What do a private island in Tahiti, a game reserve in Kenya, and an elegant country estate in the mountains of Vermont have in common? They are all home to luxurious all-inclusive resorts.
Most of these resorts include accommodation, meals, beverages, and activities. Many are high-end and low-impact eco-resorts, with sustainability and conservation at their core. Others cosset guests in luxury villas on some of the most beautiful islands in the world, from over-the-water bungalows on one of Fiji’s best islands to eco-chic nature resorts in Indonesia. A couple are among the most expensive resorts in the world, while others offer excellent value — with everything, even activities, included.
Whether these resorts lie in the Caribbean or Kenya, they all offer personal service, pampering touches, and all-inclusive rates, so you can leave your worries — and your wallet — at home.
1. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Eco-conscious and extraordinarily beautiful, the former surfing retreat of Nihi Sumba Island scores top billing on lists of the world’s best beach resorts. It presides over a wild and pristine palm-fringed slice of coast on the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia, about a one-hour flight from Bali.
It’s a fitting location considering the resort’s philosophy is “The Edge of Wildness.” The resort nestles within a nature reserve, and more than 2.5 kilometers of white-sand beach beckons beneath the cliffs below, with fantastic surfing, fishing, and snorkeling. You won’t find TVs here, just cool ocean breezes, island adventures, warm and friendly staff, and glorious sea views.
The 33 air-conditioned villas perfectly capture the essence of this tropical hideaway, with soaring thatched ceilings that peek out among the palms and sweeping ocean views. Configurations range from one to five bedrooms, and they come with features like large living rooms, private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and impeccable butler service. Families can reserve a delightfully quirky three-story treehouse.
If you can tear yourself away from the villa and beach, with its fantastic surfing, diving, and fishing, you can go horseback riding on the beach (the resort has an equestrian center), sign up for visits to nearby villages, explore hidden waterfalls, mountain bike, take a Land Rover safari, tour a chocolate factory, or relax at the beach club and pool.
For the ultimate in pampering, embark on a day-long Spa Safari with multiple treatments and healthy meals. Free daily yoga in a sea-view pavilion is also offered.
Rates include all meals, snacks, and some beverages and activities. Children are welcome, and some of the profits from your stay support the Sumba Foundation’s community projects, providing fresh water, medical care, and communal farms for local villages, so you can live in the lap of luxury and feel good at the same time.