The Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun adults-only resort:

  • Hobie Cats sailboats
  • windsurfing
  • sea kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • scuba lessons
  • water aerobics
  • water polo

…and of course, beach football and beach volleyball!

You really can have the best of both worlds offered by wellness travel and all-inclusive resorts.

Pristine beaches and luxury spas can be found alongside personalized dietary and fitness activities suited to all levels and tastes. Travel industry reports tell us that the wellness tourism sector is growing faster than travel in general. This can only result in continued exciting options and healthy benefits for wellness travelers!

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