5 New Adults-Only Resorts, from Budget to Splurge

by  Michele Laufik | Oct 22, 2018
Rendering of the pool at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine
Rendering of the pool at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine / Photo courtesy of the resort

From party vibes to idyllic settings, you can find a resort to fit any vacation style and budget. Whether you’re pre-kids, no-kids, post-kids, or just want an escape from the kids, here’s a look at some new and upcoming all-inclusive Caribbean options that specialize in grown-up time. 

Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, Punta Cana

Affordable: Set to open in November at Bavaro Beach, the Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine from Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is sure to be a mix of good food, fun, and fitness. Resort programming is slated to include a variety of entertainment options for guests 18 years and older, such as wine-tasting classes and rum-mixology lessons, card and board game tournaments, and theme parties with live music. Guests at the all-inclusive 498-suite property will also enjoy unlimited a la carte dinners, along with access to restaurants at the three other Grand Bahia Principe hotels within the complex. And to burn off all those calories, activities including TRX workouts, CrossFit, Zumba, HIIT training, and merengue and salsa dance lessons are available. Ordinarily, rates start at $186 per person per night, but right now you can snag a room for just $84 per person per night.

Temptation Cancun Resort, Cancun

Midrange: This all-inclusive Mexican resort just celebrated its one-year anniversary after an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation. It features seven restaurants with 15 different types of cuisines, as well as its signature couples-only aphrodisiac restaurant called SHE, which offers a multi-course menu that’s guaranteed to get your juices flowing. There’s also a new rooftop space, Sky 3.5 Bar, and nightclub, BASH. The property’s Spa Rosé boasts plenty of services, including couples’ after-sun body wraps, massages, facials, and hydrotherapy. Plus, topless sunbathing areas are available. Another location is also set to open in Punta Cana in 2020.  Rooms start at $386 per night based on double occupancy. 

Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica

High-end: Excellence Oyster Bay, which opened in June in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is the Excellence Group’s first property outside of Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Located 35 minutes from Montego Bay's international airport, the Victorian-style property is built on a private peninsula sandwiched between the Caribbean and the phosphorescent Luminous Lagoon (which is filled with microscopic organisms that produce a glow at night). The 315-suite property offers 24-hour, all-inclusive service with eight restaurants, nine bars, fitness facilities, two beachfront swimming pools, a lounge with a rooftop pool, and the hotel brand's popular Miilé Spa. Room rates start at around $600 per night.

Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Luxury: This modern, all-inclusive 150-suite resort, which opened in February 2017, features a club-like atmosphere for those who are looking for a high-energy vacation. There’s a mix of social settings to choose from, including a rooftop pool and bar, a beach club, fire pits, cabanas, five bars and lounges, as well as theme parties. Dubbed the Unlimited-Luxury experience, guests can dine at seven specialty restaurants, which do not require reservations and feature communal tables. Plus, guests are granted full access to the amenities at the neighboring Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James, including 18 additional dining and bar options, the Secrets Spa, and more. The rate is $1,000 per night based on double occupancy.

Bungalows Key Largo, Florida Keys

Luxury: Located near mile marker 99, this all-inclusive luxury resort, which is slated to open by the end of 2018, will be the first of its kind in the Keys. The property will feature 135 standalone units and two pools. Restaurants include Bogie & Bacall’s (named in honor of the 1948 movie Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), Señor Sea, and Fish Tales. The resort’s Zen Garden Spa will boast outdoor treatment cabanas, plus there will be plenty of land and sea activities such as lawn games, beach volleyball, yoga, and fitness classes, along with stand-up paddleboards, snorkel gear, and kayaks. A complimentary sunset cruise is included with a five-night stay or longer. Right now, the resort is taking reservations for December 1. Pricing starts at around $3,100 for a two-night stay.


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