Tuesday, January 26, 2021

All Inclusive Resorts in United States


I've gotten a lot more requests for all inclusive resorts in the United States. I assume people want all inclusive resorts similar to those in the Caribbean where meals, alcohol, and activities are included. The short answer is that there are very few resorts that meet this criteria because alcohol is a lot more expensive in the USA than in the Caribbean. 

One note - I have not personally visited these resorts yet. 

Three resorts meet that criteria: 

Club Med Sandpiper Bay - US All Inclusive Resort
Photo courtesy of Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Club Med Sandpiper Bay is located in Port St Lucie, Florida. The pros are that the resort has a lot of family friendly activities and it includes your meals, drinks and activities. It's important to know that the resort is on a river - not the ocean. The alcohol brands included are not premium. The facility is dated. The resort has two restaurants - a buffet and the a la carte Riverside restaurant. 

US All Inclusive Resort

The Bungalows Key Largo is an adults only all inclusive resort in the Florida Keys. Three bars and three sit down restaurants. The resort is a premium, luxury experience. It's important to know it doesn't really have a beach. The average nightly rate is $1,000 - $1,500 per night for a couple. 

US All Inclusive Resort
Photo courtesy of https://www.wyndhamhotels.com

The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico is located on a beautiful beach about 45 minutes from the San Juan airport.  The resort has nine restaurants. The resort offers an all inclusive package for stays longer than 3 nights. The packages includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner and house brand drinks. It's important to know it's not an all-you-can-eat package. For lunch, you can choose an entrée and a starter or dessert. For dinner, you can choose appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert. You'll have guidelines about what you can order the restaurants. The package also includes some tennis and golf. This resort is the closest to the typical Caribbean all inclusive experience. 

In addition to these three resorts that include alcohol, some resorts offer meal plans or include meals in your stay. I think these fall into three general categories: family camps, dude ranches, spa resorts, and remote luxury resorts. 

Family Camps with meal plans
Photo courtesy of https://tylerplace.com/

Family camps are places like Tyler Place Family Resort in Vermont (https://tylerplace.com/) or Woodloch Resort (https://www.woodloch.com/) in the Poconos. These resorts are focused on activities for the whole family and offer year round programming. They are located in wooded areas. 

Dude Ranches with meal plans
Photo courtesy of https://www.tanqueverderanch.com/

Dude ranches are your chance at the wild west experience. Many offer an all inclusive package to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and ranch activities.   Places like Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (https://www.vistaverde.com/) or Tanque Verde Ranch (https://www.tanqueverderanch.com/) in Tucson, Arizona. While these resort offer frontier experiences, the experience is more luxury than beans around a campfire. 

Luxury / Spas Resorts with meal plans
Photo courtesy of https://www.blackberryfarm.com/

 Spas resorts offer meal plans as part of an inclusive wellness experience. Remote luxury resorts sometimes offer to include meals to entice guests to remain onsite for meals.  Places like Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas (https://www.lakeaustin.com/_) or Blackberry Farm (https://www.blackberryfarm.com/)  in Tennessee. 

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