After 2020, I think we’re all looking ahead to a better year and a much-needed and overdue vacation in 2021. And what better way to kick off the New Year than with planning a vacation to a brand new all-inclusive resort? Whether you want some relaxation and bonding time with the family or an adults-only getaway, there’s a new all-inclusive for everyone. From the gorgeous beaches of Mexico to more exotic choices like Grenada and Curacao, start planning your next getaway with my round-up of some of these new all-inclusive resorts ready to welcome you on vacation.
Planet Hollywood Cancun
The anticipated Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts is set to launch its first Caribbean resort with 898-rooms next week. Guests enjoy Hollywood memorabilia and big-screen fun along the Costa Mujeres beachfront. The Cancun resort offers a family-friendly vibe with 11 eateries that include two specialty restaurants in an adults-only section. Kids have their own brand of fun at the Stars Kids Club while adults get fit at the PHit fitness program, bars, and spa.
Rooms come equipped with 24-hour room service, a Soundtrack program to pick your music theme, plush robes and slippers, and high-speed WiFi. Swim-out and garden view rooms are also available to enhance your visit. For a luxury touch, try the optional STAR Class upgrade complete with a fridge stocked with drinks and snacks, premier views from your room, and an on-call agent to make your dinner reservations or find your perfect beachside lounge chair.
Nickelodeon Riviera Maya
Nickelodeon’s all-inclusive resort was already a hit in Punta Cana and is now a new one coming to Riviera Maya. Opening in 2021, enjoy beachfront suites or your choice of four themed penthouse villas. There are also 280 oceanfront swim-up suites to hit the water as soon as your family is ready to start the day.
The 500,000-square-feet Aqua Nick is slated to be the biggest in the area and boasts lazy rivers, waterslides, an interactive toddler station and relaxation pools. It’s a much-needed stop after the resort’s daily super Slimings, which is also surprisingly fun for kids and adults alike. Six restaurants offer a variety of options for even the pickiest eaters.
For grown-ups, sommeliers and mixologists are on hand for signature cocktails and classic favorites. There is also plenty of opportunity to hang-out with characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Secrets Saint Martin
Head to the French side of St. Martin for a luxury resort experience. It’s a unique, off-the-beaten-path option beyond the usual all-inclusive destinations like Jamaica, Cancun, and Punta Cana. Secrets St. Martin & Spa is also the only all-inclusive property located on the French side of the island.
A selection of its suites includes ocean, mountain, and garden views. Upgrade to the Preferred Club swim-out suites with a marina, mountain, and Presidential options. Suites come equipped with a king-size bed, living room with sofa bed and dining table, and furnished terrace with hammock.
The new all-inclusive resort also offers dance classes, cooking classes, bocce ball, Hobie-cats, scuba diving, and more. In between activities, enjoy gourmet à la carte dining options, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room, concierge services, pool and beach wait service, theme parties, and oceanfront bars. Or spend your day swimming along the tranquil cove in Anse Marcel Bay, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea.
Royalton Grenada Resort & Spa
For an off-the-beaten-path option, head to Royalton Grenada Resort & Spa nestled on white-sandy beaches in Tamarind Bay, Grenada. The area was the site of the former Starfish Resort before Royalton Grenada expanded it to include 269 suites. Today, it’s a stand-out as Grenada’s largest resort and coveted destination for travelers.
Guests sip tropical drinks and evening cocktails from three fully stocked bars, enjoy the spa, or take a dip at the pool while little ones are at a complimentary kids club. Upgrade to butler service and indulge in reserved beach access. Restaurant options include the celebrated MA Maison French cuisine and Italian, Indian, international, and a gelato and cafe lounge choices.
Hammock Cove in Antigua
Antigua’s northeast coast is adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park and its infamous limestone arch. There are only 42 villas and four restaurants at Hammock Cove alongside a cozy beach. It’s an intimate option for more privacy and a reprieve from other bustling all-inclusive resorts. For even more privacy, villas come equipped with private infinity pools and room side plunge pools. Relax or challenge yourself with activities including yoga, pickleball, stand-up paddleboarding, garden tours, sailing, and more.
Hammock Cove Antigua also features Michelin-star dining to satisfy your palate, in-villa meals, chef’s tables, and gastronomy bites throughout the day. It’s an ideal Caribbean getaway for grown-ups only. Hammock Cove is designed with guests 18-years and older in mind.
Dreams Curacao blends Dutch culture and Caribbean relaxation for a premier vacation on Piscadera Bay. The new all-inclusive resort recently went through an expansion and renovation to encompass 197 luxury rooms. It’s an ideal destination if you’re looking for something different in a unique destination. Despite its novelty, you’re still getting the quality and care expected from the popular Dreams Resorts.
Choose from the island, pool, or ocean views in standard rooms or Preferred Deluxe suites with ocean views. Seven dining options include à la carte restaurants, snack grills, café, brewery, and buffet. Drop off the kids at the Explorer’s Club with pint-sized fun or the teens at the Cone Zone Teens Club. Parents can enjoy their own entertainment or activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and dance classes.
There are even cooking and cocktail classes so you can cook up your new favorite dish at home. And if you want to try your luck in the Caribbean, Dreams offers the only poker room in Curaçao.