In our connected world, we all need some dedicated time to retreat, refresh, and recharge, but of course we still crave carefree ease and pampering on our getaway.
Healthy all-inclusive resort features have evolved to satisfy this desire, stepping up their games in big and exciting ways, ensuring you arrive home replenished and revitalized.
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 in those buffets.
Be prepared to make difficult choices at lunch or dinner when faced with numerous a la carte dining options. Because the fresh caught grilled 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 nearly a dozen luxury restaurants included in your package. 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?
The great news is with every dining option, you’ll find plates filled with color from regional vegetables and plenty of lower calorie entrees that are every bit as delicious as that cheese laden enchilada.
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 (notably Beaches and Sandals) are happy to cater to specific food allergies, and with advanced notice will provide gluten-free, kosher, vegan, or vegetarian meals.
Healthy all-inclusive resorts have evolved.
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.
But for non-imbibers, the list of non-alcoholic cocktails concocted from frozen fruits and other healthy juices is just as long as the fortified drink list.
The Hard Rock Riviera Maya boasts not only unlimited natural fruit juices in its package, but a juice bar right next to their Body Rock fitness center that blends up some of the purest fruit and vegetables Mexico offers.
Caffeine lovers can savor their beloved brew in dramatic fashion at coffee bars serving flambéed cups of java. Many properties provide you with your own in-room mini-bar, stocked daily with purified water and juices.
All-inclusive resorts pride themselves on spa offerings with an abundance of specialty services and exotic ingredients to help you relax. Sandals’ Red Lane Spa provides close to a dozen different massage styles, incorporating their own botanical formulations; unwind with massages like West Indian, Hot Stone, Lava Shells, Mud, Four Handed, and Couples.
Detoxify with exfoliation sessions scrubbing you clean with sea salt and raw cane sugar potions, followed by body wraps in honey ginger or Blue Mountain coffee. Facials, French manicures, mani-pedis, and acrylic fills — it’s all here!
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 a:
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 Excellence Playa Mujeres adults-only resort in Cancun:
…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.