You might picture the turquoise waters of Mexico or the sandy beaches of the Caribbean when you think of all-inclusive resorts, but there are plenty of closer-to-home all-inclusive (or nearly all-inclusive) options in the United States, too.
The Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S.
Many of the best all-inclusive resorts in the USA also offer outdoor adventures and private cabins to go along with full-service luxury. Here are the best fully inclusive and mostly all-inclusive resorts in the U.S., all of which are operating under COVID-19 safety protocols.
Migis Lodge on Sebego Lake – South Casco, Maine
Migis Lodge’s best feature is its location, which is both scenic—it sits on Sebago Bay—and convenient, since it’s within an hour’s drive of Portland, Kennebunkport, and other well-loved coastal towns in Maine.
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But what truly sets Migis Lodge apart from other family resorts in Maine is the fact that that it’s practically all-inclusive. When you opt for the Full American Plan, the resort packages your accommodations, meals, and most activities and amenities—including access to a private island—into one inclusive rate.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island – St. Simons, Georgia
Speaking of private islands, did you know you can vacation on an all-inclusive private island in Georgia? Only accessible by boat, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is located in Georgia’s Golden Isles, where guests enjoy unspoiled beaches and naturalist-led activities such as bird watching, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
All meals and accommodations are included in nightly rates, and the Instagram-worthy cottages and 32-guest occupancy limit make it feel like you have the island to yourselves (especially ideal during a pandemic).
Club Med Sandpiper Bay – Port St. Lucie, Florida
Perhaps the most well-known all-inclusive resort in the United States, Club Med Sandpiper Bay is located in Port St Lucie, Florida, and is the brand’s only U.S. location. Here, families enjoy a bona fide all-inclusive experience, with kids’ clubs, pools, water and land sports galore (including golf), a spa, and private beach access. Club Med Sandpiper Bay is located about an hour’s drive from Palm Beach and about two hours from the Orlando theme parks.
Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, New York
Mohonk Mountain House is a bucket-list destination for many. Its stunning location on Lake Mohonk affords opportunities for kayaking, row boating, and swimming, and its tens of thousands of forest acres means countless trails for hiking and picnicking. Kids love the old-fashioned soda fountain and glow-in-the-dark disc golf at night. While Mohonk Mountain House is a four-season resort, it’s especially beautiful during the fall foliage season thanks to its location in the Hudson River Valley.
Red Mountain Resort – Ivins, Utah
Opt for one of the Adventure Retreat packages at Red Mountain Resort and you’ll get accommodations, three meals daily, and use of resort facilities (which include indoor and outdoor pools) covered in one inclusive rate. Plus, you can easily upgrade to a villa—perfect for families. Complement your stay with a visit to Zion National Park, located just an hour from Red Mountain Resort.
Woodloch Pines – Hawley, Pennsylvania
With outdoor activities year-round, the Poconos is already an ideal place for a family vacation. But did you know there are all-inclusive resorts in the area, too? One of the very best for families is Woodloch Pines, which offers a plethora of activities included in the daily rate, along with meals and lodging. Be sure to check out Woodloch Pines’ seasonal packages and discounts, too.
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Traveling sans kids? Consider a stay at the The Lodge at Woodloch next door. More upscale than its sister (with prices to match), the resort is well-known for its spa with 27 treatment rooms, heavenly soaking pools with Hydromassage WaterWalls, and an outdoor hot tub.
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort – Highland, New York
The all-inclusive Rocking Horse Ranch Resort dude ranch (just 30 minutes from another resort on this list, Mohonk Mountain House) offers a full roster of varied activities each season, from ice skating and snow tubing in the winter to banana boat rides and super bungee jumping in the summer. There’s also an indoor water park and outdoor pools with waterslides.
Of course, horseback riding is at the center of all the action at Rocking Horse Ranch, with trail rides and barn tours front and center during your stay. Visit during a holiday weekend or week for themed events.
Skytop Lodge – Skytop, Pennsylvania
Skytop Lodge’s location on 5,500 sprawling acres in the Poconos means myriad outdoor activities, from hiking and ziplining to paintball and archery tag (a game that combines dodgeball, paintball, and archery with foam-tipped arrows).
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After an action-packed morning, head to The Nest for afternoon spa treatments. While Skytop Lodge isn’t a traditional all-inclusive resort, you can typically find inclusive packages that allow you to combine accommodations and some meals in one rate.
Miraval Arizona Resort – Tucson, Arizona
Who couldn’t use an all-inclusive wellness-focused escape right now? There’s no better place to do so than Miraval Arizona Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Best for couples, the resort’s inclusive Miraval Package covers all meals and accommodations. Yoga, meditation classes, hiking, mountain biking, and more are also included in the rates. When you book the inclusive package, you also get a $175 nightly credit. And when you book four nights, you get a fifth night free.
White Stallion Ranch – Tucson, Arizona
Another great all-inclusive option in Tucson is White Stallion Ranch, a dude ranch with activities for all ages and interests. And it’s far more than a dude ranch! Beyond horseback riding and rodeos, White Stallion Ranch offers a spa, pools, hot tubs, and a movie theater. All-inclusive rates cover meals, accommodations, and most activities. Kids under age five stay free.
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Blackberry Farm – Walland, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm is the creme de la creme of all-inclusive resorts in the U.S., so much so that past guests have included Carrie Underwood, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Neil Patrick Harris. Located in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this over-the-top luxurious resort features unique programming for kids, including kids’ clubs and youth discovery classes that focus on geocaching, stream ecology, acrylic painting, and textile arts.
While the kids go for a naturalist-led hike, adults have the opportunity to enjoy a food tasting or artisan cooking demonstration at the Farmstead Field School. Guests can stay in cottages and multi-bedroom houses, as well as traditional guestrooms and suites.
Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, Michigan
Since its opening in 1887, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been a popular vacation destination for families. Known as “America’s Summer Place,” the historic hotel transports guests to yesteryear from the moment they arrive by ferry (the only way to get there) with activities including lawn games (think croquet and bocce) and afternoon tea. The Grand Hotel is nearly all-inclusive, too, as most packages include breakfast and dinner, as well as accommodations and all resort amenities.
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The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg, Montana
Escape to Montana for an all-inclusive experience at The Ranch at Rock Creek. This high-end resort offers glamping cabins and luxury homes—ideal for social distancing—as well as lodge rooms and a historic barn. Unique activities (covered in the rates) include sapphire mining, learning frontier skills, and taking a photography class. Off-ranch excursions such as ATV tours and float trips are available for an additional fee.
Canyon Ranch Lenox – Lenox, Massachusetts
Children 14 and up are welcome at this wellness retreat in the Berkshires. With daily activities (think snowshoeing in the winter and canoeing in the summer), indoor and outdoor pools, and even airport transfers included in rates, the Canyon Ranch Lenox is a practically all-inclusive option for a classic New England family vacation. Be sure to book a treatment at the spa for added pampering during your stay.
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Tyler Place Family Resort – Swanton, Vermont
For a lakefront resort where you can enjoy a classic summer vacation with the kids, head to Tyler Family Place Resort, which sits on Lake Champlain in Vermont. The resort’s all-inclusive rates cover nightly accommodations, most activities, and all meals. One of the resort’s unique perks is separate dining for parents and kids. Children are encouraged to bond with other kids while parents enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – Oahu, Hawaii
You won’t find any true all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, but you can get pretty close with a stay at Aulani. Located on the island of Oahu, Aulani’s nightly rates cover quite a bit of activities and offerings, including access to a private beach, as well as kids’ clubs, live entertainment, and a daily schedule of kid-friendly events.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf and Beach Resort – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Like Hawaii, Puerto Rico offers several resorts that are nearly all-inclusive. Among them, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is a family favorite, with three sparkling pools, kids’ activities, spa treatments for parents, onsite dining, and the ability to arrange offsite excursions.
This article on all-inclusive resorts in the USA was originally published in January 2021. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.